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Positive coronavirus cases falls back below 3% as 11 more die


The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive fell to 2.5 percent as 316 new cases were reported Friday, bringing the statewide total to 24,197 — of which fewer than 5,000 remain active. As recently as two weeks ago, more than 6,300 cases were considered active.

Additionally, 11 people died of COVID19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll in Wisconsin to 730.

The largest local increase in new cases today comes from Milwaukee County, with 142 new cases and 9.8 percent of tests coming back positive.

Today’s new cases were spread throughout the state, with a number of counties posting double-digit increases:

Brown County: 18 new cases, 2.28 percent positive tests
Dane County: 17 new cases, 2.95 percent positive tests
La Crosse County: 24 new cases, 8.3 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 11 new cases, 5.98 percent positive tests
Racine County: 13 new cases, 1.91 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 14 new cases, 1.37 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 10 new cases, 2.27 percent positive tests

Of the 17 new cases confirmed in Dane County, nine are younger than 40: one is 10-19, four are 20-29 and four are in their thirties. Additionally, eight of the 17 are Latino.

Hospitalizations statewide are down to 241, the same number as yesterday and 46 fewer than a week ago. Of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 91 require intensive care. Additionally, 158 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out — 33 percent of total cases are now Latino people, and 26 percent of today’s new cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.

Similarly, 19 percent of all cases are Black people, with 10 percent of today’s new cases and 25 percent of total COVID-19 related deaths in the state. Black people make up just six percent of the state’s population.

DHS also reports that 77 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and three percent have died.