18 things to know today about coronavirus

18 things to know today about coronavirus
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Welcome to The Hill’s daily roundup of coronavirus news. 

There are now more than 386,000 confirmed cases in the U.S., with over 12,000 deaths reported.

Some states seem close to reaching the peak of the coronavirus surge, while others still have a way to go. New York, New Jersey, and Michigan in particular saw their largest reported fatality numbers in a single 24-hour period.

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Meanwhile in the White House, President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer employees critique EPA under Trump in new report Fired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Virginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests MORE kept up his attacks on the report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, in which hundreds of hospitals reported severe shortages of diagnostic tests and protective equipment. And over in the Senate, lawmakers are at work on more aid for small businesses.

Here's what you need to know today...

 

From the states

  • New Jersey had its largest one-day increase in coronavirus deaths, with 232 fatalities, to a total of 1,232. Jessie Hellmann reports. 
  • Jessie also reports on New York, where the death toll jumped by 731 people, the largest yet. It comes even as other indicators suggest the state's outbreak is slowing. 
  • Louisiana on Tuesday recorded 70 new deaths over 24 hours, even as the rate of new cases in the state has fallen in the state. Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said testing lags mean that the data were reported at once, so even though there were 70 deaths attributed to COVID-19, it doesn't mean they all happened in one night. Get the full story here.
  • Michigan also had a rough 24 hours. The state documented 118 deaths in one day, its largest so far, boosting the total death toll to 845. Read more from Justine Coleman.
  • Wisconsin went ahead with a slate of primary and general elections today despite the pandemic. More from The Hill's campaign team here.

 

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From Congress and the administration 

  • President Trump dismissed an inspector general report finding hospitals face shortages of needed equipment, calling it a “fake dossier,” marking his second day on the attack against the report. Brett Samuels reports.
  • Trump also replaced the Pentagon's top watchdog just a week after he was tapped to lead the committee overseeing the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. Rebecca Kheel has the story.
  • The president also criticized the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak and said the group was "very China centric." Morgan Chalfant has more here.
  • The IRS is warning people to watch out for scammers related to the federal government’s coronavirus assistance to taxpayers. Naomi Jagoda has more here.
  • A group of 65 House Democrats is urging the Trump administration to reopen ObamaCare enrollment, something that President Trump declined to do. More from Nathaniel Weixel
  • Senate Democrats are proposing hazard pay up to $25,000 for essential workers like grocery store clerks and truck drivers. Alexander Bolton reports
  • Senators are also working to approve more aid for small businesses this week. Jordain Carney has more on that here.
  • Some official models on the impact from the coronavirus are trending downward, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director predicted a lower death toll than the administration had previously forecasted due to the public’s compliance with social distancing. Justine Coleman has more.
  • Vice President Pence, Antony Fauci and other top members of President Trump’s coronavirus task force will hold conference calls this week with all House and Senate lawmakers, Scott Wong reports.
  • The acting secretary of the Navy, Thomas Modly, resigned on Tuesday after sparking a controversy by calling a captain fighting the outbreak of the coronavirus on an aircraft carrier "stupid" and "naïve" after he pleaded for help in a letter that leaked to the media. Rebecca Kheel has the story.

 

From overseas

  • British PM Boris Johnson is in "stable" condition after spending the night in intensive care. Marina Pitofsky has more here.
  • Finland is rolling out testing for coronavirus antibodies so people can see if they have been infected, even if they were asymptomatic. John Bowden reports.
  • The Chinese government has reopened the city of Wuhan — where it's believed the novel coronavirus originated — after more than two months of complete lockdown. There is still no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, but if you trust the Chinese government's numbers, they have reported just three new cases of the virus in the city over the past three weeks. Read more here.

 

And on a lighter note... The world is a scary place right now, but at least we can cheer a dog delivering wine.

The Washington Post picked up on the story of Soda Pup, who helped with social distancing by delivering food and drinks to customers who ordered curbside service at a suburban Maryland winery.