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You can find past issues on our data and dashboard page. The data below are from January 24-February 6.

Cases decreased during this 14-day period with an average of 569 cases per day.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID in Dane County hospitals also decreased with an average of 132 people hospitalized each day. Percent positivity was 12.7% and an average of 4,477 tests were conducted per day.

While percent positivity is decreasing week by week, it is still elevated. A 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.

58.5% of Dane County is “up to date” on their COVID vaccines.

19.8% are fully vaccinated but not up to date, 4.3% are partially vaccinated, and 17.3% are not vaccinated. Among those who are fully vaccinated, 74.7% are up to date on their vaccines. “Up to date” means a person has received all recommended COVID vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible, according to CDC’s recommendations.

If you need a first or second dose or a booster, you can find a quick and free option near you on our vaccines page.

Dane County has had a higher case rate than Wisconsin throughout most of the Omicron surge, but has also had lower percent positivity and a much lower death graph showing Dane County with an age adjusted death rate per 100,000 of 3.9 compared to WI's rate of 9.6 during the Omicron surge, 12/19/21 to 2/6/22

This means that we are likely capturing more cases through our high levels of testing. Although Dane County has seen higher case rates than Wisconsin overall recently, we have experienced significantly lower death rates: the rate of people who died after testing positive during the Omicron surge (12/19/21-2/6/22) was 2.5 times higher in Wisconsin overall than in Dane County.

We are likely seeing lower death rates due to Dane County being the most highly vaccinated county in Wisconsin, especially our high vaccination and booster rate among people age 65+ who are most likely to experience severe COVID outcomes.

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