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NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – April 6th, 2020 | NBC Nightly News

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>>> BREAKING NEWS, CORONAVIRUS DEATHS SURGING TO OVER 10,000 IN THE US

THE SURGEON GENERAL WARNING THIS WEEK IS OUR PEARL HARBOR MOMENT AMERICANS TOLD TO BRACE FOR THE HARDEST TIMES MANY WILL EXPERIENCE IN THEIR LIVES BUT IN NEW YORK THE EPICENTER A GLIMMER OF HOPE WHAT THE GOVERNOR REVEALED HERE >>> ALARMING NEWS FROM LONDON BORIS JOHNSON BATTLING CORONAVIRUS NOW MOVED TO INTENSIVE CARE AS DOCTORS SAY HIS CONDITION HAS WORSENED LATE WORD FROM RICHARD ENGEL

>>> DIRE SHORTAGES ON THE FRONT LINES WE GO INSIDE ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT ICUs IN THE NATION PLUS "THE SITUATION ROOM" CLASH OVER THE UNPROVEN DRUG PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REPEATEDLY TOTED TO TREAT COVID-19 >>> HOLY WEEK UNDERWAY AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP AHEAD OF PASSOVER AND EASTER >> THEY WOULD RATHER COME TO CHURCH AND WORSHIP LIKE FREE PEOPLE THAN THEY HAD LIVED LIKE PRISONERS >> CHURCHES IN A NUMBER OF STATES STILL PACKED >>> CARING FOR A LOVED ONE SHOWING SYMPTOMS, OUR KATE SNOW, HER PERSONAL STORY HER HUSBAND QUARANTINED IN ONE PART OF THE HOUSE

THE STRUGGLE SO MANY FAMILIES ARE FACING >>> AND THE SURPRISE DIAGNOSIS A BRONX ZOO TIGER, THE FIRST ANIMAL IN THE US TO TEST POSITIVE WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR PETS? >> Announcer: THIS IS "NBC NIGHTLY NEWS" WITH LESTER HOLT >>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE THERE IS LATE WORD OF THE WORSENING CONDITION OF BORIS JOHNSON NOW MOVED TO THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT OF A LONDON HOSPITAL AS HE BATTLES CORONAVIRUS

A MAJOR WORLD LEADER NOW A FACE OF A DIAGNOSIS SHARED BY NEARLY 15 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE AND COMING AS THE UNITED STATES REACHED ANOTHER STAGGERING MILESTONE OVER 10,000 DEATHS, LIVES WE MOURN AS WE ENTER A WEEK THAT HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY WILL TEST US LIKE NOTHING BEFORE OUR TEAM IS STANDING BY AND WE BEGIN WITH NBC'S MIGUEL ALMAGUER >> Reporter: AS AMERICANS BRACE FOR WHAT MANY EXPECT WILL BE A GRIM WEEK, OUR NATIONAL DEATH TOLL HAS NOW HIT A STAGGERING NEW BENCHMARK

THE SURGEON GENERAL CALLING THIS WEEK IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS OUR PEARL HARBOR, OUR 9/11 MOMENT BEHIND EACH NUMBER A HEART BROKEN FAMILY POLICE SERGEANT JJ SMITH AND WIFE GLORIA WERE STARTING A NEW LIFE TOGETHER AFTER HIS RETIREMENT THEY DIED DAYS APART

>> THE WORLD LOST SOME OF THE MOST LOVING PEOPLE >> Reporter: WITH LEADERS AT THE WHITE HOUSE URGING AMERICANS WHO DON'T NEED TO SHOP THIS WEEK TO AVOID GROCERY STORES, STATES LIKE NEW YORK ARE NOT ALONE IN CRISIS IN MICHIGAN, THE DETROIT CONVENTION CENTER IS BECOMING A MASSIVE FIELD HOSPITAL IN LOUISIANA WHERE THE GOVERNOR MAINTAINS HE DIDN'T KNOW MARDI GRAS COULD TRIGGER AN OUTBREAK, THE NEW ORLEANS AREA NOW HAS THE HIGHEST DEATH RATE IN THE COUNTRY AT A NURSING HOME IN INDIANA, 11 RESIDENTS HAVE DIED FROM THE VIRUS WHILE SEVERAL OTHERS HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED EVERYONE IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO FOLLOW PRECAUTIONS WE'VE LAID OUT >> Reporter: WHILE CITIES LIKE BOSTON ARE PREPARING FOR A 9:00 P

