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>> ERIN, THANK YOU >>> THE NAVY CAPTAIN RELEASE D FROM DUTY HAS BEEN TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS TWO OF HIS CLASSMATES TOLD THE "NEW YORK TIMES" THE CAPTAIN IS NOW QUARANTINED IN GUAM HUNDREDS OF SAILORS CHEERED FOR THEIR CAPTAIN AS HE DEPARTED ON FRIDAY >> A NAVY SPOKESMAN DECLINED COMMENT ON THE CAPTAIN'S SDPATS IT'S UNCLEAR WHEN HE TESTED FSH THE VIRUS

>>> AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS-RELATED EMERGENCY CALLS SPIKE, PARAMEDICS ARE TAKING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS LIKE NEVER BEFORE CREWS SIT UP BEFORE ANY CALL THAT COULD INVOLVE THE VIRUS NOW A NEW TEST COULD CHANGE THE GAME FOR THEM KERRY SANDERS HAS MORE >> Reporter: LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES IN NEW YORK CITY, THIS PARAMEDIC 18 YEARS ON THE JOB >> IT'S DIFFICULT TO LOOK A PATIENT IN THE FACE AND TRY MAKING THEM BELIEVE SERVING GOING TO BE OKAY AND YOU KNOW THEY ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT >> Reporter: PARAMEDICS IN FLORIDA GETTING MORE CALLS BY THE DAY HIKE THIS >> HI, I'M HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING

I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO FAINT >> I'M GOING TO STAY ON THE PHONE WITH YOU OKAY >> IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY >> IT HURTS TO BREATHE >> Reporter: PARAMEDICS KNOW THEY ARE HEADED TO A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE WHEN THEY HEAR THIS >> POSSIBLE P-36 >> THAT MEANS SUIT UP, HEAD TO TOE IT COULD BE A POSSIBLE VIRUS CAUSE PARAMEDICS ANSWERING THOSE 911 CALLS TOOK BLOOD TESTS RESULTS IN 15 MINUTES THE TESTS REVEAL IF THEY HAVE CORONAVIRUS ANTI BODIES

>> IT'S A SCREENING TOOL THE BEST ANALOGY IS INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE FOREST BLIND, NOW WITH THIS TEST YOU CAN SEE THE TREES AND PERHAPS SEE A WAY OUT >> Reporter: THE RAPID TEST ACQUIRED FROM CHINA THE 19-YEAR VETERAN ON A VIRUS RUN JUST DAYS AGO >> THIS TEST SHOWING NO EXPOSURE HIS WIFE IS A NURSE >> BOTH ARE TERSE FIG WE'RE GOING TO BRING IT HOME TO OUR KIDS >> Reporter: HERE IN FLORIDA THERE ARE 12,000 CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS THE RATE OF SPREAD ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ONE NEW CASE EVERY 72 SECONDS

FROM NEW YORK THE STORY IS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AT 50 YEARS OLD, WITH HIS OWN PROBLEMS AN AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE >> IF I GET IT AND DIE, IT'S MY LIFE IT'S PART OF MY JOB >> Reporter: NBC NEWS >>> GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS CASES HAVE PASSED 12 MILLION

AND WHILE THE US CONTINUES TO CARET THE TORCH FOR THE MOST INFECTED, EUROPE IS SEEING SIGNS OF HOPE A DECLINE IN CASES AND DEATHS A BRIGHT SPOT COMES AS CHINA IS GEARING UP TO EASE RESTRICTIONS

FOR THE LATEST ON GLOBAL RESPONSE TO THE THE OUTBREAK, WE TURN TO LONDON BREAK IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT >> GOOD MORNING, AN EXTRAORDINARY 24 HOURS HERE BORIS JOHNSON CHECKED INTO HOSPITAL LAST NIGHT WE AN UPDATE ON HIS CONDITION ABOUT TWO HOURS FROM NOW THAT FOLLOWED A SPEECH BY THE QUEEN, ONLY THE FIFTH TIME IN HIS HISTORY SHE'S GIVEN AN ADDRESS TO THE NATION THAT'S OUTSIDE OF THE CHRISTMAS ADDRESSES IT WAS A FOUR-MINUTE SPEECH

SHE CALLED ON PEOPLE TO RATTLLY TOGETHER, STAY AT HOME AND SAY PEOPLE WERE DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB OF THAT TO ITALY NOW, WHICH HAS BEEN HARD HIT BY THE VIRUS MORE THAN B 100 HEALTH WORKERS THERE NOW CONFIRMED DEAD FROM THE VIRUS THERE'S SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT EXTENDING SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS ON MASK WEARING SO PROTECTING HEALTH WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN SPAIN WE HAVE SEEN A SLIGHT DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF UNFECTIONS THAT IS GIVING FOLKS HOPE ACROSS EUROPE AS THESE STAY IN PLACE ORDERS CONTINUE FINALLY IN WUHAN, THERE'S A BIT OF HOPE THERE

IN THREE DAYS WE UNDERSTAND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO LIFT SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS, SOME OF THE PHYSICAL BARRIERS IT'S BEEN SINCE MID-JANUARY THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INSIDE IN THAT CITY MAYBE JUST A LITTLE BIT OF HOPE THERE AS PEOPLE START MOVING AROUND >> CAL LIFE LIVE FOR US IN LONDON, THANK YOU >>> IT'S EASY TO LOSE TRACK OF DAY WHEN IS YOU'RE STUCK AT HOME, BUT IT IS MONDAY LET'S SEE WHAT THE WEATHER WILL BE LOOKING LIKE OUT THERE VANESSA WEBB IS JOINING US >> I HAVE THE POSITIVE NEWS OF THE DAY WE'RE GOING TO SEE A THE LOT OF SUNSHINE AND WARM AIR PUMPING THIS FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTHEAST

CURRENTLY, TEMPERATURES ARE ABOVE NORMAL WE'RE SITTING AT 50 DEGREES FOR NEW YORK CITY IN THE UPPER 60s FROM NEW ORLEANS RIGHT NOW SO WE DO HAVE MALL STORM SYSTEM THAT'S GOING TO MAKE ITS WAY FROM THE UPPER MIDWEST TO CENTRAL TIER A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY TODAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD >> VERY WARM THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON

ST LOUIS IS AT 70 TODAY ALL THAT RAIN THROUGHOUT YOUR AFTERNOON ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY ENJOY THIS BEFORE RAIN MOVES IN BY TUESDAY >> SO FANTASTIC WEATHER FOR TODAY BUT RAIN IS COMING QUICKLY >> THANK YOU SO MUCH >>> LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT HAS BEEN ELECTED INTO THE MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME THE HONOR COMES TWO MONTHS AFTER HE DIED IN A TRAGIC HELICOPTER CRASH HIS WIFE AND ELDEST DAUGHTER APPEARED ON ESPN SHORTLY AFTER THE A ANNOUNCEMENT >> OBVIOUSLY, WE WISH THAT HE WAS HERE WITH US TO CELEBRATE, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY THE PEAK OF HI >>> WE'RE BACK WITH A NEW WARNING AS SCAMMERS ARE TRYING TO PROFIT OFF OF THE OUTBREAK

AUTHORITIES NOW CRACKING DUN ON EVERYTHING FROM PRICE GOUGING TO PRFRAUDULENT TESTING SITES SAM BROCK HAS MORE >> WE'RE AT 1th AND BROADWAY WHERE THE ALLEGED STATIONS HAVE SET UP AGAIN >> Reporter: PEOPLE IN HAZMAT SUITS AND PROTECTIVE GEAR OPERATING WHAT'S PRESENTED AS COVID-19 TESTING >> ARE YOU — >> EXCUSE ME >> ARE YOU TAKING SWABS? >> OFFICIALS LIKE BARBARA TELL US IT'S A SCAMP THEY ARE TESTING WITHOUT GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND WITHOUT EVEN TAKING NASAL SAMPLES >> THEY MAY GO THROUGH 40 OR 50 PEOPLE IN A TEST WEARING THE SAME GLOVES AND WE HAVE THE PHOTOS OF THEM TAKING OFF ALL THEIR STUFF AT THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK AND DRIVING OFF AND THEN THE NEXT DAY PUTTING IT ALL ON AND GOING TO ANOTHER LOCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY >> Reporter: AS VICTIMS REVEAL THEIR HEART ACHE >> IT'S THE WORST THING EVER TO EVEN HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I'M GOING TO ON TOP OF IT TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF >> Reporter: SIGNS OF LEGITIMATE GEAR EMERGE HOLY NAME HOSPITAL HAD TO RETURN A THOUSAND SAFETY MASKS >> THEY DID NOT HAVE THE CERTIFICATION FOR THE MASK NEED AND THE FACT THAT WE WERE VERY CONCERNED, WE SHIPPED THEM BACK

>> Reporter: SHHOSPITAL EQUIPMET DISTRIBUTORS SAYING THE SEARCH FOR QUALITY MASKS IS BORDERING ON IMPOSSIBLE >> OUT OF THE 300 WE VETTED, WE HAVEN'T FOUND ONE THAT'S LEGITIMATE >> Reporter: PREPARE FOR A WAVE OF SCAMS AS THOSE VICTIMIZED SPEAK OUT >> I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN VIOLATED AND PEOPLE ARE TRULY DEMONIC SFWLR ONE OF THE REASONS THERE'S SO MANY WARNING ABOUT FRAUD IS $2 TRILLION STIMULUS PACKAGE PASSED BY CONGRESS MEANT >>> ROB GRONKOWSKI IS UP DON'T DO IT HE TOOK OUT EVERYONE >> FORMER NFL STAR ROB GRONKOWSKI CAPTURED HIS FIRST WWE TITLE IN FRONT OF NO FANS AT WRESTLE MANIA

GRONK STAGE DIVING ON TO A SEA OF HUMANITY PINNING TO EARN THE CHAMPIONSHIP >> WITHOUT THE CROWD, THEY COULD HEAR THE COMMENTARY BETTER AND THEY APPRECIATED THAT >> SOME SORT OF SPORLT ISPORTING EVENT GOING A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION >>> LET'S TURN TO WALL STREET TO GET A LOOK AT WHAT'S AHEAD GOOD MORNING >> GOOD MORNING TO YOU WALL STREET IS HOPING TO START THE WEEK ON A BRIGHTER NOTE THE FRIDAY SESSION WE SAW THE MARKET AGAIN CLOSE DOWN

WE SAW A DROP OF 2 % FOR THE LAX OF DOW IN TERMS OF FUTURES, THEY ARE POINTING HIGHER BEY MORE THAN 70 POINTS OVER THE WEEKEND THE SERIES OF TWEETS THAT HE'S BEGINNING TO BECOME MORE OPTIMISTIC THE PEAKS OF CORONAVIRUS CASES ALSO THE COMMENTS MENTIONED VACCINES AND TREATMENT AND THE FACT ALMOST THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS LOCKED DOWN HE ORIGINALLY CALLED FOR A SHUTDOWN, BUT INVESTORS ARE CAUTION WHEN IT COMES TO AIRLINES, MORE DRASTIC CUTS FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES IT WILL SLASH FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK CITY BY MORE THAN 90% NOW THESE CUTS COME AS NEW YORK EMERGES AS A HOT SPOT FOR CORONAVIRUS WHEN IT COMES TO THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS JUST THREE DAILY FLIGHTS FROM JFK IT TELLHOUSE HOW MANY FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN CUT EXACTLY ALSO AIRLINE STOCKS ALL THE AIRLINE SECTOR IS DOWN 66% SO FAR SINCE MID-FEBRUARY >>> WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FL FLATTEN THE CURVE, I WANT TO SHOW YOU THROUGHOUT THE LAST THREE WEEKS

YOU SEE THE DRAMATIC DROP ON SUNDAY AND THAT IS WHAT WE SAW YESTERDAY SATURDAY TO SUNDAY, IT'S DRAMATIC FOR THE NORTHEAST TO THE SOUTH TODAY IS GOING TO BE A VERY BIG DAY TO SEE IF THIS IS AN >>> WE WANTED TO CHEER YOU UP I'D LIKE YOU TO MEET SOMEBODY >> I DON'T KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO EVERYTHING YOU GUYS ARE DOING AND PUTTING YOUR HEALTH ALL THE RISK IN ALL OF THAT YOU'RE JUST PHENOMENAL PHENOMENAL >> WELL, THANK YOU >> WHILE ON JIMMY KIMMEL, JENNIFER ANISTON GOT TO SURPRIS A NURSE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

THANKING HER FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE EVERY DAY >> WE CAN SAY THANK YOU ALL YOU WANT IT'S SOMETHING DIFFERENT WHEN JENNIFER ANISTON SAYS THANK YOU >>> CELEB FITS ALL OVER THE PLACE STEPPING UP HERE ANOTHER ONE MEDIA MOGUL TYLER PERRY LEFT A $21,000 STIPTIP FOR THE WEIGHT STAFF AT HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT HE LEFT $500 WORTH OF TIPS FOR OUT OF WORK SERVERS HE WAS JUST THERE TO PICK UP SOME TAKEOUT WHEN HE USED SOME OF HIS FORTUNE TO HELP OUT THE STAFF THERE >> THAT'S JUST NOT A LITTLE DIFFERENCE THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE OF THEM BEING A ABLE TO PAY THEIR BILLS FOR A COUPLE MONTHS >> HE COVERED 42 OF THEM >>> ADAM SANDLER GOT A BUNCH OF PALS TOGETHER FOR A NIGHT OF LAUGHS TO RAISE MONEY FOR STRUGGLING COMEDIANS HOWIE MANDEL, BOB SAGET WERE PART OF THIS LIVE STREAM THEY TALKED ABOUT THEIR BESSETTES AND RAISED OVER $300,000 DOING IT

VERY COOL >> IT IS THEY ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO HELP THEIR OWN THE ACTOR FUNDRAISE D MONEY NOW COMMODE YANS LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR OWN RAISING SOME MONEY WE HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP THE ENTERTAINERS AFLOAT FOR THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS >>> WITH ALL THE GYMS CLOSED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, A GUY IN OHIO FLEXED HIS CREATIVITY HE BENCH PRESSED AND A LOT MORE OUT OF LOGS IT TOOK 60 HOURS OVER TWO WEEKS TO BUILD ALL THAT EQUIPMENT BUT THE MAKESHIFT GYM GIVES HIM A PRETTY COMPLETE WORKOUT

>> IT GIVES YOU SO MUCH GOOD TIME TO HAVE PROGRESS WITH A PROJECT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AND THIS ST LOUIS BLUES PLAYER IS STAYING ACTIVE WITH HIS NEW WORKOUT PARTNER THIS VIDEO WAS SHARED OF HIS SON FOLLOWING AB AB WORKOUT ON TWITTER HE HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH ENERGY TO KEEP UP WITH HIS DAD HE WAS DEFINITELY STAYING IN SHAPE DURING NHL US IS SUSPENSION >> HE NEEDS THE KID TO WATCH THE OTHER VIDEO

GET SOME HELP WORKING ON A BENCH PRESS >> MAYBE HE COULD SEND HIM SOME OF THE DUMBBELLS HE MADE >> THIS IS ONE OF THE GOOD THINGS WE'RE SEEING WE NEED TO FIND THE SUBTLE INVESTSILVER LININGS PARTICIPANTS ARE SPENDING EXTRA TIME BONDING WITH THEIR CHILDREN >> A LOT V THESE BEHIND THE SCENES VISIT >>> IN THE DAYS AHEAD, AMERICA WILL ENDURE THE PEAK OF THIS TERRIBLE PANDEMIC OUR WARRIORS IN THIS LIFE AND DEATH BATTLE ARE THE INCREDIBLE DOCTORS AND NURSES AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINE OF THE FIGHT WE PLEDGE TO THEM OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE AND EVERLASTING SUPPORT

>> AS AMERICA'S SURGEON GENERAL ALSO SAID, WE'RE HEADING INTO THIS GENERATION'S PEARL HARBOR MOMENT AS THE SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES AND DEATHS IS EXPECTED TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS IN THE COMING DAYS >>> TO THE FRONT LINES WHERE PARAMEDICS ARE BEING PUSHED TO THE LIMIT >> BEWARE OF SCAMMERS FROM COUNTERFEIT MASKS TO FAKE TESTING SITES >>> WITH THE REPORT OF ONE TIGER AT A NEW YORK ZOO TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO THE OTHER FRONT LINE OF WHO'S CARING FOR THESE ZOO ANIMALS IN DAYS OF ISOLATION "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >>> WE'RE BEGINNING YET ANOTHER WEEK OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THIS COULD BE THE MOST PAINFUL ONE YET IN AMERICA THE DEATH TOLL CONTINUES TO RISE IN AMERICA MORE THAN A THOUSAND DEATHS WERE REPORTED NATIONWIDE IN JUST 24 HOURS

CITIES ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THEIR PEAK NUMBER OF CASES SOON MORE AND MORE, STATES ARE ISSUING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD BUT EIGHT GOVERNORS ARE STILL HOLDING OUT WITH PARTIAL RESTRICTIONS OR NONE AT ALL >> AUTHORITIES IN TEXAS WILL BEGIN SCREENING DRIVER WHS WHO CROSS STATE LINES FROM LOUISIANA IN ORDER TO ENFORCE A TWO-WEEK QUARANTINE ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" THE CORONAVIRUS DEATH RATE IN PARTS OF NEW ORLEANS IS DOUBLE THE RATE OF NEW YORK CITY LOUISIANA HAS REPORTED MORE THAN 13,000 CASES AND NEARLY 500 DEATHS >> IN GEORGIA A STATE WHITE SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER ALLOWED BEACHES TO REOPEN

LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE PUSHING BACK AT THE DECISION BUT THE GOVERNOR SAYS PATROLS ARE MAKING SURE BEACH GOERS PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING >>> THE BRONX ZOO ANNOUNCED THAT A TIGER HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND SIX OTHER BIG CATS ALSO SHOWING SYMPTOMS ALL OF THE ANIMALS ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER >>> NEW YORK IS BY FAR THE HARDEST HIT REGION IN AMERICA THE STATE REPORTS MORE THAN 120,000 CASES LOCAL LEADERS HAVE BEEN PLEADING FOR MORE HELP FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS

APPLE SAYS IT HAS DONATED 20 MILLION MASKS TO HOSPITALS ALREADY >>> GENERAL MOTORS HAS OVERHAULED THEIR FACTORIES TO PRODUCE PROTECTIVE GEAR THE AUTO MAKER IS SHARING STEP BY STEP MANUFACTURING PLANS TO 600 SUPPLIERS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO JOIN THE CAUSE >>> COMEDIANS ARE HEALING THROUGH LAUGHTER DURING A CHARITY EVENT ONLINE THEY'VE RAISED MORE THAN $300,000 FOR THE PANDEMIC >>> NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING AND EXPECTED TO CONTINUE GROWING WITH HEALTH OFFICIALS WARNING THE PANDEMIC WILL LIKELY GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER

>> Reporter: WITH THE NATION'S DEATH TOLL RISING THE PRESIDENT TRIED TO REASSURE AMERICANS >> WE ALL KNOW WE WILL REACH A CERTAIN POINT AND THAT POINT IS GOING TO BE A HORRIFIC POINT IN TERMS OF DEATH BUT IT'S ALSO A POINT AT WHICH THINGS ARE GOING TO START CHANGING >> Reporter: WHILE THE NATION'S TOP DOCTOR DELIVERED A GRIM WARNING >> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT, OUR 9/11 MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES

>> Reporter: ON THE FRONT LINES IN NEW YORK WITH NEARLY 40% OF THE NATION'S CASES, THE DAILY DEATH TOLL IS DROPPING >> WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL >> Reporter: MOST STATES ARE UNDER A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER SOME GOVERNORS HAVE REFUSED >> SO IT'S MORE IMPORTANT IN A MESSAGE TO DO YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE AND BRING A MASK WITH YOU >> Reporter: WHILE ACROSS THE COUNTRY CHURCHES FOUND A WAY TO CELEBRATE PALM SUNDAY MASS AT A NEARLY EMPTY ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL IN MANHATTAN

>> Reporter: WHILE A PENNSYLVANIA CONGREGATION MADE PALM FRONDS AVAILABLE CURB SIDE LEANING ON FAITH IN A TIME OF FEAR >>> AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS RELATED EMERGENCY CALLS SPIKE, PARAMEDICS ARE TAKING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS LIKE NEVER BEFORE CREWS SUIT UP IN PROTECTIVE GEAR BEFORE ANY CALL THAT COULD INVOLVE THE VIRUS NOW A NEW TEST COULD CHANGE THE GAME FOR THEM >> Reporter: RIGHT FROM THE FRONT LINES IN NEW YORK CITY, PARAMEDIC JEFF HOMESTEAD 18 YEARS ON THE JOB

>> IT'S DIFFICULT TO LOOK A PATIENT IN THE FACE AND TRY TO MAKE THEM BELIEVE EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT >> Reporter: WATCHING THOSE DEVELOPMENTS CLOSELY, PARAMEDICS IN FLORIDA GETTING MORE CALLS BY THE DAY LIKE THIS >> HI I'M HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING AND EVERY TIME I TRY TO STAND UP I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO FAINT >> I'M GOING TO STAY ON THE LINE WITH YOU, OKAY >> OKAY

>> IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY >> IT LIKE HURTS TO BREATHE >> Reporter: IN SOUTH FLORIDA, PARAMEDICS NOW KNOW THEY'RE HEADED TO A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE WHEN THEY HEAR THIS >> POSSIBLE P-36 >> Reporter: P-36 BEING SUIT UP HEAD TO TOE, IT COULD BE A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE

IN CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA, PARAMEDICS ANSWERING THOSE 911 CALLS TOOK QUICK READ BLOOD TESTS RESULTS IN 15 MINUTES THE TESTS REVEAL IF THEY HAVE PROTECTIVE CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODIES >> THIS TEST IS A SCREENING TOOL INSTEAD OF GOING INTO THE FOREST BLIND, NOW AT LEAST YOU CAN SEE THE TREES AND PERHAPS EVEN SEE A WAY OUT >> Reporter: THE RAPID TESTS ACQUIRED FROM CHINA

HIS TEST SHOWING NO EXPOSURE HIS WIFE IS A NURSE >> BOTH OF US ARE TERRIFIED WE'RE GOING TO BRING IT HOME TO OUR KIDS >> Reporter: HERE IN FLORIDA THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 12,000 CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS THE RATE HAS SPREAD ONE NEW CASE EVERY 72 SECONDS FROM NEW YORK, THE STORY IS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AT 50 YEARS OLD PARAMEDIC HALLSTEAD WITH HIS OWN PROBLEMS, AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE >> IF I GET IT, IT'S PART OF MY JOB

>>> YESTERDAY WAS PALM SUNDAY, A TIME FOR THE CHRISTIAN FAITHFUL TO GATHER IN PRAYER MOST BUT NOT ALL FOLLOWED GUIDELINES IN TERMS OF LARGE GATHERINGS >> CHURCHES AROUND THE WORLD PROVING EVEN A PANDEMIC CAN'T STOP CHRISTIANITY'S PALM SUNDAY IN ROME POPE FRANCIS STOOD ALONE, STREAMING MASS FROM ST PETER'S SQUARE THE VIRTUAL SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL NOW THE NEW NORM IN CALIFORNIA AN ONLINE THANK YOU FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO WATCHED SUNDAY SERVICES AFTER WEIGHING IN ON THE ISSUE

>> SO HOW SAD IS IT THAT WE HAVE EASTER, PALM AND EASTER SUNDAY AND PEOPLE ARE WATCHING ON LAPTOPS AND COMPUTERS IT'S SAD >> Reporter: IN NORTH CAROLINA A DRI DRIVE-IN THEATER DOUBLING AS A PLACE OF WORSHIP OTHERS CHOOSING TO DEFY SOCIAL DISTANCING IN LOUISIANA PASTOR TONY SPELL KEEPING THE DOORS OPEN AT LIFE T TABERNACLE CHURCH >> WE LOST OUR JOCBS AT LEAST GET IT GO WORSHIP THIS IS THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD >> Reporter: PASTOR JOEL HAS SAID HE PREACHES THE GOD OF HEALING AND WON'T CLOSE DOORS

AFTER BEING LINKED TO MORE THAN 7 0 COVID CASES ONE SACRAMENTO MEGA CHURCH FINALLY CLOSED LAST WEEK MEANWHILE IN BATON ROUGE >> HOW MANY POSITIVE CASES BEFORE YOU CONSIDER CLOSING YOUR CHURCH DOORS IN THE MIDST OF THIS PANDEMIC? >> I KNOW YOU'RE PROBING ME BUT WE'RE NEVER GOING TO CLOSE OUR DOORS >> NO MATTER WHAT? >> NO MATTER WHAT YOU HAVE MY WORD >> Reporter: A TEST OF MORE THAN JUST FAITH AS A VIRUS RAGES ON >>> AS THE TOP DOCTOR IN THE US

IS SAYS THE US IS STRUGGN TO GET THE OUTBREAK UNDER CONTROL EUROPE MAY BE STARTING TO SEE THEIR CORONAVIRUS MEASURES PAYING OFF THE CLOSURES, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND TRAVEL BANS HAVE REPORTEDLY LED TO A DECLINE IN CASE NUMBERS AND DEATHS IN KEY COUNTRIES U

K'S PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL CAL PERRY LIVE IN LONDON >> GOOD MORNING YEAH, WE HAD THAT NEWS ABOUT THE PRIME MINISTER COMING LATE YESTERDAY ACCORDING TO HIS ADVISORS, ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR WHAT THEY CALL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES THEY WANTED TO ASSURE THE PEOPLE HERE THAT BORIS JOHNSON IS STILL RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT WE'RE STANDING BY FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THAT COMING OUT OF THE MORNING COBRA MEETING WE ALSO HAD A HISTORIC ADDRESS FROM THE QUEEN YESTERDAY RALLYING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER, A VERY SHORT BUT POIGNANT FOUR MINUTES, THIS ONLY THE FIFTH TIME IN HISTORY OUTSIDE OF THAT ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ADDRESS THAT SHE HAS ADDRESSED THE NATION IN ITALY THERE'S GOING TO BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT MASKS POSSIBLY BECOMING A REQUIREMENT FOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY SOME 100 HEALTH WORKERS THERE HAVE NOW PERISHED BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS

IN SPAIN, POSSIBLY SOME GOOD NEWS AS THE LEVEL OF INFECTIONS NOW SEEM TO BE DROPPING THAT COUNTRY OF COURSE HAS BEEN HIT INCREDIBLY HARD I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH A BIT OF GOOD NEWS THE CITY OF WUHAN IN CHINA IN LOCKDOWN SINCE MID JANUARY WE NOW UNDERSTAND WILL HAVE SOME MEASURES LIFTED IN THREE DAYS PERHAPS A CHANCE FOR PEOPLE THERE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MONTHS TO MOVE AROUND JUST A LITTLE BIT >> MANY PEOPLE IN THAT AREA LOOKING FORWARD TO APRIL >>> ELTON JOHN IS DOING HIS PART TO HELP THOSE MOST VULNERABLE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS THE SINGER ANNOUNCED THAT HIS NONPROFIT IS LAUNCHING A $1 MILLION COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND TO PROTECT THOSE AFFECTED BY HIV

JOHN TWEETED, QUOTE, NOW AND ALWAYS I'M COMMITTED TO NOT LEAVE ANYONE AFFECTED BY HIV BEHIND >>> LET'S GET A JUMP ON YOUR MONDAY WEATHER WITH JANESSA WEBB >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH A PRETTY DRY WEATHER PATTERN ACROSS THE NATION TEMPERATURES ARE VERY WARM THIS MORNING

CONTINUE TO BE IN THE LOW 50s FOR NEW YORK CITY, 64 OUT TOWARDS PENSACOLA THIS MORNING WE ARE WATCHING THIS VERY LIGHT STORM SYSTEM THAT WILL MAKE ITS WAY ACROSS THE MIDWEST IT DOES START TO REV UP TOMORROW AFTERNOON ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY INTO AREAS OF THE NORTHEAST PLENTY OF SUNSHINE TODAY FROM WASHINGTON TO NEW YORK CITY TO BOSTON AS WELL THIS WILL BE STORM NUMBER ONE AND THEN ANOTHER SERIES OF STORMS AS WE STEP INTO THE NEXT FEW DAYS WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THAT MILD SURGE THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY TODAY SO YOU CAN SEE TEMPERATURES ARE WELL ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS WE CONTINUE TO SEE HIGHS IN THE UPPER 60s TO LOWER 70s A TON OF SUNSHINE TODAY ACROSS THE NORTHEAST, ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES SO ENJOY THE SUNSHINE FOR THE NORTHEAST WE DO HAVE RAIN ON THE WAY >>> JAY-Z AND MEEK MILL ARE JOINING MANY OTHERS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 MORE THAN A YEAR AFTER LAUNCHING THEIR VERY OWN PRISON REFORM ALLIANCE, JAY-Z AND MEEK MILL ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO UTILIZ >>> WE'RE BACK WITH A NEW WARNING AS SCAMMERS ARE TRYING TO PROFIT OFF OF THE OUTBREAK

AUTHORITIES ARE NOW CRACKING DOWN ON EVERYTHING FROM PRICE GOUGING TO FRAUDULENT TESTING SITES SAM BROCK HAS MORE >> WE'RE LIVE AT 17th AND BROADWAY WHERE THE ALLEGED COVID TESTING STATIONS HAVE SET UP ONCE AGAIN >> Reporter: IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, PEOPLE OPERATING WHAT'S PRESENTED AS COVID-19 TESTING ARE YOU TALKING SWABS FROM THESE FOLKS? >> YOU HAVE TO, MAN

>> Reporter: LOUISVILLE OFFICIALS TELL US IT'S A SCAM SHE SAYS THEY'RE TESTING WITHOUT GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND WITHOUT EVEN TAKING NASAL SAMPLES HOW FURIOUS ARE YOU ABOUT ALL OF THIS >> THEY MAY GO THROUGH 40 OR 50 PEOPLE IN A TEST WEARING THE SAME GLOVES WE'VE GOT THE PHOTOS OF THEM TAKING OFF ALL THEIR STUFF, THROWING IT IN THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK AND DRIVING OFF AND THE NEXT DAY GETTING UP, PUTTING IT ALL ON AND GOING TO ANOTHER LOCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY >> Reporter: AS VICTIMS REVEAL THEIR HEARTACHE

>> THIS IS JUST THE WORST THING EVER TO EVEN HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I'M GOING THROUGH AND ON TOP OF IT TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF >> Reporter: SIGNS OF A SYSTEMIC CRUNCH FOR LEGITIMATE GEAR EMERGE IN NEW JERSEY HOLY NAME HOSPITAL JUST HAD TO RETURN A THOUSAND SAFETY MASKS >> BETWEEN THE FACT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE CERTIFICATION AND THE FACT THAT WE WERE VERY CONCERNED, WE SHIPPED THEM BACK >> Reporter: HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTORS TELLING NBC NEWS THE SEARCH FOR QUALITY MASKS BOARDING ON THE IMPOSSIBLE >> OUT OF THE 300 WE HAVE VETTED SO FAR WE HAVEN'T FOUND ONE THAT'S LEGITIMATE

>> Reporter: FEDERAL OFFICIALS TELLING PEOPLE TO PREPARE FOR A WAVE OF SCAMS AS SOON AS THIS WEEK AS THOSE ALREADY VICTIMIZED SPEAK OUT >> I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN VIOLATED THESE PEOPLE ARE TRULY DEMONIC >> Reporter: ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THERE'S SO MANY WARNINGS ABOUT FRAUD RIGHT NOW IS THE $2 TRILLION STIMULUS PACKAGE MEANT TO INJECT LIFE INTO THE ECONOMY BUT AT THE SAME TIME ATTRACTING SOME BAD ACTORS >>> IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO STAY AT HOME WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FOLLOW THE RULES OF YOUR GOVERNMENT IF YOU HAVE TO GO OUT, PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR FACE MASK AND WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY >> ACTOR JACKIE CHAN TOOK TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO FOLLOW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN THIS VIDEO, CHAN TOLD FANS TO WEAR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, WASH THEIR HANDS OFTEN, ADDING THAT PROTECTING YOURSELF IS PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY

>>> IN CASE YOU DIDN'T BELIEVE IT AND Y >>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE I KNOW WE'RE ALL TRYING TO FLATTEN THE CURVE I WANT TO SHOW YOU OUR DATA, OUR GROWTH RATE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND WHAT WE HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY SEEING THROUGH THE LAST TWO WEEKS IS EVERY SUNDAY A DRAMATIC DROP THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE SAW YESTERDAY WE SEE THE NORTHEAST AND THE SOUTH WAY DOWN PERCENTAGE-WISE TODAY IS REALLY GOING TO BE A VITAL DAY IF WE SEE THAT PEAK ONCE AGAIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS EVERY MONDAY WE'VE HAD AN INCREASE OF OUR BAR GRAPH TODAY IS REALLY GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT DAY

IF WE CONTINUE TO SEE THIS TREND GOING DOWN, OF COURSE THAT'S GOOD NEWS FLATTENING THE CURVE AS FAST AS WE WENT UP HOPEFULLY AS FAST AS WE'LL GO DOWN TOMORROW IS GOING TO BE >>> ARE YOU READY TO READ THIS SPECIAL BOOK WELL, HERE I GO >> ALL RIGHT A VIRTUAL STORY TIME BY ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST BELOVED COUNTRY STARS DOLLY PARTON READING BEDTIME STORIES TO KIDS

GOOD NIGHT WITH DOLLY IS A TEN-WEEK SERIES HAPPENING EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT >> SO COOL TO DO FROM BIRTH TO 5 YEARS OLD I BELIEVE SHE DOES IT >> SENDING OUT BOOKS >>> NOW TO ANOTHER KIND OF ESSENTIAL WORKER DURING THESE VERY TRYING TIMES EVEN THOUGH THE NATION'S ZOOS HAVE NO VISITORS, THE ANIMALS STILL NEED TO BE FED AND CARED FOR KRISTEN DAHLGREN HAS MORE ON THE PEOPLE LOOKING AFTER THEM >> Reporter: IN WHAT WOULD NORMALLY BE ONE OF THE BUSIEST WEEKS AT MISSOURI'S DICKERSON ZOO

>> IT'S HEARTBREAKING >> Reporter: NOBODY HERE TO SEE THE HANDFUL OF SELFLESS ZOOKEEPERS WHO COME EVERY DAY TO MAKE SURE THE ANIMALS GET FOOD AND CRITICAL CARE >> WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS IT'S GOING TO END AND WE'RE STILL GOING TO BE HERE >> Reporter: IT'S THE SAME AT THE COLUMBUS ZOO WHERE WORKERS DO THEIR JOBS COMPLETELY ISOLATED >> IT MEANS EVERYTHING TO COME IN IN >> Reporter: KEEPERS AT HUNDREDS OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO SAY THERE'S NO OTHER CHOICE EVEN IN NEW YORK WHERE THE INFECTION RATE CONTINUES TO SKYROCKET, ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ARE PUTTING ASIDE THEIR OWN FEARS TO SHOW UP EVERY DAY AT THE BRONX ZOO

>> THEY ARE PUTTING THEMSELVES IN A BIT OF A VULNERABLE POSITION, BUT THEY HAVE TO BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO THE ANIMALS >> Reporter: WHILE AMERICANS ARE BEING TOLD TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE, FOR MANY ANIMALS CONNECTION IS CRITICAL BACK IN MISSOURI THE ZOO ANIMALS NOW HAVE PEN PALS, KIDS WRITING LETTERS THE STAFF CAN READ TO THE ANIMALS THE LOVE NOT LOST BECAUSE OF A LITTLE SOCIAL DISTANCE >> I WANTED TO WRITE TO A FEW DIFFERENT ANIMALS TO SEE HOW THEY'RE DOING >> I DEFINITELY THINK HE LIKES THAT

>> HE DID WE LEARNE ED IN THE LAST 48 HOU OR SO THAT A TIGER HAS CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS AT THE BRONX ZOO >>> WITH GYMS CLOSED, A MAN BUILT A BENCH PRESS, DUMBBELLS AND MORE OUT OF LOGS NOW HE'S GOT A PRETTY GOOD MAKESHIFT GYM GOOD ON HIM >>> THANKS FOR STATING YOUR WEEK WITH US

>> STAY INFORMED WITH UP TO THE MINUTE INF >>> IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST WEEK OF OUR LIVES >> THAT'S WHY WE HAVE STOCKPILES OF STRATEGIC SUPPLIES >> THIS IS GOING TO BE A BAD WEEK UNFORTUNATELY IF YOU LOOK AT THE PROJECTION OF THE CURVES OF THE KINETICS OF THE CURVES WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE AN ESCALATION >> ALREADY HARD HIT HOSPITALS AROUND THE NATION ARE BRACING FOR WHAT COULD BE THE WORST WEEK ON RECORD AS THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS AND DEATHS CONTINUES TO RISE

>>> THEN WE'LL TAKE YOU INSIDE YOUR OWN HOME TO VIRUS PROOF YOUR SURROUNDINGS >>> A TIGER IN THE BRONX ZOO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS IN THE FIRST KNOWN CASE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD >>> AND MAKING THE MOST OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AS STARS SHINE TO HELP ALL OF US COPE A LITTLE EASIER >>> GOOD MORNING ON YOUR MONDAY >> AMERICAN BRACES FOR ITS HARDEST WEEK YET AS THE WORLD'S SURGES PASS 1 MILLION CASES WITH A THIRD OF THEM COMING FROM THE US

337,000 CONFIRMED CASES IN THIS COUNTRY WITH MORE THAN 9,000 AMERICAN LIVES LOST SOME OF THEHARDEST HIT CITIES LIKE NEW YORK, DETROIT AND NEW ORLEANS ARE EXPECTING TO SEE INFECTIONS PEAK >> PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE'LL SEND SOME 600,000 N95 MASKS TO HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK MR TRUMP ALSO SAID A THOUSAND MEDICAL MILITARY PERSONNEL WILL BE DEPLOYED TO THE BIG APPLE AND OVER IN THE U

K BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED AFTER BATTLING CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS THIS JUST HOURS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH DELIVERED A RARE SPEECH CALLING FOR UNITY DURING THE PANDEMIC >>> APPLE HAS DONATED MORE THAN 20 MILLION MASKS CEO TIM COOK SAYS IT STARTED MANUFACTURING A MILLION FACE SHIELDS A WEEK COOK SAYS THE COMPANY IS DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING THE WORLD WIDE RESPONSE TO COVID-19 >>> PLUS TROUBLING NEWS ABOUT THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS THE BRONX ZOO HAS ANNOUNCED THAT A TIGER HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SIX OTHER BIG CATS ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS ALL OF THE ANIMALS ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER >>> ADAM SANDLER GOT HIS BUDDIES TOGETHER FOR A NIGHT OF LAUGHS HE RAISED MONEY FOR STRUGGLING COMEDIANS

CELEBRITIES ALL MADE FUN OF EACH OTHER THE EIGHT HOUR LIVE STREAM RAISED OVER $300,000 >>> INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OWNER JIM IRSAY GIVES BACK, DONATING 10,000 MASKS TO THE INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH >>> JAZY-Z AND MEEK MILL SENT 100,000 SURGICAL MASKS TO BE HANDSED HANDED OUT IN JAILS >>> A GUY IN DETROIT USED HIS OWN MONEY TO BUY DPASGAS FOR NUS IN HIS HOMETOWN HE SAYS ALL IT TAKES IS A SMALL GESTURE TO SHOW PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT THEM

>>> NEW HOT SPOTS HAVE BEEN EMERGING IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT NEW YORK REMAINS THE EPICENTER THE STATE REPRESENTS NEARLY 40% OF CASES NATIONWIDE AND THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE THE TOUGHEST WEEK YET WE'RE JOINED BY NBC'S KATHY PARK >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING HERE AT THE EPICENTER OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN THE U

S, NEW YORK CITY, WE ARE BRACING FOR ANOTHER GRIM WEEK AHEAD THE RESOURCES ARE COMING TOGETHER, BUT MORE AID IS ON THE WAY MEANTIME, OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE BRACING FOR THEIR CASES TO SURGE THIS WEEK AS WELL DISTURBING IMAGES OUTSIDE THIS BROOKLYN HOSPITAL AS BRIGHT ORANGE BODY BAGS ROLL OUT TO TEMPORARY MORGUES ANOTHER REMINDER THAT FRONT LINE WORKERS IN NEW YORK CITY ARE DEEP IN A FIGHT WITHOUT A CLEAR END DATE

>> WE'RE DOING OUR BEST, BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IT'S OUR TIME TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF DEALING WITH THIS EVERY DAY AND NOT FEELING LIKE WE'RE COMPLETELY SAFE >> Reporter: GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAYING THE STATE MAY BE NEARING THE PEAK OR THE PLATEAU OF THE CRISIS HE ADDED THAT NEW YORK SAW A DIP IN DAILY DEATHS BUT WARNS IT MAY BE A BLIP >> WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL >> Reporter: WITH THE DEATH TOLL PASSING THE 4,000 MARK, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DEPLOYING THE MILITARY TO HELP AMONG THE MORE THAN 1,000 DOCTORS, NURSES AND SUPPORT STAFF CALLED INTO ACTION, APPROXIMATELY 300 ARE ARRIVING IN NEW YORK CITY >> THE BULK OF THEM THAT WILL GO TO THE JAVITS CENTER LATE YESTERDAY WE AGREED TO DEPLOY A FEW HUNDRED OF THEM TO 11 NEW YORK CITY HOSPITALS THAT ARE ALSO SEEING A DEFICIENCY WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICAL STAFF ZBL >> Reporter: WITH THE HEIGHTENED PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY THE JAVITS CENTER HAS SHIFTED TO TREATING COVID POSITIVE CASES

THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS WEIGHING THE RISK OF TAKING ON CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS ON HOSPITAL SHIPS INCLUDING THE USNS COMFORT WHICH HAS BEEN NEARLY EMPTY FOR A WEEK >> THAT'S WHY WE'VE OPENED UP THE JAVITS CENTER AND OTHER EXPANDED HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR THE CORONAVIRUS WE'RE PREPARED TO LEVERAGE THE MERCY AND COMFORT AS WELL TO DO THAT >> Reporter: ALL PERSONNEL ON DO

D INSTALLATIONS, FACILITIES AND PROPERTY MUST NOW WEAR FACE COVERINGS AND IN ANOTHER TURN, A DEFENSE OFFICIAL CONFIRMING TO NBC NEWS THAT CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER WILL REMAIN IN QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS THIS WEEK HE WAS FIRED FOR SOUNDING THE ALARM ABOUT A CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ON THE USS

THEODORE ROOSEVELT THE "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTS THAT HE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS THE NAVY WOULD NOT CONFIRM THIS INFORMATION ORIGINALLY MAYOR de BLASIO WARNED THAT THE CITY WOULD RUN OUT OF CRITICAL SUPPLIES SUNDAY IN SOME GOOD NEWS HE SAID THEY WERE ABLE TO SECURE ENOUGH SUPPLIES TO LAST THROUGH MIDWEEK

HE STRESSED IT'S IMPORTANT TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO >>> THE NATION'S TOP DOCTOR IS WARNING AMERICANS TO BRACE FOR ONE OF THE DARKEST WEEKS IN A GENERATION THE SURGEON GENERAL COMPARING THE SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS DEATHS TO SOME OF THE WORST ATTACKS EVER ON AMERICAN SOIL >> Reporter: OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THAT THE WORST IS JUST DAYS AWAY AS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOSPITALS SCRAMBLE FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND PEOPLE TO HELP FROM THE SURGEON GENERAL THAT DIRE WARNING >> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT, OUR 9/11 MOMENT

IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> Reporter: HEALTH OFFICIALS TELLING EVERYONE TO AVOID LEAVING THE HOUSE AT ALL COSTS IF YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GO OUT, WEAR A MASK AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE >> THIS IS THE MOMENT TO NOT BE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, NOT GOING TO THE PHARMACY BUT DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS SAFE >> Reporter: THIS AS THE NATIONAL DEATH TOLL TOPS 9,000 >> THIS IS WAR, THIS IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT IT FEELS TO BE LIKE A WARTIME PHYSICIAN >> Reporter: FROM A DOCTOR ON THE FRONT LINES IN MICHIGAN, ONE OF THE HOT SPOTS OFFICIALS CAUTION IS DAYS AWAY FROM REACHING A DEADLY PEAK >> WE ARE STRUGGLING TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL >> Reporter: SHORTAGES OF SUPPLIES PERSIST INCLUDING MASKS, VENTILATORS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA ABOUT TO RUN OUT OF HOSPITAL BEDS THERE'S A HUGE NEED FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES CRITICAL TO THE FIGHT

>> EVERY SINGLE MIND AND BODY IS NECESSARY TO FIGHT THIS WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET PEOPLE TO JUMP IN AND ACTUALLY VOLUNTEER >> Reporter: THIS AS HARD HIT STATES CONTINUE TO BLAME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT >> CAN YOU IMAGINE IF FRANKLIN DELNOR ROOSEVELT SAID I'LL BE RIGHT BEHIND YOU CONNECTICUT, GOOD LUCK BUILDING THOSE BATTLESHIPS >> Reporter: A PLEA FROM TOP OFFICIALS

>> I WISH EVERY GOVERNOR WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE IN THEIR STATES TO FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES FOR 30 DAYS >> Reporter: AT LEAST SEVEN GOVERNORS REFUSING STATEWIDE MANDATES INCLUDING ARKANSAS THE GOVERNOR INSISTING THE ACTION HE'S TAKING IS ENOUGH >> WE HAVE HAD SUCCESS IN ARKANSAS COMPARABLE TO OTHER STATES TOMORROW 600,000 AWILL GO TO WORK DO YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE AND BRING A MASK WITH YOU >> Reporter: IN GEORGIA GOVERNOR KEMP REOPENED BEACHES, LOCAL MAYORS CALLING IT RECKLESS

>> HERE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A WORLD WIDE PANDEMIC AND WE'RE CLOSING SCHOOLS AND OPENING BEACHES >> Reporter: AND YET THERE'S RESILIENCE, SIGNS OF A COUNTRY PULLING TOGETHER THERE WAS A SURGE IN APPLICATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD AS OF SUNDAY MORE THAN 21,000 SUPPORTING THE COVID-19 RESPONSE >> WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THIS IN A STRANGE WAY IS THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN PEOPLE COME TOGETHER THE WAY I'M SEEING IT NOW >> Reporter: AND THERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS OUT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, ANNOUNCING THAT IT HAS FEWER INSPECTIONS THAN ANTICIPATED SO IT'S RETURNING 400 VENTILATORS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE

>>> LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT HAS BEEN POSTHUMAOUSLY ELECTED O THE HALL OF FAME HIS WIFE VANESSA BRYANT AND HER ELDEST DAUGHTER NATALIA APPEARED ON CNN AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT >> OBVIOUSLY WE WISH HE WAS HERE WITH US TO CELEBRATE, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY THE PEAK OF HIS NBA CAREER >> KOBE JOINS TIM DUNCAN AND SIX OTHERS IN THE 2020 CLASS >>> LET'S GET A CHECK OF YOUR WEATHER WITH JANESSA WEBB >> WE HAVE A STORM SYSTEM COMING OUT OF THE MIDWEST THAT WILL PRODUCE A FEW SHOWERS REALLY GREAT WEATHER ACROSS THE NORTHEAST TO THE SOUTH WE'RE WELL ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WISE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 50 DEGREES RIGHT NOW IN NEW YORK CITY WE'RE SITTING IN THE LOWER 60s THIS MORNING ACROSS THE SOUTH

THIS IS THAT WARM FRONT I'M TALKING ABOUT IT WILL CAUSE LIGHT SHOWERS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON ALL THE WAY TO THE CHICAGO AREA PLENTY OF SUNSHINE THROUGHOUT THE DAY FROM WASHINGTON, NEW YORK CITY TO BOSTON AS WELL THE STORM FRONT STARTS TO LIFT BY TOMORROW THAT WILL PRODUCE SUNNY SKIES

IT WILL TRANSITION INTO A LOT MORE RAIN THAT IS JUST STORM NUMBER ONE HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE TEMPERATURES ABOVE AVERAGE FROM ST LOUIS TO KANSAS CITY WE'RE SITTING IN THE LOWER 70s IN NEW YORK CITY DAYTIME HIGHS ARE VERY WARM AND MILD TODAY IN THE LOWER 60s

SO A GOOD START TO THE WEEK WE'LL WATCH THAT RAIN MOVING IN BY TOMORROW >> THAT SUNSHINE IS GOING TO FEEL NICE >> SURE WILL ANY GOOD NEWS WE'LL TAKE THESE DAYS >>> IT DID NOT TAKE LONG FOR ROB GRONKOWSKI TO GET HIS FIRST TASTE OF PROWRESTLING GOLD AT WWE'S WRESTLE MANIA GRONK CAPTURED THE 24/7 TITLE STAGE DIVING ONTO A CROWD OF WRESTLERS PINNING TH >>> DURING ONE OF THE HOLIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR FOR CHRISTIANS, SURG CHURCHES FOR EMPTY FOR PALM SUNDAY POPE FRANCIS LED MASS IN A DESERTED CHURCH

>> WITH THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES SPIKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, EXPERTS EMPHASIZE THAT YOU NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE AND WEAR FACE MASKS WHEN YOU'RE OUTSIDE BUT WHEN YOU'RE INSIDE YOUR HOME, ARE YOU DOING ENOUGH HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING >> THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THE VIRUS IS TO STAY HOME THAT'S NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE SO WHEN YOU COME INSIDE MAKE SURE YOU TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND PUT ON SOME INDOOR SLIPPERS A RECENT STUDY FOUND THE VIRUS CAN SURVIVE OF DIFFERENT SURFACES, UP TO 24 HOURS ON CARDBOARD AND 2 TO 3 DAYS ON PLASTIC AND STEEL

IT'S IDEAL TO USE DISINFECTANT SPRAYS OR WIPES BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THEM SOME OTHER COMMON CLEANER MAY WORK AS WELL IF YOU'RE NOT SURE CHECK THE LIST OF CLEANING PRODUCTS THAT ARE APPROVED READ THE LABEL TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW LONG TO LET THE SPRAY SIT BEFORE WIPING IT OFF IT CAN TAKE UP TO 5 MINUTES TO FULLY KILL ANY VIRUS THE CDC SAYS A DILUTED BLEACH SOLUTION ALSO WORKS TO DISINFECT YOUR HOPE USE ONE-THIRD CUP OF BLEACH PER GALLON OF WATER CLEAN HOUSEHOLD ITEMS LIKE CHILDREN'S TOYS, REMOTE CONTROLS, COMPUTER KEYBOARDS AND ANY OTHER ITEMS THAT MULTIPLE PEOPLE TOUCH REMEMBER, THINGS ONLY REMAIN CLEAN UNTIL THEY'RE TOUCHED AGAIN SO BE SURE TO CLEAN NOR OFTEN IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING AND GOING FROM YOUR HOME EXPERTS SAY USE THE WARMEST WATER AND DRYER HEAT SETTING THAT YOUR CLOTHING CAN HANDLE REMEMBER TO WIPE DOWN THE LAUNDRY BASKET WHEN DOING THE DISHES JUST USE SOAP AND HOT WATER IF YOU'RE GETTING DELIVERIES OR BRINGING HOME GROCERIES, SOME EXPERTS SAY LET THEM SIT FOR 24 HOURS AS AN EXTRA PRECAUTION IF YOU NEED THEM IMMEDIATELY, WIPE DOWN THE ITEMS AND WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER HAND HANDLING >> SOLID >>> WE WANTED TO CHEER YOU UP A LITTLE BIT SO I'D LIKE YOU TO MEET SOMEBODY

>> I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO EVERYTHING YOU GUYS ARE DOING AND PUTTING YOUR HEALTH AT RISK YOU'RE PHENOMENAL >> WELL, THANK YOU >> WHILE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE JENNIFER ANISTON GOT TO SURPRISE A NURSE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND SHE WAS QUARANTINING, THANKING HER AND ALL THE FRONT LINE WORKERS FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE EVERY DAY SHE GOT CHOKED UP A LITTLE BIT IT WAS A REALLY COOL SURPRISE

>> HE'S NOT THE ONLY CELEBRITY THAT'S REACHING OUT MEDIA MOGUL TYLER PERRY LEFT A $21,000 TIP FOR WAIT STAFF AT HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN ATLANTA PERRY LEFT $500 FOR 42 OUT OF WORK SERVERS AT HOUSTONS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD HE WAS THERE TO PICK UP SOME TAKEOUT WHEN HE USED SOME OF HIS FORTUNE TO HELP SOME OF THE STAFF THERE SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT PEOPLE ARE THE SERVERS WHO ARE USED TO THAT CASH EVERY SINGLE NIGHT >> I'M SURE THAT MADE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE FOR THEM >> 100%

>>> THIS ST LOUIS BLUES PLAYER HAD AN ADORABLE WORKOUT PARTNER RYAN OWE H R OWE RILEY POSTED T HIS SON JAMISON >> WE'RE >>> HI, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THE CURVE

TODAY IS GOING TO BE A REALLY BIG DAY BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN — ON SUNDAY IT HAS BEEN A DRAMATIC DECREASE FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS, SO YOU CAN SEE YESTERDAY THE NORTHEAST AND THE SOUTH HAVE FALLEN DRAMATICALLY BUT TODAY WHEN WE WATCHED IT, WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO SEE ANOTHER JUMP BECAUSE EVERY MONDAY FOR THE LAST TWO TO THREE WEEKS WE'VE SEEN AN INCREASE FOR THE NORTHEAST AND SOUTH ONCE AGAIN WE'RE DOWN TO ABOUT 102% WITH THE NORTHEAS >>> WE'RE BACK WITH THE NEW VIRTUAL STORY TIME BY ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST BELOVED SUPERSTARS JOE FRYER HAS MORE >> Reporter: IT'S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION

MUSIC LEGEND DOLLY PARTON IS READING BEDTIME STORIES TO KIDS WATCHING ONLINE >> ARE YOU READY TO READ THIS SPECIAL BOOK WELL, HERE I GO >> Reporter: THE SINGER CREATED GOOD NIGHT WITH DOLLY, A TEN-WEEK SERIES TAKING PLACE EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT SHE EXPLAINED WHY SHE'S DOING IT >> THIS SEEMED LIKE A PERFECT TIME WITH THE KIDS ALL STUCK AT HOME AND THIS BEING A GREAT TIME TO NOT ONLY ENTERTAIN THE KIDS BUT TO KIND OF CALM THE PARENTS DOWN A LITTLE BIT >> Reporter: IT'S THE LATEST CHAPTER IN DOLLY'S IMAGINATION LIBRARY, A PROGRAM THAT EACH MONTH MAILS FREE BOOKS TO KIDS FROM THE TIME THEY'RE BORN TO AGE FIVE

>> I LOVE BOOKS >> Reporter: EARLIER THIS YEAR WE SPOKE WITH DOLLY ABOUT THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY WHICH STARTED BACK IN 1995 INSPIRED BY HER FATHER WHO COULD NOT READ OR WRITE >> HE FELT VERY EMBARRASSED AND CRIPPLED BY THAT, BUT HE WAS SO SMART HE GOT TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY DO SO WELL >> Reporter: THE LIBRARY HAS MAILED MORE THAN 133 MILLION BOOKS TO KIDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD

THE FIRST ONE THEY RECEIVE IS THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD >> PUFF PUFF CHUG CHUG WENT THE LITTLE BLUE ENGINE >> Reporter: WHY IS THAT SUCH AN IMPORTANT BOOK TO YOU? >> BECAUSE IT'S A BOOK ABOUT BEING POSITIVE IT'S A BOOK THAT SAYS I CAN, I THINK I CAN >> Reporter: A MESSAGE FOR THE TIMES THAT CERTAINLY RESONATES WITH KIDS WHO ARE TUNING IN >> MY FAVORITE PART OF THE BOOK IS THAT PART THAT SAID I COULD I COULD I COULD >> Reporter: YOU OF COURSE HAVE A LEGACY IN MUSIC BUT THIS IS PART OF YOUR LEGACY TOO, ISN'T IT >> I HAVE TO HONESTLY SAY THAT I PROBABLY AM AS PROUD OF THIS AS ANYTHING I WILL EVER DO >> Reporter: EVEN WHEN EVERYTHING IS CLOSED DOLLY'S IMAGINATION LIBRARY REMAINS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

>> I THOUGHT I COULD, I THOUGHT I COULD, I THOUGHT I COULD ISN'T THAT FUN >> HAPPENS EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT AND IT IS STILL AVAILABLE TO STREAM ONLINE >> 133 MILLION BOOKS >>> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT, OUR 9/11 MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> THE SURGEON GENERAL OFFERING A SOEBER WARNING TO AMERICANS ABOUT THE WEEK AHEAD BRACE YOURSELF FOR WHAT MIGHT BE THE APEX OF THE PANDEMIC >>> BRITAIN'S QUEEN ELIZABETH MAKES A RARE ADDRESS TO THE NATION AS THE PRIME MINISTER IS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH PERSISTENT CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS >>> PLUS CORONAVIRUS SCAMMERS, RIPPING OFF PEOPLE WITH FAKE TESTS AS PEOPLE DESPERATE FOR A REAL DIAGNOSIS ARE FOOLED

"EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> IT IS MONDAY MORNING AND AMERICA IS BEING TOLD TO PREPARE FOR WHAT MIGHT BE THE WORST WEEK YET AS WE WEATHER THE CORONAVIRUS PAN DOCUMENTIC AS THE DEATH TOLL SOARS TO DEVASTATING NEW MILESTONES, HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THIS COULD BE ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING WEEKS OF ALL THEM >> THE CDC IS RECOMMENDING EVERYONE WEAR FACE COVERINGS IN PUBLIC RIVERSIDE IS MAKING THAT PROTOCOL MANDATORY LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO ENFORCE THE ORDER AS THEY DEEM NECESSARY MEANWHILE IN NEW YORK, THE BRONX ZOO SAYS COVID-19 SPREAD TO THEIR BIG CATS A TIGER HAS TESTED POSITIVE AND SIX OTHER TIGHERS AND LIONS ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS, BUT ALL THE EXPECTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE OKAY >>> NEW YORK CITY IS THE HARD EST HIT REGION IN THE CROWN COUNTRY AMERICAN AIRLINES REDUCED FLIGHTS TO THE AREA BY 90 RS UNITED ALSO ANNOUNCING DEEP C CUTS IN TEXAS, DRIVERS CROSSING THE STATE LINE FROM LOUISIANA ARE ARE BEING SCREENED PATROLS ARE ASKING TRAVELERS TO FILL OUT A FORM DETAILING WHERE THEY WILL BE SELF-QUARANTINING FOR TWO WEEKS LOUISIANA HAS EMERGED AS A HOT SPOT IN THE SOUTH

>>> AS THE OUTBREAK ACCELERATES, THERE'S A CONTINUED RUSH TO GET PROTECTIVE GEAR TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINES APPLE DONATED 20 MILLION MASKS TO HOSPITALS ALREADY TIM COOK ANNOUNCE D THE COMPANY-WIDE EFFORT TO PRODUCE 1 MILLION FACE SHIELDS PER WEEK GENERAL MOTORS IS SHARING STEP BUT STEP MANUFACTURING PLANS TO 600 SUPPLIES TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO SQUOINT THE CAUSE >>> OVERSEAS BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HAS BEEN ADMIT TED TO THE HOSPITAL HE EXPERIENCED SYMPTOMS FOR TEN DAYS AFTER TEST IING POSITIVE IN IRELAND HAD THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED HE'S REREGISTERING AS A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER ACCORDING TO THE IRISH TIMES NEWSPAPER, HE WILL BE HELPING OUT WITH ASSESSMENT >>> A SOBERING NEW MESSAGE FROM THE TOP DOCTOR WARNING AMERICANS TO WRAS FOR ONE OF THE DARKEST WEEKS IN A GENERATION THE SURGEON GENERAL COMPARING THE DEATHS TO SOME OF THE WORST ATTACKS EVERY ON AMERICAN SOIL ERIN McLAUGHLIN HAS MORE >> Reporter: OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THAT THE WORST IS JUST DAYS AWAY

ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOSPITALS SCRAMBLE FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND PEOPLE TO HELP FROM THE SURGEON GENERAL, THAT DIRE WARNING >> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE OUR 9/11 MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> Reporter: HEALTH OFFICIALS TELLING EVERYONE TO AVOID LEAVING THE HOUSE AT ALL COSTS IF YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GO OUT, WEAR A MASK AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE >> THIS IS A MOMENT TO NOT BE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, BUT DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS SAFE >> Reporter: THIS AS THE DEATH TOLL TOPS 9,000 >> THIS IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE A WARTIME SITUATION >> Reporter: A DOCTOR ON THE FRONT LINES IN MICHIGAN, HEALTH OFFICIALS CAUTION IS JUST CAY DAYS AWAY FROM REACHING A DEADLY PEAK >> WE ARE STRUGGLING TO GET IT YOU WERE UNDER CONTROL >> Reporter: SHORTAGES EXIST INCLUDING MASKS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA ABOUT TO RUN OUT OF HOSPITAL BEDS THERE'S A HUGE NEED FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES CRITICAL TO THE FIGHT

>> EVERY SINGLE MIND AND BODY IS NECESSARY TO FIGHT THIS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET PEOPLE TO JUMP IN AND VOLUMNTEER TO DO IT >> Reporter: THIS AS HARD-HIT STATES CONTINUE TO BLAME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT >> CAN YOU IMAGINE IF FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT SAID I WILL BE RIGHT BEHIND YOU CONNECTICUT, GOOD LUCK BUILDING THOSE BATTLESHIPS >> I WISH EVERY GOVERNOR WOULD ENCOURAGE THEIR PEOPLE TO FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES FOR 30 DAYS >> Reporter: SEVEN GOVERNORS REFUSING STATEWIDE MANDATES THE GOVERNOR INSISTS THE ACTION HE IS TAKING IS ENOUGH >> WE HAVE HAD SUCCESS IN ARKANSAS COMPARABLE TO OTHER STATE S TOMORROW 600,000 CAN STILL GO TO WORK IT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO DO YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS OF TEN PEOPLE AND BRING A MASK WITH YOU

>> Reporter: THIS WEEKEND GEORGIA'S BEACHES WERE REOPENED CALL IING THE MOVE RECKLESS >> HERE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC WHERE WE'RE CLOSING SCHOOLS, WE'RE OPENING BEACHES >> Reporter: AND YET THERE'S RESILIENCE SIGNS OF A COUNTRY PULLING TOGETHER AS THE SURGE IN APPLICATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD MORE THAN 21,000 SUPPORTING THE COVID-19 RESPONSE >> WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THIS AND N A STRANGE WAY IS I HAVE NEVER SEEN PEOPLE COME TOGETHER THE WAY I'M SEEING IT NOW >> Reporter: THERE'S GOOD NEWS OUT OF THE THE STATE OF WASHINGTON ANNOUNCING THAT IT HAS FEWER INFECTIONS THAN ANTICIPATED, SO IT'S RETURNING 400 VENTILATORS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE

>> ERIN, THANK YOU >>> THE NAVY CAPTAIN RELEASE D FROM DUTY HAS BEEN TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS TWO OF HIS CLASSMATES TOLD THE "NEW YORK TIMES" THE CAPTAIN IS NOW QUARANTINED IN GUAM HUNDREDS OF SAILORS CHEERED FOR THEIR CAPTAIN AS HE DEPARTED ON FRIDAY >> A NAVY SPOKESMAN DECLINED COMMENT ON THE CAPTAIN'S SDPATS IT'S UNCLEAR WHEN HE TESTED FSH THE VIRUS >>> AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS-RELATED EMERGENCY CALLS SPIKE, PARAMEDICS ARE TAKING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS LIKE NEVER BEFORE CREWS SIT UP BEFORE ANY CALL THAT COULD INVOLVE THE VIRUS NOW A NEW TEST COULD CHANGE THE GAME FOR THEM KERRY SANDERS HAS MORE >> Reporter: LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES IN NEW YORK CITY, THIS PARAMEDIC 18 YEARS ON THE JOB >> IT'S DIFFICULT TO LOOK A PATIENT IN THE FACE AND TRY MAKING THEM BELIEVE SERVING GOING TO BE OKAY AND YOU KNOW THEY ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT

>> Reporter: PARAMEDICS IN FLORIDA GETTING MORE CALLS BY THE DAY HIKE THIS >> HI, I'M HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO FAINT >> I'M GOING TO STAY ON THE PHONE WITH YOU OKAY >> IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY >> IT HURTS TO BREATHE >> Reporter: PARAMEDICS KNOW THEY ARE HEADED TO A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE WHEN THEY HEAR THIS >> POSSIBLE P-36 >> THAT MEANS SUIT UP, HEAD TO TOE IT COULD BE A POSSIBLE VIRUS CAUSE

PARAMEDICS ANSWERING THOSE 911 CALLS TOOK BLOOD TESTS RESULTS IN 15 MINUTES THE TESTS REVEAL IF THEY HAVE CORONAVIRUS ANTI BODIES >> IT'S A SCREENING TOOL THE BEST ANALOGY IS INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE FOREST BLIND, NOW WITH THIS TEST YOU CAN SEE THE TREES AND PERHAPS SEE A WAY OUT >> Reporter: THE RAPID TEST ACQUIRED FROM CHINA THE 19-YEAR VETERAN ON A VIRUS RUN JUST DAYS AGO

>> THIS TEST SHOWING NO EXPOSURE HIS WIFE IS A NURSE >> BOTH ARE TERSE FIG WE'RE GOING TO BRING IT HOME TO OUR KIDS >> Reporter: HERE IN FLORIDA THERE ARE 12,000 CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS THE RATE OF SPREAD ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ONE NEW CASE EVERY 72 SECONDS FROM NEW YORK THE STORY IS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AT 50 YEARS OLD, WITH HIS OWN PROBLEMS AN AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE >> IF I GET IT AND DIE, IT'S MY LIFE IT'S PART OF MY JOB >> Reporter: NBC NEWS

>>> GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS CASES HAVE PASSED 12 MILLION AND WHILE THE US CONTINUES TO CARET THE TORCH FOR THE MOST INFECTED, EUROPE IS SEEING SIGNS OF HOPE

A DECLINE IN CASES AND DEATHS A BRIGHT SPOT COMES AS CHINA IS GEARING UP TO EASE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE LATEST ON GLOBAL RESPONSE TO THE THE OUTBREAK, WE TURN TO LONDON BREAK IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT >> GOOD MORNING, AN EXTRAORDINARY 24 HOURS HERE BORIS JOHNSON CHECKED INTO HOSPITAL LAST NIGHT WE AN UPDATE ON HIS CONDITION ABOUT TWO HOURS FROM NOW THAT FOLLOWED A SPEECH BY THE QUEEN, ONLY THE FIFTH TIME IN HIS HISTORY SHE'S GIVEN AN ADDRESS TO THE NATION

THAT'S OUTSIDE OF THE CHRISTMAS ADDRESSES IT WAS A FOUR-MINUTE SPEECH SHE CALLED ON PEOPLE TO RATTLLY TOGETHER, STAY AT HOME AND SAY PEOPLE WERE DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB OF THAT TO ITALY NOW, WHICH HAS BEEN HARD HIT BY THE VIRUS MORE THAN B 100 HEALTH WORKERS THERE NOW CONFIRMED DEAD FROM THE VIRUS

THERE'S SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT EXTENDING SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS ON MASK WEARING SO PROTECTING HEALTH WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN SPAIN WE HAVE SEEN A SLIGHT DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF UNFECTIONS THAT IS GIVING FOLKS HOPE ACROSS EUROPE AS THESE STAY IN PLACE ORDERS CONTINUE FINALLY IN WUHAN, THERE'S A BIT OF HOPE THERE IN THREE DAYS WE UNDERSTAND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO LIFT SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS, SOME OF THE PHYSICAL BARRIERS IT'S BEEN SINCE MID-JANUARY THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INSIDE IN THAT CITY MAYBE JUST A LITTLE BIT OF HOPE THERE AS PEOPLE START MOVING AROUND >> CAL LIFE LIVE FOR US IN LONDON, THANK YOU >>> IT'S EASY TO LOSE TRACK OF DAY WHEN IS YOU'RE STUCK AT HOME, BUT IT IS MONDAY LET'S SEE WHAT THE WEATHER WILL BE LOOKING LIKE OUT THERE

VANESSA WEBB IS JOINING US >> I HAVE THE POSITIVE NEWS OF THE DAY WE'RE GOING TO SEE A THE LOT OF SUNSHINE AND WARM AIR PUMPING THIS FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTHEAST CURRENTLY, TEMPERATURES ARE ABOVE NORMAL WE'RE SITTING AT 50 DEGREES FOR NEW YORK CITY IN THE UPPER 60s FROM NEW ORLEANS RIGHT NOW SO WE DO HAVE MALL STORM SYSTEM THAT'S GOING TO MAKE ITS WAY FROM THE UPPER MIDWEST TO CENTRAL TIER A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY TODAY

HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD >> VERY WARM THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON ST LOUIS IS AT 70 TODAY ALL THAT RAIN THROUGHOUT YOUR AFTERNOON ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY ENJOY THIS BEFORE RAIN MOVES IN BY TUESDAY >> SO FANTASTIC WEATHER FOR TODAY

BUT RAIN IS COMING QUICKLY >> THANK YOU SO MUCH >>> LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT HAS BEEN ELECTED INTO THE MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME THE HONOR COMES TWO MONTHS AFTER HE DIED IN A TRAGIC HELICOPTER CRASH HIS WIFE AND ELDEST DAUGHTER APPEARED ON ESPN SHORTLY AFTER THE A ANNOUNCEMENT >> OBVIOUSLY, WE WISH THAT HE WAS HERE WITH US TO CELEBRATE, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY THE PEAK OF HI >>> WE'RE BACK WITH A NEW WARNING AS SCAMMERS ARE TRYING TO PROFIT OFF OF THE OUTBREAK AUTHORITIES NOW CRACKING DUN ON EVERYTHING FROM PRICE GOUGING TO PRFRAUDULENT TESTING SITES SAM BROCK HAS MORE >> WE'RE AT 1th AND BROADWAY WHERE THE ALLEGED STATIONS HAVE SET UP AGAIN >> Reporter: PEOPLE IN HAZMAT SUITS AND PROTECTIVE GEAR OPERATING WHAT'S PRESENTED AS COVID-19 TESTING >> ARE YOU — >> EXCUSE ME >> ARE YOU TAKING SWABS? >> OFFICIALS LIKE BARBARA TELL US IT'S A SCAMP THEY ARE TESTING WITHOUT GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND WITHOUT EVEN TAKING NASAL SAMPLES >> THEY MAY GO THROUGH 40 OR 50 PEOPLE IN A TEST WEARING THE SAME GLOVES AND WE HAVE THE PHOTOS OF THEM TAKING OFF ALL THEIR STUFF AT THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK AND DRIVING OFF AND THEN THE NEXT DAY PUTTING IT ALL ON AND GOING TO ANOTHER LOCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY >> Reporter: AS VICTIMS REVEAL THEIR HEART ACHE >> IT'S THE WORST THING EVER TO EVEN HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I'M GOING TO ON TOP OF IT TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF >> Reporter: SIGNS OF LEGITIMATE GEAR EMERGE

HOLY NAME HOSPITAL HAD TO RETURN A THOUSAND SAFETY MASKS >> THEY DID NOT HAVE THE CERTIFICATION FOR THE MASK NEED AND THE FACT THAT WE WERE VERY CONCERNED, WE SHIPPED THEM BACK >> Reporter: SHHOSPITAL EQUIPMET DISTRIBUTORS SAYING THE SEARCH FOR QUALITY MASKS IS BORDERING ON IMPOSSIBLE >> OUT OF THE 300 WE VETTED, WE HAVEN'T FOUND ONE THAT'S LEGITIMATE >> Reporter: PREPARE FOR A WAVE OF SCAMS AS THOSE VICTIMIZED SPEAK OUT >> I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN VIOLATED AND PEOPLE ARE TRULY DEMONIC

SFWLR ONE OF THE REASONS THERE'S SO MANY WARNING ABOUT FRAUD IS $2 TRILLION STIMULUS PACKAGE PASSED BY CONGRESS MEANT >>> ROB GRONKOWSKI IS UP DON'T DO IT HE TOOK OUT EVERYONE >> FORMER NFL STAR ROB GRONKOWSKI CAPTURED HIS FIRST WWE TITLE IN FRONT OF NO FANS AT WRESTLE MANIA GRONK STAGE DIVING ON TO A SEA OF HUMANITY PINNING TO EARN THE CHAMPIONSHIP >> WITHOUT THE CROWD, THEY COULD HEAR THE COMMENTARY BETTER AND THEY APPRECIATED THAT >> SOME SORT OF SPORLT ISPORTING EVENT GOING A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

>>> LET'S TURN TO WALL STREET TO GET A LOOK AT WHAT'S AHEAD GOOD MORNING >> GOOD MORNING TO YOU WALL STREET IS HOPING TO START THE WEEK ON A BRIGHTER NOTE THE FRIDAY SESSION WE SAW THE MARKET AGAIN CLOSE DOWN WE SAW A DROP OF 2 % FOR THE LAX OF DOW IN TERMS OF FUTURES, THEY ARE POINTING HIGHER BEY MORE THAN 70 POINTS OVER THE WEEKEND THE SERIES OF TWEETS THAT HE'S BEGINNING TO BECOME MORE OPTIMISTIC THE PEAKS OF CORONAVIRUS CASES ALSO THE COMMENTS MENTIONED VACCINES AND TREATMENT AND THE FACT ALMOST THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS LOCKED DOWN HE ORIGINALLY CALLED FOR A SHUTDOWN, BUT INVESTORS ARE CAUTION WHEN IT COMES TO AIRLINES, MORE DRASTIC CUTS FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES IT WILL SLASH FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK CITY BY MORE THAN 90% NOW THESE CUTS COME AS NEW YORK EMERGES AS A HOT SPOT FOR CORONAVIRUS

WHEN IT COMES TO THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS JUST THREE DAILY FLIGHTS FROM JFK IT TELLHOUSE HOW MANY FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN CUT EXACTLY ALSO AIRLINE STOCKS ALL THE AIRLINE SECTOR IS DOWN 66% SO FAR SINCE MID-FEBRUARY >>> WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FL FLATTEN THE CURVE, I WANT TO SHOW YOU THROUGHOUT THE LAST THREE WEEKS YOU SEE THE DRAMATIC DROP ON SUNDAY AND THAT IS WHAT WE SAW YESTERDAY SATURDAY TO SUNDAY, IT'S DRAMATIC FOR THE NORTHEAST TO THE SOUTH TODAY IS GOING TO BE A VERY BIG DAY TO SEE IF THIS IS AN >>> WE WANTED TO CHEER YOU UP

I'D LIKE YOU TO MEET SOMEBODY >> I DON'T KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO EVERYTHING YOU GUYS ARE DOING AND PUTTING YOUR HEALTH ALL THE RISK IN ALL OF THAT YOU'RE JUST PHENOMENAL PHENOMENAL >> WELL, THANK YOU >> WHILE ON JIMMY KIMMEL, JENNIFER ANISTON GOT TO SURPRIS A NURSE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS THANKING HER FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE EVERY DAY >> WE CAN SAY THANK YOU ALL YOU WANT IT'S SOMETHING DIFFERENT WHEN JENNIFER ANISTON SAYS THANK YOU >>> CELEB FITS ALL OVER THE PLACE STEPPING UP HERE ANOTHER ONE MEDIA MOGUL TYLER PERRY LEFT A $21,000 STIPTIP FOR THE WEIGHT STAFF AT HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT HE LEFT $500 WORTH OF TIPS FOR OUT OF WORK SERVERS HE WAS JUST THERE TO PICK UP SOME TAKEOUT WHEN HE USED SOME OF HIS FORTUNE TO HELP OUT THE STAFF THERE

>> THAT'S JUST NOT A LITTLE DIFFERENCE THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE OF THEM BEING A ABLE TO PAY THEIR BILLS FOR A COUPLE MONTHS >> HE COVERED 42 OF THEM >>> ADAM SANDLER GOT A BUNCH OF PALS TOGETHER FOR A NIGHT OF LAUGHS TO RAISE MONEY FOR STRUGGLING COMEDIANS HOWIE MANDEL, BOB SAGET WERE PART OF THIS LIVE STREAM THEY TALKED ABOUT THEIR BESSETTES AND RAISED OVER $300,000 DOING IT VERY COOL >> IT IS THEY ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO HELP THEIR OWN THE ACTOR FUNDRAISE D MONEY NOW COMMODE YANS LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR OWN RAISING SOME MONEY WE HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP THE ENTERTAINERS AFLOAT FOR THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS >>> WITH ALL THE GYMS CLOSED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, A GUY IN OHIO FLEXED HIS CREATIVITY HE BENCH PRESSED AND A LOT MORE OUT OF LOGS

