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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 6/19/20

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

As of Friday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 23,945 (up from 23,539 Thursday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 719 (up from 713)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 3,160 (up from 3,128)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 241 (down from 247)


  1. There are 8.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 454,522 deaths across the globe according to data from Johns Hopkins
  2. Study finds asymptomatic COVID-19 patients may have lower antibody levels than those that experienced more severe symptoms
  3. Brazil reports 22,765 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the pandemic total to 978,142; Brazil also recorded 1,238 new COVID-19 deaths
  4. Bangladesh and Canada each top 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the 17th and 18th countries to do so
  5. Chile surpasses 225,000 COVID-19 cases and 3,800 deaths
  6. A 10,000-bed hospital is being built in New Delhi and is expected to be completed by the end of the month to take in only COVID-19 patients; India reported 13,586 new COVID-19 cases, its largest single-day jump
  7. The UK is in the works of building a COVID-19 tracing app; Germany’s app has been downloaded 9.6 million times since it was launched Tuesday
  8. The International Rescue Committee reports Yemen’s health care system has effectively collapsed; only 909 cases and 248 deaths have been reported, but testing is not easily available in the country
  9. Researchers to look into whether a booster dose of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine could prevent the most severe effects of COVID-19
  10. UK coronavirus alert level decreased from four to three as COVID-19 transmission rate drops; UK announces more than $1 billion for education to help the “impact of lost teaching time” during the pandemic


  1. The U.S. reports more than 25,700 new COVID-19 cases and 704 deaths on Thursday; Arizona, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah are seeing their highest seven-day averages since the pandemic began
  2. Florida reports more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases Thursday to bring the state’s total to 85,926 cases; state has less than 25% of ICU beds available; Miami hospital system reports 46% increase in COVID-19 patients in the past 10 days; Orange County, Florida, mayor signs order requiring face coverings, Orange County includes Orlando
  3. Retail shopping malls in New Jersey can reopen on June 29
  4. New York to consider requiring people who enter the state to quarantine; Gov. Guomo signs executive order to allow local agencies to enforce physical distancing, mainly at bars across the state
  5. Arizona reported 2,519 new COVID-19 cases, setting a new record high; Louisiana has reported 4,200 new COVID-19 cases from community spread over the past 10 days
  6. Ohio governor warns of spike in new COVID-19 cases in southwest portion of the state
  7. Arkansas governor extends public health emergency until August 3; also says restrictions in cities and counties cannot be more restrictive than those put out by state
  8. North Carolina sets another all-time high for current hospitalizations (857); about 9% of COVID-19 tests return positive in North Carolina
  9. California issues statewide order requiring face coverings in most public settings, particularly those indoors; California reports its largest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases (4,084)
  10. Pennsylvania, Hawaii and Montana were recognized by CDC for COVID-19 case reduction success
  11. A Mississippi COVID-19 cluster tied to fraternity rush parties


  1. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped from 13.6% to 12% in May; data only collected in first two days after state’s Safer At Home order was shut down
  2. High schools across the state can resume summer coach contact days for athletics starting July 1
  3. Wisconsin reported 422 new cases over 24 hours and 4% of tests returning negative, both the highest marks since June 4
  4. City of Milwaukee will not move to Phase 4 of reopening this week due to about 10% of tests returning positive
  5. Green Bay Packers shareholder meeting on July 23 virtually instead of in-person; event usually brings between 7,000 and 12,000 fans to Lambeau Field
  6. 23 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Sheboygan Falls linked to a birthday party
  7. Milwaukee County has reported 9,995 confirmed COVID-19 cases
  8. Federal data shows 36 nursing homes around the state have reported at least one COVID-19 death


  1. UW-Madison’s Memorial Union Terrace to open Monday at 25% capacity as a restaurant; reservations are necessary, groups capped at 6 people and up to 90 minutes
  2. Overture Center cutting staff by 60% due to COVID-19