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BUT OUR HEART GOES OUT TO ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEW JERSEY MICHIGAN, CALIFORNIA, LOUISIANA, IN TERMS OF HOW WE'RE OPERATING, HOW WE'RE MANAGING THE SITUATION, AS WE KNOW, THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM BASICALLY HAS — IS A THREE- LEGGED SCHOOL, IT RELIES ON NUMBER OF BEDS, NUMBER OF STAFFS AND THE EQUIPMENT

NUMBER OF BEDS, WE HAVE STARTED WITH THIS SYSTEM OF ABOUT 53,000 BEDS STATEWIDE WE'RE UP TO ABOUT 90,000 AVAILABLE BEDS, SO WE HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH BEDS AVAILABLE STAFF HAS BEEN A PROBLEM, STAFFING, HEALTHCARE STAFF IS GETTING SICK THEY'RE OVERWORKED THEY'RE STRESSED

THEY'RE UNDER GREAT EMOTIONAL STRESS YOU KNOW, THINK ABOUT THESE HEALTHCARE WORKERS YOU'RE WORKING IN A HOSPITAL, IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM THAT'S OVERWHELMED YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR OWN HEALTH YOU THEN GO HOME, YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT BRINGING A VIRUS HOME IF YOU'RE INFECTED

AT HOME IS UNDER STRESS AS EVERY HOME IS UNDER STRESS ABOUT 7,000 NEW STAFF HAVE BEEN HIRED FROM THE POOL THAT WE HAVE IDENTIFIED THESE ARE RETIRED HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO CAME FORWARD, THESE ARE PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO CAME FORWARD THE STATE HAS A POOL OF POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES THE HOSPITALS HIRE FROM THAT POOL AND THEY'VE HIRED ABOUT 7,000 TO DATE

EQUIPMENT, THAT'S THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, VENTILATORS, WHERE WE ARE STRETCHING AND MOVING, BUT EVERY HOSPITAL HAS WHAT THEY NEED TO DATE AND THEN WE BALANCE THE PATIENT LOAD AMONG ALL HOSPITALS, SO NO HOSPITAL, SINGLE HOSPITAL OR SYSTEM GETS OVERBURDENED, AND THAT'S A DAILY ADJUSTMENT WHICH TAKES TREMENDOUS COOPERATION AMONG ALL OF THE HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS I THANK THEM VERY MUCH FOR WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND THEN WE HAVE THE OVERLOAD RELIEF WHICH IS THE JAVITS CENTER, 2,500 BEDS, AND THE US

NAVY SHIP "COMFORT" THE US NAVY SHIP COMFORT HAD 1,000 BED CAPACITY IT WAS ORIGINALLY FOR NONCOVID PATIENTS

WHAT WOUND UP HAPPENING WAS, WE DON'T REALLY HAVE NONCOVID PATIENTS YOU CLOSE DOWN SOCIETY, THERE'S FEWER TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, CRIME IS DOWN SO THE ORIGINAL PLAN, WHICH WAS THE "COMFORT" WOULD TAKE NONCOVID CASES FROM THE HOSPITALS DIDN'T REALLY WORK BECAUSE THE HOSPITALS DIDN'T HAVE NONCOVID CASES I CALLED THE PRESIDENT YESTERDAY MORNING, ASKED HIM TO SPEAK TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO SEE IF THEY WOULD CHANGE IT TO COVID THE PRESIDENT, TO HIS CREDIT, MOVED EXPEDITIOUSLY, CALLED ME BACK YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, SAID THEY WOULD MAKE THE "COMFORT" COVID

WHEN THEY MAKE THAT TRANSITION, THE CAPACITY OF THE SHIP COMES DOWN FROM 1,000 TO 500 BEDS BECAUSE COVID PATIENTS REQUIRE A GREATER TREATMENT AREA, MORE SPACE, AND THEREFORE THE CAPACITY OF THE SHIP CAME DOWN FROM 1,000 TO 500 IT'S STILL A TREMENDOUS BENEFIT SO BETWEEN JAVITS AND THE "COMFORT," THAT'S 3,000 BEDS, WHICH IS A WELCOME OVERLOAD RELIEF TO THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM WHICH IS ALREADY EXTRAORDINARILY STRESSED BUT I SPOKE TO GENERAL SHAUGHNESSY TODAY WHO WE SPOKE THROUGH THE "COMFORT" IN JAVITS, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS BEEN FANTASTIC AND THE NUMBER OF MILITARY PERSONNEL THEY'VE SENT UP HERE AND HOW QUICKLY THEY'VE SENT UP HERE, AND THIS IS TOUGH ASSIGNMENT TO RUN FACILITIES THIS LARGE AND TO COME UP TO SPEED AND TO BE HANDLING THIS MANY COVID PATIENTS IN A NEW STARTUP EMERGENCY FACILITY, THIS IS A REALLY DIFFICULT UNDERTAKING AND THEY HAVE BEEN — THEY'VE REALLY BEEN FANTASTIC AND I WANT TO THANK THEM ALL AND I WANT TO THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR MOVING AS QUICKLY AS HE DID

WE'RE WORKING ON A TRI-STATE COOPERATIVE, AS I MENTIONED I SPOKE TO GOVERNOR MURPHY FROM NEW JERSEY, I SPOKE TO THE GOVERNOR FROM THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT WE COORDINATED THE SHUTTING DOWN, IF YOU WILL WHEN WE DID, WITH SCHOOLS, BUSINESSES, ET CETERA, BECAUSE THIS REALLY OPERATES AS A TRI- STATE AREA A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN NEW JERSEY WORK IN NEW YORK OR LIVE IN NEW YORK, WORK IN NEW JERSEY OR CONNECTICUT SO WE TALK ABOUT THE TRI-STATE AREA, WHICH IS TRUE, AND WE TRY TO OPERATE TO THE BEST WE CAN AS THAT REGIONAL COLLABORATION, AND THAT HAS BEEN WORKING WELL FOR US ON SCHOOLS, ON THE ECONOMY, ON HEALTHCARE ISSUES

WE HAVE TO START PLANNING RESTARTING LIFE WE'RE NOT THERE YET, BUT THIS IS NOT A LIGHT SWITCH THAT WE CAN JUST FLICK ONE DAY AND EVERYTHING GOES BACK TO NORMAL WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO RESTART THAT ECONOMY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO RESTART A LOT OF SYSTEMS THAT WERE SHUT DOWN ABRUPTLY, AND WE NEED TO START TO PLAN FOR THAT AND I SPOKE TO THE GOVERNORS, GOVERNOR MURPHY AND GOVERNOR LAMONT ABOUT COMING UP WITH A REGIONAL METROPOLITAN, TRI- STATE APPROACH TO DO JUST THAT

HOW DO WE — WHEN WE GET TO THAT POINT, WHICH WE'RE NOT AT, BUT HOW DO WE RESTART OUR ECONOMY AND GET EVERYTHING UP AND RUNNING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE? MY PERSONAL OPINION, IT'S GOING TO COME DOWN TO HOW GOOD WE ARE WITH TESTING YOU'RE NOT GOING TO END THE INFECTION AND END THE VIRUS BEFORE YOU START RESTARTING LIFE I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE THAT LUXURY HOW DO YOU START THE ECONOMY BACK UP? HOW DO YOU START GETTING BACK TO WORK AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE? IT'S GOING TO COME DOWN TO TESTING YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO KNOW WHO HAD THE VIRUS, WHO RESOLVED THE VIRUS, WHO NEVER HAD IT, AND THAT'S GOING TO BE TESTING

AND THAT IS AN ENTIRELY NEW FIELD THAT WE'RE JUST DEVELOPING NOW, RIGHT? NEW YORK STATE DEVELOPED A AND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DEVELOPED AN ANTIBODY TESTING REGIMEN THAT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS APPROVED FOR USE IN NEW YORK STATE THAT HAS TO BE BROUGHT TO SCALE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS GOING TO BE WORKING WITH THE FDA TO DO JUST THAT THIS TESTS THE BLOOD TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE THE ANTIBODIES WHICH MEANS YOU HAD THE VIRUS AND RESOLVED THE VIRUS THAT'S WHY YOU WOULD HAVE THE ANTIBODIES FOR THE VIRUS THAT WOULD MEAN THAT YOU'RE NO LONGER CONTAGIOUS AND YOU CAN'T CATCH THE VIRUS BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE ANTIBODIES IN YOUR SYSTEM, WHICH MEANS YOU CAN GET TO WORK, YOU CAN GO BACK TO SCHOOL, YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT

BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT TESTING AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT TESTING ON A SCALE, RIGHT? YOU HAVE 19 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK JUST THINK OF HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU WOULD NEED TO BE ABLE TO TEST AND TEST QUICKLY SO THE ANTIBODY TESTING IS PART OF THAT ALSO RAPID TESTING TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE THE VIRUS NOW EXISTS THEY HAVE, QUOTE, UNQUOTE, 15- MINUTE TESTS THAT ARE COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE

BUT, AGAIN, THEY HAVE TO BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL NO PRIVATE COMPANY HAS THE CAPACITY TO BRING THOSE TO SCALE, SO I WAS SPEAKING WITH GOVERNOR MURPHY AND GOVERNOR LAMONT, WE ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH PRIVATE COMPANIES THAT CAN ACTUALLY BRING THIS TESTING CAPACITY TO SCALE AND TO SCALE QUICKLY BECAUSE, AGAIN, TO HAVE THE ANTIBODY TESTING, THAT'S PART IF YOU CAN THEN TEST IF A PERSON IS POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AND YOU CAN DO IT THAT DAY AND YOU CAN GET THOSE RESULTS IN 15 MINUTES, THAT'S ALSO ANOTHER WAY TO GET BACK TO LIFE AND DO IT QUICKLY SO WE'RE VERY INTERESTED IN THAT IN NEW YORK, SO IS NEW JERSEY, SO IS CONNECTICUT THERE ARE PRIVATE COMPANIES THAT HAVE THESE TESTS

AGAIN, IT'S ALL UP TO SCALE WE'RE STARTING THEM IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, BUT WE ONLY HAVE ABOUT A 50,000-PERSON TESTING CAPACITY, WHICH IS NICE, BUT IT'S NOT OF A SCALE THAT'S ACTUALLY GOING TO MAKE A LARGE DIFFERENCE SO PRIVATE COMPANIES THAT ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING INTO THIS SPACE AND COMING UP TO SCALE QUICKLY, WE ARE INTERESTED IN THOSE COMPANIES AND WE'RE INTERESTED IN INVESTING IN THOSE COMPANIES AND THEY SHOULD CONTACT US AT EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ALSO RESTARTING LIFE, THE STATE BUDGET NOT JUST THIS STATE, BUT EVERY STATE BUDGET HAS BEEN DECIMATED BY THIS SITUATION

YOU SHUT DOWN THE ECONOMY, PEOPLE AREN'T WORKING, THEY'RE NOT PAYING INCOME TAXES BUSINESSES AREN'T OPERATING SO OUR BUDGET JUST COLLAPSED, RIGHT? OUR REVENUES JUST COLLAPSED YOU WANT TO RESTART THE ECONOMY, YOU HAVE TO HELP RESTART THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, AND THAT'S GOING TO BE A FEDERAL ACT I DON'T HAVE THE CAPACITY AS A GOVERNOR, NO GOVERNOR DOES, TO GENERATE REVENUE IN A POSITIVE WAY FROM AN ECONOMY THAT'S NOT OPERATING

THAT IS GOING TO BE A FEDERAL STIMULUS BILL THERE'S NOT OTHER WAY TO DO THIS AND IT HAS TO BE A STIMULUS BILL THAT ACTUALLY UNDERSTANDS YOU HAVE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT HAVE TO BE BROUGHT UP TO SPEED AND FUNCTIONING IF YOU WANT TO FACILITATE THIS RESTARTING OF THE ECONOMY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PASSED SOME LEGISLATION AS I'VE SAID AT THE TIME IT WAS WOEFULLY INADEQUATE FROM NEW YORK'S POINT OF VIEW

WE THEN HAVE HAD SOME TIME TO ACTUALLY STUDY THE LEGISLATION IT ACTUALLY GETS WORSE WHEN YOU READ IT, AND IT'S NOT EVEN WHAT WAS REPRESENTED TO US INITIALLY SO I'M SENDING OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION A LETTER TODAY SAYING THE PAST LEGISLATION DID GOOD FOR THE NATION, I HAVE NO DOUBT, GAVE AID TO A LOT OF PEOPLE AND PLACES THAT NEEDED IT, BUT IT WAS NOT FAIR TO NEW YORK AND THAT HAS TO BE REMEDIED IN ANY LEGISLATION THAT GOES FORWARD THE LAST POINT, I KNOW IT'S BEEN A FRUSTRATING 37 DAYS, BUT IT'S ONLY BEEN 37 DAYS, ON THE OTHER HAND I KNOW IT FEELS LIKE A LIFETIME

IT'S BEEN SO DISRUPTIVE, SO ABRUPT, SO FRIGHTENING, SO DISORIENTATING, BUT IT'S ONLY BEEN 37 DAYS RIGHT? EVERYTHING IN CONTEXT AND EVERYTHING IN PERSPECTIVE I KNOW IT'S TOUGH TO GET UP EVERY DAY, AND THIS IS LIKE GROUNDHOG DAY, LIVING THROUGH THIS BIZARRE REALITY THAT WE'RE IN IT'S EVEN MORE DIFFICULT, I THINK, WITH THE WEATHER CHANGING AND YOU FEEL THE SEASONS CHANGING AND IT'S GETTING NICER AND YOU START TO OPEN A NEW BOOK OF POSSIBILITIES, AND, YOU KNOW, NOW THE WEATHER IS GETTING NICE AND I SHOULD BE GETTING OUTDOORS AND I SHOULD BE DOING THIS AND I SHOULD BE DOING THIS I GET IT

BUT IT'S ONLY BEEN 37 DAYS AND I STARTED BY SAYING THOSE NUMBERS OF CASES, THAT'S NOT ARBITRARY WHAT WE DO AFFECTS THE NUMBER OF CASES OUR BEHAVIOR AFFECTS THE NUMBER OF CASES WE'RE GENERATING THE CASES

THEY'RE NOT DESCENDING ON US FROM HEAVEN IT'S OUR BEHAVIOR SO IT'S BEEN 37 DAYS THE 1918 PANDEMIC THAT WE TALK ABOUT PEAKED IN NEW YORK FOR SIX MONTHS IT CAME THROUGH IN THREE WAVES

AND IT PEAKED FOR SIX MONTHS 30,000 PEOPLE DIED IN NEW YORK DURING THAT PANDEMIC WHY? THEY DIDN'T REACT THE WAY WE DID THEY DIDN'T KNOW AS MUCH AS WE KNOW TODAY THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE SAME DRUG THERAPIES

BUT WE ARE CHANGING THE CURVE IN THAT VIRUS GROWTH YOU SEE THAT PLATEAUING THAT'S BECAUSE OF WHAT WE ARE DOING IF WE DON'T DO WHAT WE ARE DOING, THAT IS A MUCH DIFFERENT CURVE, AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST SO SOCIAL DISTANCING IS WORKING

WELL, YOU SHUT DOWN ALL THE BUSINESSES I KNOW WELL, YOU SHUT DOWN ALL THE SCHOOLS I KNOW BUT IT IS WORKING

THAT'S WHY YOU SEE THOSE NUMBERS COMING DOWN IF WE WERE DOING THE SAME RATE OF INTERACTION, THOSE NUMBERS WOULD STILL BE GOING UP SO TO THE EXTENT WE SEE A FLATTENING OR A POSSIBLE PLATEAU, THAT'S BECAUSE OF WHAT WE ARE DOING AND WE HAVE TO KEEP DOING IT I KNOW IT'S HARD, BUT WE HAVE TO KEEP DOING IT, AND TO THE EXTENT IT TAKES AN EFFORT, REMEMBER AT THIS TIME IT'S NOT A — IT IS ABOUT WE AND IT IS NOT ABOUT ME I KNOW WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO BE DOING

