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Thanksgiving holiday means lower testing, lower new cases, but Dane County reports two new deaths


For this first time in months, Dane County reported only a double digit growth for new coronavirus cases due to decreased test processing for the Thanksgiving holiday with 53 this morning, bringing our cumulative total to 26,318. The cumulative number of cases in Dane County has grown 82.3 percent in the past 30 days. Of those 26,265 cases, 21,225  are considered recovered while 5,016 or 19.1 percent, are currently active.

Public Health of Madison and Dane County this morning tweeted a reminder that anyone who suspects that may have been exposed to COVID-19 should want 3-5 days before being tested.

PHMDC also reported two additional death this morning, bringing the total of deaths for Dane County to 79. The people who passed were both white, one in their 70s and one in their 80s, and one male and one female. Deaths in the county have grown 16.2 percent from a week ago and 34 percent since November 13.

Today, the number of people currently hospitalized in Dane County — both Dane County residents and people from neighboring counties – is at 160 while ICU’s dropped to 44.

For Dane County residents, the number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 has grown from yesterday’s reported 745 to 753. The additional eight Dane County residents include five women, one person whom is Black, and three people in their 50s, two in their 60s and one person in their 30s, 70s and 90s.

The number of hospitalizations for residents in the County continues to impact adults 60 and older the most for the past few weeks. Madison365 has graphed that growth from information gathered daily from PHMDC’s data which reflects that the number of hospitalized cases in those in their 90s grew by 27.9 percent while adults in their 70s grew by 17.8 percent with those in their 60s growing about 17.5 percent since November 13.

Hospitalizations also continue to significantly impact our communities of color with those who are American Indian growing about 20 percent from two weeks ago while those who are Asian have grown 15.4 percent . Hospitalizations for those who identify as Hispanic/Latinix in our community have grown 10.3 percent and 8.1 percent for those who are Asian in the past two weeks.

Of the 54 new cases reported today, 24 were attributed to November 26 while an additional 24 cases were attributed to November 25, increasing that day’s positive test count to 295. The rest of the cases were attributed to dates earlier this week. The seven day average of cases is now at 254 while our 14 day average is at 355.1 as of November 26.

The only age groups to see double digit increases today were those in their 30s and 40s with 10 cases each or 18.9 percent of all new cases. Adults in their 20s and those aged 10-19 grew by nine new cases each as adults in their 50s grew by 5. Those in their 60s and in their 80s both added three new cases as those in their in 70s and 90s each grew by tow and children under 10 grew by one new case.

Looking at growth over the past two weeks, infection in those older than 90 has grown 27 percent since November 13 while children aged 0-9 have grew by 25 percent and adults in their 60s by 24 percent.

In terms of case growth for the past two weeks for our communities of color, cases among American Indians have grown by 26.2 percent while those who are Hispanics in our community grew by 27.4 percent since November 13. The percentage of cases in Dane County for Black people grew about 25.7 percent in cases for the past two weeks as the Asian community grew 25.1 percent in positive cases during the same time frame.

The most updated data on positive test percentage for a single day is for November 26 at .7 percent while the positive test percentage for November 25 has grown to 4.7. The positive percentage for November 24 has also been updated to 3.8 while November 23 has adjusted to 5.3 and November 22 is at 5.6. November 12, which holds the record for the highest single percentage of positive, is at 10.5. Madison365 expects that these numbers will be adjusted as more negative and positive tests are fully processed and attributed to the appropriate dates in the coming days. As of November 26, the 7 day percentage of positive for the county is at 4.5 while the 14 day average is at 5.9. The break down for each day can be found on Public Health of Madison and Dane County’s Dashboard.

UW will not be posting any updates until Monday, November 30.

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.