Monday, June 29th, 2020

Mom called me last night while we were having dinner. “Call you back in about ten minutes,” I promised her, then for the next ten minutes tried and failed not to think about why she might be calling me.

Mom doesn’t call me. I call her. It’s one of those unspoken agreements. When she does call me, it’s usually because she’s got something important to tell me. And with everything as awful as it is, I was more than a little anxious about what it might be.

So I bolted my food, then called her. Turned out she just wanted to tell me her cabin fever is the worst it’s ever been, which was a huge relief. We commiserated for a while, sharing our stories about not going anywhere and not doing anything, with an added dash of oh my god what’s wrong with people thrown in for flavor. It was a nice call. Thank goodness.

a nice call | 5:38 am CDT
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Sunday, June 28th, 2020

There’s an old friend I reconnected with on Facebook a year or two ago. One of the things I liked a lot about Facebook when I signed up for an account was reconnecting with people I knew way back when.

Another one of the things about Facebook, a thing I’m not a big fan of, is finding out the people I reconnected with might not be the kind of people I thought I knew way back when.

This guy I knew from high school, for instance. Almost all his posts have been photos of his grandkids, post about his job, jokey stuff – nothing you could consider provocative at all.

This afternoon, he posted a propaganda video from Turning Point USA, which was posted to Facebook by Donald Trump Jr.

I’m a “live and let live” kind of guy. Believe what you want to believe, it’s none of my business – except for just one thing: if you’re repeating lies for any of the Trumps, I will get up from the table and quit you. We’re done.

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Scooter the cat is back home after a three-day stay at the emergency veterinary hospital. We don’t get up to a lot of exciting things during our self-imposed lockdown, so this is what passes for exciting around here nowadays.

I had to take Scooter to our regular vet on Tuesday morning because he looked like he was having some trouble peeing. The vet thought he was suffering from an inflamed bladder, took samples of various fluids to be tested, and sent him home with painkillers. He seemed to be a little better that night.

He slept all day Wednesday, which wasn’t like him at all. I called the vet, but she wasn’t too worried. She figured it was a reaction to the trauma and the drugs.

I woke up early Thursday morning, round about five o’clock, made myself a cup of tea and was sitting down to drink it when Scooter barfed. I didn’t really want to leave my tea but I figured cleaning up cat yak would take only a minute or two. I am so stupidly short-sighted sometimes.

Scooter’s yak was a weak pink color, like it would be if it had some blood in it. Scooter himself was crouched in a corner of the room by himself, and when I went over to see if he was all right I noticed there was a spot of pinkish drool on the floor in front of him.

I could take him to his regular vet when the clinic opened at eight o’clock, three hours after he barfed, or I could load him into a cat carrier and whisk him away to the emergency animal hospital stat. If I waited until eight, I would spend the next three hours obsessing over what exactly was hemorrhaging inside him, which would probably give me heartburn and age me at least a couple years, so into the cat carrier he went.

The emergency vet said his bladder as big as a lemon and she wanted to stick a catheter in him right away so he could pee. He was having kidney problems, too, and she could see bladder stones on his x-rays. He had to stay overnight at least until they were sure his bladder was okay, he was peeing normally, and his kidneys recovered from the trauma.

Those bladder stones would have to come out, too, but his regular vet wouldn’t be available until sometime next week, so we gave the emergency vet the go-ahead to schedule him for surgery as soon as they could. They did that last night.

He was well enough to come home this morning at eight. He was a little frantic at first because apparently he hasn’t eaten in a while, which checks out: they would have stopped feeding him some hours before his middle-of-the-night surgery, and he was in recovery right up until I picked him up, so he might have gone as long as twelve hours without a meal. After slowly & carefully dishing out a few servings of soft food, though, he seems to be a lot more like his old self.

He has to wear a one of those big collars that makes him look like a cat stuck in the middle of an umbrella, which scares the hell out of Sparky; he won’t even come out of the basement if Scooter’s around.

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Friday, June 26th, 2020

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but “Trump cannot lie his way out of a pandemic. And the pandemic keeps reminding him of that” is not a hot take I can gin up a lot of enthusiasm for. Call him a two-bit grifter all you want, but he did in fact bullshit his way into the highest office in the land. I don’t admire his ability or hold it up as an example to be imitated; I’m only acknowledging he has a history of failure after failure, and after each one, he has lied his way back into a position of power. He’s proven he can effectively lie his way out of any debacle he’s ever been involved in.

There’s the tiniest chance the pandemic might possibly turn out to be the one huge fuckup he can’t lie his way out of, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

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Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Today’s episode of “A Closer Look” starts off with a single copy of “The Thorn Birds:”

A few minutes later, two more books have been added to the stack:

  • “The Thorn Birds 3: Things Be Getting Tornier!”
  • “The Thorn Birds 2: More Thorns”

The stack gets a little higher in the next scene with an all-anagram stack of “The Thorn Birds,” including:

  • “The Borsht Rind”
  • “The Third Borns”
  • “The North Birds”

Then the stack becomes a lollapalooza of goofy free-association versions of “The Thorn Birds:”

  • “The Born Turds”
  • “The Torn Shirts”
  • “The Sworn Words”
  • “The Thin Boards”
  • “The Shorn Brads”
  • “The Corn Nerds”

And finally, the stack turns into a random pile of books we’ve seen in previous episodes, including:

  • “The Thowd in the Bone”
  • “A Blockwork Thornge”
  • “198Thourn”
  • “The Picture of Thornian Bray”
  • “The Thord of the Rings”
  • “Thorntnoy’s Complaint”
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Sparky went to the vet yesterday. Did. Not. Like. It.

Or at least I thought he didn’t, because he howled all the way there. He was fine when I put him in the cat carrier, but as soon as I put the carrier in the car he started to howl like he’d been stuck, and he kept on howling all the way to the vet. It’s a twenty-minute drive. He howled even louder when I tried to calm him down by talking to him.

So when I got there, I figured I ought to warn them that Sparky was not in a good mood at all. He was a feral cat when we adopted him but he’s always been the sweetest little guy. Not the friendliest, kind of skittish, but very sweet. Still, I wasn’t going to be in there when they opened the door on the carrier, because of COVID-19. I had no idea how he’d react, so I mentioned to the vet tech who came to the car to fetch him that he was a little on edge.

I kept the phone in my hand the whole time he was in there, halfway expecting to get a phone call from a frantic vet begging for help to calm Sparky down. That call never came. Instead, the vet called me about ten minutes later, told me Sparky was healthy and was one of the sweetest cats they’d ever seen, a little nervous at first, but he quickly made friends and everybody was petting him. Well. That was quite a surprise.

When they brought Sparky back to the car, he began to howl again as soon as I put the car in gear, but he seemed to be doing it only to keep up appearances. He didn’t seem to be really into it.

who’s a good boy | 4:39 pm CDT
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Today’s episode of “A Closer Look” starts off with a stack of books on the end table:

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • 1984
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Thorn Birds

A few minutes later, “A Clockwork Orange” has been transformed into “A Clockwork Thornge.”