IT TOOK 60 HOURS OVER TWO WEEKS TO BUILD ALL THAT EQUIPMENT BUT THE MAKESHIFT GYM GIVES HIM A PRETTY COMPLETE WORKOUT >> IT GIVES YOU SO MUCH GOOD TIME TO HAVE PROGRESS WITH A PROJECT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AND THIS ST LOUIS BLUES PLAYER IS STAYING ACTIVE WITH HIS NEW WORKOUT PARTNER THIS VIDEO WAS SHARED OF HIS SON FOLLOWING AB AB WORKOUT ON TWITTER

HE HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH ENERGY TO KEEP UP WITH HIS DAD HE WAS DEFINITELY STAYING IN SHAPE DURING NHL US IS SUSPENSION >> HE NEEDS THE KID TO WATCH THE OTHER VIDEO GET SOME HELP WORKING ON A BENCH PRESS >> MAYBE HE COULD SEND HIM SOME OF THE DUMBBELLS HE MADE >> THIS IS ONE OF THE GOOD THINGS WE'RE SEEING WE NEED TO FIND THE SUBTLE INVESTSILVER LININGS PARTICIPANTS ARE SPENDING EXTRA TIME BONDING WITH THEIR CHILDREN >> A LOT V THESE BEHIND THE SCENES VISIT

>>> IN THE DAYS AHEAD, AMERICA WILL ENDURE THE PEAK OF THIS TERRIBLE PANDEMIC OUR WARRIORS IN THIS LIFE AND DEATH BATTLE ARE THE INCREDIBLE DOCTORS AND NURSES AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINE OF THE FIGHT WE PLEDGE TO THEM OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE AND EVERLASTING SUPPORT >> AS AMERICA'S SURGEON GENERAL ALSO SAID, WE'RE HEADING INTO THIS GENERATION'S PEARL HARBOR MOMENT AS THE SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES AND DEATHS IS EXPECTED TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS IN THE COMING DAYS >>> TO THE FRONT LINES WHERE PARAMEDICS ARE BEING PUSHED TO THE LIMIT >> BEWARE OF SCAMMERS FROM COUNTERFEIT MASKS TO FAKE TESTING SITES

>>> WITH THE REPORT OF ONE TIGER AT A NEW YORK ZOO TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO THE OTHER FRONT LINE OF WHO'S CARING FOR THESE ZOO ANIMALS IN DAYS OF ISOLATION "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >>> WE'RE BEGINNING YET ANOTHER WEEK OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THIS COULD BE THE MOST PAINFUL ONE YET IN AMERICA THE DEATH TOLL CONTINUES TO RISE IN AMERICA MORE THAA THOUSAND DEATHS WERE REPORTED NATIONWIDE IN JUST 24 HOURS CITIES ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THEIR PEAK NUMBER OF CASES SOON MORE AND MORE, STATES ARE ISSUING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD BUT EIGHT GOVERNORS ARE STILL HOLDING OUT WITH PARTIAL RESTRICTIONS OR NONE AT ALL >> AUTHORITIES IN TEXAS WILL BEGIN SCREENING DRIVER WHS WHO CROSS STATE LINES FROM LOUISIANA IN ORDER TO ENFORCE A TWO-WEEK QUARANTINE ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" THE CORONAVIRUS DEATH RATE IN PARTS OF NEW ORLEANS IS DOUBLE THE RATE OF NEW YORK CITY

LOUISIANA HAS REPORTED MORE THAN 13,000 CASES AND NEARLY 500 DEATHS >> IN GEORGIA A STATE WHITE SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER ALLOWED BEACHES TO REOPEN LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE PUSHING BACK AT THE DECISION BUT THE GOVERNOR SAYS PATROLS ARE MAKING SURE BEACH GOERS PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING >>> THE BRONX ZOO ANNOUNCED THAT A TIGER HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND SIX OTHER BIG CATS ALSO SHOWING SYMPTOMS ALL OF THE ANIMALS ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER >>> NEW YORK IS BY FAR THE HARDEST HIT REGION IN AMERICA

THE STATE REPORTS MORE THAN 120,000 CASES LOCAL LEADERS HAVE BEEN PLEADING FOR MORE HELP FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS APPLE SAYS IT HAS DONATED 20 MILLION MASKS TO HOSPITALS ALREADY >>> GENERAL MOTORS HAS OVERHAULED THEIR FACTORIES TO PRODUCE PROTECTIVE GEAR THE AUTO MAKER IS SHARING STEP BY STEP MANUFACTURING PLANS TO 600 SUPPLIERS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO JOIN THE CAUSE

>>> COMEDIANS ARE HEALING THROUGH LAUGHTER DURING A CHARITY EVENT ONLINE THEY'VE RAISED MORE THAN $300,000 FOR THE PANDEMIC >>> NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING AND EXPECTED TO CONTINUE GROWING WITH HEALTH OFFICIALS WARNING THE PANDEMIC WILL LIKELY GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER >> Reporter: WITH THE NATION'S DEATH TOLL RISING THE PRESIDENT TRIED TO REASSURE AMERICANS >> WE ALL KNOW WE WILL REACH A CERTAIN POINT AND THAT POINT IS GOING TO BE A HORRIFIC POINT IN TERMS OF DEATH BUT IT'S ALSO A POINT AT WHICH THINGS ARE GOING TO START CHANGING >> Reporter: WHILE THE NATION'S TOP DOCTOR DELIVERED A GRIM WARNING

>> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT, OUR 9/11 MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> Reporter: ON THE FRONT LINES IN NEW YORK WITH NEARLY 40% OF THE NATION'S CASES, THE DAILY DEATH TOLL IS DROPPING >> WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL >> Reporter: MOST STATES ARE UNDER A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER SOME GOVERNORS HAVE REFUSED >> SO IT'S MORE IMPORTANT IN A MESSAGE TO DO YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE AND BRING A MASK WITH YOU

>> Reporter: WHILE ACROSS THE COUNTRY CHURCHES FOUND A WAY TO CELEBRATE PALM SUNDAY MASS AT A NEARLY EMPTY ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL IN MANHATTAN >> Reporter: WHILE A PENNSYLVANIA CONGREGATION MADE PALM FRONDS AVAILABLE CURB SIDE LEANING ON FAITH IN A TIME OF FEAR >>> AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS RELATED EMERGENCY CALLS SPIKE, PARAMEDICS ARE TAKING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS LIKE NEVER BEFORE CREWS SUIT UP IN PROTECTIVE GEAR BEFORE ANY CALL THAT COULD INVOLVE THE VIRUS

NOW A NEW TEST COULD CHANGE THE GAME FOR THEM >> Reporter: RIGHT FROM THE FRONT LINES IN NEW YORK CITY, PARAMEDIC JEFF HOMESTEAD 18 YEARS ON THE JOB >> IT'S DIFFICULT TO LOOK A PATIENT IN THE FACE AND TRY TO MAKE THEM BELIEVE EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT >> Reporter: WATCHING THOSE DEVELOPMENTS CLOSELY, PARAMEDICS IN FLORIDA GETTING MORE CALLS BY THE DAY LIKE THIS >> HI

I'M HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING AND EVERY TIME I TRY TO STAND UP I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO FAINT >> I'M GOING TO STAY ON THE LINE WITH YOU, OKAY >> OKAY >> IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY >> IT LIKE HURTS TO BREATHE >> Reporter: IN SOUTH FLORIDA, PARAMEDICS NOW KNOW THEY'RE HEADED TO A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE WHEN THEY HEAR THIS

>> POSSIBLE P-36 >> Reporter: P-36 BEING SUIT UP HEAD TO TOE, IT COULD BE A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE IN CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA, PARAMEDICS ANSWERING THOSE 911 CALLS TOOK QUICK READ BLOOD TESTS RESULTS IN 15 MINUTES THE TESTS REVEAL IF THEY HAVE PROTECTIVE CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODIES

>> THIS TEST IS A SCREENING TOOL INSTEAD OF GOING INTO THE FOREST BLIND, NOW AT LEAST YOU CAN SEE THE TREES AND PERHAPS EVEN SEE A WAY OUT >> Reporter: THE RAPID TESTS ACQUIRED FROM CHINA HIS TEST SHOWING NO EXPOSURE HIS WIFE IS A NURSE >> BOTH OF US ARE TERRIFIED WE'RE GOING TO BRING IT HOME TO OUR KIDS >> Reporter: HERE IN FLORIDA THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 12,000 CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS THE RATE HAS SPREAD ONE NEW CASE EVERY 72 SECONDS FROM NEW YORK, THE STORY IS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE

AT 50 YEARS OLD PARAMEDIC HALLSTEAD WITH HIS OWN PROBLEMS, AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE >> IF I GET IT, IT'S PART OF MY JOB >>> YESTERDAY WAS PALM SUNDAY, A TIME FOR THE CHRISTIAN FAITHFUL TO GATHER IN PRAYER MOST BUT NOT ALL FOLLOWED GUIDELINES IN TERMS OF LARGE GATHERINGS >> CHURCHES AROUND THE WORLD PROVING EVEN A PANDEMIC CAN'T STOP CHRISTIANITY'S PALM SUNDAY IN ROME POPE FRANCIS STOOD ALONE, STREAMING MASS FROM ST

PETER'S SQUARE THE VIRTUAL SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL NOW THE NEW NORM IN CALIFORNIA AN ONLINE THANK YOU FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO WATCHED SUNDAY SERVICES AFTER WEIGHING IN ON THE ISSUE >> SO HOW SAD IS IT THAT WE HAVE EASTER, PALM AND EASTER SUNDAY AND PEOPLE ARE WATCHING ON LAPTOPS AND COMPUTERS IT'S SAD >> Reporter: IN NORTH CAROLINA A DRI DRIVE-IN THEATER DOUBLING AS A PLACE OF WORSHIP OTHERS CHOOSING TO DEFY SOCIAL DISTANCING IN LOUISIANA PASTOR TONY SPELL KEEPING THE DOORS OPEN AT LIFE T TABERNACLE CHURCH

>> WE LOST OUR JOCBS AT LEAST GET IT GO WORSHIP THIS IS THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD >> Reporter: PASTOR JOEL HAS SAID HE PREACHES THE GOD OF HEALING AND WON'T CLOSE DOORS AFTER BEING LINKED TO MORE THAN 7 0 COVID CASES ONE SACRAMENTO MEGA CHURCH FINALLY CLOSED LAST WEEK MEANWHILE IN BATON ROUGE >> HOW MANY POSITIVE CASES BEFORE YOU CONSIDER CLOSING YOUR CHURCH DOORS IN THE MIDST OF THIS PANDEMIC? >> I KNOW YOU'RE PROBING ME BUT WE'RE NEVER GOING TO CLOSE OUR DOORS >> NO MATTER WHAT? >> NO MATTER WHAT YOU HAVE MY WORD

>> Reporter: A TEST OF MORE THAN JUST FAITH AS A VIRUS RAGES ON >>> AS THE TOP DOCTOR IN THE US IS SAYS THE US IS STRUGGN TO GET THE OUTBREAK UNDER CONTROL EUROPE MAY BE STARTING TO SEE THEIR CORONAVIRUS MEASURES PAYING OFF

THE CLOSURES, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND TRAVEL BANS HAVE REPORTEDLY LED TO A DECLINE IN CASE NUMBERS AND DEATHS IN KEY COUNTRIES UK'S PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL CAL PERRY LIVE IN LONDON >> GOOD MORNING

YEAH, WE HAD THAT NEWS ABOUT THE PRIME MINISTER COMING LATE YESTERDAY ACCORDING TO HIS ADVISORS, ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR WHAT THEY CALL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES THEY WANTED TO ASSURE THE PEOPLE HERE THAT BORIS JOHNSON IS STILL RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT WE'RE STANDING BY FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THAT COMING OUT OF THE MORNING COBRA MEETING WE ALSO HAD A HISTORIC ADDRESS FROM THE QUEEN YESTERDAY RALLYING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER, A VERY SHORT BUT POIGNANT FOUR MINUTES, THIS ONLY THE FIFTH TIME IN HISTORY OUTSIDE OF THAT ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ADDRESS THAT SHE HAS ADDRESSED THE NATION IN ITALY THERE'S GOING TO BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT MASKS POSSIBLY BECOMING A REQUIREMENT FOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY SOME 100 HEALTH WORKERS THERE HAVE NOW PERISHED BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS IN SPAIN, POSSIBLY SOME GOOD NEWS AS THE LEVEL OF INFECTIONS NOW SEEM TO BE DROPPING THAT COUNTRY OF COURSE HAS BEEN HIT INCREDIBLY HARD I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH A BIT OF GOOD NEWS

THE CITY OF WUHAN IN CHINA IN LOCKDOWN SINCE MID JANUARY WE NOW UNDERSTAND WILL HAVE SOME MEASURES LIFTED IN THREE DAYS PERHAPS A CHANCE FOR PEOPLE THERE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MONTHS TO MOVE AROUND JUST A LITTLE BIT >> MANY PEOPLE IN THAT AREA LOOKING FORWARD TO APRIL >>> ELTON JOHN IS DOING HIS PART TO HELP THOSE MOST VULNERABLE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS THE SINGER ANNOUNCED THAT HIS NONPROFIT IS LAUNCHING A $1 MILLION COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND TO PROTECT THOSE AFFECTED BY HIV JOHN TWEETED, QUOTE, NOW AND ALWAYS I'M COMMITTED TO NOT LEAVE ANYONE AFFECTED BY HIV BEHIND >>> LET'S GET A JUMP ON YOUR MONDAY WEATHER WITH JANESSA WEBB >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE

WE CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH A PRETTY DRY WEATHER PATTERN ACROSS THE NATION TEMPERATURES ARE VERY WARM THIS MORNING CONTINUE TO BE IN THE LOW 50s FOR NEW YORK CITY, 64 OUT TOWARDS PENSACOLA THIS MORNING WE ARE WATCHING THIS VERY LIGHT STORM SYSTEM THAT WILL MAKE ITS WAY ACROSS THE MIDWEST IT DOES START TO REV UP TOMORROW AFTERNOON ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY INTO AREAS OF THE NORTHEAST PLENTY OF SUNSHINE TODAY FROM WASHINGTON TO NEW YORK CITY TO BOSTON AS WELL THIS WILL BE STORM NUMBER ONE AND THEN ANOTHER SERIES OF STORMS AS WE STEP INTO THE NEXT FEW DAYS WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THAT MILD SURGE THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY TODAY

SO YOU CAN SEE TEMPERATURES ARE WELL ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS WE CONTINUE TO SEE HIGHS IN THE UPPER 60s TO LOWER 70s A TON OF SUNSHINE TODAY ACROSS THE NORTHEAST, ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES SO ENJOY THE SUNSHINE FOR THE NORTHEAST WE DO HAVE RAIN ON THE WAY >>> JAY-Z AND MEEK MILL ARE JOINING MANY OTHERS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 MORE THAN A YEAR AFTER LAUNCHING THEIR VERY OWN PRISON REFORM ALLIANCE, JAY-Z AND MEEK MILL ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO UTILIZ >>> WE'RE BACK WITH A NEW WARNING AS SCAMMERS ARE TRYING TO PROFIT OFF OF THE OUTBREAK AUTHORITIES ARE NOW CRACKING DOWN ON EVERYTHING FROM PRICE GOUGING TO FRAUDULENT TESTING SITES SAM BROCK HAS MORE >> WE'RE LIVE AT 17th AND BROADWAY WHERE THE ALLEGED COVID TESTING STATIONS HAVE SET UP ONCE AGAIN

>> Reporter: IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, PEOPLE OPERATING WHAT'S PRESENTED AS COVID-19 TESTING ARE YOU TALKING SWABS FROM THESE FOLKS? >> YOU HAVE TO, MAN >> Reporter: LOUISVILLE OFFICIALS TELL US IT'S A SCAM SHE SAYS THEY'RE TESTING WITHOUT GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND WITHOUT EVEN TAKING NASAL SAMPLES HOW FURIOUS ARE YOU ABOUT ALL OF THIS >> THEY MAY GO THROUGH 40 OR 50 PEOPLE IN A TEST WEARING THE SAME GLOVES

WE'VE GOT THE PHOTOS OF THEM TAKING OFF ALL THEIR STUFF, THROWING IT IN THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK AND DRIVING OFF AND THE NEXT DAY GETTING UP, PUTTING IT ALL ON AND GOING TO ANOTHER LOCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY >> Reporter: AS VICTIMS REVEAL THEIR HEARTACHE >> THIS IS JUST THE WORST THING EVER TO EVEN HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I'M GOING THROUGH AND ON TOP OF IT TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF >> Reporter: SIGNS OF A SYSTEMIC CRUNCH FOR LEGITIMATE GEAR EMERGE IN NEW JERSEY HOLY NAME HOSPITAL JUST HAD TO RETURN A THOUSAND SAFETY MASKS >> BETWEEN THE FACT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE CERTIFICATION AND THE FACT THAT WE WERE VERY CONCERNED, WE SHIPPED THEM BACK

>> Reporter: HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTORS TELLING NBC NEWS THE SEARCH FOR QUALITY MASKS BOARDING ON THE IMPOSSIBLE >> OUT OF THE 300 WE HAVE VETTED SO FAR WE HAVEN'T FOUND ONE THAT'S LEGITIMATE >> Reporter: FEDERAL OFFICIALS TELLING PEOPLE TO PREPARE FOR A WAVE OF SCAMS AS SOON AS THIS WEEK AS THOSE ALREADY VICTIMIZED SPEAK OUT >> I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN VIOLATED THESE PEOPLE ARE TRULY DEMONIC >> Reporter: ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THERE'S SO MANY WARNINGS ABOUT FRAUD RIGHT NOW IS THE $2 TRILLION STIMULUS PACKAGE MEANT TO INJECT LIFE INTO THE ECONOMY BUT AT THE SAME TIME ATTRACTING SOME BAD ACTORS

>>> IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO STAY AT HOME WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FOLLOW THE RULES OF YOUR GOVERNMENT IF YOU HAVE TO GO OUT, PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR FACE MASK AND WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY >> ACTOR JACKIE CHAN TOOK TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO FOLLOW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN THIS VIDEO, CHAN TOLD FANS TO WEAR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, WASH THEIR HANDS OFTEN, ADDING THAT PROTECTING YOURSELF IS PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY >>> IN CASE YOU DIDN'T BELIEVE IT AND Y >>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE I KNOW WE'RE ALL TRYING TO FLATTEN THE CURVE I WANT TO SHOW YOU OUR DATA, OUR GROWTH RATE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND WHAT WE HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY SEEING THROUGH THE LAST TWO WEEKS IS EVERY SUNDAY A DRAMATIC DROP THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE SAW YESTERDAY

WE SEE THE NORTHEAST AND THE SOUTH WAY DOWN PERCENTAGE-WISE TODAY IS REALLY GOING TO BE A VITAL DAY IF WE SEE THAT PEAK ONCE AGAIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS EVERY MONDAY WE'VE HAD AN INCREASE OF OUR BAR GRAPH TODAY IS REALLY GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT DAY IF WE CONTINUE TO SEE THIS TREND GOING DOWN, OF COURSE THAT'S GOOD NEWS FLATTENING THE CURVE AS FAST AS WE WENT UP HOPEFULLY AS FAST AS WE'LL GO DOWN TOMORROW IS GOING TO BE >>> ARE YOU READY TO READ THIS SPECIAL BOOK WELL, HERE I GO

>> ALL RIGHT A VIRTUAL STORY TIME BY ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST BELOVED COUNTRY STARS DOLLY PARTON READING BEDTIME STORIES TO KIDS GOOD NIGHT WITH DOLLY IS A TEN-WEEK SERIES HAPPENING EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT >> SO COOL TO DO FROM BIRTH TO 5 YEARS OLD I BELIEVE SHE DOES IT >> SENDING OUT BOOKS >>> NOW TO ANOTHER KIND OF ESSENTIAL WORKER DURING THESE VERY TRYING TIMES EVEN THOUGH THE NATION'S ZOOS HAVE NO VISITORS, THE ANIMALS STILL NEED TO BE FED AND CARED FOR

KRISTEN DAHLGREN HAS MORE ON THE PEOPLE LOOKING AFTER THEM >> Reporter: IN WHAT WOULD NORMALLY BE ONE OF THE BUSIEST WEEKS AT MISSOURI'S DICKERSON ZOO >> IT'S HEARTBREAKING >> Reporter: NOBODY HERE TO SEE THE HANDFUL OF SELFLESS ZOOKEEPERS WHO COME EVERY DAY TO MAKE SURE THE ANIMALS GET FOOD AND CRITICAL CARE >> WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS IT'S GOING TO END AND WE'RE STILL GOING TO BE HERE

>> Reporter: IT'S THE SAME AT THE COLUMBUS ZOO WHERE WORKERS DO THEIR JOBS COMPLETELY ISOLATED >> IT MEANS EVERYTHING TO COME IN IN >> Reporter: KEEPERS AT HUNDREDS OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO SAY THERE'S NO OTHER CHOICE EVEN IN NEW YORK WHERE THE INFECTION RATE CONTINUES TO SKYROCKET, ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ARE PUTTING ASIDE THEIR OWN FEARS TO SHOW UP EVERY DAY AT THE BRONX ZOO >> THEY ARE PUTTING THEMSELVES IN A BIT OF A VULNERABLE POSITION, BUT THEY HAVE TO BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO THE ANIMALS >> Reporter: WHILE AMERICANS ARE BEING TOLD TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE, FOR MANY ANIMALS CONNECTION IS CRITICAL BACK IN MISSOURI THE ZOO ANIMALS NOW HAVE PEN PALS, KIDS WRITING LETTERS THE STAFF CAN READ TO THE ANIMALS THE LOVE NOT LOST BECAUSE OF A LITTLE SOCIAL DISTANCE

>> I WANTED TO WRITE TO A FEW DIFFERENT ANIMALS TO SEE HOW THEY'RE DOING >> I DEFINITELY THINK HE LIKES THAT >> HE DID WE LEARNE ED IN THE LAST 48 HOU OR SO THAT A TIGER HAS CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS AT THE BRONX ZOO >>> WITH GYMS CLOSED, A MAN BUILT A BENCH PRESS, DUMBBELLS AND MORE OUT OF LOGS NOW HE'S GOT A PRETTY GOOD MAKESHIFT GYM

GOOD ON HIM >>> THANKS FOR STATING YOUR WEEK WITH US >> STAY INFORMED WITH UP TO THE MINUTE INF >>> IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST WEEK OF OUR LIVES >> THAT'S WHY WE HAVE STOCKPILES OF STRATEGIC SUPPLIES >> THIS IS GOING TO BE A BAD WEEK UNFORTUNATELY IF YOU LOOK AT THE PROJECTION OF THE CURVES OF THE KINETICS OF THE CURVES

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE AN ESCALATION >> ALREADY HARD HIT HOSPITALS AROUND THE NATION ARE BRACING FOR WHAT COULD BE THE WORST WEEK ON RECORD AS THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS AND DEATHS CONTINUES TO RISE >>> THEN WE'LL TAKE YOU INSIDE YOUR OWN HOME TO VIRUS PROOF YOUR SURROUNDINGS >>> A TIGER IN THE BRONX ZOO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS IN THE FIRST KNOWN CASE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD >>> AND MAKING THE MOST OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AS STARS SHINE TO HELP ALL OF US COPE A LITTLE EASIER >>> GOOD MORNING ON YOUR MONDAY

>> AMERICAN BRACES FOR ITS HARDEST WEEK YET AS THE WORLD'S SURGES PASS 1 MILLION CASES WITH A THIRD OF THEM COMING FROM THE US 337,000 CONFIRMED CASES IN THIS COUNTRY WITH MORE THAN 9,000 AMERICAN LIVES LOST SOME OF THEHARDEST HIT CITIES LIKE NEW YORK, DETROIT AND NEW ORLEANS ARE EXPECTING TO SEE INFECTIONS PEAK >> PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE'LL SEND SOME 600,000 N95 MASKS TO HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK

MR TRUMP ALSO SAID A THOUSAND MEDICAL MILITARY PERSONNEL WILL BE DEPLOYED TO THE BIG APPLE AND OVER IN THE UK BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED AFTER BATTLING CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS THIS JUST HOURS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH DELIVERED A RARE SPEECH CALLING FOR UNITY DURING THE PANDEMIC >>> APPLE HAS DONATED MORE THAN 20 MILLION MASKS CEO TIM COOK SAYS IT STARTED MANUFACTURING A MILLION FACE SHIELDS A WEEK COOK SAYS THE COMPANY IS DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING THE WORLD WIDE RESPONSE TO COVID-19

>>> PLUS TROUBLING NEWS ABOUT THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS THE BRONX ZOO HAS ANNOUNCED THAT A TIGER HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SIX OTHER BIG CATS ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS ALL OF THE ANIMALS ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER >>> ADAM SANDLER GOT HIS BUDDIES TOGETHER FOR A NIGHT OF LAUGHS HE RAISED MONEY FOR STRUGGLING COMEDIANS CELEBRITIES ALL MADE FUN OF EACH OTHER THE EIGHT HOUR LIVE STREAM RAISED OVER $300,000 >>> INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OWNER JIM IRSAY GIVES BACK, DONATING 10,000 MASKS TO THE INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH >>> JAZY-Z AND MEEK MILL SENT 100,000 SURGICAL MASKS TO BE HANDSED HANDED OUT IN JAILS

>>> A GUY IN DETROIT USED HIS OWN MONEY TO BUY DPASGAS FOR NUS IN HIS HOMETOWN HE SAYS ALL IT TAKES IS A SMALL GESTURE TO SHOW PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT THEM >>> NEW HOT SPOTS HAVE BEEN EMERGING IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT NEW YORK REMAINS THE EPICENTER THE STATE REPRESENTS NEARLY 40% OF CASES NATIONWIDE AND THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE THE TOUGHEST WEEK YET

WE'RE JOINED BY NBC'S KATHY PARK >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING HERE AT THE EPICENTER OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN THE US, NEW YORK CITY, WE ARE BRACING FOR ANOTHER GRIM WEEK AHEAD THE RESOURCES ARE COMING TOGETHER, BUT MORE AID IS ON THE WAY

MEANTIME, OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE BRACING FOR THEIR CASES TO SURGE THIS WEEK AS WELL DISTURBING IMAGES OUTSIDE THIS BROOKLYN HOSPITAL AS BRIGHT ORANGE BODY BAGS ROLL OUT TO TEMPORARY MORGUES ANOTHER REMINDER THAT FRONT LINE WORKERS IN NEW YORK CITY ARE DEEP IN A FIGHT WITHOUT A CLEAR END DATE >> WE'RE DOING OUR BEST, BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IT'S OUR TIME TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF DEALING WITH THIS EVERY DAY AND NOT FEELING LIKE WE'RE COMPLETELY SAFE >> Reporter: GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAYING THE STATE MAY BE NEARING THE PEAK OR THE PLATEAU OF THE CRISIS HE ADDED THAT NEW YORK SAW A DIP IN DAILY DEATHS BUT WARNS IT MAY BE A BLIP

>> WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL >> Reporter: WITH THE DEATH TOLL PASSING THE 4,000 MARK, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DEPLOYING THE MILITARY TO HELP AMONG THE MORE THAN 1,000 DOCTORS, NURSES AND SUPPORT STAFF CALLED INTO ACTION, APPROXIMATELY 300 ARE ARRIVING IN NEW YORK CITY >> THE BULK OF THEM THAT WILL GO TO THE JAVITS CENTER LATE YESTERDAY WE AGREED TO DEPLOY A FEW HUNDRED OF THEM TO 11 NEW YORK CITY HOSPITALS THAT ARE ALSO SEEING A DEFICIENCY WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICAL STAFF ZBL >> Reporter: WITH THE HEIGHTENED PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY THE JAVITS CENTER HAS SHIFTED TO TREATING COVID POSITIVE CASES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS WEIGHING THE RISK OF TAKING ON CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS ON HOSPITAL SHIPS INCLUDING THE USNS COMFORT WHICH HAS BEEN NEARLY EMPTY FOR A WEEK >> THAT'S WHY WE'VE OPENED UP THE JAVITS CENTER AND OTHER EXPANDED HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR THE CORONAVIRUS WE'RE PREPARED TO LEVERAGE THE MERCY AND COMFORT AS WELL TO DO THAT

>> Reporter: ALL PERSONNEL ON DOD INSTALLATIONS, FACILITIES AND PROPERTY MUST NOW WEAR FACE COVERINGS AND IN ANOTHER TURN, A DEFENSE OFFICIAL CONFIRMING TO NBC NEWS THAT CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER WILL REMAIN IN QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS THIS WEEK HE WAS FIRED FOR SOUNDING THE ALARM ABOUT A CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ON THE U

SS THEODORE ROOSEVELT THE "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTS THAT HE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS THE NAVY WOULD NOT CONFIRM THIS INFORMATION

ORIGINALLY MAYOR de BLASIO WARNED THAT THE CITY WOULD RUN OUT OF CRITICAL SUPPLIES SUNDAY IN SOME GOOD NEWS HE SAID THEY WERE ABLE TO SECURE ENOUGH SUPPLIES TO LAST THROUGH MIDWEEK HE STRESSED IT'S IMPORTANT TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO >>> THE NATION'S TOP DOCTOR IS WARNING AMERICANS TO BRACE FOR ONE OF THE DARKEST WEEKS IN A GENERATION THE SURGEON GENERAL COMPARING THE SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS DEATHS TO SOME OF THE WORST ATTACKS EVER ON AMERICAN SOIL >> Reporter: OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THAT THE WORST IS JUST DAYS AWAY AS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOSPITALS SCRAMBLE FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND PEOPLE TO HELP

FROM THE SURGEON GENERAL THAT DIRE WARNING >> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT, OUR 9/11 MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> Reporter: HEALTH OFFICIALS TELLING EVERYONE TO AVOID LEAVING THE HOUSE AT ALL COSTS IF YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GO OUT, WEAR A MASK AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE >> THIS IS THE MOMENT TO NOT BE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, NOT GOING TO THE PHARMACY BUT DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS SAFE >> Reporter: THIS AS THE NATIONAL DEATH TOLL TOPS 9,000 >> THIS IS WAR, THIS IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT IT FEELS TO BE LIKE A WARTIME PHYSICIAN >> Reporter: FROM A DOCTOR ON THE FRONT LINES IN MICHIGAN, ONE OF THE HOT SPOTS OFFICIALS CAUTION IS DAYS AWAY FROM REACHING A DEADLY PEAK

>> WE ARE STRUGGLING TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL >> Reporter: SHORTAGES OF SUPPLIES PERSIST INCLUDING MASKS, VENTILATORS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA ABOUT TO RUN OUT OF HOSPITAL BEDS THERE'S A HUGE NEED FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES CRITICAL TO THE FIGHT >> EVERY SINGLE MIND AND BODY IS NECESSARY TO FIGHT THIS WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET PEOPLE TO JUMP IN AND ACTUALLY VOLUNTEER >> Reporter: THIS AS HARD HIT STATES CONTINUE TO BLAME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

>> CAN YOU IMAGINE IF FRANKLIN DELNOR ROOSEVELT SAID I'LL BE RIGHT BEHIND YOU CONNECTICUT, GOOD LUCK BUILDING THOSE BATTLESHIPS >> Reporter: A PLEA FROM TOP OFFICIALS >> I WISH EVERY GOVERNOR WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE IN THEIR STATES TO FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES FOR 30 DAYS >> Reporter: AT LEAST SEVEN GOVERNORS REFUSING STATEWIDE MANDATES INCLUDING ARKANSAS THE GOVERNOR INSISTING THE ACTION HE'S TAKING IS ENOUGH

>> WE HAVE HAD SUCCESS IN ARKANSAS COMPARABLE TO OTHER STATES TOMORROW 600,000 AWILL GO TO WORK DO YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE AND BRING A MASK WITH YOU >> Reporter: IN GEORGIA GOVERNOR KEMP REOPENED BEACHES, LOCAL MAYORS CALLING IT RECKLESS >> HERE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A WORLD WIDE PANDEMIC AND WE'RE CLOSING SCHOOLS AND OPENING BEACHES >> Reporter: AND YET THERE'S RESILIENCE, SIGNS OF A COUNTRY PULLING TOGETHER THERE WAS A SURGE IN APPLICATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD AS OF SUNDAY MORE THAN 21,000 SUPPORTING THE COVID-19 RESPONSE

>> WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THIS IN A STRANGE WAY IS THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN PEOPLE COME TOGETHER THE WAY I'M SEEING IT NOW >> Reporter: AND THERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS OUT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, ANNOUNCING THAT IT HAS FEWER INSPECTIONS THAN ANTICIPATED SO IT'S RETURNING 400 VENTILATORS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE >>> LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT HAS BEEN POSTHUMAOUSLY ELECTED O THE HALL OF FAME HIS WIFE VANESSA BRYANT AND HER ELDEST DAUGHTER NATALIA APPEARED ON CNN AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT >> OBVIOUSLY WE WISH HE WAS HERE WITH US TO CELEBRATE, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY THE PEAK OF HIS NBA CAREER >> KOBE JOINS TIM DUNCAN AND SIX OTHERS IN THE 2020 CLASS >>> LET'S GET A CHECK OF YOUR WEATHER WITH JANESSA WEBB

>> WE HAVE A STORM SYSTEM COMING OUT OF THE MIDWEST THAT WILL PRODUCE A FEW SHOWERS REALLY GREAT WEATHER ACROSS THE NORTHEAST TO THE SOUTH WE'RE WELL ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WISE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 50 DEGREES RIGHT NOW IN NEW YORK CITY WE'RE SITTING IN THE LOWER 60s THIS MORNING ACROSS THE SOUTH THIS IS THAT WARM FRONT I'M TALKING ABOUT IT WILL CAUSE LIGHT SHOWERS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON ALL THE WAY TO THE CHICAGO AREA PLENTY OF SUNSHINE THROUGHOUT THE DAY FROM WASHINGTON, NEW YORK CITY TO BOSTON AS WELL

THE STORM FRONT STARTS TO LIFT BY TOMORROW THAT WILL PRODUCE SUNNY SKIES IT WILL TRANSITION INTO A LOT MORE RAIN THAT IS JUST STORM NUMBER ONE HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE TEMPERATURES ABOVE AVERAGE FROM ST LOUIS TO KANSAS CITY WE'RE SITTING IN THE LOWER 70s IN NEW YORK CITY DAYTIME HIGHS ARE VERY WARM AND MILD TODAY IN THE LOWER 60s SO A GOOD START TO THE WEEK WE'LL WATCH THAT RAIN MOVING IN BY TOMORROW >> THAT SUNSHINE IS GOING TO FEEL NICE

>> SURE WILL ANY GOOD NEWS WE'LL TAKE THESE DAYS >>> IT DID NOT TAKE LONG FOR ROB GRONKOWSKI TO GET HIS FIRST TASTE OF PROWRESTLING GOLD AT WWE'S WRESTLE MANIA GRONK CAPTURED THE 24/7 TITLE STAGE DIVING ONTO A CROWD OF WRESTLERS PINNING TH >>> DURING ONE OF THE HOLIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR FOR CHRISTIANS, SURG CHURCHES FOR EMPTY FOR PALM SUNDAY POPE FRANCIS LED MASS IN A DESERTED CHURCH >> WITH THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES SPIKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, EXPERTS EMPHASIZE THAT YOU NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE AND WEAR FACE MASKS WHEN YOU'RE OUTSIDE BUT WHEN YOU'RE INSIDE YOUR HOME, ARE YOU DOING ENOUGH HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING >> THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THE VIRUS IS TO STAY HOME

THAT'S NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE SO WHEN YOU COME INSIDE MAKE SURE YOU TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND PUT ON SOME INDOOR SLIPPERS A RECENT STUDY FOUND THE VIRUS CAN SURVIVE OF DIFFERENT SURFACES, UP TO 24 HOURS ON CARDBOARD AND 2 TO 3 DAYS ON PLASTIC AND STEEL IT'S IDEAL TO USE DISINFECTANT SPRAYS OR WIPES BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THEM SOME OTHER COMMON CLEANER MAY WORK AS WELL IF YOU'RE NOT SURE CHECK THE LIST OF CLEANING PRODUCTS THAT ARE APPROVED READ THE LABEL TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW LONG TO LET THE SPRAY SIT BEFORE WIPING IT OFF IT CAN TAKE UP TO 5 MINUTES TO FULLY KILL ANY VIRUS THE CDC SAYS A DILUTED BLEACH SOLUTION ALSO WORKS TO DISINFECT YOUR HOPE USE ONE-THIRD CUP OF BLEACH PER GALLON OF WATER CLEAN HOUSEHOLD ITEMS LIKE CHILDREN'S TOYS, REMOTE CONTROLS, COMPUTER KEYBOARDS AND ANY OTHER ITEMS THAT MULTIPLE PEOPLE TOUCH REMEMBER, THINGS ONLY REMAIN CLEAN UNTIL THEY'RE TOUCHED AGAIN SO BE SURE TO CLEAN NOR OFTEN IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING AND GOING FROM YOUR HOME

EXPERTS SAY USE THE WARMEST WATER AND DRYER HEAT SETTING THAT YOUR CLOTHING CAN HANDLE REMEMBER TO WIPE DOWN THE LAUNDRY BASKET WHEN DOING THE DISHES JUST USE SOAP AND HOT WATER IF YOU'RE GETTING DELIVERIES OR BRINGING HOME GROCERIES, SOME EXPERTS SAY LET THEM SIT FOR 24 HOURS AS AN EXTRA PRECAUTION IF YOU NEED THEM IMMEDIATELY, WIPE DOWN THE ITEMS AND WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER HAND HANDLING >> SOLID >>> WE WANTED TO CHEER YOU UP A LITTLE BIT SO I'D LIKE YOU TO MEET SOMEBODY >> I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO EVERYTHING YOU GUYS ARE DOING AND PUTTING YOUR HEALTH AT RISK YOU'RE PHENOMENAL >> WELL, THANK YOU

>> WHILE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE JENNIFER ANISTON GOT TO SURPRISE A NURSE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND SHE WAS QUARANTINING, THANKING HER AND ALL THE FRONT LINE WORKERS FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE EVERY DAY SHE GOT CHOKED UP A LITTLE BIT IT WAS A REALLY COOL SURPRISE >> HE'S NOT THE ONLY CELEBRITY THAT'S REACHING OUT MEDIA MOGUL TYLER PERRY LEFT A $21,000 TIP FOR WAIT STAFF AT HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN ATLANTA PERRY LEFT $500 FOR 42 OUT OF WORK SERVERS AT HOUSTONS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD HE WAS THERE TO PICK UP SOME TAKEOUT WHEN HE USED SOME OF HIS FORTUNE TO HELP SOME OF THE STAFF THERE

SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT PEOPLE ARE THE SERVERS WHO ARE USED TO THAT CASH EVERY SINGLE NIGHT >> I'M SURE THAT MADE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE FOR THEM >> 100% >>> THIS ST LOUIS BLUES PLAYER HAD AN ADORABLE WORKOUT PARTNER RYAN OWE H R OWE RILEY POSTED T HIS SON JAMISON

>> WE'RE >>> HI, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THE CURVE TODAY IS GOING TO BE A REALLY BIG DAY BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN — ON SUNDAY IT HAS BEEN A DRAMATIC DECREASE FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS, SO YOU CAN SEE YESTERDAY THE NORTHEAST AND THE SOUTH HAVE FALLEN DRAMATICALLY BUT TODAY WHEN WE WATCHED IT, WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO SEE ANOTHER JUMP BECAUSE EVERY MONDAY FOR THE LAST TWO TO THREE WEEKS WE'VE SEEN AN INCREASE FOR THE NORTHEAST AND SOUTH ONCE AGAIN WE'RE DOWN TO ABOUT 10

2% WITH THE NORTHEAS >>> WE'RE BACK WITH THE NEW VIRTUAL STORY TIME BY ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST BELOVED SUPERSTARS JOE FRYER HAS MORE >> Reporter: IT'S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION MUSIC LEGEND DOLLY PARTON IS READING BEDTIME STORIES TO KIDS WATCHING ONLINE >> ARE YOU READY TO READ THIS SPECIAL BOOK WELL, HERE I GO >> Reporter: THE SINGER CREATED GOOD NIGHT WITH DOLLY, A TEN-WEEK SERIES TAKING PLACE EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT SHE EXPLAINED WHY SHE'S DOING IT

>> THIS SEEMED LIKE A PERFECT TIME WITH THE KIDS ALL STUCK AT HOME AND THIS BEING A GREAT TIME TO NOT ONLY ENTERTAIN THE KIDS BUT TO KIND OF CALM THE PARENTS DOWN A LITTLE BIT >> Reporter: IT'S THE LATEST CHAPTER IN DOLLY'S IMAGINATION LIBRARY, A PROGRAM THAT EACH MONTH MAILS FREE BOOKS TO KIDS FROM THE TIME THEY'RE BORN TO AGE FIVE >> I LOVE BOOKS >> Reporter: EARLIER THIS YEAR WE SPOKE WITH DOLLY ABOUT THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY WHICH STARTED BACK IN 1995 INSPIRED BY HER FATHER WHO COULD NOT READ OR WRITE >> HE FELT VERY EMBARRASSED AND CRIPPLED BY THAT, BUT HE WAS SO SMART

HE GOT TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY DO SO WELL >> Reporter: THE LIBRARY HAS MAILED MORE THAN 133 MILLION BOOKS TO KIDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD THE FIRST ONE THEY RECEIVE IS THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD >> PUFF PUFF CHUG CHUG WENT THE LITTLE BLUE ENGINE >> Reporter: WHY IS THAT SUCH AN IMPORTANT BOOK TO YOU? >> BECAUSE IT'S A BOOK ABOUT BEING POSITIVE IT'S A BOOK THAT SAYS I CAN, I THINK I CAN >> Reporter: A MESSAGE FOR THE TIMES THAT CERTAINLY RESONATES WITH KIDS WHO ARE TUNING IN >> MY FAVORITE PART OF THE BOOK IS THAT PART THAT SAID I COULD I COULD I COULD

>> Reporter: YOU OF COURSE HAVE A LEGACY IN MUSIC BUT THIS IS PART OF YOUR LEGACY TOO, ISN'T IT >> I HAVE TO HONESTLY SAY THAT I PROBABLY AM AS PROUD OF THIS AS ANYTHING I WILL EVER DO >> Reporter: EVEN WHEN EVERYTHING IS CLOSED DOLLY'S IMAGINATION LIBRARY REMAINS OPEN FOR BUSINESS >> I THOUGHT I COULD, I THOUGHT I COULD, I THOUGHT I COULD ISN'T THAT FUN >> HAPPENS EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT AND IT IS STILL AVAILABLE TO STREAM ONLINE >> 133 MILLION BOOKS >>> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT, OUR 9/11 MOMENT

IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> THE SURGEON GENERAL OFFERING A SOEBER WARNING TO AMERICANS ABOUT THE WEEK AHEAD BRACE YOURSELF FOR WHAT MIGHT BE THE APEX OF THE PANDEMIC >>> BRITAIN'S QUEEN ELIZABETH MAKES A RARE ADDRESS TO THE NATION AS THE PRIME MINISTER IS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH PERSISTENT CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS >>> PLUS CORONAVIRUS SCAMMERS, RIPPING OFF PEOPLE WITH FAKE TESTS AS PEOPLE DESPERATE FOR A REAL DIAGNOSIS ARE FOOLED "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> IT IS MONDAY MORNING AND AMERICA IS BEING TOLD TO PREPARE FOR WHAT MIGHT BE THE WORST WEEK YET AS WE WEATHER THE CORONAVIRUS PAN DOCUMENTIC AS THE DEATH TOLL SOARS TO DEVASTATING NEW MILESTONES, HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THIS COULD BE ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING WEEKS OF ALL THEM >> THE CDC IS RECOMMENDING EVERYONE WEAR FACE COVERINGS IN PUBLIC RIVERSIDE IS MAKING THAT PROTOCOL MANDATORY LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO ENFORCE THE ORDER AS THEY DEEM NECESSARY MEANWHILE IN NEW YORK, THE BRONX ZOO SAYS COVID-19 SPREAD TO THEIR BIG CATS A TIGER HAS TESTED POSITIVE AND SIX OTHER TIGHERS AND LIONS ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS, BUT ALL THE EXPECTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE OKAY >>> NEW YORK CITY IS THE HARD EST HIT REGION IN THE CROWN COUNTRY

AMERICAN AIRLINES REDUCED FLIGHTS TO THE AREA BY 90 RS UNITED ALSO ANNOUNCING DEEP C CUTS IN TEXAS, DRIVERS CROSSING THE STATE LINE FROM LOUISIANA ARE ARE BEING SCREENED PATROLS ARE ASKING TRAVELERS TO FILL OUT A FORM DETAILING WHERE THEY WILL BE SELF-QUARANTINING FOR TWO WEEKS LOUISIANA HAS EMERGED AS A HOT SPOT IN THE SOUTH >>> AS THE OUTBREAK ACCELERATES, THERE'S A CONTINUED RUSH TO GET PROTECTIVE GEAR TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINES APPLE DONATED 20 MILLION MASKS TO HOSPITALS ALREADY TIM COOK ANNOUNCE D THE COMPANY-WIDE EFFORT TO PRODUCE 1 MILLION FACE SHIELDS PER WEEK GENERAL MOTORS IS SHARING STEP BUT STEP MANUFACTURING PLANS TO 600 SUPPLIES TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO SQUOINT THE CAUSE >>> OVERSEAS BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HAS BEEN ADMIT TED TO THE HOSPITAL HE EXPERIENCED SYMPTOMS FOR TEN DAYS AFTER TEST IING POSITIVE IN IRELAND HAD THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED HE'S REREGISTERING AS A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER ACCORDING TO THE IRISH TIMES NEWSPAPER, HE WILL BE HELPING OUT WITH ASSESSMENT

>>> A SOBERING NEW MESSAGE FROM THE TOP DOCTOR WARNING AMERICANS TO WRAS FOR ONE OF THE DARKEST WEEKS IN A GENERATION THE SURGEON GENERAL COMPARING THE DEATHS TO SOME OF THE WORST ATTACKS EVERY ON AMERICAN SOIL ERIN McLAUGHLIN HAS MORE >> Reporter: OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THAT THE WORST IS JUST DAYS AWAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOSPITALS SCRAMBLE FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND PEOPLE TO HELP FROM THE SURGEON GENERAL, THAT DIRE WARNING >> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE OUR 9/11 MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> Reporter: HEALTH OFFICIALS TELLING EVERYONE TO AVOID LEAVING THE HOUSE AT ALL COSTS IF YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GO OUT, WEAR A MASK AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE >> THIS IS A MOMENT TO NOT BE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, BUT DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS SAFE >> Reporter: THIS AS THE DEATH TOLL TOPS 9,000 >> THIS IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE A WARTIME SITUATION

>> Reporter: A DOCTOR ON THE FRONT LINES IN MICHIGAN, HEALTH OFFICIALS CAUTION IS JUST CAY DAYS AWAY FROM REACHING A DEADLY PEAK >> WE ARE STRUGGLING TO GET IT YOU WERE UNDER CONTROL >> Reporter: SHORTAGES EXIST INCLUDING MASKS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA ABOUT TO RUN OUT OF HOSPITAL BEDS THERE'S A HUGE NEED FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES CRITICAL TO THE FIGHT >> EVERY SINGLE MIND AND BODY IS NECESSARY TO FIGHT THIS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET PEOPLE TO JUMP IN AND VOLUMNTEER TO DO IT >> Reporter: THIS AS HARD-HIT STATES CONTINUE TO BLAME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT >> CAN YOU IMAGINE IF FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT SAID I WILL BE RIGHT BEHIND YOU CONNECTICUT, GOOD LUCK BUILDING THOSE BATTLESHIPS >> I WISH EVERY GOVERNOR WOULD ENCOURAGE THEIR PEOPLE TO FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES FOR 30 DAYS >> Reporter: SEVEN GOVERNORS REFUSING STATEWIDE MANDATES

THE GOVERNOR INSISTS THE ACTION HE IS TAKING IS ENOUGH >> WE HAVE HAD SUCCESS IN ARKANSAS COMPARABLE TO OTHER STATE S TOMORROW 600,000 CAN STILL GO TO WORK IT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO DO YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS OF TEN PEOPLE AND BRING A MASK WITH YOU >> Reporter: THIS WEEKEND GEORGIA'S BEACHES WERE REOPENED CALL IING THE MOVE RECKLESS >> HERE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC WHERE WE'RE CLOSING SCHOOLS, WE'RE OPENING BEACHES >> Reporter: AND YET THERE'S RESILIENCE SIGNS OF A COUNTRY PULLING TOGETHER AS THE SURGE IN APPLICATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD MORE THAN 21,000 SUPPORTING THE COVID-19 RESPONSE

>> WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THIS AND N A STRANGE WAY IS I HAVE NEVER SEEN PEOPLE COME TOGETHER THE WAY I'M SEEING IT NOW >> Reporter: THERE'S GOOD NEWS OUT OF THE THE STATE OF WASHINGTON ANNOUNCING THAT IT HAS FEWER INFECTIONS THAN ANTICIPATED, SO IT'S RETURNING 400 VENTILATORS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE >> ERIN, THANK YOU >>> THE NAVY CAPTAIN RELEASE D FROM DUTY HAS BEEN TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS TWO OF HIS CLASSMATES TOLD THE "NEW YORK TIMES" THE CAPTAIN IS NOW QUARANTINED IN GUAM HUNDREDS OF SAILORS CHEERED FOR THEIR CAPTAIN AS HE DEPARTED ON FRIDAY >> A NAVY SPOKESMAN DECLINED COMMENT ON THE CAPTAIN'S SDPATS IT'S UNCLEAR WHEN HE TESTED FSH THE VIRUS >>> AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS-RELATED EMERGENCY CALLS SPIKE, PARAMEDICS ARE TAKING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS LIKE NEVER BEFORE CREWS SIT UP BEFORE ANY CALL THAT COULD INVOLVE THE VIRUS NOW A NEW TEST COULD CHANGE THE GAME FOR THEM

KERRY SANDERS HAS MORE >> Reporter: LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES IN NEW YORK CITY, THIS PARAMEDIC 18 YEARS ON THE JOB >> IT'S DIFFICULT TO LOOK A PATIENT IN THE FACE AND TRY MAKING THEM BELIEVE SERVING GOING TO BE OKAY AND YOU KNOW THEY ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT >> Reporter: PARAMEDICS IN FLORIDA GETTING MORE CALLS BY THE DAY HIKE THIS >> HI, I'M HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO FAINT >> I'M GOING TO STAY ON THE PHONE WITH YOU OKAY

>> IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY >> IT HURTS TO BREATHE >> Reporter: PARAMEDICS KNOW THEY ARE HEADED TO A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE WHEN THEY HEAR THIS >> POSSIBLE P-36 >> THAT MEANS SUIT UP, HEAD TO TOE IT COULD BE A POSSIBLE VIRUS CAUSE PARAMEDICS ANSWERING THOSE 911 CALLS TOOK BLOOD TESTS RESULTS IN 15 MINUTES THE TESTS REVEAL IF THEY HAVE CORONAVIRUS ANTI BODIES >> IT'S A SCREENING TOOL THE BEST ANALOGY IS INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE FOREST BLIND, NOW WITH THIS TEST YOU CAN SEE THE TREES AND PERHAPS SEE A WAY OUT

>> Reporter: THE RAPID TEST ACQUIRED FROM CHINA THE 19-YEAR VETERAN ON A VIRUS RUN JUST DAYS AGO >> THIS TEST SHOWING NO EXPOSURE HIS WIFE IS A NURSE >> BOTH ARE TERSE FIG WE'RE GOING TO BRING IT HOME TO OUR KIDS >> Reporter: HERE IN FLORIDA THERE ARE 12,000 CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS THE RATE OF SPREAD ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ONE NEW CASE EVERY 72 SECONDS FROM NEW YORK THE STORY IS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE

AT 50 YEARS OLD, WITH HIS OWN PROBLEMS AN AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE >> IF I GET IT AND DIE, IT'S MY LIFE IT'S PART OF MY JOB >> Reporter: NBC NEWS >>> GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS CASES HAVE PASSED 12 MILLION AND WHILE THE U

S CONTINUES TO CARET THE TORCH FOR THE MOST INFECTED, EUROPE IS SEEING SIGNS OF HOPE A DECLINE IN CASES AND DEATHS A BRIGHT SPOT COMES AS CHINA IS GEARING UP TO EASE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE LATEST ON GLOBAL RESPONSE TO THE THE OUTBREAK, WE TURN TO LONDON BREAK IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT >> GOOD MORNING, AN EXTRAORDINARY 24 HOURS HERE

BORIS JOHNSON CHECKED INTO HOSPITAL LAST NIGHT WE AN UPDATE ON HIS CONDITION ABOUT TWO HOURS FROM NOW THAT FOLLOWED A SPEECH BY THE QUEEN, ONLY THE FIFTH TIME IN HIS HISTORY SHE'S GIVEN AN ADDRESS TO THE NATION THAT'S OUTSIDE OF THE CHRISTMAS ADDRESSES IT WAS A FOUR-MINUTE SPEECH SHE CALLED ON PEOPLE TO RATTLLY TOGETHER, STAY AT HOME AND SAY PEOPLE WERE DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB OF THAT

TO ITALY NOW, WHICH HAS BEEN HARD HIT BY THE VIRUS MORE THAN B 100 HEALTH WORKERS THERE NOW CONFIRMED DEAD FROM THE VIRUS THERE'S SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT EXTENDING SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS ON MASK WEARING SO PROTECTING HEALTH WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN SPAIN WE HAVE SEEN A SLIGHT DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF UNFECTIONS THAT IS GIVING FOLKS HOPE ACROSS EUROPE AS THESE STAY IN PLACE ORDERS CONTINUE FINALLY IN WUHAN, THERE'S A BIT OF HOPE THERE IN THREE DAYS WE UNDERSTAND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO LIFT SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS, SOME OF THE PHYSICAL BARRIERS

IT'S BEEN SINCE MID-JANUARY THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INSIDE IN THAT CITY MAYBE JUST A LITTLE BIT OF HOPE THERE AS PEOPLE START MOVING AROUND >> CAL LIFE LIVE FOR US IN LONDON, THANK YOU >>> IT'S EASY TO LOSE TRACK OF DAY WHEN IS YOU'RE STUCK AT HOME, BUT IT IS MONDAY LET'S SEE WHAT THE WEATHER WILL BE LOOKING LIKE OUT THERE VANESSA WEBB IS JOINING US >> I HAVE THE POSITIVE NEWS OF THE DAY WE'RE GOING TO SEE A THE LOT OF SUNSHINE AND WARM AIR PUMPING THIS FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTHEAST CURRENTLY, TEMPERATURES ARE ABOVE NORMAL WE'RE SITTING AT 50 DEGREES FOR NEW YORK CITY

IN THE UPPER 60s FROM NEW ORLEANS RIGHT NOW SO WE DO HAVE MALL STORM SYSTEM THAT'S GOING TO MAKE ITS WAY FROM THE UPPER MIDWEST TO CENTRAL TIER A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY TODAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD >> VERY WARM THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON ST

LOUIS IS AT 70 TODAY ALL THAT RAIN THROUGHOUT YOUR AFTERNOON ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY ENJOY THIS BEFORE RAIN MOVES IN BY TUESDAY >> SO FANTASTIC WEATHER FOR TODAY BUT RAIN IS COMING QUICKLY >> THANK YOU SO MUCH >>> LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT HAS BEEN ELECTED INTO THE MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME THE HONOR COMES TWO MONTHS AFTER HE DIED IN A TRAGIC HELICOPTER CRASH HIS WIFE AND ELDEST DAUGHTER APPEARED ON ESPN SHORTLY AFTER THE A ANNOUNCEMENT >> OBVIOUSLY, WE WISH THAT HE WAS HERE WITH US TO CELEBRATE, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY THE PEAK OF HI >>> WE'RE BACK WITH A NEW WARNING AS SCAMMERS ARE TRYING TO PROFIT OFF OF THE OUTBREAK AUTHORITIES NOW CRACKING DUN ON EVERYTHING FROM PRICE GOUGING TO PRFRAUDULENT TESTING SITES SAM BROCK HAS MORE >> WE'RE AT 1th AND BROADWAY WHERE THE ALLEGED STATIONS HAVE SET UP AGAIN >> Reporter: PEOPLE IN HAZMAT SUITS AND PROTECTIVE GEAR OPERATING WHAT'S PRESENTED AS COVID-19 TESTING >> ARE YOU — >> EXCUSE ME >> ARE YOU TAKING SWABS? >> OFFICIALS LIKE BARBARA TELL US IT'S A SCAMP

THEY ARE TESTING WITHOUT GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND WITHOUT EVEN TAKING NASAL SAMPLES >> THEY MAY GO THROUGH 40 OR 50 PEOPLE IN A TEST WEARING THE SAME GLOVES AND WE HAVE THE PHOTOS OF THEM TAKING OFF ALL THEIR STUFF AT THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK AND DRIVING OFF AND THEN THE NEXT DAY PUTTING IT ALL ON AND GOING TO ANOTHER LOCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY >> Reporter: AS VICTIMS REVEAL THEIR HEART ACHE >> IT'S THE WORST THING EVER TO EVEN HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I'M GOING TO ON TOP OF IT TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF >> Reporter: SIGNS OF LEGITIMATE GEAR EMERGE HOLY NAME HOSPITAL HAD TO RETURN A THOUSAND SAFETY MASKS >> THEY DID NOT HAVE THE CERTIFICATION FOR THE MASK NEED AND THE FACT THAT WE WERE VERY CONCERNED, WE SHIPPED THEM BACK >> Reporter: SHHOSPITAL EQUIPMET DISTRIBUTORS SAYING THE SEARCH FOR QUALITY MASKS IS BORDERING ON IMPOSSIBLE

>> OUT OF THE 300 WE VETTED, WE HAVEN'T FOUND ONE THAT'S LEGITIMATE >> Reporter: PREPARE FOR A WAVE OF SCAMS AS THOSE VICTIMIZED SPEAK OUT >> I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN VIOLATED AND PEOPLE ARE TRULY DEMONIC SFWLR ONE OF THE REASONS THERE'S SO MANY WARNING ABOUT FRAUD IS $2 TRILLION STIMULUS PACKAGE PASSED BY CONGRESS MEANT >>> ROB GRONKOWSKI IS UP DON'T DO IT HE TOOK OUT EVERYONE >> FORMER NFL STAR ROB GRONKOWSKI CAPTURED HIS FIRST WWE TITLE IN FRONT OF NO FANS AT WRESTLE MANIA GRONK STAGE DIVING ON TO A SEA OF HUMANITY PINNING TO EARN THE CHAMPIONSHIP >> WITHOUT THE CROWD, THEY COULD HEAR THE COMMENTARY BETTER AND THEY APPRECIATED THAT

>> SOME SORT OF SPORLT ISPORTING EVENT GOING A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION >>> LET'S TURN TO WALL STREET TO GET A LOOK AT WHAT'S AHEAD GOOD MORNING >> GOOD MORNING TO YOU WALL STREET IS HOPING TO START THE WEEK ON A BRIGHTER NOTE THE FRIDAY SESSION WE SAW THE MARKET AGAIN CLOSE DOWN WE SAW A DROP OF 2

% FOR THE LAX OF DOW IN TERMS OF FUTURES, THEY ARE POINTING HIGHER BEY MORE THAN 70 POINTS OVER THE WEEKEND THE SERIES OF TWEETS THAT HE'S BEGINNING TO BECOME MORE OPTIMISTIC THE PEAKS OF CORONAVIRUS CASES ALSO THE COMMENTS MENTIONED VACCINES AND TREATMENT AND THE FACT ALMOST THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS LOCKED DOWN HE ORIGINALLY CALLED FOR A SHUTDOWN, BUT INVESTORS ARE CAUTION WHEN IT COMES TO AIRLINES, MORE DRASTIC CUTS FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES IT WILL SLASH FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK CITY BY MORE THAN 90% NOW THESE CUTS COME AS NEW YORK EMERGES AS A HOT SPOT FOR CORONAVIRUS WHEN IT COMES TO THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS JUST THREE DAILY FLIGHTS FROM JFK IT TELLHOUSE HOW MANY FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN CUT EXACTLY ALSO AIRLINE STOCKS ALL THE AIRLINE SECTOR IS DOWN 66% SO FAR SINCE MID-FEBRUARY >>> WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FL FLATTEN THE CURVE, I WANT TO SHOW YOU THROUGHOUT THE LAST THREE WEEKS YOU SEE THE DRAMATIC DROP ON SUNDAY AND THAT IS WHAT WE SAW YESTERDAY

SATURDAY TO SUNDAY, IT'S DRAMATIC FOR THE NORTHEAST TO THE SOUTH TODAY IS GOING TO BE A VERY BIG DAY TO SEE IF THIS IS AN >>> WE WANTED TO CHEER YOU UP I'D LIKE YOU TO MEET SOMEBODY >> I DON'T KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO EVERYTHING YOU GUYS ARE DOING AND PUTTING YOUR HEALTH ALL THE RISK IN ALL OF THAT YOU'RE JUST PHENOMENAL PHENOMENAL >> WELL, THANK YOU >> WHILE ON JIMMY KIMMEL, JENNIFER ANISTON GOT TO SURPRIS A NURSE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS THANKING HER FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE EVERY DAY

>> WE CAN SAY THANK YOU ALL YOU WANT IT'S SOMETHING DIFFERENT WHEN JENNIFER ANISTON SAYS THANK YOU >>> CELEB FITS ALL OVER THE PLACE STEPPING UP HERE ANOTHER ONE MEDIA MOGUL TYLER PERRY LEFT A $21,000 STIPTIP FOR THE WEIGHT STAFF AT HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT HE LEFT $500 WORTH OF TIPS FOR OUT OF WORK SERVERS HE WAS JUST THERE TO PICK UP SOME TAKEOUT WHEN HE USED SOME OF HIS FORTUNE TO HELP OUT THE STAFF THERE >> THAT'S JUST NOT A LITTLE DIFFERENCE THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE OF THEM BEING A ABLE TO PAY THEIR BILLS FOR A COUPLE MONTHS >> HE COVERED 42 OF THEM >>> ADAM SANDLER GOT A BUNCH OF PALS TOGETHER FOR A NIGHT OF LAUGHS TO RAISE MONEY FOR STRUGGLING COMEDIANS HOWIE MANDEL, BOB SAGET WERE PART OF THIS LIVE STREAM THEY TALKED ABOUT THEIR BESSETTES AND RAISED OVER $300,000 DOING IT VERY COOL

>> IT IS THEY ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO HELP THEIR OWN THE ACTOR FUNDRAISE D MONEY NOW COMMODE YANS LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR OWN RAISING SOME MONEY WE HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP THE ENTERTAINERS AFLOAT FOR THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS >>> WITH ALL THE GYMS CLOSED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, A GUY IN OHIO FLEXED HIS CREATIVITY HE BENCH PRESSED AND A LOT MORE OUT OF LOGS IT TOOK 60 HOURS OVER TWO WEEKS TO BUILD ALL THAT EQUIPMENT BUT THE MAKESHIFT GYM GIVES HIM A PRETTY COMPLETE WORKOUT >> IT GIVES YOU SO MUCH GOOD TIME TO HAVE PROGRESS WITH A PROJECT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AND THIS ST

LOUIS BLUES PLAYER IS STAYING ACTIVE WITH HIS NEW WORKOUT PARTNER THIS VIDEO WAS SHARED OF HIS SON FOLLOWING AB AB WORKOUT ON TWITTER HE HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH ENERGY TO KEEP UP WITH HIS DAD HE WAS DEFINITELY STAYING IN SHAPE DURING NHL US IS SUSPENSION >> HE NEEDS THE KID TO WATCH THE OTHER VIDEO GET SOME HELP WORKING ON A BENCH PRESS

>> MAYBE HE COULD SEND HIM SOME OF THE DUMBBELLS HE MADE >> THIS IS ONE OF THE GOOD THINGS WE'RE SEEING WE NEED TO FIND THE SUBTLE INVESTSILVER LININGS PARTICIPANTS ARE SPENDING EXTRA TIME BONDING WITH THEIR CHILDREN >> A LOT V THESE BEHIND THE SCENES VISIT >>> IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST WEEK OF OUR LIVES >> THAT'S WHY WE HAVE STOCKPILES OF STRATEGIC SUPPLIES >> THIS IS GOING TO BE A BAD WEEK UNFORTUNATELY IF YOU LOOK AT THE PROJECTION OF THE CURVES OF THE KINETICS OF THE CURVES WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE AN ESCALATION

>> ALREADY HARD HIT HOSPITALS AROUND THE NATION ARE BRACING FOR WHAT COULD BE THE WORST WEEK ON RECORD AS THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS AND DEATHS CONTINUES TO RISE >>> THEN WE'LL TAKE YOU INSIDE YOUR OWN HOME TO VIRUS PROOF YOUR SURROUNDINGS >>> A TIGER IN THE BRONX ZOO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS IN THE FIRST KNOWN CASE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD >>> AND MAKING THE MOST OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AS STARS SHINE TO HELP ALL OF US COPE A LITTLE EASIER >>> GOOD MORNING ON YOUR MONDAY >> AMERICAN BRACES FOR ITS HARDEST WEEK YET AS THE WORLD'S SURGES PASS 1 MILLION CASES WITH A THIRD OF THEM COMING FROM THE U

S 337,000 CONFIRMED CASES IN THIS COUNTRY WITH MORE THAN 9,000 AMERICAN LIVES LOST SOME OF THEHARDEST HIT CITIES LIKE NEW YORK, DETROIT AND NEW ORLEANS ARE EXPECTING TO SEE INFECTIONS PEAK >> PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE'LL SEND SOME 600,000 N95 MASKS TO HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK MR

TRUMP ALSO SAID A THOUSAND MEDICAL MILITARY PERSONNEL WILL BE DEPLOYED TO THE BIG APPLE AND OVER IN THE UK BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED AFTER BATTLING CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS THIS JUST HOURS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH DELIVERED A RARE SPEECH CALLING FOR UNITY DURING THE PANDEMIC >>> APPLE HAS DONATED MORE THAN 20 MILLION MASKS CEO TIM COOK SAYS IT STARTED MANUFACTURING A MILLION FACE SHIELDS A WEEK COOK SAYS THE COMPANY IS DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING THE WORLD WIDE RESPONSE TO COVID-19 >>> PLUS TROUBLING NEWS ABOUT THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS THE BRONX ZOO HAS ANNOUNCED THAT A TIGER HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SIX OTHER BIG CATS ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS ALL OF THE ANIMALS ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER

>>> ADAM SANDLER GOT HIS BUDDIES TOGETHER FOR A NIGHT OF LAUGHS HE RAISED MONEY FOR STRUGGLING COMEDIANS CELEBRITIES ALL MADE FUN OF EACH OTHER THE EIGHT HOUR LIVE STREAM RAISED OVER $300,000 >>> INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OWNER JIM IRSAY GIVES BACK, DONATING 10,000 MASKS TO THE INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH >>> JAZY-Z AND MEEK MILL SENT 100,000 SURGICAL MASKS TO BE HANDSED HANDED OUT IN JAILS >>> A GUY IN DETROIT USED HIS OWN MONEY TO BUY DPASGAS FOR NUS IN HIS HOMETOWN

HE SAYS ALL IT TAKES IS A SMALL GESTURE TO SHOW PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT THEM >>> NEW HOT SPOTS HAVE BEEN EMERGING IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT NEW YORK REMAINS THE EPICENTER THE STATE REPRESENTS NEARLY 40% OF CASES NATIONWIDE AND THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE THE TOUGHEST WEEK YET WE'RE JOINED BY NBC'S KATHY PARK >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING

HERE AT THE EPICENTER OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN THE US, NEW YORK CITY, WE ARE BRACING FOR ANOTHER GRIM WEEK AHEAD THE RESOURCES ARE COMING TOGETHER, BUT MORE AID IS ON THE WAY MEANTIME, OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE BRACING FOR THEIR CASES TO SURGE THIS WEEK AS WELL DISTURBING IMAGES OUTSIDE THIS BROOKLYN HOSPITAL AS BRIGHT ORANGE BODY BAGS ROLL OUT TO TEMPORARY MORGUES

ANOTHER REMINDER THAT FRONT LINE WORKERS IN NEW YORK CITY ARE DEEP IN A FIGHT WITHOUT A CLEAR END DATE >> WE'RE DOING OUR BEST, BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IT'S OUR TIME TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF DEALING WITH THIS EVERY DAY AND NOT FEELING LIKE WE'RE COMPLETELY SAFE >> Reporter: GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAYING THE STATE MAY BE NEARING THE PEAK OR THE PLATEAU OF THE CRISIS HE ADDED THAT NEW YORK SAW A DIP IN DAILY DEATHS BUT WARNS IT MAY BE A BLIP >> WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL >> Reporter: WITH THE DEATH TOLL PASSING THE 4,000 MARK, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DEPLOYING THE MILITARY TO HELP AMONG THE MORE THAN 1,000 DOCTORS, NURSES AND SUPPORT STAFF CALLED INTO ACTION, APPROXIMATELY 300 ARE ARRIVING IN NEW YORK CITY

>> THE BULK OF THEM THAT WILL GO TO THE JAVITS CENTER LATE YESTERDAY WE AGREED TO DEPLOY A FEW HUNDRED OF THEM TO 11 NEW YORK CITY HOSPITALS THAT ARE ALSO SEEING A DEFICIENCY WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICAL STAFF ZBL >> Reporter: WITH THE HEIGHTENED PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY THE JAVITS CENTER HAS SHIFTED TO TREATING COVID POSITIVE CASES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS WEIGHING THE RISK OF TAKING ON CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS ON HOSPITAL SHIPS INCLUDING THE USNS COMFORT WHICH HAS BEEN NEARLY EMPTY FOR A WEEK >> THAT'S WHY WE'VE OPENED UP THE JAVITS CENTER AND OTHER EXPANDED HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR THE CORONAVIRUS WE'RE PREPARED TO LEVERAGE THE MERCY AND COMFORT AS WELL TO DO THAT >> Reporter: ALL PERSONNEL ON D

OD INSTALLATIONS, FACILITIES AND PROPERTY MUST NOW WEAR FACE COVERINGS AND IN ANOTHER TURN, A DEFENSE OFFICIAL CONFIRMING TO NBC NEWS THAT CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER WILL REMAIN IN QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS THIS WEEK HE WAS FIRED FOR SOUNDING THE ALARM ABOUT A CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ON THE US

S THEODORE ROOSEVELT THE "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTS THAT HE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS THE NAVY WOULD NOT CONFIRM THIS INFORMATION ORIGINALLY MAYOR de BLASIO WARNED THAT THE CITY WOULD RUN OUT OF CRITICAL SUPPLIES SUNDAY

IN SOME GOOD NEWS HE SAID THEY WERE ABLE TO SECURE ENOUGH SUPPLIES TO LAST THROUGH MIDWEEK HE STRESSED IT'S IMPORTANT TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO >>> THE NATION'S TOP DOCTOR IS WARNING AMERICANS TO BRACE FOR ONE OF THE DARKEST WEEKS IN A GENERATION THE SURGEON GENERAL COMPARING THE SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS DEATHS TO SOME OF THE WORST ATTACKS EVER ON AMERICAN SOIL >> Reporter: OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THAT THE WORST IS JUST DAYS AWAY AS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOSPITALS SCRAMBLE FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND PEOPLE TO HELP FROM THE SURGEON GENERAL THAT DIRE WARNING

>> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT, OUR 9/11 MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> Reporter: HEALTH OFFICIALS TELLING EVERYONE TO AVOID LEAVING THE HOUSE AT ALL COSTS IF YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GO OUT, WEAR A MASK AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE >> THIS IS THE MOMENT TO NOT BE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, NOT GOING TO THE PHARMACY BUT DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS SAFE >> Reporter: THIS AS THE NATIONAL DEATH TOLL TOPS 9,000 >> THIS IS WAR, THIS IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT IT FEELS TO BE LIKE A WARTIME PHYSICIAN >> Reporter: FROM A DOCTOR ON THE FRONT LINES IN MICHIGAN, ONE OF THE HOT SPOTS OFFICIALS CAUTION IS DAYS AWAY FROM REACHING A DEADLY PEAK >> WE ARE STRUGGLING TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL

>> Reporter: SHORTAGES OF SUPPLIES PERSIST INCLUDING MASKS, VENTILATORS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA ABOUT TO RUN OUT OF HOSPITAL BEDS THERE'S A HUGE NEED FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES CRITICAL TO THE FIGHT >> EVERY SINGLE MIND AND BODY IS NECESSARY TO FIGHT THIS WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET PEOPLE TO JUMP IN AND ACTUALLY VOLUNTEER >> Reporter: THIS AS HARD HIT STATES CONTINUE TO BLAME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT >> CAN YOU IMAGINE IF FRANKLIN DELNOR ROOSEVELT SAID I'LL BE RIGHT BEHIND YOU CONNECTICUT, GOOD LUCK BUILDING THOSE BATTLESHIPS

>> Reporter: A PLEA FROM TOP OFFICIALS >> I WISH EVERY GOVERNOR WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE IN THEIR STATES TO FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES FOR 30 DAYS >> Reporter: AT LEAST SEVEN GOVERNORS REFUSING STATEWIDE MANDATES INCLUDING ARKANSAS THE GOVERNOR INSISTING THE ACTION HE'S TAKING IS ENOUGH >> WE HAVE HAD SUCCESS IN ARKANSAS COMPARABLE TO OTHER STATES TOMORROW 600,000 AWILL GO TO WORK DO YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE AND BRING A MASK WITH YOU

>> Reporter: IN GEORGIA GOVERNOR KEMP REOPENED BEACHES, LOCAL MAYORS CALLING IT RECKLESS >> HERE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A WORLD WIDE PANDEMIC AND WE'RE CLOSING SCHOOLS AND OPENING BEACHES >> Reporter: AND YET THERE'S RESILIENCE, SIGNS OF A COUNTRY PULLING TOGETHER THERE WAS A SURGE IN APPLICATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD AS OF SUNDAY MORE THAN 21,000 SUPPORTING THE COVID-19 RESPONSE >> WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THIS IN A STRANGE WAY IS THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN PEOPLE COME TOGETHER THE WAY I'M SEEING IT NOW

>> Reporter: AND THERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS OUT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, ANNOUNCING THAT IT HAS FEWER INSPECTIONS THAN ANTICIPATED SO IT'S RETURNING 400 VENTILATORS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE >>> LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT HAS BEEN POSTHUMAOUSLY ELECTED O THE HALL OF FAME HIS WIFE VANESSA BRYANT AND HER ELDEST DAUGHTER NATALIA APPEARED ON CNN AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT >> OBVIOUSLY WE WISH HE WAS HERE WITH US TO CELEBRATE, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY THE PEAK OF HIS NBA CAREER >> KOBE JOINS TIM DUNCAN AND SIX OTHERS IN THE 2020 CLASS >>> LET'S GET A CHECK OF YOUR WEATHER WITH JANESSA WEBB >> WE HAVE A STORM SYSTEM COMING OUT OF THE MIDWEST THAT WILL PRODUCE A FEW SHOWERS

REALLY GREAT WEATHER ACROSS THE NORTHEAST TO THE SOUTH WE'RE WELL ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WISE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 50 DEGREES RIGHT NOW IN NEW YORK CITY WE'RE SITTING IN THE LOWER 60s THIS MORNING ACROSS THE SOUTH THIS IS THAT WARM FRONT I'M TALKING ABOUT IT WILL CAUSE LIGHT SHOWERS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON ALL THE WAY TO THE CHICAGO AREA PLENTY OF SUNSHINE THROUGHOUT THE DAY FROM WASHINGTON, NEW YORK CITY TO BOSTON AS WELL THE STORM FRONT STARTS TO LIFT BY TOMORROW

THAT WILL PRODUCE SUNNY SKIES IT WILL TRANSITION INTO A LOT MORE RAIN THAT IS JUST STORM NUMBER ONE HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE TEMPERATURES ABOVE AVERAGE FROM ST

