Data Notes for the Week of September 2
If you’re new to the data snapshot, we publish a weekly summary of the status for each of our metrics (you can find past issues on our data and dashboard page). The data below are from August 16—August 29.
Cases increased during this 14-day period and there was an average of 105 cases per day.
Last week there was an average of 93 cases per day. The number of people hospitalized with COVID in Dane County hospitals is now stable after four weeks of increases. We are not able to discern whether these hospitalizations are among Dane County residents or among patients transferred to the Dane County hospitals from the surrounding areas.
Percent positivity was again the same as last week, at 3.9%, with an average of 2,663 tests conducted per day. Because percent positivity has been holding steady and has remained under 5%, this is a good indication that we’re testing at the level we need to in order to find cases.
Over the past four weeks, cases have been stable among children ages 0-7 and 12-17 but have increased among ages 8-11.
The 14-day average of daily new COVID cases (per 100,000 people) is 22.9 for ages 0-11 (those who can’t be vaccinated) and 13.1 for ages 12-17 (those who can be vaccinated).
Three Dane County children ages 12-17 who have tested positive in the past four weeks have been hospitalized for COVID, none of whom were vaccinated. The current 7-day statewide average of admissions for ages 0-17 is 3 per day (8/24-8/30), which is lower than last week’s average of 4 per day (8/17-8/23). The peak was 6 per day in fall 2020 (10/28-11/3).
Ages 8-11 have a percent positivity of 9.6%, indicating that more testing may be needed among this age group. People with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested as soon as possible. The most common symptoms in children are cough and/or fever but can include many of the same symptoms as adults (e.g., fatigue, headache, congestion, sore throat, loss of taste or smell). There are more testing options than ever before in Dane County and surrounding areas.
Over the past four weeks, cases have been stable among fully vaccinated people but have increased by 25% among people who are not fully vaccinated.
Dane County’s current 7-day average of daily new COVID cases is 37.8 per 100,000 for unvaccinated residents, which is 2.9 times as high as the rate for fully vaccinated residents, which is 13.0 per 100,000. 27% of the unvaccinated cases during the past four weeks were kids under the age of 12 who can’t yet be vaccinated.
Vaccination levels continue to increase.
72.5% of all Dane County residents have received at least one dose of vaccine and 69.4% have completed the vaccine series. 83.7% of the eligible population (ages 12+) have received at least one dose of vaccine and 80.2% have completed the series.
We had an average of 641 vaccine doses administered per day, which is up 13% from last week and up 34% from our low of 480 doses per day six weeks ago! Find your dose on our website.