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Positive coronavirus test rate, hospitalizations stay low


The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive went down slightly to 2.4 percent as 271 new cases were reported Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 23,293 — of which fewer than 5,400 remain active. As recently as 10 days ago,
more than 6,300 cases were considered active.

Additionally, nine people died of COVID19 in the past 24 hours.

The largest local increase in new cases today comes from Milwaukee County, with 70 new cases and four percent of tests coming back positive.

Today’s new cases were spread throughout the state, with a number of counties posting double-digit increases:

Brown County: 23 new cases, 5.2 percent positive tests
Dane County: 17 new cases, 3 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 13 new cases, 3 percent positive tests
Racine County: 42 new cases, 5.1 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 13 new cases, 1.4 percent positive tests.

Additionally, some counties reported small increases in cases but high percentages of positive tests:

LaCrosse County: 9 new cases, 41 percent positive tests
Monroe County: 3 new cases, 10 percent positive tests
Trempeleau County: 7 new cases, 30 percent positive tests
Waupaca County: 1 new case, 10 percent positive tests

Dane County saw in increase of 17 cases, six of them in the 20-29 age range and seven in the 30-39 range.

Hospitalizations statewide are down to 275, 56 fewer than a week ago. Of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 100 require intensive care. Additionally, 194 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out — 33 percent of total cases are now Latino people, and 21 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, with 10 percent of today’s new cases and 25 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 74 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and three percent have died.