I WOULD LIKE TO BE GOING — IT'S MOTORCYCLE WEATHER FOR ME IT'S TIME TO GET OUT ON THE WATER IT'S TIME TO GO HIKING IN THE ADD RON DAKS EA THE MOUNTAINS IT'S NOT ABOUT ME

IT'S NOT ABOUT ME IT'S ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE IT WILL AFFECT MY FAMILY IT WILL AFFECT OTHER PEOPLE IT WILL AFFECT THOSE PEOPLE IN THE EMERGENCY ROOMS WHO ARE KILLING THEMSELVES EVERY DAY TO KEEP OTHER PEOPLE SAFE

úI GET THEM SO WE ALL TALK ABOUT SOCIETY AND COMMUNITY AND INTERCONNECTION AND INTERRELATION AND FAMILY AND LIFE IS BIGGER THAN US NOW IS THE TIME TO LIVE THAT RIGHT? NOW IS THE TIME TO LIVE THAT SO WHEN YOU FEEL THAT NEED, I HAVE TO DO THIS, IT'S NOT ABOUT ME

IT'S ABOUT WE AND WHAT'S GOOD FOR ALL OF US AND MY HEALTH IS IN YOUR HANDS AND YOUR HEALTH IS IN MY HANDS AND THE HEALTH OF THOSE HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO SHOW UP TO WORK EVERY DAY TO KEEP SOCIETY FUNCTIONING, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE TO THEM ALSO SO TO THE EXTENT IT'S HARD, I GET IT

BUT MAYBE IF WE THINK ABOUT IT THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS, A BROADER LENS, IT WILL BE A LITTLE EASIER SO LET'S NOT GET COMPLACENT WE HAVE TO STAY DISCIPLINED, WE HAVE TO STAY SMART, WE HAVE TO STAY SAFE AND WE DO THAT BY STAYING AT HOME, AND WE WILL GET THROUGH THAT, THROUGH THIS TOGETHER QESTIONS? >> IT WAS SAID YESTERDAY THAT THE "COMFORT" IS MEANT TO TREAT COVID PATIENTS AND THEN YOU SAID THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE TREATING A SMALLER NUMBER OF PATIENTS BUT WILL THE SHIP CARE FOR EVEN THAT NUMBER OF COVID PATIENTS [ INAUDIBLE ]

>> I SPOKE TO GENERAL SHAUGHNESSY, I SPOKE TO THE PRESIDENT, AND I SPOKE TO THE PEOPLE HELPING MANAGE THE "COMFORT" WHEN YOU TRANSITION FROM COVID FROM NONCOVID, THE CAPACITY GOES DOWN FROM 1,000 TO 500 BEDS, BUT IT CAN TREAT COVID PATIENTS ADEQUATELY AND SAFELY AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRANSITIONING TO NOW >> HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO TAKE? WE HAVE A TEST AT WADS WADSWORTH LAB THAT WE'VE DEVELOPED OVER THE NEXT WEEK WE'RE EXPECTING TO SCALE THAT UP NOT JUST HERE IN OUR LAB BUT TO GET OTHER LABS TO DO AS WELL, AND WE HAVE TO WORK WITH THE FDA TO GET THAT APPROVED

>> THE FDA HAS ALREADY APPROVED SOME PRIVATE ANTIBODY TESTS IS THERE A WAY THAT THE STATE CAN WORK WITH THEM OR — >> SO I THINK THAT ANTIBODY TESTS ARE — YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THEM SOME ANTIBODY TESTS MEASURE THE IMMUNO GLOB OTHER LEN G ALYNN G AND SOME MEASURE MNG SOME SHOW THE INFECTION HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT THE TESTS THAT WE ARE MEASURING SHOW THAT THE INDIVIDUALS HAVE THE INFECTION, THEY DON'T STILL HAVE THE INFECTION

SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE TO HAVE THE CORRECT TEST OURS MEASURE THAT THEY HAVE THE INFECTION AND IT'S RESOLVED >> DID YOU GET THAT? ? >> I'M SORRY >> REPEAT THAT ONE MORE TIME >> THANK YOU

SO THERE'S MANY TESTS THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT COMPANIES ARE MAKING THERE'S TWO TYPES OF IMMUNO GLOB ON YOU LYNNS E GLOBULIN THERE'S ONE THAT SAYS YOU'RE STARTING TO MOUNT A RESPONSE, HAPPENS WITH ANY VIRUS, AND THE OTHER YOUR BODY MAKES IT AFTER YOUR INFECTION IS RESOLVED, IT'S RESOLVED THAT'S THE ONE YOU WANT TO MEASURE

OTHERWISE YOU MAY BE MEASURING SOMETHING WHICH ACTUALLY SAYS YOU STILL HAVE THE INFECTION IN YOUR BODY SO YOU WANT TO MEASURE THE ONE THAT SAYS IT'S RESOLVED AND THAT'S THE ONE THAT WE'VE DEVELOPED THE TEST FOR IS THAT BETTER? >> YES THAT'S GOOD I ALMOST UNDERSTOOD THAT ONE

MARK? >> THIS IS VERY PROVINCIAL — >> I'M VERY PROVINCIAL THAT' OKAY >> EARLIER TODAY, A PERSON PASSED AWAY FROM CORONAVIRUS AND TODAY [ INAUDIBLE ] IS THERE ANYTHING THAT THE STATE POLICE OR STATE GOVERNMENT CAN DO TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE [ INAUDIBLE ] >> BROOKLYN, RIGHT? I'M SURE THE NYPD WILL BE DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO I MADE IT CLEAR YESTERDAY THAT THESE SOCIAL DISTANCIG REGULATIONS ARE NOT JUST PLEAS

THEY'RE REGULATIONS YOU CAN BE FINED FOR IT WE INCREASED THE FINE TO MAKE THE POINT THAT WE'RE SERIOUS I'M SURE THE NYPD WILL BE ENFORCING IT BUT ALSO PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND

I UNDERSTAND RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS I UNDERSTAND THE ORTHODOX I'M VERY CLOSE TO THEM AND I HAVE BEEN FOR MANY — LARGE RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS I MEAN, WE PAID THIS PRICE ALREADY WE'VE LEARNED THIS LESSON THAT WAS NEW ROCHELLE AND WESTCHESTER

SO, PLEASE, NOW IS NOT THE TIME YOU DO NO ONE — YOU DO NO ONE A SERVICE BY MAKING THIS WORSE AND INFECTING MORE PEOPLE JOSEPH? >> WHO ALL REPORTS COMMUNITIES THAT ARE PARTICULARLY HIT HARD BY THE VIRUS, DO YOU HAVE THE SENSE THAT THAT'S BEEN THE CASE IN NEW YORK AND THERE'S A LOT OF DATA, GENDER, AGE, UPDATED DAILY HAS IT BEEN DIFFICULT TO GET TH BACK END IS CALLING THE CORE ON CORE ONONERS OFFICES AROUND THE STATE SO THERE'S BEEN A LAG CORONERS OFFICES AROUND THE STATE SO THERE HAS BEEN A LAG

WE'LL HAVE THAT >> SO THERE HAS BEEN A TREND WHERE IT HAS AFFECTED [ INAUDIBLE ] >> SO ONE OF THE CHALLENGES IS THAT SOME OF THE COMMUNITIES HAVE CHALLENGES WITH THEIR HEALTH IN GENERAL THEY'RE MORE APT TO HAVE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WITH ASTHMA AND DIABETES, AND SO ANYTIME ANYONE WHO HAS UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS ENDS UP WITH THIS VIRUS OR ANY OTHER VIRUS, IT PUTS THEM MORE AT RISK >> DO YOU HAVE ANY UPDATE ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT WEBSITE [ INAUDIBLE ]

>> THERE IS PROGRESS THERE AND WE'LL HAVE THE NEW INTERFACE UP AND RUNNING BY THURSDAY WE HAVE WORKED WITH VERIZON, AND A LOT OF THE PROBLEMS WAS THE LINE WAS CRASHING BECAUSE THE VOLUME WAS EXTREME WE'VE MOVED 80% OF THE CALLS OFF THE VERIZON SYSTEM AND INTO THE CALL CENTERS AND YOU SHOULD SEE EASING UP ON THAT TODAY WE ASK PEOPLE TO REMAIN PATIENT AS WE GET THAT RESOLVED >> ON FRIDAY VENTILATOR REDISTRIBUTION, I BELIEVE THAT EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS ALSO GOING TO COVER OTHER THINGS

THAT STILL HASN'T APPEARED IS THERE A REASON FOR THE DELAY? >> I'M GOING TO ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TODAY ON EVERYTHING I'VE MENTIONED, THE FINES, ET CETERA, TODAY >> WHAT ELSE WILL THAT COVER? >> EVERYTHING WE'VE DISCUSSED TO DATE >> SOME HAVE SUGGESTED THAT THAT'S GOING TO BE VOLUNTARY NOW, THE QUOTE, UNQUOTE, TAKING THE VENTILATORS THAT THEHEALTH ASSOCIATION PUT OUT SOMETHING SAYING IT'S GOING TO BE A VOLUNTARY TAKING OF THOSE? >> IT WAS ALWAYS — THE HOSPITALS TELL US WHAT THEY HAVE, QUOTE, UNQUOTE, AVAILABLE, MEANING UNUSED AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO USE IT IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE SO IT WAS ALWAYS OF THE EQUIPMENT THAT YOU BELIEVE, YOU, HOSPITAL, BELIEVE IS AVAILABLE, IF THIS STATE LENT 20% OF THE AVAILABLE UNITS AS YOU DEFINE AVAILABLE, THAT WOULD BE 500

AND 500 VENTILATORS WAS A BIG ú FRANKLY, SINCE THEN OTHER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED WE HAVE A THOUSAND VENTILATORS FROM CHINA, CALIFORNIA FREED UP 500 VENTILATORS, OREGON SENT 140 VENTILATORS, STATE OF WASHINGTON FREED UP I THINK 400 VENTILATORS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT WE'VE ALSO ACQUIRED AN ADDITIONAL 500 VENTILATORS SO WE'RE NOT IN A POSITION THAT WE WERE IN BUT THAT'S WHAT IT ALWAYS WAS

A HOSPITAL SAYS WE HAVE AVAILABLE, BY THEIR OWN DEFINITION, UNUSED INVENTORY, WE'RE NOT USING FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE 20% OF THAT NUMBER, LEAVING THEM WITH 80% OF THE UNUSED WAS 500 VENTILATORS >> THAT SOUNDS LIKE A BIG CHANGE FROM WHAT YOU SAID ON FRIDAY, THOUGH >> NO THAT'S WHAT I WAS SAYING

>> [ INAUDIBLE ] PRESUMPTIVE LINE OF DUTY DEATH BENEFITS AFTER 9/11 [ INAUDIBLE ] >> IT'S SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS GOING TO COME UP AND I THINK IT'S AN IMPORTANT THING TO LOOK AT I'D ALSO LIKE TO FIND A WAY TO SAY THANK YOU TO THESE HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO ARE OUT THERE EVERY DAY YOU KNOW, WE TALK TO THEM ON THE TELEPHONE, BUT, GEE, WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IS JUST INCREDIBLE, JUST INCREDIBLE, AND NOT JUST THE HEALTHCARE WORKERS I MEAN, THE HEALTHCARE WORKERS, JUST THINK OF THE MIND-SET, TO WALK INTO THAT E

R EVERY MORNING, PUTTING ON THIGHS THESE GOWNS, PUTTING ON ALL THIS PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, HAVING TO CHANGE THIS PROTECTIVE CLOTHING SEVERAL TIMES A DAY, SEEING PEOPLE PASS AWAY, AND THEN GO HOME AND DEAL WITH THE STRESS AT HOME BUT ALSO THE FIRST RESPONDERS, THE TRANSIT WORKERS YOU LOOK AT THE RATES OF SICKNESS I MEAN, THEY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE EXPOSING THEMSELVES TO AND THEY STILL DO IT

I MEAN, JUST GOD BLESS THEM >> [ INAUDIBLE ] TO THE NUMBER OF JUST ANY INMATES IN THE PRISON SYSTEM TO CURB THIS OUTBREAK? >> WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT ANY WAY WE CAN, WE ARE AND WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT CONTINUALLY I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING NEW ON THAT RIGHT NOW, BUT IT'S SOMETHING WE'RE EXPLORING ALL THE TIME

>> ANY SPECIFIC PLANS YOU'RE CONSIDERING, ANY SPECIFIC MODELS? >> WE'VE DONE THE NUMBERS BUT NOTHING RIGHT NOW >> WE'VE DONE ABOUT 700 PAROLE VIOLATORS STATEWIDE, THOSE DEEMED TO BE LOW RISK TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND ALSO HIGH RISK TO COVID AND SO WE HAVE DONE THAT SO FAR AND WE'RE CONTINUING TO EVALUATE IT ON AN ONGOING BASIS >> I THINK THE PROMISE WAS ABOUT 400 PEOPLE TO COME OUT OF RIKERS SO FAR THAT'S BEEN ABOUT 130 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN RELEASED IS THERE A REASON? >> I THINK IT'S BEEN ABOUT 240 OUT OF RIKERS OUT OF THE 700 STATEWIDE

BUT WE CAN GIVE YOU THE NUMBERS >> ON A MORE PHILISOPHICAL ISSUE, 750 PEOPLE HAVE DIED, THESE NUMBERS KEEP ROLLING OUT, BUT IT'S EASY TO GET NUMB TO THESE SORTS OF STATS HOW DO YOU COUNTER THAT? HOW DO YOU IMPRESS ON PEOPLE THAT THESE ARE HUMAN LIVES, THAT THIS IS AN ENORMOUS HUMAN CATASTROPHE? >> YOU KNOW, JESSE, IF THEY — I HEAR THE POINT I GETS ONE COULD GET NUMB TO THE NUMBERS, AND THAT'S WHY I SAID REMEMBER EVERY NUMBER IS A HUMAN BEING BEHIND THAT AND A FAMILY FOR MYSELF I CAN TELL YOU THE LAST THING I DO IS GET NUMB

I CAN TELL YOU FOR THE HOSPITAL STAFF THAT GOES THROUGH THIS, THEY'RE NOT GETTING NUMB FOR THE FAMILIES WHO ARE SUFFERING, THEY'RE NOT GETTING NUMB THE PAIN IS INCREASING THE GRIEF IS INCREASING I MEAN, YOU SEE THOSE PICTURES ON TV OF GETTING THROUGH A SITUATION WHERE YOU HAVE TO PUT BODIES IN TRUCKS, IN PARKING LOTS, I MEAN, HOW YOU COULD GET NUMB TO ANY OF THIS, I'LL TELL YOU, I CAN'T — I CAN'T IMAGINE, ESPECIALLY NEW YORKERS, WE LOSE THE HUMANITY OF THIS

IT'S SOMETHING I STRUGGLE WITH EVERY DAY I TRY TO THINK OF THE OPPOSITE, THAT, YOU KNOW, WE ARE DOING GOOD BECAUSE YOU CAN'T STOP, YOU CAN'T STOP, YOU CAN'T SAVE EVERYONE THIS VIRUS IS VERY GOOD AT WHAT IT DOES AND IT KILLS VULNERABLE PEOPLE THAT'S WHAT IT DOES AND IT DOES THAT VERY WELL

AND WE CAN'T STOP THAT THE QUESTION IS, ARE YOU SAVING EVERYONE YOU CAN SAVE? AND THERE THE ANSWER IS YES AND I TAKE SOME SOLACE IN THAT FACT OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS OPERATING — I DON'T BELIEVE WE LOST A SINGLE PERSON BECAUSE WE COULDN'T PROVIDE CARE PEOPLE WE LOST, WE COULDN'T SAVE DESPITE OUR BEST EFFORTS BUT, NO, I DON'T — I DON'T SEE — I DON'T SEE THE NUMBNESS AND I DON'T BELIEVE NEW YORKERS SEE THE NUMBNESS