After that, “The Sword in the Stone” becomes “The Thowd in the Bone”

Then “1984” becomes “198Thourn”

And finally, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” becomes “The Picture of Thronian Bray.”

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Woke up from a dream this morning in which I was taking turns driving a truck. I was supposed to be off-duty, catching some sack time in the back, but the guy driving the truck needed help navigating, so I grabbed a cup of coffee and joined him in the cab with a map.

The cab of the truck was more like the bridge of a cargo ship. Really big. I was standing next to the driver with lots of dead air between the top of my head and the roof of the cab. There was enough floor space to play hockey. It was a big cab.

The map I was using was full-size. Scale was 1:1. I mean, I was looking at a map that was the same size of the road we were driving. It was like I was in a plane looking down at the countryside, only I was in the cab, looking at a map I could hold in my hands that was the actual size of the world. Even in the dream, this seemed a little outlandish to me.

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I’m pretty sure I’m getting entirely the wrong story from the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.

The story I get is: There are these two good friends, Judas and Jesus. Jesus actually has a lot of friends, twelve of them, but Judas is the one who can tell Jesus stuff the other friends won’t or can’t. 

Judas and Jesus have been best friends for quite a while, know each other pretty well and, up until now, get along even better, but it’s beginning to dawn on Judas that Jesus needs Judas to do something, mmmm, kinda bad. Judas isn’t sure at first what it might be, but he’s getting the vibe it’s something he doesn’t want to be a part of any more.

He tries to tell Jesus about his concerns, but Jesus isn’t having it and he won’t tell Judas why. Jesus will only tell Judas, over and over, “You do what you’ve got to do.” Judas doesn’t like the sound of that. It sounds like he doesn’t have a choice.

Then he makes the mistake of calling the cops on Jesus. This seems like the right thing to do because why wouldn’t the cops want to help Judas sort Jesus out? They know what’s right and wrong, don’t they? (Is this topical right now, or what?)

Well, yes. The cops know the law, and they want to sort out Jesus, but they’re thinking more like with capitol punishment than corporal. Judas figures this out too late (although the purse full of silver should have been the tipoff) and, crushed by the realization that he’s condemned his friend to death, Judas hangs himself.

But wait! There’s more! In death, Judas learns that he was right to feel he didn’t have a choice, because he didn’t! He was set up from the beginning to be the one who literally sells out his friend. This makes him a tad bitter, and why wouldn’t it? Jesus was the best friend Judas ever had, but Judas was doomed to kick that friendship right in the teeth.

It’s one of the most heartbreaking stories I know of a friendship torn apart by events beyond their control.

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Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Today’s episode of “A Closer Look” starts off with a single copy of “The Thorn Birds” on the end table:

In the next scene, a copy of “The Bourne Identity” appears on top:

Next, “The Thorn Birds” and “The Bourne Identity” seem to meld into a single copy of “The Thourne Identity.”

And finally, “The Torn Birds” reappears:

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Thursday, June 11th, 2020

Woke up this morning from a dream about living in a pandemic (wonder why I had *that* dream?). It must have been a really bad pandemic, because everyone was wearing MOPP gear.

MOPP gear is the protective clothing the military wears to protect themselves against nuclear, biological, and chemical attack. There was a gas mask with a hood that covered your head, neck, and shoulders; a coat and pants; thick rubber gloves and boots; and a set of high-octane epipens we were expected to inject ourselves with if we were exposed to nerve gas.

Every time I was stationed overseas, I was issued a duffel bag filled with MOPP gear, and I had to take refresher training in how to use it. In refresher training, we buddied up and practiced how to put on and take off MOPP gear in such a way that we would not contaminate ourselves with nerve gas.

They never actually gassed us in these training sessions, except for the very first training I went through, and in that case it was some pretty low-grade tear gas. Everybody in every training I went to had a pretty relaxed attitude about how to wear MOPP gear. If they’d used full-strength tear gas on us in any of those training sessions, I’m pretty sure ninety percent of us would have been incapacitated.

And if we’d had to live in MOPP gear for days or weeks on end, the way you might have to in a pandemic, I’d bet money that the ten percent who weren’t incapacitated for being lax would go crazy from wearing the mask all the time. Maybe the new masks aren’t so bad, but the mask I had to wear was like smooshing your face between the cold butt cheeks of a hippopotamus. And the visibility through the tiny goggle lenses was about the same. Claustrophobia doesn’t begin to describe the experience.

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Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

There’s a section of the social media web site REDDIT called “Am I The Asshole?” in which Redditors will spell out a sticky problem they’re experiencing and ask everyone to either validate their righteousness or dump on their pettiness. Because everything on the internet is a TLA (Three-Letter Abbreviation), you can answer YTA (You’re The Asshole), NTA (Not The Asshole), ESH (Everyone Sucks Here), and a couple other things I’m forgetting right now and am too lazy to look up.

This post is typical:

AITA for not sharing coffee with my husband who refuses to ever make coffee?

Quarantine woes. I (28F) work upstairs and my husband (35M) works from our kitchen counter. Every morning he refuses to put the kettle on or help make the coffee. He says, “I don’t want coffee but if you make it I’ll have some.” When I make it he then wants a full cup! As of late I take the entire french press with me back to my work station and refuse to share with him since he can’t be bothered to even turn the knob on the stove for the kettle. AITA?

So much to unpack here.

First, there’s a lot of backstory missing. Wife and hubby are obvs not getting along AT ALL. Missing is everything leading up to the coffee-making.

Second, lots of passive-aggressiveness going on here. Hubby says he doesn’t want coffee but he does. Wife makes coffee, takes it all upstairs with her. I’d pay to watch that webcam.

Some of the posts describe situations so outrageous they’re would’ve been hard to believe as little as a year ago. As weird as reality has become lately, though, I’d believe almost anything.

AITA | 4:02 pm CDT
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Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Trump graduated from grumpy old codger and joined the tinfoil hat brigade today when he tweeted: “Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?”

Trump referred to an incident caught on video in which a protester was roughly pushed aside when he approached a line of advancing police officers wearing riot gear. He had a phone in his hand, which Trump apparently thought was a “scanner.”

The protester lost his balance and fell to the ground, cracking his head on the pavement. One police officer turned and reached for the protester as if to help, but another officer in line hustled him along. The image of police stepping over a 75-year-old man lying on the pavement bleeding his wounds triggered outrage that Trump apparently couldn’t help commenting on.

If a friend of mine tweeted stuff like this, I’d take him aside and say, “Dude, this is the kind of talk doctors combat with powerful antipsychotic drugs. You need to tone it down.” And if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be my friend any more.

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I finally found a reality show I like. Not that I was looking for one. I gave up on reality shows almost as soon as they became a thing. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that stiff, self-conscious drama played by terrible actors working with practically no plot almost always added up to a show I did not want to spend more than five minutes on.

Many moons later, I’m a YouTube junkie, and it started with guys who pull junker cars out of garages that are scheduled for demolition, take them back to their shop and fix them up (the cars, not the demolished garages). The guy who got me hooked regularly drags home a Volkswagen that’s been sitting in a garage for thirty years, dumps a little oil in the crankcase, connects a spare battery and fires it right up. I binge-watched his videos for weeks. It’s hard to explain why.