LOUIS TO KANSAS CITY WE'RE SITTING IN THE LOWER 70s IN NEW YORK CITY DAYTIME HIGHS ARE VERY WARM AND MILD TODAY IN THE LOWER 60s SO A GOOD START TO THE WEEK WE'LL WATCH THAT RAIN MOVING IN BY TOMORROW >> THAT SUNSHINE IS GOIN >>> DURING ONE OF THE HOLIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR FOR CHRISTIANS, SURG CHURCHES FOR EMPTY FOR PALM SUNDAY POPE FRANCIS LED MASS IN A DESERTED CHURCH >> WITH THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES SPIKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, EXPERTS EMPHASIZE THAT YOU NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE AND WEAR FACE MASKS WHEN YOU'RE OUTSIDE

BUT WHEN YOU'RE INSIDE YOUR HOME, ARE YOU DOING ENOUGH HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING >> THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THE VIRUS IS TO STAY HOME THAT'S NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE SO WHEN YOU COME INSIDE MAKE SURE YOU TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND PUT ON SOME INDOOR SLIPPERS A RECENT STUDY FOUND THE VIRUS CAN SURVIVE OF DIFFERENT SURFACES, UP TO 24 HOURS ON CARDBOARD AND 2 TO 3 DAYS ON PLASTIC AND STEEL IT'S IDEAL TO USE DISINFECTANT SPRAYS OR WIPES BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THEM SOME OTHER COMMON CLEANER MAY WORK AS WELL IF YOU'RE NOT SURE CHECK THE LIST OF CLEANING PRODUCTS THAT ARE APPROVED READ THE LABEL TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW LONG TO LET THE SPRAY SIT BEFORE WIPING IT OFF IT CAN TAKE UP TO 5 MINUTES TO FULLY KILL ANY VIRUS THE CDC SAYS A DILUTED BLEACH SOLUTION ALSO WORKS TO DISINFECT YOUR HOPE

USE ONE-THIRD CUP OF BLEACH PER GALLON OF WATER CLEAN HOUSEHOLD ITEMS LIKE CHILDREN'S TOYS, REMOTE CONTROLS, COMPUTER KEYBOARDS AND ANY OTHER ITEMS THAT MULTIPLE PEOPLE TOUCH REMEMBER, THINGS ONLY REMAIN CLEAN UNTIL THEY'RE TOUCHED AGAIN SO BE SURE TO CLEAN NOR OFTEN IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING AND GOING FROM YOUR HOME EXPERTS SAY USE THE WARMEST WATER AND DRYER HEAT SETTING THAT YOUR CLOTHING CAN HANDLE REMEMBER TO WIPE DOWN THE LAUNDRY BASKET WHEN DOING THE DISHES JUST USE SOAP AND HOT WATER IF YOU'RE GETTING DELIVERIES OR BRINGING HOME GROCERIES, SOME EXPERTS SAY LET THEM SIT FOR 24 HOURS AS AN EXTRA PRECAUTION IF YOU NEED THEM IMMEDIATELY, WIPE DOWN THE ITEMS AND WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER HAND HANDLING >> SOLID >>> WE WANTED TO CHEER YOU UP A LITTLE BIT SO I'D LIKE YOU TO MEET SOMEBODY >> I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO EVERYTHING YOU GUYS ARE DOING AND PUTTING YOUR HEALTH AT RISK

YOU'RE PHENOMENAL >> WELL, THANK YOU >> WHILE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE JENNIFER ANISTON GOT TO SURPRISE A NURSE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND SHE WAS QUARANTINING, THANKING HER AND ALL THE FRONT LINE WORKERS FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE EVERY DAY SHE GOT CHOKED UP A LITTLE BIT IT WAS A REALLY COOL SURPRISE >> HE'S NOT THE ONLY CELEBRITY THAT'S REACHING OUT

MEDIA MOGUL TYLER PERRY LEFT A $21,000 TIP FOR WAIT STAFF AT HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN ATLANTA PERRY LEFT $500 FOR 42 OUT OF WORK SERVERS AT HOUSTONS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD HE WAS THERE TO PICK UP SOME TAKEOUT WHEN HE USED SOME OF HIS FORTUNE TO HELP SOME OF THE STAFF THERE SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT PEOPLE ARE THE SERVERS WHO ARE USED TO THAT CASH EVERY SINGLE NIGHT >> I'M SURE THAT MADE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE FOR THEM >> 100% >>> THIS ST

LOUIS BLUES PLAYER HAD AN ADORABLE WORKOUT PARTNER RYAN OWE H R OWE RILEY POSTED T HIS SON JAMISON >> WE'RE >>> HI, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THE CURVE TODAY IS GOING TO BE A REALLY BIG DAY BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN — ON SUNDAY IT HAS BEEN A DRAMATIC DECREASE FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS, SO YOU CAN SEE YESTERDAY THE NORTHEAST AND THE SOUTH HAVE FALLEN DRAMATICALLY

BUT TODAY WHEN WE WATCHED IT, WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO SEE ANOTHER JUMP BECAUSE EVERY MONDAY FOR THE LAST TWO TO THREE WEEKS WE'VE SEEN AN INCREASE FOR THE NORTHEAST AND SOUTH ONCE AGAIN WE'RE DOWN TO ABOUT 102% WITH THE NORTHEAS >>> WE'RE BACK WITH THE NEW VIRTUAL STORY TIME BY ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST BELOVED SUPERSTARS JOE FRYER HAS MORE >> Reporter: IT'S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION MUSIC LEGEND DOLLY PARTON IS READING BEDTIME STORIES TO KIDS WATCHING ONLINE

>> ARE YOU READY TO READ THIS SPECIAL BOOK WELL, HERE I GO >> Reporter: THE SINGER CREATED GOOD NIGHT WITH DOLLY, A TEN-WEEK SERIES TAKING PLACE EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT SHE EXPLAINED WHY SHE'S DOING IT >> THIS SEEMED LIKE A PERFECT TIME WITH THE KIDS ALL STUCK AT HOME AND THIS BEING A GREAT TIME TO NOT ONLY ENTERTAIN THE KIDS BUT TO KIND OF CALM THE PARENTS DOWN A LITTLE BIT >> Reporter: IT'S THE LATEST CHAPTER IN DOLLY'S IMAGINATION LIBRARY, A PROGRAM THAT EACH MONTH MAILS FREE BOOKS TO KIDS FROM THE TIME THEY'RE BORN TO AGE FIVE >> I LOVE BOOKS

>> Reporter: EARLIER THIS YEAR WE SPOKE WITH DOLLY ABOUT THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY WHICH STARTED BACK IN 1995 INSPIRED BY HER FATHER WHO COULD NOT READ OR WRITE >> HE FELT VERY EMBARRASSED AND CRIPPLED BY THAT, BUT HE WAS SO SMART HE GOT TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY DO SO WELL >> Reporter: THE LIBRARY HAS MAILED MORE THAN 133 MILLION BOOKS TO KIDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD THE FIRST ONE THEY RECEIVE IS THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD >> PUFF PUFF CHUG CHUG WENT THE LITTLE BLUE ENGINE >> Reporter: WHY IS THAT SUCH AN IMPORTANT BOOK TO YOU? >> BECAUSE IT'S A BOOK ABOUT BEING POSITIVE IT'S A BOOK THAT SAYS I CAN, I THINK I CAN

>> Reporter: A MESSAGE FOR THE TIMES THAT CERTAINLY RESONATES WITH KIDS WHO ARE TUNING IN >> MY FAVORITE PART OF THE BOOK IS THAT PART THAT SAID I COULD I COULD I COULD >> Reporter: YOU OF COURSE HAVE A LEGACY IN MUSIC BUT THIS IS PART OF YOUR LEGACY TOO, ISN'T IT >> I HAVE TO HONESTLY SAY THAT I PROBABLY AM AS PROUD OF THIS AS ANYTHING I WILL EVER DO >> Reporter: EVEN WHEN EVERYTHING IS CLOSED DOLLY'S IMAGINATION LIBRARY REMAINS OPEN FOR BUSINESS >> I THOUGHT I COULD, I THOUGHT I COULD, I THOUGHT I COULD ISN'T THAT FUN >> HAPPENS EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT AND IT IS STILL AVAILABLE TO STREAM ONLINE

>> 133 MILLION >>> IN THE DAYS AHEAD, AMERICA WILL ENDURE THE PEAK OF THIS TERRIBLE PANDEMIC OUR WARRIORS IN THIS LIFE AND DEATH BATTLE ARE THE INCREDIBLE DOCTORS AND NURSES AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINE OF THE FIGHT WE PLEDGE TO THEM OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE AND EVERLASTING SUPPORT >> AS AMERICA'S SURGEON GENERAL ALSO SAID, WE'RE HEADING INTO THIS GENERATION'S PEARL HARBOR MOMENT AS THE SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES AND DEATHS IS EXPECTED TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS IN THE COMING DAYS >>> TO THE FRONT LINES WHERE PARAMEDICS ARE BEING PUSHED TO THE LIMIT

>> BEWARE OF SCAMMERS FROM COUNTERFEIT MASKS TO FAKE TESTING SITES >>> WITH THE REPORT OF ONE TIGER AT A NEW YORK ZOO TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS, WE'LL TAKE YOU TO THE OTHER FRONT LINE OF WHO'S CARING FOR THESE ZOO ANIMALS IN DAYS OF ISOLATION "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >>> WE'RE BEGINNING YET ANOTHER WEEK OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THIS COULD BE THE MOST PAINFUL ONE YET IN AMERICA THE DEATH TOLL CONTINUES TO RISE IN AMERICA MORE THAN A THOUSAND DEATHS WERE REPORTED NATIONWIDE IN JUST 24 HOURS CITIES ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THEIR PEAK NUMBER OF CASES SOON MORE AND MORE, STATES ARE ISSUING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD BUT EIGHT GOVERNORS ARE STILL HOLDING OUT WITH PARTIAL RESTRICTIONS OR NONE AT ALL

>> AUTHORITIES IN TEXAS WILL BEGIN SCREENING DRIVER WHS WHO CROSS STATE LINES FROM LOUISIANA IN ORDER TO ENFORCE A TWO-WEEK QUARANTINE ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" THE CORONAVIRUS DEATH RATE IN PARTS OF NEW ORLEANS IS DOUBLE THE RATE OF NEW YORK CITY LOUISIANA HAS REPORTED MORE THAN 13,000 CASES AND NEARLY 500 DEATHS >> IN GEORGIA A STATE WHITE SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER ALLOWED BEACHES TO REOPEN LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE PUSHING BACK AT THE DECISION BUT THE GOVERNOR SAYS PATROLS ARE MAKING SURE BEACH GOERS PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING >>> THE BRONX ZOO ANNOUNCED THAT A TIGER HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND SIX OTHER BIG CATS ALSO SHOWING SYMPTOMS

ALL OF THE ANIMALS ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER >>> NEW YORK IS BY FAR THE HARDEST HIT REGION IN AMERICA THE STATE REPORTS MORE THAN 120,000 CASES LOCAL LEADERS HAVE BEEN PLEADING FOR MORE HELP FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS APPLE SAYS IT HAS DONATED 20 MILLION MASKS TO HOSPITALS ALREADY >>> GENERAL MOTORS HAS OVERHAULED THEIR FACTORIES TO PRODUCE PROTECTIVE GEAR

THE AUTO MAKER IS SHARING STEP BY STEP MANUFACTURING PLANS TO 600 SUPPLIERS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO JOIN THE CAUSE >>> COMEDIANS ARE HEALING THROUGH LAUGHTER DURING A CHARITY EVENT ONLINE THEY'VE RAISED MORE THAN $300,000 FOR THE PANDEMIC >>> NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING AND EXPECTED TO CONTINUE GROWING WITH HEALTH OFFICIALS WARNING THE PANDEMIC WILL LIKELY GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER >> Reporter: WITH THE NATION'S DEATH TOLL RISING THE PRESIDENT TRIED TO REASSURE AMERICANS >> WE ALL KNOW WE WILL REACH A CERTAIN POINT AND THAT POINT IS GOING TO BE A HORRIFIC POINT IN TERMS OF DEATH BUT IT'S ALSO A POINT AT WHICH THINGS ARE GOING TO START CHANGING

>> Reporter: WHILE THE NATION'S TOP DOCTOR DELIVERED A GRIM WARNING >> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT, OUR 9/11 MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> Reporter: ON THE FRONT LINES IN NEW YORK WITH NEARLY 40% OF THE NATION'S CASES, THE DAILY DEATH TOLL IS DROPPING >> WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL >> Reporter: MOST STATES ARE UNDER A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER SOME GOVERNORS HAVE REFUSED

>> SO IT'S MORE IMPORTANT IN A MESSAGE TO DO YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE AND BRING A MASK WITH YOU >> Reporter: WHILE ACROSS THE COUNTRY CHURCHES FOUND A WAY TO CELEBRATE PALM SUNDAY MASS AT A NEARLY EMPTY ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL IN MANHATTAN >> Reporter: WHILE A PENNSYLVANIA CONGREGATION MADE PALM FRONDS AVAILABLE CURB SIDE LEANING ON FAITH IN A TIME OF FEAR >>> AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS RELATED EMERGENCY CALLS SPIKE, PARAMEDICS ARE TAKING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS LIKE NEVER BEFORE

CREWS SUIT UP IN PROTECTIVE GEAR BEFORE ANY CALL THAT COULD INVOLVE THE VIRUS NOW A NEW TEST COULD CHANGE THE GAME FOR THEM >> Reporter: RIGHT FROM THE FRONT LINES IN NEW YORK CITY, PARAMEDIC JEFF HOMESTEAD 18 YEARS ON THE JOB >> IT'S DIFFICULT TO LOOK A PATIENT IN THE FACE AND TRY TO MAKE THEM BELIEVE EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT >> Reporter: WATCHING THOSE DEVELOPMENTS CLOSELY, PARAMEDICS IN FLORIDA GETTING MORE CALLS BY THE DAY LIKE THIS

>> HI I'M HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING AND EVERY TIME I TRY TO STAND UP I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO FAINT >> I'M GOING TO STAY ON THE LINE WITH YOU, OKAY >> OKAY >> IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY >> IT LIKE HURTS TO BREATHE

>> Reporter: IN SOUTH FLORIDA, PARAMEDICS NOW KNOW THEY'RE HEADED TO A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE WHEN THEY HEAR THIS >> POSSIBLE P-36 >> Reporter: P-36 BEING SUIT UP HEAD TO TOE, IT COULD BE A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE IN CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA, PARAMEDICS ANSWERING THOSE 911 CALLS TOOK QUICK READ BLOOD TESTS RESULTS IN 15 MINUTES

THE TESTS REVEAL IF THEY HAVE PROTECTIVE CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODIES >> THIS TEST IS A SCREENING TOOL INSTEAD OF GOING INTO THE FOREST BLIND, NOW AT LEAST YOU CAN SEE THE TREES AND PERHAPS EVEN SEE A WAY OUT >> Reporter: THE RAPID TESTS ACQUIRED FROM CHINA HIS TEST SHOWING NO EXPOSURE HIS WIFE IS A NURSE >> BOTH OF US ARE TERRIFIED WE'RE GOING TO BRING IT HOME TO OUR KIDS

>> Reporter: HERE IN FLORIDA THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 12,000 CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS THE RATE HAS SPREAD ONE NEW CASE EVERY 72 SECONDS FROM NEW YORK, THE STORY IS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AT 50 YEARS OLD PARAMEDIC HALLSTEAD WITH HIS OWN PROBLEMS, AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE >> IF I GET IT, IT'S PART OF MY JOB >>> YESTERDAY WAS PALM SUNDAY, A TIME FOR THE CHRISTIAN FAITHFUL TO GATHER IN PRAYER MOST BUT NOT ALL FOLLOWED GUIDELINES IN TERMS OF LARGE GATHERINGS >> CHURCHES AROUND THE WORLD PROVING EVEN A PANDEMIC CAN'T STOP CHRISTIANITY'S PALM SUNDAY

IN ROME POPE FRANCIS STOOD ALONE, STREAMING MASS FROM ST PETER'S SQUARE THE VIRTUAL SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL NOW THE NEW NORM IN CALIFORNIA AN ONLINE THANK YOU FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO WATCHED SUNDAY SERVICES AFTER WEIGHING IN ON THE ISSUE >> SO HOW SAD IS IT THAT WE HAVE EASTER, PALM AND EASTER SUNDAY AND PEOPLE ARE WATCHING ON LAPTOPS AND COMPUTERS IT'S SAD

>> Reporter: IN NORTH CAROLINA A DRI DRIVE-IN THEATER DOUBLING AS A PLACE OF WORSHIP OTHERS CHOOSING TO DEFY SOCIAL DISTANCING IN LOUISIANA PASTOR TONY SPELL KEEPING THE DOORS OPEN AT LIFE T TABERNACLE CHURCH >> WE LOST OUR JOCBS AT LEAST GET IT GO WORSHIP THIS IS THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD >> Reporter: PASTOR JOEL HAS SAID HE PREACHES THE GOD OF HEALING AND WON'T CLOSE DOORS AFTER BEING LINKED TO MORE THAN 7 0 COVID CASES ONE SACRAMENTO MEGA CHURCH FINALLY CLOSED LAST WEEK MEANWHILE IN BATON ROUGE >> HOW MANY POSITIVE CASES BEFORE YOU CONSIDER CLOSING YOUR CHURCH DOORS IN THE MIDST OF THIS PANDEMIC? >> I KNOW YOU'RE PROBING ME BUT WE'RE NEVER GOING TO CLOSE OUR DOORS >> NO MATTER WHAT? >> NO MATTER WHAT

YOU HAVE MY WORD >> Reporter: A TEST OF MORE THAN JUST FAITH AS A VIRUS RAGES ON >>> AS THE TOP DOCTOR IN THE US IS SAYS THE US

IS STRUGGN TO GET THE OUTBREAK UNDER CONTROL EUROPE MAY BE STARTING TO SEE THEIR CORONAVIRUS MEASURES PAYING OFF THE CLOSURES, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND TRAVEL BANS HAVE REPORTEDLY LED TO A DECLINE IN CASE NUMBERS AND DEATHS IN KEY COUNTRIES UK'S PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL CAL PERRY LIVE IN LONDON

>> GOOD MORNING YEAH, WE HAD THAT NEWS ABOUT THE PRIME MINISTER COMING LATE YESTERDAY ACCORDING TO HIS ADVISORS, ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR WHAT THEY CALL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES THEY WANTED TO ASSURE THE PEOPLE HERE THAT BORIS JOHNSON IS STILL RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT WE'RE STANDING BY FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THAT COMING OUT OF THE MORNING COBRA MEETING WE ALSO HAD A HISTORIC ADDRESS FROM THE QUEEN YESTERDAY RALLYING THE COUNTRY TOGETHER, A VERY SHORT BUT POIGNANT FOUR MINUTES, THIS ONLY THE FIFTH TIME IN HISTORY OUTSIDE OF THAT ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ADDRESS THAT SHE HAS ADDRESSED THE NATION IN ITALY THERE'S GOING TO BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT MASKS POSSIBLY BECOMING A REQUIREMENT FOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY SOME 100 HEALTH WORKERS THERE HAVE NOW PERISHED BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS IN SPAIN, POSSIBLY SOME GOOD NEWS AS THE LEVEL OF INFECTIONS NOW SEEM TO BE DROPPING THAT COUNTRY OF COURSE HAS BEEN HIT INCREDIBLY HARD

I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH A BIT OF GOOD NEWS THE CITY OF WUHAN IN CHINA IN LOCKDOWN SINCE MID JANUARY WE NOW UNDERSTAND WILL HAVE SOME MEASURES LIFTED IN THREE DAYS PERHAPS A CHANCE FOR PEOPLE THERE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MONTHS TO MOVE AROUND JUST A LITTLE BIT >> MANY PEOPLE IN THAT AREA LOOKING FORWARD TO APRIL >>> ELTON JOHN IS DOING HIS PART TO HELP THOSE MOST VULNERABLE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS THE SINGER ANNOUNCED THAT HIS NONPROFIT IS LAUNCHING A $1 MILLION COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND TO PROTECT THOSE AFFECTED BY HIV JOHN TWEETED, QUOTE, NOW AND ALWAYS I'M COMMITTED TO NOT LEAVE ANYONE AFFECTED BY HIV BEHIND >>> LET'S GET A JUMP ON YOUR MONDAY WEATHER WITH JANESSA WEBB

>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH A PRETTY DRY WEATHER PATTERN ACROSS THE NATION TEMPERATURES ARE VERY WARM THIS MORNING CONTINUE TO BE IN THE LOW 50s FOR NEW YORK CITY, 64 OUT TOWARDS PENSACOLA THIS MORNING WE ARE WATCHING THIS VERY LIGHT STORM SYSTEM THAT WILL MAKE ITS WAY ACROSS THE MIDWEST IT DOES START TO REV UP TOMORROW AFTERNOON ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY INTO AREAS OF THE NORTHEAST PLENTY OF SUNSHINE TODAY FROM WASHINGTON TO NEW YORK CITY TO BOSTON AS WELL THIS WILL BE STORM NUMBER ONE AND THEN ANOTHER SERIES OF STORMS AS WE STEP INTO THE NEXT FEW DAYS WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THAT MILD SURGE

THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY TODAY SO YOU CAN SEE TEMPERATURES ARE WELL ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS WE CONTINUE TO SEE HIGHS IN THE UPPER 60s TO LOWER 70s A TON OF SUNSHINE TODAY ACROSS THE NORTHEAST, ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES SO ENJOY THE SUNSHINE FOR THE NORTHEAST WE DO HAVE RAIN ON THE WAY >>> JAY-Z AND MEEK MILL ARE JOINING MANY OTHERS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 MORE THAN A YEAR AFTER LAUNCHING THEIR VERY OWN PRISON REFORM ALLIANCE, JAY-Z AND MEEK MILL ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO UTILIZ >>> WE'RE BACK WITH A NEW WARNING AS SCAMMERS ARE TRYING TO PROFIT OFF OF THE OUTBREAK AUTHORITIES ARE NOW CRACKING DOWN ON EVERYTHING FROM PRICE GOUGING TO FRAUDULENT TESTING SITES SAM BROCK HAS MORE

>> WE'RE LIVE AT 17th AND BROADWAY WHERE THE ALLEGED COVID TESTING STATIONS HAVE SET UP ONCE AGAIN >> Reporter: IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, PEOPLE OPERATING WHAT'S PRESENTED AS COVID-19 TESTING ARE YOU TALKING SWABS FROM THESE FOLKS? >> YOU HAVE TO, MAN >> Reporter: LOUISVILLE OFFICIALS TELL US IT'S A SCAM SHE SAYS THEY'RE TESTING WITHOUT GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND WITHOUT EVEN TAKING NASAL SAMPLES

HOW FURIOUS ARE YOU ABOUT ALL OF THIS >> THEY MAY GO THROUGH 40 OR 50 PEOPLE IN A TEST WEARING THE SAME GLOVES WE'VE GOT THE PHOTOS OF THEM TAKING OFF ALL THEIR STUFF, THROWING IT IN THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK AND DRIVING OFF AND THE NEXT DAY GETTING UP, PUTTING IT ALL ON AND GOING TO ANOTHER LOCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY >> Reporter: AS VICTIMS REVEAL THEIR HEARTACHE >> THIS IS JUST THE WORST THING EVER TO EVEN HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I'M GOING THROUGH AND ON TOP OF IT TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF >> Reporter: SIGNS OF A SYSTEMIC CRUNCH FOR LEGITIMATE GEAR EMERGE IN NEW JERSEY HOLY NAME HOSPITAL JUST HAD TO RETURN A THOUSAND SAFETY MASKS

>> BETWEEN THE FACT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE CERTIFICATION AND THE FACT THAT WE WERE VERY CONCERNED, WE SHIPPED THEM BACK >> Reporter: HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTORS TELLING NBC NEWS THE SEARCH FOR QUALITY MASKS BOARDING ON THE IMPOSSIBLE >> OUT OF THE 300 WE HAVE VETTED SO FAR WE HAVEN'T FOUND ONE THAT'S LEGITIMATE >> Reporter: FEDERAL OFFICIALS TELLING PEOPLE TO PREPARE FOR A WAVE OF SCAMS AS SOON AS THIS WEEK AS THOSE ALREADY VICTIMIZED SPEAK OUT >> I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN VIOLATED THESE PEOPLE ARE TRULY DEMONIC

>> Reporter: ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THERE'S SO MANY WARNINGS ABOUT FRAUD RIGHT NOW IS THE $2 TRILLION STIMULUS PACKAGE MEANT TO INJECT LIFE INTO THE ECONOMY BUT AT THE SAME TIME ATTRACTING SOME BAD ACTORS >>> IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO STAY AT HOME WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FOLLOW THE RULES OF YOUR GOVERNMENT IF YOU HAVE TO GO OUT, PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR FACE MASK AND WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY >> ACTOR JACKIE CHAN TOOK TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO FOLLOW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN THIS VIDEO, CHAN TOLD FANS TO WEAR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, WASH THEIR HANDS OFTEN, ADDING THAT PROTECTING YOURSELF IS PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY >>> IN CASE YOU DIDN'T BELIEVE IT AND Y >>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE I KNOW WE'RE ALL TRYING TO FLATTEN THE CURVE I WANT TO SHOW YOU OUR DATA, OUR GROWTH RATE THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND

WHAT WE HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY SEEING THROUGH THE LAST TWO WEEKS IS EVERY SUNDAY A DRAMATIC DROP THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE SAW YESTERDAY WE SEE THE NORTHEAST AND THE SOUTH WAY DOWN PERCENTAGE-WISE TODAY IS REALLY GOING TO BE A VITAL DAY IF WE SEE THAT PEAK ONCE AGAIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS EVERY MONDAY WE'VE HAD AN INCREASE OF OUR BAR GRAPH TODAY IS REALLY GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT DAY IF WE CONTINUE TO SEE THIS TREND GOING DOWN, OF COURSE THAT'S GOOD NEWS FLATTENING THE CURVE AS FAST AS WE WENT UP HOPEFULLY AS FAST AS WE'LL GO DOWN

TOMORROW IS GOING TO BE >>> ARE YOU READY TO READ THIS SPECIAL BOOK WELL, HERE I GO >> ALL RIGHT A VIRTUAL STORY TIME BY ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST BELOVED COUNTRY STARS DOLLY PARTON READING BEDTIME STORIES TO KIDS GOOD NIGHT WITH DOLLY IS A TEN-WEEK SERIES HAPPENING EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT >> SO COOL TO DO FROM BIRTH TO 5 YEARS OLD I BELIEVE SHE DOES IT >> SENDING OUT BOOKS >>> NOW TO ANOTHER KIND OF ESSENTIAL WORKER DURING THESE VERY TRYING TIMES

EVEN THOUGH THE NATION'S ZOOS HAVE NO VISITORS, THE ANIMALS STILL NEED TO BE FED AND CARED FOR KRISTEN DAHLGREN HAS MORE ON THE PEOPLE LOOKING AFTER THEM >> Reporter: IN WHAT WOULD NORMALLY BE ONE OF THE BUSIEST WEEKS AT MISSOURI'S DICKERSON ZOO >> IT'S HEARTBREAKING >> Reporter: NOBODY HERE TO SEE THE HANDFUL OF SELFLESS ZOOKEEPERS WHO COME EVERY DAY TO MAKE SURE THE ANIMALS GET FOOD AND CRITICAL CARE

>> WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS IT'S GOING TO END AND WE'RE STILL GOING TO BE HERE >> Reporter: IT'S THE SAME AT THE COLUMBUS ZOO WHERE WORKERS DO THEIR JOBS COMPLETELY ISOLATED >> IT MEANS EVERYTHING TO COME IN IN >> Reporter: KEEPERS AT HUNDREDS OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO SAY THERE'S NO OTHER CHOICE EVEN IN NEW YORK WHERE THE INFECTION RATE CONTINUES TO SKYROCKET, ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ARE PUTTING ASIDE THEIR OWN FEARS TO SHOW UP EVERY DAY AT THE BRONX ZOO >> THEY ARE PUTTING THEMSELVES IN A BIT OF A VULNERABLE POSITION, BUT THEY HAVE TO BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO THE ANIMALS >> Reporter: WHILE AMERICANS ARE BEING TOLD TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE, FOR MANY ANIMALS CONNECTION IS CRITICAL BACK IN MISSOURI THE ZOO ANIMALS NOW HAVE PEN PALS, KIDS WRITING LETTERS THE STAFF CAN READ TO THE ANIMALS

THE LOVE NOT LOST BECAUSE OF A LITTLE SOCIAL DISTANCE >> I WANTED TO WRITE TO A FEW DIFFERENT ANIMALS TO SEE HOW THEY'RE DOING >> I DEFINITELY THINK HE LIKES THAT >> HE DID WE LEARNE ED IN THE LAST 48 HOU OR SO THAT A TIGER HAS CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS AT THE BRONX ZOO

>>> WITH GYMS CLOSED, A MAN BUILT A BENCH PRESS, DUMBBELLS AND MORE OUT OF LOGS NOW HE'S GOT A PRETTY GOOD MAKESHIFT GYM GOOD ON HIM >>> THANKS FOR STATING YOUR WEEK WITH US >> STAY INFORMED WITH UP TO THE MINUTE INF >>> IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST WEEK OF OUR LIVES >> THAT'S WHY WE HAVE STOCKPILES OF STRATEGIC SUPPLIES

>> THIS IS GOING TO BE A BAD WEEK UNFORTUNATELY IF YOU LOOK AT THE PROJECTION OF THE CURVES OF THE KINETICS OF THE CURVES WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE AN ESCALATION >> ALREADY HARD HIT HOSPITALS AROUND THE NATION ARE BRACING FOR WHAT COULD BE THE WORST WEEK ON RECORD AS THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS AND DEATHS CONTINUES TO RISE >>> THEN WE'LL TAKE YOU INSIDE YOUR OWN HOME TO VIRUS PROOF YOUR SURROUNDINGS >>> A TIGER IN THE BRONX ZOO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS IN THE FIRST KNOWN CASE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD

>>> AND MAKING THE MOST OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AS STARS SHINE TO HELP ALL OF US COPE A LITTLE EASIER >>> GOOD MORNING ON YOUR MONDAY >> AMERICAN BRACES FOR ITS HARDEST WEEK YET AS THE WORLD'S SURGES PASS 1 MILLION CASES WITH A THIRD OF THEM COMING FROM THE US 337,000 CONFIRMED CASES IN THIS COUNTRY WITH MORE THAN 9,000 AMERICAN LIVES LOST SOME OF THEHARDEST HIT CITIES LIKE NEW YORK, DETROIT AND NEW ORLEANS ARE EXPECTING TO SEE INFECTIONS PEAK

>> PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE'LL SEND SOME 600,000 N95 MASKS TO HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK MR TRUMP ALSO SAID A THOUSAND MEDICAL MILITARY PERSONNEL WILL BE DEPLOYED TO THE BIG APPLE AND OVER IN THE UK BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED AFTER BATTLING CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS THIS JUST HOURS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH DELIVERED A RARE SPEECH CALLING FOR UNITY DURING THE PANDEMIC

>>> APPLE HAS DONATED MORE THAN 20 MILLION MASKS CEO TIM COOK SAYS IT STARTED MANUFACTURING A MILLION FACE SHIELDS A WEEK COOK SAYS THE COMPANY IS DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING THE WORLD WIDE RESPONSE TO COVID-19 >>> PLUS TROUBLING NEWS ABOUT THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS THE BRONX ZOO HAS ANNOUNCED THAT A TIGER HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SIX OTHER BIG CATS ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS ALL OF THE ANIMALS ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER >>> ADAM SANDLER GOT HIS BUDDIES TOGETHER FOR A NIGHT OF LAUGHS HE RAISED MONEY FOR STRUGGLING COMEDIANS CELEBRITIES ALL MADE FUN OF EACH OTHER THE EIGHT HOUR LIVE STREAM RAISED OVER $300,000 >>> INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OWNER JIM IRSAY GIVES BACK, DONATING 10,000 MASKS TO THE INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

>>> JAZY-Z AND MEEK MILL SENT 100,000 SURGICAL MASKS TO BE HANDSED HANDED OUT IN JAILS >>> A GUY IN DETROIT USED HIS OWN MONEY TO BUY DPASGAS FOR NUS IN HIS HOMETOWN HE SAYS ALL IT TAKES IS A SMALL GESTURE TO SHOW PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT THEM >>> NEW HOT SPOTS HAVE BEEN EMERGING IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT NEW YORK REMAINS THE EPICENTER THE STATE REPRESENTS NEARLY 40% OF CASES NATIONWIDE

AND THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE THE TOUGHEST WEEK YET WE'RE JOINED BY NBC'S KATHY PARK >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING HERE AT THE EPICENTER OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN THE US, NEW YORK CITY, WE ARE BRACING FOR ANOTHER GRIM WEEK AHEAD

THE RESOURCES ARE COMING TOGETHER, BUT MORE AID IS ON THE WAY MEANTIME, OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE BRACING FOR THEIR CASES TO SURGE THIS WEEK AS WELL DISTURBING IMAGES OUTSIDE THIS BROOKLYN HOSPITAL AS BRIGHT ORANGE BODY BAGS ROLL OUT TO TEMPORARY MORGUES ANOTHER REMINDER THAT FRONT LINE WORKERS IN NEW YORK CITY ARE DEEP IN A FIGHT WITHOUT A CLEAR END DATE >> WE'RE DOING OUR BEST, BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IT'S OUR TIME TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF DEALING WITH THIS EVERY DAY AND NOT FEELING LIKE WE'RE COMPLETELY SAFE >> Reporter: GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAYING THE STATE MAY BE NEARING THE PEAK OR THE PLATEAU OF THE CRISIS

HE ADDED THAT NEW YORK SAW A DIP IN DAILY DEATHS BUT WARNS IT MAY BE A BLIP >> WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL >> Reporter: WITH THE DEATH TOLL PASSING THE 4,000 MARK, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DEPLOYING THE MILITARY TO HELP AMONG THE MORE THAN 1,000 DOCTORS, NURSES AND SUPPORT STAFF CALLED INTO ACTION, APPROXIMATELY 300 ARE ARRIVING IN NEW YORK CITY >> THE BULK OF THEM THAT WILL GO TO THE JAVITS CENTER LATE YESTERDAY WE AGREED TO DEPLOY A FEW HUNDRED OF THEM TO 11 NEW YORK CITY HOSPITALS THAT ARE ALSO SEEING A DEFICIENCY WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICAL STAFF ZBL >> Reporter: WITH THE HEIGHTENED PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY THE JAVITS CENTER HAS SHIFTED TO TREATING COVID POSITIVE CASES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS WEIGHING THE RISK OF TAKING ON CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS ON HOSPITAL SHIPS INCLUDING THE USNS COMFORT WHICH HAS BEEN NEARLY EMPTY FOR A WEEK >> THAT'S WHY WE'VE OPENED UP THE JAVITS CENTER AND OTHER EXPANDED HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR THE CORONAVIRUS

WE'RE PREPARED TO LEVERAGE THE MERCY AND COMFORT AS WELL TO DO THAT >> Reporter: ALL PERSONNEL ON DOD INSTALLATIONS, FACILITIES AND PROPERTY MUST NOW WEAR FACE COVERINGS

AND IN ANOTHER TURN, A DEFENSE OFFICIAL CONFIRMING TO NBC NEWS THAT CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER WILL REMAIN IN QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS THIS WEEK HE WAS FIRED FOR SOUNDING THE ALARM ABOUT A CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ON THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT THE "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTS THAT HE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS

THE NAVY WOULD NOT CONFIRM THIS INFORMATION ORIGINALLY MAYOR de BLASIO WARNED THAT THE CITY WOULD RUN OUT OF CRITICAL SUPPLIES SUNDAY IN SOME GOOD NEWS HE SAID THEY WERE ABLE TO SECURE ENOUGH SUPPLIES TO LAST THROUGH MIDWEEK HE STRESSED IT'S IMPORTANT TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO >>> THE NATION'S TOP DOCTOR IS WARNING AMERICANS TO BRACE FOR ONE OF THE DARKEST WEEKS IN A GENERATION THE SURGEON GENERAL COMPARING THE SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS DEATHS TO SOME OF THE WORST ATTACKS EVER ON AMERICAN SOIL

>> Reporter: OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THAT THE WORST IS JUST DAYS AWAY AS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOSPITALS SCRAMBLE FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND PEOPLE TO HELP FROM THE SURGEON GENERAL THAT DIRE WARNING >> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT, OUR 9/11 MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> Reporter: HEALTH OFFICIALS TELLING EVERYONE TO AVOID LEAVING THE HOUSE AT ALL COSTS IF YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GO OUT, WEAR A MASK AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE >> THIS IS THE MOMENT TO NOT BE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, NOT GOING TO THE PHARMACY BUT DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS SAFE >> Reporter: THIS AS THE NATIONAL DEATH TOLL TOPS 9,000 >> THIS IS WAR, THIS IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT IT FEELS TO BE LIKE A WARTIME PHYSICIAN

>> Reporter: FROM A DOCTOR ON THE FRONT LINES IN MICHIGAN, ONE OF THE HOT SPOTS OFFICIALS CAUTION IS DAYS AWAY FROM REACHING A DEADLY PEAK >> WE ARE STRUGGLING TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL >> Reporter: SHORTAGES OF SUPPLIES PERSIST INCLUDING MASKS, VENTILATORS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA ABOUT TO RUN OUT OF HOSPITAL BEDS THERE'S A HUGE NEED FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES CRITICAL TO THE FIGHT >> EVERY SINGLE MIND AND BODY IS NECESSARY TO FIGHT THIS WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET PEOPLE TO JUMP IN AND ACTUALLY VOLUNTEER

>> Reporter: THIS AS HARD HIT STATES CONTINUE TO BLAME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT >> CAN YOU IMAGINE IF FRANKLIN DELNOR ROOSEVELT SAID I'LL BE RIGHT BEHIND YOU CONNECTICUT, GOOD LUCK BUILDING THOSE BATTLESHIPS >> Reporter: A PLEA FROM TOP OFFICIALS >> I WISH EVERY GOVERNOR WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE IN THEIR STATES TO FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES FOR 30 DAYS >> Reporter: AT LEAST SEVEN GOVERNORS REFUSING STATEWIDE MANDATES INCLUDING ARKANSAS

THE GOVERNOR INSISTING THE ACTION HE'S TAKING IS ENOUGH >> WE HAVE HAD SUCCESS IN ARKANSAS COMPARABLE TO OTHER STATES TOMORROW 600,000 AWILL GO TO WORK DO YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE AND BRING A MASK WITH YOU >> Reporter: IN GEORGIA GOVERNOR KEMP REOPENED BEACHES, LOCAL MAYORS CALLING IT RECKLESS >> HERE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A WORLD WIDE PANDEMIC AND WE'RE CLOSING SCHOOLS AND OPENING BEACHES >> Reporter: AND YET THERE'S RESILIENCE, SIGNS OF A COUNTRY PULLING TOGETHER THERE WAS A SURGE IN APPLICATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD

AS OF SUNDAY MORE THAN 21,000 SUPPORTING THE COVID-19 RESPONSE >> WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THIS IN A STRANGE WAY IS THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN PEOPLE COME TOGETHER THE WAY I'M SEEING IT NOW >> Reporter: AND THERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS OUT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, ANNOUNCING THAT IT HAS FEWER INSPECTIONS THAN ANTICIPATED SO IT'S RETURNING 400 VENTILATORS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE >>> LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT HAS BEEN POSTHUMAOUSLY ELECTED O THE HALL OF FAME HIS WIFE VANESSA BRYANT AND HER ELDEST DAUGHTER NATALIA APPEARED ON CNN AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT >> OBVIOUSLY WE WISH HE WAS HERE WITH US TO CELEBRATE, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY THE PEAK OF HIS NBA CAREER >> KOBE JOINS TIM DUNCAN AND SIX OTHERS IN THE 2020 CLASS

>>> LET'S GET A CHECK OF YOUR WEATHER WITH JANESSA WEBB >> WE HAVE A STORM SYSTEM COMING OUT OF THE MIDWEST THAT WILL PRODUCE A FEW SHOWERS REALLY GREAT WEATHER ACROSS THE NORTHEAST TO THE SOUTH WE'RE WELL ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WISE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 50 DEGREES RIGHT NOW IN NEW YORK CITY WE'RE SITTING IN THE LOWER 60s THIS MORNING ACROSS THE SOUTH THIS IS THAT WARM FRONT I'M TALKING ABOUT IT WILL CAUSE LIGHT SHOWERS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON ALL THE WAY TO THE CHICAGO AREA

PLENTY OF SUNSHINE THROUGHOUT THE DAY FROM WASHINGTON, NEW YORK CITY TO BOSTON AS WELL THE STORM FRONT STARTS TO LIFT BY TOMORROW THAT WILL PRODUCE SUNNY SKIES IT WILL TRANSITION INTO A LOT MORE RAIN THAT IS JUST STORM NUMBER ONE

HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE TEMPERATURES ABOVE AVERAGE FROM ST LOUIS TO KANSAS CITY WE'RE SITTING IN THE LOWER 70s IN NEW YORK CITY DAYTIME HIGHS ARE VERY WARM AND MILD TODAY IN THE LOWER 60s SO A GOOD START TO THE WEEK WE'LL WATCH THAT RAIN MOVING IN BY TOMORROW

>> THAT SUNSHINE IS GOING TO FEEL NICE >> SURE WILL ANY GOOD NEWS WE'LL TAKE THESE DAYS >>> IT DID NOT TAKE LONG FOR ROB GRONKOWSKI TO GET HIS FIRST TASTE OF PROWRESTLING GOLD AT WWE'S WRESTLE MANIA GRONK CAPTURED THE 24/7 TITLE STAGE DIVING ONTO A CROWD OF WRESTLERS PINNING TH >>> DURING ONE OF THE HOLIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR FOR CHRISTIANS, SURG CHURCHES FOR EMPTY FOR PALM SUNDAY POPE FRANCIS LED MASS IN A DESERTED CHURCH >> WITH THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES SPIKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, EXPERTS EMPHASIZE THAT YOU NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE AND WEAR FACE MASKS WHEN YOU'RE OUTSIDE BUT WHEN YOU'RE INSIDE YOUR HOME, ARE YOU DOING ENOUGH HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING

>> THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THE VIRUS IS TO STAY HOME THAT'S NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE SO WHEN YOU COME INSIDE MAKE SURE YOU TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND PUT ON SOME INDOOR SLIPPERS A RECENT STUDY FOUND THE VIRUS CAN SURVIVE OF DIFFERENT SURFACES, UP TO 24 HOURS ON CARDBOARD AND 2 TO 3 DAYS ON PLASTIC AND STEEL IT'S IDEAL TO USE DISINFECTANT SPRAYS OR WIPES BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THEM SOME OTHER COMMON CLEANER MAY WORK AS WELL IF YOU'RE NOT SURE CHECK THE LIST OF CLEANING PRODUCTS THAT ARE APPROVED READ THE LABEL TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW LONG TO LET THE SPRAY SIT BEFORE WIPING IT OFF IT CAN TAKE UP TO 5 MINUTES TO FULLY KILL ANY VIRUS THE CDC SAYS A DILUTED BLEACH SOLUTION ALSO WORKS TO DISINFECT YOUR HOPE USE ONE-THIRD CUP OF BLEACH PER GALLON OF WATER

CLEAN HOUSEHOLD ITEMS LIKE CHILDREN'S TOYS, REMOTE CONTROLS, COMPUTER KEYBOARDS AND ANY OTHER ITEMS THAT MULTIPLE PEOPLE TOUCH REMEMBER, THINGS ONLY REMAIN CLEAN UNTIL THEY'RE TOUCHED AGAIN SO BE SURE TO CLEAN NOR OFTEN IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING AND GOING FROM YOUR HOME EXPERTS SAY USE THE WARMEST WATER AND DRYER HEAT SETTING THAT YOUR CLOTHING CAN HANDLE REMEMBER TO WIPE DOWN THE LAUNDRY BASKET WHEN DOING THE DISHES JUST USE SOAP AND HOT WATER IF YOU'RE GETTING DELIVERIES OR BRINGING HOME GROCERIES, SOME EXPERTS SAY LET THEM SIT FOR 24 HOURS AS AN EXTRA PRECAUTION IF YOU NEED THEM IMMEDIATELY, WIPE DOWN THE ITEMS AND WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER HAND HANDLING >> SOLID >>> WE WANTED TO CHEER YOU UP A LITTLE BIT SO I'D LIKE YOU TO MEET SOMEBODY >> I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO EVERYTHING YOU GUYS ARE DOING AND PUTTING YOUR HEALTH AT RISK YOU'RE PHENOMENAL

>> WELL, THANK YOU >> WHILE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE JENNIFER ANISTON GOT TO SURPRISE A NURSE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND SHE WAS QUARANTINING, THANKING HER AND ALL THE FRONT LINE WORKERS FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE EVERY DAY SHE GOT CHOKED UP A LITTLE BIT IT WAS A REALLY COOL SURPRISE >> HE'S NOT THE ONLY CELEBRITY THAT'S REACHING OUT MEDIA MOGUL TYLER PERRY LEFT A $21,000 TIP FOR WAIT STAFF AT HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN ATLANTA

PERRY LEFT $500 FOR 42 OUT OF WORK SERVERS AT HOUSTONS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD HE WAS THERE TO PICK UP SOME TAKEOUT WHEN HE USED SOME OF HIS FORTUNE TO HELP SOME OF THE STAFF THERE SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT PEOPLE ARE THE SERVERS WHO ARE USED TO THAT CASH EVERY SINGLE NIGHT >> I'M SURE THAT MADE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE FOR THEM >> 100% >>> THIS ST LOUIS BLUES PLAYER HAD AN ADORABLE WORKOUT PARTNER

RYAN OWE H R OWE RILEY POSTED T HIS SON JAMISON >> WE'RE >>> HI, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THE CURVE TODAY IS GOING TO BE A REALLY BIG DAY BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN — ON SUNDAY IT HAS BEEN A DRAMATIC DECREASE FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS, SO YOU CAN SEE YESTERDAY THE NORTHEAST AND THE SOUTH HAVE FALLEN DRAMATICALLY BUT TODAY WHEN WE WATCHED IT, WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO SEE ANOTHER JUMP BECAUSE EVERY MONDAY FOR THE LAST TWO TO THREE WEEKS WE'VE SEEN AN INCREASE FOR THE NORTHEAST AND SOUTH ONCE AGAIN

WE'RE DOWN TO ABOUT 102% WITH THE NORTHEAS >>> WE'RE BACK WITH THE NEW VIRTUAL STORY TIME BY ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST BELOVED SUPERSTARS JOE FRYER HAS MORE >> Reporter: IT'S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION MUSIC LEGEND DOLLY PARTON IS READING BEDTIME STORIES TO KIDS WATCHING ONLINE >> ARE YOU READY TO READ THIS SPECIAL BOOK WELL, HERE I GO

>> Reporter: THE SINGER CREATED GOOD NIGHT WITH DOLLY, A TEN-WEEK SERIES TAKING PLACE EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT SHE EXPLAINED WHY SHE'S DOING IT >> THIS SEEMED LIKE A PERFECT TIME WITH THE KIDS ALL STUCK AT HOME AND THIS BEING A GREAT TIME TO NOT ONLY ENTERTAIN THE KIDS BUT TO KIND OF CALM THE PARENTS DOWN A LITTLE BIT >> Reporter: IT'S THE LATEST CHAPTER IN DOLLY'S IMAGINATION LIBRARY, A PROGRAM THAT EACH MONTH MAILS FREE BOOKS TO KIDS FROM THE TIME THEY'RE BORN TO AGE FIVE >> I LOVE BOOKS >> Reporter: EARLIER THIS YEAR WE SPOKE WITH DOLLY ABOUT THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY WHICH STARTED BACK IN 1995 INSPIRED BY HER FATHER WHO COULD NOT READ OR WRITE

>> HE FELT VERY EMBARRASSED AND CRIPPLED BY THAT, BUT HE WAS SO SMART HE GOT TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY DO SO WELL >> Reporter: THE LIBRARY HAS MAILED MORE THAN 133 MILLION BOOKS TO KIDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD THE FIRST ONE THEY RECEIVE IS THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD >> PUFF PUFF CHUG CHUG WENT THE LITTLE BLUE ENGINE >> Reporter: WHY IS THAT SUCH AN IMPORTANT BOOK TO YOU? >> BECAUSE IT'S A BOOK ABOUT BEING POSITIVE IT'S A BOOK THAT SAYS I CAN, I THINK I CAN >> Reporter: A MESSAGE FOR THE TIMES THAT CERTAINLY RESONATES WITH KIDS WHO ARE TUNING IN

>> MY FAVORITE PART OF THE BOOK IS THAT PART THAT SAID I COULD I COULD I COULD >> Reporter: YOU OF COURSE HAVE A LEGACY IN MUSIC BUT THIS IS PART OF YOUR LEGACY TOO, ISN'T IT >> I HAVE TO HONESTLY SAY THAT I PROBABLY AM AS PROUD OF THIS AS ANYTHING I WILL EVER DO >> Reporter: EVEN WHEN EVERYTHING IS CLOSED DOLLY'S IMAGINATION LIBRARY REMAINS OPEN FOR BUSINESS >> I THOUGHT I COULD, I THOUGHT I COULD, I THOUGHT I COULD ISN'T THAT FUN >> HAPPENS EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT AND IT IS STILL AVAILABLE TO STREAM ONLINE >> 133 MILLION BOOKS

>>> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT, OUR 9/11 MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> THE SURGEON GENERAL OFFERING A SOEBER WARNING TO AMERICANS ABOUT THE WEEK AHEAD BRACE YOURSELF FOR WHAT MIGHT BE THE APEX OF THE PANDEMIC >>> BRITAIN'S QUEEN ELIZABETH MAKES A RARE ADDRESS TO THE NATION AS THE PRIME MINISTER IS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH PERSISTENT CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS >>> PLUS CORONAVIRUS SCAMMERS, RIPPING OFF PEOPLE WITH FAKE TESTS AS PEOPLE DESPERATE FOR A REAL DIAGNOSIS ARE FOOLED "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> IT IS MONDAY MORNING AND AMERICA IS BEING TOLD TO PREPARE FOR WHAT MIGHT BE THE WORST WEEK YET AS WE WEATHER THE CORONAVIRUS PAN DOCUMENTIC AS THE DEATH TOLL SOARS TO DEVASTATING NEW MILESTONES, HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THIS COULD BE ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING WEEKS OF ALL THEM >> THE CDC IS RECOMMENDING EVERYONE WEAR FACE COVERINGS IN PUBLIC RIVERSIDE IS MAKING THAT PROTOCOL MANDATORY LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO ENFORCE THE ORDER AS THEY DEEM NECESSARY MEANWHILE IN NEW YORK, THE BRONX ZOO SAYS COVID-19 SPREAD TO THEIR BIG CATS A TIGER HAS TESTED POSITIVE AND SIX OTHER TIGHERS AND LIONS ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS, BUT ALL THE EXPECTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE OKAY

>>> NEW YORK CITY IS THE HARD EST HIT REGION IN THE CROWN COUNTRY AMERICAN AIRLINES REDUCED FLIGHTS TO THE AREA BY 90 RS UNITED ALSO ANNOUNCING DEEP C CUTS IN TEXAS, DRIVERS CROSSING THE STATE LINE FROM LOUISIANA ARE ARE BEING SCREENED PATROLS ARE ASKING TRAVELERS TO FILL OUT A FORM DETAILING WHERE THEY WILL BE SELF-QUARANTINING FOR TWO WEEKS LOUISIANA HAS EMERGED AS A HOT SPOT IN THE SOUTH >>> AS THE OUTBREAK ACCELERATES, THERE'S A CONTINUED RUSH TO GET PROTECTIVE GEAR TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINES APPLE DONATED 20 MILLION MASKS TO HOSPITALS ALREADY TIM COOK ANNOUNCE D THE COMPANY-WIDE EFFORT TO PRODUCE 1 MILLION FACE SHIELDS PER WEEK GENERAL MOTORS IS SHARING STEP BUT STEP MANUFACTURING PLANS TO 600 SUPPLIES TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO SQUOINT THE CAUSE >>> OVERSEAS BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HAS BEEN ADMIT TED TO THE HOSPITAL

HE EXPERIENCED SYMPTOMS FOR TEN DAYS AFTER TEST IING POSITIVE IN IRELAND HAD THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED HE'S REREGISTERING AS A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER ACCORDING TO THE IRISH TIMES NEWSPAPER, HE WILL BE HELPING OUT WITH ASSESSMENT >>> A SOBERING NEW MESSAGE FROM THE TOP DOCTOR WARNING AMERICANS TO WRAS FOR ONE OF THE DARKEST WEEKS IN A GENERATION THE SURGEON GENERAL COMPARING THE DEATHS TO SOME OF THE WORST ATTACKS EVERY ON AMERICAN SOIL ERIN McLAUGHLIN HAS MORE >> Reporter: OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THAT THE WORST IS JUST DAYS AWAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOSPITALS SCRAMBLE FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND PEOPLE TO HELP FROM THE SURGEON GENERAL, THAT DIRE WARNING >> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE OUR 9/11 MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> Reporter: HEALTH OFFICIALS TELLING EVERYONE TO AVOID LEAVING THE HOUSE AT ALL COSTS IF YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GO OUT, WEAR A MASK AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE >> THIS IS A MOMENT TO NOT BE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, BUT DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS SAFE >> Reporter: THIS AS THE DEATH TOLL TOPS 9,000

>> THIS IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE A WARTIME SITUATION >> Reporter: A DOCTOR ON THE FRONT LINES IN MICHIGAN, HEALTH OFFICIALS CAUTION IS JUST CAY DAYS AWAY FROM REACHING A DEADLY PEAK >> WE ARE STRUGGLING TO GET IT YOU WERE UNDER CONTROL >> Reporter: SHORTAGES EXIST INCLUDING MASKS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA ABOUT TO RUN OUT OF HOSPITAL BEDS THERE'S A HUGE NEED FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES CRITICAL TO THE FIGHT >> EVERY SINGLE MIND AND BODY IS NECESSARY TO FIGHT THIS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET PEOPLE TO JUMP IN AND VOLUMNTEER TO DO IT >> Reporter: THIS AS HARD-HIT STATES CONTINUE TO BLAME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT >> CAN YOU IMAGINE IF FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT SAID I WILL BE RIGHT BEHIND YOU CONNECTICUT, GOOD LUCK BUILDING THOSE BATTLESHIPS

>> I WISH EVERY GOVERNOR WOULD ENCOURAGE THEIR PEOPLE TO FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES FOR 30 DAYS >> Reporter: SEVEN GOVERNORS REFUSING STATEWIDE MANDATES THE GOVERNOR INSISTS THE ACTION HE IS TAKING IS ENOUGH >> WE HAVE HAD SUCCESS IN ARKANSAS COMPARABLE TO OTHER STATE S TOMORROW 600,000 CAN STILL GO TO WORK IT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO DO YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS OF TEN PEOPLE AND BRING A MASK WITH YOU >> Reporter: THIS WEEKEND GEORGIA'S BEACHES WERE REOPENED CALL IING THE MOVE RECKLESS >> HERE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC WHERE WE'RE CLOSING SCHOOLS, WE'RE OPENING BEACHES >> Reporter: AND YET THERE'S RESILIENCE SIGNS OF A COUNTRY PULLING TOGETHER AS THE SURGE IN APPLICATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD

MORE THAN 21,000 SUPPORTING THE COVID-19 RESPONSE >> WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THIS AND N A STRANGE WAY IS I HAVE NEVER SEEN PEOPLE COME TOGETHER THE WAY I'M SEEING IT NOW >> Reporter: THERE'S GOOD NEWS OUT OF THE THE STATE OF WASHINGTON ANNOUNCING THAT IT HAS FEWER INFECTIONS THAN ANTICIPATED, SO IT'S RETURNING 400 VENTILATORS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE >> ERIN, THANK YOU >>> THE NAVY CAPTAIN RELEASE D FROM DUTY HAS BEEN TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS TWO OF HIS CLASSMATES TOLD THE "NEW YORK TIMES" THE CAPTAIN IS NOW QUARANTINED IN GUAM HUNDREDS OF SAILORS CHEERED FOR THEIR CAPTAIN AS HE DEPARTED ON FRIDAY >> A NAVY SPOKESMAN DECLINED COMMENT ON THE CAPTAIN'S SDPATS IT'S UNCLEAR WHEN HE TESTED FSH THE VIRUS

>>> AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS-RELATED EMERGENCY CALLS SPIKE, PARAMEDICS ARE TAKING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS LIKE NEVER BEFORE CREWS SIT UP BEFORE ANY CALL THAT COULD INVOLVE THE VIRUS NOW A NEW TEST COULD CHANGE THE GAME FOR THEM KERRY SANDERS HAS MORE >> Reporter: LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES IN NEW YORK CITY, THIS PARAMEDIC 18 YEARS ON THE JOB >> IT'S DIFFICULT TO LOOK A PATIENT IN THE FACE AND TRY MAKING THEM BELIEVE SERVING GOING TO BE OKAY AND YOU KNOW THEY ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT >> Reporter: PARAMEDICS IN FLORIDA GETTING MORE CALLS BY THE DAY HIKE THIS >> HI, I'M HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING

I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO FAINT >> I'M GOING TO STAY ON THE PHONE WITH YOU OKAY >> IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY >> IT HURTS TO BREATHE >> Reporter: PARAMEDICS KNOW THEY ARE HEADED TO A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE WHEN THEY HEAR THIS >> POSSIBLE P-36 >> THAT MEANS SUIT UP, HEAD TO TOE IT COULD BE A POSSIBLE VIRUS CAUSE PARAMEDICS ANSWERING THOSE 911 CALLS TOOK BLOOD TESTS RESULTS IN 15 MINUTES THE TESTS REVEAL IF THEY HAVE CORONAVIRUS ANTI BODIES

>> IT'S A SCREENING TOOL THE BEST ANALOGY IS INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE FOREST BLIND, NOW WITH THIS TEST YOU CAN SEE THE TREES AND PERHAPS SEE A WAY OUT >> Reporter: THE RAPID TEST ACQUIRED FROM CHINA THE 19-YEAR VETERAN ON A VIRUS RUN JUST DAYS AGO >> THIS TEST SHOWING NO EXPOSURE HIS WIFE IS A NURSE >> BOTH ARE TERSE FIG WE'RE GOING TO BRING IT HOME TO OUR KIDS >> Reporter: HERE IN FLORIDA THERE ARE 12,000 CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS THE RATE OF SPREAD ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ONE NEW CASE EVERY 72 SECONDS

FROM NEW YORK THE STORY IS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AT 50 YEARS OLD, WITH HIS OWN PROBLEMS AN AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE >> IF I GET IT AND DIE, IT'S MY LIFE IT'S PART OF MY JOB >> Reporter: NBC NEWS >>> GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS CASES HAVE PASSED 12 MILLION

AND WHILE THE US CONTINUES TO CARET THE TORCH FOR THE MOST INFECTED, EUROPE IS SEEING SIGNS OF HOPE A DECLINE IN CASES AND DEATHS A BRIGHT SPOT COMES AS CHINA IS GEARING UP TO EASE RESTRICTIONS

FOR THE LATEST ON GLOBAL RESPONSE TO THE THE OUTBREAK, WE TURN TO LONDON BREAK IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT >> GOOD MORNING, AN EXTRAORDINARY 24 HOURS HERE BORIS JOHNSON CHECKED INTO HOSPITAL LAST NIGHT WE AN UPDATE ON HIS CONDITION ABOUT TWO HOURS FROM NOW THAT FOLLOWED A SPEECH BY THE QUEEN, ONLY THE FIFTH TIME IN HIS HISTORY SHE'S GIVEN AN ADDRESS TO THE NATION THAT'S OUTSIDE OF THE CHRISTMAS ADDRESSES IT WAS A FOUR-MINUTE SPEECH

SHE CALLED ON PEOPLE TO RATTLLY TOGETHER, STAY AT HOME AND SAY PEOPLE WERE DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB OF THAT TO ITALY NOW, WHICH HAS BEEN HARD HIT BY THE VIRUS MORE THAN B 100 HEALTH WORKERS THERE NOW CONFIRMED DEAD FROM THE VIRUS THERE'S SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT EXTENDING SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS ON MASK WEARING SO PROTECTING HEALTH WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN SPAIN WE HAVE SEEN A SLIGHT DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF UNFECTIONS THAT IS GIVING FOLKS HOPE ACROSS EUROPE AS THESE STAY IN PLACE ORDERS CONTINUE FINALLY IN WUHAN, THERE'S A BIT OF HOPE THERE

IN THREE DAYS WE UNDERSTAND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO LIFT SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS, SOME OF THE PHYSICAL BARRIERS IT'S BEEN SINCE MID-JANUARY THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INSIDE IN THAT CITY MAYBE JUST A LITTLE BIT OF HOPE THERE AS PEOPLE START MOVING AROUND >> CAL LIFE LIVE FOR US IN LONDON, THANK YOU >>> IT'S EASY TO LOSE TRACK OF DAY WHEN IS YOU'RE STUCK AT HOME, BUT IT IS MONDAY LET'S SEE WHAT THE WEATHER WILL BE LOOKING LIKE OUT THERE VANESSA WEBB IS JOINING US >> I HAVE THE POSITIVE NEWS OF THE DAY WE'RE GOING TO SEE A THE LOT OF SUNSHINE AND WARM AIR PUMPING THIS FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTHEAST

CURRENTLY, TEMPERATURES ARE ABOVE NORMAL WE'RE SITTING AT 50 DEGREES FOR NEW YORK CITY IN THE UPPER 60s FROM NEW ORLEANS RIGHT NOW SO WE DO HAVE MALL STORM SYSTEM THAT'S GOING TO MAKE ITS WAY FROM THE UPPER MIDWEST TO CENTRAL TIER A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY TODAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD >> VERY WARM THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON

ST LOUIS IS AT 70 TODAY ALL THAT RAIN THROUGHOUT YOUR AFTERNOON ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY ENJOY THIS BEFORE RAIN MOVES IN BY TUESDAY >> SO FANTASTIC WEATHER FOR TODAY BUT RAIN IS COMING QUICKLY >> THANK YOU SO MUCH >>> LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT HAS BEEN ELECTED INTO THE MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME THE HONOR COMES TWO MONTHS AFTER HE DIED IN A TRAGIC HELICOPTER CRASH HIS WIFE AND ELDEST DAUGHTER APPEARED ON ESPN SHORTLY AFTER THE A ANNOUNCEMENT >> OBVIOUSLY, WE WISH THAT HE WAS HERE WITH US TO CELEBRATE, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY THE PEAK OF HI >>> WE'RE BACK WITH A NEW WARNING AS SCAMMERS ARE TRYING TO PROFIT OFF OF THE OUTBREAK

AUTHORITIES NOW CRACKING DUN ON EVERYTHING FROM PRICE GOUGING TO PRFRAUDULENT TESTING SITES SAM BROCK HAS MORE >> WE'RE AT 1th AND BROADWAY WHERE THE ALLEGED STATIONS HAVE SET UP AGAIN >> Reporter: PEOPLE IN HAZMAT SUITS AND PROTECTIVE GEAR OPERATING WHAT'S PRESENTED AS COVID-19 TESTING >> ARE YOU — >> EXCUSE ME >> ARE YOU TAKING SWABS? >> OFFICIALS LIKE BARBARA TELL US IT'S A SCAMP THEY ARE TESTING WITHOUT GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND WITHOUT EVEN TAKING NASAL SAMPLES >> THEY MAY GO THROUGH 40 OR 50 PEOPLE IN A TEST WEARING THE SAME GLOVES AND WE HAVE THE PHOTOS OF THEM TAKING OFF ALL THEIR STUFF AT THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK AND DRIVING OFF AND THEN THE NEXT DAY PUTTING IT ALL ON AND GOING TO ANOTHER LOCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY >> Reporter: AS VICTIMS REVEAL THEIR HEART ACHE >> IT'S THE WORST THING EVER TO EVEN HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I'M GOING TO ON TOP OF IT TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF >> Reporter: SIGNS OF LEGITIMATE GEAR EMERGE HOLY NAME HOSPITAL HAD TO RETURN A THOUSAND SAFETY MASKS >> THEY DID NOT HAVE THE CERTIFICATION FOR THE MASK NEED AND THE FACT THAT WE WERE VERY CONCERNED, WE SHIPPED THEM BACK

>> Reporter: SHHOSPITAL EQUIPMET DISTRIBUTORS SAYING THE SEARCH FOR QUALITY MASKS IS BORDERING ON IMPOSSIBLE >> OUT OF THE 300 WE VETTED, WE HAVEN'T FOUND ONE THAT'S LEGITIMATE >> Reporter: PREPARE FOR A WAVE OF SCAMS AS THOSE VICTIMIZED SPEAK OUT >> I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN VIOLATED AND PEOPLE ARE TRULY DEMONIC SFWLR ONE OF THE REASONS THERE'S SO MANY WARNING ABOUT FRAUD IS $2 TRILLION STIMULUS PACKAGE PASSED BY CONGRESS MEANT >>> ROB GRONKOWSKI IS UP DON'T DO IT HE TOOK OUT EVERYONE >> FORMER NFL STAR ROB GRONKOWSKI CAPTURED HIS FIRST WWE TITLE IN FRONT OF NO FANS AT WRESTLE MANIA

GRONK STAGE DIVING ON TO A SEA OF HUMANITY PINNING TO EARN THE CHAMPIONSHIP >> WITHOUT THE CROWD, THEY COULD HEAR THE COMMENTARY BETTER AND THEY APPRECIATED THAT >> SOME SORT OF SPORLT ISPORTING EVENT GOING A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION >>> LET'S TURN TO WALL STREET TO GET A LOOK AT WHAT'S AHEAD GOOD MORNING >> GOOD MORNING TO YOU WALL STREET IS HOPING TO START THE WEEK ON A BRIGHTER NOTE THE FRIDAY SESSION WE SAW THE MARKET AGAIN CLOSE DOWN

WE SAW A DROP OF 2 % FOR THE LAX OF DOW IN TERMS OF FUTURES, THEY ARE POINTING HIGHER BEY MORE THAN 70 POINTS OVER THE WEEKEND THE SERIES OF TWEETS THAT HE'S BEGINNING TO BECOME MORE OPTIMISTIC THE PEAKS OF CORONAVIRUS CASES ALSO THE COMMENTS MENTIONED VACCINES AND TREATMENT AND THE FACT ALMOST THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS LOCKED DOWN HE ORIGINALLY CALLED FOR A SHUTDOWN, BUT INVESTORS ARE CAUTION WHEN IT COMES TO AIRLINES, MORE DRASTIC CUTS FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES IT WILL SLASH FLIGHTS TO NEW YORK CITY BY MORE THAN 90% NOW THESE CUTS COME AS NEW YORK EMERGES AS A HOT SPOT FOR CORONAVIRUS WHEN IT COMES TO THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS JUST THREE DAILY FLIGHTS FROM JFK IT TELLHOUSE HOW MANY FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN CUT EXACTLY ALSO AIRLINE STOCKS ALL THE AIRLINE SECTOR IS DOWN 66% SO FAR SINCE MID-FEBRUARY >>> WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FL FLATTEN THE CURVE, I WANT TO SHOW YOU THROUGHOUT THE LAST THREE WEEKS

YOU SEE THE DRAMATIC DROP ON SUNDAY AND THAT IS WHAT WE SAW YESTERDAY SATURDAY TO SUNDAY, IT'S DRAMATIC FOR THE NORTHEAST TO THE SOUTH TODAY IS GOING TO BE A VERY BIG DAY TO SEE IF THIS IS AN >>> WE WANTED TO CHEER YOU UP I'D LIKE YOU TO MEET SOMEBODY >> I DON'T KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO EVERYTHING YOU GUYS ARE DOING AND PUTTING YOUR HEALTH ALL THE RISK IN ALL OF THAT YOU'RE JUST PHENOMENAL PHENOMENAL >> WELL, THANK YOU >> WHILE ON JIMMY KIMMEL, JENNIFER ANISTON GOT TO SURPRIS A NURSE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

THANKING HER FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE EVERY DAY >> WE CAN SAY THANK YOU ALL YOU WANT IT'S SOMETHING DIFFERENT WHEN JENNIFER ANISTON SAYS THANK YOU >>> CELEB FITS ALL OVER THE PLACE STEPPING UP HERE ANOTHER ONE MEDIA MOGUL TYLER PERRY LEFT A $21,000 STIPTIP FOR THE WEIGHT STAFF AT HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT HE LEFT $500 WORTH OF TIPS FOR OUT OF WORK SERVERS HE WAS JUST THERE TO PICK UP SOME TAKEOUT WHEN HE USED SOME OF HIS FORTUNE TO HELP OUT THE STAFF THERE >> THAT'S JUST NOT A LITTLE DIFFERENCE THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE OF THEM BEING A ABLE TO PAY THEIR BILLS FOR A COUPLE MONTHS >> HE COVERED 42 OF THEM >>> ADAM SANDLER GOT A BUNCH OF PALS TOGETHER FOR A NIGHT OF LAUGHS TO RAISE MONEY FOR STRUGGLING COMEDIANS HOWIE MANDEL, BOB SAGET WERE PART OF THIS LIVE STREAM THEY TALKED ABOUT THEIR BESSETTES AND RAISED OVER $300,000 DOING IT

VERY COOL >> IT IS THEY ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO HELP THEIR OWN THE ACTOR FUNDRAISE D MONEY NOW COMMODE YANS LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR OWN RAISING SOME MONEY WE HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP THE ENTERTAINERS AFLOAT FOR THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS >>> WITH ALL THE GYMS CLOSED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, A GUY IN OHIO FLEXED HIS CREATIVITY HE BENCH PRESSED AND A LOT MORE OUT OF LOGS IT TOOK 60 HOURS OVER TWO WEEKS TO BUILD ALL THAT EQUIPMENT BUT THE MAKESHIFT GYM GIVES HIM A PRETTY COMPLETE WORKOUT

>> IT GIVES YOU SO MUCH GOOD TIME TO HAVE PROGRESS WITH A PROJECT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AND THIS ST LOUIS BLUES PLAYER IS STAYING ACTIVE WITH HIS NEW WORKOUT PARTNER THIS VIDEO WAS SHARED OF HIS SON FOLLOWING AB AB WORKOUT ON TWITTER HE HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH ENERGY TO KEEP UP WITH HIS DAD HE WAS DEFINITELY STAYING IN SHAPE DURING NHL US IS SUSPENSION >> HE NEEDS THE KID TO WATCH THE OTHER VIDEO

GET SOME HELP WORKING ON A BENCH PRESS >> MAYBE HE COULD SEND HIM SOME OF THE DUMBBELLS HE MADE >> THIS IS ONE OF THE GOOD THINGS WE'RE SEEING WE NEED TO FIND THE SUBTLE INVESTSILVER LININGS PARTICIPANTS ARE SPENDING EXTRA TIME BONDING WITH THEIR CHILDREN >> A LOT V THESE BEHIND THE SCENES VISIT >>> IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST WEEK OF OUR LIVES >> THAT'S WHY WE HAVE STOCKPILES OF STRATEGIC SUPPLIES >> THIS IS GOING TO BE A BAD WEEK UNFORTUNATELY IF YOU LOOK AT THE PROJECTION OF THE CURVES OF THE KINETICS OF THE CURVES

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE AN ESCALATION >> ALREADY HARD HIT HOSPITALS AROUND THE NATION ARE BRACING FOR WHAT COULD BE THE WORST WEEK ON RECORD AS THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS AND DEATHS CONTINUES TO RISE >>> THEN WE'LL TAKE YOU INSIDE YOUR OWN HOME TO VIRUS PROOF YOUR SURROUNDINGS >>> A TIGER IN THE BRONX ZOO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS IN THE FIRST KNOWN CASE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD >>> AND MAKING THE MOST OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AS STARS SHINE TO HELP ALL OF US COPE A LITTLE EASIER >>> GOOD MORNING ON YOUR MONDAY

>> AMERICAN BRACES FOR ITS HARDEST WEEK YET AS THE WORLD'S SURGES PASS 1 MILLION CASES WITH A THIRD OF THEM COMING FROM THE US 337,000 CONFIRMED CASES IN THIS COUNTRY WITH MORE THAN 9,000 AMERICAN LIVES LOST SOME OF THEHARDEST HIT CITIES LIKE NEW YORK, DETROIT AND NEW ORLEANS ARE EXPECTING TO SEE INFECTIONS PEAK >> PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE'LL SEND SOME 600,000 N95 MASKS TO HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK

MR TRUMP ALSO SAID A THOUSAND MEDICAL MILITARY PERSONNEL WILL BE DEPLOYED TO THE BIG APPLE AND OVER IN THE UK BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED AFTER BATTLING CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS THIS JUST HOURS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH DELIVERED A RARE SPEECH CALLING FOR UNITY DURING THE PANDEMIC >>> APPLE HAS DONATED MORE THAN 20 MILLION MASKS CEO TIM COOK SAYS IT STARTED MANUFACTURING A MILLION FACE SHIELDS A WEEK COOK SAYS THE COMPANY IS DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING THE WORLD WIDE RESPONSE TO COVID-19

>>> PLUS TROUBLING NEWS ABOUT THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS THE BRONX ZOO HAS ANNOUNCED THAT A TIGER HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SIX OTHER BIG CATS ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS ALL OF THE ANIMALS ARE EXPECTED TO RECOVER >>> ADAM SANDLER GOT HIS BUDDIES TOGETHER FOR A NIGHT OF LAUGHS HE RAISED MONEY FOR STRUGGLING COMEDIANS CELEBRITIES ALL MADE FUN OF EACH OTHER THE EIGHT HOUR LIVE STREAM RAISED OVER $300,000 >>> INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OWNER JIM IRSAY GIVES BACK, DONATING 10,000 MASKS TO THE INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH >>> JAZY-Z AND MEEK MILL SENT 100,000 SURGICAL MASKS TO BE HANDSED HANDED OUT IN JAILS

>>> A GUY IN DETROIT USED HIS OWN MONEY TO BUY DPASGAS FOR NUS IN HIS HOMETOWN HE SAYS ALL IT TAKES IS A SMALL GESTURE TO SHOW PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT THEM >>> NEW HOT SPOTS HAVE BEEN EMERGING IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT NEW YORK REMAINS THE EPICENTER THE STATE REPRESENTS NEARLY 40% OF CASES NATIONWIDE AND THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE THE TOUGHEST WEEK YET

WE'RE JOINED BY NBC'S KATHY PARK >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING HERE AT THE EPICENTER OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN THE US, NEW YORK CITY, WE ARE BRACING FOR ANOTHER GRIM WEEK AHEAD THE RESOURCES ARE COMING TOGETHER, BUT MORE AID IS ON THE WAY

MEANTIME, OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE BRACING FOR THEIR CASES TO SURGE THIS WEEK AS WELL DISTURBING IMAGES OUTSIDE THIS BROOKLYN HOSPITAL AS BRIGHT ORANGE BODY BAGS ROLL OUT TO TEMPORARY MORGUES ANOTHER REMINDER THAT FRONT LINE WORKERS IN NEW YORK CITY ARE DEEP IN A FIGHT WITHOUT A CLEAR END DATE >> WE'RE DOING OUR BEST, BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IT'S OUR TIME TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF DEALING WITH THIS EVERY DAY AND NOT FEELING LIKE WE'RE COMPLETELY SAFE >> Reporter: GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAYING THE STATE MAY BE NEARING THE PEAK OR THE PLATEAU OF THE CRISIS HE ADDED THAT NEW YORK SAW A DIP IN DAILY DEATHS BUT WARNS IT MAY BE A BLIP

>> WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL >> Reporter: WITH THE DEATH TOLL PASSING THE 4,000 MARK, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DEPLOYING THE MILITARY TO HELP AMONG THE MORE THAN 1,000 DOCTORS, NURSES AND SUPPORT STAFF CALLED INTO ACTION, APPROXIMATELY 300 ARE ARRIVING IN NEW YORK CITY >> THE BULK OF THEM THAT WILL GO TO THE JAVITS CENTER LATE YESTERDAY WE AGREED TO DEPLOY A FEW HUNDRED OF THEM TO 11 NEW YORK CITY HOSPITALS THAT ARE ALSO SEEING A DEFICIENCY WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICAL STAFF ZBL >> Reporter: WITH THE HEIGHTENED PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY THE JAVITS CENTER HAS SHIFTED TO TREATING COVID POSITIVE CASES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS WEIGHING THE RISK OF TAKING ON CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS ON HOSPITAL SHIPS INCLUDING THE USNS COMFORT WHICH HAS BEEN NEARLY EMPTY FOR A WEEK >> THAT'S WHY WE'VE OPENED UP THE JAVITS CENTER AND OTHER EXPANDED HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR THE CORONAVIRUS WE'RE PREPARED TO LEVERAGE THE MERCY AND COMFORT AS WELL TO DO THAT

