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it's almost inevitable that places like miami are going to have to head back into some sort of lockdown. these comparisons are so depressing. >> mika, schools have been front and center all week with the white house saying they have to open. we had some optimism from doctors this morning saying we can get there, but there's a lot of work that has to be done between today and those first days. you've got to get the cases down in those places where the schools hope to open. >> absolutely. and everyone try and have a great weekend. that does it for us this morning. stephanie ruhle picks up the coverage right now. >> thanks, mika. hi there. i'm stephanie ruhle. it's friday, july 17th. and here are the important facts at this hour. the united states has broken its own record for the number of coronavirus cases in a single day. roughly 73,000 on thursday alone. that is enough people to fill the superdome in new orleans. the average number of cases over the past week is almost triple
what it was a month ago. this thing is not behind us. at the same time, over 139,000 americans have lost their lives. including more than 1,000 we learned about just yesterday. in all, ten states set new highs for fatalities this week, including places like florida, idaho, alabama, oregon and south carolina. we're also seeing more people being hospitalized for covid. across this nation, more than 57,000 americans are being treated as we speak. that is very close to the all-time high that we saw back in april. all of this is why we now have more than half of the states in this country issuing official mandates for masks. that includes arkansas, colorado, which made the announcements yesterday, and in the state of georgia, we saw quite the opposite. the governor there opposes mask mandates and is actually suing atlanta's mayor because she put a mask mandate in place last
week. i'm going to be joined by that mayor, keisha lance bottoms, and the governor of colorado, jared polis. let's head to florida which saw another 14,000 reported cases yesterday. my colleague ellison barber is in miami. that is bad enough, but the fact that 1 in 3 kids in florida are now testing positive. tell us about that. >> yeah, so the state released these numbers, and it really gives us kind of one of the most comprehensive looks in this state in terms of how this virus is impacting children. anyone under the age of 18. and what we are seeing is they are absolutely not immune to this virus. according to data that the state released, just a couple of days ago, 16,797 children under the age of 18 have tested positive for covid-19. that means about 31% of the
children being tested. out of 100% of children they are testing, when you break that down, 31% of children tested who are then seeing the results come back as positive. four children have died. one family in the miami-dade area says that they lost their son. he was 11 years old. his name was daquan wimberley. he had special needs, pre-existing conditions, various health issues that impacted him, but when he got sick, he passed away within a week. he got sick. he also brought the virus into his house. his father contracted covid-19 as well and was actually in the same hospital as his son when his son passed away. they say that people who knew him would call the 11-year-old a politician because they say he always wanted to greet people, always wanted to say hello, and always had a smile. >> he's very friendly. he would greet and meet
everybody and anybody. now that kind of -- that's part of what caused his demise. he was such a loving child. he loved everybody. and he would greet you. and if you didn't greet him, he would keep at it until you did. >> and daquan's dad hopes other parents will hear his story and pay extra special attention to their child. washing your hands as a child, being socially distant is not really your disposition, but it's so important for parents to try and help their children to make sure that they are taking all the precautions that we, as adults, are being told to take. and the numbers here are not great and they're not get anything better. the mayor of miami said that some time today, he'll meet with local business leaders to discuss the possibility of a
shutdown. stephanie? >> ellison, thank you. now let's head to arizona. a state that has had the highest positivity rate in the country by far. nbc's vaughn hillyard is at a brand-new testing site opening in phoenix. the governor there said yesterday that this is the new normal. what is the new normal? >> that's the question. is plateauing good enough? frankly, i think any observer will tell you, no, it's not. because you've seen over the last three or four days a flat line in terms of hospitalizations. in icu beds in use, which is positive. but that number needs to go down. the percent positive number here in the state is still 23%. by far, the highest in the country, which brings us here today. this is one of two federally backed big-scale testing locations that is opening today. these are the first federally backed high-capacity locations that the state has had to date.
