Friday, July 24th, 2020

Dear 15-year-old me:

I’m 59-year-old you and this is the sort of thing we do to pass the time while self-isolating during the pandemic. Yeah. The pandemic. I don’t want to jump straight into that, if you don’t mind. I mean, I’m not going to totally blow it off; I’ll get to it eventually. Just not right now. Baby steps.

I don’t know how these things are supposed to work. Does this letter show up under your pillow on some random day after your fifteenth birthday? Or does it show up in your mailbox like a regular letter the morning of your fifteenth birthday? The fact that I don’t know doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. I can’t remember a lot of things that happened when I was fifteen, so first things first: Keep a journal. A diary. Whatever you call it, get something to write on and write something, anything at all, every day, even just one sentence about that day. I can’t tell you why yet, but trust me, you want to do this.

Speaking of things you want to do, start working on your dad to chip on the flying lessons. He’ll do it if you sell it to him the right way. Like, you know how he wants you to go to college? You absolutely should go, so promise get a 4.0 GPA if your parents chip in 50% for flying lessons. They don’t have that kind of money, but they’ll chip for some fraction of your expenses if you deliver good grades, because your mom thinks it’s pretty great that you want to learn to fly. She’ll talk your dad into helping you out, and anything is better than nothing.

Here’s an FYI about that 4.0 GPA: you’re not that smart. I mean, I’m not. Maybe *you* could be that smart, I don’t really know. I didn’t try very hard for good grades. Sort of the point of this letter, right? To warn you not to make the mistakes I made? Well, I know how much you hate to study, believe me, and I know how much you want to piss away the afternoon playing pinball instead of doing your homework. But promise good grades, hen work your ass off for at least a 3.4 – that’s an attainable goal. Even I managed to do that. And guess what? Mom and dad were happy with that.

Why am I talking about college in a letter to 15-year-old me? Because you’re taking flying lessons now, and you should keep on taking them, but you have to get better at math to fly. Ugh. I know. You think math sucks. Well, it’s not math, it’s you. You suck at math. I don’t know how to say it any other way. I still suck at math, but I’m better at it because I had to be. I had to learn math years after high school – pretty basic stuff, stuff I would have known if I gave it more attention in high school. You’re gonna hate it, but you won’t hate it as much later on if you just pay attention now.

Speaking of paying attention, you should not only give your full attention to your flight instructor, you should try to be his friend, because he’s a pretty great guy, which you’ll realize years down the road. He seems a little odd now, but all adults seem pretty odd, don’t they? Like, really weird? Yeah, that doesn’t change as you get older. Everybody just gets weirder, and avoiding them doesn’t help you get over it. And Bill’s not the weirdest guy out there. Really, he’s one of the best guys you know right now. Learn everything he can teach you about flying, learn all his dad jokes, ask him how he’s doing today, *talk to him,* he’s really very interesting. And keep in touch after you move on from this place in your life.

Your best friend’s dad, the guy who gave you your first ride in a plane – you should keep in touch with him, too. You’re going to not want to, and I’ll tell you why in another letter, but if you do, he’ll appreciate it in ways you can’t comprehend right now. Okay, that’s going way past the line I wanted to stop at in this letter. The fact that he introduced you to flying is a rock-solid reason to stick by him and learn from him, and from all his friends who have planes, and especially his friend Don who builds planes in his garage. You should spend as much time with them as possible. Hang out with them a lot more when you go to the fly-in. Drooling over high-performance planes is fun now, but show them how much you’ll work to get behind the stick and they’ll draw you into their circle, teach you everything they know. That’s how Pete Conrad went from sweeping hangars in exchange for lessons and worked his way up to walking on the moon. You don’t know who Pete Conrad is, do you? You only thought you were smart about the moon landings. Go look it up.

By the way, there’s a space station, and I mean A SPACE STATION with an international crew of six people orbiting the earth as I type these words. It’s not impossible that you could be part of that crew – *if* you learn math and *if* you learn to fly, and those are not impossible things to learn. Believing you can work on a space station seems like science fiction to you now, but reality has a funny way of sneaking up on you. Like for instance, I’m living in a world-wide pandemic is kicking the shit out of the United States because American voters thought it would be a good idea to elect a con man president who rose to fame because his television show was a hit in spite of the fact that he couldn’t find his ass with both hands, a map, and a flashlight. Sounds like a Phillip K. Dick dystopia. Which reminds me: Get your hands on all the Phillip K. Dick you can find. I discovered him too late to appreciate him. I think maybe 15-year-old me would have loved him.

