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Dane County adds 25 coronavirus cases as new Dane County snapshot is released


Dane County confirmed 25 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, which brings the County’s total to 4,571. As of this morning, the total number of recovered was listed as 3,873.

Dane County’s death toll from COVID-19 remained at 38 this morning while total hospitalizations grew to 289, up from yesterday’s 284. Currently, there are 30 people hospitalized in Dane County with 8 of those in the ICU.

Today’s new cases in each age group remained in the single digits with the highest concentration of new cases are in those in their 20s with eight. Adults in their 30s grew by five today while children aged 0-9, 10-19 and adults in their 50s grew by three. Finally, those in their 40s grew by two and one additional case was added for those in their 60s.

Madison365 is now reporting the growth of COVID-19 cases for the last two weeks by age and race/ethnicity with the interactive graphs below.

The most updated data on positive test percentage for a day is for August 10, with the positive test percentage reported as 0.9 percent while August 9 is now at 1.7 percent. The positive percentage for August 8 has updated at 1.8 percent and August 7 at 1.7 percent. Madison365 expects that these numbers will adjust 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.

Public Health of Madison and Dane County updated their Data Dashboard for the week of July 25 – August 7. Currently, for those dates, Dane County has averaged 50 cases per day which stayed consistent with last week’s 50 cases. However, this number is still too high for the Forward Dane reopening plan to move forward, coded as red on the data snapshot metrics. For those dates, only about 75 percent of those who test positive have been contacted within 48 hours of being tested which is up from last week’s 64 percent, which means this metric has moved from red to yellow. Though last week’s snapshot reported that the percentage of those who tested positive who did not know where they would have gotten COVID from was at 36 percent, this week it rose to 40 percent keeping this metric red as well.

Public Health of Madison and Dane County also reported the current activity level for the county which measures the burden of cases within the last two week period (number of cases per 100,000) and the trajectory – or the percent change in cases from previous to the current week and if that trajectory is statistically significant. As of 8/5, DHS reports that Dane County has a high burden with an average of 50 cases and a trajectory of no sttastistically significant change in the number of cases from the most recent 7 day period compared to the prior which puts us at a high activity level.

According to the update information, in the previous 14 days, there were a total of 700 cases with 625 as of the release of the update being fully interviewed. Of all new cases, 30 percent were those in their 20s while 18 percent were 10-19 and 16 percent in their 30s. Of that 625 interview, 37 percent or 233, attended a gathering or party with people outside their household. Also from that 625 interviewed, 357 or 57 percent, were likely infected with a close contact who had a lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases.

From the 625 interviewed:

  • 86 were associated with a known cluster
  • 22 from work places
  • 18 from childcare facilities
  • 12 from congregate facilities
  • 10 from bars and restaurants
  • 6 from large gatherings (weddings or house parties)
  • 5 from supported living services for adults
  • 4 from sports teams
  • 4 from youth camps
  • 2 from college-aged housing
  • 3 from other clusters
    • Of the 22 cases from childcare facilities and youth camps – 9 were children and 13 were adults

The updated Data Snapshot also gave us the latest information on the impact of COVID surrounding our communities of color for those two weeks as well. Those who identify as Hispanic or Latinx make up 6 percent of tests – 1 percent less than last week, but rose from 16 percent of cases from July 18 – July 31 to 20 percent of cases and 19 percent of hospitalizations from July 18 – July 31’s 8 percent of the hospitalizations. According to the new data for July 25 – August 7, Black people were five percent of all tests which is down by one percent, and make up 11 percent of cases and 38 percent of hospitalizations for those dates as well. Black people make up about six percent of the population in Dane County. For those dates as well, Asian people made up four percent of tests and two percent of cases while making up seven percent of the population in Dane County.

Last week, Madison365 updated our interactive Dane County Coronavirus Map. The map will be updated weekly.

We will have an update of today’s statewide numbers later this afternoon.