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Dane County reports 238 new cases as hospitalizations rise slightly


Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 238 new COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations today crept back up to match Friday’s record high of 101 people currently 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 101 in the hospital for COVID-19, 24 are currently in the ICU.

Currently, there are an additional four Dane County residents hospitalized for COVID-19 – increasing the number ever hospitalizes to 497. This includes one child between 0-9, and adults in their 30s, 50s and 90s – all of whom are male and one of whom identifies as Hispanic/Latinx.

Today’s 238 reported cases brought the total cumulative case count for the county to 13,990. Currently, there are 11,698 recovered cases as active cases dropped to 2,244.

Of the 238 cases reported today, 111 were attributed to October 24 while 125 were attributed to October 23, increasing that day’s positive to 242. The rest were attributed to October 22.

All age groups from 0 to 79 grew by double digits once again today. Adults in their 20s had the highest increase with 53 new cases or 22.3 percent of all new reported cases today while those in their 30s grew by 42 cases or 13.3 percent of all new cases. Adults in their 40s grew by 39 new cases as those aged 10-19 grew by 32. Adults in their 50s grew by 20 cases with adults in their 60s following closely behind with 19 new cases and children aged 0-9 grew by 13 and adults in their 70s grew by 10. Those in their 80s grew by six cases and adults in their 9-s grew by four new cases.

Today’s graphs do not include data from October 18 as data collection from Dane County was disrupted last weekend by a system upgrade. Looking at increases by percentages from October 11, adults in their 90s grew significantly more in case totals with a 59.3 percent increase, while adults in their 60s grew by 41.6 percent and adults in their 70s grew by 37.4 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 31.2 percent in cases for the past two weeks while those who identify has Hispanic/Latinx grew around 21.2 percent in cases. Both Black and Asian people also grew over 18 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 172 while the 14 day average as of today is at 183.3 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 24, which is 2.9 percent, while the positive test percentage for October 23 has increased to 4.4 percent. The positive percentage for October 22 has been updated to 4.3 percent and most notably, October 21 has increased to 4.9 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 12 new COVID-19 cases from both on and off-campus testing with seven students and three employees testing positive in on-campus testing and two employees testing positive in off-campus testing. Currently, the 7-day percent of positive for students tested on campus remains at 1.1. In total, according to UW’s Smart Restart Dashboard, there are now 3,196 students who have tested positive and 157 employees for a total of 3,353 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.