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terms of the company itself, an analyst earlier this year projected because the theme parks closed around the world not just florida but disney with theme parks in china and in europe, that would cost the company a billion dollars. so both from a profit standpoint and from a public health standpoint there is so much on the line here. now, the union has filed an official grievance with the company and i did reach out to the company for a response and i have not heard back yet and we are staying on the story and closely monitoring what happens there. >> no kidding. thank you. all right. it is the top of the hour. i'm kate bolduan. we are now months into the coronavirus pandemic. yet if you look at the numbers and the trends and the direction that the country is headed it really looks like more like the country is back to square one. show you the current snapshot.
33 states trending in the wrong direction. hospitals are sounding the alarm running out of space. doctors, nurses, hospital workers saying they're once again running out of the personal protection equipment and some states reversing course and beginning to close down again. yes, many of the same problems, issues that the country faced months ago and then fixes were promised by the federal government, by the president and by many state leaders but if you look around does it look like the problems have been fixed? back in the beginning of april the united states looked like italy. we were facing a horrific trend that italy was facing, both rising hotspots but now italy has managed to flatten the curve. today the hospital that was at the center of their crisis reported no covid positive patients for the very first time since february while the united
states leads the world in cases and is seeing hospitalization rates spiking. so what went wrong? today instead of answers more questions and confusion. a day after the president slammed the cdc's back to school safety guidelines as too tough and impractical, new guidelines were promised but now we hear this. >> our guidelines are our guidelines and will provide additional reference documents to aid basically communities that are trying to reopen k-12. not a revision. it's just to be providing additional information to help schools be able to use the guidance that we put forward. >> let's get to two of the states seeing the worst of it now, florida and california. rosa floor sres is in miami. what are you seeing there today? >> reporter: a lot of frustration. there was a press conference that just wrapped up with
multiple mayors here from miami-dade county and slammed the florida department of health for not contact tracing enough and they are demanding that the state hire at least 500 contact tracers. here is the reality. in miami-dade county, the positivity rate is 28%. that's about a third. and if you look at the goal for the county, it is not to exceed 10%. they have exceeded that for the past 14 days. these mayors were so frustrated because they say that they've been doing everything that they can requiring masks, asking people to social distance saying that the mixed messages are not helping and we know that governor ron desantis did not issue a mask mandate across the state. the mayors offered numbers. you have got to take a look and process the numbers. according to mayor francis suarez here from the city of miami, the florida department of health contact traces june 5th
92% of the patients with covid-19. on june 22nd, 86%. june 29th, dropped to 78%. on june 8th, that number was 17%. again, these are according to the city of miami. miami-dade county announced today that they will be hiring about 250 contact tracers after contract agreement with the state but the mayors saying that the not enough. the mayor of miami beach said that both the state and the federal government need to get it together, kat. they said that more needs to be done and doan have the information to make the decisions they need to save lives here in miami-dade and they're demanding these mayors that at least 500 contact tracers be hired immediately. we have reached out to the florida department of health and
governor ron desantis' office and have not heard back. >> this should have been ramped up and fixed months ago. this conversation is happening for months about the need for contact tracing. thank you for staying on top of it. let's get to california with sara sidner. california is reporting the highest death total since april. >> reporter: on wednesday there was a report of another 8,000 plus people who have tested positive for coronavirus. those numbers have a little bit in them the backlog of testing but the trend is that everything is going in the wrong direction. we're now seeing more people getting coronavirus so those numbers are up. also the rate of infection is up and hospitalizations are up and now seeing that the death toll is beginning to rise, as well. it is everyone's dreaded reaction to all of these numbers that keep going up. of course, they were expecting that potentially the deaths to go up and we have found that
they have. one of the major hotspots is here in los angeles, los angeles county. they' they're about 40% of the cases and the mayor of los angeles has said if we have to we may have to start shutting things back down again, going back to where we were months ago which is terrifying to the people here, the businesses here. folks that are just trying to get the lives back in order but these rates are dangerous and they are worried that they will not have enough icu beds if the rate goes the way it is and the hospitalizations go the way they are and implored young people to please do your part. >> to parents, i need your help. i need you to keep your children away from parties and gatherings with friends. i know it's the summertime and muscle memory goes back to be together, hang out with one another, to thinking, well, i
