This morning Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported a net increase of 56 COVID cases, with seven cases removed from the data. This brings the county’s cumulative total to 40,376. Those aged 23-29 had the highest number of reported new cases with 10. Overall new cases in the county have dropped this morning by 23.6 percent over the past two weeks, according to today’s dashboard update. For the past 7 days, the county has averaged 13.0 cases per 100,000 residents per day. Active cases dropped to two percent this morning with 866 total cases currently active.
The total number of deaths from COVID-19 for Dane County remains 273. About 65 percent of deaths in Dane County from COVID-19 have been adults older than 80. In total, there have been 11 deaths in the month of February.
According to their update yesterday afternoon, UW is averaging 6,677.6 tests a day for the past seven days as of February 27 for on-campus testing while cases are now averaging 28.6 cases per day for the same time – decreasing from yesterday’s reported 35.7 cases per day. For the past seven days, cases have decreased for UW students and staff about 55.5 percent while testing on campus has increased by 3 percent. For February 27, the positivity rate for on campus testing for staff and students has remained at 0.4 percent for the past seven days. Seven days ago, the positivity rate for campus was at 1.0 percent.
Dane County’s 14-day positive test rate as of February 25 has dropped to 1.0 while the seven-day rate has dropped to 0.8. These rates do not include preliminary data from the past four days as that data continues to adjust as more tests are attributed.
For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown to 1,236. Currently, there are now 34 people currently hospitalized in area hospitals – including those who live in and outside of Dane County – with 10 of those in the ICU.
More comprehensive data for vaccinations is updated every Wednesday and Friday per week, for Dane County by age, 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 93,843 of people have received at least one dose of vaccine — 17.2 percent of all Dane County residents — while 55,915, or 10.2 percent of all residents, have completed both doses. Of those 93,843 residents, 61.5 percent are 65 and older while those aged 35-44 were 15.2 percent of those who received at least one vaccination. Of those who completed the vaccinations, 61.5 percent were also 65 and older. Vaccination data is broken down between those who are 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, 2.3 percent are Hispanic or Latinx. 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 2.7 percent of those who have received at least one vaccination. Those who are American Indian/Alaskan Native and are .5 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.