The Morning Dispatch: Getting Busy Flattening the Corona Curve

Happy Tuesday, and happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you hadn’t guessed by now, your Morning Dispatchers—Declan Patrick Garvey, Andrew Jacob Egger, Stephen Forester Hayes—have a little bit of Irish in ‘em. Reader Suzanne from Zionsville, Indiana, submits A Biologist’s St. Patrick’s Day Song for this most unconventional of celebrations.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Monday night, there are now 4,661 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 23.5 percent increase over yesterday) and 85 deaths (a 23.2 percent increase over yesterday).

  • The White House released even stricter public health guidance in an effort to curb these numbers as much as possible: Americans should avoid gathering in groups larger than 10; they should work from home whenever possible; they should avoid non-essential travel and public places like bars and restaurants.

  • Despite a judge’s ruling, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Health Director Dr. Amy Acton announced that the primary elections scheduled for today will no longer be held due to the health emergency posed by the coronavirus. Illinois, Florida, and Arizona are still slated to go to the polls.

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