don't know anybody who's sick or in the hospital so i'm probably okay. do not get together with someone who's not in your household. >> reporter: so the reason why he was speaking directly to parents and young people because what they're seeing in numbers is more than 50% of the cases coming back positive are younger people. that is a real warning because they may themselves get sick but they can get their parents and grand parents sick. kate? >> thank you. great reporting. so the president returned to a familiar but misguided refrain today declaring that the rise in cases is due to more testing. tweeting that other countries haven't done the kind of testing that the united states has and the u.s. would report half the cases if we cut testing in half but the reality is not that. and dr. anthony fauci said we don't have an accurate measure of how many americans are infected. in a radio interview dr. fauci
said that the cdc has come out with saying that it's very likely that we are not aware of even a fraction of cases, so it is likely more. again, i think what we do need is better screening, broader screening in the country to get a feel for really what the penetrance of the infection is he says. an epidemiologist and senior scholar at johns hopkins is joining me right now. you have real concerns about the status of testing in this country. i wanted to narrow in on that because i thought your take is extremely interesting. the vice president was touting the level of testing just yesterday. listen to this. >> at this point we have tested more than 39 million americans. we are doing very well right now between 600,000 and 700,000 tests per day and topped the
700,000 mark last week and we are averaging about 620,000 tests per day. >> what is wrong with that assessment? why are you so concerned with this now? >> right. more tests are happening. that's for sure. we have expanded testing in the u.s. but not enough and the reason why it's not enough is we have the largest epidemic in the world so we have to test more because we have more infection than anybody else. it's not an indication of enough tests and the percentage of tests that come back positive show us that we have a long way to go and in fact the situation is getting worse. we are casting far too narrow of a net to find the infections out there. >> and the president returned to yet again when he says the only reason we have -- showing more cases is because we are testing more people.
why is that off the mark? >> right. so it's sort of like saying if we didn't test for cancer we wouldn't find any cancer patients. it is not an indication of prevalence of cancer. what we look at to get a sense of enough testing is the percentages that come back positive. if case numbers grow because we are doing more tests we would see the percentage, what we call positivity stay about the same or in more likely scenarios decline. what we see is percentage of tests coming back positive is increasing meaning that despite the hard work gone into try to expand testing in the united states the virus has basically outpaced the efforts and now we have more people infected now than we ever have and therefore we need to further expand testing. >> there's also on testing still another issue that's popping up again, a delay in getting people able to get tests, a delay in
the people able to get their test results back. why is that a problem in this whole equation? >> i'm really worried about the delays. the point of a test is to have an early indication and you need to stay home. if it takes a week or sometimes two weeks delay to get a test result back, what's the likelihood that's you're sitting around in the house not knowing if you have the infection or not? delays undermine the value of tests bring and to make sure they stay home and should be the start of contact tracing and really important process to find people who may be about to develop an infection and the whole goal of contact tracing to find the people and intervene before they spread the infection to others. >> we heard that report from miami that contact tracing is at best lacking. i spoke to the mayor of hialeah,
florida, yesterday. he is in the epicenter in south florida and he said that he is not aware of any contact tracing that's happening in his city. as an epidemiologist, what is your reaction to that? >> it's hard particularly at the scale required and as places are seeing more and more cases contact tracing will have a really hard time keeping up, even if they rapidly and dramatically expand the workforce to do it so i worry that we are so far behind on this that many places will only see a choice to shut down and would be a failure. >> there's no other way to look at it. i think at any movement to seeing real progress in getting our arms around it is acknowledging how deep the problem actually is and i really appreciate your perspective on this. thank you so much. a programming note, dr. sanjay gupta, anderson cooper
with a town hall tonight at 8:00 eastern on cnn. coming up, a dire warning for the state of arizona y. a researcher says that the state could run out of hospital beds in a few weeks. the supreme court coming down with a very big ruling on access to -- about gaining access to the president's financial records. why president trump is calling those decisions quote political prosecution.
