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RECORD LOW SET FOR TRAVEL VOLUME>>Reporter: IT’S THE FIRST TIME IN TWO DECADES AAA ISN’T RELEASING A TRAVEL FORECAST. BUT AMERICANS ARE EXPECTED TO STAY AT HOME WITH THE CDC RECOMMENDING AGAINST NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL>>THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS TOTALLY TURNED THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY UPSIDE DOWN>>Reporter: AIRLINES HAVE BEEN HIT ESPECIALLY HARD. WITH A 90% DROP IN FLYERS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MARCH BUT AS SOME AREAS BEGIN REOPENING, AMERICANS ARE STARTING TO SHOW AN INTEREST IN TRAVELING AGAIN.>>WE’RE SEEING OVER 40% OF AMERICANS PLANNING TO TAKE A TRIP THIS SUMMER>>Reporter: ACCORDING TO HOPPER, USERS’ ACTIVITIES ON THE APP TRIPLED IN RECENT WEEKS. BUT EXPERTS WARN TO PLAN WITH CAUTION. HAWAII, FOR EXAMPLE, REQUIRES A 14-DAY QUARANTINE FOR VISITORS THROUGH JUNE WITH A POSSIBLE $5,000 FINE OR YEAR IN PRISON FOR VIOLATORS>>IF YOU’RE GOING TO TRAVEL, YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF WHERE YOU’RE TRAVELING TO>>Reporter: THE INDUSTRY’S EAGER TO GET BACK TO BUSINESS. AIRPORTS PREPARING FOR SUMMER WITH NEW SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SANITATION PROCEDURES.>>WE’VE TAKEN AGGRESSIVE MEASURES TO GET THE AIRPORT READY.>>Reporter: ALL MAJOR U.S. AIRLINES NOW REQUIRE MASKS AND SOME WILL START TEMPERATURE CHECKS IN JUNE>>I THINK WE WILL BE A SMARTER, SAFER TRAVELING PUBLIC WHEN THIS IS ALL SAID AND DONE>>Reporter: CHANGES ALMOST >>>THE FOX TRAIL SENIOR LIVING CENTER IN VIRGINIA IS ALLOWING ITS RESIDENTS TO GET BEAR HUGS FROM THEIR LOVED ONES IN COSTUME. THAT IS LANEA BENTS REUNITING WITH HER MOTHER WHILE DRESSED AS A HIPPO IN A TUTD YUE. BUT THEY DO HAVE OPTIONS VISITORS CAN DON A SHARK, UNICORN OR MINION COSTUME. THE FACILITY IS SANITIZING THE COSTUMES AFTER EACH USE AND WILL REQUIRE GUESTS TO WEAR A MASK AND GLOVES UNDERNEATH.>>>JANESSA’S NOW BACK WITH YOUR MID-WEEK FORECAST. GOOD MORNING, JANESSA.>>I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT STORY. MEMORIAL DAY, YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO BE WONDERING WHERE IS SUMMER BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO BE A>>>AS RESTRICTIONS EASE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, CRUISE SHIPS ARE IN A MUCH DIFFERENT SITUATION AN ESTIMATED 100,000 CREW MEMBERS INCLUDING AMERICANS REMAIN ON BOARD AROUND THE WORLD, NOT ALLOWED TO DISEMBARK. NBC’S MIGUEL ALMAGUER HAS THIS STORY.>>Reporter: THIS MORNING THE NIGHTMARE AT SEA TURNING INTO A PROTEST ON THE OPEN OCEAN.>>SEND US HOME!>>Reporter: THE U.S. COAST GUARD SAYS AT LEAST 54,000 CREW MEMBERS REMAIN ABOARD 85 SHIPS IN U.S. WATERS, BUT IT’S REPORTED MORE THAN 100,000 CREW MEMBERS AROUND THE GLOBE HAVE BEEN GIVEN NO FIRM DETAILS ON WHEN THEY CAN DISEMBARK.>>I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET HOME FOR JUST OVER A MONTH NOW.>>Reporter: CANADIAN CHRIS RICHARDSON SAYS SOME OF HIS COLLEAGUES SPENT WEEKS IN TINY WINDOWLESS ROOMS, NO LONGER GETTING A PAYCHECK, INSTEAD EARNING A FRACTION OF THEIR SALARY IN SO-CALLED GOODWILL PAYMENTS>>IT FEELS LIKE THEY PUT MONEY OVER OUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS.>>Reporter: BEFORE CREW MEMBERS CAN DISEMBARK IN U.S. WATERS THE CDC SAYS CRUISE SHIP OPERATORS MUST ARRANGE TRANSPORTATION ON PRIVATE FLIGHTS AND CARS AND HAVE NO INTERACTION WITH THE PUBLIC ON THEIR WAY HOME AMONG OTHER REGULATIONS. THE LONG LIST OF REQUIREMENTS COULD SINK SOME CRUISE LINES, WHO FACE AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE ACCORDING TO THE “MIAMI HERALD” AT LEAST 578 CREW MEMBERS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE SINCE THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK AND SEVEN HAVE DIED. AT LEAST TWO OTHERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN APPARENT SUICIDES>>THEY’RE JUST COMPLETELY STUCK AGAINST THEIR WILL, HELD ON A CRUISE SHIP AT SEA>>Reporter: McKENNA MADDEN, A DANCER ABOARD THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN “FREEDOM” SAYS FREEDOM WAS THE LAST THING SHE HAD SHE’S NOW FINALLY BACK HOME IN ARIZONA AFTER TWO MONTHS AT SEA.>>DEFINITELY ANXIOUS. DEFINITELY SCARED OF THE UNKNOWN AND NOT KNOWING WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN OR WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO GO HOME OR HOW MUCH LONGER I’M GOING TO BE STUCK ON THIS SHIP YOU DON’T REALLY KNOW. SO THAT’S KIND OF SCARY.>>Reporter: WITH SOME EMPLOYEES CHOOSING TO STAY ON BOARD, MAJOR OPERATORS TELL NBC NEWS THEY ARE WORKING TO REPATRIATE THEIR CREW MEMBERS WHILE NAVIGATING DIFFERENT AND CHANGING INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS. BUT FOR MANY STILL STRANDED AT SEA THE SHIP HAS SAILED ON BEING PATIENT.>>OUR THANKS TO MIGUEL ALMAGUER FOR THAT REPORT.>>>A CINCINNATI REDS PITCHING PROSPECT IS FINDING SOME CREATIVE WAYS TO STAY SHARP DURING THE PANDEMIC. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. 20-YEAR-OLD HUNTER GREEN THROWS A PITCH RIGHT THROUGH THAT OPEN WINDOW OF THE MOVING CAR RIGHT INTO THE CATCHER’S MITT. NOT REALLY SURE HOW THIS IS GOING TO HELP HIM ON THE MOUND WHEN THE SEASON BEGINS BUT HIS TIMING AND ACCURACY DEFINITELY ON POINT AND HOPE TO SEE HIM ON THE MOUND IN A REAL GAME VERY SOON>>FINGERS CROSSED>>THANKS FO>>>BREAKING OVERNIGHT, HISTORIC RAINS HAVE CAUSED TWO MICHIGAN DAMS TO BREACH WITH THE GOVERNOR CALLING FOR THOUSANDS TO EVACUATE WE’LL HAVE THE LATEST.>>>TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE PROMISING NEW SIGNS RESEARCHERS ARE FINDING WITH PATIENTS WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19>>>IT COULD BE THE CRUELEST CUT OF ALL FIRSTLINE RESPONDERS AT HOSPITALS BEING FURLOUGHED BECAUSE OF MOUNTING FINANCIAL LOSSES FROM THE PANDEMIC>>>THEN TO KEEPING YOUR MOUTH HEALTHY IN THE AGE OF COVID. BUT HOW DO DENT SXIFTS HYGIENEISTS STAY SAFE WHEN THEY’RE RIGHT IN THE LINE OF FIRE>>>THEN SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILE AS WE KICK OFF YOUR WEDNESDAY. THE PURR-FECT REFLEXES FROM THIS SUPER GOALIE WE’LL SHOW YOU MORE LATER. RIGHT NOW “EARLY TODAY” STARTS>>>WE BEGIN WITH BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING I’M PHILLIP MENA>>GOOD TO BE TOGETHER BOTH WITH YOU. I’M FRANCES RIVERA CATASTROPHIC FLOODING IS FORCING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES IN THE MIDWEST RIGHT NOW THE RELENTLESS RAINS RUPTURED TWO DAMS IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN AND OFFICIALS SCRAMBLED TO EVACUATE ABOUT 10,000 RESIDENTS IN THE TOWN OF MIDLAND, ABOUT 140 MILES NORTH OF DETROIT OVERNIGHT THE STATE’S GOVERNOR DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE COUNTY>>IN THE NEXT 12 TO 15 HOURS DOWNTOWN MIDLAND COULD BE UNDER APPROXIMATELY NINE FEET OF WATER. WE ARE ANTICIPATING AN HISTORIC HIGH WATER LEVEL TO GO THROUGH THIS IN THE MIDST OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC IS ALMOST UNTHINKABLE, BUT WE ARE HERE AND TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY WE’RE GOING TO NAVIGATE THIS TOGETHER.>>HEAVY RAINS HAVE INUNDATED MUCH OF THE GREAT LAKES REGION, AND MORE STORMS COULD BE ON THE WAY. LET’S TURN TO NBC METEOROLOGIST JANESSA WEBB, WHO’S TRACKING THAT SYSTEM. GOOD MORNING, JANESSA.>>GOOD MORNING, YOU TWO GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE HAVE MULTIPLE DAMS THAT HAVE FAILED ACROSS CENTRAL MICHIGAN WE HAVE RECORD RAIN THAT CONTINUES TO FALL IN THAT AREA ALSO THE RIFLE RIVER HITTING HISTORIC LEVELS OF 13.8 FEET AND ON TOP OF THAT MORE RAIN WILL BE CONTINUOUS FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST TO THE MIDWEST WE HAVE 186 FLOOD GAUGES THAT RUNDOWNER MINOR TO MODERATE, EVEN MAJOR FLOOD STAGES. THE UNFORTUNATE SITUATION IS ON TOP OF THE FLOODING THAT WE’RE ALREADY SEEING, AN ADDITIONAL TWO TO FOUR INCHES IS EXPECTED GUYS>>TOUGH GO. THANK YOU, JANESSA>>>NEW RESEARCH ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WE MAY BE CLOSER TO LEARNING MORE ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19. A STUDY FROM SOUTH KOREA IS SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE QUESTION OF IMMUNITY AND WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE CAN GET THE VIRUS A SECOND TIME. NBC’S TOM COSTELLO HAS THIS REPORT>>Reporter: IT’S THE KIND OF GOOD NEWS DEVELOPMENT RESEARCHERS HAVE BEEN HOPING FOR. PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FROM THE SOUTH KOREAN CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SUGGEST PATIENTS WHO RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 BUT THEN TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AGAIN WERE NOT INFECTIOUS AND WERE NOT SPREADING THE VIRUS TO OTHERS 447 SOUTH KOREANS TESTED POSITIVE A SECOND TIME, BUT THOSE VIRUS TRACES APPEARED TO BE DEAD, NOT ALIVE COULD IT BE AN INDICATION OF IMMUNITY>>I THINK IT’S A LITTLE TOO SOON TO TAKE THAT AND SAY THAT WE KNOW FOR SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE IMMUNITY, BUT WE HAVE SEEN THAT PEOPLE DO MOUNT A PRETTY GOOD IMMUNE RESPONSE TO THIS AND WE HAVEN’T YET SEEN REINFECTION. SO I THINK TAKEN TOGETHER THAT IS ENCOURAGING>>IT FELT LIKE WHAT I THOUGHT WAS ONE OF THE WORST FLUS I’D EVER HAD>>Reporter: BACK IN EARLY FEBRUARY ERIN KIRK EVANS, HER KIDS AND HUSBAND ALL BECAME VERY SICK NOW AFTER RECENTLY TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE ANTIBODIES SHE KNOWS IT WAS COVID-19, WHICH MEANS SHE COULD HAVE SOME PROTECTION>>IT JUST FELT LIKE THIS EMPOWERING FEELING THAT I CAN NO LONGER LIVE IN THE FEAR OF IT AND THE UNCERTAINTY OF WHAT IT’S GOING TO DO TO MY BODY OR MY KIDS OR MY HUSBAND>>Reporter: IN SOUTH KOREA THE FINDINGS HAVE CONVINCED HEALTH EXPERTS TO LOOSEN SOME QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS. NBC’S KELLY COBIELLA IS IN SEOUL.>>Reporter: THEY’RE GREETING THIS NEW REPORT HERE WITH OPTIMISM IT MEANS OFFICIALS WILL NO LONGER REQUIRE RECOVERED COVID PATIENTS TO TEST NEGATIVE BEFORE BEING RELEASED FROM QUARANTINE AND IT COMES JUST AS HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ARE HEADED BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN WEEKS.>>Reporter: AND IT COULD BE CRITICAL IN HARD-HIT U.S. STATES SINCE EARLY TESTING SUGGESTS ONE IN FIVE NEW YORKERS HAS ANTIBODIES FOR COVID-19 BUT MANY NEVER KNEW THEY WERE SICK. HAVING THE ANTIBODIES DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY GUARANTEE IMMUNITY, BUT THE SOUTH KOREAN REPORT IS FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOVERED AND DO HAVE ANTIBODIES MAY BE ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK WITHOUT FEAR OF SPREADING THE DISEASE TO OTHERS. PHILLIP?>>ALL RIGHT, TOM, THANK YOU>>>THE WHITE HOUSE IS RAMPING UP EFFORTS TO RAPIDLY REOPEN THE COUNTRY THIS MORNING A TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIAL HAS CONFIRMED WITH NBC NEWS THAT REPUBLICAN OPERATIVES ARE RECRUITING PRO-TRUMP DOCTORS TO PUBLICLY BACK EFFORTS TO REVIVE THE ECONOMY. FOR THE LATEST LET’S GET TO OUR CAPITOL HILL CORRESPONDENT TRACIE POTTS THIS NEWS COULDN’T RAH DICTATES SOME OF THE PRESIDENT’S OWN TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS>>Reporter: HI, FRANCES YEAH, GOVERNMENT HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THAT THE COUNTRY NEEDS TO REOPEN CAREFULLY BASED ON THE NUMBERS, BUT BASED ON THIS ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT THAT WE HAVE NOW CONFIRMED THE DOCTORS BEING RECRUITED WOULD BACK THE PRESIDENT’S IDEA OF REOPENING ON A FAST TRACK THE STATE BY STATE REOPENING THAT WE’VE BEEN SEEING NOW, THIS IS BASED ON A LEAKED RECORDING OF A PHONE CALL THAT HAPPENED IN MAY WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE SUPPORTIVE OF THIS. IN A STATEMENT THE CAMPAIGN SAYS ALL COALITIONS SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT’S POLICIES WE ALSO ARE FOLLOWING THE REACTION TO PRESIDENT TRUMP DECLARING THAT HE’S TAKING THE CONTROVERSIAL DRUG HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE HE REACTED TO HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI SUGGESTING MAYBE THAT’S NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA.>>I WOULD RATHER HE NOT BE TAKING SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE SCIENTISTS, ESPECIALLY IN HIS AGE GROUP AND IN HIS SHALL WE SAY WEIGHT GROUP. MORBIDLY OBESE THEY SAY.>>OH, I DON’T RESPOND TO HER. I THINK SHE’S A WASTE OF TIME. PELOSI IS A SICK WOMAN SHE’S GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS. A LOT OF MENTAL PROBLEMS>>I DIDN’T KNOW THAT HE WOULD BE SO SENSITIVE. HE’S ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE’S AVOIRDEPOIS, THEIR WEIGHT HIS WORDS WEIGH A TON.>>THE PRESIDENT MET WITH HIS CAB CABINET. THEIR FIRST MEETING SINCE LAST FALL THE PRESIDENT SAID THE NUMBER OF CASES IN THE U.S. NOW TOPPING 1 1/2 MILLION HE WEARS IT, QUOTE, AS A BADGE OF HONOR THAT TESTING IS WORKING FRANCES?>>TRACIE POTTS FOR US TRACIE, THANK YOU.>>>AND CONGRESS IS DEBATING WHAT STEPS TO TAKE NEXT TO HELP SUPPORT THE NATION’S ECONOMY, WHICH HAS BEEN BADLY AFFECTED BY THE PANDEMIC TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN FACED QUESTIONS FROM SENATORS VIA VIDEO CHAT ON TUESDAY. THEY DISCUSSED THE GOVERNMENT STIMULUS EFFORTS LIKE THE SMALL BUSINESS LENDING PROGRAM, PART OF THE $2 TRILLION FEDERAL RELIEF PACKAGE THAT WAS APPROVED IN LATE MARCH. HERE’S ANYBODY’S CHRIS POLLONE>>Reporter: TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN ON THE VIRTUAL HOT SEAT TESTIFYING BEFORE THE SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE>>YOU’RE BOOSTING YOUR WALL STREET BUDDIES AND YOU ARE LEAVING PEOPLE BEHIND.>>Reporter: IT COMES AS DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE INCREASINGLY DIVIDED ON WHAT COMES NEXT FOR THE AILING ECONOMY.>>IF YOU’RE PUSHING PEOPLE BACK INTO THE WORKPLACE, THERE’S BEEN NO NATIONAL PROGRAM TO PROVIDE WORKER SAFETY.>>Reporter: DEMOCRATS ACCUSING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OF PUSHING STATES TO END CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS AND BUSINESS CLOSINGS.>>HOW MANY WORKERS SHOULD GIVE THEIR LIVES TO INCREASE THE GDP OR THE DOW JONES BY 1,000 POINTS>>NO WORKERS SHOULD GIVE THEIR LIVES TO DO THAT, MR. SENATOR, AND I THINK YOUR CHARACTERIZATION IS UNFAIR>>Reporter: THE HOUSE LAST WEEK PASSED A FOURTH ECONOMIC AID BILL CALLING FOR $3 TRILLION IN NEW RELIEF SPENDING. SENATE REPUBLICANS SAY IT’S A NON-STARTER.>>BEFORE WE RUSH OUT AND DO ANOTHER SPENDING BILL WE ACTUALLY LET SOME OF THIS STUFF GO TO WORK>>Reporter: SECRETARY MNUCHIN AND FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIR JEROME POWELL TESTIFIED THAT SOME GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO DISTRIBUTE RELIEF FUNDS AREN’T UP AND RUNNING YET SENATORS FROM BOTH PARTIES PUSHED THEM TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS.>>WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE DOLLARS AND PROGRAM QUICKLY FIND THEIR MARK>>Reporter: FED CHAIR POWELL HAS BEEN CLEAR IN HIS BELIEF MORE SPENDING COULD PREVENT THE RECESSION FROM GETTING WORSE>>THESE ARE LONGER-TERM PROBLEMS TO DEAL WITH. I THINK FOR NOW THIS VERY MUCH CALLS ON US TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO SUPPORT THE ECONOMY.>>Reporter: MNUCHIN WARNED FAILURE TO REOPEN BUSINESSES SOON COULD LEAD TO PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE ECONOMY. HE ADMITTED UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS WILL LIKELY GET WORSE BEFORE REBOUNDING CHRIS POLLONE, NBC NEWS.>>>THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS PUSHED THE NATION’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO THE BRINK, BUT SOME MEDICAL WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SAY THEY ARE TAKING PAY CUTS OR BEING FURLOUGHED IN THE MIDST OF THE CRISIS WHEN THEY ARE NEEDED MORE THAN EVER. NBC’S SARAH DALLOF HAS THE STORY.>>Reporter: HEALTH CARE WOULD NORMALLY BE GEARING UP FOR SUMMER TOURISTS NEEDING CARE INSTEAD 600 WORKERS INCLUDING MEDICAL STAFF ARE TEMPORARILY OFF THE JOB. FURLOUGHS NURSE SHANNON SHERMAN WORRIES WILL HURT HER PATIENTS>>THESE CUTS ARE FOR DIRECT CARE THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE PUTTING THEIR HANDS ON THE PATIENTS.>>Reporter: CAPE COD HEALTH CARE ISN’T ALONE ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY, 21% OF DOCTORS REPORT BEING FURLOUGHED OR HAVING THEIR PAY CUT DURING THE PANDEMIC AS MEDICAL CENTERS FACE UNPRECEDENTED FINANCIAL PRESSURE>>FRANKLY, WE’RE FACING ONE OF THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL CRISES IN OUR HISTORY. IT’S AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT FOR A LOT OF ORGANIZATIONS AND IT MAY FORCE HOSPITALS TO CLOSE.>>Reporter: THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION ESTIMATES A FOUR-MONTH FINANCIAL IMPACT OF MORE THAN $200 BILLION TO THE COUNTRY’S HOSPITALS AND HOSPITAL SYSTEMS. THAT INCLUDES THE EXPENSE OF TREATING COVID PATIENTS AND HALTING ELECTIVE PROCEDURES.>>IT ESSENTIALLY MEANS THAT THERE IS NO REVENUE COMING INTO THE FACILITIES AND THERE IS VERY LIMITED WAYS TO MAKE UP FOR THE FACT THAT WE HAVE LIMITED INCOME>>Reporter: WHILE PROCEDURES ARE RESUMING IN MANY STATES, IT WILL TAKE TIME AND CAREFUL PLANNING EXPERTS SAY AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDING TO GET BACK UP TO SPEED SARYRAH DALLOF, NBC NEWS>>>JANESSA WEBB IS BACK WITH US WITH THE LATEST ON THAT SEVERE WEATHER. JANESSA.>>YEAH, WE DO HAVE A LOT OF PLACES ACROSS THE MID-ATLANTIC TO THE OHIO VALLEY ALSO WATCHING CENTRAL MICHIGAN VERY CLOSELY WITH FLOOD WATCHES AND ADVISORIES CURRENTLY IN PLACE WITH 14 MILLION PEOPLE AND I DO THINK THAT WILL BE EXTENDED THROUGHOUT YOUR AFTERNOON ALL THE WAY TO TOMORROW THIS IS A VERY SLOW-MOVING SYSTEM THAT IS GOING TO BE CONTINUOUS INTO THE WEEKEND. THAT’S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY OF THE DAY HERE’S A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DAY AHEAD. FOR THE DEEP SOUTH INTO THE SOUTHEAST A DAYTIME HIGH STILL WELL ABOVE AVERAGE WE’RE GOING TO WATCH A FEW STORMS THIS AFTERNOON. ALSO THE WINDS PICKING UP FROM BISMARCK TO MINNEAPOLIS. HIGHS, THEY’RE STILL IN THE UPPER 70s TO LOWER 80s WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WATCH THIS FLOODING. THIS IS GOING TO GET A LOT WORSE WITH THE FORECAST.>>THANK YOU, JANESSA.>>>ONE CAT IS SCRATCHING AND CLAWING TO BE THE BEST SOCCER GOALIE IN THE WORLD. THIS IS A LITTLE CAT NAMED AFTER A GERMAN GOALKEEPER, MANUEL NEUER, WHO’S BEEN STOPPING HIS OWNER’S SHOTS LEFT AND RIGHT HE’S>>>TODAY CONNECTICUT WILL BECOME THE LAST STATE TO BEGIN REOPENING. RESTAURANTS, RETAIL AND OFFICES CAN ALL OPEN THEIR DOORS WITH RESTRICTIONS AND IN A CONTROVERSIAL MOVE DENTAL OFFICES CAN NOW TREAT PATIENTS FOR NON-EMERGENCY REASONS. THAT’S SPARK CONCERNS FROM MANY HYG HYGIENEISTS. WE GET MORE NOW FROM NBC’S CHRIS JANSING.>>Reporter: CONNECTICUT ORTHODONTIST DR. GARY OPEN IS BACK IN BUSINESS, FULLY REOPENING HIS OFFICE TODAY>>WE DO HAVE QUITE A BACKLOG. WE HAVE BEEN CLOSED FOR SIX WEEKS.>>Reporter: THE NEW NORMAL MEANS KEEPING PATIENTS SAFE IN THE AGE OF COVID>>WE ARE WEARING HIGHER-LEVEL MASKS, N95s. WE ARE WEARING FACE SHIELDS ALSO AND WE’RE WEARING DISPOSABLE GOWNS.>>Reporter: HE’S OVERHAULED HIS OFFICE, INVESTING IN A NEW AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM, SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS HE’LL SEE EACH DAY, AND REVAMPING WAITING ROOM PROCEDURES>>THEIR TEMPERATURE WILL BE CHECKED. ONCE EVERYTHING IS DEEMED OKAY, WE WILL ESCORT THE PATIENT TO THE CHAIR WHERE WE’LL BE WORKING.>>Reporter: DENTAL PRACTICES ARE BY NATURE INVASIVE, AND PRELIMINARY RESEARCH SUGGESTS THE CORONAVIRUS SURVIVES AIRBORNE FOR HOURS THAT’S WHY SOME INDUSTRY INSIDERS LIKE HYGIENIST MEGAN ZADROWSKI, WORRY DENTAL OFFICES ARE REOPENING BEFORE IT’S SAFE>>AEROSOLS GENERATED IN A DENTAL OFFICE ARE UNAVOIDABLE, WHETHER IT’S BY DENTIST DRILLS, WHETHER IT’S BY HYGIENISTS’ INSTRUMENTS, OR EVEN THE PATIENTS THEMSELVES, WHO MAY NEED TO COUGH.>>Reporter: THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION HAS ISSUED NATIONAL GUIDELINES INCLUDING HYGIENEISTS USING HAND TOOLS INSTEAD OF AUTOMATED DEVICES AND LIMITING DRILLS SUGGESTS THAT ZADROWSKI WORRIES NOT ALL DENTISTS WILL FOLLOW>>WOULD YOU GO TO A DENTIST RIGHT NOW FOR A NON-EMERGENT PROBLEM?>>I WOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID GOING TO THE DENTAL OFFICE WITH A NON-EMERGENT SERVICE>>Reporter: A RECENT NATIONAL SURVEY BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION FOUND THREE IN TEN DENTISTS’ OFFICES DIDN’T HAVE ANY SUPPLY OF N95 MASKS AND NEARLY 18% HAD NO FACE SHIELDS CONNECTICUT DENTIST DR. DAVID SANTARELLA SAYS IT HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE.>>WE DO HAVE WHAT WE NEED IT HAS NOT BEEN EASY>>Reporter: HE’S INVESTED BEYOND THE GUIDELINES, INCLUDING A FOGGER TO CLEAN ROOMS AND A MOBILE UVC UNIT TO REDUCE PATHOGENS. YOU UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE NERVOUS?>>FOR SURE. I’M NERVOUS. BUT I’M ALSO NERVOUS ON THE FLIP SIDE OF THAT, IF WE DON’T DO ANYTHING WHAT ABOUT THAT PATIENT?>>IF THEY GET REALLY SICK>>IF THEY GET REALLY SICK>>Reporter: ALL DENTISTS FACING THE NEW REALITY THAT BEING AFRAID OF THE DENTIST MEANS SOMETHING DIFFERENT NOW.>>I WANTED TO MAKE SURE MY CHILD WAS SAFE AND COMFORTABLE IN A SETTING OUTSIDE THE HOME.>>WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST WHEN ALL THIS IS OVER?