Polk County among 10 in U.S. where coronavirus has spread fastest
Des Moines Register: Polk County late last week was among the 10 counties in the United States where the coronavirus was spreading fastest, a Des Moines Register analysis of national COVID-19 data confirmed. An unreleased White House coronavirus task force report published by NBC News on Monday listed 10 counties where coronavirus had spread the fastest in the week before May 7, the date of the report. Polk County was No. 8 on that list. Dallas County had nearly as much growth, and was just outside the top 10, the Register’s analysis shows. Reported cases of coronavirus in Polk County have tripled over the past two weeks; it now has the most of any county in Iowa with 2,447 confirmed cases, public health data shows.

Democrats’ stimulus proposal includes more $1,200 checks, money for governments
USA Today: State and local governments would share nearly $1 trillion in federal aid to cover their coronavirus-related costs and families would get another round of direct payments under a stimulus bill House Democrats unveiled Tuesday. The more than $3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or HEROES Act, also would expand unemployment assistance, boost food stamps, increase emergency grants to small businesses trying to weather the COVID-19 pandemic that has slammed the economy and upended daily life in the U.S.

At Senate hearing, government experts paint bleak picture of the pandemic
New York Times: Two of the federal government’s top health officials painted a grim picture of the months ahead on Tuesday, warning a Senate panel that the coronavirus pandemic was far from contained, just a day after President Trump declared that “we have met the moment and we have prevailed.” The officials — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — predicted dire consequences if the nation reopened its economy too soon, noting that the United States still lacked critical testing capacity and the ability to trace the contacts of those infected.

– Fed’s Powell warns of economic weakness, calls for more fiscal support (Reuters)