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Watch live: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives coronavirus update

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neighbors in New Jersey Michigan California Louisiana in terms of how we're operating how we're managing the situation as we know the hospital system basically has is a three-legged stool it relies on number of beds number of staff and the equipment number of beds we have started with a system of about 53,000 beds statewide we're up to about 90,000 available beds so we have more than enough beds available staff has been a problem staffing health care staff is getting sick they're overworked their stress that are under great emotional stress you know think about these health care workers you're working in a hospital in an emergency room that's overwhelmed you're worried about your own health you then go home you're worried about bringing a virus home if you're infected at home is under stress as every home is under stress about 7,000 new staff have been hired from the pool that we have identified these are retired health care workers who came forward these are people from across the country who came forward state has a pool of potential employees the hospitals hire from that pool and they've hired about 7,000 to date equipment that's the protective equipment ventilators where we are we are stretching and moving but every hospital has what they need today and then we balance the patient load among all hospitals so no hospital single hospital or system gets overburdened and that's a daily adjustment which takes tremendous...
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cooperation among all of the health care institutions I thank them very much for what they're doing then we have the overload relief which is the Javits Center 2500 beds and the US Navy ship comfort the US Navy ship comfort had 1,000 bed capacity it was originally for non kovat patients what wound up happening was we don't really have non kovat patients close down society there's fewer traffic accidents crime is down so the original plan which was the comfort would take nan Kovac cases from the hospitals didn't really work because the hospitals didn't have nine Kovac cases I called the president yesterday morning asked him to speak to the Department of Defense to see if they would change it to Kovac president to his credit moved expeditiously called me back yesterday afternoon said they would make the comfort nan Kovac ovid when they make that transition the capacity of the ship comes down from 1,000 to 500 beds because Kovac patients require a greater treatment area more space and therefore the capacity ship came down from 1,000 to 500 it's still a tremendous benefit so between Javits and the Comfort that's 3,000 beds which is a welcome overload relief to the hospital system which is already extraordinarily stressed but I spoke to general Shaughnessy today who we spoke through the comfort and Javitz the Department of Defense has been fantastic and the number of military personnel they have sent up here and how quickly they've sent up here and...
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this is a tough assignment to run facilities this large and to come up to speed and to be handling this many Kovac patients in a new start up emergency facility this is a really difficult undertaking and they have been they've really been fantastic I want to thank them all and I want to thank the president for moving as quickly as he did we are working on a tri-state cooperative as I mentioned I spoke to

governor

Murphy from New Jersey I spoke to

Governor

Ned Lamont from the state of Connecticut we coordinated the shutting down if you will when we did schools businesses etc because this really operates as a tri-state area a lot of people who

live

in New Jersey work in New

York

or

live

in New

York

work in New Jersey or Connecticut so we talked about the tri-state area which is true and we try to operate to the best we can as that regional collaboration and that has been working well for us on schools on the economy on health care issues we have to start planning restarting life we're not there yet but this is not a light switch that we can just flick one day and everything goes back to normal we're gonna have to restart that economy we're gonna have to restart a lot of systems that we shut down abruptly and we need to start to plan for that and I spoke to the

governor

's

governor

Murphy and

governor

Lamont about coming up with a regional metropolitan tri-state approach to do just that how do we when we get to that point which we're not at but how do we...
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restart our economy and get everything up and running as quickly as possible my personal opinion is going to come down to how good we are with testing you're not going to end the infection and end the virus before you start restarting life I don't think you have that luxury how do you start the economy back up how do you start getting back to work as quickly as possible it's gonna come down to testing you're going to have to know who had the virus who resolved the virus who never had it and that's going to be tested and that is an entirely new field that we're just developing now right New

York

State develop a Department of Health developed an antibody testing regimen that Department of Health has approved for use in New

York

State that has to be brought to scale and the Department of Health is going to be working with the FDA to do just that this tests the blood to determine whether or not you have the antibodies which means you had the virus and resolved the virus that's why you would have the antibodies for the virus that would mean that you're no longer contagious and you can't catch the virus because you have the antibodies in your system which means you can get to work and go back to school you can do whatever you want but you have to have that testing and you have to have that testing on a scale right you have 19 million people in the state of New

York

just think of how many people you would need to be able to test and test quickly...
so the antibody testing is part of that also rapid testing to determine whether or not you have the virus now exists they have one called 15 minute tests that are commercially available but again they have to be brought to scale no private company has the capacity to bring those to scale so speaking with

governor

Murphy and

governor

Lamont we are interested in working with private companies that can actually in bring this testing capacity to scale and to scale quickly because again if you have the antibody testing that's part if you can then test if a person is positive for the virus and you can do it that day and you can get those results in 15 minutes that's also another way to get back to life and do it quickly so we're very interested in that New

York

so it was New Jersey so it was Connecticut these there are private companies have these tests again it's all up to scale we're starting them in the state of New

York

but we only have about a 50,000 person testing capacity which is nice but it's not of a scale that's actually going to make a large difference so private companies that are interested in getting into this space and coming up the scale quickly we are interested in those companies and we're interested in investing in those companies and they should contact us at Empire State Development Corporation the also restarting life the state budget not just this state but every state budget has been decimated by the situation you shut down...
the economy people aren't working they're not paying income taxes businesses aren't operating so our budget just collapsed right our revenues just collapsed you want to restart the economy you have to help restart the local governments and that's going to be a federal act I don't have the capacity as a

governor

no

governor

does to generate revenue in a positive way from an economy that's not operating that is going to be a federal stimulus bill there's no other way to do this and it has to be a stimulus bill that actually understands you have state and local governments that have to be brought up to speed and functioning if you want to facilitate this restarting of the economy federal government passed some legislation as I've said at the time it was woefully inadequate from New

York

's point of view we then have had some time to actually study the legislation it actually gets worse when you read it and it's not even what was represented to us initially so I'm sending our congressional delegation a letter today saying the passed legislation did good for the nation I have no doubt gave aid to a lot of people in places that needed it but it was not fair to New

York

and that has to be remedied in any legislation that close forward the last point I know it's been a frustrating 37 days but it's only been 37 days on the other hand I know it feels like a lifetime it's been so disruptive so we'll brought so frightening so...
disorienting but it's only been 37 days right everything in context and everything in perspective I know it's tough to get up every day and this is like Groundhog Day living through this bizarre reality that worry it's even more difficult I think with the weather changing and you feel the seasons changing and it's getting nicer and you start to open a new book of possibilities and you know now the weather's getting nice and I should be getting outdoors and I should be doing this and I should be doing this I get it but it's only been 37 days and I started by saying those numbers of cases that's not arbitrary what we do affects the number of cases our behavior affects the number of cases we're generating the cases they're not descending on us from heaven right it's our behavior so it's been 37 days the 1918 pandemic that we talk about peaked in New

York

for six months came through in three waves and it peaked for six months 30,000 people died in New

York

during that pandemic why they didn't react the way we did they didn't know as much as we know today they didn't have the same drug therapies but we are changing the curve in that in that virus growth you see that plateauing that's because of what we are doing if we don't do what we are doing that is a much different curve and that's what happened in the past so social distancing is working well you shut down all the businesses I know what you shut down all the...
schools I know but it is working that's why you see those numbers coming down if we were doing the same rate of interaction those numbers would still be going up so to the extent we see a flattening or a possible plateau that's because of what we are doing and we have to keep doing it I know it's hard but we have to keep doing it and to the extent it takes an effort remember at this time it's not a it is about we and it is not about me I know what I would like to be doing I would like to be going it's motorcycle weather for me it's time to get out on the water it's time to go hiking in the Adirondacks I get it it's not about me it's not about me what I do will affect other people it will affect my family it will affect other people it will affect people in those emergency rooms who are killing themselves every day to keep other people safe I get infected I will affect them so we all talk about society and community and interconnection and inter relation and family and life is bigger than us now is the time to

