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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 5/26/20

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

As of Tuesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 15,800 (up from 13,885 Friday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 514 (up from 487)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 2,339 (up from 2,218)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 388 (down from 398)


  1. World Health Organization warns of second peak, not a second wave, of COVID-19 cases; worldwide confirmed cases top 5.5 million and 346,000 deaths
  2. Spain to being allowing foreigners at the beginning of July; country’s soccer league to start the week of June 8
  3. Russia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases (362,342) likely higher as country counts pneumonia cases separately for those who haven’t been tested; roughly 12.5% of Moscow residents have developed antibodies
  4. Outbreaks at favelas in Brazil, poverty-stricken neighborhoods where an estimated 13 million live, have pushed Brazil past Russia for second-most cases (374,898); Brazil’s indigenous population is dying at a rate double that of the rest of Brazil’s population
  5. India reports its largest one-day spike (6,700) in confirmed COVID-19 cases
  6. Peru reported more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases Monday and extends lockdown through June 30; Argentina extends lockdown until June 7
  7. Mexico reported 479 new COVID-19 deaths Saturday and 3,329 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, its largest single-day spike
  8. Chile reports more than 3,700 new COVID-19 cases; Brazil reported 11,000 new COVID-19 cases on Monday
  9. Argentina extends lockdown until June 7
  10. Africa has surpassed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases with cases in every country on the continent, according to WHO; South Africa to reopen the majority of its economy on June 1
  11. A Singapore study of 73 patients found COVID-19 is not infectious after a person has been sick for 11 days, even if they still test positive
  12. UK schools to begin reopening on June 1; almost 200 schools in South Korea, expected to open Wednesday, have pushed back their start to June 1 due to a student and instructor testing positive for COVID-19
  13. Austrian hospital completes first-even COVID-19 lung transplant
  14. Japan lifts state of emergency Tuesday but will extend travel bans to 11 new countries, including the U.S.; Palestine territories to lift two-month lockdown in the coming days; Kuwait to end full curfew on May 30; Dubai to ease restrictions on movement starting Wednesday
  15. Germany’s active COVID-19 cases falls below 10,000; Sweden’s COVID-19 death toll passes 4,000
  16. Rapid COVID-19 saliva test to be available in Europe in mid-June


  1. The White House announces a suspension of entry for any individual who has been in Brazil within 14 days of their arrival as of Tuesday
  2. White House adviser says unemployment rate could reach more than 20% this month
  3. Maryland-based Novavax becomes 10th COVID-19 vaccine to reach human trials, about 130 patients to be tested
  4. The rental car company Hertz files for bankruptcy
  5. Michigan extends stay-at-home order until June 12
  6. New York issued an executive order allowing groups of up to 10 gather for Memorial Day weekend and beyond
  7. DHS Secretary signs order allowing all professional athletes into the U.S.
  8. Arkansas reports second surge in new COVID-19 cases; North Carolina sees largest single-day increase (1,107)
  9. National Hockey League hopes to reopen facilities in early June
  10. National Basketball Association in talks about resuming season with all teams in Orlando in late July


  1. Wisconsin reported 511 new COVID-19 cases on Friday as testing rose to a record 9,465 in a single day
  2. Milwaukee churches were allowed to reopen with a maximum of 10 people
  3. Milwaukee County reopens park playgrounds and dog parks; pools to remain closed for the entire summer
  4. Wisconsin state parks have resumed regular hours with capacity restrictions, some bathrooms to open June 3, campsites closed until at least June 7
  5. 34 of 41 Kohl’s stores in Wisconsin were allowed to reopen on Friday
  6. Mexican Fiesta in Milwaukee, held at the Summerfest grounds, became the latest to cancel its event this summer
  7. Wisconsin’s tourism industry has lost an estimated $1.7 billion since mid-March and could lose close to $10 billion by the end of the year
  8. One of two free testing sites in Milwaukee shuts down with no explanation given
  9. Wisconsin had just over 300 new COVID-19 infections reported Monday, the lowest increase in a week


1.    The city of Madison will not furlough employees until at least July
2.    Madison schools shut down athletic facilities, student-athlete contact “through July at a minimum”