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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 4/30/20

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

As of Thursday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 6,655 (up from 6,387 Wednesday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 311 (up from 300)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,489 (up from 1,456)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 350 (down from 351)


  1. 12.4 million Italians have requested emergency funds offered by the government through the Heal Italy decree
  2. Japan will extend the countrywide state of emergency past May 6
  3. European Union economy shrank 3.5% in the first quarter of 2020, the worst drop since data started getting collected in 1995
  4. Oxford University vaccine trial results expected to be released in June
  5. Switzerland eases restrictions to allow grandparents to hug grandchildren under the age of 10
  6. Russia reports 7,000 new COVID-19 cases to bring the total to 106,498 and surpasses 1,000 confirmed deaths
  7. South Korea reported no local transmissions for the first time since February 18
  8. Pakistan recorded 874 new infections, its biggest one-day jump
  9. Germany has conducted 860,000 tests this week as some restrictions have been lifted; country to open religious institutions with strict measures
  10. UK to review lockdown restrictions on May 7


  1. Pentagon to use Defense Production Act to increase testing swab production by 20 million per month starting in May
  2. 3.8 million Americans filed for initial unemployment last week, bringing the pandemic total to more than 30 million in the past six weeks
  3. Federal social distancing guidelines to expire today, no plans to renew as governors take control of decisions
  4. More than 4,300 service members have tested positive for COVID-19, and 6,754 positives have been confirmed across the Department of Defense
  5. Vermont has not had a new COVID-19 case since Monday
  6. Iowa reported 467 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday; church services, elective surgeries and farmers markets will reopen Monday
  7. New Jersey governor to reopen parks and golf courses starting Saturday
  8. Nevada will ease some restrictions on curbside pickup, outdoors activities and retail in Phase 1; casinos reopening won’t be until Phase 3 or 4.
  9. Arkansas governor says restaurants can reopen for dine-in customers on May 11; parts of Florida to begin reopening on May 4
  10. Michigan governor signs order to reopen residential and commercial construction by May 7
  11. Boston mayor extends the city’s coronavirus curfew until May 18
  12. All Costco customers must cover their faces while shopping
  13. Wyoming extends 14-day quarantine for those entering the state through May 8
  14. All nursing home residents and staff in Maryland will be tested for COVID-19
  15. Los Angeles to offer free COVID-19 testing for all residents; California to close all beaches and parks


  1. Gov. Evers to cut state spending by 5%
  2. Average gas prices in Wisconsin ($1.23/gallon) are the cheapest in the country
  3. Officials are investigating a potential COVID-19 outbreak at a Wisconsin Dells dorm for international student workers
  4. State says over 180 outbreaks are tied to nursing homes, other facilities
  5. UW-Milwaukee announced its furlough policy in which more than 3,700 employees will take 6-8 unpaid days before next June; employees who cannot telecommute face up to four months without work
  6. Wisconsin suspends fees, penalties for missed rent for 90 days after the public health emergency has ended (currently May 26)


  1. UW-Madison announced its furlough policy of 3-6 furlough days over six months depending on salary
  2. Shake the Lake fireworks on July 4 canceled
  3. Madison School District to keep pass/no pass grading for high schoolers to end the school year
  4. Public Health Madison and Dane County to receive $695,000 in federal funds for COVID-19
  5. Madison hospitals ask for more homemade masks to be donated