M CURFEW, IN COLORADO DOCTORS UNVEILED A PLAN FOR HOW TO PRIORITIZE LIFE-SAVING TREATMENT WHEN FACED WITH TOO MANY COVID-19 PATIENTS >> AFTER 23 DAYS I'M STILL SHUTTING THE VIRUS >> Reporter: NURSE LISA MERCK WHO CAUGHT THE VIRUS NEARLY A MONTH AGO CLEARED HER MANDATORY QUARANTINE BUT TESTED POSITIVE AGAIN AFTER SHE INSISTED ON CHECKING HER STATUS BEFORE RETURNING TO WORK >> I FEEL LIKE IT'S JUST DANGEROUS THAT WE'RE NOT CHECKING OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS BEFORE THEY GO BACK TO WORK

>> Reporter: HOSPITALS IN THE SOUTH NEED ALL THE NURSES AND DOCTORS THEY CAN GET GEORGIA EXPERIENCING A RAPID RISE IN CASES BUT ITS PEAK MAY BE WEEKS AWAY BLAYNE ALEXANDER IS IN ATLANTA >> Reporter: TODAY STARTS THE FIRST FULL WEEK OF THE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER MOST BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED BUT THE GOVERNOR ORDERED THE BEACHES BACK OPEN BUT SOME LOCAL LEADERS WHO CLOSED THE BEACHES IN THE FIRST PLACE CALL THE MOVE RECKLESS >> Reporter: AFTER SOME AMERICANS SPENT THEIR FIRST WEEKEND WEARING HOME MADE FACE COVERINGS IN PUBLIC, SOME REGIONS STILL SAW LARGE GATHERINGS LIKE THIS FARMER'S MARKET IN LOS ANGELES DESPITE A WEEKEND SURGE IN ICU CASES HERE IN CALIFORNIA THE GOVERNOR IS GIVING 500 VENTILATORS TO NEW YORK AND OTHER REGIONS WHO DESPERATELY NEED THEM NOW

MARI LAU, A BAY AREA DETECTIVE WHO GOT SICK ON THE JOB WAS ON A VENTILATOR FOR NEARLY A WEEK AFTER BEING ADVISED NOT TO GO TO THE ER WHEN SHE ARRIVED, DOCTORS COULDN'T SAVE HER LIFE >> I'M GOING TO MISS HER VOICE I'M GOING TO MISS HER CALLING US

>> Reporter: TONIGHT, THE TRUE TOLL OF THIS CRISIS STILL UNFOLDING MEASURED ONE LIFE AT A TIME MIGUEL ALMAGUER, NBC NEWS, LOS ANGELES >> Reporter: THIS IS GABE GUTIERREZ IN NEW YORK WHERE TONIGHT NURSES ARE REACHING THEIR LIMITS THE US MILITARY IS DEPLOYED THROUGHOUT THE CITY AND THE 2500 BED JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER IS THE LARGEST IN THE COUNTRY BUT THEY SAY THERE COULD BE A GLIMMER OF HOPE

WHILE DEATHS IN NEW YORK STATE CONTINUE TO RISE, THE INCREASE HAS SLOWED OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS >> AND AGAIN, WOULD SUGGEST A POSSIBLE FLATTENING OF THE CURVE >> Reporter: DAILY HOSPITALIZATIONS AND INTUBATIONS ARE DOWN >> WE ARE PLATEAUING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL AND TREMENDOUS STRESS ON THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM >> Reporter: GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO IS WARNING NEW YORKERS NOT TO LET THEIR GUARD DOWN DOUBLING THE FINE FOR NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING TO $1,000 AND SAID PRESIDENT TRUMP AGREED TO HIS REQUEST THAT CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS BE TREATED ON THE "USNS COMFORT"

