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Positive test rate rises as testing slows

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The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results rose slightly to seven percent — up from 6.3 percent on Monday — as  about 9,500 tests returned 663 positive results, according to Wisconsin state and county public health data. The 663 new cases bring the total case count for Wisconsin to 67,493. Of those, just over 8,100 are considered active, about 200 fewer than Tuesday.

Additionally, eight more fatalities were reported — three in Waukesha County, two in Milwaukee County, and one each in Brown, Outagamie and Racine Counties — bringing the total death toll to 1,060. Eighteen people who tested positive for coronavirus infection have died of other causes, and are not counted as covid fatalities.

Today’s data brings both the seven-day and 14-day average of new cases to 747. Over the past seven days, the percentage of positive tests has averaged 8.1 percent, an increase from 7.87 percent Tuesday.

Wisconsin has averaged seven deaths per day over the past week and six per day over the past two weeks, for a total of 82 in the past 14 days.

The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County, with 222 new cases and 9.82 percent of tests coming back positive. Close behind was Brown County with 151 new cases — far more than the Northeast Wisconsin county has seen in recent months — and 12.32 percent tests returning positive results.

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

Calumet County: 10 new cases, 7.75 percent positive tests
Dane County: 50 new cases, 1.39 percent positive tests
Dodge County: 25 new cases, 9.06 percent positive tests
Eau Claire County: 11 new cases, 2.66 percent positive tests
Fond du Lac County: 24 new cases, 7.74 percent positive tests
Grant County: 11 new cases, 1.95 percent positive tests
Jefferson County: 16 new cases, 9.52 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 21 new cases, 8.14 percent positive tests
La Crosse County: 14 new cases, 5.13 percent positive tests
Manitowoc County: 18 new cases, 7.06 percent positive tests
Marathon County: 14 new cases, 3.31 percent positive tests
Marinette County: 22 new cases, 17.05 percent positive tests
Oconto County: 31 new cases, 13.9 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 53 new cases, 7.93 percent positive tests
Ozaukee County: 31 new cases, 43.06 percent positive tests
Portage County: 11 new cases, 5.95 percent positive tests
Racine County: 56 new cases, 5.31 percent positive tests
Rock County: 12 new cases, 3.53 percent positive tests
Sauk County: 24 new cases,  28.57 percent positive tests
Sheboygan County: 43 new cases, 20.98 percent positive tests
Trempeleau County: 17 new cases, 24.64 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 18 new cases,  7.0 percent positive tests
Washington County: 61 new cases, 37.89 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 144 new cases, 9.55 percent positive tests
Waupaca County: 23 new cases, 13.22 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 21 new cases, 3.33 percent positive tests

Hospitalizations rose Monday to 388, eight more than Monday and just one more than a week ago. Of those, 121 are in intensive care units, 12 more than Tuesday.

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 10.86 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 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 85 percent have recovered and 13 percent remain active.