Dane County drops to medium levels of COVID-19, according to CDC

MADISON, Wis. — Dane County has dropped from a high level of COVID-19 in the community to a medium level, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control.

Virus activity in Dane County has decreased based on data that was collected earlier this week, the CDC said as part of its Thursday update on community COVID spread. The medium level of COVID-19 activity means the CDC recommends wearing a mask if you have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you’re on public transportation.

However, the medium level of COVID-19 spread does not carry the recommendation everyone wear masks indoors when in public that the high level does, although those at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should still consider wearing a mask.

Dane County’s COVID-19 level moved to high about two weeks ago, with health officials urging people to return to wearing masks indoors, but not mandating it.

According to the CDC, in the last week, Dane County had a case rate of 262.12 per 100,000 people, with 7.3 new COVID admissions to the hospital per 100,000 people. About 4.3 percent of staffed inpatient hospital beds are being used by someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 case rate has dropped by about 15.6 percent compared to the week before, while new hospital admissions have dropped by more than 32 percent.