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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 7/15/20

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

As of Wednesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 38,063 (up from 37,146 Tuesday)
Wisconsin active cases: 7,800 (up from 7,447)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 827 (up from 822)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 3,892 (up from 3,850)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 293 (up from 283)


  1. Colombia’s largest city Bogota has been divided into three sections that will go into lockdowns in two-week rotations; Medellin, the country’s second-largest city, reimposed a partial lockdown Monday
  2. Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands reopen to tourists, face masks will be mandatory; Venezuela’s capital Caracas, goes back into total lockdown Wednesday
  3. The Canada-U.S. border is expected to remain closed until at least mid-August; Mexico extends border restrictions with the U.S. until at least August 21
  4. India’s Bihar state to impose a 16-day lockdown starting July 16 due to rising COIVD-19 cases; India reported a record 29,429 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours
  5. Russia lifts quarantine requirement for visitors arriving Wednesday; all travelers will be tested upon entry or have to take a test within three days, then quarantine required for those who test positive
  6. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson committed to an eventual independent investigation into “what happened” in the country during the pandemic but added that now is not the time for it
  7. United Arab Emirates Crown Prince says there were no new COVID-19 deaths over 24 hours 
  8. Philippines government empowers police to accompany health workers in search of asymptomatic patients or those with mild symptoms, and if they are not completely isolated (one room, own bathroom, not living with vulnerable people), they can be taken to a private facility
  9. Tokyo raises pandemic alert level to “red,” after having record increases twice in the past week; U.S. military base in Okinawa has reported 136 positive tests among military personnel and their families, causing Japan defense minister to call it “extremely serious”
  10. China is further easing restrictions on domestic tourism after reporting no new local cases of COVID-19 in nine days


  1. Trump Administration has rescinded rule that would have had international students transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges held entirely online classes this fall due to COVID-19; White House orders hospitals to bypass CDC and send virus data to a White House database
  2. CDC Director: “The fall and winter of 2020 and (into) 2021 are going to be probably one of the most difficult times that we experienced in American public health”
  3. The U.S. reported 67,417 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday
  4. Moderna to begin 30,000 patient Phase 3 vaccine study on July 27 in 87 locations across the U.S. as early stages of trial seem to show signs of boosting immune systems’ fight against COVID-19
  5. Florida reports 132 new COVID-19 deaths over 24 hours, a record for a single day; Palm Beach County to close restaurants and bars daily at 11 p.m.; Miami Beach is banning the use of short-term and vacation rental properties starting Thursday to limit tourism and the potential spread of COVID-19
  6. 54 Florida hospitals have reached ICU capacity, and Miami-Dade County reports 92% ventilator usage
  7. Oklahoma reports a record 993 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours; Los Angeles County set records for most new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours (4,244) and total hospitalizations (2,103); Texas reported 10,745 new cases, a record; Alabama and Utah also set records for most COVID-19 deaths over 24 hours as the U.S. reported 900 deaths on Tuesday
  8. New York City’s mayor fund for COVID-19 relief for frontline workers and vulnerable New Yorkers has raised more than $50 million; funds also will assist saving businesses, aid immigrants and support youth
  9. Virginia announces plans to increase enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions, including mask-wearing, physical distancing and taking away licenses for businesses who do not comply
  10. One Montana nursing home has 55 of 59 residents and 36 of 55 staff test positive for COVID-19


  1. Wisconsin sets a record for most new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours with 964; it’s the fourth time in the past week with record highs, but positivity rate sits at 6.6%
  2. Wisconsin has been added to the travel advisory and 14-day quarantine for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; 22 states are on the list for having more than 10 positive cases per 100,000 residents or a 10% or higher positivity rate over 7 days
  3. Milwaukee’s mask ordinance went in effect Wednesday morning
  4. DWD has tripled unemployment call center staffing to handle unemployment claims, but lengthy wait times continue to persist
  5. Glendale, a suburb of Milwaukee, requires face masks in indoor public spaces, but it won’t come with penalties or enforcement measures
  6. Gov. Evers says he’s unlikely to block schools from holding in-person classes this fall
  7. Health officials urge residents to “double down” on precautions, saying increase in cases is due to large community spread


  1. Dane County dropped from 8 to 6 ICU patients yesterday out of 27 hospitalized in the county