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Positive coronavirus test rate falls to lowest yet


The percentage of coronavirus tests that came back positive today fell sharply to 2.35 percent, the lowest daily rate to date, as just 157 more positive cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 18,406.

Additionally, four people succumbed to COVID19 since this time Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to 592.

The largest local increase in new cases today comes from Milwaukee County, with 78 new cases and just 3.3 percent of tests coming back positive.

Every other county saw single-digit increases except Fond du Lac county, which found 10 positive cases in only 15 tests — a 66.7 percent positive rate.

Hospitalizations have risen slightly to 414, five more than Saturday. Of those currently hospitalized, 133 require intensive care. Additionally, 211 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out — 33.5 percent of total cases are now Latino people, and 37 percent of today’s new cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.

Similarly, 19 percent of all cases are Black people, who also make up 25 percent of deaths. Black people make up just six percent of the state’s population.

DHS also reports that 63 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and 3.3 percent have died, leaving about 6,100 active, confirmed infections in the state.