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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 7/22/20

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

As of Wednesday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 44,187 (up from 43,084 Tuesday)
Wisconsin active cases: 9,369 (up from 9,037)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 861 (up from 847)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 4,194 (up from 4,129)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 354 (down from 367)


  1. India reported 37,724 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday; Japan reported 633 new cases; Victoria state of Australia reports a record 484 new COVID-19 cases despite being two weeks into a six-week lockdown; the U.S. reported 64, 534 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday; Indonesia reports 1,655 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday; Argentina reports records in both new cases (5,344) and new deaths (117)
  2. Italian health minister says country is “out of the storm” of coronavirus pandemic
  3. Zimbabwe to impose dusk to dawn COVID-19 curfew starting Wednesday
  4. Austria to reintroduce mandatory face masks in supermarkets as COVID-19 cases rise; 88 new cases were reported July 20
  5. Chile reports 1,656 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest increase the country has seen since May 11
  6. South Africa has had more than 5,300 people die from COVID-19 after 195 deaths Tuesday; Colombia’s death toll surpasses 7,000 with 239 new deaths Tuesday; Mexico has surpassed 40,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths
  7. Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says he still tested positive for COVID-19, two weeks after his initial test came back positive on July 7
  8. Study shows 23.5% of Delhi residents tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies; India cancels historic Hindu pilgrimage to a holy cave in the Kashmir region for the first time ever
  9. Hong Kong mandates masks in public indoors areas and requires travelers from nine high-risk countries, including the U.S., to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of their flight as record 113 new infections were reported over 24 hours
  10. WHO says trends are worrisome in southern Europe and in the Balkan region; “We’re not out of the woods just yet in the European environment. It requires sustained vigilance”


  1. White House says President Trump sometimes gets tested for COVID-19 more than once every day; the U.S. is conducting more than 750,000 COVID-19 tests per day
  2. The U.S. reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths over 24 hours for the first time since July 7
  3. U.S. Surgeon General says COVID-19 is exacerbating and exploiting pre-existing health conditions
  4. HHS and the Department of Defense announced an agreement with Pfizer for 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and allows for the U.S. to acquire an additional 500 million; HHS Secretary says any vaccine sponsored by the U.S. government will be free or affordable to Americans
  5. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wants a deal on the next coronavirus stimulus package done by July 31
  6. Arizona reported 134 COVID-19 deaths over 24 hours, its largest single-day total so far; Mississippi reports 1,635 new COVID-19 cases, a record for a second consecutive day; Arkansas reports record 488 current patients hospitalized
  7. California has 409,305 confirmed COVID-19 cases and passed New York (408,181) for more COVID-19 cases in any state
  8. Men’s Warehouse to close 500 stores and lay off 20% of corporate staff; United Airlines reports a $1.6 billion loss in the second quarter of 2020 and is losing $40 million each day, down from $100 million per day in April, and United Airlines passengers must wear masks at airports
  9. Massachusetts extends moratorium on evictions through October 17; Louisiana to remain in Phase 2 of reopening for another two weeks due to COVID-19
  10. New Orleans school to begin academic year with virtual learning; Kentucky to allow unlimited COVID-19 emergency days for school staff; Fairfax County Public Schools, one of the largest districts in the country, will start the fall with online-only classes;
  11. COVID-19 outbreak of 23 cases has been reported at a Walmart distribution center in Oregon


  1. Wisconsin reported 1,117 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours, the highest jump since the pandemic began; 13 deaths also were reported
  2. 7.7% of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 tests returned positive on Tuesday
  3. Federal judge dismisses lawsuit by two dozen Wisconsin residents challenging local stay-at-home orders because the defendants were not joined; case can be filed again once they correct the errors
  4. Milwaukee schools with approved plans may be allowed to reopen this fall
  5. Green Bay Packers estimate a maximum of 12,000 fans will be allowed to attend games this season
  6. Green Bay City Council approves face covering requirement for anyone over the age of 5 in public indoor spaces and on public transportations starting Monday; masks will not be required while being outside, exercising in a gym or when eating and drinking


  1. Big Eight Conference (including Madison, Sun Prairie, Verona, Middleton, Janesville schools) announces it will not hold high school fall sports competitions
  2. Second Harvest Food Bank has shipped out 65% more food in the first two months of COVID-19 than it did in the same time last year; Feeding America predicts 12% of Dane County’s population will face food insecurity due to COVID-19, an increase of 63%