they're going to be able to process 2,500 people every day over the next 12 days. and the governor was suggesting himself yesterday that if you have increase in testing, hopefully that percent positive number goes down because you're better able to identify the true spread within communities, workplaces, families. the governor at the same time acknowledged when we talk about the new normal, the state, even as these numbers appeared to be flat lining should not ease up their ownest efforts. take a listen to the governor. >> what we've gone through and the challenges that i'm sharing with you really is arizona's new normal. and it's our new normal for the foreseeable future. i really want to ask people to get their heads around that. that this is going to be a challenge that's going to be ongoing. >> stephanie, an ongoing challenge that the state already let up once. and you saw a huge surge of
cases and deaths in the state. more than 250 reported in the last three days. stephanie? >> vaughn, thank you. now let's head to erin mclaughlin in california where we're actually seeing some hospitals now getting help from the u.s. military. erin, tell us about that. >> yeah, that's right, stephanie. the military medical support has arrived here in california. about 160 service members, doctors, nurses and technicians. 20 of them have arifd at the eisenhower health center near palm springs to support the staff there. now eisenhower health center is 80% capacity. they still have icu capacity. they still have hospital beds. but they are completely out of people. and officials at that health center say that normally when this would happen, they would look to a traveling pool of nurses and doctors, but that has been exhausted as well. they went to their county for help who referred them to the
department of defense. the arrival of this team is a relief. take a listen. >> yeah, they're saying, yea. they are very happy that this group is here. i know that 20 people may not seem like a large number of people compared to our overall staffing in the hospital. i suppose it's not a huge number, but these are people that are going to be able to target critical needs that we have, and that's going to give our staff a breather for a little bit. >> california continues to set records. some 20,000 cases over the past two days. the hope is that gavin newsom's shutdown orders, shutting down indoor dining, bars and other businesses across the state will begin to have an impact on the situation here. stephanie? >> erin, thank you. now let's head to colorado where a new mask mandate went into effect at midnight. the governor, jared polis joins
us now. you said you were resisting this mask mandate. a, why were you resistant and what made you change your mind? >> we've been focused on wearing masks since march and had about 65% of the state that had a municipal or county mask requirement, which we were very supportive of. and, really, that's where the enforcement is. but, you know what, at the end of the day that leaves 35% of our state behind. what we found over the last few weeks is the areas of our state, the 65% that had mask orders had lower spread of the virus and about 15% greater mask wearing usage. so, therefore, based on that information, we decided to take it statewide. >> not wearing a mask is now a crime. you said it would be considered trespassing. are you confident that you have the authority to make that call and do you plan to enforce it? >> yeah, i mean, if somebody is in a business without a mask or naked or without a shirt, if it
requires a shirt for service or without shoes, they are tess pr trespassing. they can call local law enforcement and say they have someone they've asked to leave nicely and law enforcement responds seriously to those. >> what are you going to do about other lawmakers, though? since the announcement, we have seen several mayors, several lawmakers say they're not going to enforce it. they're not going to comply. sheriffs, excuse me. >> the areas that had mask orders in our state, the very fact there was a mask order increased mask usage by about 15%. and those were generally not widely enforced in those areas. very few, if any, some jurisdictions had no tickets given whatsoever. but it still increased mask usage 15%. i'm fully expecting the state benefit to be similar. that people will wear masks because it is the law and that also it raises awareness and speaks with moral clarity about the importance of wearing masks
to save lives and save our economy. >> what are business leaders there telling you? we know this week we saw some of the largest retailers in the country. walmart and kroger now have a mask mandate for all of their shoppers. what are businesses in colorado saying? >> this helps them. we've gotten support from most of our major chambers of commerce because this adds the force of law to the policies they already have. it really makes it a lot more meaningful. it's hard for like a 19-year-old kid at a grocery store to go up to a patron and say please put on a mask. this really gives those words or whatever form that reminder takes to wear a mask when they're indoors or shopping. it gives it the force of law in colorado and helps the small, medium and large businesses trying to do the right thing for their employees and customers. >> let's talk schools. people, obviously, want their kids to go back to school but they want them to do it safely. how are you working with colorado schools to try to reopen in terms of resources, money, guidance?