I THINK THE FRUSTRATION OF AN INDIVIDUAL SITUATION CAN CAUSE YOU TO DO IRRESPONSIBLE THINGS, TO GO OUT, TO GO OUT MORE THAN YOU SHOULD, TO DISREGARD SOCIAL DISTANCING I THINK THAT'S AN ISSUE AND THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN TRYING TO ADDRESS >> GOVERNOR, WE'RE NOT THERE YET, BUT WHEN PEOPLE DO EVENTUALLY START GETTING BACK TO WORK, WILL IT BE THE REVERSE OF THE REDUCTION, MEANING THEY'LL GO BACK IN TERMS OF 25% OF THE TIME OR 12 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT? >> I DON'T KNOW IT'S A GOOD QUESTION I THINK THEY GO BACK — IT'S MY OPINION

IT'S NOT A FACT I THINK — AND WE'RE WORKING ON A PLAN WITH CONNECTICUT AND NEW JERSEY BECAUSE WHEN WE GO BACK, WE GO BACK TOGETHER I THINK WE GO BACK WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTED THAT THEY ARE NEGATIVE OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTED THAT THEY HAVE THE ANTIBODIES, WHICH MEANS THEY HAD THE VIRUS AND THEY'RE IMMUNE FROM THE VIRUS, OR WE GO BACK WITH YOUNGER PEOPLE GOING FIRST, STILL PROTECTING, ISOLATING THE VULNERABLE, BUT IF IT'S WAVES, I THINK THOSE ARE THE WAVES >> [ INAUDIBLE ]

>> SAY IT AGAIN >> IS THERE ANY PROOF YOU CAN'T GET REINFECTED IF YOU HAVE THE ANTIBODIES? ? >> DOCTOR, THAT'S YOURS >> SO USUALLY WHEN YOU HAVE A VIRUS, YOU DEVELOP ANTIBODIES, YOU DON'T GET IT AGAIN THERE WAS ONE REPORT OUT OF CHINA WHERE THEY SUGGESTED THAT MAYBE THERE WERE SOME CASES, BUT THAT HASN'T BEEN CONFIRMED YET >> ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT THE TEMPORARY HOSPITALS WILL BE ACCEPTING SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF PATIENTS UNTIL AFTER THE PEAK HAS PASSED? >> A LARGER NUMBER OF WHAT? >> ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT THE TEMPORARY HOSPITALS WILL BE ACCEPTING SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS OF PATIENTS UNTIL AFTER THE PEAK HAS PASSED? ? >> SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF PATIENTS? >> PATIENTS UH-HUH >> NO THEY'RE RAMPING UP NOW THE JAVITS CENTER AND THE "COMFORT," YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT? >> YES

>> JAVITS AND "COMFORT," WELL, THERE'S TWO SEPARATE SITUATIONS WHEN I SAY WE HAVE ABOUT 90,000- BED CAPACITY, WE BROUGHT ONLINE ADDITIONAL BEDS, RIGHT? TWO WAYS NUMBER ONE, EVERY HOSPITAL HAD TO INCREASE CAPACITY BY 50% WITH A GOAL OF A HUNDRED PERCENT EVERY HOSPITAL HAS INCREASED CAPACITY 50% THAT'S WHY YOU SEE HOSPITAL BEDS IN CONFERENCE ROOMS AND LOBBIES, ET CETERA

SECOND, WE BUILT TEMPORARY EMERGENCY FACILITIES, PRIMARILY AROUND DOWNSTATE NEW YORK THEY MAY OR MAY NOT BE USED, DEPENDING ON WHETHER OR NOT WE NEED THE BEDS THE JAVITS AND THE "COMFORT," WE ARE USING AND THEY'RE RAMPING UP NOW I'M GOING TO SPEAK TO THE HOSPITALS THANK YOU

>> [ INAUDIBLE ] >>> ALL RIGHT GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO OF NEW YORK ON TUESDAY, JUST MOMENTS AGO, IF YOU WERE WATCHING THIS PRESS CONFERENCE, REITERATING THE STATE OF PLAY HERE IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RECORDING THE LARGEST SINGLE DAY INCREASE IN DEATH, TOTAL NUMBER OF DEAD HERE IN NEW YORK STATE, 5,489, BUT THERE WAS A GLIMMER FROM THE GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK SAYING THAT IT DOES APPEAR THAT THINGS SEEM TO BE FLATTENING OUT, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, THAT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS, WHILE WE HAVE RECORDED A VERY LARGE ONE, A SINGLE, LARGEST SINGLE-DAY INCREASE, THAT THE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND OTHER MEASURES THAT THE OFFICIALS, NEW YORK OFFICIALS HAVE PUT INTO PLACE ARE HAVING SOME OF AN EFFECT WE'LL HAVE TO SEE HOW THAT PLAYS OUT OVER THE DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD SO THE NEWS OUT OF NEW YORK FROM GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO

TO THE EXTENT, THE GOVERNOR SAID, THAT WE SEE A FLATTENING OR A POSSIBLE PLATEAU, THAT IS BECAUSE, GOVERNOR CUOMO SAYING, OF WHAT WE ARE DOING AND WE HAVE TO KEEP DOING IT ALL RIGHT WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK MORE NEWS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT BREAK STICK AROUND

YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN >>> THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY IS STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH THE RAPIDLY INCREASING DEATH TOLL CAUSED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ALREADY AROUND 11,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM THE VIRUS IN THE UNITED STATES AND TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE LIVES ARE PROJECTED TO BE LOST THE NUMBERS HAVE CREATED AN UNPRECEDENTIAL BOTTLENECK AT MORGUES, FUNERAL HOMES, AND CEMETERIES

>> AND WE SPOKE TO SEVERAL FUNERAL DIRECTORS IN NEW YORK CITY, AT THE EPICENTER OF THIS OUTBREAK, AND GRAHAM IS JOINING US NOW GRAHAM, I REMEMBER LAST WEEK OR MAYBE THE WEEK BEFORE THE PRESIDENT TALKING ABOUT ELMER'S HOSPITAL IN QUEENS THAT HE WAS REALLY FAMILIAR WITH AND HE SAW A VIDEO OF WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS BODY BAGS LYING IN THE HALLWAY AND FREEZER TRUCKS COMING IN BECAUSE OF A MORGUE OVERFLOW, AND YOU COULD REALLY TELL THAT HE WAS RATTLED BY THOSE IMAGES BUT AFTER THOSE BODY BAGS LEAVE THE HOSPITAL, THEY HAVE TO GO TO AREA MORGUES, THEY HAVE TO GO TO AREA FUNERAL HOMES HOW ARE MORGUES AND FUNERAL HOMES IN NEW YORK COPING? >> THEY'RE OVERFLOWING THINK OF FUNERAL DIRECTORS AS THE END OF THE FRONT LINE IN TERMS OF THOSE WHO HAVE TO DIRECTLY INTERACT WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE CAUGHT THE VIRUS AND WHO COULD STILL POTENTIALLY PASS IT ON THROUGH, LIKE, RESPIRATORY MICROBES

THEY'RE SAYING WE HAVE MORE CASES THAN WE CAN HANDLE AND JUST LIKE IN THE HOSPITALS, WE'RE RUNNING SHORT ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND THEY POINT OUT FUNERAL DIRECTORS ARE GOING TO BE THE LAST IN THE LINE OF THOSE FRONT LINE WORKERS TO GET THAT EQUIPMENT BECAUSE IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO GET IT TO MEDICAL WORKERS FIRST >> AND, GRAHAM, FUNERAL HOMES ARE ALSO ENFORCING SOCIAL DISTANCING HOW IS THAT CHANGING THE NATURE OF WHAT THEY DO? >> THE BUSINESS MODEL HAS COMPLETELY CHANGED IN MANY CASES THE BODIES ARE GOING STRAIGHT TO A CREMATORIUM OR STRAIGHT TO A GRAVE WITHOUT THERE BEING ANY CHANCE FOR LOVED ONES TO BE ABLE TO GO AND PAY THEIR RESPECTS IN THE WAY WE THINK OF, LIKE STANDING IN FRONT OF A CASKET AND TAKING THE TIME THERE AND THEN IN OTHER CASES WHEN THERE IS ABLE TO BE A SERVICE AT A FUNERAL HOME, THERE ARE THESE KIND OF STRICT RULES THAT HAVE TO BE PUT INTO PLACE, MAYBE IT'S SHIFTS SO FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE CAN COME AT A TIME AND THEN THE NEXT FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE

AND IT ALL HAS TO BE VERY ORDERLY AND VERY SUPERVISED AND THEN THERE ARE VIRTUAL SERVICES SO THAT PEOPLE GATHERING OVER ZOOM OR FACETIME BUT NOT GETTING TO DO THAT PERSONAL SERVICE THAT WE'RE USED TO SEEING AND FOR THE FUNERAL DIRECTORS, THEY SAID THAT'S ACTUALLY REALLY HARD THEY PRIDE THEMSELVES — YOU DON'T GET INTO THE FUNERAL BUSINESS IF YOU'RE NOT TRYING TO GIVE PEOPLE, LIKE, A REALLY GOOD CHANCE TO GRIEVE IN THE WAY THAT WE'VE COME TO EXPECT AND RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TO SAY TO PEOPLE, WE CAN'T DO IT THE WAY MAYBE YOU EXPECTED TO BE ABLE TO DO IT FOR THIS PERSON, OR THAT PERSON MAY HAVE HOPED TO HAVE HAD, BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE THE BEST OF IT RIGHT NOW

>> YEAH, I THINK IT'S A REALLY GOOD POINT TO BRING UP, GRAHAM, THAT FOR FUNERAL DIRECTORS SORT OF MANAGING AND TAKING CARE OF THE BODY IS ONE THING, BUT THEY ALSO REALLY, REALLY FOCUS ON BEING SUPPORTIVE OF, OF BEING HONORABLE, OF SORT OF STEPPING IN WHEN PERHAPS A FAMILY IS FALLING APART AND BEING A STEADYING, STABILIZING FORCE AND MUCH OF THAT HAS TO DO WITH PROBABLY, YOU KNOW, SORT OF BEING INTIMATE, TOUCHING SOMEONE, HUGGING THEM WHEN THEY NEED A HUG, GIVING THEM A HANDKERCHIEF WHEN THEY'RE CRYING, AND THEY CAN'T DO ANY OF THAT STUFF THEN THERE'S JUST SORT OF THE BASIC KIND OF, LIKE I SAID, MANAGING THE BODIES, BUT SORT OF THE BASIC THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO DO, LIKE FINDING A PLACE FOR THE BODY TO GO CEMETERY PLOTS ARE THERE ENOUGH CEMETERY PLOTS? >> SO I DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE A NUMBER ON THE NUMBER OF CEMETERY PLOTS IN NEW YORK, BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THEY'RE COMING IN SO FAST THAT, YESTERDAY, FOR INSTANCE, THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT, WELL, WE HAVE TO CREATE TEMPORARY INTERPMENT SITES AND AND THERE WAS SOME ARGUMENT BETWEEN OFFICIALS ABOUT WHERE THAT WILL HAPPEN

NEW YORK HAS AN ISLAND THAT OVER ABOUT TWO CENTURIES THEY USED AS LIKE A POTTERS FIELD AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT'S NOT JUST FOR UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE, BUT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT USING THAT FOR JUST THE OVERFLOW OF BODIES THERE'S BEEN SOME ARGUMENT ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THE CITY IS ACTUALLY CONSIDERING THAT, BUT YOU DID HAVE MULTIPLE OFFICIALS SAYING THAT, LOOK, IN THE LONG RUN, THIS IS A PLAN THAT WE'VE ALWAYS HAD AND WE'VE JUST NEVER ACTUALLY HAD TO IMPLEMENT IT BEFORE THEN WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT FUNERAL SERVICES, THESE GUYS ARE ALL EXHAUSTED THEY SAY WE'RE NOT EVEN SLEEPING BECAUSE IT'S JUST FUNERAL AFTER FUNERAL AFTER FUNERAL AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DO IT AS RIGHT AS WE CAN AND THAT TAKES TIME >> LET ME ASK YOU, GRAHAM, WHERE ARE — I MEAN, FUNERAL DIRECTORS ARE PEOPLE WHO WORK AT MORGUES AND THEY ARE ESSENTIAL SERVICES

BUT WHERE ARE THEY IN THE LINE TO RECEIVE PROTECTIVE GEAR? >> THEY SAY THEY'RE AT THE END OF THE LINE AND THEY SAY THEY UNDERSTAND THAT I SPOKE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK STATE FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION, AND HE SAID I UNDERSTAND THAT HOSPITAL WORKERS AND MEDICAL EMPLOYEES NEED THE PPE, THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, BUT HE SAID WE NEED IT, TOO, AND WE'RE THE LAST ONES TO GET IT AND TO A T, EVERY FUNERAL DIRECTOR I SPOKE TO SAID I STILL HAVE SOME SUPPLIES AND I AM RUNNING LOW, AND I CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHERE I'M GOING TO GET THE NEXT SHIPMENT YOU CONTACT THE PLACES THAT SELL THEM AND THEY SAY YOU'RE NOW ON THE LIST BUT THERE'S NO ESTIMATE FOR WHEN YOU MIGHT GET IT AND THEY'RE KIND OF RELYING ON THEIR STATE ASSOCIATION TO FIGURE OUT WHERE TO GET A VERY LARGE SUPPLY OF MASKS AND GLOVES AND ALL OF THE EQUIPMENT YOU SEE MEDICAL PERSONNEL WEARING

AND HE TOLD ME, YOU KNOW, EVEN MY NORMAL SUPPLIERS ARE SAYING, YOU'RE NOT THE MAIN PRIORITY RIGHT NOW >> WOW, WELL, GRAHAM, THANK YOU SO MUCH THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS THAT THIS VIRUS IMPACTS THE WAY WE LIVE, THINGS WE HAVE TAKEN FOR GRANTED BEFORE I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR REPORTING

THANKS >> THANK YOU >>> SO THE US SURGEON GENERAL SAYS THAT EFFORTS TO FLATTEN THE CURVE APPEAR TO BE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

HE'S TALKING ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING HE INSISTS IT IS STILL VERY, VERY CRUCIAL AND IMPORTANT, AND HE ALSO SAYS THAT THE COUNTRY NEEDS TO DO A MUCH BETTER JOB WHEN IT COMES TO TESTING DR JEROME ADAMS SPOKE ABOUT THIS ON "CBS THIS MORNIN " >> I STARTED OFF THE WEEK TELLING AMERICANS THAT THIS WAS GOING TO BE A REALLY ROUGH WEEK, BUT I ALSO WANTED AMERICANS TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN WE'VE DEALT WITH TOUGH TIMES IN THE PAST, THE COUNTRY HAS RALLIED

AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING NOW IS THE COUNTRY IS RALLYING WE'RE SEEING NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY HAVE HOSPITALIZATIONS LEVEL OFF AND START TO COME DOWN DEATHS ARE STARTING TO SLOW DOWN AND LEVEL OFF AND THAT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT TELLS US MITIGATION IS WORKING IT TELLS US WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DOING BY STAYING AT HOME, BY SOCIAL DISTANCING, BY PRACTICING GOOD HYGIENE AND THE 30-DAY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICA ARE ACTUALLY EFFECTIVE AND THEY WILL HELP US GET THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS UNFORTUNATE TRAGEDY

>> DR ADAMS, HOW CAN WE BE SURE THAT MITIGATION IS WORKING AS WELL AS WE HOPE IT TO BE WORKING WHEN WE DON'T KNOW, TO PUT IT PLAINLY, HOW MANY AMERICANS ACTUALLY HAVE THIS VIRUS BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE WIDESPREAD TESTING? SO TO PUT IT MORE BLUNTLY, HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN WE'RE IN THE CLEAR AND WE CAN GET BACK TO NORMAL IF WE DON'T KNOW HOW WIDESPREAD THIS IS? >> THERE ARE TWO QUESTIONS IN THERE AND I WILL QUICKLY UNPACK BOTH OF THEM THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS, WE KNOW MITIGATION IS WORKING BECAUSE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE CURVE IN WASHINGTON AND CALIFORNIA, WE SEE THEY'VE BEEN VERY FLAT AND THAT'S BEEN WITH INSTITUTING VERY AGGRESSIVE MITIGATION WE SEE ITALY AND SPAIN ON THE DOWN SLOPE OF THEIR CURVE COINCIDENT WITH THEIR MITIGATION YOU MENTIONED TESTING

