The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results slipped slightly Sunday 8.4 percent — down from 8.9 on Saturday — as just over 7,400 tests returned 621 positive results, according to Wisconsin state and county public health data. The 621 new cases brings the total case count for Wisconsin to 60,554. Of those, about 9,500 are considered active, about 100 fewer than Saturday.
Two more fatalities were reported — one in Dane County and the first fatality in Taylor County — bringing the total death toll to 998. 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 142 new cases and 10.07 percent of tests coming back positive.
Other localities with higher case totals and positive tests rates include:
Brown County: 24 new cases, 6.48 percent positive tests
Dane County: 44 new cases, 4.4 percent positive tests
Dodge County: 11 new cases, 22.22 percent positive tests
Eau Claire County: 14 new cases, 2.1 percent positive tests
Fond du Lac County: 22 new cases, 11.62 percent positive tests
La Crosse County: 12 new cases, 8.28 percent positive tests
Marathon County: 17 new cases, 13.92 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 16 new cases, 6.47 percent positive tests
Ozaukee County: 16 new cases, 17.26 percent positive tests
Pierce County: 13 new cases, 11.11 percent positive tests
Racine County: 15 new cases, 6.09 percent positive tests
Sauk County: 11 new cases, 6.26 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 21 new cases, 7.62 percent positive tests
Washington County: 27 new cases, 15.89 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 46 new cases, 18.16 percent positive tests
Waupaca County: 11 new cases, 27.91 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 12 new cases, 11.24 percent positive tests
Limited hospitalization data is available again after the state DHS and Wisconsin Hospital Association spent nearly two weeks re-configuring their reporting protocols due to new federal guidelines. As of Saturday in Wisconsin, 338 people were hospitalized due to coronavirus infection, 12 fewer than Saturday and one more than a week ago. Of those, 104 were in intensive care units, 17 fewer than Saturday.
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 about 6.3 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.