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Rate of positive coronavirus tests ticks up as 375 new cases identified


The percentage of coronavirus tests that came back positive increased for the first time in five days, from 5.9 percent to 8.14 percent.

Governor Tony Evers’ “Badger Bounce Back” plan requires a 14-day decline in that measure, along with other indicators, before more businesses are allowed to open and groups can begin to gather.

Wisconsin now has had a total of 9,681 cases, according to Department of Health Services and county public health data — an increase of 351.

Overall since the crisis began, 8.97 percent of all tests have come back positive. That’s slightly lower than it was yesterday, when it was 9.1 percent.

The largest increase in new cases today come from Milwaukee County, which increased by 125, and Brown County, with an increase of 71. An outbreak at a meat packing plant in Green Bay has significantly increased the number of positive cases in Brown County, which have now reached 1,777 in the county.

Other counties with marked increases include Racine County, which increased by 44 cases as 23 percent of tests came back positive — both significantly higher than yesterday; Kenosha County, which increased by 17 as 14 percent of tests were positive; and Calumet County, which increased by 12 cases with 31 percent of tests coming back positive since Thursday.

The statewide death toll is now 384, with 10 more fatalities since Thursday afternoon.

The number of people hospitalized jumped — 348, up from 299 yesterday, with 110 in intensive care. Additionally, 204 are hospitalized awaiting test results.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to rise — 30 percent of total cases are now Latino people, and 30 percent of the new cases identified today. Latinos make up just 7 percent of the state’s overall population.

Similarly, 21 percent of all cases are Black people, who also make up 30 percent of deaths. Black people make up just 6 percent of the state’s population.

DHS also reports that 48 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and just under four percent have died.