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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 4/27/20

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

As of Monday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 5,969 (up from 5,176 Friday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 272 (up from 257)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,397 (up from 1,318)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 343 (down from 349)


  1. The worldwide death toll has surpassed 207,000, and confirmed cases will reach 3 million today
  2. The United States will send ventilators to Ecuador, El Salvador and Indonesia
  3. Turkey’s COVID-19 active cases drop for the first time since early April
  4. Ecuador to transition from isolation to social distancing on May 4
  5. Daily confirmed cases in Germany slows for the second consecutive day
  6. India’s most populous state bans gatherings until June 30
  7. Volkswagen reopens largest car factory in Europe
  8. New Zealand claims it has “eliminated” the coronavirus as new cases remain in single digits; eases lockdown measures
  9. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to work for the first time since he was released from the hospital a week ago
  10. Switzerland begins easing COVID-19 restrictions
  11. China says all hospitalized COVID-19 patients have been discharged
  12. Italy to allow access to parks and gardens and hold funerals with up to 15 attendees starting May 4


  1. The United States has surpassed 965,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections and nearly 55,000 deaths
  2. FDA approves first at-home COVID-19 test; also approves three more antibody tests
  3. More than 5 million Americans have received a COVID-19 test
  4. Michigan extends stay-at-home order until May 15
  5. Illinois reported 2,724 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, its largest single-day increase
  6. Missouri to begin lifting movement restrictions on May 4
  7. Data from a study shows 6% of the test group (1,800 people) had COVID-19 antibodies in Miami; the county had reported just 10,700 cases
  8. Hawaii extends stay-at-home and quarantine orders until May 31
  9. Miami-Dade County is hiring 400 people to enforce social distancing guidelines at parks
  10. New York could reopen some business activity after May 15 in regions with declines in cases for 14 days
  11. Tyson Foods warns about meat shortages around the country due to major plants closing
  12. A New York hospital network testing a heartburn drug as treatment for COVID-19
  13. New York, Illinois and Maryland health officials have received increased calls about ingesting disinfectant


  1. Wisconsin reported 304 new COVID-19 cases Friday afternoon, the largest at the time as the state tested 3,400 patients, nearly 50% higher than any other day
  2. Another 311 cases were reported Saturday afternoon; the state has reported 200 or more new cases in five straight days
  3. Volunteers can pick up materials at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee to make 700 masks and return the finished products; expectation is to make 2.5 million masks in three weeks
  4. Wisconsin Supreme Court declines to hear case about releasing prisoners due to COVID-19
  5. A fourth nun at a convent in Milwaukee has died from the coronavirus
  6. Milwaukee to start issuing citations May 2 for violations of Safer at Home order
  7. There are now 776 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brown County, the fastest-growing outbreak in the state
  8. JBS meat processing plant in Green Bay (linked to 189 COVID-19 cases) will temporarily close
  9. 450,000 residents have filed for unemployment since March 15
  10. OSHA to investigate COVID-19 safety practices at the Patrick Cudahy/Smithfield Foods plant in Milwaukee


  1. All City of Madison workers will now wear face coverings
  2. Traffic citations, calls to police, and criminal charges have all decreased under the Safer At Home order
  3. Dane County has surpassed 400 confirmed COVID-19 cases and administered more than 9,000 tests