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Positive coronavirus test rate falls again as death toll reaches 750

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The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive today fell to 2.23 percent as 295 new cases were reported Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 25,365. Of those, fewer than 4,800 remain active. As recently as three weeks ago, more than 6,300 cases were considered active.

The largest local increase in new cases today comes from Milwaukee County, with 83 new cases and 6.53 percent of tests coming back positive.

Today’s new cases were spread broadly throughout the state, with only a few additional counties posting double-digit increases:

Brown County: 39 new cases, 8.46 percent positive tests
Dane County: 33 new cases, 5.72 percent positive tests
La Crosse County: 20 new cases, 2.5 percent positive tests
Racine County: 17 new cases, 1.35 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 11 new cases, 5.7 percent positive tests

Of the 33 new cases confirmed in Dane County, 24 are younger than 40: one is aged 10-19, 13 are 20-29 and 10 are in their thirties.

Hospitalizations statewide are down to 240, six fewer more than yesterday and 35 fewer than a week ago. Of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 93 require intensive care. Additionally, 142 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out — 32.4 percent of total cases are now Latino people, and 23 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 24 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.