Dane County reports a new record high today with 216 new coronavirus cases this morning. Today’s numbers brings the county’s total coronavirus cases to 6,434. As of this morning, the total number of recovered cases was listed at 5,256.
Most of the 216 new cases were attributed to tests processed and confirmed on Sunday and Monday. Of the 216 cases reported today, 88 were confirmed on Monday, while the cases attributed to Sunday grew from 66 to 193. The new updated count for Sunday is the highest single day total of positives for Dane County.
Dane County’s seven-day average for cases is now at 128.71 as of Monday, while the 14-day average is now 90.78 cases per day. The Forward Dane reopening plan requires that the daily new case average fall below 20 before moving to the next phase. Further, PHMDC requires a daily new case count below 39 for four consecutive weeks to open schools for grades three through five, and below 19 for four consecutive weeks to open grades six through twelve, for in-person instruction. PHMDC has also said that if the daily case count exceeds 54, it may require all schools to close, even for kindergarten through second grade, which currently may remain open.
Dane County’s death toll from COVID-19 remained at 40 today. As of this morning, 26 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Dane County, with 6 of those in the ICU. The total number of Dane County residents ever to be hospitalized for COVID-19 is now at 337.
Case counts by age for cases newly identified today were not available at the time of publication; we will update this report when that information becomes available. Yesterday, PHMDC said at least half of the new cases reported Saturday were University of Wisconsin students and staff. This includes only those tested on campus, and the proportion may rise as contact tracing confirms additional students and staff who were tested at off-campus facilities. There has not been an indication yet from Public Health if it is the same today.
According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s data dashboard, as of 2 pm Monday, Public Health of Madison and Dane County and UW testing had confirmed another 148 new positives cases among students – 37 living on campus and 111 living off – and one additional positive case in an employee. This brings the total number of positive cases for students and staff in on and off campus testing to 896 cases. Students make up 872 or 97.3 percent of all positive cases for both UW staff and students. The seven-day average of cases is now 91.9 cases per day as of September 6 for those both on and off campus. The percentage of positive for seven days for on campus testing is at 5.1 percent for students and remains at 0.4 percent for staff.
As of this morning, UW has run 19,108 tests since on campus testing began on August 6 with 3.2 percent of those tests coming back positive – a total of 605 positive tests. The rest of the 896 total cases were confirmed in off-campus facilities.
According to yesterday’s update, there are currently 76 students in on-campus quarantine as well as 91 students in on-campus isolation, with most resident hall students choosing to return home to quarantine or isolate for the appropriate period. UW-Madison and Public Health of Madison and Dane County also directed nine UW-Madison fraternities and sororities in off-campus chapter houses to quarantine for at least 14 days as a number of members in those houses have tested positive. As of September 2nd, 38 among those nine houses have tested positive.
After UW acknowledged that the updated data presented as of yesterday, shows a “worsening situation among our campus community,” the Chancellor urged students to shelter in place for 14 days. Though there is a rise in cases due to an increase in testing, the statement noted “the kind of exponential growth we see in COVID-19 transmission that is not well-contained. With our partners at Public Health Madison & Dane County, campus leadership is reviewing next steps to help control the spread of COVID-19.”
At the time of this update, the most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for September 7, which is at 3.3 percent while the positive test percentage for September 6 has increased to 8.6 percent. The positive percentage for September 5 has been updated to 4.3 percent and September 4 remains at 3.5. 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, Madison365 updated our interactive Dane County Coronavirus Map. The map will be updated weekly.
We will have an update of today’s statewide numbers later this afternoon.