live

that right now is the time to

live

that so when you feel that need I have to do this it's not about me it's about we and what's good for all of us and my health is in your hands and your health is in my hands and the health of those health care workers and those first respond and all those people who have to show up to work every day to keep society functioning we are responsible to them also so to the extent it's...
hard I get it but maybe if we think about it through a different lens a broader lens it'll be a little easier so let's not get complacent we have to stay disciplined we have to stay smart we have to stay safe and we do that by staying at home and we will get through that through this together questions to general Shona spoke to the president I spoke to the vice president and I spoke to north well is helping manage the comfort when you transition from non COBIT patients to kovat the capacity of the ship goes from 1,000 beds down to 500 beds but it can treat 500 Kovac patients adequately and safely and that's what we're transitioning into operation now we have a test wodsworth lab that we have developed we're working to scale that up now over the course of the next week we'll be able to figure out how many we can run we're expecting to be able to scale that up not just here in the lab in our lab but to get other labs do as well that's where we'll have to work with the FDA to get that approved the FT has already approved some private antibody tests is there a way that the C can work with them or you have to look at them some antibody tests measure the immunoglobulin G and others measure the immunoglobulin m ng the difference is that some suggest that there's a new infection occurring in s the IgM and others show that the infection has been around for a while so it's important to make sure that the test that we are measuring show that...
individuals have the infection they aren't have the infection and still still have the infection so it's important to make sure it's the correct test our test measures the immunoglobulin G saying that they have the infection and it's resolved did you get that thank you so there's many tests that are out there that companies are making there's two types of Munich wide ones there's one that says the infection just is still there and you're starting to mount a response which has happens with antivirus and other your body also makes an immunoglobulin after your infection has is resolved or it's developed it's resolved that's the one you want to measure otherwise you may be measuring something which actually says you still have the infection in your body so you want to measure the one that says this result and that's the one that we've developed a test for yes that was good I almost understood that with mark so I'm sure the is Borough Park Brooklyn right I'm sure the NYPD will be doing what they need to do I made it clear yesterday that these social distancing regulations are not just please they're regulations you can be fined for it we increase the fine to make the point that was serious I am sure the NYPD will be enforcing it but also people have to understand I understand religious gatherings I understand the Orthodox community Jewish Orthodox community I'm very close to them and I have been for many many...
years and my family's very close to them but now is not the time for large religious gatherings I mean we've we paid this price already we've learned this lesson that was New Rochelle in Westchester so please now is not the time you do know when you do know when a service by making this worse and infecting more people Joseph there was a reports that communities of color have been particularly hit hard by the virus do you have a section that that's been the case in New

York

so the hospital did so there has been a lag we understand people want that information we want that information too and we'll have it this week so one of the challenges is that some of the communities are have challenges with their health in general they're more apt to have some of the challenges with with asthma and diabetes and so anytime anyone who has underlying medical conditions ends up with this virus and the other virus it puts them more at risk there is progress there and we'll have that new interface up and running by Thursday and we've actually worked with Verizon a lot of the problem was the law the lines we're crashing because the volume was so extreme we've now moved 80% of the incoming calls off of the Verizon system and into call centers and so you should start to see some easing up on that today and again we just ask people to remain patient as we get this resolved promised an executive order on Friday regarding ventilator redistribution and I believe...
that that executive order was also going to cover other things that still hasn't appeared is there a reason for the delay no I'm going to issue an executive order today on everything that I've mentioned the fines etc today what else will that cover that will cover everything we've discussed to date it was always the hospitals tell us what they have quote-unquote available meaning unused and they're not going to use it in the foreseeable future so it was always of the equipment that you believe you Hospital believe is available if if the state lent 20% of the available units as you define available that would be five hundred and five hundred ventilators was a big deal especially two weeks ago frankly since then other things have happened we have a thousand ventilators from China California freed up 500 ventilators Oregon sent 140 ventilators state of Washington freed up I think 400 ventilators or something like that we've also acquired an additional 500 ventilators so we're not in the position that we were in but that's what it always was a hospital says we have available by their own definition unused inventory we're not using for the foreseeable future 20 percent of that leaving them with 80% of the unused was 500 ventilators no that's where I was saying it's something that I think is going to come up and I think it's an important thing to look at I'd also like to find a way to say thank you to these healthcare workers who...
are out there every day you know we talk to them on the telephone but achieve what they have done is just incredible just incredible and not just the health care workers I mean that health care workers just think of the mindset walk into that ER every morning putting on these gowns putting on all this protective clothing having to change the protective clothing several times a day seeing people pass away and then go home and deal with the stress at home but also the first responders the transit workers you look at the rates of sickness I mean they know what they're exposing themselves to and they they still do it I mean just god bless them we're looking at that you know any way we can we are and we're looking at that continually I don't think there's anything new on that right now but it's something we're exploring all the time plans that you're considering or anything we've done a number but nothing right now are there any no we've done about 700 parole violators statewide those are people who were deemed to be low risk to the public safety and also higher risk took Ovid and so we have done that so far and we're continuing to evaluate it on an ongoing basis promised was about 400 people would come out of Riker's so far that's been about a hundred and thirty people have been released is there reasonable two hundred and forty out of Riker's so far of the 700 stay by but we can get you the exact numbers and

Governor

on a...
more certain of psychological philosophical issue seven hundred and thirty people died these numbers keep rolling out but they're it's easy it would seem to get numb to these sorts of you know stats how you counter that how do you impress on people that these are human

live

s that this is an enormous human catastrophe you know Jesse if they I hear the point I guess one could get numb to the numbers that's why I said remember every number is a human being behind that and a family for myself I can tell you the last thing I do is get numb I can tell you for the hospital staff that goes through this they're not getting numb for the families who are suffering they're not getting numb the pain is increasing the grief is increasing I mean you see those pictures on TV of getting to a situation where you have to put bodies in in trucks in parking lots I mean how you could get numb to any of this I said I can't I can't imagine especially in New

York

ers that we lose the humanity of this it's something I struggled with every day I try to think of the opposite that you know we are doing good because you can't stop you can't stop you can't save everyone this virus is very good at what it does and it kills vulnerable people that's what it does and it does that very well and we can't stop that the question is are you saving everyone you can save and there the answer is yes and I take some solace in that fact our healthcare system is...
operating when I don't believe we lost a single person because we couldn't provide care people we lost we couldn't save despite our best efforts but no I don't I don't see I don't see the numbness and I don't believe New

York

ers see the numbness I think the frustration of an individual situation can cause you to do irresponsible things to go out to go out more than you should to disregard social distancing I think that's that's an issue and that's what I've been trying to address back in sports of 25% of the time I don't know it's a good question I think they go back as my opinion it's not a fact I think and it's a we're working on a plan with Connecticut and New Jersey because when we go back we go back together I think if we go back with people who have tested that they are negative or people who have tested that they have the antibodies which means they had the virus and they're immune from the virus or we go back with younger people going first still protecting isolating the vulnerable but if it's waves I think those are the waves so they're usually when you have a virus you develop antibodies you don't get it again there was one report out of China where they suggested that maybe there were some cases but that hasn't been confirmed yet a significant number of patients know they're ramping up now the Javits Center and the Comfort you're talking about the Javits in comfort well...
there's two separate situations when I say we have about 90,000 bed capacity we brought online additional beds right two ways number one every hospital had to increase capacity by 50% with a goal of a hundred percent every hospitals increased capacity fifty percent that's why you see hospital beds in conference rooms and lobbies etc second we built temporary emergency facilities primarily primarily earlier on downstate New

York

they may or may not be used depending on whether or not we need the beds the Javits and the Comfort we are using and they're ramping up now I'm going to speak to the hospitals thank you all right

Governor

Andrew

Cuomo

of New

York

on Tuesday just moments ago if you were

watch

ing this press conference reiterating the state of play here in the state of New

York

recording the largest single-day increase in death the total number of dead here in New

York

State five thousand five five thousand four hundred and eighty nine but there was a glimmer from the

governor

of New

York

saying that it does appear that things seemed to be flattening out for lack of a better word that the number of deaths while it we have recorded a very large one a single largest single-day increase that the social distancing and other measures that the officials New

York

officials have put into place are having some of an effect we'll have to see how that plays out over the days and weeks ahead so the news out of New

York

from

Governor

Andrew

Cuomo

to the extent the...

governor

said that we see a flattening or a possible plateau that is because

Governor

Cuomo

saying of what we are doing and we have to keep doing it all right we're gonna take a quick break more news on the other side of that break stick around you're streaming CBS you can

