The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results rose Wednesday to 6.1 percent — up slightly from 5.9 — as more than 17,000 tests returned 1,059 positive results, according to state and county public health data. That brings the total case count for Wisconsin to 52,108. Of those, more than 9,800 are considered active, about 100 more than Wednesday.
Eight more fatalities were reported – four in Milwaukee County, two in Washington County and one each in Jefferson and Marathon Counties. Additionally, 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus infection died of other causes, and are not counted as covid fatalities.
The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County, with 300 new cases and 8.49 percent of tests coming back positive.
Other localities with higher case totals and positive tests rates include:
Barron County: 62 new cases, 27.8 percent positive tests
Brown County: 41 new cases, 6.14 percent positive tests
Dane County: 37 new cases, 1.07 percent positive tests
Eau Claire County: 14 new cases, 6.39 percent positive tests
Grant County: 10 new cases, 14.93 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 33 new cases, 21.29 percent positive tests
La Crosse County: 13 new cases, 7.14 percent positive tests
Marathon County: 14 new cases, 5.71 percent positive tests
Marinette County: 15 new cases, 13.89 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 29 new cases, 7.82 percent positive tests
Ozaukee County: 20 new cases, 4.15 percent positive tests
Racine County: 47 new cases, 8.2 percent positive tests
Sauk County: 19 new cases, 21.84 percent positive tests
Sheboygan County: 15 new cases, 5.64 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 39 new cases, 7.26 percent positive tests
Washington County: 44 new cases, 8.63 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 96 new cases, 6.54 percent positive tests
Waupaca County: 10 new cases, 9.62 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 19 new cases, 4.09 percent positive tests
Wood County: 15 new cases, 10.2 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, as are 27.9 percent of today’s cases. 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 79.29 percent have recovered and 18.91 percent remain active.