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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 4/24/20

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

As of Friday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 5,176 (up from 4,931 Thursday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 257 (up from 249)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,318 (up from 1,302)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 349 (down from 352)


  1. UK testing capacity has risen to more than 50,000 per day
  2. United Arab Emirates to donate COVID-19 test kits to U.S.
  3. About 33% of the world population is under movement restrictions
  4. South Africa to begin easing restrictions April 30
  5. Ecuador reported nearly 11,000 new COVID-19 cases Thursday due to a backlog of tests
  6. Beaches in Sydney, Australia, closed for a second time after people “failed to use beaches for exercise only”
  7. Malaysia extends nationwide lockdown for additional two weeks until May 12
  8. For the first time in 40 days, South Korea reports no new COVID-19 deaths
  9. Maker of Lysol and another disinfectant warned people its products should not be ingested
  10.  Russia reported 5,800 new infections and 60 deaths to bring totals to 68,000 infections and 615 fatalities; the fastest-growing outbreak outside of the U.S.
  11. Spain reported more recovered patients (3,105) than new infections (2,796) for the first time in weeks


  1. There are more than 850,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. No other country has more than 219,000.
  2. The U.S. will surpass 50,000 COVID-19 deaths today, nearly double that of Italy (25,500)
  3. The House passed a $480 billion package to deliver aid to small businesses and hospitals and expand COVID-19 testing; President Trump expected to sign it today
  4. Study shows nearly 14% of 3,000 New York residents and 21% of New York City residents in test group had COVID-19 antibodies
  5. Colorado orders all critical workers to wear non-surgical masks and gloves while working
  6. Illinois extends stay-at-home order until May 30; requires all to wear face masks in public when 6-foot social distancing is not possible; elective surgeries can begin May 1
  7. California recorded 115 deaths Wednesday, its highest total since the pandemic began; state will stop issuing permits for protests at state facilities
  8. Tyson Foods has closed plants in Washington and Tennessee due to COVID-19 outbreaks, in addition to the Iowa plant announced Wednesday
  9. Some Minnesota businesses may reopen Monday if they have a COVID-19 preparedness plan created and shared with the governor’s office
  10. North Carolina extends stay-at-home order until May 8
  11. Restaurants and retail businesses in Tennessee can reopen next week
  12. Alaska allows restaurants to run at 25% capacity, and salons can take clients by appointment only beginning Friday; Anchorage will wait until Monday
  13. Hawaii sets aside $25,000 to pay for visitors to leave the islands if they refuse to abide by the 14-day quarantine


  1. Amtrak suspends passenger train service from Milwaukee to Chicago
  2. Brown County now has more than 500 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 267 linked to three meat-processing businesses
  3. Doctors have been ordered by DHS to test everyone who contacts them with an illness for COVID-19
  4. Alternate care facility at State Fair Park to remain open after state lifts Safer At Home restrictions
  5. 17% of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state are health care workers
  6. 29 staff members at the Milwaukee County House of Correction are in quarantine
  7. Wisconsin’s original Safer At Home Order expired at 8 a.m., meaning golf courses can open, public libraries and non-essential businesses can open for pickups, deliveries and basic minimum operations while enforcing social distancing and cleaning measures


  1. Madison hospitals have 39 COVID-19 patients, 14 of whom are in the ICU
  2. Local hospitals will slowly resume postponed, elective procedures