>> we've had a pretty good experience with day care and summer camps. they've been fully opened for the last couple of months. that's a dry run. it's not the same scale of school and it's not the same number of kids. but each district is working closely with the county health department in their area to develop a plan to successfully reopen schools and some are going virtual. some are mixed. some are in person. really depends on the situation in this area. but the districts are taking this seriously as are the teachers who also have a lot of at stake in this. >> let's talk about you and washington. the republican governor of maryland, larry hogan. he wrote an op-ed saying the administration abandoned him and his state when it comes to fighting coronavirus. are you getting what you need from d.c.? >> of course not. nobody is. it's not a partisan thing. you know, there are showy announcements they make every now and again. but even often what they say
they're going to send us either doesn't arrive or in one or two cases we've gotten things we didn't request and couldn't use or were spoiled along the way because they weren't maintained at the proper temperature. so we've really learned to fend for ourselves. i know a number of other governors have. we're purchasing masks and equipment, tests from south korea and importing them. thus far we've been able to meet the needs but we wish we could do this in a more coordinated way as a nation. >> kellyanne conway earlier today said that the president, president trump, speaks to governors every single day. are you one of them? >> well, he has a call for governors about once a week that we're on. you know, he will generally go off on one of his nonsec wiquit. it's not a question of availability. i can reach the vice president or president when i need to. it's really the follow through. and it's not living up to the promises they made to the states
and the continued lack of a coordinated approach, meaning, how do we deal with the fact that people move between our states every day. colorado is a landlocked state. we have between twi50,000 and 100,000 visitors over the fourth of july weekend. that's part of the reason we're seeing an up tick. we need to approach this in a nationally coordinated way. >> then is there any way to enforce this? we do hear that we're going to enforce quarantines if people are coming from state to state. but unless we're doing it at airports, when people are just in cars driving across state lines, is there anything happening to track people's moves? >> no. states don't have the ability or the power or the authority in the u.s. constitution. we're a nation, a free country. we don't even know who comes in and out. you can drive up from new mexico, nebraska, all the states that we border. we're landlocked. and the state of colorado, or the country, wouldn't know you're here. there's no registry for when you're visiting your friends or
family in other states, nor should there be. that's why we need a national strategy that looks at us as one unit rather than leaves 50 units to themselves who don't even have control of their borders. >> so it's a gentle request to quarantine. colorado governor jared polis, thank you. when we come back, it's not just colorado. there's a showdown going on in the state of georgia over masks. but there, the governor is suing the state's largest city. atlanta mayor keisha lance bottoms will join us live. first, how does a school district where nearly all students are up against economic uncertainty in this pandemic, how does a school district keep those kids on track? is boost high protein... and now, there's boost mobility... ...with key nutrients to help support... joints, muscles, and bones. try boost mobility, with added collagen.
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new this morning, the cdc will not release guidance this week for schools on how to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. npr reporting that guidance will come some time before the end of the month with no reason given for the delay. this comes as several major school districts in california, colorado, michigan and pennsylvania recently announced they will start the fall mester remotely. in texas, 13 more districts will delay their reopening, including the aldine independent school district in the houston area. the district is operating under what's known as code red with plans for phased reopening
beginning august 17th. joining us now is a woman with a very big job. the superintendent of that district, dr. latania goffney. you have a major responsibility ahead of you. help us understand code red. what does that mean and how does this phased reopening work? >> good morning, stephanie. thank you for having me. the code red, as you can see or as you already know, covid-19 cases are spiking across harris county. if i can for one moment set the context for aldine because when you mention aldine, you think houston. and just so you know, it's in the middle of the airport area. we have over 67,000 students, and we have over 9,000 employees. in addition, though, what's most important, because it sets the context, is that 73% of our students are hispanic and 23% are african-american. and our communities have been hit really hard. the zip code with the most
deaths in harris county is aldine isd. so safety is paramount importance to us. >> then how are you going to do it? when you do reopen, what measures are you putting in place? and who is paying for you to do that? >> we're very thankful for a board who prioritizes safety and we have already begun and already ordered lots of ppe. we've already begun to put sanitation stations and order bigami misters that you've seen. we've had to repurpose funding. our texas education agency is sending us ppe equipment. in the event that things change and we're able to transition to the building, we're making sure our protocols are in place. but when we started this process, we said we were going to go as low as we can. and with the conditions as they
are, it's important we continue to go slow. >> do you have to have an entire shadow staff? if any of your teachers are exposed or get sick and they have to be gone for 14 days, that's going to cause a huge disruption. >> absolutely. and that's top of mind for us. and that's why it was easy decision with everything that's happening in houston and with safety being a top priority that we will begin 100% remote. we know that the safest place, our health officials have told us, the safest place for everybody is home. at the beginning of the school year, aull of our teachers will be teaching remotely from home. at the time it is time to transition, it's important to have the protocols in place so our teachers can remain safe. >> will you allow teachers and students who don't feel comfortable going back, once reopening begins, can they operate from home?
