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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 5/13/20

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

As of Wednesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 10,774 (up from 10,476 Tuesday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 418 (up from 410)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,877 (up from 1,846)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 326 (down from 340)


  1. Iceland expects to ease restrictions on international travelers no later than June 15; travelers will decide between getting tested for COVID-19 or quarantining for 14 days; travelers also will be required to use a tracing app
  2. India announces new stimulus package increases total aid of about $266 billion since the pandemic began
  3. 91 people have been arrested in Italy for allegedly planning to exploit businesses during the coronavirus crisis
  4. Austria to begin relaxing border restrictions with Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein but will maintain restrictions with Italy
  5. Germany hopes for unrestricted European Union travel by mid-June; to open borders with Luxembourg on Friday and ease measures with Austria, Switzerland and France at the same time
  6. Russia reports more than 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases for the 11th consecutive day, bringing total to 242,271 cases
  7. Hong Kong reports its first locally transmitting COVID-19 cases in 22 days
  8. Pakistan reports 2,250 new COVID-19 cases, its largest spike in cases yet
  9. The Philippines have arrested more than 150,000 for violating curfews or for “disobedience”
  10. Saudi Arabia to go into full lockdown for five days at the end of Ramadan as cases rise by more than 1,000 per day


  1. Vice President Mike Pence to keep physical distance from President Trump for the immediate future to prevent possible spread of COVID-19
  2. Leading forecasting model predicts U.S. death toll will reach 147,000 by August, a 10,000 jump from its previous forecast
  3. The United States has surpassed 1.37 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 82,000 deaths
  4. Los Angeles County stay-at-home order likely will be extended for the next three months, but modifications will be made along the way
  5. Broadway theaters will be closed through at least Sept. 6
  6. The FDA says there’s a shortage of propofol, a sedative needed to place patients on ventilators
  7. Illinois reported more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases, the state’s highest number of new cases in a 24-hour period
  8. California State universities (23 institutions) cancel nearly all in-person classes through the fall semester
  9. Nebraska stops reporting number of workers infected with COVID-19 from meatpacking plants
  10. New Orleans to begin Phase 1 of reopening on Saturday with restaurants, gyms and churches


  1. Wisconsin has met five of the six criteria to reopening the state in Gov. Evers’ Badger Bounce Back plan
  2. Once all six criteria are met, gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed and restaurants can open to dine-in customers with distancing measures
  3. 3.9% of the COVID-19 test results announced Tuesday came back positive, the lowest total in more than a month
  4. Some MATC students will return to campus next week to finish hands-on coursework necessary for graduation


  1. Epic Systems helped set up 32 medical stations for 80,000 additional beds, including the Javits Center in New York, State Fair grounds in Milwaukee and McCormick Place in Chicago
  2. City of Madison to look into furloughs, hour reductions for staff to fight projected $30 million budget shortfall
  3. Madison hospitals and clinics offering antibody testing to see if a person had COVID-19 in the past
  4. Brat Fest 2020, which was postponed until August, has been canceled