Dane County now has the lowest level of COVID community transmission in Wisconsin

Dane County Substantial Spread
Courtesy: CDC

MADISON, Wis. — Dane County is now the only county in Wisconsin that is not seeing a high level of coronavirus spread, according to the latest CDC metrics.

With its updated numbers Tuesday, the CDC dropped Dane County from “High” levels of community transmission to “Substantial.”

That designation is still the second-highest on the CDC’s scale, but only a handful of counties in the Midwest — including Jo Daviess and Cook County in Illinois — have been able to drop their numbers to that level.

Nationwide, only about 13% of counties have “Substantial” community spread, while nearly 79% of the nation’s counties are at “High.”

The community transmission risk designations are determined based on the latest case numbers and the percentage of positive tests in the last week.

Counties with “High” levels of transmission see more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the past 7 days and more than 10% positive tests in the past 7 days. Counties at the “Substantial” level see between 50 and 99.99 new cases per 100,000 people in the last 7 days and a percent positive rate of 8-9.99% in the last 7 days.

According to CDC data, as of Tuesday, Dane County was seeing 93.65 new cases per 100,000 people and a 3.13% positive test rate in the last week.

Dane County is the only one in the state that still has a county-wide indoor mask mandate. The current mandate from Public Health Madison & Dane County, which has already been extended twice, is set to run through next Friday, November 5th.