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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 5/20/20

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

As of Wednesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 13,204 (up from 12,768 Tuesday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 467 (up from 459)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 2,110 (up from 2,068)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 398 (up from 379)


  1. COVID-19 lockdowns drop global carbon emissions to 15-year low
  2. Iraq to impose a full curfew for the Eid holiday from Sunday through May 28
  3. Hong Kong extends ban on public gatherings through June 4, a day pro-democracy advocates gather to commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre
  4. 6 English Premier League soccer players and club staff have tested positive after the league allowed small group training starting Tuesday; all six were members of two clubs (Watford and Burnley)
  5. Brazil sees record number of new COVID-19 cases (17,408) and new deaths (1,179) over a 24-hour period
  6. Kenya reports largest single-day spike in new COVID-19 cases (66) to bring country’s total over 1,000
  7. Cambridge University cancels all face-to-face lectures until mid-2021; small group teaching may take place if physical distancing is possible
  8. Dutch authorities believe a mink may have infected a human with COVID-19, orders all mink farms to conduct antibody tests on the animals
  9. Russia reports 8,764 new COVID-19 cases to become the second country to surpass 300,000 confirmed cases
  10. Spain makes face masks mandatory in public spaces where physical distancing is not possible
  11. India reports 5,611 new COVID-19 cases, its highest spike in new cases since the pandemic started as the country prepares for Cyclone Amphan making landfall today
  12. Switzerland to allow places of worship to open beginning May 28


  1. Ohio issues “urgent health advisory” to move from orders to “strong recommendations;” this includes six feet of physical distancing, no groups more than 10 and frequent hand washing and sanitizing
  2. The U.S.-Canada border will be closed to non-essential traffic until June 21
  3. South Carolina to allow in-person graduation ceremonies beginning next Friday
  4. Washington state announces about 30% of its state can move to Phase 2 of its reopening, which includes in-store retail purchases, reopening of barbershops and salons and restaurants opening at 50% capacity
  5. Stores in Delaware are allowed to accept two appointments per half hour to allow customers into stores; they can then open at 30% capacity on June 1
  6. Montana to shift to Phase 2 of reopening on June 1, allowing bars and restaurants to be at 75% capacity, gyms and pools at 75% capacity and gatherings of up to 75 people
  7. Purdue University president says some professors will teach behind Plexiglas
  8. New York to allow Memorial Day ceremonies with 10 people or less; vehicle parades will be allowed
  9. Connecticut allows restaurants, offices, retail stores, outdoor museums and zoos to open with restrictions today


  1. Gov. Evers is spending more than $1 billion in federal money to fight COVID-19; $445 million to hospitals and communities, $260 million to testing and $150 million to PPE
  2. Milwaukee County suburbs can reopen all remaining businesses Friday as the county order expires at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday
  3. Bay Park Mall in Green Bay reopened Wednesday
  4. More than 675,000 unemployment claims have not been paid yet by the Department of Workforce Development
  5. The state has paid 1.4 million of the more than 2 million weekly claims, which accounts to nearly $418 million in unemployment benefits


  1. Airbnb warns users it will ban those who host parties in violation of Dane County’s reopening plan
  2. Dane County has conducted nearly 23,000 COVID-19 tests
  3. There have been 136 total hospitalizations in the county