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the top of the hour, everyone. thanks for sticking with us. i sound like a broken record. you have heard this before as in yesterday and the day before that. you have heard it because it is the reality unfortunately right now that the country is facing and it is a matter of life and death. as we have learned over the past many months, the country is once again hitting a new high of daily new infections of the coronavirus. more than 52,000 new cases yesterday. and heading into this holiday weekend, public health officials and doctors on the front lines are scared of what next week and the week after could then bring. states like arizona now reporting a record number of icu beds in use and a small number of remaining for future cases. here you can see the hospitalization numbers.
in texas, the governor there is now mandating masks for people in public but is that too little too late? >> i have no beds. we open a new wing of the hospital. 32 beds because we literally filled up the covid unit. it is getting bad, really bad. and now we are telling people go ahead and wear the masks and things like that and yet we're allowing people to go and participate in mass gatherings. >> florida is now the state averaging the most new coronavirus cases each day. the state is seeing just under 9,500 new cases, coronavirus cases. that number just released in the last hour and that was a number from just yesterday. boris sanchez on clearwater beach in florida joining me now. what do the numbers mean for this weekend? >> reporter: that's the big question for local health officials and for the governor
ron desantis of florida. we should point out as you noted 9,500 new cases, almost 9,500 new cases in the state of florida, third biggest day they have had in new coronavirus cases. just yesterday they surpassed 10,000. no other state aside from new york at the peak of coronavirus cases in april had hit a number that size. and there's going to be very unbalanced reactions to what's going on. the governor effectively leaving it to local officials to enact restrictions in the municipalities and means that places like miami-dade county and the southeastern part of the state, their beaches are closed this holiday weekend and enacted very strict curfews, a face mask mandate. here on the gulf side in clearwater beach, the beaches are open and families pouring in since early this morning. folks playing volleyball, enjoying drinks on the water like any other weekend though you see there is a sign here
that clearly states social distancing is required. if you don't live with someone, don't get within six feet of them and asking groups not congregate and any group larger than ten people not allowed on the beach. keep in mind the real question seeing the rules is where is the enforcement? we haven't seen police or health officials out here making sure that these rules are being followed. we should also keep in mind that as we get closer to this fourth of july weekend we may see larger crowds. we spoke to a local spending time in clearwater who told us that the beach is not as packed as typically in the holiday weekend. it was raining earlier and just like memorial day weekend and people ignoring social distancing then, we could see a large surge after the fourth of july weekend if people don't heed the warnings and simply stay home, stay away from large crowds, kate.
>> thank you, boris. consider this possibility. assume everyone around you is infectious. that's the warning from los angeles mayor as l.a. county saw a fifth straight day of more than 2,000 new coronavirus infections. there's already a face covering mandate in place there and now police in several california cities planning to issue fines to force people to comply. dan simons in santa monica right now joining me now. what are you hearing there? >> reporter: hi, kate. we are in santa monica as you said and the beaches are closed in los angeles, orange and ventura county. you can see the sign that says temporary closure. what authorities are looking for is voluntary compliance and do have the right to issue citations if there is willful negligence. so in any event here we are and of course what officials really are looking for is for people to wear masks and see this new psa,
powerful from the state of california encouraging people to wear masks. take a look. well, this psa comes amid surging cases in california, 1 out of 140 people are said to be infected in los angeles county. mayor says that could go down to 1 in 70 next week and something else you should know, kate. if you plan to attend church in the state of california this week, the department of public health put out an order saying that singing and chanting cannot happen anymore in churches, at least for the foreseeable future because it is known to expel particles and spread the virus. back to you. >> really interesting. dan, thank you. just a few hours president trump plans to join thousands of people at mt. rushmore for an