>> WE'RE JUST, YOU KNOW, NOT THERE YET >> Reporter: DR DERRICK FROM A COLOMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER HAD THE VIRUS AND BEEN DECLARED SAFE TO RETURN TO WORK >> I WENT BACK INTO THE ER

EMPOWERED TO GO HOLD HANDS THAT WAS ALL I WANTED TO DO BECAUSE I WANTED TO HELP PATIENTS >> Reporter: FUNERAL HOMES ARE OVER RUN THIS ONE IN BROOKLYN SAYS IT'S RUNNING OUT OF BODY BAGS >> WE'RE OVERWHELMED MY STAFF IS — THEY'RE AT WITS END

SLEEP DEPRIVED TRYING THEIR BEST >> Reporter: IN THE BRONX DR ERNIE PATTY SHARED THIS VIDEO AT THE END OF A PARTICULARLY GRUELING SHIFT >> I GUESS THAT'S JUST WE DID OUR BEST THAT'S ALL I CAN SAY IT'S NOT BEEN A GOOD DAY REALLY HORRIBLE

>> Reporter: AMONG THE LIVES LOST, FATHER BASILE, SMALL IN STATUTE BUT MIGHTY IN ENERGY MARY ROMAN WAS NOT JUST A FORMER CITY CLERK IN CONNECTICUT, SHE WAS A SENIOR OLYMPIAN THAT SET SHOT PUT RECORDS AND SURVIVED POLIO >> SHE'S A FIGHTER BUT IN THE END, YOU KNOW, THIS VIRUS IS NOTHING TO PLAY AROUND WITH JUST GOT THE BEST OF HER BUT IT DIDN'T GET HER WITHOUT A FIGHT, I GUARANTEE YOU THAT >> Reporter: NEW YORK CITY OFFICIALS ARE CONSIDERING CHILLING CONTINGENCY PLANS INCLUDING BURYING THE DEAD IF MORGUES ARE FULL AUTHORITIES HOPE IT DOESN'T COME TO THAT >> GABE, THANK YOU >>> MORE ON THE BREAKING NEWS OUT OF LONDON WHERE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON BATTLING CORONAVIRUS IS NOW IN INTENSIVE CARE HIS CONDITION WORSENING

RICHARD ENGEL HAS LATE DETAILS NOW FROM LONDON >> Reporter: BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON TONIGHT HANDED OVER DUTIES AS HEAD OF GOVERNMENT WHERE NECESSARY TO A DEPUTY AFTER BEING MOVED TO AN ICU >> BUSINESS WILL CONTINUE AND THE PRIME MINISTER IS IN SAFE HANDS >> Reporter: JUST HOURS EARLIER, JOHNSON TWEETED I'M NOT GOOD SPIRITS AND KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH MY TEAM JOHNSON HAD BEEN IN ISOLATION AT HOME AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED LAST MONTH AND TOOK TIME TO CHEER HEALTH CARE WORKERS OUTSIDE TEN DOWNING STREET HIS FIANCEE PREGNANT WITH THEIR FIRST CHILD IS STILL THERE BATTLING CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS DAYS AGO, THE PRIME MINISTER TWEETED A VIDEO WHERE HE APPEARED UNWELL BUT SAID HE WAS FEELING BETTER AND URGED PEOPLE TO FOLLOW HIS GOVERNMENT'S SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE >> STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS AND SAVE LIVES

>> Reporter: THAT WAS A CHANGE OF HEART JUST WEEKS BEFORE HIS DIAGNOSIS, JOHNSON SAID HE WOULD NOT ABIDE BY SOCIAL DISTANCING >> I CONTINUE TO SHAKE HANDS >> Reporter: THE UK HAS BEEN SLOWER TO REACT TO THE VIRUS THAN MANY EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

