MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – On the last day of Dane County’s months-long mask mandate, the county’s case activity remains in the officially “high” category. However, the rolling average of seven days is also lower than it has been for four months.
Both issues are from the Public Health Madison and Dane Co. dashboard and show the best / worst case scenario that local health authorities faced when they decided to let the latest emergency order expire without issuing a new one.
The two numbers effectively measure the same thing: how fast COVID-19 is spreading in society. They just do it in different ways. The biggest difference is the case activity number, which is tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine transfer rates for each county in the country, using a number per case. per capita, while the rolling average is based on absolute figures.
Currently, the county reports an average of 85 cases a day, a 94 percent drop from the highest number of 1,491 cases a day recorded seven weeks ago. Hospital admissions, which the CDC said Friday would be the basis for its masking recommendations, have also dropped markedly, if not so much. After peaking at 195 people hospitalized on average due to the virus in mid-January, it has now dropped nearly two-thirds to about 66 hospitalized patients now.
Across the country, only once in the last seven months have fewer cases been reported in a single day, and that was not much. According to the Health Service’s statistics, 340 new, confirmed cases have been reported within the last 24 hours. The only time since late January was a day in September when 337 cases were counted.
The number of total deaths from the virus in Wisconsin is slowly approaching 12,000 since the pandemic began, but the rate at which it is getting there is getting even slower. DHS has reported 12,921 deaths due to COVID-19 or complications from the virus. The state records an average of 11 deaths a day over the past week, setting the pace of reaching the latest threshold sometime next week. The current rolling average has dropped from over 20 deaths a day at the beginning of the month.
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