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Dane County confirms 252 new coronavirus cases as Badger football prepares to return


Dane County confirmed 252 new coronavirus cases this morning, a day after the Big Ten Conference announced that football will return in late October. This brings the County’s total to 8,251. As of this morning, there are 6,394 recovered cases while 1,816 are currently active. This brings the percentage of active cases back up to 22 percent.

Most of the 252 new cases were attributed to tests processed September 16, with 249 positive cases reported for that date while the rest were attributed to September 15 and other dates this past week. September 9 continues to hold the record for a single day increase with 487 positive cases attributed to that day.

In addition, 82 percent of the cases attributed to September 13 are aged 18-22, according to data provided by Public Health Madison & Dane County. Madison365 expects a break down in the number of positive of cases in that age rage for the previous two weeks to be shared when Public Health of Madison and Dane County releases their weekly Data Snapshot on late Thursday afternoon.

About 42 percent of today’s new cases are aged 10-19, with 106 new cases in that age group. Those aged 20-29 grew by 99 new cases with 39.3 percent of all new positive tests. Since September 3, cases in ages 10-19 have grown by 205.9 percent, while cases in those in their 20s have grown by 36.8 percent in the last two weeks.

Adults in their 40s and 50s both grew by double digits today, adding 12 and 10 new cases respectively. Those in their 30s grew by eight new cases while children aged 0-9 grew by three cases and adults in their 60s by one.

Dane County’s death toll from COVID-19 remained at 41 today. As of this morning, 19 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Dane County, with five of those in the ICU. The total number of Dane County residents ever to be hospitalized for COVID-19 is still at 349 as of this morning.

Dane County’s seven-day average for cases is now at 17.7  while the 14-day average is now 180.1 cases per day. The Forward Dane reopening plan required that the daily new case average fall below 20 before moving to the next phase. Further, PHMDC required a daily new case count below 39 for four consecutive weeks to open schools for grades three through five, and below 19 for four consecutive weeks to open grades six through 12, for in-person instruction. Last Thursday evening, the State Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction allowing schools to open for in-person instruction. On Monday, several Dane County private schools reopened.

Yesterday, Public Health of Madison and Dane County announced that they would be stepping up enforcement on bars and restaurants with the assistance with Madison Police.

At the time of this update, the most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for September 16, which is at 4.9 percent while the positive test percentage for September 15 is at 4.2. The positive percentage for September 14 has been updated to 2.7 percent and September 13 is at 6.4 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 47 new positive cases from UW. Of that 47, 11 came from on campus testing with. In total, there were 45 additional new positive tests for students and 2 for employees and one student hospitalized with complications of COVID-19 according to the update.

According to UW’s data dashboard, they have attributed all of the 47 positive tests to September 15 . 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 from 169.6 to 163.6. The seven-day percentage of positives for students on campus is at 9.6 percent. In total, there are now 2,209 positive cases from UW: 2,176 from students and 33 from employees. UW students now make up 98.5 percent of all UW cases. Of those 2,191 cases, 1,498 were identified in on-campus testing. As of this morning, UW has run 28,669 tests since on campus testing began on August 6 with 5.2 percent of those tests coming back positive.

Last Friday, 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.