AND OFFICIALS HERE WARN THE WORST IS YET TO COME AND AS TEMPERATURES HAVE WARMED AND OFTEN RAINY LONDON, MANY BRITAINS ARE IGNORING GUIDELINES IN A RARE ADDRESS LAST NIGHT, THE QUEEN URGED THE COUNTRY TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES >> I HOPE IN THE YEARS TO COME, EVERYONE WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE PRIDE IN HOW THEY RESPONDED TO THIS CHALLENGE >> Reporter: BRITISH AUTHORITIES SAY THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ADMITTED TO THIS HOSPITAL CONSCIOUS BUT HAVING BREATHING DIFFICULTIES AND WAS TRANSFERRED TO AN ICU IN CASE HE NEEDED VENTILATION LESTER >> RICHARD, THANK YOU >>> LET'S GO TO KRISTEN WELKER AT THE WHITE HOUSE KRISTEN, WE SO OFTEN SEE THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT SHARING THE SAME RELATIVE SPACES ARE THEY TAKING ANY ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO KEEP THEM SAFE >> Reporter: WELL, LESTER, THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT MAKING ANY CHANGES TO BETTER PROTECT THE PRESIDENT AT THIS POINT

PRESS SECRETARY TELLING NBC NEWS WE'RE CONFIDENT IN THE PROTOCOL THE WHITE HOUSE HAS IN PLACE ADMINISTRATION NOTING THE PRESIDENT HAS TESTED NEGATIVE TWICE ALREADY WHITE HOUSE DOCTORS ARE DOING REGULAR TESTING FOR OFFICIALS IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ACKNOWLEDGED IT CAN BE HARD TO KEEP A DISTANCE FROM VICE PRESIDENT PENCE, BUT STRESSES THEY'RE BOTH HEALTHY LESTER >> ALL RIGHT KRISTEN WELKER AT THE WHITE HOUSE TONIGHT, THANKS >>> THIS EVENING A RAGING CONTROVERSY IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER HOW AGGRESSIVELY TO RECOMMEND AN ANTI MA MALARIA DRUG AND TOP MEDICAL EXPERTS URGE CAUTION TOM COSTELLO TAKES A CLOSER LOOK

>> Reporter: INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE NBC NEWS CONFIRMED A HEATED WEEKEND EXCHANGE PETER NAVARRO FACING OFF AGAINST INFECTIOUS DISEASE EXPERT DR ANTHONY FAUCI NAVARRO PRESSED HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE BASED ON STUDIES OVERSEAS AND FAUCI SAID CHLOROQUINE CARRIES CARDIOVASCULAR RISKS BUT THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO ENDORSE THE DRUG >> I WOULD LOVE TO GO TO A LABORATORY AND SPEND A COUPLE OF YEARS TESTING SOMETHING WE DON'T HAVE TIME WE DON'T HAVE TWO HOURS

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BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE DYING RIGHT NOW >> Reporter: NEW JERSEY NURSE MARGARET BELIEVES CHLOROQUINE AND ANTIBIOTIC COMBINATION HELPED HER RECOVER FROM COVID-19 >> WITHIN 24 HOURS MY FEVER WAS GONE I WAS STILL SHORT OF BREATH, I STILL HAD TO RECOVER FROM THAT >> Reporter: NEW YORK HOSPITALS ARE USING IT IN EMERGENCIES BUT THE GOVERNOR IS CAUTIOUS >> YOU'LL GET SUGGESTIONS IT'S BEEN EFFECTIVE BUT WE DON'T HAVE ANY OFFICIAL DATA YET

