Dane County reported 204 new cases this morning, as the number of total cases for the county has risen to 24,768. Of those 24,768 cases, 19,387 are considered recovered while 5,308, or 21.4 percent, are currently active. In the past 30 days, the number of cases in Dane County has grown 81.5 percent.
Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties — dropped considerably to 152, down from yesterday’s 158. Of those 152, there are currently 48 ICU patients.
For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown from yesterday’s reported 722 to 725. The additional three Dane County residents in the hospital for COVID-19 are all male, one of whom is Black. Two are in their 70s and one in their 80s.
The number of hospitalizations for residents in the County has grown significantly among certain groups and ages as cases have surged. Madison365 has graphed that growth from information gathered daily from PHMDC’s data which reflects that the number of hospitalized cases in those in their 90s grew by 30 percent while those in adults in their 80s by 28.7 percent as those in their 60s and 70s both grew over 20 percent.
Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color as those who identify as Hispanic/Latinx grew by 18.3 percent. Hospitalizations for those who are Black in our community have grown 15.5 percent and 8.3 percent for those who are Asian in the past two weeks.
Of the 204 new cases reported today, 41 were attributed to November 21 while an additional 84 cases were attributed to November 20, increasing that day’s positive test count to 224, and 73 cases were added to November 19 and increased that date to 484. The seven day average of cases is now at 330.3 while our 14 day average is at 403.6 as of November 21.
All age groups between 10 – 69 grew by at least double digits today with those aged in their 20s growing with 52 or 25.5 percent of new cases by age group while those aged 10-19 and those in their 40s both grew by 36 new cases or 17.6 percent. Adults in their 30s grew by 32 and adults in their 50s and 60s grew by 13 new cases. In single digit increases, children under 10 and adults in their 70s added nine new cases respectively, while adults in their 80s and 90s grew by two new cases.
Important to note this morning is the continuing growth among our communities of color. According to the data, Hispanic/Latinx people in our community who make up about 6 percent of our population, grew by 45 new cases today or 22 percent of all new cases broken down by ethnicity. They continue to encompass 15.4 percent of all cases by ethnicity. Black people, who also make up six percent of our community, grew by 27 new cases. They make up 7.4 percent of all cases. Asian people grew by six new cases and now make up 3.4 percent of all cases while Native Americans in our community also grew by six additional cases today and make up .80 percent of all cases as they make up on .5 percent of the population in Dane County.
Looking at growth over the past two weeks, adults in their 90s in those older than 90 has grown 39.3 percent since November 8 while those in their 80s have grown 34.2 percent and children under 10 grew by 30.8 percent.
In terms of case growth for the past two weeks for our communities of color, cases among American Indians have grown by 33.2 percent while those who are Hispanics/Latinx in our community grew by 31.6 percent since November 8. The percentage of cases in Dane County for Black people grew about 30 percent in cases for the past two weeks as the Asian community grew 28.8 percent in positive cases during the same time frame.
The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for November 21 at 1.1 percent while the positive test percentage for November 20 has grown to 4.8. The positive percentage for November 19 has also been updated to from 6.1 while November 18 has adjusted to 6.5 and November 17 is at 6.9. November 12, which holds the record for the highest single percentage of positive, is at 10.5. 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. As of November 21, the 7 day percentage of positive for the county is at 5.7 while the 14 day average is at 7.3. The break down for each day can be found on Public Health of Madison and Dane County’s Dashboard.
Yesterday at 2 pm, UW’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 28 new positive cases for students and two new positive cases for employees in on campus testing. All of these cases were attributed to Friday, November 20, according to UW’s dashboard. UW also acknowledged that any delayed test results received were attributed to the appropriate dates, but are not included in their daily briefing. These delayed results continue to be reported not in the initial summary but in the “On and Off Campus Testing” portion of the dashboard as well as in the final totals.
The most recent and available seven-day average for UW is for November 17 at 74.0 while the seven day percentage of positive for students is now at 2.8 percent. Currently, there are 4,421 students who have tested positive and UW employees are at 398 positive cases (including 13 additional positives from previous dates added to the data) for a total of 4,819cumulative cases for UW students and staff.
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.