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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 5/21/20

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

As of Thursday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 13,617 (up from 13,204 Wednesday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 481 (up from 467)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 2,161 (up from 2,110)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 393 (down from 398)


  1. There have been more than 5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases across the world; WHO says there were 106,000 cases reported over 24 hours, the most in a single day since the pandemic began
  2. Cuba has gone a full week without a COVID-19 death; totals for the country sit at 1,900 confirmed cases and 79 total deaths
  3. Schools in Incheon city, South Korea, closed on the first day back to school because of two confirmed COVID-19 cases among students
  4. Canada’s top doctor recommends everyone wears a face covering or mask when leaving their house
  5. Italy to reopen all airports starting June 3
  6. Brazil reports a record 19,951 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday as the country nears 300,000 total confirmed cases
  7. Spain extends state of emergency until June 7
  8. Greece to begin allowing some foreign visitors back into the country on June 15
  9. London’s Heathrow Airport to implement thermal screening for COVID-19 in an arrival terminal 
  10. Sweden, which has not shut down schools, businesses and restaurants, reports 7.3% of its population has developed coronavirus antibodies


  1. 45,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported across the country yesterday, the most since the outbreak began; however, some states are combining virus tests with antibody tests in their daily counts
  2. 2.4 million Americans filed their initial unemployment claims last week, bringing the nine-week total since the pandemic began to 38.6 million
  3. New York to allow religious gatherings of up to 10
  4. Iowa to allow movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums and wedding venues to open Friday
  5. One day after reopening, Ford assembly plant in Chicago temporarily shuts down for a few hours to disinfect after two employees test positive for COVID-19
  6. NCAA to allow Division 1 football and basketball to resume voluntary activities
  7. Illinois and North Carolina to allow outdoor dining at restaurants starting May 29
  8. Kentucky releases $300 million to cities and counties to help cover COVID-19 expenses
  9. Minnesota is up to 17,670 positive cases and 777 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began
  10. More than 30 of California’s 58 counties have been approved to move into Phase 2 of the state’s four-phased approach to reopening
  11. Macy’s expects it lost as much as $1.1 billion between February and May as sales dropped 45%


  1. Gov. Evers begins $25 million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program with federal funds for residents who have lost income from COVID-19 to pay for owed rent, security deposits
  2. Gov. Evers announces $50 million in direct payments to Wisconsin farmers, $15 million toward food security
  3. The 528 new confirmed COVID-19 cases announced Wednesday was the single highest total since the pandemic began
  4. The state also ran the most tests in a single day (6,063), which resulted in about 8% of results returning as positives
  5. All 72 counties in the state have now confirmed cases of COVID-19 as Langlade and Taylor counties report first cases
  6. Ozaukee, Washington counties to offer free drive-through COVID-19 testing from May 28-30


  1. The National Guard has tested 4,737 people at the Alliant Energy Center and recorded 851 tests on Tuesday
  2. Madison Public Health is asking more people to show up for testing at the Alliant Energy Center site (8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday)
  3. The Alliant Energy Center testing site will be closed Monday for Memorial Day observation
  4. UW-Madison announces order that requires people on campus to stay 6 feet away from others who are not part of their household; the school put up temporary fencing on the terrace and other outdoor areas that saw “particularly heavy use” in recent weeks