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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 6/29/20

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

As of Monday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 27,752 (up from 26,322 Friday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 779 (up from 768)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 3,393 (up from 3,326)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 251 (up from 247)


  1. Confirmed COVID-19 cases count surpasses 10 million, and death toll passes 500,000; World Health Organization confirms 1 million cases have been reported in the eastern Mediterranean region
  2. Researchers submitted a study to MedRxiv journal that showed the coronavirus genome was found in Barcelona wastewater collected in March 2019; the research has not been peer reviewed yet
  3. Mexico’s GDP fell almost 20% in April compared to the same month in 2019 as it reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday; Peru extends state of emergency until July 31
  4. COVID-19 vaccine trials started in Brazil last week; Brazil reports 46,860 new COVID-19 cases on Friday
  5. The UK expected to announce travel agreements with France, Greece and Spain this week in which residents will not need to quarantine for 14 days upon entry; Leicester in Britain to go under a local lockdown after a flare-up of coronavirus cases; UK group warns “significant proportion” of COVID-19 patients will develop PTSD
  6. Argentina reimposes lockdown in Buenos Aires, which accounts for 97% of the country’s COVID-19 cases; Dominican Republic crosses 30,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases; Colombia reports 4,149 new cases, its highest single-day total, and passes China in total reported cases 
  7. European Union pledges $6 billion to help vulnerable countries “devastated” by coronavirus
  8. Northern Ireland discharges final COVID-19 ICU patient, but 21 coronavirus patients remain hospitalized
  9. UNICEF says millions of children in Yemen could face starvation
  10. India has surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases after eight straight days of seeing record number of cases (19,459 Sunday); India opens plasma bank for recovered COVID-19 patients to donate; national lockdown expires Tuesday, but two states extending restrictions until July 31 and a third extending restrictions until July 12; Indian state of Maharashtra reports more than 5,000 new cases for a third straight day
  11. South Korea to allow limited fans at sporting events; China locks down Anxin County (400,000 people) in Hebei province after 18 new cases were reported
  12. Singapore distributes digital contact-tracing device to anyone without a smartphone; Japan reports 112 new COVID-19 cases, its largest jump since May 25; Australian state of Victoria reports 75 new COVID-19 cases, its largest increase since March 30


  1. The U.S. reported its largest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases with 40,173 Friday and passes more than 2.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 125,000 deaths; the U.S. has 4% of the world’s population and 25% of the confirmed cases and deaths
  2. HHS Secretary Alex Azar says “window is closing” for the U.S. to get the pandemic under control
  3. Gilead announces prices for remdesivir, the only known drug to shorten recovery time; $2,340 will be charged for the expected six doses for patients on government health programs and $3,120 for patients on private insurance
  4. CDC survey tested for COVID-19 antibodies in blood samples not collected for COVID-19 reasons from Connecticut, South Florida, New York City, Missouri, Utah and Washington and found COVID-19 infections were anywhere from 6 to 24 times larger than testing had shown
  5. Florida has suspended the consumption of alcohol on premises of bars, effective Friday; state reported almost 9,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, a record high; Gov. DeSantis: “Really nothing has changed in the past week” as he cited a backlog of testing for more positive cases; Florida’s Broward County to close beaches from July 3 through July 5
  6. Tucson has just 10 ICU beds remaining due to surge in COVID-19 cases across the state; Harris County, where Houston is located, is running out of hospital beds, and the Houston Texans’ stadium will be used as a medical shelter of last resort
  7. Texas closes bars, caps capacity of restaurants at 50% as governor admits “in hindsight” he reopened bars too soon; Utah governor signs order requiring masks in two counties; California governor advises Imperial County to reinstate its stay-at-home order and closes bars in seven counties; Washington state to remain in Phase 3 of reopening due to rising cases
  8. Tennessee (1,410), Georgia (1,900), Utah (676), Idaho (243), Arkansas (678), California (5,972) and Florida (9,585) report highest number of new cases over 24 hours
  9. San Francisco delays reopening due to rise in cases; South Carolina governor says he will not lift COVID-19 restrictions until it is under control; Nashville orders residents to wear face coverings in public as of Monday and can face misdemeanors by Friday if they don’t abide
  10. Patrons at a bar in East Lansing, Michigan, were asked to quarantine after 85 people tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting the establishment
  11. Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are the only states reporting a decline in new COVID-19 cases compared to last week


  1. Wisconsin reported 539 new cases over 24 hours on Saturday with 22% of the cases from residents ages 20-29; residents in their 20s accounted for 230 of Wisconsin’s 520 positive test results released Friday; the same age group has seen new cases rise by 64% compared to last week while all other groups showed a 23% increase
  2. City of Milwaukee still planning on increasing capacity at bars and restaurants to 50% starting Wednesday as it moves to Phase 4 of reopening
  3. Milwaukee Brewers say “a small number of individuals” have tested positive for COVID-19 within the organization
  4. 7.1% of tests returned positive on Sunday, the highest rate of return since 8% on May 20
  5. Wisconsin’s COVID-19 daily testing capacity sits at 18,425


  1. Dane County reported a record 120 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday
  2. Health officials expect to remain in Phase 2 of Forward Dane plan for at least another month
  3. Dane County grants aid to food pantries as those who have difficulty accessing food in the county is expected to increase by 63%
  4. 6% of COVID-19 tests returned Saturday were positive