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COVID-19 Daily Digest – 7/23/20

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

As of Thursday morning:
Wisconsin confirmed cases: 45,041 (up from 44,187 Wednesday)
Wisconsin active cases: 9,285 (down from 9,369)
Wisconsin confirmed deaths: 867 (up from 861)
Wisconsin total hospitalizations: 4,225 (up from 4,194)
Wisconsin current hospitalizations: 354 (no change)


  1. The worldwide case count has surpassed 15 million and more than 624,000 have died according to data from Johns Hopkins University
  2. Spain reports 730 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours, the largest daily increase since May 8
  3. Chilean police have trained dogs to detect COVID-19 in humans by sniffing their sweat
  4. Brazilian state of Sao Paulo reported 16,777 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, its second-largest increase over 24 hours since the pandemic began; Brazil reported 67,860 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours, its highest single-day total; Brazilian interim health minister says COVID-19 situation “under control”
  5. Mexico reported 6,019 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, marking the eighth straight day with at least 5,000 new cases; Argentina reported 5,782 new COVID-19 cases, the second consecutive day of record numbers
  6. United Nations General Assembly meeting will be held virtually this year in September
  7. France to hand out 40 million face masks to its poorest citizens
  8. Tokyo reported a record 366 new COVID-19 cases, and Japan said there were 796 cases Wednesday in the country, also a record
  9. South Korea has fallen into a recession as its economy shrank 3.3% from April to June, the second consecutive quarter of declines; Australian economy shrinks 4.75% so far this fiscal year
  10. Death toll in Iran surpasses 15,000; Iraq has crossed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases
  11. South African Medical Research Council reports “huge discrepancy” between country’s COVID-19 deaths and excess deaths from natural causes; the country is reporting 17,000 excess deaths from natural causes from May 6 to July 14
  12. Bahrain and Qatar have the highest COVID-19 infection rate per capita in the world, mostly due to infections sweeping through camps of foreign laborers


  1. Another 1.4 million Americans filed their initial unemployment claims last week, according to the Department of Labor; 16.2 million Americans have filed continued claims, or benefits for each of the past two weeks
  2. The U.S. reported 71,695 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 1,195 deaths; the U.S. has reported more than 915,000 COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, more than was reported in all of June
  3. FEMA administrator says PPE supply is “healthy” but that the agency has “a ways to go” before it is sure there is enough PPE for the pandemic
  4. 47% of COVID-19 deaths in Florida are linked to long-term care facilities; Trump administration sends another $5 billion to nursing homes for staff, PPE, testing and technology to fight COVID-19
  5. Harvard announces that newly admitted students from abroad cannot come study on campus this fall; international students already in the states will be allowed to stay on campus
  6. Baltimore mandates face coverings for anyone over the age of 2 when physical distancing is not possible; Baltimore mayor suspends indoor dining at restaurants effective 5 p.m. Friday
  7. Kansas Board of Education strikes down governor’s order that would have delayed the start of the fall academic year from August 10 to September 9; Seattle schools superintendent recommends starting the school year virtually
  8. Minnesota, Ohio and Indiana governors issue statewide mask mandates; Oregon rolls back reopening measures, including restaurants and bars having to close by 10 p.m. and limit indoor public gatherings to 100, and expanding mask mandate to include anyone over the age of 5
  9. Lowe’s, which said masks were mandatory at stores and offers free masks upon entry, says it will not require employees to “put their safety at risk by confronting customers about wearing masks”
  10. Illinois reported nearly 1,600 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the largest number this month, as the state has tested more than 40,000 people in three of the past seven days; Ohio issues travel advisory for states with 15% positivity rate or higher, recommending individuals self-quarantine upon re-entering the state; California reports 12,807 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours; Louisiana reports largest daily increase in COVID-19 deaths (60) since May; Missouri reports a record 1,301 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday; Texas reports a record 197 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday
  11. NFL says all fans attending games will be required to wear face coverings; Pennsylvania denies Toronto’s MLB team from playing home games in Pittsburgh after Canadian government said the team could not routinely cross the border
  12. Federal judge denies blanket motion to release families from ICE custody due to COVID-19
  13. Southwest Airlines says only masked passengers will be allowed on flights starting Monday, prohibiting passengers who claim medical or disability exemptions to the rule
  14. AMC Theaters, the largest movie theater chain in the U.S., is postponing the reopening of theaters to “mid-to-late August” 


  1. Gov. Evers is asking state agencies to identify $250 million in cost savings for the current fiscal year; $70 million already was asked for earlier this year ($41 million of which was absorbed by UW System)
  2. City of Racine passes mask mandate requiring anyone over the age of 4 to wear masks in public buildings and outdoors when within 6 feet of someone outside of their household; fines can range from $25 to $100 for individuals and $50 to $500 for business with the chance of losing their license
  3. Whitewater City Council votes to require masks in buildings open to the public starting August 1
  4. Superior adopted a mask ordinance to require masks in public spaces, including public transportation, starting Monday
  5. Wisconsin’s positive test rate dropped to 4.8% on Wednesday with 712 new cases reported over 24 hours
  6. The state’s seven-day rolling average of new cases dropped from 890 to 874, the first drop in two weeks 
  7. Temporary testing site in Waukesha closed 5.5 hours early on Tuesday after running out of the 400 tests planned for the day
  8. City of Brookfield has reinstated its state of emergency through at least August 18 as COVID-19 cases surge in Waukesha County


  1. Dane County reported 34 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, down from a record high of 142 on June 30 and 102 on July 14
  2. Madison Public Health acknowledges the decline in county cases likely due to closing bars, limiting indoor dining and wearing masks as other portions of the state are seeing record increases
  3. Madison Gas & Electric has not sent any disconnect notices to utility customers as moratorium has ended and two other utility companies in the state (WE Energies and WEC Energy Group) may start disconnections for missed payments next week