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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 4/22/20

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

As of Wednesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 4,718 (up from 4,591 Tuesday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 244 (up from 233)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,252 (up from 1,211)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 358 (up from 357)


  1. There are more than 2.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 178,000 deaths across the world
  2. The UK will start human vaccine trials on Thursday
  3. Netherlands extends ban of most businesses until May 20 and bans large events until September 1
  4. Active cases in Italy falls for the second consecutive day; death toll nears 25,000
  5. Saudi Arabia eases curfew hours for Ramadan in some cities
  6. Ukraine extends lockdown measures until May 11
  7. Spanish government to allow children out for walks after six weeks of confinement; Prime Minister seeks to extend lockdown until May 9
  8. Germany approves its first clinical COVID-19 vaccine trial
  9. Milan will turn streets into lanes for bikes and pedestrians to limit vehicle emissions
  10. 33 crew members test positive for COVID-19 on cruise ship without passengers docked in Japan
  11. Russia continues to see rise in new cases (5,236) at one of the highest rates; has nearly 58,000 confirmed cases


  1. The White House and Congress have reached an agreement on a $484 billion deal to replenish the small business loan program and help hospitals and COVID-19 testing
  2. CDC director warns of a second wave this winter that could be even worse than the current outbreak
  3. The U.S. had 2,750 new COVID-19 deaths yesterday according to the Johns Hopkins University tally
  4. Autopsies show COVID-19 deaths in California in early February, weeks before what was believed to be the first death in Washington
  5. California becomes the first state to recommend testing asymptomatic people
  6. A maximum-security prison in Arkansas now accounts for 38% of the state’s 2,227 cases
  7. South Carolina allows retail stores to open at 20% capacity
  8. Boeing workers returned Tuesday morning after a three-week furlough
  9. Missouri AG sues the Chinese government over COVID-19, which likely will get dismissed


  1. Domestic violence reports have risen 28% in the early weeks of April across Milwaukee, according to police department data
  2. State Legislature asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to suspend Safer At Home order
  3. 16 more inmates at the Dane County Jail test positive for COVID-19 to bring total to 21; 6 deputies also have tested positive
  4. National Guard to ramp up testing at the Dane County Jail


  1. UW Health announces 15% pay cuts for doctors, and UnityPoint Health (Meriter Hospital) announced reduction in hours, limited furloughs and salary reductions for some workers
  2. United Way of Dane County to disburse $1.5 million through the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund
  3. Public Health Madison & Dane County has 30 staff members working on contact tracing to track the spread of COVID-19
  4. Exact Sciences announces involuntary furloughs, reduction of salaries for executives, voluntary furloughs and reducing bonuses to save $400 million this year