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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 7/1/20

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

As of Wednesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 28,746 (up from 28,126 Tuesday)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 784 (up from 779)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 3,446 (up from 3,407)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 242 (up from 236)


  1. 7.8 million Brazilians lost work between March and May, and the level of occupation was below 50% for the first time since data started getting collected in 2012
  2. Brazil reported 1,280 new COVID-19 deaths over 24 hours Tuesday, which was nearly double the count from Monday as 47% of residents said they were “very afraid” of contracting the virus; Brazilian court rules that President Jair Bolsonaro does not need to wear a mask in public
  3. Toronto to require face masks in indoor public places; Switzerland will make masks mandatory on all public transportation starting next week
  4. Research finds a woman returning to China from the U.S. infected 71 people with COVID-19 in March
  5. Dominican Republic allows hotels, restaurants, clubs and religious centers to resume activities with health protocols
  6. International team of researchers find more than 40% of infected people in a northern Italian village were asymptomatic 
  7. Spain and Portugal declare their shared border as open after three-month closure due to the pandemic
  8. 10 hot zones in Melbourne, Australia, were placed back into lockdown across 36 suburbs as of Wednesday night affecting 300,000 people
  9. Tokyo Disney parks open after a four-month closure, meaning all Disney parks in Asia have now reopened
  10. Beijing approves experimental COVID-19 vaccine for use in Chinese military


  1. Massachusetts will require all travelers to quarantine for 14 days except those from northeast states and reported no COVID-19 deaths over 24 hours for the first time since March 19; Vermont to allow people from low-risk counties in other states to visit starting today
  2. Florida governor: “We’re not going back, closing things” and that hospitals have capacity to handle a surge; Georgia governor says there are no plans to require masks
  3. Alabama extends stay-at-home order until July 31; Colorado governor orders bars and night clubs that do not serve food to close for all of July; Delaware to close bars and beaches starting at 8 a.m. Friday ; Miami-Dade mayor to sign order closing restaurants nightly at midnight
  4. FDA authorizes Beckman Coulter to conduct emergency COVID-19 antibody tests; company says test has more than a 99% accuracy rate and can deliver more than 30 million tests per month
  5. 18 states have now required residents wear masks in public
  6. California reports more than 6,300 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours; Texas reports a record 6,975 new cases on Tuesday
  7. Inovio, maker of one COVID-19 vaccine candidate, says 94% of people in Phase 1 demonstrated immune responses by six weeks and no serious reactions through eight weeks
  8. Connecticut reported an all-time high in tests conducted over 24 hours (21,416) and just 152 returned positive, leading to an all-time low positivity rate (0.7%) in the state
  9. United Airlines adds 25,000 flights to its August schedule, tripling the amount of flights from June
  10. Austin mayor says city has two weeks to change COVID-19 trajectory as to not overwhelm area hospitals


  1. Wisconsin reported 601 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours, the second-most since the pandemic began; the positive test rate was 3.3%
  2. Barron County reported its first COVID-19 death; 28 counties have yet to report a COVID-19 death
  3. Proposed Milwaukee ordinance, to be introduced next week, would require the wearing of face masks in public
  4. The 60th annual La Crosse Oktoberfest, scheduled for September 24-27, has been canceled


  1. Dane County issues new order, effective Thursday at 8 a.m., which limits indoor gatherings to 10 people or fewer (not including employees), outdoor gatherings at 25 people, restaurants limited to 25% indoor dining capacity, bars may provide takeout but no indoor service, and bars and restaurants can provide outdoor dining with physical distancing
  2. 49% of cases from June 13 through June 26 were people between the ages of 18 and 25; 45% of cases reported attending a gathering or party with people from outside of their household
  3. Economic fallout from COVID-19 may delay timing for the $13.2 million Madison Public Market which was scheduled to start construction next year
  4. Dane County’s 77 confirmed COVID-19 cases over 24 hours is the lowest since June 23
  5. People in the 20-29 age group have accounted for 729 of Dane County’s 1,876 cases, or roughly 39%