More than 90 new COVID-19 deaths confirmed in Wisconsin; 7-day positivity rate rises to 31%

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MADISON, Wis. — The positive percentage of new COVID-19 tests in Wisconsin has once again surpassed 30%, according to the state Department of Health Services.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the seven-day positivity rate for total tests by person has reached 31%. The rolling average for total tests by day also grew to 13.8%.

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At least 3,589* people in Wisconsin have died of coronavirus complications since the start of the pandemic, with 93 more deaths confirmed Wednesday. Over 40 deaths were confirmed last month in Dane County alone.

DHS officials said 197 more people have been hospitalized, and 14% of the state’s hospital beds are available for new patients.

According to DHS, the seven-day average of new cases per day has dropped to 3,664. State and county health officials recorded 3,681* new cases of the virus Wednesday, which puts the state’s lifetime total at 395,745*. Over 66,000, or 16.7% of cases are active.

UW Health announced it will open an indoor COVID-19 testing site on Madison’s east side for symptomatic patients, pre-surgical patients and UW Health employees.

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*News 3 Now uses data from DHS and county dashboards to calculate daily cases and deaths. DHS posts new numbers daily at 2 p.m., and our newsroom continues to update our totals throughout the day with additional cases that individual counties report. By using a combination of state and county data, News 3 Now is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date COVID-19 coverage.