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Dane County confirms 160 new cases as hospitalizations jump and another death reported


Dane County confirmed 160 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as the number of Dane County residents ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown by 10 this morning from 433 to 443. This new update in hospitalizations includes people in their 20s, 30s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 90s.

Another death – a woman who has been identified as white and in her 50s – has also been reported this morning, bringing the total deaths for Dane County residents to 46.

As of this morning, current hospitalizations in Dane County have hit a record breaking 78, up four from yesterday’s reported 74. Of those 78, 13 are reportedly in the ICU. These numbers include some patients who are not Dane County residents, but have been admitted to Dane County area hospitals along with Dane County residents.

Today’s 160 cases bring Dane County’s total count to 11,803. This morning, 10,073 cases are considered recovered with 1,784 remaining active.

Of today’s 160 new cases, 76 were attributed to tests processed October 13, while the rest were attributed to October 12 and earlier dates this past week. September 9 continues to hold the record for a single day increase with 487 positive cases attributed to that day.

All age groups between 10 – 59 went up by double digits, with adults in their 20s with the most at 43. Adults in their 30s followed with 27 new cases while those aged in their 40s grew by 24 as adults in their 50s grew by 21. Those aged 10-19 grew by 20 while children aged 0-9 and adults in their 60s both grew by 9. Rounding out today’s total, adults in their 90s grew by 1

New cases by age from the past two weeks continues to showcase the spread of cases beyond those of college age, which drove much of the increase in early September. Adults in their 60s grew the most in the past two weeks with an increase of 40.6 percent in new cases while children aged 0-9 followed with 34.33 percent growth since September 30. Adults in their 40s, 50s and 70s all grew over 30 percent for the last two weeks.

Dane County’s seven-day average for new cases is now at 149.3 while the 14-day average is now 131.2 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 October 13, which is 2.7 percent, while the positive test percentage for October 12 has increased to 5.0 percent. The positive percentage for October 11 has been updated to 4.3 percent and October 10 is also at 3.4 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 16 new positive cases for COVID-19 from on campus testing with 15 students and one UW employee. This increases the total number of positive cases to 3,174 for UW with 3,058 students and 116 employees.

According to UW’s data dashboard, they have attributed all 15 positive tests to October 12. 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 has risen to 18.6 cases per day. The seven-day percentage of positives for students on campus has also increased slightly to 1.0 percent.

Madison365 has updated our weekly map for COVID-19 cases within our county tracts last Thursday.

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