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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 4/28/20

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

As of Tuesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 6,144 (up from 5,969 Monday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 282 (up from 272)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,415 (up from 1,397)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 335 (down from 343)

World

  1. Over 4 million workers have been furloughed in the UK
  2. Nigeria extends lockdown in three states until May 4
  3. Scotland recommends wearing face coverings in public
  4. COVID-19 deaths in England and Wales jumped 54% over eight days from 14,451 to 22,351
  5. Portugal to end state of emergency this week
  6. Iran reports 71 new deaths and more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases to bring the total to 92,500
  7. Singapore acknowledges outbreak may be worse than the nearly 15,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases due to outbreaks in migrant dorms before testing
  8. Egypt extends state of emergency for three months
  9. Germany nears 6,000 COVID-19 deaths after reporting more than 1,000 new cases and 163 deaths Monday
  10. Hong Kong civil servants to return to work May 4, travel and social distancing restrictions are due to expire next week

National

  1. Colorado, Minnesota, Montana and Tennessee reopened some retail businesses Monday
  2. Georgia allowed restaurants to have dine-in customers after some businesses opened Friday
  3. New York City hires 1,000 contact tracers to detect the spread of COVID-19; North Carolina hires 250
  4. New York’s hospitalization rate is flat, not decreasing as expected; stay-at-home orders to be extended past May 15 in “many parts” of the state
  5. Iowa to allow 77 of 99 counties to open restaurants, fitness centers, retail stores and malls at 50% capacity beginning May 1; state lifts ban on religious gatherings over 10
  6. 56% of COVID-19 deaths in Massachusetts come from nursing facilities; all nursing home workers to be tested for COVID-19
  7. Los Angeles County to disinfect more than 30,000 masks per day for reuse up to 20 times
  8. New York cancels presidential primary election, citing health concerns and presumptive nominees for each party
  9. Texas governor will allow stay-at-home order to expire on April 30
  10. Louisiana extends stay-at-home order until May 15

State

  1. Gov. Evers announced another Executive Order to begin “turning the dial” and loosen restrictions starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday:
  • Curbside drop-off of goods and animals for services, care or other uses
  • Outdoor recreational rentals can open as long as only one staff member is in the confined space
  • Automatic and self-service car washes may open for service
  1. July 3 fireworks at Milwaukee’s lakefront have been canceled
  2. City of Milwaukee has reported 2,000 COVID-19 cases, while Milwaukee County has 2,708 cases
  3. Wisconsin’s testing capacity has increased to nearly 11,000 tests per day across 49 labs
  4. Wisconsin state parks may reopen May 1, but restrooms, shelters, buildings will remain closed
  • State natural areas will remain closed
  • Annual park stickers or trail passes are necessary and must be purchased by phone; cannot be bought at parks
  • Parks will be closed every Wednesday for maintenance and upkeep

Madison

  1. Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival in August canceled
  2. SSM Health furloughs 2,000 employees, including many in Dane County