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good morning and welcome to your new day. i'm christi paul. >> good morning, i'm boris sanchez. the delta variant is spreading, sending covid cases surging to levels not even in months as survivors gather in cities across the country to remember those lost to the virus. firing back. the attorney for new york governor andrew cuomo forcefully defending him against the allegations and slamming the report into his behavior as shoddy and biased. we also have more on her response and the criminal case involving the governor now.
plus, an entire school board suspended for refusing to comply with state coronavirus protocols. the man who made that decision joins us live. and golden girl. olympic track star allyson felix leaves tokyo as the most decorated american olympic track star ever. "new day" starts right now . thank you so much for spending your sunday morning us with. it is august 8th. we appreciate you tuning in. good morning, christi. great to see you, as always. >> good morning to you as well, boris. so despite, you know, it's good to see you despite what we have to talk about this morning. this new data that shows a dramatic surge in the number of coronavirus cases across the country. the u.s. now averaging more than
100,000 new daily covid-19 cases each day. that is the highest rate in nearly six months. >> yeah, in fact, the last time the seven-day average was that high was in february. compare that to the end of june of the average just over 11,000 cases. remember, roughly half the u.s. population remains unvaccinated. so this is potentially almost fully preventible. hospitalizations and deaths also climbing. so as we think about the more than 63,000 covid-19 patients in hospitals and suffering from this, we can't ignore that fact, christi, that vaccinations could ultimately prevent this. >> yeah, the alarming uptick in cases and hospitalizations comes as millions of, as we know, students are going back to school in person. there are schools opening up this week across many counties florida. florida considered now to be the epicenter of the current surge. florida also has fully vaccinated slightly less than
half of its total population. the rate of virus transmission there, obviously, very high. >> one-third of the patients that are in the hospital are in the 20s and 40s in florida. we are seeing 30-year-olds, literally 30-year-olds who are in the icu on vents and passing away. this is not the time for politics. this is the time for us to actually do what we can to mitigate this damage. i mean, you know, people are dying, unfortunately, and florida is number one in the country. really nothing's being done. >> let's get straight to cnn's natasha chen. she joins us now live from orlando. natasha, you heard it from that doctor. florida leading the u.s. in covid-19 cases, and what we're seeing in florida could potentially repeat itself elsewhere, right? >> reporter: yes, boris and christi, that doctor also said this is not the time for politics.
that is what we are seeing in florida and other places around the country, as well. when you look at state officials butting heads with local officials, butting heads with parents and educators on how to, for example, bring kids back to class safely in person, classes resume in person for orange county public schools where we are on tuesday. there is a mask mandate that the district just put into place for that, for teachers, employees. for students as well, but because of the state policy trying to prevent districts from doing so, they have to allow parents to opt out of that. so you are seeing a lot of tension there. now, we were at a vaccination clinic yesterday where we saw some young people coming in. orange county reporting a lot of 12 to 17-year-olds are getting vaccinated recently, probably because they are going back in person. we heard from a teenager starting his senior year about why he wanted to get the shot. we also heard from the nurse leading that mobile unit vaccination clinic, talking
about the trends she is seeing. >> people do follow the numbers. they do watch the news. and whenever there is a spike, we see a spike in vaccinations. >> i am going to be around different kids and people. i didn't go last year. so now it's, like, new environment and new germs. >> reporter: that young gentleman that we spoke to right there, we spoke to his mother, as well. she actually brought him, the rest of her children, they all got vaccinated yesterday. she told me, yes, part of the reason is because her high-schoolers are starting class in person, but because recently, ultimately, she had two very close friends die of covid-19. one was her own age, someone with children, someone who was healthy, someone she least expect today succumb to the virus. she stunt know if they were vaccinatedk, but that definitely stoked some urgency in her to
get her family vaccinated. we are definitely sensing that urgency from the people who lined up yesterday to get a vaccine. boris and christi. >> natasha chen, appreciate it. thank you. so dr. joseph, chief of staff at united memorial center in houston is with us now. thank you for going here. really appreciate you. we know that just under 47% of people in harris county are fully vaccinated. slightly higher than texas overall. but i was reading, according to cnn tracker numbers, there has been a 500% increase in covid admissions, and that florida and texas account for about a third of all u.s. covid cases that have been reported in the last week. talk to us about what you are seeing in your hospital. >> i mean, it's interesting talking about this because, you know, over the last 12 hours i have lost more patients than the
number of patients that have i have lost in the last five to six weeks, to give you an idea how bad things are. yes, we have had an increase in the number of admissions 500%. we have no beds. our emergency department is full of patients just waiting to be able to get into a hospital. but that's not just in one -- the one problem that we have. the other problem is health care providers. we don't have enough nurse nurses are phoning in sick. so we are having an issue with getting enough nurses so that we can provide the best possible care to the patients. it's bad. for me, this is a deja vu of last year. >> i was just going to say, what you are describing sounds like the conversation you and i had last year, not in the last few weeks. are you feeling then, because, i mean, i don't know if you even had time to breathe and recover from what happened last year because this has been such a