early fourth of july fireworks event and something he is pushing for weeks. about 7,500 people are expected to attend but this may be obvious to point out at this point but the public health crisis that is hitting the rest of the country is also hitting south dakota. yet there is no social distancing in place for the e haven't and the governor says masks are optional. cnn white house correspondent jeremy diamond is joining me right now. are folks at the white house at all concerned about this event tonight in the midst of this outbreak? >> reporter: no. no concern from white house officials and certainly not from the president forging ahead with the event much same way with that rally in tulsa, oklahoma, and so we're seeing the president move forward despite what we are seeing, the rise in coronavirus cases across the country. despite the warnings from the president's own public health experts within the administration including vice president mike pence also starting to shift in the
language and saying for weeks now the united states has flattened the curve. yesterday he said we will be flattening the curve. let's look at what the president is doing this evening at this event. there is going to be no social distancing according to south dakota's governor. republican governor. 75,000 tickets made available. that's certainly thousands of people will be attending this event with no social distancing. face masks available but they will not be required. again, very similar to what we saw when the president had that campaign rally in tulsa, oklahoma, where we saw people gathering without masks. south dakota is not a state experiencing the large increases in cases but the question is how many people will be coming to that event from out of state? all of this, kate, as we learn that eight members of vice president mike pence's secret service detail have tested positive for coronavirus. it actually led to a one-day delay in vice president mike pence's trip to arizona.
he was supposed to go on tuesday but because of the last-minute positive tests the trip pushed back to wednesday so the coronavirus having this huge impact around the country and still impacting oernperations a the white house and the president forging ahead with the event. >> you can see the risks there. thank you. joining me right now is cnn medical analyst dr. celine gounder. good to see you again, doctor. taking the politics out of it, if you have an event that is outdoors, 7,500 people are expected, face coverings are not required. there will be no social distancing program in place. what would your level of concern be here? >> kate, i'm highly concerned. this is beyond irresponsible. this is the behavior of a cult leader who is jumping off the cliff but he is jumping into a safety net with protections around him, people around him
are testing, he is tested on a regular basis. while he asks the followers to jump off a cliff into nothing. this is extremely dangerous behavior and unfortunately this is becoming so politicized where you abide by public health and scientific recommendations on the basis of your political beliefs, not based on the science and people are going to be harmed as a result of this. >> i want to ask you because the president very clearly continues to deny the reality of the data and the science that's coming in and ignore medical experts who have to assume are telling him what they say in public to him if he would ask. i want to read you guys a tweet that the president put out overnight. he said, there is a rising coronavirus cases because our testing is so mass i and so good, far bigger and better than any other country. this is great news but even better news is that death and the death rate is down and also younger people who get better
much easier and faster. hhs official who was in charge of testing, he had to fact check the president in front of congress yesterday on that bit about the rise in cases is because of testing. we know that's not true. the morning the surgeon general forced to fact check what the president said about the death toll and the death rate. >> we know that deaths lag at least two weeks and could lag even more. remember, in the beginning nursing homes were hit really hard and the majority of the deaths were occurring in people who were 60, 65 and older. now the majority of cases are in people who have an average age of 35 and so those folks are going to have less comorbidities and less likely to be in the hospital and to die. >> that might be true that last bit which is good news but the death toll, you can't celebrate it right now seeing people heading into the hospital right now. no matter how many times public
health officials especially like anthony fauci speak the truth what does it do, doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis? >> this is gaslighting on an enormous scale and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard they won't believe it and then it will be too late. the problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and start to develop symptoms a couple days later. we don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in icus until a week into disease and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths. i still today, you know, just wrapped up a two-week block on service at the hospital. we still had patients who had
