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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 6/22/20

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

As of Monday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 24,829 (up from 23,945 Friday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 744 (up from 719)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 3,220 (up from 3,160)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 243 (up from 241)


  1. More than 183,020 confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported to WHO on Sunday, the largest global single-day total
  2. Brazil becomes the second country, behind the U.S., to surpass 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases after reporting 54,771 new cases Friday, the largest single-day total in the world
  3. More than 1,331 employees at a German meat plant have tested positive for COVID-19; more than 33% of test results at the plant have come back positive
  4. France allows casinos and amusement arcades to open as of Monday; gatherings of up to 5,000 can be allowed starting June 11 with approval of safety protocols; students return to schools
  5. India reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day on Friday with 14,516 infections and 375 deaths; country surpasses 400,000 confirmed cases as it has at least 12,000 new cases each of the past five days
  6. Australia’s Victoria state reimposes COVID-19 restrictions after 25 positive tests were reported Friday, the highest total in more than two months; 120 new cases have been reported in the past week
  7. Spain allows British travelers into the country without quarantine; Dubai says it will open to tourists starting July 7
  8. Italy records its lowest increase in COVID-19 deaths (24) over 24 hours since March 2; the Netherlands reports no new COVID-19 deaths over 24 hours for the first time since March 12
  9. Chile reports more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours
  10. South Korea to allow fewer visas to Pakistani and Bangladeshi citizens due to high percentage of arrivals from those countries having confirmed cases
  11. New Zealand announces seven new COVID-19 cases over the past week, marking 9 known active cases in the country; Fiji plans to create post COVID-19 travel bubble with New Zealand and Australia
  12. Beijing locks down two construction sites after three workers test positive for COVID-19; PepsiCo factory in Beijing closes after worker tests positive


  1. The U.S. nears 120,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths as cases are rising in nearly half of states; 14-day average of deaths has dropped 43 percent across the country
  2. Gilead, maker of the drug remdesivir, to test an inhaled version of the drug as a potential COVID-19 treatment
  3. Apple to temporarily close some stores in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arizona due to current COVID-19 conditions
  4. Dallas County mandates that businesses require customers and employees wear masks or face a fine of up to $500 starting Saturday; Phoenix issues mandatory order that anyone above the age of six wears a mask when they are within six feet of another person
  5. Washington D.C. to enter Phase 2 or reopening on Monday with capacity raised to 50% at most places; gatherings of more than 50 still banned
  6. Chicago to allow indoor dining beginning June 26; Massachusetts allows indoor dining and hair salons to reopen starting Monday
  7. Arizona (3,246), Florida (4,049), and California (4,515) each report record highs for new COVID-19 cases in a single day 
  8. Houston Police Department has seen between 50 and 60 new COVID-19 cases among cops due to protests; New Orleans investigating COVID-19 clusters from graduation party and a large gathering at a bar
  9. Yakima County in Washington state reporting critical staffing shortages at hospitals and no beds available; 1,200 inmates at a California jail are in “precautionary quarantine” after 13 inmates test positive for COVID-19
  10. New York City enters Phase 2 of reopening today as testing positivity rate is lower than 1%; outdoor dining allowed, offices can open, hair salons and barbers can open at 50% capacity


  1. Home sales in the Milwaukee metro area dropped 25% in May compared to 2019
  2. OSHA to investigate Amazon facility in Kenosha for COVID-19 precautions after outbreak
  3. Racine judge files temporary injunction, meaning the city’s “Forward Racine” reopening plan cannot be enforced as a lawsuit by a business owner works its way through the court system
  4. Latinos have accounted for 33% of Wisconsin’s confirmed COVID-19 cases and 11% of deaths; black residents have 18% of cases and 24% of deaths; the groups make up just under 14% of the state’s population
  5. DPI releases guidance for K-12 schools to reopen in the fall, including alternative schedules, face-to-face for young students and virtual for older students
  6. Juneau County reports a COVID-19 outbreak at a Wisconsin Dells strip club
  7. 11 Native American tribes in Wisconsin set to lose more than half of their projected $1.3 billion in revenue from casinos; funding from casinos can make up to 80% of a tribe’s annual budget


  1. All 16 school districts in Dane County waived or loosened requirements for high school graduation
  2. Dane County has administered more than 64,000 COVID-19 tests
  3. There are 36 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across South Central Wisconsin, an increase of 4 since last week, and another 29 inpatients awaiting COVID-19 test results