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Positive coronavirus test rate falls below 5% as 7 die

The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive fell today to 4.4 percent, down from six yesterday and seven on Sunday.  New cases reported Sunday added up to 561, bringing the statewide total to 28.659. Of those, almost 5,300 remain active — up from yesterday’s 5,060.

Additionally, after two days of no deaths in Wisconsin, seven people died Monday night and Tuesday.

The largest local increase was in Milwaukee County, with 126 new cases and 21 percent of tests coming back positive, with Dane County close behind at 125 new cases — the fourth triple-digit increase in the past week.

Several other counties saw double-digit increases, including:

Brown County:48 new cases, 10.2 percent positive tests
Eau Claire County: 11 new cases, 24.4 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 13 new cases, 3.4 percent positive tests
La Crosse County: 28 new cases, 5.3 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 33 new cases, 17.7 percent positive tests

Hospitalizations statewide are up slightly to 242, six more than yesterday and two more than a week ago. Of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 79 require intensive care. Additionally, 169 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out — 31 percent of total cases are now Latino people. 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 2.7 percent have died.