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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 5/15/20

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

As of Friday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 11,495 (up from 11,113 Thursday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 434 (up from 421)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 1,939 (up from 1,908)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 352 (up from 343)


  1. There are now more than 4.4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases across the world, and the worldwide death toll has surpassed 300,000
  2. Russia launches free antibody testing for a random selection of 70,000 Moscow residents beginning Friday; reports 10,598 new COVID-19 cases
  3. The first known COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Cox’s Bazar, a refugee camp in Bangladesh home to nearly a million Rohingya refugees
  4. Brazil reported 13,944 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total to more than 200,000
  5. Pakistan extends suspension of international flights through May 31, domestic flights can begin May 16 after two months off
  6. Germany enters a recession as the economy shrinks 2.2% in the first quarter of 2020
  7. The Philippines hit with its first typhoon of the season, causing the evacuations of tens of thousands of residents reminded to continue social distancing
  8. Wuhan reports 11 new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases as the city attempts to test all 11 million residents
  9. Mexico reports 2,409 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, its largest single-day jump since the outbreak began; factories set to reopen June 1
  10. France unveils $19.4 billion plan to support the tourism industry, including grants and government-guaranteed loans


  1. The United States death toll crosses 85,000 and surpasses 1.4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases
  2. Cook County (Chicago) has passed Queens County for the most COVID-19 cases in a single county (58,457); Queens County is one of five counties that make up New York City
  3. The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Friday on $3 trillion stimulus package and a new rule to allow lawmakers to vote remotely during the pandemic
  4. The Mall of America will reopen on June 1
  5. Two of Florida’s hardest-hit counties (Miami-Dade and Broward) can start reopening Monday; the two counties accounted for nearly 50% of cases in the state; restaurants can open at 50% capacity
  6. Ohio will allow campgrounds to open May 21 and fitness centers and pools to open May 26 with safety protocols; childcare facilities can open May 31
  7. All 10 million Los Angeles County residents will be required to wear face masks when outside of their homes
  8. Beaches in New Jersey will be opened in time for Memorial Day weekend with capacity limitations and social distancing requirements
  9. New York to receive $3.9 billion in federal funding for the Metropolitan Transit Association
  10. Hawaii discourages tourists from visiting the islands through at least the end of June
  11. NCAA President says restarting college sports will be up to individual schools
  12. 24 states have a downward trajectory of new COVID-19 cases; 17 states have cases holding steady


  1. DHS submitted a new proposal for a state rule after the Safer at Home order was disbanded; Gov. Evers and legislators would have to agree before anything is implemented statewide
  2. Door, Green, Winnebago counties have issued orders extending Safer at Home guidelines through May 20
  3. Calumet, Outagamie, Eau Claire, Florence counties have issued their own orders with no expiration set; Eau Claire County to let businesses stay open but limits gatherings to 10 people; Florence County allows some businesses to open at religious gatherings up to 50 people
  4. Marquette County issued an order through May 15 to allow for a safe reopening
  5. The cities of Appleton, Menasha, West Allis, Wauwatosa, Greenfield, Cudahy, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Oak Creek, Milwaukee’s North Shore suburbs, South Milwaukee, St. Francis, and West Milwaukee have issued orders similar to the Safer at Home order, which will last through May 20
  6. South Milwaukee/St. Francis allows most businesses to reopen at 25% capacity
  7. Wisconsin Indian casinos will remain closed until at least May 26
  8. Milwaukee County will face a budget shortfall of at least $100 million in revenue this year
  9. Slinger Speedway to race Saturday with 25% capacity
  10. UW-Green Bay extends furloughs through December
  11. Kenosha County withdraws its Safer at Home order after implementing one Wednesday night


  1. Warner Park to begin hosting movie nights Wednesday (Aladdin) for $40/vehicle as Madison Mallards’ season on hold