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Dane County reports 284 new cases; hospitalizations hit new record high


Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 284 new covid cases this morning, most of which were attributed to dates this past weekend and earlier this week as the county continued to catch up from WEDS’ upgrade. Also today, Dane County hit a record high of 90 hospitalizations for COVID-19 for Dane County hospitals, breaking yesterday’s record by six. This number includes patients hospitalized in Dane County, some of whom live in Dane County and some of whom do not. Of those 90 in the hospital for COVID-19, 22 are in the ICU.

Currently, the number of Dane County residents to ever be hospitalized for COVID-19 has increased from yesterday’s 468 to 472. Of those additional four patients, one was in their 30s, one in their 50s and two were in their 70s.

Today’s 284 reported cases brought the total cumulative case count to 13,047. Currently, there are 11,304 recovered cases as active cases grew to 1,967.

Of the new cases reported today, most were attributed to dates from this past weekend. Cases from October 16 grew by 49  for a total of 219, October 17 grew by 88 cases for a total of 204, October 18 grew by 40 cases for a total of 116 and cases for October 19 grew by 51 for a total of 92 cases. A total of 59 cases have been attributed to October 20. Three cases from October 15 were re-attributed to other dates which adjusted that count for a total of 253.

Age groups from 0 to their 70s grew by double digits today. Adults in their 20s had the most cases with a total of 72 new cases while adults in their 50s grew by 49 and adults in their 30s grew by 42. Adults in their 40s grew by 39 new cases as those aged 10-19 grew by 28 and children aged 0-9 grew by 21. Adults in their 60s grew by 19 new cases and adults in their 70s grew by 10. In single digit increases, adults in their 80s grew by threw new cases as adults in their 90s grew by one additional case.

Today, looking at increases by percentages for the past two weeks, adults in their 60s grew by 42 percent as children aged 0-9 grew by 38 percent since October 7. Adults in their 40s followed with a 35.9 percent increase while adults in their 50s grew by 35.1 percent in the same two week period.

Dane County’s seven-day average for cases is now at 167.4. 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 20, which is 4.4 percent, while the positive test percentage for October 19 has increased to 4.3 percent. The positive percentage for October 18 has been updated to 4.9 percent and October 17 has increased to 4.2 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 had four new positive tests for COVID-19 from on-campus testing – three students and one employee. At the time of their reporting, UW was still awaiting updates from PHMDC from any off campus testing.

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.