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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 5/14/20

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

As of Thursday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 11,113 (up from 10,774 Wednesday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 421 (up from 418)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,908 (up from 1,877)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 343 (up from 326)


  1. Sweden extends travel advisory until July 15
  2. Belgium to open museums and some schools on May 18
  3. In Turkey, children under the age of 14 were allowed to go outside (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for the first time since the lockdown was announced in early April
  4. State of emergency lifted for most of Japan; Tokyo, Osaka and six other urban prefectures will remain under the legislation until at least May 21
  5. The UK has approved a COVID-19 antibody test, and health officials say the test is 100% accurate
  6. Russia reported 9,974 new COVID-19 cases, the first time in 12 days the country reported fewer than 10,000 new coronavirus cases; country becomes the second to surpass 250,000 confirmed coronavirus cases
  7. Brazil recorded 11,385 new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period, its largest spike since the pandemic began; President Jair Bolsonaro tests negative
  8. Chile reports its largest rise in new coronavirus cases in a single day (2,660)
  9. Government study in Spain suggests 5% of the population has developed antibodies for COVID-19
  10. United Nations forecasts 34.3 million people, mostly in Africa, will be pushed into extreme poverty because of the pandemic


  1. Nearly 3 million more Americans filed their initial unemployment claims last week, bringing the total to 36.5 million Americans since the pandemic began
  2. A new estimate believes COVID-19 particles could remain in the air for more than eight minutes after talking
  3. DC extends stay-at-home order until June 8; Iowa to allow 22 remaining counties to reopen Friday; New Mexico businesses can reopen Saturday at 25% capacity
  4. Yellowstone National Park to partially reopen on May 18; Disney suspends cruises through July 27
  5. Wyoming allows bars and restaurants to open Friday with tables of up to six, movie theaters and salons can open with social distancing, and public gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed
  6. Amazon extends $2/per hour wage increase and double overtime pay for employees through the end of May
  7. Virginia to begin reopening Friday with non-essential businesses and churches at 50% capacity; salons and barbershops can open with social distancing and face coverings
  8. Most San Francisco businesses can open for pickup and/or delivery next week
  9. Illinois reported 192 new COVID-19 deaths, the highest single-day total for the state; Illinois also reported 1,677 new confirmed cases
  10. Food prices in the U.S. rose 2.6% in April, the largest jump since February 1974


  1. The Wisconsin Supreme Court rules Gov. Evers’ Safer at Home order extension oversteps his authority in a 4-3 ruling, lifts restrictions immediately
  2. Gov. Evers to meet with top legislators Thursday to discuss potential new rules to put in place of the order
  3. Brown County, Kenosha County, Rock County, the city of Milwaukee and city of Racine and implemented local orders similar to the Safer at Home order
  4. Milwaukee County to allow hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, tattoo parlors to open with social distancing and other protective measures
  5. DHS reported the names of 38 nursing homes in the state with active investigations for COVID-19
  6. The percentage of in-person voting increased at Tuesday’s special election in northern Wisconsin compared to the April 7 presidential primary


  1. Madison Public Health issues order implementing similar Safer At Home guidelines through May 26 for Dane County
  2. The Villa at Middleton Village is the only Dane County nursing home with an active COVID-19 investigation; two staff have tested positive, no residents have tested positive
  3. DHS has investigated 20 locations in Dane County for COVID-19 outbreaks, including 14 long-term care facilities and four workplaces