>> absolutely. we've already started our commitment process so in the event that our parents -- they have two choices. learning at home and learning at school. and to show you how terrible it's been for our community, the majority of our parents have chosen, up until now, to learn at home. they are not comfortable sending their kids back into the schools. and so while we are concerned about what it's going to look like when we open, we have to make sure we have the very best remote experience for our students beginning august 17th. >> well, what do you do about families that don't have the resources for impactful learning from home? you mentioned a bit about the demographics. what about the economics? because 89% of your student comes from low-income families. families who might not have internet access, who might not have ample space or even adult at home to look after these kids and help. >> you know, stephanie, that's what's keeping me awake at
night. as you stated, 89% of our families live in low-income environments. and as a student who grew up in poverty, i recognize that there are some challenges and know that what they are facing is going to be totally different from what another community is going to be facing. as we look at the data divide, we recognize in order to have equity and to provide quality at-home experiences that we've got to give our students the tools necessary in order to be successful. and so we already began to send devices home. in addition, we sent out hot spots and we're doing everything we can to make sure that our students have access to the devices. one of the things that surprised me in an urban environment. i've been in roural environments and connectivity has always been a challenge. but even in houston, we have areas in which we cannot connect. i'm excited about the work being done nationwide, specifically in
texas. operation connectivity. excited about the partnerships with local officials and our mayor and county because that is a priority for us. recognizing that in order for us to continue -- for our students to learn at home, we have to have the equipment necessary in order to do that at home as well. >> we've got to get connected. thank you so much for joining me. thanks for all the work that you are doing. we're going to leave it there. next, this fight over masks in georgia. think about this. the fight over masks. it's going to court. after governor kemp sues the state's largest city to overturn a mask mandate. atlanta mayor keisha lance bottoms joins us next. the open road is open again. and wherever you're headed, choice hotels is there. book direct at choicehotels.com. and wherever you're headed, choice hotels is there. walk to end alzheimer's alzheis everywhere.tion all of us are raising funds for one goal:
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this morning, there's a new fight playing out in georgia over how to contain the coronavirus. the state's governor, brian kemp, is now suing atlanta mayor keisha lance bottoms and the city council for enacting new guidelines and mandating masks. guidelines. suing over guidelines. we're going to speak to the mayor in just a moment. first nbc's blayne alexander in atlanta with more. what is going on? >> well, stephanie, what's going on right now is that while this face mask battle is going now to court, the number of covid cases here in georgia continue to rise. let me give you some numbers that paint the picture. just now in a news conference, i walked out of a news conference with governor kemp where the
public health director said that hospitalizations have gone up 39% over the last week or so. we know that the seven-day moving average currently this month is now triple what it was back in april. so while we're seeing this back and forth, the bottom line is that what is in place right now is clearly not working when it comes to stopping or containing the spread of the virus. so during that news conference, i asked governor kemp. you talked about the fact that masks are necessary. he has kind of taken almost a statewide tour, encouraging people to wear a mask. taking pictures of himself and posting them to social media. he even repeated that encouragement saying he doesn't believe georgians need a mandate to do the right thing. but i asked him, at what point would he move from encouragement to enforcement? at what point would he look around and see if people are not following this, he would enact some sort of guidelines around this or requirements around this? here's a little bit from what he had to say in that news conference. take a look. >> mayor bottoms' mask mandate