>> Reporter: ALL PERSONNEL ON DOD INSTALLATIONS, FACILITIES AND PROPERTY MUST NOW WEAR FACE COVERINGS AND IN ANOTHER TURN, A DEFENSE OFFICIAL CONFIRMING TO NBC NEWS THAT CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER WILL REMAIN IN QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS THIS WEEK HE WAS FIRED FOR SOUNDING THE ALARM ABOUT A CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ON THE U

SS THEODORE ROOSEVELT THE "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTS THAT HE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS THE NAVY WOULD NOT CONFIRM THIS INFORMATION

ORIGINALLY MAYOR de BLASIO WARNED THAT THE CITY WOULD RUN OUT OF CRITICAL SUPPLIES SUNDAY IN SOME GOOD NEWS HE SAID THEY WERE ABLE TO SECURE ENOUGH SUPPLIES TO LAST THROUGH MIDWEEK HE STRESSED IT'S IMPORTANT TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO >>> THE NATION'S TOP DOCTOR IS WARNING AMERICANS TO BRACE FOR ONE OF THE DARKEST WEEKS IN A GENERATION THE SURGEON GENERAL COMPARING THE SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS DEATHS TO SOME OF THE WORST ATTACKS EVER ON AMERICAN SOIL >> Reporter: OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THAT THE WORST IS JUST DAYS AWAY AS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HOSPITALS SCRAMBLE FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND PEOPLE TO HELP

FROM THE SURGEON GENERAL THAT DIRE WARNING >> THE NEXT WEEK IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT, OUR 9/11 MOMENT IT'S GOING TO BE THE HARDEST MOMENT FOR MANY AMERICANS IN THEIR ENTIRE LIVES >> Reporter: HEALTH OFFICIALS TELLING EVERYONE TO AVOID LEAVING THE HOUSE AT ALL COSTS IF YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO GO OUT, WEAR A MASK AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE >> THIS IS THE MOMENT TO NOT BE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, NOT GOING TO THE PHARMACY BUT DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS SAFE >> Reporter: THIS AS THE NATIONAL DEATH TOLL TOPS 9,000 >> THIS IS WAR, THIS IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT IT FEELS TO BE LIKE A WARTIME PHYSICIAN >> Reporter: FROM A DOCTOR ON THE FRONT LINES IN MICHIGAN, ONE OF THE HOT SPOTS OFFICIALS CAUTION IS DAYS AWAY FROM REACHING A DEADLY PEAK

>> WE ARE STRUGGLING TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL >> Reporter: SHORTAGES OF SUPPLIES PERSIST INCLUDING MASKS, VENTILATORS THE STATE OF LOUISIANA ABOUT TO RUN OUT OF HOSPITAL BEDS THERE'S A HUGE NEED FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES CRITICAL TO THE FIGHT >> EVERY SINGLE MIND AND BODY IS NECESSARY TO FIGHT THIS WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET PEOPLE TO JUMP IN AND ACTUALLY VOLUNTEER >> Reporter: THIS AS HARD HIT STATES CONTINUE TO BLAME THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

>> CAN YOU IMAGINE IF FRANKLIN DELNOR ROOSEVELT SAID I'LL BE RIGHT BEHIND YOU CONNECTICUT, GOOD LUCK BUILDING THOSE BATTLESHIPS >> Reporter: A PLEA FROM TOP OFFICIALS >> I WISH EVERY GOVERNOR WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE IN THEIR STATES TO FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES FOR 30 DAYS >> Reporter: AT LEAST SEVEN GOVERNORS REFUSING STATEWIDE MANDATES INCLUDING ARKANSAS THE GOVERNOR INSISTING THE ACTION HE'S TAKING IS ENOUGH

>> WE HAVE HAD SUCCESS IN ARKANSAS COMPARABLE TO OTHER STATES TOMORROW 600,000 AWILL GO TO WORK DO YOUR SOCIAL DISTANCING, DON'T GATHER IN GROUPS OF MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE AND BRING A MASK WITH YOU >> Reporter: IN GEORGIA GOVERNOR KEMP REOPENED BEACHES, LOCAL MAYORS CALLING IT RECKLESS >> HERE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A WORLD WIDE PANDEMIC AND WE'RE CLOSING SCHOOLS AND OPENING BEACHES >> Reporter: AND YET THERE'S RESILIENCE, SIGNS OF A COUNTRY PULLING TOGETHER THERE WAS A SURGE IN APPLICATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD AS OF SUNDAY MORE THAN 21,000 SUPPORTING THE COVID-19 RESPONSE

>> WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THIS IN A STRANGE WAY IS THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN PEOPLE COME TOGETHER THE WAY I'M SEEING IT NOW >> Reporter: AND THERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS OUT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, ANNOUNCING THAT IT HAS FEWER INSPECTIONS THAN ANTICIPATED SO IT'S RETURNING 400 VENTILATORS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE >>> LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT HAS BEEN POSTHUMAOUSLY ELECTED O THE HALL OF FAME HIS WIFE VANESSA BRYANT AND HER ELDEST DAUGHTER NATALIA APPEARED ON CNN AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT >> OBVIOUSLY WE WISH HE WAS HERE WITH US TO CELEBRATE, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY THE PEAK OF HIS NBA CAREER >> KOBE JOINS TIM DUNCAN AND SIX OTHERS IN THE 2020 CLASS >>> LET'S GET A CHECK OF YOUR WEATHER WITH JANESSA WEBB

>> WE HAVE A STORM SYSTEM COMING OUT OF THE MIDWEST THAT WILL PRODUCE A FEW SHOWERS REALLY GREAT WEATHER ACROSS THE NORTHEAST TO THE SOUTH WE'RE WELL ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WISE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 50 DEGREES RIGHT NOW IN NEW YORK CITY WE'RE SITTING IN THE LOWER 60s THIS MORNING ACROSS THE SOUTH THIS IS THAT WARM FRONT I'M TALKING ABOUT IT WILL CAUSE LIGHT SHOWERS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON ALL THE WAY TO THE CHICAGO AREA PLENTY OF SUNSHINE THROUGHOUT THE DAY FROM WASHINGTON, NEW YORK CITY TO BOSTON AS WELL

THE STORM FRONT STARTS TO LIFT BY TOMORROW THAT WILL PRODUCE SUNNY SKIES IT WILL TRANSITION INTO A LOT MORE RAIN THAT IS JUST STORM NUMBER ONE HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE TEMPERATURES ABOVE AVERAGE FROM ST LOUIS TO KANSAS CITY WE'RE SITTING IN THE LOWER 70s IN NEW YORK CITY DAYTIME HIGHS ARE VERY WARM AND MILD TODAY IN THE LOWER 60s SO A GOOD START TO THE WEEK WE'LL WATCH THAT RAIN MOVING IN BY TOMORROW >> THAT SUNSHINE IS GOIN >>> DURING ONE OF THE HOLIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR FOR CHRISTIANS, SURG CHURCHES FOR EMPTY FOR PALM SUNDAY POPE FRANCIS LED MASS IN A DESERTED CHURCH

>> WITH THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES SPIKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, EXPERTS EMPHASIZE THAT YOU NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE AND WEAR FACE MASKS WHEN YOU'RE OUTSIDE BUT WHEN YOU'RE INSIDE YOUR HOME, ARE YOU DOING ENOUGH HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING >> THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THE VIRUS IS TO STAY HOME THAT'S NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE SO WHEN YOU COME INSIDE MAKE SURE YOU TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND PUT ON SOME INDOOR SLIPPERS A RECENT STUDY FOUND THE VIRUS CAN SURVIVE OF DIFFERENT SURFACES, UP TO 24 HOURS ON CARDBOARD AND 2 TO 3 DAYS ON PLASTIC AND STEEL

IT'S IDEAL TO USE DISINFECTANT SPRAYS OR WIPES BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THEM SOME OTHER COMMON CLEANER MAY WORK AS WELL IF YOU'RE NOT SURE CHECK THE LIST OF CLEANING PRODUCTS THAT ARE APPROVED READ THE LABEL TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW LONG TO LET THE SPRAY SIT BEFORE WIPING IT OFF IT CAN TAKE UP TO 5 MINUTES TO FULLY KILL ANY VIRUS THE CDC SAYS A DILUTED BLEACH SOLUTION ALSO WORKS TO DISINFECT YOUR HOPE USE ONE-THIRD CUP OF BLEACH PER GALLON OF WATER CLEAN HOUSEHOLD ITEMS LIKE CHILDREN'S TOYS, REMOTE CONTROLS, COMPUTER KEYBOARDS AND ANY OTHER ITEMS THAT MULTIPLE PEOPLE TOUCH REMEMBER, THINGS ONLY REMAIN CLEAN UNTIL THEY'RE TOUCHED AGAIN SO BE SURE TO CLEAN NOR OFTEN IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING AND GOING FROM YOUR HOME EXPERTS SAY USE THE WARMEST WATER AND DRYER HEAT SETTING THAT YOUR CLOTHING CAN HANDLE REMEMBER TO WIPE DOWN THE LAUNDRY BASKET WHEN DOING THE DISHES JUST USE SOAP AND HOT WATER IF YOU'RE GETTING DELIVERIES OR BRINGING HOME GROCERIES, SOME EXPERTS SAY LET THEM SIT FOR 24 HOURS AS AN EXTRA PRECAUTION IF YOU NEED THEM IMMEDIATELY, WIPE DOWN THE ITEMS AND WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER HAND HANDLING >> SOLID >>> WE WANTED TO CHEER YOU UP A LITTLE BIT SO I'D LIKE YOU TO MEET SOMEBODY

>> I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO EVERYTHING YOU GUYS ARE DOING AND PUTTING YOUR HEALTH AT RISK YOU'RE PHENOMENAL >> WELL, THANK YOU >> WHILE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE JENNIFER ANISTON GOT TO SURPRISE A NURSE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND SHE WAS QUARANTINING, THANKING HER AND ALL THE FRONT LINE WORKERS FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE EVERY DAY SHE GOT CHOKED UP A LITTLE BIT IT WAS A REALLY COOL SURPRISE

>> HE'S NOT THE ONLY CELEBRITY THAT'S REACHING OUT MEDIA MOGUL TYLER PERRY LEFT A $21,000 TIP FOR WAIT STAFF AT HIS FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN ATLANTA PERRY LEFT $500 FOR 42 OUT OF WORK SERVERS AT HOUSTONS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD HE WAS THERE TO PICK UP SOME TAKEOUT WHEN HE USED SOME OF HIS FORTUNE TO HELP SOME OF THE STAFF THERE SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT PEOPLE ARE THE SERVERS WHO ARE USED TO THAT CASH EVERY SINGLE NIGHT >> I'M SURE THAT MADE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE FOR THEM >> 100%

>>> THIS ST LOUIS BLUES PLAYER HAD AN ADORABLE WORKOUT PARTNER RYAN OWE H R OWE RILEY POSTED T HIS SON JAMISON >> WE'RE >>> HI, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THE CURVE

TODAY IS GOING TO BE A REALLY BIG DAY BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN — ON SUNDAY IT HAS BEEN A DRAMATIC DECREASE FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS, SO YOU CAN SEE YESTERDAY THE NORTHEAST AND THE SOUTH HAVE FALLEN DRAMATICALLY BUT TODAY WHEN WE WATCHED IT, WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO SEE ANOTHER JUMP BECAUSE EVERY MONDAY FOR THE LAST TWO TO THREE WEEKS WE'VE SEEN AN INCREASE FOR THE NORTHEAST AND SOUTH ONCE AGAIN WE'RE DOWN TO ABOUT 102% WITH THE NORTHEAS >>> WE'RE BACK WITH THE NEW VIRTUA WEEKS ARE PIVOTAL AS THE COUNTRY ENTERS ITS TOUGHEST PERIOD YET WITH MULTIPLE STATES HEADING INTO MAKE OR BREAK WEEKS AGAINST COVID-19, OVERNIGHT PRESIDENT TRUMP TRYING TO PUT A POSITIVE SPIN ON AN ESCALATING SITUATION

>> WE'RE STARTING TO SEE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL >> Reporter: BUT JUST 24 HOURS THE PRESIDENT ADMITTING — >> THERE WILL BE A LOT OF DEATHS UNFORTUNATELY >> Reporter: AN ASSESSMENT ECHOED BY HIS HEALTH ADVISERS >> NEXT WEEK WILL BE OUR 9/11 MOMENT >> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT DOUBLING DOWN ON HIS CALL TO USE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, EVEN THOUGH THERE'S NO EVIDENCE IT FIGHTS COVID-19

>> WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE I'M NOT LOOKING ONE WAY OR ANOTHER WE'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS IF IT DOES WORK, IT WOULD BE A SHAME IT DIDN'T WORK EARLY >> WEIGHING IN, WHEN DR

FAUCI WAS ASKED ABOUT THE DRUG >> DO YOU WANT TO WEIGH IN ON THIS ISSUE OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE? WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS >> I ASKED THE DOCTOR >> I ANSWERED 15 TIMES >> ALARMING NEW PROJECTIONS SHOW A PEAK IN NEW YORK, NEW ORLEANS IN A FEW DAYS

WITH A DEFICIT OF SUPPLIES, GOVERNORS IN MANY STATES ARE SCRAMBLING TO PREPARE MICHIGAN HAS MORE THAN 14,000 CASES OF THE VIRUS, THIRD MOST >> EXPONENTIALLY WE'RE SEEING IT DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE BASED ON CITY LINE, STATE LINE, PARTY LINES >> NEW ORLEANS HAS THE COUNTRY'S MOST LETHAL DEATH RATE WHILE MORE THAN 4,000 HAVE DIED IN NEW YORK

NINE STATES ARE STILL REFUSING TO ENACT FULL STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS, INCLUDING IOWA >> IF ADDITIONAL ACTION IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF IOWANS, I WILL DO SO >> Reporter: BUT THE SURGEON GENERAL SAYING IT IS VITAL TO STOP THE SPREAD >> GIVE US A WEEK OR TWO IF YOU CAN WE WANT YOU TO DO IT IN 30 DAYS

IN THOSE NINE STATES GIVE YOU US WHAT YOU CAN SO WE GET THE PEAK AND COME DOWN THE OTHER SIDE >> RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, IS MANDATING RESIDENTS WEAR MASKS WHEN THEY LEAVE THE HOUSE, ONE OF THE STRICTEST MEASURES ON SUNDAY SOME WITH THEIR FAITH IGNORING SOCIAL DISTANCING IN LOUISIANA ONE PASTOR DESPITE A BAN ON GATHERS >> THEY WOULD RATHER COME AN WORSHIP LIKE FREE PEOPLE THAN LIVE LIKE PRISONERS IN THEIR HOME

>> HERE IN FLORIDA THE GOVERNOR SAYING HE DOESN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CLOSE HOUSES OF WORSHIP WITH 15 INSIDE THE JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER IN MANHATTAN GABE, GOOD MORNING TO YOU >> SAVANNAH, GOOD MORNING THE JAVITS CENTER BEHIND ME NOW HAS 2500 BEDS MAKING IT THE LARGEST HOSPITAL IN THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW

US MILITARY PERSONNEL ARE STAFFING IT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SENDING 1,000 DOCTORS, NURSES, AND RESPIRATORY TECHS, TO HANDLE THE OVERWHELMING NEED HERE WE SHOULD WARN YOU, SOME OF THE ISSUES YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE ARE DISTURBING

>>> THIS MORNING THE US MILITARY IS ON THE MOVE, DEPLOYING STAFF TO 11 NEW YORK HOSPITALS AS THE CITY ANSWERS WHAT'S EXPECTED TO BE ITS MOST CRITICAL WEEK YET IN THE BATTLE AGAINST CORONAVIRUS >> THE SYSTEM IS OVER CAPACITY >> AT ONE HOSPITAL IN BROOKLYN, AN UNSETTLING SCENE, BODY BAGS LINING THE HALLWAY UNTIL THEY CAN BE MOVED OUTSIDE TO TEMPORARY MORGUES

STILL A POSSIBLE HOPE PURCHASE THE NUMBER OF DEATHS OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS HAS BEEN DROPPING FOR THE FIRST TIME WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT? IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL >> NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS WITH ICU AND INTUBATIONS HAVE ALSO GONE DOWN IN NEW YORK BUT THE OVERALL DEATH TOLL REMAINS GRIM THE STATE TOPPING A STAGGERING 4100 DEATHS AND MORE THAN 122,000 CONFIRMED CASES

>> I HOPE WE'RE SOMEWHERE NEAR THE APEX, RIGHT? >> A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ALREADY PUSHED TO ITS LIMITS IS NOW PREPARING FOR THE WORST >> NONE OF US ACTUALLY EXPECTED ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO EVER HAPPEN WE ONLY KNOW TO DO ONE THING, AND THAT'S TO SHOW UP AT WORK AND TAKE CARE OF OUR PATIENTS >> THE STATE'S URGENT PLEA FOR HELP AND SUPPLIES HAS BEEN ANSWERED THOSE NEAR AND FAR NURSES WITH SAMARITAN'S PURSE THAT RESPONDED TO DISASTERS AROUND THE WORLD NOW HELPING AT THE EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL IN ICONIC CENTRAL PARK

>> WE HAVE NEVER BEEN RESPONDING TOGETHER IN AMERICA TO A DISASTER SITUATION, SO THIS IS A FIRST FOR US >> CHINA SENDING 1,000 VENTILATORS, ANOTHER 140 FROM OREGON IN NEIGHBORING NEW JERSEY, A NEW FIELD HOSPITAL IS OPENING TODAY AS THE STATE SURPASSES 37,000 CASES AND QUICKLY APPROACHES 1,000 DEATHS AMONG THE LIVES LOST, RICHARD GOULD, THE FORMER FIRE COMMISSIONER IN WOODBRIDGE, NEW JERSEY HE WAS HONORED BY THE DEPARTMENT WHICH HELD A FUNERAL PROCESSIONAL THROUGH TOWN

65-YEAR-OLD PRISCILLA WAS A COORDINATING MANAGER AT ELMHURST HOSPITAL IN QUEENS THE WORLD ALSO LOST JAZZ LEGEND, A RENOWNED TRUMPET PLAYER WHO LEARNED FROM MILES DAVIS HE WAS JUST 59 YEARS OLD NEW YORK MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO ESTIMATES THE CITY WILL NEED AN EXTRA THE VIRUS ON THE SHIP CROZIER IS IN QUARANTINE AS FALLOUT FROM HIS FIRING MOUNTS

FOR CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER, IT WAS A HERO'S FAIRWELL NOW WORD THAT HE, TOO, HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 THE NEWS COMES AFTER VIDEOS BEGIN SURFACING OF CLAPPING AND CHEERING SOLDIERS ABOARD "USS ROOSEVELT" SAYING GOOD-BYE TO HIS COMMAND THURSDAY SAYING HIS ACTION WAS NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES OF HIS CREW FROM CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK TWO NAVAL ACADEMY SOLDIERS REVEALING THE DIAGNOSIS ON SUNDAY THE CLASSMATES TELLING THE "TIMES," CROZIER BEGAN SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE BEFORE HE WAS FIRED THURSDAY

THE NAVY'S TOP BRASS DISMISSING CROZIER FROM DUTIES ABOARD US ROOSEVELT DAYS AFTER THE COMMANDING OFFICER PENNED A BLUNT LETTER TO NAVY LEADERS CALLING FOR STRONGER ACTION TO ADDRESS THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK ABOARD THE CARRIER, WRITING, WE'RE NOT AT WAR SOLDIERS DO NOT NEED TO LIE THE ACTING SECRETARY EXPLAINING THE DECISION LAST WEEK

>> I HAVE NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT CAPTAIN CROZIER DID WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS IF THE BEST INTEREST AND SAFETY OF HIS CREW UNFORTUNATELY IT DID THE OPPOSITE IT UNNECESSARILY RAISED ALARMS WITH FAMILIES OF SAILORS OF MARINES WITH NO PLANS TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS >> Reporter: THE MOVE TO DISMISS SETTLE OFF A FIRESTORM JOE BIDEN RESPONDED SUNDAY

>> I THINK IT'S CLOSE TO CRIMINAL THE WAY THEY ARE DEALING WITH THE GUY I THINK THE GUY SHOULD HAVE A COMMENDATION RATHER THAN BE FIRED >> Reporter: FOR HIS PART PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DEFENDING THE DISMISSAL SAYING CROZIER'S LETTER ASKING FOR HELP FOR SECTION CREW MEMBERS WAS, QUOTE, NOT APPROPRIATE AS FOR CROZIER'S CONDITION NAVY OFFICIALS WOULD NOT CONFIRM WHETHER HE'S TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS A DEFENSE OFFICIAL TELLING NBC NEWS, THOUGH, ONCE CROZIER LEFT THE ROOSEVELT HE WENT FOR MORE ON THE EFFORTS TO CONTAIN THE CORONAVIRUS AND WHAT AMERICANS SHOULD EXPECT THIS WEEK, WE TURN NOW TO ADMIRAL BRETT GIROIR, DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR HOUSE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE AND KEY MEMBER OF THE WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE

ADMIRAL, GOOD MORNING TO YOU I GUESS THEY CALL YOU THE TESTING CZAR FOR SHORT, AS WELL >> GOOD MORNING >> THE SURGEON GENERAL THIS WEEK SAID THIS WAS GOING TO BE OUR 9/11, OUR PEARL HARBOR HE SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE THE HARDEST AND SADDEST WEEK OF MOST AMERICANS' LIVES

DR FAUCI SAIDS IT WILL BE SHOCKING AND DISTURBING WHAT SHOULD WE BRACE FOR AS AMERICAN >> BOTH THE SURGEON GENERAL AND DR FAUCI ARE RIGHT

ALL OUR PREDICTIONS, ALL OUR MODELS, WE KNOW FROM THE DATA WE SEE AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS WE TALK TO FOR NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY AND DETROIT, THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE THE PEAK WEEK REMEMBER, THIS IS THE PEAK WEEK FOR HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS THIS REFLECTS INFECTIONS THAT OCCURRED TWO OR THREE WEEKS AGO WE MAY BE SEEING THE WORST UPON US RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF OUTCOMES THAT STILL COULD BE CONSISTENT AND WE BELIEVE WE'RE TURNING THE CORNER BECAUSE OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING WE'RE DOING

OTHER CITIES LIKE NEW ORLEANS WILL COME LATER THEIR TIME IS NOT THIS WEEK BUT THEY WILL PEAK LATER WE'LL SEE SOME ROLLING PEAKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS THE NEXT FEW WEEKS UNFOLD >> THAT WAS MY QUESTION IF YOU LIVE IN A STATE OR RURAL AREA OR SMALL TOWN AND THINK THIS SEEMS LIKE A BIG CITY PROBLEM, THIS IS GOING TO BE THEIR 9/11 BUT NOT MINE, OTHER THAN THE OBVIOUS POINT ABOUT US ALL BEING AMERICANS AND IN THIS TOGETHER, ARE THESE OTHER AREAS SAFE OR DO YOU EXPECT THE OUTBREAK TO REACH THOSE AREAS AS WELL

>> NO ONE IS IMMUNE FROM THIS VIRUS IT IS A BRAND-NEW VIRUS WHETHER YOU LIVE IN SMALL TOWN AMERICA OR YOU LIVE IN THE BIG APPLE, EVERYONE IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO FOLLOW THE PRECAUTIONS WE'VE LAID OUT YOUR BEST PRECAUTION, THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THIS IS THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT NOW FOR SEVERAL WEEKS STAY AT HOME

THANK YOU FOR WORKING AT HOME AND SETTING THAT EXAMPLE WEAR A FACE COVERING IF YOU'RE IN PUBLIC BECAUSE YOU COULD BE ASYMPTOMATIC AND SPREAD IT TO OTHERS EVERYONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY COULD GET THIS IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT EVEN THOUGH WE SAY THIS IS GOING TO BE THE PEAK, IF WE LET OUR FOOT OFF THE GAS AND DO THINGS ILL-ADVISED, WE COULD HAVE ANOTHER PEAK IN THE NEXT WEEKS

WE HAVE TO COMPLETELY KEEP OUR EFFORTS GOING >> LET ME ASK YOU QUICKLY ABOUT THAT DR BIRX SAID ON SATURDAY, I BELIEVE, NOT TO EVEN GO TO THE PHARMACY OR GROCERY STORE THAT GOES FOR NOT JUST PEOPLE IN THE HOT SPOTS BUT EVERYBODY

IS THAT YOUR UNDERSTANDING THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO, DON'T EVEN GO TO THE GROCERY STORE OR PHARMACY >> SHE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT WE'RE ALL SAYING THE SAME THING IS THAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KEEP YOUR PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH OTHERS AND WITH SURFACES TO THE MINIMAL POSSIBLE THAT DOES NOT MEAN GO WITHOUT MEDICATION IF YOU NEED TO GO TO THE PHARMACY TO GET YOUR MEDICATIONS, YOU NEED TO GET GROCERIES, DO IT

BUT DON'T GO EVERY DAY TO THE GROCERY STORE LIKE MANY PEOPLE DO DO IT AS INFREQUENTLY AS POSSIBLE DO THE KIND OF TAKEOUT THINGS ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF, TO AVOID YOURSELF FROM GETTING THIS VIRUS AND BEING IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A MONTH OR POTENTIALLY FACING DEATH, I THINK IT'S ADVISED TO DO THAT >> LET'S TALK ABOUT TESTING AS I MENTIONED

YOU'RE KNOWN AS THE TESTING CZAR THERE'S AN INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT FROM YOUR AGENCY, HHS, OUT JUST THIS MORNING, A FEW MINUTES AGO IT FOUND A, QUOTE, SPHERE SHORTAGE IN TESTING KITS AT HOSPITALS WHY IS THAT? HOW CAN YOU RECTIFY THAT? >> WELL, WE'VE DONE 167 MILLION TEST TOSS DATE

THIS WEEK WE'LL HAVE AT LEAST A MILLION TESTS DONE THAT'S NOT COUNTING THE THOUSANDS OF HOSPITAL LABORATORIES THAT DO THEIR OWN TESTS TESTS HAVE RAMPED UP DRAMATICALLY IN THE PAST COUPLE WEEKS THIS WEEK WE'LL HAVE AT LEAST 250,000 ABBOTT POINT OF CARE TESTS OUT THIS IS BEING REMEDIED VERY QUICKLY

EVERYONE WHO NEEDS A TEST CAN GET A TEST THIS WEEK IF YOU'RE HOSPITALIZED, IF YOU'RE A HEALTH CARE WORKER, IF YOU'RE ELDERLY AND HAVE SYMPTOMS BUT WE'RE NOT TO THE STAGE WITH TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE CAN GET TESTS WE'LL VP PROBABLY A MILLION OR MORE THIS WEEK, PROBABLY A LITTLE MORE THE FOLLOWING WEEK ENTERING INTO THE NEXT CYCLE WHEN THE, QUOTE, SEROLOGICAL TEST COMES, TO UNDERSTAND IF YOU'VE HAD THE DISEASE, THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE TENS OF MILLIONS VERY SOON THAT'S A DIFFERENT TYPE OF TEST COMING IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS

>> THE HHS SAYS THERE IS A SEVERE SHORTAGE RIGHT NOW YOU KNOW, I QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT IT'S TRUE THAT IF YOU NEED A TEST YOU CAN GET A TEST WHY IS IT THAT THE US HAS SO FAR LAGGED BEHIND OTHER COUNTRIES

YOU LOOK AT SOUTH KOREA, YOU LOOK AT ITALY, THEY ARE TESTING AT A RATE ESSENTIALLY DOUBLE THE RATE THAT WE ARE TESTING >> SO WE ARE REALLY GOING HOSPITAL TO HOSPITAL TO TRY TO ASSURE THAT THE TESTS ARE AVAILABLE I'M MEETING WITH HOSPITAL ASSOCIATIONS FROM ALL THE METROPLEX AREAS THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT TESTING IS TIGHT BUT THERE ARE ENOUGH TESTS OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED THE TEST TO GET THE TEST

AGAIN, ANOTHER MILLION PLUS TESTS THIS WEEK THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE CAN SUPPORT HOSPITALS DOING TO ENHANCE THEIR CAPABILITY OF TESTING SO I KNOW ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY, WHAT WENT ON LAST WEEK AND WE'RE MOVING INTO THE FUTURE AGAIN, WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF TESTS THIS WEEK BUT WE WILL HAVE A MILLION PLUS TESTS PLUS ALL THE THOUSANDS OF HOSPITALS WHO DO THEIR OWN TEST THAT SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO TAKE CARE OF THE LOAD WE SEE IN WEEK

IN THE FUTURE WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF TESTS, AGAIN, IN THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF RANGES WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME THAT'S WHERE WE ARE TODAY >> ADMIRAL, THIS IS IMPORTANT WORK TREATING PATIENTS AT THE HEART OF THIS EPIDEMIC THIS MORNING AS PATIENTS WITH COVID-19 CONTINUE TO PILE INTO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND ICU AT MT SINAI, THERE IS SOME VERY PROMISING, POSSIBLY LIFESAVING NEWS, FROM DEEP INSIDE THE HOSPITAL'S LAB

>> WE HAVE SO MANY PATIENTS WHO ARE SICK THEY NEED SOME HOPE OF A TREATMENT >> DR JIANG AND HIS COLLEAGUES HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW TEST THAT MAY SPEED UP AND IMPROVE AND OLD THERAPY TRANS FUSING THE PLASMA OF PATIENTS WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 INTO PATIENTS WHO ARE CRITICALLY ILL

THE TECHNIQUE USED EFFECTIVELY IN THE PAST IN SARS, H1N1 FLU AND EBOLA EPIDEMIC MORE RECENTLY THE CHINESE USED IT IN THEIR BATTLE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS MT SINAI'S NEW TEST, A CUTTING EDGE WEAPON CREATED BY A TEAM LED BY DR FLORIAN CRAMER

>> THEN YOU CAN GET A READOUT, WHICH IS BASICALLY A CHANGE IN COLOR BY DOING THAT, WE CAN DETERMINE IF SOMEBODY HAS HURRICANE DORIAN IMMUNITY TO COVID-19 >> THE DARKER, THE COLOR, THE HIGHER THE ANTIBODIES >> WHILE OTHER TESTS MEASURE WHETHER THE ANTIBODY IS THERE OR NOT, OURS CAN MEASURE HOW MUCH OF THE ANTIBODY IS THERE THAT'S IMPORTANT, BECAUSE WE CAN IDENTIFY THOSE DONORS WITH A HIGH AMOUNT OF ANTIBODY WHO WOULD MOST LIKELY BENEFIT THE PATIENT

>> THE HOSPITAL PUT OUT A CALL FOR THOSE WHO HAD RECOVERED AND WAS STUNNED WHEN 10,000 PEOPLE VOLUNTEERED DANNY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST HE AND HIS WIFE LIVE IN NEW ROCHELLE, ONE OF THE FIRST HOT SPOTS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA THEY WERE ONLY MILDLY ILL, NEVER HOSPITALIZED, RECOVERING AT HOME WITH THEIR THREE KIDS, NONE OF WHOM GOT SICK >> AS SOON AS WE WERE RELEASED FROM QUARANTINE, THE FIRST PLACE WE WENT WAS MT

SINAI TO QUALIFY FOR THE DONATION PROGRAM, YOU SIMPLY NEED TO HAVE A BLOOD TEST STRAIGHT THERE ANTIBODY NUMBERS ARE HIGH, HAVE YOU TO HAVE A NEGATIVE SWAB, VERY SIMPLE >> WE HAVE A PICTURE-OF-YOU CONTRIBUTING YOUR PLASMA WHAT WERE YOU THINKING

>> THIS IS PROBABLY THE LEAST WAY TO BE A HERO, DOESN'T TAKE MUCH IMPACT >> FOUR DOSES OF PLASMA, TWO DOSES BEING GIVEN TO THE SICKEST PATIENTS HERE IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, MT SINAI HAS GIVEN 11 VERY SICK PATIENTS THE PLASMA OF THOSE WHO HAVE RECOVERED IS IT WORKING? I KNOW THE EXPRESSION GAME CHANGER HAS A LOT OF WEIGHT TO IT

BUT MIGHT THIS THERAPY BE A GAME CHANGER? >> I THINK WE'LL BE ABLE TO EVALUATE THE FIRST PATIENTS WE HAVE TREATED IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS >> IT ISN'T JUST MT SINAI LOOKING TO GET CONVALESCENT PLASMA THERAPY UP AND RUNNING AROUND THE COUNTRY, A GROUP OF DOCTORS IN 22 STATES FROM SOME OF THE COUNTRY'S LEADING RESEARCH CENTERS ARE SPEARHEADING THE EFFORT THE GROUP STARTED AT JOHNS HOPKINS WHERE THEY ARE FOCUSING ON USING PLASMA TO KEEP HEALTH WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS FROM GETTING ILL >> I BELIEVE THIS IS A POTENTIAL DISEASE ALTERING TREATMENT

>> DR MICHAEL JOINER AT THE MAYO CLINIC IN MINNESOTA IS ALSO ONE OF THE LEADERS >> I'M HOPEFUL WE CAN MODIFY THE COURSE OF THE DISEASE, PREVENT HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS FROM GETTING IT, REDUCE THE RISK OF PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL FROM NEEDING ICU CARE AND SHORTEN THE STAY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE ICU >> SO DR JOINER TOLD US THAT THE MAYO CLINIC HAS, IN FACT, TAKEN ITS FIRST PLASMA DONATION

IN A FEW DAYS IT WILL PROBABLY BE PUT INTO A PATIENT THEY ARE HOPING TO KEEP OUT OF THE ICU ALL THE DOCTORS WE TALKED TO SAID THE FDA IS BEING A TERRIFIC PARTNER TRYING TO GET THIS OUT THERE THEY ARE HOPEFUL WITHIN A FEW DAYS, A FEW WEEKS, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THEY WILL MAKE THIS MT SINAI AVAILABLE TEST AVAILABLE MANY CRISIS IN HER LIFETIME ENSURING PEOPLE WE WILL SEE BETTER DAYS JUST DAYS AFTER BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER HELPED CHEER ON HIS NATION'S HEALTH CARE WORKERS, YOU'LL NOW SEE THEIR WORK UP CLOSE AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED 10 DAYS AFTER TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS

>> ALTHOUGH BETTER, I'VE DONE BY SEVEN DAYS OF ISOLATION ALAS, I STILL HAVE ONE SYMPTOM, A MINOR SYMPTOM, I HAVE TEMPERATURE >> THIS MORNING BORIS JOHNSON UNDERGOING A SERIES OF TESTS SAID TO BE A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE BUT WILL STAY FOR AS LONG AS NEEDED HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND IN BED WITH SYMPTOMS, TOO" IN BED WITH COVID-19 IS OBVIOUSLY WORRYING

PRESIDENT TRUMP OFFERING HIS BEST WISHES >> I WANT TO EXPRESS OUR NATION'S WELL WISHES TO PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON AS HE WAGES HIS OWN PERSONAL FIGHT WITH THE VIRUS ALL AMERICANS ARE PRAYING FOR HIM HE'S A FRIEND OF MINE, A GREAT GENTLEMAN >> HOURS AFTER HOPE FROM THE QUEEN

>> TOGETHER WE ARE TACKING THIS DISEASE I WANT TO REASSURE YOU IF WE REMAIN UNITED AND RESOLUTE, WE WILL OVERCOME IT >> A RARE SPEECH FROM WINDSOR CASTLE ONE LOAN CAMERA MAN WITH PROTECTIVE GEAR ALLOWED IN THE ROOM HER FIRST BROADCAST WITH HER SISTER IN 1940 DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

THIS IS A NEW BATTLE SHE TOLD OUR NATION >> TODAY ONCE AGAIN MANY WILL FEEL A PAINFUL SENSE OF SEPARATION FROM THEIR LOVED ONES BUT NOW, AS THEN, WE KNOW DEEP DOWN THAT IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO >> HER OWN SON, AN HEIR TO THE THRONE PRINCE CHARLES ONE OF THE MANY CONFIRMED CASES HERE THE QUEEN'S MESSAGE, DON'T GIVE UP

>> WE SHOULD TAKE COMFORT WHILE WE MAY HAVE MORE TO ENDURE, BETTER DAYS WILL RETURN WE WILL BE WITH OUR FRIENDS AGAIN WE WILL BE WITH OUR FAMILIES AGAIN WE WILL MEET AGAIN >> SO INSPIRING

THE Q MANY CRISIS IN HER LIFETIME ENSURING PEOPLE WE WILL SEE BETTER DAYS JUST DAYS AFTER BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER HELPED CHEER ON HIS NATION'S HEALTH CARE WORKERS, YOU'LL NOW SEE THEIR WORK UP CLOSE AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED 10 DAYS AFTER TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS >> ALTHOUGH BETTER, I'VE DONE BY SEVEN DAYS OF ISOLATION ALAS, I STILL HAVE ONE SYMPTOM, A MINOR SYMPTOM, I HAVE TEMPERATURE >> THIS MORNING BORIS JOHNSON UNDERGOING A SERIES OF TESTS SAID TO BE A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE BUT WILL STAY FOR AS LONG AS NEEDED

HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND IN BED WITH SYMPTOMS, TOO" IN BED WITH COVID-19 IS OBVIOUSLY WORRYING PRESIDENT TRUMP OFFERING HIS BEST WISHES >> I WANT TO EXPRESS OUR NATION'S WELL WISHES TO PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON AS HE WAGES HIS OWN PERSONAL FIGHT WITH THE VIRUS ALL AMERICANS ARE PRAYING FOR HIM

HE'S A FRIEND OF MINE, A GREAT GENTLEMAN >> HOURS AFTER HOPE FROM THE QUEEN >> TOGETHER WE ARE TACKING THIS DISEASE I WANT TO REASSURE YOU IF WE REMAIN UNITED AND RESOLUTE, WE WILL OVERCOME IT >> A RARE SPEECH FROM WINDSOR CASTLE

ONE LOAN CAMERA MAN WITH PROTECTIVE GEAR ALLOWED IN THE ROOM HER FIRST BROADCAST WITH HER SISTER IN 1940 DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR THIS IS A NEW BATTLE SHE TOLD OUR NATION >> TODAY ONCE AGAIN MANY WILL FEEL A PAINFUL SENSE OF SEPARATION FROM THEIR LOVED ONES BUT NOW, AS THEN, WE KNOW DEEP DOWN THAT IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO

>> HER OWN SON, AN HEIR TO THE THRONE PRINCE CHARLES ONE OF THE MANY CONFIRMED CASES HERE THE QUEEN'S MESSAGE, DON'T GIVE UP >> WE SHOULD TAKE COMFORT WHILE WE MAY HAVE MORE TO ENDURE, BETTER DAYS WILL RETURN WE WILL BE WITH OUR FRIENDS AGAIN WE WILL BE WITH OUR FAMILIES AGAIN

WE WILL MEET AGAIN >> SO INSPIRING THE Q PROTOCOL WHICH MEANS PASSENGERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ONSHORE ARE NOW WAITING TO FIND OUT WHAT'S NEXT THIS MORNING, ANOTHER TRAGEDY AT SEA THREE PEOPLE NOW DEAD AFTER TAKING A CRUISE ON THE CORAL PRINCESS WHICH DEPARTED FROM CHILE MARCH 5th

AFTER BEING REJECT FREDDIE SEVERAL PORTS, THE SHIP WAS ABLE TO DOCK IN MIAMI ON SATURDAY WITH 1900 PASSENGERS ON BOARD, AT LEAST A DOZEN TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS FIVE OF THE SIX PASSENGERS WERE QUICKLY TAKEN TO AREA HOSPITALS THE FAMILY OF 71-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM SAN FRANCISCO WHO WAS ON THE CRUISE WITH HIS WIFE SAID THEY NEEDED TO TAKE DRASTIC ACTION TO GET HIM THE HELP HE NEEDED >> THE FAMILY HAD TO CALL 911 FROM OUT OF STATE TO GET HELP FOR THEIR FAMILY MEMBER THEY WAITED FOR OVER FOUR HOUN LATER

>> PRINCE CRUISES TELLING NBC, "ALL OF US AT PRINCESS CRUISES ARE DEEPLY SADDENED TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF MR MAKE WE OFFER SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND THOSE IMPACTED BY THE LOSS PASSENGERS REMAIN ON BOARD DUE TO NEW GUIDE ONS FROM CDC WHICH REQUIRES PASSENGERS WITH RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS OR STILL RECOVERING TO STAY ON BOARD UNTIL MEDICALLY CLEARED BY THE DOCTORS DISEMBARKING CRUISE PASSENGERS NOT TRAVEL ON COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS OR SHARE TRANSPORTATION WITH NONCRUISE GUESTS

>> ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE >> ONE OF THOSE SICKENED ON THE SHIP, THEIR SON SPEAKING OUT TELLING NBC NEWS HIS FATHER WAS TRANSFERRED TO A HOSPITAL LAST NIGHT >> ONCE WE GOT A POSITIVE TEST RESULT, HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE PROPER ADEQUATE MEDICAL ATTENTION IT'S BEEN HEARTBREAKING >> LAST THURSDAY TWO HOLLAND AMERICAN SHIPS CARRYING 1200 PASSENGERS, FOUR DEAD AND DOZENS SICK DOCKED IN FT

LAUDERDALE NOW ONCE AGAIN NEW TROUBLE AT SEA, RETURNING TO AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE BACK ON LAND THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD SAYS THERE ARE 114 CRUISE SHIPS EITHER IN US PORTS OR JUST OFF THE COAST OF THE UNITED STATES WITH 93,000 CREW MEMB WEEKS ARE PIVOTAL AS THE COUNTRY ENTERS ITS TOUGHEST PERIOD YET

WITH MULTIPLE STATES HEADING INTO MAKE OR BREAK WEEKS AGAINST COVID-19, OVERNIGHT PRESIDENT TRUMP TRYING TO PUT A POSITIVE SPIN ON AN ESCALATING SITUATION >> WE'RE STARTING TO SEE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL >> Reporter: BUT JUST 24 HOURS THE PRESIDENT ADMITTING — >> THERE WILL BE A LOT OF DEATHS UNFORTUNATELY >> Reporter: AN ASSESSMENT ECHOED BY HIS HEALTH ADVISERS >> NEXT WEEK WILL BE OUR 9/11 MOMENT

>> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT DOUBLING DOWN ON HIS CALL TO USE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, EVEN THOUGH THERE'S NO EVIDENCE IT FIGHTS COVID-19 >> WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE I'M NOT LOOKING ONE WAY OR ANOTHER WE'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS IF IT DOES WORK, IT WOULD BE A SHAME IT DIDN'T WORK EARLY

>> WEIGHING IN, WHEN DR FAUCI WAS ASKED ABOUT THE DRUG >> DO YOU WANT TO WEIGH IN ON THIS ISSUE OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE? WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS >> I ASKED THE DOCTOR >> I ANSWERED 15 TIMES

>> ALARMING NEW PROJECTIONS SHOW A PEAK IN NEW YORK, NEW ORLEANS IN A FEW DAYS WITH A DEFICIT OF SUPPLIES, GOVERNORS IN MANY STATES ARE SCRAMBLING TO PREPARE MICHIGAN HAS MORE THAN 14,000 CASES OF THE VIRUS, THIRD MOST >> EXPONENTIALLY WE'RE SEEING IT DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE BASED ON CITY LINE, STATE LINE, PARTY LINES

>> NEW ORLEANS HAS THE COUNTRY'S MOST LETHAL DEATH RATE WHILE MORE THAN 4,000 HAVE DIED IN NEW YORK NINE STATES ARE STILL REFUSING TO ENACT FULL STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS, INCLUDING IOWA >> IF ADDITIONAL ACTION IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF IOWANS, I WILL DO SO >> Reporter: BUT THE SURGEON GENERAL SAYING IT IS VITAL TO STOP THE SPREAD >> GIVE US A WEEK OR TWO IF YOU CAN

WE WANT YOU TO DO IT IN 30 DAYS IN THOSE NINE STATES GIVE YOU US WHAT YOU CAN SO WE GET THE PEAK AND COME DOWN THE OTHER SIDE >> RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, IS MANDATING RESIDENTS WEAR MASKS WHEN THEY LEAVE THE HOUSE, ONE OF THE STRICTEST MEASURES ON SUNDAY SOME WITH THEIR FAITH IGNORING SOCIAL DISTANCING IN LOUISIANA ONE PASTOR DESPITE A BAN ON GATHERS

>> THEY WOULD RATHER COME AN WORSHIP LIKE FREE PEOPLE THAN LIVE LIKE PRISONERS IN THEIR HOME >> HERE IN FLORIDA THE GOVERNOR SAYING HE DOESN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CLOSE HOUSES OF WORSHIP WITH 15 INSIDE THE JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER IN MANHATTAN GABE, GOOD MORNING TO YOU >> SAVANNAH, GOOD MORNING

THE JAVITS CENTER BEHIND ME NOW HAS 2500 BEDS MAKING IT THE LARGEST HOSPITAL IN THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW US MILITARY PERSONNEL ARE STAFFING IT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SENDING 1,000 DOCTORS, NURSES, AND RESPIRATORY TECHS, TO HANDLE THE OVERWHELMING NEED HERE

WE SHOULD WARN YOU, SOME OF THE ISSUES YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE ARE DISTURBING >>> THIS MORNING THE US MILITARY IS ON THE MOVE, DEPLOYING STAFF TO 11 NEW YORK HOSPITALS AS THE CITY ANSWERS WHAT'S EXPECTED TO BE ITS MOST CRITICAL WEEK YET IN THE BATTLE AGAINST CORONAVIRUS >> THE SYSTEM IS OVER CAPACITY

>> AT ONE HOSPITAL IN BROOKLYN, AN UNSETTLING SCENE, BODY BAGS LINING THE HALLWAY UNTIL THEY CAN BE MOVED OUTSIDE TO TEMPORARY MORGUES STILL A POSSIBLE HOPE PURCHASE THE NUMBER OF DEATHS OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS HAS BEEN DROPPING FOR THE FIRST TIME WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT? IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL >> NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS WITH ICU AND INTUBATIONS HAVE ALSO GONE DOWN IN NEW YORK BUT THE OVERALL DEATH TOLL REMAINS GRIM

THE STATE TOPPING A STAGGERING 4100 DEATHS AND MORE THAN 122,000 CONFIRMED CASES >> I HOPE WE'RE SOMEWHERE NEAR THE APEX, RIGHT? >> A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ALREADY PUSHED TO ITS LIMITS IS NOW PREPARING FOR THE WORST >> NONE OF US ACTUALLY EXPECTED ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO EVER HAPPEN WE ONLY KNOW TO DO ONE THING, AND THAT'S TO SHOW UP AT WORK AND TAKE CARE OF OUR PATIENTS >> THE STATE'S URGENT PLEA FOR HELP AND SUPPLIES HAS BEEN ANSWERED THOSE NEAR AND FAR

NURSES WITH SAMARITAN'S PURSE THAT RESPONDED TO DISASTERS AROUND THE WORLD NOW HELPING AT THE EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL IN ICONIC CENTRAL PARK >> WE HAVE NEVER BEEN RESPONDING TOGETHER IN AMERICA TO A DISASTER SITUATION, SO THIS IS A FIRST FOR US >> CHINA SENDING 1,000 VENTILATORS, ANOTHER 140 FROM OREGON IN NEIGHBORING NEW JERSEY, A NEW FIELD HOSPITAL IS OPENING TODAY AS THE STATE SURPASSES 37,000 CASES AND QUICKLY APPROACHES 1,000 DEATHS AMONG THE LIVES LOST, RICHARD GOULD, THE FORMER FIRE COMMISSIONER IN WOODBRIDGE, NEW JERSEY

HE WAS HONORED BY THE DEPARTMENT WHICH HELD A FUNERAL PROCESSIONAL THROUGH TOWN 65-YEAR-OLD PRISCILLA WAS A COORDINATING MANAGER AT ELMHURST HOSPITAL IN QUEENS THE WORLD ALSO LOST JAZZ LEGEND, A RENOWNED TRUMPET PLAYER WHO LEARNED FROM MILES DAVIS HE WAS JUST 59 YEARS OLD NEW YORK MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO ESTIMATES THE CITY WILL NEED AN EXTRA THE VIRUS ON THE SHIP

CROZIER IS IN QUARANTINE AS FALLOUT FROM HIS FIRING MOUNTS FOR CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER, IT WAS A HERO'S FAIRWELL NOW WORD THAT HE, TOO, HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 THE NEWS COMES AFTER VIDEOS BEGIN SURFACING OF CLAPPING AND CHEERING SOLDIERS ABOARD "USS ROOSEVELT" SAYING GOOD-BYE TO HIS COMMAND THURSDAY SAYING HIS ACTION WAS NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES OF HIS CREW FROM CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK TWO NAVAL ACADEMY SOLDIERS REVEALING THE DIAGNOSIS ON SUNDAY

THE CLASSMATES TELLING THE "TIMES," CROZIER BEGAN SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE BEFORE HE WAS FIRED THURSDAY THE NAVY'S TOP BRASS DISMISSING CROZIER FROM DUTIES ABOARD US ROOSEVELT DAYS AFTER THE COMMANDING OFFICER PENNED A BLUNT LETTER TO NAVY LEADERS CALLING FOR STRONGER ACTION TO ADDRESS THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK ABOARD THE CARRIER, WRITING, WE'RE NOT AT WAR SOLDIERS DO NOT NEED TO LIE

THE ACTING SECRETARY EXPLAINING THE DECISION LAST WEEK >> I HAVE NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT CAPTAIN CROZIER DID WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS IF THE BEST INTEREST AND SAFETY OF HIS CREW UNFORTUNATELY IT DID THE OPPOSITE IT UNNECESSARILY RAISED ALARMS WITH FAMILIES OF SAILORS OF MARINES WITH NO PLANS TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS >> Reporter: THE MOVE TO DISMISS SETTLE OFF A FIRESTORM

JOE BIDEN RESPONDED SUNDAY >> I THINK IT'S CLOSE TO CRIMINAL THE WAY THEY ARE DEALING WITH THE GUY I THINK THE GUY SHOULD HAVE A COMMENDATION RATHER THAN BE FIRED >> Reporter: FOR HIS PART PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DEFENDING THE DISMISSAL SAYING CROZIER'S LETTER ASKING FOR HELP FOR SECTION CREW MEMBERS WAS, QUOTE, NOT APPROPRIATE AS FOR CROZIER'S CONDITION NAVY OFFICIALS WOULD NOT CONFIRM WHETHER HE'S TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS

A DEFENSE OFFICIAL TELLING NBC NEWS, THOUGH, ONCE CROZIER LEFT THE ROOSEVELT HE WENT MATCH EXPANDING HOSPITAL CAPACITY THROUGHOUT THE AREA HODA >> ALL RIGHT, GABE THANK YOU SO MUCH LET'S TURN NOW TO OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR

JOHN TORRES AND NBC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR DR JOSEPH FAIR HE'S AN EXPERT ON THE STUDY OF VIRUSES HE WAS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE AFRICAN EBOLA CRISIS GOOD MORNING, DOCTORS

I'M GOING TO START WITH YOU, DR FAIR WE KEEP SAYING WHAT THE SURGEON GENERAL IS SAYING, THIS IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR, OUR 9/11 THIS WEEK IS CRITICAL WHAT DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR IN THIS WEEK, DR

FAIR? >> I THINK I WOULD AGREE WITH THE STATEMENT, ONLY IT'S JUST GOING TO BE NATIONWIDE AND NOT LOCALIZED IN A CERTAIN AREA WE ALL FELT IT AS AMERICANS, WHEN IT DIRECTLY TOUCHES YOU, SOMEONE RELATED TO YOU OR A COLLEAGUE, IT'S GOING TO TOUCH YOU IN A DIFFERENT WAY HE'S TRYING TO PREPARE THE NATION FOR WHAT THAT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE HAVING BEEN THROUGH MY FAIR SHARE OF THESE OUTBREAKS LIKE THIS AND SEEN A LOT OF THESE DEATHS OCCUR, IT IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO PREPARE FOR MENTALLY IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EASY TO GET THROUGH, TO BE HONEST

AS A NATION HE'S MAKING THAT REFERENCE TO BEST PREPARE PEOPLE AS BEST HE CAN AS A NATION TO GET READY TO GO THROUGH THAT GRIEVING PROCESS THAT IS UNIQUE TO OUTBREAKS >> THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF SOUND THAT WAS PLAYED AT THE PRESIDENT'S CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE MEETING YESTERDAY IT WAS FROM DR DEBORAH BIRX IT STRUCK US BECAUSE IT HAD TO DO WITH THE EVERYDAY THINGS WE DO

SHE NOW SAYS MAYBE WE SHOULDN'T BE DOING THEM ANYMORE TAKE A LISTEN >> THIS THE MOMENT TO NOT BE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, NOT GOING TO THE PHARMACY BUT DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS SAFE THAT MEANS EVERYBODY DOING THE 6 FEET DISTANCING, WASHING YOUR HANDS >> NOT GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE AND NOT GOING TO THE PHARMACY, DR

FAIR WHY NOW? >> YOU KNOW, SHE'S REALLY JUST TALKING ABOUT ABSOLUTELY MINIMIZING OUR INTERACTION WITH ONE ANOTHER THOSE ARE ESSENTIAL TASKS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THEM OCCASIONALLY I THINK WHAT DR

BIRX IS TRYING TO GET ACROSS, AND BY THE WAY, I HAVE STRONG CONFIDENCE IN BOTH HER AND DR FAUCI, THEY DO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING, REALLY TRYING TO MINIMIZE IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE HUMAN INTERACTION THAT'S GOING TO LEAD TO SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL WE'RE TRYING TO IMPLEMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, NATIONWIDE, ACROSS REALLY EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD WE'RE TRYING TO DO AT THE SAME TIME IT'S HARDER AS WE HAVE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ON EARTH, IN URBAN AND DENSELY POPULATED AREAS LIKE NEW YORK, IT'S HARDER, JUST BECAUSE WE LIVE CLOSER TO ONE ANOTHER BUT THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO >> IN GABE'S PIECE, THE NEW YORK GOVERNOR DID HAVE IT SOUNDED LIKE A BIT OF GOOD NEWS HE SAID THE NUMBERS HAVE BEEN DROPPING

ON SATURDAY THE NUMBER OF DEATHS WAS 630 ON SUNDAY IT WAS 594 IN NEW YORK WHAT ARE WE TO READ INTO THOSE NUMBERS? HAVE WE REACHED THE APEX, DO YOU THINK? >> HODA, I THINK WHAT YOU'RE SEEING THERE IS EXACTLY WHAT SHOULD BE SAID THERE'S A GLIMMER OF HOPE HERE WE'RE SEEING SOME LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

YOU CAN'T BASE THESE DECISIONS THEY ARE MAKING ON HOPES AND PROMISES AND WISHES, YOU HAVE TO BASE THEM ON GOOD DATA-DRIVEN PROJECTIONS PROJECTIONS ARE SHOWING THIS IS GOING TO BE A BAD WEEK AND HE KNOWS THAT HE'S NOT WILLING TO SAY WE'RE AT THE APEX, NOBODY IS WE HAVE TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AS WE START GETTING UP THE CURVE AND FINALLY COMING DOWN THE BACK SIDE OF THE CURVE WE MIGHT BE THERE, WE MIGHT NOT

YOU CAN'T BASE DECISIONS ON THE HOPE WE'RE THERE YOU HAVE TO BASE THEM ON THE FACT WE KNOW MORE PATIENTS ARE COMING IN, MORE SHORTAGES, MORE ISSUES GOING ON HERE, ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK CITY OTHER CITIES CAN USE THIS AS AN EXAMPLE AND TEMPLATE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM AS TIME GOES ON AND THEY START LOOKING AT THEIR OWN CURVES INCREASING AND CASES INUNDATING HOSPITALS >> LET'S TALK ABOUT IT THIS IS THE MOST CRITICAL WEEK

THIS IS ALL HANDS ON DECK THIS IS THE WEEK WE NEED ALL THE EQUIPMENT, DR TORRES HOW ARE WE DOING IN THAT DEPARTMENT DURING THIS WEEK? >> HODA, I THINK WE'RE DOING BETTER THAN IF YOU'D ASKED THAT QUESTION TWO WEEKS AGO OR MAYBE A WEEK AGO BUT I DON'T THINK WE'RE STILL AT THE POINT YET THAT WE CAN HANDLE EVERYTHING THAT'S HAPPENING HERE ESPECIALLY IF IT'S AS BAD A WEEK WHEN YOU HAVE TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS, THAT'S THE TOUGHEST DECISION TO MAKE, WHO GETS TREATMENT, WHO DOESN'T GET TREATMENTS

THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE DONE IN MILITARY ENVIRONMENT, NOT CIVILIAN FIELD HOPEFULLY MORE AND MORE EQUIPMENT COMES IN WE'RE HEARING ABOUT CHINA, WASHINGTON STATE, NATIONAL GUARD GOING UPSTATE TO GET VENTILATORS TO BRING THEM DOWN TO NEW YORK CITY I THINK WE'RE DOING THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO, TO GET VENTILATORS MOVED AROUND, WHICH ARE THE CRUCIAL PIECE OF EQUIPMENT WE NEED THERE ARE SHORTAGES AS WELL WE'RE WORKING ON

THOSE SHORTAGES WILL BE RESOLVED HOW QUICKLY AND HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT IN THE MEANWHILE IS THE CRITICAL THING ON SAVING LIV FOR MORE ON THE EFFORTS TO CONTAIN THE CORONAVIRUS AND WHAT AMERICANS SHOULD EXPECT THIS WEEK, WE TURN NOW TO ADMIRAL BRETT GIROIR, DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR HOUSE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE AND KEY MEMBER OF THE WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE ADMIRAL, GOOD MORNING TO YOU I GUESS THEY CALL YOU THE TESTING CZAR FOR SHORT, AS WELL >> GOOD MORNING

>> THE SURGEON GENERAL THIS WEEK SAID THIS WAS GOING TO BE OUR 9/11, OUR PEARL HARBOR HE SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE THE HARDEST AND SADDEST WEEK OF MOST AMERICANS' LIVES DR FAUCI SAIDS IT WILL BE SHOCKING AND DISTURBING WHAT SHOULD WE BRACE FOR AS AMERICAN

>> BOTH THE SURGEON GENERAL AND DR FAUCI ARE RIGHT ALL OUR PREDICTIONS, ALL OUR MODELS, WE KNOW FROM THE DATA WE SEE AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS WE TALK TO FOR NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY AND DETROIT, THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE THE PEAK WEEK REMEMBER, THIS IS THE PEAK WEEK FOR HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS THIS REFLECTS INFECTIONS THAT OCCURRED TWO OR THREE WEEKS AGO

WE MAY BE SEEING THE WORST UPON US RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF OUTCOMES THAT STILL COULD BE CONSISTENT AND WE BELIEVE WE'RE TURNING THE CORNER BECAUSE OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING WE'RE DOING OTHER CITIES LIKE NEW ORLEANS WILL COME LATER THEIR TIME IS NOT THIS WEEK BUT THEY WILL PEAK LATER WE'LL SEE SOME ROLLING PEAKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS THE NEXT FEW WEEKS UNFOLD

>> THAT WAS MY QUESTION IF YOU LIVE IN A STATE OR RURAL AREA OR SMALL TOWN AND THINK THIS SEEMS LIKE A BIG CITY PROBLEM, THIS IS GOING TO BE THEIR 9/11 BUT NOT MINE, OTHER THAN THE OBVIOUS POINT ABOUT US ALL BEING AMERICANS AND IN THIS TOGETHER, ARE THESE OTHER AREAS SAFE OR DO YOU EXPECT THE OUTBREAK TO REACH THOSE AREAS AS WELL >> NO ONE IS IMMUNE FROM THIS VIRUS IT IS A BRAND-NEW VIRUS WHETHER YOU LIVE IN SMALL TOWN AMERICA OR YOU LIVE IN THE BIG APPLE, EVERYONE IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO FOLLOW THE PRECAUTIONS WE'VE LAID OUT

YOUR BEST PRECAUTION, THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THIS IS THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT NOW FOR SEVERAL WEEKS STAY AT HOME THANK YOU FOR WORKING AT HOME AND SETTING THAT EXAMPLE WEAR A FACE COVERING IF YOU'RE IN PUBLIC BECAUSE YOU COULD BE ASYMPTOMATIC AND SPREAD IT TO OTHERS EVERYONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY COULD GET THIS

IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT EVEN THOUGH WE SAY THIS IS GOING TO BE THE PEAK, IF WE LET OUR FOOT OFF THE GAS AND DO THINGS ILL-ADVISED, WE COULD HAVE ANOTHER PEAK IN THE NEXT WEEKS WE HAVE TO COMPLETELY KEEP OUR EFFORTS GOING >> LET ME ASK YOU QUICKLY ABOUT THAT DR

BIRX SAID ON SATURDAY, I BELIEVE, NOT TO EVEN GO TO THE PHARMACY OR GROCERY STORE THAT GOES FOR NOT JUST PEOPLE IN THE HOT SPOTS BUT EVERYBODY IS THAT YOUR UNDERSTANDING THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO, DON'T EVEN GO TO THE GROCERY STORE OR PHARMACY >> SHE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT WE'RE ALL SAYING THE SAME THING IS THAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KEEP YOUR PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH OTHERS AND WITH SURFACES TO THE MINIMAL POSSIBLE

THAT DOES NOT MEAN GO WITHOUT MEDICATION IF YOU NEED TO GO TO THE PHARMACY TO GET YOUR MEDICATIONS, YOU NEED TO GET GROCERIES, DO IT BUT DON'T GO EVERY DAY TO THE GROCERY STORE LIKE MANY PEOPLE DO DO IT AS INFREQUENTLY AS POSSIBLE DO THE KIND OF TAKEOUT THINGS

ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF, TO AVOID YOURSELF FROM GETTING THIS VIRUS AND BEING IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A MONTH OR POTENTIALLY FACING DEATH, I THINK IT'S ADVISED TO DO THAT >> LET'S TALK ABOUT TESTING AS I MENTIONED YOU'RE KNOWN AS THE TESTING CZAR THERE'S AN INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT FROM YOUR AGENCY, HHS, OUT JUST THIS MORNING, A FEW MINUTES AGO IT FOUND A, QUOTE, SPHERE SHORTAGE IN TESTING KITS AT HOSPITALS

WHY IS THAT? HOW CAN YOU RECTIFY THAT? >> WELL, WE'VE DONE 167 MILLION TEST TOSS DATE THIS WEEK WE'LL HAVE AT LEAST A MILLION TESTS DONE THAT'S NOT COUNTING THE THOUSANDS OF HOSPITAL LABORATORIES THAT DO THEIR OWN TESTS TESTS HAVE RAMPED UP DRAMATICALLY IN THE PAST COUPLE WEEKS

THIS WEEK WE'LL HAVE AT LEAST 250,000 ABBOTT POINT OF CARE TESTS OUT THIS IS BEING REMEDIED VERY QUICKLY EVERYONE WHO NEEDS A TEST CAN GET A TEST THIS WEEK IF YOU'RE HOSPITALIZED, IF YOU'RE A HEALTH CARE WORKER, IF YOU'RE ELDERLY AND HAVE SYMPTOMS BUT WE'RE NOT TO THE STAGE WITH TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE CAN GET TESTS WE'LL VP PROBABLY A MILLION OR MORE THIS WEEK, PROBABLY A LITTLE MORE THE FOLLOWING WEEK

ENTERING INTO THE NEXT CYCLE WHEN THE, QUOTE, SEROLOGICAL TEST COMES, TO UNDERSTAND IF YOU'VE HAD THE DISEASE, THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE TENS OF MILLIONS VERY SOON THAT'S A DIFFERENT TYPE OF TEST COMING IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS >> THE HHS SAYS THERE IS A SEVERE SHORTAGE RIGHT NOW YOU KNOW, I QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT IT'S TRUE THAT IF YOU NEED A TEST YOU CAN GET A TEST WHY IS IT THAT THE U

S HAS SO FAR LAGGED BEHIND OTHER COUNTRIES YOU LOOK AT SOUTH KOREA, YOU LOOK AT ITALY, THEY ARE TESTING AT A RATE ESSENTIALLY DOUBLE THE RATE THAT WE ARE TESTING >> SO WE ARE REALLY GOING HOSPITAL TO HOSPITAL TO TRY TO ASSURE THAT THE TESTS ARE AVAILABLE I'M MEETING WITH HOSPITAL ASSOCIATIONS FROM ALL THE METROPLEX AREAS

THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT TESTING IS TIGHT BUT THERE ARE ENOUGH TESTS OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED THE TEST TO GET THE TEST AGAIN, ANOTHER MILLION PLUS TESTS THIS WEEK THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE CAN SUPPORT HOSPITALS DOING TO ENHANCE THEIR CAPABILITY OF TESTING SO I KNOW ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY, WHAT WENT ON LAST WEEK AND WE'RE MOVING INTO THE FUTURE

AGAIN, WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF TESTS THIS WEEK BUT WE WILL HAVE A MILLION PLUS TESTS PLUS ALL THE THOUSANDS OF HOSPITALS WHO DO THEIR OWN TEST THAT SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO TAKE CARE OF THE LOAD WE SEE IN WEEK IN THE FUTURE WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF TESTS, AGAIN, IN THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF RANGES WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME THAT'S WHERE WE ARE TODAY >> ADMIRAL, THIS IS IMPORTANT WORK TREATING PATIENTS AT THE HEART OF THIS EPIDEMIC

THIS MORNING AS PATIENTS WITH COVID-19 CONTINUE TO PILE INTO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND ICU AT MT SINAI, THERE IS SOME VERY PROMISING, POSSIBLY LIFESAVING NEWS, FROM DEEP INSIDE THE HOSPITAL'S LAB >> WE HAVE SO MANY PATIENTS WHO ARE SICK THEY NEED SOME HOPE OF A TREATMENT >> DR

JIANG AND HIS COLLEAGUES HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW TEST THAT MAY SPEED UP AND IMPROVE AND OLD THERAPY TRANS FUSING THE PLASMA OF PATIENTS WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 INTO PATIENTS WHO ARE CRITICALLY ILL THE TECHNIQUE USED EFFECTIVELY IN THE PAST IN SARS, H1N1 FLU AND EBOLA EPIDEMIC MORE RECENTLY THE CHINESE USED IT IN THEIR BATTLE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS MT

SINAI'S NEW TEST, A CUTTING EDGE WEAPON CREATED BY A TEAM LED BY DR FLORIAN CRAMER >> THEN YOU CAN GET A READOUT, WHICH IS BASICALLY A CHANGE IN COLOR BY DOING THAT, WE CAN DETERMINE IF SOMEBODY HAS HURRICANE DORIAN IMMUNITY TO COVID-19 >> THE DARKER, THE COLOR, THE HIGHER THE ANTIBODIES

>> WHILE OTHER TESTS MEASURE WHETHER THE ANTIBODY IS THERE OR NOT, OURS CAN MEASURE HOW MUCH OF THE ANTIBODY IS THERE THAT'S IMPORTANT, BECAUSE WE CAN IDENTIFY THOSE DONORS WITH A HIGH AMOUNT OF ANTIBODY WHO WOULD MOST LIKELY BENEFIT THE PATIENT >> THE HOSPITAL PUT OUT A CALL FOR THOSE WHO HAD RECOVERED AND WAS STUNNED WHEN 10,000 PEOPLE VOLUNTEERED DANNY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST HE AND HIS WIFE LIVE IN NEW ROCHELLE, ONE OF THE FIRST HOT SPOTS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA

THEY WERE ONLY MILDLY ILL, NEVER HOSPITALIZED, RECOVERING AT HOME WITH THEIR THREE KIDS, NONE OF WHOM GOT SICK >> AS SOON AS WE WERE RELEASED FROM QUARANTINE, THE FIRST PLACE WE WENT WAS MT SINAI TO QUALIFY FOR THE DONATION PROGRAM, YOU SIMPLY NEED TO HAVE A BLOOD TEST STRAIGHT THERE ANTIBODY NUMBERS ARE HIGH, HAVE YOU TO HAVE A NEGATIVE SWAB, VERY SIMPLE

>> WE HAVE A PICTURE-OF-YOU CONTRIBUTING YOUR PLASMA WHAT WERE YOU THINKING >> THIS IS PROBABLY THE LEAST WAY TO BE A HERO, DOESN'T TAKE MUCH IMPACT >> FOUR DOSES OF PLASMA, TWO DOSES BEING GIVEN TO THE SICKEST PATIENTS HERE IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, MT

SINAI HAS GIVEN 11 VERY SICK PATIENTS THE PLASMA OF THOSE WHO HAVE RECOVERED IS IT WORKING? I KNOW THE EXPRESSION GAME CHANGER HAS A LOT OF WEIGHT TO IT BUT MIGHT THIS THERAPY BE A GAME CHANGER? >> I THINK WE'LL BE ABLE TO EVALUATE THE FIRST PATIENTS WE HAVE TREATED IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS >> IT ISN'T JUST MT SINAI LOOKING TO GET CONVALESCENT PLASMA THERAPY UP AND RUNNING AROUND THE COUNTRY, A GROUP OF DOCTORS IN 22 STATES FROM SOME OF THE COUNTRY'S LEADING RESEARCH CENTERS ARE SPEARHEADING THE EFFORT

THE GROUP STARTED AT JOHNS HOPKINS WHERE THEY ARE FOCUSING ON USING PLASMA TO KEEP HEALTH WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS FROM GETTING ILL >> I BELIEVE THIS IS A POTENTIAL DISEASE ALTERING TREATMENT >> DR MICHAEL JOINER AT THE MAYO CLINIC IN MINNESOTA IS ALSO ONE OF THE LEADERS >> I'M HOPEFUL WE CAN MODIFY THE COURSE OF THE DISEASE, PREVENT HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS FROM GETTING IT, REDUCE THE RISK OF PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL FROM NEEDING ICU CARE AND SHORTEN THE STAY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE ICU

>> SO DR JOINER TOLD US THAT THE MAYO CLINIC HAS, IN FACT, TAKEN ITS FIRST PLASMA DONATION IN A FEW DAYS IT WILL PROBABLY BE PUT INTO A PATIENT THEY ARE HOPING TO KEEP OUT OF THE ICU ALL THE DOCTORS WE TALKED TO SAID THE FDA IS BEING A TERRIFIC PARTNER TRYING TO GET THIS OUT THERE THEY ARE HOPEFUL WITHIN A FEW DAYS, A FEW WEEKS, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THEY WILL MAKE THIS MT

SINAI AVAILABLE TEST AVAILABLE MANY CRISIS IN HER LIFETIME ENSURING PEOPLE WE WILL SEE BETTER DAYS JUST DAYS AFTER BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER HELPED CHEER ON HIS NATION'S HEALTH CARE WORKERS, YOU'LL NOW SEE THEIR WORK UP CLOSE AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED 10 DAYS AFTER TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS >> ALTHOUGH BETTER, I'VE DONE BY SEVEN DAYS OF ISOLATION ALAS, I STILL HAVE ONE SYMPTOM, A MINOR SYMPTOM, I HAVE TEMPERATURE >> THIS MORNING BORIS JOHNSON UNDERGOING A SERIES OF TESTS SAID TO BE A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE BUT WILL STAY FOR AS LONG AS NEEDED

HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND IN BED WITH SYMPTOMS, TOO" IN BED WITH COVID-19 IS OBVIOUSLY WORRYING PRESIDENT TRUMP OFFERING HIS BEST WISHES >> I WANT TO EXPRESS OUR NATION'S WELL WISHES TO PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON AS HE WAGES HIS OWN PERSONAL FIGHT WITH THE VIRUS ALL AMERICANS ARE PRAYING FOR HIM

HE'S A FRIEND OF MINE, A GREAT GENTLEMAN >> HOURS AFTER HOPE FROM THE QUEEN >> TOGETHER WE ARE TACKING THIS DISEASE I WANT TO REASSURE YOU IF WE REMAIN UNITED AND RESOLUTE, WE WILL OVERCOME IT >> A RARE SPEECH FROM WINDSOR CASTLE

ONE LOAN CAMERA MAN WITH PROTECTIVE GEAR ALLOWED IN THE ROOM HER FIRST BROADCAST WITH HER SISTER IN 1940 DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR THIS IS A NEW BATTLE SHE TOLD OUR NATION >> TODAY ONCE AGAIN MANY WILL FEEL A PAINFUL SENSE OF SEPARATION FROM THEIR LOVED ONES BUT NOW, AS THEN, WE KNOW DEEP DOWN THAT IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO

>> HER OWN SON, AN HEIR TO THE THRONE PRINCE CHARLES ONE OF THE MANY CONFIRMED CASES HERE THE QUEEN'S MESSAGE, DON'T GIVE UP >> WE SHOULD TAKE COMFORT WHILE WE MAY HAVE MORE TO ENDURE, BETTER DAYS WILL RETURN WE WILL BE WITH OUR FRIENDS AGAIN WE WILL BE WITH OUR FAMILIES AGAIN

WE WILL MEET AGAIN >> SO INSPIRING THE Q PROTOCOL WHICH MEANS PASSENGERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ONSHORE ARE NOW WAITING TO FIND OUT WHAT'S NEXT THIS MORNING, ANOTHER TRAGEDY AT SEA THREE PEOPLE NOW DEAD AFTER TAKING A CRUISE ON THE CORAL PRINCESS WHICH DEPARTED FROM CHILE MARCH 5th

AFTER BEING REJECT FREDDIE SEVERAL PORTS, THE SHIP WAS ABLE TO DOCK IN MIAMI ON SATURDAY WITH 1900 PASSENGERS ON BOARD, AT LEAST A DOZEN TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS FIVE OF THE SIX PASSENGERS WERE QUICKLY TAKEN TO AREA HOSPITALS THE FAMILY OF 71-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM SAN FRANCISCO WHO WAS ON THE CRUISE WITH HIS WIFE SAID THEY NEEDED TO TAKE DRASTIC ACTION TO GET HIM THE HELP HE NEEDED >> THE FAMILY HAD TO CALL 911 FROM OUT OF STATE TO GET HELP FOR THEIR FAMILY MEMBER THEY WAITED FOR OVER FOUR HOURS FOR AN AMBULANCE A FEW HOURS LATER

>> PRINCE CRUISES TELLING NBC, "ALL OF US AT PRINCESS CRUISES ARE DEEPLY SADDENED TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF MR MAKE WE OFFER SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND THOSE IMPACTED BY THE LOSS PASSENGERS REMAIN ON BOARD DUE TO NEW GUIDE ONS FROM CDC WHICH REQUIRES PASSENGERS WITH RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS OR STILL RECOVERING TO STAY ON BOARD UNTIL MEDICALLY CLEARED BY THE DOCTORS DISEMBARKING CRUISE PASSENGERS NOT TRAVEL ON COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS OR SHARE TRANSPORTATION WITH NONCRUISE GUESTS

>> ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE >> ONE OF THOSE SICKENED ON THE SHIP, THEIR SON SPEAKING OUT TELLING NBC NEWS HIS FATHER WAS TRANSFERRED TO A HOSPITAL LAST NIGHT >> ONCE WE GOT A POSITIVE TEST RESULT, HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE PROPER ADEQUATE MEDICAL ATTENTION IT'S BEEN HEARTBREAKING >> LAST THURSDAY TWO HOLLAND AMERICAN SHIPS CARRYING 1200 PASSENGERS, FOUR DEAD AND DOZENS SICK DOCKED IN FT

LAUDERDALE NOW ONCE AGAIN NEW TROUBLE AT SEA, RETURNING TO AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE BACK ON LAND THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD SAYS THERE ARE 114 CRUISE SHIPS EITHER IN US PORTS OR JUST OFF THE COAST OF THE UNITED STATES WITH 93,000 CREW MEMB OF THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

KERRY SANDERS ON A NEW TEST THAT COULD CHANGE THE GAME FOR THEM AND FOR US >> Reporter: LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES OF NEW YORK CITY PARAMEDICS 18 YEARS ON THE JOB >> IT'S DIFFICULT TO LOOK A PATIENT IN THE FACE AND TRY MAKING THEM BELIEVE EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT >> Reporter: WATCHING THOSE NEW YORK DEVELOPMENTS, PARAMEDICS IN FLORIDA GETTING MORE CALLS BY THE DAY LIKE THIS >> HI, I'M HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING AND EVERY TIME I STAND UP I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO FAINT

