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Dane County reports 220 new cases as hospitalizations hit new record high


Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 220 new COVID-19 cases this morning, bringing the total for all cases in county to 15,065. The number of recovered cases has risen to 12,363 as the number of active cases rose slightly to 2,653, about 17.61 percent of all cases.

The number of people who are currently hospitalized in county hospitals hit a new record high of 119, an increase of seven people from yesterday and breaking our previous high set on Monday at 113. Of those 119, 32 patients are in the ICU from COVID-19. This includes patients who live in and outside of Dane County.

The number of Dane County residents ever hospitalized has increased by five to 519. This includes two adults in their 70s and 50s and one adult in their 60s. Of those additional five people hospitalized, one person was Black, one person identified as Hispanic/Latinx and four were women.

Of the 220 cases reported today, 136 were attributed to October 28 while an additional 66 cases were attributed to October 27, increasing that day’s positive test count to 202.  13 of today’s new cases were attributed to October 26 increasing that day’s total to 302. The rest were attributed to earlier days this week.

All age groups from 10 to 69 grew by double digits with adults in their 20s growing the most with 61 new cases or 27.7 percent of all new cases, while those in their 40s grew by 34 new cases or 15.4 percent of all new cases and those aged in 10-19 with 32 new cases or 14.5 percent of all new cases. Adults in their 50s grew with 31 new cases as adults in their 30s grew by 26 new cases and adults in their 60s grew by 16 new cases. Those in their 70s grew by seven new cases and children aged 0-9 along with adults in their 80s grew by six. Rounding out today’s update in numbers, adults in their 90s grew by one additional case.

Looking at increases by percentages since October 15, adults in their 90s grew significantly more in case totals with a 86.2 percent increase, while adults in their 70s grew by 46.8 percent, and adults in their 60s by 40.6 percent.

Data for communities of color also continue to see growths and over-representation in their populations. Those who identify as American Indian/Alaskan saw a growth of 46.3 percent in cases for the past two weeks while those who identify has Hispanic/Latinx grew around 32.1 percent in cases. Black people in Dane County grew by 23.4 percent as Asian people grew by 22.9 percent since October 15.   Madison365 reported on Public Health of Dane County and Madison’s new Data Snapshot from last week which showed not only an over representation of cases for our communities of color in Dane County, but also in hospitalizations from October 6 through October 19.

Dane County’s seven-day average for cases is now at 221 per day while the 14-day average is at 210.6 cases per day. 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 28, which is 3.1 percent, while the positive test percentage for October 27 has increased to 5.3 percent. The positive percentage for October 26 has been updated to 8.5 percent and most notably, October 25 has increased to 6.7 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 two new COVID-19 cases, with 40 new cases – 31 of whom were students and nine that were employees from on campus testing. There was an additional one student and one employee who tested positive from off-campus testing as well. The seven-day percent positive rate was at 1.3 percent. According to yesterday’s 2pm update, some of the positives came from UW’s football team as reported yesterday. In total, according to UW’s Smart Restart Dashboard, there are now 3,263 students who have tested positive and 175 employees for a total of 3,438 cumulative 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.