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30.4 percent of county residents have received at least one dose as active cases drop down to 1 percent


As of this morning, PHMDC reported a net increase of 45 COVID cases, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 41,485. Overall cases have decreased by 14.2 percent over the past two weeks, according to today’s dashboard update.

For the past seven days, the county has continued to average 8.5 cases per 100,000 residents per day. Active cases though dropped down to one percent, or a total 607 cases.

The total number of deaths from COVID-19 for Dane County has remains at 288 COVID-19 deaths for the county after six additional deaths were reported this past Saturday. One death was attributed to October of 2020, one added for December of 2020 and four of the deaths were attributed to March of 2021. As of Saturday, there are now a total of 12 deaths from COVID-19 in Dane County reported so far for this current month. Of the six deaths, one death was attributed to someone in their 90s, one in their 80s one in their 70s; two deaths were from someone in their 60s and one was from someone in their 40s. One of the deaths was of a person who was Black according to today’s update.

As of March 18, UW is averaging 5,467.9 tests a day for the past seven days for on-campus testing while cases are now averaging 6.6 cases. For the past seven days, cases have decreased for UW students and staff about 31.3 percent while testing on campus has decreased about 19.4 percent. The positivity rate for on campus testing for staff and students grew slightly today to 0.1 percent for the past seven days. As of yesterday’s update, 8,108 UW students and employees have received at least one dose (from both off and on campus vaccinations).

Dane County’s 14-day positive test rate as of March 18 has decreased to 0.6 while the 7-day rate has also dropped to 0.6. These rates do not include preliminary data from the past four days as that data continues to adjust as more tests are attributed.

For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown to 1,295. Currently, there are 21 people currently hospitalized in area hospitals – including those who live in and outside of Dane County – with five of those in the ICU.

More comprehensive data for vaccinations is updated every Wednesday and Friday per week, for Dane County by only core measures. Data break down by race, ethnicity and age except those older than 65 have been removed. The current data listed  is retrieved from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry for all adults and children within the state. The release and the information on the dashboard does warn that some of this information may be incorrect or incomplete as the data is not updated as soon as someone is vaccinated or double checked as consistently as other data gathered. Break down on further information about vaccinations from the county is derived from DHS COVID-19 Vaccine data page by Madison365.org.

As of Sunday afternoon, at least 166,207 or 30.4 percent of all Dane County residents have received at least one dose while 18.4 percent or 102,354 — have completed both doses. Of those who have received at least one dose residents, 86.6 percent are 65 and older. Vaccination data is broken down between those who are 16 – 65+. No data for children is available as the vaccinations have not yet been approved for those under 15.

From all those who have been vaccinated, 2.68 percent are Hispanic or Latinx – an increase from Friday’s reported 2.4 percent. Hispanic/Latinx people make up seven percent of the county and are underrepresented in those being vaccinated along with other communities of color in our county. Black people, who make up about six percent of the population, make up 2.43 percent of those who’ve received at least one dose of vaccine as of the latest update. Asian people, who make up 6 percent of the county population, only make up 3.2 percent of those who have received at least one vaccination. Those who are American Indian/Alaskan Native and are 0.5 percent of the population also remain at 0.51 percent of those who have received at least one dose of the vaccine. In comparison, white people in the county, make up 73 percent of the population, but have received 79.5 percent of the vaccinations.

Madison365 has updated our weekly map of COVID-19 cases in the county by census tract.

We will have an update later this afternoon for statewide numbers.