>>WELL, GETTING MY TEETH STRAIGHT, DEFINITELY>>Reporter: THE CHALLENGE OF REOPENING THE BUSINESS WHEN IT’S ANYTHING BUT BUSINESS AS USUAL>>AND THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS DENTISTS’ OFFICES LOST HAL ♪ ♪ ON A MOUNTAIN PEAK ♪>>>YOU ALREADY SEE THE HUMOR IN THAT THAT’S WILL FERRELL IN A PREVIEW OF NETFLIX’S UPCOMING COMEDY “EUROVISION SONG CONTEST.” THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA IT STARS WILL FERRELL AND RACHEL McADAMS. NETFLIX ALSO RELEASED FIRST LOOK PHOTOS OF FERRELL AND McADAMS IN A SERIES OF THESE COSTUMES FOR THE MOVIE. IT WILL PREMIERE ON THE STREAMING PLATFORM ON JUNE 26th. THIS IS REALLY FUNNY, THE WHOLE PREMISE OF IT IS THESE ASPIRING MUSICIANS WHO WANT TO MAKE IT BIG FOR THEIR CAREER DEMI LOVATO IS IN IT ALSO. GREAT AD>>I’M JUST LAUGHING AT THAT PONYTAIL SO GREAT ALL RIGHT. WHO DOESN’T LOVE TACO TUESDAY? ACTRESS DREW BARRYMORE DOES. SHE HOSTED A VIRTUAL TACO NIGHT ON INSTAGRAM LIVE ON TUESDAY NIGHT. SHE MADE SHRIMP TACOS AND SHE USED McCORMICK SPICES. THE HOLLYWOOD STAR AND THE SEASONING COMPANY, THEY PARTNERED UP TO DONATE $1 MILLION TO NO KID HUNGRY THE CHARITY IS RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT CHILD HUNGER ISSUES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS. A LOT OF CELEBRITIES ARE RAISING MONEY FOR THAT PARTICULAR CHARITY.>>NOW YOU’RE CRAVING SOME SHRIMP TACOS BECAUSE OF IT AND YOU’RE ABLE TO DONATE FOR THAT EVEN BETTER.>>WEN WIN-WIN>>>A PAIR OF TWINS FROM MILWAUKEE ARE PROVING HARD WORK PAYS OFF THE SISTERS ARE ACHIEVING ACADEMIC SUCCESS TOGETHER. NOT ONLY ARE THEY GRADUATING AT THE TOP OF THEIR CLASS BUT THEY WERE ACCEPTED INTO 37 COLLEGES AND ALSO RECEIVED MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS. THE SISTERS HAVE DECIDED TO ATTEND MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY IN MILWAUKEE TO STUDY NURSING THEY ARE ALSO THE FIRST IN THEIR FAMILY TO ATTEND COLLEGE THEIR PARENTS HAVE GOT TO BE SO EXCITED AND SO PROUD AND THEY’RE DOING IT TOGETHER.>>COMPETITIVE IN THE BEST>>>GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE I REALLY WANT TO BRING YOU SOME BRIGHT NEWS FOR YOUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. BUT WE ARE CURRENTLY STUCK IN A REALLY DAMP PATTERN ACROSS THE EAST COAST EVEN FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST IT WILL BE A SOGGY ONE HOPEFULLY THINGS DRY OUT>>>IN TODAY’S TOP STORIES THE STATE DEPARTMENT INSPECTOR GENERAL FIRED LAST WEEK AFTER LAUNCHING AN INVESTIGATION INTO SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO’S ALLEGED MISUSE OF A STAFFER WAS ALSO LOOKING INTO LAVISH DINNERS THE SECRETARY THREW FOR BILLIONAIRE CEOs, SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, POLITICAL HEAVYWEIGHTS AND AMBASSADORS ON THE GOVERNMENT’S DIME. THAT’S ACCORDING TO ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS AN NBC NEWS INVESTIGATION FOUND POMPEO AND HIS WIFE HELD ABOUT TWO DOZEN SO-CALLED MADISON DINNERS SINCE HE TOOK OVER THE POST IN 2018 A STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN DEFENDED THEM AS “A WORLD-CLASS OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THE MISSION OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT.”>>>HUNDREDS OF McDONALD’S EMPLOYEES ARE EXPECTED TO GO ON STRIKE ACROSS 20 CITIES TODAY. LABORINGERS ARE CLAIMING NOT ENOUGH IS BEING DONE TO PROTECT WORK GRERZ COVID-19. McDONALD’S DENIES THE ALLEGATIONS AND SAYS IT HAS 50 NEW SAFETY PROCEDURES THAT GO WELL BEYOND MASKS AND GLOVES THE STRIKE COMES THE DAY BEFORE THE COMPANY’S ANNUAL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING>>>AFTER BEING EFFECTIVELY SHUTTERED FOR MONTHS, TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT SAYS BARS IN HIS STATE WILL BE ALLOWED TO REOPEN FRIDAY AT 25% CAPACITY. BARTENDERS REJOICED AT THE NEWS THAT THEY WOULD FINALLY BE ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK. JACOB RASCON FROM NBC AFFILIATE KTRC HAS MORE.>>Reporter: BARTENDING IS LIFE FOR THERESA BERNAL FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS UNTIL THE PANDEMIC>>I WAS JUST GETTING PREPARED TO MOVE IN WITH FAMILY BECAUSE I’M DEPLETED MY SAVINGS.>>Reporter: IN FACT, UNABLE TO PAY RENT, THERESA PLANNED TO MOVE IN WITH HER YOUNGEST DAUGHTER, JODY>>IT’S BEEN PURE HELL>>Reporter: SOME BARS DEFIED STATE ORDERS AND HAVE ALREADY OPENED THERESA’S BOSS, BEVERLY STRAIN, WAS ABOUT TO DO THE SAME>>IF WE HADN’T HAVE GOTTEN OPENED THIS WEEK, OR BY MONDAY, I WAS OPENING UP TOO AND LETTING THEM COME AFTER MY LICENSE, WHATEVER IT WAS JUST GETTING TO THAT POINT, DESPERATE>>Reporter: IN FORT BEND COUNTY THE SUNRISE SPORTS BAR WILL FINISH REMODELING JUST IN TIME>>I WAS SURPRISED I FIGURED HE’D WAIT AT LEAST TILL MONDAY. THEN OF COURSE MY PHONE STARTED BLOWING UP IMMEDIATELY I WANT TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR FRIDAY>>Reporter: WHILE THE OWNER IS THRILLED HER EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE WORK AGAIN, FIRST AND FOREMOST, JEAN LANDRY SAYS, SHE WANTS HER CUSTOMERS TO BE SAFE>>I WOULD FEEL HORRIBLE IF SOMEBODY GOT SICK IN THIS BAR. WE’LL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO KEEP EVERYBODY SAFE>>OUR THANKS TO JACOB RASCON FOR THAT REPORT.>>ALL RIGHT A 21-POUND CHIHUAHUA WAS ABANDONED AND LEFT DISABLED, LOCKED INSIDE A CRATE ALONGSIDE A MAJOR HIGHWAY IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY LUCKILY 8-YEAR-OLD STANLEY FOUND A LOVING FOSTER FAMILY THAT’S NURSING HIM BACK TO HEALTH THEY’VE ALREADY SEEN PROGRESS IN HIS WEIGHT LOSS AND ONCE HE LOSES MORE HE’LL GET HIS OWN SET OF WHEELS. FOR NOW HIS FOSTER MOM MAKES SURE TO TAKE HIM FOR STROLLER WALKS AROUND TOWN. SHEE SHE SAYS HE’S AFFECTION>>>EXTREME WEATHER OVERNIGHT. MICHIGAN’S GOVERNOR ISSUES AN EMERGENCY DECLARATION.>>IN THE NEXT 12 TO 15 HOURS DOWNTOWN MIDLAND COULD BE APPROXIMATELY 9 FEET OF WATER.>>WEAVE GOT THE VERY LATEST STRAIGHT AHEAD>>ANOTHER CHILD DEAD FROM THAT MIST HI ILLNESS. PLUS THE TREATMENT BEING USED BY DOCTORS WITH A 12-YEAR-OLD MAKING A FULL RECOVERY>>>WHEN WILL PUBLIC SCHOOLS REOPEN WHAT SOME STATES ARE PLANNING AS THE NEW FINDINGS SAY ABOUT CLASSROOM EXPOSURE IF YOU’VE HAD THE VIRUS AND CAN YOU GET IT AGAIN AND GIVE IT TO OTHERS>>JOHNSON AND JOHNSON AMID CLAIMS THAT IT CAUSES CANCER “EARLY TODAY” STARTS RIGHT NOW GOOD MORNING I’M PHILLIP MENA>>I’M FRANCES RIVERA. WE BEGIN WITH HOW TO GET BACK TO SAFETY AMID THIS CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC LOS ANGELES COUNTY HAS SET A TARGET DATE. THEY HOPE TO LIFT STAY AT HOME RESTRICTIONS BY JULY 4th THIS WILL ONLY BE POSSIBLE IF PEOPLE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW HEALTH GUIDELINES LONG LINES FORM TO GET INTO THE FIRST CASINO PEOPLE COULD ONLY ENTER AS OTHERS LEFT.>>AND IN TEXAS, THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED THAT DAYCARES CAN OPEN IMMEDIATELY. SOME CENTERS WERE ALREADY OPEN BUT COULD ONLY SERVE ESSENTIAL WORKERS. STUDENTS AND STAFFS MUST STAY HOME AND DROPOFFS AND PICKUPS HAVE TO HAPPEN OUTSIDE McDONALD’S SAYS AS THEY REOPEN DINING ROOMS THE COMPANY IS PUTTING SAFETY FIRST>>AND ANOTHER CHILD HAS DIED FROM AN INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME. ALMOST HALF OF THE STATES ARE REPORTING CASES BUT THE CDC BRIEFED DOCTORS ON TUESDAY ON WHAT TREATMENTS ARE WORKING TO SAVE YOUNG LIVES>>SHE WAS JUST 15 WHEN SHE STARTED COMPLAINING ABOUT STOMACH PAIN AND A RASH.>>I WAGNER THOUGHT THAT TAKING MY DAUGHTER TO THE HOSPITAL, I WOULDN’T BE WALKING OUT OF THERE WITH HER>>THE BALTIMORE TEEN WAS DEAD SHE HAD TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID ANTI BODIES.>>I HOPE THAT PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS KILLS PEOPLE>>THE CDC HELD A BRIEFING CALL WITH DOCTORS ON WHAT IT’S LEARNING ABOUT THE ILLNESS NOW FOUND IN COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. CASES SEEM TO BE PEAKING ABOUT A MONTH BEHIND COVID-19 SUGGESTING THE ILLNESS COMINGS FROM AN OVERACTIVE IMMUNE RESPONSE THERE ARE NOW 147 CASES IN NEW YORK ALONE COHEN’S CRITICAL MEDICAL CENTER SAW MOST OF THE CASES. NEARLY ALL HAD GASTROINTESTINAL SYMPTOMS AND THE HOSPITAL SAW SUCCESS WITH A PLASMA PRODUCT. IT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT DOCTORS IN LOUISIANA USED ON JULIET WHO WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST BEFORE RESPONDING TO TREATMENT. SHE’S NOW OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND SHOWED NO SIGNS OF PERMANENT DAMAGE>>IT LOOKS PRETTY NORMAL.>>SHE CAME IN REALLY NEAR DEATH AND WITHIN A MATTER OF DAYS WE’RE ABLE TO GET HER OFF THE VENTILATOR, BREATHING ON HER OWN. IT WAS ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS THAT YOU REALLY WANT TO CELEBRATE>>I’M SO HAPPY THAT SHE HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE.>>THAT TREATMENTS CAN WORK IF DOCTORS CAN CATCH IT IN TIME>>SO THE KEY REALLY SEEMS TO BE RECOGNIZING THE SYMPTOMS AND THEN GETTING THE CHILD IN FOR THIS TREATMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THEY DO SEEM SOB HAVING SOME SUCCESS WITH IT.>>WE COULD CLOSER TO ANSWERING SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT IMMUNITY AND COVID-19. A STUDY IS SHEDDING LIGHT ON WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE RECOVERED FROM THE VIRUS AND WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN GET IT A SECOND TIME>>Reporter: IT’S THE KIND OF GOOD NEWS DEVELOPMENT THAT RESEARCHERS HAVE BEEN HOPING FOR. PRELIMINARY PIENDINGS SUGGEST PATIENTS WHO RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 WAS THEN TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AGAIN WERE NOT INFECTIOUS AND WERE NOT SPREADING THE VIRUS TO OTHERS. THOSE VIRUS TRACES APPEARED TO BE DEAD, NOT ALIVE COULD IT BE AN INDICATION OF IMMUNITY>>I THINK IT’S A LITTLE TOO SOON TO TAKE THAT AND SAY THAT WITH KNOW FOR SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE IMMUNITY BUT WE SEEN THAT PEOPLE MOUNT A PRETTY GOOD IMMUNE IMMUNE RESPONSE TO THIS.>>IT FELT LIKE ONE OF THE WORST FLUS I EVER HAD.>>HER KIDS AND HUSBAND ALL BECAME VERY SICK NOW AFTER REKRENTDLY TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE ANTI BODIES SHE KNOWS IT WAS COVID-19 WHICH MEANS SHE COULD HAVE SOME PROTECTION>>IT FELT LIKE THIS EMPOWERING PROTECTION>>IN SOUTH KOREA THE FINDINGS HAVE COMMENCED HEALTH EXPERTS TO LOOSEN TO SOME QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS>>THEY’RE GREETING THIS NEW REPORT WE ARE WITH OPTIMISM. OFFICIALS WILL NO LONGER RECOVERED COVID QUESTIONS TO TEST NEGATIVE BEFORE BEING TESTED>>AND IT COULD BE CRITICAL IN HARD HIT U.S. STATES SINCE EARLY TESTING SU SUGGESTS ONE IN FIVE NEW YORKERS HAVE TESTED FOR COVID-19>>HAVING THE ANTI BODIES DOES NOT GUARANTEE IMMUNITY BUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOVERED AND DO HAVE ABTY BODIES MAY BE ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK WITHOUT FEAR OF SPREADING THE DISEASE TO OTHERS.>>THAT IS SOME MUCH NEEDED HOPE>>>THE WHITE HOUSE IS RAMPING UP EFFORTS TO REOPEN THE COUNTRY THIS MORNING A TRUMP OFFICIAL HAS CONFIRMED THAT THEY’RE USING PROTRUMP DOCTORS AND THIS COULD CONTRADICT SOME OF THE PRESIDENT’S OWN TOP OFFICIALS.>>HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE TALKED ABOUT REOPENING CAREFULLY AND SLOWLY BASED ON THE NUMBERS BUT A TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS NOW CONFIRMING WHAT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FIRST REPORTED THAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR DOCTORS WHO WILL BACK THE PRESIDENT’S MORE AGGRESSIVE EFFORTS TO REOPEN THE COUNTRY. THE COALITION THAT WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT SAY THINGS THAT ARE IN LINE WITH WHAT THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES WE ARE ALSO WATCHING THE BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND NANCY PELOSI OVER THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCING THAT HE IS TAKING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. PELOSI THINKING THAT’S NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA.>>I WOULD RATHER HE NOT BE TAKING SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE SCIENTISTS, ESPECIALLY IN HIS AGE GROUP AND IN HIS WEIGHT GROUP, MORBIDLY OBESE, THEY SAY.>>I THINK SHE’S A WASTE OF TIME>>BLOW SI HAS A LOT OF PROBLEMS>>I DIDN’T KNOW HE WOULD BE TO SENSITIVE. HE’S ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE’S WEIGHT, THEIR FOUND POUNDS, HIS WORDS WAY A TON.>>AND THE FIRST TO CALL PRESIDENT TRUMP TOUTED THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE UNITED STATES NOW TOPPING 1.5 MILLION. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE LOOKS AT THAT AS A BADGE OF HONOR THAT TESTING THE WORKING.>>ALL RIGHT THANK YOU.>>>OBEYING STAY AT HOME ORDERS AND PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING CAN HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS BUT IN PLACES LIKE MEXICO WHERE WORKING FROM HOME IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR MANY IT CAN BE POSSIBLE WITH HIGH POPULATION AND OVERCROWDING>>MEXICO CITYIS THE PERFECT COVID BREEDING GROUND. OVERCROWDED WITH A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ALREADY OVERBURDENED. THIS WEEK THE GOVERNMENT BEGAN REOPENING MANY BUSINESSES BUT WITH ABOUT HALF THE POPULATION IN POVERTY, STOPPING WORK WAS NEVER A CONSIDERATION. GUARDS CHECKED TEMPERATURES. MANY PEOPLE INSIDE ARE WEARING MASKS BUT WITH A HALF A MILLION PEOPLE BUYING AND SELLING HERE EVERY DAY, SOCIAL DISTANCING IS IMPOSSIBLE THIS MARKET HAS NEVER SHUT AND PEOPLE TOLD ME IT CAN’T. IT’S THE CITY’S HEART, SOUL, STOMACH AND WALLET HE WORKS HERE SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. I ASKED HIM IF HE’S WORRIED ABOUT THE VIRUS. YES, BUT IT’S BETTER THAN HUNGER HE SAID. OFFICIALLY AROUND SP HUNDRED PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM COVID IN MEXICO CITY BUT CRITICS SAY THE REAL NUMBER COULD BE THREE TIMES THAT AND UNTIL UMBRELLA, THE UNDERCOUNTING MAY BE HAPPENING>>CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING FASTER HERE THAN ANYWHERE ON EARTH BUT THE TRUE NUMBER OF INFECTIONS COULD BE WORSE, PERHAPS 15 TIMES WORSE THAN THE OFFICIAL FIGURES>>THE PRESIDENT SAYS REOPENING GUIDELINES ARE RECOMMENDATIONS, REGIONS ULTIMATELY DECIDE. IT’S AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT MANY SUPPORTERS SAY THIS COUNTRY MUST WORK TO SURVIVE. EVEN AS COFFINS ARE NOW WRAPPED IN PLASTIC AND GRAVES DUG IN WAITING ROWS>>IT IS HARD TO KNOW THE FULL SCALE OF THE PROBLEM HERE BECAUSE MEXICO DOES VERY LITTLE TESTING. IN FACT, IT HAS ONE OF THE LOWEST TESTING RATES IN ALL OF LATIN AMERICA.>>THANK YOU FOR THAT REPORT>>>CATASTROPHIC FLOODING IS FORCING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES THEY RUPTURED TWO DAMS IN MICHIGAN AND OFFICIALS SCRAMBLED TO RESCUE THOSE IN MIDLAND>>IN THE NEXT 12 TO 15 HOURS DOWNTOWN MIDLAND COULD BE UNDER APPROXIMATELY NINE FEET OF WATER. WERE ANTICIPATING AN HISTORIC HIGH WATER LEVEL TO GO THROUGH THIS IN THE MIDST OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC IS ALMOST UNTHINKABLE BUT WE ARE HERE AND TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY WE ARE GOING TO NAVIGATE THAT TOGETHER>>MORE STORMS COULD BE ON THE WAY.>>JANESSA WEBB IS TRACKING THAT STORM SYSTEM FOR US.>>THIS IS AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION. WE HAVE MULTIPLE DAMS THAT HAVE BEEN BREACHED ACROSS MICHIGAN. RIVERS HITTING 13.8 FEET THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED EVENT THAT CURRENTLY IS HAPPENING THOSE STORMS WILL CONTINUE TO ROLL THROUGH THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS. WE HAVE OVER 186 GAUGES ACROSS THE MIDWEST, UPPER MIDWEST THAT ARE UNDER MODERATE TO MINOR FLOODING STAGES. THAT’S A BIG LOOK AT THE WEATHER STORY. NOW A CLOSER LOOK TO YOUR DAY AHEAD.>>FROM SAN ANTONIO WE’RE ABOVE AVERAGE AND A FEW STORMS THAT ARE GOING TO POP UP THIS AFTERNOON WATCHING THAT POTENTIAL EVEN FOR BILLINGS TO OMAHA ABOVE AVERAGE IN THE UPPER 70s. AND I WISH I COULD SAY THIS IS GOING TO STOP BUT TH>>>PANDEMIC HAS UNEARTHED A TROUBLING DIVIDE A NEW REPORT REVEALS WHY THE VIRUS IS HITTING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR SO HARD.>>THE CARDIOLOGIST ON A MISSION. HE MOVED TO THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA, ONE OF THE POOREST AREAS OF THE COUNTRY TO STOP WHAT HE SAYS ARE PREVENTABLE SURGERIES AMPUTATIONS RESULTING FROM DIABETES, A CONDITION BOTH OF HIS PARENTS HAD.>>SOME OF THESE PATIENTS ARE GIVEN AN OPTION F EDUCATION VERSUS STRATEGY.>>IT HAPPENS AMONG BLACK PATIENTS OFTEN THREE TO FOUR TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE>>IT’S A CRISIS EXPERTS SAY WORSENED BY THE CORONAVIRUS.>>WHY ARE WE SEEING SUCH A HIGH PREVALENCE OF COSID 19>>IT’S EXPOSED THE PROBLEM TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.>>SHE SPENT MORE THAN A MONTH COVERING THE CRISIS IN MISSISSIPPI.>>SO WHAT WE’RE ALL SEEING IS THE PATIENTS ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE KILLED BY THE DISEASE ARE BLACK PATIENTED AND DIABETICS. THAT’S THE SAME POPULATION THAT’S AFFECTED BY AMPUTATIONS>>LIKE THE PANDEMIC LEAVING HER SON ESPECIALLY CORNCERNED.>>THE DOCTOR SAYS PATIENTS LIKE HER DESERVE A CHANCE>>A CHANCE TO BE TAUGHT HOW TO EAT RIGHT,>>>PIER ONE IMPOMPRTS PLANS TO CLOSE ALL OF ITS LOCATIONS IT’S SEEKING COURT APPROVAL TO LIQUIDATE ITS STORES>>>THE BELMONT STAKES WILL BE HELD ON JUNE T20th THIS YEAR IT’S THE LAST LEG IN THE TRIPLE CROWN BUT THIS YEAR IT WILL SERVE AS A FIRST>>JOHNSON AND JOHNSON WILL STOP SELLING ITS BABY POWDER IN U.S. AND CANADA DEMAND HAS DECLINED DUE TO MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THE PRODUCT U.S. GOVERNMENT LED RESEARCH FOUND NO CONNECTIONS LINKING TO OVARIAN CANCER>>A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS RULED THAT TEXAS VOTERS CAN CAST THEIR BALLOTS BY MAIL IN UPCOMING ELECTIONS. THOSE BALLOTS ARE RESERVED BASED ON DISABILITY AND THE FEAR OF >>>WE HAVE A VERY UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN FOR YOUR ME NOIRL DAY WEEKEND. NOT GOING TO FEEL LIKE SUMMER. RAIN FRO>>>THE GOVERNOR OF NEW JERSEY SAYS OFFICIALS ARE WAR GAMING WHAT A RETURN TO SCHOOL MIGHT LOOK LIKE NEXT FALL. WHETHER TO REOPEN IS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST DECISIONS FACING STATES>>A SINGLE MOM IN THE BRONX AND SHE’S WORRIED.>>IT’S STRESSFUL. THERE’S TIMES WHERE I FOUND MYSELF HAVING TO CLOSE MYSELF IN A BATHROOM AND CRY I FEEL LIKE I’M LIVING IN A WHOLE NIGHTMARE.>>SHE QUIT HER JOB TO TAKE CARE OF HER THREE KIDS. FOR HER IT’S CRITICAL WHETHER NEW YORK SCHOOLS REOPEN THIS FALL>>WHAT WE’RE WORRIED ABOUT IS REGRESSION>>ACROSS THE COUNTRY THE FUTURE OF K THROUGH 12 EDUCATION IS UP IN THE AIR ESPECIALLY OUT OF NEW REPORTS OUT OF FRANCE WHERE DOZENS OF NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES HAVE BEEN LINKED TO CLASSROOM EXPOSURE>>I THINK THEY SHOULD MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO REOPEN SCHOOLS BUT THIS IS ALL DEPENDENT UPON WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SUMMER AND WHAT SEPTEMBER LOOKS LIKE>>KANSAS IS PLANNING TO RESTART TESTIMONY IN AUGUST. KATRINA HAS BEEN TAKING CARE OF HER THREE KIDS AT HOME THERE>>IT’S VERY HARD TO PUT THEM INTO A SCHEDULE AT HOME, YOU KNOW, WHERE THERE’S ALWAYS OTHER DISTRACTIONS>>SOME STATES ARE CONSIDERING WHETHER TO START THE FALL SEMESTER EARLY TO CATCH KIDS UP. ONE MARYLAND LAWMAKER IS FLOATING THE IDEA OF YEAR ROUND SCHOOLING. MANY ARE SCRAMBLING TO ASK SOME UNPRECEDENTED QUESTIONS.>>WHAT’S IT LOOK LIKE IN GYM CLASS? WHAT’S A CHOIR ROOM LOOK LIKE?>>THIS HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN AFTER IGNORING SOCIAL DISTANCING ORDERS NEW YORK CITY ALSO JUST ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR A VIRTUAL SUMMER SCHOOL. ABOUT ONE IN SIX STUDENTS ARE BEING ASKED TO TAKE MORE ONLINE CLASSES BECAUSE MANY HAVE FALLEN BEHIND>>>AN ITALIAN DESIGNER HAS AN IDEA TO CREATE SOME PANDEMIC SWIM WEAR. IT’S A THREE PIECE SET WITH A MATCHING FACE MASK THE IDEA BEGAN AT HER HOUSE DURING QUARANTINE. THEY DIDN’T THINK IT COULD BE THIS HUGE OF A SUCCESS BUT IT HAS SKYROCKETED IN ITALY AND THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE SEEING WITH MASKS MATCHING ALL KINDS OF OUTFITS WHETHER IT’S BIKINI OR REGULAR CLOTHES.>>THE TAN LINES THOUGH, YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO HIDE THOSE.>>HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY I’M FRANCES RIVERA>>>PRESIDENT TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON HIS USE OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE WHILE ENGAGING IN A WAR OF WORDS AND PERSONAL INSULTS WITH THE HOUSE SPEAKER.>>>BREAKING OVERNIGHT, EVACUATIONS ORDERED FOR THOUSANDS AFTER TWO MICHIGAN DAMS WERE BREACHED THE GOVERNOR LAYING OUT THE FRIGHTENING PREDICTIONS.>>IN THE NEXT 12 TO 15 HOURS DOWNTOWN MIDLAND COULD BE UNDER APPROXIMATELY NINE FEET OF WATER. WE ARE ANTICIPATING AN HISTORIC HIGH WATER LEVEL>>METEOROLOGIST JANESSA WEBB IS TRACKING THE RECORD RAINFALL>>>ANOTHER MAJOR UNIVERSITY PLANNING IN-PERSON CLASSES FOR FALL AS MANY COLLEGES MAKE PLANS NOW FOR THE NEXT SEMESTER.>>>THIS MORNING JOHNSON & JOHNSON DISCONTINUING A WIDELY USED TYPE OF BABY POWDER AMID CLAIMS IT CAUSES CANCER.>>>AND WITH MANY ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO MEMORIAL DAY, JUST WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WHEN YOU HIT THE ROAD IT’S WEDNESDAY MAY 20th. “EARLY TODAY” STARTS RIGHT NOW GLAD TO BOTH BE TOGETHER WITH YOU. I’M FRANCES RIVERA>>AND I’M PHILLIP MENA. AS STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY GRAPPLE WITH HOW TO MOVE FORWARD DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC MICHIGAN IS FACING A NEW EMERGENCY. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FORCED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES AFTER TWO DAMS FAILED. THE GOVERNOR HAS SUSPENDED HER CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTION ORDERS FOR THE COMMUNITIES FACING THAT DANGER WE’LL HAVE MORE ON THIS DEVELOPING SITUATION COMING UP ABOUT 60 MILES SOUTH OF THAT FLOODING ANOTHER PROTEST IS PLANNED FOR MICHIGAN’S CAPITAL TODAY. IT’S BEING CALLED OPERATION HAIRCUT. FREE HAIRCUTS WILL BE GIVEN OUT ON THE CAPITOL LAWN. ORGANIZERS ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE AND WEAR MASKS.>>>HUNDREDS OF McDONALD’S EMPLOYEES IN 20 CITIES PLAN TO GO ON STRIKE TODAY LABORINGERS ARE PRESSURING THE FAST FOOD CHAIN TO IMPROVE PROTECTIONS FOR WORKERS. McDONALD’S SAYS THAT AS THEY REOPEN DINING ROOMS THE COMPANY IS PUTTING SAFETY FIRST. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE RELEASED A BLEAK OUTLOOK FOR AMERICA’S ECONOMIC GROWTH, PROJECTING A 38% DROP IN GDP IN THE SECOND QUARTER AS 26 MILLION AMERICANS REMAIN UNEMPLOYED.