Dane County reports 63 new coronavirus cases this morning, bringing the county’s total coronavirus cases to 6,497. As of this morning, the total number of recovered cases was listed at 5,317 while 17 percent of all cases, or 1,139, are currently active.
Dane County’s death toll from COVID-19 grew one more today. A Hispanic male in his 70s has passed away, according to the updated data. As of this morning, 28 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Dane County, with 9 of those in the ICU. The total number of Dane County residents ever to be hospitalized for COVID-19 is now at 340.
Most of the 63 new cases were attributed to tests processed and confirmed on Saturday through Tuesday. Of the 63 cases reported today, 16 were confirmed on Tuesday, while an additional 42 were confirmed for Monday – increasing from 88 to 130 cases. Two additional case were confirmed for Sunday – increasing our highest single day total of positives for the County to 195 while three more cases were attribute to Saturday for a new total of 170 for that day.
Dane County’s seven-day average for cases is 121 as of Tuesday, while the 14-day average is now 91 cases per day. With the increase of cases attributed to Monday, that day’s seven-day average adjusted to 135.56 and 94.21 for the 14 day average. The Forward Dane reopening plan requires that the daily new case average fall below 20 before moving to the next phase. Further, PHMDC requires 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 twelve, for in-person instruction. PHMDC has also said that if the daily case count exceeds 54, it may require all schools to close, even for kindergarten through second grade, which currently may remain open.
Case counts by age for cases newly identified were not available yesterday; however Public Health of Madison and Dane County were able to update the totals today. Most of today’s numbers seemed to be centered in those in ages 10-19 and in their 20s. Madison365 will have a break down tomorrow on the increases of age groups each day.
Yesterday, PHMDC reported that 55% of yesterday’s new cases were attributed to UW students while 71% of this past week’s new cases were attributed to UW students or staff.
According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s data dashboard, as of 2 pm Monday, Public Health of Madison and Dane County and UW testing had confirmed another 21 new positives cases among students – 11 living on campus and 10 living off campus. Since they were only able received 93 tests returned from the Labor Day weekend, this put the positive test rate for yesterday at 22.5 percent while the 7 day average increased to 5.7 percent for students and remains at .4 percent for staff. The total number of positive cases for students and staff in on and off campus testing to 1004 cases. Students make up 978 or 97.4 percent of all positive cases for both UW staff and students. The seven-day average of cases is now 104. 7 cases per day as of September 7 for those both on and off campus.
As of this morning, UW has run 19,203 tests since on campus testing began on August 6 with 3.3 percent of those tests coming back positive – a total of 626 positive tests.
According to yesterday’s update, there are currently 99 residence hall students in on-campus quarantine as well as 104 residence hall students in on-campus isolation, with most resident hall students choosing to return home to quarantine or isolate for the appropriate period. UW-Madison and Public Health of Madison and Dane County also directed nine UW-Madison fraternities and sororities in off-campus chapter houses to quarantine for at least 14 days as a number of members in those houses have tested positive. As of September 2nd, 38 among those nine houses have tested positive.
On Sunday, the Chancellor urged students to shelter in place for 14 days. Yesterday in their update, UW acknowledged that though the restrictions are meant to reverse the current trajectory of cases on campus, “these effects will not become apparent immediately.” This morning Public Health of Madison and Dane County also warned of the number of growing cases that the county is likely to see this week as UW restrictions just went into effect and testing at Alliant Energy Center increased significantly yesterday.
At the time of this update, the most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for September 8, which is at 2 percent while the positive test percentage for September 7 has increased to 4.8 percent. The positive percentage for September 6 has been updated to 8.6 percent and September 5 is at 4.3. 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.
On Monday, 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.