>> Reporter: MEANWHILE, AN INSPECTOR GENERAL WATCHDOG REPORT HAS FOUND HOSPITALS NATIONWIDE REPORTING DIRE SHORTAGES OF CRITICAL EQUIPMENT INCLUDING TESTING KITS, THERMOMETERS AND PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT AND RECEIVING GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES THAT EXPIRED A DECADE AGO >> WE HEARD AN INCREDIBLE PLEA FROM THE HOSPITAL ABOUT EFFORTS TO KEEP STAFF SAFE >> Reporter: AND AMID A WIDE SPREAD SHORTAGE OF VENTILATORS, A POTENTIAL SHORTAGE OF THE DRUGS USED TO PLACE PATIENTS INTO COMAS FOR INTUBATION PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ARE RAMPING UP PRODUCTION OF THOSE DRUGS TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE CRUSHING DEMAND LESTER >> TOM COSTELLO, THANKS VERY MUCH

>>> WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK IN 60 SECONDS GOING BEHIND THE FRONT LINES AT ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT HOSPITALS >>> AND WHEN THE VIRUS HITS HOME, A PERSONAL ACCOUNT FROM OUR OWN KATE SNOW THAT >>> BACK NOW AND WE CONTINUE OUR LOOK AT LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE CORONAVIRUS FIGHT TONIGHT STEPHANIE GOSK TAKES US INSIDE THE ICU AT ONE OF THE NATION'S HARDEST HIT HOSPITALS >> Reporter: HOLY NAME MEDICAL CENTER IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY IS A COMMUNITY HOSPITAL MEDIUM SIZE, MANY OF THE STAFF WERE ACTUALLY BORN HERE IT WAS ALSO ONE OF THE HOSPITALS HIT EARLIEST AND HARDEST BY THE CORONAVIRUS 55 DEATHS SO FAR 175 INFECTED PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED

>> CHECKING EVERYTHING OUT FOR YOU, OKAY? MAKING SURE ALL YOUR LINES ARE GOOD >> Reporter: ARLEAN VAN DYKE A SINGLE MOTHER OF TWO HAS BEEN A NURSE HERE FOR 32 YEARS A TIME WHEN FAMILY CAN'T BE THERE, BEDSIDE MANNER TAKES ON NEW MEANING EACH 13-HOUR SHIFT BRINGS NEW CHALLENGES >> EXHAUSTING

TODAY WAS REALLY ROUGH >> Reporter: MICHELLE IS THE DIRECTOR OF NURSING >> THE NURSING STAFF HAVE BEEN AMAZING EVERY TIME THEY GO INTO A PATIENT ROOM, THEY KNOW THAT NOT ONLY ARE THEY THE CAREGIVER BUT THEY ARE THE STAND IN FAMILY MEMBER >> Reporter: SOMETIMES IT IS THEIR FAMILY THREE OF THE RELATIVES HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

INCLUDING HER MOTHER-IN-LAW EDINA WHO WAS HOSPITALIZED HERE AND CELEBRATED HER 89th BIRTHDAY WITH NURSES SINGING á HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU á >> Reporter: TWO DAYS LATER, SHE DIED >> THEY SANG TO HER SHE KNEW THEY WERE THERE SHE WAS MOUTHING THE WORDS AND IT WAS REALLY JUST SWEET AND ADORABLE AND THE FAMILY APPRECIATED HAVING THAT VIDEO KNOWING THAT HER LAST BIRTHDAY HERE ON EARTH WAS CELEBRATED WITH PEOPLE AROUND HER

>> Reporter: THIS HOSPITAL LIKE SO MANY HAD TO TRANSFORM DURING THE CRISIS IT STARTED WITH 19 ICU BEDS BY THE END OF THIS WEEK IT WILL HAVE 106 MANY OF THOSE PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS FOR DAYS AND EVEN WEEKS GOOD NEWS IS IN SHORT SUPPLY BUT LAST WEEK THERE WAS A VICTORY THE FIRST PATIENT TO BE SUCCESSFULLY REMOVED OFF A VENTILATOR >> WE SEE THE SICKEST OF THE SICK, SO WE FORGET THAT THERE IS PEOPLE THAT DO WELL SO THIS WAS A HUGE THING FOR US

