Dane County COVID-19 community level returns to high

MADISON, Wis. — Dane County’s COVID-19 community spread level returned to high Monday, the CDC announced.

Residents are encouraged to wear a mask while indoors in public and stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations. The county’s level moved to ‘high’ last month before dropping back to medium on August 5.

The CDC determines a county’s community level based on newly reported cases per 100,000 people, new regional hospital admissions with COVID-19 and percent of regional inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients over the past week.

According to Public Health Madison and Dane County’s COVID-10 Dashboard, over 151 thousand people had COVID-19 in the county as of August 12 and 72 people were hospitalized with the virus.

The number of reported cases in the county has fallen by almost 6% over the last two weeks however hospitalizations have increased by over 11% in that time.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard shows that nearly 80% of Dane County residents have completed a vaccine series, and nearly 50% have gotten an additional or booster dose.

The community level is also high in Rock, Sauk, Richland, Marquette and Columbia counties.