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Just over 1 in 3 eligible Dane County residents fully vaccinated; county reports 119 new cases


Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported another 119 new COVID-19 cases – increasing the County’s overall total to 43,394. Despite the triple digit increase, cases overall have dropped by 7.3 percent in the past two weeks. During the same time, however, hospitalizations have increased by 27.8. Currently, there are 36 people from and outside Dane County in area hospitals while 8 of those are in the ICU.

For the past seven days, average of daily cases per 100,000 residents has dropped to 14.2 per 100,000 residents. Active cases remains at two percent and dropped to 956 total cases.

The total number of deaths from COVID-19 for Dane County remained at 290 this morning.

As reported on April 15, UW is averaging 4,917.4 tests a day for the past seven days for on-campus testing while cases have decreased by 21.1 percent the past 7 days to an average of 8.6 cases per day. The positivity rate for on campus testing for staff and students has dropped to 0.1 percent for the past seven days.

As of April 15, 22,828 UW students and employees have received at least one dose (from both off and on campus vaccinations).

Dane County’s 14-day positive test rate as of April 15 remained at 1.3 while the seven-day rate has dropped to 1.2. These rates do not include preliminary data from the past four days as that data continues to adjust as more tests are attributed.

More comprehensive data for vaccinations is updated every day for Dane County by only core measures. Data break down by race, ethnicity and age except those older than 65 have been removed. The current data listed  is retrieved from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry for all adults and children within the state. The release and the information on the dashboard does warn that some of this information may be incorrect or incomplete as the data is not updated as soon as someone is vaccinated or double checked as consistently as other data gathered. Break down on further information about vaccinations from the county is derived from DHS COVID-19 Vaccine data page by Madison365.org.

As of this morning at least 291,561 people – or 53.3 percent of all eligible Dane County residents – have received at least one dose while 35.9 percent or 196,130 have completed both doses. About 91.7  percent of adults 65 and older have received at least one shot.  Vaccination data is broken down between those who are 16 – 65+ on DHS’ website. No data for children is available as the vaccinations have not yet been approved for those under 15.

From all those who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, disparities amongst our communities of color continue. As of this afternoon based on race, those who are Asian now make up over 4.8 percent of those who have received at one least one shot of a vaccination while accounting for 7 percent of the Dane County population. For Black people, who make up 6 percent of the population in the county, only make up 2.53 percent of the vaccinations. . Those who are Native American/Alaskan Native remained at 0.61 percent as they make up .5 percent of the population. When broken down by ethnicity, Hispanic/Latinx people in our county make up 7 percent of the population but continue to make up only 3.87 percent of those who have received at least one shot of a vaccine.

Madison365 has updated our weekly map of COVID-19 cases in the county by census tract.

We will have an update later this afternoon for statewide numbers.