>>>THE WHITE HOUSE IS FORGING AHEAD WITH ITS PUSH TO RAPIDLY REOPEN THE COUNTRY THIS AFTERNOON PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL MEET WITH THE GOVERNORS OF KANSAS AND ARKANSAS TO TALK ABOUT THEIR CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE AND REOPENING STRATEGY MEANWHILE, THE PRESIDENT IS BATTLING INTENSE CRITICISM OVER HIS DECISION TO TAKE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE DESPITE POTENTIAL DANGERS. NBC’S ALICE BARR HAS MORE.>>Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP VENTURING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO CAPITOL HILL WITHOUT WEARING A MASK TO MEET WITH REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS. THE PRESIDENT DEFENDING HIS DECISION TO TAKE THE CONTROVERSIAL DRUG HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE DESPITE FDA WARNINGS OF SERIOUS RISKS INCLUDING POTENTIALLY FATAL HEART PROBLEMS PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING HE STARTED TAKING IT AFTER HIS PERSONAL VALET TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS, FOLLOWED BY THE VICE PRESIDENT’S PRESS SECRETARY.>>MIKE HAD SOMEBODY VERY CLOSE TO HIM WHO I ALSO SEE WHO TESTED POSITIVE SO I THINK — I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, FROM MY STANDPOINT NOT A BAD TIME TO TAKE IT.>>Reporter: THE WHITE HOUSE DOCTOR PRESCRIBED THE DRUG AT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S REQUEST. MANY MEDICAL EXPERTS HARSHLY CRITICIZING THE MOVE, SAYING THE RISKS APPEAR TO OUTWEIGH THE BENEFITS>>THAT’S AN IRRESPONSIBLE EXAMPLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE PRESIDENT ASKS WHAT IS THERE TO LOSE? WELL, POTENTIALLY YOUR LIFE, MR. PRESIDENT.>>Reporter: HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI WEIGHING IN TO SAY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SHOULDN’T BE TAKING AN UNAPPROVED MEDICATION.>>ESPECIALLY IN HIS AGE GROUP AND IN HIS SHALL WE SAY WEIGHT GROUP. MORBIDLY OBESE THEY SAY.>>Reporter: AS SPEAKER PELOSI AND SENATE REPUBLICANS NEGOTIATE THE NEXT ROUND OF EMERGENCY AID, TOP ECONOMIC OFFICIALS TESTIFIED BEFORE A SENATE COMMITTEE TODAY, DEFENDING HOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS USED THE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS APPROVED SO FAR TO TRY AND GET THE ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN>>THERE IS THE RISK OF PERMANENT DAMAGE AND AS I SAID BEFORE, WE’RE CONSCIOUS OF THE HEALTH ISSUES AND WE WANT TO DO THIS IN A BALANCED AND SAFE WAY.>>Reporter: ALSO AT THE WHITE HOUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP FOCUSING ON THE HEALTH OF THE NATION’S FOOD CHAIN, PLEDGING $19 BILLION TO HELP FARMERS AND RANCHERS KEEP FOOD ON AMERICA’S TABLES. IN WASHINGTON ALICE BARR, NBC NEWS>>>WITH MORE AND MORE STATES REOPENING ACROSS THE NATION AND SOME BUSINESSES GETTING BACK UP AND RUNNING, SOME PARENTS ARE WONDERING IF SCHOOLS ARE NEXT. TWO OF THE COUNTRY’S BEST-KNOWN SCHOOLS, THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME AND NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, HAVE ANNOUNCED THEIR PLANS TO OPEN BACK UP AND RESUME ON-CAMPUS CLASSES IN THE FALL. BUTWHAT CORONAVIRUS SAFETY MEASURES WILL BE PUT IN PLACE TO PROTECT STUDENTS AND STAFF NBC’S KRISTEN DAHLGREN HAS THE STORY.>>Reporter: WHILE VIRTUAL GRADUATIONS ARE TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND PROFESSORS ARE WONDERING WHAT COLLEGE CAMPUSES WILL LOOK LIKE THIS FALL>>I WAS PLANNING ON DOING A RESEARCH PROJECT MY SENIOR YEAR, AND THAT HAS TO BE IN PERSON SO THAT COULD AFFECT WHETHER I GET INTO GRAD SCHOOL, MY FUTURE RESEARCH, MY FUTURE CAREER>>Reporter: JUST LAST WEEK CALIFORNIA’S STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, THE LARGEST IN THE COUNTRY, ANNOUNCED PLANS TO MOVE ITS FALL SEMESTER ONLINE>>WE MISS THE VIBRANCY OF CAMPUS LIFE, BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT IT’S SAFE. SO THE INTENTION IS TO PLAN FOR VIRTUAL IN THE FALL AND THEN PLAN TO TRANSITION BACK TO CAMPUS IN THE FALL AS SOON AS IT’S SAFE TO DO SO>>Reporter: HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL NOW TELLING ITS NEW STUDENTS THAT CLASSES WILL BE HELD REMOTELY. BUT THERE ARE SOME SCHOOLS GOING FORWARD WITH PLANS TO BRING STUDENTS AND FACULTY BACK ON CAMPUS THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA EVEN DEVELOPING ITS OWN CORONAVIRUS AND ANTIBODY TEST. THE UNIVERSITY’S PRESIDENT EXPLAINED HOW IT’S GOING TO WORK TO SAVANNAH EARLIER THIS MONTH>>IS IT YOUR INTENTION, THEN, TO TEST EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO SETS FOOT ON THAT CAMPUS>>OUR INTENTION IS TO TEST AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE CAN. IT’S GOING TO BE VOLUNTARY BUT WE HOPE MOST OF THE 60,000 PEOPLE WHO COME TO CAMPUS WILL BE TESTED.>>Reporter: AND NOW NOTRE DAME IS WEIGHING IN WITH ITS OWN UNIQUE PLAN, OPENING CAMPUS TWO WEEKS EARLIER THAN SCHEDULED AND IN AN EFFORT TO LIMIT THE POTENTIAL SPREAD OF COVID-19, STUDENTS WILL GO STRAIGHT THROUGH WITH NO BREAKS AND END THE SEMESTER BEFORE THANKSGIVING THEY’RE PART OF THE 70% OF U.S. COLLEGES PLANNING TO RESUME IN-NI IN-PERSON CLASS THIS IS FALL A NEW POLL SHOWS 65% OF COLLEGE STUDENTS SAY THEY WOULD ATTEND IF GIVEN THE OPTION.>>IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR ME TO BE FACE TO FACE WITH ALL MY TEACHERS AND MY PEERS BECAUSE WE’RE ALL LEARNING OFF OF EACH OTHER.>>KRISTEN, THANK YOU.>>>IN THE MIDWEST THIS MORNING CATASTROPHIC FLOODING IS FORCING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES. THE RELENTLESS RAINS RUPRED TWO DAMS IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN AND OFFICIALS SCRAMBLED TO EVACUATE ABOUT 10,000 PEOPLE TO HIGHER GROUND NBC’S DAN SCHENEMAN HAS THE LATEST>>Reporter: IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN THE EDENVILLE DAM BURST. ONE OF TWO DAMS TO FAIL. AUTHORITIES CALLED FOR IMMEDIATE EVACUATIONS IN VULNERABLE AREAS.>>RESIDENTS IN EDENVILLE AND SANFORD HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO MOVE OUT BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND IF YOU ARE IN THOSE AREAS, YOU MUST EVACUATE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE PLEASE GET SOMEWHERE SAFE, NOW>>Reporter: THE FLOODING AFTER DAYS OF HEAVY RAIN SATURATED THE GREAT LAKES REGION LAKE ERIE OVERFLOWED ITS BANKS THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNED THE EASTERN MICHIGAN LAKESHORE COULD SUFFER SIGNIFICANT FLOODING AND EROSION. RESIDENTS IN WESTERVILLE, OHIO, A COLUMBUS SUBURB, WERE FERRIED TO SAFETY AFTER NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS TURNED INTO STREAMS.>>IT WAS VERY TERRIFYING W BECAUSE YOU KNOW, YOU WANT TO KEEP A POSITIVE FACE FOR THE CHILDREN BUT INSIDE YOU’RE LIKE OH, MY GOSH, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO, WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GO?>>Reporter: AND MORE FLOODING NEAR CINCINNATI. SOME 85 BUSINESSES WERE IMPACTED BY RISING WATER. AND THE FLOODING MAY NOT BE OPEN THE FORECAST CALLS FOR EVEN MORE RAIN DAN SCHENEMAN, NBC NEWS.>>THAT’S THE TOUGH PART FOR THEM RIGHT THERE, MORE RAIN. LET’S TURN TO NBC METEOROLOGIST JANESSA WEBB WITH A LOOK AHEAD JANESSA, GOOD MORNING.>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING, YOU TWO. WE’RE ALSO LOOKING AT THE RIFLE RIVER THAT HIT A HISTORIC RECORD YESTERDAY OF 13.8 INCHES UNFORTUNATELY FOR CENTRAL MICHIGAN UP TO TWO TO THREE INCHES FELL YESTERDAY. THAT’S ON TOCCHET RIVER FLOODING AND WE’RE FORECASTING THE NEXT 24 HOURS AN ADDITIONAL FOUR TO EIGHT INCHES SOME SPOTS COULD GET UP TO TEN INCHES AS THIS MAKES ITS WAY INTO THE OHIO VALLEY THIS IS CONTINUOUS RAIN THAT WE’RE SEEING WITH FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS CURRENTLY IN PLACE. 188 RIVER GAUGES UNDER MINOR TO MAJOR FLOOD STAGES ACROSS UPPER MIDWEST TO THE MIDWEST UNFORTUNATELY, THAT’S GOING TO LAST FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS THAT’S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY OF THE DAY HERE’S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD. SO THE HEAT CONTINUES TO BUILD ACROSS SAN ANTONIO INTO THE DEEP SOUTH WITH DAYTIME HIGHS NEAR RECORD OF 95 DEGREES UPPER MIDWEST, THAT’S GOING TO SPARK A STORM AND UNFORTUNATELY MORE FLOODING IN THIS AREA SO WHAT WE’RE REALLY SEEING IS JUST MORE RAIN, AT LEAST EIGHT INCHES IN SOME OF THESE SPOTS. UNFORTUNATE SITUATION.>>IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY TOUGH. ALL RIGHT, JANESSA, THANK YOU.>>>IN TODAY’S QUICK HITS, PIER ONE IMPORTS PLANS TO CLOSE ALL 540 OF ITS LOCATIONS THREE MONTHS AFTER FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY THE RETAILER ANNOUNCED IT’S SEEKING COURT APPROVAL TO LIQUIDATE ITS STORES ONCE THEY REOPEN AFTER THOSE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS.>>>THE BELMONT STAKES, ONE OF HORSE RACING’S BIG YEEFT EVENTS, WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 20th THIS YEAR WITHOUT FANS. IT IS TRADITIONALLY THE LAST LEG IN HORSE-RACING’S TRIPLE CROWN BUT THIS YEAR IT WILL SERVE AS THE FIRST.>>>AND JOHNSON & JOHNSON WILL STOP SELLING ITS TALC-BASED BABY POWDER IN THE U.S. AND IN CANADA AFTER FACING THOUSANDS OF LAWSUITS CLAIMING IT CAUSED CANCER THE COMPANY SAID DEMAND HAS DECLINED DUE TO MISINFORMATION AROUND THE SAFETY OF THE PRODUCT. IN JANUARY U.S. GOVERNMENT-LED>>>SIA HAS EXPANDED HER FAMILY AND CONFIRMED SHE’S THE MOTHER OF TWO TEENAGE BOYS. THE SINGER SHARED IN AN INTERVIEW THAT SHE WANTED TO ADOPT THE 18-YEAR-OLD BOYS LAST YEAR BECAUSE THEY WERE AGING OUT OF THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. THE TWO ARE NOW 19, AND THOUGH SHE DIDN’T REVEAL THEIR NAMES SHE SAID THEY’RE ALL TOGETHER AND GETTING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC AS BEST THEY CAN AND THAT SHE LOVES THEM>>>NOW TO A DISTURBING RISE DURING THE PANDEMIC AS MANY PEOPLE STAY HOME TO STAY SAFE THAT CAN BE THE WORST PLACE TO BE FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HERE’S NBC’S KATE SNOW>>LIKE YOUR HEART HAS JUST — SOMEONE TOOK A HUGE KNIFE AND JUST KEPT CARVING YOUR HEART OUT.>>Reporter: THE PAIN IS STILL SO RAW FOR LISA WYMOUTH AND BILL PUGH, WHOSE DAUGHTER MARIA WAS MURDERED LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AGO. THEY ADOPTED MARIA AS A BABY FROM MEXICO AND RAISED HER IN MINNESOTA.>>BOTH BILL AND I THOUGHT WE JUST WON THE PARENTING JACKPOT>>ALWAYS SMILING. SHE SNOWMOBILED. SHE RODE HORSES. SHE RODE FOUR-WHEELERS SHE KNOWBOARDED. SHE SKIED. SHE WAS A CHEERLEADER.>>Reporter: SHE GOT MARRIED LAST YEAR. A RELATIONSHIP HER PARENTS DESCRIBE AS CONTROLLING.>>I THINK IT WAS, YOU KNOW, PRETTY INTENSE REALLY FAST>>Reporter: AND THEN CORONAVIRUS AND ORDERS TO STAY INSIDE THEIR HOUSE>>YOU KNOW, THAT WAS NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR HER TO BE.>>DO YOU THINK COVID-19 CONTRIBUTED TO EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED>>OH, SURE. I MEAN, IT FURTHER ISOLATED HER.>>Reporter: THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT SAYS THERE WAS AN ARGUMENT ON APRIL 30th ABOUT MARIA LEAVING. HER HIS, JOSHUA FURY, EVENTUALLY ADMITTED KILLING HER AND BURYING HER BODY IN A SMALL CRAWLSPACE FURY’S LAWYER DECLINED TO COMMENT.>>YOU JUST THINK WHY DIDN’T I SAY ALL THE THINGS THAT I’M FAULTING MYSELF FOR NOW? YOU KNOW, RUN. MY GOD, RUN. WHY DIDN’T I SAY THAT?>>HOME IS NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR VICTIMS. AND NOW YOU’RE FORCED TO STAY INSIDE BECAUSE OUTSIDE IS SCARY.>>Reporter: PHONE CALLS TO THE CENTER FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY HAVE ACTUALLY DECREASED, IN PART EXPERTS SAY BECAUSE VICTIMS ARE TRAPPED WITH THEIR ABUSERS BUT THE CENTER IS GETTING MORE E-MAILS OR VICTIMS CALLING FRIENDS USING A CODE WORD FOR HELP>>WHAT ARE YOU TELLING WOMEN ABOUT WHETHER THEY CAN LEAVE BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS RULES?>>WELL, WHAT WE’RE TELLING THEM IS DO LEAVE. ABSOLUTELY ONE OF THE WAYS PERPETRATORS ARE MANIPULATING, MENTALLY ABUSING THEIR VICTIMS IS THROUGH THE CORONAVIRUS SAYING THINGS LIKE IF YOU WALK OUT THIS DOOR YOU’RE GOING TO GET THE CORONAVIRUS AND DIE.>>Reporter: NBC NEWS REACHED OUT TO 35 ORGANIZATIONS IN 19 STATES IN SOME PLACES HOTLINE CALLS MORE THAN DOUBLED, BECOMING SHORTER AND MORE FRANTIC>>WE KNOW COVID-19’S A PANDEMIC, BUT SO IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE>>Reporter: LISSA AND BILL ARE STARTING A NON-PROFIT CALLED MARIA’S VOICE TO HELP VICTIMS FIND RESOURCES>>THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO. IT’S CALLED ACTION ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. AND IT’S MARIA’S VOICE>>WE’RE JUST PARENTS WHO HAVE A BROKEN HEART BUT WE CAN DO SOMETHING AND WE’RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING TO STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE>>Reporter: HOPING TO STOP A PANDEMIC WITHIN THE PANDEMIC KATE SNOW, NBC NEWS.>>IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP YOU CAN CALL THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE AT THIS NUMBER IT’S>>>THE MOMENT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR. HERE WE GO THE WINNER OF “THE VOICE” IS — TODD TILGHMAN. CONGRATULATIONS.>>OH!>>TODD TILGHMAN OF TEAM BLAKE HAS BEEN CALLED THE SEASON 18 CHAMPION OF “THE VOICE.” TILGHMAN IS THERE SURROUNDED BY HIS WIFE AND KIDS IN MISSISSIPPI AS HOST CARSON DALY NAMED HIM THE WINNER SO A LOT OF CELEBRATING GOING ON AT THEIR HOUSEHOLD PROBABLY STILL NOW>>YEAH. THAT’S A GOOD PLACE, SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY. THAT’S AWESOME>>>WELL, THIS WEEKEND IS THE UNOFFICIAL START OF THE SUMMER, BUT MANY TRADITIONAL MEMORIAL DAY ACTIVITIES THAT WE’RE ALL USED TO, THEY WILL BE PUT ON HOLD THIS YEAR INCLUDING VACATIONS. NBC’S LIZ McLAUGHLIN HAS MORE ON WHAT WE CAN EXPECT THIS WEEKEND AND BEYOND>>Reporter: NORMALLY, IT’S THE KICKSTART TO A BUSY SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON. BUT THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND MAY BE A QUIET ONE>>WE ACTUALLY EXPECT TO SEE A RECORD LOW SET FOR TRAVEL VOLUME>>Reporter: IT’S THE FIRST TIME IN TWO DECADES AAA ISN’T RELEASING A TRAVEL FORECAST. BUT AMERICANS ARE EXPECTED TO STAY AT HOME WITH THE CDC RECOMMENDING AGAINST NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL>>THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS TOTALLY TURNED THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY UPSIDE DOWN>>Reporter: AIRLINES HAVE BEEN HIT ESPECIALLY HARD. WITH A 90% DROP IN FLYERS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MARCH BUT AS SOME AREAS BEGIN REOPENING, AMERICANS ARE STARTING TO SHOW AN INTEREST IN TRAVELING AGAIN.>>WE’RE SEEING OVER 40% OF AMERICANS PLANNING TO TAKE A TRIP THIS SUMMER>>Reporter: ACCORDING TO HOPPER, USERS’ ACTIVITIES ON THE APP TRIPLED IN RECENT WEEKS. BUT EXPERTS WARN TO PLAN WITH CAUTION. HAWAII, FOR EXAMPLE, REQUIRES A 14-DAY QUARANTINE FOR VISITORS THROUGH JUNE WITH A POSSIBLE $5,000 FINE OR YEAR IN PRISON FOR VIOLATORS>>IF YOU’RE GOING TO TRAVEL, YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF WHERE YOU’RE TRAVELING TO>>Reporter: THE INDUSTRY’S EAGER TO GET BACK TO BUSINESS. AIRPORTS PREPARING FOR SUMMER WITH NEW SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SANITATION PROCEDURES.>>WE’VE TAKEN AGGRESSIVE MEASURES TO GET THE AIRPORT READY.>>Reporter: ALL MAJOR U.S. AIRLINES NOW REQUIRE MASKS AND SOME WILL START TEMPERATURE CHECKS IN JUNE>>I THINK WE WILL BE A SMARTER, SAFER TRAVELING PUBLIC WHEN THIS IS ALL SAID AND DONE>>Reporter: CHANGES ALMOST >>>THE FOX TRAIL SENIOR LIVING CENTER IN VIRGINIA IS ALLOWING ITS RESIDENTS TO GET BEAR HUGS FROM THEIR LOVED ONES IN COSTUME. THAT IS LANEA BENTS REUNITING WITH HER MOTHER WHILE DRESSED AS A HIPPO IN A TUTD YUE. BUT THEY DO HAVE OPTIONS VISITORS CAN DON A SHARK, UNICORN OR MINION COSTUME. THE FACILITY IS SANITIZING THE COSTUMES AFTER EACH USE AND WILL REQUIRE GUESTS TO WEAR A MASK AND GLOVES UNDERNEATH.>>>JANESSA’S NOW BACK WITH YOUR MID-WEEK FORECAST. GOOD MORNING, JANESSA.>>I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT STORY. MEMORIAL DAY, YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO BE WONDERING WHERE IS SUMMER BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO BE A>>>AS RESTRICTIONS EASE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, CRUISE SHIPS ARE IN A MUCH DIFFERENT SITUATION AN ESTIMATED 100,000 CREW MEMBERS INCLUDING AMERICANS REMAIN ON BOARD AROUND THE WORLD, NOT ALLOWED TO DISEMBARK. NBC’S MIGUEL ALMAGUER HAS THIS STORY.>>Reporter: THIS MORNING THE NIGHTMARE AT SEA TURNING INTO A PROTEST ON THE OPEN OCEAN.>>SEND US HOME!>>Reporter: THE U.S. COAST GUARD SAYS AT LEAST 54,000 CREW MEMBERS REMAIN ABOARD 85 SHIPS IN U.S. WATERS, BUT IT’S REPORTED MORE THAN 100,000 CREW MEMBERS AROUND THE GLOBE HAVE BEEN GIVEN NO FIRM DETAILS ON WHEN THEY CAN DISEMBARK.>>I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET HOME FOR JUST OVER A MONTH NOW.>>Reporter: CANADIAN CHRIS RICHARDSON SAYS SOME OF HIS COLLEAGUES SPENT WEEKS IN TINY WINDOWLESS ROOMS, NO LONGER GETTING A PAYCHECK, INSTEAD EARNING A FRACTION OF THEIR SALARY IN SO-CALLED GOODWILL PAYMENTS>>IT FEELS LIKE THEY PUT MONEY OVER OUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS.>>Reporter: BEFORE CREW MEMBERS CAN DISEMBARK IN U.S. WATERS THE CDC SAYS CRUISE SHIP OPERATORS MUST ARRANGE TRANSPORTATION ON PRIVATE FLIGHTS AND CARS AND HAVE NO INTERACTION WITH THE PUBLIC ON THEIR WAY HOME AMONG OTHER REGULATIONS. THE LONG LIST OF REQUIREMENTS COULD SINK SOME CRUISE LINES, WHO FACE AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE ACCORDING TO THE “MIAMI HERALD” AT LEAST 578 CREW MEMBERS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE SINCE THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK AND SEVEN HAVE DIED. AT LEAST TWO OTHERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN APPARENT SUICIDES>>THEY’RE JUST COMPLETELY STUCK AGAINST THEIR WILL, HELD ON A CRUISE SHIP AT SEA>>Reporter: McKENNA MADDEN, A DANCER ABOARD THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN “FREEDOM” SAYS FREEDOM WAS THE LAST THING SHE HAD SHE’S NOW FINALLY BACK HOME IN ARIZONA AFTER TWO MONTHS AT SEA.>>DEFINITELY ANXIOUS. DEFINITELY SCARED OF THE UNKNOWN AND NOT KNOWING WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN OR WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO GO HOME OR HOW MUCH LONGER I’M GOING TO BE STUCK ON THIS SHIP YOU DON’T REALLY KNOW. SO THAT’S KIND OF SCARY.>>Reporter: WITH SOME EMPLOYEES CHOOSING TO STAY ON BOARD, MAJOR OPERATORS TELL NBC NEWS THEY ARE WORKING TO REPATRIATE THEIR CREW MEMBERS WHILE NAVIGATING DIFFERENT AND CHANGING INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS. BUT FOR MANY STILL STRANDED AT SEA THE SHIP HAS SAILED ON BEING PATIENT.>>OUR THANKS TO MIGUEL ALMAGUER FOR THAT REPORT.>>>A CINCINNATI REDS PITCHING PROSPECT IS FINDING SOME CREATIVE WAYS TO STAY SHARP DURING THE PANDEMIC. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. 20-YEAR-OLD HUNTER GREEN THROWS A PITCH RIGHT THROUGH THAT OPEN WINDOW OF THE MOVING CAR RIGHT INTO THE CATCHER’S MITT. NOT REALLY SURE HOW THIS IS GOING TO HELP HIM ON THE MOUND WHEN THE SEASON BEGINS BUT HIS TIMING AND ACCURACY DEFINITELY ON POINT AND HOPE TO SEE HIM ON THE MOUND IN A REAL GAME VERY SOON>>FINGERS CROSSED>>THANKS FO>>>BREAKING OVERNIGHT, HISTORIC RAINS HAVE CAUSED TWO MICHIGAN DAMS TO BREACH WITH THE GOVERNOR CALLING FOR THOUSANDS TO EVACUATE WE’LL HAVE THE LATEST.>>>TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE PROMISING NEW SIGNS RESEARCHERS ARE FINDING WITH PATIENTS WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19>>>IT COULD BE THE CRUELEST CUT OF ALL FIRSTLINE RESPONDERS AT HOSPITALS BEING FURLOUGHED BECAUSE OF MOUNTING FINANCIAL LOSSES FROM THE PANDEMIC>>>THEN TO KEEPING YOUR MOUTH HEALTHY IN THE AGE OF COVID. BUT HOW DO DENT SXIFTS HYGIENEISTS STAY SAFE WHEN THEY’RE RIGHT IN THE LINE OF FIRE>>>THEN SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILE AS WE KICK OFF YOUR WEDNESDAY. THE PURR-FECT REFLEXES FROM THIS SUPER GOALIE WE’LL SHOW YOU MORE LATER. RIGHT NOW “EARLY TODAY” STARTS>>>WE BEGIN WITH BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING I’M PHILLIP MENA>>GOOD TO BE TOGETHER BOTH WITH YOU. I’M FRANCES RIVERA CATASTROPHIC FLOODING IS FORCING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES IN THE MIDWEST RIGHT NOW THE RELENTLESS RAINS RUPTURED TWO DAMS IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN AND OFFICIALS SCRAMBLED TO EVACUATE ABOUT 10,000 RESIDENTS IN THE TOWN OF MIDLAND, ABOUT 140 MILES NORTH OF DETROIT OVERNIGHT THE STATE’S GOVERNOR DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE COUNTY>>IN THE NEXT 12 TO 15 HOURS DOWNTOWN MIDLAND COULD BE UNDER APPROXIMATELY NINE FEET OF WATER. WE ARE ANTICIPATING AN HISTORIC HIGH WATER LEVEL TO GO THROUGH THIS IN THE MIDST OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC IS ALMOST UNTHINKABLE, BUT WE ARE HERE AND TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY WE’RE GOING TO NAVIGATE THIS TOGETHER.>>HEAVY RAINS HAVE INUNDATED MUCH OF THE GREAT LAKES REGION, AND MORE STORMS COULD BE ON THE WAY. LET’S TURN TO NBC METEOROLOGIST JANESSA WEBB, WHO’S TRACKING THAT SYSTEM. GOOD MORNING, JANESSA.