The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive fell to 3.93 percent Tuesday after three days above nine percent. According to Department of Health Services and county data, 475 new cases of coronoavirus out of a total more than 12,500 reported tests – a sharp increase in the total number of test results processed. Today’s new numbers bring the statewide total to 32,594. Of those, just under 6,000 remain active, down slightly from yesterday.
There were nine new deaths reported Tuesday — seven in Milwaukee County, one in Polk County and one in Rusk County, that county’s first fatality. Four of those who died were Black.
The largest local increase was in Milwaukee County, with 141 new cases and 7.73 percent of tests coming back positive.
Several other counties saw double-digit increases and high positive test rates, including:
Brown County: 23 new cases, 4.7 percent positive tests
Chippewa County: 13 new cases, 7.98 percent positive tests
Marathon County: 15 new cases, 11.1 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 18 new cases, 21.2 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 25 new cases, 6.23 percent positive tests
Ozaukee County: 10 new cases, 33.3 percent positive tests
Racine County: 25 new cases, 2.57 percent positive tests
St Croix County: 13 new cases, 13.4 percent positive tests
Hospitalizations statewide fell slightly to 254, one fewer than yesterday but 12 more than a week ago. Of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 69 require intensive care. Additionally, 163 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.
The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out. Thirty percent of total cases are now Latino people. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.
Similarly, 17 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 just under 79 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and 2.6 percent have died.