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Dane County reports 232 new cases as hospitalizations hit record high of 101


Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 232 new COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations for the area hit a record high of 101. This number breaks yesterday’s high of 92 people.

This number includes patients hospitalized in Dane County, some of whom live in Dane County and some of whom do not. Of those 101 in the hospital for COVID-19, 30 are currently in the ICU. This also breaks a record for ICU patients in hospitals for COVID-19 cases for a second day in a row.

Currently, the number of Dane County residents to ever be hospitalized for COVID-19 has remained 487 and the number of people who have died from COVID-19 also remains at 47 today.

Today’s 232 reported cases brought the total cumulative case count for the county to 13,475. Currently, there are 11,344 recovered cases as active cases grown to 2,084.

Of the 232 cases reported today, 24 were attributed to October 22 while 180 were attributed to October 21. This increases the number of positive of cases for October 21 from 82 to 262 cases. 20 of today’s cases was also added to October 20 while the rest were attributed to earlier dates in the week.

All age groups from 0 to 79 grew by double digits once again today. Adults in their 20s had the highest increase with 56 new cases or 24 percent of all new reported cases today while those in their 40s grew by 38 cases or 16.4 percent of all new cases. Adults in their 30s and those aged 10-19 both grew by 33 while those in their 50s grew by 25 and adults in their 60s by 20.  Adults in their 70s and children aged 10-19 both grew by 10 additional cases today while adults in their 90s grew by four and adults in their 80s by three.

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 38.5 percent since October 9. Adults in their 40s followed with a 37 percent increase while adults in their 50s and 70s both grew over 34 percent in the same two week period.

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 45 percent in cases for the past two weeks while those who identify has Hispanic/Latinx grew around 22.3 percent in cases. Both Black and Asian people also grew over 21 percent since October 9. Earlier today, 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 159 while the 14 day average as of today is at 171 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 22, which is .9 percent, while the positive test percentage for October 21 has increased to 4.2 percent. The positive percentage for October 20 has been updated to 4.4 percent and October 19 has increased to 5.1 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 28 new COVID-19 cases from on-campus testing with 27 students and 1 employees along with 2 additional students testing positive from off campus testing. Currently, the 7-day percent of positive for students tested on campus is now at 1.2. In total, there are now 3,178 students who have tested positive and 147 employees for a total of 3,325 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.