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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 4/20/20

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

As of Monday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 4,402 (up from 3,969 Friday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 222 (up from 198)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,190 (up from 1,121)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 357 (down from 394)


  1. Spain to exit lockdown in two phases, one in the summer and another at the end of the year; extends “state of alarm” until early May as death toll crosses 20,000 and total cases reaches 200,000
  2. Israel begins to lift restrictions, including allowing 15-30% of employees return to offices; effort will be reevaluated after two weeks
  3. Turkey passes Iran for most COVID-19 cases in the Middle East (86,000)
  4. 2% of patients who recovered from COVID-19 have tested positive again in South Korea
  5. Pakistan to lift restrictions on mosques during Ramadan, focus on tracing and isolating hotspots with targeted testing
  6. China reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, its lowest one-day tally in a month; Hong Kong reports no new COVID-19 cases for first time since March 5
  7. 100,000 people gather for a funeral in Bangladesh, defying coronavirus lockdown; country orders all who attended to stay home for 14 days
  8. Southern German state of Bavaria to require face masks when going to shops and on public transport starting next week
  9. India reports 1,500 new COVID-19 cases, its highest single-day spike; some regions to begin lifting restrictions
  10. Italy reports lowest number of deaths in a week
  11. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he hopes quarantine measures end this week
  12. Singapore reports 1,400 new COVID-19 cases to bring the country’s total to 8,014


  1. The United States has surpassed 750,000 cases and 40,000 deaths; an average increase of 33,000 new cases per day
  2. New York City cancels all public events through the end of May; implements system where residents can report others who are not following social distancing
  3. Mississippi extends shelter-in-place order through April 27
  4. Vermont governor outlines plan for some business openings starting Monday
  5. West Virginia orders all residents and staff in long-term care facilities to be tested for COVID-19
  6. Hawaii closes all beaches; schools closed for the rest of the year (32 states + D.C. have closed)
  7. San Francisco to require face coverings beginning April 22
  8. Boston to use sound trucks to drive around the city and remind people to wash hands, stay home and cover their face
  9. All Walmart employees to wear face coverings starting this week
  10. President Trump to use Defense Production Act to force Puritan Medical Products to make testing swabs
  11. 12,000 test kits in Washington recalled because of possible contamination
  12. New York is “on the descent” after passing the peak, Governor Cuomo said


  1. Hundreds protested the extension of Gov. Evers’ Safer At Home Order in Brookfield
  2. Multiple county sheriffs have said they will not enforce Gov. Evers’ Safer At Home Order extension
  3. Four COVID-19 patients at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee receive survivor plasma
  4. Brown County sees spike in cases due to outbreak at long-term care facility; CDC to investigate
  5. National Guard sent to Milwaukee County House of Corrections to test 950 people
  6. Tavern League of Wisconsin says bars, restaurants should reopen May 1


  1. The City-County Building downtown will be closed beginning Monday to support social distancing measures