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Positive test rate remains high as testing slows


The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results slipped to 9.3 percent — down from 10.9 percent on Saturday — as about 4,800 tests returned 453 positive results, according to Wisconsin state and county public data. The 950 new cases bring the total case count for Wisconsin to 70,462. Of those, just over 7,600 are considered active, about the same number as Saturday.

It was the lowest total number of tests reported in a single day since May 13.

No new fatalities were reported Sunday. Eighteen people who tested positive for coronavirus infection have died of other causes, and are not counted as covid fatalities.

Today’s data brings the seven-day average of new cases to 674,  and the 14-day average of new cases to 723. Over the past seven days, the percentage of positive tests has averaged 8.1 percent, and 7.9 percent over the past 14 days.

Wisconsin has averaged six deaths per day over both the past week and the past two weeks, for a total of 83 in the past 14 days.

The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County, with 65 new cases and 14.81 percent of tests coming back positive. Close behind is Brown County with 53 new cases and 48.62 percent positive tests.

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

Dane County: 35 new cases, 3.98 percent positive tests
Dodge County: 10 new cases, 8.47 percent positive tests
Eau Claire County: 16 new cases, 10.39 percent positive tests
Fond du Lac County: 37 new cases, 15.61 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 13 new cases, 10 percent positive tests
Ozaukee County: 13 new cases, 8.9 percent positive tests
Racine County: 14 new cases, 22.58 percent positive tests
Sauk County: 19 new cases, 36.54 percent positive tests
St Croix County: 16 new cases,  13.11 percent positive tests
Washington County: 17 new cases, 13.39 percent positive tests
Waupaca County: 12 new cases, 42.86 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 11 new cases, 7.28 percent positive tests

Hospitalizations fell to 321 currently hospitalized with COVID 19, 12 fewer than Friday and 26 fewer than a week ago. Of those, 106 are in ICUs.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations has improved but continues to stand out. More than 22 percent of total cases are now Latino people, as well as 10.82 percent of today’s new positive cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.

Similarly, 13 percent of all cases are Black people, as are 20 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 two percent of all covid cases in Wisconsin have died, while 88 percent have recovered and 11 percent remain active.