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Dane County reports 224 new cases as hospitalizations breaks new records


Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 224 new COVID-19 cases this morning – bringing the total for all cases in county to 14,214. The number of recovered cases as risen to 11,838 as the number of active cases as also risen to 2,328 – about 16.4 percent of all cases.

Hospitalizations also reported a record high this morning with 103 current COVID-19 cases hospitalized. The number of patients currently hospitalized in Dane County for COVID-19 includes patients who live in and outside of Dane County. Of those 103 in the hospital for COVID-19, 26 are currently in the ICU.

Currently, there are an additional six Dane County residents hospitalized for COVID-19 – increasing the number ever hospitalized to 503. This includes an adult in their 30s, one adult in their 40s and four in their 50s. There were four women, 1 male as well as one Black person and one person who identifies as one as Hispanic/Latinx.

Of the 224 cases reported today, 115 were attributed to October 25 while 103 were attributed to October 23, increasing that day’s positive to 214. The rest were attributed to October 23 and October 22.

All age groups from 0 to 69 grew by double digits once again today. Adults in their 20s had the highest increase with 56 new cases or 25 percent of all new reported cases today, while those in their 30s grew by 37 cases or 16.5 percent of all new cases. Adults in their 50s grew by 30 new cases as those aged in their 40s and those aged 10-19 both grew by 29 new cases. Adults in their 60s grew by 16 cases with children aged 0-9 grew by 12 new cases. Adults in their 70s grew by nine and those aged in their 80s and 90s both grew by three new cases.

Today’s graphs do not include data from October 19 as data collection from Dane County was disrupted last weekend by a system upgrade. Looking at increases by percentages from October 12, adults in their 90s grew significantly more in case totals with a 70.4 percent increase, while adults in their 60s grew by 39.6 percent and adults in their 40s grew by 37.6 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 37.5 percent in cases for the past two weeks while those who identify has Hispanic/Latinx grew around 26.3 percent in cases. Both Black and Asian people also grew over 20 percent since October 11. Yesterday, Madison365 reported on Public Health of Dane County and Madison’s new Data Snapshot 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 185.6 while the 14 day average is at 190.1 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 25, which is 3.4 percent, while the positive test percentage for October 24 has increased to 4.8 percent. The positive percentage for October 23 has been updated to 4.5 percent and most notably, October 22 has increased to 4.3 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 18 new COVID-19 cases from both on-campus testing with 16 students and two employees testing positive in on-campus testing. There were no cases reported from off-campus testing. Currently, the 7-day percent of positive for students tested on campus rose slightly to 1.2. In total, according to UW’s Smart Restart Dashboard, there are now 3,214 students who have tested positive and 159 employees for a total of 3,373 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.