fluid situation, but are you feeling and is your team feeling some battle fatigue at this point from this? >> oh, no question about it. ordinary, i have a nurse that was crying on my shoulder because she was -- we have a patient that have a cardiac arrest and nen another one and another one. it was one after the other. we are exhausted. i mean, we are working non-stop. patients keep on coming. and the worst part about this is that this was foreseeable and this was preventible. so not only we are exhausted. we are annoyed. we're annoyed because people are not doing the right thing. >> and talk to people about doing the right thing. for anybody who is out there who, you know, maybe they are not looking at the vaccine as something that is political, but they have concerns about it from a physical standpoint. everybody has their own reasoning, i suppose. but is there anything you feel like you can say to convince
people that that's what needs to be done? to get the vaccine? >> i mean, i would just tell people, come spend the day with me. come spend two hours with me rounding in my unit so you get an idea of why it is important to get vaccinated. it is very sad when you lose a 30-year-old, a 29-year-old or somebody without any pre-existing health conditions. and stop politicizing the vaccine. the vaccine works. but also common sense works. avoid going to large crowded places. those are the things that i keep on telling people. wear your mask. how difficult can that be? >> we had a story earlier this week of an 11-month-old girl with covid who had to be airlifted more than 150 miles away because the initial hospital she had been admitted to did not have a pediatric hospital with the right services
that were available. to treat what she needed. are you seeing an issue with -- you said, obviously, your staff. some of them aren't able to be there. but do you foresee more situations like this where people are going to have to be airlifted because the resources are starting to -- is this new? is the resources starting to lack? is it just that the resources aren't there or that the numbers of expeditiously going too high now? >> i think it's both. i think you have both. you know, excessive number of people that are coming in, but also your resources are limited. and, you know, this is houston. we are talking about, you know, one of the largest cities in america. we are talking about like the mecca of medicine. and yet you have a lack of resources. it's pretty impressive. and it's in every hospital in
the houston metropolitan area. >> doctor, we are congratulate grateful for you. we are grateful for your teams. there are so many people that are thankful that you are on this. thank you for taking time out of your day to share with us. we are so sorry for what you have had to go through in the last 12 hours, as you mentioned. take good care of yourself and your teams there. >> thank you. >> of course. an attorney for embattled new york governor andrew cuomo is forcefully push back on a recent investigation that lays out claims that the governor sexually harassed nearly a dozen women. in a one-on-one interview with cnn, attorney rita glavin signaled cuomo plans to continue fighting the allegations calling the attorney general's report biased. >> that report is shoddy, it is biased. it omits evidence and it was an ambush. and they haven't shared all of
their evidence. here is the thing. from his perspective, and i do think you are going to hear this from him, he didn't believe it was inappropriate. >> the governor has denied the allegations against him, and while he affairs to be preparing for a long legal fight, his political career is under pressure. calls for governor cuomo to resign have grown louder by the day coming from leaders within his own party, including president joe biden. meantime, the new york state legislature is signaling it will move ahead with impeachment proceedings. we should also note the aide who says cuomo groped her has filed a criminal complaint against him. paolo sandoval is in albany, new york, with the details. >> reporter: yesterday we were there as the albany county sheriff addressed this criminal compliant filed against new york governor andrew cuomo on thursday. the sheriff saying it was sexual in nature, the actual compliant kplaint itself, and wouldn't go
into tee do tailetail. at the same time, cnn speaking to the attorney of that complainant does confirm she is in fact the woman referred to as executive assistant number 1 in that attorney general report from the new york state attorney general that was released on tuesday which 11 women are coming forward with these allegations of sexual harassment against governor cuomo. sheriff craig apple saying we can expect for the investigation to basically follow just what they usually do in these kinds of cases. assigning it to a team of investigators that specialize in this case. i want you to hear directly from the sheriff that says simply because the governor is a target of this investigation it does not mean that they will either rush or delay this case. >> i had a female victim come forward which had to be the hardest thing she has ever done in her life and make an allegation of criminal conduct against the governor.
i have a young lady alleging she is victimized and we will do everything in our powers to help her. >> reporter: he told us if this investigation does lead them to charges, then the governor could potentially face misdemeanor charges as part of this investigation. but again still in the early stages in this point after cuomo continues to deny these allegations. his legal team going so far to attack the attorney general's report released on tuesday. meantime, all of this really speaking to the possible criminal consequences that the governor may face in addition to everything else, including those impeachment efforts that have been led by democrats in albany to actually get him out of office. christi and boris. >> paolo sandoval, thank you. we will continue, obviously, to keep you posted on what's happening with that case. but president biden is close to securing a big bin. his infrastructure plan moving forward thanks in part to 18 republicans. 18 who voted to advance it. there are some hurdles here, though, to be clear.