president trump's financial records as well as the limits of presidential power are the focus of two big rulings today coming from the supreme court in a pair of 7-2 decisions, the court has fornow blocked congress and new york prosecutors from accessing the president's financial documents. the justices sending both back to lower courts for further review and did make one thing clear, that the president is not completely immune from a
subpoena. in the new york case, chief justice roberts writing this in part. given these safeguards and precedence, we cannot conclude that absolute immunity is necessary or appropriate. they were all unanimous in that regard and in recogard to congress, subpoenas should be scrutinized stemming from a rival political branch with an ongoing relationship with the president and incentives to use subpoenas for institutional advantage. kaitlan come lens is live at the white house and legal adviser ross garber. you are tracking the president's reaction. what more are you hearing regarding this today? >> reporter: let me tell you how the attorney is reacting and then how the president is reacting which is probably as most viewers guess. jay sekulow representing the
president for so long and he said we're pleased with the decisions issued today. he said in the supreme court that's temporarily blocked both congress and new york prosecutors from obtaining the financial words we will raise additional constitution andal legal,s in the lower courts. he is the one that argued that the president does have immunity from prosecution while he is in office and as you saw from that statement you just read from the chief justice he very clearly does not agree with that and obviously not this massive win for them but for the goal ultimately is not get the president's financial information out there and that didn't happen. the president however does not feel this way. you can see from this one of many tweets this morning saying it's a political prosecution and not fair to this presidency or this administration and tweeted again a few moments ago and what the president hasn't weighed in on and what's so telling is the fact that the two justices he
appointed to the supreme court gorsuch and kavanaugh ruled against him in the tax returns case coming the new york. >> ross, what is your being takeaway from the two rulings? ross, can you hear me? it's kate. i think we might have a technical issue. kaitlan, a quick additional question for you. your mentioned it. the timing is significant because obviously if these documents would be released ahead of the election seems to have been answered just practically speaking. are you getting a sense of if folks around the president think that this changed anything politically for the president heading towards election day? >> reporter: he clearly does not view it as a win and he was already annoyed with the supreme court and he had been tweeting about going after it and started to muse privately of someone else on the supreme court to help get voters riled up before
the election, like it did obviously in 2016 so it's certainly that he viewed as a potential political aspect to use this but protecting the president's financial information is near and dear to him. he's fought so hard to keep that information out of the public view, everyone though he did once in 2016 promise to reveal the tax returns and that didn't happen and it's personal for the president, his own information, and the question is does he keep bringing this up? we won't see the financial information before the election and unlikely but if the president keeps tweeting about it and feeding the news cycle we continue to talk about the fact that he has not released the tax returns, something that voters say they want to see so it's not a winning issue for the president on that front. >> 2016, all over again. ross, what are your big takeaways from the two rulings?
>> yeah. so from his tweets it doesn't seem as if the president is very happy with the decisions. but honestly, i think they're better than he could hope for. the house although the president doesn't have complete immunity, the house isn't getting any record any time soon and maybe not ever but the tweets reflect the real concern of what is going on in the manhattan d.a.'s office. i think he had no right to expect to get complete immunity having to have the information provided forever to the manhattan d.a. and concerned about it. that information isn't coming any time soon. there's going to be a litigation path but there are investigations and that information it looks like is going to at some point be turned over to the manhattan d.a. >> thank you. still ahead, mixed messages on how to safely reopen schools have gotten more mixed. what are school administrators
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trashed those guidelines as being too tough and expensive and impractical and the vp announced new guide lynlines ar coming. the republican governor of maryland larry hogan had this to say. >> well, actually, i'm not confused. i think the president is confused. we knew exactly what the cdc was talking about, what's going on in our states and confused what the president was talking about yesterday. >> in terms of him calling it impractical. so where does this leave the people who actually have to make these tough calls about if and how to bring kids back in to school? with me right now is robert runcy, superintendent for broward county schools, public schools in florida, sixth largest school district in the country. thank you for being here. the president hitting at the cdc. the cdc saying guidelines were going to be revised and now
saying they won't be revised. what did you take away from this back and forth yesterday? >> well, you know, i was very concerned about what i saw which is, you know, looks like we're now getting to the point where we will be politicizing the process by which we reopen schools. we have seen that happen with masks and how that's worked out and testing in this country and it's, quite frankly, from what i have seen from the data is disastrous. coming to the safety of our kids, teachers and staff we cannot compromise on their health and safety. whatever we do we will ensure that we're not going to compromise that. we are going to take the guidelines into account. we are going to listen to the advice of our local public health officials and medical experts which we have been consulting with and under that guidance open schools but the