>>GOOD MORNING, YOU TWO GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE HAVE MULTIPLE DAMS THAT HAVE FAILED ACROSS CENTRAL MICHIGAN WE HAVE RECORD RAIN THAT CONTINUES TO FALL IN THAT AREA ALSO THE RIFLE RIVER HITTING HISTORIC LEVELS OF 13.8 FEET AND ON TOP OF THAT MORE RAIN WILL BE CONTINUOUS FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST TO THE MIDWEST WE HAVE 186 FLOOD GAUGES THAT RUNDOWNER MINOR TO MODERATE, EVEN MAJOR FLOOD STAGES. THE UNFORTUNATE SITUATION IS ON TOP OF THE FLOODING THAT WE’RE ALREADY SEEING, AN ADDITIONAL TWO TO FOUR INCHES IS EXPECTED GUYS>>TOUGH GO. THANK YOU, JANESSA>>>NEW RESEARCH ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WE MAY BE CLOSER TO LEARNING MORE ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19. A STUDY FROM SOUTH KOREA IS SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE QUESTION OF IMMUNITY AND WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE CAN GET THE VIRUS A SECOND TIME. NBC’S TOM COSTELLO HAS THIS REPORT>>Reporter: IT’S THE KIND OF GOOD NEWS DEVELOPMENT RESEARCHERS HAVE BEEN HOPING FOR. PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FROM THE SOUTH KOREAN CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SUGGEST PATIENTS WHO RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 BUT THEN TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AGAIN WERE NOT INFECTIOUS AND WERE NOT SPREADING THE VIRUS TO OTHERS 447 SOUTH KOREANS TESTED POSITIVE A SECOND TIME, BUT THOSE VIRUS TRACES APPEARED TO BE DEAD, NOT ALIVE COULD IT BE AN INDICATION OF IMMUNITY>>I THINK IT’S A LITTLE TOO SOON TO TAKE THAT AND SAY THAT WE KNOW FOR SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE IMMUNITY, BUT WE HAVE SEEN THAT PEOPLE DO MOUNT A PRETTY GOOD IMMUNE RESPONSE TO THIS AND WE HAVEN’T YET SEEN REINFECTION. SO I THINK TAKEN TOGETHER THAT IS ENCOURAGING>>IT FELT LIKE WHAT I THOUGHT WAS ONE OF THE WORST FLUS I’D EVER HAD>>Reporter: BACK IN EARLY FEBRUARY ERIN KIRK EVANS, HER KIDS AND HUSBAND ALL BECAME VERY SICK NOW AFTER RECENTLY TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE ANTIBODIES SHE KNOWS IT WAS COVID-19, WHICH MEANS SHE COULD HAVE SOME PROTECTION>>IT JUST FELT LIKE THIS EMPOWERING FEELING THAT I CAN NO LONGER LIVE IN THE FEAR OF IT AND THE UNCERTAINTY OF WHAT IT’S GOING TO DO TO MY BODY OR MY KIDS OR MY HUSBAND>>Reporter: IN SOUTH KOREA THE FINDINGS HAVE CONVINCED HEALTH EXPERTS TO LOOSEN SOME QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS. NBC’S KELLY COBIELLA IS IN SEOUL.>>Reporter: THEY’RE GREETING THIS NEW REPORT HERE WITH OPTIMISM IT MEANS OFFICIALS WILL NO LONGER REQUIRE RECOVERED COVID PATIENTS TO TEST NEGATIVE BEFORE BEING RELEASED FROM QUARANTINE AND IT COMES JUST AS HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ARE HEADED BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN WEEKS.>>Reporter: AND IT COULD BE CRITICAL IN HARD-HIT U.S. STATES SINCE EARLY TESTING SUGGESTS ONE IN FIVE NEW YORKERS HAS ANTIBODIES FOR COVID-19 BUT MANY NEVER KNEW THEY WERE SICK. HAVING THE ANTIBODIES DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY GUARANTEE IMMUNITY, BUT THE SOUTH KOREAN REPORT IS FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOVERED AND DO HAVE ANTIBODIES MAY BE ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK WITHOUT FEAR OF SPREADING THE DISEASE TO OTHERS. PHILLIP?>>ALL RIGHT, TOM, THANK YOU>>>THE WHITE HOUSE IS RAMPING UP EFFORTS TO RAPIDLY REOPEN THE COUNTRY THIS MORNING A TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIAL HAS CONFIRMED WITH NBC NEWS THAT REPUBLICAN OPERATIVES ARE RECRUITING PRO-TRUMP DOCTORS TO PUBLICLY BACK EFFORTS TO REVIVE THE ECONOMY. FOR THE LATEST LET’S GET TO OUR CAPITOL HILL CORRESPONDENT TRACIE POTTS THIS NEWS COULDN’T RAH DICTATES SOME OF THE PRESIDENT’S OWN TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS>>Reporter: HI, FRANCES YEAH, GOVERNMENT HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THAT THE COUNTRY NEEDS TO REOPEN CAREFULLY BASED ON THE NUMBERS, BUT BASED ON THIS ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT THAT WE HAVE NOW CONFIRMED THE DOCTORS BEING RECRUITED WOULD BACK THE PRESIDENT’S IDEA OF REOPENING ON A FAST TRACK THE STATE BY STATE REOPENING THAT WE’VE BEEN SEEING NOW, THIS IS BASED ON A LEAKED RECORDING OF A PHONE CALL THAT HAPPENED IN MAY WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE SUPPORTIVE OF THIS. IN A STATEMENT THE CAMPAIGN SAYS ALL COALITIONS SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT’S POLICIES WE ALSO ARE FOLLOWING THE REACTION TO PRESIDENT TRUMP DECLARING THAT HE’S TAKING THE CONTROVERSIAL DRUG HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE HE REACTED TO HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI SUGGESTING MAYBE THAT’S NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA.>>I WOULD RATHER HE NOT BE TAKING SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE SCIENTISTS, ESPECIALLY IN HIS AGE GROUP AND IN HIS SHALL WE SAY WEIGHT GROUP. MORBIDLY OBESE THEY SAY.>>OH, I DON’T RESPOND TO HER. I THINK SHE’S A WASTE OF TIME. PELOSI IS A SICK WOMAN SHE’S GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS. A LOT OF MENTAL PROBLEMS>>I DIDN’T KNOW THAT HE WOULD BE SO SENSITIVE. HE’S ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE’S AVOIRDEPOIS, THEIR WEIGHT HIS WORDS WEIGH A TON.>>THE PRESIDENT MET WITH HIS CAB CABINET. THEIR FIRST MEETING SINCE LAST FALL THE PRESIDENT SAID THE NUMBER OF CASES IN THE U.S. NOW TOPPING 1 1/2 MILLION HE WEARS IT, QUOTE, AS A BADGE OF HONOR THAT TESTING IS WORKING FRANCES?>>TRACIE POTTS FOR US TRACIE, THANK YOU.>>>AND CONGRESS IS DEBATING WHAT STEPS TO TAKE NEXT TO HELP SUPPORT THE NATION’S ECONOMY, WHICH HAS BEEN BADLY AFFECTED BY THE PANDEMIC TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN FACED QUESTIONS FROM SENATORS VIA VIDEO CHAT ON TUESDAY. THEY DISCUSSED THE GOVERNMENT STIMULUS EFFORTS LIKE THE SMALL BUSINESS LENDING PROGRAM, PART OF THE $2 TRILLION FEDERAL RELIEF PACKAGE THAT WAS APPROVED IN LATE MARCH. HERE’S ANYBODY’S CHRIS POLLONE>>Reporter: TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN ON THE VIRTUAL HOT SEAT TESTIFYING BEFORE THE SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE>>YOU’RE BOOSTING YOUR WALL STREET BUDDIES AND YOU ARE LEAVING PEOPLE BEHIND.>>Reporter: IT COMES AS DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE INCREASINGLY DIVIDED ON WHAT COMES NEXT FOR THE AILING ECONOMY.>>IF YOU’RE PUSHING PEOPLE BACK INTO THE WORKPLACE, THERE’S BEEN NO NATIONAL PROGRAM TO PROVIDE WORKER SAFETY.>>Reporter: DEMOCRATS ACCUSING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OF PUSHING STATES TO END CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS AND BUSINESS CLOSINGS.>>HOW MANY WORKERS SHOULD GIVE THEIR LIVES TO INCREASE THE GDP OR THE DOW JONES BY 1,000 POINTS>>NO WORKERS SHOULD GIVE THEIR LIVES TO DO THAT, MR. SENATOR, AND I THINK YOUR CHARACTERIZATION IS UNFAIR>>Reporter: THE HOUSE LAST WEEK PASSED A FOURTH ECONOMIC AID BILL CALLING FOR $3 TRILLION IN NEW RELIEF SPENDING. SENATE REPUBLICANS SAY IT’S A NON-STARTER.>>BEFORE WE RUSH OUT AND DO ANOTHER SPENDING BILL WE ACTUALLY LET SOME OF THIS STUFF GO TO WORK>>Reporter: SECRETARY MNUCHIN AND FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIR JEROME POWELL TESTIFIED THAT SOME GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO DISTRIBUTE RELIEF FUNDS AREN’T UP AND RUNNING YET SENATORS FROM BOTH PARTIES PUSHED THEM TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS.>>WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE DOLLARS AND PROGRAM QUICKLY FIND THEIR MARK>>Reporter: FED CHAIR POWELL HAS BEEN CLEAR IN HIS BELIEF MORE SPENDING COULD PREVENT THE RECESSION FROM GETTING WORSE>>THESE ARE LONGER-TERM PROBLEMS TO DEAL WITH. I THINK FOR NOW THIS VERY MUCH CALLS ON US TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO SUPPORT THE ECONOMY.>>Reporter: MNUCHIN WARNED FAILURE TO REOPEN BUSINESSES SOON COULD LEAD TO PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE ECONOMY. HE ADMITTED UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS WILL LIKELY GET WORSE BEFORE REBOUNDING CHRIS POLLONE, NBC NEWS.>>>THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS PUSHED THE NATION’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO THE BRINK, BUT SOME MEDICAL WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SAY THEY ARE TAKING PAY CUTS OR BEING FURLOUGHED IN THE MIDST OF THE CRISIS WHEN THEY ARE NEEDED MORE THAN EVER. NBC’S SARAH DALLOF HAS THE STORY.>>Reporter: HEALTH CARE WOULD NORMALLY BE GEARING UP FOR SUMMER TOURISTS NEEDING CARE INSTEAD 600 WORKERS INCLUDING MEDICAL STAFF ARE TEMPORARILY OFF THE JOB. FURLOUGHS NURSE SHANNON SHERMAN WORRIES WILL HURT HER PATIENTS>>THESE CUTS ARE FOR DIRECT CARE THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE PUTTING THEIR HANDS ON THE PATIENTS.>>Reporter: CAPE COD HEALTH CARE ISN’T ALONE ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY, 21% OF DOCTORS REPORT BEING FURLOUGHED OR HAVING THEIR PAY CUT DURING THE PANDEMIC AS MEDICAL CENTERS FACE UNPRECEDENTED FINANCIAL PRESSURE>>FRANKLY, WE’RE FACING ONE OF THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL CRISES IN OUR HISTORY. IT’S AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT FOR A LOT OF ORGANIZATIONS AND IT MAY FORCE HOSPITALS TO CLOSE.>>Reporter: THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION ESTIMATES A FOUR-MONTH FINANCIAL IMPACT OF MORE THAN $200 BILLION TO THE COUNTRY’S HOSPITALS AND HOSPITAL SYSTEMS. THAT INCLUDES THE EXPENSE OF TREATING COVID PATIENTS AND HALTING ELECTIVE PROCEDURES.>>IT ESSENTIALLY MEANS THAT THERE IS NO REVENUE COMING INTO THE FACILITIES AND THERE IS VERY LIMITED WAYS TO MAKE UP FOR THE FACT THAT WE HAVE LIMITED INCOME>>Reporter: WHILE PROCEDURES ARE RESUMING IN MANY STATES, IT WILL TAKE TIME AND CAREFUL PLANNING EXPERTS SAY AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDING TO GET BACK UP TO SPEED SARYRAH DALLOF, NBC NEWS>>>JANESSA WEBB IS BACK WITH US WITH THE LATEST ON THAT SEVERE WEATHER. JANESSA.>>YEAH, WE DO HAVE A LOT OF PLACES ACROSS THE MID-ATLANTIC TO THE OHIO VALLEY ALSO WATCHING CENTRAL MICHIGAN VERY CLOSELY WITH FLOOD WATCHES AND ADVISORIES CURRENTLY IN PLACE WITH 14 MILLION PEOPLE AND I DO THINK THAT WILL BE EXTENDED THROUGHOUT YOUR AFTERNOON ALL THE WAY TO TOMORROW THIS IS A VERY SLOW-MOVING SYSTEM THAT IS GOING TO BE CONTINUOUS INTO THE WEEKEND. THAT’S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY OF THE DAY HERE’S A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DAY AHEAD. FOR THE DEEP SOUTH INTO THE SOUTHEAST A DAYTIME HIGH STILL WELL ABOVE AVERAGE WE’RE GOING TO WATCH A FEW STORMS THIS AFTERNOON. ALSO THE WINDS PICKING UP FROM BISMARCK TO MINNEAPOLIS. HIGHS, THEY’RE STILL IN THE UPPER 70s TO LOWER 80s WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WATCH THIS FLOODING. THIS IS GOING TO GET A LOT WORSE WITH THE FORECAST.>>THANK YOU, JANESSA.>>>ONE CAT IS SCRATCHING AND CLAWING TO BE THE BEST SOCCER GOALIE IN THE WORLD. THIS IS A LITTLE CAT NAMED AFTER A GERMAN GOALKEEPER, MANUEL NEUER, WHO’S BEEN STOPPING HIS OWNER’S SHOTS LEFT AND RIGHT HE’S>>>TODAY CONNECTICUT WILL BECOME THE LAST STATE TO BEGIN REOPENING. RESTAURANTS, RETAIL AND OFFICES CAN ALL OPEN THEIR DOORS WITH RESTRICTIONS AND IN A CONTROVERSIAL MOVE DENTAL OFFICES CAN NOW TREAT PATIENTS FOR NON-EMERGENCY REASONS. THAT’S SPARK CONCERNS FROM MANY HYG HYGIENEISTS. WE GET MORE NOW FROM NBC’S CHRIS JANSING.>>Reporter: CONNECTICUT ORTHODONTIST DR. GARY OPEN IS BACK IN BUSINESS, FULLY REOPENING HIS OFFICE TODAY>>WE DO HAVE QUITE A BACKLOG. WE HAVE BEEN CLOSED FOR SIX WEEKS.>>Reporter: THE NEW NORMAL MEANS KEEPING PATIENTS SAFE IN THE AGE OF COVID>>WE ARE WEARING HIGHER-LEVEL MASKS, N95s. WE ARE WEARING FACE SHIELDS ALSO AND WE’RE WEARING DISPOSABLE GOWNS.>>Reporter: HE’S OVERHAULED HIS OFFICE, INVESTING IN A NEW AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM, SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS HE’LL SEE EACH DAY, AND REVAMPING WAITING ROOM PROCEDURES>>THEIR TEMPERATURE WILL BE CHECKED. ONCE EVERYTHING IS DEEMED OKAY, WE WILL ESCORT THE PATIENT TO THE CHAIR WHERE WE’LL BE WORKING.>>Reporter: DENTAL PRACTICES ARE BY NATURE INVASIVE, AND PRELIMINARY RESEARCH SUGGESTS THE CORONAVIRUS SURVIVES AIRBORNE FOR HOURS THAT’S WHY SOME INDUSTRY INSIDERS LIKE HYGIENIST MEGAN ZADROWSKI, WORRY DENTAL OFFICES ARE REOPENING BEFORE IT’S SAFE>>AEROSOLS GENERATED IN A DENTAL OFFICE ARE UNAVOIDABLE, WHETHER IT’S BY DENTIST DRILLS, WHETHER IT’S BY HYGIENISTS’ INSTRUMENTS, OR EVEN THE PATIENTS THEMSELVES, WHO MAY NEED TO COUGH.>>Reporter: THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION HAS ISSUED NATIONAL GUIDELINES INCLUDING HYGIENEISTS USING HAND TOOLS INSTEAD OF AUTOMATED DEVICES AND LIMITING DRILLS SUGGESTS THAT ZADROWSKI WORRIES NOT ALL DENTISTS WILL FOLLOW>>WOULD YOU GO TO A DENTIST RIGHT NOW FOR A NON-EMERGENT PROBLEM?>>I WOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID GOING TO THE DENTAL OFFICE WITH A NON-EMERGENT SERVICE>>Reporter: A RECENT NATIONAL SURVEY BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION FOUND THREE IN TEN DENTISTS’ OFFICES DIDN’T HAVE ANY SUPPLY OF N95 MASKS AND NEARLY 18% HAD NO FACE SHIELDS CONNECTICUT DENTIST DR. DAVID SANTARELLA SAYS IT HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE.>>WE DO HAVE WHAT WE NEED IT HAS NOT BEEN EASY>>Reporter: HE’S INVESTED BEYOND THE GUIDELINES, INCLUDING A FOGGER TO CLEAN ROOMS AND A MOBILE UVC UNIT TO REDUCE PATHOGENS. YOU UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE NERVOUS?>>FOR SURE. I’M NERVOUS. BUT I’M ALSO NERVOUS ON THE FLIP SIDE OF THAT, IF WE DON’T DO ANYTHING WHAT ABOUT THAT PATIENT?>>IF THEY GET REALLY SICK>>IF THEY GET REALLY SICK>>Reporter: ALL DENTISTS FACING THE NEW REALITY THAT BEING AFRAID OF THE DENTIST MEANS SOMETHING DIFFERENT NOW.>>I WANTED TO MAKE SURE MY CHILD WAS SAFE AND COMFORTABLE IN A SETTING OUTSIDE THE HOME.>>WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST WHEN ALL THIS IS OVER?>>WELL, GETTING MY TEETH STRAIGHT, DEFINITELY>>Reporter: THE CHALLENGE OF REOPENING THE BUSINESS WHEN IT’S ANYTHING BUT BUSINESS AS USUAL>>AND THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS DENTISTS’ OFFICES LOST HAL ♪ ♪ ON A MOUNTAIN PEAK ♪>>>YOU ALREADY SEE THE HUMOR IN THAT THAT’S WILL FERRELL IN A PREVIEW OF NETFLIX’S UPCOMING COMEDY “EUROVISION SONG CONTEST.” THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA IT STARS WILL FERRELL AND RACHEL McADAMS. NETFLIX ALSO RELEASED FIRST LOOK PHOTOS OF FERRELL AND McADAMS IN A SERIES OF THESE COSTUMES FOR THE MOVIE. IT WILL PREMIERE ON THE STREAMING PLATFORM ON JUNE 26th. THIS IS REALLY FUNNY, THE WHOLE PREMISE OF IT IS THESE ASPIRING MUSICIANS WHO WANT TO MAKE IT BIG FOR THEIR CAREER DEMI LOVATO IS IN IT ALSO. GREAT AD>>I’M JUST LAUGHING AT THAT PONYTAIL SO GREAT ALL RIGHT. WHO DOESN’T LOVE TACO TUESDAY? ACTRESS DREW BARRYMORE DOES. SHE HOSTED A VIRTUAL TACO NIGHT ON INSTAGRAM LIVE ON TUESDAY NIGHT. SHE MADE SHRIMP TACOS AND SHE USED McCORMICK SPICES. THE HOLLYWOOD STAR AND THE SEASONING COMPANY, THEY PARTNERED UP TO DONATE $1 MILLION TO NO KID HUNGRY THE CHARITY IS RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT CHILD HUNGER ISSUES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS. A LOT OF CELEBRITIES ARE RAISING MONEY FOR THAT PARTICULAR CHARITY.>>NOW YOU’RE CRAVING SOME SHRIMP TACOS BECAUSE OF IT AND YOU’RE ABLE TO DONATE FOR THAT EVEN BETTER.>>WEN WIN-WIN>>>A PAIR OF TWINS FROM MILWAUKEE ARE PROVING HARD WORK PAYS OFF THE SISTERS ARE ACHIEVING ACADEMIC SUCCESS TOGETHER. NOT ONLY ARE THEY GRADUATING AT THE TOP OF THEIR CLASS BUT THEY WERE ACCEPTED INTO 37 COLLEGES AND ALSO RECEIVED MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS. THE SISTERS HAVE DECIDED TO ATTEND MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY IN MILWAUKEE TO STUDY NURSING THEY ARE ALSO THE FIRST IN THEIR FAMILY TO ATTEND COLLEGE THEIR PARENTS HAVE GOT TO BE SO EXCITED AND SO PROUD AND THEY’RE DOING IT TOGETHER.>>COMPETITIVE IN THE BEST>>>GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE I REALLY WANT TO BRING YOU SOME BRIGHT NEWS FOR YOUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. BUT WE ARE CURRENTLY STUCK IN A REALLY DAMP PATTERN ACROSS THE EAST COAST EVEN FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST IT WILL BE A SOGGY ONE HOPEFULLY THINGS DRY OUT>>>IN TODAY’S TOP STORIES THE STATE DEPARTMENT INSPECTOR GENERAL FIRED LAST WEEK AFTER LAUNCHING AN INVESTIGATION INTO SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO’S ALLEGED MISUSE OF A STAFFER WAS ALSO LOOKING INTO LAVISH DINNERS THE SECRETARY THREW FOR BILLIONAIRE CEOs, SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, POLITICAL HEAVYWEIGHTS AND AMBASSADORS ON THE GOVERNMENT’S DIME. THAT’S ACCORDING TO ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS AN NBC NEWS INVESTIGATION FOUND POMPEO AND HIS WIFE HELD ABOUT TWO DOZEN SO-CALLED MADISON DINNERS SINCE HE TOOK OVER THE POST IN 2018 A STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN DEFENDED THEM AS “A WORLD-CLASS OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THE MISSION OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT.”>>>HUNDREDS OF McDONALD’S EMPLOYEES ARE EXPECTED TO GO ON STRIKE ACROSS 20 CITIES TODAY. LABORINGERS ARE CLAIMING NOT ENOUGH IS BEING DONE TO PROTECT WORK GRERZ COVID-19. McDONALD’S DENIES THE ALLEGATIONS AND SAYS IT HAS 50 NEW SAFETY PROCEDURES THAT GO WELL BEYOND MASKS AND GLOVES THE STRIKE COMES THE DAY BEFORE THE COMPANY’S ANNUAL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING>>>AFTER BEING EFFECTIVELY SHUTTERED FOR MONTHS, TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT SAYS BARS IN HIS STATE WILL BE ALLOWED TO REOPEN FRIDAY AT 25% CAPACITY. BARTENDERS REJOICED AT THE NEWS THAT THEY WOULD FINALLY BE ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK. JACOB RASCON FROM NBC AFFILIATE KTRC HAS MORE.>>Reporter: BARTENDING IS LIFE FOR THERESA BERNAL FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS UNTIL THE PANDEMIC>>I WAS JUST GETTING PREPARED TO MOVE IN WITH FAMILY BECAUSE I’M DEPLETED MY SAVINGS.>>Reporter: IN FACT, UNABLE TO PAY RENT, THERESA PLANNED TO MOVE IN WITH HER YOUNGEST DAUGHTER, JODY>>IT’S BEEN PURE HELL>>Reporter: SOME BARS DEFIED STATE ORDERS AND HAVE ALREADY OPENED THERESA’S BOSS, BEVERLY STRAIN, WAS ABOUT TO DO THE SAME>>IF WE HADN’T HAVE GOTTEN OPENED THIS WEEK, OR BY MONDAY, I WAS OPENING UP TOO AND LETTING THEM COME AFTER MY LICENSE, WHATEVER IT WAS JUST GETTING TO THAT POINT, DESPERATE>>Reporter: IN FORT BEND COUNTY THE SUNRISE SPORTS BAR WILL FINISH REMODELING JUST IN TIME>>I WAS SURPRISED I FIGURED HE’D WAIT AT LEAST TILL MONDAY. THEN OF COURSE MY PHONE STARTED BLOWING UP IMMEDIATELY I WANT TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR FRIDAY>>Reporter: WHILE THE OWNER IS THRILLED HER EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE WORK AGAIN, FIRST AND FOREMOST, JEAN LANDRY SAYS, SHE WANTS HER CUSTOMERS TO BE SAFE>>I WOULD FEEL HORRIBLE IF SOMEBODY GOT SICK IN THIS BAR. WE’LL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO KEEP EVERYBODY SAFE>>OUR THANKS TO JACOB RASCON FOR THAT REPORT.>>ALL RIGHT A 21-POUND CHIHUAHUA WAS ABANDONED AND LEFT DISABLED, LOCKED INSIDE A CRATE ALONGSIDE A MAJOR HIGHWAY IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY LUCKILY 8-YEAR-OLD STANLEY FOUND A LOVING FOSTER FAMILY THAT’S NURSING HIM BACK TO HEALTH THEY’VE ALREADY SEEN PROGRESS IN HIS WEIGHT LOSS AND ONCE HE LOSES MORE HE’LL GET HIS OWN SET OF WHEELS. FOR NOW HIS FOSTER MOM MAKES SURE TO TAKE HIM FOR STROLLER WALKS AROUND TOWN. SHEE SHE SAYS HE’S AFFECTION>>>BREAKING OVERNIGHT, HISTORIC RAINS HAVE CAUSED TWO MICHIGAN DAMS TO BREACH WITH THE GOVERNOR CALLING FOR THOUSANDS TO EVACUATE WE’LL HAVE THE LATEST.>>>TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE PROMISING NEW SIGNS RESEARCHERS ARE FINDING WITH PATIENTS WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19>>>IT COULD BE THE CRUELEST CUT OF ALL FIRSTLINE RESPONDERS AT HOSPITALS BEING FURLOUGHED BECAUSE OF MOUNTING FINANCIAL LOSSES FROM THE PANDEMIC>>>THEN TO KEEPING YOUR MOUTH HEALTHY IN THE AGE OF COVID. BUT HOW DO DENT SXIFTS HYGIENEISTS STAY SAFE WHEN THEY’RE RIGHT IN THE LINE OF FIRE>>>THEN SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILE AS WE KICK OFF YOUR WEDNESDAY. THE PURR-FECT REFLEXES FROM THIS SUPER GOALIE WE’LL SHOW YOU MORE LATER. RIGHT NOW “EARLY TODAY” STARTS>>>WE BEGIN WITH BREAKING NEWS THIS MORNING I’M PHILLIP MENA>>GOOD TO BE TOGETHER BOTH WITH YOU. I’M FRANCES RIVERA CATASTROPHIC FLOODING IS FORCING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES IN THE MIDWEST RIGHT NOW THE RELENTLESS RAINS RUPTURED TWO DAMS IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN AND OFFICIALS SCRAMBLED TO EVACUATE ABOUT 10,000 RESIDENTS IN THE TOWN OF MIDLAND, ABOUT 140 MILES NORTH OF DETROIT OVERNIGHT THE STATE’S GOVERNOR DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE COUNTY>>IN THE NEXT 12 TO 15 HOURS DOWNTOWN MIDLAND COULD BE UNDER APPROXIMATELY NINE FEET OF WATER. WE ARE ANTICIPATING AN HISTORIC HIGH WATER LEVEL TO GO THROUGH THIS IN THE MIDST OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC IS ALMOST UNTHINKABLE, BUT WE ARE HERE AND TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY WE’RE GOING TO NAVIGATE THIS TOGETHER.>>HEAVY RAINS HAVE INUNDATED MUCH OF THE GREAT LAKES REGION, AND MORE STORMS COULD BE ON THE WAY. LET’S TURN TO NBC METEOROLOGIST JANESSA WEBB, WHO’S TRACKING THAT SYSTEM. GOOD MORNING, JANESSA.