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CBS n 24/7 we've got an amazing story to share with you let's talk about the latest developments there's so many levels to this we have a CBS News exclusive fires in California what happens next and how does it all play out we are on a mission with that so I understand you have some breaking news it's not over yet as the bottom line this is a massive operation it's quite an adventure here at CBS s it's been a day telling the whole story means going where the story is listening when people are hurting getting to the heart of what matters what that's who Maura is that's what Nora does the CBS Evening News nor O'Donnell from Washington DC good morning to you and welcome to CBS this morning understanding the world we're gonna begin with breaking is begins with the right questions a police discovered a motive does the president have a red line here what can voters are expect to see today join Gale king Anthony Mason and Tony Tecopa on CBS this morning we know a little more this morning this is a major development this is a very serious situation more news every morning on the show everyone is talking about we have much more news ahead for you CBS this morning...
the biggest names in politics well that's news we're all of the president's security advisers in full agreement based the questions you want answers are we at a tipping point can you walk the American people through what happens next oh that's a great question good question are you saying you did not ever hear of such a deal base the nation with Margaret Brennan what's new Under the Sun good morning I'm Jane Pauley and this is Sunday morning experienced thought provoking innovative and truly original reporting AJ because there's always something new Under the Sun please join us when our trumpet sounds again on CBS Sunday morning telling the whole story means going where the story is how did you get listening when people are hurting sorry getting to the heart of what matters that's who Maura is that's what Nora does the CBS Evening News nor O'Donnell from Washington DC the funeral industry is struggling to keep up with the rapidly increasing death toll caused by the corona virus pandemic already around 11,000 people have died from the virus in the United States and tens of thousands more

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s are projected to be lost the numbers have created an unprecedented bottleneck at morgues funeral homes and cemeteries and Graham Cait spoke to several funeral directors in New

York

City which is the epicenter of this outbreak here in the US and Graham your joining us now no Graham I remember I think maybe it was last week or we could go the...
president talking about Ellmers Hospital in Queens and he was really familiar with and he saw a video of what he described his body bags are lying in the hallway and freezer trucks coming in because of morgue overflow and you could really tell that he was rattled by those images but after those body bags leave the hospital they have to go to area morgues they have to go to area funeral homes how are morgues and funeral homes in New

York

coping they're overflowing think of funeral directors as the end of the front line in terms of those who have to directly interact with people who have caught the virus and who could still potentially pass it on through like respiratory microbes and they're saying we have more cases than we can handle and just like in the hospitals we're running short on personal protective equipment and and they point out you know fuel directors are going to be the last in the line of those frontline workers to get that equipment because it's so important to get it to medical workers first and Grahm funeral homes are also enforcing social distancing how is that changing the nature of what they do once a that the business model has completely changed in many cases the bodies are going straight to a crematorium or straight to a grave without there being any chance for loved ones to be able to go and pay their respects the way we think of like standing in front of a casket and taking the time there and then in other cases when there is able to be...
a service at a funeral home there are these strict rules I've been put into place maybe it's shifts so four or five people can come at a time and then the next four or five people and it all has to be very orderly and very supervised and then of course there are their virtual services so that's people gathering over zoom or FaceTime but not getting to do that personal service that we're used to seeing and for the funeral directors they said that's actually really hard they they they pride themselves you don't get into the funeral business if you're not trying to give people like a really good chance to grieve in the way that we've come to expect and right now they have to say the people we can't do it the way maybe you expected to be able to do it for this person or that person may have hoped to have had but we have to make the best of it right now yeah I think it's a really good point to bring up graham that for funeral directors it you know sort of managing and taking care of the body is one thing but they also really really focus on being supportive of being honorable of sort of stepping in when you know perhaps a family is falling apart and being a steadying stabilizing force and I and much of that has to do with probably you know sort of being intimate touching someone hugging them when they need a hug giving them a handkerchief when they're crying and they can't do any of that stuff and then there is just sort of the basic...
kind of like I said managing the bodies but sort of the basic things that you need to do like finding a place for the body to go cemetery plots are there enough cemetery plots so I don't actually have a number of the number of cemetery plots in New

York

but what we do know is that they're coming and so fast that yesterday for it since they were talking about well we have to create temporary internment sites and there was some argument between officials about whether that'll happen New

York

City actually has an island that over over the course of about two centuries they've used as like a potter's field and this would be the first time that it's not just for like unidentified people they would be talking about using that or just the overflow of bodies and of course there's been some argument about whether or not the cities actually considering that but you did have multiple officials saying that look in the long run this is a plan that you've always had and we've just never actually had implemented before and then when you talk about for where there are funeral services these guys are all exhausted they're said we're not even sleeping because it's just funeral after funeral after funeral and we want to make sure that we can do it as right as we can and that takes time let me ask you gran where are I mean funeral directors people who work at more or less they are essential services but where are they in the line to receive...
protective gear they say they're at the end of the line and they say they understand that right right so I spoke to the president of the New

York

State Funeral Directors Association and he said I understand that hospital workers and medical employees need the PPE the personal protective equipment anybody said we need it too and we're the last ones to get it and every to a tee every funeral director that I spoke to said I still have some supplies but I am running low and I can't figure out where I'm going to get the next shipment you contact the places that sell them and they said you're now on the list but there's no estimate for when you might get it and and they're kind of relying on their state association to figure out where to get a very large supply of masks and gloves and all the equipment you see medical personnel aware and he told me you know I even my normal suppliers are saying you're not you're not that the main priority right now Wow well grandma thank you so much there's so many different ways that this virus impacts the way we

live

things that we have taken for granted before really appreciate your reporting Thanks thank you so so the US Surgeon General says that efforts to flatten the curve a pair to be making a difference he's talking about social distancing he insists it is still very very crucial and important and he also says that the country needs to do a much better job when it comes to testing dr. Jerome Adams...
spoke about this on CBS this morning I started off the week telling Americans that this was going to be a really rough week but I also wanted Americans to understand that when we've dealt with tough times in the asked the country has rallied and and what we're seeing now is the country is rallying we're seeing New

York

and New Jersey have hospitalizations level off and start to come down deaths are starting to a slow down and level off and that's important because it tells us mitigation is working it tells us what the American people are doing by staying at home by social distancing by practicing good hygiene and the 30-day guidelines for America are actually effective and they will help us get through to the other side of this unfortunate tragedy dr. Adams how can we be sure that mitigation is working as well as we hope it to be working when we don't know to put it plainly how many Americans actually have this virus because we don't have widespread testing so to put it more bluntly how do we know when we're in the clear and we can get back to normal if we don't know how widespread this is well there are two questions in there and I'll quickly unpack both of them the most important thing is that we know mitigation is working because when we look at the curves of Washington in California we see that they've been very flat and that's coincident with them instituting aggressive mitigation we see Italy in Spain down on the down slopes...
of their curve coincident with them starting mitigation so we know mitigation is working now you mentioned testing testing is a concern we are going to be at 2 million tests this week and it's rapidly ramping up with the commercial industry coming on board we're also seeing more people doing antibody testing so what I want the American people to know is I've talked with Admiral Joe why I speak with him every day he's our testing czar and he assures me that by the end of this month we should be not only just doing diagnostic testing but also having good surveillance testing across the country at 2 million people by the end of this week we're getting really close to South Korea's initial testing surge numbers and we are in fact doing surveillance testing in some parts of the country where they haven't seen a big increase in cases so we're not there yet but we are moving in the right direction and of course that surveillance testing is so important I want to touch on another point of concern and that is the the death rate among African Americans in Louisiana we heard the

governor

say 70 percent of the fatalities are people of color in Chicago we heard the mayor more than 70% in that city your response to that and should the CDC or the federal government be tracking this virus demographically to warn people well absolutely the CDC and the federal government should be and are tracking this virus and trying to break it down by different demographic...
groups so that we can help people understand but my office long before Kovan 19 has been talking about health equity has been talking about the need to help people understand when they're at risk in to actually intervene and when you look at being black in America number one people unfortunately are more likely to be of low socioeconomic status which makes it harder to social distance number two we know that blacks are more likely to have diabetes heart disease lung disease and I've shared myself personally that I have high blood pressure that I have heart disease and spent a week in the ICU due to a heart condition then I actually have asthma and I'm pre-diabetic and so I represent that legacy of growing up poor and black in America and I and many black Americans are at higher risk for kovin it's why we need everyone to do their part just slow the spread so doctor I imagine that it's frustrating for you to hear those numbers 70 percent of the dead in Louisiana people of color African Americans is there a particular recommendation you have for that community recommendation my recommendation is to understand that you are at risk you are not immune and and my recommendation is to all of America that we're really doing this to protect not just ourselves but each other every single person who stays at home whether you're white black brown or yellow is a person who is not spreading kovat and is a person who can protect their neighbors when you wear a...
cloth facial covering if you go outside you're doing it to protect your neighbor and those now is really the time for us to come together and say look I'm doing this not just for me and my family but I'm doing this for my community and all the communities across the country and it is working we will get through this we are seeing progress but America has the power to change the trajectory of this epidemic the public really needs to keep doing their part America's top doctor there for more interviews like this stream CBS this morning weekdays at 7:00 Eastern right here on CBS n the Health Minister of the health of British Prime Minister rather Boris Johnson has taken a turn for the worse as he continues to battle kovat 19 we're gonna have the latest on his condition after a short break keep it right here you're streaming CBS n you understanding the world we're gonna begin with breaking is begins with the right questions when you have police discovered a motive does the president have a red line here what converters are expect to see today every morning this is a major development this is a very very serious situation CBS this morning you can

