Trump supporters endanger themselves and the country by protesting social distancing orders.
Trump supporters endanger themselves and the country by protesting social distancing orders. Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Here's your daily roundup of all the local and national news about COVID-19. (Like our coverage? Please consider donating to the Mercury to keep it comin'!)

• As of today, Oregon's total number of COVID-19 cases is 1,986 (71 more than last Friday), with the total death toll at 75. 40,045 people have been tested.

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• In NEWS OF THE STUPID: Thousands of people in Olympia, WA; Redmond, OR; Harrisburg, PA; Denver, CO; and Austin, TX have been staging public protests demanding that state governors rescind their lockdown orders.

• These lockdown protests are being organized by a few people using Facebook groups: "A trio of far-right, pro-gun provocateurs is behind some of the largest Facebook groups calling for anti-quarantine protests around the country, offering the latest illustration that some seemingly organic demonstrations are being engineered by a network of conservative activists," reports the Washington Post.

• What does Trump think about the lockdown protests? Not a problem, because "They seem to be protesters that like me."

• What do most Americans think about the lockdowns? Nearly sixty percent want them to continue, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

• What's really going to end the need for lockdowns? Testing, testing, testing.

• While social distancing methods are definitely slowing the coronavirus, the outbreak is getting worse in certain parts of the nation... and in those places that refuse to social distance? Their horror story is just getting started.

• Since Trump and the federal government have proven themselves incapable of providing enough coronavirus tests, states are taking the matter into their own hands. Maryland, for example, is cutting deals for thousands of tests from South Korea.

• Today's "No Shit, Sherlock" headline of the day: "Female world leaders hailed as voices of reason amid the coronavirus chaos."

• Those antibody tests that have been touted as the best way to pull the US out of perpetual quarantine are raising alarm bells among public health experts. The majority of tests being hurriedly distributed in the US are not FDA approved and are easy to misinterpret, clear signs that the White House has placed speed (and politics) over safety.

• Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said today that both sides of Congress are working toward approving more funding for the PPP and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, with another $350 billion intended for small businesses, $75 billion for hospitals, and $25 billion for testing.

• The Paycheck Protection Program, a big part of the $2 trillion stimulus package aimed at small businesses, seems to have mostly benefited large businesses before running out of money almost immediately. One such business, the fast-food chain Shake Shack, has returned the $10 million loan it received in the hopes an actual small business might get the money.

• US oil prices, which were up around $60 a barrel in January, are now currently hovering under $2 a barrel today.

• In other small-town news: The town of Sublimity, OR (pop. 3000) responded to an outbreak in a local retirement home by launching a Masks for Neighbors program intending to distribute 12,000 homemade masks door-to-door to every one of the town's residents, as well as those in neighboring Marion County communities.

• Dear Chad: Just because Portland's streets are quieter doesn't mean you get to indulge all your dumb-as-rocks fantasies of being Dom Torretto.

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• And finally, I think Congress needs to start pushing for a "National Forced Nap Time" for our essential workers.

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