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Happy Tuesday. To quote both President Trump discussing his administration’s coronavirus response in a press conference Monday evening and Declan and Andrew putting the finishing touches on this edition of the Morning Dispatch, “Everything we did was right!”

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Monday night, there are now 581,918 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 4.8 percent increase from yesterday) and 23,608 deaths (a 7 percent increase from yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 4.1 percent (the true mortality rate is difficult to calculate due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 2,935,006 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States, 19.7 percent have come back positive, per the COVID Tracking Project, a separate dataset with slightly different topline numbers.

  • The Supreme Court announced it will hear oral arguments for the upcoming term via teleconference due to coronavirus concerns.

  • States are beginning to form regional coalitions to discuss how to begin reopening aspects of the economy once the coronavirus crisis has passed. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware and Rhode Island make up one. California, Oregon, and Washington represent another.

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