>>GOOD MORNING, YOU TWO GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE HAVE MULTIPLE DAMS THAT HAVE FAILED ACROSS CENTRAL MICHIGAN WE HAVE RECORD RAIN THAT CONTINUES TO FALL IN THAT AREA ALSO THE RIFLE RIVER HITTING HISTORIC LEVELS OF 13.8 FEET AND ON TOP OF THAT MORE RAIN WILL BE CONTINUOUS FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST TO THE MIDWEST WE HAVE 186 FLOOD GAUGES THAT RUNDOWNER MINOR TO MODERATE, EVEN MAJOR FLOOD STAGES. THE UNFORTUNATE SITUATION IS ON TOP OF THE FLOODING THAT WE’RE ALREADY SEEING, AN ADDITIONAL TWO TO FOUR INCHES IS EXPECTED GUYS>>TOUGH GO. THANK YOU, JANESSA>>>NEW RESEARCH ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WE MAY BE CLOSER TO LEARNING MORE ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19. A STUDY FROM SOUTH KOREA IS SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE QUESTION OF IMMUNITY AND WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE CAN GET THE VIRUS A SECOND TIME. NBC’S TOM COSTELLO HAS THIS REPORT>>Reporter: IT’S THE KIND OF GOOD NEWS DEVELOPMENT RESEARCHERS HAVE BEEN HOPING FOR. PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FROM THE SOUTH KOREAN CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SUGGEST PATIENTS WHO RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 BUT THEN TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AGAIN WERE NOT INFECTIOUS AND WERE NOT SPREADING THE VIRUS TO OTHERS 447 SOUTH KOREANS TESTED POSITIVE A SECOND TIME, BUT THOSE VIRUS TRACES APPEARED TO BE DEAD, NOT ALIVE COULD IT BE AN INDICATION OF IMMUNITY>>I THINK IT’S A LITTLE TOO SOON TO TAKE THAT AND SAY THAT WE KNOW FOR SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE IMMUNITY, BUT WE HAVE SEEN THAT PEOPLE DO MOUNT A PRETTY GOOD IMMUNE RESPONSE TO THIS AND WE HAVEN’T YET SEEN REINFECTION. SO I THINK TAKEN TOGETHER THAT IS ENCOURAGING>>IT FELT LIKE WHAT I THOUGHT WAS ONE OF THE WORST FLUS I’D EVER HAD>>Reporter: BACK IN EARLY FEBRUARY ERIN KIRK EVANS, HER KIDS AND HUSBAND ALL BECAME VERY SICK NOW AFTER RECENTLY TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE ANTIBODIES SHE KNOWS IT WAS COVID-19, WHICH MEANS SHE COULD HAVE SOME PROTECTION>>IT JUST FELT LIKE THIS EMPOWERING FEELING THAT I CAN NO LONGER LIVE IN THE FEAR OF IT AND THE UNCERTAINTY OF WHAT IT’S GOING TO DO TO MY BODY OR MY KIDS OR MY HUSBAND>>Reporter: IN SOUTH KOREA THE FINDINGS HAVE CONVINCED HEALTH EXPERTS TO LOOSEN SOME QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS. NBC’S KELLY COBIELLA IS IN SEOUL.>>Reporter: THEY’RE GREETING THIS NEW REPORT HERE WITH OPTIMISM IT MEANS OFFICIALS WILL NO LONGER REQUIRE RECOVERED COVID PATIENTS TO TEST NEGATIVE BEFORE BEING RELEASED FROM QUARANTINE AND IT COMES JUST AS HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ARE HEADED BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN WEEKS.>>Reporter: AND IT COULD BE CRITICAL IN HARD-HIT U.S. STATES SINCE EARLY TESTING SUGGESTS ONE IN FIVE NEW YORKERS HAS ANTIBODIES FOR COVID-19 BUT MANY NEVER KNEW THEY WERE SICK. HAVING THE ANTIBODIES DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY GUARANTEE IMMUNITY, BUT THE SOUTH KOREAN REPORT IS FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOVERED AND DO HAVE ANTIBODIES MAY BE ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK WITHOUT FEAR OF SPREADING THE DISEASE TO OTHERS. PHILLIP?>>ALL RIGHT, TOM, THANK YOU>>>THE WHITE HOUSE IS RAMPING UP EFFORTS TO RAPIDLY REOPEN THE COUNTRY THIS MORNING A TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIAL HAS CONFIRMED WITH NBC NEWS THAT REPUBLICAN OPERATIVES ARE RECRUITING PRO-TRUMP DOCTORS TO PUBLICLY BACK EFFORTS TO REVIVE THE ECONOMY. FOR THE LATEST LET’S GET TO OUR CAPITOL HILL CORRESPONDENT TRACIE POTTS THIS NEWS COULDN’T RAH DICTATES SOME OF THE PRESIDENT’S OWN TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS>>Reporter: HI, FRANCES YEAH, GOVERNMENT HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THAT THE COUNTRY NEEDS TO REOPEN CAREFULLY BASED ON THE NUMBERS, BUT BASED ON THIS ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT THAT WE HAVE NOW CONFIRMED THE DOCTORS BEING RECRUITED WOULD BACK THE PRESIDENT’S IDEA OF REOPENING ON A FAST TRACK THE STATE BY STATE REOPENING THAT WE’VE BEEN SEEING NOW, THIS IS BASED ON A LEAKED RECORDING OF A PHONE CALL THAT HAPPENED IN MAY WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE SUPPORTIVE OF THIS. IN A STATEMENT THE CAMPAIGN SAYS ALL COALITIONS SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT’S POLICIES WE ALSO ARE FOLLOWING THE REACTION TO PRESIDENT TRUMP DECLARING THAT HE’S TAKING THE CONTROVERSIAL DRUG HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE HE REACTED TO HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI SUGGESTING MAYBE THAT’S NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA.>>I WOULD RATHER HE NOT BE TAKING SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE SCIENTISTS, ESPECIALLY IN HIS AGE GROUP AND IN HIS SHALL WE SAY WEIGHT GROUP. MORBIDLY OBESE THEY SAY.>>OH, I DON’T RESPOND TO HER. I THINK SHE’S A WASTE OF TIME. PELOSI IS A SICK WOMAN SHE’S GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS. A LOT OF MENTAL PROBLEMS>>I DIDN’T KNOW THAT HE WOULD BE SO SENSITIVE. HE’S ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE’S AVOIRDEPOIS, THEIR WEIGHT HIS WORDS WEIGH A TON.>>THE PRESIDENT MET WITH HIS CAB CABINET. THEIR FIRST MEETING SINCE LAST FALL THE PRESIDENT SAID THE NUMBER OF CASES IN THE U.S. NOW TOPPING 1 1/2 MILLION HE WEARS IT, QUOTE, AS A BADGE OF HONOR THAT TESTING IS WORKING FRANCES?>>TRACIE POTTS FOR US TRACIE, THANK YOU.>>>AND CONGRESS IS DEBATING WHAT STEPS TO TAKE NEXT TO HELP SUPPORT THE NATION’S ECONOMY, WHICH HAS BEEN BADLY AFFECTED BY THE PANDEMIC TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN FACED QUESTIONS FROM SENATORS VIA VIDEO CHAT ON TUESDAY. THEY DISCUSSED THE GOVERNMENT STIMULUS EFFORTS LIKE THE SMALL BUSINESS LENDING PROGRAM, PART OF THE $2 TRILLION FEDERAL RELIEF PACKAGE THAT WAS APPROVED IN LATE MARCH. HERE’S ANYBODY’S CHRIS POLLONE>>Reporter: TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN ON THE VIRTUAL HOT SEAT TESTIFYING BEFORE THE SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE>>YOU’RE BOOSTING YOUR WALL STREET BUDDIES AND YOU ARE LEAVING PEOPLE BEHIND.>>Reporter: IT COMES AS DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE INCREASINGLY DIVIDED ON WHAT COMES NEXT FOR THE AILING ECONOMY.>>IF YOU’RE PUSHING PEOPLE BACK INTO THE WORKPLACE, THERE’S BEEN NO NATIONAL PROGRAM TO PROVIDE WORKER SAFETY.>>Reporter: DEMOCRATS ACCUSING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OF PUSHING STATES TO END CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS AND BUSINESS CLOSINGS.>>HOW MANY WORKERS SHOULD GIVE THEIR LIVES TO INCREASE THE GDP OR THE DOW JONES BY 1,000 POINTS>>NO WORKERS SHOULD GIVE THEIR LIVES TO DO THAT, MR. SENATOR, AND I THINK YOUR CHARACTERIZATION IS UNFAIR>>Reporter: THE HOUSE LAST WEEK PASSED A FOURTH ECONOMIC AID BILL CALLING FOR $3 TRILLION IN NEW RELIEF SPENDING. SENATE REPUBLICANS SAY IT’S A NON-STARTER.>>BEFORE WE RUSH OUT AND DO ANOTHER SPENDING BILL WE ACTUALLY LET SOME OF THIS STUFF GO TO WORK>>Reporter: SECRETARY MNUCHIN AND FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIR JEROME POWELL TESTIFIED THAT SOME GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO DISTRIBUTE RELIEF FUNDS AREN’T UP AND RUNNING YET SENATORS FROM BOTH PARTIES PUSHED THEM TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS.>>WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE DOLLARS AND PROGRAM QUICKLY FIND THEIR MARK>>Reporter: FED CHAIR POWELL HAS BEEN CLEAR IN HIS BELIEF MORE SPENDING COULD PREVENT THE RECESSION FROM GETTING WORSE>>THESE ARE LONGER-TERM PROBLEMS TO DEAL WITH. I THINK FOR NOW THIS VERY MUCH CALLS ON US TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO SUPPORT THE ECONOMY.>>Reporter: MNUCHIN WARNED FAILURE TO REOPEN BUSINESSES SOON COULD LEAD TO PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE ECONOMY. HE ADMITTED UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS WILL LIKELY GET WORSE BEFORE REBOUNDING CHRIS POLLONE, NBC NEWS.>>>THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS PUSHED THE NATION’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO THE BRINK, BUT SOME MEDICAL WORKERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SAY THEY ARE TAKING PAY CUTS OR BEING FURLOUGHED IN THE MIDST OF THE CRISIS WHEN THEY ARE NEEDED MORE THAN EVER. NBC’S SARAH DALLOF HAS THE STORY.>>Reporter: HEALTH CARE WOULD NORMALLY BE GEARING UP FOR SUMMER TOURISTS NEEDING CARE INSTEAD 600 WORKERS INCLUDING MEDICAL STAFF ARE TEMPORARILY OFF THE JOB. FURLOUGHS NURSE SHANNON SHERMAN WORRIES WILL HURT HER PATIENTS>>THESE CUTS ARE FOR DIRECT CARE THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE PUTTING THEIR HANDS ON THE PATIENTS.>>Reporter: CAPE COD HEALTH CARE ISN’T ALONE ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY, 21% OF DOCTORS REPORT BEING FURLOUGHED OR HAVING THEIR PAY CUT DURING THE PANDEMIC AS MEDICAL CENTERS FACE UNPRECEDENTED FINANCIAL PRESSURE>>FRANKLY, WE’RE FACING ONE OF THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL CRISES IN OUR HISTORY. IT’S AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT FOR A LOT OF ORGANIZATIONS AND IT MAY FORCE HOSPITALS TO CLOSE.>>Reporter: THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION ESTIMATES A FOUR-MONTH FINANCIAL IMPACT OF MORE THAN $200 BILLION TO THE COUNTRY’S HOSPITALS AND HOSPITAL SYSTEMS. THAT INCLUDES THE EXPENSE OF TREATING COVID PATIENTS AND HALTING ELECTIVE PROCEDURES.>>IT ESSENTIALLY MEANS THAT THERE IS NO REVENUE COMING INTO THE FACILITIES AND THERE IS VERY LIMITED WAYS TO MAKE UP FOR THE FACT THAT WE HAVE LIMITED INCOME>>Reporter: WHILE PROCEDURES ARE RESUMING IN MANY STATES, IT WILL TAKE TIME AND CAREFUL PLANNING EXPERTS SAY AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDING TO GET BACK UP TO SPEED SARYRAH DALLOF, NBC NEWS>>>JANESSA WEBB IS BACK WITH US WITH THE LATEST ON THAT SEVERE WEATHER. JANESSA.>>YEAH, WE DO HAVE A LOT OF PLACES ACROSS THE MID-ATLANTIC TO THE OHIO VALLEY ALSO WATCHING CENTRAL MICHIGAN VERY CLOSELY WITH FLOOD WATCHES AND ADVISORIES CURRENTLY IN PLACE WITH 14 MILLION PEOPLE AND I DO THINK THAT WILL BE EXTENDED THROUGHOUT YOUR AFTERNOON ALL THE WAY TO TOMORROW THIS IS A VERY SLOW-MOVING SYSTEM THAT IS GOING TO BE CONTINUOUS INTO THE WEEKEND. THAT’S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY OF THE DAY HERE’S A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DAY AHEAD. FOR THE DEEP SOUTH INTO THE SOUTHEAST A DAYTIME HIGH STILL WELL ABOVE AVERAGE WE’RE GOING TO WATCH A FEW STORMS THIS AFTERNOON. ALSO THE WINDS PICKING UP FROM BISMARCK TO MINNEAPOLIS. HIGHS, THEY’RE STILL IN THE UPPER 70s TO LOWER 80s WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WATCH THIS FLOODING. THIS IS GOING TO GET A LOT WORSE WITH THE FORECAST.>>THANK YOU, JANESSA.>>>ONE CAT IS SCRATCHING AND CLAWING TO BE THE BEST SOCCER GOALIE IN THE WORLD. THIS IS A LITTLE CAT NAMED AFTER A GERMAN GOALKEEPER, MANUEL NEUER, WHO’S BEEN STOPPING HIS OWNER’S SHOTS LEFT AND RIGHT>>>TODAY CONNECTICUT WILL BECOME THE LAST STATE TO BEGIN REOPENING. RESTAURANTS, RETAIL AND OFFICES CAN ALL OPEN THEIR DOORS WITH RESTRICTIONS AND IN A CONTROVERSIAL MOVE DENTAL OFFICES CAN NOW TREAT PATIENTS FOR NON-EMERGENCY REASONS. THAT’S SPARK CONCERNS FROM MANY HYG HYGIENEISTS. WE GET MORE NOW FROM NBC’S CHRIS JANSING.>>Reporter: CONNECTICUT ORTHODONTIST DR. GARY OPEN IS BACK IN BUSINESS, FULLY REOPENING HIS OFFICE TODAY>>WE DO HAVE QUITE A BACKLOG. WE HAVE BEEN CLOSED FOR SIX WEEKS.>>Reporter: THE NEW NORMAL MEANS KEEPING PATIENTS SAFE IN THE AGE OF COVID>>WE ARE WEARING HIGHER-LEVEL MASKS, N95s. WE ARE WEARING FACE SHIELDS ALSO AND WE’RE WEARING DISPOSABLE GOWNS.>>Reporter: HE’S OVERHAULED HIS OFFICE, INVESTING IN A NEW AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM, SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS HE’LL SEE EACH DAY, AND REVAMPING WAITING ROOM PROCEDURES>>THEIR TEMPERATURE WILL BE CHECKED. ONCE EVERYTHING IS DEEMED OKAY, WE WILL ESCORT THE PATIENT TO THE CHAIR WHERE WE’LL BE WORKING.>>Reporter: DENTAL PRACTICES ARE BY NATURE INVASIVE, AND PRELIMINARY RESEARCH SUGGESTS THE CORONAVIRUS SURVIVES AIRBORNE FOR HOURS THAT’S WHY SOME INDUSTRY INSIDERS LIKE HYGIENIST MEGAN ZADROWSKI, WORRY DENTAL OFFICES ARE REOPENING BEFORE IT’S SAFE>>AEROSOLS GENERATED IN A DENTAL OFFICE ARE UNAVOIDABLE, WHETHER IT’S BY DENTIST DRILLS, WHETHER IT’S BY HYGIENISTS’ INSTRUMENTS, OR EVEN THE PATIENTS THEMSELVES, WHO MAY NEED TO COUGH.>>Reporter: THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION HAS ISSUED NATIONAL GUIDELINES INCLUDING HYGIENEISTS USING HAND TOOLS INSTEAD OF AUTOMATED DEVICES AND LIMITING DRILLS SUGGESTS THAT ZADROWSKI WORRIES NOT ALL DENTISTS WILL FOLLOW>>WOULD YOU GO TO A DENTIST RIGHT NOW FOR A NON-EMERGENT PROBLEM?>>I WOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID GOING TO THE DENTAL OFFICE WITH A NON-EMERGENT SERVICE>>Reporter: A RECENT NATIONAL SURVEY BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION FOUND THREE IN TEN DENTISTS’ OFFICES DIDN’T HAVE ANY SUPPLY OF N95 MASKS AND NEARLY 18% HAD NO FACE SHIELDS CONNECTICUT DENTIST DR. DAVID SANTARELLA SAYS IT HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE.>>WE DO HAVE WHAT WE NEED IT HAS NOT BEEN EASY>>Reporter: HE’S INVESTED BEYOND THE GUIDELINES, INCLUDING A FOGGER TO CLEAN ROOMS AND A MOBILE UVC UNIT TO REDUCE PATHOGENS. YOU UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE NERVOUS?>>FOR SURE. I’M NERVOUS. BUT I’M ALSO NERVOUS ON THE FLIP SIDE OF THAT, IF WE DON’T DO ANYTHING WHAT ABOUT THAT PATIENT?>>IF THEY GET REALLY SICK>>IF THEY GET REALLY SICK>>Reporter: ALL DENTISTS FACING THE NEW REALITY THAT BEING AFRAID OF THE DENTIST MEANS SOMETHING DIFFERENT NOW.>>I WANTED TO MAKE SURE MY CHILD WAS SAFE AND COMFORTABLE IN A SETTING OUTSIDE THE HOME.>>WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST WHEN ALL THIS IS OVER?>>WELL, GETTING MY TEETH STRAIGHT, DEFINITELY>>Reporter: THE CHALLENGE OF REOPENING THE BUSINESS WHEN IT’S ANYTHING BUT BUSINESS AS USUAL>>AND THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS DENTISTS’ OFFICES LOST ♪ ♪ ON A MOUNTAIN PEAK ♪>>>YOU ALREADY SEE THE HUMOR IN THAT THAT’S WILL FERRELL IN A PREVIEW OF NETFLIX’S UPCOMING COMEDY “EUROVISION SONG CONTEST.” THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA IT STARS WILL FERRELL AND RACHEL McADAMS. NETFLIX ALSO RELEASED FIRST LOOK PHOTOS OF FERRELL AND McADAMS IN A SERIES OF THESE COSTUMES FOR THE MOVIE. IT WILL PREMIERE ON THE STREAMING PLATFORM ON JUNE 26th. THIS IS REALLY FUNNY, THE WHOLE PREMISE OF IT IS THESE ASPIRING MUSICIANS WHO WANT TO MAKE IT BIG FOR THEIR CAREER DEMI LOVATO IS IN IT ALSO. GREAT AD>>I’M JUST LAUGHING AT THAT PONYTAIL SO GREAT ALL RIGHT. WHO DOESN’T LOVE TACO TUESDAY? ACTRESS DREW BARRYMORE DOES. SHE HOSTED A VIRTUAL TACO NIGHT ON INSTAGRAM LIVE ON TUESDAY NIGHT. SHE MADE SHRIMP TACOS AND SHE USED McCORMICK SPICES. THE HOLLYWOOD STAR AND THE SEASONING COMPANY, THEY PARTNERED UP TO DONATE $1 MILLION TO NO KID HUNGRY THE CHARITY IS RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT CHILD HUNGER ISSUES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS. A LOT OF CELEBRITIES ARE RAISING MONEY FOR THAT PARTICULAR CHARITY.>>NOW YOU’RE CRAVING SOME SHRIMP TACOS BECAUSE OF IT AND YOU’RE ABLE TO DONATE FOR THAT EVEN BETTER.>>WEN WIN-WIN>>>A PAIR OF TWINS FROM MILWAUKEE ARE PROVING HARD WORK PAYS OFF THE SISTERS ARE ACHIEVING ACADEMIC SUCCESS TOGETHER. NOT ONLY ARE THEY GRADUATING AT THE TOP OF THEIR CLASS BUT THEY WERE ACCEPTED INTO 37 COLLEGES AND ALSO RECEIVED MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS. THE SISTERS HAVE DECIDED TO ATTEND MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY IN MILWAUKEE TO STUDY NURSING THEY ARE ALSO THE FIRST IN THEIR FAMILY TO ATTEND COLLEGE THEIR PARENTS HAVE GOT TO BE SO EXCITED AND SO PROUD AND THEY’RE DOING IT TOGETHER.>>COMPETITIVE IN TH>>>GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE I REALLY WANT TO BRING YOU SOME BRIGHT NEWS FOR YOUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. BUT WE ARE CURRENTLY STUCK IN A REALLY DAMP PATTERN ACROSS THE EAST COAST EVEN FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST IT WILL BE A SOGGY ONE>>>IN TODAY’S TOP STORIES THE STATE DEPARTMENT INSPECTOR GENERAL FIRED LAST WEEK AFTER LAUNCHING AN INVESTIGATION INTO SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO’S ALLEGED MISUSE OF A STAFFER WAS ALSO LOOKING INTO LAVISH DINNERS THE SECRETARY THREW FOR BILLIONAIRE CEOs, SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, POLITICAL HEAVYWEIGHTS AND AMBASSADORS ON THE GOVERNMENT’S DIME. THAT’S ACCORDING TO ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS AN NBC NEWS INVESTIGATION FOUND POMPEO AND HIS WIFE HELD ABOUT TWO DOZEN SO-CALLED MADISON DINNERS SINCE HE TOOK OVER THE POST IN 2018 A STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN DEFENDED THEM AS “A WORLD-CLASS OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THE MISSION OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT.”>>>HUNDREDS OF McDONALD’S EMPLOYEES ARE EXPECTED TO GO ON STRIKE ACROSS 20 CITIES TODAY. LABORINGERS ARE CLAIMING NOT ENOUGH IS BEING DONE TO PROTECT WORK GRERZ COVID-19. McDONALD’S DENIES THE ALLEGATIONS AND SAYS IT HAS 50 NEW SAFETY PROCEDURES THAT GO WELL BEYOND MASKS AND GLOVES THE STRIKE COMES THE DAY BEFORE THE COMPANY’S ANNUAL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING>>>AFTER BEING EFFECTIVELY SHUTTERED FOR MONTHS, TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT SAYS BARS IN HIS STATE WILL BE ALLOWED TO REOPEN FRIDAY AT 25% CAPACITY. BARTENDERS REJOICED AT THE NEWS THAT THEY WOULD FINALLY BE ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK. JACOB RASCON FROM NBC AFFILIATE KTRC HAS MORE.>>Reporter: BARTENDING IS LIFE FOR THERESA BERNAL FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS UNTIL THE PANDEMIC>>I WAS JUST GETTING PREPARED TO MOVE IN WITH FAMILY BECAUSE I’M DEPLETED MY SAVINGS.>>Reporter: IN FACT, UNABLE TO PAY RENT, THERESA PLANNED TO MOVE IN WITH HER YOUNGEST DAUGHTER, JODY>>IT’S BEEN PURE HELL>>Reporter: SOME BARS DEFIED STATE ORDERS AND HAVE ALREADY OPENED THERESA’S BOSS, BEVERLY STRAIN, WAS ABOUT TO DO THE SAME>>IF WE HADN’T HAVE GOTTEN OPENED THIS WEEK, OR BY MONDAY, I WAS OPENING UP TOO AND LETTING THEM COME AFTER MY LICENSE, WHATEVER IT WAS JUST GETTING TO THAT POINT, DESPERATE>>Reporter: IN FORT BEND COUNTY THE SUNRISE SPORTS BAR WILL FINISH REMODELING JUST IN TIME>>I WAS SURPRISED I FIGURED HE’D WAIT AT LEAST TILL MONDAY. THEN OF COURSE MY PHONE STARTED BLOWING UP IMMEDIATELY I WANT TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR FRIDAY>>Reporter: WHILE THE OWNER IS THRILLED HER EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE WORK AGAIN, FIRST AND FOREMOST, JEAN LANDRY SAYS, SHE WANTS HER CUSTOMERS TO BE SAFE>>I WOULD FEEL HORRIBLE IF SOMEBODY GOT SICK IN THIS BAR. WE’LL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO KEEP EVERYBODY SAFE>>OUR THANKS TO JACOB RASCON FOR THAT REPORT.>>ALL RIGHT A 21-POUND CHIHUAHUA WAS ABANDONED AND LEFT DISABLED, LOCKED INSIDE A CRATE ALONGSIDE A MAJOR HIGHWAY IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY LUCKILY 8-YEAR-OLD STANLEY FOUND A LOVING FOSTER FAMILY THAT’S NURSING HIM BACK TO HEALTH THEY’VE ALREADY SEEN PROGRESS IN HIS WEIGHT LOSS AND ONCE HE LOSES MORE HE’LL GET HIS OWN SET OF WHEELS. FOR NOW HIS FOSTER MOM MAKES SURE TO TAKE HIM FOR STROLLER WALKS AROUND TOWN. SHEE SHE SAYS HE’S AFFECTIONATE >>COME ON, WE’RE BACK 7:30. WHAT AN IMPRESSIVE START TO THE SEASON FINALE OF “THE VOICE.” CURRENT COACHES, A FEW FORMER ONES, INCLUDING SHAKIRA AND C-LO JOINING FOR A COVER OF PETE TOWNSEND HIT “LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR.” BIG NIGHT FOR TEAM BLAKE. CRAIG, YOU POPPED THE POPCORN. YOU’RE A FAN OF THE SHOW.>>WE WATCHED. WE WATCHED FOR A LITTLE BIT. OUR GUY DIDN’T WIN BUT IT WAS ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR BLAKE SHELTON, TODD TILGMAN. IT WAS SOMETHING TO PULL THAT OFF FROM A TECHNICAL STANDPOINT.>>I KNOW. I SHOULDN’T SAY THIS, BUT THEY SHOULD GET AN EMMY FOR THAT. IT’S INCREDIBLE THE TECHNICAL FEAT. LET’S GET STARTED AT 7:30, THE HEADLINES. U.S. BIRTH RATES FELL AGAIN LAST YEAR. THE LATEST NUMBERS WERE RELEASED THIS MORNING BY THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL. 3.7 MILLION BIRTHS IN 2019, THAT IS THE LOWEST NUMBER RECORDED IN 35 YEARS. THE REPORT REVEALS THAT TEEN MOTHERS ARE HAVING FEWER BABIES AND THE BIRTH RATE FOR WOMEN IN THEIR EARLY 40s HAS GONE UP. >>>WE’VE GOT SOME BIG NEWS FOR HORSE RACING FANS. THE BELMONT STAKES WILL SERVE AS THE FIRST LEG OF THE TRIPLE CROWN THIS YEAR. NORMALLY IT’S THE FINAL LEG. THAT EVENT SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 20th. BELMONT WILL LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR. THE RACE WILL BE 3/8 OF A MILE SHORTER THAN USUAL. THE KENTUCKY DERBY AND PREAKNESS HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER. ALL OF THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS. >>>NOW TO A POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THE VIRUS ON MEMORIAL DAY PLANS, THE WEEKEND COMING UP, THE UNOFFICIAL START OF SUMMER JUST DAYS AWAY NOW. WHILE BEACHES ARE TRADITIONALLY PACKED WITH FAMILIES, THIS YEAR MANY STATES ARE TAKING PRECAUTIONS TO ENSURE THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN. NBC’S SAM BROCK JOINS US FROM FLORIDA’S DELRAY BEACH THIS MORNING. HI, SAM, GOOD MORNING. >>SAVANNAH, GOOD MORNING. THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HOLIDAY OBVIOUSLY PRESENTS A VERY BIG TEST. HERE IN FLORIDA WE’VE SEEN BEACHES OPEN AND CLOSE ALMOST IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE PEOPLE WEREN’T PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING. HERE AT DELRAY BEACH, TIGHT RESTRICTIONS, NO SUNBATHING ON THE SAND, TOUGH NEW RULES WE’RE SEEING PLAY OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT’S ONE OF THE SURE SIGNS OF SUMMER. >>THIS IS FREEDOM. I HAVEN’T HAD SUCH A FULL, HAPPY HEART THIS WHOLE TIME. >>FRESH SAND UNDER YOUR FEET AND OCEAN BREEZE IN YOUR HAIR. >>I JUST NEEDED FOR MY MENTAL HEALTH TO SIT OUT HERE AND LOOK AT THE OCEAN AND JUST KIND OF BREATHE. >>THIS MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY MANY BEACHGOERS SEEKING A BREAK FROM CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS. >>I DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GOING TO BE AS EXPOSED TO THE CORONA AS MUCH AS YOU WOULD BE IN A CONFINED SPACE LIKE A GROCERY STORE. >>BUT WITH OFFICIALS KEEP A KEEN EYE ON SOCIAL DISTANCING. ON FLORIDA’S DELRAY BEACH, SWIMMING, WALKING AND JOGGING ARE ALLOWED, SUNBATHING AND SURFING YOUR NOT. >>HOW DO YOU STOP PEOPLE FROM FLOODING SOUTH FLORIDA INTO YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS. >>I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE LESS ATTRACTIVE TO COME TO A BEACH WHEN THERE ARE OTHER BEACHES THAT ALLOW ALL ACTIVITIES. WE’RE LOOKING AT KEEPING THE NUMBERS AND CROWDS DOWN INITIALLY. >>CROWDS ALREADY GATHERING ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY ON THE POPULAR JERSEY SHORE, ANTICIPATION FOR THE HOLIDAY PALPABLE. >>WE NEED FRESH AIR. WE NEED THE BEACH. WE NEED TO HAVE A LIFE. >>ON NEW YORK’S CONEY ISLAND, BARRICADES ALONG THE BOARDWALK THOUGH PEOPLE CAN WALK AND JOG ON THE SAND FOR FOR YOU. NEW YORK’S GOVERNOR ANNOUNCING STATE BEACHES WILL OPEN FOR THE HOLIDAY WITH RESTRICTIONS, ONLY 50% CAPACITY, NO ACTIVE SPORTS, PICNIC AREAS AND PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED. >>FEELS GOOD, LIKE A RELIEF. >>IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, FAMILIES FINDING SOLACE IN THE NEWLY OPENED GOLDEN COAST, BUT THIS IS WHAT MANHATTAN AND NEWPORT BEACHES LOOK LIKE BEFORE THE HOLIDAY STOKING FEARS OF MORE COVID-19 SPREAD. DIFFERENT COUNTIES REOPENING WITH DIFFERENT RESTRICTIONS FROM BANS ON CHAIRS AND CANOPIES IN L.A. TO NO BUILDING SAND CASTLES IN ORANGE COUNTY, RECOGNITION SOME SUMMER TRADITIONS WILL BE BROKEN. >>ANY AND ALL RESTRICTIONS RIGHT NOW THAT PREVENT PEOPLE FROM GETTING SICK AND SPREADING THE DISEASE ARE NECESSARY. >>THIS YEAR CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAY WITH SUNSCREEN AND A DOSE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING.