Rolling average number of new cases continues to rise despite Monday’s drop
No new deaths were reported for the second straight day
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The seven-day rolling average of daily newly reported COVID-19 cases continues marching northward despite a notable drop in new, confirmed cases recorded on Monday.
The latest figures from the Department of Health Services’ daily tracker shows the rolling average ticked up from 418 per day over the previous week to 427. The increase can be attributed this Monday’s number of new, confirmed cases, 315, was higher than the 263 reported last Monday and supplants it when calculating the average.
“With more testing we have more cases, but this spike it cannot be accounted for just in the rise of testing,” said Dr. Jeff Pothof from the UW Health Emergency Department. “What we would actually like to see is with the increase testing we should be seeing contact tracing and eventually a decrease in the positive rate. We’re not there yet. We’re seeing more and more cases”
The dip in positive tests Monday can likely be partially attributed to the consistently lower number of total tests reported on Mondays, as compared to Tuesday through Friday. Fewer than 6,000 test results in all were tallied in this latest report, as compared to over 9,000 last Friday or nearly 12,000 last Tuesday. The percentage of total tests that came back positive did fall from the recent high of 7.3 percent recorded Sunday to 5.3 percent, which it more in line with recent days, but more than double the percentage two weeks ago.
Around half of the new cases in Dane County were young people between 20 and 29 years old. A third of them saying they went to a party, gathering or met up with other people outside their household.
“The bigger worry that we have is that those 20 and 29 year olds are members of our community, they’re gonna go back into the community and not know that they’re infected they’re gonna infect other people and those people may be older and their outcomes could be devastating.” Dr. Pothof said.
The total number of deaths recorded since the outbreak began held at 777, the report showed. It’s the second straight day that the figure has held flat.
In all, 28,058 people have contracted COVID-19, the DHS report indicates, 3,407 of whom - or 12 percent - have had to be hospitalized.
A county-by-county breakdown of COVID-19, per DHS daily report.
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Health officials urge everyone to practice social distancing and wear a mask in public when you can’t be six feet apart.
“We just have to bring a mask and put it on our face,” Dr. Pothof said. “That’s how we beat this. I think as a community we really got to get on board with that and really fit back against COVID-19 this is how we do it.”
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