TESTING IS A CONCERN WE'RE GOING TO BE AT 2 MILLION TESTS THIS WEEK AND IT'S RAPIDLY RAMPING UP WITH THE COMMERCIAL INDUSTRY COMING ON BOARD WE ALSO SEE MORE PEOPLE DOING ANTIBODY TESTING AND I WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW THAT EVERY DAY I SPEAK WITH OUR TESTING CZAR AND HE ASSURES ME THAT BY THE END OF THIS MONTH WE SHOULD BE NOT ONLY DOING DIAGNOSTIC TESTING BUT ALSO HAVING GOOD SURVEILLANCE TESTING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AT 2 MILLION PEOPLE BY THE END OF THIS WEEK, WE'RE GETTING REALLY CLOSE TO SOUTH KOREA'S INITIAL TESTING SURGE NUMBERS AND WE ARE, IN FACT, DOING SURVEILLANCE TESTING IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WHERE THEY HAVEN'T SEEN A BIG INCREASE IN CASES

SO WE'RE NOT THERE YET, BUT WE ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION >> AND OF COURSE SURVEILLANCE TESTING IS SO IMPORTANT I WANT TO TOUCH ON THE POINT OF CONCERN THE INCREASING DEATH RATE OF MARY ANNS WE'VE HEARD 70% ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR, IN CHICAGO MORE THAN 07% IN THAT CITY YOUR RESPONSE TO — 70% IN THAT CITY

YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT, SHOULD THE VIRUS BE TRACKED DEMOGRAPHICALLY TO WARN PEOPLE? >> ABSOLUTELY THE CDC AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE AND ARE TRACKING THIS VIRUS AND BREAKING IT DOWN BY DIFFERENT DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND BUT MY OFFICE LONG BEFORE COVID- 19 HAS TALKING ABOUT HEALTH EQUITY, HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE NEED TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHEN THEY'RE AT RISK AND WHEN THEY NEED TO INTERVENE YOU LOOK AT BEING BLACK IN AMERICA NUMBER ONE, PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE OF LOW SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, MAKING IT HARDER TO SOCIAL DISTANCING BLACKS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE HEART DISEASE, LUNG DISEASE, DIABETES

I'VE SHARED THAT I HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, AND I SPENT A WEEK IN THE ICU DUE TO A HEART CONDITION THAT I ACTUALLY HAVE ASTHMA AND I'M PREDIABETIC SO I REPRESENT THAT LEGACY OF GROWING UP POOR AND BLACK IN AMERICA AND I AND MANY BLACK HURNS ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR COVID THAT'S WHY WE NEED EVERYONE TO DO THEIR PART TO SLOW THE SPREAD >> SO, DOCTOR, I IMAGINE THAT IT'S FRUSTRATING FOR YOU TO HEAR THOSE NUMBERS, 70% OF THE DEAD IN LOUISIANA ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR, AFRICAN-AMERICANS

>> IT BREAKS MY HEART >> IS THERE A RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU HAVE FOR THAT COMMUNITY? >> OF COURSE IT BREAKS YOUR HEART >> MY RECOMMENDATION IS TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE AT RISK, YOU ARE NOT IMMUNE AND MY RECOMMENDATION IS TO ALL OF AMERICA THAT WE'RE REALLY DOING THIS TO PROTECT NOT JUST OURSELVES, BUT EACH OTHER EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO STAYS AT HOME, WHETHER YOU'RE WHITE, BLACK, BROWN, OR YELLOW, IS A PERSON WHO IS NOT SPREADING COVID AND IS A PERSON WHO CAN PROTECT THEIR NEIGHBORS IF YOU WEAR A CLOTH FACIAL COVERING WHEN YOU GO OUTSIDE, YOU'RE DOING IT TO PROTECT YOUR NEIGHBOR

NOW IS REALLY THE TIME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER AND SAY, LOOK, I'M DOING THIS NOT JUST FOR ME AND MY FAMILY, BUT I'M DOING IT FOR MY COMMUNITY AND ALL THE COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IT IS WORKING WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS WE ARE SEEING PROGRESS BUT AMERICA HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF THIS EPIDEMIC

THE PUBLIC REALLY NEEDS TO KEEP DOING THEIR PART >> AMERICA'S COP DOCTOR THERE TOP DOCTOR THERE FOR MORE INTERVIEWS LIKE THIS, GO TO CBSNCOM

>>> THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HAS TAKEN A TURN FOR WORSE AS HE CONTINUES TO BATTLE COVID-19 WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST ON HIS CONDITION AFTER THE BREAK >>> KEEP IT RIGHT HERE YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN >>> HEY, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE

REALLY GOOD TO SEE YOU IT'S A TUESDAY, AND I'M ANNE- MARIE GREEN ALONGSIDE VLADIMIR DUTHIERS WE ARE COMING TO YOU FROM OUR HOME STUDIOS >> THAT IS RIGHT, ANNE-MARIE IT IS GREAT, OF COURSE, TO BE ú WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US AND TRACKING ALL OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT, AND WE HAVE A LOT

THERE IS REASON FOR HOPE THIS MORNING AS EARLY EVIDENCE SUGGESTS GOOD NEWS COMING OUT OF NEW YORK THAT STATE HAS BEEN HIT ESPECIALLY HARD BY THE CORONAVIRUS, BUT NOW OFFICIALS SAY THE NUMBER OF NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS IS DECLINING >> YES, BUT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO MORE THAN 368,000 PEOPLE NATIONWIDE HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, AND THE VIRUS HAS CLAIMED 11,000 AMERICAN LIVES RILEY CARLSON HAS THE LATEST

>> Reporter: A CREW MEMBER ON THE NAVY SHIP "COMFORT" HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 DAYS AFTER DOCKING IN NEW YORK THE NAVY SAID IT WILL NOT AFFECT THEIR MISSION THIS NEWS COMES HOURS AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP AUTHORIZED THE COMFORT TO TREAT PEOPLE WITH CORONAVIRUS >> HOPEFULLY THAT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL TO BOTH STATES >> Reporter: THE "COMFORT WAS MEANT TO TAKE ON OTHER PATIENTS," BUT THE GOVERNORS OF NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK SAID THEY NEEDED THE BEDS

>> WE DON'T NEED THE COMFORT FOR NON-COBIT PATIENTS >> Reporter: THE DEATH TOLL HAS SLOWED IN NEW YORK BUT GOVERNOR ANDREW, IS EXTENDING THE STATE'S STAY-AT-HOME ORDER UNTIL APRIL 29th >> THE NUMBERS LOOK LIKE THEY MAY BE TURNING YAY, IT'S OVER NO, IT'S NOT

>> Reporter: MEMBERS OF THE CORONAVIRUS TASK COURSE ARE OPTIMISTIC THE NATIONAL DEATH TOLL MAY END UP LOWER THAN FORECASTED >> I DON'T ACCEPT EVERY DAY THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE 100 FOR 200,000 DEATHS >> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID HE WAS SADDENED TO HEAR PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON IS NOW IN INTENSIVE CARE >> AMERICANS ARE ALL PRAYING FOR HIS RECOVERY HE HAS BEEN A REALLY GOOD FRIEND

>> Reporter: JOHNSON HAS BEEN BATTLING CORONAVIRUS FOR NEARLY TWO WEEKS A SPOKESPERSON SAID THE 55-YEAR- OLD ENTERED THE ICU AS A PRECAUTION SHOULD HE REQUIRE VENTILATION >> THE PRIME MINISTER IS IN SAFE HANDS >> Reporter: FORMER UN

SECRETARY DOMINIC GRAB HUSBAND HAS BEEN TASKED TO TAKE OVER IF NEEDED JOHNSON LAST APPEARED IN PUBLIC ON THURSDAY, TO CLAP IN SUPPORT OF BRITISH HEALTHCARE WORKERS RILEY CARLSON, CBS NEWS >>> MEANWHILE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DOWNPLAYING THE RESULTS OF AN INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT THE REPORT FOUND THAT HOSPITALS ARE BEING HAMPERED BY A DELAY IN COVID-19 TEST RESULTS, AND ALSO HOSPITAL PERSONNEL NOT GETTING THE PROTECTIVE GEAR THAT THEY NEED

BEN TRACY IS STANDING BY AT THE WHITE HOUSE BEN, WE ACTUALLY SPOKE TO YOU ABOUT THIS REPORT YESTERDAY BUT NOW, WE ARE HEARING FROM THE PRESIDENT HOW IS HE REACTING? >> Reporter: WELL, HE'S BASICALLY DISMISSING THE SUBSTANCE OF THAT REPORT THAT SHOWS THESE CRITICAL SUPPLIES AT HOSPITALS RUNNING LOW, AND FOCUSING MUCH MORE ON THE POLITICS OF IT, SAYING THAT OUR POLITICS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS REPORT HE WAS ASKED ABOUT THIS AT THE WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY AT THE PRESS BRIEFING

HE SAID, WHO IS THIS INSPECTOR GENERAL? WHICH ADMINISTRATION WERE THEY APPOINTED UNDER? DO YOU THINK POLITICS ARE PART OF THIS? THIS ALL FALLS BACK ON THE PRESIDENT'S DISTASTE FOR INSPECTOR GENERAL'S ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT KEEP IN MIND, IT WAS JUST LAST FRIDAY THAT THE PRESIDENT FIRED THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THAT WAS THE PERSON THAT HANDLED THE WHISTLEBLOWER REPORT THAT WAS SENT TO CONGRESS THAT BECAME CENTRAL TO THE PRESIDENT'S IMPEACHMENT THE PRESIDENT TENDS TO BE PEOPLE AS MEMBERS OF THE DEEP STATE, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE DELIVERING INFORMATION THAT HE DOES NOT LIKE >> SO AFTER WEEKS OF GRIM NUMBERS, OFFICIALS SEEM NOW TO BE SHARING SOME CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM THAT THERE MIGHT BE HOPE ON THE HORIZON

HAS THE NATION BEEN MAKING PROGRESS WHEN IT COMES TO FLATTENING THE CURVE? >> YEAH, PERHAPS A LITTLE BIT OF GOOD NEWS NUMBERS AND HOTSPOTS LIKE NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY SEEM TO BE FLATTENING OUT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS GOVERNORS THERE SAY IT'S PROBABLY STILL TOO EARLY TO TELL AND SEE IF THIS IS A REAL FLATTENING OF THE CURVE OR IF THIS IS SOMETHING TEMPORARY WE HEARD REAL CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM FROM THE PODIUM AT THE WHITE HOUSE FROM DR ANTHONY FAUCI YESTERDAY, BASICALLY SAYING HE IS SEEING ENCOURAGING SIGNS AND HE THINKS WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO HIT BELOW THOSE MODELS THAT WERE SHOWING ANYWHERE FROM 100,000 TO 240,000 AMERICANS DYING BY AUGUST FROM CORONAVIRUS

HE'S NOW SEEING SIGNS THAT HE'S HOPEFUL PERHAPS WE'LL COME IN UNDER THAT IF WE CAN FLATTEN THIS CURVE FASTER THAN WE HAD THOUGHT HE ATTRIBUTES THAT TO SOCIAL DISTANCING, SAYING AMERICANS ARE DOING IT, AND IT'S WORKING >> I WANT TO ASK YOU, BEN, ABOUT A "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORT THAT INDICATED THAT WHITE HOUSE ADVISER PETER NAVARRO ACTUALLY WARNED THE PRESIDENT AND THE WHITE HOUSE ABOUT THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN JANUARY HE KIND OF RING ALARM BELLS A COUPLE OF TIMES THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN AROUND THE SAME TIME THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS REASSURING THE AMERICAN PEPLE THAT THE CORONAVIRUS WAS BASICALLY UNDER CONTROL

THERE WERE ONLY A HANDFUL OF CASES AND NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT >> YEAH, SO THERE WAS A LOT HAPPENING IN THIS PARTICULAR TIMEFRAME THIS REPORT SAYS NAVARRO WROTE UP TWO MEMBERS, ONE AT THE END OF JANUARY, AND ONE AT THE END OF FEBRUARY, WHICH NOW SEEMED VERY PRESCIENT, REPORTING THAT A LOT OF AMERICANS WERE GOING TO DIE, THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE A SHORTAGE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO BE PREPARED FOR THIS BOTH IN TERMS OF STOCKPILING SUPPLIES, BUT ALSO WARNING THAT IT WAS GOING TO TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY FROM CONGRESS TO OFFSET WHAT THIS MIGHT DO TO THE ECONOMY ALL OF THAT HAS NOW COME TRUE THE TIMING OF IT IS INTERESTING

NAVARRO APPARENTLY WROTE THE FIRST MEMO ON JANUARY 29th THAT'S THE SAME DAY THE PRESIDENT FORMED THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE AT THE TIME, THERE WAS STILL THIS DISCONNECT BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT WAS ALSO, AS YOU MENTIONED, DOWNPLAYING THE IMPACT OF THIS, SAYING, SOON CASES WILL BE ZERO THIS REALLY ISN'T GOING TO BE A PROBLEM HERE HE WAS RESTING ON HIS LAURELS HAVING SHUT OFF TRAVEL FROM CHINA THINKING THAT WAS ENOUGH AND THE ONLY THING HE HAD TO DO

IT'S NOT CLEAR IF THE PRESIDENT READ THIS MEMO FROM PETER NAVARRO WILL HAVE TO ASK THE PRESIDENT THAT TODAY AT THE BRIEFING AND SEE WHAT HE SAYS IT IS INTERESTING THAT PETER NAVARRO IS A TRADE ADVISER, NOT AT ALL ON THE HEALTH SIDE OF THE WHITE HOUSE SO THIS WAS SOMEBODY WHO IS VERY ATTUNED TO WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN CHINA, BECAUSE THAT WAS HIS FOCUS >> BEN, LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT IOWA AND NEBRASKA, TWO STATES THAT HAVE YET TO ISSUE STAY-AT- HOME ORDERS

THE GOVERNORS OF THOSE STATES SAID THEY HAD A CONVERSATION WITH DR ANTHONY FAUCI YESTERDAY HE HAS ADVOCATED FOR A NATIONAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER WHAT ARE THE GOVERNORS SAYING ABOUT THEIR CONVERSATION? >> INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH AFTER THAT CONVERSATION, THE GOVERNORS CAME OUT AND SAID, WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE, THIS REALLY ISN'T A PROBLEM WHICH FOR US, SEEMED CURIOUS, BECAUSE FOR WEEKS NOW, DR

ANTHONY FAUCI WAS SAYING HE WISHES WE HAD A NATIONWIDE STAY- AT-HOME ORDER BUT THEN DR FAUCI WAS ASKED ABOUT THAT AT THE PRESS BRIEFING AND SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? AFTER TALKING, WHAT THEY'RE DOING ON THE GROUND IN THEIR STATES AND HOW PEOPLE ARE RESPONDING IS FUNCTIONALLY EQUIVALENT TO A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER THEY MIGHT NOT BE CALLING IT THAT, BUT HE SAYS AT LEAST IN THOSE TWO STATES, AND THOSE ARE THE ONLY TWO GOVERNORS HE HAS TALKED TO, HE FEELS CONFIDENT ú SUFFICIENT AT THIS POINT BUT THERE ARE ABOUT SEVEN STATES LEFT THAT HAVE NO STAY- AT-HOME ORDER

AND HE DOES SAY HE THINKS IT WOULD BE BETTER OFF IF EVERYBODY HAS ONE HE'S COMFORTABLE THAT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THOSE TWO STATES IN PARTICULAR IS ENOUGH >> I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT ANOTHER CONVERSATION BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE AND FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT? >> YES, SO THIS IS INTERESTING THE CORONAVIRUS BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER ON A PHONE CALL YOU WOULD NOT NORMALLY EXPECT TO HAVE A PHONE CALL