I can’t remember how I crossed over from that kind of fix-up video to boat building, but however it happened, I ended up on a series of videos from Leo Sampson, who rescued a historically significant wooden boat from being broken up, shored it up in the backyard of a friend’s house and started work on restoring it. He thought he’d be able to save a lot of the boat, but what he ended up doing was tearing it completely apart and rebuilding it from the ground up. (Almost. If I recall correctly, the original ballast keel is still on the ground beneath the completely rebuilt hull.) What made it fascinating to me was how detailed his videos were and how clearly and concisely he explained what he was doing. It’s like “This Old House” but for wooden boats. I’m a complete nerd for this kind of stuff.

I tried watching several other video series about building wooden boats, but none were as interesting to me as Leo’s were. He had a special knack for shooting just the right video, putting it together in just the right way to tell a story, and then narrating the story in a way that was really engaging to me. He’s also got wicked good taste in music, which surprisingly makes the videos so much more enjoyable.

While I was searching for and watching other videos about building wooden boats, I also watched videos about sailing boats. There are a metric butt-ton of these and they fascinated the hell out of me for a while because apparently there are viewers who will pay to watch these videos! Yes! A typical video will feature a young couple who sold their house and their car and bought a boat, which they plan to sail around the world. You can like and subscribe the videos, which somehow makes money for them, and you can sign up to send them money regularly through a service like Patreon, and who wouldn’t want to throw twenty bucks a month to a couple in their twenties so they can sail to Tahiti and drink beers on the beach?

*raises hand*

Sorry. Not going to pitch in for gas money if I’m not going along for the ride.

(Full disclosure: I’m pitching in for Leo’s boat because that guy’s got moxie. Watch the first half-dozen videos in the series and try to tell me he doesn’t.)

I’ve given up watching most videos about sailing, but there’s one series I can’t tear myself away from: It’s called “Sailing Uma” and features, unsurprisingly, a young couple, Dan and Kika, and they – again, unsurprisingly – sold practically all their worldly possessions, bought a boat and sailed it across the Atlantic Ocean. What makes their story compelling is that, like Leo, they have a knack for creating an interesting video journal of their journey. They know how to tell a story. They can compose a shot and edit the shots together like the pros. And they are engaging and have great chemistry together that comes across well on the screen. In short, not only are their sailing videos are more fun to watch than any others I have seen, I even look forward to them.

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Monday, June 8th, 2020

If it’s Monday, this must be the last day of my stay-cation. What have I been doing with it? So glad you asked.

(Just a note: I do not actually hear anybody talking to me as I type these words. Self-isolation has gone on a long time, but I am not at that point in my craziness, not yet.)

I spent a lot of the day yesterday unfucking more of the screwups left behind by the contractor who sided our little red house. I’m assuming that most, if not all, of the actual siding was installed correctly, but I have no experience with siding and how it should be correctly installed, so I have no way to know for sure they did a good job with that unless something dramatic happens, like it peels off in a storm. Fingers crossed, that never happens.

But there are a few things they did that lead me to believe their work is less than exemplary. I mentioned recently I discovered an electrical outlet with something *not quite right* about it, and which I had already spent the better part of an afternoon working to fix. Yesterday, I finished that job after a quick trip to the hardware store to buy a new outlet and weatherproof cover for it.

It was a fairly simple fix: I bought a GFCI outlet to replace the regular one that was in there. It was grounded, but it never hurts to have extra insurance, especially for an outdoor outlet. I had to futz around with the box it was mounted in to get the fat-butt GFCI outlet to fit. All I had to do, really, was take a couple of screws out of it, but to do that, I had to dismount the box from the frame I’d built around it, because nothing is easy when it comes to home DIY projects. After remounting the box, though, the rest was easy-peasy.

While I was at the hardware store, I picked up a second outlet and weatherproof cover for another outlet the contractors left in less-than-serviceable condition. That outlet is in a box mounted in an inside corner of the back patio. When they removed it to tear off the old siding, they broke off all but one of the plastic tabs sticking out from the sides of the box. Normally, you’d securely mount it to a wall by driving screws through all four tabs. With only one tab left sticking out, they screwed it in place with just one screw rather than replace the box, so it would sort of flop around when we plugged in or unplugged from it. In my admittedly amateur but somewhat informed opinion, it was probably not the best way they could have fixed that particular problem.

I also picked up a new outdoor light for the patio. The light over the door was a single old-fashioned spotlight; the bulb must have weighed a pound and a half all by itself. Replacing it was something I’ve been meaning to cross off my to-do list for years, but it’s one of those things that I thought about only when I needed to use the light. Because it was a spotlight, it illuminated just one spot, and because it was a crappy old light fixture, it was rusted into position and pointed at a spot somewhere out in the yard. Not so useful.

Taking down the old fixture, which the contractors had had to remove like all the other fixtures when they did the siding, I discovered they’d half-assed reinstalling that, too, shooting a single construction screw through the base of the fixture into the wall, instead attaching it to the box as they should have done. The box was a good inch and a half inside the siding, so I had to find a couple of very long screws to substitute for the screws that came with the mounting.

All that futzing took a couple hours, so by the time I was done I was more than ready for a cold beer and a few hours in the shade with a book. Time with books & beer is so much more satisfying after I’ve scratched a few projects off my list.

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Friday, June 5th, 2020

Our boss has a day planner with all our scheduled vacation time in it. At the beginning of each year, she passes a new day planner around and we all take turns claiming the days off we would like to take for the next year. I’ve been working in the fraud unit longest (that’s still weird to me), so I got to pick first. I got all the days off I wanted.

Then the pandemic came and, until today, I’ve been scratching my vacation days off the calendar, because where was I going to go?

The rest of my coworkers have been scratching off their vacations days, too, and it makes me happy to know I work with people smart enough they know they shouldn’t go hang out at Devil’s Lake with the thousands of campers up from Illinois for the weekend. But last Monday in our weekly office staff meeting, the boss wanted to know why we weren’t taking time off. There was nothing but crickets on the conference call for several seconds, so I jumped in to explain that I wasn’t taking my time off because we couldn’t go anywhere.

This weekend, though, I continued, I’m taking the vacation days I had planned, because honestly I could use a couple days away from databases and spread sheets. I’m off today and Monday and I intend to tidy up the house and wash some clothes, but mostly I’m thinking I’ll be relaxing in the shade with a book in my hand and a beer at my side. Make it a proper stay-cation. Play with the cats. Stay up late watching old TV shows.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2020

I typed the word “rigamarole” into an email the other day and got one of those red squiggly lines underneath telling me it was misspelled.

That’s interesting, I thought, because I’m pretty sure that’s a bullshit made-up word. [Turns out it’s not. It’s a word with a long history. – ed] [There is no editor.]

So I right-clicked on the word to find out how my computer thought it should be spelled and found out the all-knowing spellcheck god wanted me to type “rigmarole” instead.

Well. I’m not doing that. Because that’s just flat-out *wrong.* Even though all my dictionaries say I’m wrong, this is one time I’m not going to budge. It’s been “rigamarole” all my life and nobody’s going to gaslight me into changing it to “rigmarole” now. It’s the totally stupid hill I’m willing to die on.