larger issue is that opening our schools in america has to be connected to overall what's going on in the community. it is not just a school district roernlt. it is not just a community responsibility. it is everyone's responsibility. so we have got to be more disciplined and diligent of face masks, physical distance, robust testing and tracing. because we have to contain it in the larger community to the greatest extent possible to create the conditions where we can properly open our schools safely. when we look at some of the -- yeah. >> that's a great point. it is all connected. you cannot see any of this in a silo. it is all interconnected. you announced that despite the order that was coming from the state that your county's schools remain closed until things
improve. when are you telling families that is expected to be? i know that's an impossible question to answer but what -- i don't know, guidance are you giving them. >> things change almost daily in our world now so we have told our community that somewhere around the last week of july, first week of august we'll make a call as to what model we will have in our schools when we open on august 19th. we believe that learning must open and continue on our start date for school. what that looks like is defined by what state we are in relative to the coronavirus in our community. we are currently under phase one pretty much things are locked down as you know in florida. south florida in particular has become the new epicenter for this and that's palm beach counties, broward county and
miami-dade, we are all interconnected and so the decisions that we make are really going to have to make from a regional perspective and so for example about 10% to 15% of the employees live in miami-dade. they work in broward. and vice versa. so we have got to make sure that we are coordinated because we need all of our staff, resources to open schools. what we are doing now is we are actually surveying our parents for every single student in the county at the schools to see what their preferences are for when we return across four different options. one is to continue with the 100% distanced learning model. number two is a hybrid model with staggered school days to come in two to three days a week. the other days at home and you're learning online. and then there's an option for those who have a strong
preference for face to face, five days a week and then we also have what we call a broward virtual school which we have had for a number of years now. so far with over 110,000 responses back from our parents, for those students, the majority, the largest percentage is around a hybrid model somewhere around 37%. 33% say they want face to face every day. interestingly enough there's 28% who want to continue with an enhanced high quality e-learning model that's connected to the local neighborhood school. we're trying to work through all of these possibilities in every school and got to be flexible because we may be in a situation in august when we want to open where given the conditions we may need to start off with
purely everyone on e-learning and then transition to one of these models depending on the environmental conditions and we have to follow the data. we have to follow the guidance. i kind of look at this of a wartime decision, right? because if we don't make the right decisions it will cost lives and we have to take this very seriously. we at war with a virus that has killed well over 120,000 people in this country. obviously infection is now at a high number. so i've got to be concerned about with the 30,000 employees and quite frankly if our teachers start to get sick notwithstanding what people say about students, whether they get it or they don't get sick but if the teachers get ill we cannot function. the district won't work. >> yeah. >> we have to keep their health as a priority. >> no matter if it's virtual or
in person. thank you so much. good luck. we'll check back in as things change day by day. arizona sees a surge in hospitalizations. the warning now coming from a researcher about when arizona hospitals could be running out of beds. ♪ come on in, we're open. ♪ all we do is hand you the bag. simple. done. we adapt and we change. you know, you just figure it out. we've just been finding a way to keep on pushing. ♪
lowest number available since late march. a model projects the state is likely to run out of hospital beds by the end of the month. joining me is dr. joe jared at the university of arizona. thank you so much for being here. the mayor of tucson told us that her immediate concern was exactly what you are touching on, running out of icu beds and said on tuesday there were five to ten left available in a county of a million people. and then with your projection and model that hospitals could reach capacity in terms of beds by the end of the month, is it inevitable that that will happen at this point? >> yes. i think so. we are already there. so there's a difference between functional capacity or our ability to care for patients without doing unusual things
like bringing in outside health care professionals. we still have listed beds so we have physical places to put them but the health care workers are most critical shortage. >> you are also watching testing capacity in your state very closely. what are you seeing there? >> yes. so testing is still lagging behind the needs and so our test positive rate is up above 20%. ideally you like to see it less than 10% so it gives us a good indication we don't have near enough tests as we need. >> with that, vice president pence said just yesterday that coming to the positivity rate of tests in arizona that the white house task force on the coronavirus is seeing and the way he put it is indications of percent positive testing flattening. is that what you are seeing? doctor, it is kate bolduan.
