DHS: 15% of COVID-19 tests coming back positive; highest rate of 2021

Published: Dec. 27, 2021 at 3:10 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The percentage COVID-19 tests that are coming back positive in any given weeklong period topped the 15% mark for the first time since depths of the pandemic in Wisconsin last year, new Dept. of Health Services numbers show.

The percentage peaked at 15.4 on Christmas Day before retreating to a flat 15 percent as of Monday’s update. Prior to the recent surge, which has seen COVID-19 activity levels hit critical levels across the state, the seven-day rolling average for percent-positivity had not even breached double-digits since the first days of 2021.

The high rates come as the number of new cases remain plateaued in December at their highest levels of the year. The seven-day rolling-average currently stands at 3,375 cases per day over the previous week, DHS reports, which while being approximately 500 cases lower than the high points earlier this month, remain in line with the rest of December.

The latest DHS update included approximately 2,500 cases, which drove the total number cases to 967,173 since the pandemic began.

The seven-day rolling average for deaths from COVID-19 ticked up to 24 per day over the preceding week, putting the state on pace to eclipse 10,000 confirmed deaths stemming from the virus later this week. Currently, DHS has confirmed 9,928 deaths, although its numbers indicate another 1,100 people likely died because of COVID-19.

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