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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 5/19/20

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

As of Tuesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 12,768 (up from 12,609 Monday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 459 (up from 453)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 2,068 (up from 2,038)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 379 (up from 364)


  1. Turkey announces national curfew for Eid holiday from May 23-26
  2. Italy reported 99 deaths over 24 hours, the lowest daily increase since the nationwide lockdown went into place on March 9
  3. 70 schools in France have closed after a spike in suspected COVID-19 infections
  4. William Shakespeare’s Globe theater in London may have to close permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  5. India and Bangladesh plan to evacuate 2 million people as Super Cyclone Amphan approaches; Bangladesh says it can move 9.1 million people to safety while still following COVID-19 social distancing measures
  6. City of Shulan in China’s northeastern province increases lockdown measures following new reports of locally transmitted cases
  7. India becomes the 11th country to have at least 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases
  8. El Salvador’s Supreme Court suspends COVID-19 state of emergency and restrictions President Nayib Bukele extended Saturday


  1. The United States has more than 1.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 90,000 deaths
  2. President Trump sends letter to WHO threatening to permanently pull funding due to COVID-19 response
  3. New York City on track to begin reopening in the first half of June
  4. Rhode Island opens all state parks, two state beaches, and places of worship will be open the weekend of May 30
  5. Michigan allows Upper Peninsula and Traverse City area businesses to open with safety measures, restaurants and bars can open at 50% capacity
  6. New Jersey to allow outdoor businesses (community gardens, shooting rangers, horseback riding, batting cages) to open Friday
  7. Massachusetts to allow office spaces to open at 25% capacity (except Boston), and retail establishments can offer curbside service starting next week
  8. J.C. Penney plans to close 200 stores this year and another 50 next year after declaring bankruptcy
  9. Navajo Nation (4,002 infections) has the highest COVID-19 infection rate per capita in the country, surpasses New York and New Jersey
  10. Illinois announces rule that businesses violating stay-at-home orders are committing class A misdemeanors


  1. A federal lawsuit seeks to have absentee ballot forms mailed to all registered voters across the state
  2. Gov. Evers said Monday the state will hand out $75 million (in $2,500 grants each) to small businesses to cover insurance, wages and other costs
  3. Nearly 550,000 Wisconsin residents have filed for initial unemployment benefits since the pandemic started
  4. Gov. Evers withdraws DHS proposal for statewide rulemaking around COVID-19 restrictions
  5. Monday’s test results came back with just 3% positive, one of the lowest in the past month
  6. Wisconsin had just 2.9% of tests return positive on Monday, the lowest rate since early May
  7. Milwaukee police have issued quarantine orders for two people who tested positive but refuse to stay home
  8. Kohl’s sales fell 43.5% in the first quarter of 2020


  1. Public Health Madison released its “Forward Dane” plan to reopening the county; metrics page to be updated weekly
  2. Dane County currently fits the criteria to be in Phase One of the plan, which went into effect Tuesday morning; the county’s stay-at-home order will be in place until health officials “determine the criteria to implement Phase One has been achieved”
  3. Immediately:
  1. No restrictions on travel
  2. All businesses can perform minimum basic operations to prepare for a safe reopening
  3. No criminal penalty for those found in violation of the Safer at Home order
  4. Under Phase One:
  1. Restaurants can open at 25% capacity
  2. Gyms can open at 25% capacity, but basketball courts/contact sports off limits
  3. Salons, tattoo parlors, spas can open for appointments only, employees must always wear face coverings
  4. Malls can open at 25% capacity
  5. Religious gatherings will be allowed at 25% capacity
  6. Outdoor entertainment can have up to 25 people; indoor gatherings limited to 10 people with physical distancing
  7. Dane County creates $10 million fund to reduce evictions as 36,000 in the county have filed for unemployment