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Dane County grows by 420 new cases as current hospitalizations continue to drop

Graphic courtesy Public Health Madison & Dane County

Dane county reported 420 new coronavirus cases, bringing the cumulative total to 26,738 cases. The number of recovered cases is at 21,565 as active cases rose slightly to 5,096 or 19.1 percent of all cases. Total cases as of 30 days ago have grown 70.5 percent when the County had a total of 15,678 cases as of October 29.

Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties – has fallen to 166, 43 of whom are in the ICU those who are in the ICU are at 43.

For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown by 18 from yesterday’s reported 753 to 771. The additional 18 Dane County residents include 13 women, two people who are Black, one person who is Hispanic, and seven in their 70s, three who are in their 60s and 50, two who are in their 90s and 40s, and one person in their 30s.

The number of hospitalizations for residents in the County continues to impact adults 60 and older the most for the past few weeks. Madison365 has graphed that growth from information gathered daily from PHMDC’s data which reflects that the number of hospitalized cases in those in their 90s grew by 27.9 percent while adults in their 70s grew by 17.8 percent with those in their 60s growing about 17.5 percent since November 13.

Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color with those who are American Indian growing about 20 percent from two weeks ago while those who are Asian have grown 24.1 percent . Hospitalizations for those who identify as  Hispanic/Latinix in our community have grown 10.2 percent and 8.9 percent for those who are Black in the past two weeks.

Of the 420 new cases reported today, 47 were attributed to November 27 while an additional 293 cases were attributed to November 26, increasing that day’s positive test count to 317. There were also 60 cases on November 25 which brought that total to 355 and 17 for November 24. The rest of the cases were attributed to dates earlier this week. The seven day average of cases is now at 263.8 while our 14 day average is at 335.7 as of November 26.

All age groups but those in their 90s, which grew by one additional new case today, had at least double digits. Adults in their 20s had the largest number of new cases with 108, or 25.7 percent. Adults in their 30s grew by just less than half with 56 cases, those in their 20s by 55, and those aged 10-19 grew by 53. Adults in their 50s grew by 33, those in their 70s by 29, children under 10 by 27 and adults by 80s grew by 11.

Looking at growth over the past two weeks, infection in those older than 90 has grown 27.4 percent since November 14 while children aged 0-9 have grew by 26 percent and adults in their 60s by 24.2 percent.

In terms of case growth for the past two weeks for our communities of color, cases among Black people in our county have grown 26.3 percent while Asian people have grown about 24.9 percent. Those who are American Indian have grown by 25.2 percent while those who are Hispanics in our community grew by 24.2 percent since November 14.

The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for November 27 at 2.0 percent while November 26 has grown from .7 percent to 7.8 percent. The positive percentage for November 25 has also been updated to 5.6 while November 24 has adjusted to 4.1 and November 23 is at 5.3. November 12, which holds the record for the highest single percentage of positive, is at 10.5. 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. As of November 27, the 7 day percentage of positive for the county is at 5.0 while the 14 day average is at 6.1. The break down for each day can be found on Public Health of Madison and Dane County’s Dashboard.

UW will not be posting any updates until Monday, November 30.

Madison365 updated our weekly map for COVID-19 cases within our county tracts this past Friday. Our team will continue to update this data and publish it weekly.

We will have an update later this afternoon for statewide numbers after 2 pm.