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Dane County reports 277 new cases, one more death


Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 277 new COVID-19 cases and one more death from COVID-19 in Dane County — a white male in his 80s. This new death brings the total for Dane County to 48.

The current number of patients in the hospital for COVID-19 has dropped from 101 yesterday to 99 today. This comes after a week of record highs each day. The number of patients currently hospitalized in Dane County for COVID-19 includes patients who live in and outside of Dane County. Of those 99 in the hospital for COVID-19, 26 are currently in the ICU.

Currently, there are an additional six Dane County residents to ever be hospitalized for COVID-19 – increasing the number to 493. This includes someone between 10-19, an adult in their 20s, three people in their 50s and two in their 90s. A child aged 0-9 that was originally listed as a hospitalization for COVID-19 was taken out of the data. For our communities of color, one Black person and one Asian person from Dane County were hospitalized.

Today’s 277 reported cases brought the total cumulative case count for the county to 13,752. Currently, there are 11,519 recovered cases as active cases grew to 2,186.

Of the 277 cases reported today, 117 were attributed to October 23 while 104 were attributed to October 22, increasing that day’s positive to 128. There were also 72 cases added to October 21 which increased that day to 314 positive cases.

All age groups from 10 to 79 grew by double digits once again today. Adults in their 20s had the highest increase with 80 new cases or 29 percent of all new reported cases today while those in their 30s grew by 52 cases or 18.8 percent of all new cases. Adults in their 50s grew by 45 new cases as adults in their 40s grew by 36. Those aged in their 60s and those aged 10-19 both grew by 21 as adults in their 70s grew by 11. Children aged 0-9 grew by seven new cases and adults in their 80s and 90s both grew by two.

Today’s graphs do not include data from October 17 as data collection from Dane County was disrupted last weekend by a system upgrade.  Looking at increases by percentages from October 10, adults in their 60s grew the most with a 42.5 percent increase as adults in their 50s grew by 37.6 percent and adults in their 40s grew by 37.4 percent. Adults in their 70s also grew over 30 percent along with children aged 0-9 with 36.7 percent and 35.6 percent respectively.

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 37.7 percent in cases for the past two weeks while those who identify has Hispanic/Latinx grew around 23.3 percent in cases. Both Black and Asian people also grew over 20 percent since October 10. 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 167 while the 14 day average as of today is at 178.1 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 23, which is 2.3 percent, while the positive test percentage for October 22 has increased to 4.2 percent. The positive percentage for October 21 has been updated to 4.9 percent and October 20 has increased to 4.5 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 14 new COVID-19 cases from on-campus testing with 10 students and four employees testing positive. No additional positives were reported yesterday from off campus testing. Currently, the 7-day percent of positive for students tested on campus remains at 1.2. In total, according to UW’s Smart Restart Dashboard, there are now 3,187 students who have tested positive and 152 employees for a total of 3,339 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 2 pm.