With testing and reporting still slow following the holidays, the state of Wisconsin reported just over 8,200 new coronavirus tests on Tuesday, of which 3,403 were positive, for a positive test rate of about 41.5 percent. It is likely that the holiday weekend has slowed test processing and reporting such that testing focused on those most likely to test positive, and reporting prioritized positive tests, thus artificially inflating the daily positive test rate.
The seven-day positive rate for all people tested, which would be less subject to such data anomalies, also continued its increase, rising from 31.5 to 31.9, and the positive rate for all tests jumped to 11.2, up from 10.7. The number of active cases increased to nearly 27,600 — about 5.46 percent of the 491,341 total cases the state has confirmed to date.
The state of Wisconsin also reported 95 COVID deaths on Saturday, bringing the total death toll to 4,979. Since March, an additional 136 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes. With lower numbers of death certificates being processed over the holidays, the seven-day average of reported deaths has fallen to 28, but the 30-day average is 43.
The seven-day average of new cases per day rose to 2,342.
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.