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Hospitalizations continue to rise as Dane County reports 118 new cases and 1 new death


Dane County reported 118 new coronavirus cases this morning, bringing the cumulative total to 27,493 cases. The number of recovered cases is at 22,618 as active cases rose slightly to 4,796, or 17.4 percent of all cases. Total cases have grown 68.3 percent over the past 30 days.

Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties — has grown from yesterday’s 169 to 172. Of those 172 total hospitalizations, 42 are currently in the ICU.

For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has increased by nine to 790. Of those nine, two are in their 60s or 70s, one person is in each of the age groups of 80s, 50s, 40s, 30s, and one is a child under 10. There are also three people who are Hispanic, one person who is Black, and one person who is Asian.

The number of hospitalizations for residents in the county continues to impact adults 60 and older the most for the past few weeks. 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 23.4 percent while adults in their 70s grew by 17.9 percent with those in their 60s growing about 16.3 percent since November 17.

Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color with those who are Asian grew by 26.7 percent and those who are American Indian growing about 20 percent from two weeks ago. Hospitalizations for those who identify as Hispanic in our community have grown 11.7 percent and 8.8 percent for those who are Black in the past two weeks.

Of the 118 new cases reported today, 52 were attributed to November 30 while an additional 51 cases were attributed to November 29, increasing that day’s positive test count to 244. There were also five cases attributed to November 28 which brought that total to 334.  The seven-day average of cases is now at 239.9 while our 14 day average is at 311.9 as of November 30.

Today, adults in their 30s with the largest growth with 23 or 19.33 percent of all new cases while adults in their 20s and 40s both grew by 20 new cases. Adults in their 50s grew by 18 new cases and adults in their 80s grew by 10. Those in their 90s and 60s both grew by eight new cases, those in their 70s grew by five, children under 10 grew by four and those aged 10-19 grew by three.

Looking at growth over the past two weeks, infection in those older than 90 has grown 32.6 percent since November 17 while children aged 0-9 have grew by 24.9 percent and adults in their 80s by 23.8 percent.

In terms of case growth for the past two weeks for our communities of color, cases among Black people in our county have grown 22.2 percent while Asian people have grown about 21.6 percent. Those who are American Indian have grown by 18.8 percent while those who are Hispanics in our community grew by 19.2 percent since November 17.

The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for November 30 at 4.0 percent while November 29 has grown to 9.3. The positive percentage for November 28 has also been updated to 10.1 while November 27 has adjusted to 4.9 and November 26 is at 8.3. 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 30, the 7 day percentage of positive for the county is at 6.6 while the 14 day average is at 6.3. The break down for each day can be found on Public Health of Madison and Dane County’s Dashboard.

As of November 30, UW reported 6 additional positives for students from on-campus testing and one positive employee. All of these positive tests have been attributed to November 28. In total, there are 4571 positive students and 431 positive employees to date for a total of 5002 cumulative cases for UW campus since tracking began for campus. The 7 day average of cases is now at 16.9 for both students and staff in on and off campus testing.

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.