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Wisconsin reports fewest new cases in over a month, but positive test rates remain high


The state of Wisconsin reported just 7,693 coronavirus tests on Sunday, of which 1,826 were positive, for a positive test rate of 23.7 percent, lower than yesterday’s 33 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 held steady at 26.9, and the positive rate for all tests fell slightly from 9.6 to 9.4. The number of active cases continued its steady decline and is now just under 37,000 — about eight percent of the 457,177 total cases the state has confirmed to date.

The state of Wisconsin reported 18 COVID deaths on Friday, bringing the state’s total death toll to 4,417. An additional 102 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes. The seven-day daily death average rose slightly 51.57 and the 14-day held at 50 while the 30-day average fell to 49.

The seven-day average of new cases per day fell slightly to 3,047.

The number of people hospitalized also continued to fall, dropping by six to 1,268. The ICU population held steady at 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.