Dane County reported 241 new COVID cases Wednesday, bringing the cumulative total for the county to 25,901. Dane County has grown 80.3 percent in positive cases in the past 30 days. Of those 25,901 cases, 20,438 are considered recovered while 5,387, or 20.8 percent, are currently active.
Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties — rose from 160 to 170. Of those 170 hospitalizations, there are 46 people in the ICUs.
For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown from yesterday’s reported 738 to 740. The additional two Dane County residents in the hospital for COVID-19 are in their 60s and 90s, and are both women.
The number of hospitalizations for residents in the County has grown significantly among certain groups and ages as cases have surged. Madison365 has graphed that growth from information gathered daily from PHMDC’s data which reflects that the number of hospitalized cases in those in their 90s grew by 28.5 percent while those in adults in their 60s and 70s both grew over 20 percent.
Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color as those who identify as Hispanic grew by 14.3 percent. Hospitalizations for those who are Black in our community have grown 11.2 percent and 15.4 percent for those who are Asian in the past two weeks.
Of the 241 new cases reported today, 133 were attributed to November 24 while an additional 75 cases were attributed to November 23, increasing that day’s positive test count to 288, and five cases were added to November 22 and increased that date to 225. The rest of the cases were attributed to dates from late last week. The seven day average of cases is now at 325.6 while our 14 day average is at 405.5 as of November 24.
Every age group from 0-10 through 70-79 grew by double digits today as adults in their 80s grew by four and adults in their 90s grew by 3. Adults in their 20s had the largest increase of new cases with 52, or 21.6 percent of all new cases, while adults in their 40s grew by 38 new cases this morning and adults in their 30s and those aged 10-19 both followed with 37 new cases. Adults in their 50s grew by 25 new cases, adults in their 60s by 20, children under 10 grew by 13 and adults in their 70s grew by 12.
Important to note this morning is the continuing growth among our communities of color. According to the data, Hispanic people in our community who make up about six percent of our population, grew by 40 new cases or 16.6 percent of all new cases broken down by ethnicity. They continue to encompass 15.4 percent of all cases by ethnicity. Black people, who also make up six percent of our community, also grew by 34 new cases. They now make up 7.6 percent of all cases. Asian people grew by 16 new cases and make up 3.5 percent of all cases while Native Americans had two cases removed from the data and now make up .81 percent of all cases.
Looking at growth over the past two weeks, infection in those older than 90 has grown 36.3 percent since November 10 while those in their 80s have grown 30.0 percent and adults in their 40s grew by 28.3 percent.
In terms of case growth for the past two weeks for our communities of color, cases among American Indians have grown by 28.6 percent while those who are Hispanics in our community grew by 27.4 percent since November 11. The percentage of cases in Dane County for Black people grew about 28.8 percent in cases for the past two weeks as the Asian community grew 27.6 percent in positive cases during the same time frame.
The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for November 24 at 3.1 percent while the positive test percentage for November 23 has grown to 5.0. The positive percentage for November 22 has also been updated to 5.6 while November 21 has adjusted to 4.6 and November 20 is at 7.1. November 12, which holds the record for the highest single percentage of positive, is at 10.5. 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. As of November 23, the 7 day percentage of positive for the county is at 6.2 while the 14 day average is at 7.4. The break down for each day can be found on Public Health of Madison and Dane County’s Dashboard.
Yesterday at 2 pm, UW’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 6 new positive cases for students and 2 new positive cases for employees in on-campus testing along with 1 additional positive test for an employee from an off-campus testing site. All of these cases were attributed to Monday, November 23, according to UW’s dashboard. UW also acknowledged that any delayed test results received were attributed to the appropriate dates, but are not included in their daily briefing. These delayed results continue to be reported not in the initial summary but in the “On and Off Campus Testing” portion of the dashboard as well as in the final totals.
The most recent and available seven-day average for UW is for November 17 at 74.0 while the seven day percentage of positive for students is now at 2.3 percent. Currently, there are 4,495 students (including 13 additional positives from previous dates added to the data) who have tested positive and UW employees are at 397 positive cases including 10 additional positives from previous dates added to the data) for a total of 4,904 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.