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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 6/18/20

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

As of Thursday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 23,539 (up from 23,236 Wednesday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 713 (up from 704)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 3,128 (up from 3,096)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 247 (down from 275)


  1. Panama extends the suspension of international flights for another 30 days, through July 22
  2. European study found people with Type A blood have a higher risk of catching COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms; people with Type O blood have a lower risk
  3. Peru passed Italy in total confirmed COVID-19 cases as it reached 240,908
  4. Brazil reported 32,188 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours to bring the country’s total to 955,377; it also announced 1,269 new deaths
  5. Bank of England announces $125 billion more in stimulus bond buying program, increasing total pandemic amount to roughly $928 billion
  6. China says Beijing wholesale food market outbreak is under control
  7. Argentina’s president enters self-isolation as preventative measure for COVID-19; Honduran president being treated for pneumonia after testing positive for COVID-19 
  8. Germany to ban large events and keep physical distancing rules in place until at least the end of October
  9. Australian Prime Minister says country facing “dark times” with COVID-19 unemployment figures; 838,000 Australians have lost their jobs
  10. New Zealand reports one new COVID-19 cases after two people who later tested positive had entered the country
  11. Qantas Airlines cancels most of its international flights until late October
  12. Chile reported 35,757 new COVID-19 cases yesterday; 31,000 were from a backlog of tests dating back to March


  1. Another 1.5 million Americans filed their initial jobless claims last week, bringing the pandemic total to 45.7 million
  2. New York City expected to allow outdoor dining starting next week; the state of New York had 17 COVID-19 deaths over 24 hours, the lowest number since the pandemic began
  3. Washington D.C. to enter Phase 2 of reopening Monday if current trends continue
  4. Los Angeles County reported 2,175 new COVID-19 cases, a single-day high for the county
  5. Gilead to begin testing antiviral drug remdesivir in children with moderate to severe COVID-19
  6. North Carolina reports record high for current COVID-19 hospitalizations (846); Texas also has record high in COVID-19 hospitalizations (2,793)
  7. Michigan governor announces K-12 schools will resume in-person instruction this fall
  8. West Virginia governor announces sixth church-related COVID-19 outbreak
  9. Infectious disease expert concerned about large spike of cases in Florida and its impact on the state’s aging population, nursing homes and retirement communities
  10. The U.S. reported 25,583 new COVID-19 cases and 755 deaths yesterday
  11. Washington state removes seven deaths from its COVID-19 tally as health officials say the patients had tested positive but COVID-19 did not cause their deaths


  1. UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee announce plans to hold portions of in-person classes this fall; masks to be required indoors and outdoors when physical distancing not possible
  2. Wisconsin Elections Commission approves sending 2.7 million absentee ballot forms to voters for November election
  3. Gov. Evers to give $46.6 million of the state’s CARES Act funding to K-12 schools and $37 million to higher education; UW System to receive $20 million of that allotment
  4. Two population health studies are being launched to understand where COVID-19 is around the state; one study from UW-Madison will check for antibodies in a representative sample of the state, and the second study will test COVID-19 prevalence in wastewater
  5. There are 182 patients in hospitals across the state awaiting COVID-19 test results


  1. Dane County has surpassed 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases (1,001)
  2. Nearly 23% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county are in the 20-29 age range
  3. UW-Madison to offer unlimited, free testing to students at drop-in testing centers when they return to campus; more information can be found here
  4. South Central Wisconsin currently has 31 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, down from 47 just a week ago
  5. Epic Systems informed employees that it plans for all staff to return to its Verona campus by late August; 9,000 employees worked on the campus prior to the pandemic
  6. Henry Vilas Zoo reopens today with added safety measures, limited capacity
  7. 2.4% of 17,523 people have tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies in the Madison area