APPARENTLY THE PRESIDENT AND FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SPOKE ON THE PHONE YESTERDAY ABOUT THE FEDERAL RESPONSE FOR CORONAVIRUS NEITHER SIDE IS PROVIDING MANY DETAILS THE PRESIDENT SAID THE TWO OF THEM AGREED NOT TO SHARE PUBLICLY WHAT THEY TALKED ABOUT BUT THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT DID OFFER UP SOME OF HIS THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ON HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD RESPOND INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, PRESIDENT TRUMP DESCRIBED IT AS A WARM AND WONDERFUL CALL

HE SAID, I ALWAYS THOUGHT JOE BIDEN WAS A VERY NICE MAN HE'S A VERY NICE MAN HE ALSO DID NOT USE THE PHRASE, SLEEPY JOE BIDEN, WHEN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HIM AT THE WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY >> THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS AFTER ALL LET ME ASK YOU OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS, WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING THE STORY OF A NAVAL CAPTAIN WHO WAS REMOVED FROM HIS POST FOR A LETTER ABOUT COVID-19 ON HIS SHIP THAT LEAKED TO THE MEDIA

WE'VE HAD COMMENTS FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY WHO HAS SINCE BACKTRACKED THOSE COMMENTS TAKE US THROUGH EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED, WHAT THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY SAID, AND HOW THE WHITE HOUSE IS WEIGHING IN NOW >> YES THIS HAS BEEN QUITE THE SAGA AFTER THE CAPTAIN OF THAT SHIP, CAPTAIN BRETT CROZIER WAS FIRED LAST WEEK, WHEN HE LEFT THE SHIP, HE GOT THIS ROUND OF APPLAUSE, VERY VOCIFEROUS ROUND OF APPLAUSE FROM THE CREW ON THE SHIP

AND THEN THE ACTING SECRETARY OF THE NAVY WENT AND ADDRESSED THE CREW OVER THE PA SYSTEM OF THE BOAT AND REALLY DUMPED ON THE FORMER CAPTAIN OF THIS BOAT HE SAID THAT HE THINKS HE WAS EITHER TOO STUPID OR TOO NAIVE TO REALIZE THAT IF HE WROTE UP A LETTER DETAILING THE PROBLEMS WITH THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ON HIS SHIP, THAT WOULD NOT BE LEAKED TO THE MEDIA HE WENT AS FAR TO SAY THAT PERHAPS HE DID IT ON PURPOSE THAT DID NOT GO OVER WELL ON THE SHIP IN THIS AUDIO RECORDING THAT WAS LEAKED, AFTER HE USES THE WORD TOO NAIVE OR TOO STUPID, YOU CAN HEAR ONE OF THE SAILORS YELL OUT, WHAT THE F? QUESTIONING, WHAT IS HE SAYING? REALLY MISREADING THE AUDIENCE ON THE SHIP

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AT ANOTHER POINT, ANOTHER SAILOR SAYS, HE WAS JUST TRYING TO PROTECT US CLEAR VASE THAT DID NOT GO OVER WELL THE PRESIDENT WAS ASKED ABOUT IT HERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE THE PRESIDENT EVEN SAID, THOSE WERE SOME PRETTY ROUGH COMMENTS, I MIGHT HAVE TO GET INVOLVED HERE AND SEE WHAT'S GOING ON HE SAID, I HEARD THIS CAPTAIN WAS A REALLY GOOD GUY AND I DON'T WANT SOMEBODY'S CREW DESTROYED FOR A REALLY BAD DAY

THEN AFTER THAT A COUPLE OF HOURS LATER WE GET THIS APOLOGY FROM THE ACTING SECRETARY OF THE NAVY SAYING INDEED, HE DOES NOT THINK THAT HE IS NAIVE OR STUPID, AND REALLY BACKTRACKING ON WHAT HE SAID >> SO, BEN, I KNOW WE'VE GOT TO WRAP UP SOON LET ME ASK YOU, TO THINK THAT THE ACTING NAVY SECRETARY'S JOB AT THE MOMENT IS SAFE? >> IT'S HARD TO TELL CLEARLY THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT HAPPY WITH WHAT HE HEARD THAT THE ACTING SECRETARY OF THE NAVY SAID THE PRESIDENT DID NOT COME OUT AND CRITICIZE HIM DIRECTLY BUT CALLED IT A ROUGH STATEMENT, TOUGH WORDS, SAYING, YOU KNOW, THIS IS HARD FOR SOMEBODY'S FAMILY TO HEAR, I'M GOING TO GET INVOLVED IN THIS

I THINK ONCE THE ACTING SECRETARY OF THE NAVY GOT INVOLVED AND SAID I'M GOING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED HERE, I THINK HE GOT THE MESSAGE PRETTY QUICKLY THAT IT WAS TIME TO APOLOGIZE >> ALL RIGHT, BEN TRACY AT THE WHITE HOUSE, AS ALWAYS, WE THANK YOU >>> TURNING TO MICHIGAN WHERE TWO OF THE STATE'S LARGEST HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS REPORT HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE SUFFERING FROM SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 BETWEEN HENRY FORD AND BEAUMONT HEALTH, AT LEAST 220 EMPLOYEES INCLUDING 500 NURSES HAVE EITHER TESTED POSITIVE FOR OR HAVE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS IT IS NOT CLEAR WHETHER EMPLOYEES CONTRACTED THE VIRUS AT WORK OR THROUGH COMMUNITY SPREAD

IN A STATEMENT TO CBS NEWS, MONTEL SAID IT IS FOLLOWING CDC GUIDELINES AND ASKING EMPLOYEES WHO ARE UNWELL OR HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS TO STAY AT HOME FOR AT LEAST A WEEK WHERE THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE PAID AS OF THIS MORNING, THERE ARE OVER 17,000 CONFIRMED CASES STATE WIDE AND 727 PEOPLE HAVE DIED >>> OKLAHOMA WILL IMMEDIATELY RESUME MOST ABORTION PROCEDURES THAT'S AFTER A FEDERAL JUDGE LIFTED THE STATE'S TEMPORARY BAN ON THE PROCEDURE THE RULING COMES IN RESPONSE TO THE STATE'S BAN ON NON- ESSENTIAL PROCEDURES INCLUDING ABORTIONS BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC

IN A STATEMENT, THE JUDGE ARGUED THE ABORTION BAN CAUSE AN UNDUE BURDEN ON WOMEN AND WENT ON TO SAY THE STATE ACTED IN A, QUOTE, UNREASONABLE, ARBITRARY, AND OPPRESSIVE WAY WHEN OPPOSING THE BAN >>> TURNING TO THE 2020 RACE CIVIL RIGHTS ICON AND DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS JOHN LEWIS HAS ENDORSED FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN THE NEWS COMES AS VOTERS IN WISCONSIN HEAD TO THE POLLS SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE IN EFFECT AT POLLING STATIONS, BUT THE STATE'S DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR SAYS REPUBLICANS ARE FORCING PEOPLE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEIR HEALTH AND THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE

ED O'KEEFE EXPLAINS >> Reporter: IT'S NOT JUST THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ON THE BALLOT TODAY THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF LOCAL ELECTIONS IN THE COMPETITIVE STATE SUPREME COURT RACE AND WHAT'S GOING ON IN THIS KEY BATTLEGROUND STATE IN WISCONSIN COULD BE A PREVIEW OF THE COURT PLANS TO COME BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS NATIONWIDE OVER HOW TO VOTE AMID A PANDEMIC WISCONSIN IS UNDER A STAY AT HOME ORDER, AND REPUBLICAN DEMOCRAT TONY EVERS ASKED HIM TO RESCHEDULE THE PRIMER UNTIL EARLY JUNE OUT OF SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

GOP LEADERS AND EVENTUALLY THE STATE SUPREME COURT REFUSED LAST NIGHT, THE US SUPREME COURT ALSO STRUCK DOWN A PLAN TO ALLOW ABSENTEE BALLOTS TO BE ACCEPTED THROUGH NEXT MONTH THEY MUST BE PUT IN THE MAIL BY PRESENT DAY

BUT RESULTS OF TODAY'S VOTE WON'T BE POSTED UNTIL MONDAY, APRIL 13 FOUR OF THE COURTS LIBERAL VOTERS DISSENTED, JUST AS RUTH BADER GINSBURG SAYS THEY WILL HAVE TO ENDANGER THEIR OWN SAFETY OR LOSE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS CALLED THIS DECISION POTENTIALLY DEADLY BUT HE TRAILS FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IN POLLS IN WISCONSIN BY WIDE MARGINS HE ALSO TRAILS BY HUNDREDS OF DELEGATES IN THE RACE TO BE THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE

DESPITE THAT, THERE ARE NO SIGNS, YET, THAT SANDERS PLANS TO DROP OUT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE ANNE-MARIE? >>> FUNERAL HOMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE DEFINITELY FEELING THE PRESSURE AS THE CORONAVIRUS SPREADS IN THE EPICENTER, NEW YORK CITY, THERE IS A BACKLOG OF BODIES ONE OF OUR REPORTERS ACTUALLY SPOKE TO FUNERAL DIRECTORS IN NEW YORK CITY TO FIND OUT HOW THEY ARE COPING WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO HELP THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES? WE ARE GOING TO TALK WITH HIM AFTER THE BREAK, SO STICK AROUND

YOU ARE STREAMING CBSN CBS NEWS, ALWAYS ON >>> BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON IS NOW IN THE ICU THIS COMES TWO WEEKS AFTER HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS HE IS 55 YEARS OLD, AND HE WAS PLACED IN INTENSIVE CARE LAST NIGHT AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED EARLIER THIS WEEK

DOWNING STREET SAYS JOHNSON IS NOT ON A VENTILATOR, BUT HE IS RECEIVING OXYGEN TREATMENT CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE UK HAVE SOARED TO NEARLY 52,000, MORE THAN 5000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED AS THE COUNTRY WORKS TO GET THE CRISIS UNDER CONTROL >> FOR MORE ON THIS, LET'S BRING IN ELIZABETH PALMER SHE'S JOINING US NOW FROM LONDON SO, WHAT IS THE LATEST ON THE PRIME MINISTER'S CONDITIONS? OFFICIALS HAVE SAID HIS SYMPTOMS HAVE WORSENED OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS

OR HAVE THEY SAID THAT? >> THEY SAID WHEN HE WAS MOVED TO THE ICU, YESTERDAY, HIS DOCTORS SAID THEY ADVISED THAT BECAUSE HIS CONDITION HAD WORSENED THEY DIDN'T SPECIFY, BUT WE CAN INFER THAT HE WAS HAVING BREATHING DIFFICULTIES NOW WE KNOW THAT HE'S NOT ON A VENTILATOR BUT HE APPARETLY WAS MOVED INTO THE ICU IN CASE HE NEEDED A VENTILATOR >> SO THEN WHAT ABOUT THE WORK OF RUNNING THE COUNTRY? IS HE ABLE TO DO HIS JOB FROM THE ICU? >> HE FORMALLY HANDED OVER THE KEY DECISIONS TO THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, DOMINIC RAAB

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER'S JOB OR ROLE IN THE UK GOVERNMENT, AND SO FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, MR RAAB WILL CHAIR THE MEETINGS, BUT THE CABINET WILL OPERATE ON CONSENSUS, OR AT LEAST MAKE DECISIONS AS A RESULT OF DISCUSSION THAT WILL GET US THROUGH, I SUPPOSE, EVERYBODY IS WONDERING WHEN THE BIG DECISION COMES, AND THE ONE THAT'S LOOMING IS, HOW DO WE GET OUT OF THIS LOCKDOWN? WHAT'S THE EXIT STRATEGY? IT WOULD BE MUCH PREFERABLE TO HAVE MR JOHNSON BACK IN FORM, AND WELL ENOUGH TO PARTICIPATE, BUT OF COURSE, NOBODY KNOWS EXACTLY HOW THIS IS GOING TO GO >> LIZ, I KNOW THAT THE QUEEN, WHEN SHE DELIVERED HER VERY INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, THAT IT WAS JUST AN HOUR AFTER THE QUEEN'S SPEECH THAT THE NEWS CAME OF THE PRIME MINISTER'S PREDICAMENT

I WONDER, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THE CABIN AND WAS INFORMED THAT BORIS JOHNSON WAS BEING MOVED TO INTENSIVE CARE? >> THE QUEEN'S SPEECH, I SHOULD JUST SAY, WAS RECORDED SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE HAND >> OH, THAT'S GOOD TO KNOW THAT >> I ASSUME THAT THE QUEEN WASN'T TOLD YES BUT, YES, THE CABINET WAS GIVEN THE BARE-BONES OF THE NEWS THAT HE HAD WORSENED, AND HE WAS GOING INTO INTENSIVE CARE

AND IT'S INTERESTING THEY HAVE UNDERPLAYED THE SERIOUSNESS OF MR JOHNSON'S CONDITION, ALL LAST WEEK AND HE, HIMSELF, MADE A COUPLE OF TWITTER VIDEOS WHERE HE DIDN'T LOOK WELL, BUT HE WAS OBVIOUSLY WELL ENOUGH TO SPEAK TO THE COUNTRY AND SAY, LOOK, STAY THE COURSE, THIS IS WORKING, THE LOCKDOWN IS WORKING AND SO ON AND THEN WHEN HE WAS SENT TO THE HOSPITAL, IT WAS DESCRIBED AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE

SO THEY WERE TRYING NOT TO ALARM PEOPLE, WHICH IS UNDERSTANDABLE, BUT SOME OF THE CRITICS HERE HAVE BEEN SAYING, LISTEN, YOU MISSED AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY, EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY, NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, IS SUSCEPTIBLE , IT HAS HAPPENED TO THE PRIME MINISTER HE IS SERIOUSLY ILL, HE'S IN THE HOSPITAL THIS IS THE TIME FOR ALL OF YOU TO BEAR DOWN AND REALLY COOPERATE, BECAUSE THIS DISEASE DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE IN THE LONG RUN IT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING IN THE BRIEFING THIS AFTERNOON — THEY HAVE REGULAR BRIEFINGS IN THE AFTERNOON IN ONE OR ANOTHER, OR ONE OF THE CABINET MEMBERS SPEAK

MAYBE THERE WILL BE A STEP CHANGE IN TONE, BECAUSE IT'S REALLY VERY WORRISOME THAT MR JOHNSON HAS ENDED UP IN THE CRITICAL CARE UNIT >> IT IS INDEED >> WHEN IT COMES TO THE UK RESPONSE — >> SORRY WHEN IT COMES TO THE UK RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, GIVE US A BIT OF A SNAPSHOT

YOU KNOW, HERE IN THE US, WE ARE STILL DEALING WITH SOME SHORTAGES WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTIVE GEAR, CONCERNS ABOUT VENTILATORS, WHETHER OR NOT THERE WILL BE ENOUGH ONCE THIS COUNTRY REACHES THE APEX AND OF COURSE, CONCERNS ABOUT TESTING WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE UK? >> WE ARE UNDER, YOU MIGHT CALL IT, A LIBERAL LOCKDOWN

SO PEOPLE ARE OUT AND ABOUT AS YOU CAN SEE IN HIS GLORIOUS SPRING WEATHER PEOPLE ARE OUT EXERCISING, THEY ARE ALLOWED TO WALK AROUND, THEY CAN GO TO GROCERY STORES AND PHARMACIES THAT SEEMS TO BE WORKING IT LOOKED AS THOUGH THE NUMBER OF DEATHS WAS PLATEAUING AND OVER THE WEEKEND, EVERYBODY GOT THEIR HOPES UP

HOWEVER, THAT SEEMS TO BE A GLITCH TODAY'S NUMBERS WERE AS BAD AS LAST WEEK'S 750 DEATHS SO IT MAY BE LEVELING, BUT IS STILL RISING AT THE VERY BEGINNING, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WAS TRYING TO IDENTIFY EVERY SINGLE PERSON WITH SYMPTOMS AND DO THE CONTACT TRACING THAT HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL IN SOUTH KOREA, BUT THEY LOST CONTROL OF IT VERY QUICKLY

