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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 5/12/20

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

As of Tuesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 10,476 (up from 10,297 Monday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 410 (up from 400)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,846 (up from 1,820)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 340 (up from 332)


  1. The British will be allowed to spend more time outdoors starting Wednesday, including swimming in lakes and the sea and exercising
  2. Turkey to implement a four-day curfew from Friday through Monday in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19
  3. Denmark creates a new government agency to prepare for future epidemics or another wave of the coronavirus
  4. The western Indian state of Maharashtra to parole 17,000 prisoners to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  5. France extends state of emergency through July 10
  6. Spain to impose a 14-day quarantine for international arrivals
  7. Germany reported 933 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, nearly 2.5 times more than the 357 new cases reported the day prior
  8. Wuhan to conduct citywide testing of 11 million residents over 10 days amid fears of a second wave of the coronavirus
  9. At least 102 COVID-19 cases are linked to a nightclub cluster in South Korea
  10. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, the fourth senior official in Russia to test positive


  1. All staffers entering the West Wing must wear a face covering
  2. President Trump announced that $11 billion will be given to states for “the sole support of testing”
  3. Study shows that 23% of children in the pediatric ICU with COVID-19 experience multi-organ failure
  4. Vermont plans to reopen retail stores starting on May 18
  5. Three regions of New York (Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley) meet metrics to begin phased reopening Friday
  6. Rhode Island restaurants can reopen outdoor dining services beginning May 18
  7. Pennsylvania sees its lowest rise in new cases (543) since March 28
  8. North Dakota schools to reopen for summer schools and programs beginning June 1
  9. Chicago hopes to increase testing from 3,000 per day to 4,500 per day by the end of May
  10. Tesla plant in California opens despite county and state orders against such a move


  1. Retail stores can open to customers with no more than five customers inside at a time for stand-alone and strip-mall stores; normal malls cannot open yet; drive-in theaters are allowed to open
  2. Residents are encouraged to wear masks when in public and going to stores, but it is not required to enter buildings
  3. For the first time since April 27, there were fewer than 200 new COVID-19 cases over a 24-hour span
  4. DHS has “redeployed” 400 state employees as contact tracers
  5. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO says new order opening retail will revive around 90,000 jobs
  6. A second meatpacking worker has died from COVID-19, and at least 835 meat factory workers have tested positive at 16 plants around the state


  1. Free COVID-19 testing site opens at Alliant Energy Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; no appointments are necessary, but health officials suggest contacting your primary care doctor to see if they can test you first
  2. Dane County requests voluntary furloughs from all 2,500 county employees, ranging from eight and 80 hours of unpaid time
  3. Madison School Board says there were $1.5 million in unbudgeted expenses this school year due to COVID-19 and potential state cuts for next year