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Positive coronavirus test rate, number of active cases fall


The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results slipped to 6.2 percent — down from 8.5 on Sunday — as just over 8,100 tests returned 507 positive results, according to Wisconsin state and county public health data. The 507 new cases brings the total case count for Wisconsin to 61,061. Of those, about 9,300 are considered active, about 200 fewer than Sunday.

One more fatality was reported, in Waukesha County. A previously reported death in Dane County was removed from the data, leaving the total death toll to 998. Additionally, 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus infection have died of other causes, and are not counted as covid fatalities.

The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County, with 116 new cases and 7.7 percent of tests coming back positive.

Other localities with higher case totals and positive tests rates include:

Calumet County: 10 new cases, 13.33 percent positive tests
Dane County: 18 new cases, 0.98 percent positive tests
Dodge County: 16 new cases, 22.86 percent positive tests
Douglas County: 13 new cases, 68.42 percent positive tests
Fond du Lac County: 14 new cases, 5.79 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 14 new cases, 9.59 percent positive tests
Marinette County: 16 new cases, 19.05 percent positive tests
Oneida County: 10 new cases, 7.41 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 24 new cases, 9.16 percent positive tests
Racine County: 12 new cases, 4.01 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 65 new cases, 24.25 percent positive tests
Waupaca County: 15 new cases, 88.24 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 17 new cases, 20.73 percent positive tests
Wood County: 14 new cases, 18.67 percent positive tests

Limited hospitalization data is available again after the state DHS and Wisconsin Hospital Association spent nearly two weeks re-configuring their reporting protocols due to new federal guidelines. As of Saturday in Wisconsin, 352 people were hospitalized due to coronavirus infection, 14 more than Sunday but two fewer than a week ago. Of those, 98 were in intensive care units, six fewer than Saturday.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations has improved but continues to stand out. More than 23 percent of total cases are now Latino people, as well as just five percent of today’s new positive cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.

Similarly, 14 percent of all cases are Black people, as are 21 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 1.7 percent of all covid cases in Wisconsin have died, while 82 percent have recovered and 16 percent remain active.