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Dane County coronavirus spread not slowing: 253 new cases confirmed today


Dane County confirmed 253 new coronavirus cases this morning, bringing the County’s total to 7,870. As of this morning, there are 5,959 recovered cases while 1,870 are currently active. This leaves the percentage of active cases at 23.7 percent, more than double the statewide rate of 11 percent.

Most of the 253 new cases were attributed to tests processed September 13, with 228 positive cases reported for that date while an additional 24 were attributed to September 12. The other positive tests were attributed to earlier dates during the week. September 9 continues to hold the record for a single day increase with 487 positive cases attributed to that day.

This afternoon, Public Health of Madison and Dane County updated some data details for the week of September 1 – 12, noting that 3 out of 4 positive results those days were from UW Madison.

Almost 62 percent of today’s new cases are aged 10-19, with 158 new cases in that age group. Adults in their 20s grew by 66 new cases with almost 26 percent of all tests. Since August 31, cases in ages 10-19 have grown by 227 percent, while cases in those in their 20s have grown 33.6 percent since August 29.

Adults in their 30s grew by nine cases today, while adults in their 40s grew by eight cases and adults in their 50s by six. Children aged 0-9 grew by three additional cases each as adults in their 70s grew by two and adults in their sixties by one.

Dane County’s death toll from COVID-19 remained at 41 today. As of this morning, 26 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Dane County, with nine of those in the ICU. The total number of Dane County residents ever to be hospitalized for COVID-19 is still at 347 as of this morning.

Dane County’s seven-day average for cases is now at 214.5, while the 14-day average is now 170.5 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. On Thursday evening, the State Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction allowing schools to open for in-person instruction.

On Friday, PHMDC put out a statement stating their “disappointment in this decision and strongly urge all schools to continue voluntary phasing-in of classes for in-person instruction for grades 3-12 per Public Health Madison & Dane County recommendations.”

On Monday, several Dane County private schools reopened.

At the time of this update, the most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for September 13, which is at 6.3 percent while the positive test percentage for September 12 has increased to 4.3 percent. The positive percentage for September 11 has been updated to 5.4 percent and September 10 is at 6.6 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 another 79 new positives cases among students with 48 of those in on campus housing. There was also an additional 42 positive cases in off campus testing for a total of 127 new cases reported as of yesterday. The lower number of results returned are a result in a delay in the turnaround time of results which has slowed from 24 hours to 48 – 72 hours. UW does expect more results to come in starting early this week.

According to UW’s smart data dashboard, they have attributed all of the 127 positives to September 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 per day has dropped to 176.4. The seven-day percentage of positives for students on campus is at 7.8 percent. In total, there are now 1,956 positive cases from UW: 1,929 from students and 27 from employees. UW students now make up 98.6 percent of all UW cases. Of those 1,956 cases, 1,320 were identified in on-campus testing. As of this morning, UW has run 26,124 tests since on campus testing began on August 6 with 5.1 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.