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they have also told investigators apparently that trump himself never instructed either of them to do anything illegal. well, the $1 trillion infrastructure bill clears another hurdle, closer to a senate vote. 18 republican senators joined democrats to shut down debate on the bill and to just move it forward. among them was senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. >>l >> the american people need roads, bridges, ports, and airports to build our businesses, build our families, and build our liechs. republicans and democrats have radically different visions these days, but both those visions include physical infrastructure that works for all of our citizens. >> a rare moment of bipartisanship. let's get to jasmine wright, live in wilmington, delaware, traveling with the president. jasmine, things expected to heat up again on capitol hill in a few hours, right?
>> reporter: that's right exact thely right. president biden is one step closer to victory but he is not there yet. now that the senate has cleared that additional hurdle, the senate is back today with that rare weekend session trying to finish up on his would-be bipartisan infrastructure plan, trying to move it closer to those final stages. but yesterday on the senate floor after they took that vote, biden ally and delaware democrat tom carper summed up the mood perfectly when he quoted winston churchill. >> he said, it's not the end. this is not the beginning of the end. he said this is the end of the beginning. and while we are grateful to everybody who voted, it's not the end. but it takes us a step closer to the end. i just want to thank everybody who came in, took the time to get here to vote. we are prepared to take the next step.
>> reporter: so there you see that rare senate floor camaraderie amongst republicans and democrats. the question now is what comes next. so we can expect to see some several rounds of debate, 30 hours is the time that they have for the debate, trying to push the vote closer and closer to that final stage. unless democrats agree today to speed it up, but they have not come to that consensus just yet. so in the meantime white house officials have said over and over that president biden even though he is here in wilmington, delaware, not in d.c., he will be following the day's events because this is a legacy-building legislation for him. this with would be his first ma bipartisan legislation, something he campaigned trying to get his economic agenda. so yesterday he sent the vice president up to capitol hill where she had multiple meetings with the democrats on infrastructure, including tom
carper, including senator amy klobuchar, jon tester and others. and so really democrats are hoping to really finish this up and quickly because they want to move forward and really move to that $3.5 trillion spending package that would be passed among democrats only as the bipartisan framework faces an uncertain future in the house. boris, christi. >> jasmine wright, we appreciate the update. so governor cuomo isn't laying low. he is speaking out, holding primary press conferences, saying he not guilty of sexual harassment. the question is, will this media strategy work? cnn chief media correspondent brian stelter is with us next.
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he didn't think that that was improper. >> here to discuss is the anchor of "reliable sources" and cnn's chief media correspondent brian stelter. brian, always great to see you. good sunday morning. >> good morning. >> what do you think of how governor cuomo's legal team is handling the media strategy here, that nearly one-hour interview yesterday on cnn? >> right. if you think about it, there are two different audiences that the governor and his lawyers are trying to reach. one is the broad new york public. every voter in the state of new york. but then more specifically, they are trying to persuade state assembly members. the men and women who are going to vote on impeachment if indeed it reaches that point. it's pretty clear that the democrats believe there are the votes to impeach governor cuomo. and so it does seem like these lawyers are trying to reach that awed a audience and change some minds.
