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PHMDC reports 20.2 percent drop in cases overall for the past two weeks; adds 32 new cases


Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 32 new COVID cases today, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 39,369. While it’s not clear how many are UW students, 21 — 65 percent — of the new cases reported were in people aged 18-22.

The number of new cases identified in the past week is 20.2 percent lower than the week before.

For the past seven days, Dane County has averaged 16.1 cases per day per 100,000 residents.

The area’s current recovered case count is now at 37,897 while active cases dropped to 1,146, about three percent of current cases, according to DHS’ update at 2 pm yesterday. Out of all cases in Dane County, about 51 percent were in Madison while 49 percent have been outside of Madison.

Hospitalizations rose slight to 48 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19. This includes people who reside in and out of Dane County. Of the 48 people currently hospitalized, 13 are in the ICU.

Dane County’s total death toll from COVID-19 remained at 264 this morning. There are now a total of 40 deaths reported for the month of January. December of 2020 still remains the deadliest month for the county with 87 deaths from COVID-19.

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. According to preliminary data of all tests, the County is  averaging 6,922 tests per day for the past seven days.

According to this week’s new Data Snapshot for January 25 through February 7, 30 percent of cases were UW Madison students or staff while 60% percent of tests for the county were run by UW’s University Health Services. Even when removing those tests and cases from the county’s total, Dane County had percent of positivity for those two weeks was at 3.2 percent.

As of this morning Dane County, the 14-day positive test rate as of February 12 has remained at 1.5 while the seven-day rate also dropped down 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

As of yesterday’s dashboard update on UW’s website, UW is averaging 5,609.1 tests a day for the past seven days for on-campus testing with an average that has dropped down to 35.4 cases per day for the same time from both on and off campus testing.  For the past seven days, cases have dropped for UW students and staff about 16.8 percent while testing on campus has increased by 23.8 percent. The positivity rate for on campus testing for staff and students remains at 0.6 percent for the past seven days. Since February 4, a total of 307 UW students and staff have tested positive out of more than 37,000 tests – an increase from the week of January 27 when there a total of 252 positive tests for UW staff and students out of more than 33,000 tests.

For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown to 1,195.

More comprehensive data for vaccinations was unveiled on Friday morning as part of the PHMDC’s Data Dashboard. The data, to be updated every Wednesday and Friday per week, breaks down vaccinations in Dane County by age, and now by race and ethnicity.  The data 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.

As of this morning, about 75,887 people have received at least one dose of vaccine — 13.9 percent of all Dane County residents — while 29,536 or 5.4 percent of all residents, have completed both doses. Of those 75,887 residents, 45.5 percent are 65 and older while those aged 25-34 follow with 14.8 percent. Vaccination data broken down by age range for those from 16 – 65+. No data for children is available as the vaccinations have not yet been approved for those under 15.

From all those who have been vaccinated, 2.4 percent are Hispanic or Latino. Hispanic/Latinx people make up seven percent of the county and are underrepresented in those being vaccinated. Black people, who make up about six percent of the population, only make up 2.5 percent of those who’ve received at least one dose of vaccine. Asian people, who make up 6 percent of the county population, only make up 2.9 percent of those who have received at least one vaccination. Those who are American Indian/Alaskan Native and are .3 percent of the population are .5 percent of those who have received at least one dose of the 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 after 3 pm.