been in the hospital since march or april. and while we're not seeing a lot of new patients in the hospitals in new york people are sick a very long time with this so it's not a small surge in deaths and hospitalizations. this is going to be for the long haul across the country. >> let me ask you something about florida. dr. deborah birx was there yesterday and said that she kind of like a call of action. anybody under 40 in a large gathering, anyone should be getting tested, even if they don't have symptoms. what is dr. birx getting at here with that call and that plea? what do you think? >> well, i think it makes a lot of sense. for example, if you went out with high-risk sex with a number of people you would get std testing and hiv testing to make sure that you weren't infected and that you weren't passing it on to other people because you might not have symptoms and similarly here we know that
probably about a third of people who have infection who are at risk for transmitting to others may not have symptoms and it is a similar scenario. you had unsafe sex, get tested. you were out in a crowd without your mask, without abiding by the public health measures? go get tested. you don't want to be spreading the virus to others especially perhaps friends and family who are at higher risk for severe disease. >> there's a new report of health officials in pass deanna, california, published by the cdc saying half the residents infected with coronavirus in long-term care facility had no symptoms. this is something that we wonder about. how do you explain some elderly people get it and fine and then very clearly killing another person in the same age group? even in this high-risk group, this virus is so unpredictable. >> well, not every elderly person has the same underlying
medical conditions, high blood pressure or obesity or diabetes and part of this is a reflection of how your immune system is reacting to the virus. a lot of disease is caused by your immune system response. not everybody will have the same response. we are not all the same. so it's -- i think what's challenging is for us to predict who is really going to get sick from this. >> that's right. doctor, thank you. coming up for us, a follow up. local officials in michigan scrambling to contain an outbreak that started at a single bar. is it safe to swim in a pool with other folks this holiday weekend? what about an outdoor barbecue? how do you keep that safe? coming up, what to do and to avoid to stay safe this july fourth weekend. need. what do you think?
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lansing, michigan, say at least 152 cases of coronavirus are linked to 1 bar that reopened for business. 24 of the cases are considered secondary meaning that those people didn't go to the bar but were infected after the fact by people who did. joining me right now is linda vail, the health officer for the ingham county health department there. on monday talking to the mayor of east lansing she said the number of cases linked just over 80 cases linked to this 1 bar. the last report is now 152 people in 13 different counties. do you have a sense of how high this number could still go? >> you know, i don't have a sense of how high the number could go. i do know that we have one of the best teams in the country doing the case investigation and contact tracing and as of 9:00 a.m. this morning, this case count is up to 158. 131 primary cases and 27 secondaries across 15 counties.
that number was just two weeks ago. >> so sad. i have seen that you have called the scene at this bar a perfect viral storm. how so? what can people learn from this very unfortunate situation? >> well, bars are a very high risk situation and in particular despite a mask mandate in the state of michigan businesses have the option of denying entry to folks upon entry but they don't have to and when they don't and people crowd in, you were just talking to somebody else, loud music causing shouting, loud music, shouting, crowding together, tables might have been six feet apart but people with respect at the tables. there was a giant line outside. people were crowded together in a line outside for a long period of time. all of those things come together into just a perfect
storm. in addition to, you know, drinking and drinking and becoming more and more, you know, reckless with activities. >> the reason you have these solid numbers is because of the good effort of contact tracing. i interviewed a health commissioner in new york yesterday who had to resort to issuing subpoenas to get young people in her community to cooperate with contact tracing after a party. have people been cooperating with your efforts to trace this virus there? >> for the most part, yes. we have the occasional time where somebody will not give us names of contacts. that has been the exception rather than the rule and so we're doing pretty well. >> the health department has said that the average age of the people who were infected at the bar was just over 21 but the ages of people that they went on to infect ranges from 16 to 63. that's heartbreaking.
