The Morning Dispatch: Senators Under Fire

Happy Friday! We officially made it through our first full week of social distancing—only an as-yet-to-be-determined amount to go! Elbow bumps for everyone.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Thursday night, there are now 14,250 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 124 percent increase since Tuesday) and 205 deaths (a 90 percent increase since Tuesday). With 3,405 reported deaths, Italy has now passed China for the highest reported coronavirus death toll worldwide. 

  • California became the first state to issue a complete shutdown and mandate all residents remain at home, with exceptions for purchasing groceries and receiving health care. Gov. Gavin Newsom said at the current rate, without these changes, California would see 56 percent of its population affected in eight weeks— some 25.5 million people.

  • The State Department has issued Level 4 travel advisories—the highest possible warning—for every country in the world. “The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19,” the warning states.

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