our colleague said it well. the governor is running out of time and friends. that has been clear all week long, and you mentioned this case that's now about with the albany sheriff and the prosecu prosecutors office, this allegations of unwanted touching. that woman who has not been identified, she is going to speak out tomorrow morning, monday morning, in an interview with cvs and the albany times union. for as many times as cuomo's lawyers might be on tv, the press conferences, the accusers are also speaking out at times in places of their choosing, and i think in many ways the next couple of days is going to be driven by whatever this anonymous accuser says in her first interview. >> it's interesting, brian. that sound bite that we listened to, and i think his attorney said it earlier when she was talking about the trooper who has made accusations against him as well, and she said the same thing, he didn't believe that he did anything wrong. he feels very, very badly about that. i do know and i know he is going
to address this. so she has been on the news an awful lot. >> right. >> there is an expectation we will see him again. a lot of attorneys might say i don't know if you want to do this. what is the thought behind the potential success or failure or harm that might come from him speaking out? >> without getting into the governor's head, think about what has happened in the past 18 months. he was at the highest of highs in many ways leading not just new york, but many parts of the country through covid. now he is at his lowest lows. i think he might believe if he gets back on tv the way he was so confidently doing at the worst of the pandemic in new york, maybe he thinks that connection via television will help him this time. however, we saw in his first response, his first defense was that he was responding to some really specific claims from specific accusers making a long argument about how he does give
hugs and gives comfort to his friends. the details in the report are so much more damning, much more meticulous, it's about more than just hugs and kisses. >> thank you so much. and know that you are going to see a lot more of brian today. he is on "reliable sources," of course, his show at 11:00 a.m. right here on cnn. up next, the new mexico secretary of public education joins us to discuss a local school board which refused to cli with mask guidelines and other covid safety protocols. the entire school board ultimately suspended. details after a quick break. stay with us. ♪ ♪
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the divide over covid safety measures is ramping up all over the country, especially as schools start to reopen. in new mexico, one local school board was suspended last week, the entire school board after refusing to comply with the state education department's guidelines on masks and other protocols. the head of new mexico's public education department ryan stewart says it was a step he did not want to take, but, quote, it's incumbent upon us to lead her e and say we have to create safe environments for our kids. joining us to discuss that decision is secretary ryan stewart. good sunday morning, ryan. we appreciate you joining us and sharing your thoughts on this. give us a little insight into this decision. you ultimately suspended the
floyd school board. why and where do you expect things to go from here? >> so just as you said in the intro, boris, and thanks for having me on, this is a very tough decision. at the end of the day. school board made it clear they were not willing to put forth any of the baseline safety measures to keep kids safe. and at the end of the day our goal is to get kids get them th. they deserve that after the year they had. the board wasn't willing to comply with the mask requirements and not willing to comply with the air filtering requirements despite the fact that the state is reimbursing the district for that cost and not willing to have any social distancing requirements leaving it up to each individual teacher and that's just not sound public health in this emergency and crisis. >> what are they saying to you? what's their rationale? >> the conversation comes down to a fundamental disagreement
about quote/unquote you have your science, we have our science. and so it's very difficult when we are trying to follow cdc guidelines and the guidelines from the american academy of pediatrics to create safe environments to fully come together and understand what the implications are of those decisions. >> right. and, ryan, what is their science? what are they basing it off of? >> you know, i really couldn't tell you. i think there is a lot of information out there, some accurate, some not. we are following the cdc and the aap guidelines and they just fundamentally don't believe in those. >> yeah, it sounds like they are getting a lot of misinformation. one message that we have heard from some local leaders like florida's governor ron desantis who is trying to ban mask mandates is that parents should be the ones responsible for determining what is best for their children. what's your response to that argument? >> well, you take the case of a
place like floyd where we have about a third of the adults in the county, only a third that are vaccinated. we have kids who are going to be walking in and it is our number one job to make sure that they have a safe, healthy learning environment, and we can't do that if we are asking each individual teacher, family, and parent to choose the public health strategy that they feel is important. we have to make sure that we are leaders in this and that we stand up. these are tough conversations because this is a passionate and divided issue, but we have to lead and say we are going to create a safe environment for our kids and teachers and staff. >> so you mentioned the vaccination rate in areas like roosevelt county, which is where the floyd school district is. roughly 33% of residents there are fully vaccinated. new mexico actually generally speaking, broadly speaking across the state, has a 57% vaccination rate, higher than the national average.