Well, 15-year-old me, this has been fun but I have to clean the bathroom. Sorry, but I let it go way too long and it’s pretty gross now. I still put everything off until way past the last minute. Maybe that’s something you can try to stop doing. Just an idea. I’ll be back with more later, promise.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2020

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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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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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

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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.
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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.
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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: 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).
wi dhs update 051720 | 4:15 pm CDT
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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).
wi dhs udpdate 051620 | 5:29 pm CDT
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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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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am today, 83,854 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,278,180.

5,701 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 292,316 deaths.

The U.S. reported 22,080 new cases in the past 24 hours, one-quarter of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,370,016, thirty-two percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 1,705 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 82,389 deaths, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total.

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 4,908 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 123,359 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.19%).

  • 193 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 10,611 (8.60% of all tested).
  • 9 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 418 (3.94% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 593 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 8,515 out of a population of 264,542 (3.22%).

  • 34 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,958 (22.99% of all tested).
  • 2 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 20 (1.02% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 386 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 15,214 out of a population of 546,695 (2.78%).

  • 3 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 477 (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 (4.61% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 471 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 26,415 out of a population of 945,726 (2.79%).

  • 47 more cases of COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 4,069 (15.40% 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 235 (5.78% of all confirmed).
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According to the the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am today, 72,153 new cases of COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of reported cases to 4,194,326.

3,668 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported around the world in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 286,615 deaths.

The U.S. reported 18,137 new cases in the past 24 hours, one-quarter of all the new cases in the world, bringing the total of new cases to 1,347,936, thirty-two percent of the world’s total.

The U.S. reported 1,156 Americans died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 80,684 deaths, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total.

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Monday, May 11th, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 3,069 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 30.11%), raising the total number of people tested to 118,451 out of a population of 5,822,000 (2.03%).

  • 199 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 28.93%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 10,418 (8.80% of all tested).
  • 9 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (an increase of 350%), raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 409 (3.91% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 177 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 66.04%), raising the total number of people tested to 7,922 out of a population of 264,542 (2.99%).

  • 27 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 57.14%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,924 (24.29% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (no increase or decrease), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 18 (0.94% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 322 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 0.31%), raising the total number of people tested to 14,828 out of a population of 546,695 (2.71%).

  • 2 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 71.43%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 474 (3.20% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (no increase or decrease), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (4.64% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 378 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 55.79%), raising the total number of people tested to 25,944 out of a population of 945,726 (2.74%).

  • 70 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 28.57%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 4,022 (15.50% of all tested).
  • 6 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (an increase of 600%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 231 (5.74% of all confirmed).
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 4,122,173 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 282,947 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,329,799 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 20,258 more than this time yesterday. 79,528 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 734 more than this time yesterday.

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Sunday, May 10th, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 3,508 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 30.11%), raising the total number of people tested to 115,382 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.98%).

  • 280 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 19.77%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 10,219 (8.86% of all tested).
  • 2 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 85.71%), raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 400 (3.91% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 106 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 43.01%), raising the total number of people tested to 7,745 out of a population of 264,542 (2.93%).

  • 63 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 10.53%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,897 (24.49% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 100%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 18 (0.95% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 321 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 5.03%), raising the total number of people tested to 14,506 out of a population of 546,695 (2.65%).

  • 7 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 30.00%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 472 (3.25% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (no increase or decrease), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 22 (4.66% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 855 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 37.18%), raising the total number of people tested to 25,566 out of a population of 945,726 (2.70%).

  • 98 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 25.76%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,952 (15.46% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported (a decrease of 80.00%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 225 (5.69% of all confirmed).
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 4,041,520 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 279,593 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,309,541 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 25,612 more than this time yesterday. 78,794 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 1,614 more than this time yesterday.

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Saturday, May 9th, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 5,019 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 111,874 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.92%).

  • 349 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 9,939 (8.88% of all tested).
  • 14 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 398 (4.00% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 186 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 7,639 out of a population of 264,542 (2.89%).

  • 57 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,834 (24.01% of all tested).
  • 5 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 18 (0.98% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 338 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 14,185 out of a population of 546,695 (2.59%).

  • 10 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 465 (3.28% 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 (4.73% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 1,361 more people were tested since the day before, raising the total number of people tested to 24,711 out of a population of 945,726 (2.61%).

  • 132 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,854 (15.60% of all tested).
  • 5 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported, raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 224 (5.81% of all confirmed).
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,954,897 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 275,179 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,283,929 confirmed cases, thirty-two percent of the world’s total and 26,957 more than this time yesterday. 77,180 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 1,510 more than this time yesterday.

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Friday, May 8th, 2020

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

In Wisconsin, they tested 106,855 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.84%), and found 9,590 confirmed cases (8.97% of those tested), 465 more than yesterday, and 384 deaths (4.00% of confirmed), 10 more than yesterday.

In Brown County, they tested 7,453 people out of a population of 264,542 (2.82%), and found 1,777 confirmed cases (2.38% of those tested), 71 more than yesterday, and a total of 13 deaths (0.73% of confirmed), 1 more than yesterday.