>> OH, I'M GOING TO STAY ON THE LINE WITH YOU OKAY >> OKAY >> IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY >> IT HURTS TO BREATHE

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>> Reporter: IN SOUTH FLORIDA, PARAMEDICS NOW KNOW THEY'RE HEADED TO A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE WHEN THEY HEAR THIS >> POSSIBLE P-36 >> Reporter: P-36 SUITED UP HEAD-TO-TOE IT COULD BE A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE TODAY IN CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA, PARAMEDICS ANSWERING THOSE 911 CALLS TOOK QUICK READ BLOOD TESTS

RESULTS IN 15 MINUTES THE TESTS REVEAL THAT THEY HAVE PROTECTIVE CORONAVIRUS ANTI-BODIES >> THIS TEST IS NOT A PANACEA IT'S A SCREENING TOOL THE BEST ANALOGY IS INSTEAD OF GOING INTO THE FOREST BLIND, NOW WITH THIS TEST, AT LEAST YOU CAN SEE THE TREES AND A WAY OUT

>> Reporter: THE RAPID TESTS ACQUIRED FROM CHINA, JASON MARINO ON A VIRUS RUN JUST DAYS AGO, HIS TESTS TODAY SHOWING NO EXPOSURE HIS VOICE IS A NURSE >> Reporter: BOTH OF US ARE TERRIFIED WE WILL END UP BRINGING IT HOME TO OUR KID >> Reporter: HERE IN FLORIDA, THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 12,000 CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS THE RATE OF SPREAD, ACCORDING TO FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

ONE NEW CASE EVERY 72 SECONDS TONIGHT, FROM NEW YORK, THE STORY IS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AT 50-YEARS-OLD, PARAMEDIC HALSTEAD WITH HIS OWN PROBLEMS, AN CHURCHES TODAY FOLLOWED GUIDELINES AGAINST LARGE GATHERINGS MORGAN CHESKY HAS MORE >> Reporter: TONIGHT CHURCHES AROUND THE WORLD PROVING EVEN A PANDEMIC CAN'T STOP CHRISTIANITY'S PALM SUNDAY

>> YOU KNOW, IT'S TERRIBLE >> Reporter: IN ROME, POPE FRANCIS STOOD ALONE, STREAMING MASS FROM ST PETER'S SQUARE THE VIRTUAL SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL, NOW THE NEW NORM >> MR

PRESIDENT, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US >> Reporter: IN CALIFORNIA AN ONLINE THANK YOU FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, WHO WATCHED SUNDAY SERVICES AFTER WEIGHING IN ON THE ISSUE YESTERDAY >> SO, HOW SAD IS IT THAT WE HAVE EASTER PALM AND EASTER SUNDAY AND PEOPLE ARE WATCHING ON LAPTOP LAPTOPS AND COMPUTERS IT'S SAD >> Reporter: IN NORTH CAROLINA, A DRIVE-IN AS A PLACE OF WORSHIP, OTHERS CHOOSING TO DEFY SOCIAL DISTANCING

IN LOUISIANA, DESPITE A SPIKE IN COVID-19 CASES, THE PASTOR KEEPING THE DOORS OPENED, ONE WEEK AFTER TROOPERS ARRESTED HIM FOR VIOLATING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS >> WE LOST OUR JOBS, OUR INCOMES, SO AT LEAST LET US WORSHIP THIS IS THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD >> Reporter: IN TEXAS, THE PASTOR SAYS HE PREACHES THE GOD OF HEALING AND WON'T CLOSE DOORS THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCE IS CLEAR, AFTER BEING LINKED TO MORE THAN 70 COVID-19, ONE SACRAMENTO MEGACHURCH FINALLY CLOSED LAST WEEK

MEANWHILE, IN BATON ROUGE — >> HOW MANY POSITIVE CASES? HOW MANY DEATHS BEFORE YOU CONSIDER CLOSING YOUR CHURCH DOORS IN THE MIDST OF THIS PANDEMIC? >> I KNOW YOU ARE PROBING ME, BUT WE'RE NEVER GOING TO CLOSE OUR DOORS >> NO MATTER WHAT? >> NO MATTER WHAT HAVE YOU MY WORD >> Reporter: A TEST OF TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH PERSISTENT SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS MOLLIE HUNTER HAS THE LATEST FROM LONDON

>> Reporter: TONIGHT, UK PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID 10 DOWNING STREET SAYING IN A STATEMENT, THIS IS A PRECAUTIONARY STEP AS THE PRIME MINISTER CONTINUES TO HAVE PERSISTENT SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS >> I'VE DEVELOPED MILD SYMPTOMS >> Reporter: HE TESTED POSITIVE ON MARCH 27th, BECOMING THE FIRST WORLD LEADER TO DO SO AND ON FRIDAY, REPORTED STILL HAVING A FEVER

HE'S BEEN UPDATING THE NATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA, WHILE STILL WORKING FROM HOME HIS PREGNANT FIANCEE NOW IN ISOLATION ALSO SHOWING SYMPTOMS THE NEWS BREAKING JUST AN HOUR AFTER THE QUEEN GAVE A RARE SPECIAL ADDRESS TO THE NATION AT 93-YEARS-OLD, THE PICTURE OF STRENGTH >> TOGETHER WE ARE TACKLING THIS DISEASE

>> Reporter: A DEEPLY PERSONAL MESSAGE, A WAR TIME RALLYING CRY AS HER OWN SON HER HEIR PRINCE CHARLES RECOVERS FROM COVID THE QUEEN HAS GIVEN THERE UNPLANNED ADDRESS FOUR TIMES BEFORE AT THE ON SETH OF THE FIRST GULF WAR AND WHEN PRINCESS DIANA DIED, WHEN HER MOTHER, THE QUEEN MUM, PASSED AWAY AND AT HER DINING JUBILEE THE QUEEN IS NOT AT HOME SHE IS SPEAKING FROM WINDSOR CASS

SHE AND HER HUSBAND PRINCE PHILIP VERY MUCH IN THAT VULNERABLE AGE CATEGORY HAVE BEEN ISOLATED BUT THE HEAD OF STATE HAS SEEN AND SURVIVED SO MUCH, HAS NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE >> WE SHOULD KEEP COMFORT, WHILE WE MAY HAVE STILL MORE TO ENDURE, BETTER DAYS WILL RETURN >> Reporter: A GOUGING TO FRAUDULENT TESTING SITES NBC NEWS' SAM BROCK HAS MORE

>> WELL, WE'RE BACK DOWN AT 17th AND BROADWAY WHERE THE ALLEGED COVID TESTING CITIZENS SET UP AGAIN >> Reporter: IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, PEOPLE IN PROTECTIVE GEAR OPERATING WHAT'S PRESENTED AS COVID TESTING ARE YOU TAKING SWAB FROM THE THESE FOLKS? >> EXCASE ME YOU HAVE TO, MA'AM >> Reporter: BUT LOUISVILLE OFFICIALS LIKE BARBARA SEXTON SMITH TELL US IT'S A SCAM

SHE SAYS THEY'RE TESTING WITHOUT GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND WITHOUT EVEN TAKING NASAL SAMPLES >> HOW FURIOUS ARE YOU ABOUT ALL THIS? >> THEY MAKE UP 40 OR 50 PEOPLE TAKING A TEST WITH THE SAME GLOVES WE HAVE THE PHOTOS TAKING OFF ALL THEIR STUFF SELLING IT TO THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK AND DRIVING OFF THEN THE NEXT DAY GETTING UP, PUTTING IT ALL ON AND GOING TO ANOTHER LOCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY >> Reporter: AS VICTIMS REVEAL THEIR HEART TAKE

>> THIS IS JUST THE WORST THING THAT YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I'M GOING THROUGH AND ON TOP OF IT TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF >> Reporter: SIGNS OF A SYSTEMIC CRUNCH FOR LEGITIMATE GEAR EMERGE IN NEW JERSEY, HOLY NAME HOSPITAL HAD TO RETURN 1,000 SAFETY MASKS >> BETWEEN THE FACT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE CERTIFICATION THE N-95 MASKS NEED AND THE FACT THAT WE WERE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE FIT, WE SHIPPED THEM BACK >> Reporter: HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTORS TELLING NBC NEWS THE SEARCH FOR QUALITY MASKS BORDERING ON THE IMPOSSIBLE

>> OUT OF THE 300 THAT WE HAVE VETTED SO FAR, WE HAVEN'T YET FOUND ONE THAT'S LEGITIMATE >> Reporter: FEDERAL OFFICIALS TELLING PEOPLE TO PREPARE FOR A WAVE OF SCAMS AS SOON AS THIS WEEK AS THOSE ALREADY VICTIMIZED SPEAK OUT >> I FEEL LIKE I HAVE SPREADW HOT SPOTS ACSS THE COUNTRY, NEW YORK REMAINS THE EPICENTER OF THIS OUTBREAK WITH NEARLY 40% OF ALL CASES NATIONWIDE KATHY PARK HAS THE VERY LATEST ON WHAT IS EXPECTED TO BE THE TOUGHEST WEEK YET AND WE WANT TO WARN YOU, SOME IMAGES ARE UPSETTING

>> Reporter: DISTURBING IMAGES OUTSIDE THIS BROOKLYN HOSPITAL AS BRIGHT ORANGE BODY BAGS ROLL OUT THE TEMPORARY MORGUE ANOTHER REMINDER THAT FRONT LINE WORKERS IN NEW YORK CITY ARE DEEP IN A FIGHT WITHOUT A CLEAR END DAY >> WE ARE DOING OUR BEST BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IS IT OUR TIME TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOU KNOW DEALING WITH IT EVERY DAY AND NOT YOU KNOW FEELING LIKE WE'RE COMPLETELY SAFE >> Reporter: TODAY GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAYING THE STATE MAY BE NEARING THE PEAK OR THE PLATEAU OF THE CRISIS HE ADDED THAT NEW YORK SAW DAILY CORONAVIRUS DEATHS THE WAR MAY BE A BLIP >> WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL

>> Reporter: BUT WITH THE DEATH TOLL NOW PASSING THE 4,000 MARK, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DEPLOYING THE MILITARY TO HELP AMONG THE MORE THAN 1,000 DOCTORS, NURSES AND SUPPORT STAFF CALLED INTO ACTION, APPROXIMATELY 300 ARRIVING IN NEW YORK CITY TODAY >> THE BULK OF THEM WILL GO TO THE JAVITS CENTER AND AS OF LATE YESTERDAY, WE AGREED TO DEPLOY A FEW HUNDRED OF THEM TO 11 NEW YORK CITY HOSPITALS THAT ARE ALSO SEEING A DEFICIENCY WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICAL STAFF >> Reporter: WITH THE HEIGHTENED PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, THE JAVITS CENTER HAS SHIFTED TO TREATING COVID POSITIVE CASES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS LAYING THE RISK OF TAKING ON CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS ON HOSPITAL SHIFTS, INCLUDING THE USN

S COMFORT, WHICH HAS BEEN NEARLY EMPTY A WEEK >> THAT'S WHY WE OPENED UP THE JAVITS CENTER AND EXPANDED HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR CORONAVIRUS WE ARE PREPARED TO LEVERAGE THE MERCY AND COLD FRONT TO DO THAT >> Reporter: THE DEFENSE SECRETARY ANNOUNCING IN A MEMO THAT ALL PERSONNEL ON DOD INSTALLATIONS FACILITIES AND PROPERTY MUST NOW WEAR FACE COVERING IN OTHER TURN, A DEFENSE OFFICIAL SAYING CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER WILL REMAIN IN QUARANTINE AT NAVAL BASE QUALM FOR 14 DAYS

THIS WEEK HE WAS FIRED FOR SOUNDING THE ALARM ON A CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ON THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT THE "NEW YORK TIMES" SHOWS HE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS THE NAVY WOULD NOT CONFIRM THIS INFORMATION EARLIER THIS WEEK, MAYOR BILL De BLASIO WARNED THE CITY WOULD RUN OUT OF CRITICAL SUPPLIES BUT THEY WERE NBC NEWS INVESTIE AND CONSUMER CORRESPONDENT VICTY WYNN WITH WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING >> Reporter: THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THE VIRUS IS TO STAY HOME THAT'S NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE

WHEN YOU COME INSIDE, TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND PUT ON INDOOR SLIPPERS THAT WAY YOU DON'T BRING THE GERMS INSIDE A RECENT STUDY FOUND THE VIRUS CAN SURVIVE UP TO 24 HOURS ON CARDBOARD AND TWO-TO-THREE DAYS ON HARD PLASTIC AND STAINLESS STEELE, CLEAN THE SURFACES, DOOR KNOBS AND LIGHT SWITCHES USE DISINFECTANT SPRAYS OR WIPES F YOU DON'T HAVE THEM, OTHERS MAY WORK TO KILL VIRUS AND BACTERIA IF YOU ARE NOT SURE, CHECK THE EPA'S LIST OF CLEANING PRODUCTS THAT ARE APPROVED

READ THE LABELS TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW LONG TO LET THE SPRAY SIT BEFORE WIPING IT OFF IT CAN TAKE UP TO FIVE MINUTES TO FULLY KILL ANY VIRUS THE CDC SAYS A DILUTED BLEACH SOLUTION WORKS TO DISINFECT YOUR HOME MAKE SURE YOU USE ONE-THIRD A CUP OF BLEACH PER GALLON OF WATER DON'T FORGIVE TO CLEAN HOUSEHOLD ITEMS LIKE CHILDREN'S TOYS, REMOTE CONTROL, COMPUTER KEYBOARD AND ANY OTHER ITEMS THAT MULTIPLE PEOPLE TOUCH

REMEMBER, THINGS ONLY REMAIN CLEAN UNTIL THEY ARE TOUCHED AGAIN, SO BE SURE TO CLEAN OFTEN IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING AND GOING FROM YOUR HOME EXPERTS SAY USE THE WARMEST WATER AND DRYER HEAT SETTING THAT YOUR CLOTHE ASKING HANDLE AND DON'T FORGET TO USE ENOUGH DETERGENT AND REMEMBER TO WIPE DOWN THE LAUNDRY BASKET OR CLEAN THE HAMPER LINING WHEN DOING THE DISHES, NO NEED FOR BLEACH USE SOAP AND HOT WATER OR USE YOUR DISH WASH FER YOU HAVE ONE

AND IF YOU ARE GETTING DELIVERIES OR BRIGG HOME GROCERIES, EXPERTS SAY LET THEM SIT FOR 24 HOURS AS AN EXTRA PRECAUTION IF YOU NEED THEM IMMEDIATELY, WIPE DOWN THE ITEMS AND ALWAYS MAKE SURE TO WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER HANDLING WORKER DURING THESE TRYING TIMES KRISTEN DAHLGREN TONIGHT ON THE PEOPLE LOOKING AFTER THE ANIMALS >> Reporter: IN WHAT WOULD NORMALLY BE ONE OF THE BUSIEST WEEKS AT MISSOURI'S DICKERSON'S ZOO

>> AS YOU LOOK AROUND AND NOBODY'S HERE, IT'S HEART BREAKING >> Reporter: NOBODY HERE TO SEE THE HANDFUL OF SELF-LESS ZOO KEEPERS WHO COME EVERY DAY TO MAKE SURE THE ANIMALS GET FOOD AND CRITICAL CARE >> WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH IT'S GOING TO END AND WE'RE STILL GOING TO BE HERE

>> Reporter: IT'S THE SAME AT THE COLUMBUS ZOO WHERE WORKERS NOW DO THEIR JOBS COMPLETELY ISOLATED, NO TWO ALLOWED IN THE SAME ROOM >> IT MEANS EVERYTHING TO COME IN AND BE THIS TEAM TOGETHER AND REALLY PUT THEMSELVES AT RISK TO COME IN EVERY DAY >> Reporter: KEEPERS IN HUNDREDS OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO SAY THERE'S NO OTHER CHOICE >> EVEN IN NEW YORK WHERE THE INFECTION RATE CONTINUES TO SKYROCKET ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ARE PUTTING ASIDE THEIR OWN FEARS TO SHOW US EVERY DAY AT THE BRONX ZOO >> THEY ARE PUTTING THEMSELVES IN A BIT OF A VULNERABLE POSITION, BUT THEY HAVE TO BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO THE ANIMALS

>> Reporter: AND WHILE AMERICANS ARE BEING TOLD TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE FOR MANY ANIMALS CONNECTION IS CRITICAL BACK IN MISSOURI THE ZOO ANIMALS NOW HAVE PEN PALS >> IT SAYS DEAR ALPACAS, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH >> Reporter: THE STAFF CAN READ TO THE ANIMALS THE LOVE NOT LOST BECAUSE OF A LITTLE SOCIAL DISTANCE

>> THAT'S YOUR LATEST WEATHER HODY >> I LOVE IT WHEN YOU SAY THAT NOW TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM THIS MORNING A LOT-OF-CONFUSION ON MASKS AND SHOPPING

HERE WITH ANSWERS NBC INVESTIGATIVE AND CONSUMER CORRESPONDENT VICKY NGUYEN WE LOVE IT WHEN YOU COME WE HAVE A QUESTION ON FACEBOOK >> IN THE PAST THEY TOLD US WE DON'T HAVE TO WEAR THE MASKS, NOW THEY TELL US WE SHOULD FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, EVEN HEALTH CARE WORKERSERS DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MASKS

IS IT SAFE TO WEAR THE ONES FROM KLEIN OR IS IT SAFE TO MAKE OUR OWN AND WEAR THEM >> THE GOOD NEWS IS WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN YOU CAN USE EASY MATERIALS AT HOME, CLOTH AND RUBBER BANDS OR HAIR ELAELASTICS LET'S BE CLEAR WHY WE'RE WEARING THEM, WHY THE DATA CHANGED 25 TO 50% OF THE PEOPLE WALKING AROUND WITH COVID-19 HAVE NO SYMPTOMS

THEY COULD ARE SHEDDING SO YOU'RE WEARING THIS MASK IN CASE YOU ARE SICK AND YOU'RE TRYING NOT TO SPREAD IT THROUGH YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH >> WE'RE GOING TO MAKE ONE >> WE HAVE FABRIC THIS IS FABRIC I HAD AT HOME

MY 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER MADE SCRUNCHIES WITH IT HERE IS HOW TO FIND HOW THICK YOU HOLD IT UP TO THE LIGHT THE MORE LIGHT THAT COMES THROUGH, THE THICKER THE FABRIC YOU HAVE AN BANDANA, THAT WORKS WELL, AN OLD T-SHIRT

A SHEET WOULD ALSO WORK >>> LAY IT DOWN WE'LL TRY TO SHOW YOU WHILE JIMMY IS OPERATING THE CAMERA FOLD THE TOP PART DOWN A LITTLE BIT THE BOTTOM UP A LITTLE BIT, ABOUT A FOURTH

THEM WE'RE GOING TO DO IT ONE MORE TIME FOLD THE TOP DOWN, BOTTOM UP PERFECT, HODA NOW YOU TAKE YOUR RUBBER BANDS, HAIR ELASTICS ARE IDEAL SLIDE ONE ONTO THIS SIDE AND ONE ONTO THIS SIDE

A THIRD THROUGH YOU FLIP ONE IN, ONE IN I'M THE LEAST CRAFTY PERSON >> TUCK IT IN >> YOU CAN

THE SURGEON GENERAL SHOWED IT FOLDING OVER BUT I AGREE WITH YOU FOLDING IN WILL MAKE IT NICER YOU FOLD THIS UP, PUT IT ON YOUR EARS LIKE THIS NOT PRETTY, BUT, HEY, IT GETS THE JOB DONE THEN YOU CAN ACTUALLY PULL IT UP PERFECT

THE KEY IS TO COVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH ALSO, THIS DOESN'T MAKE YOU INVINCIBLE YOU SHOULD STILL BE STAYING HOME BUT ONE SMALL MEASURE FOR TRIPS YOU HAVE TO MAKE OUT >> ANOTHER QUESTION FROM CAMMY SHE WANTS TO KNOW THIS

WHY ARE STORES ALLOWED TO HAVE SO MANY CUSTOMERS IN AT ONE TIME IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE AT GROCERY STORES, ESPECIALLY PARKING LOTS YEAH, I'VE SEEN LINES OUTSIDE SOME STORES, OTHERS THEY LET IN >> IT'S FRUSTRATING YOU DO YOUR PART TO SOCIAL DISTANCE AND THEN GET TO THE STORE AND LET EVERYBODY IN

OVER THE WEEKEND WALMART AND COSTCO HAD MAJOR MOVES COSTCO SAYING IF YOU HAVE A MEMBERSHIP CARD ONLY TWO PEOPLE CAN GO INTO THE WAREHOUSE STORE TO PROTECT THE EMPLOYEES AND OTHER CUSTOMERS WALMART MAKING SOME BIG NEWS, WE'RE GOING TO TALK TO DAVID IN JUST A MOMENT BUT FIRST HIS FIGHT WITH COVID-19 DAVID LAT SAYS HE'S LUCKY TO BE ALIVE

THE 44-YEAR-OLD AUTHOR AND LEGAL RECRUITER NOW OUT OF THE HOSPITAL IN AND IN RECOVERY CALLING HIMSELF A LUCKY PATIENT AFTER A MONTH LONG GRUELING BATTLE WITH CORONAVIRUS DAVID FIRST FELT SYMPTOMS IN EARLY MARCH BY THE 16th, HE WAS HOSPITALIZED, DOCUMENTING HIS HARROWING ORDEAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND URGING ANYONE HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH TO TRY TO GET TESTED AFTER SAYING ON THE 18th, I DON'T KNOW THAT I'M GETTING ANY WORSE, AND AT THIS POINT I'LL TAKE IT, HE SUDDENLY DID GET WORSE MUCH WORSE

THE TWO-TIME NEW YORK CITY MARATHON FINISHER BARELY ABLE TO WALK THE 5 FEET FROM HIS HOSPITAL BED TO THE BATHROOM DAVID TWEETING, I'VE HAD 10 DAYS AND COUNTING WITH NO REAL IMPROVEMENT FEVER, FATIGUE, JOINT ACHES, COUGH, RESPIRATORY DIFFICULTY I HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS SICK IN MY ENTIRE LIFE DAVID WAS SEDATED, INTUBATED, AND HOOKED UP TO A VENTILATOR

>> YOU KNOW, HE'S FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE >> DAVID'S HUSBAND, ZACK, TELLING US LAST MONTH >> JUST TAKING IT DAY BY DAY, HOUR BY HOUR WE WOULD NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS HAVE THOUGHT A WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC WOULD DO THIS AND, YOU KNOW, ATTACK OUR FAMILY LIKE THIS DOCTORS AT NEW YORK'S NYU LANGUAGE LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER PUT DAVID ON AN EXPERIMENTAL DRUG REGIMEN TO TRY TO SAVE HIS LIFE

>> WE WON'T KNOW FOR A FEW DAYS >> DAVID IMPROVED AND WAS TAKEN OFF THE VENTILATOR HE SAID HIS DOCTORS STILL DON'T KNOW IF THE DRUG THERAPIES WORKED BUT NOW DAVID IS GIVING BACK, DONATING HIS PLASMA TO NYU AS PART OF A STUDY TO HELP FIND A TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS DAVID SAID VIDEOS LIKE THIS OF HIS 2-YEAR-OLD SON HARLAN KEPT HIS SPIRITS UP

TELLING THE NEW YORK CITY LAW JOURNAL, IT'S WILD TO THINK HOW CLOSE I CAME TO DYING, TO LEAVE MY HUSBAND ZACK TO RAISE OUR SON AS A SINGLE DAD I GUESS MY MAIN EMOTION IS GRATITUDE DAVID LAT JOINS US NOW ALONG WITH HUSBAND HUSBAND ZACK GENTLEMEN, GOOD MORNING TO BOTH OF YOU >> GOOD MORNING

>> GOOD MORNING >> WELL, IT IS GOOD TO SEE BOTH OF YOUR FACES DAVID, YOU IN PARTICULAR WHAT AN ORDEAL BEFORE WE GET INTO IT, JULS HOW ARE YOU FEELING THIS MORNING? >> GOOD, GOOD

I'M STILL HOARSE FROM THE TIME ON THE VENTILATOR I STILL GET WINDED FROM THINGS LIKE WALKING ACROSS THE ROOM I HAVE A LITTLE PLASTIC STOOL IN THE SHOWER BECAUSE I HAVE TO SIT DOWN DURING THE SHOWER IT'S TOUGH, BUT I'M GLAD TO BE ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY >> YOU ARE

I ALREADY FOLLOWED YOU ON TWITTER I LIKE TO THINK OF YOU AS A FELLOW LEGAL NERD, DAVID I HAVE TO SAY WHEN I FIRST HEARD YOU HAD CORONAVIRUS, IT SEEMS LIKE YOU WERE SICK AND GOING TO BE OKAY THE NEXT THING I KNOW, THERE'S NOTHING FROM YOU YOU'RE ON A VENTILATOR, UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE

CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU WENT THROUGH, HOW IT SUDDENLY TURNED FROM BAD TO MUCH, MUCH WORSE >> ALTHOUGH I'M A GENERALLY HEALTHY PERSON, EXERCISE A LOT, DON'T HAVE ANY MAJOR HEALTH CONDITIONS, I DID HAVE — I DO HAVE EXERCISE-INDUCED ASTHMA, WHICH I CONTROL WITH AN INHALER I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS A BIG DEAL BECAUSE IT DIDN'T AFFECT MY DAY-TO-DAY LIFE MUCH CONDITIONS LIKE THAT CAN MAKE YOU MORE VULNERABLE TO SEVERE CASES OF RESPIRATORY DIFFICULTY ASSOCIATED WITH CORONAVIRUS SO WHEN I STARTED GETTING SHORTNESS OF BREATH, IT FELT A LITTLE LIKE AN ASTHMA ATTACK, I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL

IT TURNED OUT I NEEDED OXYGEN IMMEDIATELY THEY ADMITTED ME THEN I WAS THERE FOR A FEW DAYS, THEN MY CONDITION GOT WORSE AND I HAD TO BE PUT ON THE VENTILATOR >> LET ME ASK YOU, ZACK, ABOUT THAT BECAUSE FOR UNDERSTANDABLE REASONS, DAVID SAYS HE DOESN'T REMEMBER MUCH ABOUT BEING ON THE VENTILATOR

YOU, AS THE PERSON WHO LOVES HIM WAITING AT HOME NOT BEING ABLE TO SPEAK TO HIM, YOU DO REMEMBER EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF THAT WHAT WAS THAT PERIOD OF TIME LIKE WHEN HE'S ON THE VENTILATOR, AND FRANKLY YOU DON'T KNOW IF HE'LL EVER BE OFF >> IT WAS ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING EVERYTHING SEEMED TO HAPPEN SO RELATIVELY QUICKLY WE, YOU KNOW, RECEIVED A CALL FROM A NURSE PRACTITIONER THAT HE HAD BEEN VENTILATED, AND IT WAS VERY CLEAR HOW SERIOUS IT WAS

WE DIDN'T KNOW IF HE WAS GOING TO MAKE IT WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT CONDITION HE WAS IN IT WAS FIVE OR SAKES DAYS ON A VENTILATOR, PURE ANXIETY IT WAS DIFFICULT TO REACH THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY WERE SO OVERWHELMED OF COURSE, WE COULDN'T SEE HIM, SO IT WAS A PRETTY TERRIFYING ORDEAL

>> AND YOUR PARENTS, DAVID, ARE DOCTORS, SO THEY KNEW THE SITUATION WAS BLEAK, INDEED YOU DID RECOVER YOU ARE BACK AT HOME I KNOW ZACK HAD CORONAVIRUS, TOO, BUT OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCE YOUR LITTLE BOY IS OKAY

HOW ARE YOU MANEUVERING NOW THAT YOU'RE BACK HOME UNDER ONE ROOF >> THINGS ARE GOOD I HAVE TO GO VERY SLOWLY ABOUT EVERYTHING I KEEP MY TIME, WEEKS OR MONTHS BEFORE I FULLY RECOVER THAT'S OKAY CONSIDERING WHAT THE ALTERNATIVE IS

>> WE'VE STILL BEEN SOCIAL DISTANCING FROM DAVID'S PARENTS AND BEING CAREFUL ABOUT THAT, EVEN THOUGH OUR UNDERSTANDING IS THAT WE'RE NO LONGER CONTAGIOUS BUT JUST AS AN EXTRA PRECAUTION >> WE ARE RECOVERING AT THEIR HOUSE THEY HAVE ALL SORT OF GADGETS HERE YOU SHOWED A PICTURE OF ME EARLIER WITH A PULSE OXIMETER

>> HUGE BENEFIT >> YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED I'M SURE YOU WERE SO HAPPY TO SEE THAT LITTLE BOY AGAIN DAVID AND ZACK, A WEEKS ARE PIVOTAL AS THE COUNTRY ENTERS ITS TOUGHEST PERIOD YET WITH MULTIPLE STATES HEADING INTO MAKE OR BREAK WEEKS AGAINST COVID-19, OVERNIGHT PRESIDENT TRUMP TRYING TO PUT A POSITIVE SPIN ON AN ESCALATING SITUATION

>> WE'RE STARTING TO SEE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL >> Reporter: BUT JUST 24 HOURS THE PRESIDENT ADMITTING — >> THERE WILL BE A LOT OF DEATHS UNFORTUNATELY >> Reporter: AN ASSESSMENT ECHOED BY HIS HEALTH ADVISERS >> NEXT WEEK WILL BE OUR 9/11 MOMENT >> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT DOUBLING DOWN ON HIS CALL TO USE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, EVEN THOUGH THERE'S NO EVIDENCE IT FIGHTS COVID-19

>> WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE I'M NOT LOOKING ONE WAY OR ANOTHER WE'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS IF IT DOES WORK, IT WOULD BE A SHAME IT DIDN'T WORK EARLY >> WEIGHING IN, WHEN DR

FAUCI WAS ASKED ABOUT THE DRUG >> DO YOU WANT TO WEIGH IN ON THIS ISSUE OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE? WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS >> I ASKED THE DOCTOR >> I ANSWERED 15 TIMES >> ALARMING NEW PROJECTIONS SHOW A PEAK IN NEW YORK, NEW ORLEANS IN A FEW DAYS

WITH A DEFICIT OF SUPPLIES, GOVERNORS IN MANY STATES ARE SCRAMBLING TO PREPARE MICHIGAN HAS MORE THAN 14,000 CASES OF THE VIRUS, THIRD MOST >> EXPONENTIALLY WE'RE SEEING IT DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE BASED ON CITY LINE, STATE LINE, PARTY LINES >> NEW ORLEANS HAS THE COUNTRY'S MOST LETHAL DEATH RATE WHILE MORE THAN 4,000 HAVE DIED IN NEW YORK

NINE STATES ARE STILL REFUSING TO ENACT FULL STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS, INCLUDING IOWA >> IF ADDITIONAL ACTION IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF IOWANS, I WILL DO SO >> Reporter: BUT THE SURGEON GENERAL SAYING IT IS VITAL TO STOP THE SPREAD >> GIVE US A WEEK OR TWO IF YOU CAN WE WANT YOU TO DO IT IN 30 DAYS

IN THOSE NINE STATES GIVE YOU US WHAT YOU CAN SO WE GET THE PEAK AND COME DOWN THE OTHER SIDE >> RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, IS MANDATING RESIDENTS WEAR MASKS WHEN THEY LEAVE THE HOUSE, ONE OF THE STRICTEST MEASURES ON SUNDAY SOME WITH THEIR FAITH IGNORING SOCIAL DISTANCING IN LOUISIANA ONE PASTOR DESPITE A BAN ON GATHERS >> THEY WOULD RATHER COME AN WORSHIP LIKE FREE PEOPLE THAN LIVE LIKE PRISONERS IN THEIR HOME

>> HERE IN FLORIDA THE GOVERNOR SAYING HE DOESN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CLOSE HOUSES OF WORSHIP WITH 15THE VIRUS ON THE SHIP CROZIER IS IN QUARANTINE AS FALLOUT FROM HIS FIRING MOUNTS FOR CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER, IT WAS A HERO'S FAIRWELL NOW WORD THAT HE, TOO, HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

THE NEWS COMES AFTER VIDEOS BEGIN SURFACING OF CLAPPING AND CHEERING SOLDIERS ABOARD "USS ROOSEVELT" SAYING GOOD-BYE TO HIS COMMAND THURSDAY SAYING HIS ACTION WAS NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES OF HIS CREW FROM CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK TWO NAVAL ACADEMY SOLDIERS REVEALING THE DIAGNOSIS ON SUNDAY THE CLASSMATES TELLING THE "TIMES," CROZIER BEGAN SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE BEFORE HE WAS FIRED THURSDAY THE NAVY'S TOP BRASS DISMISSING CROZIER FROM DUTIES ABOARD US

ROOSEVELT DAYS AFTER THE COMMANDING OFFICER PENNED A BLUNT LETTER TO NAVY LEADERS CALLING FOR STRONGER ACTION TO ADDRESS THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK ABOARD THE CARRIER, WRITING, WE'RE NOT AT WAR SOLDIERS DO NOT NEED TO LIE THE ACTING SECRETARY EXPLAINING THE DECISION LAST WEEK >> I HAVE NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT CAPTAIN CROZIER DID WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS IF THE BEST INTEREST AND SAFETY OF HIS CREW UNFORTUNATELY IT DID THE OPPOSITE

IT UNNECESSARILY RAISED ALARMS WITH FAMILIES OF SAILORS OF MARINES WITH NO PLANS TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS >> Reporter: THE MOVE TO DISMISS SETTLE OFF A FIRESTORM JOE BIDEN RESPONDED SUNDAY >> I THINK IT'S CLOSE TO CRIMINAL THE WAY THEY ARE DEALING WITH THE GUY I THINK THE GUY SHOULD HAVE A COMMENDATION RATHER THAN BE FIRED

>> Reporter: FOR HIS PART PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DEFENDING THE DISMISSAL SAYING CROZIER'S LETTER ASKING FOR HELP FOR SECTION CREW MEMBERS WAS, QUOTE, NOT APPROPRIATE AS FOR CROZIER'S CONDITION NAVY OFFICIALS WOULD NOT CONFIRM WHETHER HE'S TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS A DEFENSE OFFICIAL TELLING NBC NEWS, THOUGH, ONCE CROZIER LEFT THE ROOSEVELT HE WENT MATCH EXPANDING HOSPITAL CAPACITY THROUGHOUT THE AREA HODA >> ALL RIGHT, GABE

THANK YOU SO MUCH LET'S TURN NOW TO OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR JOHN TORRES AND NBC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR DR JOSEPH FAIR HE'S AN EXPERT ON THE STUDY OF VIRUSES

HE WAS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE AFRICAN EBOLA CRISIS GOOD MORNING, DOCTORSORE ON TH CONTAIN THE CORONAVIRUS AND WHAT AMERICANS SHOULD EXPECT THIS WEEK, WE TURN NOW TO ADMIRAL BRETT GIROIR, DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR HOUSE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE AND KEY MEMBER OF THE WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE ADMIRAL, GOOD MORNING TO YOU I GUESS THEY CALL YOU THE TESTING CZAR FOR SHORT, AS WELL

>> GOOD MORNING >> THE SURGEON GENERAL THIS WEEK SAID THIS WAS GOING TO BE OUR 9/11, OUR PEARL HARBOR HE SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE THE HARDEST AND SADDEST WEEK OF MOST AMERICANS' LIVES DR FAUCI SAIDS IT WILL BE SHOCKING AND DISTURBING

WHAT SHOULD WE BRACE FOR AS AMERICAN >> BOTH THE SURGEON GENERAL AND DR FAUCI ARE RIGHT ALL OUR PREDICTIONS, ALL OUR MODELS, WE KNOW FROM THE DATA WE SEE AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS WE TALK TO FOR NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY AND DETROIT, THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE THE PEAK WEEK REMEMBER, THIS IS THE PEAK WEEK FOR HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS

THIS REFLECTS INFECTIONS THAT OCCURRED TWO OR THREE WEEKS AGO WE MAY BE SEEING THE WORST UPON US RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF OUTCOMES THAT STILL COULD BE CONSISTENT AND WE BELIEVE WE'RE TURNING THE CORNER BECAUSE OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING WE'RE DOING OTHER CITIES LIKE NEW ORLEANS WILL COME LATER THEIR TIME IS NOT THIS WEEK BUT THEY WILL PEAK LATER

WE'LL SEE SOME ROLLING PEAKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS THE NEXT FEW WEEKS UNFOLD >> THAT WAS MY QUESTION IF YOU LIVE IN A STATE OR RURAL AREA OR SMALL TOWN AND THINK THIS SEEMS LIKE A BIG CITY PROBLEM, THIS IS GOING TO BE THEIR 9/11 BUT NOT MINE, OTHER THAN THE OBVIOUS POINT ABOUT US ALL BEING AMERICANS AND IN THIS TOGETHER, ARE THESE OTHER AREAS SAFE OR DO YOU EXPECT THE OUTBREAK TO REACH THOSE AREAS AS WELL >> NO ONE IS IMMUNE FROM THIS VIRUS IT IS A BRAND-NEW VIRUS

WHETHER YOU LIVE IN SMALL TOWN AMERICA OR YOU LIVE IN THE BIG APPLE, EVERYONE IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO FOLLOW THE PRECAUTIONS WE'VE LAID OUT YOUR BEST PRECAUTION, THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THIS IS THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT NOW FOR SEVERAL WEEKS STAY AT HOME THANK YOU FOR WORKING AT HOME AND SETTING THAT EXAMPLE WEAR A FACE COVERING IF YOU'RE IN PUBLIC BECAUSE YOU COULD BE ASYMPTOMATIC AND SPREAD IT TO OTHERS

EVERYONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY COULD GET THIS IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT EVEN THOUGH WE SAY THIS IS GOING TO BE THE PEAK, IF WE LET OUR FOOT OFF THE GAS AND DO THINGS ILL-ADVISED, WE COULD HAVE ANOTHER PEAK IN THE NEXT WEEKS WE HAVE TO COMPLETELY KEEP OUR EFFORTS GOING >> LET ME ASK YOU QUICKLY ABOUT THAT

DR BIRX SAID ON SATURDAY, I BELIEVE, NOT TO EVEN GO TO THE PHARMACY OR GROCERY STORE THAT GOES FOR NOT JUST PEOPLE IN THE HOT SPOTS BUT EVERYBODY IS THAT YOUR UNDERSTANDING THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO, DON'T EVEN GO TO THE GROCERY STORE OR PHARMACY >> SHE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT

WE'RE ALL SAYING THE SAME THING IS THAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KEEP YOUR PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH OTHERS AND WITH SURFACES TO THE MINIMAL POSSIBLE THAT DOES NOT MEAN GO WITHOUT MEDICATION IF YOU NEED TO GO TO THE PHARMACY TO GET YOUR MEDICATIONS, YOU NEED TO GET GROCERIES, DO IT BUT DON'T GO EVERY DAY TO THE GROCERY STORE LIKE MANY PEOPLE DO DO IT AS INFREQUENTLY AS POSSIBLE

DO THE KIND OF TAKEOUT THINGS ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF, TO AVOID YOURSELF FROM GETTING THIS VIRUS AND BEING IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A MONTH OR POTENTIALLY FACING DEATH, I THINK IT'S ADVISED TO DO THAT >> LET'S TALK ABOUT TESTING AS I MENTIONED YOU'RE KNOWN AS THE TESTING CZAR THERE'S AN INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT FROM YOUR AGENCY, HHS, OUT JUST THIS MORNING, A FEW MINUTES AGO

IT FOUND A, QUOTE, SPHERE SHORTAGE IN TESTING KITS AT HOSPITALS WHY IS THAT? HOW CAN YOU RECTIFY THAT? >> WELL, WE'VE DONE 167 MILLION TEST TOSS DATE THIS WEEK WE'LL HAVE AT LEAST A MILLION TESTS DONE THAT'S NOT COUNTING THE THOUSANDS OF HOSPITAL LABORATORIES THAT DO THEIR OWN TESTS

TESTS HAVE RAMPED UP DRAMATICALLY IN THE PAST COUPLE WEEKS THIS WEEK WE'LL HAVE AT LEAST 250,000 ABBOTT POINT OF CARE TESTS OUT THIS IS BEING REMEDIED VERY QUICKLY EVERYONE WHO NEEDS A TEST CAN GET A TEST THIS WEEK IF YOU'RE HOSPITALIZED, IF YOU'RE A HEALTH CARE WORKER, IF YOU'RE ELDERLY AND HAVE SYMPTOMS BUT WE'RE NOT TO THE STAGE WITH TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE CAN GET TESTS

WE'LL VP PROBABLY A MILLION OR MORE THIS WEEK, PROBABLY A LITTLE MORE THE FOLLOWING WEEK ENTERING INTO THE NEXT CYCLE WHEN THE, QUOTE, SEROLOGICAL TEST COMES, TO UNDERSTAND IF YOU'VE HAD THE DISEASE, THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE TENS OF MILLIONS VERY SOON THAT'S A DIFFERENT TYPE OF TEST COMING IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS >> THE HHS SAYS THERE IS A SEVERE SHORTAGE RIGHT NOW YOU KNOW, I QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT IT'S TRUE THAT IF YOU NEED A TEST YOU CAN GET A TEST

WHY IS IT THAT THE US HAS SO FAR LAGGED BEHIND OTHER COUNTRIES YOU LOOK AT SOUTH KOREA, YOU LOOK AT ITALY, THEY ARE TESTING AT A RATE ESSENTIALLY DOUBLE THE RATE THAT WE ARE TESTING >> SO WE ARE REALLY GOING HOSPITAL TO HOSPITAL TO TRY TO ASSURE THAT THE TESTS ARE AVAILABLE

I'M MEETING WITH HOSPITAL ASSOCIATIONS FROM ALL THE METROPLEX AREAS THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT TESTING IS TIGHT BUT THERE ARE ENOUGH TESTS OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED THE TEST TO GET THE TEST AGAIN, ANOTHER MILLION PLUS TESTS THIS WEEK THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE CAN SUPPORT HOSPITALS DOING TO ENHANCE THEIR CAPABILITY OF TESTING

SO I KNOW ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY, WHAT WENT ON LAST WEEK AND WE'RE MOVING INTO THE FUTURE AGAIN, WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF TESTS THIS WEEK BUT WE WILL HAVE A MILLION PLUS TESTS PLUS ALL THE THOUSANDS OF HOSPITALS WHO DO THEIR OWN TEST THAT SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO TAKE CARE OF THE LOAD WE SEE IN WEEK IN THE FUTURE WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF TESTS, AGAIN, IN THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF RANGES WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME THAT'S WHERE WE ARE TODAY

>> ADMIRAL, THIS IS IMPORTANT WORK TREATING PATIENTS AT THE HEART OF THIS EPIDEMIC THIS MORNING AS PATIENTS WITH COVID-19 CONTINUE TO PILE INTO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND ICU AT MT SINAI, THERE IS SOME VERY PROMISING, POSSIBLY LIFESAVING NEWS, FROM DEEP INSIDE THE HOSPITAL'S LAB >> WE HAVE SO MANY PATIENTS WHO ARE SICK THEY NEED SOME HOPE OF A TREATMENT

>> DR JIANG AND HIS COLLEAGUES HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW TEST THAT MAY SPEED UP AND IMPROVE AND OLD THERAPY TRANS FUSING THE PLASMA OF PATIENTS WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 INTO PATIENTS WHO ARE CRITICALLY ILL THE TECHNIQUE USED EFFECTIVELY IN THE PAST IN SARS, H1N1 FLU AND EBOLA EPIDEMIC MORE RECENTLY THE CHINESE USED IT IN THEIR BATTLE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

MT SINAI'S NEW TEST, A CUTTING EDGE WEAPON CREATED BY A TEAM LED BY DR FLORIAN CRAMER >> THEN YOU CAN GET A READOUT, WHICH IS BASICALLY A CHANGE IN COLOR BY DOING THAT, WE CAN DETERMINE IF SOMEBODY HAS HURRICANE DORIAN IMMUNITY TO COVID-19

>> THE DARKER, THE COLOR, THE HIGHER THE ANTIBODIES >> WHILE OTHER TESTS MEASURE WHETHER THE ANTIBODY IS THERE OR NOT, OURS CAN MEASURE HOW MUCH OF THE ANTIBODY IS THERE THAT'S IMPORTANT, BECAUSE WE CAN IDENTIFY THOSE DONORS WITH A HIGH AMOUNT OF ANTIBODY WHO WOULD MOST LIKELY BENEFIT THE PATIENT >> THE HOSPITAL PUT OUT A CALL FOR THOSE WHO HAD RECOVERED AND WAS STUNNED WHEN 10,000 PEOPLE VOLUNTEERED DANNY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST

HE AND HIS WIFE LIVE IN NEW ROCHELLE, ONE OF THE FIRST HOT SPOTS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA THEY WERE ONLY MILDLY ILL, NEVER HOSPITALIZED, RECOVERING AT HOME WITH THEIR THREE KIDS, NONE OF WHOM GOT SICK >> AS SOON AS WE WERE RELEASED FROM QUARANTINE, THE FIRST PLACE WE WENT WAS MT SINAI TO QUALIFY FOR THE DONATION PROGRAM, YOU SIMPLY NEED TO HAVE A BLOOD TEST

STRAIGHT THERE ANTIBODY NUMBERS ARE HIGH, HAVE YOU TO HAVE A NEGATIVE SWAB, VERY SIMPLE >> WE HAVE A PICTURE-OF-YOU CONTRIBUTING YOUR PLASMA WHAT WERE YOU THINKING >> THIS IS PROBABLY THE LEAST WAY TO BE A HERO, DOESN'T TAKE MUCH IMPACT >> FOUR DOSES OF PLASMA, TWO DOSES BEING GIVEN TO THE SICKEST PATIENTS HERE

IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, MT SINAI HAS GIVEN 11 VERY SICK PATIENTS THE PLASMA OF THOSE WHO HAVE RECOVERED IS IT WORKING? I KNOW THE EXPRESSION GAME CHANGER HAS A LOT OF WEIGHT TO IT BUT MIGHT THIS THERAPY BE A GAME CHANGER? >> I THINK WE'LL BE ABLE TO EVALUATE THE FIRST PATIENTS WE HAVE TREATED IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS >> IT ISN'T JUST MT

SINAI LOOKING TO GET CONVALESCENT PLASMA THERAPY UP AND RUNNING AROUND THE COUNTRY, A GROUP OF DOCTORS IN 22 STATES FROM SOME OF THE COUNTRY'S LEADING RESEARCH CENTERS ARE SPEARHEADING THE EFFORT THE GROUP STARTED AT JOHNS HOPKINS WHERE THEY ARE FOCUSING ON USING PLASMA TO KEEP HEALTH WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS FROM GETTING ILL >> I BELIEVE THIS IS A POTENTIAL DISEASE ALTERING TREATMENT >> DR MICHAEL JOINER AT THE MAYO CLINIC IN MINNESOTA IS ALSO ONE OF THE LEADERS

>> I'M HOPEFUL WE CAN MODIFY THE COURSE OF THE DISEASE, PREVENT HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS FROM GETTING IT, REDUCE THE RISK OF PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL FROM NEEDING ICU CARE AND SHORTEN THE STAY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE ICU >> SO DR JOINER TOLD US THAT THE MAYO CLINIC HAS, IN FACT, TAKEN ITS FIRST PLASMA DONATION IN A FEW DAYS IT WILL PROBABLY BE PUT INTO A PATIENT THEY ARE HOPING TO KEEP OUT OF THE ICU ALL THE DOCTORS WE TALKED TO SAID THE FDA IS BEING A TERRIFIC PARTNER TRYING TO GET THIS OUT THERE

THEY ARE HOPEFUL WITHIN A FEW DAYS, A FEW WEEKS, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THEY WILL MAKE THIS MT SINAI AVAILABLE TEST AVAILABLE MANY CRISIS IN HER LIFETIME ENSURING PEOPLE WE WILL SEE BETTER DAYS JUST DAYS AFTER BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER HELPED CHEER ON HIS NATION'S HEALTH CARE WORKERS, YOU'LL NOW SEE THEIR WORK UP CLOSE AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED 10 DAYS AFTER TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS >> ALTHOUGH BETTER, I'VE DONE BY SEVEN DAYS OF ISOLATION ALAS, I STILL HAVE ONE SYMPTOM, A MINOR SYMPTOM, I HAVE TEMPERATURE

>> THIS MORNING BORIS JOHNSON UNDERGOING A SERIES OF TESTS SAID TO BE A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE BUT WILL STAY FOR AS LONG AS NEEDED HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND IN BED WITH SYMPTOMS, TOO" IN BED WITH COVID-19 IS OBVIOUSLY WORRYING PRESIDENT TRUMP OFFERING HIS BEST WISHES >> I WANT TO EXPRESS OUR NATION'S WELL WISHES TO PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON AS HE WAGES HIS OWN PERSONAL FIGHT WITH THE VIRUS

ALL AMERICANS ARE PRAYING FOR HIM HE'S A FRIEND OF MINE, A GREAT GENTLEMAN >> HOURS AFTER HOPE FROM THE QUEEN >> TOGETHER WE ARE TACKING THIS DISEASE I WANT TO REASSURE YOU IF WE REMAIN UNITED AND RESOLUTE, WE WILL OVERCOME IT

>> A RARE SPEECH FROM WINDSOR CASTLE ONE LOAN CAMERA MAN WITH PROTECTIVE GEAR ALLOWED IN THE ROOM HER FIRST BROADCAST WITH HER SISTER IN 1940 DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR THIS IS A NEW BATTLE SHE TOLD OUR NATION >> TODAY ONCE AGAIN MANY WILL FEEL A PAINFUL SENSE OF SEPARATION FROM THEIR LOVED ONES

BUT NOW, AS THEN, WE KNOW DEEP DOWN THAT IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO >> HER OWN SON, AN HEIR TO THE THRONE PRINCE CHARLES ONE OF THE MANY CONFIRMED CASES HERE THE QUEEN'S MESSAGE, DON'T GIVE UP >> WE SHOULD TAKE COMFORT WHILE WE MAY HAVE MORE TO ENDURE, BETTER DAYS WILL RETURN WE WILL BE WITH OUR FRIENDS AGAIN

WE WILL BE WITH OUR FAMILIES AGAIN WE WILL MEET AGAIN >> SO INSPIRING THE Q PROTOCOL WHICH MEANS PASSENGERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ONSHORE ARE NOW WAITING TO FIND OUT WHAT'S NEXT THIS MORNING, ANOTHER TRAGEDY AT SEA

THREE PEOPLE NOW DEAD AFTER TAKING A CRUISE ON THE CORAL PRINCESS WHICH DEPARTED FROM CHILE MARCH 5th AFTER BEING REJECT FREDDIE SEVERAL PORTS, THE SHIP WAS ABLE TO DOCK IN MIAMI ON SATURDAY WITH 1900 PASSENGERS ON BOARD, AT LEAST A DOZEN TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS FIVE OF THE SIX PASSENGERS WERE QUICKLY TAKEN TO AREA HOSPITALS THE FAMILY OF 71-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM SAN FRANCISCO WHO WAS ON THE CRUISE WITH HIS WIFE SAID THEY NEEDED TO TAKE DRASTIC ACTION TO GET HIM THE HELP HE NEEDED >> THE FAMILY HAD TO CALL 911 FROM OUT OF STATE TO GET HELP FOR THEIR FAMILY MEMBER

THEY WAITED FOR OVER FOUR HOURS FOR AN AMBULANCE A FEW HOURS LATER >> PRINCE CRUISES TELLING NBC, "ALL OF US AT PRINCESS CRUISES ARE DEEPLY SADDENED TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF MR MAKE WE OFFER SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND THOSE IMPACTED BY THE LOSS PASSENGERS REMAIN ON BOARD DUE TO NEW GUIDE ONS FROM CDC WHICH REQUIRES PASSENGERS WITH RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS OR STILL RECOVERING TO STAY ON BOARD UNTIL MEDICALLY CLEARED BY THE DOCTORS

DISEMBARKING CRUISE PASSENGERS NOT TRAVEL ON COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS OR SHARE TRANSPORTATION WITH NONCRUISE GUESTS >> ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE >> ONE OF THOSE SICKENED ON THE SHIP, THEIR SON SPEAKING OUT TELLING NBC NEWS HIS FATHER WAS TRANSFERRED TO A HOSPITAL LAST NIGHT >> ONCE WE GOT A POSITIVE TEST RESULT, HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE PROPER ADEQUATE MEDICAL ATTENTION IT'S BEEN HEARTBREAKING

>> LAST THURSDAY TWO HOLLAND AMERICAN SHIPS CARRYING 1200 PASSENGERS, FOUR DEAD AND DOZENS SICK DOCKED IN FT LAUDERDALE NOW ONCE AGAIN NEW TROUBLE AT SEA, RETURNING TO AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE BACK ON LAND THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD SAYS THERE ARE 114 CRUISE SHIPS EITHER IN US

PORTS OR JUST OFF THE COAST OF THE UNITED STATES WITH 93,000 CREW MEMB WORSHIP L PEOPLE THAN LIVE LIKE PRISONERS IN THEIR HOMES >> THAT WAS SAM BROCK REPORTING THERE EVERY DAY BRINGS NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VIRUS, ABOUT HOW WE CAN PROTECT OURSELVES HERE TO HELP ANSWER SOME OF THOSE QUESTIONS IS NBC NEWS MEDICAL CONTRIBUTOR DR PATEL

SHE WAS A TOP HEALTH OFFICIAL DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SHE HELPED LEAD THE NATION'S RESPONSE TO THE SWINE FLU OUTBREAK DR PATEL, GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME THIS MORNING

>> THANK YOU, CRAIG >>> YESTERDAY IN THAT BRIEFING WE HEARD PRESIDENT TRUMP TALK ABOUT OUR STOCKPILE OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, SOME 29 MILLION PILLS, APPARENTLY THIS, OF COURSE, IS THAT DRUG THAT'S USED TO TREAT MALARIA, USED TO TREAT LUPUS SEPARATE FACT FROM FICTION HERE WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT ITS EFFECTIVENESS IN TREATING COVID-19? >> HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW, CRAIG

THE EVIDENCE IS STILL LIMITED JUST TO BE CLEAR, IT IS ONLY BEING ON SERVED FOR TREATMENT, NOT FOR PREVENTION, WHICH I THINK WAS A LITTLE CONFUSING YESTERDAY WHAT WE KNOW IS BASED ALSO ON SOME SMALL STUDIES THAT SHOWS THERE WAS SOME MILD TO MODERATE BENEFIT WHEN USED IN THE TREATMENT OF COVID PATIENTS SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT IT'S REALLY NOT PRODUCTIVE TO TRY TO GET A PRESCRIPTION OR TO EVEN THINK ABOUT USING THIS DRUG IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY UNDER THE CARE OR AT LEAST OBSERVATION OF A PHYSICIAN AND JUST TO ALSO BE CLEAR, WE'VE BEEN TREATING WITH LUPUS WITH THIS DRUG FOR SOME TIME

QUITE CANDIDLY, THIS ENTIRE CONFUSION HAS LED TO SHORTAGES FOR PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED THE DRUG, WHICH IS WHY STICK TO YOUR DOCTOR'S ADVICE SO FAR IT'S ONLY FOR PATIENTS WITH THE DIAGNOSIS AND NOT ALL PATIENTS EVEN THEN >> ALL RIGHT LET'S TALK ABOUT THE OTHER BIG STORY THIS MORNING, MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS OF COURSE THE CDC CHANGING ITS GUIDANCE A FEW DAYS AGO SUGGESTING PEOPLE IN PUBLIC PLACES WHERE THESE NONSURGICAL MASKS

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN EXACTLY AND WHEN AND WHY SHOULD WE ALL BE WEARING THEM? >> IT'S A GREAT QUESTION, CRAIG ALSO AGAIN I'M GOING TO TRY TO MAKE IT PRETTY SIMPLE WE REALLY SHOULD BE STAYING AT HOME FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE BEST WAY TO AVOID GETTING THE DISEASE AND VIRUS IS TO STAY AT HOME IF YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR HOME TO DO GROCERY SHOPPING, TO GO TO THE PHARMACY, OR TO DO ONLY ESSENTIAL BUSINESS, IT'S ADVISABLE FOR YOU TO WEAR A NONMEDICAL MASK

I'LL EVEN JUST GIVE YOU A TIP ON WHAT KIND OF CLOTH YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT SOMETHING WOVEN LIKE A PILLOW CASE OR FLANNEL, NOT A STRETCHY KNIT COVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH THE BEST POINT TO REMEMBER, CRAIG, THIS PROTECTS OTHERS FROM GETTING SICK FROM YOU, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND SO THIS IS TO PROTECT ME FROM MAKING YOU SICK WHEN I PUT ON THE MASK

SO IT SHOULD NOT REPLACE STAYING AT HOME, WASHING YOUR HANDS, OR GIVE YOU A SENSE OF SECURITY THAT YOU'RE BEING PROTECTED FROM OTHERS THAT'S CRITICAL >> DR PATEL, WE'VE GOTTEN A SLEW OF QUESTIONS FROM VIEWERS AND FOLKS WHO LISTEN TO US ON SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO I WANT TO GET TO TWO OF OUR VIEWER QUESTIONS HERE

THE FIRST ONE CAME IN FROM SOCIAL MEDIA THIS IS ASKING CAN YOU GET REINFECTED IF YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS, TESTED POSITIVE, AND YOU RECOVER, CAN YOU THEN GET REINFECTED >> THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION WE'VE ALREADY GOT NUMBERS OF REPORTS FROM CHINA, SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN WHERE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN QUOTE, UNQUOTE, REINFECTED

BUT WE'RE TRYING TO LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS SO FAR WE THINK IF YOU GET CORONAVIRUS AND THEN COVID-19, THAT YOU DO DEVELOP IMMUNITY AND IT IS LESS LIKELY TO GET REINFECTION EVEN IN THOSE CASES WE MENTIONED, WE THINK THOSE PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE TESTED NEGATIVE FALSELY IN THE MIDDLE YES, IT'S UNLIKELY TO GET REINFECTION >> RILEYKING 19 WROTE AND ASKED, WHAT WILL THE PEAK OF COVID-19 BE LIKE AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PEAK? >> RILEY, THIS IS THE QUESTION WE'RE ALL ASKING

REALLY THE PEAK ARE THE NUMBERS WE'RE LOOKING FOR A DECREASE IN THE NUMBERS OF NEW CASES I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU, THAT SHOULD NOT GIVE US A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY EITHER WHEN WE SEE THAT DECREASE IN NUMBERS, THAT'S A GREAT SIGN BUT IN THAT CASE, WE NEED TO PUT THE METAL TO THE PEDAL AND CONTINUE ALL DISTANCING MEASURES

DO NOT LET YOURSELF LET UP WHEN WE SEE THE DECREASE BUT WE HOPE THAT WILL BE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS >> DR PATEL, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CONTINUES TO CONCERN ME IS THIS NEW REPORTING ON THE FACT THAT APPARENTLY 20 TO 25% OF FOLKS WHO HAVE COVID-19 WALK AROUND AND THEY ARE ASYMPTOMATIC IS THIS A VIRUS THAT'S CHANGING? IS OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE VIRUS CHANGING? >> IT'S A GREAT QUESTION, CRAIG IT'S NOT THAT OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE VIRUS ITSELF HAS CHANGED

IT'S THAT WE'RE SEEING AND PICKING UP AND CANDIDLY DOING MORE TESTING THIS IS ALL RELATED TO THE FACT THAT WE REALLY DIDN'T HAVE — OUR COUNTRY WASN'T AS PREPARED WITH TESTING AS WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN WE'RE SEEING WHAT WE SEE IN OTHER DISEASES, WHICH ARE ASYMPTOMATIC CARRIERS YOU DON'T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS AND YOU ACTUALLY HAVE THE DISEASE THAT'S AGAIN ANOTHER REASON WHY THE CDC MOVED TO THIS UNIVERSAL NONMEDICAL MASK

REMEMBER, YOU CAN HAVE THIS AND NOT KNOW IT AND INNOCENTLY COUGH OR SNEEZE, EVE >>> AND WELCOME BACK TO THE THIRD HOUR OF "TODAY" GUYS, YOU KNOW THIS PANDEMIC REALLY HAS JUST, IT'S ALL WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OF COURSE, ALSO TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE STEPPING UP TO HELP OUT IT'S PUT AN UNPRECEDENTED STRAIN ON FOOD BANKS THIS PERSON DOES IT YEAR-ROUND

THE GREATER COMMUNITY FOOD BANK SAID IN MARCH IT DONATED 1 MILLION MORE POUNDS OF FOOD THAN USUAL AT THEIR LAST DRIVE-UP FOOD DRIVE, CARS LINING UP FOR MILES THIS MORNING THEY ARE GOING TO HOST ANOTHER ONE WE'RE JOINED BY THE FOOD BANK'S PRESIDENT AND CEO LISA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US THIS MORNING

>> GOOD MORNING, AL >> AT YOUR LAST FOOD DRIVE YOU SERVED 800 CARS IN THREE HOURS THAT WAS THEN, THIS WAS TODAY HOW MANY ARE YOU EXPECTING TODAY? >> WE'RE EXPECTING ALMOST 2,000 CARS AT 8:00 THIS MORNING, 10 PEOPLE LINED UP

NOW I WOULD VENTURE WHEN I LOOK OVER AT THE INTERSECTION, WE HAVE MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE LINED UP FOR OUR NOON DISTRIBUTION >> WOW YOU TOOK PART IN FOOD DRIVES AFTER 9/11, IN LOUISIANA AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA YOU'RE SAYING THIS ISN'T LIKE ANYTHING YOU'VE SEEN BEFORE >> WHEN YOU'RE RESPONDING TO A NATURAL DISASTER, YOU'RE COMING IN AFTER THE DISASTER HAS HAPPENED AND IT'S LOCALIZED TO ONE OR SEVERAL COMMUNITIES

THIS IS A NATIONAL PANDEMIC, A GLOBAL PANDEMIC WE'RE RESPONDING IN THE MIDST OF THIS CRISIS AND A CRISIS GROWING THE RESOURCES ARE LIMITED WE'RE CONCERNED WE WON'T HAVE ENOUGH FOOD TO PROVIDE ALL THAT THEY NEED >> AND ONE OF THE REASONS YOU'RE HAVING A SHORTAGE IS THAT YOU'VE GOT FOLKS WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A FOOD BANK BEFORE

>> THAT'S RIGHT, AL WE'VE SEEN A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NULL UNEMPLOYED THIS IS THEIR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO GET FOOD FROM US HERE TODAY >> AND BY THE WAY, YOU FEEL LIKE THIS ISN'T A SHORT-TERM SITUATION EITHER HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THIS IS GOING TO GO ON? >> WE ANTICIPATE THIS GOING ON FOR AS LONG AS THE PANDEMIC IS SPREADING THROUGHOUT OUR REGION

WE'RE ANTICIPATING FOR SEVERAL MONTHS AND WE BELIEVE THE IMPACT ON THE PEOPLE WE SERVE, THE MOST VULNERABLE OF OUR NEIGHBORS, THE IMPACT WILL BE LONG-TERM FOR AS LONG AS 12 TO 18 MONTHS >> LISA, WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO WHO ARE WATCHING RIGHT NOW WHAT CAN THEY DO TO HELP? >> WELL, WE ARE SPENDING A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY TO PURCHASE ITEMS NOT NORMALLY DONATED, PASTA, CANNED FRUIT, CANNED VEGETABLES SO THE BEST WAY PEOPLE CAN HELP RIGHT NOW IS THROUGH FINANCIAL DONATION

WE'RE ALSO LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO VOLUNTEER AND DIRECTING VOLUNTEERS OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY >> OKAY APPRECIATE IT >> GREAT WE'LL PUT INFORMATION ABOUT THAT ON OUR WEBSITE ON TODAY

COM LISA, >>> AND WELCOME BACK TO THE THIRD HOUR OF "TODAY" THESE ARE STRESSFUL, UNCERTAIN TIMES FOR SURE WITH ALL OF US WORRIED ABOUT OUR PHYSICAL HEALTH, IT CAN BE EASY TO FORGET THE TOLL THIS CAN ALL TAKE ON YOUR MENTAL HEALTH WE'RE ALL JOINED NOW WITH A LITTLE MOTIVATION ON MONDAY MORNING

SOME WAYS TO DESTRESS AND BE MINDFUL CO-FOUNDER OF HEADSPACE ANDY PUDDICOMBE JOINS US THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME I SAID IN THE PAST, I'M A HUGE FAN OF YOUR APP, NOT A PAID SPOKESPERSON BUT FOLKS WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH MINDFULNESS, HOW CAN IT BE HELPFUL IN TIMES LIKE THESE

>> MORNING, GUYS I THINK MINDFULNESS DOESN'T NECESSARILY CHANGE WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND US BUT DOES CHANGE OUR RELATIONSHIP TO IT IT CHANGES OUR EXPERIENCE OF IT IT HELPS US TO BE MORE PRESENT, LESS LIKELY TO GET BECAUSE OF THE UP IN A LOT OF THE INTERNAL CHATTER AND LESS LIKELY TO GET OVERWHELMED BY EMOTIONS A GREAT WAY OF ANCHORING THE MIND, GROUNDING THE MIND WHEN WE'RE FEELING OUT OF CONTROL LIKE SO MANY OF US ARE RIGHT NOW

>> I UNDERSTAND THAT GOVERNOR CUOMO REACHED OUT TO YOU RECENTLY WITH A SPECIFIC REQUEST FOR NEW YORKERS >> YEAH HEARTBREAKING TO SEE THE SCALE AND THE STORIES COMING OUT OF NEW YORK RIGHT NOW IT'S ONE OF MANY GOVERNMENT STATE AGENCIES WE'RE CHATTING TO, BUT HE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING SPECIFIC FOR THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK SO TODAY WE'RE LAUNCHING NEW YORK STATE OF MIND A SORT OF SPECIFIC CURATED COLLECTION OF CONTENT

STRESS, ANXIETY, STRUGGLING WITH SLEEP IF YOU HAVE KIDS AT HOME YOU THINK COULD BENEFIT FROM MINDFULNESS EXERCISE EVEN IF YOU WANT TO APPLY MINDFULNESS TO MOVEMENT AND GET ACTIVE AT HOME, THERE'S SOMETHING THERE FOR EVERYONE >> AL >> YEAH, ANDY

FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE, I MEAN, I'VE DONE IT ONE OF THE THINGS I FIND I HAVE TO WORK — MY MIND WANDERS AND PICKS UP ON OTHER THOUGHTS HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE YOU'RE DOING THIS RIGHT? >> I THINK FOR ME THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTIONS, PERHAPS, THAT WE SOMEHOW HAVE TO DO SOMETHING RIGHT, THAT WE PERHAPS EVEN HAVE TO STOP THE THOUGHTS IN OUR MIND THE TRUTH IS WE DON'T THE IDEA OF MEDITATION IS TO SIT AND GET COMFORTABLE WITH OUR MIND AS IT IS

SOMETIMES THAT MEANS THE MIND IS VERY BUSY AND WE'RE GETTING COMFORTABLE WATCHING THOUGHTS COMING AND GOING QUITE QUICKLY SOMETIMES IT MEANS THE MIND IS QUITE QUIET OVER TIMES WE GET BETTER AT THIS, WATCHING THOUGHTS COMING AND GOING AND NOT GETTING INVOLVED IN THE THOUGHTS THE MIND NATURALLY STARTS TO SETTLE DOWN IN MANY WAYS, PRESSURE OFF

THERE'S NO RIGHT OR WRONG HERE TO BEGIN WITH WE GET DISTRACTED A LOT OVER TIME, THE MORE WE PRACTICE, THE LESS DISTRACTED WE BECOME >> ANDY, THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING THAT ARE MULTI-TASKING WITH CAREERS AND JOBS AND KIDS OUT THERE WITH SCHOOL >> YEAH

>> THAT'S THE MINIMAL AMOUNT OF TIME YOU CAN DEVOTE TO THIS AND REALLY SEE RESULTS, ULTIMATE HAD I EASE THE STRESS IN YOUR HOME >> WE'VE ALL HAD KIDS BUST IN ON OUR INTERVIEWS IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS THE INTERESTING THING WITH MEDITATION, IT'S NOT ABOUT THE DURATION A LOT OF THE SIGNS SUGGEST IT'S MORE ABOUT FREQUENCY THAN DURATION WEATHERING THE STORM CONTENT YOU'LL FIND ON THAT NEW YORK STATE OF MIND, YOU'LL FIND EXERCISES AS SHORT AS ONE MINUTE, THREE MINUTES, FIVE MINUTES

WE KNOW ACTUALLY VERY SHORT PERIODS OF TIME CAN MAKE A VERY REAL DIFFERENCE IN REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF STRESS THAT WE MIGHT FEEL >> ANDY, WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME >> I KNOW >> WE WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE FOLKS WHO ARE WATCHING AND LISTENING TO THE CONCEPT SO MAYBE IF YOU COULD SPEND JUST 45 SECONDS WALKING US THROUGH A MINDFULNESS EXERCISE

>> I'D BE HAPPY TO I'M GOING TO CHOOSE ONE HERE THAT I THINK SO MANY OF US ARE SEPARATED FROM THE PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT RIGHT NOW THE THING I'D LIKE TO DO IS GET COMFORTABLE TAKE ONE BREATH THROUGH YOUR NOSE IF YOU LIKE WHEN YOU BREATHE OUT YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES

I'D LIKE YOU TO PICTURE A PERSON YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT I'D LIKE TO IMAGINE YOU SITTING THERE, YOU KNOW THEY WOULD HAPPY AND RELAXED WITH ANY OUT BREATH, I'D LIKE YOU TO PICTURE THAT PERSON LOOKING INCREASINGLY RELAXED, INCREASINGLY HAPPY MAYBE YOU START TO SEE A SMILE ON THEIR FACE MAYBE YOU START TO SEE THEM LAUGH A LITTLE BIT

SO WE'RE FOCUSED ON OUR OWN BREATH, THAT RISING AND FALLING SENSATION WITH EACH OUTBREATH, WE'RE SEEING THAT PERSON WE CARE ABOUT LOOKING INCREASINGLY HAPPY AND RELAXED, INCREASINGLY AT EASE SO A GREAT WAY OF BRINGING A GREATER SENSE OF CALM TO OUR OWN BODY AND MIND AND AT THE SAME TIME STAYING CONNECTED WITH THE PEOPLE WE LOVE AND CARE ABOUT >> THANK YOU >> I FEEL BETTER ALREADY

>> AL, SHEINELLE, I'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE TOMORROW PROGRAMMING NOTE HERE, BY THE WAY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THIS MORNING ON MSNBC I'LL BE REPORTING FROM THE FRONT LINES OF THIS CRISIS THE NEXT WEEKS I'LL BRING YOU THE FIRSTHAND YOU MAY ALREADY BE FEELING FRUSTRATED BY THE APPLICATION PROCESS STEPHANIE RUHLE HAS THAT STORY >> Reporter: NEW YORK CITY ENTREPRENEUR NICK PONTO THOUGHT HE FOUND THE LINE HE NEEDED

BUT AFTER HAVING ISSUED EVEN APPLYING, HE FELT DEVASTATED >> IT FELT LIKE THE LARGEST BAIT AND SWITCH AND WE'VE BEEN A RESPONSIBLE SMALL BUSINESS >> Reporter: THE GROWING FRUSTRATION FOR NICK AND OTHER SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS COMES DURING THE ROLLOUT OF THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM WHICH IS INTEND TODAY PROVIDE AN INCENSIVE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS AUTHORIZED $350 BILLION IN FORGIVABLE LOANS TO BUSINESSES WITH FEWER THAN 500 EMPLOYEES AND WILL COVER THEIR COSTS FOR AT LEAST 8 WEEKS >> I ENCOURAGE ALL SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE 500 OR FEWER PEOPLE PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LENDERS

YOU GET THE MONEY YOU'LL GET IT THE SAME DAY YOU USE THIS TO PAY YOUR WORKERS PLEASE BRING YOUR WORKERS BACK TO WORK >> Reporter: TONIGHT THE BIGGEST BANKS HAVE LIVE APPLICATIONS OFFERING RELIEF TO THE 35 MILLION SMALL BUSINESSES IN AMERICA

YESTERDAY BANK OF AMERICA RECEIVED OVER 85,000 APPLICATIONS FOR OVER 22 BILLION IN ASSISTANCE THAT SURGE CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS LIKE NICK >> THE PAYCHECK PROGRAM THAT EVERYONE SAYS IS GOING TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS, WE'RE BEING DENIED AND THERE'S NO WAY TO ACCESS THAT FUND AND IT'S TERRIFYING >> Reporter: AS OF TONIGHT THE TOP THREE LENDER LISA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US AND ALL YOU'RE DOING FOR PEOPLE IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA

GOOD LUCK WITH THE LINES TODAY ONE OF THE THINGS WE'VE BEEN DOING TO TRY TO PUT A LITTLE LIGHTNESS AND HELP ON FOLKS, YOU'VE BEEN HELPING US, #UPLIFTTODAY WE BRING STORIES THAT HOPEFULLY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE THE ONE THAT BROUGHT A SMILE TO OUR FACE IS HAVING OUR BUDDY SHEINELLE JONES BACK SHEINELLE, WHY DON'T YOU TAKE THE FIRST #UPLIFTTODAY

>> WITH PLEASURE, MY FRIEND OKAY WE'RE GOING TO START YOU OFF IN SAN DIEGO WITH A RESPIRATORY THERAPIST TREATING COVID-19 PATIENTS HERE IS THE DEAL HE WAS FEELING BAD FOR HIS PATIENTS BECAUSE HIS FACE AND BODY ARE COMPLETELY COVERED WITH PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

HE SAID A REASSURING SMILE MAKES A BIG DIVOT WITH HIS PATIENTS LOOK AT THIS, HE MADE A LAMINATED BADGE WITH HIS FACE WITH A BIG SMILE ON IT PATIENTS THANK HIM FOR MAKING THEM FEEL SAFE AND THEY ARE BEING CARED FOR BY A STAFF MEMBER THAT LOVES TO HELP HE SAYS A SMILE GOES A LONG WAY TO HELP WITH THE FEAR OF THIS PANDEMIC IT'S A GOOD IDEA

>> THAT'S A GREAT IDEA >> AMEN >> HERE IS ONE I SAW OVER THE WEEKEND IT'S CERTAINLY UPLIFTING A FRIEND OF MINE SENT THIS TO ME

TWO HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN KENTUCKY ARE SHOWING THEY HAVE A LOT OF HEART, QUITE LITERALLY, ACTUALLY ANNA FISHER IS A NURSE AT U OF L BRITNEY BOWARD AT WHITNEY HEALTH CARE THEY WANTED TO SHARE ENCOURAGEMENT THEY MADE BLUE HEART STICKERS, THEY SHARED WITH OTHER WORKERS

NOW THEY ARE GETTING REQUESTS FROM HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN OTHER STATES, OTHER COUNTRIES IT COMES WITH A NOTE SAYING, NO MATTER HOW CRAZY THESE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS WILL BE, WE ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE A FAMILY IT'S BEEN JUST ABOUT TWO WEEKS SO FARHAN, A AND BRITNEY HAVE SHARED ABOUT 18,000 STICKERS HANNAH SAID TWO OF HER NURSING FRIENDS SHOWED UP IN NEW YORK TO HELP OUT WITH THE CRISIS

THEY BROUGHT 700 STICKERS WITH THEM IT DISTRIBUTE AS WELL THEY ARE TRYING TO HELP HEALTH CARE WORKERS STAY POSITIVE THROUGH AN ESSENTIAL TIME >> ALL RIGHT WE WANT TO HIGHLIGHT OUR REUNION, HAVE TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF AN UPLIFT, JERRY AND BEVERLY OF LITCHFIELD, MINNESOTA, GUESS WHAT, THEY HAVE BEEN MARRIED 63 YEARS RECENTLY JERRY HAD BEEN RECOVERING FROM AN INTESTINAL CONDITION AT A NURSING HOME AND BEVERLY VISITED EVERY DAY

WHEN THE FACILITY LOCKED DOWN TO PROTECT ITS RESIDENTS FROM COVID-19, BEVERLY WAS PREVENTED FROM VISITING MARKING THE LONGEST AMOUNT OF TIME THE COUPLE HAD SPENT APART SINCE THEY WERE MARRIED FINALLY JERRY FEELING A LOT BETTER, ABLE TO BE RELEASED THE COUPLES' DAUGHTER LAURA LEE PULLED OFF A SURPRISE OF A LIFETIME THIS IS THEIR REUNION >> HI, HONEY

