Dane County sets records for COVID-19 hospitalizations, single-day cases

MADISON, Wis. — Dane County set a new single-day COVID-19 case record Monday as local leaders once again called for the entire community’s help with slowing the virus’ spread.

Data from Public Health Madison & Dane County shows that 2,127 new cases were recorded on Jan. 10, more than any previous day. The previous record was 1,988 cases, set on Jan. 7.

“The challenge we are facing right now, is a challenge counties across the country are facing as well and what this surge means is that there is a high probability you will be impacted,” Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County said during a Tuesday afternoon press conference alongside Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

Heinrich’s comments came the same day that Dane County hit yet another record for COVID-19 hospitalizations with 197 people in the hospital with the disease.

“After two years of working thru this pandemic, our health care workers need our help — not just in words but in actions,” Parisi said.  “They need us because they are exhausted. They have been pushed beyond their limits but continue to care for all of us.”

Local leaders highlighted a recent boost in testing as one measure that could help with managing the virus’ spread. Earlier this week, a testing site at the Alliant Energy Center reopened with the capacity to test 750 people each day.

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There’s also been a renewed focus on getting shots in arms; 15 mobile vaccine clinics gave out 500 doses last week alone.

“Public Health Madison and Dane County is doing everything we can to adapt and help guide this community to the other side,” Heinrich said.

That includes masking up and masking better. The county also announced Tuesday it is receiving 100,000 “well-fitted” masks. Those masks will be available later this week for anyone who needs one.

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In addition to calls for better masking, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway called on local employers to give employees enough time to get tested and properly quarantine if they’re exposed.

“Please please please, get vaccinated. Get boosted,” Rhodes-Conway said. “It’s the best way to protect yourself and your family’s and to stay out of our hospitals.”

Nearly 88,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the county since the beginning of the pandemic. Two more people died of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the county’s total to 398.

Dane County’s current weekly case rate per 100,000 people is 1,599.1.