In Dane County, they tested 13,847 people out of a population of 546,695 (2.53%), and found 455 confirmed cases (3.29% of those tested), 8 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 22 deaths (4.84% of confirmed), no more than this time yesterday. The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, they tested 23,350 people out of a population of 945,726 (2.47%), and found 3,722 confirmed cases (1.59% of those tested), 104 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 219 deaths (5.88% of confirmed), 7 more than this time yesterday.

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,862,174 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 269,881 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,256,972 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 28,363 more than this time yesterday. 75,670 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 2,239 more than this time yesterday.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2020

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

In Wisconsin there were 9,125 confirmed cases, 314 more than yesterday, and 374 deaths, 12 more than yesterday.

In Brown County there were 1,706 confirmed cases, 53 more than yesterday, and a total of 12 deaths, 1 more than yesterday.

In Dane County there were 447 confirmed cases, 2 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 22 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

In Milwaukee County there were 3,573 confirmed cases, 104 more than this time yesterday, and a total of 212 deaths, 8 more than this time yesterday.

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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,769,150 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 264,111 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,228,609 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 24,134 more than this time yesterday. 73,431 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 2,353 more than this time yesterday.

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,680,376 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 257,818 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,204,475 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 23,841 more than this time yesterday. 71,078 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-eight percent of the world’s total and 2,144 more than this time yesterday.

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

In Wisconsin there were 8,901 confirmed cases, 335 more than this time yesterday, and 362 deaths, 9 more than this time yesterday.

In Brown County there were 1,653 confirmed cases, 108 more than yesterday, and a total of 11 deaths, 2 more than yesterday.

In Milwaukee County there were 3,469 confirmed cases, 116 more than yesterday, and a total of 204 deaths, 3 more than yesterday.

In Dane County there were 445 confirmed cases, 2 more than yesterday, and a total of 22 deaths, no more than this time yesterday.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 3,830 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 28.40%), raising the total number of people tested to 92,533 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.59%).

  • 330 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 17.58%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 8,566 (9.26% of all tested).
  • 13 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (an increase of 1,300%), raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 353 (4.12% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 567 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 76.19%), raising the total number of people tested to 5,722 out of a population of 264,542 (2.16%).

  • 97 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 7.22%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,545 (27.00% of all tested).
  • 3 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (an increase of 300%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 9 (0.58% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 352 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 17.90%), raising the total number of people tested to 12,577 out of a population of 546,695 (2.30%).

  • 2 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 60%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 443 (3.52% 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 (4.96% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 492 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 15.45%), raising the total number of people tested to 20,576 out of a population of 945,726 (2.18%).

  • 57 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 8.77%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,353 (16.30% of all tested).
  • 6 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (an increase of 600%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 201 (5.99% of all confirmed).
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,600,106 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 251,898 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,180,634 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 22,293 more than this time yesterday. 68,934 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 1,248 more than this time yesterday.

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Monday, May 4th, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 2,742 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 0.40%), raising the total number of people tested to 88,703 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.52%).

  • 272 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 10.53%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 8,236 (9.28% of all tested).
  • 1 more death attributed to COVID-19 was reported (a decrease of 80.00%), raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 340 (4.13% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 135 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 32.84%), raising the total number of people tested to 5,155 out of a population of 264,542 (1.95%).

  • 90 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 4.44%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,448 (28.09% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (no increase or decrease), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 6 (0.41% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 289 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 0.69%), raising the total number of people tested to 12,225 out of a population of 546,695 (2.24%).

  • 5 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 40%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 441 (3.61% 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 (4.99% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 416 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 35.30%), raising the total number of people tested to 20,084 out of a population of 945,726 (2.12%).

  • 52 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 46.40%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,296 (16.41% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 100%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 195 (5.92% of all confirmed).
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,523,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 247,752 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,158,341 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 25,272 more than this time yesterday. 67,686 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 1,301 more than this time yesterday.

18,925 deaths – 28 percent of the total number in the U.S. – were in New York city.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Neil Gaiman interviews N.K. Jemisin, 5/2/2020

Gaiman: Back in 2014, I was in Jordan in a Syrian refugee camp – I was talking to the refugees about what made them flee their homes, what made them flee their cities. In order to get to those camps, they had to cross a desert where there would be people shooting at them, where they would cross the bodies of people who had failed to make the journey. Some of them had come all the way across Syria during a civil war. I would ask them what had happened. My realization, which was slow in coming, was how incredibly fragile civilization is. We see a city and we see something immutable, we see something really solid. Then I would talk to these people and they would say, “The tanks ran through our village.” If you drive a tank through a village, everything underneath the tank in the road is destroyed, which includes the water main, so now your village has no water. All it took was a few bombs, a few land mines in the farmer’s field, and now the farmer’s aren’t farming. And very soon they’re getting permission to eat cats and dogs from their religious leaders, and then they run out of cats and dogs.