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From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 291,367 negative results and 19,892 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 299,111 test results have been reported.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 279,711 negative results and 19,400 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 299,111 test results have been reported.
    • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 12,148 more test results were reported over the past 24 hours, 1,626 more than the median number of tests reported in the past seven days (10,522).
    • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 492 positive results were reported in the past 24 hours, 9 more than the median number of positive results reported in the past seven days (483).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,739 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,700 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of hospitalizations indicates 39 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 1 less than the median number of hospitalizations reported in the past 7 days (40).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 626 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 616 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 10 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, on par with the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (10).

    The number of tests completed, positive results, hospitalizations, and deaths have all trended up, indicating a greater number of people are feeling ill enough to seek medical attention:

    covid in WI 6-4-20

    WI DHS update 060420 | 2:00 pm CDT
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I’ve been awake since three oh nine this morning, after a dream in which I backed myself into a grey, airless void I couldn’t get out of. I kind of don’t want to go back to sleep when you can clearly remember a dream about suffocating, so I made myself stay awake for a couple minutes, then a couple minutes longer, and … you know how *that* goes.

Funnily enough, it wasn’t me who got sucked into the void, it was Tom Cruise – I mean, *I* was Tom Cruise because y’know dream logic – and if anybody should be able to escape a nightmare scenario it’s Tom Cruise, so really I should have let myself fall right back into sleep to see how he got out of it. Now I’ll never know.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 279,711 negative results and 19,400 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 299,111 test results have been reported.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 263,743 negative results and 18,917 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 282,660 test results have been reported.
    • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 16,451 more test results were reported over the past 24 hours, 5,929 more than the median number of tests reported in the past seven days (10,522).
      • This is the largest number of test results reported in a 24-hour period since DHS records began on 3/15/2020.
    • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 483 positive results were reported in the past 24 hours, on par with the median number of positive results reported in the past seven days (483).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,700 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,643 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of hospitalizations indicates 57 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 16 more than the median number of hospitalizations reported in the past 7 days (41).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 616 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 607 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 9 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 fewer than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (11).

    The number of tests completed, positive results, hospitalizations, and deaths have all trended up, indicating a greater number of people are feeling ill enough to seek medical attention:

    covid in wi 6-3-20

    WI DHS update 060320 | 2:00 pm CDT
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Monday, June 1st, 2020

Well holy shit. The president went on television this evening to announce his intention to be the boss of everything. “Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled,” he decreed. “If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.” As he spoke, a small army of police cleared away the protesters gathered outside the gates of the White House, beating them with shields and firing flash-bang grenades and tear gas into the crowd, which someone had arranged to display on a split screen with Trump, I guess so he would look very, very powerful. After the crowds and tear gas disbursed, Trump marched through Lafayette Park in what I assume he thought was a manly way (former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker praised Trump as “gutsy” on Twitter in what I can only assume was some carefully arranged bootlicking), even though the path Trump took was bracketed by police in riot gear standing shoulder-to-shoulder and he was of course surrounded by Secret Service agents. At the other side of the park, Trump posed in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church holding a bible and scowling for the cameras, looking very much like a Jon McNaughton painting. Five bucks says McNaughton paints exactly that picture before the end of the week.

In response to Trump gassing American citizens in America’s capitol city, Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer released a joint statement, mostly a lot of “we must do better blah blah blah.” The only part that directly addressed Trump’s strongman act was: “We call upon the President, law enforcement and all entrusted with responsibility to respect the dignity and rights of all Americans.” Oh, yeah. Way to go, Democratic ‘leadership.’ I’m sure that made a yuge impression on Trump.

Schumer and Pelosi could learn a thing or two about righteous anger from a rector at St. John’s who was ministering to the protesters at the time the police attacked them with shields raised: “WE WERE DRIVEN OFF OF THE PATIO AT ST. JOHN’S – a place of peace and respite and medical care throughout the day – SO THAT MAN COULD HAVE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH!!! PEOPLE WERE HURT SO THAT HE COULD POSE IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH WITH A BIBLE! HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO STEP OVER THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES WE LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE WE WERE BEING TEAR GASSED!!!! I am ok. But I am now a force to be reckoned with.”

The rector, Gini Gerbasi, posted her description on Facebook of the event from her point of view:

“Friends, I am ok, but I am, frankly shaken. I was at St. John’s, Lafayette Square most of the afternoon, with fellow clergy and laypeople – and clergy from some other denominations too. We were passing out water and snacks, and helping the patio area at St. John’s, Lafayette square to be a place of respite and peace. All was well – with a few little tense moments – until about 6:15 or so. By then, I had connected with the Black Lives Matter medic team, which was headed by an EMT. Those people were AMAZING. They had been on the patio all day, and thankfully had not had to use much of the eyewash they had made. Around 6:15 or 6:30, the police started really pushing protestors off of H Street (the street between the church and Lafayette Park, and ultimately, the White House. They started using tear gas and folks were running at us for eyewashes or water or wet paper towels. At this point, Julia, one of our seminarians for next year (who is a trauma nurse) and I looked at each other in disbelief. I was coughing, her eyes were watering, and we were trying to help people as the police – in full riot gear – drove people toward us. Julia and her classmates left and I stayed with the BLM folks trying to help people. Suddenly, around 6:30, there was more tear gas, more concussion grenades, and I think I saw someone hit by a rubber bullet – he was grasping his stomach and there was a mark on his shirt. The police in their riot gear were literally walking onto the St. John’s, Lafayette Square patio with these metal shields, pushing people off the patio and driving them back. People were running at us as the police advanced toward us from the other side of the patio. We had to try to pick up what we could. The BLM medic folks were obviously well practiced. They picked up boxes and ran. I was so stunned I only got a few water bottles and my spray bottle of eyewash. We were literally DRIVEN OFF of the St. John’s, Lafayette Square patio with tear gas and concussion grenades and police in full riot gear. We were pushed back 20 feet, and then eventually – with SO MANY concussion grenades – back to K street. By the time I got back to my car, around 7, I was getting texts from people saying that Trump was outside of St. John’s, Lafayette Square. I literally COULD NOT believe it. WE WERE DRIVEN OFF OF THE PATIO AT ST. JOHN’S – a place of peace and respite and medical care throughout the day – SO THAT MAN COULD HAVE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH!!! PEOPLE WERE HURT SO THAT HE COULD POSE IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH WITH A BIBLE! HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO STEP OVER THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES WE LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE WE WERE BEING TEAR GASSED!!!!

I am deeply shaken. I did not see any protestors throw anything until the tear gas and concussion grenades started, and then it was mostly water bottles. I am shaken, not so much by the taste of tear gas and the bit of a cough I still have, but by the fact that that show of force was for a PHOTO OPPORTUNITY. The patio of St. John’s, Lafayette square had been HOLY GROUND today. A place of respite and laughter and water and granola bars and fruit snacks. But that man turned it into a BATTLE GROUND first, and a cheap political stunt second. I am DEEPLY OFFENDED on behalf of every protestor, every Christian, the people of St. John’s, Lafayette square, every decent person there, and the BLM medics who stayed with just a single box of supplies and a backpack, even when I got too scared and had to leave. I am ok. But I am now a force to be reckoned with.”

