Dane County reports largest increase in COVID-19 cases

A chart of new COVID-19 cases reported each day updated by Public Health Madison & Dane County.

MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane reported its largest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases, more than doubling its previous high, according to new numbers from Public Health Madison & Dane County.

Over the last 24 hours, Dane County reported 456 new COVID-19 cases. The previous largest increase, reported this past Sunday, was 195.

Dane County reports all of its COVID-19 data on an online Dashboard updated every day at 9:30 a.m.

"Our community is experiencing its first sustained, significant surge of illness since this terrible pandemic began," Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a written statement. "The task before all of us is great, as we are facing a public health emergency."

Parisi said the majority of the cases were "affiliated" with UW-Madison.

Yesterday, the universityplaced two dorms on a two-week quarantineto reign-in the outbreak on its campus. In-person classes were canceled for the remainder of the week and will resume online for the next two weeks beginning Monday.

UW-Madison's Smart Restart dashboard, where the university reports all new COVID-19 tests connected to the campus has not yet updated to reflect the numbers from the past 24 hours.

The most recent information was from Sept. 8, when 66 people tested positive for the virus. The high, recorded Sept. 6, was 175 positive tests.

To date, 1,070 UW-Madison students and staff have tested positive.

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