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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 4/23/20

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

As of Thursday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 4,931 (up from 4,718 Wednesday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 249 (up from 244)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,302 (up from 1,252)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 352 (down from 358)


  1. WHO reports 43 percent increase in COVID-19 cases in Africa in past week, calls for increased containment measures
  2. Russia has not set a date for the end of COVID-19 lockdown
  3. Malaysia prohibits public gatherings to break fast during Ramadan
  4. Indonesia to deploy military, police and public officers to enforce travel restrictions for upcoming Eid holiday from April 24 through May 31; bans air and sea travel until early June
  5. Singapore reports more than 1,000 new cases for the fourth day in a row
  6. Germany to require residents on public transportation and in stores to wear masks starting Monday; death toll passes 5,000 and cases cross 150,000
  7. India has now surpassed 21,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases
  8. Mexico reported its highest jump in new COVID-19 cases (1,043), pushing the country’s total over 10,000
  9. Spain extends state of emergency until May 9, making the lockdown a total of eight weeks
  10. Turkey to become seventh country with at least 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases (98,674)


  1. Tyson will suspend operations at a pork plant in Iowa after nearly 200 COVID-19 cases were confirmed
  2. South Dakota track plans to host an auto race Saturday, one of the first live sporting events in the country since the pandemic started; but governor calls for people to stay home
  3. Minnesota reported 154 new infections and 19 deaths, its largest number in both categories since the pandemic began
  4. San Francisco, Los Angeles expand COVID-19 testing to all essential workers
  5. California to begin allowing scheduled, elective surgeries; Arkansas to allow elective surgeries on Monday
  6. Las Vegas mayor says casinos should reopen, tells them to figure out logistics
  7. Oklahoma to allow “personal care businesses” to open Friday for appointments if they adhere to strict sanitation protocols
  8. Colorado to receive 150,000 COVID-19 tests from South Korea by the end of the week
  9. Mississippi governor says shelter-in-place order ending Monday likely won’t be extended; Montana’s order to be lifted Sunday
  10. Houston residents to wear face coverings in public starting Monday for at least 30 days
  11. Pennsylvania to begin reopening process on May 8; not fully open until fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 people for 14 straight days
  12. Another 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment, bringing the national total to 26 million over five weeks
  13. Two pet cats test positive for COVID-19; 7 big cats at Bronx Zoo test positive for COVID-19


  1. The increase of 225 confirmed COVID-19 cases from DHS’ 2 p.m. release of data is the largest jump since the beginning of the pandemic
  2. Brown County (402 total cases) reported 93 new cases overnight Tuesday, and the JBS meat plant is linked to 147 cases
  3. Highway traffic across the state down 40%
  4. Milwaukee Common Council votes to mail absentee ballots to all registered voters in city
  5. SC Johnson converts a manufacturing line to begin making sanitizer
  6. Wisconsin National Guard says five members showed COVID-19 symptoms after working polls on April 7; just one has been tested and was negative
  7. State health official says 19 people have tested positive for COVID-19 after voting in-person or working at the polls
  8. Gov. Evers declares emergency amid outbreak of wildfires; there have been 11 in the past two days and 150 this year
  9. Survey finds 35% of businesses would close permanently if the state’s economic shutdown lasts more than three months


  1. Gov. Evers rejected an event permit for Friday’s protest at the Capitol, but organizers still plan for a large crowd
  2. City of Madison approves $50,000 to fund 13 community-based organizations working to distribute food during COVID-19