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Testing falls sharply, positive test rates remain steady as 2,122 new cases and 12 deaths reported


The state of Wisconsin reported just 7,350 coronavirus tests on Monday, of which 2,122 were positive, for a positive test rate of 28.9 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 5-12, the state processed an average of 10,536 tests per day, a 44 percent drop since the daily testing rate peaked at 18,857 on November 18.

The seven-day positive rate for all people tested held steady at 27.8, and the positive rate for all tests slipped from 10.9 to 10.6. The number of active cases continued its steady decline and is now just under 45,000 — about 10.2 percent of the 438,835 total cases the state has confirmed to date.

The state of Wisconsin reported 12 COVID deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s confirmed death toll to 4,068. An additional 75 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes. The seven-day daily death average fell from 48.14 to 47.14, but the 14-day average increased to 54.

The seven-day average of new cases per day fell to 3,408.

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.