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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 7/16/20

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

As of Thursday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 38,937 (up from 38,063 Wednesday)
Wisconsin active cases: 7,972 (up from 7,800)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 828 (up from 827)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 3,923 (up from 3,892)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 295 (up from 293)


  1. Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro again tested positive for COVID-19, one week after he previously tested positive; 11 high-ranking officials in Bolivia now been infected with COVID-19
  2. Chile reports its lowest daily COVID-19 case increase (1,712) since May 12 
  3. Study finds COVID-19 ICU patients are dying at a slower rate, from 60% at the beginning of the pandemic to 42% at the end of May
  4. The UK, U.S. and Canada accuse Russia of hacking government-sponsored COVID-19 vaccine trials; Russia plans to produce 30 million doses of experimental COVID-19 vaccine domestically this year with the potential to manufacture an additional 170 million doses abroad
  5. France makes wearing face masks mandatory for people in indoor public spaces starting next week
  6. Hong Kong reports more than 60 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases over 24 hours
  7. Hospital owner in Bangladesh arrested Thursday on charges of fraud after allegedly issuing thousands of fake COVID-19 test results to deceive patients out of $350,000
  8. India reports its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases (32,695) and 606 deaths over 24 hours
  9. Australian state of Victoria reports 317 new cases over 24 hours, its largest outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic
  10. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says citizens are “tired” of lockdown and says his government will be cautious about extending it beyond August
  11. Tokyo reports highest number of daily infections with 286 confirmed cases Thursday as Japan saw 453 new cases


  1. Another 1.3 million Americans filed first-time unemployment claims last week, and continued claims, where a person files for the past two weeks, stands at 17.3 million
  2. The U.S. reported 66,273 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 941 deaths
  3. The Republican National Convention will restrict attendance as COVID-19 cases rise in Florida; Miami-Dade County has 431 patients in the ICU but just 405 regular ICU beds, and 400 hospital beds can be converted into ICU beds if necessary
  4. Walmart and Sam’s Club to require masks be worn in stores starting Monday; J.C. Penney to cut 1,000 jobs, close 152 stores; Kohl’s says all customers must wear face coverings in stores starting July 20; Kroger to require all customers to wear face masks starting July 22
  5. Georgia governor bans state’s cities and counties from ordering people to wear masks, extends state’s emergency COVID-19 restrictions through the end of the month
  6. Alabama governor mandates face masks starting Thursday morning until at least July 31; Montana will now require masks in counties with 4 or more active COVID-19 cases or for gatherings of 50 or more people when physical distancing isn’t possible;
  7. Oklahoma governor says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home; Oklahoma reports highest daily COVID-19 case count (1,075)
  8. Washington D.C. mayor says district’s state of emergency likely will be extended through October; Virginia becomes the first state to adopt workplace safety standards for COVID-19
  9. Florida reported another 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as state health department says total cases have surpassed 300,000; California reports its second-highest COVID-19 case count with 11,126 new cases over 24 hours
  10. 2021 Rose Parade, held annually on January 1, has been canceled; American Airlines warns 25,000 workers they could be furloughed starting October 1
  11. San Francisco public schools to begin fall with online-only learning; Houston public schools will have all virtual learning for at least the first 6 weeks of academic year
  12. Arizona will bring in nearly 600 nurses from out of state to help deal with surges in state hospitals


  1. Wisconsin reports 821 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, and the positivity rate dropped for the fourth consecutive day, down to 5.9%
  2. 70 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties have at least a “medium” level of COVID-19 activity
  3. Green Bay Packers will not have fans attend training camp, family night or any preseason home games this summer
  4. Ashland and Bayfield counties have issues advisories requiring face masks in indoor public spaces, but it is not an order and cannot be enforced
  5. Milwaukee’s Ale Asylum Riverhouse and Fauntleroy, a top-10 rated restaurant in the city, have permanently closed due to COVID-19
  6. Audit shows an unknown number of unemployed received too more or too little in benefits from DWD in late April as it worked through the wave of unemployment claims; the department said on April 30 that it had overpaid 39,000 recipients
  7. 141,00 Wisconsinites have not received unemployment benefits yet due to the backlog of cases as DWD has processed 3.7 million claims in four months, more than twice as many as it processed all of last year


  1. Madison Area Technical College plans on 75% of classes online
  2. Dane County’s Department of Emergency Management has distributed 65,700 free masks already out of the 100,000 it guaranteed
  3. Dane County Fail will go virtual and be available to watch online to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19
  4. 7.7% of all cases in Dane County have been hospitalized at some point, lower than the state average of 10%