Dane County confirmed 29 new coronavirus cases today bringing the County’s total to 5,114. As of this morning, the total number of recovered was listed as 4,502.
Dane County’s death toll from COVID-19 remained at 39 this morning, though yesterday the Dane County Sheriff’s office reported the passing of Deputy Rick Treadwell from complications of COVID-19 and has not yet been included in updated County data. There are currently 29 people with COVID-19 hospitalized with 9 of those in the ICU.
Today’s highest concentration of cases continued to be in those in their 20s, increasing by 13 cases while those in their 40s grew by six. Children aged 0-9 and adults in their 60s each grew by three cases while those in their 30s grew by two. Adults in their 50s and in their 70s both grew by one additional case.
The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for August 23, with the positive test percentage reported as 1.2 percent while August 22 is at 0.7 percent. The positive percentage for August 21 has been updated to 2.9 percent and August 20 remained at 1.0 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.
On Friday evening, Public Health of Madison and Dane County issued Emergency Order #9, ordering all schools (both public and private) to provide virtual schooling at the start of their school year for grades 3-12. This order, which goes into effect on Monday, also requires that all schools provide virtual options for grades K-2.
As noted in our previous story, in order for PHMDC to consider reopening grades 3-5 for in-person instruction, Dane County must sustain a 14-day average of 39 cases per day for four consecutive weeks. In order for PHMDC to consider reopening grades 6-12 for in-person instruction, Dane County must sustain at or below a 14-day average of 19 cases per day for four consecutive weeks. Should Dane County’s average number of cases per day over a two-week period increase above 54, PHMDC would consider closing all schools to in-person instruction, according to the announcement.
As of Friday, Dane County is averaging 42 cases over the past two weeks.
Last Thursday, 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.