this is what health officials have been warning about all along. what do you think people -- why do you think people don't seem to have gotten the message there? >> well, you know, these bar outbreaks are spilling over into graduation parties and house parties held by young people and two things are causing the nationwide increase in cases. young people, 70% of our new cases in the last 10 days are in the 20s. also general lack of respect for the virus and lack of adherence to prevention methods advised by public health experts across the world and blatant refusal to expect what experts are saying. it is hard to contain when young people are reckless and don't think it affects them much less the high risk people around them and politicized it causing people to brush it off as a hoax or just nothing more than the flu. never in my political career
would i imagined that we would politicize a virus. people need to listen to science and experts and realize it's evidence-based and critical. i really don't care what people think about what's going on at the national level related to response. i need them to know what's going on at the ground level and the challenges because of recklessness and politicizing. it's real, serious and getting through this without losing more unnecessary lives or without more lives unnecessarily, excuse me, and facing economic shutdown means listening to public health experts. masks, social distancing, avoiding high-risk activities, these things all matter. >> if you still are questioning the reality here, look no further than what you are dealing with from the fallout of one bar. honestly, it is really terrifying. linda vail, thank you very much for coming in. next, american hospitals are
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some hospitals are essentially going broke losing millions and some cases billions of dollars. cnn's sara sidener has more. >> reporter: the sound of an emergency seem to be the only sound filling the air in new york city for far too long. >> the beginning of this whole pandemic was very, very hectic, crazy. craziest of my career. >> reporter: while hospitals packed with coronavirus patients here they were also losing staggering amounts of money. >> to the tune of about $1.6 billion. so it is roughly between 300 million and $400 million a month that we have been losing. >> reporter: from the largest health care system in new york that treated more than 40,000 covid patients to the seattle suburbs where the first known outbreak hit in late february. >> everyone in march we
projected a $15 million loss and 1 small hospital. >> reporter: to hospitals across michigan, rural and metropolitan. >> the revenue went down immediately 60% overnight. >> reporter: the american hospital association estimates hospitals and health systems will have losses this year of $323.1 billion. the hospitals that saw a surge of patients and the ones that did not resulting in real life impact for some workers. >> being a nurse, i never thought that i would be on unemployment ever. >> reporter: but that's what happened to alease, a nurse and mother of two in empire, michigan. >> i get emotional thinking about it for my kids. what is their reality now going to look like? >> reporter: her reality changed when the hospitals didn't see a coronavirus surge but had to abide by the state order suspending medical procedures and surgeries that kept the hospital in good financial health. less work meant furloughs as coronavirus spiked in the state.
>> i have no idea what our life will look like. >> reporter: harder life? >> yeah. yeah. different. harder. >> reporter: it seems counter intuitive but during a pandemic hospitals would lose money but here's what happened. >> the reason for that, twofold. we canceled most of the other services including most surgery to be able to accommodate covid patients. >> reporter: the other reason, hospitals say they generally lose money treating covid-19 patients because it requires mounds of personal protection equipment, staff intensive and kr create it is need to retrofit areas. >> for something like this, it's really apocalyptic of what it means. >> reporter: as hospitals reopen for all manner of emergencies and surgeries, this place looks pretty mtd. >> is this normal? >> no. the public sanjay gupta showing up even when they need to.
>> that's a biggest concern is we know there's still people haven't strokes, chest pain, pneumonias, appendicitis and not coming in. >> wow. thanks, sara. coming up, celebrating july fourthburg during a pandemic. the changes to make to protect yourself and those you love. da dana bash and don relemon hosting "fourth of july in america" tomorrow beginning at 8:00 p.m. eastern. 49... 50!
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the mayor of miami beach has this message for really everyone ahead of the july fourth holiday. there is nothing more american than staying home to protect yourself and others. but more likely if we're being honest many people are planning to not be staying home, already planning a barbecue or a gathering or going to the beach or the pool. how do you keep yourself safe and those you love safe? here with me is cnn contributor aaron bromage. aaron, thank you for being here. you were able to do what few people have been able to do, explain in very clear terms how this virus spreads and where the risks really are. i want to get your take on this weekend on this holiday. i have heard people wondering on pools. is it safe to be in a pool with a bunch of other people? >> it can be safer. it is not safe. nothing that we do during a
pandemic when we bring people together is safe. but we can do things safer. we still need to maintain that physical distance that at least six feet of different households. if we get too close the respiratory droplets pass from one person to the other and then get an infection establishing. i'm not so much worried about transmitting through the water. we don't drink gallons of pool water from that and more worried of being too close in conversations when we are in the pool. >> you clearly haven't met my 2-year-old talking about how much pool water someone consumes but you are right. officials in state like california and florida are closing beaches this weekend. what is the safest way, though, to be at the beach? so many other beaches as we have seen around the country are not closing. >> yeah. so every county, every state is a little different. there's wildfires of infections burning in arizona, in texas.
