The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results jumped to 10.9 — up from 7.8 percent on Friday — as about 8,700 tests returned 950 positive results, according to Wisconsin state and county public health data. The 950 new cases bring the total case count for Wisconsin to 70,009. Of those, just over 7,600 are considered active, about the same number as Friday.
Additionally, 13 more fatalities were reported — four in Milwaukee County, two in Eau Claire County and one each in Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Marinette, Taylor, Washington, Waupaca and Winnebago Counties. Eighteen people who tested positive for coronavirus infection have died of other causes, and are not counted as covid fatalities.
Today’s data brings the seven-day average of new cases to 708, and the 14-day average of new cases to 727. Over the past seven days, the percentage of positive tests has averaged 8.36 percent, and 7.66 percent over the past 14 days.
Wisconsin has averaged six deaths per day over both the past week and the past two weeks, for a total of 83 in the past 14 days.
The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County, with 184 new cases and 11.59 percent of tests coming back positive. Close behind is Brown County with 164 new cases and 51.23 percent positive tests.
Other localities with higher case totals and positive tests rates include:
Calumet County: 10 new cases, 10 percent positive tests
Clark County: 13 new cases, 29.55 percent positive tests
Dane County: 55 new cases, 8.42 percent positive tests
Fond du Lac County: 37 new cases, 22.98 percent positive tests
Green County: 12 new cases, 16 percent positive tests
Jefferson County: 11 new cases, 7.97 percent positive tests
La Crosse County: 14 new cases, 8.59 percent positive tests
Manitowoc County: 10 new cases, 6.21 percent positive tests
Marinette County: 16 new cases, 18.6 percent positive tests
Oconto County: 12 new cases, 19.18 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 30 new cases, 17.24 percent positive tests
Ozaukee County: 10 new cases, 9.71 percent positive tests
Racine County: 32 new cases, 6.5 percent positive tests
Rock County: 19 new cases, 7.99 percent positive tests
Sheboygan County: 12 new cases, 8.05 percent positive tests
St Croix County: 12 new cases, 12.63 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 18 new cases, 12.86 percent positive tests
Washington County: 38 new cases, 11.59 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 75 new cases, 11.86 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 15 new cases, 3.7 percent positive tests
Hospitalizations fell to 333 currently hospitalized with COVID 19, 17 fewer than Friday and four fewer than a week ago. Of those, 108 are in ICUs.
The rate of disparity in Latino populations has improved but continues to stand out. More than 22 percent of total cases are now Latino people, as well as 14 percent of today’s new positive cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.
Similarly, 13 percent of all cases are Black people, as are 20 percent of total COVID-19 related deaths in the state. Black people make up just six percent of the state’s population.
The state now reports that two percent of all covid cases in Wisconsin have died, while 85 percent have recovered and 13 percent remain active.