>> sorry. i missed your question. >> that's okay. you can hear me, though? >> yeah. >> great. vice president mike pence, he said that he is seeing indications that in arizona the percent positive testing flattening. are you seeing that? >> yeah. i'm sorry. i lost your connection. >> i think we have lost him. thank you so much. unfortunately in the technical age of covid. still ahead, after seeing the rising numbers of deaths in california colleges are taking classes fully online this fall. how will that work for one school? that is up next. welcome back, to that same old place that you laughed about
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online or in person or a combination of both, these are the very realtime decision that is colleges and universities across the country are making. a college outside of l.a. made the call. online only and here might be why. the current status of california, the state among those leading not just the country but the world in the number of new coronavirus cases and los angeles county specifically is a major contributor to the state's surging numbers. the positivity rate is double than statewide and joining me is president of the college in
california, g. gabrielle star. this is a serious situation. what was it you saw specifically that forced you to make this decision? >> kate, thank you for having me on. it's gravely concerning. we are two trends that really made us change up until two weeks ago we were planning on a social distanced but otherwise as normally as we could be in person semester and watching the infection rates rise, especially after memorial day weekend, it was our first leading indicator that the hoped for drop or stabilization in transmission infection rates was just not going to happen and given what we know about the virus and how long the incubation period was, we decided that we needed to change our plan. we also knew from contact with
several hospitals in the area that they were beginning to reach capacity in beds if not in nursing, skilled nursing and those were of grave concern for us as the colleges are not a research university and don't have a hospital of our own and we felt that most ethical decision would be to go through this semester planfully and maximize a liberal arts education in this climate. >> all the of data points are truly scary. we have seen faculty speak up very loudly at other schools like georgia tech about reopening and being back on campus or not. what have you heard from faculty? how did this weigh on your decision? >> we heard very different things from faculty. some the whole professors as a
whole are on average older than your average worker so many of them had health concerns in terms of risk factors and exposure to covid-19. but we had a bunch of faculty who wouldn't dream of teaching any other way than in the face to face environment, never dreamed of it and are now moving quite -- engaging with the te technologists to reform late the classes. we had a really set of offers. you may know that the decision to be largely online may have implications for international students and so we may need to offer some courses on campus and we have had volunteers to do that. so it's -- >> that's very interesting because i was going to ask you about that just to bring people up to speed and remind them is the trump administration has sent out guidance that
essentially if schools only offer online classes international students may have to leave the country and may have to go home. i believe i saw that 12% of your student bod by y is more outside quite and tell me what you are doing about this if the administration would follow through on the threat. >> i think that there are several legal challenges mounted around this decision. it's very hard to think about essentially punishing students and by punishing i mean if they are to leave and lose their current status they would not be able to take full advantage of the american education by being able to work for a set number of years in the united states after they have completed the degree. so what we really want to do is to be able to offer continuation of education with pomona and might be to study abroad for a semester, at an institution
nearby and actively working to create partnerships with institutions to continue. and we also have students who are international who do not leave the country over the summer in part because of the covid crisis and we may need to offer courses for those students in clairemont. we also are considering legal options because this is an extraordinary step to take that seems to be really focused on ensuring that schools teach not fully online but teach in person even though that could be a grave health risk for faculty, students and staff. >> absolutely. just as you lay it out, there's no easy choice and so very clear that this is not a situation that you would want to have to be presented with or having to present your faculty with or the student body with but, madame president, thank you for coming
in. >> thank you for having me. >> thank you. still ahead, new developments out of seoul, korea, where the mayor of that city was reported missing today. r insurance so you only pay for what you need. what do you think? i don't see it. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
hours latter in the mountains in seoul. no cause of death has yet been published. a long time civic activist, he was considered as a possible liberal candidate for president of the south korea in 2022. germany, the blunt words of chancellor merkel taking the helm of the european parliament saying that the pandemic highlights the limits of quote fact denying populism. let's check in there with the reporters stationed all over the world, too. >> i'm fred pleitgen, angela merkel said that lies and disinformation proved futile of dealing with the pandemic as have incitement and hatred. merkel says that democracies need transparency to be
successful in stopping the pandemic. in brazil, confirmed cases of coronavirus have topped 1.7 million and fatalities nearing 68,000 but there are many experts who believe due to lack of testing the numbers are woefully underreported. president jair bolsonaro is having the health ministers tested for coronavirus. but telling those office workers he might have come in contact with they should still come to work and he vetoed several bills that would have provided pandemic relief to indigenous communities here in brazil including basics of access to clean water and vetoing that and other bills to make mask wearing more mandatory and facebook removed several fraund lent accounts tied to president
bolsonaro. so much misinformation around social media. bill weir, cnn, sao paulo, brazil. i'm will ripley in hong kong where there's growing concern that this city is in the middle of a third wave of coronavirus. in the last two days 38 people at least have tested positive and a lot of those cases are concerning because they don't involve people from other countries but they involve community spread and some cases they don't know where the virus actually came from and who these people caught it from and raises concern that the small numbers of today to grow to much bigger numbers if measures are not taken. what will the measures be? we haven't heard yet but they closed down the borders here and enacted social distance early on and as a result hong kong had just over 1,300 coronavirus cases and only 7 deaths and officials are determined to keep
that number low. >> thank you all so much. before we go, sanjay gupta and anderson cooper hosting a new coronavirus town hall tonight at 8:00 eastern only on cnn. thank you so much for joining me. our coverage continues now with brianna keilar. hi there. i'm brianna keilar. welcome to the viewers in the united states and around the world. we begin with more dire details showi showing coronavirus is on the rise in the u.s. and leading the leading expert to call for some states to pause on reopening. >> california, texas, florida, arizona are now experiencing surges of infections that have gone up to 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 and most recently a total of 60,000 new cases per