The Morning Dispatch: The Early Hospital Squeeze

Happy Wednesday. We hope the absence of ordinary St. Patrick’s Day revelry helped ensure that fewer of you than usual are nursing post-festive hangovers this morning. It’s important to look on the sunny side these days! 

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • As of Tuesday night, there are now 6,362 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States (a 36.5 percent increase over yesterday) and 108 deaths (a 27 percent increase over yesterday).

  • The Democratic presidential primary is all but over. Joe Biden swept Bernie Sanders in the three states that voted yesterday, winning Florida, Illinois, and Arizona handily. 

  • The Senate is slated to vote on the House’s coronavirus-response package, which includes expanded paid leave and unemployment benefits, as well as free COVID-19 testing. Separately, Republicans in Congress’ upper chamber are also working on $800 billion legislation that would—among other things—issue $1,000 checks directly to Americans.

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