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Vaccinations accelerate as positive test rate falls slightly


The state of Wisconsin reported just over 4,800 new coronavirus tests on Thursday, of which 677 were positive, for a positive test rate of about 14 percent. The seven-day average of new cases per day fell considerably to 522.

The seven-day positive rate, which would be less subject day to day fluctuations in testing, fell to 2.3 percent after a one-day increase to 2.4 percent.

The state reported 12 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to 6,470. The seven-day average of daily deaths reported fell sharply to 11.

Since March 2020, an additional 159 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes.

The state also reported Sunday that more than 548,000 Wisconsin residents have completed the COVID-19 vaccination series, more than 23,000 since Wednesday. In all, nearly 1.6 million vaccine doses have been administered to more than 986,000 people.

The estimated number of active cases — diagnosed in the past 30 days — rose slightly to just under 7,300, about 1.3 percent of the 565,808 total cases confirmed in Wisconsin.