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Dane County reports 260 new cases as hospitalizations hit new record high


Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 260 new COVID-19 cases this morning, bringing the total for all cases in county to 14,474. The number of recovered cases has risen to 11,981 as the number of active cases as also risen to 2,445, about 16.9 percent of all cases.

Dane County also reported a record high in hospitalizations this morning, with 113, 10 more than yesterday. This includes patients who live in and outside of Dane County. Of those 113 in, 30 are currently in the ICU, matching our previous record high from October 22.

The number of Dane County residents ever hospitalized has increased by five to 507. This includes an adult in their 20s, one adult in their 60s, two in their 70s and one person in their 90s. Of the additional five people in the hospital from Dane County, three were women, one person was Black and one person was Hispanic/Latinx.

Of the 260 cases reported today, 75 were attributed to October 26 while 129 were attributed to October 25, increasing that day’s positive test count to 244.  Twenty-eight of today’s new cases were attributed to October 24 and 28 were also added to October 23.

All age groups from 10 to 69 grew by double digits with adults in their 20s growing the most with 54 new cases or 20.8 percent of all new cases, while those in their 30s followed closely behind with 52 new cases or 20 percent of all new cases. Adults in their 50s grew with 45 new cases while those aged 10-19 and those in their 40s grew by 33 new cases. Adults in their 60s rounded out the double digit increases with 19 new cases. Children aged 0-9 grew by nine cases while adults in their 70s grew by seven new cases. Those in their 90s grew by five new cases and those in their 80s grew by three.

Looking at increases by percentages since October 13, adults in their 90s grew significantly more in case totals with a 82.1 percent increase, while adults in their 60s grew by 40 percent, adults in their 50s by 38.1 percent and children aged 0-9, adults in their 70s and adults in their 40s both grew over 38 percent in the past two weeks.

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 40 percent in cases for the past two weeks while those who identify has Hispanic/Latinx grew around 28.7 percent in cases. Black people grew by 22 percent of new cases and Asian grew by 21.4 percent since October 13.   Madison365 reported on Public Health of Dane County and Madison’s new Data Snapshot from last week 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 205 per day while the 14 day average is at 195.8 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 26, which is 2.3 percent, while the positive test percentage for October 25 has increased to 6.5 percent. The positive percentage for October 24 has been updated to 5.2 percent and most notably, October 23 has increased to 4.8 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 11 new COVID-19 cases, with nine 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 3,223 students who have tested positive and 161 employees for a total of 3,384 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.