The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results shot up Sunday to 10.26 percent, as fewer tests — just under 7,000 — returned 703 positive results, according to state and county public health data. That brings the total case count for Wisconsin to 43,018. Of those, more than 9,000 are considered active — about 200 more than yesterday and the largest number of active cases reported to date.
Two more fatalities were reported today, one in Marathon County and one in Dodge County. A previously reported fatality in Dane County was apparently in error and taken out of the data, so the total death toll in Wisconsin now stands at 846.
The largest local increase was in Milwaukee County – including their latest posted numbers at 1:30 pm today – with 290 new cases and 14.75 percent of tests coming back positive.
Several other counties saw double-digit increases and high positive test rates, including:
Dane County: 55 new cases, 11.68 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 41 new cases, 6.4 percent positive tests
Marinette County: 18 new cases, 21.43 percent positive tests
Marathon County: 12 new cases, 66.67 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 22 new cases, 7.17 percent positive tests
Racine County: 35 new cases, 100 percent positive tests
Sauk County: 12 new cases, 4.55 percent positive tests
Sheboygan County: 12 new cases, 4.96 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 40 new cases, 44.44 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 36 new cases, 65.45 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 17 new cases, 10.9 percent positive tests
Hospitalizations statewide rose slight to 367, 28 more than yesterday and 84 more than a week ago. Of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 110 require intensive care. Additionally, 146 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.
The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out. Twenty-six percent of total cases are now Latino people, as well as 15.9 percent of today’s new cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.
Similarly, 16 percent of all cases are Black people, as are 23 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 just under 77 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and two percent have died.