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Dane County adds 93 more cases as UW announces some campus activity to resume


Dane County confirmed 93 new coronavirus cases this morning as UW-Madison announced it would resume some campus activity starting on September 26. This new phased-in approached would include continuous tracking and tracing of campus students and staff, changes in residence halls and continuing to hold students accountable for not following guidelines, UW officials said.

The 93 new cases brings the total for the county to 9,024. There are now 7,471 recovered cases while 1,517 are currently active. This drops the percentage of active cases to 16.8 percent.

Of the 93 new cases, 45 were attributed to tests processed September 22, while 40 were attributed to September 21 for an increase in cases for that date to 83. The rest were attributed to earlier days of this past week. 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 in their 20s with 35 percent of today’s cases, adding a total of 35 COVID-19 positives to that count. Those aged 10-19 grew by 26 more cases and were 27.3 percent of today’s total.  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 100 percent, while cases in those in their 20s have grown by 33.7 percent in the last two weeks. Cases in children aged 0-9 and adults in their 40s have both grown by by more than 20 percent for the same time period.

Adults in their 30s also grew by double digits today with 17 additional cases while those in their 40s  and children aged 0-9 grew by six. Groups aged in their 50s and their 60s both grew by three additional cases and those in their 70s grew by two.

Dane County’s death toll from COVID-19 remained at 41 today. As of this morning, there are currently 23 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 355.

Dane County’s seven-day average for cases is now at 146.4 while the 14-day average is now 176.2 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 22, which is 2.1 percent, while the positive test percentage for September 21 is 5.0 percent. The positive percentage for September 20 has been updated to 3.2 percent and September 19 is at 4.1 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 19 new positive cases from UW, all from UW students. Of that 19, 3 came from on-campus testing and 16 from off-campus testing.

According to UW’s data dashboard, they have attributed all of the 19 positive tests to September 21. 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 84.3. The seven-day percentage of positives for students on campus is at 5.7 percent and as reported, decreased from a week ago when it was at 9.6 percent. In total, there are now 2,752 positive cases from UW: 2,703 from students and 49 from employees. UW students continue to make up 98.2 percent of all UW cases. Of those 2,752 cases, 1,900 were identified in on-campus testing. UW now has a percentage of positive of 5.3  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.