The state of Wisconsin reported 10,876 coronavirus tests on Thursday, of which 3,675 were positive, for a positive test rate of 35 percent, higher than yesterday’s 31 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 12-19, the state processed an average of 9,212 tests per day, a 51 percent drop since the daily testing rate peaked at 18,857 on November 13.
The seven-day positive rate for all people fell to 26.9, down from 27.6, and the positive rate for all tests fell from 10 to 9.6. The number of active cases continued its steady decline and is now just over 38,000 — about 8.4 percent of the 455,351 total cases the state has confirmed to date.
The state of Wisconsin reported 86 COVID deaths on Friday, and two previously reported deaths were removed from the data, so the total confirmed death toll rose by 84 to 4,399. Milwaukee County alone reported 48 deaths. An additional 102 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes. The seven-day daily death average rose jumped from 46.29 to 51.14, and the 14-day rose slightly to 50 while the 30-day average held at 51.
The seven-day average of new cases per day rose to 3,096.
The number of people hospitalized also continued to fall sharply, dropping by 56 to 1,274. The ICU population rose by two to 292.
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.