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PHMDC reports cases on the rise after weeks of declines


PHMDC reported a net increase of 42 COVID cases, bringing the county’s cumulative total to 41,842. Overall cases have increased in the past two weeks by 1.5 percent according to today’s dashboard update, after many weeks of steady declines.

For the past seven days, average of daily cases per 100,000 residents rose slightly to 8.6 cases per 100,000 residents – up from yesterday’s reported 7.8. Active cases remains at two percent and has grown numerically slightly to 676.

The total number of deaths from COVID-19 for Dane County remains at 288, after six additional deaths were reported this past Saturday. One death was attributed to October of 2020, one added for December of 2020 and four of the deaths were attributed to March of 2021. As of Saturday, there are now a total of 12 deaths from COVID-19 in Dane County reported so far for this current month.

As of March 25, UW is averaging 6,224.7 tests a day for the past seven days for on-campus testing while cases have grown by 6.7 percent for the past 7 days to an average of 6.9 cases per day. The positivity rate for on campus testing for staff and students remained at 0.1 percent for the past seven days. As of Thursday’s update, 11,520 UW students and employees have received at least one dose (from both off and on campus vaccinations).

Dane County’s 14-day positive test rate as of March 22 has remained at 0.6 while the seven-day rate has also grown from 0.6 to 0.7. These rates do not include preliminary data from the past four days as that data continues to adjust as more tests are attributed.

There are 24 people in area hospitals due to COVID-19, one more than yesterday’s reported 23. These numbers includes those who live in and outside of Dane County. Of the 24 people reported in the hospital for COVID-19, nine people are in the ICU. For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown to 1,311.

More comprehensive data for vaccinations is updated every Wednesday and Friday per week, for Dane County by only core measures. Data break down by race, ethnicity and age except those older than 65 have been removed. The current data listed  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. Break down on further information about vaccinations from the county is derived from DHS COVID-19 Vaccine data page by Madison365.org.

As of this morning at least 198,510 people – or 36.1 percent of all eligible Dane County residents – have received at least one dose while 20.9 percent or 114,496 have completed both doses. Of those who have received at least one dose, 88.4 percent are 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 received at least one dose of the vaccine, disparities amongst our communities of color continue. As of this afternoon based on race, those who are Asian now make up 3.6 percent of those who have received at one least one shot of a vaccination while accounting for 7 percent of the Dane County population. For Black people, who make up 6 percent of the population in the county,  only make up 2.4 percent of the vaccinations. Those who are Native American/Alaskan Native are at .54 percent as they make up .5 percent of the population. When broken down by ethnicity, Hispanic/Latinx people in our county make up 7 percent of the population but only 2.9 percent of those who have received at least one shot of a 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.