“My fellow Americans, my first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people. I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation, and that is exactly what I will do. All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd. My administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain. But we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob. The biggest victims are the peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities, and as their president, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you. I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters, but in recent days our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, antifa, and others. A number of state and local governments have failed to take necessary action to safeguard their residents. Innocent people have been savagely beaten, like the young man in Dallas, Texas, who was left dying on the street, or the woman in upstate New York, viciously attacked by dangerously thugs. Small business owners have seen their dreams utterly destroyed. New York’s finest have been hit in the face with bricks. Brave nurses, who have battled the virus, are afraid to leave their homes. A police precinct has been overrun. Here, in the nation’s capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the World War Two memorial have been vandalized. One of our most historic churches was set ablaze. A federal officer in California, an African-American enforcement hero, was shot and killed. These are not acts of peaceful protest; these are acts of domestic terror. The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against god. America needs creation, not destruction; cooperation, not contempt; security, not anarchy; healing, not hatred; justice, not chaos. This is our mission, and we will succeed, one-hundred percent. We will succeed; our country always wins. That is why I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America. I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your second-amendment rights. Therefore, the following measures are going into effect immediately: First, we are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now. Today, I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the national guard in sufficient numbers, that we dominate the streets. Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them. I am also taking swift and decisive action to protect our great capitol, Washington D.C. What happened in the city last night was a total disgrace. As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily-armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property. We are putting everybody on warning: Our seven o’clock curfew will be strictly enforced. Those who threaten innocent life and property will be arrested, detained, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I want the organizers of this terror to be on notice that you will face severe criminal penalties and lengthy sentences in jail. This includes antifa and others who are leading instigators of this violence. One law and order – and that is what it is: One law; we have one beautiful law, and once that is restored and fully restored, we will help you, we will help your business, and we will help your family. America is founded upon the rule of law. It is the foundation of our prosperity, our freedom, and our very way of life. But where there is no law, there is no opportunity; where there is no justice, there is no liberty; where there is no safety, there is no future. We must never give in to anger or hatred. If malice or violence reigns, then none of us is free. I take these actions today with firm resolve and with a true and passionate love for our country. By far, our greatest days lie ahead. Thank you very much. And now, I’m going to pay my respects to a very, very special place.”

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Sunday, May 31st, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 250,103 negative results and 18,403 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 268,506 tests have been reported.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 242,908 negative results and 18,230 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 261,138 tests have been reported.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 7,368 more tests were reported over the past 24 hours, 2,475 fewer than the median number of tests reported in the past seven days (9,843).
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 173 positive results were reported in the past 24 hours, 339 fewer than the median number of positive results reported in the past seven days (512).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,583 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and a cumulative total of 2,563 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of hospitalizations indicates 20 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 21 fewer than the median number of hospitalizations reported in the past 7 days (41).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 592 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and a cumulative total of 588 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 4 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 7 fewer than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (11).
  • The cumulative total number of tests reported in the state (268,506) is 4.61% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (18,403) is 6.85% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 (2,583) is 14.04% of the cumulative total number of positive test results.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (592) is 3.22% of all positive cases.

The number of tests completed, positive results, hospitalizations, and deaths have all trended up, indicating a greater number of people are feeling ill enough to seek medical attention:

WI COVID trends 053120

WI DHS update 053120 | 3:30 pm CDT
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The rest of the country might be open, but My Darling B and I are still in isolation here at Our Little Red House – 76 days as of today. That’s a lot of days to be isolated from everybody & everything.

Full disclosure: It’s not like we’re hunkered down inside with the doors locked. Yesterday, as on most Saturdays, I made a run into town to pick up an order of sauerkraut & brats from Stalzy’s Deli and a couple cases of beer from Giant Jones brewery. We made a decision early on to support our local businesses as much as we were able to, either by purchasing from their curbside services or by donating to any of the many support groups that emerged to help them. It seems to have worked out well: Giant Jones is a very small brewery but seems to get a good response to their weekly curbside sales, and Stalzy’s was scheduled to open at the very time the governor shut down all the restaurants, forcing them to reinvent the way they served food to the public, which couldn’t have been easy.

We’ve also taken turns going to the store for groceries, each time coming home with a car jammed to the rafters with goodies (I know, cars don’t have rafters, but the metaphor seems awkward with more technically accurate terminology). Our last trip was two weeks ago, and I’m pretty sure we still have enough stashed in our pantry to go another two weeks without having to crack open the frozen leftovers that are our emergency backup comestibles.

And although I’ve been working from home, I have been making periodic trips to the office, usually once a week, in rotation with my coworkers, because somebody’s got to collect the incoming mail, send the outgoing mail, and print daily reports and other miscellaneous documents. My Darling B has worked exclusively from home these past 76 days, as is the case with most of her coworkers, I think.

Beyond those essential and semi-essential road trips into town, the only other times I’ve left the confines of our house is to stretch my legs with a walk around the neighborhood (few times a week), or go for a paddle around the lake (twice now), or work in the yard (pruned the trees on the front lawn yesterday afternoon). B has left the house only to work in her garden or relax in a lawn chair with a beer.

So we are still in lockdown because the virus is still out there and, so far as we’re aware, still as contagious as it ever was, and because the reports of the disease’s effects from people our age who contracted it make us really not want to catch it. On my trip into town yesterday, it looked like my fellow cheeseheads were nowhere near as concerned about passing this bug around. Almost none of the people I saw out & about on the pavement and in the parks wore masks, and the grand re-opening of the Tiki Bar at the East Side Club appeared to be a huge success; the lawn out back was teeming with revelers. That’s going to come back to bite them in the future, I’ll bet.

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Saturday, May 30th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 242,908 negative results and 18,230 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 261,138 tests have been reported.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 233,588 negative results and 17,707 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 251,295 test have been reported.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 9,843 more tests were reported over the past 24 hours, 487 fewer than the median number of tests reported in the past seven days (10,330).
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 503 positive results were reported in the past 24 hours, on par with the median number of positive results reported in the past seven days (523).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,563 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and a cumulative total of 2,499 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of hospitalizations indicates 64 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 17 more than the median number of hospitalizations reported in the past 7 days (47).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 588 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and a cumulative total of 568 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 20 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (18).
  • The cumulative total number of tests reported in the state (261,138) is 4.49% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (18,230) is 6.98% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 (2,563) is 14.06% of the cumulative total number of positive test results.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (588) is 3.23% of all positive cases.
WI DHS update 053020 | 2:00 pm CDT
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Memorial to George Floyd in Berlin, Germany

Every day I wake up, the first thought in my head is, How did we get here? How did white people become so unashamedly racist? And I have to conclude: We were always this racist. Same as our government. Trump is nothing new. The bureaucracy was always this corrupt. The racism, as the saying goes, is baked in. The system isn’t broken; it was designed to work this way.

