The Morning Dispatch: 2020 Is Still an Election Year

Happy Wednesday. We hope all our Wisconsin readers were able to practice social distancing and keep safe in yesterday’s elections. The videos of lines at polling places were simultaneously heartening and infuriating.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Tuesday night, there are now 398,785 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (an 8.3 percent increase from yesterday) and 12,893 deaths (a 17.3 percent increase from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 3.2 percent (the true mortality rate is difficult to calculate due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 2,054,462 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States, 19.1 percent have come back positive, per the COVID Tracking Project, a separate dataset with slightly different topline numbers.

  • Because most COVID-19 tests are reserved for very sick and high-risk individuals, Ohio is mulling a plan to test a random sample of asymptomatic people across the state. Such a regimen could help researchers better understand how widespread the virus truly is.

  • The Senate is looking to appropriate an additional $250 billion for small businesses—potentially as early as this week—because the $350 billion in funding for the newly created Paycheck Protection Program has already begun to run dry. Many small business owners have experienced difficulties applying for and receiving these benefits.

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