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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 4/29/20

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

As of Wednesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 6,387 (up from 6,144 Tuesday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 300 (up from 282)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,456 (up from 1,415)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 351 (up from 335)


  1. France to begin easing restrictions on May 11 starting with kindergartens and elementary schools; bars, cafes and restaurants will be considered at the end of May; cancels end of 2019-20 soccer season
  2. Greece will ease some restrictions next week
  3. Italy becomes the third country to surpass 200,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases; Monaco to keep gambling halls, beaches closed until June
  4. Spain to ease restrictions in some locations starting Monday, the rest of the country in May 11
  5. Germany advises against international travel until at least June 14
  6. Portuguese schools prepare to open on May 18
  7. Switzerland to further ease restrictions on May 11
  8. Russia will surpass 100,000 COVID-19 cases today, the eighth country to do so


  1. The U.S. economy shrank 4.8% in the first quarter, the biggest decline since the Great Recession
  2. President Trump signs executive order which mandates meat processing plants remain open
  3. The United States has surpassed 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases
  4. Alabama will allow stay-at-home order to end Thursday
  5. Nonessential businesses in Massachusetts to remain closed until May 18
  6. JetBlue becomes first major American airline to require passengers to wear face coverings next week
  7. Illinois reports 144 COVID-19 deaths, its highest over a 24-hour period
  8. Navy hospital ship will leave New York City on Thursday after discharging all of its patients
  9. Maine extends stay-at-home order until the end of May
  10. West Virginia plans to open pharmacies, chiropractors, dentists and other healthcare services Thursday
  11. Connecticut reports lowest number of new COVID-19 cases (315) in weeks
  12. Wyoming to reopen gyms and personal services businesses starting Friday
  13. North Dakota set to open bars, restaurants, health clubs, athletic facilities, barbers, salons and more can open Friday
  14. Restaurants, retail outlets and gyms in Tennessee are slowing opening this week


  1. Starting next week, Wisconsin will stop tracking COVID-19 cases stemming from the April 7 election
  2. 503 of the 920 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brown County have been linked to three meat processing plants
  3. Wisconsin has 249 of the 1,000 contact tracers it is looking for
  4. Wisconsin had 19 deaths over a 24-hour period announced Tuesday, its largest single-day death toll since the pandemic started


  1. Dane County has averaged about 500 tests per day over the past few days