what is it about this area when you talk to folks in that community that has made them so hesitant to get vaccinated? >> one of the tough things when you get down, especially along the border area and people look across the border into texas and other communities, and they see a different approach, a different strategy. they are very deep and sharp often political divides about how you best approach this virus. we've taken a very different approach. we think its saved many lives by doing it. and so fundamentally it comes down to the larger political divide we are facing in this country. >> i imagine that you are probably going to get some pushback from folks there, and i'm curious as to how you try to bridge that gap moving forward. you are talking about leading, but in this situation it's also about persuasion, right? so how do you persuade these folks that seem to have, from what i read, some animosity towards you? >> when i have individual
conversations with board members, and it's not just this board, they are always polite, cordial. we try to find ways to work together. i think we are really looking to try to invest in more outdoor classroom, outdoor learning spaces where masks aren't as necessary. we are trying to invest in finding ways to connect team with good information with our epidemiological teams. anything to bridge that gap and make implementation easier. again, there are hardened positions here, so it's a difficult road. >> yeah, it is an unenviable task that you are facing to try to keep kids safe in this environment which, as you noted, is needlessly complicated by politics. ryan stewart, thank you very much for your time. >> thank you, boris. breaking news out of afghanistan to talk to you about right now. there is heavy fighting going on between the taliban and afghan security forces in the city of -- the capital in the morning province. the taliban, this is part of an
aggressive push to country claim territory following withdrawal of troops from that country. clarissa ward is with us live. clarissa, what is happening there? and let's talk about the significance of this city. >> yes. fwr wfrom what we know, four provincial capitals have fallen f to taliban. kunduz is a large city, 375,000 people living there. it's afghanistan's sixth largest city, it's a border area and strategically very important to the afghan government. the taliban have tried to take it twice before successfully in 2015 and again in 2016. but for a very limited period of time because in both of those instances instances afghan forces with the support of u.s. airstrikes were able to take it back.
what we are leehearing from the afghan ministry theysent comman in. they are doubling down on efforts to push the taliban back and reclaim parts of that city. they said on -- during this post they have taken the radio and television offcenter back, a ma central square. that underscores how important this one is because unlike some of the other capitals taken in the last couple of days, where not a shot was fired, afghan forces understand implicitly here they cannot afford to lose the city. it would be devastating strategically and it would also be devastating for morale because here on the ground, christi, there is a real sense that the situation is unraveling and that it is unraveling fast. christi. >> clarissa ward, thank you so much for the update. you and the team certainly do stay safe there. thank you. we continue to watch what happens there. >> there is plenty of news ahead
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the closing ceremony for the olympic games is underway in tokyo right now. it's a games that many people didn't think would happen because of covid concerns, but it was one rife with memorable moments, especially for team usa. coy wire is in tokyo for us right now. hi, coy. >> hi, christi. 17 days of competition wrapping up in tokyo. team usa top ping the medal board. 66 medals would have finished third among all countries. domination, including that of u.s. women's basketball, claiming their seventh straight olympic gold. their win streak is now at 55 games after beating japan. too much for the host nation whose tallest player is 6'1".
brittany grinder is 6'9", 90-75 win, giving sue bird and diana turassi a seventh gold medal. congrats to u.s. women's volleyball team who just won their first-ever brazil. the emotions flowing, the coaches and players savoring this moment. coach kirai, the second person to win volleyball gold as player and a coach. allyson felix surpassed carl lewis to become the most decorated track star ever with another golden effort. conti continuing a dominant run winning a seventh straight gold
in the 4 x 400 relay by nearly four seconds. 11 olympic medals to her name. congrats to mama felix, who gets to go home to her 2-year-old daughter and husband, kenneth, to celebrate together. the u.s. taking home the most medals with 113, also the most gold medals after trailing china most of the games. l olympic committee ceo says the whole world has come together to make these games a success. >> when you're in the trenches, you do, you build bonds, unlike those you can build any other time. and i think the world has been in the trenches together. these games should unify and inspire. they always do. and this time perhaps just a touch more than normal. and the world is going to be just a little better place on the back end. >> what sarah says resonates so well, christi. these athletes have to sacrifice
so much, take extra precautions to allow these games to go on and show their commitment and sacrifice was well worth it in the end. certainly a reflection of what it takes for our society and world at large to continue to move forward in a positive direction. >> i just think that the camaraderie we saw between different teams and different countries was what i think i will remember most. how but? >> reporter: yeah. it certainly -- i think because everyone has had such a rough year and a half, right, christi and boris? we all had to pull this thing together. no matter where you're from, no matter what walk of life, race, color, creed, economic status, you try to appreciate others and try to make this world as good as it can be. >> incredibly inspierg performances from these athletes and, coy, you should get a medal as well. really great coverage the last two-plus weeks. what's been the most inspiring message you've heard so far from all the olympians you've talked
to? >> you know, it always sounds cliche, but never give up. you hear about these cancer survivors who have overcome the unthinkable to make it to these games. the resounding respect that you heard from the athletes for this place and for these people of japan, who, despite much resistance, you know, they open their country to us. they were so gracious to everyone who did come in to this country. and pulled off one of the most memorable games in olympics history. >> no doubt. >> no question about that. coy wire from tokyo, it's been a pleasure watching. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> thanks, coy. so, president biden and the first lady met with olympic team usa in a live stream virtual reception yesterday. president biden giving shout outs to gymnasts simone biles, runner isaiah juit and katie ledecky, who said could probably
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