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Positive coronavirus test rate falls as testing slows


The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results fell to 7.6 percent — down from 11.2 percent on Sunday — as just under 6,000 tests returned 455 positive results, according to Wisconsin state and county public health data. The 455 new cases bring the total case count for Wisconsin to 66,196. Of those, just over 8,600 are considered active, about 100 fewer than Friday.

Additionally, one more fatality was reported, in Milwaukee County, bringing the total death toll to 1,039. Eighteen people who tested positive for coronavirus infection have died of other causes, and are not counted as covid fatalities.

Today’s data brings the seven-day average of new cases down to 734 and the 14-day average to 780. Over the past seven days, the percentage of positive tests has averaged 7.67 percent.

Wisconsin has averaged six deaths per day over the past week and six per day over the past two weeks, for a total of 78 in the past 14 days.

The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County, with 122 new cases and 22.26 percent of tests coming back positive.

Other localities with higher case totals and positive tests rates include:

Dane County: 25 new cases, 2.88 percent positive tests
Dodge County: 12 new cases, 12.12 percent positive tests
Eau Claire County: 10 new cases, 5.38 percent positive tests
Fond du Lac County: 28 new cases, 11.43 percent positive tests
Jefferson County: 14 new cases, 9.86 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 12 new cases, 6.59 percent positive tests
Oconto County: 14 new cases, 100 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 13 new cases, 4.73 percent positive tests
Racine County: 13 new cases, 50 percent positive tests
Rock County: 10 new cases, 4.72 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 17 new cases,  7.94 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 44 new cases, 9.22 percent positive tests

Hospitalizations rose Monday to 365, 18 more than Sunday but 49 fewer than a week ago. Of those, 124 are in intensive care units.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations has improved but continues to stand out. More than 22 percent of total cases are now Latino people, as well as 11.9 percent of today’s new positive cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.

Similarly, 14 percent of all cases are Black people, as are 20 percent of total COVID-19 related deaths in the state. Black people make up just six percent of the state’s population.

The state now reports that two percent of all covid cases in Wisconsin have died, while 85 percent have recovered and 13 percent remain active.