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CBS n 24/7 we've got an amazing story to share with you let's talk about the latest developments there's so many levels to this we have a CBS News exclusive fires in California what happens next and how does it all play out we are on a mission with a so I understand you have some breaking news...
but it's not over yet as the bottom line this is a massive operation it's quite an adventure here at CBS n it's been a day you can see the desperation and the journey simply by looking at the trail that's left behind so she says she's 17 like she's 12 said to me you know if you tried to do this in New

York

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the nation with Margaret Brennan we're starting to see a distrust in scientific evidence and scientific information how much has YouTube and the internet complicated science communication you've provided a platform that anybody can put their information out there evolution global warming why do people deny science due to who was the catalyst for most of this the Bible describes it world we

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in evolution describes a world we don't

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in is there a national standard for science instruction in this country no there are 50 states with 50 sets of science standards who here believes in evolution you Hey good morning everyone really good to see you it's a Tuesday and I'm anne-marie green alongside led by GTA and we are coming to you from our home studios that is right amber e it's great of course to be with you and our viewers we thank you so much for being with us and tracking all of the latest developments and we have a lot there is reason for hope this morning is early evidence suggests good news coming out of New

York

the state has been hit especially hard by the corona virus but now officials say the number of new hospitalizations is declining yeah but we still have a long way to go more than three hundred and sixty eight thousand people nationwide have tested positive recovered 19 and the virus has claimed 11,000 American

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s Carly ma rather Riley Carlson has the latest a crew member on the Navy ship comfort has tested positive for kovat 19 just...
days after docking in New

York

the Navy said it will not affect the hospital ship's mission the news comes just hours after President Trump authorized the comfort to treat people with the corona virus hopefully that will be very helpful to both states the comfort was meant to take on other patients but the

governor

s of New Jersey and New

York

said they needed the beds we don't need the comfort for non kovat cases the death toll has slowed in New

York

but

Governor

Andrew

Cuomo

is still extending the state's stay at home order until April 29th well the numbers that look like they may be turning yeah it's over no it's not members of the White House

coronavirus

task force are optimistic the national death toll may end up lower than forecasted I don't accept every day that we're gonna have to have a hundreds of 200,000 deaths President Trump said he was saddened to hear British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now in intensive care Americans are all praying for his recovery he's been a really good friend Johnson has been battling the corona virus for nearly two weeks stay at home folks a spokesperson said the 55 year old entered the ICU as a precaution should he require ventilation department is in safe hands with the brilliant team foreign secretary Dominic Raab has been designated to take over if needed there's an incredibly strong team spirit behind the Prime Minister Johnson last appeared in public on Thursday to clap in support of British...
health care workers Riley Carlson CBS News meanwhile President Trump is downplaying the results of an inspector general's report the IG report found that hospitals are being hampered by a delay in koban 19 test results and also a hospital personnel not getting the protective gear that they need so Ben Tracy is standing by at the White House Ben we actually spoke to you about this report yesterday but now we're hearing from the president how's he reacting well he's basically dismissing the substance of that report that shows this critical these critical supplies at hospitals are running low and focusing much more on the politics of it saying that our politics involved in this report yeah he was asked about this at the White House yesterday at the press briefing and he said well who is this inspector general which administration were they appointed under do you think politics are a part of this so this all kind of falls back on the president's real distaste for Inspector General's across the government keep in mind it was just last Friday that the president fired the Inspector General of the intelligence community that was the person that handled the whistleblower report that was sent to Congress that became central to the president's impeachment so the president tends to view people in these positions as members of the deep state especially if they are de

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ring information that he does not like so Ben after weeks of grim numbers officials seem now...
to be sharing some cautious optimism that there might be hope on the horizon has the nation been making progress when it comes to flattening the curve yeah perhaps a little bit of good news the numbers in hotspots like New

York

and New Jersey seem to be flattening out over the last couple of days the

governor

s there say it's probably still too early to tell to see if this is a real flattening of the curve or if this is just something temporary but we heard some real cautious optimism from the podium here at the White House from dr. Anthony Fauci yesterday basically saying he is seeing encouraging signs he thinks we might be able to hit below those models that were showing anywhere from 100,000 to 240,000 Americans dying by August from

coronavirus

he is now seeing signs that he's hopeful perhaps will come in under that if we can flatten this curve faster than we thought and he attributes that to social distancing saying Americans are doing it and it's working I want to ask you been about a New

York

Times report that that indicated that a White House advisor Peter Navarro actually warned the president and the White House about the devastating impact of the corona virus in January and he sort of Rosalie's kind of rang alarm bells a couple of times this would have been around the same time that the president was reassuring the American people that the corona virus was basically under control there were only a handful of cases and there was nothing to worry about...
yes so there was a lot happening in this particular time frame this report says that Navarro wrote up two memos one at the end of January and then one towards the end of February which now seemed very prescient basically warning that a lot of Americans were gonna die that there was going to be a shortage of personal protective gear and that the government really had to be prepared for this both in terms of stockpiling supplies but also warning that it was going to take a whole lot of money from Congress to offset what this might do to the economy all of that has now come true the timing of it is interesting so Navarro apparently wrote the first memo on January 29th that's the same day the president formed the

coronavirus

task force but at the time there was still this disconnect because the president was also as you mentioned downplaying the impact of this saying soon cases will be zero this really isn't gonna be a problem here and he was kind of resting on his laurels of having shut off travel from China thinking perhaps that was enough and the only thing he had to do it's not clear if the president read this memo from Peter Navarro we will have to ask the president that today at the briefing and see what he says it is interesting that Peter Navarro is a trade adviser he's not at all kind of in the health side of the White House so this was somebody who was very attuned to what was happening in China because that is his focus mm man let me ask you about Iowa...
and Nebraska two states that have yet to issue stay at home orders the

governor

s of those states that they had a conversation with dr. Anthony voucher yesterday now she has advocated for a national stay at home order what are the

governor

's saying about their conversation well interestingly enough after that conversation that

governor

's came out and said we're all on the same page this really isn't a problem which to us seemed curious because for weeks now Anthony Fauci has been saying he really wishes we had a nationwide stay at home order that all these

governor

s to get with the program and do that but then doctor foul she was asked about it at the press briefing and he said you know what after talking to these

governor

s what they are doing on the ground in their states and how people are responding is functionally equivalent to a stay at home order they might not be calling it that but he says in at least in those two states and those are the only two

governor

s that he says he talked to that he feels confident what they're doing is sufficient at this point but there are about seven states left that have no stay-at-home order and and foul she does say he thinks it would be better off if everyone had one but he's comfortable that what's happening in those two states in particular is enough when I see about another conversation between President Trump and a Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden what can you tell us about that...
yeah so this is interesting the

coronavirus

bringing people together on a phone call you would not normally expect to have a phone call so apparently the president and Joe Biden the former Vice President did speak on the phone yesterday about the federal response to

coronavirus

neither side is providing many details the president said that the two of them agreed not to share publicly what they talked about but the president said that the former vice president did offer up some of his thoughts and opinions on how the federal government should respond interestingly enough president Trump described it as a warm and wonderful call and he said I've always thought Joe Biden is a very nice man he's a very nice man so he also did not use the phrase sleepy Joe Biden when he was talking about him here at the White House yesterday there's some good news after all man let me ask you over the past few days we've been following the story of a naval captain who was removed from his post for a letter about Koba 19 on his ship that leaked to the media we've had comments from the Secretary of the Navy who is since backtrack of those comments take us through exactly what happened what the Secretary of the Navy said and how the White House is weighing in now yeah so this has been quite the saga so after the captain of that ship Bret Crozier was fired last week he when he left the ship he got this round of applause very vociferous round of applause from the crew on the ship...
and then the Acting Secretary of the Navy went and addressed the crew over the PA system of the boat and really dumped on the former captain of this boat he said that he thinks he was either too stupid or too naive to realize that if he wrote up a letter detailing the problems with this

