Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 121 new COVID cases today, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 37,721. Dane County’s current recovered case count is now at 35,392 while active cases dropped to 1,950 or five percent of current cases, according to DHS’ update at 2pm yesterday. Out of all cases in Dane County, about 51.56 percent of cases were in Madison while 48 percent have been outside of Madison.
Testing has increased as UW students have returned and the campus is requiring regular testing of all students. This could lead to an increase in total positive cases, as well as a decrease in positive test rate.
As of yesterday’s dashboard update on UW’s website, UW is averaging 3,722 tests a day for the past 7 days with an average of 18.6 cases per day for the same time frame. Their positivity rate is at .4 percent based on on-campus testing only for both UW students and staff for the past 7 days.
For Dane County, the 14-day positive test rate as of January 25 is now at 2.7 while the seven-day rate remains at 2.2. These rates do not include preliminary data from the past four days as that data continues to adjust as more tests are attributed.
Deaths in Dane County remained at 245 this morning as reported yesterday. In total, there have been 29 deaths reported for Dane County from COVID-19 in the month of January. Most of those deaths continue to certain around those who are 70 and older.
Hospitalizations in Dane County, including both residents of Dane County and people from neighboring counties, dropped slightly today after increasing the last couple of days. As of this morning, there are now 87 people currently hospitalized from COVID-19 in area hospitals. Of those 87 currently hospitalized, 15 are in the ICU.
For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown to 1,136.
According to DHS’ website, as of January 28, preliminary information indicates that Dane County has administered 59,971 doses of vaccine, the most of any county in Wisconsin. Information about the number of adults that have completed their vaccinations by county is not yet available.
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 after 3 pm.