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Hospitalizations in Dane County continue to hit record highs as 160 new cases reported today


Dane County confirmed 160 new coronavirus cases as hospitalizations reached a record-high 70 this morning. This number includes people who live both in and outside of Dane County.

Today’s 160 cases bring Dane County’s total count to 11,541. This morning, 9,864 cases are considered recovered with 1,626 remaining active.

Of those 70 that are currently hospitalized for coronavirus, 15 are in the ICU. The number of Dane County residents ever hospitalized increased from 427 to 430. Today’s new hospitalizations include two people in their 70s and one in their 20s.

The number of deaths in Dane County remains at 44 this morning.

Of today’s 160 new cases, 122 were attributed to tests processed October 11, while the rest were attributed to October 10 and earlier dates this past weekend. September 9 continues to hold the record for a single day increase with 487 positive cases attributed to that day.

All age groups between 10 – 69 once again went up by double digits. Adults in their 20s had the most cases at 28, followed closely by adults in their 30s with 27 new cases. Those aged in their 40s and those aged in their 50s each grew by 26 new cases while adults in their 60s grew by 19. Children aged 10-19 grew by 18 new cases as children aged 0-9 and adults in their 70s both grew by seven new cases and adults in their 80s by two.

New cases by age from the past two weeks continues to showcase the spread of cases beyond those of college age, which drove much of the increase in early September. Adults in their 60s grew the most in the past two weeks with an increase of 38.9 percent in new cases while children aged 0-9 followed with 35.1 percent growth since September 27. Adults in their 50s and 70s both also grew by 33 percent.

Dane County’s seven-day average for new cases is now at 140.4 while the 14-day average is now 126.6 cases per day – though declining late last week and earlier this week, these numbers have slowly become to rise once again. The Forward Dane reopening plan required that the daily new case average fall below 20 before moving to the next phase.

The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for October 11, which is 4.0 percent, while the positive test percentage for October 10 has increased to 3.2 percent. The positive percentage for October 9 has been updated to 2.9 percent and October 8 is also at 3.6 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.

According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s data dashboard, as of 2 pm yesterday, Public Health of Madison and Dane County and UW testing had confirmed 21 students and 4 UW employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Of that 21, six of the students who tested positive were from off-campus testing.  This increases the total number of positive cases to 3,094 for UW with 2,987 students and 107 employees.

According to UW’s data dashboard, they have attributed all 26 positive tests to October 10. UW attributes positive tests to the date results are received and not on the date a test was taken. PHMDC attributes results to the day a test was taken.

The seven-day average of UW-related cases per day has risen to 17.0 cases per day. The seven-day percentage of positives for students on campus has also increased slightly to .8 percent.

Madison365 has updated our weekly map for COVID-19 cases within our county tracts last Thursday

We will have an update of today’s statewide numbers later this afternoon.