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As more than 1 in 4 eligible people are fully vaccinated in Dane County, PHMDC reports 137 new cases


Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported a net increase of 137 new COVID cases, considerably higher than in recent days, bringing the county’s cumulative total of 42,546. Overall cases have increased in the past two weeks by 32.8 percent, according to today’s dashboard update, a growing trend for the past week.

There is currently no specific information if any of these cases are related to a specific outbreak or if they are identified as a variant of COVID-19.

Statewide, according to WI Department of Health Services, out of 9,322 positive cases sequenced as of April 8th:

  • 148 cases are Variant B.1.1.7 (U.K. variant)
  • 15 are Variant B.1.351 (South Africa variant)
  • 216 are Variant B.1.427/B.1.429 (California variant)
  • 4 are Variant P.1 (Brazil variant)

In the south central region, which Dane County is a part of, 3,994 cases were sequenced with one percent of those variant B.1.1.7 and 1.8 percent B.1.427/B.1.429.

For the past two weeks, cases have grown steadily in those who are aged 30-39, making up 19 percent of all new cases while those in 18-22 have made up 15 percent of cases for the past two weeks.

For the past seven days, average of daily cases per 100,000 residents has increased to 12.4 cases per 100,000 residents. Active cases remains at two percent and is now at 778 cases.

The total number of deaths from COVID-19 for Dane County has grown by one additional death from 289 to 290. The death has been attributed to a person in their 90s who passed in March. This brings the total number of deaths for that month to 9.

As of April 6, UW is averaging 4,748.4 tests a day for the past seven days for on-campus testing while cases have increased by 108.1 percent the past 7 days to an average of 11.0 cases per day. The positivity rate for on campus testing for staff and students has remained at 0.2 percent for the past seven days. On April 5, UW reported 17 new cases while April 6, 13 more positive cases were reported. The UW dashboard is updated at 2pm through the week so more updated information will be added later this afternoon.

As of Tuesday’s update, 15,138 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 April 4 has remained at 0.9 while the seven-day rate grew this morning to 1.1. These rates do not include preliminary data from the past four days as that data continues to adjust as more tests are attributed.

There are 25 people in area hospitals due to COVID-19 – an increase of one from yesterday’s update.  These numbers includes those who live in and outside of Dane County. Of the 25 people reported in the hospital for COVID-19, 7 people are in the ICU. For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown to 1,335.

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 this morning at least 240,659 people – or 44 percent of all eligible Dane County residents – have received at least one dose while 26.5 percent or 145,070 have completed both doses. Of those who have received at least one dose, 90.3 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 received at least one dose of the vaccine, disparities amongst our communities of color continue. As of this afternoon based on race, those who are Asian now make up over 4.0 percent of those who have received at one least one shot of a vaccination while accounting for 7 percent of the Dane County population. For Black people, who make up 6 percent of the population in the county,  only make up 2.44 percent of the vaccinations. Those who are Native American/Alaskan Native are at .57 percent as they make up .5 percent of the population. When broken down by ethnicity, Hispanic/Latinx people in our county make up 7 percent of the population but only 3.4 percent of those who have received at least one shot of a vaccine.

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.