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Dane County reports 196 new cases; hospitalizations continue to hit record highs as one new death is reported


Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 196 new covid cases and one additional death this morning, and hospitalizations hit a new record high. There are currently 92 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Dane County hospitals, breaking yesterday’s record by two. This number includes patients hospitalized in Dane County, some of whom live in Dane County and some of whom do not. Of those 92 in the hospital for COVID-19, 25 are currently in the ICU.

Currently, the number of Dane County residents to ever be hospitalized for COVID-19 has increased from yesterday’s 472 to 485. Of those additional 15 patients, two were in children younger than 10, one was in their 30s, one in their 50s, two in their 60s, five in their 70s, 3 in their 80s and one in their 90s. One of the patients is Black and five are Hispanic.

Public Health of Madison and Dane County also reported a new death today, a woman in her 90s. This increased Dane County’s death toll from COVID-19 from 46 to 47.

Today’s 196 reported cases brought the total cumulative case count for the county to 13,243. Currently, there are 11,180 recovered cases as active cases grew to 2,016.

Of the 196 cases reported today, 82 were attributed to October 21 as 85 were attributed to October 20.  The rest were attributed to earlier dates in the week.

All groups from 0 to 79 grew by double digits once again today. Adults in their 30s had the most cases with a total of 34, while adults in their 20s grew by 32 and adults in their 40s grew by 30. Those in their 50s grew by 27 new cases while those aged 10-19 grew by 26 and those in their 60s grew by 20. Adults in their 70s grew by 13 and children aged 0-9 grew by 10.  In single digit increases, adults in their 80s grew by three new cases as adults in their 90s grew by one additional case.

Today, looking at increases by percentages for the past two weeks, adults in their 60s grew the most with a 44 percent increase as children aged 0-9 grew by 39.3 percent since October 8. Adults in their 40s followed with a 37 percent increase while adults in their 50s and 60s both grew over 36 percent in the same two week period.

Dane County’s seven-day average for cases is now at 163. The Forward Dane reopening plan required that the daily new case average fall below 20 before moving to the next phase.

The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for October 21, which is 1,8 percent, while the positive test percentage for October 20 has increased to 4.0 percent. The positive percentage for October 19 has been updated to 4.9 percent and October 18 has increased to 5.4 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.

UW reported 27 new COVID-19 cases from on-campus testing with 22 students and 5 employees. From this past weekend, two students and one employee have also tested positive from off-campus testing. Currently, the 7-day percent of positive for students tested on campus is 1.0. In total, there are now 3,147 students who have tested positive and 143 employees for a total of 3,290 cumulative cases for UW students and staff.

Madison365 has updated our weekly map for COVID-19 cases within our county tracts this morning.

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