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7.4 percent of Wisconsin COVID-19 tests return positive; 6 more dead

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin reported a half-dozen more deaths and over 40 more hospitalizations as the state continues to be wracked by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department of Health Services reported 10,378 new test results since yesterday, of which 768—or 7.4 percent—came back positive, according to new numbers released today.

The remaining tests, 92.6 percent returned negative results. However, a negative test only means the person tested did not have the disease at the time. They could still contract COVID-19.

Measuring the percentage of new cases returned in tests each day helps differentiate if increases in cases are due to greater spread or more testing, according to DHS.

The seven-day average continues to drop, and now is 681 new cases per day, down from 747 a week ago.

DHS reported six new deaths, raising the total at 1,100 people (1.5 percent of positive cases) killed by the disease.

The state reported 9,610 new negative test results.

Of all positive cases reported since the pandemic began, 63,730 or 88.2 percent, are considered recovered.

The state reported 41 new hospitalizations. Wisconsin hospitals are currently treating 354 patients with COVID-19. Of those, 133 are in intensive care units.

DHS now has a county-level dashboard to assess the COVID-19 activity level in counties and Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition regions that measure what DHS calls the burden in each county. View the dashboard HERE.

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