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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 3/18/20

Here is a recap of everything related to COVID-19 from the past day:

As of Tuesday afternoon
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 72 (up from 47 Monday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 0


  1. Israel suggests residents shouldn’t leave homes or use public transportation
  2. World Health Organization official says Europe has “critical shortages” of medical supplies
  3. WHO reports over 184,000 cases worldwide and 7,500 deaths
  4. Jordan prepared “to use force” to enforce lockdown
  5. France goes into lockdown
  6. Italy reaches 31,000 confirmed cases
  7. European Union closes external borders for 30 days
  8. United Arab Emirates bans travel abroad


  1. 37 states have closed their public schools, and Kansas became the first to officially cancel K-12 school the rest of the year
  2. Florida shut down bars and nightclubs while limiting restaurants to 50% capacity
  3. New Jersey closes shopping malls, amusement parks
  4. Macy’s will close all stores
  5. Marriott Hotels have started to furlough employees
  6. Nevada shut down all casinos, restaurants and non-essential businesses (including Las Vegas)
  7. West Virginia confirmed its first COVID-19 case, meaning all 50 states have confirmed cases of the virus
  8. U.S.-Canada border will be closed to non-essential traffic


  1. Gov. Evers limits gatherings to maximum 10 people, starting 5 p.m. Tuesday. This includes, churches, malls, bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, etc.
    1. Hotels, grocery stores, job centers, courts and long-term care facilities are exempt
  2. 29 Wisconsin passengers from the Grand Princess returned to their homes for self quarantine


  1. UW-Madison will not conduct face-to-face classes for the entire spring semester
  2. City of Madison employees were granted two weeks of emergency leave on top of sick leave to cover any absences. The city also is allowing staff to pull from future sick leave in 2020 to cover any current time off that would have resulted in lack of pay
  3. Madison Metro is reducing routes to weekend schedules, with a few exceptions, starting Monday until further notice
  4. The City of Madison will not be enforcing any on-street metered, 1-hour or 2-hour parking on city streets through at least April 5. Cars must be moved every 48 hours, and street sweeping/bus stops/handicapped parking restrictions apply
  5. HotelRED announced its closure through April 30
  6. Evictions suspended in Dane County