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Dane County coronavirus infection continues to grow by triple digits, one new death reported


This story has been updated; one death that had been reported by PHMDC could not be confirmed as having been caused by COVID.

Dane County confirmed 102 new coronavirus cases as hospitalizations reached a record-high 74 this morning and one additional death was reported.

This brings the total number of deaths for the county from COVID-19 to 45. The person who died was a man in his 80s.

Of the record-setting 74 hospitalizations reported this morning, 17 of that group is reportedly in the ICU. This number includes residents of Dane County and those who live outside of Dane County but are hospitalized here. The number of Dane County residents ever hospitalized from COVID-19 is now at 433 – an increase from yesterday’s 430. This includes adults who are in their 20s, 50s and 80s being hospitalized, two of whom are Black.

Today’s 102 cases bring Dane County’s total count to 11,643. This morning, 9,961 cases are considered recovered with 1,636 remaining active.

Of today’s 102 new cases, 84 were attributed to tests processed October 12, while the rest were attributed to October 11 and earlier dates this past weekend. 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 – 69 once again went up by double digits with adults in their 20s with the most at 27. Adults in their 40s followed with 18 new cases while those aged 10-19 grew by 17. Adults i n their 30s and 60s both grew by 12 while adults in their 50s grew by 11. Rounding out today’s total, adults in their 70s grew by two additional cases while adults in their 80s, 90s and children aged 0-9 grew by 1 additional case each.

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 38.8 percent in new cases while children aged 0-9 followed with 34 percent growth since September 29. Adults in their 50s, 70s and 80s all over 31 percent.

Dane County’s seven-day average for new cases is now at 136.3 while the 14-day average is now 142.7 cases per day – though declining late last week and earlier this week, these numbers have slowly become to rise once again. 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 12, which is 2.6 percent, while the positive test percentage for October 11 has increased to 4.3 percent. The positive percentage for October 10 has been updated to 3.3 percent and October 9 is also at 2.9 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 14 students have tested positive for COVID-19. Of that 14, seven of the students who tested positive were from off-campus testing.  This increases the total number of positive cases to 3,174 for UW with 3,057 students and 117 employees.

According to UW’s data dashboard, they have attributed all 26 positive tests to October 10. 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 risen to 18.4 cases per day. The seven-day percentage of positives for students on campus has also increased slightly to .9 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.