MILWAUKEE, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS) - The newest data out Sunday from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services gives a glimmer of hope to Wisconsinites working to turn the corner in the state's ongoing fight against the coronavirus.
Over the past four days, Wisconsin's coronavirus positivity rate is now down at 7.06%, edging closer to a rate not seen in Wisconsin since the week of March 22 when it hit 6.26%.
Calculating the rate of positive tests statewide out of all the tests administered, Wisconsin's positivity rate for all of last week (Sunday through Saturday) fell to 7.96%.
Based on the data just out Sunday afternoon, that rate to start the new week on Sunday held relatively steady at 7.98%.
However, analyzing just the past four days, the rate is down at 7.06%.
Compare that to the week of March 29, when the state's rate in the early stages of testing and as Wisconsin's current Safer at Home order was in its early stages hit 11.52%.
“It’s not a normal metric, but it can be a very useful one in some circumstances,” Jason Andrews, an infectious-disease professor at Stanford, told The Atlantic last month during a deep-dive into the usefulness of tracking test-positivity.
Stay tuned to Spectrum News 1 this week as we continue to track the data and bring you updated data on the spread of the coronavirus in Wisconsin.