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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 6/24/20

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

As of Wednesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 25,390 (up from 25,078 Tuesday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 751 (up from 745)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 3,268 (up from 3,231)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 240 (down from 246)


  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes raising taxes from 13% to 15% on residents who make more than $72,900 per year to cover COVID-19 costs
  2. Federal judge in Brazil orders President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a face mask in public; Brazil’s attorney general will fight the ruling
  3. E.U. may bar tourists from U.S., Brazil, and Russia when it opens borders on July 1
  4. Brazil records 39,436 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours and 1,374 deaths
  5. The UK to announce travel agreements for “air bridges” with other countries by Monday; warns 20,000 airport jobs at risk as travel levels remain low
  6. China announced Wednesday that more than 90 million COVID-19 tests had been conducted across the country since the pandemic began
  7. Beijing announces new outbreak “under control” as just seven patients tested positive yesterday, the lowest single-day total since the outbreak at a wholesale food market started
  8. Latin America and the Caribbean have combined to surpass 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths
  9. Premature triplets born in Mexico have tested positive for COVID-19, even though neither parent was infected); Mexico reports record spike in confirmed cases (6,288)
  10. Russia’s confirmed COVID-19 case count crosses 600,000; India reports largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases (15,968)
  11. Bulgaria extends state of emergency until July 15 after jump in confirmed cases; Kazakhstan locks down two towns near its capital due to outbreaks
  12. The Maldives to open borders to all tourists starting July 15, and only symptomatic travelers will be required to undergo testing/potential quarantine


  1. The U.S. reported 36,000 new COVID-19 cases and 831 deaths on Tuesday
  2. California reports a record single-day increase in COVID-19 cases for the fourth time in the past seven days with 5,019 new cases
  3. Arizona reports 3,591 new COVID-19 cases, a new single-day record; Phoenix did not enforce the city’s mandatory mask order at President Trump’s rally Tuesday
  4. New Jersey to allow amusement and water parks to reopen on July 2; Florida’s Palm Beach County makes masks mandatory
  5. Texas governor: “The safest place for you is at your home;” Texas children’s hospital begins to admit adult patients due to spike of COVID-19 cases in Houston area
  6. Officials believe 50% of new COVID-19 cases in Tennessee are from community spread
  7. Washington state to require residents to wear masks in any indoor space or outdoors when physical distancing is not possible starting Friday
  8. Medical system in Miami reports a 101% increase in COVID-19 patients over the past 15 days; 152 COVID-19 cases have been linked to an Orlando area bar, which had its liquor license suspended for violating reopening guidelines
  9. U.S. gasoline demand increases to above half of pre-pandemic levels


  1. 2.2% of tests returned positive on Tuesday, a drop from 4% the previous two days
  2. DHS has released a map, which tracks COVID-19 trends by county and current burdens on health care systems and updated weekly on Wednesdays; 17 counties had “high” or “moderately high” levels of COVID-19 activity
  3. Wisconsin unveils new website ( to help Wisconsinites with health insurance options if they lost a job due to layoffs
  4. City of Milwaukee to implement pilot program where restaurants can apply and submit plans for preventing COVID-19 spread to the health department, and if approved, can open at 100% capacity as of July 3; current reopening guidelines allow restaurants to open at 25% capacity in the county
  5. Wisconsin State Fair to sell cream puffs from Aug. 6 through Aug. 16 at the State Fair Park and other select locations despite the fair being canceled due to COVID-19
  6. State health officials: Resurgence of public gatherings makes it difficult to trace COVID-19
  7. DWD reported 23,773 initial unemployment claims were submitted last week and another 24,000 the week prior
  8. After judge strikes down “Forward Racine” reopening plan for the county, Racine City Council passes ordinance to allow public health administrator to make reopening decisions for the city “based solely on the data, the science and what best serves the health of our community”


  1. No new updates