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Positive test rate falls below 3%, but death rate rises slightly


The state of Wisconsin reported just over 5,300 new coronavirus tests on Wednesday, of which 774 were positive, for a positive test rate of about 14.6 percent. The seven-day average of new cases per day has fallen to 635.

The state of Wisconsin also reported 35 COVID deaths on Wednesday, increasing the total death toll to 6,267. Since March, an additional 190 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes. The seven-day average of reported deaths jumped from 13 to 17.

The seven-day positive rate, which would be less subject day to day fluctuations in testing, fell slightly to 2.9 percent, its lowest rate since the state began reporting that number a few months ago.

The state also reported Thursday that 314,762 Wisconsin residents have completed the COVID-19 vaccination series, more than 26,000 since yesterday. In all, more than one million vaccine doses have been administered to more than 782,000 people.

The estimated number of active cases — diagnosed in the past 30 days — fell to just under 9,600, about 1.7 percent of the 558,496 total cases confirmed in Wisconsin.

The state DHS also reports that as of Thursday, 6,339 samples of the coronavirus had been genetically sequenced, and six instances of the B.1.1.7 variant, the so-called UK variant, had been identified. No instances of the Brazil or South African variants have been identified in Wisconsin.