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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 5/22/20

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

As of Friday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 13,885 (up from 13,617 Thursday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 487 (up from 4681)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 2,218 (up from 2,161)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 398 (up from 393)


  1. The UK has surpassed 250,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 5% of all in the UK and 17% of those in London have developed antibodies for COVID-19
  2. Brazil becomes the third country (behind the U.S. and Russia) to reach 300,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases; the country also reported 1,188 new deaths to surpass 20,000 coronavirus deaths
  3. Latin America, with many cases from Brazil, Peru and Mexico, has reported more new cases than the U.S. and Europe for three straight days
  4. The CDC estimates 35% of all COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic


  1. Flags at federal buildings will be flown at half-staff for the next three days to honor COVID-19 victims
  2. Dr. Anthony Fauci suggests Americans should get outside for Memorial Day weekend as long as they follow physical distancing and wear a mask
  3. Montgomery, Alabama, has an ICU bed shortage, forcing sick residents to be diverted to Birmingham
  4. 40 counties in California are moving to “expanded phase two” of reopening, which allows dining in restaurants and shopping in stores
  5. Campbell University in North Carolina to provide single rooms to all residential students in the 2020-21 academic year; the school has 6,500 total students
  6. Iowa to begin testing “all who feel like they should be tested” starting Friday
  7. Retail businesses in Michigan to reopen on Tuesday; gatherings can include up to 10 people and non-essential medical, dental and veterinary procedures can start May 29
  8. Texas to open 44 community drive-through testing sites across the state
  9. Wedding and banquet venues in Ohio allowed to reopen on June 1 for up to 300 people
  10. All public indoor businesses and spaces in Minneapolis will require face coverings or masks
  11. 89 counties in Nebraska will move to Phase 2 of reopening on June 1, allowing for bars to open at 50% capacity or 25 people; weddings allowed for 25 people or 50% occupancy and no dancing


  1. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate was 14.1% for April, the highest for the state since the Great Depression (14.7%)
  2. Wisconsin lost 439,000 jobs in five weeks
  3. The state announced results from 9,410 COVID-19 tests Thursday, a record high
  4. The Amazon plant in Kenosha reports 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19
  5. Gov. Evers to give $100 million in federal funding to nursing homes to fight COVID-19
  6. State tax collections in April were down 50% due to COVID-19 and the deadline extension until July 15


  1. A federal lawsuit was filed against Dane County in an attempt to overturn the county stay-at-home order
  2. Virtual Brat Fest fundraiser to replace in-person World’s Largest Brat Fest, which was canceled due to COVID-19