The state of Wisconsin reported 9,251 coronavirus tests on Wednesday, of which 2,402 were positive, for a positive test rate of 26 percent.
The state is processing far fewer tests for novel coronavirus than it did at the peak in mid-November — barely over half the number on a daily basis — which is likely responsible for a sharp decline in the number of new cases confirmed each day.
From December 7-14, the state processed an average of 9,810 tests per day, a 48 percent drop since the daily testing rate peaked at 18,857 on November 13.
The seven-day positive rate for all people tested held steady at 27.5 and the positive rate for all tests ticked up slightly from 10.6 to 10.7. The number of active cases continued its steady decline and is now just over 41,000 — about 9.3 percent of the 444,770 total cases the state has confirmed to date.
The state of Wisconsin reported 74 COVID deaths on Tuesday, including 20 in Dane County and 15 in Milwaukee County, bringing the total confirmed death toll to 4,196. An additional 75 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes. The seven-day daily death average fell from 45.14 to 44.14, and the 14-day average held steady at 50.
The seven-day average of new cases per day fell slightly to 3,117.
The number of people hospitalized also continued to fall, dropping by 51 to 1,410. The ICU population also fell by 17 to 314.
The table below shows new cases, new cases per 100,000 residents and new deaths for each county. Click on the header of any column to sort the data by that column.