U.S. officials warn of new virus surge as states reopen
Wall Street Journal: U.S. researchers and officials warned about the possibility of a new surge in coronavirus cases as more states and countries begin to reopen their economies and relax social-distancing rules. The U.S. death toll from the Covid-19 disease caused by the virus could approach 135,000 by early August, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which produces a forecast sometimes cited by the White House. The institute doubled its previous death-toll projection to reflect increasing movement of people and the relaxation of social-distancing guidelines in some places as many states start to reopen their economies, the institute said.

Genetic analysis of coronavirus helps researchers track spread
Iowa Public Radio: Analyzing the genetic code of the new coronavirus is giving researchers a new way to track the virus, as it spreads and mutates over time. The approach can help fill in the gaps of traditional “boots on the ground” epidemiology, which relies on case investigation and contact tracing. Scientists can now analyze the genome of the coronavirus so quickly, they’re tracking its spread around the world, almost in real time. It’s a relatively recent technological development, and the tools have become even more powerful and accessible in the years since the West African Ebola outbreak, when researchers’ use of genetic analysis represented “a watershed moment.”

Hertz gets a reprieve from its lenders as it faces a potential bankruptcy
New York Times: Hertz, the century-old car rental company, narrowly averted an impending crisis Monday after successfully negotiating with its lenders over a missed payment on the lease for its rental fleet, according to a securities filing. The company now has less than three weeks — until May 22 — to come up with a plan to pay them back and continue to meet its ongoing financial obligations. The company warned last week that it had missed the payment, but had a one-week grace period ending on Monday to pay or negotiate new terms with the lenders. According to the filing on Tuesday morning, the lenders agreed not to force a sale of the vehicles in the Hertz fleet — for now.

Today’s extra brief:
– Iowa state parks draw flocks of visitors despite coronavirus concerns (Des Moines Register
– Wall Street’s rally continues for a second day as oil prices rise (New York Times
– U.S. Treasury to start distributing $4.8 billion in pandemic funds to tribal governments (Reuters)