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Positive coronavirus test rate increases as number of tests falls


On a day when half as many test results were reported as on Sunday, just under four percent came back positive — up from 2.3 percent Sunday — and 141 new cases were reported to bring the statewide total to 18,547.

Additionally, three people succumbed to COVID19 since this time Sunday — all in Racine County — bringing the total death toll to 593.

The largest local increase in new cases today comes from Milwaukee County, with 50 new cases and just 3.9 percent of tests coming back positive.

Several other counties saw small numbers of new cases but large percentages of positive tests, including:

Racine County: 11 new cases, 42% positive tests
Ozaukee County: 3 new cases, 100% positive tests
Vilas County: 1 new case, 12% positive tests
Washington County: 5 new cases, 83% positive tests
Waukesha County:13 new cases, 15% positive tests.

Hospitalizations fell slightly to 403, 11 fewer more than Sunday. Of those currently hospitalized, 136 require intensive care. Additionally, 209 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 64 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.