The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive has continued to rise, as 5.93 percent of tests processed Saturday were positive — the highest rate since June 1. Five hundred thirty six new cases were reported Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 27,289. Of those, about 4,900 remain active — up from yesterday’s 4,800.
Additionally, 11 new deaths were reported — seven in Milwaukee County — bringing the statewide death toll to 777.
The largest local increase was in Milwaukee County, with 165 new cases and 11.65 percent of tests coming back positive.
Several other counties saw double-digit increases, including:
Brown County: 39 new cases, 11 percent positive tests
Dane County: 84 new cases, 16 percent positive tests
Eau Claire County: 14 new cases, 5.7 percent positive tests
Jefferson County: 11 new cases, 10 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 18 new cases, 7.96 percent positive tests
La Crosse County: 25 new cases, 39 percent positive tests
Portage County: 11 new cases, 13.1 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 34 new cases, 3.8 percent positive tests
Hospitalizations statewide are down to 248, 14 fewer than yesterday but nine more than a week ago. Of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 92 require intensive care. Additionally, 144 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.
The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out — 31.6 percent of total cases are now Latino people, and 23 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 26 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.