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Friday, May 29th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 233,588 negative results and 17,707 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 251,295 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 220,719 negative results and 16,974 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 237,693 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 13,602 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, 3,272 more than the median number of people tested in the past seven days (10,330).
    • This is the largest number of people DHS reported testing in a 24-hour period since their records began on 3/15/2020.
    • Prior to this, the largest number of people tested in a 24-hour period was 10,626 on 5/28/2020.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 733 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 221 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (512).
    • This is the largest number of people DHS reported testing positive in a 24-hour period since their records began on 3/15/2020.
    • Prior to this, the largest number of people testing positive in a 24-hour period was 599 on 5/27/2020.
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 2,499 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and a cumulative total of 2,452 hospitalizations attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of hospitalizations indicates 47 people were hospitalized in the past 24 hours, 6 more than the median number of hospitalizations reported in the past 7 days (41).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 568 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and a cumulative total of 550 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
    • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 18 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 7 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (11).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (227,067) is 3.90% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (16,462) is 7.25% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (539) is 3.27% of all positive cases.

WI DHS update 052920 | 6:25 pm CDT
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Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 210,605 negative results and 16,462 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 227,067 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 200,874 negative results and 15,863 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 216,737 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 10,330 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, 2,850 more than the median number of people tested in the past seven days (7,480).
    • This is the largest number of people DHS reported testing in a 24-hour period since their records began on 3/15/2020.
    • Prior to this, the largest number of people tested in a 24-hour period was 9,976 on 5/22/2020.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 599 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 199 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (400).
    • This is the largest number of people DHS reported testing positive in a 24-hour period since their records began on 3/15/2020.
    • Prior to this, the largest number of people testing positive in a 24-hour period was 528 on 5/20/2020.
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 539 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 517 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 22 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 18 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (4).
    • This is the largest number of deaths DHS reported in a 24-hour period since their records began on 3/15/2020.
    • Prior to this, the largest number of deaths reported in a 24-hour period was 19 on 4/28/2020.
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (227,067) is 3.90% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (16,462) is 7.25% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (539) is 3.27% of all positive cases.
WI DHS update 052720 | 3:04 pm CDT
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Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 200,874 negative results and 15,863 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 216,737 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 193,379 negative results and 15,584 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 208,963 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 7,774 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, 294 more than the median number of people tested in the past seven days (7,480).
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 279 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 121 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (400).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 517 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 514 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 3 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 1 fewer than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (4).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (216,737) is 3.72% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (15,863) is 7.32% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (517) is 3.26% of all positive cases.

The trends in Wisconsin indicate more positive cases as more testing has been done, while deaths are trending down:

WI DHS update 052620 | 2:18 pm CDT
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Monday, May 25th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 193,379 negative results and 15,584 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 208,963 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 186,206 negative results and 15,277 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 201,483 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 7,480 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, on a par with the median number of people tested in the past seven days (7,480).
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 307 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 165 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (472).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 514 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 510 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 4 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 fewer than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (6).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (208,963) is 3.59% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (15,584) is 7.46% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (514) is 3.30% of all positive cases.

The trends in Wisconsin indicate more positive cases as more testing has been done, while deaths are trending down:

WI DHS update 052520 | 2:00 pm CDT
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Sunday, May 24th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 186,206 negative results and 15,277 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 201,483 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 179,329 negative results and 14,877 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 194,206 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 7,277 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, on a par with the median number of people tested in the past seven days (7,277).
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 400 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 81 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (481).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 510 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 507 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 3 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 6 fewer than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (9).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (201,483) is 3.46% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (15,277) is 7.58% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (510) is 3.34% of all positive cases.

The trends in Wisconsin indicate more positive cases as more testing has been done, while deaths remain relatively flat – although it’s worth noting that the trend had been toward fewer deaths as little as three days ago (compare to WI DHS update 052220):

WI DHS update 052420 | 2:00 pm CDT
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Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 179,329 negative results and 14,877 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 194,206 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 172,703 negative results and 14,396 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 187,099 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 7,107 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 481 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, on a par with the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (481).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 507 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 496 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 11 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (9).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (194,206) is 3.34% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (14,877) is 7.66% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (507) is 3.41% of all positive cases.

The trends in Wisconsin indicate more positive cases as more testing has been done, while deaths remain relatively flat:

WI DHS update 052320 | 3:01 pm CDT
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Friday, May 22nd, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 172,703 negative results and 14,396 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 187,099 people have been tested.
  • Yesterday, Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 163,238 negative results and 13,885 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 177,123 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 9,976 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
    • This is the largest number of people Wisconsin has reported testing in 24 hours since DHS records began on 3/15/20.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 511 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 39 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (472).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 496 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 487 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 9 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 1 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (8).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (187,099) is 3.21% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (14,396 ) is 7.69% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (496) is 3.45% of all positive cases.

The trends in Wisconsin indicate more positive cases as more testing has been done, but fewer deaths:

WI DHS update 052220 | 5:25 pm CDT
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Author Chuck Wendig asked: “Tell us about something unexplainable that happened to you – your own “glitch in the Matrix” –?”

I was about to set the needle on an LP record track (kids, ask your grandparents) when, just before the needle touched down, the right-hand speaker very clearly said, “Cheeseburger.” I was so surprised that I turned to the speaker and said, “WHAT?” It did not, thank dog, repeat itself.

This is as close to a supernatural experience as I have ever been. Other people have told me they saw ghosts or spoke to god. I heard my stereo component request a cheeseburger. As supernatural experiences go, it was startling at the time but I would have to rate it as totally underwhelming in the great scheme of things.

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Author Chuck Wendig asked: What’s something totally stupid and/or dangerous you did as a kid?

When I was in fifth grade – what is that, ten, eleven years old? – one of the kids in our town with a less than shining reputation set fire to our school. It was a solid three-story brick building with granite stairways and hardwood floors; I’d guess it was built in maybe the 30s or 40s. The fire department responded quickly enough to put out the blaze before it gutted the building, leaving behind a wreck that was never used again and eventually torn down, BUT before they did that, I went exploring with my friends. We climbed stairs strewn with nails all the way to the top floor where most of the damage was. We crossed sagging floors that should have collapsed to send us plunging to certain death, or at least permanent disfigurement. I don’t know how we didn’t at least get tetanus from poking through all the broken equipment in the science lab. I’ve done other things that came close to being that dumb, but that was probably the dumbest I’ve ever been.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 163,238 negative results and 13,885 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 177,123 people have been tested.
  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 154,300 negative results and 13,413 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 167,713 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 9,410 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
    • This is the largest number of people Wisconsin has reported testing in 24 hours since DHS records began on 3/15/20.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 472 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 116 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (356).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 487 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 481 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 6 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, on a par with the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (6).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (177,123) is 3.04% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (13,885) is 7.84% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (487) is 3.51% of all positive cases.

The trends in Wisconsin indicate more positive cases as more testing has been done, but fewer deaths:


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Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported cumulative totals of 154,300 negative results and 13,413 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 167,713 people have been tested.
  • The day before, Wisconsin reported 148,237 negative results and 12,885 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 161,122 people had been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 6,591 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
    • This is the largest number of people Wisconsin has reported testing in 24 hours since DHS records began on 3/15/20.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 528 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, 172 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (356).
    • This is the largest number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in 24 hours in the state since DHS records began on 3/15/20.
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 481 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 467 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 14 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 6 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (8).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (167,713) is 2.88% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (13,413) is 8.00% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (481) is 3.59% of all positive cases.

