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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 6/17/20

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

As of Wednesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 23,236 (up from 22,971 Tuesday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 704 (up from 697)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 3,096 (up from 3,061)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 275 (down from 284)


  1. Sao Paulo state reports 8,825 new COVID-19 cases, its highest total over a 24-hour period; the state also reported 365 deaths over 24 hours
  2. Brazil reported 34,918 new COVID-19 cases in one day, bringing its total to 923,189
  3. The U.S. and Canada have agreed that the border will remain closed until at least July 21
  4. European Union unveils plan to buy possible COVID-19 vaccine in bulk
  5. Beijing has tested 356,000 people linked to the wholesale food market COVID-19 cluster of more than 100 cases; city cancels nearly 70% of all flights to prevent spread
  6. English Premier League (soccer) returns today with two matches; the remaining 92 games of the season will be played without fans
  7. Hundreds of households in Berlin were quarantined after a COVID-19 spike
  8. President of Honduras says he and his wife have contracted COVID-19
  9. Mexico reports 4,599 new COVID-19 cases and 730 deaths
  10. Rheumatoid arthritis drug reaches Phase 3 trial in 400 to see if it helps hospitalized COVID-19 patients who have inflammation but are not on ventilators
  11. German meat processing plant reports outbreak of 400 COVID-19 infections; production has stopped at the facility


  1. Study finds that just 14% of American adults say they’re “very happy,” down from 31% last year and the lowest mark in 50 years; 50% of adults said they’d often or sometimes feel isolated in recent weeks
  2. U.S. government exploring 14 COVID-19 vaccines and will decide on 7 before further testing occurs
  3. New York City can move to Phase 2 of reopening on June 22 at the earliest; New York to host U.S. Open tennis tournament without fans from Aug. 31 through Sept. 13
  4. Georgetown University cancels study abroad program for fall 2020; University of Maryland plans to reduce the number of students living together in dorm rooms
  5. Texas reports record high (2,622) new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours
  6. Philadelphia health department says it has not seen a spike in COVID-19 cases due to protesting
  7. Arizona reports 2,392 new COVID-19 cases, a record high for the state
  8. Human trials are expected to start next month for a COVID-19 antibody treatment taken from the plasma of genetically modified cows
  9. California inmates with 180 days or fewer remaining on their sentences may be released to reduce spread of COVID-19 in prisons
  10. Navajo Nation issues 57-hour weekend lockdowns for each of the next two weekends
  11. FDA pulls emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 antibody test due to concerns about its accuracy
  12. Florida had nearly 2,800 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours, its highest single-day increase since the pandemic began


  1. Milwaukee approves closing some streets to create larger outdoor restaurant spaces
  2. 2.4% of COVID-19 tests across the state returned positive, a slight decrease after two days of increasing percentages
  3. 42% of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 deaths were in long-term care facilities


  1. No new updates