cannot be enforced, but her decision to shutter businesses and undermine economic growth is devastating. atlanta businesses are hurting. violent crime is up, and families are rightfully worried. just like sending in the national guard to protect those living in our capital city from crime and violence, i refuse to sit back and watch as disastrous policies threaten the lives and livelihoods of our citizens. >> steph, i know you're going to speak to the atlanta mayor right after this. it does bear mentioning it's not only atlanta but other cities around the state. we're talking about savannah, augusta, different places that have also put mask ordinances into place. but this lawsuit is just against the city of atlanta. stephanie? >> blayne, thank you. let's now bring in atlanta mayor keisha lance bottoms. mayor, first, i know you and your family tested positive for
covid-19. how are you doing? >> we're doing much better. thank you for asking. my husband really had a pretty bad case of it, and he's doing 100% better. so i appreciate that. we are amongst the 131,000 georgians who have tested positive for covid-19. >> and you are, obviously, back hard at work. what's your reaction when you learned that the governor of your state filed a lawsuit against you? >> absolutely dumbfounded. it is a waste of resources, taxpayer dollars. as we are struggling to make sure that our children have access to technology and broadband so they can learn virtually in the fall because it's very likely they won't be able to return to school. as our hospitals are at capacity, as we are woefully behind with access to testing and contact tracing. it is mind-boggling that this governor, who did not know that
this virus was asymptomatic until we were well into the pandemic, wastes resources on suing me personally, and our city council for a mask mandate and advisory voluntary business recommendations and guidelines. >> have you spoken to him since he filed the lawsuit? >> i have not spoken to him, and i thought that it was very interesting and, quite frankly, not a coincidence that the city of savannah, through mayor johnson, issued a mask mandate the 1st of july. the city of athens, the governor's hometown, issued one july 8th. but when the city of atlanta issued its mask mandate and the day after i noted that president trump was in hartsville-jackson, atlanta international airport, on the tarmac without a mask, when i noted that he was violating our city ordinance, then this governor decides to sue me personally.
and so i think that it is very clear that he is putting politics over people. we've had over 3,100 georgians to die from covid-19. our infection rate is the fifth highest in the nation. it is an absolute waste of resources, and it is really a distraction from what the real enemy is here. and that enemy is this virus that's killing people in our city. >> this health crisis has obviously sparked an economic crisis, and this lawsuit is not just about masks. the governor is also suing your july 10th order to go back to phase one guidelines. not a mandate, but a guideline for business. he says it is crippling for atlanta business owners and their employees who are struggling to survive. we know how bad this is economically. but you might need to do it from a health perspective. given all that, do you have a plan to help atlanta residents economically? >> stephanie, part of our plan
was to give businesses recommendations that they could follow so that they would be very clear on where we were with the data and metrics. but at the beginning of this pandemic, my charge to my team was simple. i said, god bless the child who has got his own. we immediately began to put in place small business loans. we created a strength and beauty fund grant program for barbers and cosmetologists. we've done a moratorium on evictions. we've suspended water payments and towing and booting and we put a series of things in place to make sure that businesses would be protected as best as they could. and we continue to do that. this advisory committee that came up with the recommendations on our phased approach was compromised of leaders across this city. fortune 500 companies, small businesses, health care professionals. it's with their recommendations that we set out very clear data and metrics, voluntary metrics.
so to be sued over voluntary metrics and data is an attempt to distract from what the real issue is here and that's a lack of leadership on behalf of brian kemp. >> you're in the middle of trying to figure out how schools are going to reopen this fall. are you worried that without being on the same page as the governor or being in this situation with him, you're not going to get the help that you need. >> so the governor really has abdicated his responsibilities when it's convenient. when schools were making decisions about whether or not to reopen and they have independently elected and appointed school boards and superintendents, he deferred to local control. he did not want to make the tough decisions on schools. so we now have a hodgepodge of recommendations in this state as it relates to reopening of schools. the atlanta public schools have decided to go virtual only for the first nine weeks. but, stephanie, the fundamental issue is this.