Brown County

  • Brown County reported 9,806 negative results and 2,135 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 11,941 people have been tested.
  • The day before, Brown County reported 9,171 negative results and 2,118 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 11,289 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the positive results indicates 17 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, on par with the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (17).
  • Brown County reported a total of 29 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and 26 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the number of deaths indicates 3 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (1).
  • The total number of people tested in Brown County (11,941) is 4.51% of the county’s 2019 population of 264,542.
  • The total number of positive cases in Brown County (2,135) is 17.88% of all people tested.
  • The total number of deaths in Brown County attributed to COVID-19 (29) is 1.36% of all positive cases.

Dane County

  • Dane County reported 19,259 negative results and 563 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 19,822 people have been tested.
  • The day before, Dane County reported 18,561 negative results and 541 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 19,102 people have been tested.
  • The difference in the positive results indicates 22 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, 10 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (12).
  • Dane County reported a total of 26 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and 25 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the number of deaths indicates 1 new death was attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 1 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (0).
  • The total number of people tested in Dane County (19,822) is 3.63% of the county’s 2019 population of 546,695.
  • The total number of positive cases in Dane County (563) is 2.84% of all people tested.
  • The total number of deaths in Dane County attributed to COVID-19 (26) is 4.62% of all positive cases.

Milwaukee County

  • Milwaukee County reported 29,470 negative results and 5,373 positive results, indicating a total of 34,843 people were tested.
  • The day before, Milwaukee County reported 28,412 negative results and 5,005 positive results, indicating a total of 33,417 people were tested.
  • The difference in the positive results indicates 297 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, 111 more than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (186).
  • Milwaukee County reported a total of 265 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and 260 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the number of deaths indicates 5 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 1 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (4).
  • The total number of people tested in Milwaukee County (34,843) is 3.68% of the county’s 2019 population of 945,726.
  • The total number of positive cases in Milwaukee County (5,373) is 15.42% of all people tested.
  • The total number of deaths in Milwaukee County attributed to COVID-19 (265) is 4.93% of all positive cases.
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Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin reported totals of 148,237 negative results and 12,885 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 161,122 people have been tested.
  • The day before, Wisconsin reported 144,502 negative results and 12,687 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 157,189 people had been tested.
  • The difference in the cumulative total numbers indicates 3,933 more people were tested for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
    • A discrepancy in the cumulative number of negative results reported by Brown County has been included in the cumulative total of Wisconsin negative results.
    • There is no explanation for this discrepancy on the DHS web site.
  • The difference in the cumulative positive totals indicates 198 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, 158 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (356).
  • Wisconsin reported a cumulative total of 467 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and a cumulative total of 459 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the cumulative total number of deaths indicates 8 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, on par with the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (8).
  • The cumulative total number of people tested in the state (161,122) is 2.77% of Wisconsin’s 2019 population of 5,822,000.
  • The cumulative total number of positive cases in the state (12,885) is 8.00% of all people tested.
  • The cumulative total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 (467) is 3.62% of all positive cases.

Brown County

  • Brown County reported 9,171 negative results and 2,118 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 11,289 people have been tested.
  • The day before, Brown reported 9,337 negative results and 2,102 positive results, indicating a total of 11,439 people were tested.
    • The number of negative and positive results normally increases each day, indicating the number is cumulative.
    • The number of negative results decreased by 166, indicating an adjustment was intentionally made, or an error was unintentionally made.
    • This discrepancy was made part of the statewide totals.
    • There was no explanation on the DHS web site for this discrepancy.
  • The difference in the positive results indicates 16 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, 10 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (26).
  • Brown County reported a total of 26 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and 23 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the number of deaths indicates 3 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (1).
  • The total number of people tested in Brown County (11,289) is 4.27% of the county’s 2019 population of 264,542.
  • The total number of positive cases in Brown County (2,118) is 18.76% of all people tested.
  • The total number of deaths in Brown County attributed to COVID-19 (26) is 1.23% of all positive cases.

Milwaukee County

  • Milwaukee County reported 28,834 negative results and 5,076 positive results, indicating a cumulative total of 33,910 people have been tested.
  • The day before, Milwaukee reported 28,412 negative results and 5,005 positive results, indicating a total of 33,417 people were tested.
  • The difference in the positive results indicates 71 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, 77 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (148).
  • Milwaukee County reported a total of 260 deaths attributed to COVID-19 yesterday, and 256 deaths attributed to COVID-19 the day before.
  • The difference in the number of deaths indicates 4 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 2 more than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (4).
  • The total number of people tested in Milwaukee County (33,910) is 3.59% of the county’s 2019 population of 945,726.
  • The total number of positive cases in Milwaukee County (5,076) is 14.979% of all people tested.
  • The total number of deaths in Milwaukee County attributed to COVID-19 (260) is 5.12% of all positive cases.
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am today, 88,991 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 4,819,959.

3,363 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of deaths to 318,851.

The U.S. reported 22,215 new cases in the past 24 hours, 25% of all the new cases in the world, raising the total number of new cases to 1,508,957, 31% percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 805 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, 24% of all the deaths in the world in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of American deaths to 90,369, 28% percent of the world’s total.

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Monday, May 18th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

In Wisconsin, 4,972 people were tested, 852 fewer than the median number tested in the past week (5,824).

  • 144 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, 212 fewer than the median number of new cases reported in the past seven days (356).
  • 6 new deaths were attributed to COVID-19, 2 fewer than the median number of deaths reported in the past seven days (8).
  • The total number of people tested in the state was reported to be 157,189 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.70%).
  • The total number of cases in the state was reported to be 12,687 (8.07% of all tested).
  • The total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 was reported to be 459 (3.62% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 409 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 11,439 out of a population of 264,542 (4.32%).

  • 6 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 2,102 (18.38% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 23 (1.10% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 277 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 18,737 out of a population of 546,695 (3.43%).

  • 1 more case of COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 538 (2.87% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 25 (4.46% of all confirmed).

In Milwaukee County, 1,179 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 33,417 out of a population of 945,726 (3.53%).

  • 60 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 5,005 (14.98% of all tested).
  • 4 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 256 (5.11% of all confirmed).

In Outagamie County, 124 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 3,673 out of a population of 187,885 (1.95%).

  • 3 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 142 (3.87% of all tested).
  • 1 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 5 (3.52% of all confirmed).
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am today, 79,849 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,730,968.

3,369 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to deaths 315,488.

The U.S. reported 18,858 new cases in the past 24 hours, 21% of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,486,742, 31% percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 810 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 89,564 deaths, 28% percent of the world’s total.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

In all of Wisconsin, 5,824 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 152,217 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.61%).

  • 356 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 12,543 (8.24% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 453 (3.61% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 629 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 18,460 out of a population of 546,695 (3.38%).

