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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 4/17/20

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

As of Friday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 3,969 (up from 3,814 Thursday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 198 (up from 186)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,121 (up from 1,091)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 394 (down from 406)


  1. Portugal extends state of emergency until May 2, sets provisions to ease social distancing measures
  2. Mexico extends stay-at-home orders until May 30
  3. UK extends COVID-19 lockdown for at least another three weeks
  4. Singapore reports 728 new cases of COVID-19, nearly a 75% increase of the previous record total
  5. Switzerland begins easing movement restrictions five weeks after they are put into place
  6. Quebec reports 143 deaths in a day as Canada attempts to accurately report outbreaks in long-term care homes
  7. London mayor calls for masks to be worn on public transport, in shops
  8. Denmark’s K-12 students went back to class with social distancing measures in place
  9. Wuhan adds 1,290 deaths, 325 cases to COVID-19 totals to show “accountability to history”; death toll in China now 4,632
  10. India reports 1,000 new cases, and the death toll now sits at 437
  11. Russia outbreak continues to grow with 4,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, pushing the total to more than 32,000


  1. The FDA is asking people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood plasma
  2. New York extends movement restrictions until May 15
  3. Facebook cancels all large in-person events through June 2021
  4. California offers workers in the food industry two additional weeks of paid sick leave
  5. The White House unveiled new guidelines to help loosen movement restrictions in an 18-page document
  6. FDA approves new swabs that would allow for at-home testing of COVID-19
  7. The U.S. reported 33,000 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and nearly 2,500 deaths


  1. Gov. Evers extends the Safer At Home Order until May 26
  • Beginning April 24:

Public libraries can provide curbside pickup of books and materials
Golf courses may open with scheduling/paying online or via phone
Non-essential businesses can do deliveries, mailings, curbside pickup; must tell workers if they are necessary for minimum basic operations
Arts and crafts stores may offer curbside pickup of materials necessary to make PPE
Exterior work (lawn care or construction) now is allowed under the extended order as long as it can be done by one person

  1. Gov. Evers closes schools for the rest of the school year (26 states have now done so)
  2. Wisconsin to work with Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky on a plan to reopen the region when there is:
  • Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations
  • Enhanced ability to test and trace COVID-19
  • Sufficient health care capacity to handle resurgence
  • Best practices for social distancing in the workplace
  1. UW Board of Regents unanimously passes amendment to allow furloughs of staff
  2. State ventilator triage guidelines delayed as COVID-19 activity appears to level off; hospitals have 1,246 ventilators available and 351 patients currently on ventilators


  1. City delays release of property assessment notices for at least two months
  2. MG&E announces at least four-month delay to the state’s first large-scale solar farm
  3. Madison businessman donates 16,000 KN95 masks to law enforcement agencies
  4. City starts processing refunds for restaurants and retailers for the sidewalk café, merchant vending and street vending fees