we had all of the first of the year from january to march, all of spring and all of this summer to get this right so that our children could go back to school. schools open back up in august in this state. and here we are still scrambling to get technology in the hands of our students because there's a lack of leadership and there has been a fundamental failure for us to get to the other side of covid-19. we can look to new york. we can look to other places who have gotten to the other side. it's through being smart. it's through mandating masks and having competent testing services and providing resources to people to get their results. it took me eight days to get my covid results back. there was an asymptomatic child in my home. had i gotten those results back sooner, it's very likely that my husband and i would not have been infected by covid-19.
>> eight days. contact tracing doesn't work if it takes eight days. i do want to shift gears before we go because in the past month, atlanta shootings are up 124% compared to the same time last year. what is going on? >> what's happening in atlanta is what's happening across the country. there is a combination of things. there are these systemic issues, including lack of access to health care, including people being unemployed. people are dying of covid-19. we witness the injustices that have happened in front of our eyes, and it's boiling over into our streets. it's happening in atlanta. it's happening across the country. the irony of it is that our overall crime rate is down by 18%. but in georgia, an open-carry state, people are allowed to walk down the streets with assault weapons, and we don't
have probable cause to stop them. you don't get to pick and choose which demographic you get to stop and question as to why they are walking in our streets with open weapons. it is an issue in atlanta. it's an issue in other cities across this nation. and it is one that we take very seriously. but this notion that somehow the governor is helping us with law and order is false. he has military tanks in front of state buildings. this is a playbook -- this is a play out of the nixon playbook. distract, talk about law and order when the reality is that people are dying of covid-19. and this president and this governor have failed us. >> mayor, thank you so much for joining us this morning. i appreciate it. and i am sending good health to you and your family. >> thank you. coming up next -- a summer camp, i'm going to say that
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who'd have thought they'd lead ya back here where we need ya welcome back, america. it sure is good to see you. this morning, a network of kids summer camps in missouri that took extreme measures to keep campers safe and staff safe is now reeling from a major coronavirus outbreak. kanakuk camps opened on may 30th and asked them to quarantine and record daily temperature checks two weeks before arriving and to fill out the health screener form shown here on the screen. they had a 31-point safety plan including social distancing on site, air filtration systems in every cabin and daily temperature checks. but despite those measures, as nbc's amanda golden details, on june 26th, families were
notified by mass email that the camp, known as k-2, had two positive cases. two days later, the number was 42. within days, the number of coronavirus cases reached 82. the camp's owner expressed his frustration in a mass email obtained by nbc news writing to families, we're sorry. we're so sorry. we weren't able to prevent this mysterious virus from entering and spreading within our gates. we reached out to kamp kanakuk but they did not respond to multiple requests for comment. savannah, they can't send campers and staff -- they can't send everybody home but they have plans to reopen, don't they? >> yeah, so that camp is open right now. campers getting ready to return tomorrow. all of this after a reboot of operations, so to speak. there was a 14-day quarantine put on to this camp, and we know that an outside cleaning service
did come to sanitize and disinfect the area. the camp will look a little different. sections have been shorted now going into two one-week terms. we know that the camp has a covid risk waiver that all volunteers and staff have been asked to sign. this essentially prevents the camp from having any liability if somebody does come down with the virus. one big question people are wondering, how are families feeling about this? we've been told that a lot of them have had to deal with the fallout on their own. many of them haven't been too happy about that. we spoke with one family who told us that her kids were initially told camp was closing while corralled in a large group. and that night after the announcement, there was a large, quote, mosh-pit style dance party and many of the kids did not wear masks at that event. we're also told local health department is monitoring the outbreak but the main frustration here, as we move forward, as cases increase and as concern does increase is that the camp hasn't really been