>> Reporter: FOR A HOSPITAL BATTLING THE WORST OF THIS VIRUS, A WELCOME REMINDER THAT CALL THEIR WORK IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE STEPHANIE GOSK, NBC NEWS, NEW JERSEY >>> ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FAMILIES ARE CARING FOR LOVED ONES QUARANTINED AT HOME AMONG THEM OUR SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT KATE SNOW SHARING HER FAMILY'S STORY AFTER HER HUSBAND CHRIS DEVELOPED SYMPTOMS WHAT COULD BE ANY FAMILY'S STORY >> NONE OF US ARE TALKING TO CHRIS FACE-TO-FACE EVEN THOUGH HE'S DOWN STAIRS >> WELCOME TODAY WHATEVER EVERYTHING IN THESE FOUR WALLS >> I GO DOWN WITH A MASK ON

>> I LEFT YOU EGGS AND TOAST >> WE HAD MADE A PLAN IF ANY OF US GOT SICK, WE WOULD GO TO OUR GUEST ROOM IN THE BASEMENT EVERY TIME I GO DOWN THERE I WASH MY HANDS HE DESCRIBES IT AS MASSIVE MUSCLE NOT JUST ACHES BUT PAIN I HAVE TWO TEENAGERS TRYING TO HELP BUT ALSO GOING TO SCHOOL I SPEND ALL MORNING FRIDAY AND MUCH OF THE DAY SATURDAY DISINFECTING >> GOD BLESS MY NEIGHBOR I GOT MILK YESTERDAY I DID ABOUT TEN LOADS OF LAUNDRY I'M TIRED I KNOW THAT WE ARE SUPER LUCKY THAT WE HAVE SO MUCH SUPPORT

MY BIGGEST FEAR LIKE I'M SURE SO MANY FAMILIES RIGHT NOW IS THAT HE WILL TAKE A TURN FOR THE WORST AND HE WON'T BE ABLE TO BREATHE AND THEN I'LL HAVE TO TAKE HIM TO THE HOSPITAL SO I MADE A PLAN WITH MY NEIGHBOR THAT IF I HAVE TO LEAVE AND THE KIDS ARE ALONE, THAT SHE'LL HELP THEM THAT'S MY BIGGEST FEAR IS THAT I WON'T BE ABLE TO CARE FOR MY KIDS I HAVE SO MUCH APPRECIATION FOR EVERYONE RIGHT NOW FOR THE PEOPLE BRINGING IN MY MAIL, FOR THE PEOPLE BRINGING ME GROCERIES, FOR JUST THE PEOPLE SENDING ME TEXT MESSAGES >> IT'S REALLY COOL THERE'S A LOT GOING ON IN EVENING ELSE'S WORLD AND THEY HAD REALLY WONDERFUL THINGS TO SAY TO MY WIFE AND MYSELF >> I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU BECAUSE I CAN'T EVEN KEEP UP SO THANK YOU

>> AND KATE, WE'RE WISHING YOU, CHRIS AND THE KIDS WELL AND WE THANK YOU-ALL FOR REMINDING US OF HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO HAVE A PLAN AND BE PREPARED IN ALL THIS >>> THIS WEEK AS SO MANY PREPARE FOR PASSOVER AND EASTER, THIS IS GROWING CONCERN FOR HOUSES OF WORSHIP HOLDING LARGE SERVICES DESPITE URGENT PLEAS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING MORE ON THAT FROM CATIE BECK >> Reporter: DESPITE EMPTY HOUSES OF WORSHIP, MANY ARE VIRTUALLY PACKING THE AISLES FROM HOME >> THANK YOU FOR JOINING US >> Reporter: SOME TAKING A SAFE ROUTE TO CONFESSION BUT IN AT LEAST A DOZEN STATES WHERE CHURCHES ARE EXEMPT FROM STAY AT HOME ORDERS AND SOMEWHERE THEY ARE NOT, FOLLOWERS GATHER IN NUMBER AND IN PERSON AS THEY DID ON PALM SUNDAY IN OHIO

