Dane Co. death toll jumps by 21 due to system update, November sets record for most COVID-19 deaths in a month

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MADISON, Wis. — A recent batch of death certificates imported into the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System led local health officials to confirm an additional 21 COVID-19 deaths, bringing Dane County’s total to 101 since the start of the pandemic.

Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County Janel Heinrich said Wednesday that the spike in confirmed deaths was due to a delayed system update. Heinrich said the deaths happened throughout the month of November, with a couple possibly taking place in the end of October.

Heinrich said at least 40 people died from COVID-19 in November. That number could still increase as health officials confirm the cause of death for other patients.

“We need to all take action to slow the spread of COVID-19 so we don’t have another record month of deaths in December or January or any month in the future,” Heinrich said.

During the press conference, Heinrich said people ages 54 to 102 died during the month of November. That means the death of Isai Morocho has yet to be counted in Dane County’s death toll for the month of November. While it will take weeks to officially declare, PHMDC officials expect the 16-year-old to be the first teenager to die from COVID-19 complications in Wisconsin.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ website, WEDSS is an online system that public health officials and other disease reporters use to report, investigate and monitor communicable diseases throughout the state.

To date, 27,732 people in Dane County have tested positive for the coronavirus.