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State reports 676 new COVID cases, 17 deaths; positive test rate falls to 2.8%


The state of Wisconsin reported just over 4,800 new coronavirus tests on Saturday, of which 676 were positive, for a positive test rate of about 14 percent. The seven-day average of new cases per day has fallen to 625.

The state of Wisconsin also reported 18 COVID deaths on Saturday, and removed on from the date, increasing the total death toll by 17 to 6,284. Since March, an additional 159 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes. The seven-day average of reported deaths increased from 17 to 18.

The seven-day positive rate, which would be less subject day to day fluctuations in testing, fell slightly to 2.8 percent, its lowest rate since mid-June of last year.

The state also reported Sagturday that 337,511 Wisconsin residents have completed the COVID-19 vaccination series, almost 23,000 since yesterday. In all, more than one million vaccine doses have been administered to nearly 800,000 people.

The estimated number of active cases — diagnosed in the past 30 days — fell to just ovrer 9,300, about 1.7 percent of the 559,172 total cases confirmed in Wisconsin.

The state DHS also reports that as of Thursday, 6,339 samples of the coronavirus had been genetically sequenced, and six instances of the B.1.1.7 variant, the so-called UK variant, had been identified. No instances of the Brazil or South African variants have been identified in Wisconsin.