beginning in california. we are seeing it in areas of florida so we have to take different precautions in the particular areas because there appears to be so many people infected right now. but in other areas of the country where we have contained the infections through social distancing and mask use heading to the beach is not necessarily a risky endeavor. maintain your space at all times. when you're heading down to the beach and on the beach. just create that physical distance between you and members of the households and then just enjoy the time that you have there. >> yeah. what about barbecues? should people be grilling? can we cook food and serve it to friends safely or is the risk still too high? >> again, it is very regional. in a pandemic we shouldn't be gathering. we are giving the virus the fuel that it needs to move between
others. but like you said, people are going to gather so we need to do this as safely as we possibly can. limit the number of household that is you bring together. every extra household you bring is an extra risk that you're bringing in that you are going to infect or they're going to infect you. know your numbers as in what does your state look like now? there are certain regions of the country, arizona, where you just should not be gathering at all but if you come to, for example, massachusetts where we have done incredibly well, we can start pulling two families, maybe three families together and just make the event safer through physical distancing, through making sure that our seats are separated further apart and not sharing serving utensils and thought about how to put it together and make it safer in those areas where community transmission is low. >> not sharing serving utensils
is something i could see but a great point. connecticut and new jersey, they're allowing outdoor amusement parks to reopen. do you think that is safe? getting on a ride in a park with a bunch of strangers you'd assume. >> after the sacrifices those states have gone through with their population, with the stay-at-home orders and people losing jobs, this just seems a little reckless to me. it seems fun but you put a person at the front of a roller coaster enjoying the ride screaming and yelling, what is coming out of the mouth hitting the people directly behind them. when you start standing in lines for an extended period waiting to get on a ride we know that that leads to infections. we have seen it with elections where people have been infected waiting in lines to come up and vote. so there's so many things that are not right about this from an
infection control standpoint. i don't understand that logic. >> what are your thoughts on public bathrooms right now? >> public bathrooms are sort of a black hole of understanding with the coronavirus. we know a person that is infectious does actually release infectious viral material in the feces. we know that when you flush a toilet there's a toilet plume sending when's in the bowl up into the air so theoretically there's a risk associated with bathrooms and the toilet plumes but a real driver of infection we probably would see that more in the data and so far there's been one possible association that's reported to date. treat them with caution but they're not something to run away from actively if we need to use them. >> you're now making me more averse thinking about the flush plume.
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world by the coronavirus pandemic. second to the united states in the number of covid cases. and even though health experts are warning it is still too soon for brazil to reopen officials are moving towards that. large cities like rio de janeiro allowing restaurants, gyms and bars to reopen now. cnn's shasta darlington is live in sao paulo. a modeling expert said reopening like this is sending people to the slaughterhouse. what is going on? >> reporter: that's right. if you see pictures of what rio looked like last night you get a sense of people not wearing masks, patrons of bars spilling out on to the sidewalk. more than 61,000 people died from covid-19 here in brazil. the peak not expecting until mid-august and with the country bracing for what's expected to be the worst recession on record several cities are relaxing
restrictions. dining, patrons attempt a return to normalcy as brazil's second largest city reopens for busine business. >> translator: we just opened and coming back. >> reporter: on thursday rio de janeiro entered the latest stage of reopening. allowing restaurants, bars and cafes to accept a limited number of customers with social distancing rules in place. residents can also return to the gym, rio is joining other cities around brazil in the phased reopening as the world's second worst hit country sees coronavirus cases nearing 1.5 million with the steady increase in new daily infections. >> translator: we have the problem of people who are going to work because the economy is reopened. if they're infected they take the infection to the relatives, many of them elderly, with complex health issues.
