Public Health of Madison and Dane County reported eight new COVID-19 deaths this morning bringing the county’s total to 171 since March. Once again, the eight new deaths are mostly centered on those who were in their 80s and 90s with three in each age group, while there was one death of someone in their 60s and one of someone in their 70s. Of those eight deaths, one person was Hispanic/Latinx and five were women. Since December 16, when the county had a cumulative total of 135 deaths, Dane County has grown by 20.7 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 136 new positives cases this morning which gives the county a new cumulative total of 31,746. Recovered cases grew to 29,328 as active cases dropped to 2,247 or 7.1 percent of all cases.
Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties — dropped slightly to 143. Of those 143, 40, are in the ICU, an increase from yesterday’s 37.
For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has increased to 965 with one person in their 20s removed from the data. Of those additional 11 people, three were in their 50s, two people were the following age groups: 70s, 80s and 90s; and there was one person in their 40s and 60s. Of those 11 additional people hospitalized, one person was Black 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 19.1 percent and adults in their 80s growinng by 12.5 percent since December 9. Hospitalizations overall for Dane County residents have grown 8.8 percent – a decrease from yesterday’s reported 9.6.
Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color with those who are Asian in our community growing by 15.8 percent and those who American Indian/Native Alaskan grew by 16.7 percent since December 9. The percentage of hospitalizations for people who are Black in our community have grown 6.5 percent.
The 136 new cases were attributed to dates earlier this week, with 94 cases attributed to December 22 while there were 44 more new cases attributed to December 21, increasing that day’s total to 72. The rest of the cases were distributed among dates last week. The 7 day average of cases per day is now at 138 while the 14 day average is now at 157.8.
The percentage of positive tests for these days was also adjusted with December 22 at 3.1 while December 21 has increased to 4.6. December 20 has adjusted to 3.3 as December 19 adjusted to 3.0 and December 18 is at 3.2. The seven-day average is at 3.6 while the 14 day average as of December 22 is at 4.4. Madison365 expects these numbers to adjust as Public Health of Madison and Dane County continue to receive updated results throughout the week.
Ages between 0-69 grew by double digits today with those in their 20s with 29 new cases or 21.3 percent of all new cases. Adults in their 40s brew by 19, while those in their 60s grew by 17 and those aged 10-19 grew by 16 new cases. Adults in their 30s and 50s both grew by 16 as children under 10 grew by 11 new cases. In single digit increases, adults in their 90s grew by six, those in their 60s by five and adults in their 80s by four.
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, those who identify as Hispanic/Latinx have added 42 new cases or 30.9 percent of all new cases when broken down by ethnicity. Though they make up about 6 percent of the population in Dane County, they make up about 15.6 percent of all cases since the pandemic began. For Black people in our community, 10 new cases were added. They now make up 7.8 percent of all cases while making up 6 percent of the population in the community. For those who are Asian, six more cases were added as they continue to make up 3.6 percent of all cases while those who are American Indian/Alaskan grew by four more cases today and still make up .8 percent of all cases.
UW reported two new positives yesterday for students from on-campus testing. These new positives were attributed to December 21. There are now 4,796 total positive cases for UW students – including one attributed to earlier dates in the data – and 522 positive cases for UW employees – including two 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 21. 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.