The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results slipped to 5.3 percent — down from 6.2 on Monay — as just over 13,500 tests returned 724 positive results, according to Wisconsin state and county public health data. The 724 new cases bring the total case count for Wisconsin to 61,785. Of those, about 9,300 are considered active, about the same number as Monday.
Nine more fatalities were reported: two in Milwaukee County and one each in Clark, Columbia, Marathon, Marinette, Pierce, Racine and Wood COunties. A previously reported in St. Croix County was removed from the data, so the total death toll rose by eight to 1,006. 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 153 new cases and 5.36 percent of tests coming back positive.
Other localities with higher case totals and positive tests rates include:
Brown County: 76 new cases, 11.69 percent positive tests
Dane County: 24 new cases, 1.41 percent positive tests
Dodge County: 10 new cases, 7.81 percent positive tests
Jefferson County: 10 new cases, 9.35 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 11 new cases, 5.7 percent positive tests
Marinette County: 21 new cases, 23.6 percent positive tests
Oneida County: 12 new cases, 3.91 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 23 new cases, 6.17 percent positive tests
Ozaukee County: 24 new cases, 44.44 percent positive tests
Racine County: 41 new cases, 7.26 percent positive tests
Sheboygan County: 23 new cases, 9.24 percent positive tests
St. Croix County: 10 new cases, 8.62 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 24 new cases, 10.13 percent positive tests
Washington County: 42 new cases, 75 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 55 new cases, 6.54 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 19 new cases, 1.94 percent positive tests
Wood County: 17 new cases, 11.97 percent positive tests
Also Tuesday, hospitalizations due to coronavirus infection jumped sharply to 414, 62 more than Monday and 69 more than a week ago. It’s the highest number of hospitalized people since May 31. Of those, 119 were in intensive care units, 21 more than Monday.
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 7.4 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.