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Dane County reports five deaths, 536 new cases as hospitalizations break record again


Dane County reported 536 new cases this morning – pushing Dane County past 23,000 cases this morning for a total of 23,384. Of those 23,384 cases, 17,758 are considered recovered while 5,564, or 23.8 percent, are currently active.

Public Health of Madison and Dane County also reported five new deaths, the most of any single day so far. Three people in their 70s, one person in their 80s and one person in their 90s have passed. This brings the total COVID-19 deaths in the county to 67.

In the past 30 days, the number of cases in Dane County has grown 80.8 percent to 12,932. Last Thursday’s, Data Snapshot as reported by Madison365 on Friday morning, Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported that from October 27 through November 9, Madison averaged 364 new cases per today. With today’s update, the county’s seven-day average is now at 452 cases per day while our 14-day average as of November 16 is 435 cases per day.

Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties — broke a record with 177 patients in area hospitals for COVID-19. This is up from yesterday’s reported 174. The number of ICU patients dropped this morning, however, to 44.

For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown from yesterday’s reported 690 to 701, increasing by 11. The additional 11 Dane County residents in the hospital for COVID-19 include three people from each of the following age groups: 60s, 70s and 80s along with one person in their 30s and 40s. Of those 11 new hospitalizations, three people are Hispanic/Latinx and two are Black.

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 older than 80s has grown 32.3 percent since November 4 while those in their 90s have grown 27.9 percent and youth aged 10-19 grew by 25 percent.

Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color as those who identify as American Indian have grown 25 percent in Dane County and those who are Hispanic/Latinx grew by 18.8 percent. Hospitalizations for those who are Black in our community have grown 16.8 percent and 9.1 percent for those who are Asian in the past two weeks.

Of the 536 new cases reported today, 307 were attributed to November 17 while an additional 141 cases were attributed to November 16, increasing that day’s positive test count to 378, and 46 cases were added to November 15. The rest of the cases were added to earlier dates this past week including one additional case to November 13 – which is the highest single day of cases at 698 total.

All age groups between 0 – 79 grew by at least double digits today with adults in their 20s growing by 116 new cases, or 21.6 percent of all new cases, and those between 10-19 following closely behind with 112 new cases or 20.9 percent of all new cases. Adults in their 30s grew by 85 new cases, adults in their 50s by 69, adults in their 40s by 67 and adults in their 60s grew by 30 new case. Children under 10 also saw a double digit growth with 24 new cases while adults in their 70s grew by 20. In single digit growths adults in their 80s grew by eight and adults in their 90s grew by five.

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 an additional 90 cases or 16.8 percent of all new cases broken down by ethnicity. They now encompass about 15.1 percent of all cases. Black people, who also make up six percent of our community, grew by 49 new cases. They make up 7.23 percent of all cases. Asian people grew by 25 new cases and now make up 3.3 percent of all cases while Native Americans in our community grew by eight additional cases today and now make up .79 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 47.8 percent since November 4 while those in their 80s have grown 37.4 percent and children under 10 grew by 33.7 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 39.5 percent while those who are Hispanics/Latinx in our community grew by 34.7 percent since November 4. The percentage of cases in Dane County for Black people grew about 26.6 percent in cases for the past two weeks as the Asian community grew 28.3 percent in positive cases during the same time frame.

The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for November 17 at 4.9 percent while the positive test percentage for November 16 has grown to 6.5. The positive percentage for November 15 has also been updated to from 7.8 while November 14 has grown to 9.2 and November 13 has become the highest single day at 7.4 percent. November 12, which holds the record for the highest single percentage of positive, is at 10.6. As of November 17, the 7 day average for Dane County is now at 7.91 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.

Yesterday at 2 pm, UW’s COVID-19 dashboard reported only one new cases from on or off campus testing due to both UW testing being closed for the weekend and Alliant Energy being closed on Sunday and Monday. Currently, there are 4,193 students who have tested positive and UW employees grew from 361 for a total of 4,554 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.