  • 18 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 537 (2.91% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 25 (4.66% of all confirmed).
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really screwedWhile mowing the lawn yesterday afternoon, I went to plug in at the outlet on the back of the garage and as I pushed the prongs of the plug into the face of the outlet, the outlet retreated into the wall. First time that’s ever happened to me.

Then the weather-tight cover came off in my hands as I pulled the plug away from the outlet. This was getting weirder and weirder.

Poking at the outlet, I could see that the metal box it was mounted in wasn’t secured to the wall. I could easily pull it out of the hole in the vinyl cover. I went inside the garage to investigate further and, sure enough, the box was just dangling near the hole cut through the chipboard. The cover, when it was attached, was the only thing holding it in place.

The cover, by the way, had fallen off because the guy who attached it had apparently lost the screw that was there originally when he unscrewed the cover to tear off the siding. Instead of getting a replacement made for an electric outlet, he used a construction screw that was at least an inch and a half long, and he drove it in until it was flush with the cover, which meant he had to drive it completely through the outlet until almost an inch of it stuck out the back. The cover fell off because the head of the construction screw was *not quite* big enough, so it popped through the hole in the cover when I applied a little pressure with the plug.

So I had to stop what I was doing – not that heartbroken about having to stop mowing the lawn, to be quite honest – to switch off the power, haul out my tools, take apart the outlet, build a frame around the hole in the wall, and attach the metal box to it. That’s as far as I got yesterday because I thought I had an outlet in my big bucket o’ electric odds & ends, but I must have used up my last outlet many moons ago. With no replacement outlet and no way I was going to re-use the one that had been lanced by a construction screw, I had to knock off for the day because it was way too late to mask up and head for the hardware store.

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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am today, 86,833 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,651,119.

3,954 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to deaths 312,119.

The U.S. reported 24,487 new cases in the past 24 hours, 21% of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,467,884, 32% percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 1,186 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 88,754 deaths, 28% percent of the world’s total.

Americans have been dying at an average number (since 4/1/20) of 1,821 per day. At this rate, 116,069 Americans will be dead by the end of this month. Projecting a little further, 283,608 Americans will be dead by 8/31/20. This is going on the assumption that the average won’t go up, which it almost certainly will as one state after another “reopens” for the summer.

I’m not sure if an average or a median number is more appropriate for a projection like this; seems like a median might be, so just to cover all the bases: Americans have been dying at a median number (since 4/1/20) of 1,710 per day. At this rate, 114,404 Americans will be dead by the end of this month. 271,724 Americans will be dead by 8/31/20.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

In all of Wisconsin, 6,051 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 146,393 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.51%).

  • 502 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 12,187 (8.32% of all tested).
  • 8 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 453 (3.72% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 634 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 10,554 out of a population of 264,542 (3.99%).

  • 36 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 2,070 (19.61% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (1.06% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 541 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 17,831 out of a population of 546,695 (3.26%).

  • 12 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 519 (2.91% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 25 (4.82% of all confirmed).

In Kenosha County, 176 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 4,709 out of a population of 169,561 (2.78%).

  • 40 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 820 (17.41% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 18 (2.20% of all confirmed).

In Milwaukee County, 1,323 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 31,037 out of a population of 945,726 (3.28%).

  • 224 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 4,759 (15.33% of all tested).
  • 3 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 252 (5.30% of all confirmed).

In Ozaukee County, 30 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 1,459 out of a population of 89,211 (1.64%).

  • 1 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 120 (8.22% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 11 (9.17% of all confirmed).

In Richland County, 18 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 436 out of a population of 17,377 (2.51%).

  • 1 more case of COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 15 (3.44% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 weas reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 3 (20% of all confirmed).

In Walworth County, 60 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 2,072 out of a population of 103,868 (1.99%).

  • 8 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 277 (13.37% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 12 (4.33% of all confirmed).
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 6:32 am today, 119,616 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,564,286.

5,672 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to deaths 308,165.

The U.S. reported 25,508 new cases in the past 24 hours, 21% of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,443,397, 31% percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 1,662 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 87,568 deaths, 28% percent of the world’s total.

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Friday, May 15th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

In all of Wisconsin, 6,469 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 140,342 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.41%).

  • 410 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 11,685 (8.33% of all tested).
  • 11 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 445 (3.81% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 418 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 9,920 out of a population of 264,542 (3.75%).

  • 35 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 2,034 (20.50% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 21 (1.03% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 1,198 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 17,290 out of a population of 546,695 (3.16%).

  • 13 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 507 (2.93% of all tested).
  • 3 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 25 (4.93% of all confirmed). This is the first time since 4/29/20 deaths attributed to COVID-19 have been reported in Dane County.

In Milwaukee County, 1,047 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 29,714 out of a population of 945,726 (3.14%).

  • 148 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 4,535 (15.26% of all tested).
  • 7 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 249 (5.49% of all confirmed).

In Racine County, 432 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 5,658 out of a population of 196,311 (2.88%).

  • 87 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 920 (16.26% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 18 (1.96% of all confirmed).

In Waukesha County, 514 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 7,196 out of a population of 404,198 (1.78%).

  • 10 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 454 (6.31% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 23 (5.07% of all confirmed).
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 1:32 am today, 80,498 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,444,670.

5,002 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 302,493 deaths.

The U.S. reported 27,125 new cases in the past 24 hours, one-quarter of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,417,889, thirty-two percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 1,770 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 85,906 deaths, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

In all of Wisconsin, 5,860 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 133,873 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.30%).

  • 373 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 11,275 (8.42% of all tested).
  • 13 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 434 (3.85% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 600 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 9,502 out of a population of 264,542 (3.59%).

  • 17 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,999 (21.04% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 21 (1.05% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 474 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 16,092 out of a population of 546,695 (2.95%).

  • 4 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 494 (3.07% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (4.45% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 1,244 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 28,667 out of a population of 945,726 (3.03%).

  • 172 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 4,387 (15.30% of all tested).
  • 6 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 242 (5.52% of all confirmed).
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am today, 85,992 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,364,172.

5,175 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 297,491 deaths.

The U.S. reported 20,748 new cases in the past 24 hours, one-quarter of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,390,764, thirty-two percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 1,747 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 84,136 deaths, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total.

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services web site, updated each day at 2:00 pm:

In all of Wisconsin, 4,654 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 128,013 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.20%).

  • 484 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 10,902 (8.52% of all tested).
  • 3 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 421 (3.86% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 387 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 8,902 out of a population of 264,542 (3.37%).

  • 24 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,982 (22.26% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 20 (1.01% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 404 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 15,618 out of a population of 546,695 (2.86%).

  • 13 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 490 (3.14% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (4.49% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 1,018 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 27,433 out of a population of 945,726 (2.90%).

  • 146 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 4,215 (15.36% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 236 (5.60% of all confirmed).

In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin supreme court today stuck down the ‘safe at home’ order issued by Governor Tony Evers. This decision was written by 4 conservative justices: Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, Rebecca Bradley, Daniel Kelly & Annette Ziegler. The majority opinion says the governor’s order to stay home should have been issued a rule instead of an order. No one in the legislature has submitted a proposed rule, leaving the ship of state rudderless.

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