The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive fell to its lowest rate yet — 1.9 percent — as 273 new cases were reported, bringing the statewide total to 21,336 — of which more than 6,140 remain active.
Additionally, 15 people died of COVID19, including six in Milwaukee County and four in Racine County.
The largest local increase in new cases today comes from Milwaukee County, with 76 new cases but 2.3 percent of tests coming back positive.
A number of counties showed a small number of new cases, but high percentage of positive tests, including:
Forest County: 1 new case, 12.5 percent positive tests
Lafayette County: 2 new cases, 17 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 34 new cases, 11.5 percent positive tests
Hospitalizations statewide are up slightly at 331, nine more than Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 117 require intensive care. Additionally, 176 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.
The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out — 33.5 percent of total cases are now Latino people, and 30 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, who also make up 25 percent of deaths. Black people make up just six percent of the state’s population.
DHS also reports that 65 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and 3.3 percent have died, leaving about 6,140 active, confirmed infections in the state.