Dane County reported 328 new and 5 new deaths — the second time in less than a week the county has reported 5 deaths in a single day. The deaths included two people in their 80s, two in their 90s and one person in their 60s, all white and three of whom were female. This brings the total deaths in the county from 68 to 73. Dane County’s death toll has grown 21.7 percent in the past week and 32.73 percent in the past two weeks.
With the 328 new cases reported, Dane County now has a cumulative total of 24,564 cases. Of those 24,564 cases, 18,916 are considered recovered while 5,575, or 22.7 percent, are currently active. In the past 30 days, the number of cases in Dane County has grown 81.5 percent.
Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties — dropped considerably to 158, down from yesterday’s 166. The number of ICU patients remained at yesterday’s record number of 49.
For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown from yesterday’s reported 711 to 722. The additional 10 Dane County residents in the hospital for COVID-19 include three people in their 80s, two people for those in their 70s, 60s and 50s, one adult in their 40s and one adult in their 30s.
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 29.0 percent as those in their 60s and 70s both grew over 21 percent.
Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color as those who identify as Hispanic/Latinx grew by 18.3 percent. Hospitalizations for those who are Black in our community have grown 15.6 percent and 12.5 percent for those who are Asian in the past two weeks.
Of the 328 new cases reported today, 140 were attributed to November 20 while an additional 163 cases were attributed to November 19, increasing that day’s positive test count to 411, and 41 cases were added to November 18 and increased that date to 403. The seven day average of cases is now at 363.4 while our 14 day average is at 422.6 as of November 20.
All age groups between 0 – 69 grew by at least double digits today with those aged in their 30s growing by 78 cases or 23.8 percent of all new cases reported today while those aged in their 20s grew by 68 new cases or 20.7 percent of all new cases. Those aged 10-19 grew by 41 new cases, adults in their 40s followed close behind with 39 new cases, adults in their 50s grew by 34, children under 10 grew by 31 and adults in their 60s by 21 new cases. Single case increases today were seven for those in their 70s, five for those in their 80s while adults in their 90s grew by four.
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 67 cases or 20.4 percent of all new cases broken down by ethnicity. They continue to encompass 15.3 percent of all cases by ethnicity. Black people, who also make up six percent of our community, grew by 33 new cases. They make up 7.3 percent of all cases. Asian people grew by 19 new cases and now make up 3.4 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 41.2 percent since November 7 while those in their 80s have grown 34.4 percent and children under 10 grew by 31 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 31 percent while those who are Hispanics/Latinx in our community grew by 32.0 percent since November 7. The percentage of cases in Dane County for Black people grew about 29.7 percent in cases for the past two weeks as the Asian community grew 29.5 percent in positive cases during the same time frame.
The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for November 20 at 4.1 percent while the positive test percentage for November 19 has grown to 5.3. The positive percentage for November 18 has also been updated to from 6.4 while November 17 has adjusted to 6.8 and November 16 is at 6.9. 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 32 new positive cases for students in and two new positive cases for employees in on campus testing. All of these cases were attributed to Thursday, November 19 according to UW’s dashboard. UW also acknowledged that any delayed test results received were attributed to the appropriated dates. These continue to be reported not in the initial summary but reported on 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 74.1 while the seven day percentage of positive for students is now at 3.3 percent. Currently, there are 4,393 students who have tested positive (including 3 additional positives from previous dates added to the data) and UW employees are at 383 positive cases (including four additional positives from previous dates added to the data) for a total of 4,782 cumulative cases for UW students and staff.
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.