coronavirus

outbreak on his ship that that would not be leaked to the media he went as far to say perhaps he did it on purpose that did not go over well on the ship and in this audio recording that was leaked after he uses the words too naive or too stupid you can actually hear one of the sailors yell out what the eff really questioning why is he saying this and you know really miss reading the audience there on the ship you can hear at another point another sailor says he was just trying to protect us so clearly that did not go over well then the president was asked about it here at the White House and the president even said those were some pretty rough comments I might have to get involved here and see see what's going on he said I've heard this captain was a really good guy and I don't want somebody's career destroyed for one bad day so after that then just a couple of hours later we get this apology from the Acting Secretary of the Navy saying indeed he does not think captain Crozier is naive or stupid and really backtracking on what he said so so bad I know we got a wrap-up soon but let me ask you do you think that the acting Navy Secretary's job at the moment is safe...
it's hard to tell I mean clearly the president was not happy with what he heard that the Acting Secretary of the Navy said the president didn't come out and criticize him directly but he did call it a rough statement tough words saying you know this is hard for somebody's family to hear I'm gonna get involved in this so I think once the Acting Secretary of the Navy heard the president say I'm gonna get involved here and see if this is really what's supposed to be happening I'm sure he got the message pretty quickly that it was time to apologize all right and Tracy for us at the White House been as always we thank you my friend appreciate it thank you turning now to Michigan where two of the state's largest hospital systems report thousands of health care workers are suffering from symptoms of kovat 19 between Henry Ford and Beaumont health at least 2,200 employees including 500 nurses have either tested positive for or have symptoms of

coronavirus

it is not clear whether employees contracted the virus while at work or through community spread in a statement to CBS News Beaumont Health said it is following CDC guidelines and asking employees who are unwell or have Cova 19 symptoms to stay at home for at least a week where they will continue to be paid as of this morning there are over 17,000 confirmed cases statewide and at least 727 people have died Oklahoma will immediately resume most abortion procedures that's after a federal judge...
lifted that state's temporary ban on the procedure the ruling comes in response to the state's ban on all non-essential procedures including abortions because of the pandemic in a statement the judge argued the abortion ban caused an undue burden on women he went on to say that the state acted in a quote unreasonable arbitrary and oppressive way when imposing the ban turning now to the 2020 race Civil Rights icon and Democratic Congressman John Lewis has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden the news comes as voters in Wisconsin head to the polls for today's still scheduled Democratic primary social distancing will be in effect at polling stations but the state's Democratic

governor

says Republicans are forcing people to choose between their health and their right to vote that O'Keefe explains it's not two presidential primary on the ballot today there are hundreds of local elections in a competitive state Supreme Court race and what's going on in this key battleground state of Wisconsin could be a preview of the court fights to come between Democrats and Republicans nationwide over how to vote amid a pandemic Wisconsin is under a stay at home order and the Democratic

governor

Tony Evers have asked the republican-led legislature to reschedule the primary until early June out of safety precautions but GOP leaders and eventually the state Supreme Court refused and last night the US Supreme Court also struck down a plan to allow absentee ballots to...
be accepted through next Monday they must be put in the mail by today but results of today's votes won't be posted until Monday April 13th all four of the courts liberal members dissented Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said voters will either quote have to brave the polls endangering their own and other safety or they'll lose the right to vote senator Bernie Sanders called this decision potentially deadly but he trails former Vice President Joe Biden in polls in Wisconsin by wide margins he also trails by hundreds of Delegates in the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee despite that there are no signs yet that Sanders plans to drop out of the presidential race and Riaan Flynn well Funeral Homes across the country are definitely feeling the pressure as the corona virus spreads in the epicenter New

York

City there is a backlog of bodies so one of our reporters graham Cates actually spoke to communal directors in New

York

City to find out how they are coping what are they doing to help those who have lost loved ones we're gonna talk with him after the break so stick around you are streaming CBS s CBS News always-on you can

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CBS n 24/7 we've got an amazing story to share with you let's talk about the latest developments there's so many levels to this we have a CBS News exclusive fires in California what happens next and how does it all play out we are on a mission with that so I understand you have some breaking news it's not over yet...
as the bottom line this is a massive operation it's quite an adventure here at CBS s it's been a day good morning to you and welcome to CBS this morning understanding the world we're gonna begin with breaking is begins with the right questions a police discovered a motive does the president have a red line here what can voters are expect to see today join Gayle King Anthony Mason and Tonio Tecopa on CBS this morning we know a little more this morning this is a major development this is a very serious situation more news every morning on the show everyone is talking about we have much more news ahead for you CBS this morning British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now in the ICU and this comes two weeks after he was diagnosed with the corona virus he is 55 years old and he was placed in intensive care last night after being hospitalized earlier this week Downing Street says Johnson is not on a ventilator but he is receiving oxygen treatment

coronavirus

cases and the UK have soared to nearly 52,000 more than 5,000 people have died as the country works to get the crisis under control for more on this let's bring in Elizabeth Palmer she is joining us now from London so Liz what is the latest on the PM's conditions officials have said his symptoms have worsened over the past few days or have they said that they said when he was moved to the ICU yesterday that his doctors had advised that because in his condition had worsened they didn't specify but we can...
infer that he was having breathing difficulties now we know that he's not on a ventilator but he apparently was moved into the ICU in case he needed a ventilator so then what about the work of running the country is he able to do his job from the ICU he formally handed over the key decisions to the foreign secretary Dominic Raab there is no such thing as the deputy Prime Minister's job or role in the UK government and so for the foreseeable future mr. Robb will chair the meetings but the cabinet will operate on consensus or at least make decisions as a result of discussion that will get us through I suppose everybody's wondering when the big decision comes and the one that's looming is how do we get out of this lockdown what's the exit strategy it would be much preferable to have mr. Johnson back in in form enough well enough to participate but of course nobody knows exactly how this is going to go Liz I note that the Queen when she de

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red her very inspirational speech to the United Kingdom that it was just an hour after the Queen's speech that the news came of the PM's predicament and I wonder what are you hearing about whether or not the cabinet was informed that Boris Johnson was being moved to intensive care the Queen's speech I should just say was recorded several days beforehand so that the Queen wasn't told yes but yes that the cabinet was given the bare bones of the news that he had worsened and he was going into intensive care...
and they it's it's interesting they've under played the seriousness of mr. Johnson's condition all last week and he himself made a couple of Twitter videos where he didn't look well but he was obviously well enough to speak to the country and say look you know stay the course this is working the lockdowns working and so on and then when he was sent to hospital it was described as a precautionary measure so they they were trying not to alarm people which is understandable but some of the critics here have been saying listen you you missed an opportunity to say everybody in this country no matter who you are is susceptible look it's happened to the Prime Minister he's seriously ill he's in the hospital this is the time for all of you to bear down and really cooperate because this disease doesn't discriminate in the long run it will be very interesting in the briefing this afternoon they have regular briefings in the afternoon or what where one or other of the cabinet members speak whether there'll be a step change in tone because it's it's it's clearly very worrisome that mr. Johnson has ended up in the critical care unit sorry Liz when it comes to the UK response to the

coronavirus

give us a bit of a snapshot you know here in the US we're still dealing with some shortages when it comes to protective gear concerns about ventilators whether or not there will be enough once this country reaches the APEC and of course...
concerns about testing what's going on in the UK we're under you might call it a liberal lockdown so people are out in the bout as you can see it's glorious spring weather people are exercising that allowed to walk around they can go to the grocery stores and the pharmacies and that does seem to be working it looked as if the number of deaths was plateauing and over the weekend there was a drop so everybody got their hopes up however it seems to have been a glitch today's numbers are about as bad as last week's kind of seven hundred and a half deaths today so it may be leveling but it's still it's still rising that at the very beginning the the British government was trying to identify every single person with symptoms and do the contact tracing that's been so successful in South Korea but they lost control of it very quickly and since then they've only been testing people who have been brought to hospital they they there's clearly a huge shortage of reliable test kits although they do say they'll be testing a hundred thousand people a day by the end of the month although by then we may be over the worst of it so they were pretty slow off the mark as for ventilators in hospital capacity the news there is much better there was there were these pop-up emergency hospitals built here as I know you've had in the United States and so far there are many empty beds in those so it doesn't look as if the critical care facilities will...
be overwhelmed at least not yet and as for ventilators there's a shortage but the mood music from the medical officer is that they think they'll be able to meet the need as it grows as for peak they were thinking maybe this over Easter weekend but of course it's been pretty unpredictable and the results have been disappointing time after time so nobody's guessing just quietly hoping alright Liz thank you very very much for for that

