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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 4/21/20

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

As of Tuesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 4,591 (up from 4,402 Monday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 233 (up from 222)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,211 (up from 1,190)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 357 (no change)


  1. Italy sees active COVID-19 case count decrease for the first time (108,327); will gradually lift lockdown restrictions beginning May 4
  2. Ireland records its deadliest day with 77 deaths over 24 hours
  3. France passes 20,000 deaths, the third country to do so
  4. Chile to launch digital immunity card program for COVID-19 survivors this week
  5. Spain cancels its running of the bulls festival
  6. Hong Kong extends lockdown measures until May 7
  7. Singapore extends its “circuit-breaker” COVID-19 restrictions for four weeks until June 1 after 1,111 new cases in 24 hours
  8. UK death toll numbers corrected with 41% jump to include COVID-19 deaths outside of hospitals
  9. Russia reports 5,600 new cases to bring the national total to 52,763
  10. Pakistan sees its highest single-day increase in cases (796)
  11. Munich’s Oktoberfest canceled due to coronavirus
  12. Australia to begin allowing non-emergency, elective surgeries


  1. President Trump says he will temporarily halt immigration into the U.S., banning new green cards and work visas
  2. Georgia announces gyms, barbers, hair stylists can open Friday, theaters and restaurants can open Monday
  3. The United States will surpass 800,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases today, nearly 4 times more than any other country (Spain: 204,000)
  4. L.A. County’s antibody tests show around 4 percent of its 10 million residents (roughly 416,000) have developed antibodies for COVID-19
  5. U.S. to receive military plane filled with medical supplies from Egypt
  6. Facebook to ban protesters from using its platform to organize rallies that violate states’ social distancing rules
  7. Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady cited for working out in a closed park in Tampa, Florida
  8. Nearly 10% of nursing homes across the country have reported COVID-19 cases
  9. Scripps National Spelling Bee canceled for the first time since 1945


  1. Gov. Evers releases Badger Bounce Back plan to lift some restrictions after 14-day stretch of downward trajectory of cases (which matches federal guidelines). At that time:
    • Gatherings of 10 would be allowed (but not more)
    • Restaurants could open with social distancing
    • K-12 schools could open
  2. Milwaukee Commissioner of Health says at least 7 people in Milwaukee County have contracted COVID-19 from the April 7 election
  3. JBS meat processing plant in Green Bay announced as an outbreak location of COVID-19
  4. Brown County now haw 292 cases, an increase in 119 since Friday
  5. 63 inmates have tested positive at Milwaukee County’s House of Corrections


  1. Meriter Hospital will test all pregnant women in labor for COVID-19
  2. Tuesday’s jump of 23 new cases was the first double-digit increase in Dane County since April 10th and largest since March 27th  
  3. Dane County confirmed its 20th COVID-19 death Tuesday, only the second county in the state to reach the mark