Data Notes for the Week of July 8
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 June 21 – July 4.
Cases were stable during this 14-day period with an average of 8 cases per day.
We had a low percent positivity of 0.7% and conducted an average of 1,125 tests per day. Hospitalizations were stable. The 14-day average number of people hospitalized with COVID is 16.5, which is the lowest we’ve had throughout the entire pandemic!
Over the past four weeks, cases have remained stable among all age groups. There was an average of less than one case per day among ages 60+ and among youth ages 0-17 during this 14-day period.
It’s been more than six weeks since we’ve had a death due to COVID.
79.8% of the eligible population (ages 12+) have received at least one dose of vaccine.
69.1% of all Dane County residents have received at least one dose of vaccine and 65.9% have completed the vaccine series.
At our current pace, we could expect 80% of the eligible (12+) Dane County population to have at least one dose of vaccine by July 12, 2021.
The prevalence of the Delta variant in Dane County appears to be rising quickly, and it is likely that it will soon be the dominant strain.
Of 50 cases in June that were successfully sequenced in Dane County, 56% were Alpha (B.1.1.7), 26% were Delta (B.1.617.2), and 16% were Gamma (P.1). Nearly all of the Delta sequences were from cases in the second half of June, while just over one quarter of the Alpha sequences were from cases in the second half of June.
The Delta variant is concerning because it has increased transmissibility, and antibodies produced in response to COVID-19 infection or partial vaccination may be less effective in fighting the virus. The COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. have shown to still provide protection against the Delta variant, particularly in preventing severe disease and death. The most effective way to protect yourself and our community from being impacted by this variant is to get vaccinated. See our website for locations to get vaccinated