Dane County reported 89 new cases Monday, after three consecutive days of triple-digit increases over the weekend.
Yesterday, Public Health of Madison and Dane County urged residents of the county to avoid gatherings outside their household after hitting a new high for the county for a single day. Today’s numbers brings the county’s total coronavirus cases to 6,218. As of this morning, the total number of recovered cases was listed at 5,197.
Dane County’s seven-day average for cases is now over 100, with 105.14 cases reported per day while the 14-day average is at 76.5 cases per day. 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.
Dane County’s death toll from COVID-19 remained at 40 today. As of this morning, 26 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Dane County, with 10 of those in the ICU. The total number of Dane County residents ever to be hospitalized for COVID-19 is now at 335.
Today, just over 50 percent of today’s new cases are aged 10-19 while over 30 percent of today’s cases are aged 20-29. They both grew in double digits with 45 new cases for those aged 10-19 and 28 for those in their 20s. Yesterday, PHMDC said at least half of the new cases reported Saturday were University of Wisconsin students and staff. This includes only those tested on campus, and the proportion may rise as contact tracing confirms additional students and staff who were tested at off-campus facilities. There has not been an indication yet from Public Health if it is the same today.
Adults in their 30s grew by eight cases while adults in their 50s grew by three. Those in theirs 60s and 70s both grew by five two wo cases and children aged 0-9 grew by one additional case each.
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 has confirmed another 115 new positives cases for students – 40 living on and 75 living off campus – and one additional positive case in an employee. This brings the total number of positive cases for students and staff in on and off campus testing to 721 cases. Students make up 698 or 96.8 percent of all positive cases for both UW staff and students. The seven day average of cases is now 69.4 cases per day as of September 5 for those both on and off campus. The percentage of positive for seven days for on campus testing is at 4.1 percent for students and remains at 0.3 percent for staff. As of this morning, UW has run 16,615 tests since on campus testing began on August 6 with 2.7 percent of those tests coming back positive – a total of 456 positive tests.
According to yesterday’s update, there are currently 69 students in on-campus quarantine as well as 74 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.
As part of their update, UW acknowledge that the updated data presented as of yesterday, shows a “worsening situation among our campus community.” Though there is a rise in cases due to an increase in testing, the statement noted “the kind of exponential growth we see in COVID-19 transmission that is not well-contained. With our partners at Public Health Madison & Dane County, campus leadership is reviewing next steps to help control the spread of COVID-19.”
At the time of this update, the most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for September 5, which has been updated from 4.3 to 7.85 while the positive test percentage reported at 3.9 percent for September 4. The positive percentage for September 3 has been updated to 3.5 percent and September 2 remains at 1.9. 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.
This morning, 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.