Jemisin: The part of it that’s most fragile, I think, [are] connections between people, where people are looking out for each other and willing to take risks for each other. That’s what’s kind of being eroded here in the United States right now. I don’t know if we’re going to be able to put those webs back together. Within the city, they’re still pretty much still in place, but there are cracks starting to show. Things like the concept of a nation, or the concept of a group of people being one people are actually really easy to separate and fission off, and we’ve got some parties actively engaged in trying to do that. That’s the part that I was not prepared for. That’s the part science fiction didn’t help me with. Science fiction was all about, When the plague comes, the U.S. will come together and try to fight it.

Gaiman: That, to me, has been the most amazing part. The one bit that I could never have predicted was the levels of idiocy and incompetence and the strange, sad shit show. I would’ve gone, Okay, well, there will be a pandemic, therefore all of the grownups will step up and they will do the right things. That is what grownups do. The only reason they wouldn’t is if we were writing some kind of satire intended to point out the foolishness of people, but even in that we would expect them to come together under the umbrella of sanity, in the end.

Jemisin: And the incompetent people would eventually be deposed by the heroes, and the heroes would be the grownups. Then the grownups would take over and everything would get better, and there would be a nice period of I-told-you-so when the heroes got to tell the incompetents, What were you thinking? Then we would see them all brought to justice – no, none of that’s happening here. And honestly, at the moment that the U.S. is in right now, I have some despair of it ever happening, or the justice part of it ever happening.

Gaiman: One of the things that I’ve always said is that life doesn’t have to be convincing; science fiction does. Had we written this, I don’t think you could’ve written the complete chaos, getting to the point where states are randomly coming out of lockdown.

Jemisin: I don’t think anybody was expecting the states to have to guard their stashes of PPE from the federal government, either, for fear that the feds would come steal it. Good grief! None of this makes any sense! This is all bad writing! We’re living in a really badly-written season of “COVID-19.”

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

In all of Wisconsin, 2,731 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 18.48%), raising the total number of people tested to 85,961 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.48%).

  • 304 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 12.14%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 7,964 (9.26% of all tested).
  • 5 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 28.57%), raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 339 (4.26% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 201 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 54.00%), raising the total number of people tested to 5,020 out of a population of 264,542 (1.90%).

  • 86 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 11.34%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,358 (27.05% of all tested).
  • No more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 100.00%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 6 (0.44% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 291 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 24.89%), raising the total number of people tested to 11,936 out of a population of 546,695 (2.18%).

  • 3 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (no increase or decrease), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 436 (3.65% 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 (5.05% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 643 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 5.99%), raising the total number of people tested to 19,668 out of a population of 945,726 (2.08%).

  • 97 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 5.83%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,244 (16.49% of all tested).
  • 4 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 20.00%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 195 (6.01% of all confirmed).
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From the Johns Hopkins live map, updated at 5:32 am:

There were 3,441,767 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world and 244,084 deaths.

In the U.S. there were 1,133,069 confirmed cases, thirty-three percent of the world’s total and 28,908 more than this time yesterday. 66,385 Americans have died from COVID-19, twenty-seven percent of the world’s total and 1,317 more than this time yesterday.

18,491 deaths – 28 percent of the total number in the U.S. – were in New York city.

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

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

In all of Wisconsin, 3,350 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 7.76%), raising the total number of people tested to 83,230 out of a population of 5,822,000 (1.43%).

  • 346 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 24.78%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 7,660 (9.16% of all tested).
  • 7 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 36.36%), raising the total number of deaths in the state attributed to COVID-19 to 334 (4.36% of all confirmed).

In Brown County, 437 more people were tested since the day before (an increase of 18.11%), raising the total number of people tested to 4,819 out of a population of 264,542 (1.82%).

  • 97 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 17.80%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,272 (26.40% of all tested).
  • 1 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (a decrease of 50.00%), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 6 (0.47% of all confirmed).

In Dane County, 233 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 42.33%), raising the total number of people tested to 11,645 out of a population of 546,695 (2.13%).

  • 3 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (an increase of 50.00%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 433 (3.77% 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 (5.08% of all confirmed). The last increase, from 21 to 22, was on 4/29/20.

In Milwaukee County, 684 more people were tested since the day before (a decrease of 9.16%), raising the total number of people tested to 19,045 out of a population of 945,726 (2.01%).

  • 103 more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed (a decrease of 0.96%), raising the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 3,147 (16.52% of all tested).
  • 5 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported (no change), raising the total number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 to 191 (6.07% of all confirmed).
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