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Positive coronavirus test rate jumps to 5.6%; no new deaths today

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The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive today jumped to 5.6 percent, the highest rate since June 1, as 438 new cases were reported Friday with both Dane and Milwaukee’s most up to date numbers. This brings the statewide total to 26,753. Of those, about 4,800 remain active — down from yesterday’s 4,900. That As recently as three weeks ago, more than 6,300 cases were considered active.

No new deaths were reported today, leaving the statewide death toll at 768.

For the first time, the largest local increase in new cases today comes from Dane County, with 96 new cases. Dane County had its largest-ever one-day increase thursday, with 105 new cases.

Several other counties saw double-digit increases, including:

Brown County: 40 new cases, 16 percent positive tests
Jefferson County: 10 new cases, 4.7 percent positive tests
La Crosse County: 28 new cases, 9.46 percent positive tests
Milwaukee County: 82 new cases, 6.7 percent positive tests
Portage County: 10 new cases, 14.49 percent positive tests
Racine County: 20 new cases, 5.5 percent positive tests
Walworth: 13 new cases, 3.96 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 16 new cases, 3 percent positive tests

Hospitalizations statewide are up to 262, 15 more than yesterday and 21 more than a week ago. Of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 95 require intensive care. Additionally, 142 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out — 32 percent of total cases are now Latino people, and 19 percent of today’s new cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.

Similarly, 18 percent of all cases are Black people, as are 24 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 79 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and three percent have died.