The Morning Dispatch: State of the Senate

Happy Wednesday! This whole time we’ve been stocking up on toilet paper, but we really should have been stocking up on Wendy’s triple cheeseburgers

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Tuesday night, there are now 1,204,479 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (an increase of 24,191/2 percent since yesterday) and 71,070 deaths (an increase of 2,148/3.1 percent increase since yesterday), according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard, leading to a mortality rate among confirmed cases of 5.9 percent (the true mortality rate is likely lower, but it’s impossible to determine precisely due to incomplete testing regimens). Of 7,544,328 coronavirus tests conducted in the United States (259,150 conducted since yesterday), 16 percent have come back positive. Meanwhile, 189,791 have recovered from the virus (an increase of 2,611/1.4 percent since yesterday).

  • Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that the Coronavirus Task Force will likely disband by the end of May, pushing the bulk of the administration’s response to the pandemic back to various federal agencies.

  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Tuesday with complications from a gallstone, but is expected to take part in remote arguments today.

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