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Positive coronavirus test rate ticks up again; 11 deaths reported – 10 in Milwaukee County


The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive rose slightly to 3.6 percent as 285 new cases were reported, bringing the statewide total to 21,943 — of which fewer than 6,000 remain active.

Additionally, 11 people died of COVID19 in the past 24 hours, including 10 in Milwaukee County.

The largest local increase in new cases today comes from Milwaukee County, with 59 new cases and under three percent of tests coming back positive.

Today’s new cases were spread throughout the state, with a number of counties reporting double-digit increases, including:

Brown County: 16
Dane County: 32
Kenosha County: 11
LaCrosse County: 13
Outagamie County: 12
Portage County: 15
Racine County: 14
Walworth County: 12
Waukesha County: 23
Winnebago County: 16

Hospitalizations statewide are down to 306, 22 fewer than Wednesday. Of those currently hospitalized, 101 require intensive care. Additionally, 188 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out — 33.5 percent of total cases are now Latino people, and 28 percent of today’s new cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.

Similarly, 19 percent of all cases are Black people, who also make up 25 percent of deaths. Black people make up just six percent of the state’s population.

DHS also reports that 70 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and 3.1 percent have died, leaving about 5,900 active, confirmed infections in the state.