SINCE THEN, THEY'VE ONLY BEEN TESTING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO HOSPITAL THERE IS CLEARLY A HUGE SHORTAGE OF RELIABLE TEST KITS, ALTHOUGH THEY DO SAY THEY WILL BE TESTING 100,000 PEOPLE A DAY BY THE END OF THE MONTH, ALTHOUGH BY THEN, WE MAY BE OVER THE WORST OF IT SO THEY WERE PRETTY SLOW OFF THE MARK AS FOR VENTILATORS AND HOSPITAL CAPACITY, THE NEWS THERE IS MUCH BETTER THERE WERE THESE POP UP EMERGENCY HOSPITALS BILLS HERE, AS I KNOW YOU'VE HAD IN THE UNITED STATES, AND SO FAR, THERE ARE MANY EMPTY BEDS IN THOSE

SO IT DOESN'T LOOK AS IF THE CRITICAL CARE FACILITIES WILL BE OVERWHELMED, AT LEAST NOT YET AS FOR VENTILATORS, THERE IS A SHORTAGE, BUT THE MOOD MUSIC FROM THE MEDICAL OFFICER IS THAT THEY THINK THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MEET THE NEED AS IT GROWS AS FOR THE PEAK, THEY WERE THINKING MAYBE OVER EASTER WEEKEND, BUT OF COURSE, IT HAS BEEN UNPREDICTABLE AND THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN DISAPPOINTING TIME AFTER TIME, SO NOBODY IS GUESSING, JUST QUIETLY HOPING >> ALL RIGHT, LIZ, THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH FOR THAT UPDATE, AND OF COURSE, WE ARE SENDING POSITIVE ENERGY TO THE PM THERE

>>> AND ALSO A NOTE ON QUEEN ELIZABETH WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT? THERE IS MAGIC IN TELEVISION WE CAN RECORD THINGS BEFORE THEY ACTUALLY AIR HE APPRECIATED AS ALWAYS >>> JAPAN HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY OVER THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC THAT IS SET TO LAST FOR AT LEAST A MONTH

THIS COMES AS SOME OF THE HOSPITALS IN THE BIGGEST CITIES START TO DEAL WITH PATIENTS BATTLING THE CORONAVIRUS THERE ARE 4000 CASES CONFIRMED IN JAPAN, AND 91 PEOPLE HAVE DIED RAMY INOCENCIO IS FOLLOWING THE NEWS IN LONDON >> Reporter: LIFE WILL CHANGE IN JAPAN AS MUCH AS ITS CITIZENS WILL FOLLOW THE STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION THAT'S BECAUSE IT DOESN'T ALLOW FOR THE KIND OF FORCE LOCKDOWNS WE HAVE SEEN IN MANY OTHER COUNTRIES FROM CHINA, INDIA, THE PHILIPPINES, FRANCE, AND ITALY

IT DOES EMPOWER LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO DEMAND CITIZENS STAY HOME, BUT THERE IS STILL NO LEGAL STANDING TO REALLY FORCE THEM TO STAY INSIDE SO TOKYO'S STREETS ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER P FACTORS UNDER THIS DECLARATION COULD STILL SEE MANY PEOPLE WALKING AROUND AS WELL AS MANY CARS STILL ON THOSE ROADS UNDER THAT DECLARATION, BUSINESSES AND VENUES CAN BE ASKED TO CLOSE, TOO DEPARTMENT STORES, MOVIE THEATERS, AND SPORTS STADIUMS OF COURSE, THE MORE THAT ARE CLOSED, THE LESS REASON PEOPLE HAVE TO BE OUT

SERVICES CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL, THOUGH, THOSE WILL STAY OPEN THAT INCLUDES SUPERMARKETS, PHARMACIES, AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT THOSE COULD RUN UNLIMITED SCHEDULES THE GOVERNMENT COULD ALSO SEIZE LAND TO SET UP EMERGENCY MEDICAL FACILITIES AND SET UP MEDICAL SUPPLIES LIKE MASKS IF THEY DEEM THAT NECESSARY GEOGRAPHICALLY, THE CURRENT DECLARATION DOESN'T APPLY TO ALL OF JAPAN

IT DOES AFFECT TOKYO IN THREE SURROUNDING PREFECTURES YOU COULD THINK OF THEM AS JURISDICTIONS, SIMILAR TO US STATES AN ESTIMATED 35 MILLION PEOPLE FALL UNDER THAT

THAT MEANS ABOUT ONE OUT OF FOUR PEOPLE IN JAPAN ARE AFFECTED >>> BY THE WAY, AN INTERESTING TECHNOLOGICAL NOTE ABOUT ADAPTING TO LIFE HERE IT IS SPRING, GRADUATION SEASON ONE UNIVERSITY USED REMOTE CONTROL ROBOTS THAT'S RIGHT, ROBOTS

THAT LET STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM THE SAFE AND SOCIAL DISTANCE OF THEIR HOMES THOSE AVATARS WERE DRESSED IN CAPS AND GOWNS, AND EACH ROBOT HAD A TABLET OF COURSE WHICH EACH OF THE STUDENT'S FACES BUT THE ANXIETY IS REAL AND RISING AND ON TWITTER, THE PHRASE, ESCAPE FROM TOKYO WAS TRENDING TODAY THE GOVERNMENT HAS ASKED PEOPLE TO STAY WHERE THEY ARE TO TRY TO STOP THE INFECTION FROM SPREADING, BUT BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THAT STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION, THEY CAN ONLY ASK

RAMY INOCENCIO, CBS NEWS, TOKYO >>> A STRICT LOCKDOWN IS UNDERWAY IN ISRAEL AHEAD OF PASSOVER, THIS IS THE HOLY WEEK FOR BOTH JEWS AND CHRISTIANS PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU ANNOUNCED TOUGH RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC MOVEMENT AND CITIES UNTIL FRIDAY MORNING THE JEWISH HOLIDAY, WHICH IS OBSERVED OVER THE COURSE OF A WEEK, BEGINS TOMORROW EVENING

AND OFFICIALS FEAR PEOPLE WILL STILL HOLD CUSTOMARY LARGE GATHERINGS DESPITE THE GROWING VIRUS THREAT TOUGH LOCKDOWNS HAS BEEN IN PLACE THE ULTRA-ORTHODOX COMMUNITIES WERE CASE NUMBER SUSPECT ISRAEL'S MILITARY IS ALSO HELPING AND FORCE THE NEW RESTRICTIONS >>> ITALY IS SEEING SIGNS OF PROGRESS AS A COUNTRY WANTS TO CRACKDOWN ON THE CORONAVIRUS

OFFICIALS REPORTED THE SMALLEST DAY TODAY CASES YESTERDAY WITH 3600 NEW INFECTIONS MORE THAN 16,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM THE VIRUS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT NEW REPORTS SUGGEST THAT NUMBER MIGHT BE UNDERESTIMATED WE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CONDITIONS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF ITALY VICTIM AFTER VICTIM, 33 AT THIS NURSING HOME THE HOUSEKEEPER WHO LEFT WALKS IN THE GARDEN, JULIO, A CARPENTER AND BOOKWORM

THESE ARE THE EMPTY BEDS THAT USED TO BELONG TO PATIENTS WHO DIED OF COVID-19, DOCTORS SAY BUT THE UNNERVING THING IS THAT THEY WEREN'T TESTED BEFORE THEY DIED, SO THEY DON'T APPEAR IN THE OFFICIAL NUMBER OF COVID-19 DEATHS IN ITALY THE VIRUS STRUCK SO HARD AND SO FAST, THEY NEVER MADE IT TO A HOSPITAL, AND IT'S ONLY THOSE WHO DIE IN HOSPITALS THAT ARE COUNTED IN THE NATIONAL TALLY EVEN AUTHORITIES ACKNOWLEDGE THE ACTUAL DEATH TOLL MAY BE MUCH HIGHER >> WE CALL THAT A TSUNAMI

>> A TSUNAMI >> Reporter: A TSUNAMI THAT KILLED THREE RESIDENTS PER DAY AT ITS PEAK IT COULD STILL STRIKE 52 SURVIVING RESIDENTS >> BUT HAVE THEY BEEN TESTED? >> Reporter: NO, AND NEITHER HAVE WE, SHE TELLS ME I MIGHT HAVE COBIT, TOO

TWO COWORKERS HAVE DIED, AND MANY OTHERS ARE HOMESICK AND IT'S AT HOME WHERE UNTOLD VICTIMS ALSO DIED, UNTESTED, AND UNCOUNTED, LIKE ALESSANDRO BOLLEMELLI POLICE ARE QUICK TO COLLECT HIS OXYGEN TANKS, NOW IN SHORT SUPPLY DISEASE IS WIPING OUT THE GENERATION THAT BUILT EVERYTHING AROUND US, SAYS HIS SON >> WERE YOU AND YOUR FATHER OR ANYONE AT YOUR HOME TESTED FOR COVID-19? >> NO

>> Reporter: UNDERREPORTING THE NUMBER OF DEAD IS COMMON, EVEN IN A TOWN WHICH ALREADY HAS THE HIGHEST PER CAPITA DEATH RATE IN THE COUNTRY WE SPOKE TO THE MAYOR WHO CRUNCHED THE NUMBERS >> SO, WHAT'S THE DEATH TOLL? >> Reporter: ACCORDING TO OUR ANALYSIS, IT'S FOUR TIMES HIGHER MOST DEBTS SIMPLY AREN'T COUNTED, HE SAYS, BUT THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS LEFT BEHIND BELIEVE EVERY LIFE MATTERS AND NEEDS TO BE REMEMBERED >>> CARDINAL GEORGE PELL IS FREE FROM PRISON AFTER AUSTRALIA'S HIGHEST COURT OVERTURNED HIS HISTORIC SEX ABUSE CONVICTION

THE HIGH COURT IS SAYING, IN PART, REASONABLE DOUBT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED DURING THE APPEAL THE FORMER VATICAN TREASURER WAS RELEASED YESTERDAY THE RULING ENDS A FIVE-YEAR LEGAL BATTLE THAT STARTED WHEN A MAN ACCUSED HIM OF ABUSING HIM AS A CHILD IN THE MID- 1990S AS PART OF THE DECISION, THE CARDINAL'S NAME WILL BE REMOVED FROM AUSTRALIA'S CHILD SEX OFFENDER REGISTER PELL WAS THE HIGHEST RANKING CATHOLIC OFFICIAL TO EVER BE PUBLICLY ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING CHILDREN

UNDER AUSTRALIAN LAW, THE RULING CANNOT BE CHALLENGED >>> STEPHANIE GRISHAM HAS STEPPED DOWN AS WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY GRISHAM WILL RETURN TO THE FIRST LADY'S OFFICE, SERVING AS MELANIA TRUMP'S CHIEF OF STAFF AND SPOKESPERSON EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY SHE NEVER HELD A FORMAL PRESS BRIEFING DURING HER NINE MONTHS AS PRESS SECRETARY CBS NEWS HAS CONFIRMED THAT KAYLEE McINERNEY WILL TAKE OVER AS PRESS SECRETARY

>>> COMING UP AFTER THE BREAK, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CORONAVIRUS TESTS ARE GOING UNPROCESSED, AS LABS STRUGGLE TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND WE TELL YOU WHAT THAT MEANS FOR THOSE STILL WAITING FOR ANSWERS STAY WITH US YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN CBS NEWS, ALWAYS ON

>>> THE FUNERAL INDUSTRY IS STRUGGLIN TO KEEP UP WITH THE RAPIDLY INCREASING DEATH TOLL CAUSED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ALREADY, AROUND 11,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM THE VIRUS IN THE UNITED STATES, AND TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE LIVES ARE PROJECTED TO BE LOST THE NUMBERS HAVE CREATED AN UNPRECEDENTED BOTTLENECK AT MORGUES, FUNERAL HOMES, AND CEMETERIES >> WE SPOKE WITH SEVERAL FUNERAL DIRECTORS IN NEW YORK CITY, WHICH IS THE EPIDEMIC OF THE OUTBREAK HERE IN THE US

GRAHAM, I REMEMBER MAYBE IT WAS LAST WEEK OR A WEEK BEFORE, THE PRESIDENT TALKING ABOUT ELMHURST HOSPITAL IN QUEENS, SAID HE WAS REALLY FAMILIAR WITH IT HE SAW A VIDEO OF WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS BODY BAGS LYING IN THE HALLWAY, AND FREEZER TRUCKS COMING IN BECAUSE OF A MORGUE OVERFLOW AND YOU COULD REALLY TELL THAT HE WAS RATTLED BY THOSE IMAGES AFTER THOSE BODY BAGS LEAVE THE HOSPITAL, THEY HAVE TO GO TO AREA MORGUES, THEY HAVE TO GO TO AREA FUNERAL HOMES HOW ARE MORGUES AND FUNERAL HOMES IN NEW YORK COPING? >> THEY'RE OVERFLOWING

THINK OF FUNERAL DIRECTORS AS THE END OF THE FRONT LINE IN TERMS OF THOSE WHO HAVE TO DIRECTLY INTERACT WITH INTERACTING THOSE WHO CAUGHT THE VIRUS AND COULD STILL PASS IT ON THROUGH RESPIRATORY MICROBES LIKE WE SAID, WE HAVE MORE CASES THAN WE CAN HAND OFF AND JUST LIKE THE HOSPITALS WERE RUNNING SHORT ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, THEY POINT OUT, FIELD DIRECTORS ARE GOING TO BE THE LAST IN THE LINE OF THOSE FRONT-LINE WORKERS TO GET THAT EQUIPMENT, BECAUSE IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO GET TO MEDICAL WORKERS, FIRST >> AND, GRAHAM, FUNERAL HOMES ARE ALSO ENFORCING SOCIAL DISTANCING HOW IS THAT CHANGING THE NATURE OF WHAT THEY DO? >> THE BUSINESS MODEL HAS COMPLETELY CHANGED

IN MANY CASES, THE BODIES ARE GOING STRAIGHT TO THEIR CREMATORIUM, OR STRAIGHT TO THE MORGUE WITHOUT LOVED ONES BEING ABLE TO PAY RESPECT TO THEIR LOVED ONES, LIKE STANDING IN FRONT OF A CASKET OR TAKING THEIR TIME THERE AND OTHER CASES WHERE THERE IS ABLE TO BE A SERVICE AT A FUNERAL HOME, THERE ARE THESE STRICT RULES THAT GET PUT INTO PLACE THERE ARE SHIFTS, FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE CAN COME IN AT A TIME, AND THEN THE NEXT FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE IT ALL HAS TO BE VERY ORDERLY AND VERY SUPERVISED AND OF COURSE, THERE ARE VIRTUAL SERVICES

SO THAT PEOPLE GATHERING OVER MORE FACE TIME, BUT NOT GETTING TO DO THAT PERSONAL SERVICE THAT WE ARE USED TO SEEING AND FOR THE FUNERAL DIRECTORS, THEY SAID THAT'S ACTUALLY REALLY HARD YOU DON'T GET INTO THE FUNERAL BUSINESS IF YOU'RE NOT TRYING TO GIVE PEOPLE, LIKE, A REALLY GOOD CHANCE TO GRIEVE IN THE WAY THAT YOU HAVE COME TO EXPECT RIGHT NOW, THEY HAVE TO SAY TO PEOPLE, WE CAN'T DO IT THE WAY THAT YOU'D BE ABLE TO EXPECT TO DO IT FOR THIS PERSON OR THAT PERSON MAY HAVE HOPED TO HAVE HAD, BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE THE BEST OF IT RIGHT NOW >> YEAH, I THINK IT'S A REALLY GOOD POINT TO BRING UP, GRAHAM, THAT FOR FUNERAL DIRECTORS, SORT OF MANAGING AND TAKING CARE OF THE BODY IS ONE THING, BUT THEY ALSO REALLY, REALLY FOCUS ON BEING SUPPORTIVE, ON BEING HONORABLE, ON STEPPING IN WHEN PERHAPS A FAMILY IS STEPPING APART AND BEING A STUDYING, STABILIZING FORCE

