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You can find past issues on our data and dashboard page. The data below are from January 10-January 23.

Cases decreased during this 14-day period with an average of 1,290 cases per day.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID in Dane County hospitals was high but stable with an average of 184 people hospitalized each day. Percent positivity was 18.3% and an average of 7,068 tests were conducted per day.

While cases are decreasing, cases, hospitalizations, and percent positivity are all still very elevated. Although testing capacity has been increasing, high percent positivity means we are still likely missing cases in our case counts. If you need a test, same day appointments are often available at the Alliant Energy Center. Visit our testing page to make an appointment and pre-register.

62.5% of all fully vaccinated people in Dane County have received a booster dose.

66.3% of fully vaccinated people ages 12+ and 85.4% of fully vaccinated people ages 65+ have received a booster/additional dose. If you still need your booster, visit our website to get an appointment at a clinic or find a mobile vaccine clinic near you.

81.9% of all Dane County residents have received at least one dose of vaccine and 77.0% have completed the primary vaccine series. 86.5% of the eligible Dane County population (ages 5+) have received at least one dose of vaccine and 81.3% have completed the primary vaccine series.

Generally, for Dane County residents, vaccine and booster coverage increases with age, with just 5.3% of the age 65+ population not having received any vaccine doses and 80.1% having received a booster/additional dose. It is important for people of all ages to be vaccinated and boosted when they are eligible. If you or your child need a vaccine or booster, visit our website to get an appointment at a clinic or find a mobile vaccine clinic near you.

Bar graph showing percentages of different age groups that are unvaccinated, have one dose, completed primary vaccination series, and are boosted

Over the past four weeks, cases increased among ages 0-4, 5-7, 8-11, and 60-69 and decreased among ages 18-22, 23-29, and 30-39.

Ages 8-11 had the highest case rate among all age groups over the past two weeks at 420.4 cases per 100,000 per day, followed by ages 12-17 (373.6 per 100,000) and 5-7 (369.3 per 100,000). Ages 80+ had the lowest rate at 78.9 cases per 100,000 per day.

The BA.2 Omicron lineage is not yet prevalent in Wisconsin.

The vast majority of Omicron lineages detected in Wisconsin so far have been the descendant Pango lineage BA.1. The BA.2 descendant lineage, which differs from BA.1 in some of the mutations, including in the spike protein, is increasing in many countries and out-competing BA.1 in places such as Denmark. It’s unknown at this time if BA.2 behaves differently from BA.1, such as if it is more transmissible.

For more information on BA.2, read the WHO’s variant tracking page and the UK’s statement on BA.2 as a variant under investigation. 

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