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Positive coronavirus test rate falls to 9.7%; 16 deaths reported


Wisconsin confirmed 857 new coronavirus cases Tuesday in just under 8,900 tests, making the positive test rate 9.7 percent for the day.

Today is the first day under 10 percent since September 3.

Even though the single-day positive test rate is lower today, Wisconsin’s positive test rate for the past seven days remains 12 percent, and the 14-day rate rose slightly is 10.55 percent. Today’s data brings the seven-day average of new cases to 886 and the 14-day average to 784.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services now reports the total number of cases since the pandemic began is 83.334, of which just over 8,100 are considered active, about the same as yesterday.

Additionally, 16 new deaths were reported today: five in Milwaukee County, two in Outagamie County, and one each in Dane, Grant, Oconto, Racine, Rock, Sawyer, Sheboygan, Washington and Winnebago Counties. One death previously reported in Kenosha County was removed from the data, so the total death toll rose by 15 to 1,183.

Wisconsin has averaged 5.85 deaths per day over the past week and 5.54 per day over the past two weeks.

The highest local new case count came in Brown County, with 175 new cases and 57 percent positive tests.

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

Dane County: 62 new cases, 5.58 percent positive tests
Dodge County: 54 new cases, 31.4 percent positive tests
Eau Claire County: 37 new cases, 86.05 percent positive tests
Fond du Lac County: 12 new cases, 15 percent positive tests
La Crosse County: 19 new cases, 7.48 percent positive tests
Milwaukee County: 70 new cases, 5.7 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 63 new cases,  9.4 percent positive tests
Portage County: 20 new cases, 33.33 percent positive tests
Racine County: 35 new cases, 5.48 percent positive tests
Rock County: 13 new cases, 3.35 percent positive tests
Shawano County: 17 new cases, 23.29 percent positive tests
Sheboygan County: 17 new cases, 15.18 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 44 new cases, 19.91 percent positive tests
Washington County: 12 new cases, 19.35 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 13 new cases, 1.43 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 18 new cases, 9.47 percent positive tests

Hospitalization data had not been updated at the time of publication. Yesterday, hospitalizations rose slightly to 297 hospitalized  with COVID 19, eight more than Monday and two more than a week ago. Of those, 88 were in ICUs, three fewer than Monday.