Positive percentage of new COVID-19 tests drops to 4.7% as overall testing climbs

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MADISON, Wis. — Despite a surge in the number of people tested in Wisconsin, the positive percentage of new COVID-19 tests has gone down Tuesday, according to the state Department of Health Services.

More than twice as many people were tested compared to Monday, with 12,781 results in the past 24 hours. The percentage has decreased to 4.7%, down from 5.3% seen the day before. On Sunday, that number was as high as 7% before seeing a gradual decline. With 75 active labs in the state, as many as 18,425 tests can be conducted daily.

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Tuesday’s percentage amounts to 582 new cases, according to combined data from state and county health officials. Wisconsin’s overall total number of confirmed cases has reached 28,730. At least 22,217 people or 79% of positive cases have fully recovered.

Health officials said 5,060 cases remain active, while five more people have died. The state’s death toll is now at 787.