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Dane County adds 195 new cases as hospitalizations rise

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Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 195 new cases this morning which gives the county a new cumulative total of 31,298. Recovered cases grew to 28,437 as active cases dropped to 2,725 or 8.7 percent of all cases.

Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties —  grew to 140 with the number of people in ICUs increasing to 46.

For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has increased to 937 this morning with one person each in the following age groups: 20s, 50s, 80s, and 90s, and two people in their 60s. Of those six additional people hospitalized from Dane County, two were Asian and one person was Black.

The number of hospitalizations for residents in the county continues to impact adults 60 and older the most for the past few weeks, however the increases are steadily declining. Madison365 has graphed that growth from information gathered daily from PHMDC’s data which reflects that the number of hospitalized cases in adults in their 90s by 18.0 percent and those aged 10-19 have grown by 14.3 percent since December 5. Adults in their 80s have grown 12.3 percent during the same time as adults in their 60s have grown by 11.2 percent. Since December 5, hospitalizations overall for Dane County residents have grown 10.1 percent.

Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color with those who are American Indian/Native Alaskan and Asian people in our community both growing 16.7 since December 5. The percentage of hospitalizations for people who are Black in our community have grown 8.9 percent and people who are Hispanic/Latinx by 2.6 percent.

The 195 new cases were attributed to dates earlier this week, with 142 cases attributed to December 18 while there were 64 attributed to December 17, increasing that day’s total to 153. The rest of the cases were distributed among dates earlier this week and late last week. The 7 day average of cases per day is now at 153.6, while the 14 day average is now at 176.

The percentage of positive tests for these days was also adjusted with December 18 at 2.9 while December 17 has increased to 3.8. December 16 has adjusted to 3.8 as December 15 adjusted to 3.9 and December 14 is at 5.2. The seven-day average remains at 4.5 while the 14 day average as of December 18 is at 5.0. 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 all grew by double digits today with those in their 20s growing by 34 or 26.8 percent of all new cases while adults in their 10-19 followed closely behind with 33 new cases. Adults in their 30s grew by 24 new cases while those aged 0-9, those in their 40s and adults in their 60s grew by 22 new cases. Adults in their 50s grew by 20 and adults in their 70s grew by 10. In single digit increases, adults in their 80s grew by five and adults in their 90s grew by three.

When looking at our communities of color, those who are Hispanic/Latinx grew by 30 new cases or 15.4 percent of all new cases broken down by ethnicity. They continue to make up 15.6 percent of all cases. Black people in our community grew by 19 or 9.7 percent of all new cases and continue to make up 7.8 percent of all cases ever in Dane County. Asian people in our community grew by 13 new cases and now make up 3.6 percent of all cases.

Looking at growth over the past two weeks, infection in those in their 90s grew by 18 percent as adults in their 80s grew by 12.3 percent. Adults in their 70s grew by 10.1 percent and adults in their 60s by 11.2 since December 5.

In terms of case growth for the past two weeks for our communities of color, cases among Black people have grown by 9.4 percent while Asian people have grown by 10.2 percent. Those who identify as Hispanic/Latinx have grown 8,3 percent while American Indian/Native Alaskan in our community have grown by 5.3 percent during this same period.

UW reported 4 new positives from on-campus testing for students while UW employees had 3 new positives from on-campus testing. All positive cases have been attributed to December 17. There are now 4,773 total positive cases for UW students – including two attributed to earlier dates in the data – and 513 positive cases for UW employees – including five attributed to earlier dates in the data – for a total of 5,286 total cases from UW since tracking began for campus. The updated 7 day average of cases is now at 9.9 for both students and staff in on and off campus testing as of December 17. The 7 day average for the percentage of positives for students is now at .7 percent for students and 1.0 percent for employees from on campus testing.

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.