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Positive test rate dips as 15 more deaths reported


The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results fell Friday to 5.4 percent — down slightly from 6.1 — as more than 14,000 tests returned 832 positive results, according to state and county public health data. That brings the total case count for Wisconsin to 52,940. Of those, nearly 9,700 are considered active, about 100 fewer than Thursday.

Fifteen more fatalities were reported – five in Milwaukee County, two each in Dane, Racine, Waukesha and one each in Brown, Kenosha, Trempeleau and Winnebago Counties. Additionally, 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus infection have died of other causes, and are not counted as covid fatalities. That brings the total death toll to 934. Wisconsin has reported 43 deaths in the past week, and 90 in the past two weeks.

The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County, with 179 new cases and 5.9 percent of tests coming back positive.

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

Barron County: 21 new cases, 22.58 percent positive tests
Brown County: 23 new cases, 3.17 percent positive tests
Dane County: 79 new cases, 3.9 percent positive tests
Dodge County: 13 new cases, 8.39 percent positive tests
Eau Claire County: 12 new cases, 12.77 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 52 new cases, 23.96 percent positive tests
La Crosse County: 13 new cases, 6.31 percent positive tests
Marathon County: 15 new cases, 10.56 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 24 new cases, 10.96 percent positive tests
Ozaukee County: 14 new cases, 1.11 percent positive tests
Racine County: 37 new cases, 8.81 percent positive tests
Rock County: 12 new cases, 5.91 percent positive tests
Trempeleau County: 16 new cases, 12.9 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 37 new cases, 15.23 percent positive tests
Washington County: 14 new cases, 0.84 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 108 new cases, 9.59 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 17 new cases, 3.92 percent positive tests
Wood County: 12 new cases, 7.36 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. 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.

The state now reports that 1.76 percent of all covid cases in Wisconsin have died, while 79.93 percent have recovered and 18.27 percent remain active.