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Dane County reports 759 new cases as 3 more deaths and hospitalizations grow


Dane County reported 759  new coronavirus cases this morning, breaking the record for the most cases reported in a single day in Dane County. November 10th was the previous record holder when Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 710 new cases that morning. The additional 759 new cases brings the cumulative today for the county to 25,660. Dane County has grown 80 percent in positive cases in the past 30 days. Of those 25,660, 20,116 are considered recovered while 4,576 are currently active or 18.5 percent.

PHMDC also reported three additional deaths this morning as well, bringing the County’s total of deaths from COVID-19 to 76. Deaths from the past 7 days have increased by a total of 14 or 22.6 percent. Of those who passed, two were in their 80s, one in their 70s and one was Hispanic.

Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties — rose from 152 to 160. Of those 160 hospitalizations, there are 46 people in the ICUs.

For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown from yesterday’s reported 729 to 738. The additional nine Dane County residents in the hospital for COVID-19 four are female, two are Asian, and one is American Indian. For ages, four are in their 60s, four in their 70s, and one is in their 90s.

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 26.8 percent while those in adults in their 80s by 22.2 percent as those aged between 10-19 grew by 25 percent.

Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color as those who identify as Hispanic grew by 16.2 percent. Hospitalizations for those who are Black in our community have grown 13.3 percent and 15.4 percent for those who are Asian in the past two weeks.

Of the 759 new cases reported today, 213 were attributed to November 23 while an additional 187 cases were attributed to November 22, increasing that day’s positive test count to 220, and 243 cases were added to November 21 and increased that date to 353. The seven day average of cases is now at 364.4 while our 14 day average is at 417.2 as of November 23.

Most ages today had at least double digits with only those in their 90s with a single digit increase of seven this morning. Adults in their 20s had the most cases with 19.4 percent of new cases or 147 new cases, while those aged 10-19 grew by 129 new cases or 17 percent of all new reported cases. Those in their 30s grew by 126 cases, in their 40s by 121, adults in their 50s by 84 and adults in their 60s grew by 73 cases. Children under 10 grew by 39 new cases, adults in their 70s by 20 and adults in their 80s grew by 13 new cases.

Important to note this morning is the continuing growth among our communities of color. According to the data, Hispanic people in our community who make up about 6 percent of our population, grew by triple digits this morning with 134 new cases or 17.6 percent of all new cases broken down by ethnicity. They continue to encompass 15.4 percent of all cases by ethnicity. Black people, who also make up six percent of our community, also grew by 78 new cases. They now make up 7.5 percent of all cases. Asian people grew by 44 new cases and make up 3.4 percent of all cases while Native Americans in our community also grew by eight additional cases today and make up .81 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, infection in those older than 90 has grown 36.3 percent since November 10 while those in their 80s have grown 30.0 percent and adults in their 40s grew by 28.3 percent.

In terms of case growth for the past two weeks for our communities of color, cases among American Indians have grown by 30.3 percent while those who are Hispanics in our community grew by 29.4 percent since November 10. The percentage of cases in Dane County for Black people grew about 29.4 percent in cases for the past two weeks as the Asian community grew 28.7 percent in positive cases during the same time frame.

The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for November 23 at 4.0 percent while the positive test percentage for November 22 has grown to 5.6. The positive percentage for November 21 has also been updated to 4.4 while November 20 has adjusted to 7.1 and November 19 is at 6.3 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. As of November 23, the 7 day percentage of positive for the county is at 6.2 while the 14 day average is at 7.4. 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 17 new positive cases for students and no new positive cases for employees in on-campus testing. All of these cases were attributed to Sunday, November 22, according to UW’s dashboard. UW also acknowledged that any delayed test results received were attributed to the appropriate dates, but are not included in their daily briefing. These delayed results continue to be reported not in the initial summary but 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 74.0 while the seven day percentage of positive for students is now at 2.3 percent. Currently, there are 4,476  students (including six additional positives from previous dates added to the data) who have tested positive and UW employees are at 397 positive cases for a total of 4,873 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.