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Positive test rate continues to rise as nearly 4,600 new cases, 33 deaths reported


The state of Wisconsin confirmed 4,591 new coronavirus cases and 33 deaths on Tuesday. The number shatters the previous record of 3,861 set on Friday, but the Department of Health Services warned that single-day statistics might seem inflated for the next few days, as staff work to clear a backlog of positive cases that built up while the reporting system was offline over the weekend, and that today’s total reflects new cases confirmed over several days.

The DHS website said Tuesday that it’s more useful to look at rolling averages of measures like new cases, deaths and positive test rate, because those are unaffected by which day the results are entered, as long as they’re entered in the same seven-day perioud.

The seven-day average of new cases is now 4,035 — its first time over 4,000 and the highest yet. The seven-day average of deaths is now 24, a jump from 20.3 yesterday. And the seven-day positive test rate is a near-catastrophic 21.7 percent.

Of the 33 deaths reported, there were six in Shawano County; five in Marathon County; three in Waupaca County; two each in Winnebago, Outagamie, Eau Claire and Grant Counties; and one each in Milwaukee, Brown, Rock, Racine, Washington, Chippewa, Calumet, Oconto, Langlade, Kewaunee and Marinette Counties.

The total death toll is now 1,633.

The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County with 824.

Other counties’ new case counts are below.

Milwaukee County 824
Dane County 305
Outagamie County 293
Waukesha County 281
Sheboygan County 223
Brown County 164
Racine County 163
Marathon County 155
Fond du Lac County 145
Washington County 145
Winnebago County 116
Manitowoc County 107
Jefferson County 104
Dodge County 100
Ozaukee County 93
Rock County 85
Shawano County 75
Oconto County 66
Eau Claire County 62
Marinette County 59
Portage County 57
Walworth County 57
Juneau County 54
Calumet County 52
Kenosha County 51
La Crosse County 51
St. Croix County 44
Columbia County 40
Sauk County 32
Waushara County 31
Door County 28
Oneida County 28
Vilas County 28
Dunn County 27
Langlade County 26
Barron County 24
Grant County 24
Taylor County 21
Menominee County 20
Richland County 20
Washburn County 20
Waupaca County 20
Jackson County 19
Pierce County 19
Polk County 18
Wood County 18
Trempealeau County 17
Adams County 14
Florence County 14
Iowa County 13
Clark County 12
Green County 12
Kewaunee County 12
Marquette County 11
Monroe County 11
Price County 9
Bayfield County 8
Burnett County 8
Lafayette County 8
Sawyer County 7
Chippewa County 6
Iron County 6
Ashland 5
Buffalo County 5
Douglas County 5
Lincoln County 5
Green Lake County 4
Forest County 3
Vernon County 3
Crawford County 1
Pepin County 1
Rusk County -1