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Dane County adds 55 coronavirus cases as Governor extends mask order across Wisconsin


Dane County confirmed 55 new coronavirus cases this morning as Governor Evers declared a new public health emergency and extended the current mask order to until November 21st.

The 55 new cases brings the total for the county to 8,884. There are now 7,305 recovered cases while 1,590 are currently active. This drops the percentage of active cases to 17.79 percent.

Of the 55 new cases, 43 were attributed to tests processed September 21, while  five were attributed to September 20 for an increase in cases for that date to 96. The rest were attributed to earlier days. September 9 continues to hold the record for a single day increase with 487 positive cases attributed to that day.

Cases were centered today in those aged 10-19 with 26.2 percent of all cases or a total of 14. Those in their 20s were 25 percent of all cases and grew by 14 today.  No further breakdown in the age group between 10-19 was provided for today’s numbers.

Since September 7, cases in ages 10-19 have grown by 103.1 percent, while cases in those in their 20s have grown by 31.5 percent in the last two weeks. Cases in children aged 0-9 and adults in their 40s have grown by 19 percent for the same time period.

Adults in their 40s grew by nine additional cases while those in their 50s grew by seven. Adults in their 30s grew by four cases as children between 0-9 grew by three more cases today. Lastly, adults in their 70s grew by two more cases as well.

Dane County’s death toll from COVID-19 remained at 41 today. As of this morning, Public Health was able to update hospitalizations from 9/19 to 9/21. There are currently 25 county residents hospitalized for COVID-19, five of who are in the ICU. The total number of Dane County residents ever to be hospitalized for COVID-19 rose to 354.

Dane County’s seven-day average for cases is now at 146.8 while the 14-day average is now 175  cases per day. The Forward Dane reopening plan required that the daily new case average fall below 20 before moving to the next phase.

The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for September 21, which is 2.54 percent, while the positive test percentage for September 20 is 3.1 percent. The positive percentage for September 19 has been updated to 4.1 percent and September 18 is at 3.9 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.

According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s data dashboard, as of 2 pm yesterday, Public Health of Madison and Dane County and UW testing had confirmed 56 new positive cases from UW, all from UW students. Of that 56, 46 came from on-campus testing and 10 from off-campus testing. Included in that update was notice that the results from testing of Chadbourne Residence Hall residents meant that the hall would not need to quarantine like Witte, Sellery, and many fraternity and sorority chapter houses.

Yesterday, Chancellor Blank challenged Dane County Executive Parisi to “partner” with UW to assist in the enforcement of off-campus behavior in statement after Parisi has continuously pushed for UW to send students home and revert to delivering classes virtually.

According to UW’s data dashboard, they have attributed all of the 56 positive tests to September 20. UW attributes positive tests to the date results are received and not on the date a test was taken. PHMDC attributes results to the day a test was taken.

The seven-day average of UW-related cases per day has decreased to 85.0. The seven-day percentage of positives for students on campus is at 5.7 percent. In total, there are now 2,733 positive cases from UW: 2,684 from students and 49 from employees. UW students continue to make up 98.2 percent of all UW cases. Of those 2,677 cases, 1,897 were identified in on-campus testing. UW now has a percentage of positive of 5.7  percent for all positive tests since testing began on August 6th.

Last Friday morning, 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.