Dane County confirmed 76 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, which brings the County’s total to 4,334. As of this morning, the total number of recovered was listed as 3,509 with 788 active cases in the County.
Dane County’s death toll from COVID-19 remained at 37 this morning while total hospitalizations also remained steady at 289. Currently, there are 30 people hospitalized in Dane County with 8 of those in the ICU.
The highest concentration of new cases are in those in their 20s with 33 new cases today. Those in their 30s also saw double-digit growth today, with 18 new cases. Those in their 40s grew by seven cases and those in their 50s and 60s grew by three more cases each, while children and young adults aged 10-19 grew by eight. One more case was identified in a child under the age of 10.
The most updated data on positive test percentage for a day is for August 4, with the positive test percentage reported as 2.38 percent while August 3 is now at 1,98 percent. The positive percentage for August 2 has updated at .27 percent and August 1 at 2.53 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 18 – July 31. Currently, for those dates, Dane County has averaged 50 cases per day which is down from last week’s data summary average of 63. 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 64 percent of those who test positive have been contacted within 48 hours of being tested which is up from last week’s 52 percent, but this metric also remains in the red. 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 39 percent keeping this metric red as well.
According to the update information, in the previous 14 days, there were a total of 705 cases with 183, or 26 percent, between the ages of 18 and 25. Of the 705 cases, 582 – 83 percent – were fully interviewed, with 201 (35 percent) reporting they attended a gathering or party outside of their household. Also, 329 or 57 percent of those interviewed identified that the likely source of their infection was in close contact with another lab-confirmed COVID-19 case.
From the 582 interviewed:
- 79 were associated with a known cluster
- 21 from work places
- 18 from childcare facilities
- 14 from congregate facilities
- 7 from bars and restaurants
- 7 from supported living services for adults
- 7 from youth camps
- 3 from college-aged housing
- 2 from sports teams
One significant update is the percentage of positives for the County. Currently, for the two weeks between July 18 – July 31, that percentage has averaged 1.9%. As the number of tests increased dramatically the last three weeks, there was a back log of processing tests for Dane County as the focus has been on processing, identifying and assigning an ID to all tests returned (if needed or matching it to an existing ID for those who have been tested previously) while prioritizing positive cases in this process to a case manager to be contacted. This left negatives tests in a “staging” process before being added to the daily data dashboard. Public Health of Madison and Dane County has implemented a method to include those negatives that are still in “staging” to their daily data.
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 7 percent of tests, 16 percent of cases during those weeks and 8 percent of the hospitalizations. According to the new data for July 18 – July 31, Black people were six percent of all tests, 12 percent of cases and 42 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 four percent of cases while making up seven percent of the population in Dane County.
Last week, Madison365 updated our interactive Dane County Coronavirus Map with dates ranging from June 29 – July 29. The map will be updated weekly.
We will have an update of today’s statewide numbers later this afternoon.