>> I CAN'T HUG YOU THOUGH >> WHY CAN'T YOU? >> IT HAPPENED LAST THURSDAY ON BEVERLY'S 84th BIRTHDAY THE COUPLE HASN'T LET GO SI THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE OLYMPICS, HOW IT IMPACTS ATHLETES WHO HAVE TRAINED THEIR WHOLE LIFE FIRST, MICHAEL IN AND OUT OF THE WATER >> AN OLYMPIC CHAMPION

>> A LEGEND IN THE POOL AND NOW A LEADER OUT OF IT >> MICHAEL PHELPS >> MICHAEL PHELPS WAS A FIXTURE ON THE MEDAL STAND FOR THE LAST FOUR OLYMPICS AND IS NOW WEIGHING IN ON THE HISTORIC DECISION TO POSTPONE THE TOKYO GAMES BY A FULL YEAR THE RECORD 23-TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST RETIRED AFTER RIO IN 2016 >> LOOK WHO IS BACK ON TOP

>> HE'S PRAISING THE TOKYO POSTPONEMENT BUT M'S SOUNDING THE ALARM IN STARK TERMS ON WHAT THAT COULD MEAN FOR HIS PEERS ON RECENT INTERVIEW FOR NBC SPORTS I REALLY, REALLY HOPE WE DON'T SEE AN INCREASE IN ATHLETE SUICIDE RATES BECAUSE OF THIS BECAUSE THE MENTAL HEALTH COMPONENT IS BY FAR THE BIGGEST DECISION HERE IT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION BUT BREAKS MY HEART FOR ATHLETES PHELPS HAS BEEN AN OUTSPOKEN ADVOCATE SINCE LEAVING THE WATER CITING HIS OWN STRUGGLES WITH IT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEESH

ADDING, IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO GO AWAY BUT I'VE LEARNED MY DEPRESSION DON'T HOLD ME BACK THEY MAKE ME WHO I AM >> I WAS LOST >> HE DISCUSSED MEMORIAL HEALTH AS INVESTOR AND PAID ENDORSER FOR MOBILE THERAPY APP TALK SPACE >> I REALIZED I COULDN'T HANDLE IT MYSELF

>> AND IN AN INTERVIEW WITH US IN 2018 >> I FINALLY REALIZED I CAN ASK FOR HELP AND IT'S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY FOR ME, THAT'S WHAT CHANGED MY LIFE >> THAT CONCERN ABOUT THE HUMAN TOLL IS A TIMELY ONE FOR HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOW CONFINED IN THEIR HOMES WITH SO MANY WORRIED ABOUT RENT, BILLS, AND THE ANXIETY AND UNCERTAINTY OF THE PANDEMIC PHELPS HOPES HIS INFLUENCE AND ADVOCACY CAN BE FELT FAR BEYOND THE POOL

WE ARE SO VERY HAPPY TO HAVE MICHAEL PHELPS WITH US THIS MORNING HEY, MICHAEL, HOW ARE YOU DOING? >> GOOD HOW ARE YOU? >> I'M GREAT PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE FOR US THERE ARE ATHLETES WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINING FOR YEARS FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES THAT WERE SET FOR 2020, THEN THEY WERE TOLD THOSE GAMES WOULD BE POSTPONED

FROM AN ATHLETE'S PERSPECTIVE, TELL US WHAT THAT ATHLETE IS GOING THROUGH >> WELL, I HAVE TO FIRST THANK-OF-MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY RESPONDER OUT THERE EVERYONE WORKING THE FRONT LINES THOSE ARE OUR HEROES RIGHT NOW THEY ARE KEEPING US, I GUESS, SURVIVING US

WHATEVER YOU WAN TO SAY, THEY ARE KEEPING US ALIVE TO THE ATHLETES, IT'S TOUGH YOU GO THROUGH SOMETHING FOR FOUR YEARS AND, YOU KNOW, WE KIND OF KNOW EXACTLY WHEN IT'S GOING TO COME AND OUR BODIES ARE READY FOR IT, THEN WE HAVE TO WAIT SO IT IS CHALLENGING, BUT I THINK THE BIGGEST THING NOW IS EVERYBODY SHOULD LOOK AT THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY AN OPPORTUNITY ON ANOTHER YEAR WORK ON FINE-TUNING SMALL THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO HELP YOU MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

>> I INTERVIEWED SIMONE BILES, SAVANNAH AND I DID, SHE SAID SHE CRIED WHEN SHE HEARD THE NEWS IT'S KIND OF HARD FOR NONATHLETES TO LOOK AT THAT AND SAY, WOW, IT FEELS LIKE THAT IT'S MORE THAN JUST A COMPETITION THIS IS SOMETHING >> IT'S YOUR WHOLE LIFE

>> YEAH >> IT'S DIFFICULT I'VE TRIED TO REPLAY WHAT I WOULD BE GOING THROUGH EMOTIONALLY AT THIS VERY TIME IF I WAS STILL COMPETING IT'S HARD TO REALLY KIND OF COMPREHEND IT SO YOU KNOW, I THINK THE BIGGEST THING IS FOR ALL THE ATHLETES, ESPECIALLY, TRY TO TAKE THIS AS A POSITIVE

LIKE I SAID, SOME OF THE SMALL THINGS BUT REALLY, REALLY, REALLY I WANT EVERYBODY TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE TAKING CARE OF THEIR MENTAL HEALTH IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT NOW >> YOU SAID SOMETHING THAT WAS JUST SO JARRING IN THE PIECE WE DID YOU SAID I REALLY HOPE WE DON'T SEE AN INCREASE IN ATHLETE'S SUICIDE BECAUSE THIS REALLY IS A MENTAL HEALTH GAME RIGHT NOW

>> I'LL BE THE FIRST ONE TO ADMIT, I'M SOMEBODY WHO STILL STRUGGLES WITH DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY I'VE HAD A DAY OR TWO OVER THE LAST THREE WEEKS WHERE IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT I'M SURE THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE GOING THROUGH THE EXACT SAME THING WILL AGAIN, IT'S SOMETHING SO IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE GETTING — WE'RE PAYING ATTENTION TO OUR MENTAL HEALTH AS WE ARE PHYSICAL >> YOU SAID YOUR PHONE IS ALWAYS OPEN FOR ATHLETES TO CALL YOU WHAT ADVICE ARE YOU GIVING FOLKS IN THIS MOMENT? >> I THINK, YOU KNOW, IF YOU ARE IN A SPOT WHERE YOU NEED HELP, TO REACH OUT AND ASK FOR HELP

IT'S SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO DO I CAN UNDERSTAND SOMEBODY GOING THROUGH THAT ALSO AT THE SAME TIME IT'S SOMETHING THAT CHANGED MY LIFE TO BE HONEST, IT SAVED MY LIFE SO I AM STILL MYSELF REACHING OUT FOR HELP

I STILL HAVE A THERAPIST THAT I TALK TO THEY HELP ME JUST BE ME >> WOW CAN I JUST ASK, YOU'RE AT HOME, YOU AND NICOLE YOU'VE GOT THREE KIDS

HOW IS THAT WHOLE SITUATION GOING? >> IT'S ACTUALLY PRETTY AWESOME RIGHT NOW WE'VE — I GUESS WE'RE HOME BODIES PEOPLE IN GENERAL, SO IT'S KIND OF NICE FOR ME BEING ABLE TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH THE ONES WHO I LOVE THEY ARE STILL ASLEEP NOW, AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD FOR THEM ASKING FOR PANCAKES OR FRENCH TOAST, WHATEVER IT IS THIS MORNING, THEN OFF TO SCHOOLWORK WITH MOM IT'S ANNALS MOVING HOUSE HERE IT'S AWESOME

>> LASTLY, WHAT'S THE VERDICT ON THE MOUSTACHE ARE WE KEEPING IT? >> I THINK FOR RIGHT NOW I MEAN, WHY NOT? I DON'T KNOW, IT'S KIND OF FUNNY THE KIDS THINK IT'S WEEKS ARE PIVOTAL AS THE COUNTRY ENTERS ITS TOUGHEST PERIOD YET WITH MULTIPLE STATES HEADING INTO MAKE OR BREAK WEEKS AGAINST COVID-19, OVERNIGHT PRESIDENT TRUMP TRYING TO PUT A POSITIVE SPIN ON AN ESCALATING SITUATION

>> WE'RE STARTING TO SEE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL >> Reporter: BUT JUST 24 HOURS THE PRESIDENT ADMITTING — >> THERE WILL BE A LOT OF DEATHS UNFORTUNATELY >> Reporter: AN ASSESSMENT ECHOED BY HIS HEALTH ADVISERS >> NEXT WEEK WILL BE OUR 9/11 MOMENT >> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT DOUBLING DOWN ON HIS CALL TO USE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, EVEN THOUGH THERE'S NO EVIDENCE IT FIGHTS COVID-19

>> WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE I'M NOT LOOKING ONE WAY OR ANOTHER WE'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS IF IT DOES WORK, IT WOULD BE A SHAME IT DIDN'T WORK EARLY >> WEIGHING IN, WHEN DR

FAUCI WAS ASKED ABOUT THE DRUG >> DO YOU WANT TO WEIGH IN ON THIS ISSUE OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE? WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS >> I ASKED THE DOCTOR >> I ANSWERED 15 TIMES >> ALARMING NEW PROJECTIONS SHOW A PEAK IN NEW YORK, NEW ORLEANS IN A FEW DAYS

WITH A DEFICIT OF SUPPLIES, GOVERNORS IN MANY STATES ARE SCRAMBLING TO PREPARE MICHIGAN HAS MORE THAN 14,000 CASES OF THE VIRUS, THIRD MOST >> EXPONENTIALLY WE'RE SEEING IT DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE BASED ON CITY LINE, STATE LINE, PARTY LINES >> NEW ORLEANS HAS THE COUNTRY'S MOST LETHAL DEATH RATE WHILE MORE THAN 4,000 HAVE DIED IN NEW YORK

NINE STATES ARE STILL REFUSING TO ENACT FULL STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS, INCLUDING IOWA >> IF ADDITIONAL ACTION IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF IOWANS, I WILL DO SO >> Reporter: BUT THE SURGEON GENERAL SAYING IT IS VITAL TO STOP THE SPREAD >> GIVE US A WEEK OR TWO IF YOU CAN WE WANT YOU TO DO IT IN 30 DAYS

IN THOSE NINE STATES GIVE YOU US WHAT YOU CAN SO WE GET THE PEAK AND COME DOWN THE OTHER SIDE >> RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, IS MANDATING RESIDENTS WEAR MASKS WHEN THEY LEAVE THE HOUSE, ONE OF THE STRICTEST MEASURES ON SUNDAY SOME WITH THEIR FAITH IGNORING SOCIAL DISTANCING IN LOUISIANA ONE PASTOR DESPITE A BAN ON GATHERS >> THEY WOULD RATHER COME AN WORSHIP LIKE FREE PEOPLE THAN LIVE LIKE PRISONERS IN THEIR HOME

>> HERE IN FLORIDA THE GOVERNOR SAYING HE DOESN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CLOSE HOUSES OF WORSHIP WITH 15 INSIDE THE JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER IN MANHATTAN GABE, GOOD MORNING TO YOU >> SAVANNAH, GOOD MORNING THE JAVITS CENTER BEHIND ME NOW HAS 2500 BEDS MAKING IT THE LARGEST HOSPITAL IN THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW

US MILITARY PERSONNEL ARE STAFFING IT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SENDING 1,000 DOCTORS, NURSES, AND RESPIRATORY TECHS, TO HANDLE THE OVERWHELMING NEED HERE WE SHOULD WARN YOU, SOME OF THE ISSUES YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE ARE DISTURBING

>>> THIS MORNING THE US MILITARY IS ON THE MOVE, DEPLOYING STAFF TO 11 NEW YORK HOSPITALS AS THE CITY ANSWERS WHAT'S EXPECTED TO BE ITS MOST CRITICAL WEEK YET IN THE BATTLE AGAINST CORONAVIRUS >> THE SYSTEM IS OVER CAPACITY >> AT ONE HOSPITAL IN BROOKLYN, AN UNSETTLING SCENE, BODY BAGS LINING THE HALLWAY UNTIL THEY CAN BE MOVED OUTSIDE TO TEMPORARY MORGUES

STILL A POSSIBLE HOPE PURCHASE THE NUMBER OF DEATHS OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS HAS BEEN DROPPING FOR THE FIRST TIME WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT? IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL >> NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS WITH ICU AND INTUBATIONS HAVE ALSO GONE DOWN IN NEW YORK BUT THE OVERALL DEATH TOLL REMAINS GRIM THE STATE TOPPING A STAGGERING 4100 DEATHS AND MORE THAN 122,000 CONFIRMED CASES

>> I HOPE WE'RE SOMEWHERE NEAR THE APEX, RIGHT? >> A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ALREADY PUSHED TO ITS LIMITS IS NOW PREPARING FOR THE WORST >> NONE OF US ACTUALLY EXPECTED ANYTHING LIKE THIS TO EVER HAPPEN WE ONLY KNOW TO DO ONE THING, AND THAT'S TO SHOW UP AT WORK AND TAKE CARE OF OUR PATIENTS >> THE STATE'S URGENT PLEA FOR HELP AND SUPPLIES HAS BEEN ANSWERED THOSE NEAR AND FAR NURSES WITH SAMARITAN'S PURSE THAT RESPONDED TO DISASTERS AROUND THE WORLD NOW HELPING AT THE EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL IN ICONIC CENTRAL PARK

>> WE HAVE NEVER BEEN RESPONDING TOGETHER IN AMERICA TO A DISASTER SITUATION, SO THIS IS A FIRST FOR US >> CHINA SENDING 1,000 VENTILATORS, ANOTHER 140 FROM OREGON IN NEIGHBORING NEW JERSEY, A NEW FIELD HOSPITAL IS OPENING TODAY AS THE STATE SURPASSES 37,000 CASES AND QUICKLY APPROACHES 1,000 DEATHS AMONG THE LIVES LOST, RICHARD GOULD, THE FORMER FIRE COMMISSIONER IN WOODBRIDGE, NEW JERSEY HE WAS HONORED BY THE DEPARTMENT WHICH HELD A FUNERAL PROCESSIONAL THROUGH TOWN

65-YEAR-OLD PRISCILLA WAS A COORDINATING MANAGER AT ELMHURST HOSPITAL IN QUEENS THE WORLD ALSO LOST JAZZ LEGEND, A RENOWNED TRUMPET PLAYER WHO LEARNED FROM MILES DAVIS HE WAS JUST 59 YEARS OLD NEW YORK MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO ESTIMATES THE CITY WILL NEED AN EXTRA THE VIRUS ON THE SHIP CROZIER IS IN QUARANTINE AS FALLOUT FROM HIS FIRING MOUNTS

FOR CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER, IT WAS A HERO'S FAIRWELL NOW WORD THAT HE, TOO, HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 THE NEWS COMES AFTER VIDEOS BEGIN SURFACING OF CLAPPING AND CHEERING SOLDIERS ABOARD "USS ROOSEVELT" SAYING GOOD-BYE TO HIS COMMAND THURSDAY SAYING HIS ACTION WAS NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES OF HIS CREW FROM CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK TWO NAVAL ACADEMY SOLDIERS REVEALING THE DIAGNOSIS ON SUNDAY THE CLASSMATES TELLING THE "TIMES," CROZIER BEGAN SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE BEFORE HE WAS FIRED THURSDAY

THE NAVY'S TOP BRASS DISMISSING CROZIER FROM DUTIES ABOARD US ROOSEVELT DAYS AFTER THE COMMANDING OFFICER PENNED A BLUNT LETTER TO NAVY LEADERS CALLING FOR STRONGER ACTION TO ADDRESS THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK ABOARD THE CARRIER, WRITING, WE'RE NOT AT WAR SOLDIERS DO NOT NEED TO LIE THE ACTING SECRETARY EXPLAINING THE DECISION LAST WEEK

>> I HAVE NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT CAPTAIN CROZIER DID WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS IF THE BEST INTEREST AND SAFETY OF HIS CREW UNFORTUNATELY IT DID THE OPPOSITE IT UNNECESSARILY RAISED ALARMS WITH FAMILIES OF SAILORS OF MARINES WITH NO PLANS TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS >> Reporter: THE MOVE TO DISMISS SETTLE OFF A FIRESTORM JOE BIDEN RESPONDED SUNDAY

>> I THINK IT'S CLOSE TO CRIMINAL THE WAY THEY ARE DEALING WITH THE GUY I THINK THE GUY SHOULD HAVE A COMMENDATION RATHER THAN BE FIRED >> Reporter: FOR HIS PART PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DEFENDING THE DISMISSAL SAYING CROZIER'S LETTER ASKING FOR HELP FOR SECTION CREW MEMBERS WAS, QUOTE, NOT APPROPRIATE AS FOR CROZIER'S CONDITION NAVY OFFICIALS WOULD NOT CONFIRM WHETHER HE'S TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS A DEFENSE OFFICIAL TELLING NBC NEWS, THOUGH, ONCE CROZIER LEFT THE ROOSEVELT HE WENT MATCH EXPANDING HOSPITAL CAPACITY THROUGHOUT THE AREA

HODA >> ALL RIGHT, GABE THANK YOU SO MUCH LET'S TURN NOW TO OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR JOHN TORRES AND NBC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR DR

JOSEPH FAIR HE'S AN EXPERT ON THE STUDY OF VIRUSES HE WAS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE AFRICAN EBOLA CRISIS GOOD MORNING, DOCTORS I'M GOING TO START WITH YOU, DR

FAIR WE KEEP SAYING WHAT THE SURGEON GENERAL IS SAYING, THIS IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR, OUR 9/11 THIS WEEK IS CRITICAL WHAT DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR IN THIS WEEK, DR FAIR? >> I THINK I WOULD AGREE WITH THE STATEMENT, ONLY IT'S JUST GOING TO BE NATIONWIDE AND NOT LOCALIZED IN A CERTAIN AREA

WE ALL FELT IT AS AMERICANS, WHEN IT DIRECTLY TOUCHES YOU, SOMEONE RELATED TO YOU OR A COLLEAGUE, IT'S GOING TO TOUCH YOU IN A DIFFERENT WAY HE'S TRYING TO PREPARE THE NATION FOR WHAT THAT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE HAVING BEEN THROUGH MY FAIR SHARE OF THESE OUTBREAKS LIKE THIS AND SEEN A LOT OF THESE DEATHS OCCUR, IT IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO PREPARE FOR MENTALLY IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EASY TO GET THROUGH, TO BE HONEST AS A NATION HE'S MAKING THAT REFERENCE TO BEST PREPARE PEOPLE AS BEST HE CAN AS A NATION TO GET READY TO GO THROUGH THAT GRIEVING PROCESS THAT IS UNIQUE TO OUTBREAKS

>> THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF SOUND THAT WAS PLAYED AT THE PRESIDENT'S CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE MEETING YESTERDAY IT WAS FROM DR DEBORAH BIRX IT STRUCK US BECAUSE IT HAD TO DO WITH THE EVERYDAY THINGS WE DO SHE NOW SAYS MAYBE WE SHOULDN'T BE DOING THEM ANYMORE

TAKE A LISTEN >> THIS THE MOMENT TO NOT BE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, NOT GOING TO THE PHARMACY BUT DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS SAFE THAT MEANS EVERYBODY DOING THE 6 FEET DISTANCING, WASHING YOUR HANDS >> NOT GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE AND NOT GOING TO THE PHARMACY, DR FAIR

WHY NOW? >> YOU KNOW, SHE'S REALLY JUST TALKING ABOUT ABSOLUTELY MINIMIZING OUR INTERACTION WITH ONE ANOTHER THOSE ARE ESSENTIAL TASKS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THEM OCCASIONALLY I THINK WHAT DR BIRX IS TRYING TO GET ACROSS, AND BY THE WAY, I HAVE STRONG CONFIDENCE IN BOTH HER AND DR

FAUCI, THEY DO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING, REALLY TRYING TO MINIMIZE IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE HUMAN INTERACTION THAT'S GOING TO LEAD TO SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL WE'RE TRYING TO IMPLEMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, NATIONWIDE, ACROSS REALLY EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD WE'RE TRYING TO DO AT THE SAME TIME IT'S HARDER AS WE HAVE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ON EARTH, IN URBAN AND DENSELY POPULATED AREAS LIKE NEW YORK, IT'S HARDER, JUST BECAUSE WE LIVE CLOSER TO ONE ANOTHER BUT THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO >> IN GABE'S PIECE, THE NEW YORK GOVERNOR DID HAVE IT SOUNDED LIKE A BIT OF GOOD NEWS HE SAID THE NUMBERS HAVE BEEN DROPPING ON SATURDAY THE NUMBER OF DEATHS WAS 630

ON SUNDAY IT WAS 594 IN NEW YORK WHAT ARE WE TO READ INTO THOSE NUMBERS? HAVE WE REACHED THE APEX, DO YOU THINK? >> HODA, I THINK WHAT YOU'RE SEEING THERE IS EXACTLY WHAT SHOULD BE SAID THERE'S A GLIMMER OF HOPE HERE WE'RE SEEING SOME LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL YOU CAN'T BASE THESE DECISIONS THEY ARE MAKING ON HOPES AND PROMISES AND WISHES, YOU HAVE TO BASE THEM ON GOOD DATA-DRIVEN PROJECTIONS

PROJECTIONS ARE SHOWING THIS IS GOING TO BE A BAD WEEK AND HE KNOWS THAT HE'S NOT WILLING TO SAY WE'RE AT THE APEX, NOBODY IS WE HAVE TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AS WE START GETTING UP THE CURVE AND FINALLY COMING DOWN THE BACK SIDE OF THE CURVE WE MIGHT BE THERE, WE MIGHT NOT YOU CAN'T BASE DECISIONS ON THE HOPE WE'RE THERE

YOU HAVE TO BASE THEM ON THE FACT WE KNOW MORE PATIENTS ARE COMING IN, MORE SHORTAGES, MORE ISSUES GOING ON HERE, ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK CITY OTHER CITIES CAN USE THIS AS AN EXAMPLE AND TEMPLATE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM AS TIME GOES ON AND THEY START LOOKING AT THEIR OWN CURVES INCREASING AND CASES INUNDATING HOSPITALS >> LET'S TALK ABOUT IT THIS IS THE MOST CRITICAL WEEK THIS IS ALL HANDS ON DECK

THIS IS THE WEEK WE NEED ALL THE EQUIPMENT, DR TORRES HOW ARE WE DOING IN THAT DEPARTMENT DURING THIS WEEK? >> HODA, I THINK WE'RE DOING BETTER THAN IF YOU'D ASKED THAT QUESTION TWO WEEKS AGO OR MAYBE A WEEK AGO BUT I DON'T THINK WE'RE STILL AT THE POINT YET THAT WE CAN HANDLE EVERYTHING THAT'S HAPPENING HERE ESPECIALLY IF IT'S AS BAD A WEEK WHEN YOU HAVE TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS, THAT'S THE TOUGHEST DECISION TO MAKE, WHO GETS TREATMENT, WHO DOESN'T GET TREATMENTS THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE DONE IN MILITARY ENVIRONMENT, NOT CIVILIAN FIELD

HOPEFULLY MORE AND MORE EQUIPMENT COMES IN WE'RE HEARING ABOUT CHINA, WASHINGTON STATE, NATIONAL GUARD GOING UPSTATE TO GET VENTILATORS TO BRING THEM DOWN TO NEW YORK CITY I THINK WE'RE DOING THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO, TO GET VENTILATORS MOVED AROUND, WHICH ARE THE CRUCIAL PIECE OF EQUIPMENT WE NEED THERE ARE SHORTAGES AS WELL WE'RE WORKING ON THOSE SHORTAGES WILL BE RESOLVED

HOW QUICKLY AND HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT IN THE MEANWHILE IS THE CRITICAL THING ON SAVING LIV FOR MORE ON THE EFFORTS TO CONTAIN THE CORONAVIRUS AND WHAT AMERICANS SHOULD EXPECT THIS WEEK, WE TURN NOW TO ADMIRAL BRETT GIROIR, DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR HOUSE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE AND KEY MEMBER OF THE WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE ADMIRAL, GOOD MORNING TO YOU I GUESS THEY CALL YOU THE TESTING CZAR FOR SHORT, AS WELL >> GOOD MORNING >> THE SURGEON GENERAL THIS WEEK SAID THIS WAS GOING TO BE OUR 9/11, OUR PEARL HARBOR

HE SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE THE HARDEST AND SADDEST WEEK OF MOST AMERICANS' LIVES DR FAUCI SAIDS IT WILL BE SHOCKING AND DISTURBING WHAT SHOULD WE BRACE FOR AS AMERICAN >> BOTH THE SURGEON GENERAL AND DR

FAUCI ARE RIGHT ALL OUR PREDICTIONS, ALL OUR MODELS, WE KNOW FROM THE DATA WE SEE AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS WE TALK TO FOR NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY AND DETROIT, THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE THE PEAK WEEK REMEMBER, THIS IS THE PEAK WEEK FOR HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS THIS REFLECTS INFECTIONS THAT OCCURRED TWO OR THREE WEEKS AGO WE MAY BE SEEING THE WORST UPON US RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF OUTCOMES

THAT STILL COULD BE CONSISTENT AND WE BELIEVE WE'RE TURNING THE CORNER BECAUSE OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING WE'RE DOING OTHER CITIES LIKE NEW ORLEANS WILL COME LATER THEIR TIME IS NOT THIS WEEK BUT THEY WILL PEAK LATER WE'LL SEE SOME ROLLING PEAKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS THE NEXT FEW WEEKS UNFOLD >> THAT WAS MY QUESTION

IF YOU LIVE IN A STATE OR RURAL AREA OR SMALL TOWN AND THINK THIS SEEMS LIKE A BIG CITY PROBLEM, THIS IS GOING TO BE THEIR 9/11 BUT NOT MINE, OTHER THAN THE OBVIOUS POINT ABOUT US ALL BEING AMERICANS AND IN THIS TOGETHER, ARE THESE OTHER AREAS SAFE OR DO YOU EXPECT THE OUTBREAK TO REACH THOSE AREAS AS WELL >> NO ONE IS IMMUNE FROM THIS VIRUS IT IS A BRAND-NEW VIRUS WHETHER YOU LIVE IN SMALL TOWN AMERICA OR YOU LIVE IN THE BIG APPLE, EVERYONE IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO FOLLOW THE PRECAUTIONS WE'VE LAID OUT YOUR BEST PRECAUTION, THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THIS IS THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT NOW FOR SEVERAL WEEKS

STAY AT HOME THANK YOU FOR WORKING AT HOME AND SETTING THAT EXAMPLE WEAR A FACE COVERING IF YOU'RE IN PUBLIC BECAUSE YOU COULD BE ASYMPTOMATIC AND SPREAD IT TO OTHERS EVERYONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY COULD GET THIS IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT

EVEN THOUGH WE SAY THIS IS GOING TO BE THE PEAK, IF WE LET OUR FOOT OFF THE GAS AND DO THINGS ILL-ADVISED, WE COULD HAVE ANOTHER PEAK IN THE NEXT WEEKS WE HAVE TO COMPLETELY KEEP OUR EFFORTS GOING >> LET ME ASK YOU QUICKLY ABOUT THAT DR BIRX SAID ON SATURDAY, I BELIEVE, NOT TO EVEN GO TO THE PHARMACY OR GROCERY STORE

THAT GOES FOR NOT JUST PEOPLE IN THE HOT SPOTS BUT EVERYBODY IS THAT YOUR UNDERSTANDING THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO, DON'T EVEN GO TO THE GROCERY STORE OR PHARMACY >> SHE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT WE'RE ALL SAYING THE SAME THING IS THAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KEEP YOUR PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH OTHERS AND WITH SURFACES TO THE MINIMAL POSSIBLE THAT DOES NOT MEAN GO WITHOUT MEDICATION

IF YOU NEED TO GO TO THE PHARMACY TO GET YOUR MEDICATIONS, YOU NEED TO GET GROCERIES, DO IT BUT DON'T GO EVERY DAY TO THE GROCERY STORE LIKE MANY PEOPLE DO DO IT AS INFREQUENTLY AS POSSIBLE DO THE KIND OF TAKEOUT THINGS ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF, TO AVOID YOURSELF FROM GETTING THIS VIRUS AND BEING IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A MONTH OR POTENTIALLY FACING DEATH, I THINK IT'S ADVISED TO DO THAT

>> LET'S TALK ABOUT TESTING AS I MENTIONED YOU'RE KNOWN AS THE TESTING CZAR THERE'S AN INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT FROM YOUR AGENCY, HHS, OUT JUST THIS MORNING, A FEW MINUTES AGO IT FOUND A, QUOTE, SPHERE SHORTAGE IN TESTING KITS AT HOSPITALS WHY IS THAT? HOW CAN YOU RECTIFY THAT? >> WELL, WE'VE DONE 1

67 MILLION TEST TOSS DATE THIS WEEK WE'LL HAVE AT LEAST A MILLION TESTS DONE THAT'S NOT COUNTING THE THOUSANDS OF HOSPITAL LABORATORIES THAT DO THEIR OWN TESTS TESTS HAVE RAMPED UP DRAMATICALLY IN THE PAST COUPLE WEEKS THIS WEEK WE'LL HAVE AT LEAST 250,000 ABBOTT POINT OF CARE TESTS OUT

THIS IS BEING REMEDIED VERY QUICKLY EVERYONE WHO NEEDS A TEST CAN GET A TEST THIS WEEK IF YOU'RE HOSPITALIZED, IF YOU'RE A HEALTH CARE WORKER, IF YOU'RE ELDERLY AND HAVE SYMPTOMS BUT WE'RE NOT TO THE STAGE WITH TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE CAN GET TESTS WE'LL VP PROBABLY A MILLION OR MORE THIS WEEK, PROBABLY A LITTLE MORE THE FOLLOWING WEEK ENTERING INTO THE NEXT CYCLE WHEN THE, QUOTE, SEROLOGICAL TEST COMES, TO UNDERSTAND IF YOU'VE HAD THE DISEASE, THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE TENS OF MILLIONS VERY SOON

THAT'S A DIFFERENT TYPE OF TEST COMING IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS >> THE HHS SAYS THERE IS A SEVERE SHORTAGE RIGHT NOW YOU KNOW, I QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT IT'S TRUE THAT IF YOU NEED A TEST YOU CAN GET A TEST WHY IS IT THAT THE US

HAS SO FAR LAGGED BEHIND OTHER COUNTRIES YOU LOOK AT SOUTH KOREA, YOU LOOK AT ITALY, THEY ARE TESTING AT A RATE ESSENTIALLY DOUBLE THE RATE THAT WE ARE TESTING >> SO WE ARE REALLY GOING HOSPITAL TO HOSPITAL TO TRY TO ASSURE THAT THE TESTS ARE AVAILABLE I'M MEETING WITH HOSPITAL ASSOCIATIONS FROM ALL THE METROPLEX AREAS THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT TESTING IS TIGHT

BUT THERE ARE ENOUGH TESTS OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED THE TEST TO GET THE TEST AGAIN, ANOTHER MILLION PLUS TESTS THIS WEEK THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE CAN SUPPORT HOSPITALS DOING TO ENHANCE THEIR CAPABILITY OF TESTING SO I KNOW ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY, WHAT WENT ON LAST WEEK AND WE'RE MOVING INTO THE FUTURE AGAIN, WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF TESTS THIS WEEK BUT WE WILL HAVE A MILLION PLUS TESTS PLUS ALL THE THOUSANDS OF HOSPITALS WHO DO THEIR OWN TEST

THAT SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO TAKE CARE OF THE LOAD WE SEE IN WEEK IN THE FUTURE WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF TESTS, AGAIN, IN THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF RANGES WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME THAT'S WHERE WE ARE TODAY >> ADMIRAL, THIS IS IMPORTANT WORK TREATING PATIENTS AT THE HEART OF THIS EPIDEMIC THIS MORNING AS PATIENTS WITH COVID-19 CONTINUE TO PILE INTO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND ICU AT MT

SINAI, THERE IS SOME VERY PROMISING, POSSIBLY LIFESAVING NEWS, FROM DEEP INSIDE THE HOSPITAL'S LAB >> WE HAVE SO MANY PATIENTS WHO ARE SICK THEY NEED SOME HOPE OF A TREATMENT >> DR JIANG AND HIS COLLEAGUES HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW TEST THAT MAY SPEED UP AND IMPROVE AND OLD THERAPY

TRANS FUSING THE PLASMA OF PATIENTS WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 INTO PATIENTS WHO ARE CRITICALLY ILL THE TECHNIQUE USED EFFECTIVELY IN THE PAST IN SARS, H1N1 FLU AND EBOLA EPIDEMIC MORE RECENTLY THE CHINESE USED IT IN THEIR BATTLE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS MT SINAI'S NEW TEST, A CUTTING EDGE WEAPON CREATED BY A TEAM LED BY DR

FLORIAN CRAMER >> THEN YOU CAN GET A READOUT, WHICH IS BASICALLY A CHANGE IN COLOR BY DOING THAT, WE CAN DETERMINE IF SOMEBODY HAS HURRICANE DORIAN IMMUNITY TO COVID-19 >> THE DARKER, THE COLOR, THE HIGHER THE ANTIBODIES >> WHILE OTHER TESTS MEASURE WHETHER THE ANTIBODY IS THERE OR NOT, OURS CAN MEASURE HOW MUCH OF THE ANTIBODY IS THERE

THAT'S IMPORTANT, BECAUSE WE CAN IDENTIFY THOSE DONORS WITH A HIGH AMOUNT OF ANTIBODY WHO WOULD MOST LIKELY BENEFIT THE PATIENT >> THE HOSPITAL PUT OUT A CALL FOR THOSE WHO HAD RECOVERED AND WAS STUNNED WHEN 10,000 PEOPLE VOLUNTEERED DANNY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST HE AND HIS WIFE LIVE IN NEW ROCHELLE, ONE OF THE FIRST HOT SPOTS IN THE NEW YORK CITY AREA THEY WERE ONLY MILDLY ILL, NEVER HOSPITALIZED, RECOVERING AT HOME WITH THEIR THREE KIDS, NONE OF WHOM GOT SICK

>> AS SOON AS WE WERE RELEASED FROM QUARANTINE, THE FIRST PLACE WE WENT WAS MT SINAI TO QUALIFY FOR THE DONATION PROGRAM, YOU SIMPLY NEED TO HAVE A BLOOD TEST STRAIGHT THERE ANTIBODY NUMBERS ARE HIGH, HAVE YOU TO HAVE A NEGATIVE SWAB, VERY SIMPLE >> WE HAVE A PICTURE-OF-YOU CONTRIBUTING YOUR PLASMA

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING >> THIS IS PROBABLY THE LEAST WAY TO BE A HERO, DOESN'T TAKE MUCH IMPACT >> FOUR DOSES OF PLASMA, TWO DOSES BEING GIVEN TO THE SICKEST PATIENTS HERE IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, MT SINAI HAS GIVEN 11 VERY SICK PATIENTS THE PLASMA OF THOSE WHO HAVE RECOVERED

IS IT WORKING? I KNOW THE EXPRESSION GAME CHANGER HAS A LOT OF WEIGHT TO IT BUT MIGHT THIS THERAPY BE A GAME CHANGER? >> I THINK WE'LL BE ABLE TO EVALUATE THE FIRST PATIENTS WE HAVE TREATED IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS >> IT ISN'T JUST MT SINAI LOOKING TO GET CONVALESCENT PLASMA THERAPY UP AND RUNNING AROUND THE COUNTRY, A GROUP OF DOCTORS IN 22 STATES FROM SOME OF THE COUNTRY'S LEADING RESEARCH CENTERS ARE SPEARHEADING THE EFFORT THE GROUP STARTED AT JOHNS HOPKINS WHERE THEY ARE FOCUSING ON USING PLASMA TO KEEP HEALTH WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS FROM GETTING ILL

>> I BELIEVE THIS IS A POTENTIAL DISEASE ALTERING TREATMENT >> DR MICHAEL JOINER AT THE MAYO CLINIC IN MINNESOTA IS ALSO ONE OF THE LEADERS >> I'M HOPEFUL WE CAN MODIFY THE COURSE OF THE DISEASE, PREVENT HIGH-RISK INDIVIDUALS FROM GETTING IT, REDUCE THE RISK OF PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL FROM NEEDING ICU CARE AND SHORTEN THE STAY OF PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE ICU >> SO DR

JOINER TOLD US THAT THE MAYO CLINIC HAS, IN FACT, TAKEN ITS FIRST PLASMA DONATION IN A FEW DAYS IT WILL PROBABLY BE PUT INTO A PATIENT THEY ARE HOPING TO KEEP OUT OF THE ICU ALL THE DOCTORS WE TALKED TO SAID THE FDA IS BEING A TERRIFIC PARTNER TRYING TO GET THIS OUT THERE THEY ARE HOPEFUL WITHIN A FEW DAYS, A FEW WEEKS, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THEY WILL MAKE THIS MT SINAI AVAILABLE TEST AVAILABLE MANY CRISIS IN HER LIFETIME ENSURING PEOPLE WE WILL SEE BETTER DAYS

JUST DAYS AFTER BRITAIN'S PRIME MINISTER HELPED CHEER ON HIS NATION'S HEALTH CARE WORKERS, YOU'LL NOW SEE THEIR WORK UP CLOSE AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED 10 DAYS AFTER TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS >> ALTHOUGH BETTER, I'VE DONE BY SEVEN DAYS OF ISOLATION ALAS, I STILL HAVE ONE SYMPTOM, A MINOR SYMPTOM, I HAVE TEMPERATURE >> THIS MORNING BORIS JOHNSON UNDERGOING A SERIES OF TESTS SAID TO BE A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE BUT WILL STAY FOR AS LONG AS NEEDED HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND IN BED WITH SYMPTOMS, TOO

" IN BED WITH COVID-19 IS OBVIOUSLY WORRYING PRESIDENT TRUMP OFFERING HIS BEST WISHES >> I WANT TO EXPRESS OUR NATION'S WELL WISHES TO PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON AS HE WAGES HIS OWN PERSONAL FIGHT WITH THE VIRUS ALL AMERICANS ARE PRAYING FOR HIM HE'S A FRIEND OF MINE, A GREAT GENTLEMAN

>> HOURS AFTER HOPE FROM THE QUEEN >> TOGETHER WE ARE TACKING THIS DISEASE I WANT TO REASSURE YOU IF WE REMAIN UNITED AND RESOLUTE, WE WILL OVERCOME IT >> A RARE SPEECH FROM WINDSOR CASTLE ONE LOAN CAMERA MAN WITH PROTECTIVE GEAR ALLOWED IN THE ROOM

HER FIRST BROADCAST WITH HER SISTER IN 1940 DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR THIS IS A NEW BATTLE SHE TOLD OUR NATION >> TODAY ONCE AGAIN MANY WILL FEEL A PAINFUL SENSE OF SEPARATION FROM THEIR LOVED ONES BUT NOW, AS THEN, WE KNOW DEEP DOWN THAT IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO >> HER OWN SON, AN HEIR TO THE THRONE PRINCE CHARLES ONE OF THE MANY CONFIRMED CASES HERE

THE QUEEN'S MESSAGE, DON'T GIVE UP >> WE SHOULD TAKE COMFORT WHILE WE MAY HAVE MORE TO ENDURE, BETTER DAYS WILL RETURN WE WILL BE WITH OUR FRIENDS AGAIN WE WILL BE WITH OUR FAMILIES AGAIN WE WILL MEET AGAIN

>> SO INSPIRING THE Q PROTOCOL WHICH MEANS PASSENGERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ONSHORE ARE NOW WAITING TO FIND OUT WHAT'S NEXT THIS MORNING, ANOTHER TRAGEDY AT SEA THREE PEOPLE NOW DEAD AFTER TAKING A CRUISE ON THE CORAL PRINCESS WHICH DEPARTED FROM CHILE MARCH 5th AFTER BEING REJECT FREDDIE SEVERAL PORTS, THE SHIP WAS ABLE TO DOCK IN MIAMI ON SATURDAY WITH 1900 PASSENGERS ON BOARD, AT LEAST A DOZEN TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

FIVE OF THE SIX PASSENGERS WERE QUICKLY TAKEN TO AREA HOSPITALS THE FAMILY OF 71-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM SAN FRANCISCO WHO WAS ON THE CRUISE WITH HIS WIFE SAID THEY NEEDED TO TAKE DRASTIC ACTION TO GET HIM THE HELP HE NEEDED >> THE FAMILY HAD TO CALL 911 FROM OUT OF STATE TO GET HELP FOR THEIR FAMILY MEMBER THEY WAITED FOR OVER FOUR HOURS FOR AN AMBULANCE A FEW HOURS LATER >> PRINCE CRUISES TELLING NBC, "ALL OF US AT PRINCESS CRUISES ARE DEEPLY SADDENED TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF MR

MAKE WE OFFER SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND THOSE IMPACTED BY THE LOSS PASSENGERS REMAIN ON BOARD DUE TO NEW GUIDE ONS FROM CDC WHICH REQUIRES PASSENGERS WITH RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS OR STILL RECOVERING TO STAY ON BOARD UNTIL MEDICALLY CLEARED BY THE DOCTORS DISEMBARKING CRUISE PASSENGERS NOT TRAVEL ON COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS OR SHARE TRANSPORTATION WITH NONCRUISE GUESTS >> ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE

>> ONE OF THOSE SICKENED ON THE SHIP, THEIR SON SPEAKING OUT TELLING NBC NEWS HIS FATHER WAS TRANSFERRED TO A HOSPITAL LAST NIGHT >> ONCE WE GOT A POSITIVE TEST RESULT, HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE PROPER ADEQUATE MEDICAL ATTENTION IT'S BEEN HEARTBREAKING >> LAST THURSDAY TWO HOLLAND AMERICAN SHIPS CARRYING 1200 PASSENGERS, FOUR DEAD AND DOZENS SICK DOCKED IN FT LAUDERDALE

NOW ONCE AGAIN NEW TROUBLE AT SEA, RETURNING TO AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE BACK ON LAND THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD SAYS THERE ARE 114 CRUISE SHIPS EITHER IN US PORTS OR JUST OFF THE COAST OF THE UNITED STATES WITH 93,000 CREW MEMB OF THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS KERRY SANDERS ON A NEW TEST THAT COULD CHANGE THE GAME FOR THEM AND FOR US

>> Reporter: LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES OF NEW YORK CITY PARAMEDICS 18 YEARS ON THE JOB >> IT'S DIFFICULT TO LOOK A PATIENT IN THE FACE AND TRY MAKING THEM BELIEVE EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT >> Reporter: WATCHING THOSE NEW YORK DEVELOPMENTS, PARAMEDICS IN FLORIDA GETTING MORE CALLS BY THE DAY LIKE THIS >> HI, I'M HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING AND EVERY TIME I STAND UP I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING TO FAINT >> OH, I'M GOING TO STAY ON THE LINE WITH YOU

OKAY >> OKAY >> IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY >> IT HURTS TO BREATHE >> Reporter: IN SOUTH FLORIDA, PARAMEDICS NOW KNOW THEY'RE HEADED TO A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE WHEN THEY HEAR THIS

>> POSSIBLE P-36 >> Reporter: P-36 SUITED UP HEAD-TO-TOE IT COULD BE A POSSIBLE VIRUS CASE TODAY IN CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA, PARAMEDICS ANSWERING THOSE 911 CALLS TOOK QUICK READ BLOOD TESTS RESULTS IN 15 MINUTES

THE TESTS REVEAL THAT THEY HAVE PROTECTIVE CORONAVIRUS ANTI-BODIES >> THIS TEST IS NOT A PANACEA IT'S A SCREENING TOOL THE BEST ANALOGY IS INSTEAD OF GOING INTO THE FOREST BLIND, NOW WITH THIS TEST, AT LEAST YOU CAN SEE THE TREES AND A WAY OUT >> Reporter: THE RAPID TESTS ACQUIRED FROM CHINA, JASON MARINO ON A VIRUS RUN JUST DAYS AGO, HIS TESTS TODAY SHOWING NO EXPOSURE

HIS VOICE IS A NURSE >> Reporter: BOTH OF US ARE TERRIFIED WE WILL END UP BRINGING IT HOME TO OUR KID >> Reporter: HERE IN FLORIDA, THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 12,000 CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS THE RATE OF SPREAD, ACCORDING TO FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ONE NEW CASE EVERY 72 SECONDS

TONIGHT, FROM NEW YORK, THE STORY IS SERVICE AND SACRIFICE AT 50-YEARS-OLD, PARAMEDIC HALSTEAD WITH HIS OWN PROBLEMS, AN CHURCHES TODAY FOLLOWED GUIDELINES AGAINST LARGE GATHERINGS MORGAN CHESKY HAS MORE >> Reporter: TONIGHT CHURCHES AROUND THE WORLD PROVING EVEN A PANDEMIC CAN'T STOP CHRISTIANITY'S PALM SUNDAY >> YOU KNOW, IT'S TERRIBLE

>> Reporter: IN ROME, POPE FRANCIS STOOD ALONE, STREAMING MASS FROM ST PETER'S SQUARE THE VIRTUAL SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL, NOW THE NEW NORM >> MR PRESIDENT, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

>> Reporter: IN CALIFORNIA AN ONLINE THANK YOU FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, WHO WATCHED SUNDAY SERVICES AFTER WEIGHING IN ON THE ISSUE YESTERDAY >> SO, HOW SAD IS IT THAT WE HAVE EASTER PALM AND EASTER SUNDAY AND PEOPLE ARE WATCHING ON LAPTOP LAPTOPS AND COMPUTERS IT'S SAD >> Reporter: IN NORTH CAROLINA, A DRIVE-IN AS A PLACE OF WORSHIP, OTHERS CHOOSING TO DEFY SOCIAL DISTANCING IN LOUISIANA, DESPITE A SPIKE IN COVID-19 CASES, THE PASTOR KEEPING THE DOORS OPENED, ONE WEEK AFTER TROOPERS ARRESTED HIM FOR VIOLATING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS

>> WE LOST OUR JOBS, OUR INCOMES, SO AT LEAST LET US WORSHIP THIS IS THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD >> Reporter: IN TEXAS, THE PASTOR SAYS HE PREACHES THE GOD OF HEALING AND WON'T CLOSE DOORS THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCE IS CLEAR, AFTER BEING LINKED TO MORE THAN 70 COVID-19, ONE SACRAMENTO MEGACHURCH FINALLY CLOSED LAST WEEK MEANWHILE, IN BATON ROUGE — >> HOW MANY POSITIVE CASES? HOW MANY DEATHS BEFORE YOU CONSIDER CLOSING YOUR CHURCH DOORS IN THE MIDST OF THIS PANDEMIC? >> I KNOW YOU ARE PROBING ME, BUT WE'RE NEVER GOING TO CLOSE OUR DOORS

>> NO MATTER WHAT? >> NO MATTER WHAT HAVE YOU MY WORD >> Reporter: A TEST OF TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH PERSISTENT SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS MOLLIE HUNTER HAS THE LATEST FROM LONDON >> Reporter: TONIGHT, UK PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID

10 DOWNING STREET SAYING IN A STATEMENT, THIS IS A PRECAUTIONARY STEP AS THE PRIME MINISTER CONTINUES TO HAVE PERSISTENT SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS >> I'VE DEVELOPED MILD SYMPTOMS >> Reporter: HE TESTED POSITIVE ON MARCH 27th, BECOMING THE FIRST WORLD LEADER TO DO SO AND ON FRIDAY, REPORTED STILL HAVING A FEVER HE'S BEEN UPDATING THE NATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA, WHILE STILL WORKING FROM HOME

HIS PREGNANT FIANCEE NOW IN ISOLATION ALSO SHOWING SYMPTOMS THE NEWS BREAKING JUST AN HOUR AFTER THE QUEEN GAVE A RARE SPECIAL ADDRESS TO THE NATION AT 93-YEARS-OLD, THE PICTURE OF STRENGTH >> TOGETHER WE ARE TACKLING THIS DISEASE >> Reporter: A DEEPLY PERSONAL MESSAGE, A WAR TIME RALLYING CRY AS HER OWN SON HER HEIR PRINCE CHARLES RECOVERS FROM COVID

THE QUEEN HAS GIVEN THERE UNPLANNED ADDRESS FOUR TIMES BEFORE AT THE ON SETH OF THE FIRST GULF WAR AND WHEN PRINCESS DIANA DIED, WHEN HER MOTHER, THE QUEEN MUM, PASSED AWAY AND AT HER DINING JUBILEE THE QUEEN IS NOT AT HOME SHE IS SPEAKING FROM WINDSOR CASS SHE AND HER HUSBAND PRINCE PHILIP VERY MUCH IN THAT VULNERABLE AGE CATEGORY HAVE BEEN ISOLATED

BUT THE HEAD OF STATE HAS SEEN AND SURVIVED SO MUCH, HAS NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE >> WE SHOULD KEEP COMFORT, WHILE WE MAY HAVE STILL MORE TO ENDURE, BETTER DAYS WILL RETURN >> Reporter: A GOUGING TO FRAUDULENT TESTING SITES NBC NEWS' SAM BROCK HAS MORE >> WELL, WE'RE BACK DOWN AT 17th AND BROADWAY WHERE THE ALLEGED COVID TESTING CITIZENS SET UP AGAIN

>> Reporter: IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, PEOPLE IN PROTECTIVE GEAR OPERATING WHAT'S PRESENTED AS COVID TESTING ARE YOU TAKING SWAB FROM THE THESE FOLKS? >> EXCASE ME YOU HAVE TO, MA'AM >> Reporter: BUT LOUISVILLE OFFICIALS LIKE BARBARA SEXTON SMITH TELL US IT'S A SCAM SHE SAYS THEY'RE TESTING WITHOUT GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND WITHOUT EVEN TAKING NASAL SAMPLES

>> HOW FURIOUS ARE YOU ABOUT ALL THIS? >> THEY MAKE UP 40 OR 50 PEOPLE TAKING A TEST WITH THE SAME GLOVES WE HAVE THE PHOTOS TAKING OFF ALL THEIR STUFF SELLING IT TO THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK AND DRIVING OFF THEN THE NEXT DAY GETTING UP, PUTTING IT ALL ON AND GOING TO ANOTHER LOCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY >> Reporter: AS VICTIMS REVEAL THEIR HEART TAKE >> THIS IS JUST THE WORST THING THAT YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I'M GOING THROUGH AND ON TOP OF IT TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF

>> Reporter: SIGNS OF A SYSTEMIC CRUNCH FOR LEGITIMATE GEAR EMERGE IN NEW JERSEY, HOLY NAME HOSPITAL HAD TO RETURN 1,000 SAFETY MASKS >> BETWEEN THE FACT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE CERTIFICATION THE N-95 MASKS NEED AND THE FACT THAT WE WERE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE FIT, WE SHIPPED THEM BACK >> Reporter: HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTORS TELLING NBC NEWS THE SEARCH FOR QUALITY MASKS BORDERING ON THE IMPOSSIBLE >> OUT OF THE 300 THAT WE HAVE VETTED SO FAR, WE HAVEN'T YET FOUND ONE THAT'S LEGITIMATE

>> Reporter: FEDERAL OFFICIALS TELLING PEOPLE TO PREPARE FOR A WAVE OF SCAMS AS SOON AS THIS WEEK AS THOSE ALREADY VICTIMIZED SPEAK OUT >> I FEEL LIKE I HAVE SPREADW HOT SPOTS ACRO THE COUNTRY, NEW YORK REMAINS THE EPICENTER OF THIS OUTBREAK WITH NEARLY 40% OF ALL CASES NATIONWIDE KATHY PARK HAS THE VERY LATEST ON WHAT IS EXPECTED TO BE THE TOUGHEST WEEK YET AND WE WANT TO WARN YOU, SOME IMAGES ARE UPSETTING >> Reporter: DISTURBING IMAGES OUTSIDE THIS BROOKLYN HOSPITAL AS BRIGHT ORANGE BODY BAGS ROLL OUT THE TEMPORARY MORGUE ANOTHER REMINDER THAT FRONT LINE WORKERS IN NEW YORK CITY ARE DEEP IN A FIGHT WITHOUT A CLEAR END DAY

>> WE ARE DOING OUR BEST BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IS IT OUR TIME TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOU KNOW DEALING WITH IT EVERY DAY AND NOT YOU KNOW FEELING LIKE WE'RE COMPLETELY SAFE >> Reporter: TODAY GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAYING THE STATE MAY BE NEARING THE PEAK OR THE PLATEAU OF THE CRISIS HE ADDED THAT NEW YORK SAW DAILY CORONAVIRUS DEATHS THE WAR MAY BE A BLIP >> WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL >> Reporter: BUT WITH THE DEATH TOLL NOW PASSING THE 4,000 MARK, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS DEPLOYING THE MILITARY TO HELP AMONG THE MORE THAN 1,000 DOCTORS, NURSES AND SUPPORT STAFF CALLED INTO ACTION, APPROXIMATELY 300 ARRIVING IN NEW YORK CITY TODAY

>> THE BULK OF THEM WILL GO TO THE JAVITS CENTER AND AS OF LATE YESTERDAY, WE AGREED TO DEPLOY A FEW HUNDRED OF THEM TO 11 NEW YORK CITY HOSPITALS THAT ARE ALSO SEEING A DEFICIENCY WHEN IT COMES TO MEDICAL STAFF >> Reporter: WITH THE HEIGHTENED PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, THE JAVITS CENTER HAS SHIFTED TO TREATING COVID POSITIVE CASES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS LAYING THE RISK OF TAKING ON CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS ON HOSPITAL SHIFTS, INCLUDING THE USNS

COMFORT, WHICH HAS BEEN NEARLY EMPTY A WEEK >> THAT'S WHY WE OPENED UP THE JAVITS CENTER AND EXPANDED HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR CORONAVIRUS WE ARE PREPARED TO LEVERAGE THE MERCY AND COLD FRONT TO DO THAT >> Reporter: THE DEFENSE SECRETARY ANNOUNCING IN A MEMO THAT ALL PERSONNEL ON DOD INSTALLATIONS FACILITIES AND PROPERTY MUST NOW WEAR FACE COVERING IN OTHER TURN, A DEFENSE OFFICIAL SAYING CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER WILL REMAIN IN QUARANTINE AT NAVAL BASE QUALM FOR 14 DAYS THIS WEEK HE WAS FIRED FOR SOUNDING THE ALARM ON A CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ON THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT THE "NEW YORK TIMES" SHOWS HE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS

THE NAVY WOULD NOT CONFIRM THIS INFORMATION EARLIER THIS WEEK, MAYOR BILL De BLASIO WARNED THE CITY WOULD RUN OUT OF CRITICAL SUPPLIES BUT THEY WERE NBC NEWS INVESTIE AND CONSUMER CORRESPONDENT VICTY WYNN WITH WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING >> Reporter: THE BEST WAY TO AVOID THE VIRUS IS TO STAY HOME THAT'S NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE WHEN YOU COME INSIDE, TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES AND PUT ON INDOOR SLIPPERS THAT WAY YOU DON'T BRING THE GERMS INSIDE

A RECENT STUDY FOUND THE VIRUS CAN SURVIVE UP TO 24 HOURS ON CARDBOARD AND TWO-TO-THREE DAYS ON HARD PLASTIC AND STAINLESS STEELE, CLEAN THE SURFACES, DOOR KNOBS AND LIGHT SWITCHES USE DISINFECTANT SPRAYS OR WIPES F YOU DON'T HAVE THEM, OTHERS MAY WORK TO KILL VIRUS AND BACTERIA IF YOU ARE NOT SURE, CHECK THE EPA'S LIST OF CLEANING PRODUCTS THAT ARE APPROVED READ THE LABELS TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW LONG TO LET THE SPRAY SIT BEFORE WIPING IT OFF

IT CAN TAKE UP TO FIVE MINUTES TO FULLY KILL ANY VIRUS THE CDC SAYS A DILUTED BLEACH SOLUTION WORKS TO DISINFECT YOUR HOME MAKE SURE YOU USE ONE-THIRD A CUP OF BLEACH PER GALLON OF WATER DON'T FORGIVE TO CLEAN HOUSEHOLD ITEMS LIKE CHILDREN'S TOYS, REMOTE CONTROL, COMPUTER KEYBOARD AND ANY OTHER ITEMS THAT MULTIPLE PEOPLE TOUCH REMEMBER, THINGS ONLY REMAIN CLEAN UNTIL THEY ARE TOUCHED AGAIN, SO BE SURE TO CLEAN OFTEN IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING AND GOING FROM YOUR HOME

EXPERTS SAY USE THE WARMEST WATER AND DRYER HEAT SETTING THAT YOUR CLOTHE ASKING HANDLE AND DON'T FORGET TO USE ENOUGH DETERGENT AND REMEMBER TO WIPE DOWN THE LAUNDRY BASKET OR CLEAN THE HAMPER LINING WHEN DOING THE DISHES, NO NEED FOR BLEACH USE SOAP AND HOT WATER OR USE YOUR DISH WASH FER YOU HAVE ONE AND IF YOU ARE GETTING DELIVERIES OR BRIGG HOME GROCERIES, EXPERTS SAY LET THEM SIT FOR 24 HOURS AS AN EXTRA PRECAUTION

IF YOU NEED THEM IMMEDIATELY, WIPE DOWN THE ITEMS AND ALWAYS MAKE SURE TO WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER HANDLING WORKER DURING THESE TRYING TIMES KRISTEN DAHLGREN TONIGHT ON THE PEOPLE LOOKING AFTER THE ANIMALS >> Reporter: IN WHAT WOULD NORMALLY BE ONE OF THE BUSIEST WEEKS AT MISSOURI'S DICKERSON'S ZOO >> AS YOU LOOK AROUND AND NOBODY'S HERE, IT'S HEART BREAKING

>> Reporter: NOBODY HERE TO SEE THE HANDFUL OF SELF-LESS ZOO KEEPERS WHO COME EVERY DAY TO MAKE SURE THE ANIMALS GET FOOD AND CRITICAL CARE >> WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH IT'S GOING TO END AND WE'RE STILL GOING TO BE HERE >> Reporter: IT'S THE SAME AT THE COLUMBUS ZOO WHERE WORKERS NOW DO THEIR JOBS COMPLETELY ISOLATED, NO TWO ALLOWED IN THE SAME ROOM

>> IT MEANS EVERYTHING TO COME IN AND BE THIS TEAM TOGETHER AND REALLY PUT THEMSELVES AT RISK TO COME IN EVERY DAY >> Reporter: KEEPERS IN HUNDREDS OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO SAY THERE'S NO OTHER CHOICE >> EVEN IN NEW YORK WHERE THE INFECTION RATE CONTINUES TO SKYROCKET ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ARE PUTTING ASIDE THEIR OWN FEARS TO SHOW US EVERY DAY AT THE BRONX ZOO >> THEY ARE PUTTING THEMSELVES IN A BIT OF A VULNERABLE POSITION, BUT THEY HAVE TO BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO THE ANIMALS >> Reporter: AND WHILE AMERICANS ARE BEING TOLD TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE FOR MANY ANIMALS CONNECTION IS CRITICAL

BACK IN MISSOURI THE ZOO ANIMALS NOW HAVE PEN PALS >> IT SAYS DEAR ALPACAS, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH >> Reporter: THE STAFF CAN READ TO THE ANIMALS THE LOVE NOT LOST BECAUSE OF A LITTLE SOCIAL DISTANCE >> THAT'S YOUR LATEST WEATHER

HODY >> I LOVE IT WHEN YOU SAY THAT NOW TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM THIS MORNING A LOT-OF-CONFUSION ON MASKS AND SHOPPING HERE WITH ANSWERS NBC INVESTIGATIVE AND CONSUMER CORRESPONDENT VICKY NGUYEN

WE LOVE IT WHEN YOU COME WE HAVE A QUESTION ON FACEBOOK >> IN THE PAST THEY TOLD US WE DON'T HAVE TO WEAR THE MASKS, NOW THEY TELL US WE SHOULD FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, EVEN HEALTH CARE WORKERSERS DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MASKS IS IT SAFE TO WEAR THE ONES FROM KLEIN OR IS IT SAFE TO MAKE OUR OWN AND WEAR THEM

>> THE GOOD NEWS IS WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN YOU CAN USE EASY MATERIALS AT HOME, CLOTH AND RUBBER BANDS OR HAIR ELAELASTICS LET'S BE CLEAR WHY WE'RE WEARING THEM, WHY THE DATA CHANGED 25 TO 50% OF THE PEOPLE WALKING AROUND WITH COVID-19 HAVE NO SYMPTOMS THEY COULD ARE SHEDDING

SO YOU'RE WEARING THIS MASK IN CASE YOU ARE SICK AND YOU'RE TRYING NOT TO SPREAD IT THROUGH YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH >> WE'RE GOING TO MAKE ONE >> WE HAVE FABRIC THIS IS FABRIC I HAD AT HOME MY 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER MADE SCRUNCHIES WITH IT

HERE IS HOW TO FIND HOW THICK YOU HOLD IT UP TO THE LIGHT THE MORE LIGHT THAT COMES THROUGH, THE THICKER THE FABRIC YOU HAVE AN BANDANA, THAT WORKS WELL, AN OLD T-SHIRT A SHEET WOULD ALSO WORK

>>> LAY IT DOWN WE'LL TRY TO SHOW YOU WHILE JIMMY IS OPERATING THE CAMERA FOLD THE TOP PART DOWN A LITTLE BIT THE BOTTOM UP A LITTLE BIT, ABOUT A FOURTH THEM WE'RE GOING TO DO IT ONE MORE TIME

FOLD THE TOP DOWN, BOTTOM UP PERFECT, HODA NOW YOU TAKE YOUR RUBBER BANDS, HAIR ELASTICS ARE IDEAL SLIDE ONE ONTO THIS SIDE AND ONE ONTO THIS SIDE A THIRD THROUGH

YOU FLIP ONE IN, ONE IN I'M THE LEAST CRAFTY PERSON >> TUCK IT IN >> YOU CAN THE SURGEON GENERAL SHOWED IT FOLDING OVER BUT I AGREE WITH YOU FOLDING IN WILL MAKE IT NICER

YOU FOLD THIS UP, PUT IT ON YOUR EARS LIKE THIS NOT PRETTY, BUT, HEY, IT GETS THE JOB DONE THEN YOU CAN ACTUALLY PULL IT UP PERFECT THE KEY IS TO COVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH

ALSO, THIS DOESN'T MAKE YOU INVINCIBLE YOU SHOULD STILL BE STAYING HOME BUT ONE SMALL MEASURE FOR TRIPS YOU HAVE TO MAKE OUT >> ANOTHER QUESTION FROM CAMMY SHE WANTS TO KNOW THIS WHY ARE STORES ALLOWED TO HAVE SO MANY CUSTOMERS IN AT ONE TIME

IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE AT GROCERY STORES, ESPECIALLY PARKING LOTS YEAH, I'VE SEEN LINES OUTSIDE SOME STORES, OTHERS THEY LET IN >> IT'S FRUSTRATING YOU DO YOUR PART TO SOCIAL DISTANCE AND THEN GET TO THE STORE AND LET EVERYBODY IN OVER THE WEEKEND WALMART AND COSTCO HAD MAJOR MOVES

COSTCO SAYING IF YOU HAVE A MEMBERSHIP CARD ONLY TWO PEOPLE CAN GO INTO THE WAREHOUSE STORE TO PROTECT THE EMPLOYEES AND OTHER CUSTOMERS WALMART MAKING SOME BIG NEWS, WE'RE GOING TO TALK TO DAVID IN JUST A MOMENT BUT FIRST HIS FIGHT WITH COVID-19 DAVID LAT SAYS HE'S LUCKY TO BE ALIVE THE 44-YEAR-OLD AUTHOR AND LEGAL RECRUITER NOW OUT OF THE HOSPITAL IN AND IN RECOVERY CALLING HIMSELF A LUCKY PATIENT AFTER A MONTH LONG GRUELING BATTLE WITH CORONAVIRUS

DAVID FIRST FELT SYMPTOMS IN EARLY MARCH BY THE 16th, HE WAS HOSPITALIZED, DOCUMENTING HIS HARROWING ORDEAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND URGING ANYONE HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH TO TRY TO GET TESTED AFTER SAYING ON THE 18th, I DON'T KNOW THAT I'M GETTING ANY WORSE, AND AT THIS POINT I'LL TAKE IT, HE SUDDENLY DID GET WORSE MUCH WORSE THE TWO-TIME NEW YORK CITY MARATHON FINISHER BARELY ABLE TO WALK THE 5 FEET FROM HIS HOSPITAL BED TO THE BATHROOM

DAVID TWEETING, I'VE HAD 10 DAYS AND COUNTING WITH NO REAL IMPROVEMENT FEVER, FATIGUE, JOINT ACHES, COUGH, RESPIRATORY DIFFICULTY I HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS SICK IN MY ENTIRE LIFE DAVID WAS SEDATED, INTUBATED, AND HOOKED UP TO A VENTILATOR >> YOU KNOW, HE'S FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE

>> DAVID'S HUSBAND, ZACK, TELLING US LAST MONTH >> JUST TAKING IT DAY BY DAY, HOUR BY HOUR WE WOULD NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS HAVE THOUGHT A WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC WOULD DO THIS AND, YOU KNOW, ATTACK OUR FAMILY LIKE THIS DOCTORS AT NEW YORK'S NYU LANGUAGE LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER PUT DAVID ON AN EXPERIMENTAL DRUG REGIMEN TO TRY TO SAVE HIS LIFE >> WE WON'T KNOW FOR A FEW DAYS

>> DAVID IMPROVED AND WAS TAKEN OFF THE VENTILATOR HE SAID HIS DOCTORS STILL DON'T KNOW IF THE DRUG THERAPIES WORKED BUT NOW DAVID IS GIVING BACK, DONATING HIS PLASMA TO NYU AS PART OF A STUDY TO HELP FIND A TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS DAVID SAID VIDEOS LIKE THIS OF HIS 2-YEAR-OLD SON HARLAN KEPT HIS SPIRITS UP TELLING THE NEW YORK CITY LAW JOURNAL, IT'S WILD TO THINK HOW CLOSE I CAME TO DYING, TO LEAVE MY HUSBAND ZACK TO RAISE OUR SON AS A SINGLE DAD

I GUESS MY MAIN EMOTION IS GRATITUDE DAVID LAT JOINS US NOW ALONG WITH HUSBAND HUSBAND ZACK GENTLEMEN, GOOD MORNING TO BOTH OF YOU >> GOOD MORNING >> GOOD MORNING

>> WELL, IT IS GOOD TO SEE BOTH OF YOUR FACES DAVID, YOU IN PARTICULAR WHAT AN ORDEAL BEFORE WE GET INTO IT, JULS HOW ARE YOU FEELING THIS MORNING? >> GOOD, GOOD I'M STILL HOARSE FROM THE TIME ON THE VENTILATOR

I STILL GET WINDED FROM THINGS LIKE WALKING ACROSS THE ROOM I HAVE A LITTLE PLASTIC STOOL IN THE SHOWER BECAUSE I HAVE TO SIT DOWN DURING THE SHOWER IT'S TOUGH, BUT I'M GLAD TO BE ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY >> YOU ARE I ALREADY FOLLOWED YOU ON TWITTER

I LIKE TO THINK OF YOU AS A FELLOW LEGAL NERD, DAVID I HAVE TO SAY WHEN I FIRST HEARD YOU HAD CORONAVIRUS, IT SEEMS LIKE YOU WERE SICK AND GOING TO BE OKAY THE NEXT THING I KNOW, THERE'S NOTHING FROM YOU YOU'RE ON A VENTILATOR, UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU WENT THROUGH, HOW IT SUDDENLY TURNED FROM BAD TO MUCH, MUCH WORSE

>> ALTHOUGH I'M A GENERALLY HEALTHY PERSON, EXERCISE A LOT, DON'T HAVE ANY MAJOR HEALTH CONDITIONS, I DID HAVE — I DO HAVE EXERCISE-INDUCED ASTHMA, WHICH I CONTROL WITH AN INHALER I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS A BIG DEAL BECAUSE IT DIDN'T AFFECT MY DAY-TO-DAY LIFE MUCH CONDITIONS LIKE THAT CAN MAKE YOU MORE VULNERABLE TO SEVERE CASES OF RESPIRATORY DIFFICULTY ASSOCIATED WITH CORONAVIRUS SO WHEN I STARTED GETTING SHORTNESS OF BREATH, IT FELT A LITTLE LIKE AN ASTHMA ATTACK, I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL IT TURNED OUT I NEEDED OXYGEN IMMEDIATELY

THEY ADMITTED ME THEN I WAS THERE FOR A FEW DAYS, THEN MY CONDITION GOT WORSE AND I HAD TO BE PUT ON THE VENTILATOR >> LET ME ASK YOU, ZACK, ABOUT THAT BECAUSE FOR UNDERSTANDABLE REASONS, DAVID SAYS HE DOESN'T REMEMBER MUCH ABOUT BEING ON THE VENTILATOR YOU, AS THE PERSON WHO LOVES HIM WAITING AT HOME NOT BEING ABLE TO SPEAK TO HIM, YOU DO REMEMBER EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF THAT

WHAT WAS THAT PERIOD OF TIME LIKE WHEN HE'S ON THE VENTILATOR, AND FRANKLY YOU DON'T KNOW IF HE'LL EVER BE OFF >> IT WAS ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING EVERYTHING SEEMED TO HAPPEN SO RELATIVELY QUICKLY WE, YOU KNOW, RECEIVED A CALL FROM A NURSE PRACTITIONER THAT HE HAD BEEN VENTILATED, AND IT WAS VERY CLEAR HOW SERIOUS IT WAS WE DIDN'T KNOW IF HE WAS GOING TO MAKE IT

WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT CONDITION HE WAS IN IT WAS FIVE OR SAKES DAYS ON A VENTILATOR, PURE ANXIETY IT WAS DIFFICULT TO REACH THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE THEY WERE SO OVERWHELMED OF COURSE, WE COULDN'T SEE HIM, SO IT WAS A PRETTY TERRIFYING ORDEAL >> AND YOUR PARENTS, DAVID, ARE DOCTORS, SO THEY KNEW THE SITUATION WAS BLEAK, INDEED

YOU DID RECOVER YOU ARE BACK AT HOME I KNOW ZACK HAD CORONAVIRUS, TOO, BUT OBVIOUSLY DIDN'T HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCE YOUR LITTLE BOY IS OKAY HOW ARE YOU MANEUVERING NOW THAT YOU'RE BACK HOME UNDER ONE ROOF

>> THINGS ARE GOOD I HAVE TO GO VERY SLOWLY ABOUT EVERYTHING I KEEP MY TIME, WEEKS OR MONTHS BEFORE I FULLY RECOVER THAT'S OKAY CONSIDERING WHAT THE ALTERNATIVE IS >> WE'VE STILL BEEN SOCIAL DISTANCING FROM DAVID'S PARENTS AND BEING CAREFUL ABOUT THAT, EVEN THOUGH OUR UNDERSTANDING IS THAT WE'RE NO LONGER CONTAGIOUS

BUT JUST AS AN EXTRA PRECAUTION >> WE ARE RECOVERING AT THEIR HOUSE THEY HAVE ALL SORT OF GADGETS HERE YOU SHOWED A PICTURE OF ME EARLIER WITH A PULSE OXIMETER >> HUGE BENEFIT

>> YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED I'M SURE YOU WERE SO HAPPY TO SEE THAT LITTLE BOY AGAIN DAVID AND ZACK, A WEEKS ARE PIVOTAL AS THE COUNTRY ENTERS ITS TOUGHEST PERIOD YET WITH MULTIPLE STATES HEADING INTO MAKE OR BREAK WEEKS AGAINST COVID-19, OVERNIGHT PRESIDENT TRUMP TRYING TO PUT A POSITIVE SPIN ON AN ESCALATING SITUATION >> WE'RE STARTING TO SEE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

>> Reporter: BUT JUST 24 HOURS THE PRESIDENT ADMITTING — >> THERE WILL BE A LOT OF DEATHS UNFORTUNATELY >> Reporter: AN ASSESSMENT ECHOED BY HIS HEALTH ADVISERS >> NEXT WEEK WILL BE OUR 9/11 MOMENT >> Reporter: THE PRESIDENT DOUBLING DOWN ON HIS CALL TO USE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, EVEN THOUGH THERE'S NO EVIDENCE IT FIGHTS COVID-19 >> WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE

I'M NOT LOOKING ONE WAY OR ANOTHER WE'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS IF IT DOES WORK, IT WOULD BE A SHAME IT DIDN'T WORK EARLY >> WEIGHING IN, WHEN DR FAUCI WAS ASKED ABOUT THE DRUG

>> DO YOU WANT TO WEIGH IN ON THIS ISSUE OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE? WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS >> I ASKED THE DOCTOR >> I ANSWERED 15 TIMES >> ALARMING NEW PROJECTIONS SHOW A PEAK IN NEW YORK, NEW ORLEANS IN A FEW DAYS WITH A DEFICIT OF SUPPLIES, GOVERNORS IN MANY STATES ARE SCRAMBLING TO PREPARE

MICHIGAN HAS MORE THAN 14,000 CASES OF THE VIRUS, THIRD MOST >> EXPONENTIALLY WE'RE SEEING IT DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE BASED ON CITY LINE, STATE LINE, PARTY LINES >> NEW ORLEANS HAS THE COUNTRY'S MOST LETHAL DEATH RATE WHILE MORE THAN 4,000 HAVE DIED IN NEW YORK NINE STATES ARE STILL REFUSING TO ENACT FULL STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS, INCLUDING IOWA

>> IF ADDITIONAL ACTION IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF IOWANS, I WILL DO SO >> Reporter: BUT THE SURGEON GENERAL SAYING IT IS VITAL TO STOP THE SPREAD >> GIVE US A WEEK OR TWO IF YOU CAN WE WANT YOU TO DO IT IN 30 DAYS IN THOSE NINE STATES GIVE YOU US WHAT YOU CAN SO WE GET THE PEAK AND COME DOWN THE OTHER SIDE

>> RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA, IS MANDATING RESIDENTS WEAR MASKS WHEN THEY LEAVE THE HOUSE, ONE OF THE STRICTEST MEASURES ON SUNDAY SOME WITH THEIR FAITH IGNORING SOCIAL DISTANCING IN LOUISIANA ONE PASTOR DESPITE A BAN ON GATHERS >> THEY WOULD RATHER COME AN WORSHIP LIKE FREE PEOPLE THAN LIVE LIKE PRISONERS IN THEIR HOME >> HERE IN FLORIDA THE GOVERNOR SAYING HE DOESN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CLOSE HOUSES OF WORSHIP

WITH 15THE VIRUS ON THE SHIP CROZIER IS IN QUARANTINE AS FALLOUT FROM HIS FIRING MOUNTS FOR CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER, IT WAS A HERO'S FAIRWELL NOW WORD THAT HE, TOO, HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 THE NEWS COMES AFTER VIDEOS BEGIN SURFACING OF CLAPPING AND CHEERING SOLDIERS ABOARD "USS ROOSEVELT" SAYING GOOD-BYE TO HIS COMMAND THURSDAY SAYING HIS ACTION WAS NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES OF HIS CREW FROM CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

TWO NAVAL ACADEMY SOLDIERS REVEALING THE DIAGNOSIS ON SUNDAY THE CLASSMATES TELLING THE "TIMES," CROZIER BEGAN SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE BEFORE HE WAS FIRED THURSDAY THE NAVY'S TOP BRASS DISMISSING CROZIER FROM DUTIES ABOARD US ROOSEVELT DAYS AFTER THE COMMANDING OFFICER PENNED A BLUNT LETTER TO NAVY LEADERS CALLING FOR STRONGER ACTION TO ADDRESS THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK ABOARD THE CARRIER, WRITING, WE'RE NOT AT WAR

SOLDIERS DO NOT NEED TO LIE THE ACTING SECRETARY EXPLAINING THE DECISION LAST WEEK >> I HAVE NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT CAPTAIN CROZIER DID WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS IF THE BEST INTEREST AND SAFETY OF HIS CREW UNFORTUNATELY IT DID THE OPPOSITE IT UNNECESSARILY RAISED ALARMS WITH FAMILIES OF SAILORS OF MARINES WITH NO PLANS TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS

>> Reporter: THE MOVE TO DISMISS SETTLE OFF A FIRESTORM JOE BIDEN RESPONDED SUNDAY >> I THINK IT'S CLOSE TO CRIMINAL THE WAY THEY ARE DEALING WITH THE GUY I THINK THE GUY SHOULD HAVE A COMMENDATION RATHER THAN BE FIRED >> Reporter: FOR HIS PART PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DEFENDING THE DISMISSAL SAYING CROZIER'S LETTER ASKING FOR HELP FOR SECTION CREW MEMBERS WAS, QUOTE, NOT APPROPRIATE