AND MUCH OF THAT HAS TO DO WITH PROBABLY BEING INTIMATE, TOUCHING SOMEONE, HUGGING SOMEONE WHEN THEY NEED A HUG, GIVING THEM A HANDKERCHIEF WHEN THEY ARE CRYING THEY CAN'T DO ANY OF THAT STUFF THEN THERE IS THE BASIC, KIND OF, LIKE I SAID, MANAGING THE BODIES, BUT SORT OF THE BASIC THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO DO, LIKE FINDING A PLACE FOR THE BODY TO GO CEMETERY PLOT ARE THERE ENOUGH CEMETERY PLOTS? >> SO I DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE A NUMBER ON THE NUMBER OF CEMETERY PLOTS IN NEW YORK

BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THEY ARE COMING IN SO FAST THAT YESTERDAY FOR INSTANCE, THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT, WELL, WE HAVE TO CREATE TEMPORARY INTERNET SITES AND THERE WERE SOME ARGUMENTS BETWEEN OFFICIALS ABOUT WHETHER THAT WILL HAPPEN NEW YORK CITY ACTUALLY HAS AN ISLAND THAT OVER THE COURSE OF ABOUT TWO CENTURIES THEY HAVE USED AS A POTTER'S FIELD THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME THAT IT'S NOT JUST FOR UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE, THEY WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT USING THAT, FOR JUST THE OVERFLOW OF BODIES AND OF COURSE, THERE HAS BEEN SOME ARGUMENT ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THE CITY IS ACTUALLY CONSIDERING THAT

BUT YOU DID HAVE MULTIPLE úOFFI LONG RUN, THIS IS A PLAN WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD AND WE HAVE JUST NEVER ACTUALLY HAD IMPLEMENTED BEFORE AND THEN WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT WHERE THERE ARE FUNERAL SERVICES, THESE GUYS ARE ALL EXHAUSTED THEY'RE SAYING, WE ARE NOT EVEN SLEEPING BECAUSE IT'S JUST FUNERAL AFTER FUNERAL AFTER FUNERAL WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO AS GREAT AS WE CAN, AND THAT TAKES TIME >> LET ME ASK YOU, I MEAN, FUNERAL DIRECTORS, PEOPLE WHO WORK IN MORGUES, THEY ARE ESSENTIAL SERVICES, BUT, WHERE ARE THEY IN THE LINE TO RECEIVE PROTECTIVE GEAR? >> THEY SAY THEY ARE AT THE END OF THE LINE, AND THEY SAY THEY UNDERSTAND THAT, RIGHT? I SPOKE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK STATE FUNERAL DIRECTORS' ASSOCIATION, AND HE SAID, I UNDERSTAND THAT HOSPITAL WORKERS AND MEDICAL EMPLOYEES NEED THE PPE, THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

BUT HE SAID, WE NEED IT, TOO, AND WE ARE THE LAST ONES TO GET IT AND EVERY FUNERAL DIRECTOR THAT I HAVE SPOKEN TO SAID, I STILL NEED SOME SUPPLY, BUT I AM RUNNING LOW, AND I CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHERE I'M GOING TO GET THE NEXT SHIPMENT YOU CONTACT THE PLACES THAT SELL THEM, AND YOU SAY YOU ARE NOW ON THE LIST, BUT THERE IS NO ESTIMATE FOR WHEN YOU MIGHT GET IT THEY ARE RELYING ON THEIR STATE ASSOCIATION TO FIGURE OUT WHERE TO GET A VERY LARGE SUPPLY OF MASKS AND GLOVES AND ALL OF THAT EQUIPMENT THAT YOU SEE MEDICAL PERSONNEL WEAR AND HE TOLD ME, YOU KNOW, EVEN MY NORMAL SUPPLIERS ARE SAYING, YOU ARE NOT THE MAIN PRIORITY RIGHT NOW

>> WOW WELL, GRAHAM, THANK YOU SO MUCH THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS THAT THIS VIRUS IMPACTS THE WAY THAT WE LIVE, THINGS WE HAVE TAKEN GRANTED OUT WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR REPORTING THANKS

>> THANK YOU >>> SO THE US SURGEON GENERAL SAYS EFFORTS TO FLATTEN THE CURB APPEARED TO BE MAKING A DIFFERENCE HE'S TALKING ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING

HE INSISTS IT IS STILL VERY, VERY CRUCIAL AND IMPORTANT, AND ALSO SAYS THAT THE COUNTRY NEEDS TO DO A MUCH BETTER JOB WHEN IT COMES TO TESTING DR JEROME ADAMS SPOKE ABOUT THIS ON CBS THIS MORNING >> I STARTED OFF THE WEEK TELLING AMERICANS THAT THIS WAS GOING TO BE A REALLY ROUGH WEEK, BUT I ALSO WANTED AMERICANS TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN WE HAVE DEALT WITH TOUGH TIMES IN THE PAST, THE COUNTRY HAS RALLIED WHAT WE ARE SEEING NOW IS, THE COUNTRY HAS RALLIED

WE ARE SEEING NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY HAVE HOSPITALIZATIONS LEVEL OFF AND START TO COME DOWN DEATHS ARE STARTING TO SLOW DOWN AND LEVEL OFF THAT'S IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT TELLS US MITIGATION IS WORKING IT TELLS US WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DOING BY STAYING HOME, BUT SOCIAL DISTANCING, BY PRACTICING GOOD HYGIENE IN THE 30 DAY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICA AND THEY ARE ACTUALLY EFFECTIVE AND WILL HELP US GET THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS UNFORTUNATE TRAGEDY >> DR

ADAMS, HOW CAN WE BE SURE THAT MITIGATION IS WORKING AS WELL AS WE HOPE IT TO BE WORKING, WHEN WE DON'T KNOW, TO PUT IT PLAINLY, HOW MANY AMERICANS ACTUALLY HAVE THIS VIRUS, BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE WIDESPREAD TESTING? SO TO PUT IT BLUNTLY, HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN WE ARE IN THE CLEAR AND CAN GET BACK TO NORMAL IF WE DON'T KNOW HOW WIDESPREAD THIS IS? >> THERE ARE TWO QUESTIONS I WILL QUICKLY UNPACK BOTH OF THEM THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE KNOW MITIGATION IS WORKING BECAUSE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE CURVE OF WASHINGTON AND CALIFORNIA, WE SAY THEY HAVE BEEN VERY FLAT THAT IS CONFIDENTIAL WITH THEM INSTITUTING AGGRESSIVE MITIGATION WE SEE ITALY AND SPAIN DOWN ON THE DOWN SLOPES OF THEIR CURVES, COINCIDENT WITH THEM STARTING MITIGATION

SO WE KNOW THAT MITIGATION IS WORKING YOU MENTIONED TESTING TESTING IS A CONCERN WE WILL BE AT 2 MILLION TESTS THIS WEEK AND IT IS RAPIDLY RAMPING UP WITH THE COMMERCIAL INDUSTRY ON BOARD WE ARE SEEING MORE PEOPLE DOING ANTIBODY TESTING

WHAT I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW IS, I SPOKE WITH THE ADMIRAL, I SPEAK WITH HIM EVERY DAY HE ASSURES ME THAT BY THE END OF THE MONTH, WE SHOULD NOT ONLY BE DOING JUST DIAGNOSTIC TESTING, BUT ALSO HAVING GOOD SURVEILLANCE TESTING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 2 MILLION PEOPLE BY THE END OF THIS WEEK, WE ARE GETTING REALLY CLOSE TO SOUTH KOREA'S INITIAL TESTING SEARCH NUMBERS, AND WE ARE DOING SURVEILLANCE TESTING IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WHERE THEY HAVEN'T SEEN A BIG INCREASE IN CASES WE ARE NOT THERE, YET, BUT WE ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION >> AND OF COURSE, THAT SURVEILLANCE TESTING IS SO IMPORTANT

I WANT TO TOUCH ON ANOTHER POINT OF CONCERN THAT IS THE DEATH RATE AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN LOUISIANA, WE HEARD THE GOVERNOR SAY 70% OF THE FATALITIES ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR IN CHICAGO, WE HEARD THE MAYOR SAY, MORE THAN 70% YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT, AND SHOULD THE CDC OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BE TRACKING THIS VIRUS DEMOGRAPHICALLY TO WARN PEOPLE? >> WELL, ABSOLUTELY

THE CDC AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE AND ARE TRACKING THIS VIRUS AND TRYING TO BREAK IT DOWN BY DIFFERENT DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS TO TRY TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND MY OFFICE, LONG BEFORE COVID- 19, HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT HEALTH EQUITY HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE NEED TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHEN THEY'RE AT RISK WHEN YOU LOOK AT BEING BLACK IN AMERICA, PEOPLE UNFORTUNATELY ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE OF LOW SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS WHICH MAKES IT HARDER TO SOCIAL DISTANCE NUMBER TWO, WE KNOW BLACKS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, LUNG DISEASE I SHARED MY SO PERFECTLY THAT I HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

I HAVE HEART DISEASE AND SPENT A WEEK IN THE ICU DUE TO A HEART CONDITION I ACTUALLY HAVE ASTHMA, AND I'M PREDIABETIC I REPRESENT THAT LEGACY OF GROWING UP POOR AND BLACK IN AMERICA, AND I, LIKE MANY AMERICANS, AND AT HIGHER RISK FOR COVID-19 THAT'S WHY WE NEED EVERYONE TO DO THEIR PART TO SLOW THE SPREAD >> DOCTOR, I IMAGINE IT IS FRUSTRATING FOR YOU TO HEAR THOSE NUMBERS

PEOPLE OF COLOR, AFRICAN- AMERICANS >> IT BREAKS MY HEART >> IT BREAKS YOUR HEART >> MY RECOMMENDATION IS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE AT RISK, YOU ARE NOT IMMUNE, AND MY RECOMMENDATION IS, TO ALL OF AMERICA, WE ARE DOING THIS NOT JUST TO PROTECT OURSELVES, BUT EACH OTHER EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO STAYS HOME WHETHER YOU ARE WHITE, BLACK, BROWN, OR YELLOW IS A PERSON WHO IS NOT SPREADING COVID AND A PERSON WHO CAN PROTECT THEIR NEIGHBORS

WHEN YOU WEAR A CLOTH FACIAL COVERING IF YOU GO OUTSIDE, YOU ARE DOING IT TO PROTECT YOUR NEIGHBOR NOW IS REALLY THE TIME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER AND SAY, LOOK I'M DOING THIS NOT JUST FOR ME AND MY FAMILY, BUT I'M DOING THIS FOR ALL OF THE COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND IT IS WORKING WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS WE ARE SEEING PROGRESS

BUT AMERICA HAS THE POWER TO TREAT THE TRAJECTORY OF THIS PANDEMIC THE PUBLIC REALLY NEEDS TO KEEP DOING THEIR PART >> AMERICA'S TOP DOCTOR FOR MORE INTERVIEWS LIKE THIS, STREAM "CBS'S MORNING" WEEKDAYS AT 7:00 EASTERN RIGHT HERE ON CBSN >>> THE HEALTH OF BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON HAS TAKEN A TURN FOR THE WORST AS HE CONTINUES TO BATTLE COVID- 19

WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THE LATEST ON HIS CONDITION AFTER A SHORT BREAK KEEP IT RIGHT HERE YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN >>> SO, COMMERCIAL LABS ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH THE INCREASED DEMAND FOR MORE CORONAVIRUS TESTING MANY STATES HAVE, SORT OF, INCREASE THEIR TESTING THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE STATE

MEANWHILE, THERE IS A BACKLOG THERE ARE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TESTS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN CONDUCTED, AND PEOPLE ARE AWAITING RESULTS HOSPITALS SAY THIS IS WASTING PRECIOUS RESOURCES JERICKA DUNCAN HAS MORE ON THAT >> I THINK YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON WITH YOUR BODY, AND THEN WHAT YOU MIGHT BE FACING, YOU KNOW, FURTHER AHEAD

>> Reporter: MIKE HOFFER SAYS HE WAS LEFT WITHOUT ANSWERS FOR EIGHT DAYS AFTER TAKING A COVID- 19 TEST >> YOU ARE IN THIS CONSTANT WORRY OF, YOU KNOW, IS HE GOING TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? IS HE GOING TO WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT GASPING FOR AIR? >> Reporter: HIS WIFE, LISA, SAID THE LACK OF INFORMATION ALSO LEFT FAMILY AND FRIENDS WONDERING IF THEY WERE EXPOSED IN THE MEANTIME >> NOT ONLY CAN WE NOT GET THE ANSWERS, BUT WE CAN'T GIVE ANSWERS TO EMPLOYERS, TO FRIENDS, TO FAMILY, PEOPLE WE HAD BEEN AROUND IN THE COUPLE OF WEEKS BEFORE >> Reporter: MIKE ABOUT THE BEST TEST WAS ADMINISTERED BY LOCAL URGENT CARE EVEN NATIONAL GROUPS LIKE LAB CORE ARE REPORTING TURN AROUND TIMES OF FOUR TO FIVE DAYS, AND QUEST DIAGNOSTICS TELLS "CBS THIS MORNING" IT IS STILL WORKING TO CLEAR 80,000 TESTS FROM ITS BACKLOG

THAT'S DOWN FROM 160,000 TESTS NEARLY TWO WEEKS AGO >> SHOULD THE PRIVATE LABORATORIES BE DOING MORE? >> I THINK EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BE DOING MORE PRIVATE LABS ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION MY SENSE IS THAT THEY ARE WORKING AS HARD AS THEY CAN >> Reporter: THE DIRECTOR OF THE HARVARD GLOBAL HEALTH INSTITUTE

>> WITHOUT TESTING, YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH DISEASE THERE IS YOU CAN'T ISOLATE PEOPLE WHO ARE INFECTED YOU CANT MAKE TREATMENT PLANS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INFECTED >> Reporter: HOSPITAL OFFICIALS SAY TESTING ALSO HELPS MANAGE RESOURCES, LIKE BED AVAILABILITY, AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, OR PPE >> WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO LAB TESTING, TURNAROUND TIME IS PPE

>> Reporter: DR JEFF BARRETT IS THE ACTING CHAIR OF LABORATORY MEDICINE AT UW MEDICINE IN SEATTLE HE SAYS THE HOSPITAL PENSKE IN- HOUSE TESTING CAN PROCESS RESULTS WITHIN HOURS, WHICH HELPS THEM SAVE VALUABLE RESOURCES >> FOR THE HOSPITALIZED PATIENT OR THE PATIENT EVALUATED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM OR THE CLINIC, WE NEED TO TREAT ALL OF THOSE PATIENTS WHEN THEY COME IN AS IF THEY HAVE IT, BECAUSE IF THEY DO, WE NEED TO BE PROTECTED AND IF THEY DON'T, WE CAN THEN RELAX OUR PPE STANDARDS AND TREAT THEM IN A MORE APPROPRIATE WAY

>> Reporter: BUT IT'S NOT JUST PRIVATE COMPANIES STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP AS OF SUNDAY, MORE THAN 14,000 PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA ARE AWAITING TEST RESULTS FROM BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC HEALTH LABS MANY OTHER STATES HAVE YET TO REPORT SPECIFIC NUMBERS ON TESTING BACKLOGS, AND INCONSISTENCIES BETWEEN STATES INSPIRED THE COVID TRACKING PROJECT, WHICH HELPS ALL DATA STATE-BY-STATE >> WE FEEL LIKE IF YOU ARE PART OF THE NATIONAL RESPONSE EPIDEMICS, YOU OWE THE NATION TRANSPARENCY WHAT WE NEED FROM THEM IS NOT PERFECTION, BUT TRANSPARENCY, HONESTY, AND OPENNESS

>> ALL RIGHT, LET'S BRING IN JERICKA DUNCAN TO TALK ABOUT THIS CURRENTLY, IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING THE RESULTS OF THIS TEST WHAT ARE COMMERCIAL LABS SAYING ABOUT THE BACKLOG? >> HAVE INCREASED THEIR TESTING CAPACITY AND I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT THESE TWO MAIN COMPANIES THAT WE LOOKED AT WITH QWEST AND LAB CORE, WHICH IN TOTAL RIGHT NOW HAVE PERFORMED OVER A MILLION TESTS, THEY WERE SORT OF THE FIRST ONES OUT OF THE GATE THAT FIRST WEEKEND IN MARCH, MARCH 5th, MARCH 9th, IS WHEN THOSE TESTING COMPANIES STARTED