>> reporter: despite warnings, many regional leaders are desperate as finances plummet and unemployment soars. now millions of brazil's informal workers face a stark choice, go to work and risk infection or go hungry. >> translator: we are totally exposed to the coronavirus every day. without any protection. and because companies do not deliver mask, we have to make our own or buy them and buy hand sanitizer. >> reporter: adds it wreaks havoc on the fragile economy, itting a investigates the problems. in the amazon rainforest, deforestation is surging. environmentalists say they're capitalizing on less oversight. that may be responsible for a jump in fires. the most in june since 2007. now fears are rising of a coming dry season with more smoke
posing respiratory dangers. >> translator: slash and burn clearing of land already represents a serious health problem. if we have land clearing and covid-19 together it could mean catastrophic consequences for the region. >> reporter: a burning amazon adds to threats of indigenous populations where covid-19 is sweeping through communities. brazil's government sent medal wo -- medical workers but the virus infected thousands of tribe members and killed dozens. that's according to the government special health service. the indigenous population part of a grim milestone. brazil reached more than 60,000 coronavirus deaths, a tribute to those victims lit on christ the redeemer, the famed redeemer acknowledging the toll of covid-19 as the city reopens amid crisis.
now, the main proponent of opening here in brazil has been the president himself bals nora calling it a little flu and insisting that hunger and unemployment could kill more people than covid-19. but experts say this premature reopening could make it hard to ignore the deadly impact and to see rather than a second wave a prolongation of that first wave, kate. >> absolutely. shasta, thank you. coming up next, this just in to cnn, a big announcement from the nfl commissioner of the washington redskinand the team's name. after years of criticism, is change coming? special fortiety presentation of a capitol fourth! with your hosts john stamos and vanessa williams and performances from coast to coast. featuring: patti labelle, john fogerty, the temptations, andy grammer yolanda adams, renée fleming, trace adkins brian stokes mitchell, chrissy metz, mandy gonzalez, and
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change the name of the franchise but i do want to read you a little bit of what he said today. so he says, this process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from the alumni, the organization, sponsors, the nfl and local community it is proud to represent on and off the field. and nfl commissioner goodell added support to the announcement saying in a statement we have had ongoing discussions with dan and supportive of this important step. the mention of sponsors, kate, in the remarks is especially important because this is a conversation reignited again and again but with ad week reporting that investment firms of excess of $600 billion have threatened to really just pull out of the franchise if they don't find brands that align with inclusively, the things that matter to them now, then it's a
real problem for them and that's a very loud alarm bell for a team owner, particularly around a pandemic. >> that's for sure. also the coronavirus -- the pandemic is doing away it appears with another summer tradition this year. what are you hearing about the all-star game? >> it is shelved, first time since 1945. it was scheduled for july 14th, at dodgers stadium. it's just another one of the things on the sporting calendar that's fallen away. trying to get a season together. the first day of spring training. we have nathan's hot dog eating contest. >> that's for sure! great to see you, carolyn. the one summer tradition on is the hot dog eating contest. the tradition will go on tomorrow but with changes because of covid. it will take place in a private location. no crowd watching, only five
competitors at a time to allow for social distancing. last year's champions who ate up to 71 and 31 hot dogs respectively they will be back. funds raised will go to food banks. just reminder, cnn's fourth of july in america, evening of fireworks and big musical lineup starts tomorrow 8:00 p.m. eastern. have a great weekend, everybody. our coverage continues with brooke baldwin. hi there. i'm brooke baldwin. you are watching a special holiday edition of cnn "newsroom." new cases of the coronavirus are hitting record numbers in the united states with more than 52,000 more people testing positive. the number of cases now tops 2.7 million and the cdc projects