AS FOR CROZIER'S CONDITION NAVY OFFICIALS WOULD NOT CONFIRM WHETHER HE'S TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS A DEFENSE OFFICIAL TELLING NBC NEWS, THOUGH, ONCE CROZIER LEFT THE ROOSEVELT HE WENT MATCH EXPANDING HOSPITAL CAPACITY THROUGHOUT THE AREA HODA >> ALL RIGHT, GABE THANK YOU SO MUCH

LET'S TURN NOW TO OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR JOHN TORRES AND NBC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR DR JOSEPH FAIR HE'S AN EXPERT ON THE STUDY OF VIRUSES HE WAS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE AFRICAN EBOLA CRISIS

GOOD MORNING, DOCTORS I'M GOING TO START WITH YOU, DR FAIR WE KEEP SAYING WHAT THE SURGEON GENERAL IS SAYING, THIS IS GOING TO BE OUR PEARL HARBOR, OUR 9/11 THIS WEEK IS CRITICAL

WHAT DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR IN THIS WEEK, DR FAIR? >> I THINK I WOULD AGREE WITH THE STATEMENT, ONLY IT'S JUST GOING TO BE NATIONWIDE AND NOT LOCALIZED IN A CERTAIN AREA WE ALL FELT IT AS AMERICANS, WHEN IT DIRECTLY TOUCHES YOU, SOMEONE RELATED TO YOU OR A COLLEAGUE, IT'S GOING TO TOUCH YOU IN A DIFFERENT WAY HE'S TRYING TO PREPARE THE NATION FOR WHAT THAT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE HAVING BEEN THROUGH MY FAIR SHARE OF THESE OUTBREAKS LIKE THIS AND SEEN A LOT OF THESE DEATHS OCCUR, IT IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO PREPARE FOR MENTALLY

IT'S NOT GOING TO BE EASY TO GET THROUGH, TO BE HONEST AS A NATION HE'S MAKING THAT REFERENCE TO BEST PREPARE PEOPLE AS BEST HE CAN AS A NATION TO GET READY TO GO THROUGH THAT GRIEVING PROCESS THAT IS UNIQUE TO OUTBREAKS >> THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF SOUND THAT WAS PLAYED AT THE PRESIDENT'S CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE MEETING YESTERDAY IT WAS FROM DR DEBORAH BIRX

IT STRUCK US BECAUSE IT HAD TO DO WITH THE EVERYDAY THINGS WE DO SHE NOW SAYS MAYBE WE SHOULDN'T BE DOING THEM ANYMORE TAKE A LISTEN >> THIS THE MOMENT TO NOT BE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, NOT GOING TO THE PHARMACY BUT DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS SAFE THAT MEANS EVERYBODY DOING THE 6 FEET DISTANCING, WASHING YOUR HANDS

>> NOT GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE AND NOT GOING TO THE PHARMACY, DR FAIR WHY NOW? >> YOU KNOW, SHE'S REALLY JUST TALKING ABOUT ABSOLUTELY MINIMIZING OUR INTERACTION WITH ONE ANOTHER THOSE ARE ESSENTIAL TASKS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THEM OCCASIONALLY

I THINK WHAT DR BIRX IS TRYING TO GET ACROSS, AND BY THE WAY, I HAVE STRONG CONFIDENCE IN BOTH HER AND DR FAUCI, THEY DO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING, REALLY TRYING TO MINIMIZE IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE HUMAN INTERACTION THAT'S GOING TO LEAD TO SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL WE'RE TRYING TO IMPLEMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, NATIONWIDE, ACROSS REALLY EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD WE'RE TRYING TO DO AT THE SAME TIME IT'S HARDER AS WE HAVE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ON EARTH, IN URBAN AND DENSELY POPULATED AREAS LIKE NEW YORK, IT'S HARDER, JUST BECAUSE WE LIVE CLOSER TO ONE ANOTHER BUT THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO >> IN GABE'S PIECE, THE NEW YORK GOVERNOR DID HAVE IT SOUNDED LIKE A BIT OF GOOD NEWS

HE SAID THE NUMBERS HAVE BEEN DROPPING ON SATURDAY THE NUMBER OF DEATHS WAS 630 ON SUNDAY IT WAS 594 IN NEW YORK WHAT ARE WE TO READ INTO THOSE NUMBERS? HAVE WE REACHED THE APEX, DO YOU THINK? >> HODA, I THINK WHAT YOU'RE SEEING THERE IS EXACTLY WHAT SHOULD BE SAID THERE'S A GLIMMER OF HOPE HERE

WE'RE SEEING SOME LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL YOU CAN'T BASE THESE DECISIONS THEY ARE MAKING ON HOPES AND PROMISES AND WISHES, YOU HAVE TO BASE THEM ON GOOD DATA-DRIVEN PROJECTIONS PROJECTIONS ARE SHOWING THIS IS GOING TO BE A BAD WEEK AND HE KNOWS THAT HE'S NOT WILLING TO SAY WE'RE AT THE APEX, NOBODY IS WE HAVE TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AS WE START GETTING UP THE CURVE AND FINALLY COMING DOWN THE BACK SIDE OF THE CURVE

WE MIGHT BE THERE, WE MIGHT NOT YOU CAN'T BASE DECISIONS ON THE HOPE WE'RE THERE YOU HAVE TO BASE THEM ON THE FACT WE KNOW MORE PATIENTS ARE COMING IN, MORE SHORTAGES, MORE ISSUES GOING ON HERE, ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK CITY OTHER CITIES CAN USE THIS AS AN EXAMPLE AND TEMPLATE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THEM AS TIME GOES ON AND THEY START LOOKING AT THEIR OWN CURVES INCREASING AND CASES INUNDATING HOSPITALS >> LET'S TALK ABOUT IT

THIS IS THE MOST CRITICAL WEEK THIS IS ALL HANDS ON DECK THIS IS THE WEEK WE NEED ALL THE EQUIPMENT, DR TORRES HOW ARE WE DOING IN THAT DEPARTMENT DURING THIS WEEK? >> HODA, I THINK WE'RE DOING BETTER THAN IF YOU'D ASKED THAT QUESTION TWO WEEKS AGO OR MAYBE A WEEK AGO BUT I DON'T THINK WE'RE STILL AT THE POINT YET THAT WE CAN HANDLE EVERYTHING THAT'S HAPPENING HERE ESPECIALLY IF IT'S AS BAD A WEEK

WHEN YOU HAVE TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS, THAT'S THE TOUGHEST DECISION TO MAKE, WHO GETS TREATMENT, WHO DOESN'T GET TREATMENTS THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE DONE IN MILITARY ENVIRONMENT, NOT CIVILIAN FIELD HOPEFULLY MORE AND MORE EQUIPMENT COMES IN WE'RE HEARING ABOUT CHINA, WASHINGTON STATE, NATIONAL GUARD GOING UPSTATE TO GET VENTILATORS TO BRING THEM DOWN TO NEW YORK CITY I THINK WE'RE DOING THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO, TO GET VENTILATORS MOVED AROUND, WHICH ARE THE CRUCIAL PIECE OF EQUIPMENT WE NEED

THERE ARE SHORTAGES AS WELL WE'RE WORKING ON THOSE SHORTAGES WILL BE RESOLVED HOW QUICKLY AND HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT IN THE MEANWHILE IS THE CRITICAL THING ON SAVING LIV >>> AND WELCOME BACK TO THE THIRD HOUR OF "TODAY" GUYS, YOU KNOW THIS PANDEMIC REALLY HAS JUST, IT'S ALL WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OF COURSE, ALSO TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE STEPPING UP TO HELP OUT

IT'S PUT AN UNPRECEDENTED STRAIN ON FOOD BANKS THIS PERSON DOES IT YEAR-ROUND THE GREATER COMMUNITY FOOD BANK SAID IN MARCH IT DONATED 1 MILLION MORE POUNDS OF FOOD THAN USUAL AT THEIR LAST DRIVE-UP FOOD DRIVE, CARS LINING UP FOR MILES THIS MORNING THEY ARE GOING TO HOST ANOTHER ONE

WE'RE JOINED BY THE FOOD BANK'S PRESIDENT AND CEO LISA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US THIS MORNING >> GOOD MORNING, AL >> AT YOUR LAST FOOD DRIVE YOU SERVED 800 CARS IN THREE HOURS THAT WAS THEN, THIS WAS TODAY

HOW MANY ARE YOU EXPECTING TODAY? >> WE'RE EXPECTING ALMOST 2,000 CARS AT 8:00 THIS MORNING, 10 PEOPLE LINED UP NOW I WOULD VENTURE WHEN I LOOK OVER AT THE INTERSECTION, WE HAVE MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE LINED UP FOR OUR NOON DISTRIBUTION >> WOW YOU TOOK PART IN FOOD DRIVES AFTER 9/11, IN LOUISIANA AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA

YOU'RE SAYING THIS ISN'T LIKE ANYTHING YOU'VE SEEN BEFORE >> WHEN YOU'RE RESPONDING TO A NATURAL DISASTER, YOU'RE COMING IN AFTER THE DISASTER HAS HAPPENED AND IT'S LOCALIZED TO ONE OR SEVERAL COMMUNITIES THIS IS A NATIONAL PANDEMIC, A GLOBAL PANDEMIC WE'RE RESPONDING IN THE MIDST OF THIS CRISIS AND A CRISIS GROWING THE RESOURCES ARE LIMITED

WE'RE CONCERNED WE WON'T HAVE ENOUGH FOOD TO PROVIDE ALL THAT THEY NEED >> AND ONE OF THE REASONS YOU'RE HAVING A SHORTAGE IS THAT YOU'VE GOT FOLKS WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A FOOD BANK BEFORE >> THAT'S RIGHT, AL WE'VE SEEN A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NULL UNEMPLOYED THIS IS THEIR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO GET FOOD FROM US HERE TODAY

>> AND BY THE WAY, YOU FEEL LIKE THIS ISN'T A SHORT-TERM SITUATION EITHER HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THIS IS GOING TO GO ON? >> WE ANTICIPATE THIS GOING ON FOR AS LONG AS THE PANDEMIC IS SPREADING THROUGHOUT OUR REGION WE'RE ANTICIPATING FOR SEVERAL MONTHS AND WE BELIEVE THE IMPACT ON THE PEOPLE WE SERVE, THE MOST VULNERABLE OF OUR NEIGHBORS, THE IMPACT WILL BE LONG-TERM FOR AS LONG AS 12 TO 18 MONTHS >> LISA, WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO WHO ARE WATCHING RIGHT NOW

WHAT CAN THEY DO TO HELP? >> WELL, WE ARE SPENDING A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY TO PURCHASE ITEMS NOT NORMALLY DONATED, PASTA, CANNED FRUIT, CANNED VEGETABLES SO THE BEST WAY PEOPLE CAN HELP RIGHT NOW IS THROUGH FINANCIAL DONATION WE'RE ALSO LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO VOLUNTEER AND DIRECTING VOLUNTEERS OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY >> OKAY APPRECIATE IT

>> GREAT WE'LL PUT INFORMATION ABOUT THAT ON OUR WEBSITE ON TODAYCOM LISA, THE DIRECTOR % OF THE ICU SHOWS US HOW THEY % ARE DOING IT % THIS IS THE CARDIAC ICU

% THIS IS NORMALLY A CARDIAC UNIT% AND I WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW WE % HAVE CHANGED THIS UNIT TO TAKE % CARE OF OUR COVID PATIENTS % SO TO FINISH OUR PPE, WE GOT TO% WEAR THIS N95 MASK % AND THEN WE WILL ENTER THE % PATIENT'S ROOM WE WILL WEAR THE% FACE SHIELD AND THE GOWN AND % GLOVES AS WELL % OKAY % WE WILL WALK AROUND THE UNIT % FOR SEE THE PEOPLE ON THE FRONT% LINES

% THIS IS OUR ICU % EVERYBODY IS PITCHING IN % WE HAVE HERE DR FEEL AND DR % PRASAN THAT IS A FELLOW AND DR

% MATT LEVIN % HE HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN % LEADING THE EFFORT SO THAT WE % CAN PUT A VENTILATOR TO SERVE % TWO PATIENTS % A COMPLEX DESIGN % >> WE ARE TAKING WHAT PEOPLE % HAVE DONE ONLINE AND WHAT IS % THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT TO % CONTROL THE FLOW AND LETS YOU % TREAT THE PATIENT AND TO % PREVENT BACKFLOW TO DO IT % WE HAVE BEEN TESTING IT OUT

% IT WORKS EXTREMELY WELL % >> WE ARE GETTING READY TO TREAT THE PATIENT % THEY ARE USING PPE % THEY ARE GOING TO DO A SURGICAL% PROCEDURE % AND IT IS GOING TO BE DONE AT % THE BEDSIDE

% >> YOU ARE ABLE TO TREAT THE % FIRST PATIENT WHO WE % SUCCESSFULLY TREATED AND WENT TO A STEP-DOWN UNIT % THEY HAD LOW MORBIDITY THEY % CAME OFF OF THE VENT % >> THE DAY IS COMING TO AN END,% THE 12-HOUR SHIFT IS COMING TO % AN END % I WILL CHANGE BACK INTO MY % STREET CLOTHES AND TAKE OFF MY % HAT AND MASK AND SCRUBS AND PUT% THEM IN THE HOSPITAL LAND RAY G% FOR THEM TO DO THAT IS A BIG % STATEMENT % WE APPRECIATE IT

% I CAN PROUDLY ANNOUNCE THAT % HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE % PROVIDERS TREATING UNINSURED % CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS WILL BE % REIMBURSED BY THE FEDERAL % GOVERNMENT USING FUNDS FROM THE% ECONOMIC RELIEF PACKAGE CONGRESS PASSED LAST MONTH % THAT WAS AS PER THE QUESTION % YESTERDAY AND ACTUALLY THE DAY % BEFORE YESTERDAY % THIS SHOULD ALLEVIATE ANY % CONCERN UNINSURED AMERICANS MAY% HAVE ABOUT SEEKING THE % CORONAVIRUS TREATMENT % SO THAT IS, I THINK ANSWERS THE% QUESTION PRETTY WELL % AND VERY MUCH IN THE FAVOR OF % OUR GREAT PEOPLE

% I'M ALSO SIGNING A DIRECTIVE % INVOKING THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION% ACT OR PROHIBIT EXPORT OF % SCARCE MEDICAL SUPPLIES BY % UNSCRUPULOUS ACTORS AND PROFIT EARS % THE SECRETARY OF FEMA WILL WORK% ABOUT THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE % EQUIPMENT % WE NEED THE ITEMS IMMEDIATELY % FOR DOMESTIC USE % WE HAVE TO HAVE THEM % WE HAVE BEEN DOING WELL WITH % THE PURCHASE OF ITEMS AND YOU % WILL HEAR ABOUT THAT SHORTLY

% WE HAVE ALREADY LEVERAGED THE % DPA TO STOP THE HOARDING AND THE PRICE GOUGING OF CRUCIAL % SUPPLIES UNDER THAT AUTHORITY % THIS WEEK THE DEPARTMENT OF % HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES % WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF % JUSTICE TOOK CUSTODY OF NEARLY % 200,000N95 RESPIRATORS % 130,000 SURGICAL MASKS AND OF % HUNDRED THOUSAND GLOVES AND % BOTTLES AND DISINFECTANT % SPRAYS % ALL OF THIS MATERIAL IS GIVEN % TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND MOST% OF IT HAS BEEN GIVEN OUT % AND WE HAVE GIVEN A LOT TO NEW % YORK, A LOT TO NEW JERSEY AND A% LOT TO OTHER PLACES % IN ADDITION TO ENSURE THAT % HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN NEW YORK% HAVE THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT % THEY NEED

% THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THE % NAME OF THE DEPARTMENT OF % DEFENSE IS PROVIDING ABOUT 81 % MILLION N95 RESPIRATORS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND WE % HAVE GIVEN 200,000 OF THEM TO % NEW YORK CITY % MAYOR DE BLASIO NEEDED THEM % BADLY SO WE GOT THEM TO MAYOR % DE BLASIO % THEY WERE VERY GRATEFUL % 8

1 MILLION AND WE WILL BE % INCREASING THAT NUMBER FROM 81% MILLION TO HOUR % THAT'S A LOT OF N95 % REQUIREMENTS % MY TEAM SPOKE WITH THE CEO OF % OXNAR HEALTH AND THE CEO OF % LCMC THE TWO LARGEST HEALTH SYSTEMS IN NEW ORLEANS % THEY SAID THEY FEEL THAT THEY % CURRENTLY HAVE ENOUGH % VENTILATORS

% A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL HAVE ENOUGH VENTILATORS AND MASKS % AND APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE KNO% THE JA JAVITS CENTER % THIS IS WHERE THIS HORRIBLE % DISEASE CAN BE LOOKED AFTER, % THE PATIENTS CAN BE LOOKED AFTER % THAT WAS GOING TO BE FOR % REGULAR MEDICAL PROBLEMS SUCH AS ACCIDENTS AND IT IS VERY % INTERESTING % THE GOVERNORS ARE TELLING ME WE% DON'T HAVE TOO MANY ACCIDENTS % AND VERY FEW PEOPLE DRIVING % WE ARE GOING TO PUT THAT % FACILITY INTO PLAY WHICH IS A % BIG FACILITY

% THE SHIP WILL BE STAYING THE % WAY IT IS BUT WE ARE PUTTING % THAT FACILITY INTO PLAY TO HELP THEM AND TODAY ALSO THE CDC IS % ANNOUNCING ADDITIONAL STEPS % THAT AMERICANS CAN TAKE TO DEFEND AGAINST THE TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS % FROM RECENT STUDIES WE KNOW THE% TRANSMISSION FROM INDIVIDUALS % WITHOUT SYMPTOMS IS PLAYING A % MORE SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE % SPREAD OF THE VIRUS THAN % PREVIOUSLY UNDERSTOOD % DON'T SEEM TO HAVE SYMPTOMS AND% IT STILL GETS TRANSFERRED IN % LIGHT OF THE STUDIES % THE CDC IS ADVISING NONMEDICAL % CLOTH BASE COVERING AS % ADDITIONAL VOLUNTARY HEALTH % MEASURE % IT IS VOLUNTARY

% YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT BUT % THEY SUGGEST IT FOR A PERIOD OF% TIME % THIS IS VOLUNTARY % I DON'T THINK I AM GOING TO BE % DOING IT BUT YOU HAVE A LOT OF % WAYS TO LOOK AT IT AS FOLLOWS % THE CDC IS RECOMMENDING THAT % AMERICANS WEAR A BASIC CLOTH OR% A FABRIC MASK % THEY BE BE PURCHASED ONLINE OR % MADE AT HOME % THESE FACE COVERINGS CAN BE % REUSED

% THE CDC IS NOT RECOMMENDING % SURGE GRADE MASKS % THEY DON'T REPLACE THE GUIDANCE% ON SOCIAL DISTANCING INCLUDING % STAYING IN YOUR HOME WHEN % POSSIBLE AND STANDING AT LEAST % SIX FEET APART FOR A PERIOD OF % TIME % WE WILL COME BACK TOGETHER % HERE WE WILL ALL COME BACK TOGETHER % AND PRACTICING HAND HYGIENE % THAT WE SHOULD DO ANY WAY % A LOT OF THINGS WILL SPILL % OVER

% SHAKING HANDS WILL STAY WITH % OUR COUNTRY FOR A LONG TIME % BEYOND THIS % ONE OF OUR GREAT DOCTORS WAS % TELL ME THAT AS YOU KNOW WE HAVE FLUS EVERY YEAR % AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED% BY THE FLU IS SUBSTANTIAL % IF THEY DIDN'T SHAKE HANDS THAT% WOULD BE LOWER % SO MAYBE SOME OF THESE THINGS % LONG TERM WILL BE GOOD

% BUT THOSE GUIDELINES ARE STILL % THE BEST AND THE SAFEST WAY TO % AVOID THE INFECTION % AND THE MASK IT IS GOING TO BE % REALLY A VOLUNTARY THING % YOU CAN DO IT % YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT % I'M CHOOSING NOT TO DO IT AND % SOME PEOPLE MAY WANT TO DO IT

% THAT'S OKAY % IT MAY BE GOOD % THEY ARE MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS % ONLY RECOMMENDATIONS % VOLUNTARY

% TAKING ACTIONS TO ENSURE THE % COST OF NO BARRIER TO ANY % AMERICAN SEEKING TESTING OR % TREATMENT SOME GOOD % THINGS % AND IT IS NOT GOING TO BE TOO % LONG % WE WILL HEEL OUR CITIZENS AND % CARE FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS AND % UNLEASH THE FULL MIGHT OF THE % UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO % VANQUISH THE VIRUS AND WITH % THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK MIKE % PENCE TO COMING UP % VICE PRESIDENT, IF YOU WOULD TO% SAY A FEW WORDS AND WE WILL HAVE A COUPLE OF OTHER QUICK TALKS SO ON A COUPLE OF % SUBJECTS AND TAKE QUESTIONS AND IT IS A BEAUTIFUL FRIDAY IN % WASHINGTON DC

AND OUR COUNTRY% IS A GREAT PLACE AND WE ARE % GETTING BETTER % WE ARE GETTING BETTER VERY % QUICKLY % THIS WAS ARTIFICIALLY INDUCED % WE JUST SAID CLOSE IT DOWN, YES, CLOSE IT DOWN % WE CLOSED IT DOWN AND HEALING % AND WE WILL GET IT BETTER FAST

% MIKE, IF YOU COULD COME UP AND % SAY A FEW WORDS, PLEASE % >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT % PRESIDENT JUST OUTLINED A % NUMBER OF THE DECISIONS THAT HE% MADE TODAY ON THE UNANIMOUS % RECOMMENDATION OF THE WHITE % HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE % IN ADDITION

% SOME ANY NEWS, DR DEBORAH % BIRKS WILL REFLECT ON A MOMENT % AND SOME OF THE AREAS IN AMERICA THAT WE SEE EFFORTS % THAT THE MITIGATION THAT AMERICA IS PUTTING INTO % PRACTICE FOR THE PRESIDENT'S CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES ARE % HAVING A POSITIVE EFFECT % IN FACT TODAY CALIFORNIA AND % WASHINGTON STATE WHERE THE % CORONAVIRUS FIRST EMERGED IN % OUR COUNTRY REMAIN — THE CASES% REMAIN AT A STEADY BUT LOW RATE% AND WE KNOW AS GOVERNOR NEWSOME% SAID YESTERDAY THAT THEY ARE % NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET % WE CONTINUE TO FLOW RESOURCES % BUT WE WANT TO COMMEND PEOPLE % IN THOSE STATES AND ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR PUTTING INTO % PRACTICE THE SOCIAL DISTANCING % AND ALL THE MEASURES THAT STATE% AND LOCAL LEADERS ARE ADVISING % AND THAT PRESIDENT HAS BEEN % ADVISING IN THE CORONAVIRUS % GUIDELINES FOR AMERICA % WE ARE TRACKING SIGNIFICANT % OUTBREAKS IN NEW YORK STATE, % NEW ORLEANS, CHICAGO AND BOSTON

% AS THE PRESIDENT INDICATED WE % ARE PRIORITIZING RESOURCES TO % SUPPORT HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND% TO SUPPORT THOSE THAT ARE % DEALING WITH THE CORONAVIRUS IN% THOSE COMMUNITIES % ON THE SUBJECT OF TESTING, NOW % MORE THAN 14 MILLION TESTS % HAVE BEEN PERFORMED ACROSS THE % COUNTRY % AND AS YOU ALL ARE AWARE SOME % 266,000 AMERICANS HAVE TESTED % POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS % ABBOTT INSTRUMENTS THAT NOW CAN% PERFORM A 15-MINUTE TEST ACROSS% THE COUNTRY HAVE LITERALLY % 18,000 OF THEIR MACHINES ACROSS% THE NATION TODAY

% BUT AT THE PRESIDENT'S DIRECTION FEMA IS ACQUIRING % 1200 MORE MACHINES TO DISTRIBUTE TO EVERY LAB IN % AMERICA AND THE INDIAN HEALTH CARE SERVICE % OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS THAT THE% FDA ONCE AGAIN IN NEAR RECORD % TIME HAS APPROVED AN AND ARE % ANTI BODY TEST AND WE ARE % CONTINUING ON THE WHITE HOUSE % CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE TO % EXAMINE WHICH IS TO SCALE UP % THESE TESTS AND INNOVATIVE NEW % TESTS NOT JUST FOR THIS MOMENT % BUT TO LAY A FOUNDATION FOR % TESTING ACROSS THE NATION IN THE MONTHS AHEAD % AS THE MOUNTAIN MENTIONED HE % MET WITH ENERGY EXECUTIVES % TODAY AND CONTINUES TO ENGAGE WITH LEADERS OF BUSINESSES ALL ACROSS THE NATION WE ALSO HELD A TELE CONFERENCE % WITH COMMERCIAL RETAILERS % THE PRESIDENT'S BEHALF WE % THANKED THEM FOR THE WAY THAT % PEOPLE THAT OPERATE MALLS AND % SHOPPING CENTERS AROUND THE % COUNTRY HAVE EMBRACED AND % ENACTED THE CORONAVIRUS % GUIDELINES FOR AMERICA

% WE HAVE HAD ENORMOUS IMPACT ON % THEIR BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRIES% BUT I HEARD FROM THEM% THEY ARE PATRIOTIC COMMITMENT % TO THEIR CUSTOMERS % ON THE SUBJECT OF SUPPLIES THE % PRESIDENT DETAILED OUR WORK IN % THAT SPACE % IT CONTINUES TO THIS DAY % PART OF OUR AIR BRIDGE, WE HAD A FLIGHT ARRIVE FROM CHINA TO % COLUMBUS, OHIO

% WE CONTINUE TO WORK EACH AND % EVERY DAY WATCHING THE DATA % ABOUT CASES TO ENSURE THAT IN % PARTICULAR, NOT JUST THE % PERSONAL EQUIPMENT IS AVAILABLE% FOR THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS THAT ARE ON THE FRONT LINES BUT ALSO THE VENTILATORS THAT ARE % AVAILABLE % AS THE EPIDEMIC MAKES ITS WAY % THROUGH REGIONS AND % COMMUNITIES, WE ARE LITERALLY % WORKING HOUR BY HOUR AND DAY BY% DAY ,% >>You are watching NBCNews now% A happy Monday to you % HEAD ON OVER TO OUR CORRESPONDENT, ALEXA, SHE HAS % BEEN FOLLOWING ALL OF THE % CORONAVIRUS HEADLINES ON % NBCNEWSCOM ALEXA, HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT % WEEKEND

% WHAT IS THE LATEST % >>HEY, LOTS OF NEWS % THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED % CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE UNITED% STATES IS NEARING 350,000 WITH % THE DEATH TOLL AT NEARLY % 10,000 % THE SURGEON GENERAL SAID THE WORST IS YET TO COME % >> NEXT WEEK WILL BE OUR PEARL % HARBOR MOMENT IT WILL BE OUR 9/11 MOMENT

>>SOME STATES TAKING ON NEW MEASURES SUSPENDING THE % PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY % THE HOTSPOT IN THE UNITED % STATES IS NEW YORK, WHICH HAS A% LARGE CHUNK OF CONFIRMED CASES % AT MORE THAN 130,000 % FRONT-LINE WORKERS ARE NEARING % THE BREAKING POINT % GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAID HE % IS LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS TO % ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE PRESSURE% >>THE UNITED STATES NAVY SHIP, % COMFORT, THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS % THAT THAT WOULD COME IN FOR NON% COVID PEOPLE

% I WILL CALL THE PRESIDENT THIS % AFTERNOON AND ASK HIM TO SHIFT % THE COMFORT FROM NON-COVID TO % COVID % >> THE GOVERNOR ADDING THEY MAY BE SEEING POSSIBLE FLATTENING % OF THE CURVE % JENELLE GRIFFITH AND BORIS % JOHNSON HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED % WITH CORONAVIRUS % HE TWEETED EARLIER THING THAT % HE IS IN GOOD SPIRITS AND GOING% IN FOR ROUTINE TEST % HE WAS LAST SEEN SUNDAY EVENING% AND TAKEN INTO THE HOSPITAL FOR PERSISTENT SYMPTOMS

% THERE MAY BE A GLIMMER OF HOPE % COMING OUT OF EUROPE, WITH % SIGNS OF THE DEATH TOLL IN TWO % OF THE HARDEST HIT COUNTRIES, % ITALY AND SPAIN, MAY BE % SLOWING % IN ITALY YESTERDAY THE NUMBER % OF CORONAVIRUS THAT'S FELL LOWER IN MORE THAN A WEEK % THE NATIONAL HEALTH INSTITUTE % SAID THAT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS % AND NATIONAL INFECTIONS HAVE % REACHED A PLATEAU AND HAVE % BEGUN TO DESCEND % THE NUMBER OF NEW DEATHS % RELATED TO COVID-19 IN SPAIN % ALSO DECLINED % THIS TIME FOR THE FOURTH DAY IN% A ROW

THAT IS ACCORDING TO — AUSTRIA AS WELL MORE THAN 12,000 % CORONAVIRUS CASES HAVE BEEN % REPORTED % THEY PLAN ON RELAXING LOCKDOWN % RESTRICTIONS AFTER EASTER THE AUSTRIAN CHANCELLOR SAID % THAT SMALLER BUSINESSES WILL % START OPENING AFTER EASTER % FOLLOWED BY LARGER STORES AND % BUSINESSES % LATER THIS MONTH THE GOVERNMENT% WILL CONSIDER WHAT TO OPEN UP % RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS AROUND % MID-MAY % A TIGER AT THE BRONX ZOO TESTED% POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

% 83-YEAR-OLD MALAYAN TIGER WAS % EXPOSED TO A ASYMPTOMATIC % EMPLOYEE % THE ZOOKEEPER SAY THIS IS THE % FIRST INSTANCE OF A TIGER % TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS% THOSE ARE THE LATEST HEADLINES% ALLISON WILL BE BACK WITH MORE% >>> THAT TIGER STORY IS WILD

% I FEEL LIKE I AM TALKING ABOUT % TIGERS MORE THAN I EVER HAVE IN% MY LIFE THAT IS A CRAZY STORY % THANK YOU SO MUCH >>> A REMINDER, YOU CAN CHECK % OUT OUR LIVE % BLOG@NBCNEWSCOM/CORONAVIRUS % FOR MORE UPDATES AT ANY TIME

% >>> NEW YORK IS STILL THE % EPICENTER OF THE CORONAVIRUS % PANDEMIC HERE IN THE UNITED % STATES % LONG ISLAND IS SEEING ONE OF % THE BIGGEST SPIKES % RON ALLEN JOINS ME NOW % WE GOT NEW NUMBERS TODAY, HOW % MANY CASES ARE THERE ON LONG % ISLAND RIGHT NOW? % >>THE NUMBERS ARE APPROACHING % 29,000 % IN THE COMMUNITY OF LONG ISLAND% ROUGHLY ABOUT 3 MILLION PEOPLE % ARE SERVED

% THIS COMMUNITY HAS MORE CASES, I THINK MORE THAN 45 OTHER % STATES IN THE COUNTRY % THIS GIVES YOU THE MAGNITUDE OF% THE OUTBREAK IT IS NOT SURPRISING WHEN YOU % THINK THAT WE BORDER NEW YORK % CITY % A LOT OF PEOPLE GO BACK AND % FORTH THE PROXIMITY AND THE FACT THAT% THE SUBURBS ARE VERY DENSE, IT % IS WHAT ACCOUNTS FOR THE OUTBREAK HERE

% IT IS NO SURPRISE % LIKE OTHER PLACES THAT SAW THIS% COMING, IT HAS BEEN VERY % DIFFICULT TO PREPARE AND DEAL WITH THIS % THE TOP EXECUTIVE FOR SUFFOLK THE COUNTY A COUPLE OF DAYS % AGO, OVER THE WEEKEND SAID THAT% THEY DEPLETED THEIR STOCKPILE OF PP, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE % EQUIPMENT FOR HOSPITALS AND FOR% FIRST RESPONDERS % THEY WERE DOWN TO ROCK BOTTOM % THEY SENT OUT WORD

% FORTUNATELY THERE WAS A FAST % RESPONSE FROM WASHINGTON, FROM % THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THE HELP % OF LOCAL CONGRESSMEN AND THEY % ARE GETTING 200,000 MASKS % WE HAVE NOT SEEN IF THEY HAVE % ARRIVED % IT IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW % WHEN PUSHED TO THE BRINK, LOCAL% COMMUNITIES EVERYWHERE ARE % DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO % SAVE THEMSELVES % OF COURSE WORKING WITH THE % GOVERNMENT, THE STATE % GOVERNMENT THROUGH FEMA AND OTHER CHANNELS % THERE IS A SENSE OF DESPERATION% IN A LOT OF PLACES WHERE THEY % ARE CLOSE TO THE BRINK AND % TRYING TO GET AS MUCH EQUIPMENT AS POSSIBLE TO WHEREVER THEY % CAN TO SAVE THEMSELVES

>> I WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO YOU % MORE ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN % NASSAU COUNTY % I HAD A COUSIN WHO IS A % PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT AND SHE % KEEPS TELLING STORIES THAT YOU % WOULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT IT IS % LIKE WHERE I AM % IT IS OVERWHELMING % HOW ARE THE HOSPITALS IN NASSAU% AND LONG ISLAND DEALING WITH % THIS INFLUX OF CORONAVIRUS % PATIENTS % >> THEY ARE OVERWHELMED

THIS HOSPITAL HERE, THEY HAVE % REARRANGED THE HOSPITAL % THEY BUILT OUT SPACE IN % AUDITORIUM, CONFERENCE ROOM % IN AREAS THAT ARE NOT % NECESSARILY HOSPITAL WARDS % THEY HAVE REPURPOSED AREAS TO % CREATE CAPACITY % WEEKS AGO EMMA THE GOVERNOR % SAID THAT EVERY HOSPITAL IN THE% STATE SHOULD TRY TO DECREASE % THE CAPACITY BY 50% OR BY 100%

% THAT IS WHAT THEY HAVE DONE % HERE AND OTHER PLACES % THE TENTS BEHIND ME WERE SET UP% OVER THE WEEKEND TO BE PREPARED% FOR THE DELUGE OF COVID PATIENTS ARRIVING RIGHT NOW, THE TENTS ARE EMPTY,% ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 40 % PATIENTS % MY GUESS IS THEY CAN BE % TRANSFORMED INTO THE ICU % CAPACITY, AS YOU HAVE HEARD % THAT MEANS A BED WITH A % VENTILATOR FOR A COVID PATIENT% THEY HAVE NOT HAD TO USE THAT % YET, THEY CERTAINLY ARE % PREPARED IN CASE THEY DO

% AGAIN, THIS IS PART OF A BIG HOSPITAL SYSTEM % THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RATION % AND MOVE SUPPLIES AROUND FROM % ONE FACILITY TO ANOTHER, THAT % IS WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A BIG % SYSTEM % AS YOU GO OUT INTO THE RURAL % AREAS, SMALLER COMMUNITIES AND % ELSEWHERE AROUND THE COUNTRY, % THEY ARE FEELING THE STRAIN, NO% ONE SAW THIS COMING, PEOPLE SAW% THIS COMING, THAT'S ANOTHER % ISSUE, IT IS JUST NOT THE % CAPACITY TO DEAL WITH THIS % THEY ARE REALLY OVERWHELMED % WE GET THE SAME STORY HERE THAT% WE HAVE BEEN HEARING IN NEW YORK CITY, EMTS ANSWERING % HUNDREDS OF CALLS, THOUSANDS % AND THOUSANDS OF CALLS MORE % THAN NORMAL

DOCTORS WORKING LONG SHIFTS ER PHYSICIANS WHO ARE USED TO % WORKING IN OTHER AREAS OF THE % HOSPITAL ARE PITCHING IN, IN % THE ER % IT IS REALLY ALL HANDS ON DECK % EVERYWHERE WE GO >>I KNOW YOU SPOKE WITH THE % COUNTY EXECUTIVE IN NASSAU % WHAT DID SHE TELL YOU? >> ESSENTIALLY SHE AND OTHERS % HERE ARE PREPARING FOR WHAT SHE% DESCRIBED AS THE WORST WEEK % POSSIBLE COMING UP

% SHE SAID WE SHOULD ALL BE CLEAR% ABOUT THIS % ON THE ONE HAND THE WORK FROM % THE GOVERNOR AND OTHERS THAT % THINGS MAY BE LEVELING OFF % THAT WOULD BE GREAT NEWS % ONE THING WE HEARD HERE IS HOSPITAL DISCHARGES, PEOPLE % BEING TREATED FOR COVID AND % LEAVING THAT NUMBER SEEMS TO BE% GAINING TRACTION I THINK THE % WORD FROM THE EXECUTIVES AND % EVERYONE ELSE IS THAT THIS IS A% CRITICAL TIME TO KEEP YOUR FOOT% ON THE ACCELERATOR, KEEP ON % GOING % ESPECIALLY SINCE WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY

% IT IS 60 DEGREES OR MORE, WE % HAVE NOT REALLY LEFT OUR % POSITION AT THE HOSPITAL % I AM SURE THERE ARE A LOT OF % PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GET OUT AND % ABOUT AND ABOUT IS THE LAST % THING THAT ANYBODY WANTS TO SEE% AS WE TRY TO FLATNESS CURVE AND% GET THROUGH THIS CRISIS % >>YOU DID SEE A LOT OF FOLKS % OUT THERE % I WENT FOR A JOG THIS MORNING, % WHEN YOU GO NORMALLY EVERYONE % IS STAYING AT HOME % MORE FOLKS ARE TRYING TO GET % SOME FRESH AIR AND SUNSHINE AND% TRYING TO DO THEIR BEST TO SOCIAL DISTANCE

% RON ALLEN WITH THE LATEST FOR % US FROM LONG ISLAND THANK YOU % >>> OFFICIALS IN NEW YORK ARE % WARNING RESIDENTS TO BRACE % THEMSELVES, THE WORST MAY BE % COMING SOON % THERE ARE MORE THAN 100,000 % CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE % STATE AND MORE THAN 4000 DEATHS % NOW THEY ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP% UP

% WE HAVE MORE ON THE HEART % WRENCHING PROBLEM % JUST A WORD OF CAUTION, THE % PICTURE YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE % MAY BE DISTURBING >>> WHEN HAD TO BECAME A % FUNERAL DIRECTOR 30 YEARS AGO, % HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS GETTING % INTO % >> YOU'RE TAKING CARE OF A % PERSON'S LOVED ONE % >>HE NEVER IMAGINED A WEEK LIKE% THIS, WITH STAGGERING NUMBER OF% DEATHS

% >> I HAVE FIVE FUNERAL HOMES, I% NORMALLY SEE MAYBE 25 FAMILIES % THAT NEED SERVICES WITH ALL % FIVE FUNERAL HOMES % NOW I AM SEEING 75 OR 80 % FAMILIES THAT NEED SERVICES % >>INSIDE THE FUNERAL HOME IN % BROOKLYN, THE SHOCKING REALITY,% BODIES ARE PILING UP SO FAST, % HE IS RUNNING OUT OF SPACE IN % THE EPICENTER OF THE NATIONS % UNPRECEDENTED HEALTH CRISIS NOW HE LIKE OTHER FUNERAL % DIRECTORS, IS SCRAMBLING TO GET% A REFRIGERATED TRUCK TO SERVE % AS A TEMPORARY MORGUE % >>THIS SCARES ME

% >> IT SCARES YOU? % >>IT SCARES ME % >>WHY? % >> I AM SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS IS % SO IS MY STAFF % >>WITH SO MANY UNKNOWNS THEY % ARE TAKING EVERY PRECAUTION % JUST LIKE HOSPITALS ARE RUNNING% OUT OF VITAL EQUIPMENT, SO ARE FUNERAL HOMES % >> ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS % IS WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF % POUCHES, BODY BAGS

>>NOW CORONAVIRUS IN THIS NEW % AGE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING IS % FORCING A CRUEL CHANGE IN HOW % FAMILIES GRIEVE, FROM THE % FUNERAL HOME TO THE CEMETERY, % ONLY A FEW LOVED ONES ARE % ALLOWED % >>PEOPLE ARE USED TO EMBRACING % EACH OTHER % ESPECIALLY DURING DIFFICULT % TIMES % NOW THE FAMILIES ARE FORCED TO GO THROUGH THE MOST DIFFICULT % TIME OF THEIR LIVES WITHOUT % THAT INTIMATE SUPPORT FROM FAMILY MEMBERS, FROM FRIENDS % THE LAST TIME PE SEEING % THEIR LOVED ONE IS WHEN THE % AMULETS TOOK THEM AWAY

% THEY HAVE NOT SEEN THEM AGAIN % >> IN MANHATTAN, AND HAS BEEN % HELPING FAMILIES SAY GOODBYE % FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS % IT HAS NEVER BEEN HARDER THAN % NOW % >>DID YOU EVER IMAGINE YOU % WOULD BE OVERWHELMED TO THIS % DEGREE? >> YES % WE WENT THROUGH THE 9/11 % TRAGEDY, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT% NOBODY EVER EXPERIENCED

% THIS KIND OF LOSS % >> NOW THE CAREGIVERS, THE LAST% RESPONDERS ALSO WORRY THERE IS % A LOT MORE SORROW TO COME % >> WE ARE AT BREAKING POINT % THERE IS A POINT NOW, THE DEATH% RATE RISES, I DO NOT BELIEVE % THAT THE FUNERAL DIRECTORS % ALONE CAN HANDLE THIS >>AHIMA JOINS ME NOW OUTSIDE % THE DANIEL L SCHAEFER FUNERAL % HOME IN BROOKLYN

% IT IS A HEARTBREAKING STORY % TELL US ABOUT WHAT KIND OF HELP% THESE FUNERAL HOMES NEED % >> AS HE SAID IN THE PIECE, % THEY NEED POUCHES, THEY NEED % BODY BAGS, THEY NEED % STRETCHERS, THEY NEED SUPPLIES% THE PHONE CALLS ARE COMING AT A% RATE THEY CANNOT KEEP UP WITH % THEY ARE GETTING THOUSANDS OF % CALLS WHEN THEY USED TO GET A % FEW CALLS, EVEN HERE HE SAID, % HE CANNOT SLEEP AT NIGHT % WONDERING IF HE WILL GET EVERY % SINGLE DETAIL RIGHT

% NOW THE FAMILIES DO NOT HAVE A % CHANCE TO VIEW THE BODY BEFORE % THEY HAVE A CHAPEL SERVICE % EVEN THAT CHAPEL SERVICE, AS WE MENTIONED, IS VERY LIMITED % NORMALLY HE WOULD HAVE ABOUT 105 CHAIRS IN ONE OF HIS % CHAPELS % HE HAS TAKEN OUT 95 CHAIRS, % ONLY 10 REMAIN AND THEY ARE SIX% FEET APART % THAT MEANS VERY FEW PEOPLE CAN COME IN

HE IS WONDERING IF % SOME SORT OF DIRECTION IS GOING% TO COME FROM ELECTED OFFICIALS % ABOUT HOW THEY HANDLE THIS % HE SAID THEY WERE NEVER SET UP % TO HANDLE THE VOLUME OF CALLS % THAT THEY ARE GETTING RIGHT % HERE >>YOU MENTIONED THE WORKERS ARE% FEARING ABOUT THEIR OWN HEALTH% TALK MORE ABOUT THEIR CONCERNS% >>I JUST SPOKE WITH PAT AGAIN, HE SAID THEY ARE DOING THE SAME% KIND OF PRECAUTIONS AS THE % FIRST RESPONDERS

% THEY ARE WEARING MASKS % THEY HAVE THEMSELVES COVERED IN% PROTECTIVE GEAR % EVEN THIS IS A TERRIBLE THING % TO POINT OUT, EVEN WHEN THEY % PREPARE THE BODY, THEY PUT A % MASK OVER THE BODY BECAUSE HE % SAID THERE ARE SO MANY UNKNOWNS% ABOUT HOW THIS VIRUS IS % TRANSMITTED % INFORMATION IS CHANGING % REGULARLY, THEY DO NOT WANT TO % TAKE ANY CHANCES % SO THEY ARE DOING EVERYTHING % THEY CAN TO COVER THEMSELVES UP% AND TO COVER UP THE DECEASED SO% THAT THEY CAN BE PROTECTED

>>YOU JUST CANNOT BE CAREFUL % ENOUGH % A REALLY TOUGH STORY % THIS MUST HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT % THANK YOU SO MUCH % >>YOU ARE WELCOME

% >>> NEW ORLEANS HAS OPENED A % FIELD HOSPITAL WITH 1000 BEDS % FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS % TODAY NEARLY 15,000 PEOPLE HAVE% TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS% IN LOUISIANA AND OVER 500 % PEOPLE HAVE DIED % NBCNEWS CORRESPONDENT IS % JOINING ME NOW % MORGAN, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US % ABOUT THIS HOSPITAL? % >> THIS HAS BEEN A LONG-AWAITED% TOOL THAT NEW ORLEANS HAS BEEN % HOPING TO USE % IT HAS 1000 BEDS, OFFICIALS SAY% THAT IT HAS THE CAPACITY TO GO % UP TO 2000 BEDS ADDED BY THE % END OF APRIL

% RIGHT NOW, THIS IS SPECIFICALLY% FOR THOSE PATIENTS WHO ARE THE LESS SICK OF THE SICK, AS IT % HAS BEEN DESCRIBED % IF IT LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL % SURVIVE AND BE OKAY, THEY WILL % BE ESCORTED TO THIS CONVENTION % CENTER AND THEN SPLIT INTO TWO % DIFFERENT PARTS % WE WILL HAVE AN AREA INSIDE % THAT BUILDING WHERE PEOPLE CAN % RECOVER FROM COVID-19 % IT WILL ALSO HAVE A SPECIAL % DESIGNATED AREA INSIDE WHERE IT% IS LIKE TEMPORARY HOUSING UNITS% WHERE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN % TESTED FOR COVID-19, BUT HAVE % NOT GOTTEN THE RESULTS, CAN % WAIT IN THE SAFETY AND SECURITY% OF THAT CONVENTION CENTER UNTIL% THEY FIND OUT ONE WAY OR % ANOTHER % BY DOING THIS, THEY ARE % LIMITING EXPOSURE FROM A % POSITIVE CASE IN THE COMMUNITY % WHICH IS ALREADY MORE % SIGNIFICANT THAN SEVERAL OTHER AMERICAN CITIES WHEN YOU LOOK % AT THE SHEER NUMBERS THAT % LOUISIANA AND NEW ORLEANS IS % HAVING TO FACE

WE KNOW IN THE STATE OF % LOUISIANA WE HAVE 61 OF THE 64 % PARISHES THAT DO HAVE POSITIVE % CASES AND THAT NUMBER CONTINUES% TO RISE IN NEW ORLEANS % >>THIS IS AN ISSUE WE HAVE BEEN% SEEING IN SEVERAL STATES % WE KNOW IT IS HAPPENING IN % LOUISIANA, THE GOVERNOR IS % TRYING TO GET A PASTOR TO % CANCEL SERVICES % WHAT IS GOING ON? % >>WE KNOW THEY ARE DOING THE % BEST THEY CAN FROM AN % ENFORCEMENT STANDPOINT % GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS IS TO% STAY AT HOME

% WE HAVE SEEN INSTANCES WHERE % THERE HAS BEEN DISREGARD, % SPECIFICALLY A CHURCH IN BATON % ROUGE, LIKE TABERNACLE CHURCH, % WE SPOKE TO THE PASTOR VIA INTERVIEW AND HE WAS ARRESTED % INSIDE HIS OWN CHURCH LAST % SUNDAY BY TWO LOUISIANA STATE % TROOPERS WHO SAID THAT HE % VIOLATED THE GOVERNOR STAY-AT-% HOME ORDERS % WHEN WE CHATTED VIA ZOOM % INTERVIEW, I ASKED THE PASTOR % POINTBLANK, DO YOU PLAN ON % DOING THIS AGAIN KNOWING IT IS % VIOLATING THE GOVERNOR ORDERS % HE SAYS I WILL CONTINUE TO DO % SO BECAUSE HE SAID IT IS GOD'S % MISSION THAT HE CONTINUE TO % KEEP HIS DOORS OPEN FOR THE % CONGREGATION WHICH IS % SIGNIFICANT IN SIZE % WE REACHED OUT YESTERDAY AND WE% FOUND MORE THAN 1000 PEOPLE % WALKED THROUGH THE DOORS OF THAT CHURCH AND WORSHIPED % THEIR SERVICES WERE STREAMED % LIVE ON FACEBOOK

% WE WITNESSED THIS SHARE SITE OF% PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN % SINCE THIS VIRUS TOOK HOLD IN % OUR COUNTRY % THE PASTOR SAID TO ME HE WOULD % KEEP THE DOORS OPEN NO MATTER % WHAT % THAT MEANT NO MATTER HOW MANY % POSITIVE CASES, NO MATTER HOW % MANY DEATHS CONTINUE TO TAKE % PLACE % HE SAID IT WAS HIS CALLING TO DO SO % >> I KNOW THAT IS WHAT THE % GOVERNOR DOES NOT WANT GOING ON% IN HIS ESTATE, LARGE GATHERINGS LIKE THAT

% WHAT ABOUT REGULAR FOLKS WHO % STAY IN THEIR HOMES AND NOT AS % LARGE-SCALE AS THE PASTOR % >>IT IS A HEALTH SITUATION YOU HAVE A STATE TO ENFORCE % WITH THESE ORDERS % WE DO KNOW THAT VARIOUS LEADERS% SAY THEY WERE LINED UP AND % GOING AT IT AS AN HONOR SYSTEM% IF THEY SEE SOMEONE VIOLATING % THIS THEY WOULD CALL OFFICIALS % AND THE COME OVER AND TRY TO ENFORCE THIS

% UNLESS SOMETHING IS INCREDIBLY % BLATANT IN NATURE SUCH AS % HAVING THAT MANY PEOPLE % GATHERED INSIDE A CHURCH, IT IS% BECOMING INCREASINGLY INCUMBENT% UPON THE PUBLIC TO SELF POLICE,% IN A WAY % WE DO KNOW THAT URBAN AREAS SUCH AS METROPOLITAN AREAS, % BATON ROUGE, THEY WILL HAVE % INCREASED POLICE PRESENCE % THEY CALLED ON THE NATIONAL % GUARD TO ASSIST ON THAT % AS A NATIONAL SCALE AND IN % LOUISIANA, IT IS MORE IMPORTANT% THAN EVER BEEN FOR PEOPLE TO % TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES BUT TO % TAKE CARE OF THE SURROUNDING % COMMUNITY % IF YOU SEE PEOPLE GATHERED % OUTSIDE THAT NUMBER, I BELIEVE % IT IS 10 OR MORE, THAT SHOULD % NOT BE HAPPENING

% WE HAVE SEEN IN VARIOUS AREAS, % OFFICIALS GOING THE EXTRA MILE % TO ENSURE THAT IS NOT TAKING % PLACE BASKETBALL HOOPS BEING TAKEN % OFF OF BASKETBALL COURTS % BECAUSE GROUPS HAVE GOTTEN TOO % LARGE % WE HAVE SEEN A VARIETY OF % MEASURES GOING INTO EFFECT ALL % TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE CAN % HOPEFULLY ABIDE BY THAT RULE % WE STAYED AT HOME AND KEEP % PREVENTING POTENTIAL EXPOSURE % >>ONE LAST QUESTION BEFORE I % LET YOU GO

% LOUISIANA RESIDENTS ARE BEING % ASKED TO SELF QUARANTINE FOR 14% DAYS WHEN THEY ENTER OTHER % STATES % EXPLAIN THIS AND TELL US WHAT % IS HAPPENING % >>WE HAVE SEEN THIS BORDER POLICY EVOLVED THE PAST WEEK % TEXAS GOVERNOR, GREG ABBOTT % SAID ANYONE ENTERING THE STATE % FROM LOUISIANA WILL SELF % QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS % WHEN HE SAID THIS LAST WEEK HE % CAME OFF AS AN EMPTY ORDER

% STARTING TODAY WE HAVE SEEN AN % INCREASED PRESENCE BY TEXAS % TROOPERS THAT BORDER CROSSING % FROM LOUISIANA INTO TEXAS % IT WAS VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU% WOULD EXPANDS IF YOU WERE IN % ANY OTHER COUNTRY UPON ENTERING% TEXAS NOW, YOU ARE STOPPED AT A% CHECKPOINT TROOPERS ASK FOR % YOUR NAME, DRIVERS LICENSE, % BIRTHDAY, THEY WANT TO KNOW % WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND HOW % LONG YOU ARE STAYING THERE % THE ORDERS ARE CLEAR % YOU SELF QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS% OR STAY INSIDE FOR THE DURATION% OF YOUR STAY, WHICHEVER IS % SHORTER % GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT GOING ON % SAYING IF ANYONE VIOLATES THIS % AND IS CAUGHT COULD FACE UP TO $1000 FINE AND POTENTIALLY 180 % DAYS IN JAIL

>> UNBELIEVABLE % WE KEEP SAYING THIS OVER AND % OVER % WE NEVER QUITE THOUGHT WE % WOULD % THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US THE % LATEST FROM LOUISIANA >>THANK YOU

% >>> DOCTORS AND NURSES ON THE FRONT LINE ARE RISKING THEIR % OWN HEALTH AND SAFETY TRYING TO% PROTECT US % HERE'S WHAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH >> HELLO I AM A CRITICAL CARE % PHYSICIAN HERE IN BOCA RATON % FLORIDA % >> I'M A PHYSICIANS ASSISTANT % AT RUSH MEDICAL CENTER % >> I WORK AT

>> THIS WHOLE WORLD IS FACING THIS CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC % SITUATION % IT HAS BEEN QUITE SHOCKING IT IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN % WHAT I TRAINED FOR % WE ARE SEEING PATIENTS WHO ARE VERY YOUNG AND THEY ARE COMING % QUITE FREQUENTLY % >>AS THE DAYS PROGRESS

% WE ARE SEEING A HIGHER VOLUME EACH DAY AND EACH SHIFT % PEOPLE SEEM TO BE GETTING SICKER % HOWEVER, THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE% WHO SELF ISOLATE % >>MORALE TAKES A HIT SOME DAYS I THINK THAT EVERYONE HERE HAS % SHOWN VARIOUS LEVELS OF % RESILIENCE

I HAVE A TIGHTKNIT GROUP OF % PHYSICIANS, NURSES AND STAFF % WE SMILE UNDERNEATH OUR MASKS % AND WE TRY TO PICK EACH OTHER % UP EVERY DAY, HOW ARE YOU % DOING, HOW ARE YOU HOLDING UP? STAY SAFE % ALL OF THE USUAL STUFF THAT WE % HAVE BEEN SAYING WE TRY TO PICK% EACH OTHER UP IT CAN BE HARD SOMETIMES % >>BEING IN A PANDEMIC IS A % SCARY AND STRESSFUL SITUATION, % I DO FEEL MORE REASSURED % WE ARE HERE AND SEEING THE % WORST

>>I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO % NOTE THAT THIS AFFECTS THE % YOUNG AND THE OLD NO ONE IS % IMMUNE % OVERALL I SAY TAKE IT DAY BY % DAY % >>I KNOW THERE WILL BE A LOT OF BAD STORIES % THERE WILL BE 1 MILLION GREAT % STORIES THAT COME OUT OF THIS % HOPEFULLY WE CAN SHARE THAT % WITH THE PUBLIC

PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY % ARE SAVING LIVES AND TO ME THAT% IS A BEAUTIFUL THING % >>I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR % PEOPLE AT HOME WHO ARE DOING % SUCH A GREAT JOB WITH SOCIAL % DISTANCING, PEOPLE WHO ARE % STAYING HOME, I WANT YOU TO % HEAR ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON % HERE IN THE HOSPITAL % A LOT OF IT IS NOT PRETTY, BUT % WE ARE WORKING HARD AND REST % ASSURED WE WILL TRY TO TAKE % CARE OF YOUR LOVED ONE THE BEST% THAT WE CAN % >>> JUST AND UPDATE FOR YOU, % OUT OF THE UK, WE ARE GETTING BREAKING NEWS, THE BRITISH % PRIME MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON, % HAS BEEN TAKEN TO THE INTENSIVE% CARE UNIT % THIS IS FROM A SPOKESMAN AT % NUMBER 10 DOWNING STREET

THEY % SAY SINCE SUNDAY EVENING THE % PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN UNDER % THE CARE OF DOCTORS AT ST % THOMAS HOSPITAL IN LONDON AFTER% BEING ADMITTED FOR PERSISTENT % SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS % THEY SAY OVER THE COURSE OF THE% AFTERNOON THE CONDITION OF THE % PRIME MINISTER WORSENED AND ON % THE ADVICE OF HIS MEDICAL TEAM % HE WAS MOVED TO THE INTENSIVE % CARE UNIT AT THE HOSPITAL % THEY SAY HE IS RECEIVING EXCELLENT CARE % THEY ARE THINKING THE STAFF FOR% THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION

% THEY SAY BEFORE HE WAS MOVED TO% THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT THAT % THE PRIME MINISTER ASKED THE FOREIGN SECRETARY AND FIRST % SECRETARY OF STATE TO DEPUTIZE % FOR HIM WHERE NECESSARY SAYING % HE COULD TAKE OVER THE RUNNING % OF THE GOVERNMENT % JUST A REMINDER THE PRIME % MINISTER IS CONSCIOUS AT THIS % TIME % GOOD NEWS % HE HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE ICU AS% A PRECAUTION SHOULD HE REQUIRE % VENTILATION TO AID HIS % RECOVERY % THAT IS BREAKING NEWS % IF WE HAVE FURTHER INFORMATION % WE WILL LET YOU KNOW

% >>> EXPERTS SAY THIS COULD BE % THE WORST WEEK OF THE % CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK HERE IN % THE UNITED STATES % MEANWHILE, VICE PRESIDENT PENCE SAYS — % >> WE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE THE % GLIMMERS OF PROGRESS % THE EXPERTS WILL TELL ME NOT TO% JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS, AND I AM % NOT, LIKE YOUR PRESIDENT, I AM % AN OPTIMISTIC PERSON AND I AM % HOPEFUL % WE ARE STARTING TO SEE CASES % AND MOST THE PORTLY LOSSES AND % HOSPITALIZATIONS BEGINNING TO STABILIZE % >> DOCTOR, WE JUST HEARD THAT % CLIP OF VICE PRESIDENT IT'S

% >>THINGS WILL GET BAD % WE NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR IT % IT IS DISTURBING TO SEE THAT % THAT IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN BEFORE TURNS AROUND THE SURGEON GENERAL ALSO SAID % THIS WEEK WILL BE THE PEARL % HARBOR WEEK

% WHAT SHOULD AMERICANS PREPARE % FOR RIGHT NOW? % >> THIS IS A VERY, VERY SERIOUS% TIME % WE ARE SEEING INCREASED NUMBERS% OF PATIENTS IN THE HOSPITAL % OVER THE WEEKEND, IT PROBABLY % WAS THE WORST WEEKEND FOR MANY % MANY YEARS % WE HAVE SEEN A SURGE, FOR SURE% WE HAVE HAD AN INCREASED NUMBER OF DECEASED

% WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP EVERYBODY% CONTROLLED BY THAT I MEAN MY HOUSE STAFF, % RESIDENTS, INTERNS, FELLOWS % WE ARE DEPLOYING FELLOWS FROM % VARIOUS SPECIALTIES TO TAKE CARE THAT PATIENTS % THE NUMBERS ARE SO GREAT IT IS % HARD TO GET PHYSICIANS TO % REALLY ACCOMMODATE SUCH LARGE % NUMBERS % FOR EXAMPLE, YOU HAVE ONE % PHYSICIAN TAKING CARE OF AS % MANY AS 30 PEOPLE

% AT ONE OF OUR INSTITUTIONS, WE % DO NOT HAVE THAT MANY DOCTORS % WE ARE BRINGING RETIREES IN % WE ARE BRINGING DOCTORS AND ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES TO % STEP UP TO THE PLATE >> YOU WORK IN A HOSPITAL IN % NEW JERSEY % YOU HAVE BEEN DESCRIBING THE % CONDITIONS, JUST TO GIVE OUR % FOLKS HOME AT NUMBERS, THE % STATE HAS REPORTING 1000 % DEATHS, MORE THAN 40,000 CASES% THE MAYOR SAID THIS WEEKEND % THAT HIS CITY CANNOT POSSIBLY % COMPETE WITH NEW YORK WHEN IT % COMES TO GETTING SUPPLIES

% YOU MENTIONED THE SHORTAGE OF % DOCTORS, BUT YOU HAVE A % F SUPPLIES AS WELL % >>WE ARE GRACED INSOFAR THAT % GOVERNOR MURPHY HAS PROVIDED US% WITH MORE VENTILATORS % FRIDAY I WAS DELIGHTED TO GET A% SHIPMENT OF VENTILATORS IN AND % THAT HELPED A GREAT DEAL % WE ARE JUST HOPING FOR MORE % EQUIPMENT AS WE GO THE MOST % IMPORTANT THING FOR EVERYBODY % IS PPE, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE % EQUIPMENT % WE HAVE A GOOD SUPPLY OF N95 % MASKS AND DOWNS

% I MAKE ROUNDS EVERY DAY ON THE % FLOORS WITH THE COVID PATIENTS% WE MAKE SURE OUR NURSES ARE % COVERED % THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER AND I% DO THE ROUNDS AND WE FIND THAT % THERE ARE FLOORS WHERE THEY % HAVE RUN OUT OF EQUIPMENT % WE ARE QUICK TO GET EQUIPMENT TO THEM >>> OVER THE WEEKEND THE % PRESIDENT WAS TALKING ABOUT THE MALARIA DRUG, FORGIVE ME IF I % DO NOT SAY IT CORRECTLY, % HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, AS A % POSSIBLE TREATMENT

% EXPERTS, INCLUDING DOCTOR FACULTY, SADIE EVIDENCE ON THAT% DRUG IS NOT THERE WHAT IS YOUR TAKE? % >> I THINK YOU FOR ASKING THAT % QUESTION % I HAVE A LOT OF INTEREST IN % HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AND I HAVE % USED IT FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND% IT HAS BEEN A VERY SAFE DRUG % REGARDING THE EFFICACY IN COVID% 19, I AM NOT SO SURE WE ARE % SEEING MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE % BETWEEN THOSE PATIENTS ON AND % THOSE WHO ARE NOT ON IT % WE ARE DOING OUR OWN CLINICAL % STUDY ON IT

% THERE ARE MANY SIDE EFFECTS, % YOU HAVE HEARD OF SOME OF THEM % THAT INVOLVED THE EYE, THEY INVOLVE MUSCLE AND CERTAIN % DIFFICULTIES WITH THE HEART % PARTICULARLY THE HEART RHYTHM % WE ARE BEING VERY CAREFUL TO DO% ELECTROCARDIOGRAMS ON PATIENTS % AS THEY ARE ADMITTED AND PUT ON% THESE DRUGS AND THEN FOLLOWING % UP AFTER THE DOSE OF THE DRUG % TO SEE IF THE HEART RHYTHM STAYS NORMAL % THAT IS A BIG ISSUE % I AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT, IT % IS FDA APPROVED, DOCTOR FACULTY SAID WE NEED MORE DATA % I AGREE WITH DOCTOR FAUCI

% WE NEED TO FIND OUT IF THESE % DRUGS DO ANYTHING % WE HAVE MANY AGENTS TRYING, NOT% JUST THOSE TWO % YOU WILL HEAR MORE ABOUT THESE % AS WE GO ON >>WE ARE GETTING VIEWER % QUESTIONS % I WOULD LIKE TO ASK A FEW

% THE FOLKS AT HOME ARE % CONCERNED % IN SHORT, NO SURPRISE THAT THE % QUESTIONS WE ARE GETTING ARE % ABOUT MASKS % THE CDC UPDATED ITS GUIDANCE % ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO WEAR % MASKS WHEN THEY GO OUT IN % PUBLIC % IF YOU ARE USING A HOMEMADE % FABRIC MASS, HOW EFFECTIVE IS % IT? % ARE THERE MORE OPTIONS THAT CAN% DO THIS BECAUSE IT IS BETTER % THAN THIS? % >>FIRST OF ALL, IF YOU ARE OUT % AND ABOUT, YOU SHOULD BE % WEARING A MASK % I WENT TO AN EVENT LAST NIGHT, % IT HAPPENED TO BE AT, AND I AM % WATCHING 300 PEOPLE WHO ARE % WATCHING THE FIRE STANDING NEXT% TO EACH OTHER, NO MASKS

% THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO HAD MASKS % WERE MYSELF, THE PARAMEDICS AND% THE POLICE DEPARTMENT % THAT WAS HORRIBLE % I SAID WHAT'S WRONG WITH THESE % PEOPLE? % IF YOU GO TO THE SUPERMARKET, % HOME DEPOT, ANYWHERE WHERE % THERE IS A CROWD OF PEOPLE, YOU% SHOULD BE WEARING A MASK % CAN YOU WEAR A SCARF, CAN YOU % WEAR ANYTHING TO COVER YOUR % MOUTH AND NOSE? % YES % A CLOTH MASK BASICALLY DOES % THAT

EIGHT N95 MASKS IS A MASK % FITTED TO YOUR FACE BUT YOU DO % NOT NEED TO WEAR THAT % YOU JUST NEED TO WEAR A % COVERING OVER YOUR MOUTH AND % NOSE SO YOU DO NOT SPEW SPUTUM % OR OTHER PARTICLES ON ANYBODY % ELSE, AND THEY INFECT YOU % BY COUGHING AND SNEEZING ON % YOU % IF ANYONE IS COVID POSITIVE YOU% SHOULD WEAR A MASK % IF YOU ARE COVID POSITIVE, YOU % SHOULD STAY INDOORS FOR THE % LENGTH OF TIME THAT IT TAKES % YOU TO GET RID OF YOUR FEVER % AND YOUR SNEEZING, AND YOUR % COUGHING % FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE HEALTHY% SHOULD WEAR A MASK TO PROTECT % OURSELVES FROM OTHERS

% THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ALSO, % WASH YOUR HANDS % YOU HAVE GOT TO WASH YOUR % HANDS % I WASH MY HANDS MAY BE 80 TIMES A DAY >> I DON'T THINK I HAVE EVER % WASHED MY HANDS SO MANY TIMES % IN MY LIFE % THERE ARE FEW THINGS THAT FEEL % AS GOOD, EVEN IF YOUR HANDS ARE% DRY, IT FEELS GOOD TO CLEAN % THEM AND KNOW YOU MAY BE % GETTING RID OF GERMS

% ON THAT NOTE, HOW ABOUT GLOVES?% SHOULD PEOPLE BE WEARING OR % USING GLOVES WHEN THEY GO OUT? % >> THAT IS UP TO THE % INDIVIDUAL % I WAS TOLD BY A NUMBER OF % PEOPLE IN THE SUPERMARKET THAT WEARING GLOVES MADE EVERYBODY % LOOK AT THEM LIKE THEY WERE % PARIAHS % THIS REMINDS ME OF THE MIDDLE % AGES AND THE BUBONIC PLAGUE % IF IT WAS MY CHOICE AND I WAS % SHOPPING FOR GROCERIES, I WOULD% WEAR DISPOSABLE GLOVES AND I % WOULD WEAR MY CLOTH MASK % I HAPPEN TO WEAR GLOVES AND A % MASK WHENEVER I AM IN A % HOSPITAL

% I HAVE TO BE I HAPPEN TO BE IN % MY OFFICE RIGHT NOW WHERE I DO % NOT HAVE TO WEAR THE GLOVES OR % MASKS OR ACCOUNT, I DRESSED UP % FOR YOU TODAY, ALLISON >>THANK YOU % >> NORMALLY I WEAR GLOVES AND A% MASK AND I TRY TO BE AS SAFE AS% POSSIBLE % >>> ABOUT WHEN PEOPLE GO OUT –% WE APPRECIATE IT % I WISH I COULD SEE, I TRUST % THAT YOU LOOK FANTASTIC AND WE % APPRECIATE IT

% WE KNOW HOW BUSY YOU ARE % IF PEOPLE ARE GOING OUT TO DO % THOSE URGENT THINGS, TO GO TO % THE GROCERY STORE OCCASIONALLY % OR THE PHARMACY, WHEN THEY COME% BACK HOME, SHOULD THEY WASH % THEIR CLOTHES IMMEDIATELY, SO % THEY GET IN THE SHOWER, OR % WASHING YOUR HANDS AND TAKING % OFF YOUR SHOES IS THAT ENOUGH? % >> I THINK TAKING OFF YOUR % SHOES IS A GOOD IDEA, WASHING YOUR HANDS, DEFINITELY % DEPENDING ON HOW CLOSE YOU ARE % TO AN INFECTED INDIVIDUAL, WHEN% I GO HOME AT NIGHT, I TAKE A % SHOWER AT THE REQUEST OF MY % WIFE % I TAKE MY GLOVES OFF BEFORE I % GET INTO THE CAR, AND I TAKE MY% MASK OFF WHILE I AM DRIVING AND% I MAY WEAR MY MASK AT HOME % UNTIL I CLEAN UP % I AM EXPOSED TO PATIENTS ALL DAY LONG

I MAKE ROUNDS ON ALL THE % FLOORS % I MAY VISIT THE EMERGENCY ROOM,% AND I WEAR PROTECTIVE % EQUIPMENT % I AM NOT SUGGESTING THAT % ANYBODY WHO GOES TO THE STORE, % DEPARTMENT STORE, HARDWARE STORE , SHOULD WEAR PROTECTIVE % EQUIPMENT % I THINK GLOVES MAY BE A GOOD % IDEA IF YOU'RE PUSHING A % SHOPPING CART AND GETTING % GROCERIES % I THINK A MASK IS A DEFINITE IN% THE GROCERY STORE

% YOU DO NOT NEED TO GO CRAZY AND% SHOWER AFTER YOU COME HOME FROM BUYING GROCERIES % YOU MAY WANT TO CLEAN OFF THE % GROCERIES BECAUSE YOU DO NOT % KNOW WHO IS HANDLING FRUIT AND % VEGETABLES % YOU MAY WANT TO WASH THEM IN % WATER, NOT SOAP AND WATER, JUST% PLAIN WATER TO GET ANY COVID-19% VIRUSES OFF OF THAT IF YOU ARE % CONCERNED >>IF YOU ARE AT HOME AND YOU % THINK YOU ARE SICK WITH COVID-% 19, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? % I THINK PEOPLE ARE NERVOUS THAT% IT IS NOT SOMETHING THEY WOULD % BE ABLE TO DO BECAUSE TESTING % SUPPLIES ARE SHORT % >> THAT IS CORRECT

% TESTING SUPPLIES AT THE PRESENT% TIME ARE SHORT % WE ARE TRYITO INCREASE THE % NUMBER OF TESTING SUPPLIES % WHERE EVERYBODY CAN BE TESTED % AS YOU HEARD TONY FAUCI SAY IF % WE HAD THE ANTIBODY TEST WE % COULD TEST EVERYBODY TO SEE IF % YOU WERE EXPOSED AND IF YOU % HAVE AN ANTIBODY RESPONSE, % WHICH IS AN IMMUNE RESPONSE TO % THE INFECTION % ALL INFECTIONS CAUSED AN IMMUNE% RESPONSE % WE ARE NOT AT THAT STAGE YET

% CURRENTLY YOU HAVE TO BE % SWAMPED % THE SWAB HAS TO GO TO THE % LABORATORY % WE HAVE MANY, MANY PEOPLE IN % THE EMERGENCY ROOM PENDING % TESTING % THEY ARE WAITING TO BE TESTED % THAT IS THE PRIORITY

% NOT PEOPLE WHO ARE AT HOME AND REALLY DEVELOPED SNEEZES, % COUGHS, SORE THROAT, HEADACHE % AND A FEVER % IF YOU FEEL SICK, THE BEST WAY % TO GET YOUR TEST IS TO GO TO % THE EMERGENCY ROOM WITH YOUR % SYMPTOMS WEARING A MASK % THERE ARE PUBLIC TESTING AREAS,% WITH YOUR DOCTOR'S PRESCRIPTION% OR WITH YOUR DOCTORS CONSENT, % AND PERHAPS EVEN JUST BY % SHOWING UP YOU WILL BE SCREENED AND YOU CAN BE TESTED IN % STREET % WE HAVE TESTING CENTERS IN NEW % JERSEY AND VARIOUS PLACES WHERE% ONE CAN DRIVE % THERE ARE LONG LINES WHO ARE EXTRAORDINARY LONG

% IF YOU ARE SERIOUS AND VERY % INTERESTED BEING TESTED, THAT % IS THE WAY TO DO IT % MY ADVICE, IS TO STAY HOME, % UNLESS YOU'RE REALLY SICK % STAY HOME AND QUARANTINE IN % PLACE AND TAKE CARE OF % YOURSELF % HYDRATE, GO TO BED, REST, AND % IF IT IS OUT OF CONTROL WHERE % YOU ARE SHORT OF BREATH, I AM % NOT SAYING DIARRHEA OR NAUSEA % AND VOMITING, SHORT OF BREATH, % DIAL 911 AND GET TO THE % HOSPITAL % THAT IS MY ADVICE

>> GREAT ADVICE % I JUST CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH% THERE IS NOT MUCH WE CAN DO TO % EXPRESS OUR THANKS % WE KNOW HOW HARD YOU AND ALL OF% YOUR STAFF ARE WORKING AND ALL HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE WORKING% WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR ALL THAT% YOU ARE DOING

% ON TOP OF IT, TAKING THE TIME % TO GIVE PEOPLE GREAT ADVICE % WE ARE VERY THANKFUL AND % GRATEFUL, THANKS FOR ALL YOU % DO % >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME % >>> JUST SOME BREAKING NEWS % WE REPORTED EARLIER IN THIS % HOUR, WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW, % BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, BORIS % JOHNSON, HAS BEEN TAKEN TO THE % ICU, THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT IN LONDON

% A SPOKESMAN FOR NUMBER 10, THAT% IS DOWNING STREET OF COURSE, HE% HAS BEEN UNDER THE CARE OF % DOCTORS AT ST THOMAS HOSPITAL % AFTER HE WAS ADMITTED WITH % PERSISTENT SYMPTOMS OF % CORONAVIRUS % THEY SAY HE REMAINS CONSCIOUS % AT THIS TIME AND HAS BEEN MOVED% TO THE ICU AS A PRECAUTION % SHOULD HE REQUIRE VENTILATION % TO AID HIS RECOVERY % WE HE TO OPOUTBREAK, % WHAT NEXT? % ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS, % INSIGHT FOR MEDICAL EXPERTS AND% UP-TO-THE-MINUTE LIVE BLOG % UPDATES, FOR CONTINUING % COVERAGE TURN TO THE NETWORKS % AND PLATFORMS OF NBCNEWS >>> WE WANT TO GET TO THE % LATEST ON THE UK PRIME % MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON

% HE IS IN THE ICU WITH THE % CORONAVIRUS % HERE'S CONTINUING COVERAGE FROM% MSNBC THAT AIRED A SHORT TIME AGO % >>BREAKING NEWS FROM THE UK % BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, BORIS % JOHNSON, HAS BEEN MOVED TO INTENSIVE CARE % WE TALKED EARLIER IN OUR % COVERAGE ABOUT HIS % HOSPITALIZATION BECAUSE OF % CORONAVIRUS

% >> JOINING US FROM LONDON IS % OUR CHIEF GLOBAL CORRESPONDENT, BILL NEELY % WE SAW A COUPLE OF MINUTES AGO,% AS OF THEN WE WERE WONDERING % WHAT SORT OF TEST HE WAS % GETTING % NOW HE IS IN THE ICU % WHAT IS 10 DOWNING SAYING? % >> A STATEMENT JUST WITHIN A % FEW MINUTES FROM 10 DOWNING % STREET SAYING THAT BORIS % JOHNSON'S CONDITION HAS % WORSENED AND HE HAS BEEN MOVED % TO THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AT % ST THOMAS HOSPITAL, WHICH IS % ACROSS THE RIVER FROM % WESTMINSTER AND FROM WHERE HE % WAS UNTIL A FEW DAYS AGO AT % NUMBER 11 DOWNING STREET IN % ISOLATION IN HIS FLAT WITH WHAT% HE SAID THEN WAS SIMPLY A HIGH % FEVER