AND I THINK AT FIRST THEY DID NOT REALIZE THE AMOUNT OF TESTING MATERIAL IT WAS GOING TO TAKE, AND THEY, IN FACT, WEREN'T GOING TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM ALL THOSE TESTS WITHIN THE FIVE TO SEVEN DAYS THEY WERE SAYING, THAT IT IS NOW FOUR TO FIVE DAYS ON AVERAGE TO GET THE RESULTS AFTER THIS STORY FIRST AIRED ON "CBS THIS MORNING," I HAVE RECEIVED A FEW TWEETS FROM PEOPLE SAYING, I RESULTS TOOK TWO WEEKS SOME ARE SAYING THEIR RESULTS TOOK THREE WEEKS I HAVE A CLOSE FRIEND OF MINE, WHOSE SISTER, SHE SAID, IS STILL WAITING HER RESULTS YOU ARE GOING TO FIND PEOPLE AND PLACES ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE WAITING FOR THE RESULTS

THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS TWO FOLD IT IS PEACE OF MIND AND NOT KNOWING BECAUSE YOU COULD THEN BE SPREADING IT OR INFECTING OTHER PEOPLE OR YOU START TO QUESTION WHO I MAY HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH AND THEN OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, THE MORE KNOWLEDGE WE KNOW ABOUT WHO IS INFECTED, THE BETTER WE CAN TREAT IT, ALTHOUGH MANY DOCTORS WILL TELL YOU THAT THE TREATMENT PLAN DOESN'T CHANGE, EVEN WHEN PEOPLE ARE POSITIVE FOR COVID- 19 A DOCTOR GENERALLY WILL TELL YOU TO STAY HOME AND SELF- QUARANTINE, OF COURSE, UNLESS YOU ARE HAVING RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS I PERSONALLY HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH THAT

I WAS NOT ABLE TO GET A TEST, BUT I KNOW THAT DUE TO THE SHORTAGE OF TESTS, THEY'RE TELLING PEOPLE, OF COURSE, GO HOME AND QUARANTINE, ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK CITY BUT THEY ARE GETTING A HANDLE ON THE BACKLOG I THINK IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF, AGAIN, IN THE BEGINNING, NOT JUST REALIZING HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE EXPECTED TO PERFORM IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME >> SO, WHAT ABOUT THE GENTLEMAN IN THE BEGINNING OF THAT STORY? MIKE HOFFER DID HE ACTUALLY EVER GET HIS RESULTS? >> THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION

HE DID GET HIS RESULTS, AND HE TESTED NEGATIVE BUT A DAY AFTER GETTING THE RESULTS, HIS SYMPTOMS GOT WORSE, HE HAD A TOUGH TIME BREATHING HE ACTUALLY WENT TO THE HOSPITAL, AND THEN THEY DECIDED TO TEST HIM THERE AGAIN AND HE TESTED POSITIVE SO THAT BECOMES A SEPARATE STORY OF PEOPLE WHO GET A TEST, AND IN FACT, THEY DO HAVE CORONAVIRUS, BUT MAYBE IT'S A FALSE NEGATIVE TEST SO I'M SURE WE WILL BE, YOU KNOW, LOOKING INTO THAT MORE

AND I'M SURE HE WENT BACK TO GET TREATMENT THE HOSPITAL TESTED HIM AND HE IN FACT DID HAVE CORONAVIRUS AS YOU SAW IN THE PIECE, HE IS DOING MUCH BETTER NOW >> THAT IS CERTAINLY GOOD NEWS >> WHAT WAS HIS FAMILY'S REACTION WHEN HE GOT THE TESTS BACK? SORRY, ANNE-MARIE

>> SAY THAT AGAIN, VLAD >> SORRY, THERE IS A DELAY I JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHAT HIS FAMILY HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE RESULTS OF THIS TEST WHEN THEY GOT THAT BACK? >> WELL AT FIRST, I THINK IT WAS SORT OF A RELIEF IT WAS THE IDEA OF THAT PIECE OF MIND BUT THEN IT IS BLANK

YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND PAY ATTENTION TO THOSE SYMPTOMS WE KEEP HEARING ABOUT AND THEN OF COURSE TO FIND OUT THAT YOUR RELATIVE DOES IN FACT HAVE CORONAVIRUS, WELL THEN EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY WHO HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH HIM AND HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY WAS NATURALLY CONCERNED AS FAR AS WE KNOW, EVERYONE IS FINE RIGHT NOW, BUT THEN, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S SO TRICKY ABOUT CORONAVIRUS IS, YOU COULD NOT SHOW SYMPTOMS FOR DAYS AT A TIME OR YOU COULD HAVE SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD THAT DOES HAVE SYMPTOMS, AND OTHER PEOPLE DO HAVE SYMPTOMS, OR THEY DON'T HAVE SYMPTOMS, AND THEN YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS SO I THINK IT JUST DEPENDS THE FAMILY IS DOING WELL

BUT WITHOUT A DOUBT, IT WAS FRUSTRATING FOR THEM AT THE BEGINNING TO NOT KNOW, THEN TO FIND OUT AND ONLY FIND OUT THAT IN FACT, MR HOFFER DID HAVE CORONAVIRUS >> I HOPE YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO FOLLOW UP ON THAT SECOND STORY THAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT, WHICH IS, THIS, YOU KNOW, FALSE-NEGATIVE OR MAYBE WHEN HE TESTED WEEKS AND WEEKS AGO HE DIDN'T HAVE IT, BUT IN THE MEANTIME, HE PICKED IT UP I THINK THAT'S A REALLY, REALLY INTERESTING STORY I CAN'T IMAGINE HOW NERVE- RACKING IT IS FOR HIS FAMILY

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING WITH US >> YEAH, IT'S ONE WE ARE WORKING ON, SO STAY TUNED >> GOOD, GOOD >>> SO IN THE MEANTIME, A NEW YORK DOCTOR IS HOPING THAT HER VERY CREATIVE VIDEO WILL GIVE PEOPLE A SENSE OF JUST HOW QUICKLY THE CORONAVIRUS CAN SPREAD JENNA DeANGELIS FROM OUR CBS NEW YORK STATION, WCBS, REPORTS ON THAT

>> A PERSON COMES INTO YOUR OFFICE OR INTO YOUR HOME, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS >> Reporter: USING PROPS AT LONG ISLAND OFFICE, AGELESS MD, THE DOCK OR WALKS US THROUGH JUST HOW FAST THE CORONAVIRUS CAN SPREAD >> A PERSON SNEEZES ALL OVER THE PLACE THIS IS COVID ON THE FLOOR >> Reporter: LATCHING ONTO ANYTHING IT CAN, FROM SOMEONE'S CREDIT CARD, TO THEIR DRINK, THE FLOOR, AND THE NEXT PERSON WHO WALKS IN

>> THIS IS COVID-19 ON MY SHOE >> TRACKING IT THROUGH YOUR HOUSE, IT GETS ON THE SURFACE AND IS WAITING FOR THE NEXT BODY TO COME AND INHALE IT >> Reporter: THAT'S WHERE SHE SAYS DISINFECTING YOUR SHOES, CLEANING SURFACES, AND OF COURSE, CONSTANTLY WASHING YOUR HANDS COMES IN >> WE HAVE TO STARVE THIS VIRUS THE ONLY WAY TO STARVE IT IS STAYING HOME

>> Reporter: BOARD CERTIFIED IN ANTIAGING AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE IS TRYING TO STRESS TO THE YOUNGER POPULATION — >> IF IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU, IT'S ABOUT GRANDMA, GRANDPA, AND YOUR PARENTS I'VE LOST TWO PATIENTS, 188, AND 184, AND VERY, VERY FAST >> Reporter: DEMONSTRATING HOW THE AGING CELL GETS ATTACKED, THIS TIME, USING EGGS >> THIS IS A YOUNG CELL HERE YOU SEE THE YOLK? THAT'S THE INSIDE OF THE CELL

THE OUTSIDE IS CALLED THE LIPID LAYER EVERY SINGLE CELL IN YOUR BODY HAS A LIPID LAYER TO PROTECT YOU A YOUNGER CELL HAS A PROTECTION AN OLDER CELL, IF YOU LOOK AT THIS YOLK, DOESN'T HAVE THAT PROTECTION, SO LOOK WHAT HAPPENS ALREADY COVID GOES IN THERE AND IT DESTROYS THE CELL

>> Reporter: SHE'S HOPING HER TWO VIDEOS WILL SEND ONE MAIN MESSAGE >> WORK TOGETHER ON THIS IT IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY >> Reporter: TO STOP THE SPREAD BY STAYING HOME JENNA DeANGELIS, CBS 2 NEWS

>> SO THAT VIDEO ALMOST REMINDS ME A LITTLE BIT OF, DO YOU REMEMBER THE WAR ON DRUGS VIDEO? THIS IS YOUR BRAIN, THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON DRUGS WITH A FRYING PAN THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT AN EGG AND A FRYING PAN IT IS VERY, VERY VIVID HOPEFULLY PEOPLE GET THE MESSAGE >>> IN THE MID-TIME, WE'VE GOT SOME BREAKING NEWS FOR YOU

>> I REMEMBER THAT VIDEO OFTEN >> YEAH, RIGHT, RIGHT I'M SURE IT WORKS CLEAN AND SOBER >>> SO, WE'VE GOT SOME BREAKING NEWS FOR YOU

STEPHANIE GRISHAM HAS STEPPED DOWN AS THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY WE JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS TODAY THE NEWS COMES AS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NEW CHIEF OF STAFF REORGANIZES THE STAFF IN PARTS OF THE WEST WING GRISHAM WILL RETURN TO THE FIRST LADY'S OFFICE, SERVING AS MELANIA TRUMP'S CHIEF OF STAFF AND SPOKESPERSON EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY IN A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FIRST LADY'S OFFICE, GRISHAM SAID THAT HER WHITE HOUSE REPLACEMENT WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING DAYS

SO, WE SORT OF CAUGHT A LITTLE BIT OF WIND OF THIS, VLAD, I THINK EARLIER THIS WEEK IN FACT, I THINK SOME REPORTERS CALLED GRISHAM AT HOME SHE WAS UNDER QUARANTINE THEY ASKED IF IT WAS TRUE SHE SAID SHE HAD NOT HEARD ANYTHING AT ALL, BUT AFTER ALL, SHE WAS UNDER QUARANTINE

TURNED OUT, THE NEWS WAS TRUE >> YEAH, ANNE-MARIE AND, I'M PRETTY CERTAIN, TOO, THAT STEPHANIE GRISHAM NEVER HELD AN ACTUAL FORMAL PRESS BRIEFING SO I'D HAVE TO BE FACT CHECKED ON THE HISTORICAL ANTECEDENTS, BUT I WOULD THINK THIS WOULD MAKE HER THE ONLY WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY IN MODERN TIMES TO HAVE NOT HELD A FORMAL PRESS BRIEFING I COULD BE WRONG ABOUT THAT

THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY THINGS THAT HAVE OCCURRED OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, AND YET, AS WE KNOW, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS ALWAYS SAID, AND MANY BELIEVE, THAT HE IS THE BEST COMMUNICATOR AS FAR AS HIS ADMINISTRATION AND HIS SUPPORTERS THINK THAT HE IS THE ONE TO MOST EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE HIS MESSAGE BUT IT IS REMARKABLE THAT SHE NEVER ACTUALLY HELD A FORMAL PRESS BRIEFING SO THE NEWS, AGAIN COME OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE THAT CBS NEWS HAS CONFIRMED, IS THAT STEPHANIE GRISHAM WILL BE RETURNING TO THE FIRST LADY'S OFFICE AND WE WILL WAIT TO FIND OUT WHO THE NEXT PRESS SECRETARY WILL BE >>> STILL AHEAD HERE ON CBSN, THE LATEST ON THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

WE ARE GOING TO BRING YOU LIVE UPDATES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS OFFICIALS RESPOND TO THE GROWING PANDEMIC >>> AND, IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY DONE IT, NOW IS PROBABLY A REALLY GOOD TIME FOR YOU TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE CBS NEWS APP YOU CAN DOWNLOAD IT ON ALL OF YOUR CONNECTED DEVICES THAT MEANS YOU CAN WATCH CBSN ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, ON ANY DEVICE THE APP IS FREE

YOU CAN ALSO HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE AT CBSNEWSCOM WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK >>> THANKS FOR JOINING US I'M PAULA EBBEN

THERE'S NEW HOPE THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING MAY BE WORKING IN NEW YORK, THE CORONAVIRUS EPICENTER HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE DOWN FOR ANOTHER DAY AND NEW HOT SPOTS ARE EMERGING AS THE NUMBERS NATIONWIDE CONTINUE TO CLIMB MORE THAN 368,000 REPORTED CASES OF THE VIRUS AND THE DEATH TOLL HAS REACHED 11,000 IN THE U

S MICHAEL GEORGE HAS THE LATEST >> Reporter: MILITARY MEDICAL WORKERS ARE TREATING CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS INSIDE NEW YORK CITY'S JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER >> WE'RE MOBILIZING IN THE SAME WAY WE MOBILIZE TO GO TO WAR >> IN THIS WAR WITH AN INVISIBLE ENEMY

IT TOOK A MONTH FOR 5,000 PEOPLE TO DIE IN THE US AND THEN JUST FIVE DAYS FOR ANOTHER 5,000 TO DIE MORE THAN 40% OF THE DEATHS HAVE BEEN IN NEW YORK BUT THE GOVERNOR SAYS SOCIAL DISTANCING IS WORKING

AND HAS DOUBLED THE FINES FOR PEOPLE WHO GET TOO CLOSE TO PEOPLE THEY DON'T LIVE WITH >> WE ARE PROJECTING THAT WE ARE REACHING A PLATEAU IN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS AND YOU CAN SEE THE GREET >> FIELD HOSPITALS ARE HELPING TO RELIEVE THE STRAIN A NEW ONE OPENS AT THE HOME OF THE U

S OPEN THERE ARE 350 BEDS FOR THE NONCRITICAL CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS THERE ARE 22 FIELD HOSPITALS OPENING IN 18 STATES INCLUDING IN DETROIT AT THE CONVENTION CENTER IN LOUISIANA, MORE THAN 1800 NEW CASES WERE REPORTED MONDAY, BRINGING THE TOTAL TO NEARLY 15,000

OF THE STATE'S 512 DEATHS, 70% ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN >> WHEN YOU LOOK AT BEING BLACK IN AMERICA, NUMBER ONE, PEOPLE UNFORTUNATELY ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE OF LOW SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS AND BLACKS ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, LUNG DISEASE >>> AND THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IS TAKING PLACE IN WISCONSIN DESPITE DEMOCRATIC EFFORTS TO DELAY IT THE DEMOCRATIC EFFORT SAYS REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ARE FORCING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEIR HEALTH AND THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE

MICHAEL GEORGE, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK >>> HOSPITALIZATIONS HAVE STABILIZED IN NEW YORK BUT MANY CASES COULD BE GOING UNDETECTED JEROME ADAMS ADDRESSED THE CONCERN ON CBS THIS MORNING >> DR ADAMS, HOW CAN WE BE SURE THAT MITIGATION IS WORKING AS WELL AS IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE WORKING

HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN WE'RE IN THE CLEAR IF WE DON'T KNOW HOW WIDESPREAD THIS IS? >> THERE ARE TWO QUESTIONS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE KNOW MITIGATION IS WORKING WHEN WE LOOK AT THE CURVES OF WASHINGTON AND CALIFORNIA, THEY'VE BEEN VERY FLAT AND THAT'S CONVINCE DENT WITH AGGRESSIVE MITIGATION AND ITALY AND SPAIN ARE ON THE DOWN SLOPES OF THEIR CURVES WE KNOW MITIGATION IS WORKING

YOU MENTIONED TESTING TESTING IS A CONCERN WE'LL BE AT 2 MILLION TESTS THIS WEEK AND IT'S RAPIDLY RAMPING UP WITH THE COMMERCIAL INDUSTRY COMING ON BOARD AND MORE PEOPLE ARE DOING ANTIBODY TESTING

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