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State reports 70 more COVID deaths as positive test rates continue to fall


The state of Wisconsin reported 70 COVID deaths on Wednesday, while one death previously reported was removed from the data, so the state’s total death toll rose by 69 to 4,614. An additional 102 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes. The seven-day daily death average slipped from 60.4 to 59.7, the 14-day fell from 53 to 52 and the 30-day average rose from 51 to 53. The state has reported 558 deaths over the past 10 days.

The state also reported just 8,856 new coronavirus tests on Wednesday, of which 2,579 were positive, for a positive test rate of 29 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 13-20, the state processed an average of 8,530 tests per day, a 54.7 percent drop since the daily testing rate peaked at 18,857 on November 13.

The seven-day positive rate for all people fell slightly to 26.0 percent and the positive rate for all tests held at 9.1 percent. The number of active cases continued its steady decline and is now just under 34,000 — about 7.3 percent of the 463,594 total cases the state has confirmed to date.

The seven-day average of new cases per day fell to 2.526.

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.