>> THERE IS GOD'S LAW AND THEN THERE IS MAN'S LAW ME AND MY HOUSE HOLD PUT GOD'S LAW FIRST >> Reporter: IN LOUISIANA A STATE WITH ONE OF THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF COVID-19 DEATHS, PASTOR TONY SPELL SAYS 1200 PEOPLE SHOWED UP SUNDAY THE MASSIVE CROWD GAVE AFTER HIS ARREST FOR HOSTING LAST WEEK'S SERVICE, WHICH AUTHORITIES SAY VIOLATED THE GOVERNOR'S ORDERS >> THEY WOULD RATHER COME TO CHURCH AND WORSHIP LIKE FREE PEOPLE THAN THEY HAVE LIVED LIKE PRISONERS IN THEIR HOMES FOR 22 DAYS NOW >> Reporter: AND PASTOR JOEL GARZA VOWS TO KEEP HIS CHURCH DOORS OPEN IN TEXAS WHERE CHURCHES ARE DEEMED ESSENTIAL >> I THINK IT'S UTTERLY RIDICULOUS THAT THEY'RE DOING WHAT THEY'RE DOING

>> Reporter: WITH SEVERAL STATES SUSPENDING IN PERSON PRIMARY VOTING AND RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS JUST DAYS AWAY, MANY WONDER IF STATES WILL SOON TOUGHEN THEIR STANCE ON IN PERSON WORSHIP AND INSIST FAITH LEADERS SERVE ONLINE >> WE'RE ALL TOGETHER WE ARE ALL ONE FAMILY AND I THINK THAT ALSO GIVES A LITTLE BIT OF THAT SPIRITUAL STRENGTH AS WE FACE THIS CRISIS >> Reporter: TOGETHER IN SPIRIT, FINDING PRAYER IN A PANDEMIC CATIE BECK, NBC NEWS >>> UP NEXT TONIGHT AFTER A ZOO TIGER TESTS POSITIVE IN THE U

S, THE QUESTION TONIGHT IS YOUR PET SAFE FROM THE >>> WELCOME BACK JOHN, THE VIRUS LED A LOT OF US TO WONDER ARE OUR PETS VULNERABLE, TOO? >> LESTER, CERTAIN ANIMAL SPECIES REACT DIFFERENTLY TO NEW DISEASES BUT SO FAR NO REPORTS OF DOGS, CATS OR OTHER PETS GETTING SICK STILL, TAKE PRECAUTIONS IF YOU HAVE COVID-19, SOMEONE ELSE NEEDS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR ANIMAL AND LIMIT INTERACTIONS WITH YOUR PET, JUST LIKE YOU WOULD WITH OTHER PEOPLE IF YOU'RE HEALTHY, WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER DOING ANYTHING WITH YOUR PET AND WHEN YOU'RE OUTSIDE, SOCIAL DISTANCING APPLIES TO YOUR ANIMALS, TOO, NO PLAYING WITH OTHER PEOPLE LESTER >> GOOD TO KNOW DR JOHN, THANKS VERY MUCH

>>> UP NEXT, THE AMAZING GRAC >>> FINALLY TONIGHT, A NURSE ON THE FRONT LINES LIFTING SPIRITS DURING A SHIFT CHANGE AT A HOSPITAL IN MICHIGAN NURSE LAURIE MARIE KEY INSPIRING HER COLLEAGUES AND US á HOW THE SOUND á THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME á á I ONCE WAS LOST BUT NOW I'M FOUND á á WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEE á >> AND OUR THANKS TO NURSE LAURIE MARIE KEY, HOW SWEET THE SOUND, INDEED THANK YOU TO ALL THE DOCTORS, NURSES PARAMEDICS AND EVERYONE ON THE FRONT LINES OUT THERE WE NEED YOU THAT'S "NIGHTLY NEWS

" I'M LESTER HOLT

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