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Dane County reports 193 new cases as hospitalizations rise and total cases push past 31,000

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Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 193 new cases this morning which gives the county a new cumulative total of 31,103. Recovered cases grew to 28,115 as active cases dropped to 2,852 or 9.2 percent of all cases.

Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties —  decreased by five to 135. ICUs for those currently hospitalized increased as well this morning to 43.

For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has increased from 922 to 929 with two people in their 20s and one person aged 10-19 removed from the data. Today’s update includes three people in their 80s, two in their 40s, two in their 50s, two in their 70s and one in their 30s, 60s and 90s. Also hospitalized were two people who are Asian.

The number of hospitalizations for residents in the county continues to impact adults 60 and older the most for the past few weeks, however the increases are steadily declining. Madison365 has graphed that growth from information gathered daily from PHMDC’s data which reflects that the number of hospitalized cases in adults in their 90s by 16.7 percent and those aged 10-19 have grown by 14.3 percent since December 4. Adults in their 80s have grown 13.1 percent during the same time as adults in their 60s and 70s have both grown over 11 percent. Since December 4, hospitalizations overall for Dane County residents have grown 10.4 percent.

Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color with those who are American Indian/Native Alaskan have grown 16.7 percent and Asian people grew by 11.8 percent since December 4. The percentage of hospitalizations for people who are Black in our community have grown 8.2 percent and people who are Hispanic/Latinx by 2.6 percent.

The 193 new cases were attributed to dates earlier this week, with 99 cases attributed to December 17 while there were 88 attributed to December 16, increasing that day’s total to 228. The rest of the cases were distributed among dates earlier this week and late last week. The 7 day average of cases per day is now at 151, while the 14 day average is now at 178.2.

The percentage of the positive for these days also adjusted with December 17 at 3.1 while December 16 has increased to 3.8. December 15 has adjusted to 3.9 as December 14 adjusted to 5.1 and December 13 is at 7.6. The seven-day average remains at 4.7 while the 14 day average as of December 15 is at 5.1. Madison365 expects these numbers to adjust as Public Health of Madison and Dane County continue to receive updated results throughout the week.

Age groups between 10-79 all grew by double digits today with those in their 20s growing by 39 or 26.9 percent of all new cases. Adults in their 30s grew by 31, those in their 50s by 28 cases and adults in their 40s by 26. Those in their 60s grew by 19 as those between 10-19 followed closely behind with 18 new cases and adults in their 60s and 70s both grew by 10 new cases. In single digit increases, adults in their 90s grew by eight and adults under 10 grew by four.

When looking at our communities of color, those who are Hispanic/Latinx grew by 32 new cases or 16.6 percent of all new cases broken down by ethnicity. They continue to make up 15.6 percent of all cases. Black people in our community grew by 13 or 6.7 percent of all new cases and continue to make up 7.8 percent of all cases ever in Dane County. Asian people in our community grew by eight new cases and make up 3.5 percent of all cases.

Looking at growth over the past two weeks, infection in those in their 90s grew by 23.5 percent as adults in their 80s grew by 14.6 percent. Adults in their 80s grew by 13.8 percent and adults in their 60s by 12.5 since December 3.

In terms of case growth for the past two weeks for our communities of color, cases among Black people have grown by 10.4 percent while Asian people have grown by 11.1 percent. Those who identify as Hispanic/Latinx have grown 9.5 percent while American Indian/Native Alaskan in our community have grown by 9.8 percent during this same period.

UW reported 4 new positives from on-campus testing for students while UW employees had 5 new positives from on-campus testing. All positive cases have been attributed to December 16. There are now 4,767 total positive cases for UW students – including one attributed to earlier dates in the data – and 505 positive cases for UW employees for a total of 5,273 total cases from UW since tracking began for campus.The updated 7 day average of cases is now at 10.0 for both students and staff in on and off campus testing as of December 16. The 7 day average for the percentage of positives for students is now at 1.1 percent for students and 0.8 percent for employees from on campus testing.

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.