Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 27 new deaths – the highest single day of deaths from COVID-19 reported. This brings the county’s total of deaths from COVID-19 to 163 since March. The deaths occurred between November and December according to today’s update. The 27 new deaths are mostly centered on those who were over 70 with 12 of them in their 90s, seven in their 80s and five in their 70s. However, there were two deaths reported in their 50s and for the first time, one death in their 40s from COVID. Of those 27, one person was Black and 13 were women. Since December 15, when the county had a cumulative total of 115 deaths, Dane County has grown by 41.7 percent in reported deaths. Currently, 88.3 percent of all deaths from COVID-19 from Dane County residents have occurred in those who are 70 and older.
Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported 62 new cases this morning which gives the county a new cumulative total of 31,610. Recovered cases grew to 28,988 as active cases dropped to 2,261 or 7.2 percent of all cases.
Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties — grew to 146. Of those 146, 37 are in the ICU.
For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has increased to 955 this morning with four in their 90s, three in their 40s, two in their 60s and two in their 80s and one person in their 70s. Of those 12 additional people hospitalized, one person was Asian and four were women.
The number of hospitalizations for residents in the county continues to impact adults 60 and older the most for the past few weeks; however the increases are steadily declining. Madison365 has graphed that growth from information gathered daily from PHMDC’s data which reflects that the number of hospitalized cases in adults in their 90s by 18.2 percent and those aged 10-19 have grown by 14.3 percent since December 8. Adults in their 80s have grown 12.0 percent during the same time as adults in their 70s have grown by 11.6 percent. Since December 8, hospitalizations overall for Dane County residents have grown 9.6 percent – a decrease from yesterday’s reported 9.7.
Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color with those who are Asian in our community growing by 18..4 percent and those who American Indian/Native Alaskan grew by 16.7 percent since December 8. The percentage of hospitalizations for people who are Black in our community have grown 8.1 percent and people who are Hispanic/Latinx by 1.7 percent.
The 62 new cases were attributed to dates earlier this week, with 28 cases attributed to December 21 while there were 16 more new cases attributed to December 20, increasing that day’s total to 102. The rest of the cases were distributed among dates last week. The 7 day average of cases per day is now at 139.1 while the 14 day average is now at 159.5.
The percentage of positive tests for these days was also adjusted with December 21 at 2.9 while December 20 has increased to 3.4. December 19 has adjusted to 2.9 as December 18 adjusted to 3.2 and December 17 is at 3.8. The seven-day average is at 3.5 while the 14 day average as of December 21 is at 4.3. Madison365 expects these numbers to adjust as Public Health of Madison and Dane County continue to receive updated results throughout the week.
The only age groups to grow by double digits were those in their 30s with 12 new cases and those in their 20s with 10 more cases. Those aged 10-19 grew by eight new cases while adults in their 50s grew by seven and adults in their 40s grew by six. Those in their 70s and 90s both grew by five while adults in their 40s grew by six, children under 10 grew by three and adults in their 80s grew by two.
When looking at our communities of color, those who are Hispanic/Latinx grew by six new cases or 10 percent of all new cases broken down by ethnicity. They continue to make up 15.6 percent of all cases. Black people in our community grew by one new cases percent of and now make up 7.9 percent of all cases ever in Dane County. Asian people in our community grew by two new cases and continue to make up 3.6 percent of all cases.
Looking at growth over the past two weeks, infection in those in their 90s grew by 21.5 percent as adults in their 80s grew by 13.7 percent. Adults in their 70s grew by 11.5 percent and adults in their 60s by 10.0 since December 8.
In terms of case growth for the past two weeks for our communities of color, cases among Black people have grown by 8.0 percent while Asian people have grown by 9.1 percent. Those who identify as Hispanic/Latinx have grown 7.5 percent while American Indian/Native Alaskan in our community have grown by 6.8 percent during this same period.
UW reported no new positives for staff or students. There are now 4,793 total positive cases for UW students – including one attributed to earlier dates in the data – and 520 positive cases for UW employees – including one attributed to earlier dates in the data – for a total of 5,314 total cases from UW since tracking began for campus. The updated 7 day average of cases is now at 9.6 for both students and staff in on and off campus testing as of December 18. The 7 day average for the percentage of positives for students is now at .6 percent for students and 0.9 percent for employees from on campus testing.
Madison365 updated our weekly map for COVID-19 cases within our county tracts this past Friday. Our team will continue to update this data and publish it weekly.
We will have an update later this afternoon for statewide numbers after 2 pm.