update

of course we are thinking sending positive energy to the PM there and also for the note on Queen Elizabeth who'd a thunk it there is magic in television we can record things before they actually air I hope we appreciate it as always Liz Japan has declared a state of emergency over the corona virus pandemic that is set to last for at least a month this comes as hospitals in some of the country's biggest cities start to fill up with patients battling the virus there's nearly four thousand confirmed cases in Japan and more than 91 people have died ramune Ascencio is following the latest in tokyo life will only change here in japan as much as its citizens will actually follow that state of emergency declaration that's because it doesn't allow for the kind of force lockdowns we've seen in many countries from China India the Philippines France and Italy it does empower local governments to demand their citizens to stay home but there still is no legal standing to really force them to stay inside so Tokyo...
streets along with several other prefectures under this declaration could still see many people walking around as well as many cars still on those roads now under that declaration businesses and venues can be asked to close to department stores movie theaters and sports stadiums of course the more that are closed the less reason people have to be out services considered essential though those will stay open now that includes supermarkets pharmacies and public transport but those could run on limited schedules the government can also seize to set up emergency medical facilities it could cease medical supplies like masks if they deemed that necessary now geographically this current declaration doesn't apply to all of Japan it does affect Tokyo in three surrounding prefectures you can think of them as jurisdictions similar to u.s. states an estimated 35 million people fall under that that means about one out of four people in Japan are affected and by the way an interesting technological note about adapting to life here it's spring graduation season and one University used remote-controlled robots that's right robots that let students graduate from the safe and social distance of their homes those avatars were dressed in caps and gowns and it's robot had a tablet of course with each of the students faces but the anxiety is real and rising and on twitter the phrase escape from tokyo was trending today the government has asked people to stay where they are to try...
to stop the infection from spreading but because of the nature of that state of emergency declaration they can only ask rainy Inocencio CBS News Tokyo a strict lockdown is under way in Israel ahead of Passover this is a holy week for both Jews and Christians Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced tough restrictions on public movement and travel between cities until Friday morning the Jewish holiday which is observed over the course of a week begins tomorrow evening and officials fear people will still hold customary large gatherings despite the growing virus threat lockdowns tough lockdowns have been in place in ultra-orthodox communities where case numbers have spiked Israel's military is also helping enforce the new restrictions Italy is seeing signs of progress as the country works to crack down on the

coronavirus

officials reported the smallest day to day increasing cases yesterday with nearly 3,600 new infections more than 16,000 people have died from the virus across the country but new reports suggest that number may be underestimated Chris

Live

say takes a closer look at the conditions in the northern part of Italy victim after victim 33 at this nursing home on hazy Mahoney a housekeeper who loved walks in the garden giulio bonne AMI a carpenter and bookworm these are the empty beds that used to belong to patients who died of Koba 19 doctors say but the unnerving thing is that they weren't tested before they died so they don't appear in the official...
number of Koba 19 deaths in Italy the virus struck so hard and so fast they never made it to a hospital and it's only those who died in hospitals that are counted in the national tally even authorities acknowledge the actual death toll may be much higher Nami that killed three residents per day at its peak says dr. badabada kodály and could still strike the fifty-two surviving residents but have they been tested no and neither have we she tells me I might have kovat to two co-workers have died and many others are home sick and it's at home or untold victims also die untested and uncounted like Alice and Alberto Manley police are quick to collect his oxygen tanks now in short supply this disease is wiping out the generation that built everything around us says his son we're you or your father or anyone at your home tested for kovat 19-under reporting the number of dead is common even in NIMH bro a town which already has the highest per-capita death rate in the country we spoke to the mayor who crunched the numbers what's the death toll on Laura don't point according to our analysis it's four times higher most deaths simply aren't counted he says but the families and friends left behind believe every life matters and needs to be remembered Cardinal George Pell is free from prison after Australia's highest court overturned his historic sex abuse conviction the High Court saying in part reasonable doubt should have been considered during the...
appeal now the former Vatican treasurer was released yesterday the ruling ends a five-year legal battle that started when a man accused pal of abusing him as a child in the mid-1990s as part of the decision the Cardinals name will be removed from Australia's child sex offender register Pell was the highest-ranking Catholic official to ever be publicly accused of sexually abusing children under Australian law the ruling cannot be challenged Stephanie Grisham has a step down as White House press secretary Grisham will return to the first lady's office serving as Melania Trump's chief of staff and spokesperson effective immediately now she ever held a formal press briefing during her nine months as press secretary and CBS News has confirmed that Caylee mcenany will take over as the press secretary coming up after the break tens of thousands of

coronavirus

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CBS n 24/7 we've got an amazing story to share with you let's talk about the latest developments there's so many levels to this we have a CBS News exclusive fires in California what happens next and how does it all play out we are on a mission with that so I understand you have some breaking news it's not over yet as the bottom line this is a massive operation it's quite an...
adventure here at CBS n it's been a day good morning to you and welcome to CBS this morning understanding the world we're gonna begin with breaking is begins with the right questions police discovered a motive does the president have a red line here what converters are expect to see today join Gayle King Anthony Mason Antonio Tecopa on CBS this morning we know a little more this morning this is a major development this is a very serious situation more news every morning on the show everyone is talking about we have much more news ahead for you CBS this morning the funeral industry is struggling to keep up with the rapidly increasing death toll caused by the corona virus pandemic already around 11,000 people have died from the virus in the United States and tens of thousands more

live

s are projected to be lost the numbers have created an unprecedented bottleneck at morgues funeral homes and cemeteries and Graham Cait spoke to several funeral directors in New

York

City which is the epicenter of this outbreak here in the US and Graham your joining us now no Graham I remember I think maybe it was last week or we could go the president talking about Elmhurst Hospital in Queens and he was really familiar with and he saw a video of what he described is body bags are lying in the hallway and freezer trucks coming in because of a morgue overflow and you could really tell that he was rattled by those images but after those body bags leave the hospital they have to go to area...
morgues they have to go to area funeral homes how our morgues and Funeral Homes in New

York

coping they're overflowing think of Funeral Directors as the end of the frontline in terms of those who have to directly interact with people who have caught the virus and who could still potentially pass it on through like respiratory microbes and they're saying we have more cases than we can handle and just like in the hospitals we're running short on personal protective equipment and and they point out you know funeral directors are going to be the last in the line of those frontline workers to get that equipment because it's so important to get it to medical workers first and Grahm funeral homes are also enforcing social distancing how is that changing the nature of what they do once a that the business model has completely changed in many cases the bodies are going straight to a crematorium or straight to a grave without there being any chance for a loved one's to be able to go and pay their respects the way we think of like standing in front of a casket and taking the time there and then in other cases when there is able to be a service at a funeral home there are these kind strict rules I've been put into place maybe it's shifts so four or five people can come at a time and then the next four or five people and it all has to be very orderly and very supervised and then of course there are declared virtual services so that's people gathering over...
zoom or FaceTime but not getting to do that personal service that we're used to seeing and for the funeral directors they said that's actually really hard they they pride themselves you don't get into the funeral business if you're not trying to give people like a really good chance to grieve in the way that we've come to expect and right now they have to say to people we can't do it the way maybe you expected to be able to do it for this person or that person may have hoped to I've had but we have to make the best of it right now yeah I think it's a really good point to bring up graham that for funeral directors it you know sort of managing and taking care of the body is one thing but they also really really focus on being supportive of being honorable of sort of stepping in when you know perhaps a family is falling apart and being a steadying stabilizing force and I and much of that has to do with probably you know sort of being intimate touching someone hugging them when they need a hug giving them a handkerchief when they're crying and they can't do any of that stuff and then there is just sort of the basic kind of like I said managing the bodies but sort of the basic things that you need to do like finding a place for the body to go cemetery plots are there enough cemetery plots so I don't actually have a number of the number of cemetery plots in New

