Dane County confirmed 220 new coronavirus cases this morning as Public Health of Madison and Dane County’s new Data Snapshot reveals that cases continue to drop for UW students and staff.
For the two-week period of September 29 – October 12, UW only accounted for 11 percent of all cases, a decrease from the 18 percent reported in last week’s update. Of the 1,866 total cases for those two weeks for all of Dane County, 166 were UW students and 31 were UW staff with 78 percent of all of UW cases between the ages of 18-22. Of all those UW cases, 41 were associated with apartment complexes on or near campus, 20 that were linked to dorms and 18 that were linked to fraternities and sororities.
The remaining 1,669 were centered around those in their 30s with 17 percent of all cases, followed by those aged 23-29 with 16 percent and adults in their 40s with 15 percent of all cases. This continues the trend that cases have spread from UW students and young adults and further into the community and other age groups.
More than 50 percent of positive cases who were fully interviewed reported being in close contact with someone who tested positive, while 33 percent of UW cases and 28 percent of non-UW cases attended a gathering or party within the past two weeks.
The snapshot included a look at hospitalizations, which have continued to grow in Dane County as well as across the state. Though only 41 people were hospitalized in that two-week period, those who identify as Hispanic or Latinx were 10 percent of all hospitalizations. This over representation is also reflected in the number of positive cases of those who identify as Hispanic/Latinx as they also made up 13 percent of all new cases for September 29 – October 12. In comparison, all other ethnic groups are underrepresented in cases and hospitalizations for that same time period.
Today’s 220 cases bring Dane County’s total count to 12,223 as recovered cases grew to 10,341. This brings the number of active cases to 1,846 or about 15 percent.
The number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County dropped to 60 total people hospitalized in Dane County for COVID-19. This number includes people who live in and outside of Dane County. Of those 60, 16 are in the ICU. The number of Dane County residents ever hospitalized remained at 449 this morning.
Of today’s 220 new cases, 136 were attributed to tests processed October 15, while the rest were attributed to October 14 bringing the total number of positive cases for that date to 230. September 9 continues to hold the record for a single day increase with 487 positive cases attributed to that day.
Adults in their 20s had the most cases with a total of 46 new cases while adults in their 30s grew by 41. Adults in their 40s grew by 35 additional cases as adults in their 50s grew by 28 and those aged 10-19 grew by 25. Adults in their 60s and 70s also experienced double digit growths as they grew 22 and 14, respectively. Children aged 0-9 grew by five while those in their 80s grew by three additional cases and adults in their 90s grew by one.
As the Data Snapshot from last week reported, the growth in other age groups has continued since October 2nd. Adults in their 60s have seen the most growth with 44.1 percent followed by those in their 70s with 36.8 percent.
Dane County’s seven-day average for cases is now at 164.5 while the 14-day average is now 141.7 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 15, which is 2.7 percent, while the positive test percentage for October 14 has increased to 4.2 percent. The positive percentage for October 13 has been updated to 5.0 percent and October 12 has remained at 5.2 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.
According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s data dashboard, as of 2 pm yesterday, Public Health of Madison and Dane County and UW testing had confirmed 13 students and 3 UW employee from campus testing and 1 employee testing positive from off campus testing. This increases the total number of positive cases to 3190 for UW with 3067 students and 123 employees.
According to UW’s data dashboard, they have attributed all 17 positive tests to October 14. UW attributes positive tests to the date results are received and not on the date a test was taken. PHMDC attributes results to the day a test was taken.
The seven-day average of UW-related cases per day is at 17.0 cases per day. The seven-day percentage of positives for students on campus is at 1.0 percent.
Madison365 has updated our weekly map for COVID-19 cases within our county tracts this morning.
We will have an update of today’s statewide numbers later this afternoon.