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Record-high 128 deaths reported in Wisconsin; positive test rates continue to drop


The state of Wisconsin reported a record-high 128 COVID deaths on Saturday, bringing the total death toll to 5,450. Since March, an additional 161 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes. The seven-day average of reported deaths jumped from 30 to 42.

Thirty-one counties reported at least one fatality, with the most by far — 73 — reported in Milwaukee County. It is likely that these deaths have occurred over several weeks but were delayed in being reported into the state database.

The state of Wisconsin also reported just over 7,000 new coronavirus tests on Friday, of which 1,937 were positive, for a positive test rate of about 28 percent. With testing remaining lower than in previous weeks, the seven-day average of new cases per day rose slightly to 2,216.

The seven-day positive rate for all people tested, which would be less subject day to day fluctuations in testing, continued a sharp decline, falling from 25.9 to 25 percent, while the positive rate for all tests fell from 8.5 to 8.1 percent, the lowest since December 27.

The state also reports Thursday that 30,805 Wisconsin residents have completed the COVID-19 vaccination series. In all, 213,056 vaccine doses have been administered.

The number of people hospitalized also continued a steep decline, falling by 42 to 911. Of those, 212 are in ICUs, 10 fewer than Friday.

The estimated number of active cases — diagnosed in the past 30 days — fell slightly to 26,823, about 5.2 percent of the 520,188 total cases confirmed in Wisconsin.

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.