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Positive coronavirus test rate exceeds 7% for first time since May


The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive has continued to rise, as 7.05 percent of tests processed Sunday were positive —  the highest rate since May. New cases reported Sunday added up to 457, bringing the statewide total to 27,746. Of those, about 5,000 remain active — up from yesterday’s 4,900.

No new deaths were reported, leaving the statewide death toll at 777.

The largest local increase was in Milwaukee County, with 127 new cases and 9.21 percent of tests coming back positive, with Dane County close behind at 120 new cases — the largest single-day increase to date.

Several other counties saw double-digit increases, including:

Brown County: 49 new cases, 7.2 percent positive tests
Eau Claire County: 14 new cases, 5.9 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 10 new cases, 5.7 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 12 new cases, 16 percent positive tests

Hospitalizations statewide are up slightly to 251, three fewer than yesterday and eight more than a week ago. Of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 93 require intensive care. Additionally, 145 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out — 31.5 percent of total cases are now Latino people, and 15 percent of today’s new cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.

Similarly, 18 percent of all cases are Black people, as are 26 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 79 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and three percent have died.