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Positive test rate rises again, vaccinations accelerate


The state of Wisconsin reported just over 17,500 new coronavirus tests on Wednesday, citing a backlog of negative test results. Of those tests, 563 were positive. The seven-day average of new cases per day fell slightly to 471.

The seven-day positive rate, which would be less subject day to day fluctuations in testing, rose to 2.8 percent after three consecutive days at 2.7.

The state reported 10 new deaths on Wednesday, increasing the total death toll to 6,622.

The seven-day average of daily deaths held steady at four.

Since March 2020, an additional 159 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes.

The state also reported Monday that just over 1,000,000 Wisconsin residents have completed the COVID-19 vaccination series, more than 26,000 since Tuesday. More than 57,000 doses were administered in the past 24 hours. In all, more than 2.8 million vaccine doses have been administered to more than 1.76 million people.

The estimated number of active cases — diagnosed in the past 30 days — rose to just over 6,800, about 1.2 percent of the 577,140 total cases confirmed in Wisconsin.