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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 5/18/20

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

As of Monday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 12,609 (up from 11,495 Friday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 453 (up from 434)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 2,038 (up from 1,939)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 364 (up from 352)


  1. Travel restrictions in Norway will continue until August 20; Czech Republic lifts state of emergency, but face masks must be worn in public
  2. Denmark records no COVID-19 deaths over 24 hours for the first time since March; Nepal reports its first COVID-19 death; Ecuador’s indigenous Waorani community reports first confirmed COVID-19 case
  3. Saudi Arabia reports 2,307 new COVID-19 cases, its largest spike since the pandemic began
  4. Spain eases restrictions for 70% of population and 24-hour death toll falls below 100 for the first time since March 16
  5. The Republic of Ireland begins relaxing restrictions Monday, allowing friends and family to gather in groups no larger than 4 and asked to wear face coverings in enclosed areas; Scotland likely to begin reopening on May 28
  6. Italy’s hardest-hit region (Lombardy) to reopen restaurants and shops on Monday; travel restrictions to and from the country will be lifted on June 3; the country records its fewest deaths (145) over a 24-hour period since March 4
  7. Canada approves the country’s first clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine
  8. International visitors to Indonesia are going to need a “health certificate” and to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival
  9. India has surpassed mainland China for total COVID-19 cases (85,940)
  10. Brazil’s death toll tops 15,000 as it passes Spain and Italy with confirmed cases (241,080); Sao Paolo ICU beds are at 90% capacity
  11. India extends lockdown until the end of May after its largest surge of new cases (5,242) on Sunday
  12. Egypt to impose nationwide curfew during Eid Al-Fitr holiday beginning next Sunday night and going through Friday
  13. Thailand extends ban on all international flights until June 30
  14. South Africa reports single-day record of 1,160 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday
  15. South Korea health officials says patients who re-test positive for COVID-19 are not contagious
  16. Super typhoon (equivalent of Category 4 hurricane) expected to make landfall Wednesday near India and Bangladesh as COVID-19 cases surge in both countries


  1. Early results of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine study are promising as all eight patients developed antibodies for the virus
  2. Vermont relaxes stay-at-home order, extends state of emergency until June 15; Delaware to begin reopening on June 1
  3. Beaches in New York, Connecticut and Delaware will join New Jersey in opening Friday; New York City will not allow swimming at beaches
  4. All retail stores in Arkansas can reopen Monday
  5. New Jersey to have most residents vote via mail in July 7 presidential primary
  6. Kroger to give full-time employees one-time payment of $400 as “thank you pay” and $200 for part-time employees
  7. Florida to reopen gyms and increase restaurant capacity from 25% to 50%; Tennessee lifts capacity restrictions on restaurants, retailers
  8. TSA begins work on plan to check temperature of all travelers during screenings
  9. Eight sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, where more than 1,000 sailors originally tested positive, have retested positive for COVID-19
  10. Texas reported 1,801 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, its most in one day since the pandemic began
  11. More than 33,000 unreliable tests were conducted in Florida
  12. Connecticut and Massachusetts are the only states that have not begun reopening in some form


  1. Kenosha, Brown, Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet and Manitowoc counties have rescinded their Safer at Home order restrictions
  2. The cities of Appleton, Menasha, De Pere and Cudahy have withdrawn their Safer at Home order restrictions
  3. Wisconsin reported 410 new COVID-19 cases Friday, the largest rise since May 1
  4. Goodwill to reopen stores and donation centers
  5. UW System President Ray Cross says he fully expects campuses to be open for the fall semester
  6. Milwaukee extends two free community testing site hours to 11 a.m. through 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday
  7. Wisconsin reported 6,469 tests in its 2 p.m. news conference Friday, the most in a single day as testing continues to ramp up


  1. From Feb. 1 through May 10, Dane County Emergency Management saw a 38% increase in calls stemming from substance abuse
  2. The community testing site at the Alliant Energy Center (with hours 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Friday) will extend hours until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  3. Religious gatherings are allowed in Dane County with no limits on size as long as physical distancing and sanitizing occurs
  4. Madison School District summer school to be fully online, summer rec programs canceled
  5. 37 inmates at the Dane County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19