% IT IS CLEARLY A LOT WORSE THAN % THAT HE WAS MOVED AROUND 7:00 LOCAL % TIME % ONE HOUR AND 20 MINUTES AGO, A % STATEMENT BRIEFLY SAYING THAT % HIS CONDITION HAS WORSENED WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS% IF HE IS IN INTENSIVE CARE, % THAT WOULD SUGGEST THAT HE HAS SOME KIND OF BREATHING % DIFFICULTY AND HE MAY HAVE TO % BE PUT, IF THERE WAS IS ONE % AVAILABLE, A VENTILATOR

HE HAD TEST EARLIER TODAY, WE % DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY WERE % MEDICAL EXPERTS HAVE SUGGESTED % THAT THEY WOULD BE TESTS FOR % THINGS LIKE WHAT TEST, A TEST % FOR OTHER INFECTION AND OF % COURSE TESTING HIS HEART AND % LUNGS % PRETTY SERIOUS DEVELOPMENT % THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, DOMINIC % ROB, WHO IS HIS DEPUTY, IF MR % JOHNSON IS IN INTENSIVE CARE NOW, USUALLY PATIENTS STAY IN % THE ICU IN THE UK FOR AROUND % SEVEN DAYS, IF NOT MORE

% I DO NOT THINK WE WILL SEE MR % JOHNSON TAKING CHARGE OF % GOVERNMENT BUSINESS FOR SOME % TIME TO COME % HE HAS NO UNDERLYING HEALTH % CONDITION % HE IS, AND HAS BEEN FOR MANY YEARS, OVERWEIGHT % OTHERWISE, HE WAS QUITE % HEALTHY

% HE IS WELL KNOWN AS A PERSON % WHO LIKES TO GO OUT AND RUN AND% CYCLE % IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT PEOPLE % WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT AND HAVE % CORONAVIRUS ARE MORE % SUSCEPTIBLE TO BEING TAKEN INTO% INTENSIVE CARE ONCE AGAIN, WITHIN THE LAST FEW% MINUTES, A DOWNING STREET % SPOKESMAN SAYING THAT THE PRIME% MINISTER'S CONDITION HAS % WORSENED AROUND 7:00, ROUGHLY AN HOUR % AND A HALF AGO HE WAS TAKEN % INTO INTENSIVE CARE AND IS % BEING MONITORED VERY CLOSELY >>> WE NOW HAVE THE FIRST % GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG REPORT ON % THE STATE OF THE U

S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM % AND ITS HANDLING OF THE % CORONAVIRUS AND THE FINDINGS ARE STARTLING % THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE % INVESTIGATOR GENERAL CONDUCTED % THIS REPORT % WHAT WERE THE MAIN FINDINGS? % >>THE INSPECTOR GENERAL % INTERVIEWED REPRESENTATIVES OF % SOME 323 HOSPITALS IN 46 % STATES

% THEY FOUND A HARROWING PICTURE % OF THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND % CHAOS % WE HAVE BEEN SEEING INDIVIDUAL % ANECDOTAL DOCTORS AND NURSES % SAYING THEY HAVE A MASSIVE % SHORTAGE OF PROTECTIVE GEAR % WHAT STRUCK ME ABOUT THIS % REPORT IS WE KNOW ABOUT THE % VENTILATORS AND THE PROTECTIVE % GEAR % THIS REPORT SUGGESTS THAT THEY % ARE HAVING SHORTAGES OF % DISINFECTANT, TOILET PAPER, % FOOD % THEY HAVE TO GO TO NAIL SALONS % AND AUTO BODY SHOPS TO SCROUNGE% UP SUPPLIES

% EVEN THERMOMETERS % YOU NEED A THERMOMETER TO % FIGURE OUT WHO IS SHOWING % SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS % THIS REPORT REFUTES SOMETHING % THAT DONALD TRUMP SAID ON % SATURDAY IN HIS BRIEFING THAT % HOSPITAL MINISTERS ARE TELLING HIM HE THAT THEY ARE THRILLED % WITH THE SUPPORT FROM THE % FEDERAL GOVERNMENT % TO THE CONTRARY, THIS REPORT % SAYS THEY ARE NOT THRILLED, % THEY ARE DESPERATE FOR MORE % AID % THEY SAY SOME SUPPLIES THAT % THEY ARE GETTING THEY HAVE BEEN% DEFECTIVE

% >> IT IS UNBELIEVABLE % IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE A TIME % BEFORE THIS PANDEMIC HIT % WE SEEM TO HAVE BEEN IN THIS % FOR QUITE A WHILE % BEFORE WE WERE IN THIS, DID % HOSPITALS FEEL THEY WERE % PREPARED FOR SOME KIND OF POTENTIAL OUTBREAK? % NOT NECESSARILY THIS ONE, BUT % ONE IN GENERAL? % >>THAT WAS AN INTERESTING PART % OF THIS GROUP % THE INSPECTOR GENERAL DID A % REPORT IN THE WAKE OF THE EBOLA% VIRUS OUTBREAK AND SURVEYED % HOSPITALS ABOUT THEIR % PREPAREDNESS

% 86% SAID THAT THEY FELT % PREPARED % CLEARLY THEY WERE NOT % THAT COULD BE EXPECTED % WE NEVER HAD ANYTHING LIKE % THIS % WHAT IS NOT TO BE EXPECTED IS % TWO MONTHS INTO THIS THING, THE% FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD ITS ACT % TOGETHER AND HAVING A % CLEARINGHOUSE WHERE YOU DO NOT % HAVE STATES FIGHTING AGAINST % ONE ANOTHER AND SUPPLYING % HOSPITALS

% HOSPITALS ARE STRUGGLING, THEY % ARE DAY TODAY AND THEY ARE IN FINANCIAL CRISIS % MANY SOURCES OF INCOME HAVE % BEEN CUT OFF, CANCELING ELECTIVE PROCEDURES % THERE IS SOME RELIEF, BUT % HOSPITALS ARE IN REAL TROUBLE % >> UNBELIEVABLE HOW ARE HOSPITALS DEALING WITH % THE CHALLENGES? % WE KNOW THERE ARE SHORTAGES, WE% KNOW THEY ARE OVERWHELMED, WHAT% ARE THEY DOING TO GET BY BESIDES ASKING NAIL SALONS FOR % SUPPLIES AND HELP

% >> THEY ARE SCROUNGING, USING % THEIR INGENUITY, THEY ARE % TRYING TO BUY, BAKE, STEAL % SUPPLIES WHERE THEY CAN % THE SADDEST THING ABOUT THIS % REPORT IS A TALKED ABOUT HOW % HEALTHCARE WORKERS FEEL LIKE % THEY ARE AT WAR % THEY ARE ON THE FRONT LINES AND% THEY ARE UNDER INCREDIBLE % STRESS % NOT ONLY ARE THEY SEEING PEOPLE% DIE AROUND THEM, THEY FEEL THEY% COULD BE INFECTED EVERY DAY % BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE THE PROPER EQUIPMENT % AND THEY ARE VERY UPSET ABOUT % WHAT THEY CALL INCONSISTENT % GUIDANCE FROM THE FEDERAL % GOVERNMENT

THINGS LIKE PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ETHICAL DECISIONS LIKE IF THERE% IS A SHORTAGE OF VENTILATORS, % WHO GETS TREATMENT FIRST % THESE ARE THINGS THAT HOSPITALS% HAVE NEVER FACED % I FELT LIKE I WAS READING ABOUT% A COUNTRY IN THE DEVELOPING % WORLD, NOT THE RICHEST NATION % IN THE PLANET % >> I THINK THAT IS THE THING % THAT IS SO UPSETTING % THEY THINK HERE WE ARE, UNITED % STATES OF AMERICA, AND WE % THOUGHT WE WOULD BE BETTER ABLE% TO TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE IN % THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM COULD % HANDLE US AND WE ARE REALIZING % WHERE WE ARE FALLING SHORT

% >> THE OFFICIALS IN MY WORLD % HAVE BEEN WARNING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS % IT HAS THIS DEVASTATING ISSUE % IT IS LIKE 9/11, NO ONE CAN % IMAGINE IT HAPPENING, WE JUST % DID NOT PREPARE ADEQUATELY FOR IT % THIS MAY CHANGE OUR ENTIRE % WORLDVIEW ABOUT WHAT WE NEED TO% DO TO PREPARE GOING FORWARD % >> IT IS STARTLING INFORMATION,% BUT IMPORTANT INFORMATION

% THANK YOU FOR BRINGING IT TO % US >>THANK YOU >>> THE CORONAVIRUS HAS % DERAILED THE 2020 SPRING % SEMESTER FOR COLLEGES % NOW IT COULD PREVENT HIGH % SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM HEADING TO% COLLEGE IN THE FALL % NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT, CHRIS % CLACKUM HAS MORE

% >> Reporter: LIKE MANY HIGH % SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, % ABBY WAS HOPING THAT HER VOLLEYBALL SKILLS COULD SCORE % SOME SCHOLARSHIP MONEY FOR COLLEGE % >>I WAS TRYING TO GET RECRUITED FOR VOLLEYBALL % IF THEY DO NOT HAVE MY TEST % SCORES AND THEN I CANNOT BE % RECRUITED % >> Reporter: ABBY CANNOT GET % TEST SCORES BECAUSE THE TESTS % HAVE BEEN POSTPONED, DUE TO THE% CORONAVIRUS >>THE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN % PREPARING FOR THESE SPRING % ACT'S AND SATS, I IMAGINE IT IS% FRUSTRATING

% >> Reporter: FRUSTRATING AND % DISAPPOINTING, LIKE EVERYTHING % ELSE PUT OFF BY COVID-19, NO % ONE CAN SAY WHEN THEY WILL BE % RESCHEDULED % >> DEFINITELY A FEW KINKS IN THE SYSTEM >> Reporter: BUT THEY EXPECT % COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND % STATE GOVERNMENTS TO LOOSEN % ACT, SAT AND AP TESTING REQUIREMENTS % >>THEY ARE TAKING SERIOUS LOOKS% AT WILL THEY MOVE THEIR % DEADLINES TO ACCOMMODATE MORE % TESTING % >>THE COLLEGE BOARD MADE THE % DECISION TO MOVE ADVANCED % PLACEMENT TESTING ONLINE AND ALLOW OPEN BOOK DURING THOSE % EXAMS

% TO ENSURE THERE IS NO DELAY IN % GETTING THE NEXT BATCH OF HIGH % SCHOOL GRADUATES STARTED ON THE COLLEGE EDUCATION % >>> AMERICANS ACROSS THE % COUNTRY ARE FINDING OUT THAT % THEY WILL NOT GET HELP UNDER % THE $2 TRILLION CORONAVIRUS % RELIEF PACKAGE % OUR NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER SHOWS US WHO IS FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS % >>FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, % HELP IS NOT ON THE WAY % THEY FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS IN% THE STIMULUS BILL

% THERE ARE A LOT OF CRACKS % DISABLED PEOPLE WHO RELY ON THE% PARENTS FOR HELP % >> THE MONEY WOULD BE HELPFUL % I STILL BUY ALL OF HIS CLOTHES,% I STILL BUY HIM TOYS AND THINGS% TO HELP HIM WITH HIS DAILY % NEEDS % >> Reporter: JENNIFER IRWIN'S % SON SIMON IS 21 AND NONVERBAL

% MOST ADULTS WHO DO NOT HAVE % INCOME ARE ELIGIBLE FOR $1200 INCOME CHECK BUT NOT SIMON % JENNIFER CLAIMS HIM ON HER % TAXES, THAT DISQUALIFIES HIM % FROM GETTING A CHECK % >> IT IS DISCOURAGING % >>PARENTS GET AN EXTRA $500 FOR% THEIR DEPENDENT CHILDREN UNDER % 17 % BUT SIMON IS AN ADULT AND SHE % WILL NOT GET EXTRA MONEY ON % HIM

% >> SO MANY PARENTS FEEL THE SAME WAY, THERE ARE NO % RESOURCES % >> Reporter: THERE IS NO CHECK % TO LIVE WITH THEIR ADULT % CHILDREN THERE IS NO CHECK FOR% IMMIGRANTS WHO PAY TAXES BUT % DON'T HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY % NUMBER, NO CHECK FOR COLLEGE % KIDS OR 17-YEAR-OLD IF THEIR % PARENTS CLAIM THEM ON THEIR % TAXES % SUSAN ANDERSON HAS A 19-YEAR-% OLD AT HOME AND A 23-YEAR-OLD % ABOUT TO GRADUATE COLLEGE % >> THEY ARE NOT ON THEIR OWN

% YOU FEED THEM AND PROVIDE FOR % THEM AND YOU ARE NOT GETTING % ANYTHING FOR THAT >> CONGRESS WAS UNDER THE GUN % TO GET MONEY OUT OF THE DOOR % FOR STRUGGLING AMERICANS NOW % THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT % MONEY WENT TO PEOPLE THAT % NEEDED IT % AMERICANS WHOSE LIVELIHOOD WAS % DIRECTLY AFFECTED % IT IS NOT A PERFECT SYSTEM

% >>I AM NOT SURE HOW MANY WAYS % TO SAY IT, THE CLOCK HAS RUN OUT THE HOUR FOR BARGAINING TO GO % FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL% % >>SOME PEOPLE WILL GET LEFT OUT >> SOME BRANCH OF THE % GOVERNMENT DOES EXIST % AS FAR AS TAX CUTS GO, STIMULUS% PACKAGE

% >>CRAIG AND HIS WIFE WERE ON % MATERNITY LEAVE, THEY WILL GET % THEIR OWN PAYMENT OF $1200 PER % PERSON % FOR AARON, THEY WILL HAVE TO % WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR WHEN THEY % FILE THEIR 2020 TAX RETURN % IN THE MEANTIME — % >> YOU WILL NOT FIND DIAPERS OR BABY WIPES >> WE ARE CONTINUING TO COVER % BREAKING NEWS OUT OF THE UK % PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON % HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE INTENSIVE% CARE UNIT DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

% OUR CHIEF CORRESPONDENT, BILL % NEELY HAS THE LATEST % WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? % >>THAT NEWS BROKE JUST OVER TWO% HOURS AGO THAT HE WAS MOVED TO % THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AT ST % THOMAS HOSPITAL, WHICH IS JUST % ACROSS THE RIVER FROM % WESTMINSTER AND FROM DOWNING % STREET WE UNDERSTAND THAT HE IS CONSCIOUS AND HE HAS BEEN MOVED% TO THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT SO % HE CAN GO ON A VENTILATOR IF HIS CONDITION WORSENS FURTHER % IT CLEARLY BEGAN TO WORSEN % DURING THE AFTERNOON

% REMEMBER, BORIS JOHNSON, FIRST % SAID HE HAD CORONAVIRUS 11 DAYS% AGO % HE SAID SINCE THEN THE SYMPTOMS% WERE MILD AND HE HAD A TEMPERATURE % TODAY DOWNING STREET STOPPED % SAYING THAT HIS CONDITION WAS % MILD % THEY SAID HE HAD A COUGH AND A % FEVER AND NOW IT APPEARS TO BE % MUCH WORSE THAN THAT % HE HAS NO UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS

% HE IS AND HAS BEEN FOR MANY YEARS OVERWEIGHT % HE HAS BEEN TRYING TO RUN AND % TO CYCLE TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT % THE PROBLEM IS, IT IS WELL-% KNOWN THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE % OVERWEIGHT AND HAVE CORONAVIRUS% MAY STRUGGLE IN HOSPITALS % BORIS JOHNSON MOVED TO AN % INTENSIVE CARE UNIT HE WILL NOW SPEND A SECOND % NIGHT IN THE HOSPITAL

% HAVING BEEN MOVED THERE, IT IS % UNLIKELY HE WILL LEAVE THAT % UNIT IN THE NEXT DAY OR SO % >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING% THE TIME TO BRING US THE LATEST% ON THE STORY TAKE CARE >>LET'S GET ON OVER TO % CONTINUING COVERAGE FROM OUR % PARTNERS AT SKY NEWS % >>> THEY MUST HAVE BEEN % BLINDSIDED, THE FOREIGN % SECRETARY, THEY HAD THE % BRIEFING IN THE LATE AFTERNOON % AND STARTED A 5:00 THAT HE HAD % NOT HEARD FROM THE PRIME % MINISTER'S AND SATURDAY

% HE GOT THE CALL FROM THE PRIME MINISTER ASKING HIM TO DEPUTIZE % >>I THINK THAT BRINGS UP ALL % SORTS OF QUESTIONS WHICH % DOWNING STREET HAS HANDLED I CAN RECALL ILLNESS AND AWAY % FROM WORK, GOING BACK TO % MARGARET THATCHER SHE HAD THE % OPERATION ON YOUR HAM HER HAND TONY BLAIR ALSO HAD THAT HARD % OPERATION THERE WAS MUCH MORE FRANKNESS % WITH THE JOURNALISTS IN THE % COUNTRY ABOUT WHAT THE SITUATION WAS

% CLEARLY PEOPLE HAVE NOT KNOWN % WHAT IS GOING ON OR BEEN % WILLING TO TELL THE PUBLIC AND % HOW IT HAS ENDED IN THIS UNFORTUNATE DISASTER % >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, OUR % EDITOR A LARGE IN WESTMINSTER % THE PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN % TAKEN INTO INTENSIVE CARE % WE WILL HAVEFULL ANALYSIS WITH % ALL THE LATEST BREAKING NEWS % COMING TO YOU THROUGHOUT THE % EVENING RIGHT HERE ON SKY NEWS >>> IT IS 9:00

% RAKING NEWS, THE PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN MOVED INTO INTENSIVE % CARE % MR JOHNSON WAS MOVED AFTER HIS% CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS WORSENED THIS AFTERNOON % HE ASKED THE FOREIGN SECRETARY TO DEPUTIZE WHEN NECESSARY % THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ADMITTED% TO THE HOSPITAL LAST NIGHT % AFTER HE FIRST TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

% THIS COMES AFTER HE SETTLED % FRIDAY, THE LAST TIME WE SAW % HIM HE WAS STILL SUFFERING % CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS AND % CONTINUING SELF ISOLATION IN % DOWNING STREET % WE WILL HAVE THE LATEST % REACTION FROM OUR POLITICAL % EDITOR AND CORRESPONDENT FROM % DOWNING STREET AND OTHER PLACES% >>A GOOD EVENING TO YOU % DRAMATIC BREAKING NEWS % PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON % HAS BEEN MOVED INTO INTENSIVE % CARE AFTER HIS CONDITION % WORSENED THIS AFTERNOON % HE WAS ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF PERSISTENT SYMPTOMS % INCLUDING A COUGH AND FEVER

% 11 DAYS AFTER HE WAS DIAGNOSED % WITH CORONAVIRUS % DOWNING STREET SAID THAT THE FOREIGN SECRETARY WILL DEPUTIZE% NOW WHERE NECESSARY % LET ME TAKE YOU THROUGH THE % BONES OF THE STATEMENT WHICH CAME OUT FROM DOWNING STREET % ABOUT AN HOUR OR SO AGO % SINCE OF THE SUNDAY EVENING HE % HAS BEEN UNDER THE CARE OF ST % THOMAS HOSPITAL IN LONDON

,,,, ,% >>> LET'S SEE IF WE CAN GET ANY MORE INFORMATION % WE'RE OUTSIDE % WHAT MORE ARE YOU HEARING % THERE % >> Reporter: I'M BEING TOLD BY % THE CABINET SOURCE THAT THE % CABINET WAS INFORMED OF THE PRIME MINISTER'S CONDITION % BEFORE THE STATEMENT WENT OUT % SO THE CABINET TOLD US IN A % VIDEO CONFERENCE AND THEY WERE TOLD BY THE CABINET SECRETARY % THAT HE IS THE MOST SENIOR % CIVIL SERVANT IN THE GOVERNMENT

% HE TOLD MR JOHNSON'S % COLLEAGUES ON A VIDEO CALL % THEY SAID THAT THE PRIME % MINISTER IS NOT ON A VENTILATOR% AS RELEASED IN THAT STATEMENT % BUT ONE OF HIS CLOSE COLLEAGUES% % UPSETTING AS, OF COURSE, THEY WOULD % THE PRIME MINISTER'S CONDITION WORSENING QUITE RAPIDLY

THE FIRST SECOND OF STATE IS % THE FOREIGN SECRETARY % HE DEPUTIZES FOR THE PRIME % MINISTER WHEN HE WAS UNABLE TO % CARRY OUT HIS DUTIES % HE INFORMALLY TOOK OVER THIS MORNING % AND HE SHARED THE COVID-19 % EMERGENCY MEETING % BUT THIS AFTERNOON, BEFORE THE % PRIME MINISTER WAS MOVED TO INTENSIVE CARE, I SHOULD STRESS THAT HE WAS STILL CONSCIOUS

% HE IS STILL CONSCIOUS AS FAR AS WE UNDERSTAND % HE PHONED HIM AND FORMALLY % ASKED HIM TO DEPUTIZE FOR HIM % WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? A SENIOR GOVERNMENT SOURCE % COMPLAINED IT AS THIS % THE PRIME MINISTER REMAINS THE PRIME MINISTER % HE WILL DEPUTIZE FOR HIM AND HE% WILL TAKE ON ANY RESPONSIBILITIES AS HE MAY NEED% TO DO THAT JOB, INCLUDING THE % DAY TO DAY RUNNING OF THE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE % JOHNSON WAS WORKING WHILE IN SELF-ISOLATION IN HIS FLATS

% BUT THE PRIME MINISTER REMAINS THE PRIME MINISTER % BUT THIS HAS BEEN QUITE A TURN % OF EVENTS % THE PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAD CORONAVIRUS SINCE HE HAD BEEN TESTED ABOUT TEN % DAYS AGO AND HE SELF-ISOLATED % FOR A WEEK % WE EXPECTED HIM TO BE OUT ON FRIDAY % BUT HE INSTEAD PUT THE MESSAGE % OUT THAT HE STILL HAD SYMPTOMS

% HE MENTIONED THE HIGH TEMPERATURE SUNDAY NIGHT AT % 8:00 PM % THE DOCTORS DECIDED IT WAS TIME% TO SEND HIM TO THE HOSPITAL % WE WERE TOLD IT WAS % PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES % HE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AT% 8:00 P

M % LAST NIGHT % WE WERE TOLD THAT HE WAS REASON% THE GOVERNMENT FROM THE % HOSPITAL BED AND IN FOR OBSERVATION % BUT CLEARLY HIS CONDITION WORSE WORSENED % THE DECISION WAS MADE TO TAKE % HIM TO THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

% HE IS NOT ON A VENTILATOR % BUT IT IS THERE IF HE NEEDS ASSISTANCE BREATHING % >> I WANT TO TALK NOW TO MY COLLEAGUE OF MR JOHNSON'S CABINET % THE FORKER DEFENSE SECRETARY JOINS ME NOW

% YOUR THOUGHTS AFTER THIS % INFORMATION % WE ARE SORRY FOR HIS FAMILY % >> YES % >> HE'S IN THE SAFEST POSSIBLE HANDS THAT HE COULD BE IN THE NHS % >> ABSOLUTELY RIGHT

% HE WILL HAVE GREAT PROFESSIONALS THERE SUPPORTING % HIM % FROM WHAT LISTENING TO YOUR PROGRAM, HE IS NOT BEING — % HE'S NOT ON A VENTILATOR % THERE IS SOME ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THAT >> DO YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS % JUST ON WHO IS NO CHARGE AND % HOW SOME TOUGH DECISIONS THAT % MIGHT NEED TO BE MADE GET MADE % IF THE PRIME MINISTER IS STILL % THE PRIME MINISTER BUT UNDERGOING QUITE INTENSIVE TREATMENT? % >> I THINK THE SYSTEM IS IN PLACE % HE HAVE CLEAR ACCOUNTABILITY AS% FAR AS DOMINIC THE POSITION OF FIRST SECRETARY OF % STATE

% AND THE PRIME MINISTER GAVE HIM THE ABILITY TO LEAD % I HAVE MORE CONCERNS ABOUT HOW % THE GOVERNMENT WILL OPERATE % HE WILL BE GETTING THE BEST POSSIBLE ADVICE % I'M SURE THE CABINET WILL WANT TO RALLY AROUND, NOT ONLY IN SUPPORT OF THE PRIME MINISTER % BUT IN SUPPORT OF DOMINIC — IN GETTING THE COUNTRY THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT DAYS AHEAD % I THINK THAT WILL HAVE TO BE % THE FOCUS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND% IT IS IN ALL OF OUR INTERESTS

% JOHNSON HAS TO SUCCEED IN THE % BATTLE THAT THEY FACE AND THE % BATTLE THAT ALL OF US FACE % >> ABSOLUTELY % IT HAMMERS HOME THE MESSAGE % ABOUT HOW DANGEROUS AND NASTY THE CORONAVIRUS IS % >> NOBODY IS SAFE % AND THINGS CAN MOVE QUICKLY

% AND CLEARLY WE'VE SEEN THAT % WITH THE PRIME MINISTER AND NO DOUBT THROUGH THE, HE'S BEEN % GETTING VEGOOD MEDICAL SUPPORT % BUT NOBODY IS IMMUNE FROM THIS% NOBODY CAN ASSUME THEY ARE COMPLETELY SAFE % I THINK THAT THIS WILL COME AS % A SHOCK TIE THE LOVE PEOPLE % BUT WE'RE HOPING THAT THIS % STORY ENDS WELL FOR THE PRIME % MINISTER

% >> IT IS A HECK OF A JOLT, % ISN'T IT? % THE LAST TIME WE SAW HIM AND I % AM SURE YOU SAW HIM IN SELF-% ISOLATION SAYING STICK WITH THE% LOCKDOWN % HE SAID I HAVE UP WITH OF THE % SYMPTOMS, THE HIGH TEMPERATURE% AND A COUPLE DAYS LATER HE IS % IN INTENSIVE CARE % >> HE DIDN'T LOOK AT HIS BEST % BUT HE DIDN'T LOOK SERIOUSLY % ILL

% THING THAT IS THE POINT % PARTICULARLY LISTENING TO THE EXPERTS % THIS POINT WHERE MOST PEOPLE % RECOVER AFTER A WEEK OR SO % AND SOME DON'T % AND IT CAN TAKE A NASTY TURN % UNFORTUNATELY, THAT IS WHAT % HAPPENED TO THE PRIME MINISTER

% BUT AS WE ALL SAY, WITH THE SUPPORT THAT HE'S PROVIDED BY % NHS, THERE IS EVERY REASON TO % HOPE THAT I CAN COME THROUGH % THIS % IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE HE'S I % NOT ON A VENTILATOR % >> WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS TO % GET BACK TO THIS, THE CRISIS THAT WE'RE IN? IF A BIG CALL HAS BEEN MADE, % ONE OF THE BIGGEST CALLS ABOUT ABOUT THE LOCKDOWN BEING % LIFTED % WHAT THE BIG CALL IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS OR WEEKS, THE PRIME % MINISTER WILL NEED TO RECOVER % TO GET SOME SLEEP, SOME REST, SWITCH OFF FROM THIS CRISIS % IF THAT BIG CALL HAS TO BE % MADE, THAT IS FULLY IN THE POWER OF DOMINIC ROB

% HE CAN SAY, YES, WE BUY THE % VENTILATORS OR HAVE THE TESTS % OR WHATEVER IT IS? % >> THAT IS RIGHT % THE GOVERNMENT MUST GO ON % I'M SURE THAT THE INSTRUCTION THAT BORIS JOHNSON GAME DOMINIC% ROB % IF THERE ARE DECISIONS THAT % NEED TO BE MADE, THOSE % DECISIONS HAVE TO BE MADE % IT IS MADE BY DOMINIC ROB AND % THE CABINET AS A WHOLE

% THERE IS A RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ENTIRE CABINET TO MAKE THE % BIG DECISIONS TO DO WHAT IS % BEST FOR COUNTRY % IN THAT SENSE, YOU'VE GOT THAT MACHINE WORKING AROUND DOMINIC, THE SUPPORT THAT HE WILL NEED % THE ADVICE THAT HE'LL NEED COMING FROM PATRICK BALANCE AND% THOSE % SO YOU HAVE THE MACHINERY AND % IT CONTINUES TO WORK

% THAT, I'M SURE, IS WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER WOULD WANT TO % HAPPEN % YES, THERE ARE BIG DECISIONS % THAT ARE GOING TO BE MADE AND NEED TO BE MADE IN THE DAYS % AHEAD % THE PRIME MINISTER NEEDS TO FOCUS ON HIS OWN HEALTH AND IN % DOING THAT, HE'LL HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE CABINET AND THE % COUNTRY AS A WHOLE % >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH % WE WISH TO GOOD HEALTH TO PRIME MINISTER JOHNSON

% >>> WE WANT TO HEAR — THERE % IS A BRIEF STATEMENT RELEASED, THAT I UNDERSTAND FROM THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER DOMINIC % ROB, THE FIRST SECOND OF THE STATE % AND NOW THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER WHO IS DEPUTIZING FOR % THE PRIME MINISTER POSITION % >> HE WAS ADMITTED TO THE % CORONAVIRUS % THE CONDITION WORSENED % AND HE WAS MOVED INTO THE CRITICAL CARE UNIT

% IT IS DRIVING FORWARD THE % GOVERNMENT'S PLAN TO DEFEAT THE CORONAVIRUS % AS YOU KNOW, WE — HE'S BEEN % RECEIVING EXCELLENT CARE AT THE HOSPITAL % AND WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE % OPPORTUNITY AS A GOVERNMENT TO THANK NHS STAFF UP AND DOWN THE% COUNTRY AND ALL OF THEIR % DEDICATION AND HARD WORK AND % TREATMENT IN TREATING EVERYONE THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY THE AWFUL VIRUS % >> THIS IS AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS% SITUATION % HOW WORRIED SHOULD PEOPLE BE WORRIED ABOUT HIS HEALTH AND % WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE % GOVERNMENT

% >> THE GOVERNMENT IS IN FINE % THE FOCUS OF THE GOVERNMENT % WILL CONTINUE TO BE ON MAKING % SURE THAT THE PRIME MINISTER'S DIRECTION ALL THE PLANS FOR % MAKING SURE THAT WE CAN DEFEAT % THE CORONAVIRUS AND PULL THE COUNTRY THROUGH THIS CHALLENGE% THAT WILL BE TAKEN FOR THE % >> Reporter: CAN YOU CONFIDENT % THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS UNDER CONTROL TONIGHT % >> > THERE IS INCREDIBLE STRONG SUPPORT BEHIND THE PRIME % MINISTER

% IT WILL BRING THE WHOLE COUNTRY% THROUGH THE CORONAVIRUS % CHALLENGE THAT WE FACE RIGHT % NOW % >> THE MAN STANDING IN FOR THE % PRIME MINISTER, THE FIRST % SECOND OF STATE, ,% >> HOPE EVERYONE IS DOING OKAY % ON THIS MONDAY % LET'S GO TO NBC NEWS % CORRESPONDENT ALEXA LEEOTO % FOLLOWING THE LATEST HEADLINES % FOR US % WHAT IS THE LATEST THIS EVENING? % >> HEY, ALLISON, LOTS OF NEWS % DEVELOPING

% OUT OF ENGLAND % PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON % HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO A HOSPITAL% IN LONDON WHERE HE IS BATTLING THE CORONAVIRUS % HE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL ON % SUNDAY NIGHT FOR MORE TESTS % AFTER SEEING PERSISTENT % SYMPTOMS % A SPOKESMAN SAID EARLIER THAT % "OVER THE COURSE OF THIS % AFTERNOON THE CONDITION OF THE % PRIME MINISTER HAS WORSENED % ON THE ADVICE OF HIS MEDICAL % TEAM HE IS MOVED TO THE % INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AT THE % HOSPITAL

% " MARKETS UPDATE THE DOW SURGED% WITH GAIN OF 1600 POINTS % SIGNALING OPTIMISM FROM WALL % STREET % THEIR BEST P IN MORE THAN A % WEEK FROM LUCY BAILEY % VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SPOKE % TO THE PRESIDENT BY PHONE ABOUT% THE UNITED STATES RESPONSE TO % COVID-19 % THAT'S FROM A SOURCE OF % KNOWLEDGE TELLING NBC NEWS THIS% IS THE FIRST TIME BIDEN HAS % SPOKEN TO THE PRESIDENT SINCE % LAUNCHING HIS PRESIDENTIAL % CAMPAIGN % BIDEN WAS CRITICALLY CRITICIZED% FOR THE WAY THE GOVERNMENT HAS % HANDLED THE RESPONSE TO THE % VIRUS

% >> THERE IS A NEW TWO WEEK STAY% AT-HOME ORDER ANNOUNCED MOMENTS AGO WITH NEW RESTRICTIONS ON % BARS AND RESTAURANTS AND NIGHT CLUBS AS WELL AS OTHER PUBLIC ACTIVITIES IN NEW YORK % MEANWHILE WITH TONY EVERS % BANNING ALL INPERSON VOTING FOR% THE STATE'S PRESIDENT PRIMARY % AND DELAYING THE ELECTION UNTIL% JUNE, A DAY BEFORE THE PRIMARY % WAS SET TO TAKE PLACE CITING % PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS % WISCONSIN PUBLIC LEADERS WILL % CHALLENGE THE DECISION % IMMEDIATELY IN THE STATE % SUPREME COURT CALLING THE ORDER% UNCONSTITUTIONAL % THAT IS THE LATEST FROM ADAM % EDELMAN AND UNFOLDING AND LOTS % OF MOVING PARTS % >>> THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF % THE UNITED NATIONS ANTONIO % ROWBERAS SAYS A HORRIFYING SURGE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AS % CORONAVIRUS FORCES LOCK DOWNS % ALL OVER THE WORLD

% >> FOR MANY WOMEN AND GIRLS % THEY SHOULD BE SAFE IN THEIR % OPEN HOMES % SO I MAKE AN APPEAL FOR HOMES % AROUND THE WORLD % >> AN NBC TYLER KINCAID % REPORTING OF THE 22 LAW % ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES % 18 OUT OF 22 RESPONDED SAYING % THEY HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN % DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALLS % THOSE ARE THE LATEST HEADLINES

% ALLISON, BACK TO YOU % >>> ALL RIGHT % ALEXA % THANKS SO MUCH FOR UPDATING US% NEW YORK CITY JAVITS CENTER IS % LEADING THE CHARGE

% KATHY PARK IS THERE % >> Reporter: HEY, THERE, KATHY, WHAT ARE YOU SEEING SO FAR AT THE JAVITS CENTER? % >> % >> Reporter: ALLISON, GOOD% AFTERNOON TO YOU % THAT'S RIGHT % WE ARE HERE AT THE JAVITS % CENTER AND SPENDING MUCH OF THE% DAY HERE AND JUST A MASSIVE % MOBILIZATION OF MILITARY % MEMBERS COMING IN AND OUT OF % THE TEMPORARY HOSPITAL ALL DAY LONG % I HAD THE CHANCE TO SPEAK TO % SOME SOLDIERS FROM FORT HOOD % TEXAS

% THEY ARRIVED LAST WEEK AND I % ASKED THEM WHAT DO YOU THINK % ABOUT THIS MISSION? % AND THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY ARE % PROUD TO BE SERVING IN THIS % CAPACITY % THEY ALSTHAT THEY WILL % BE HERE AS LONG AS NECESSARY % BUT THERE IS MORE ON AN % OBSERVATIONAL FRONT % IT HAS BEEN REMARKABLE TO SEE % THE JAVITS CENTER % THIS TWO MILLION CONVENTION % CENTER TRANSFORMED IN A MATTER % OF DAYS

% THE STREETS ARE EMPTY AND THE % SOLDIERS ARE COMING IN AND % SETTING UP THE CONVENTION % CENTER SO IT IS AT FULL % CAPACITY LATER ON THIS WEEK % THERE ARE 2500 BEDS INSIDE % AS FAR AS WE KNOW THE LATEST % UPDATE IS THAT THEY HAD 36 % COVID-19 AND NONCOVID PATIENTS % INSIDE % >>> KATHY, NEW YORK GOVERNOR % ANDREW CUOMO TALKED ABOUT THE % MILITARY PERSONNEL AT THE JAVITS CENTER % HERE IS WHAT HE SAID

% >> THE 1100 MILITARY PERSONNEL % STARTED TO COME IN, THREE % HUNDRED WERE SENT TO NEW YORK % CITY PUBLIC HOSPITALS TO HELP % THE NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC % HOSPITAL SYSTEM % THE H AND H SYSTEM THAT IS % UNDER DISTRESS % THE REST WILL GO TO THE JAVITS % CENTER TO BRING IT UP AND % RUNNING TO FULL CAPACITY % THAT TRANSITION IS HAPPENING % NOW % IT IS A COVID-19 CENTER NOW

% STARTED AS NONCOVID-19 AND IT % IS NOW A COVID-19 CENTER % THE MAJORITY OF THE MILITARY % PERSONNEL WILL BE COMING IN % TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY % >> KATHY, TALK TO US MORE ABOUT% THE MIROLE THERE % WHAT EXACTLY ARE THEY DOING % HERE? % >> SO WHEN IT COMES TO THE % JAVITS CENTER, THEY ARRIVED % SEVERAL DAYS AGO TO ESSENTIALLY% TRANSFORM THE CENTER TO A FIELD% HOSPITAL % OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A MASSIVE % SPACE AND THIS IS RIGHT NOW AN % EMERGENCY HOSPITAL

% THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE IT IS % OPERATIONAL AND WORKING TO % ACCOMMODATE THE 2500 BEDS % INSIDE % MEANWHILE YOU HEARD ANDREW CUOMO MENTION THERE ARE MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND MILITARY DOCTORS, NURSES, SUPPORT STAFF % ON THEIR WAY HERE TO NEW YORK % CITY TO ADDRESS THE CRISIS % THEY WILL BE HELPING ON THAT % FRONT % 300 OR SO OF THOSE MILITARY % MEMBERS ARRIVED YESTERDAY AND % THEY HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED TO NEW % YORK CITY HOSPITAL TO ADDRESS % THE ON ONGOING CRISIS THERE % >> KATHY, WHERE DOES THE CITY % STAND ON VENTILATORS AND % PROTECTIVE GEAR FOR IT MEDICAL % PERSONNEL? % >> Reporter: WHEN IT COMES TO % NEW YORK CITY MAYOR DE BLASIO, % THAT WAS A CRITICAL DAY

% THIS WAS SEVERAL DAYS AGO WHEN % HE WAS OFFERING HIS DAILY % BRIEFING % HE SAID THE CITY WAS IN A DIRE % SITUATION AND COULD BE RUNNING % OUT OF SUPPLIES BY SUNDAY THAT % WAS YESTERDAY % THEY BOUGHT TIME AND GOT % RESOURCES IN PLACE % THE CITY SHOULD BE GOOD UNTIL % ABOUT TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY % BUT HE SAID THERE IS STILL A % GREAT NEED FOR THE SURGERY % GOWNS AS WELL AS VENTILATORS % AND SO HE IS LOOKING FOR ONE THOUSAND MORE VENTILATORS THAT WILL CARRY THE CITY THROUGH % SUNDAY BUT THE ASSESSMENT % CHANGES DAY BY DAY AND THE NEED% SEEMS TO BE GROWING ON A % REGULAR BASIS

% >> SPEAKING OF THE SITUATION % CHANGING DAY BY DAY GOVERNOR % CUOMO WILL ASK THE USS COMFORT % TO START ACCEPTING COVID-19 % PATIENTS % WHY THE CHANGE? % >> Reporter: ALLISON, % ORIGINALLY WHEN THE VESSEL % ARRIVED HERE TO NEW YORK CITY, % IT WAS ALWAYS INTENDED TO BE A % NONCOVID-19 SHIFT % RIGHT NOW ONE THOUSAND BEDS % ONBOARD % TAKING NONCOVID-19 PATIENTS % BUT GIVEN THE SITUATION THAT WE% ARE IN RIGHT NOW HERE IN NEW % YORK CITY YOU HAVE SEEN THE % IMAGES, YOU HAVE SEEN THOSE % STORIES AMONG NURSES AND % DOCTORS THAT ARE JUST BLEEDING FOR MORE HELP

% SO THE GOVERNOR AND AS WELL AS % OTHER OFFICIALS REALIZE THIS WAS UNDER UTILIZED SPACE THAT % IS SITTING HERE IN NEW YORK % CITY THAT IS HAPPENING AROUND % US % HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO REACH % OUT TO THE PRESIDENT AND ASK HIM TO CHANGE COURSE AND % POTENTIALLY CHANGE THE DIRECTIVE AND ASSESS THE % CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS % YESTERDAY DURING THE TASK FORCE% MEETING THE PRESIDENT SEEMED TO% BE OPEN TO THAT IDEA IF IT WAS % NECESSARY % >> SO MUCH HAPPENING IN NEW % YORK CITY RIGHT NOW % THANK SO MUCH FOR BRINGING US % THE LATEST, KATHY

% >> SURE % >> AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO % COVER THE BREAKING NEWS OUT OF % THE UK THAT PRIME MINISTER % BORIS JOHNSON HAS BEEN MOVED TO% INTENSIVE CARE WITH THE % CORONAVIRUS % CHIEF GLOBAL CORRESPONDENT BILL% NEALY JOINS ME NOW % WHAT IS THE LATEST ON PRIME % MINISTER? % >> Reporter: HI, ALLISON % SO FAR PRIME MINISTER BORIS % JOHNSON SENT HIS FIRST NIGHT % LAST NIGHT BUT THIS AFTERNOON % ACCORDING TO MEDICAL SOURCES HIS CONDITION WORSENED

% THAT WAS THREE HOURS AGO % HE WAS MOVED TO THE INTENSIVE % CARE UNIT OF ST THOMAS % HOSPITAL ACROSS THE RIVER FROM % WESTMINSTER AND FROM HIS HOME % AND OFFICE % NOW THIS MORNING HE HAD TWEETED% THAT HE WAS IN GOOD SPIRITS AND% THAT HE WAS IN TOUCH WITH HIS % TEAM AND HE WAS GIVING THE % IMPRESSION THAT HE WAS STILL IN% CHARGE AND HE % [ NO AUDIO] MEDICS HAVE SPECULATED THAT HE % WAS LIKELY TO HAVE HAD BLOOD TESTS AND ALSO TESTS ON HIS LUNGS AND TO SEE HOW HIS OXYGEN CAPACITY WAS DOING

% HE IS SAID TONIGHT TO BE % CONSCIOUS AND SAID THAT HE WAS % MOVED IN TO INTENSIVE CARE SO % HE COULD GO ON A VENTILATOR IF HIS CONDITION WORSENED FURTHER% NOW ONE THING WORTH POINTING % OUT AT ALLISON, FOR MANY PEOPLE% THAT DEVELOP CORONAVIRUS THEY OFTEN APPEAR TO BE GETTING BETTER BUT ON DAY 9, 10 OR 11, IT IS QUITE COMMON FOR THEM TO % TAKE A TURN FOR THE WORSE AND THAT IS CERTAINLY WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MR JOHNSON % EARLIER DOWNING STREET WAS % INSISTING THAT HIS CONDITIONS % WERE MILD % HE HIMSELF SAID THAT HE JUST HAD A TEMPERATURE

% LAST THURSDAY HE WAS SEEN % OUTSIDE THE NUMBER 11 DOWNING % STREET WHERE HIS APARTMENT IS % HE WAS SEEN APPLAUDING HEALTH % CARE WORKERS BUT HE HASN'T BEEN% SEEN OVER THE WEEKEND AND WASN'T SEEN TODAY % SO HE WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY NOW% SPEND SEVERAL DAYS IN THE % INTENSIVE CARE UNIT % THE PROBLEM IS AND WHAT IS % WORRYING A LOT OF PEOPLE % WHEN YOU GO INTO INTENSIVE CARE% YOU HAVE EXTRAORDINARY BACKUP % AND THE MEDICAL HELP AND SO ON

% BUT MANY, MANY PEOPLE THAT GO % INTO INTENSIVE CARE SIMPLY % DON'T RECOVER % THE STATISTICS ARE QUITE % FRIGHTENING AND I THINK BORIS % JOHNSON IS 55 % HE HAS NO UNDERLYING HEALTH % CONDITIONS BUT HE IS OVERWEIGHT% AND THAT IS CERTAINLY ACCORDING% TO DOCTORS WILL NOT HELP HIM % AND HELP HIS PROGRESS IN % INTENSIVE CARE % ALLISON % >> BILL, THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE% UPDATE

% WE CONTINUE TO WISH HIM WELL % >> IN BROOKLYN DOCTORS AND % NURSES ARE STRUGGLING % WE GO INSIDE THIS MEDICAL % CENTER % >> BROOKLYN'S BIGGEST HEALTH % SYSTEM IS BUSY % AN EMERGENCY ROOM HAS BECOME A % BATTLE ZONE

% BUT AS A CONSTANT STREAM OF % COVID-19 CASUALTIES % >> SO WE ARE NOW IN THE CRITICAL CARE AREA OF THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT % EVERYONE THAT IS IN HERE TODAY % IS DUE TO BREATHING PROBLEMS ALL FROM COVID-19 % WE HAVE SEEN SUCH A LARGE % INCREASE ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS % ON A NUMBER OF PATIENTS % PRESENTING IN CRITICAL % CONDITIONS REQUIRING THE % RESOURCES TO PROVIDE IN ORDER TO HELP THEM % >> DR

DICMAN SAYS THERE ARE % NORMALLY 17 BEDS THIS ROOM AT % MONEITY MEDICAL CENTER AND TODAY THERE ARE 32 AND THE NUMBERS ARE RISING % >> WE HAVE OPENED UP A NEW % INTENSIVE CARE UNIT IN ORDER TO% ACCOMMODATE FOR THIS INCREASED % DEMAND OF PATIENTS COMING IN SO% ILL % >> THIS IS INTENSE AND DESPERATE ATMOSPHERE IN HERE % THE PATIENTS KEEP COMING AND IT% IS NOT JUST THE ELDERLY % IT IS THE YOUNG, TOO

% AND THEY ARE ALL STRUGGLING % >> IT IS A DAUNTING FRONTIER FOR MEDICS EVEN FOR THE MOST % EXPERIENCED % >> I AM SEEING CRITICALLY ILL % PATIENTS % THIS IS NOT LIKE ANYTHING I % HAVE SEEN IN MY WHOLE CAREER % >> NOT ONLY DO THEY HAVE % CORONAVIRUS BUT THE DIABETES IS% OUT OF CONTROL

% PARTICULARLY HARD AND WE ARE % LEARNING HOW TO DO IT % HOW TO MANAGE % >> IT IS A BRUTAL LEARNING % CURVE AND OPTION UNFORGIVING % SITE, THOSE WITH EXISTING % HEALTH CONDITIONS % >> THE MAIN EFFECT WE ARE % SEEING IS SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON% IMPAIRING THE LUNGS TO PROVIDE % WHAT THE BODY NEEDS AND SPREAD% IT AFFECTS THE HEART AND % KIDNEYS

% ULTIMATELY IT IS TAKING ITS % ULTIMATE TOLL % >> THE DIRE LACK OF PERSONAL % EQUIPMENT TO FRONT LINE MEDICAL% STAFF % SOME ARE SO DESPERATE THEY ARE % MAKING THEIR OWN % MONEITY IS WELL PREPARED BUT % THEY HAVEN'T FACED THE APEX OF % THE FIRE YET % >> HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU ABOUT % THE MONSTER HERE? % >> I THINK WE ARE IN FOR A % SIGNIFICANT PERIOD OF SEEING A % LOT OF VERY, VERY ILL PATIENTS

% AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE % HAVE ENOUGH SUPPLIES INCLUDING PPE FOR THE STAFF AND INCLUDING% VENTILATORS AND OXYGEN DEVICES% AT THIS TIME WE DO HAVE % SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES % THAT IS SOMETHING WE ARE % MONITORING CLOSELY % >> THEIR WORK IS ON THE STREETS % TRIAGE TO TEND TO THE LIVING AND REFRIGERATOR TRUCKS TO CARRY THE DEAD

% BUT HERE BRAVE DOCTORS AND % NURSES ARE WORKING EVERY MINUTE% RISKING THEIR LIVES SO THEY CAN% SAVE OTHERS % >> OVER 500 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN% LOUISIANA % ALMOST 15,000 HAVE TESTED % POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS % LOUISIANA GOVERNOR WARNING THAT% THE STATE COULD RUN OUT OF % VENTILATORS BY THE END OF THE % WEEK % NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT BLAINE % ALEXANDER JOINS US NOW

% WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE % GOVERNOR % WHAT DID HE SAY ABOUT THE % NUMBERS % >> Reporter: THE NUMBERS KEEP % CLIMBING AND THE NEEDS % THEY NEED MORE VENTILATORS AND % MORE HOSPITAL BEDS % THE ISSUE BE IN LOUISIANA IS % SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE % PANDEMIC THAT THE NUMBERS ARE % GROWING AT SUCH A TREMENDOUSLY % FAST RATE

% ON THE NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE A RISING NUMBER OF CASES BUT THEY% HAVE TO BE HOSPITALIZED % THEY TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT% THEY RECEIVED VENTILATORS % AS OF RIGHT NOW THEY GOT 753 % VENTILATORS FROM THE FEDERAL % GOVERNMENT % ALL BUT 200 OR SO HAVE BEEN % DISTRIBUTED AND 200 NEW % VENTILATORS HAVE COME IN BUT % THE GOVERNOR HAS SAID THAT IS NOT NEARLY ENOUGH AND THEY NEED% MORE

% THE OTHER THING THEY ARE % LOOKING AT IS THE FACT THAT THEY ARE SHORT ON HOSPITAL BEDS % SOMETHING THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS% BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR TWO % WEEKS BESIDES THAT THEY ARE RUNNING SHORT ON HOSPITAL BEDS, HE SAYS THEY WILL RUN OUT BY % APRIL 11th AND BY VENTILATORS % APRIL 9th % THE MAKE SHIFT HOSPITAL IN THE % CONVENTION CENTER % ABOUT ONE THOUSAND ADDITIONAL % BEDS TO TREAT PEOPLE THAT DON'T% NEED TO GO ON VENTILATORS AND % NOT IN INTENSIVE CARE BUT CAN BE TREATED FOR COVID-19 AT THAT% MAKE SHIFT HOSPITAL % THE GOVERNOR WRAPPED UP THE % NEWS CONFERENCE

% >> DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE PEOPLE OF LOUISIANA? % >> I AM JUST ENCOURAGING PEOPLE% TO BE PATIENT AND LOOK AT THE % BIG PICTURE AND LET'S MAKE SURE% THAT WE DO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO % NOW SO WE CAN ALL GET TOGETHER % SAFELY JUST AS SOON AS % POSSIBLE % WE COULD STILL FIND WAYS AND I % WILL DO THAT AS WELL % YOU CAN STILL HAVE THAT BIG % EASTER DINNER AT HOME % BUT YOU HAVE TO STAY HOME AND % SAVE LIVES AND THERE IS NOT % ANYTHING MORE THAN THAT % >> SO ALLISON, YOU HEARD % GOVERNOR EDWARDS GIVING A % MESSAGE TO PEOPLE DURING HOLY % WEEK SAYING PASSOVER IS COMING % AND EASTER SUNDAY COMING UP BUT% STAY AT HOME AND FIND OTHER WAYS TO WORSHIP

% ANOTHER THING ABOUT THE % VENTILATORS, 553 553 BEEN % DISTRIBUTED % 250 CAME IN BUT THAT IS NOT % NEARLY ENOUGH TO TREAT THE % RAPIDLY RISING NUMBER OF CASES % IN THE STATE THE GOVERNOR SAYS% ALLISON % >> UNBELIEVABLE SITUATION IN % LOUISIANA % BLAINE, THANK YOU FOR UPDATING % US

,,% ,% AND IN NEW YORK CITY MORE THAN % 72,000 PEOPLE HAVE TESTED % POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS % NEARLY 2500 HAVE DIED % TODAY ANCHOR CRAIG MELVIN IN % CENTRAL PARK TO SHOW US HOW THE% POP-UP HOSPITALS IS HANDLING % THE SURGE OF PATIENTS % >> CRAIG MELVIN HERE IN CENTRAL% PARK AND WE ARE STANDING % OUTSIDE HERE NEAR THE MOBILE % HOSPITAL THAT WAS ERECTED IN JUST 48 HOURS % WE CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW THAT % THERE ARE SOME 62 PATIENTS % HERE

% ALL OF THEM TESTING POSITIVE % FOR COVID-19 % AT LAST CHECK THERE WERE THREE % THAT WERE IN INTENSIVE CARE % THE GENTLEMAN THAT IS RUNNING % THIS OUTFIT TOLD ME THAT THEY % EXPECT TO SEE ROUGHLY TEN MORE % ADMISSIONS TODAY % THEIR CAPACITY IS AT 70 % THEY GOT 70 BEDS

% THE ONLY TOUR OF THE MOBILE % HOSPITALS IN EXISTENCE IN THE % WORLD % ONE IN CENTRAL PARK AND ONE IN % ITALY AS WELL % OF COURSE ITALY IS RAVISHED BY % THIS % I WANT TO SHOW YOU THIS POSITION HERE BETWEEN THAT % HOSPITAL AND CENTRAL PARK % CENTRAL PARK, THE ICONIC PARK % THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE COME TO KNOW AND LOVE

% YOU SEE PEOPLE BIKING AND % WALKING AND RUNNING % ENJOYING THE PARK % PLEASED TO REPORT THEY ARE % ENGAGING IN SOCIAL DISTANCING % BY AND LARGE AS WELL % WE ARE GOING TO SPEND THE NEXT % TWO WEEKS IN AND AROUND NEW % YORK CITY BECAUSE OFFICIALS % FROM THE SURGEON GENERAL TO % OTHER MEMBERS OF THE % CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE TELL US % HERE IN NEW YORK OVER THE NEXT % FEW DAYS AND WEEKS IT WILL GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER % >> THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS % CASES IN FLORIDA JUMPED BY A % THOUSAND IN JUST 24 HOURS

% THE STATE HAS MORE THAN 13,000 % CONFIRMED CASES AND OVER 230 % DEATHS % NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT SAM % BROCK IS IN FLORIDA AND WITH % HOW STATES NATIONWIDE ARE BRACING FOR WHAT OFFICIALS WARN WILL BE THE TOUGHEST WEEK YET % >>> STARK WARNINGS CONTINUE % WITH THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS% WE ARE HEAR THAT THERE WILL BE % PEAKING CASES IN NEW YORK, % DETROIT, MICHIGAN AND NEW % ORLEANS THAT RIGHT NOW HAS THE % HIGHEST MOST LETHAL DEATH RATE % OF ANY CITY IN THE UNITED % STATES % THE SURGEON GENERAL OVER THE % WEEKEND SAYING YOU SHOULD % EXPECT THIS TO BE LIKE A PEARL HARBOR MOMENT OR 9/11

% THE CASES IN THE MAJOR CITY ARE% SET TO PEAK AND EXPLODE % THAT INCLUDES THE STATE OF % FLORIDA AND THERE IS A PATCH % WORK PLAN AT THIS MOMENT IN % STATES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY % TAKING DIFFERENT KINDS OF % MEASURES % 41 OUT OF 50 STATE GOVERNORS % HAVE ISSUED A STATE-WIDE, STAY % AT HOME OR SHELTER IN PLACE % THAT INCLUDES FLORIDA BUT % EXCEPTIONS ARE PLENTY % THE STATE GOVERNOR OPENED UP % THE BEACHES MUCH TO THE SHOCK OF THE PEOPLE THAT WERE THERE ACROSS THE COUNTRY

% SAVANNAH'S MAYOR COMING OUT AND% SAYING IT DOES NOT COMPUTE THAT% WE ARE CLOSING SCHOOLS AT THE % SAME TIME THAT WE ARE OPENING % BEACHES % NOW HERE IN FLORIDA THERE IS % EXCEPTIONS AS WELL TO THE STAY-% AT-HOME ORDER BUT GOVERNOR % DESANTIS ISSUED THE BIGGEST ONE% WITH CHURCHES AND HOUSES OF % WORSHIP % DESANTIS DOES NOT HAVE THE % AUTHORITY TO CLOSE THOSE PLACES% AND STOP PEOPLE FROM GOING TO % CHURCH % WE HAD PALM SUNDAY LAST WEEKEND% AND EASTER PEOPLE CAME OUT IN % STATES LIKE LOUISIANA AS WELL % WHERE AND PASTOR CONVENED HIS % CONGREGATION SAYING HE DOES NOT% THINK PEOPLE SHOULD BE LIVING AS PRISONERS IN THEIR HOME BUT COME AND WORSHIP FREELY BUT THERE ARE SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERNS ABOUT THAT AS SOCIAL % DISTANCING GUIDELINES MAINTAIN % THE FACT WE GOT TO STAY SIX FEET APART AND WEAR A MASK AND % NOT GATHER IN GROUPS OF 10 OR LARGER % COMPETING WITH FAITH AND PUBLIC% HEALTH

% ONE OF THE MAJOR CONVERSATION % POINTS THIS MORNING % WE ARE WATCHING CASES IN THE % SOUTH AND, OF COURSE, WHAT IS % DEVELOPING IN THE COUNTRY AS % THIS IS IN THE WORDS OF OUR FOUR MOST MEDICAL LEADERS A % BREAKING POINT % MAKE OR BREAK FOR STATES ALL % OVER THE UNITED STATES % BACK TO YOU % >>> WE KNOW YOU HAVE A LOT OF % QUESTIONS ABOUT THE % CORONAVIRUS

% WE ARE TRYING TO ANSWER AS MANY% AS WE POSSIBLY CAN % HERE TO HELP ME DO THAT % DR PETRIE, A NEW YORK BOARD % CERTIFIED CARDIOLOGIST % DR

PETRIE IS WHERE YOU ARE % BASED % THE EPICENTRE OF THE CORONAVIRUS INMENT US I WOULD% LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING % THAT GOVERNOR CUOMO SAYS THAT % MAYBE THIS WEEK YOU MAY WANT TO% RETHINK TAKING A WALK % WE HAVE HEARD IT IS OKAY TO WALK OUTSIDE

% HOW CAN YOU DO THAT SAFELY OR % SHOULD YOU SKIP A WALK? % >> YES, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME % DEFINITELY WE ARE GOING TO SAY % THE WORSE TWO WEEKS TO COME AND% I THINK IT IS CRITICAL AT THIS % POINT AS WE ARE SEEING THE % FIRST GLIMMER OF LIGHT AT THE % END OF THE TUNNEL THAT WE MAY % REACH A PLATEAU FLATTEN THE CURVE % IT IS CRITICAL TO NOT RELAX THE% GUIDELINES TOO SOON % WE INDEED SEE THE RESULTS FROM % THE MEASURES WE TOOK % THE NEXT TWO WEEKS ARE CRITICAL% AND WE WILL SEE MOST CASES OF % DEATH TO COME AND IT IS % IMPORTANT TO BE AS STRICT AS WE% CAN AND ABIDE THE MEASURES

% >> DOES THAT MEAN THE PEOPLE % SHOULD NOT BE WALKING OUTSIDE AT ALL % IF THEY NEED TO GET FRESH AIR % AND EXERCISE, SHOULD THEY BE % SKIPPING THAT RIGHT NOW? % >> WE FEEL FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME TO MINIMIZE IT TO GROCERY STORES AND NO GATHERING% AT PARKS % NOT EVEN FUNERALS % >> THAT'S A TOUGH ONE % THE CDC ARE SAYING THAT PEOPLE % SHOULD WEAR MASKS WHEN THEY ARE% OUT IN PUBLIC, DO HOME MADE % FABRIC MASKS WORK? % >> THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO THE % QUESTION

% MASKS DO NOT PROTECT US FROM % CATCHING THE VIRUS BECAUSE IT IS NOT CONCEALING THE FACE AND WE CAN BREATHE IN AIR DROPS % WITH VIRAL PARTICLES BUT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE % CARRIERS AND ASYMPTOMATIC SO THE WHOLE RATIONALE HERE IS TO % PROTECT THE POSITIVE CARRIERS % THAT HAVE NO SYMPTOMS TO SPREAD% IT FROM OTHERS AND ALSO IT WOULD BE LESS LIKELY TO TOUCH OUR FACE AND, OF COURSE, IF YOU% SNEEZE AND INFECT OTHERS % >> WHAT IS THE BEST WAY IF YOU % ARE GOING TO WEAR A FABRIC MASK% WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN IT IF YOU NEED TO REUSE IT? % >> THEIR RECOMMENDATIONINGS ARE% FROM CDC TO MAKE A MASK THAT % HAS TWO LAYERS OF COTTON AND IN% BETWEEN YOU CAN USE ANYTHING % LIKE A FILTER AND A PAPER TOWEL% WOULD WORK % YOU CAN TAKE THE MASK AND WASH % IT % HOWEVER, KEEP IN MIND THEY % TESTED THE N95 MASK IN HOSPITAL% SETTINGS % IF YOU DON'T TOUCH THE MASKS % THEY DID NOT DETECT VIRAL % PARTICLES

% OF COURSE IT IS SAFE TO WASH % THE MASK IF YOU CAN ON A DAILY % BASIS % >> WE HEARD INTERESTING NEWS % THIS WEEKEND % A TIGER AT THE BRONX ZOO HAS % TESTED POSITIVE FOR % CORONAVIRUS % WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR OUR PETS BECAUSE UNTIL NOW WE WEREN'T AS CONCERNED ABOUT OUR % PETS POTENTIALLY GETTING SICK? % >> THIS IS FROM PUZZLING NEW % DEVELOPMENTS BECAUSE WE HAVE NO% EVIDENCE THAT PETS COULD GET % COVID-19 % BUT EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT

% IF WE DETECTED IT IN TIGERS, IT% DOESN'T MEAN THAT DOGS OR CATS % CAN GET IT % THERE IS NO EVIDENCE % THERE IS ONLY ONE CASE REPORTED% IN CHINA % MAYBE A FEW OF THEM THAT PETS % TESTED POSITIVE % BUT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE % CONTAMINATION FROM THE OWNER

% HOWEVER IF YOU ARE SICK AT % HOME, YOU SHOULD NOT HANG OUT IF YOU HAVE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS BECAUSE THEY CAN BE CARRIERS ON THEIR FUR SIMILAR TO SURFACES % >> WE HAVE BEEN GETTING THIS % QUESTION % PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW IF IT IS % OKAY TO TAKE IBUPROFEN IF YOU % THINK YOU HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS?% >> THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION % THERE ARE SOME REPORTS IN EUROPE THAT NOTED THAT PATIENTS% THAT TOOK THIS HAD WORSE OUTCOMES AND THE REASON IS THAT IT STIMULATES THE VIRUS USES TO ATTACH AND TO HACK THE CELLS % SO, THEREFORE, THIS HYPOTHESIS % CAME BUT THE FDA CALLED IT % UNFOUNDED AND ISSUED A % STATEMENT THAT THIS IS NOT % HELD

% HOWEVER, AT THIS TIME UNTIL WE % HAVE MORE INFORMATION WE COULD % USE TYLENOL AS THE FIRST LINE TO LOWER FEVER % >> YOUR SPECIALTY IS % CARDIOLOGY, ARE PEOPLE'S HEART CONDITIONS AT GREATER RISK FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AND WHAT ARE YOU TELLING YOUR PATIENTS % >> THOSE THAT HAVE UNDERLYING % CONDITIONS THEY WALK A THIN ICE% AND THEY HAVE LESS RESPONSE TO % THE VIRUS AND, THEREFORE, THEY % CAN EASILY SPIRAL DOWN WHEN IT % COMES TO INFECTION AS COVID-19% I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND % PEOPLE THAT ARE OLDER THAN 65, % CHRONIC MEDIC CONDITIONS, STAY % AT HOME % ASK YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES % TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY % SUPPLIES FOR YOU AND FOOD

% >> HOW ABOUT PEOPLE THAT SMOKE % OR FORMER SMOKERS OR PEOPLE THAT VAPE, ARE THEY AT A GREATER RISK? % >> ABSOLUTELY % WE KNOW THAT SMOKING AND VAPING% CAN AFFECT THE LUNG FUNCTION % IT INTERFERES WITH THE NORMAL % OXYGEN EXCHANGE FUNCTION % DEFINITELY THEY HAVE LOWER % IMMUNITY AND THEY ARE MORE % PRONE TO DEVELOP SEVERE SYMPTOMS % >> IF PEOPLE DO GET % CORONAVIRUS, HOW LONG ARE YOU % CONTAGIOUS AND WHEN CAN YOU GO BACK TO WORK IF YOU ARE AN % ESSENTIAL WORKER OR GO OUTSIDE % OR YOU LIVE ALONE AND YOU NEED % TO GET FOOD AND SUPPLIES YOU NEED? % >> THE RECOMMENDATION ARE THE % FOLLOWING: FIRST UNDERSTANDING% THE MOST CONTAGIOUS PERIOD % BEFORE

% IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN SEVEN % DAYS FROM YOUR SYMPTOMS ONSET AND YOU HAVE AT LEAST THREE DAYS WITH NO FEVER AND NO % MEDICATION, YOU CAN RETURN % SAFELY % ALSO MOST PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL REQUIRE TWO NEGATIVE TESTS, TWO DAYS IN A ROW % >> OKAY % WE KEEP HEARING IF YOU GET THE % CORONAVIRUS THAT YOU MIGHT BE % IMMUNE FROM GETTING IT AGAIN % IS THAT TRUE? % WHAT DO WE KNOW SO FAR? % >> THAT IS CORRECT

% WE SEE IN GERMANY THEY TO TEST PEOPLE 30 DAYS AFTER % THEY RECOVERED % AND IT SHOWS THAT THEY STILL % HAVE A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM % EVERY VIRAL SITUATION CREATES AN IMMUNE RESPONSE LIKE A % MEMORY AND THAT CAN LAST FOR A PERIOD OF TIME % WE STILL DON'T KNOW IN THE CASE% OF COVID-19 FOR HOW LONG BUT WE% EXPECT OR ESTIMATE AROUND 12 % MONTHS TO HAVE SOME SORT OF % PROTECTION % >> WHILE WE HAVE YOU, BEFORE WE% LET YOU GO, ANY OTHER TIPS OR % ADVICE THAT YOU HAVE FOR OUR % VIEWERS? % THINGS THEY CAN DO TO STAY % HEALTHY AND TO PROTECT % THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES? % >> ABSOLUTELY

% DON'T FORGET THAT A GOOD % NIGHT'S SLEEP AND A HEALTHY DIET AND EXERCISE ARE THE BEST THING % TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS TIME AT % HOME TO EXERCISE MORE EVEN IF IT IS HARDER INDOOR AND TRY TO % SLEEP WELL % >>> GREAT ADVICE % WE HAVE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT % WASHING HANDS BUT A GOOD % REMINDER THAT PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AND GET% REST % DR

PETRIE THANK YOU SO MUCH % FOR YOUR TIME % >> THANK YOU % >>> AND JUST A QUICK PROGRAMMING NOTE % JOIN LESTER HOLT AND THE NBC % NEWS TEAM FOR A LIVE SPECIAL ON% THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC % THAT IS TUESDAY NIGHT AT 10:00 % P

M % BOTH E AS, ,% >> HEALTH OFFICIALS IN TEXAS % ARE MONITORING CORONAVIRUS IN % GALVESTON AND SAN ANTONIO WHERE% DOZENS OF RESIDENTS HAVE TESTED% POSITIVE % GARRETT HAG DUE JOINS ME NOW % DO WE KNOW HOW THE PATIENTS GOT% THE VIRUS % >> Reporter: HEALTH OFFICIALS % THINK THEY GOT IT FROM A % STAFFER AT THAT NURSING HOME % COMPLEX

% THE SAN ANTONIO OFFICIAL % DISCOVERED AFTER THE FACT THAT % THERE WERE PEOPLE WORKING PART-% TIME AT MULTIPLE NURSING HOMES % THAT MADE THEM VECTORS MOVING % THE VIRUS AROUND % I TALKED TO THE SAN ANTONIO % FIRE CHIEF FROM THE EMS % DEPARTMENT THAT HAVE BEEN HELPING MANAGE THE OUTBREAK % HE SAID AFTER WATCHING THE % OUTBREAK IN WASHINGTON STATE AT% A NURSING HOME THERE THEY HAVE % BEEN ONGUARD AND TRYING TO TAKE% PRECAUTIONS % HERE IS THE CONVERSATION FROM % EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON % >> AGAIN WE ARE PROACTIVE AND % SAW WHAT WENT ON IN BROOKLYN % THAT THEY HAD LARGE NUMBERS OF % DEATHS OF STAFF AND RESIDENTS % THERE

% SO WE ARE FINISHING UP THE % CONTACT INVESTIGATIONS AND % TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHO WORKED WHERE % WE GOT A GOOD HANDLE ON THAT BUT YOU ARE DEALING WITH A % AGING POPULATION WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND SOME MAY HAVE DEMENTIA OR % MENTAL STATUS THAT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND IF THEY ARE SICK % >> THEY HAVE MORE THAN 80% OF % THE RESIDENTS AT THAT ONE % FACILITY, SOUTHEAST NURSING AND% ABOUT HALF OF THE STAFF SICK % THEY ARE TRYING TO TREAT AS MANY OF THE RESIDENTS AS THEY % CAN AT THAT FACILITY % AT THE NURSING HOME

% IT HAS REQUIRED EXTRA TRAINING % FOR PERSONNEL AND AS WE HEARD % TIME AND TIME AGAIN FROM EVERY % MEDICAL OFFICE AN INFLUX OF PPE % NURSING HOME THAT IS NOT % EQUIPPED TO HANDLE THAT LEVEL % OF ILLNESS WITH THAT MANY PEOPLE ALL AT WEST % >> GARRETT, THE NEWEST OUTBREAKS IN GALVESTON, COUNTY% 83 PEOPLE TESTING POSITIVE % WITHIN THE LAST WEEK % WHAT SAFETY MEASURES DOES THAT % NURSING HOME HAVE? % >> THEY WENT FROM ONE CASE LAST% SATURDAY TO MORE THAN 80 CASES

% I TALKED TO THE DOCTOR RUNNING % THE RESPONSE THERE THIS % MORNING % HE SAYS THEY HAVE ANOTHER 15 OR% SO CASES THAT THEY ARE WAITING % FOR TEST RESULTS % ONCE AGAIN THERE IS NOT A LOT % YOU CAN DO WHEN YOU GOT A % POPULATION THAT IS OLDER % THEY GOT UNDERLYING HEALTH % ISSUES % SOME OF THEM MAY HAVE FEW FAMILY MEMBERS AROUND TO HELP % IN TAKING CARE OF THEM

% SO THEY ARE TRYING TO TREAT ON-% SITE % THEY ARE SEPARATING OUT THE % SICK, THE FEW REMAINING HEALTHY% PATIENTS FROM THE MAJORITY OF % THE FOLKS AT THAT FACILITY THAT% ARE SICK AND TRYING TO TREAT % THEM ON-SITE % ANOTHER INTERESTING THING, 30 OF THE RESIDENTS ARE BEING TREATED WITH HYDROCHLOROQUINE % YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO % ESSENTIALLY RUN A CONTROLLED % GROUP STUDY WITH 80 PEOPLE OF % SIMILAR HEALTH AND AGE AND % OTHER DEMOGRAPHICS % 30 OF THEM ARE GETTING THE % TREATMENT

% THEY ARE ON THE SECOND DAY SO IT IS TOO EARLY TO JUDGE THE % EFFECTIVENESS BUT GALVESTON HAS% THE UC MEDICAL BRANCH AND % PRETTY GOOD INFECTIOUS DISEASE % PROGRAM % THE RESULTS OF WHAT HAPPENED % WITH THE TEST WILL BE % INTERESTING TO SEE AS WE % CONTINUE TO LEARN WHETHER OR % NOT THE DRUG THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS TALKED ABOUT IS EFFECTIV IN TREATING PATIENTS IN THIS % COUNTRY % >>> YEAH, GARRETT, SO MANY % PEOPLE CURIOUS ABOUT HOW % EFFECTIVE THAT WILL BE % INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT THE % RESULTS ARE THERE % ONE LAST QUESTION FOR YOU ON A % SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT TOPIC

% WE HEAR CHECK POINTS ARE GOING % UP AT THE LOUISIANA, TEXAS % BORDER WHERE MANDATORY 14 DAY % QUARANTINES % IF THEY WANT TO CROSS FROM % LOUISIANA TO TEXAS % WHAT PROMPTED THAT AND HOW ARE % THEY ENFORCING THAT? % >> THE GOVERNOR PUT IN THIS % QUARANTINE REQUIREMENT FOR HOT % SPOTS AROUND THE COUNTRY LAST % WEEK % IF YOU FLEW IN TO TEXAS FROM % CHICAGO, NEW ORLEANS OR MIAMI OR FROM THE NEW YORK CITY AREA YOU WOULD HAVE THE SAME % REQUIREMENTS TO GO TO IMMEDIATE 14 DAY QUARANTINE % IT WAS YESTERDAY THAT THEY ADDED THE CHECK POINTS

% THEY HAVE TRIED TO ENFORCE THIS% WITH INCREASED CONTROL % YOU ARE NOT BEING TESTED FOR % COVID-19 OR FEVER IF YOU CROSS % OVER BUT YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO% FILL OUT A FORM THAT SAYS WHERE% YOU WILL BE SERVING THAT 14 DAY% QUARANTINE % AND IN TEXAS, FAILURE TO SO IS % PUNISHED BY ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS FINE OR JAIL TIME % GOVERNOR IS TAKING THIS % SERIOUSLY % TEXAS IS OUT OF THE TOP TEN % STATES DESPITE HAVING THE 4th % LARGEST CITIES WITH HOUSTON

% THEY ARE TRYING TO KEEP THE CASE LOAD MANAGEABLE % THE PROJECTED PEAK IN TEXAS IS % NOT UNTIL THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY% SO ANYTHING THEY CAN DO TO CUT % DOWN ON ADDITIONAL CASES FROM % OUT OF STATE MAY DELAY THE PEAK% AND KEEP THE NUMBERS ON A DAILY% BASIS LOW % SOMETHING THAT THE PUBLIC % HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE KEEN TO ATTEMPT, HENCE THE MANDATORY % QUARANTINE FOR THE STATE FROM KNOWN HOT SPOTS ALLISON % GARRETT, I KNOW YOU SAID PEOPLE% HAVE TO WRITE DOWN WHERE THEY % ARE STAYING % DO WE HAVE ANY ANECDOTES OR HAS% THE GOVERNOR SAID WILL THEY BE % GOING AND CHECKING ON PEOPLE OR% WILL THEY WRITE IT DOWN AND % STICK TO IT AND IT IS ON THE % HONOR SYSTEM? % >> WE DON'T KNOW

% I DON'T KNOW WHAT METRO POLICE % DEPARTMENTS OR SHERIFF % DEPARTMENTS WILL BE IN A RUSH TO CHECK ON POTENTIALLY SICK % PEOPLE THAT MAY BE VIOLATING THEIR QUARANTINE PAROLE % SO IT MAY BE AN EFFORT TO SCARE% PEOPLE STRAIGHT BUT WE WILL SEE% AS THIS DEVELOPS IN TEXAS % A BIG SPIKE IN THE TESTING % NUMBERS MAY PRODUCE SOME OF % THOSE CHECKS % >> ALL RIGHT % GARRETT HAGUE ON THE LATEST IN % TEXAS

% APPRECIATE THE UPDATE THANK YOU % >>> THANKS, ALLISON % >>> ALL RIGHT % WE WILL HEAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE% FOR THE DAILY CORONAVIRUS TASK % FORCE BRIEFING

% >> WE CONTINUE TO SEND OUR % PRAYERS TO THE PEOPLE OF NEW % YORK AND NEW JERSEY AND TO OUR % WHOLE COUNTRY BUT RIGHT NOW NEW% YORK AND NEW JERSEY ARE HOT % ZONES AND WE ARE WITH THEM AND % WE ARE WITH EVERYBODY % YOUR STRUGGLE IS OUR STRUGGLE % AND WE WILL BEAT THIS VIRUS % WE WILL BEAT IT TOGETHER % I ALSO WANT TO SEND BEST WISHES% TO A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, % AND A FRIEND TO OUR NATION, % PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON % WE ARE VERY SADDENED TO HEAR % THAT HE WAS TAKEN TO INTENSIVE % CARE THIS AFTERNOON A LITTLE % WHILE AGO

% AMERICANS ARE PRAYING FOR HIS % RECOVERY % HE HAS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND AND % SOMETHING SPECIAL % STRONG, RESOLUTE AND DOESN'T % GIVE UP % WE HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS PROCESS% ON THERAPEUTICS % I HAD A FANTASTIC CALL THAT I % WILL TALK ABOUT LATER AND TWO % BRILLIANT COMPANIES, EBOLA AIDS% AND OTHERS THAT COME WITH THE % SOLUTIONS AND JUST HAVE DONE % INCREDIBLE JOBS AND

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