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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 6/26/20

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

As of Friday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 26,322 (up from 25,820 Thursday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 768 (up from 760)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 3,326 (up from 3,299)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 247 (up from 239)


  1. World Health Organization hopes to deliver 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by end of 2021
  2. The UK reports 165 confirmed COVID-19 cases at a meat factory
  3. Spain currently is dealing with at least 40 COVID-19 outbreaks as it reopens; Portugal brings back COVID-19 stay-at-home orders for 19 boroughs of Lisbon, rest of the country to ease restrictions on July 1
  4. Iraq records 2,437 new COVID-19 cases and 107 deaths over 24 hours, the country’s largest single-day spike in both categories
  5. Brazil’s Sao Paolo state has surpassed Italy in confirmed COVID-19 cases with 248,587 as 39,000 more cases were confirmed in the country over 24 hours; more than 259,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Chile; Peru reports more than 3,900 new COVID-19 cases
  6. UK study shows that COVID-19 can cause a range of neurological problems in patients under 60, from dementia to psychosis
  7. Germany, France pledge to donate hundreds of millions in extra funding for the World Health Organization
  8. 33% of British residents have actually enjoyed the lockdown according to a study that tracked the emotions of more than 70,000 residents over 14 weeks
  9. Delhi Chief Minister says COVID-19 plasma therapy has reduced deaths at one hospital in the city by half
  10. Japan and Vietnam take the first steps to resuming business air travel between the countries
  11. Singapore revokes work passes for foreigners convicted of breaking physical distancing rules


  1. 39,972 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Thursday, the highest single-day total yet for the U.S.
  2. Dr. Fauci says the U.S. is seriously considering “pool testing,” where samples are mixed together and then tested; if results come back positive, then each individual will be tested again
  3. The CDC says the U.S. tests and confirms about 10% of all COVID-19 cases in the country; CDC adds pregnant women to list of Americans at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness
  4. Government Accountability Office finds $1.4 billion in stimulus funds were sent to deceased people after Treasury and IRS failed to consult death records
  5. Texas governor pauses additional phases of reopening, keeping all businesses in the state at 50% capacity; governor orders suspension of elective surgeries in 4 counties to help COVID-19 patients get hospital treatment
  6. Kentucky Derby to be held in September with spectators; state resumes visitations at long-term care facilities
  7. Mayor says New York City on track to enter Phase 3 of reopening on July 6; federal judge rules gyms will stay closed in Michigan’s reopening plan
  8. Florida, Texas, and California each report more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours; Mississippi reports its highest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases (1,092); Nevada (507) saw its largest single-day spike; Texas (5,996) saw its largest single-day total, and the state’s rolling average of 4,581 new cases over seven days is 340% higher than Memorial Day; Ohio (892) saw its highest jump in COVID-19 cases since April
  9. California governor declares budget emergency due to COVID-19 after projections go from a $21 billion surplus to a $54.3 billion deficit; state will not close borders with Arizona; will roll back reopening only if hospitals become strained
  10. Illinois moves into Phase 4 of reopening today, allowing indoor dining, museums, zoos and other businesses to open
  11. Group of airline unions ask Congress to extend payroll bailout through March 2021 to avoid mass layoffs; American Airlines to allow full flights starting next week
  12. Arizona’s reopening plan “on pause” due to COVID-19 resurgence; Miami mayor says another stay-at-home order is on the table


  1. Racine judge files injunction halting city’s enforcement of COVID-19 ordinance, which was put in place by the city council as the county’s order was halted as it works its way through the court system
  2. Wisconsin received an F+, the second lowest score from the ACLU and Prison Policy Initiative, for its response to COVID-19 in jails and prisons
  3. Wisconsin added to states “trending poorly” for COVID-19 cases; only seven states are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases
  4. Marathon County venue (Q & Z Expo Center) to host a three-day music festival outdoors from July 16-18; event was originally named the COVID Herd Immunity Festival but has changed its name to July Mini Fest
  5. Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton to remain closed for all of 2020


  1. Madison Public Health alters Phase 2 of reopening for Dane County to not allow personal gatherings of more than 10 and all bars and restaurants must serve patrons at tables, crowds cannot stand inside at bars
  2. Madison Public Health has reported 279 new COVID-19 cases over the past five days, for an average of 47 new cases on the 7-day average; the 7-day average in mid-June had been 17 cases
  3. 50% of cases this week are in the 20-29 age group, and there has not been a corresponding increase among people being admitted to the hospital or ICU
  4. Director of Public Health Janel Heinrich says Forward Dane plan will not move to Phase 3 “anytime soon” 
  5. Overture Center to stay closed at least through November and suspends its CEO search
  6. Free COVID-19 testing site at Alliant Energy Center has been extended until at least August 31; site will be closed on July 4