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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 7/17/20

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

As of Friday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 39,832 (up from 38,937 Thursday)
Wisconsin active cases: 8,236 (up from 7,972)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 832 (up from 828)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 3,968 (up from 3,923)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 308 (up from 295)


  1. Spain records 580 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours, the most in a day since May 10; Spain to slaughter 92,700 minks on farm after some test positive for COVID-19
  2. Brazil has surpassed 2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 75,000 deaths
  3. Russian government says country “has nothing to do” with hacking on vaccine developers
  4. English town of Leicester to ease some COVID-19 restrictions on schools and childcare will be removed as of July 24, and a targeted approach will be taken toward nonessential shops
  5. New study finds Hydroxychloroquine does not help non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the early stages of the infection; another study finds COVID-19 severity is not linked to blood type in humans
  6. Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine is reported to have shown promising results and could provide “double protection” against the virus by developing antibodies and T-cells, which are another way to boost the body’s immune response; Johnson & Johnson in discussions to move up Phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccine trial timeline up into late September
  7. Chile hopes to begin COVID-19 vaccine trials in early August
  8. India resumes international flights despite surpassing 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and many parts of the country having restrictions from people even leaving their homes
  9. Iran reports 2,379 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours; Japan reports 623 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest jump since April 10; Australia’s Victoria state reports 428 new COVID-19 cases, the state’s highest daily increase
  10. UK Health Secretary calls for “urgent review” of England’s COVID-19 death toll after statistical flaw pointed out in which anyone who ever tested positive for COVID-19 and later died automatically was added to the count; UK Prime Minister announces further easing of England’s lockdown, allowing employers to decide if they want employees to work from the office or not starting August 1, beauty salons can open August 1, wedding receptions for up to 30 will be permitted, but nightclubs will remain closed


  1. The U.S. has surpassed 3.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 137,000 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University after a record 75,671 new cases Thursday and 949 new deaths reported; Vermont and Alaska are the only states to have reported 0 COVID-19 deaths over the past week; South Carolina (69) and Texas (129) report single-day records for COVID-19 deaths
  2. HHS official says repeated COVID-19 tests for non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients is not necessary; after testing positive, patients can leave isolation after three days without symptoms and when it has been at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms
  3. Target joins growing list of retailers to require customers to wear face masks in stores as of August 1; CVS will require masks to be worn starting Monday; Publix will require customers to wear face coverings starting July 21
  4. Florida reports 13,965 new COVID-19 cases and 156 new fatalities over 24 hours, both record highs; Florida shuts down one floor of its emergency operations center for cleaning after 12 employees test positive for COVID-19; Miami mayor says he’s “very, very close” to issuing a new stay-at-home order
  5. Analysis finds 3.3 million U.S. seniors live with school-aged children and 7% of children (4.1 million) live in a household with adults over 65
  6. Georgia governor sues Atlanta mayor, who says masks are still required despite Georgia’s governor issuing order saying no city or county can issue mask ordinances, calling them “confusing and unenforceable; Tulsa mayor signs face masks ordinance; Colorado mandates masks in public indoor spaces starting Friday; Arkansas will require face coverings in public starting Monday when in the presence of non-household members and aren’t able to social distance; 19 counties in Ohio (60% of population) is required to wear masks in public starting Friday; Louisiana governor says mask mandate remains in effect after AG says it is likely unconstitutional
  7. New York governor tightens COVID-19 enforcement penalties for NYC bars and restaurants that don’t comply with physical distancing guidelines
  8. Database reveals 72 NFL players have tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 10
  9. CDC says it has extended its suspension of cruises until at least September 30; CDC will wait until the end of July to release more guidelines to reopen schools
  10. Florida (55.24 cases per 100,000 people) and Louisiana (44.30 cases per 100,000 people) have passed Arizona (43.06) for most cases per capita


  1. Wisconsin reported 900 new cases over 24 hours on Thursday, and 6.3% of tests returned positive, a slight increase after four days of decreases
  2. Wisconsin current hospitalizations rise above 300 for the first time since June 11; the record high for the state was 422 on May 26
  3. 6 children in Wisconsin have been diagnosed with multi-system inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, caused by COVID-19
  4. Wisconsin’s Chief Medical Officer for Infectious Disease Dr. Ryan Westergaard: “This news is bad and potentially getting worse”
  5. Health official: Unregulated Wisconsin Dells attractions could be a “recipe for disaster” due to visitors leaving and getting counted in results elsewhere
  6. Department of Administration says 100 more state employees are being reassigned to DWD to help process unemployment claims
  7. Milwaukee Public Schools approves $90 million plan to start the academic year virtually


  1. UW-Madison trial shows plasma treatment helped 94% of severely ill COVID-19 patients avoid the ICU
  2. Two protests are planned in Madison – one Sunday about the unemployment claim backlog, and another next Thursday at DHS against face mask mandates
  3. Middleton coffee shop has declared itself a “mask-free zone” and could face fines and license suspension after calling police on public health inspectors
  4. UW Athletics announces the delay of South end zone renovation at Camp Randall Stadium
  5. Madison Teachers Inc. demands Madison School District starts the year with all-virtual learning
  6. Madison Public Health says the free community testing site at the Alliant Energy Center has had little to no wait times for the past week when arriving after 9:30 a.m. due to pre-registration
  7. Potbelly Sandwich Shops has closed three of its four stores in Madison for good due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Towne Mall location the only one staying open