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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 7/20/20

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

As of Monday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 42,319 (up from 39,832 Friday)
Wisconsin active cases: 8,838 (up from 8,236)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 846 (up from 832)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 4,107 (up from 3,968)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 339 (up from 308)


  1. World Health Organization reported 259,848 new COVID-19 cases across the globe in numbers released Saturday afternoon, surpassing the previous record set Friday; the worldwide death toll crosses 600,000, and the U.S. death toll crosses 140,000
  2. Spain record 628 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest number since May 8
  3. World Health Organization says Brazil’s infection rate has stabilized but “concerted action” is needed to keep it down
  4. England’s chief medical officer says physical distancing likely necessary for a “long period of time”
  5. World Health Organization says scientists are researching the possibility of COVID-19 reinfection; researchers in South Korea find children between the ages of 10 and 19 can transmit COVID-19 within a household just as much as adults
  6. Colombia sets record for new COVID-19 cases (8,934) and deaths (259) over 24 hours; Mexico sets record for new COVID-19 cases (7,615) on Saturday; India reports a record 40,425 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday
  7. The UK pauses COVID-19 daily deaths update while undergoing “urgent review” of data in which anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 at any point and died was counted in the statistics; demonstrators protest against the wearing of face masks in England, days before the new law becomes mandatory in shops
  8. Tokyo reports single-day record 293 new COVID-19 cases on Friday; Hong Kong to have non-essential civil servants work from home as city sees 108 new COVID-19 cases were reported over 24 hours, a record; China allows movie theaters to open in low-risk areas with 30% capacity and other precautions; Xinjiang declares “wartime” state after 47 COVID-19 cases were detected since Wednesday and imposes strict measures similar to Beijing’s lockdown
  9. More than 2,000 health care workers in Ghana have tested positive for COVID-19
  10. Canada will not allow Toronto’s MLB team to play regular season games in city and regularly cross border due to pandemic
  11. North Korea says it is undergoing human trials for a vaccine candidate despite no previous reports of working on a vaccine and allegedly no COVID-19 cases ever reported 


  1. FDA announces emergency use authorization to allow Quest Diagnostics to pool samples from up to four individuals to test for COVID-19, the first pool authorization available in the U.S.; CDC adds cancer patients to list of those with increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  2. President Trump to hold tele-rallies with supporters instead of in-person rallies due to COVID-19
  3. Reduction in commercial airline flights has hindered forecasters’ ability to accurately predict the weather; Delta Airlines to begin asking passengers unable to wear face masks to consider staying home
  4. Florida reported 11,466 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and reported more than 100 deaths for the fourth consecutive day; Florida governor says he will not close gyms despite surging cases; Broward County issues curfew starting at 11 p.m. through 5 a.m. nightly through Aug. 1 and prohibits gatherings of more than 10; Miami Beach imposes curfew nightly from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.
  5. New York moves to Phase 4 of reopening as of Monday but still will not allow indoor dining; New York reached a new low for COVID-19 hospitalizations (722); New York governor threatens to rollback reopening if people continue to congregate in large groups
  6. California governor says most schools will not reopen for in-person education this fall; Chicago proposes hybrid learning model for K-12 schools; Indianapolis Public Schools pushes back start date for two weeks to August 17
  7. Massachusetts governor says local municipalities can create additional COVID-19 restrictions as long as they don’t negate guidance issued by state; Mississippi governor could add another 11 counties to his mask requirement, 13 counties already have the restrictions; Los Angeles mayor says he is “on the brink” of reissuing a stay-at-home order
  8. Texas reported a record 174 COVID-19 deaths on Friday; 1,072 of 1,782 inmates at a Texas prison have tested positive for COVID-19; 85 infants under the age of 12 months have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nueces County in Texas
  9. Lowes to require customers wear masks starting Monday, Home Depot to require masks starting Wednesday
  10. Minnesota flew flags at half staff Sunday to honor the 1,541 COVID-19 deaths in the state
  11. Georgia (4,688) and North Carolina (2,522) each reported record COVID-19 cases over 24 hours Sunday; Arizona reported its highest death count (147) in a single day;


  1. Milwaukee Health Department quietly changed guidelines June 25 for in-person instruction, not allowing schools and universities to open until the city is in Phase 5; it currently is in Phase 4
  2. Potawatomi casino complex to lay of 1,600 employees due to COVID-19 financial struggles
  3. Trempealeau County reported its first COVID-19 death on Sunday
  4. 10.3% of tests returned positive on Sunday with 830 positive tests reported over 24 hours
  5. Wisconsin Lutheran teachers and parents protest Milwaukee’s directive to keep schools closed 
  6. Carthage College proposal to lay off up to 20% of faculty and restructure 10 academic departments due to COVID-19
  7. Wisconsin has given out $3.5 million of the $25 million dedicated to rental assistance
  8. Jefferson County to offer free drive through COVID-19 testing from July 22 through July 25


  1. Madison Metropolitan School District announces it will start the year with all virtual classes through at least October 30
  2. UW-Madison announces it will offer no-cost COVID-19 testing to all students, faculty and staff this fall with two campus labs processing more than 6,000 tests a week
  3. Dane County has 33 COVID-19 inpatients at hospitals and 10 in the ICU