Dane County’s cumulative case count passed 18,000 this morning with 441 new cases. This brings the total to 18,171 with 14,024 cases recovered according to Public Health of Dane County and Madison’s data dashboard. Active cases jumped to 4,092, or 22.52 percent of all cases.
Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported Wednesday that they will no longer contacting employers of positive cases due to the high number of cases in the county at this time. PHMDC did note that employers will be contacted by contract tracers if the positive employee works in a school, child care, health care or a congregate care facility. For all other positive cases, the responsibility would be on the individual who tested positive to tell their employer and work with them to contact any other person they may have been in contact with during their infection period.
Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties — rose to a record-high 151. Of those 151, 36 are currently in the ICU. For Dane County residents the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown from 589. The newly hospitalized people includes three in their 30s and two in their 80s with one person in their 70s previously reported removed from the data.
The increasing number of hospitalizations for residents in the County have grown significantly among certain groups and ages as cases have surge. Madison365 has graphed that growth from information gathered daily from PHMDC’s data which reflects that those in their 90s, 80s and 50s have seen the most growth for the past two weeks in terms of ages. For our communities of color, all have seen growth in hospitalizations since October 24 of at least 12 percent.
Of the 441 new cases reported today, 173 were attributed to November 6 while an additional 133 cases were attributed to November 5, increasing that day’s positive test count to 364, while 134 more cases were added to November 4, increasing that day’s total to 357 total cases for that date. The rest of the new cases were attributed to earlier dates this week.
Every age group from 0-69 saw at least double-digit growth today with adults in their 20s growing the most again with 118 new cases, or 29.7 percent of all new cases. Those aged 10-19 grew by 85 new cases, those in their 30s added 69 and those in their 40s grew by 62. Adults in their 50s added 42 new cases, children under the age of 10 grew by 27 new cases, and adults in their 60s added 18 new cases. Eight new cases were in their 80s while six were added for those in their 70s and those in their 90s.
Looking at growth over the past two weeks, adults in their 90s continue to see the largest growth with a 55.2 percent increase in cases since October 24 while adults in their 80s have grown 38.8 percent. Those in their 70s have also grown over 30 percent with a 32.9 percent increase while children aged 0-9 grew by 35.5 percent since October 24.
For our communities of color, American Indians have grown by 36.8 percent while those who identify as Hispanic have grown by 32.7 percent. Those who are Black have grown by 24.4 percent while those who are Asian have grown by 22.4 percent since October 24.
The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for November 6 at 3.2 percent while the positive test percentage for November 5 has adjusted to 6.3 percent. The positive percentage for November 4 has grown to 8.2 percent and November 3 has grown to 6.9 percent. Madison365 expects that these numbers will be adjusted as more negative and positive tests are fully processed and attributed to the appropriate dates in the coming days. The break down for each day can be found on Public Health of Madison and Dane County’s Dashboard.
Yesterday at 2 pm, UW’s COVID-19 dashboard update included 36 new COVID-19 positive cases from on campus testing with 30 students and six employees and one positive test for a student found in off campus testing. The seven-day percent positive rate for students has grown to 2.1 percent while the seven-day average of all positive cases has grown to 34.4 cases per day. In total, according to UW’s Smart Restart Dashboard, there are now 3,556 students who have tested positive and 223 employees for a total of 3,779 cumulative cases for UW students and staff.
Madison365 updated our weekly map for COVID-19 cases within our county tracts this past Friday. Our team will continue to update this data and publish it weekly.
We will have an update later this afternoon for statewide numbers after 2 pm.