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Wisconsin’s positive test rate drops, vaccinations accelerate


The state of Wisconsin reported just over 4,700 new coronavirus tests on Wednesday, of which 516 were positive, for a positive test rate of nearly 11 percent, considerably lower than yesterday’s 31.8 percent. The seven-day average of new cases per day fell to 388.

The seven-day positive rate, which would be less subject day to day fluctuations in testing, slipped from 2.1 to 2.1 percent.

The state reported 14 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to 6,524. The seven-day average of daily deaths fell to nine.

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 626,000 Wisconsin residents have completed the COVID-19 vaccination series, almost 13,000 since Tuesday. In all, nearly 1.8 million vaccine doses have been administered to more than 1.1 million people.

The estimated number of active cases — diagnosed in the past 30 days — held at just over 6,500, about 1.15 percent of the 567,850 total cases confirmed in Wisconsin.