Dane County confirmed 128 new coronavirus cases Thursday, bringing the total to 2,657 cases since the pandemic began in March. Of those 2,657 total cases, 1,059 are still active and 1,508 are recovered.
Today’s increase once again was centered in those in their 20s, with almost half of today’s new cases — 76 — in that age group. There were also seven more new cases in children under 10, 13 between 10-19 and 13 in their 30s. There were also six new cases reported in their 40s, eight in their 50s, two in their 60s and three in their 70s.
Of the 128 new cases reported today, 30 cases or 24 percent were attributed to those who identify as Hispanic. They now make up 14.7 percent of all cases while only making up 6 percent of the population in Dane County. There was also seven new cases, or 5.47 percent of all new cases, attributed to those who identify as Black, which brings their total of cases in Dane County to 11.9 percent. Black people make up about 5 percent of the population in Dane County. Five more cases or 3.9 percent of all new cases have been attributed to those who identify as Asian, who make up 3.88 percent of all cases and 5 percent of the population in Dane County.
Dane County also reported its first death since June 17th. This brings the total for the county to 33. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients dropped today from yesterday’s 33 to 29 currently. Of those 29, 8 are currently in the ICU.
As data for the number of negative tests is lagged by several days, the most recent data on the percentage of positives for a day is for July 5, when the positive test percentage was 5.38 percent while updated numbers now have July 4 at 5.07 percent. Madison365 expects that number to adjust slightly as more negative tests are attributed to those dates in the coming days.
On Wednesday morning, Madison365 updated our data regarding coronavirus spread in specific neighborhoods and communities by census tract from June 15th through July 7th – including a new interactive map by census tract. Today’s data are not included, but will be included in an update next week.
Also yesterday, Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported on their Twitter account that wait times for free testing were only 10 minutes at Alliant Energy Center. In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County and Madison365, another pop up, drive-thru testing center will be taking place again next week. You can read more about dates, time sand the specific sites in our previous story.
We will have an update of today’s statewide numbers later this afternoon.