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Testing continues to fall, daily positive test rate jumps; 3,501 new cases and 56 deaths reported


The state of Wisconsin reported just 7,299 coronavirus tests on Monday, of which nearly half — 3,501 were positive — for a positive test rate of 47.97 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 7-14, the state processed an average of 9,810 tests per day, a 48 percent drop since the daily testing rate peaked at 18,857 on November 13.

The seven-day positive rate for all people tested held steady at 27.5, down slightly from 27.8, and the positive rate for all tests stayed at 10.6. The number of active cases continued its steady decline and is now just over 44,000 — about 9.96 percent of the 442,368 total cases the state has confirmed to date.

The state of Wisconsin reported 56 COVID deaths on Tuesday, and removed two previously reported deaths from the date, so the state’s confirmed death toll rose by 54 to 4,122. An additional 75 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes. The seven-day daily death average fell from 47.14 to 45.14, and the 14-day average fell to 50.

The seven-day average of new cases per day fell slightly to 3,389.

The number of people hospitalized fell slightly after two consecutive days of increases. Currently, 1,461 people are hospitalized due to coronavirus, 10 fewer than yesterday. However, the ICU population increased by 12 to 331.

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.