Sauk Prairie COVID-19 cases jump to 60

There were 28 cases two weeks ago; Mazo/Black Earth edge up to 7 cases
Joe Block

The data unequivocally show that COVID-19 is here.

COVID-19 cases continue to spike in the area, with both Sauk City and Prairie du Sac almost doubling their numbers to 27 and 33 cases, respectively. The Mazomanie and Black Earth area has gone from less than five cases on June 29 to seven as of August 3. Sauk County cases went from 229 on July 21 to 402 on August 3. Dane County saw a modest increase to 4229, an increase of 700 in the two week period.

Cases per thousand provides a way to measure unequal populations, and by that measure Sauk County cases continue their escalating trend. On July 21 the county had 3.52 cases per 1000; it nearly doubled that to 6.18 as of Monday. Dane County remains close to its figure from two weeks ago, sitting at 7.73 per 1000.

Sauk City and Prairie du Sac cases per thousand doubled as well, from 2.17 for Sauk City two weeks ago to 4.52 now. Prairie du Sac saw an increase from 2.39 to 5.26.

The Mazomanie and Black Earth area have 1.45 cases per 1000, up from 1.24 two weeks ago.

Over the weekend Governor Evers’ mask mandate went into effect throughout the state. Dane County was an early adopter and mandated masks in July. Since then, the increasingly exponential rate of cases slowed slightly. Over the same period of time Sauk County, with no mask mandate, saw cases quadruple.

Evers order is in effect until September 30.

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