York

but what we do know is that they're coming and so fast that yesterday...
for it since they were talking about well we have to create temporary internment sites and there was some argument between officials about whether that'll happen New

York

City actually has an island that over over the course of about two centuries they've used as like a potter's field and this would be the first time that it's not just for like unidentified people they would be talking about using that or just the overflow of bodies and of course there's been some argument about whether or not the city is actually considering that but you did have multiple officials saying that look and in the long run this is a plan that you've always had and we've just never actually had implemented before and then when you talk about for where there are funeral services these guys are all exhausted they're said we're not even sleeping because it's just funeral after funeral after funeral and we want to make sure that we can do it as right as we can and that takes time let me ask you gran where are I mean funeral directors people who work and more as they are essential services but where are they in the line to receive protective gear they say they're at the end of the line and they say they understand that right right so I spoke to the president of the New

York

State Funeral Directors Association and he said I understand that hospital workers and medical employees need the PPE the personal protective equipment anybody said we need it too and...
we're the last ones to get it and every to a tee every funeral director that I spoke to said I still have some supplies but I am running low and I can't figure out where I'm going to get the next shipment you contact the places that sell them and they said you're now on the list but there's no estimate for when you might get it and and they're kind of relying on their state association to figure out where to get a very large supply of masks and gloves and all the equipment you see medical personnel aware and he told me you know I even my normal suppliers are saying you're not you're not that the main priority right now Wow well grandma thank you so much there's so many different ways that this virus impacts the way we

live

things that we have taken for granted before really appreciate your reporting thanks thank you so so the US Surgeon General says that efforts to flatten the curve of care to be making a difference he's talking about social distancing he insists it is still very very crucial and important and he also says that the country needs to do a much better job when it comes to testing dr. Jerome Adams spoke about this on CBS this morning I started off the week of telling Americans that this was going to be a really rough week but I also wanted Americans to understand that when we've dealt with tough times in the past the country has rallied and and what we're seeing now is the country is rallying we're seeing New...

York

and New Jersey have hospitalizations level off and start to come down deaths are starting to a slow down and level off and that's important because it tells us mitigation is working it tells us what the American people are doing by staying at home and by social distancing by practicing good hygiene and the 30-day guidelines for America are actually effective and they will help us get through to the other side of this unfortunate tragedy dr. Adams how can we be sure that mitigation is working as well as we hope it to be working when we don't know to put it plainly how many Americans actually have this virus because we don't have widespread testing so to put it more bluntly how do we know when we're in the clear and we can get back to normal if we don't know how widespread this is well there are two questions in there and I'll quickly unpacked both of them the most important thing is that we know mitigation is working because when we look at the curves of Washington in California we see that they've been very flat and that's coincident with them instituting aggressive mitigation we see Italy in Spain down on the down slopes of their curve coincident with them starting mitigation so we know mitigation is working now you mentioned testing testing is a concern we are going to be at 2 million tests this week and it's rapidly ramping up with the commercial industry coming on board we're also seeing more people doing antibody testing so...
what I want the American people to know is I've talked with Admiral Jawad I speak with him every day he's our testing czar and he assures me that by the end of this month we should be not only just doing diagnostic testing but also having good surveillance testing across the country at 2 million people by the end of this week we're getting really close to South Korea's initial testing surge numbers and we are in fact doing surveillance testing in some parts of the country where they haven't seen a big increase in cases so we're not there yet but we are moving in the right direction and of course that surveillance testing is so important I want to touch on another point of concern and that is the the death rate among African Americans in Louisiana we heard the

governor

say 70% of the fatalities are people of color in Chicago we heard the mayor more than 70% in that city your response to that and should the CDC or the federal government be tracking this virus demographically to warn people well absolutely the CDC and the federal government should be and are tracking this virus and trying to break it down by different demographic groups so that we can help people understand but my office long before Kovan 19 has been talking about health equity has been talking about the need to help people understand when they're at risk and to actually intervene and when you look at being black in America number one people unfortunately are more likely to be of low...
socioeconomic status which makes it harder to social distance number two we know that blacks are more likely to have diabetes heart disease lung disease and I've shared myself personally that I have high blood pressure that I have heart disease and spent a week in the ICU due to a heart condition then I actually have asthma and I'm pre-diabetic and so I represent that legacy of growing up poor and black in America and I and many black Americans are at higher risk for kovin it's why we need everyone to do their part to slow the spread so doctor I imagine that it's frustrating for you to hear those numbers seventy percent of the dead in Louisiana people have call our African Americans is there a predation you have for that community recommendation my recommendation is to understand that you are at risk you are not immune and and my recommendation is to all of America that we're really doing this to protect not just ourselves but each other every single person who stays at home whether you're white black brown or yellow is a person who is not spreading kovat and is a person who can protect their neighbors when you wear a cloth facial covering if you go outside you're doing it to protect your neighbor and now is really the time for us to come together and say look I'm doing this not just for me and my family but I'm doing this for my community and all the communities across the country and it is working we will get through this we are seeing...
progress but America has the power to change the trajectory of this epidemic the public really needs to keep doing their part America's top doctor therefore more interviews like this stream CBS this morning weekdays at 7:00 Eastern right here on CBS n the help minister of the health of British prime minister rather Boris Johnson has taken a turn for the worse as he continues to battle cope at 19 we're gonna have the latest on his condition after a short break keep it right here you're streaming CBS you you can

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CBS n 24/7 we've got an amazing story to share with you let's talk about the latest developments there's so many levels to this we have a CBS News exclusive fires in California what happens next and how does it all play out we are on a mission with a so I understand you have some breaking news but it's not over yet as the bottom line this is a massive operation it's quite an adventure here at CBS n it's been a day good morning to you and welcome to CBS this morning understanding the world we're gonna begin with breaking news begins with the right questions a police discovered a motive does the president have a redline here what can voters are expect to see today join Gayle King Anthony Mason and Tonio Tecopa on CBS this morning we know a little more this morning this is a major development this is a very serious situation more news every morning on the show everyone is talking about we have much more news ahead for you CBS...
this morning so commercial labs are struggling to keep up with the increased demand for more Corona buyers testing many states have a sort of increased their testing throughout the entire state meanwhile there's a backlog there are tens of thousands of tests that have already been conducted and people are waiting for the results and hospitals say that this is wasting precious resources Jericka Duncan has more on that I think you want to know what's going on with your body and then what you might be facing you know further ahead Mike Hoffer says he was left without answers for eight days after taking a Kovan 19 tests oh you're in this constant worry of you know is you know he's gonna wake up in the morning he don't wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air his wife Lisa said the lack of information also left friends and family wondering if they were exposed in the meantime not only can we not get answers we can't give answers to our employers to our friends to our family people that we had been around in the couple weeks before Mike's test was administered by his local urgent care but even national groups like LabCorp are reporting turnaround times of four to five days and quest Diagnostics tells CBS this morning it is still working to clear eighty thousand tests from its backlog that's down from 160,000 tests nearly two weeks ago should the private laboratories be doing more I think everybody needs to be doing more and then private...
labs are part of the solution my sense is that they are working as hard as they can dr. ashish ja is the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute about testing you don't know how much disease there is you can't isolate people who are infected you can't make treatment plans for people who are infected hospital officials say testing also helps them manage resources like bet availability and personal protective equipment or PPE when it comes down to lab testing turnaround time is PPE dr. Jeff Baird is the acting chair of laboratory medicine at UW Medicine in Seattle he's the hospital's in-house testing can process results within hours which helps them save valuable resources for the hospitalized patient or the patient evaluated in the emergency room or a clinic we need to treat all of those patients when they come in as if they have it because if they do we need to be protected and if they don't we can then relax our PPE standards and treat them in a more appropriate way but it's not just private companies struggling to keep up as a Sunday more than 14,000 people in California are waiting test results from both private and public health labs many other states have yet to report specific numbers on testing backlogs inconsistencies between states inspired the Kovach tracking project which collects all the data state by state in one place Alexis Madrigal a writer for The Atlantic is a co-founder we feel like if you're part of the National...
Response this epidemic then you owe the nation transparency what we need from them is not perfection but transparency honesty and openness all right let's bring in Jericka Duncan now to talk about this surgery care clearly it looks like we have a lot of work to do when it comes to getting the results of these tests what are commercial labs saying about the backlog well they're saying that they have increased their testing capacity and I think when you look back at these two main companies that we looked at with quest and LabCorp which total right now have performed over a million tests they were sort of the first ones out the gate that first week in March March 5th March 9th is when those companies started testing and I think there was such an influx that they didn't realize the amount of testing material that it was going to take and that they in fact weren't going to be able to perform all these tests within those you know 5 to 7 days that they were saying in the beginning then it's now 4 to 5 days on average to get the result but after this story first aired on CBS this morning I've received a few tweets from people saying my results took two weeks someone said their result took three weeks I have a close friend of mine whose sister she said is still waiting for her results so you gonna find places and people all across this country who are waiting for the results and the problem with that is twofold it's peace of mind and not knowing because...
you could then be spreading it or infecting other people or you start to question who who I may have been in contact with and then of course you know the more knowledge we know about who's infected the better we can treat it although many doctors will tell you that the treatment plan doesn't change even when people are positive for koban 19 a doctor generally will tell you to stay home and self-quarantine of course unless you're having respiratory problems I personally have experience with that I was not able to get a test but I know that due to the shortage of tests they they're telling people of course to go home and quarantine especially here in New

