Wisconsin’s 7-day positivity rate at 32%, 175 more hospitalized with COVID-19

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MADISON, Wis. — The positive percentage of new COVID-19 tests remained above 30% on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health Services.

The seven-day positivity rate for new tests by person saw a minor increase to 32%, while the seven-day equivalent for total tests by day also grew slightly to 11.6%.

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State and county health officials recorded 3,367* new cases of the virus Wednesday. The state has reached a lifetime total of 495,005* confirmed cases, and more than 27,000 of those remain active.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin peaked in mid-November and had been declining since, but started to rise again in late December.

An additional 175 people have been hospitalized in the past day.

At least 5,121* have died of coronavirus complications since the start of the pandemic, with 50 new deaths confirmed Wednesday. , The latest report comes one day after the state surpassed 5,000 COVID-19 deaths.

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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.