Dane County reported 476 new coronavirus cases this morning, pushing past 24,000 total cases to 24,236. Last Friday, Dane County had just passed 21,000 cumulative cases – an increase of 9.1 percent in less than a week, according to the data.
In the past 30 days, the number of cases in Dane County has grown 83.4 percent.
Last night, Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported that from November 6 through November 19, Madison averaged 439 new cases per day. With today’s update, the county’s seven-day average is now at 414 cases per day while our 14-day average as of November 19 is 436.6 cases per day.
Of those 24,236 cases, 18,457 are considered recovered while 5,711, or 23.6 percent, are currently active.
Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties — dropped considerably to 166, down from yesterday’s record high of 179. The number of ICU patients, however, did grow to a record setting 49 today.
For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown from yesterday’s reported 709 to 711 with three people aged 0-9, 10-19 and in their 20s removed from the data. The additional five Dane County residents in the hospital for COVID-19 include two people in their 80s, and one person in their 90s, 70s and 60s. Of those five new hospitalizations, two people are Hispanic/Latinx.
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 30 percent while those in adults in their 80s by 28.9 percent.
Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color as those who identify as Hispanic/Latinx grew by 19.2 percent. Hospitalizations for those who are Black in our community have grown 15.6 percent and 8.7 percent for those who are Asian in the past two weeks.
Of the 476 new cases reported today, 243 were attributed to November 19 while an additional 102 cases were attributed to November 18, increasing that day’s positive test count to 362, and 42 cases were added to November 17 and increased that date to 518. The rest of the cases were added to earlier dates this past week.
All age groups between 0 – 69 grew by at least double digits today with those aged in their 20s growing by 120 cases or 25.1 percent of all new cases reported today while those aged 10-19 grew by 79 new cases or 16.6 percent of all new cases. Adults in their 30s grew by 73 new cases, adults in their 40s by 53, adults in their 50s by 57 and adults in their 60s by 41. Children under 10 grew by 28 new cases while single case increases today were six for those in their 70s and 80s while adults in their 90s grew by three.
Important to note this morning is the continuing growth among our communities of color. According to the data, Hispanic/Latinx people in our community who make up about 6 percent of our population, grew by triple digits today with 115 cases or 24.2 percent of all new cases broken down by ethnicity. They now encompass 15.3 percent of all cases by ethnicity. Black people, who also make up six percent of our community, grew by 43 new cases. They make up 7.3 percent of all cases. Asian people grew by 23 new cases and continue to make up 3.3 percent of all cases while Native Americans in our community grew by two additional cases today and make up .80 percent of all cases as they make up on .5 percent of the population in Dane County.
Looking at growth over the past two weeks, adults in their 90s in those older than 90 has grown 43.7 percent since November 6 while those in their 80s have grown 35.3 percent and children under 10 grew by 32 percent.
In terms of case growth for the past two weeks for our communities of color, American Indians according to the data as of this morning, has grown by 33 percent while those who are Hispanics/Latinx in our community grew by 33.9 percent since November 6. The percentage of cases in Dane County for Black people grew about 30.2 percent in cases for the past two weeks as the Asian community grew 33 percent in positive cases during the same time frame.
The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for November 19 at 3.8 percent while the positive test percentage for November 18 has grown to 5.9. The positive percentage for November 17 has also been updated to from 6.6 while November 16 has grown to 7.0 and November 15 is at 9.3. 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. 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 63 new positive cases for students in and two new positive cases for employees in on campus testing. All of these cases were attributed to Wednesday, November 18 according to UW’s dashboard. The most recent and available seven-day average for UW is for November 17 at 73.6 while seven day percentage of positive for students is now at 3.8 percent. Currently, there are 4,358 students who have tested positive and UW employees are at 383 positive cases for a total of 4,741 cumulative cases for UW students and staff. This number includes positive tests UW received for earlier dates in the week and have been attributed to the correct date and reported only in the “On and Off-Campus Testing” section of the dashboard in the totals.
Madison365 updated our weekly map for COVID-19 cases within our county tracts this morning 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.