York

City but they are getting a handle on the backlog I think it was just a matter again of in the beginning not realizing just how many tests that they were gonna be expected to perform in a short amount of time so jurika what about the gentleman in the beginning of your story Michael Hoffer did he ever actually get his results that's a great question he did get his results and he tested negative but a day after getting the results his symptoms got worse he had a tough time breathing he actually went to the hospital and then they decided to test him there again and he tested positive so that becomes a separate story of people who get a test and in fact they do have

coronavirus

but maybe it's a false negative test so I'm sure we'll be you know looking into that more but he did test negative on...
that first one and again went back to get treatment the hospital tested him and he did in fact have

coronavirus

but as you saw in the piece he's doing much better now got the test back sorry I'm ER say that again blind that's okay sorry there's a delay I just wanted to know what his family what his family had to say about the the results of the test when they got that back well at first it was sort of a relief again it's that idea of a peace peace of mind but then it's like you have to listen to your body and pay attention to those symptoms that we keep hearing about and then of course to find out that your relative does in fact have

coronavirus

well then everyone in the family who's been in contact with him and his immediate family was naturally concerned as far as we know everyone is fine right now but then you know what's so tricky about

coronavirus

es you could not show symptoms for days at a time or you could have someone in your household that does have symptoms and other people do have symptoms or they don't have symptoms and then you have symptoms so I think it just depends but the family's doing well but without a doubt it was frustrating for them in the beginning to not know then to find out only to find out that in fact mr. Holford did have

coronavirus

I hope you get an opportunity to follow up on that second story that you were talking about which is this you know false negative or maybe well I mean maybe when he tested weeks...
and weeks ago we didn't have it but in the meantime he picked it up I think that's a really really interesting story I can't imagine how nerve-racking it is for his family ad Rica thank you so much for talking with us yeah it's one we're working on so stay tuned good good so in the meantime a New

York

doctor is hoping that her very creative video will give people a sense of just how quickly the corona virus can spread Jenna DeAngelis from our CBS New

York

station WCBS reports on that person comes into an office or NGO home this is what happens using props at Long Island office Ageless MD dr. Roxanne Carrefour walks us through just how fast the corona virus can spread person sneezes all place their own violence this is closing on the floor latching on to anything it can from someone's credit card to their drink the floor and the next person who walks in it's waiting for the next body to come in that's where she says disinfecting your shoes cleaning surfaces and of course constantly washing your hands comes in and the only way to start it is stained dr. Carrefour who was board-certified in anti-aging and regenerative medicine is trying to stress to the younger population demonstrating in another facebook video how the aging cell gets attacked this time using eggs this is a young cell here you see the yolk is the inside of the cell the outside of the cell is called the lipid layer every single cell in your body has a lipid layer to protect you the...
younger cell has that protection and older cell if you look at this yolk doesn't have that protection so look what happened already and it destroys the cell she's hoping her two videos will send one main message the other on this is to stop the spread by staying home Jenna DeAngelis cbs2 news so that video almost reminds me a little bit of you remember the the war on drugs video where you know this is your brain this is your brain on drugs with a frying pan like there's something about an egg in a frying pan it's very very vivid hopefully people get get the message in the meantime I've got some breaking news often right I'm sure it worked right a clean and sober yeah so we've got some breaking news for you Stephanie Grisham has stepped down as the White House press secretary we just found out about this today the news comes as president Trump's new chief of staff reorganizes the staff in parts of the West Wing now Grisham will return to the first lady's office serving as Melania Trump's chief of staff and spokesperson effective immediately in a press release from the first lady's office Grisham said that her White House replacement will be announced in the coming days so we sort of caught a little bit of wind of this Vlad I think earlier this week and in fact I think some reporters called brush him at home she was under quarantine and asked her if it was true and she said she hadn't heard anything at all but after all she was...
under quarantine turns out the news was true yeah I'm Maria and I you know I'm pretty certain to that that Stephanie Grisham never held an actual formal press briefing so I'd have to be fact-checked on the historical antecedents but I would think that this would make her the only White House press secretary in modern times would not held a formal press briefing I could be wrong about that but you know there have been so many things that have occurred over the last couple of months and yet as we know the President of the United States has always said and many believe that he is the best communicator as far as as the his administration and his supporters think that he is the one to most effectively communicate his message but it is remarkable that she never actually held a formal press briefing so the news again out of the White House that CBS News has confirmed is that Stephanie Grisham will be returning to the first lady's office and we will wait to find out who the next press secretary will be still ahead here on CBS n the latest on the corona virus outbreak we're gonna bring you

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find that at CBS news.com we'll be right back understanding the world we're gonna begin with breaking is begins with the right questions police discovered a motive does the president have a red line here what can voters are expect to see today CBS this morning be BSN thanks for joining us I'm Paula Ebben there is new hope that social distancing may be working in New

York

the Coronis at the

coronavirus

epicenter in the u.s. hospitalizations are down for another day but new hot spots are emerging as the numbers nationwide continue to climb there are more than 300 68,000 reported cases of the virus and the death toll has reached more than 11,000 here in the US Michael George has the latest military medical workers are treating

coronavirus

patients inside New

York

City's Javits Convention Center we're mobilizing in the same way that we mobilize to go to war in this war with an invisible enemy the New

York

Times reports it took a month for 5,000 people to die in the US but then just five days for another 5000 to die more than 40% of the deaths have been in New

York

but the

governor

says social distancing is working and has double defines for people who get too close to people they don't

live

with now we're projecting that we are reaching a plateau and the total number of hospitalizations and you can see the growth and you see it starting to flatten field hospitals are now helping relieve the strain on New

York

's hospitals a new one opens today here...
at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center home of the US Open it has 350 beds for non-critical

coronavirus

patients there are now at least 22 field hospitals open or about to open in 18 states including this one going up inside Detroit's Convention Center you're gonna have some sick people here and you know in Louisiana more than 1800 new cases were reported Monday bringing the total to nearly 15,000 of the state's 512 deaths 70% are african-americans when you look at being black in America number one people unfortunately are more likely to be of low socioeconomic status which makes it harder to social distance number two we know that blacks are more likely to have diabetes heart disease lung disease and in Wisconsin social distancing voting the presidential primary is taking place in the battleground state despite Democratic efforts to delay it the state's Democratic

governor

says Republican lawmakers are forcing people to choose between their health and their right to vote Michael George CBS News New

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in the last few days hospitalizations have stabilized in New

York

but many cases could be going undetected US Surgeon General Jerome Adams addressed this concern on CBS this morning dr. Adams how can we be sure that mitigation is working as well as we hope it to be working when we don't know to put it plainly how many Americans actually have this virus because we don't have widespread testing so to put it more bluntly how do we know when we're in...
the clear and we can get back to normal if we don't know how widespread this is well there are two questions in there and I'll quickly unpack both of them the most important thing is that we know mitigation is working because when we look at the curves of Washington in California we see that they've been very flat and that's coincident with them instituting aggressive mitigation we see Italy in Spain down on the down slopes of their curve coincident with them starting mitigation so we know mitigation is working now you mentioned testing testing is a concern we are going to be at 2 million tests this week and it's rapidly ramping up with the commercial industry coming on board we're also seeing more people doing antibody testing so what I want the American people to know is I've talked with Admiral Cho why I speak with him every day he's our testing czar and he assures me that by the end of this month we should be not only just doing diagnostic testing