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Wisconsin’s positive COVID test rates level off as 3,791 new cases, 40 deaths reported


With testing and reporting ramping up after the holidays, the state of Wisconsin reported just over 10,000 new coronavirus tests on Wednesday, of which 3,791 were positive, for a positive test rate of about 37.36 percent. It is likely that the holiday weekend has slowed test processing and reporting such that testing focused on those most likely to test positive, and reporting prioritized positive tests, thus artificially inflating the daily positive test rate.

The seven-day positive rate for all people tested, which would be less subject to such data anomalies, steadied after about 10 days of increases, slipping from 32 percent to 31.9 and the positive rate for all tests fell from 11.6 to 11.4. The number of active cases, however, increased to nearly 29,000 — about 5.8 percent of the 498,538 total cases the state has confirmed to date.

The state of Wisconsin also reported 40 COVID deaths on Saturday, bringing the total death toll to 5,079. Since March, an additional 136 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes. With lower numbers of death certificates being processed over the holidays, the seven-day average of reported deaths has fallen and now sits at 31.4. The 30-day average has risen to 45.

The seven-day average of new cases per day jumped to 2,589.

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.