Friday, March 13, 2020

The Agenda, Coronavirus Edition: McMaster asks for $45 million for DHEC; Sen. Lindsey Graham in self-quarantine

U.S. has more than 1,600 confirmed or presumed cases

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 10:25 AM

click to enlarge JOSHUA ADAMS / S.C. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
  • Joshua Adams / S.C. Governor's Office
The U.S. surpassed 1,600 confirmed or presumptive cases of the novel coronavirus as of Thursday. Source: NBC News

Gov. Henry McMaster has asked state lawmakers for $45 million from the state's emergency reserve fund on behalf of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to respond to COVID-19. Source: The State

Sen. Lindsey Graham is in self-quarantine after coming into contact with a foreign political aide who tested positive for the coronavirus. Graham was visiting President Trump's Mar-a-Lago when he came into contact with the communications director for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who tested positive for the virus. Source: P&C

Despite also coming into contact with the same aide, neither President Donald Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence will undergo testing. Source: NYTimes

Quite the headline from The Washington Post: Coronavirus burial pits so vast they're visible from space. (For more context: Iran has one of the largest outbreaks of COVID-19 outside of China.)

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