Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 13 new deaths this morning, pushing Dane County’s cumulative total of deaths to 203. Most of the deaths reported today were older than 70, with four deaths from people in their 90s, three in their 70s and two in their 80s. However, there were three people who were in their 60s who passed from COVID-19 and one person in their 50s. Of the 13 deaths, one was Hispanic. Since December 31, deaths have increased by 16 percent. From all 203 deaths, about 85.7 percent of all deaths in Dane County from COVID-19 have been those 70 and older.
Also reported this morning by PHMDC were 753 new positive cases added to the data. Of those new cases, 403 were from positive cases from December in Department of Correction facilities located in Dane County, according to Public Health of Madison and Dane County. As reported by Madison365 on Monday, there has been a delay in receiving these cases since these correctional facilities are under state jurisdiction from the Wisconsin Department of Health. Most of the 403 cases were attributed to dates in mid to late December. Most significantly, due to the number of positives updated for that date and the current number of total tests listed, December 28 now has the largest single day positive rate at 19 percent.
With the 753 cases reported today, Dane county’s new cumulative total is now at 33,970. with recovered cases in Dane County growing to 31,776. However, active cases grew this morning for a fifth straight day to 2,757, or 7.9 percent of all cases. Yesterday, active cases were at 2,165 or 6.4 percent of all cases.
Hospitalizations in Dane County, of both county residents and people from neighboring counties, has grown to 119 this morning from yesterday’s 111, who are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19. Of those 119, 38 people are in the ICU.
For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has been grown from 1,038 to 1,041 with two people in their 20s, two people in their 40s and one person in their 80s were removed from the data. From the new eight hospitalizations of Dane county residents, three are in their 50s, three are in their 60s, and two were in their 70s. Of the 8, one person was Black.
Of the 753 cases reported today, 295 were attributed to January 6 while 50 were added to January 5 – bringing that day’s total to 174 total cases for that day. There were also 41 cases added to January 4 which increased that day’s total to 183 total positives. Though 403 positive cases were added to dates in December, our seven- and 14-day averages continue to rise. As of January 6, Dane County’s seven-day average is now at 195.7 while the 14-day average is at 174.8.
The percentage of positive for January 6 is at 6.4 while January 5 now at 4.4. The new percentage of positive for January 4 is 8.8 while January 3 is at 8.3. The seven-day percentage of positive as of January 6 remains at 7.2 while the 14 day average is at 7.0. Madison365 expects these numbers to adjust as Public Health of Madison and Dane County continue to receive updated results throughout the week.
Age groups between 0- 79 grew by double digits today, with adults in their 20s – 59 all growing by triple digits. Adults in their 30s had the highest increase today with 190 new cases, followed by those in their 20s with 184, adults in their 40s by 129 and adults in their 60s by 108. Those in their 60s grew by 64 new cases, those aged 10-19 grew by 44 and children under 10 and those in their 70s both grew by 14 new cases. In single digit increases, adults in their 80s grew by five and adults in their 90s grew by one new case.
When looking at our communities of color, Black people in our community grew by 168 new cases this morning or by 22.3 percent of all new cases. They now make up 8.1 percent of all COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began though they make up only 6 percent of the Dane County population. Those who identify as Hispanic/Latinx also grew significantly when broken down by ethnicity with 62 new cases or 8.2 percent of all new cases broken down by ethnicity. They now make up 15.3 percent of all cases. Asian people have grown by 37 new cases and make up 3.7 percent of all new cases while American Indian/Alaskans have grown by 17 new positive cases and now make up .82 percent of all cases.
As of January 6th, UW reported 28 new positive cases for UW students in on-campus testing with 2 additional positive cases in off-campus testing for students and eight new positive cases for UW staff in on-campus testing. All of these positives have been attributed to January 5. UW has a total of 4,887 total positive cases – including five newly reported positives attributed to earlier dates – for UW students, and 578 positive cases for UW employees for a total of 5,465 total cases from UW since tracking began for campus. The most recent updated 7 day average of cases is now at 12.0 for both students and staff in on and off campus testing as of January 5. The 7 day average for the percentage of positives for students is at 2.2 percent for students and 1.3 percent for employees from on campus testing as of January 5.
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 after 2 pm.