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Positive test rate continues to fall as 13 more deaths reported in Wisconsin


The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results dropped Tuesday to 5.6 percent — down from 8.5 — as more than 14,000 tests returned 762 positive results, according to state and county public health data. That brings the total case count for Wisconsin to 50,179. Of those, just over 9,700 are considered active, about 100 fewer than Monday.

13 more fatalities were reported – five in Waukesha County, two in Washington County and one each in Dane, Florence, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Milwaukee and Racine Counties – bringing the state’s death toll to 906. Additionally, 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus infection died of other causes, and are not counted as covid fatalities.

The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County, with 226 new cases and 7.31 percent of tests coming back positive.

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

Brown County: 54 new cases, 7.11 percent positive tests
Dane County: 34 new cases, 1.21 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 13 new cases, 6.84 percent positive tests
Marathon County: 13 new cases, 4.59 percent positive tests
Marinette County: 23 new cases, 31.94 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 16 new cases, 4.69 percent positive tests
Ozaukee County: 14 new cases, 11.29 percent positive tests
Racine County: 33 new cases, 4.56 percent positive tests
Sauk County: 16 new cases, 7.17 percent positive tests
Sheboygan County: 22 new cases, 6.55 percent positive tests
Trempeleau County: 15 new cases, 44.12 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 26 new cases, 10.39 percent positive tests
Washington County: 21 new cases, 6.48 percent positive tests
Waukesha County:82 new cases, 5.94 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 10 new cases, 10.87 percent positive tests

The rate of disparity in Latino populations has improved but continues to stand out. Twenty-five percent of total cases are now Latino people, as are nine18percent of today’s cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.

Similarly, 15 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.