communicating much with them. stephanie? >> monitoring. they sent these kids home to ten different states. 82 of them who tested positive. thank you. i want to bring in karen. her youngest daughter was at the k-2 camp when the outbreak emerged. she's since returned home to texas. karen, good to know your family is all safe, home and together. but take us back to may and your decision to send her. >> when we got the announcement that camp was going to be open, we were really excited. we have been a kanakuk family for 20 years. and so the last child was set to go. and she was very excited. this was what she had been hoping for, that camp would be open. as camp began to announce they were open, we were looking at all their safety precautions and everything that they were putting into place. and with all the safety precautions that they were doing, we felt very comfortable in allowing her to go to
kanakuk. >> did your daughter say they followed all those guidelines? i mean, i promise you in my house, i say we're taking temperatures every day. we've got masks. we social distance. but i only have three kids to take care of. and all those guidelines don't get followed in reality. did it happen at camp? >> from her point of view, yes, it did, in her area. now she was kept with her -- they call it their family, their camp family which is their cabin. so within their cabin, everywhere they went, they had their hands sanitized, they were temperature checked. there was crazy protocols she talked about at dinnertime and how they were separated. they were even given bands that were certain colors so that people would know immediately with their family, that they would know if they were mingling with someone else. and i know her group followed the rules and stayed within the
guidelines and wore their masks when they were indoors, and so, according to the side that we were on, we saw all of this being followed. >> you found out that the camp session was ending early because of the outbreak. what happened next? kids and staffers were returning home to ten different states. did the camp take any steps to make sure everyone leaving didn't spread the virus to wherever they were returning to? >> they asked us to, obviously, continue to monitor our children and to quarantine them for 14 days or to get them tested if we felt they needed to be tested. but pretty much just to watch them for 14 days and we returned home and waited a few days and then went ahead. we did get an email that stated that someone my daughter was in contact with had the virus and so we took her to get her tested.
which, thankfully, hers came back negative. >> but you tested your daughter voluntarily before everyone left camp, the camp didn't test everyone there? >> no, ma'am.ma'am. >> does this situation give you any reservations or pause about sending your daughter back to school a month from now? >> yes. it seemed like so much protection was put -- i mean, they had these new filtration systems in the cabins, and there were masks that were worn. these kids were outside and playing and they were social distancing as well as kids can social distance. they did not have to social distance within their cabin. but with this creeping in and going so fast, at one camp and then it is absolutely fine at the other camp, it is hard to know what is going to happen within a school. >> caren, thank you for joining
us this morning, for selling your story. it is good to hear your daughter and your family remain in good health. i'll leave it there. >> thank you. next, we have seen a lot of positive headlines in the last week about a vaccine for the coronavirus. but this is the question that really matters, how far away are we from actually being able to get a vaccine? (vo) audi e-tron. the next frontier of electric. get an exceptional offer at your local audi dealer.
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we're following rapid new developments in the race for a coronavirus vaccine. johnson & johnson saying they plan to start phase one for a human trial for its vaccine next week. and moderna is releasing promising data on its vaccine trial. i want to get the latest from meg terrell. this is great news for investors in these companies, but for the me american people, how far away are we from getting a vaccine? >> well, good morning. so the large scale efficacy trials of these vaccines are set to start in just a couple of weeks here in the u.s. they're going to enroll 30,000 participants each from moderna and pfizer. the question becomes how quickly can those participants get enrolled and how quickly can the vaccines be prove n effective ad safe. once that happens, dr. fauci says if we see they're safe and
effective, by the end of this year or early 2021 they could start widely distributing these vaccines. >> let's talk about how that works. even after we find a vaccine there is huge obstacles. >> the government has been striking contracts in order to ramp up production of glass vials and syringes. there is going to be a need to be a lot more of these than typically to supply everybody with these. so that's going to be a major question. drugmakers are starting to talk about packaging in multidose vials, but then the distribution plan is something we haven't heard a lot about yet. that's going to be a key next question. >> meg, thank you. please keep us up. this is super important. that wraps up in this very busy hour, very busy week. i'm stephanie ruhle.
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good friday morning. i'm ayman mohyeldin in new york. we begin with another alarming milestone in this country. the u.s. again shattering its daily record, reporting more than 72,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day. this is the 11th time in the past month alone that that record has been broken. this as the death toll also continues to go
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