>>>SAM, WHAT ABOUT MASKS? ARE SOME BEACHES REQUIRING MASKS BE WORN AS WELL?>>YEAH, SAVANNAH, IT VARIES A LOT. ON THIS BEACH ENDELRAY BEACH MASKS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED. THAT IS NOT THE CASE IN PLACES LIKE LOS ANGELES WHERE IT’S A MUST. POSTING ON THE INSTAGRAM PAGE, BEACH BOUND >>>WE ARE BACK 7:39 THIS MORNING WITH SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS. RESEARCHERS HAVE FOUND PEOPLE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS A SECOND TIME AFTER RECOVERING WERE NOT INFECTIOUS AND HAVE ANTIBODIES. THEY ALSO FOUND PEOPLE HAVE ANTIBODIES AFTER RECOVERY. >>YEAH. THOSE FINDINGS ARE BOOSTING CONFIDENCE THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE SOME LEVEL OF IMMUNITY AND THEY ARE NOT LIKELY TO SPREAD THE DISEASE. OF COURSE WE’VE HEARD TONS ABOUT ANTIBODY TESTING AND IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE REOPENING OF AMERICA. BUT A LOT OF QUESTIONS DO REMAIN. WE HAVE NBC’S INVESTIGATIVE AND CONSUMER CORRESPONDENT VICKY NGUYEN TAKE A CLOSER LOOK. VICKY, WHAT DID YOU FIND. >>Reporter: GOOD MORNING. BETWEEN ANTIBODY TESTS, ANTIGEN, A LOT OF PEOPLE COULD HAVE CORONAVIRUS CONFUSION. THIS MORNING WE’RE TAKING A LOOK AT EACH OF THESE TESTS AND WHICH ONE YOU MAY NEED TO TAKE. NBC PRODUCERS LITERALLY PUT THEIR BLOOD AND SWEAT INTO FINDING OUT. THIS MORNING REUTERS REPORTING NEW PLANS FOR A NATIONWIDE STUDY OF MORE THAN 300,000 AMERICANS TO TRY AND TRACK THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. THE CDC WILL TEST SAMPLES FROM BLOOD DONORS IN 25 CITIES LOOKING FOR ANTIBODIES WHICH ARE CREATED BY THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AFTER IT FIGHTS OFF THE VIRUS. >>ABOUT TO TAKE THE ANTIBODY TESTING. >>WE FIRST GAVE YOU AN INSIDE LOOK WHAT IT’S LIKE TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST LAST MONTH. THREE NBC NEWS PRODUCERS, DAVID, MICHELLE, AND LAUREN, ALL HAD DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS. COUGH, FEVER, BODY ACHES, EVEN NAUSEA AND LOSS OF SMELL, BUT THEY NEVER GOT A DIAGNOSTIC TEST. >>IF IT’S POSITIVE, IT COULD MEAN I HAD THE CORONAVIRUS BACK IN MARCH. >>SO THEY VOLUNTEERED TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST AFTER THEY RECOVERED. THE RESULTS, MICHELLE AND LAUREN POSITIVE, DAVID, NEGATIVE. WITH MORE THAN 150 OF THESE TESTS NOW ON THE MARKET, MANY NOT AUTHORIZED BY THE FDA, HEALTH OFFICIALS SOUNDED THE ALARM ON THEIR ACCURACY. SO OUR PRODUCER VOLUNTEERED TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AGAIN TO SEE HOW THE TESTS COMPARE. >>SEE WHAT QUEST LABORATORIES FINDS IN MY BLOOD. THEY OFFERED DIRECT TO CONSUMER ANTIBODY TESTING. SIGN UP ONLINE AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE LAB. >>ON YOUR OWN, YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO GO SEE A DOCTOR. >>THEN THEY USED TELEMEDICINE. >>I HAD HEARD TODAY YOU’RE GOING TO BE DOING ANTIBODY TESTS. >>TIME PRODUCERS HAD A FIVE-MINUTE VIDEO VISIT WITH A DOCTOR ONLINE WHO ORDERED THE TEST THROUGH LABCORP. LAST THEY WEPT TO MT. SINAI WHICH DEVELOPED ITS OWN TEST FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND PEOPLE LIKE OUR PRODUCERS INTERESTED IN DONATING THEIR PLASMA FOR RESEARCH. >>GO SEE IF THESE TEST RESULTS ARE SIMILAR TO THE OTHER ONES. >>ALL OF THE TEST INVOLVED A BLOOD DRAW. THE RESULTS, BACK IN ABOUT 24 HOURS. FOR ALL FOUR TESTS, THE RESULTS WERE CONSISTENT. LAUREN AND MICHELLE POSITIVE, DAVID NEGATIVE. WHAT DO YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THAT THAT OUR PRODUCERS TOOK FOUR DIFFERENT ANTIBODY TESTS AND GOT THE SAME RESULTS EACH AND EVERY TIME. >>IT’S GREAT. I THINK THAT HOPEFULLY OVER TIME WE’LL SEE WHICH OF THESE TESTS PERFORM THE BEST. >>THERE ARE A FEW FDA AUTHORIZED UNDER EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION THAT TEND TO BE USED AND THOSE TEND TO BE RELIABLE, UP TO 100% RELIABILITY. >>BEFORE TAKING ANY TEST CHECK FDA TEST TO SEE WHICH ONES ARE AUTHORIZED AND MAKE SURE YOU ASK THE DOCTOR OR LAB WHICH ONES THEY USE BEFORE YOU GO. >>IS THERE NEG SOMEONE SHOULD DO DIFFERENTLY IF THEY KNOW THEY DEVELOP THE ANTIBODY FOR THE VIRUS. >>WE’RE RECOMMENDING PEOPLE PROCEED WITH CAUTION, CONTINUE ALL THEIR RECOMMENDED THINGS EVERYBODY NEEDS TO DO RIGHT NOW, WEAR A MASK, WASH YOUR HAND, CLEAN YOUR SURFACES. >>IT’S IDEAL TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST THREE TO FOUR WEEKS AFTER SYMPTOMS. WHILE YOU’RE SICK IS A DIFFERENT TEST NOW BECOMING MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE. IT’S DIAGNOSTIC. YOU TAKE THAT TEST BEFORE OR DURING SYMPTOMS. NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO TAKING A DIAGNOSTIC TEST ON LIVE TV. THIS ONE INVOLVES A VERY LARGE SWAB THAT TAKES A SAMPLE FROM DEEP IN THE BACK OF THE THROAT. >>THAT’S IT. >>NEW VERSION USED SALIVA SAMPLES. >>THE RELIABILITY DEPENDS WHICH TEST YOU’RE GETTING. >>MOLECULAR OR PCR ARE THE MOST RELIABLE AND CAN TAKE UP TO A WEEK FOR RESULTS. ALSO A NEW TYPE OF DIAGNOSTIC TEST CALLED ANTIGEN TEST CAN DIAGNOSE COVID-19 IN AN HOUR. THE FDA APPROVED IT FOR EMERGENCY USE BUT ALSO WARNED IT MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. >>IT STILL CAN HAVE FALSE NEGATIVES, WHICH MEANS THEY TELL YOU YOU’RE NEGATIVE WHEN YOU ACTUALLY HAVE THE DISEASE AND THAT’SEN WO OF THE CONCERNING THINGS. >>BECAUSE YOU COULD BE SPREADING IT TO OTHERS UNKNOWINGLY. >>EXACTLY. >>REMEMBER, DIAGNOSTIC TESTS ARE IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHETHER YOU ARE INFECTED RIGHT AWAY SO YOU CAN ISOLATE YOURSELF AND PREVENT SPREADING THAT VIRUS. ANTIBODY TESTS TELL YOU WHETHER YOU MAY BE IMMUNE FROM BEING REINFECTED BUT THAT HAS NOT BEEN PROVEN DEFINITIVELY YET. THE COST OF THESE ANTIBODIES ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE, SOME RANGING FROM $1 OUT OF POCKET UP TO $300 FOR A TEST. >>>THESE ANTIBODY TESTS, I’M SURE SHE GIVE PEOPLE PEACE OF MIND. IT’S GOOD TO KNOW THEY ARE CONSISTENT AS IN YOUR REPORT. BUSINESSES NEED THIS FOR REOPENING. >>IT’S SUCH AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF THE PUZZLE ACCORDING TO PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS KNOWING WHO HAS BEEN INFECTED AND WHO HAS ANTIBODIES WILL SHOW WHAT AREAS OF LOWER RISK OF COMMUNITY SPREAD. IF THE DATA CONTINUES TO SHOW SOME SORT OF IMMUNITY WHEN YOU HAVE ANTIBODIES, IT CAN ALSO HELP US DECIDE WHO CAN GET OUT IN THE COMMUNITY WITH LITTLE OR NO RISK. WHO IS OUTSIDE AND HOW WE REOPEN. >>EVEN IF YOU HAVE THE ANTIBODIES YOU WANT TO WEAR A MASK AND DO THE SAME THINGS. >>MAKE SURE IT’S APPROVED. WHAT ABOUT THE PLACES WHERE THE TESTS ARE BEING CONDUCTED, ARE THEY ALL THE SAME. >>THEY RUN THE GAMUT. PRODUCERS SAID SOME WERE OBSERVING SOCIAL DISTANCING, ONE PATIENT IN, ONE PATIENT OUT. OTHERS WERE A LITTLE LESS — A LITTLE MORE LAX ON THOSE REGULATIONS. DEFINITELY BRING YOUR HAND SANITIZER, WEAR YOUR MASK. >>SEE YOU NEXT HOUR BY THE WAY. HOW ABOUT WE SWITCH GEARS AT 7:46 NOW. MR. ROKER STANDING BY FOR A CHECK OF THE FORECAST. HOW ARE WE LOOKING, BUDDY?>>LOOKING OKAY. THIS COOLER WEATHER IN THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN GOOD NEWS FOR TORNADOES IN THAT WE’VE HAD SO MANY FEWER. THE TYPICAL MAY PATTERN THAT’S FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES BRINGS A JET STREAM UP FROM THE SOUTHWEST, WARM, HUMID AIR FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO. WHAT WE’VE HAD THIS MAY HAS BEEN A JET STREAM DOWN TO THE SOUTH ALLOWING COLD ARCTIC AIR IN, AN UNSEASONABLY COOL PATTERN THIS MONTH. THAT GULF WARMING HASEALLY STALLED. YOU LOOK AT SOME STATES NORMALLY SEE A DECENT AMOUNT OF TORNADOES, NOTHING SO FAR THIS MONTH. WE LIKE THAT, BECAUSE AS YOU LOOK AT THE AVERAGES, ANYWHERE FROM 11 IN IOWA TO 43 IN TEXAS. MAY IS THE MOST TYPICALLY ACTIVE MONTH FOR TORNADOES. WE’RE NOT SEEING THOSE. SUNSHINE IN THE NORTHEAST, A FIRE RISK IN THE SOUTHWEST, SEVERE STORMS>>>IT’S 8:00 ON “TODAY.” COMING UP, STATE OF EMERGENCY. 10,000 PEOPLE FORCED TO EVACUATE AFTER TWO DAMS COLLAPSED OVERNIGHT IN MICHIGAN FOLLOWING DAYS OF HEAVY RAIN. >>THIS IS SERIOUS, AND IT IS TIME FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE ACTION TO KEEP SAFE. >>MORE STORMS ON THE WAY TODAY. HOW BAD COULD IT GET? WE’RE BACK WITH THE LATEST. >>>PLUS CORONAVIRUS AND SUMMER SAFETY, FROM RENTING A BEACH HOUSE TO POOLS TO BACKYARD BARBECUE. WHAT’S SAFE AND WHAT’S NOT IN THIS NEW NORMAL. WE’VE GATHERED OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. >>>AND LET’S ALL GO TO THE MOVIES. HOW DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS ARE MAKING A COMEBACK IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS. >>ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT TONIGHT’S FEATURE FILM?>>I MEAN, WE’RE JUST KIND OF EXCITED TO GET OUT. >>HARRY SMITH HAS YOUR TICKET TO THE HOTTEST SHOW IN TOWN TODAY WEDNESDAY, MAY 20th, 2020. ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪>>FROM SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA, WE’RE CELEBRATING OUR 25th ANNIVERSARY ON THE “TODAY” SHOW.>>HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM. >>GOOD MORNING FROM GREENVILLE, TENNESSEE. WE LOVE YOU GUYS.>>LOVE YOU, TOO. MORNING, EVERYBODY. WELCOME BACK TO “TODAY.” IT IS WEDNESDAY MORNING, NICE TO HAVE YOU WITH US. WE’RE LOOKING FOR SILVER LININGS. RIGHT, GUYS? HERE IS ONE. A LOT OF PEOPLE WAKING UP LATER, SETTING THE ALARM LATER. MAYBE THEY THREW THE ALARM OUT ALL TOGETHER. WOULDN’T THAT BE A NICE THOUGHT?>>WE KNOW THERE’S ONE GROUP REALLY EXCITED TO BE UP EARLY. THERE THEY ARE, OUR FRIENDS IN THE VIRTUAL PLAZA. IN FACT, IT’S BECOME SO BIG, SO HOT, SO HUGE, WE’VE GONE INTERNATIONAL. ONE OF THE FAMILIES FROM AUSTRALIA. WE CAN’T WAIT TO CHAT. >>IT MAY BE 10:00 P.M. AT NIGHT BUT THEY ARE UP WITH US. FIRST, YOU GUYS, WE WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT SOMETHING WE HAVE TOMORROW, BEN STILLER. HE’S GOING TO JOIN US LIVE TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF HIS LATE FATHER JERRY, A COMEDY LEGEND IN HIS OWN RIGHT WE LOST LAST WEEK. WE ARE SO LOOKING FORWARD TO TALKING ABOUT BEN, ABOUT THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP THOSE TWO SHARED. THAT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT CONVERSATION. >>YEAH, LOOKING FORWARD TO TALKING TO BEN. LET’S GET TO YOUR NEWS AT 8:00 NOW. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN MICHIGAN WERE EVACUATED OVERNIGHT AFTER A PAIR OF DAMS RUPTURED AND SENT FLOODWATERS THROUGH THE TOWN. TOM COSTELLO JOINS US WITH THE LATEST ON THIS SITUATION. TOM, GOOD MORNING. >>Reporter: PRETTY DANGEROUS SITUATION, WE’RE TALKING CENTRAL MICHIGAN, TWO DAMS HAVE FAILED. IN FACT, WE HAVE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES ACROSS MUCH OF THAT AREA, ABOUT 140 MILES NORTH OF DETROIT SPECIFICALLY IN MIDLAND COUNTY. THE GOVERNOR DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND WARNINGS WE COULD HAVE SOME AREAS THERE UNDER 9 FEET OF WATER TODAY. 9 FEET. POLICE HAVE BEEN ORDERING 10,000 PEOPLE TO EVACUATE, MANY GOING TO AREA SCHOOLS. THAT IS A REAL CHALLENGE RIGHT NOW, OF COURSE, IN TRYING TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. HOWEVER, THE GOOD NEWS, IF THERE IS ANY, AS THE FLOODWATERS RISE, IS THAT WE’RE EXPECTING SUNSHINE TODAY AND TOMORROW. HIGHS OF ABOUT 70 DEGREES AND THEN THE POTENTIAL FOR RAIN RETURNS LATER IN THE WEEK. HODA, BACK TO YOU. >>ALL RIGHT. TOM COSTELLO. TOM, THANK YOU. THIS MORNING ALL 50 STATES HAVE EASED THEIR LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS. WE’RE GETTING IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THAT MYSTERY ILLNESS AFFECTING MOSTLY CHILDREN. NBC’S KRISTEN WELKER HAS A LOOK AT WHAT WE’RE WATCHING. HEY, KRISTEN, GOOD MORNING. >>HEY, HODA, GOOD MORNING TO YOU. THE FIRST BIG THING WE’RE WATCHING IS THAT ALL 50 STATES PARTIALLY REOPENED DESPITE MANY NOT MEETING FEDERAL BENCH MARKS. WITH MEMORIAL DAY APPROACHING, THIS WEEKEND WILL BE A BIG TEST. ALL EYES WILL BE ON BEACHES IN FLORIDA AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THERE ARE TOUGH NEW RULES IN PLACE AS THE COUNTRY STARTS TO SLOWLY REOPEN. ALSO THIS MORNING THE CDC HAS OUTLINED WHAT IT HAS LEARNED ABOUT A COVID-RELATED ILLNESS IMPACTING CHILDREN NOW FOUND IN AT LEAST 24 STATES AND 10 COUNTRIES ALL AROUND THE WORLD. ACCORDING TO THE BRIEFING BY THE CDC, THE MULTISYSTEM INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME IN CHILDREN IS THOUGHT TO DEVELOP ABOUT FOUR WEEKS AFTER EXPOSURE TO COVID. MANY OF THOSE CHILDREN NEVER SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS CAUSED DIRECTLY BY THE VIRUS. FINALLY AS MICHIGAN IS COPING FOR HEAVY RAIN THAT CAUSED 10,000 TO EVACUATE THEIR HOMES AS TOM WAS TALKING ABOUT, THE PRESIDENT IS WITHHOLDING FUNDS TO THE STATE OVER ABSENTEE BALLOTS TWEETING, QUOTE, MICHIGAN SENDS ABSENTEE BALLOTS TO 7.7 MILLION PEOPLE AHEAD OF PRIMARIES AND THE GENERAL ELECTION. THIS WAS DONE ILLEGALLY WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION BY A ROGUE SECRETARY OF STATE. I WILL ASK TO HOLD UP FUNDSING TO MICHIGAN IF THEY WANT TO GO DOWN THIS VOTER FRAUD PATH. IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT NO EVIDENCE OF THAT. THE DEBATE OVER VOTE BY MAIL IS SHAPING UP TO BE A HOT BUTTON ISSUE AHEAD OF THE NOVEMBER ELECTION.>>KRISTEN WELKER. THANK YOU. >>>SOUTH KOREA HAS REACHED A MILESTONE AS IT EMERGES FROM ITS STRICT CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN. SCHOOLS THERE ARE STARTING TO REOPEN. BUT NEW FLAIRUPS OF COVID-19 ARE KEEPING HEALTH OFFICIALS ON GUARD. KELLY COBIELLA JOINS US FROM SOUTH KOREA. GOOD MORNING TO YOU. >>GOOD MORNING. THE GOVERNMENT IS BEING CAUTIOUS ABOUT THIS BRINGING KIDS BACK IN STAGES, ACCORDING TO AGE GROUPS, EVEN CLOSING SOME SCHOOLS TODAY AFTER TWO STUDENTS TESTED POSITIVE. THE VAST MAJORITY OF HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WERE BACK AT THEIR DESK TODAY. THIS MORNING IN SOUTH KOREA, A WHOLE NEW WAY OF GOING TO SCHOOL. THIS LONG LINE YOU SEE HERE IS BECAUSE OF TEMPERATURE CHECK. EVERY STUDENT AND STAFF MEMBER IS GETTING A TEMPERATURE CHECK AND SQUIRT OF HAPPENED SANITIZER. A SLOW STAGE BACK TO THE CLASSROOMS. ARE YOU HAPPY TO BE BACK? INSIDE THEY SPRAYED DOWN ROOMS, PUT DESKS FARTHER APART, INSTALLED PLASTICS DIVIDERS IN THE CAFETERIA. THE PRIVATE OPENING FOR YOUNGER, TOO. >>ARE YOU COMFORTABLE BRINGING KIDS BACK TO SCHOOL?>>KNOWING HOW KOREA HANDLED IT, KNOWING HOW IMPORTANT AND ACTUALLY SIGNIFICANT PROTOCOLS LIKE HAND WASHING AND EXTRA VIGILANT CLEANING OF SURFACES, ET CETERA, MAKES ME FEEL A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE WITH STARTING SCHOOL AGAIN. >>SCHOOLS WERE SUPPOSED TO START OPENING LAST WEEK BUT THAT WAS DELAYED AFTER A CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK LINKED TO NIGHT DLUBS IN SEOUL. NEARLY 4,000 LINKED TO THAT CLUSTER AND THEY ARE FACING PUBLIC BACKLASH, ACCUSED OF BEING IRRESPONSIBLE. A MEMBER OF THE K-POP BAND BTS PUBLICLY APOLOGIZING FOR GOING AGAINST GOVERNMENT ADVICE TO STAY HOME. THEY ADMIT CROSSING PATHS WITH THE INFECTED CLUBBER BY AN HOUR.>>THEY TOOK THE TIME YOU WENT IN, YOUR NAME, IF YOU HAVE ASTHMA, A TEMPERATURE, POSITION, THEY CHECK. >>WE’RE NOT SHOWING HER FACE BECAUSE OF PUBLIC ANGER. SHE TESTED ANGER BUT STILL HAS TO SELF-QUARANTINE, A CRUCIAL PIECE OF SOUTH KOREA’S STRATEGY, WHICH WE EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND AFTER FLYING IN FROM LONDON. OUR 15-DAY QUARANTINE FINALLY ENDED ON MONDAY.>>WE FEEL REALLY CONFIDENT NOW THAT WE’RE LEAVING THAT WE’RE VIRUS-FREE. >>THIS MORNING A NEW BATTLE FOR HEALTH OFFICIALS, A NURSE AS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST HOSPITALS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. BUT ALSO ANOTHER POSITIVE SIGN, A SIGN OF PROGRESS TODAY. U.S. TROOPS HERE IN SOUTH KOREA CAN NOW GO TO RESTAURANTS AND GO SHOPPING OFF BASE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE FEBRUARY. THE COMMANDER HERE IN SOUTH KOREA CALLING SOUTH KOREA’S RESPONSE TO THE VIRUS EXCEPTIONAL. SAVANNAH. >>ALL RIGHT. KELLY COBIELLA, I KNOW YOU’RE GLAD TO BE OUT. THANK YOU. >>>ANN GLENN, WIFE OF JOHN GLENN HAS DIED FROM COVID-19 COMPLICATIONS. SHE OVERCAME A SPEECH IMPEDIMENT AND WENT ON TO ADVOCATE FOR OTHERS WITH THE STRUGGLES. ANNE THOMPSON LOOKS BACK AT HER REMARKABLE LIFE. >>ANNIE GLENN WAS EVERY BIT AS HEROIC AS HER SPACE PIONEER HUSBAND, JUST MORE QUIET, AS WAS HER WAY. >>I — EVERY SINCE I CAN REMEMBER. >>IT WAS HER SPEECH IMPEDIMENT THAT WOULD MAKE ANNIE SHUN THE SPOTLIGHT, EVEN AS JOHN GLENN EMBRACED IT CELEBRATED AS THE FIRST AMERICAN TO ORBIT THE EARTH. >>GODSPEED JOHN GLENN. >>THE GLENNS GOING AS FAR AS TO DECLINE THE VISIT TO VICE PRESIDENT JOHNSON TO PROTECT ANNIE’S PRIVACY. THE COUPLES BOND SO STRONG THAT NEITHER WAR NOR FAME NOR POLITICS COULD WEAKEN IT. >>I HAVE KNOWN MY HUSBAND SINCE I WAS TWO, AND HE AND I WERE IN LOVE WHEN WE WERE IN EIGHTH GRADE. HE PROMISED ME THAT LIFE WOULD NEVER BE DULL. >>Reporter: WATCHING THE “TODAY” SHOW IN 1973, THEY FOUND A TREATMENT THAT WOULD HELP ANNIE OVERCOME HER STUTTER. WHEN SHE FINISHED THE THERAPEUTIC PROGRAM ANNIE PICKED UP THE TELEPHONE SHE ONCE FEARED. >>I CALLED JOHN. HE CRIED. >>IT WAS VERY EMOTIONAL FOR ME WAS I KNOW WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR HER BEFORE. >>ANNIE WOULD USE HER VOICE TO HELP HER HUSBAND WIN FOUR TERMS IN THE SENATE REPRESENTING THEIR NATIVE OHIO. >>ANNIE, THEY TOLD ME TO GET LOST. THEY WANT TO SEE YOU. >>AND IN AN ILL FATED CAMPAIGN FOR THE PRESIDENCY. BUT IT IS THE WORK SHE DID AS AN ADVOCATE FOR THOSE WITH SPEECH DISORDERS THAT DEFINED HER LEGACY, LIFTING UP THOSE ALL TOO OFTEN IGNORED OR RIDICULED AS SHE ONCE WAS. >>I TOOK MORE PEOPLE — I FEEL LIKE A BUTTERFLY LET OUT OF A COCOON. IT COMPLETELY, COMPLETELY CHANGED MY LIFE. >>A YEAR OLDER THAN HE, ANNIE’S MARRIAGE TO JOHN LASTED 73 YEARS. THEY RAISED TWO CHILDREN, DAVID AND LYNN, AND TOGETHER MADE HISTORY IN THEIR OWN WAY, EACH WITH THE RIGHT STUFF. FOR “TODAY,” ANNE THOMPSON, NBC NEWS.>>>WOW. >>SHE FOUND HER VOICE LATER IN LIFE AND USED IT TO DO A WHOLE LOT OF GOOD IT WOULD SEEM, RIGHT?>>WOW, THAT WAS TERRIFIC. ALL RIGHT, GUYS, WHAT DO YOU SAY WE MOVE TO BOOST PLURAL. I HAVE A BABY GIRL NAMED LIBBY, ALMOST 4 YEARS OLD BUT BECAUSE OF A HEARING IMPAIRMENT SHE HAD NEVER KNOWN THE SOUND OF HER MOM’S VOICE. THAT CHANGED WHEN LIBBY’S NEW COCHLEAR IMPLANT WAS TURNED ON. >>LIBBY. LIB. LIBBY GIRL. HI. CAN YOU HEAR ME? CAN YOU HEAR MAMA? CAN YOU HEAR MAMA? HI, LIBBY. I LOVE YOU.>>THERE’S THAT SMILE. LIBBY, BOY, JUST CAPTIVATED BY THAT SOUND. MOM IS OVER THE MOON. CAN YOU IMAGINE GETTING TO TELL YOUR BABY I LOVE YOU AND KNOW SHE CAN HEAR IT FOR THE FIRST TIME? THAT’S PRETTY COOL. >>HER LITTLE SMILE SAYS IT ALL. I DON’T KNOW HOW I’M SUPPOSED TO GO FORWARD BUT HERE WE GO. THIS IS A FUNNY ONE. HERE IS A BRITISH DAD WHO REALLY WENT ALL IN ON A LOCKDOWN PRANK FOR HIS DAUGHTERS. HE TURNED THEIR ENTIRE HOME INTO A GIANT BALL PIT. YEAH. HE GOT A TRUCKLOAD, A TRUCKLOAD OF THOSE PLASTIC BALLS, DUMPED THEM IN EVERY ROOM. 250,000 AND COUNTING. WHEN THE GIRLS WALKED IN, MAGIC. WELL, I THINK WE SAW, YEAH, IT WAS A SURPRISE TO MOM, TOO. SHE QUICKLY JOINED IN THE FUN. >>WOW. >>I’M KIND OF JUST MONEY AWAY BY THE WHOLE THING. IT’S INCREDIBLE. >>THAT’S NEXT LEVEL. >>CAN YOU IMAGINE PICKING UP 250,000 BALLS. >>I WAS JUST . >>THAT’S YOUR LATEST WEATHER. HODA. >>THANK YOU. IT IS NOW TIME TO LAUNCH OUR COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER BECAUSE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS A COUPLE DAYS AWAY. OF COURSE THINGS WILL LOOK AND FEEL DIFFERENT THIS YEAR. SO WHEN YOU’RE MAKING YOUR PLANS, YOU’RE PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT’S SAFE, WHAT ISN’T. WELL, WE HAVE THE TEAM OF EXPERTS TO NAVIGATE THE NEW NORMAL. WE’LL START WITH MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR. JOHN TORRES. DR. TORRES, WE HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU. THIS IS FROM BECKY ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. TAKE A LISTEN. >>IF THE VIRUS IS PRESUMED TO BE TRANSFERRED THROUGH EYES, NOSE, AND MOUTH, HOW SAFE IS IT TO BE AT THE POOL OR BEACH FOR ME AND MY GRANDDAUGHTERS. >>GOOD QUESTION. >>HODA, YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO CATCH CORONAVIRUS FROM ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE AT THE POOL THAN THE WATER. IT’S A RESPIRATORY VIRUS, DOESN’T LIVE WELL IN THE WATER, SO DON’T WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT THAT. YOU NEED TO DO THINGS YOU NEED TO DO TO STAY SAFE FROM OTHER PEOPLE THERE. IF THEY ARE OUTSIDE YOUR CIRCLE OF TRUST, SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE IMPORTANT. ON TOP OF THAT, DON’T SHARE TOWELS, WATER BOTTLES, SUN SCREENS. IF SOMEBODY HAD CORONAVIRUS THAT USED THEM, THEY COULD TRANSMIT IT TO YOU. THE WATER ITSELF, THE RISK IS VERY, VERY LOW. THE LAKE, POOL, BEACH, GO AHEAD AND ENJOY THE WATER. >>MASKS, YES OR NO, OUTSIDE OF THE BEACH OR POOL. >>IF YOU CAN’T SOCIAL DISTANCE, YOU SHOULD WEAR MASKS. >>SO PEOPLE WANT TO GO TO A BARBECUE. I THINK SOME PEOPLE MIGHT GO AND WONDER LIKE, A, IS THE FOOD GOING TO BE OKAY. IS THAT SOMETHING THEY SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT?>>NOT TOO MUCH FROM THE FOOD BECAUSE THE FOOD ITSELF, THE VIRUS DOESN’T LIVE WELL IN MEAT, DOESN’T LIVE WELL IN THE VEGETABLES. THE PERSON WHO PREPARED IT, IF THEY ARE SICK, THERE IS A RISK OF THEM TRANSMITTING IT. MAKE SURE WHOEVER IS PREPARING THE FOOD, NUMBER ONE, IS NOT SICK. THEY ARE WEARING MASKS, GLOVES, WASHING THEIR HANDS. FOLLOW SAFETY HANDLING TIPS, KEEP MEAT SEPARATE FROM VEGETABLES. WHEN YOU RINSE THEM, USE WATER. YOU DON’T NEED CLEANING PRODUCTS OR SOAP BECAUSE THAT COULD GET YOUR STOMACH UPSET, JUST REGULAR RINSING. >>AND DON’T FORGET THE KETCHUP AND MUSTARD. LET’S MOVE TO VICKY NGUYEN, OUR CONSUMER CORRESPONDENT. VICKY, A LOT OF PEOPLE PUT MONEY DOWN ON VACATION RENTALS, THEY SAY IT’S OKAY TO COME BUT CAN YOU CANCEL. >>YOU CAN CANCEL BUT HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST YOU. DID YOU HAVE TO FORFEIT SECURITY DEPOSIT YOU PAID IN ADVANCE. WHAT’S MAKING YOU NERVOUS? REACH OUT TO THE LEASING COMPANY IN WRITING ABOUT THEIR PROTOCOLS. ONCE YOU GET THE INFORMATION YOU’LL FEEL CALMER. THEY ARE INSTITUTING A POLICY ASKING SOME HOSTS TO WAIT 72 HOURS BETWEEN GUESTS WHICH HELPS LIMIT THE SPREAD OF THE INFECTION. >>IF YOU WANT EXTRA CLEANING YOU CAN ASK FOR THAT. >>EITHER UP TO THE OWNER BALLOU THEY DO IT. HOME SHARE COMPANIES LIKE VRBO THEY HAVE ANNOUNCED THEY ARE GOING TO ENHANCE CLEANING COMPANIES. WE’RE GOING TO BRING OUR OWN WIPES, WIPE DOWN DOOR KNOBS, LIGHT SWITCHES, THAT WILL GIVE YOU PEACE OF MIND, TOO. >>SOMETIMES THINGS TO RENT LIKE JET SKI, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THAT. >>UNOFFICIAL KICKOFF FOR BOATING SEASON. THE THINGS YOU KNEAD TO CONSIDER, PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. THIS IS NOT A TIME TO GET ON A SMALL BOAT WITH PEOPLE YOU HAVEN’T BEEN ISOLATED WITH. I HOPE YOU’RE NOT SICK OF YOUR COMPANY BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN STUCK WITH THEM ALL SUMMER. IF YOU’VE GOT A YACHT, YOU DO YOU, THAT’S FINE. THE OTHER THING, RENTAL CHECK, KEEP MASKS ON IN SMALL ENCLOSED AREAS AND ASK WHAT THE COMPANY IS DOING BETWEEN USERS OF THE PADDLE BOARDS, KAYAKS, HANDLES, ARE YOU WIPING THOSE THINGS DOWN? CAN YOU BRING WIPES AND WIPE THEM DOWN. >>LAST BUT NOT LEAST, STEPHANIE RUHLE, CNBC’S SENIOR BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT. STEPH, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE MAKING PLANS TO TRAVEL. SHERRY FROM NEW JERSEY HAS A QUESTION FOR YOU. >>IF I DECIDE TO FLY THIS SUMMER AND I GET ON THE FLIGHT AND SEE THAT IT’S OVERCROWDED OR PEOPLE ARE NOT WEARING MASKS, AM I ALLOWED TO GET OFF THE FLIGHT AND GET A REFUND OR GET A FREE RE-BOOKING?>>GOOD QUESTION. STEPH?>>ALL RIGHT. WE ARE SEEING AIRLINES CHANGE THEIR POLICIES EVERY DAY TO GET CLOSER TO THIS. YOU KNOW NOW THEY ARE REQUIRING MASKS. AT THE SAME TIME YOU’VE SEEN VIRAL PHOTOS, PACKED PLANES, PEOPLE NOT WEARING MASKS. UNITED HAS CHANGED THEIR POLICY. IF YOU’RE EXPECTING TO GET ON A PACKED FLIGHT, THEY ARE ALLOWING YOU TO RE-BOOK ON A DIFFERENT FLIGHT OR GET A CREDIT. ACROSS THE BOARD, MOST AIRLINES ARE ENHANCING CANCELLATION POLICIES TO HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE GOT TRIPS PLANNED. >>SPEAKING OF REFUNDS, STEPH, IF YOU’VE BEEN PAYING LET’S SAY YOUR GYM MEMBERSHIP OR POOL MEMBERSHIP AND YOUR GYM ISN’T OPERATIONAL OR POOL ISN’T, ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND?>>IT COMPLETELY DEPENDS. WE’RE SEEING THIS THE MOST IS PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN BUILDINGS THAT HAVE THESE AMENITIES. IN WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR EXAMPLE, THEY ARE NOW TRYING TO PUSH A BILL WHERE LANDLORDS WILL HAVE TO REFUND PART OF THE RENT TO THOSE TENANTS. YOU PAID FOR THAT FANCY BUILDING. IF YOU DON’T GET TO USE THE AMENITIES, OTHER SUGGESTIONS TO THOSE LANDLORDS, CAN YOU OFFER FREE INTERNET OR AMENITIES, BECAUSE THESE THINGS ARE EXPENSIVE. >>BEFORE I LET YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO LET YOU KNOW, YOU’RE A VIRAL SENSATION. OKAY? THERE IS A VIDEO OF YOU AND YOUR CUTE SON — I DON’T KNOW IF Y’ALL HAVE SEEN THIS BUT JUST LOOK AT IT FOR A SECOND. STEPHANIE MAY BE THE HARDEST WORKING WOMAN IN TELEVISION. THE #MAMAGETSITDONE. YOUR SON IS CALM. THAT THINGS HAS LIKE 3 MILLION HITS. >>YOU KNOW WHAT, HE WAS SITTING NEXT TO ME. HE WAS PREPARING TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT ECONOMICS FOR “NIGHTLY NEWS” KIDS, AND I DIDN’T REALIZE IT WAS MY TIME TO GO AND IT WAS TOO LATE TO PUSH HIM OFF THE SEAT SO I JUST LAID HIM DOWN. >>BY THE WAY, VERY CALMING. A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT, BY T>>>WE’RE BACK WITH HARRY SMITH GOES TO — THIS TIME HARRY GOES TO AN OLD SCHOOL FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT THAT SUDDENLY HAS BECOME QUITE POPULAR AGAIN. >>WITH FAMILIES COOPED UP AND HOPING FOR A LITTLE BIT OF AN ESCAPE, DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS ARE SEEING A RESURGENCE. HARRY PAID A VISIT TO ONE OVER THE WEEKEND. HI, HARRY. >>HEY, KIDS, THINK BACK TO ANCIENT FIMS FOUR MONTHS AGO WHEN WE WERE ALL WORRIED ABOUT SCREEN TIME, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR KIDS. THAT ALL WENT AWAY. NOW THERE’S A BIG SCREEN THAT IS JUST THE THING. YOU’VE GOT TO SEE THIS. FRIDAY NIGHT, AMENNIA, NEW YORK. THE FOUR BROTHERS DRIVE-IN. YOU COULD SENSE THE COLLECTIVE SIGH COMING FROM EACH CAR, A NIGHT OUT. YES, A NIGHT OUT. >>WHEN YOU SAID, WE’RE GOING TO THE DRIVE-IN, WHAT WAS THE REACTION?>>THEY WERE EXTREMELY EXCITED. MY SON, WHO IS OVER THERE WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND KEPT ASKING ALL DAY LONG, WHEN CAN WE GO, WHEN CAN WE GO. HE WAS OVER THE MOON EXCITED. >>CHERYL AND HER FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS IN THE NEXT CAR GOT HERE PLENTY EARLY. >>WE GOT HERE, OH, GOSH, PROBABLY A QUARTER AFTER 6:00. WE’VE BEEN HERE FOR A LITTLE WHILE. >>IT’S NOT GOING TO START FOR ANOTHER HOUR AND A HALF. >>I KNOW. WE DON’T CARE. >>AND IT MATTERED LITTLE WHAT WAS SHOWING, EVEN TO TEENAGERS, WILL AND ELLIE. >>ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT TONIGHT’S FEATURE FILMS?>>I MEAN, WE’RE JUST KIND OF EXCITED TO GET OUT. >>I HERE “TROLLS” IS — >>TOPNOTCH. >>WE STOPPED BY EARLIER IN THE WEEK TO TALK TO THE TWO BROTHERS WHO RUN FOUR BROTHERS DRIVE-IN. WHEN YOU GUYS HEARD YOU WERE GOOD TO GO TO OPEN UP AGAIN, WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION?>>TRUE EXCITEMENT. OPENED UP A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE.>>SERIOUSLY?>>JUMPING UP AND DOWN. WE WERE CRAZY ABOUT IT. IT’S KIND OF LIKE LETTING EVERYBODY BACK INTO A LITTLE BUILT OF NORMAL. >>Reporter: WE’D LIKE TO THINK THE HEYDAY OF DRIVE-IN MOVIES WAS DECADES AGO BUT WITH BUILTIN SOCIAL DISTANCING, DRIVE-INS PROVIDE A WAY “BACK TO THE FUTURE,” AN ESCAPE, FOOD YOU CAN PICK UP. FRANKLY, WHAT’S BETTER THAN A PIZZA PARTY IN THE BACK OF A STATION WAGON. >>HERE IS THE NUMBER ONE THING, HOW IS THE PIZZA. >>GOOD. >>MEET MAKENZIE, ALLISON, DAD KEVIN AND MOM ERICA. >>THEY GOT TO THINK ABOUT IT TODAY. POSITIVE, NO NEGATIVE. NO CRYING. GO OUT AND HAVE A GREAT DAY. WE HAD McDONALD’S FOR LUNCH, DRIVE-IN FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR DINNER, AND A MOVIE. >>ERICA IS A STAY-AT-HOME MOM IN CHARGE OF THEIR STUDIES WHILE KEVIN WORKS FROM THEIR BEDROOM. AND — >>HE’S PHYS ED TEACHER. >>WE GIVE OURSELVES TITLES. >>THEY ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO MANAGE THE COVID SHUTDOWN. >>WE DO OUR BEST, THEY ARE OUT ON THEIR BIKES, SO IT’S NOT LIKE THEY AREN’T GETTING OUT. >>Reporter: TRUTH BE TOLD. >>FOR, A AND I, THIS IS WHAT WE NEEDED MORE THAN THEY DID. >>BUILTIN SOCIAL DISTANCING, GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE, BIG SCREEN ENTERTAINMENT. BUT, WE WONDERED, WHAT ABOUT THE REST ROOMS?>>WE RECOMMEND YOU HOLD IT IN. >>WHAT DID YOU SAY?>>WE RECOMMEND YOU HOLD IT IN. >>PERHAPS THE REAL HEROINE OF THE NIGHT, TIDIES UP AFTER THE VISIT. THE TWO BROTHERS AT FOUR BROTHERS DRIVE-IN TOLD US THEY SOLD OUT THAT FIRST NIGHT. >>WHAT WERE YOU HEARING AS PEOPLE STARTED COMING INTO THE PARKING LOT?>>JUST EXCITEMENT, JUST SEEING THEIR FACES LIT UP. THEY ARE HAPPY TO BE BACK HERE. >>Reporter: WHEN TWILIGHT CAME, THE BIG SCREEN LIT UP AND THE WORLD AND ITS PROBLEMS FADED AWAY. IN THE CARS AND PICKUPS, A MIX OF FIRST TIMERS AND REGULARS, THINKING YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE BEEN MISSING. >>SO THIS IS EXPLODING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AS DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS OPEN UP AGAIN. ALL KINDS OF RESTAURANTS NOW ARE CHANGING THEIR PARKING LOTS SO THEY CAN DELIVER OUT TO THE PEOPLE IN THE PARKING LOT, AND THEN THEY PUT A BIG SCREEN UP, TOO. IT’S REALLY QUITE AMAZING. >>CARSON, ARE YOU A BIG DRIVE-IN GUY? HAVE YOU DONE ONE OF THOSE?>>NO, BUT I LOVE IT. I SAID TO SIRI, I HOPE THERE’S A RESURGENCE IN DRIVE-IN THEATERS. IN THE 1950s OVER 4,000 IN THE COUNTRY, NOW JUST A LITTLE OVER 300. IF THEY ARE STILL UP, THIS WOULD BE A GREAT THING TO DUST OFF AND BRING BACK. I WOULD KILL TO TAKE MY KIDS TO SEE “TROLLS” IN A DRIVE-IN THEATER TONIGHT. >>THEY ARE ESPECIALLY POPULAR IN PLACES LIKE OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA. THEY ARE SPREAD OUT IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. I’VE TALKED TO SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THESE THINGS. SINCE THEY HAVE BEEN OPENING UP AGAIN, MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT EVERY NIGHT. >>WOW, HARRY. >>WAIT, ONE MORE THING. CARSON WAS UNBELIEVABLE LAST NIGHT.>>YES. >>CARSON, THAT SHOW WAS SO GOOD. KELLY CLARKSON, THE OLD ARCHIVE STUFF. OH, MY GOSH, LIKE THIS. YOU CRUSHED IT. YOU CRUSHED IT. I AM NOW YOUR OFFICIAL FAN BOY. >>NO WAY. >>HARRY, YOU ARE THE YODA TO MY SKYWALKER AND YOU KNOW IT. THANK YOU.>>COME ON, WE’RE BACK 7:30. WHAT AN IMPRESSIVE START TO THE SEASON FINALE OF “THE VOICE.” CURRENT COACHES, A FEW FORMER ONES, INCLUDING SHAKIRA AND C-LO JOINING FOR A COVER OF PETE TOWNSEND HIT “LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR.” BIG NIGHT FOR TEAM BLAKE. CRAIG, YOU POPPED THE POPCORN. YOU’RE A FAN OF THE SHOW.>>WE WATCHED. WE WATCHED FORNECESSARY. >>THIS YEAR CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAY WITH SUNSCREEN AND A DOSE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING.>>>SAM, WHAT ABOUT MASKS? ARE SOME BEACHES REQUIRING MASKS BE WORN AS WELL?>>YEAH, SAVANNAH, IT VARIES A LOT. ON THIS BEACH ENDELRAY BEACH MASKS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED. THAT IS NOT THE CASE IN RESEARCHERS HAVE FOUND PEOPLE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS A SECOND TIME AFTER RECOVERING WERE NOT INFECTIOUS AND HAVE ANTIBODIES. THEY ALSO FOUND PEOPLE HAVE ANTIBODIES AFTER RECOVERY. >>YEAH. THOSE FINDINGS ARE BOOSTING CONFIDENCE THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE SOME LEVEL OF IMMUNITY AND THEY ARE NOT LIKELY TO SPREAD THE DISEASE. OF COURSE WE’VE HEARD TONS ABOUT ANTIBODY TESTING AND IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE REOPENING OF AMERICA. BUT A LOT OF QUESTIONS DO REMAIN. WE HAVE NBC’S INVESTIGATIVE AND CONSUMER CORRESPONDENT VICKY NGUYEN TAKE A CLOSER LOOK. VICKY, WHAT DID YOU FIND. >>Reporter: GOOD MORNING. BETWEEN ANTIBODY TESTS, ANTIGEN, A LOT OF PEOPLE COULD HAVE CORONAVIRUS CONFUSION. THIS MORNING WE’RE TAKING A LOOK AT EACH OF THESE TESTS AND WHICH ONE YOU MAY NEED TO TAKE. NBC PRODUCERS LITERALLY PUT THEIR BLOOD AND SWEAT INTO FINDING OUT. THIS MORNING REUTERS REPORTING NEW PLANS FOR A NATIONWIDE STUDY OF MORE THAN 300,000 AMERICANS TO TRY AND TRACK THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. THE CDC WILL TEST SAMPLES FROM BLOOD DONORS IN 25 CITIES LOOKING FOR ANTIBODIES WHICH ARE CREATED BY THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AFTER IT FIGHTS OFF THE VIRUS. >>ABOUT TO TAKE THE ANTIBODY TESTING. >>WE FIRST GAVE YOU AN INSIDE LOOK WHAT IT’S LIKE TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST LAST MONTH. THREE NBC NEWS PRODUCERS, DAVID, MICHELLE, AND LAUREN, ALL HAD DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 OVER THE LASTTE THROUGH LABCORP. LAST THEY WEPT TO MT. SINAI WHICH DEVELOPED ITS OWN TEST FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND PEOPLE LIKE OUR PRODUCERS INTERESTED IN DONATING THEIR PLASMA FOR RESEARCH. >>GO SEE IF THESE TEST RESULTS ARE SIMILAR TO THE OTHER ONES. >>ALL OF THE TEST INVOLVED A BLOOD DRAW. THE RESULTS, BACK IN ABOUT 24 HOURS. FOR ALL FOUR TESTS, THE RESULTS WERE CONSISTENT. LAUREN AND MICHELLE POSITIVE, DAVID NEGATIVE. WHAT DO YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THAT THAT OUR PRODUCERS TOOK FOUR DIFFERENT ANTIBODY TESTS AND GOT THE SAME RESULTS EACH AND EVERY TIME. >>IT’S GREAT. I THINK THAT HOPEFULLY OVER TIME WE’LL SEE WHICH OF THESE TESTS PERFORM THE BEST. >>THERE ARE A FEW UNDER EMERGE AUTHORIZATION THAT TEND TO BE USED AND THOSE TEND TO BE RELIABLE, UP TO 100% FDA AUTHORIZED RELIABILITY. >>BEFORE TAKING ANY TEST CHECK FDA TEST TO SEE WHICH ONES ARE AUTHORIZED AND MAKE SURE YOU ASK THE DOCTOR OR LAB WHICH ONES THEY USE BEFORE YOU GO. >>IS THERE NEG SOMEONE SHOULD DO DIFFERENTLY IF THEY KNOW THEY DEVELOP THE ANTIBODY FOR THE VIRUS. >>WE’RE RECOMMENDING PEOPLE PROCEED WITH CAUTION, CONTINUE ALL THEIR RECOMMENDED THINGS EVERYBODY NEEDS TO DO RIGHT NOW, WEAR A MASK, WASH YOUR HAND, CLEAN YOUR SURFACES. >>IT’S IDEAL TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST THREE TO FOUR WEEKS AFTER SYMPTOMS. WHILE YOU’RE SICK IS A DIFFERENT TEST NOW BECOMING MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE. IT’S DIAGNOSTIC. YOU TAKE THAT TEST BEFORE OR DURING SYMPTOMS. NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO TAKING A DIAGNOSTIC TEST ON LIVE TV. THIS ONE INVOLVES A VERY LARGE SWAB THAT TAKES A SAMPLE FROM DEEP IN THE BACK OF THE THROAT. >>THAT’S IT. >>NEW VERSION USED SALIVA SAMPLES. >>THE RELIABILITY DEPENDS WHICH TEST YOU’RE GETTING. >>MOLECULAR OR PCR ARE THE MOST RELIABLE AND CAN TAKE UP TO A WEEK TALKING TO BEN. LET’S GET TO YOUR NEWS AT 8:00 NOW. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN MICHIGAN WERE EVACUATED OVERNRED AND SEN FLOODWATERS THROUGH THE TOWN. TOM COSTELLO JOINS US WITH THE LATEST ON THIS SITUATION. TOM, GOOD MORNING. >>Reporter: PRE PAIR OF DAMSTTY DANGEROUS SITUATION, WE’RE TALKING CENTRAL MICHIGAN, TWO DAMS HAVE FAILED. IN FACT, WE HAVE FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCIES ACROSS MUCH OF THAT AREA, ABOUT 140 MILES NORTH OF DETROIT SPECIFICALLY IN MIDLAND COUNTY. THE GOVERNOR DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND WARNINGS WE COULD HAVE SOME AREAS THERE UNDER 9 FEET OF WATER TODAY. 9 FEET. POLICE HAVE BEEN ORDERING 10,000 PEOPLE TO EVACUATE, MANY GOING TO AREA SCHOOLS. THAT IS A REAL CHALLENGE RIGHT NOW, OF COURSE, IN TRYING TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. HOWEVER, THE GOOD NEWS, IF THERE IS ANY, AS THE FLOODWATERS RISE, IS THAT WE’RE EXPECTING SUNSHINE TODAY AND TOMORROW. HIGHS OF ABOUT 70 DEGREES AND THEN THE POTENTIAL FOR RAIN RETURNS LATER IN THE WEEK. HODA, BACK TO YOU. >>ALL RIGHT. TOM COSTELLO. TOM, THANK YOU. THIS MORNING ALL 50 STATES HAVE EASED THEIR LOCKDOWN ILDREN.TIONS. NBC’S KRISTEN WELKER HAS A LOOK AT WHAT WE’RE WATCHING. HEY, KRISTEN, GOOD MORNING. >>HEY, HODA, GOOD MORNING TO YOU. TH INFORMATION ABOUT THAT MYSTERY ILLNESS AFFECTING MOSTLE FIRST WATCHING IS THAT ALL 50 STATES PARTIALLY REOPENED DESPITE MANY NOT MEETING FEDERAL BENCH MARKS. WITH MEMORIAL DAY APPROACHING, THIS WEEKEND WILL BE A BIG TEST. ALL EYES WILL BE ON BEACHES IN FLORIDA AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THERE ARE TOUGH NEW RULES IN PLACE AS THE COUNTRY STARTS TO SLOWLY REOPEN. ALSO THIS MORNING THE CDC HAS OUTLINED WHAT IT HAS LEARNED ABOUT A COVID-RELATED ILLNESS IMPACTING CHILDREN NOW FOUND IN AT LEAST 24 STATES AND 10 COUNTRIES ALL AROUND THE WORLD. ACCORDING TO THE BRIEFING BY THE CDC, THE MULTISYSTEM INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME IN CHILDREN IS THOUGHTLDN NEVER SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS CAUSED DIRECTLY BY THE VIRUS. FINALLY AS MICHIGAN IS COPING FOR HEAVY RAIN TO DEVELOP ABOUT FOUR WEEKS AFTER EXPOSURE TO COVID. THAT CAUSED 10,000 TO EVACUATE THEIR HOMES AS TOM WAS TALKING ABOUT, THE PRESIDENT IS WITHHOLDING FUNDS TO THE STATE OVER ABSENTEE BALLOTS TWEETING, QUOTE, MICHIGAN SENDS ABSENTEE BALLOTS TO 7.7 MILLION PEOPLE AHEAD OF PRIMARIES AND THE GENERAL ELECTION. THIS WAS DONE ILLEGALLY WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION BY A ROGUE SECRETARY OF STATE. I WILL ASK TO HOLD UP FUNDSING TO MICHIGANOL?>>KNOWING HOW KOREA HANDLED IT, KNOWING HOW IMPORTANT AND ACTUALLY SIGNIFICANT PROTOCOLS LIKE HAND WASHING AND EXTRA VIGILANT CLEANING OF SURFACES, ET CETERA, MAKES ME FEEL A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE WITH STARTING SCHOOL AGAIN. >>SCHOOLS WERE SUPPOSED TO START OPENING LAST WEEK BUT THAT WAS DELAYED AFTER A CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK LINKED TO NIGHT DLUBS IN SEOUL. NEARLY 4,000 LINKED TO THAT CLUSTER AND THEY ARE FACING PUBLIC BACKLASH, ACCUSED OF BEING IRRESPONSIBLE. A MEMBER OF THE K-POP BAND BTS PUBLICLY APOLOGIZING FOR GOING AGAINST GOVERNMENT ADVICE TO STAY HOME. THEY ADMIT CROSSING PATHS WITH TK THE TIME YOU WENT IN, YOUR NAME, IF YOU HAVE ASTHMA, A TEMPERATURE, POSITION, THEY CHECK. THE INFECTED CLUBBER BY AN HOUR.>>R. SHE TESTED ANGER BUT STILL HAS TO SELF-QUARANTINE, A CRUCIAL PIECE OF SOUTH KOREA’S STRATEGY, WHICH WE EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND AFTER FLYING IN FROM LONDON. OUR 15-DAY QUARANTINE FINALLY ENDED ON MONDAY.>>WE FEEL REALLY CONFIDENT NOW THAT WE’RE LEAVING THAT WE’RE VIRUS-FREE. >>THIS MORNING A NEW BATTLE FOR HEALTH OFFICIALS, A NURSE AS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST HOSPITALS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. BUT ALSO ANOTHER POSITIVE SIGN, A SIGN OF PROGRESS TODAY. U.S. TROOPS HERE IN SOUTH KOREA CAN NOW GO TO RESTAURANTS AND GO SHOPPING OFF BASE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE FEBRUARY. THE COMMANDER HERE IN SOUTH KOREA CALLING SOUTH KOREA’S RESPONSE TO THE VIRUS EXCEPTIONAL. SAVANNAH. >>ALL RIGHT. KELLY COBIELLA, I KNOW YOU’RE GLAD TO BE K YOU. >>>ANN GLENN, WIFE OF JOHN GLENN HASOUT. COMPLICATIONS. SHE OVERCAME A SPEECH IMPEDIMENT AND WENT ON TO ADVOCATE FOR OTHERS WITH THE STRUGGLES. ANNE THOMPSON LOOKS BACK AT HER REMARKABLE LIFE. >>ANNIE GLENN WAS EVERY BIT AS HEROIC AS HER SPACE PIONEER HUSBAND, JUST MORE QUIET, AS WAS HER WAY. >>I — EVERY SINCE I CAN REMEMBER. >>IT WAS HER SPEECH IMPEDIMENT THAT WOULD MAKE ANNIE SHUN THE SPOTLIGHT, EVEN AS JOHN GLENN EMBRACED IT CELEBRATED AS THE FIRST AMERICAN TO ORBIT THE EARTH. >>GODSPEED JOHN GLENN. >>THE GLENNS GOING AS FAR AS TO DECLINE THE VISIT TO VICE PRESIDENT JOHNSON TO PROTECT ANNIE’S PRIVACY. THE COUPLES BOND SO STRONG THAT NEITHER WAR NOR FAME NOR POLITICS COULD WEAKEN IT. >>I HAVE KNOWN MY HUSBAND SINCE I WAS TWO, AND HE AND I WERE IN LOVE WHEN WE WERE IN EIGHTH GRADE. HE PROMISED ME THAT LIFE WOULD NEVER BE DULL. >>Reporter: WATCHING THE “TODAY” SHOW IN 1973, THEY FOUND A TREATMENT THAT WOULD HELP ANNIE OVERCOME HER STUTTER. WHEN SHE FINISHED THE THERAPEUTIC PROGRAM ANNIE PICKED UP THE TELEPHONE SHE ONCE FEARED. >>I CALLED JOHN. HE CRIED. >>IT WAS VERY EMOTIONAL FOR ME WAS I KNOW WHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR LOT OF GOOD IT WOULD SEEM, RIGHT?>>WOW, THAT WAS TERRIFIC. ALL RIGHT, GUYS, WHAT DO YOU SAY WE MOVE TO BOOST PLURAL. I HAVE A BABY GIRL NAMED LIBBY, ALMOST 4 YEARS OLD BUT BECAUSE OF A HEARING IMPAIRMENT SHE HAD NEVER KNOWN THE SOUND OF HER MOM’S VOICE. THAT CHANGED WHEN LIBBY’S NEW COCHLEAR IMPLANT WAS TURNED ON. >>LIBBY. LIB. LIBBY GIRL. HI. CAN YOU HEAR ME? CAN YOU HEAR MAMA? CAN YOU HEAR MAMA? HI, LIBBY. I LOVE YOU.>>THERE’S THAT SMILE. LIBBY, BOY, JUST CAPTIVATED BY THAT SOUND. MOM IS OVER THE MOON. CAN YOU IMAGINE GETTING TO TELL YOUR BABY I LOVE YOU AND KNOW SHE CAN HEAR IT FOR THE FIRST TIME? THAT’S PRETTY COOL. >>HER LITTLE SMILE SAYS IT ALL. I DON’T KNOW HOW I’M SUPPOSED TO GO FORWARD BUT HERE WE GO. THIS IS A FUNNY ONE. HERE IS A BRITISH DAD WHO REALLY WENT ALL IN ON A LOCKDOWN PRANK FOR HIS DAUGHTERS. HE TURNED THEIR ENTIRE HOME INTO A GIANT BALL PIT. YEAH. HE GOT A TRUCKLOAD, A TRUCKLOAD EVERY ROOM. 250,000 AND COUNTING. WHEN THE GIRLS WALKED IN, MAGIC WELL, I THINK WE SAW, YEAH, IT WAS A SURPRISE TO MOM, TOO. SHE QUICKLY JOINED IN THE FUN. >>WOW. >>I’M KIND OF JUST MONEY AWAY BY THE WHOLE THING. IT’S INCREDIBLE. >>THAT’S NEXT LEVEL. >>CAN YOU IMAGINE PICKING UP 250,000 BALLS. >>I WAS JUST . >>THAT’S YOUR LATEST WEATHER. HODA. >>THANK YOU. IT IS NOW TIME TO LAUNCH OUR COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER BECAUSE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS A COUPLE DAYS AWAY. OF COURSE THINGS WILL LOOK AND FEEL DIFFERENT THIS YEAR. SO WHEN YOU’RE MAKING YOUR PLANS, YOU’RE PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT’S SAFE, WHAT ISN’T. WELL, WE HAVE THE TEAM OF EXPERTS TO NAVIGATE THE NEW NORMAL. WE’LL START WITH MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR. JOHN TORRES. DR. TORRES, WE HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU. THIS IS FROM BECKY ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. TAKE A LISTEN. >>IF THE VIRUS IS PRESUMED TO BE TRANSFERRED THROUGH EYES, NOSE, AND MOUTH, HOW SAFE IS IT TO BE AT THE POOL OR BEACH FOR ME AND MY GRANDDAUGHTERS. >>GOOD QUESTION. >>HODA, YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO CATCH CORONAVIRUS FROM ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE AT THE POOL THAN THE WATER. IT’S A RESPIRATORY VIRUS, DOESN’T LIVE WELL IN THE WATER, SO DON’T WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT THAT. YOU NEED TO DO THINGS YOU NEED TO DO TO STAY SAFE FROM OTHER PEOPLE THERE. IF THEY ARE OUTSIDE YOUR CIRCLE OF TRUST, SOCIALHA TOWELS, WATER BOTTLES, SUN SCREENS. IF SOMEBODY HAD CORONAVIRUS THAT USED THEM, THEY C DISTANCING WIL BE IMPORTANT. ON TOP OF THAT, DON’TYOU. THE WATER ITSELF, THE RISK IS VERY, VERY LOW. THE LAKE, POOL, BEACH, GO AHEAD AND ENJOY THE WATER. >>MASKS, YES OR NO, OUTSIDE OF THE BEACH OR POOL. >>IF YOU CAN’T SOCIAL DISTANCE, YOU SHOULD WEAR MASKS. >>SO PEOPLE WANT TO GO TO A BARBECUE. I THINK SOME PEOPLE MIGHT GO AND WONDER LIKE, A, IS THE FOOD GOING TO BE OKAY. IS THAT SOMETHING THEY SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT?>>NOT TOO MUCH FROM THE FOOD BECAUSE THE FOOD ITSELF, THE VIRUS DOESN’T LIVE WELL IN MEAT, DOESN’T LIVE WELL IN THE VEGETABLES. THE PERSON WHO PREPARE AREICK, OF THEM TRANSMITTING IT. MAKE SURE WHOEVER IS PREPARING THE FOOD, NUMBER ONE, IS NOT SICK. THEY ARE WEARING MASKS, GLOVES, WASHING THEIR HANDS. FOLLOW SAFETY HANDLING TIPS, KEEP MEAT SEPARATE FROM VEGETABLES. WHEN YOU RINSE THEM, USE WATER. YOU DON’T NEED CLEANING PRODUCTS OR SOAP BECAUSE THAT COULD GET YOUR STOMACH UPSET, JUST REGULAR EA AND ASK WHAT THE COMPANY IS DOING BETWEEN USERS OF THE PADDLE BOARDS, KAYAKS, HANDLES, ARE YOU WIPING THOSE THINGS DOWN? CAN YOU BRING WIPES AND WIPE THEM DOWN. >>LAST BUT NOT LEAST, STEPHANIE RUHLE, CNBC’S SENIOR BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT. STEPH, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE MAKING PLANS TO TRAVEL. SHERRY FROM NEW JERSEY HAS A QUESTION FOR YOU. >>IF I DECIDE TO FLY THIS SUMMER AND I GET ON THE FLIGHT AND SEE THAT IT’S OVERCROWDED OR PEOPLE ARE NOT WEARING MASKS, AM I ALLOWED TO GET OFF THE FLIGHT AND GET A REFUND OR GET A FREE RE-BOOKING?>>GOOD QUESTION. STEPH?>>ALL RIGHT. WE ARE SEEING AIRLINES CHANGE THEIR POLICIES EVERY DAY TO GET CLOSER TO THIS. YOU KNOW NOW THEY ARE REQUIRING MASKS. AT THE SAME TIME YOU’VE SEEN VIRAL PHOTOS, PACKED PLANES, PEOPLE NOT WEARING MASKS. UNITED HAS CHANGED THEIR POLICY. IF YOU’RE EXPECTING TO GET ON A PACKED FLIGHT, THEY ARE ALLOWING YOU TO RE-BOOK ON A CANCELLATIO POLICIES TO HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE GOT TRIPS PLANNED. >>SPEAKING OF REFUNDS, STEPH, IF YOU’VE BEEN PAYING LET DIFFE FLIGHT OR GET A CREDIT. ACROSS THE BOARD, MOST AIRLINES ARE OR POOL MEMBERSHIP AND YOUR GYM ISN’T OPERATIONAL OR POOL ISN’T, ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND?>>IT COMPLETELY DEPENDS. WE’RE SEEING THIS THE MOST IS PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN BUILDINGS THAT HAVE THESE AMENITIES. IN WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR EXAMPLE, THEY ARE NOW TRYING TO PUSH A BILL WHERE LANDLORDS WILL HAVE TO REFUND PART OF THE RENT TO THOSE TENANTS. YOU PAID FOR THAT FANCY BUILDING. IF YOU DON’T GET TO USE THE AMENITIES, OTHER SUGGESTIONS TO THOSE LANDLORDS, CAN YOU OFFER FREE INTERNET OR AMENITIES, BECAUSE THESE THINGS ARE EXPENSIVE. >>BEFORE I LET YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO LET YOU KNOW, YOU’RE A VIRAL SENSATION. OKAY? THERE IS A VIDEO OF YOU AND YOUR CUTE SON — I DON’T KNOW IF Y’ALL HAVE SEEN THIS BUT JUST LOOK AT IT FOR A SECOND. STEPHANIE MAY BE THE HARDEST WORKING WOMAN IN TELEVISION. THE #MAMAGETSITDONE. YOUR SON IS CALM. THAT THINGS HAS LIKE 3 “NIGHTLY NEWS” KIDS, AND I DIDN’T REALIZE IT WAS MY TIME TO GO AND IT WAS TOO LATE TO PUSH HIM OFF THE SEAT SO HITS. >>YOU KNOW WHAT, HE WAS SITTING NEXT TO ME. HE WAS PREPARING TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT ECONOMI I JUST HIM DOWN. >>BY THE WAY, VERY CALMING. A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT, BY T>>>WE’RE BACK WITH HARRY SMITH GOES TO — THIS TIME HARRY GOES TO AN OLD SCHOOL FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT THAT SUDDENLY HAS BECOME QUITE POPULAR AGAIN. >>WITH FAMILIES COOPED UP AND HOPING FOR A LITTLE BIT OF AN ESCAPE, DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS ARE SEEING A RESURGENCE. HARRY PAID A VISIT TO ONE OVER THE WEEKEND. HI, HARRY. >>HEY, KIDS, THINK BACK TO ANCIENT FIMS FOUR MONTHS AGO WHEN WE WERE ALL WORRIED ABOUT SCREEN TIME, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR KIDS. THAT ALL WENT AWAY. NOW THERE’S A BIG SCREEN THAT IS JUST THE THING. YOU’VE GOT TO SEE THIS. FRIDAY NIGHT, AMENNIA, NEW YORK. THE FOUR BROTHERS DRIVE-IN. YOU COULD SENSE THE COLLECTIVE SIGH COMING FROM EACH CAR, A BR. WHEN YOU GUYS HEARD YOU WERE GOOD TO GO TO OPEN UP AGAIN, WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION?>>TRUE EXCITEMENT. OPENED UP A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE.>>SERIOUSLY?>>JUMPING UP AND DOWN. WE WERE CRAZY ABOUT IT. IT’S KIND OF LIKE LETTING EVERYBODY BACK INTO A LITTLE BUILT OF NORMAL. >>Reporter: WE’D LIKE TO THINK THE HEYDAY OF DRIVE-IN MOVIES WAS DECADES AGO BUT WITH BUILTIN SOCIAL DISTANCING, DRIVE-INS W FUTURE,” AN ESCAPE, FOOD YOU CAN PICK UP. FRANKLY, WHAT’S BETTER THAN THEE KEVIN WORKS FROM THEIR BEDROOM. AND — >>HE’S PHYS ED TEACHER. >>WE GIVE OURSELVES TITLES. >>THEY ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO MANAGE THE COVID SHUTDOWN. >>WE DO OUR BEST, THEY ARE OUT ON THEIR BIKES, SO IT’S NOT LIKE THEY AREN’T GETTING OUT. >>Reporter: TRUTH BE TOLD. >>FOR, A AND I, THIS IS WHAT WE NEEDED MORE THAN THEY DID. >>BUILTIN SOCIAL DISTANCING, GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE, BIG SCREEN ENTERTAINMENT. BUT, WE WONDERED, WHAT ABOUT THE REST ROOMS?>>WE RECOMMEND YOU HOLD IT IN. >>WHAT DID YOU SAY?>>WE RECOMMEND YOU HOLD IT IN. >>PERHAPS THE REAL AND REGULAR THINKING YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE BEEN MISSING. >>SO THIS IS EXPLODING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AS DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS OPEN UP AGAIN. ALL KINDS OF RESTAURANTS NOW ARE CHANGING THEIR PARKING LOTS SO THEY CAN DELIVER OUT TO THE PEOPLE IN THE PARKING LOT, AND THEN THEY PUT A BIG SCREEN UP, TOO. IT’S REALLY QUITE AMAZING. >>CARSON, ARE YOU A BIG DRIVE-IN GUY? HAVE YOU DONE ONE OF THOSE?>>NO, BUT I LOVE IT. I SAID TO SIRI, I HOPE THERE’S A RESURGENCE IN DRIVE-IN THEATERS. IN THE 1950s OVER 4,000 IN THE COUNTRY, NOW JUST A LITTLE OVER 300. IF THEY ARE STILL UP, THIS WOULD BE A GREAT THING TO DUST OFF AND BRING BACK. I WOULD KILL TO TAKE MY KIDS TO SEE “TROLLS” IN A DRIVE-IN THEATER TONIGHT. >>THEY ARE ESPECIALLY POPULAR IN PLACES LIKE OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA. THEY ARE SPREAD OUT IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. I’VE TALKED TO SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THESE THINGS. SINCE THEY HAVE BEEN OPENING UP AGAIN, MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT EVERY NIGHT. >>WOW, HARRY. >>WAIT, ONE MORE THING. CARSON WAS UNBELIEVABLE LAST NIGHT.>>YES. >>CARSON, THAT SHOW WAS SO GOOD. KELLY CLARKSON, THE OLD ARCHIVE STUFF. OH, MY GOSH, LIKE THIS. YOU CRUSHED IT. YOU CRUSHED IT. I AM NOW YOUR OFFICIAL FAN BOY. >>NO WAY. >>HARRY, YOU ARE THE YODA TO MY SKYWALKER AND YOU KNOW IT. THANK YOU.>>COME ON, WE’RE BACK 7:30. WHAT AN IMPRESSIVE START TO THE SEASON FINALE OF “THE VOICE.” CURRENT COACHES, A FEW FORMER ONES, INCLUDING SHAKIRA AND C-LO JOINING FOR A COVER OF PETE TOWNSEND HIT “LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR.” BIG NIGHT FOR TEAM BLAKE. CRAIG, YOU POPPED THE POPCORN. YOU’RE A FAN OF THE SHOW.>>WE WATCHED. WE WATCHED FOR A LITTLE BIT. OUR GUY DIDN’T WIN BUT IT WAS ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR BLAKE SHELTON, TODD TILGMAN. IT WAS SOMETHING TO PULL THAT OFF FROM A TECHNICAL STANDPOINT.>>I KNOW. I SHOULDN’T SAY THIS, BUT THEY SHOULD GET AN EMMY FOR THAT. IT’S INCREDIBLE THE TECHNICAL FEAT. LET’S GET STARTED AT 7:30, THE HEADLINES. U.S. BIRTH RATES FELL AGAIN LAST YEAR. THE LATEST NUMBERS WERE RELEASED THIS MORNING BY THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL. 3.7 MILLION BIRTHS IN 2019, THAT IS THE LOWEST NUMBER RECORDED IN 35 YEARS. THE REPORT REVEALS THAT TEEN MOTHERS ARE HAVING FEWER BABIES AND THE BIRTH RATE FOR WOMEN IN THEIR EARLY 40s HAS GONE UP. >>>WE’VE GOT SOME BIG NEWS FOR HORSE RACING FANS. THE BELMONT STAKES WILL SERVE AS THE FIRST LEG OF THE TRIPLE CROWN THIS YEAR. NORMALLY IT’S THE FINAL LEG. THAT EVENT SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 20th. BELMONT WILL LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR. THE RACE WILL BE 3/8 OF A MILE SHORTER THAN USUAL. THE KENTUCKY DERBY AND PREAKNESS HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER. ALL OF THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS. >>>NOW TO A POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THE VIRUS ON MEMORIAL DAY PLANS, THE WEEKEND COMING UP, THE UNOFFICIAL START OF SUMMER JUST DAYS AWAY NOW. WHILE BEACHES ARE TRADITIONALLY PACKED WITH FAMILIES, THIS YEAR MANY STATES ARE TAKING PRECAUTIONS TO ENSURE THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN. NBC’S SAM BROCK JOINS US FROM FLORIDA’S DELRAY BEACH THIS MORNING. HI, SAM, GOOD MORNING. >>SAVANNAH, GOOD MORNING. THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HOLIDAY OBVIOUSLY PRESENTS A VERY BIG TEST. HERE IN FLORIDA WE’VE SEEN BEACHES OPEN AND CLOSE ALMOST IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE PEOPLE WEREN’T PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING. HERE AT DELRAY BEACH, TIGHT RESTRICTIONS, NO SUNBATHING ON THE SAND, TOUGH NEW RULES WE’RE SEEING PLAY OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT’S ONE OF THE SURE SIGNS OF SUMMER. >>THIS IS FREEDOM. I HAVEN’T HAD SUCH A FULL, HAPPY HEART THIS WHOLE TIME. >>FRESH SAND UNDER YOUR FEET AND OCEAN BREEZE IN YOUR HAIR. >>I JUST NEEDED FOR MY MENTAL HEALTH TO SIT OUT HERE AND LOOK AT THE OCEAN AND JUST KIND OF BREATHE. >>THIS MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY MANY BEACHGOERS SEEKING A BREAK FROM CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS. >>I DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GOING TO BE AS EXPOSED TO THE CORONA AS MUCH AS YOU WOULD BE IN A CONFINED SPACE LIKE A GROCERY STORE. >>BUT WITH OFFICIALS KEEP A KEEN EYE ON SOCIAL DISTANCING. ON FLORIDA’S DELRAY BEACH, SWIMMING, WALKING AND JOGGING ARE ALLOWED, SUNBATHING AND SURFING YOUR NOT. >>HOW DO YOU STOP PEOPLE FROM FLOODING SOUTH FLORIDA INTO YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS. >>I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE LESS ATTRACTIVE TO COME TO A BEACH WHEN THERE ARE OTHER BEACHES THAT ALLOW ALL ACTIVITIES. WE’RE LOOKING AT KEEPING THE NUMBERS AND CROWDS DOWN INITIALLY. >>CROWDS ALREADY GATHERING ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY ON THE POPULAR JERSEY SHORE, ANTICIPATION FOR THE HOLIDAY PALPABLE. >>WE NEED FRESH AIR. WE NEED THE BEACH. WE NEED TO HAVE A LIFE. >>ON NEW YORK’S CONEY ISLAND, BARRICADES ALONG THE BOARDWALK THOUGH PEOPLE CAN WALK AND JOG ON THE SAND FOR FOR YOU. NEW YORK’S GOVERNOR ANNOUNCING STATE BEACHES WILL OPEN FOR THE HOLIDAY WITH RESTRICTIONS, ONLY 50% CAPACITY, NO ACTIVE SPORTS, PICNIC AREAS AND PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED. >>FEELS GOOD, LIKE A RELIEF. >>IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, FAMILIES FINDING SOLACE IN THE NEWLY OPENED GOLDEN COAST, BUT THIS IS WHAT MANHATTAN AND NEWPORT BEACHES LOOK LIKE BEFORE THE HOLIDAY STOKING FEARS OF MORE COVID-19 SPREAD. DIFFERENT COUNTIES REOPENING WITH DIFFERENT RESTRICTIONS FROM BANS ON CHAIRS AND CANOPIES IN L.A. TO NO BUILDING SAND CASTLES IN ORANGE COUNTY, RECOGNITION SOME SUMMER TRADITIONS WILL BE BROKEN. >>ANY AND ALL RESTRICTIONS RIGHT NOW THAT PREVENT PEOPLE FROM GETTING SICK AND SPREADING THE DISEASE ARE NECESSARY. >>THIS YEAR CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAY WITH SUNSCREEN AND A DOSE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING.>>>SAM, WHAT ABOUT MASKS? ARE SOME BEACHES REQUIRING MASKS BE WORN AS WELL?>>YEAH, SAVANNAH, IT VARIES A LOT. ON THIS BEACH ENDELRAY BEACH MASKS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED. THAT IS NOT THE CASE IN PLACES LIKE LOS ANGELES WHERE IT’S A MUST. POSTING ON THE INSTAGRAM PAGE, BEACH BOUND >>>WE ARE BACK 7:39 THIS MORNING WITH SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS. RESEARCHERS HAVE FOUND PEOPLE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS A SECOND TIME AFTER RECOVERING WERE NOT INFECTIOUS AND HAVE ANTIBODIES. THEY ALSO FOUND PEOPLE HAVE ANTIBODIES AFTER RECOVERY. >>YEAH. THOSE FINDINGS ARE BOOSTING CONFIDENCE THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE SOME LEVEL OF IMMUNITY AND THEY ARE NOT LIKELY TO SPREAD THE DISEASE. OF COURSE WE’VE HEARD TONS ABOUT ANTIBODY TESTING AND IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE REOPENING OF AMERICA. BUT A LOT OF QUESTIONS DO REMAIN. WE HAVE NBC’S INVESTIGATIVE AND CONSUMER CORRESPONDENT VICKY NGUYEN TAKE A CLOSER LOOK. VICKY, WHAT DID YOU FIND. >>Reporter: GOOD MORNING. BETWEEN ANTIBODY TESTS, ANTIGEN, A LOT OF PEOPLE COULD HAVE CORONAVIRUS CONFUSION. THIS MORNING WE’RE TAKING A LOOK AT EACH OF THESE TESTS AND WHICH ONE YOU MAY NEED TO TAKE. NBC PRODUCERS LITERALLY PUT THEIR BLOOD AND SWEAT INTO FINDING OUT. THIS MORNING REUTERS REPORTING NEW PLANS FOR A NATIONWIDE STUDY OF MORE THAN 300,000 AMERICANS TO TRY AND TRACK THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. THE CDC WILL TEST SAMPLES FROM BLOOD DONORS IN 25 CITIES LOOKING FOR ANTIBODIES WHICH ARE CREATED BY THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AFTER IT FIGHTS OFF THE VIRUS. >>ABOUT TO TAKE THE ANTIBODY TESTING. >>WE FIRST GAVE YOU AN INSIDE LOOK WHAT IT’S LIKE TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST LAST MONTH. THREE NBC NEWS PRODUCERS, DAVID, MICHELLE, AND LAUREN, ALL HAD DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS. COUGH, FEVER, BODY ACHES, EVEN NAUSEA AND LOSS OF SMELL, BUT THEY NEVER GOT A DIAGNOSTIC TEST. >>IF IT’S POSITIVE, IT COULD MEAN I HAD THE CORONAVIRUS BACK IN MARCH. >>SO THEY VOLUNTEERED TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST AFTER THEY RECOVERED. TH MICHELLE AND LAUREN POSITIVE, DAVID, NEGATIVE. WITH MORE THAN 150 OF THESE TESTS NOW ON THE MARKET, MANY NOT AUTHORIZED BY THE FDA, HEALTH OFFICIALS SOUNDED THE ALARM ON THEIR ACCURACY. SO OUR PRODUCER VOLUNTEERED TO ROLL SLEEVES AGAIN TO SEE HOW THE TESTS COMPARE. >>SEE WHAT QUEST LABORATORIES FINDS IN MY BLOOD. THEY OFFERED DIRECT TO CONSUMER ANTIBODY TESTING. SIGN UP ONLINE AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE LAB. >>ON YOUR OWN, YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO GO SEE A DOCTOR. >>THEN THEY USED TELEMEDICINE. >>I HAD HEARD TODAY YOU’RE GOING TO BE DOING ANTIBODY TESTS. >>TIME PRODUCERS HAD A FIVE-MINUTE VIDEO VISIT WITH A DOCTOR ONLINE WHO ORDERED THE TEST THROUGH LABCORP. LAST THEY WEPT TO MT. SINAI WHICH DEVELOPED ITS OWN TEST FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND PEOPLE LIKE OUR PRODUCERS INTERESTED IN DONATING THEIR PLASMA FOR RESEARCH. >>GO SEE IF THESE TEST RESULTS ARE SIMILAR TO THE OTHER ONES. >>ALL OF THE TEST INVOLVED A BLOOD DRAW. THE RESULTS, BACK IN ABOUT 24 HOURS. FOR ALL FOUR TESTS, THE RESULTS WERE CONSISTENT. LAUREN AND MICHELLE POSITIVE, DAVID NEGATIVE. WHAT DO YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THAT THAT OUR PRODUCERS TOOK FOUR DIFFERENT ANTIBODY TESTS AND GOT THE SAME RESULTS EACH AND EVERY TIME. >>IT’S GREAT. I THINK THAT HOPEFULLY OVER TIME WE’LL SEE WHICH OF THESE TESTS PERFORM THE BEST. >>THERE ARE A FEW FDA AUTHORIZED UNDER EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION THAT TEND TO BE USED AND THOSE TEND TO BE RELIABLE, UP TO 100% RELIABILITY. >>BEFORE TAKING ANY TEST CHECK FDA TEST TO SEE WHICH ONES ARE AUTHORIZED AND MAKE SURE YOU ASK THE DOCTOR OR LAB WHICH ONES THEY USE BEFORE YOU GO. >>IS THERE NEG SOMEONE SHOULD DO DIFFERENTLY IF THEY KNOW THEY DEVELOP THE ANTIBODY FOR THE VIRUS. >>WE’RE RECOMMENDING PEOPLE PROCEED WITH CAUTION, CONTINUE ALL THEIR RECOMMENDED THINGS EVERYBODY NEEDS TO DO RIGHT NOW, WEAR A MASK, WASH YOUR HAND, CLEAN YOUR SURFACES. >>IT’S IDEAL TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST THREE TO FOUR WEEKS AFTER SYMPTOMS. WHILE YOU’RE SICK IS A DIFFERENT TEST NOW BECOMING MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE. IT’S DIAGNOSTIC. YOU TAKE THAT TEST BEFORE OR DURING SYMPTOMS. NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO TAKING A DIAGNOSTIC TEST ON LIVE TV. THIS ONE INVOLVES A VERY LARGE SWAB THAT TAKES A SAMPLE FROM DEEP IN THE BACK OF THE THROAT. >>THAT’S IT. >>NEW VERSION USED SALIVA SAMPLES. >>THE RELIABILITY DEPENDS WHICH TEST YOU’RE GETTING. >>MOLECULAR OR PCR ARE THE MOST RELIABLE AND CAN TAKE UP TO A WEEK FOR RESULTS. ALSO A NEW TYPE OF DIAGNOSTIC TEST CALLED ANTIGEN TEST CAN DIAGNOSE COVID-19 IN AN HOUR. THE FDA APPROVED IT FOR EMERGENCY USE BUT ALSO WARNED IT MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. >>IT STILL CAN HAVE FALSE NEGATIVES, WHICH MEANS THEY TELL YOU YOU’RE NEGATIVE WHEN YOU ACTUALLY HAVE THE DISEASE AND THAT’SEN WO OF THE CONCERNING THINGS. >>BECAUSE YOU COULD BE SPREADING IT TO OTHERS UNKNOWINGLY. >>EXACTLY. >>REMEMBER, DIAGNOSTIC TESTS ARE IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHETHER YOU ARE INFECTED RIGHT AWAY SO YOU CAN ISOLATE YOURSELF AND PREVENT SPREADING THAT VIRUS. ANTIBODY TESTS TELL YOU WHETHER YOU MAY BE IMMUNE FROM BEING REINFECTED BUT THAT HAS NOT BEEN PROVEN DEFINITIVELY YET. THE COST OF THESE ANTIBODIES ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE, SOME RANGING FROM $1 OUT OF POCKET UP TO $300 FOR A TEST. >>>THESE ANTIBODY TESTS, I’M SURE SHE GIVE PEOPLE PEACE OF MIND. IT’S GOOD TO KNOW THEY ARE CONSISTENT AS IN YOUR REPORT. BUSINESSES NEED THIS FOR REOPENING. >>IT’S SUCH AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF THE PUZZLE ACCORDING TO PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS KNOWING WHO HAS BEEN INFECTED AND WHO HAS ANTIBODIES WILL SHOW WHAT AREAS OF LOWER RISK OF COMMUNITY SPREAD. IF THE DATA CONTINUES TO SHOW SOME SORT OF IMMUNITY WHEN YOU HAVE ANTIBODIES, IT CAN ALSO HELP US DECIDE WHO CAN GET OUT IN THE COMMUNITY WITH LITTLE OR NO RISK. WHO IS OUTSIDE AND HOW WE REOPEN. >>EVEN IF YOU HAVE THE ANTIBODIES YOU WANT TO WEAR A MASK AND DO THE SAME THINGS. >>MAKE SURE IT’S APPROVED. WHAT ABOUT THE PLACES WHERE THE TESTS ARE BEING CONDUCTED, ARE THEY ALL THE SAME. >>THEY RUN THE GAMUT. PRODUCERS SAID SOME WERE OBSERVING SOCIAL DISTANCING, ONE PATIENT IN, ONE PATIENT OUT. OTHERS WERE A LITTLE LESS — A LITTLE MORE LAX ON THOSE REGULATIONS. DEFINITELY BRING YOUR HAND SANITIZER, WEAR YOUR MASK. >>SEE YOU NEXT HOUR BY THE WAY. HOW ABOUT WE SWITCH GEARS AT 7:46 NOW. MR. ROKER STANDING BY FOR A CHECK OF THE FORECAST. HOW ARE WE LOOKING, BUDDY?>>LOOKING OKAY. THIS COOLER WEATHER IN THE EASTERN HALF OF THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN GOOD NEWS FOR TORNADOES IN THAT WE’VE HAD SO MANY FEWER. THE TYPICAL MAY PATTERN THAT’S FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES BRINGS A JET STREAM UP FROM THE SOUTHWEST, WARM, HUMID AIR FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO. WHAT WE’VE HAD THIS MAY HAS BEEN A JET STREAM DOWN TO THE SOUTH ALLOWING COLD ARCTIC AIR IN, AN UNSEASONABLY COOL PATTERN THIS MONTH. THAT GULF WARMING HAS REALLY STALLED. YOU LOOK AT SOME STATES NORMALLY SEE A DECENT AMOUNT OF TORNADOES, NOTHING SO FAR THIS MONTH. WE LIKE THAT, BECAUSE AS YOU LOOK AT THE AVERAGES, ANYWHERE FROM 11 IN IOWA TO 43 IN TEXAS. MAY IS THE MOST TYPICALLY ACTIVE MONTH FOR TORNADOES. WE’RE NOT SEEING THOSE. SUNSHINE IN THE NORTHEAST, A FIRE RISK IN THE SOUTHWEST, SEVERE STORMS TODAY. SCHOOLS OPEN FOR EVACUEES AND WE CAN TELL YOU DOZENS OF ROADS ACROSS THE>>>THIS IS SERIOUS AND IT IS TIME FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE ACTION TO KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE >>GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WHITMER OVERNIGHT DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY AFTER HEAVY RAINFALL RUPTURED TWO DAMS TUESDAY IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN ABOUT 140 MILES NORTH OF DETROIT. RISING WATERS FORCING THE EVACUATION OF NEARLY 10,000 PEOPLE. >>TODAY IS EDENVALE AND SANFORD DAMS IN MIDLAND COUNTY BREACHED. IF YOU HAVE A RELATIVE OR FRIEND SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE STATE YOU CAN GO AND STAY WITH, PLEASE GO TO THEIR HOMES. IF YOU DON’T, GO TO ONE OF THE MANY SHELTERS THAT HAVE BEEN SET UP. >>THE EVACUATIONS FOLLOWING DAYS OF HEAVY RAINS IN PARTS OF THE MIDWEST, ALSO BROUGHT FLOODING TO PARTS OF ILLINOIS, OHIO AND OTHER STATES. KATRINA CONLEY EVACUATED WITH HER FAMILY TO A HOTEL IN BAY CITY, MICHIGAN. >>WE QUICKLY PACKED OUR TWO DOGS, A COUPLE OF CHANGES OF CLOTHES, AND OURSELVES. WE HAD TO DO WHAT WE HAD TO DO AS FAR AS FINDING A PLACE TO STAY. OTHERWISE WE WOULD BE SLEEPING IN OUR VEHICLES. >>THE DEVASTATING FLOODING COMPLICATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS. AUTHORITIES WORKING TO GET RESIDENTS OUT OF HARM’S WAY LEAVING MANY HEADING TO EMERGENCY SHELTERS TO BALANCE THEIR SAFETY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING. >>THEY’RE LIKE STAY HOME, STAY SAFE BUT THEN IT ALSO FEELS LIKE GET OUT, STAY SAFE, SO IT’S LIKE THIS WEIRD — REALLY WEIRD CONFLICT, SO DO THE CORONAVIRUS RULES STILL APPLY? >>THIS MORNING, FAMILIES LIVING ALONG TWO LAKES AND A RIVER FORCED TO FLEE FROM ONE OF THE WORST FLOOD DISASTERS CURRENTLY HITTING MID-MICHIGAN. >>WE’RE GOING TO DO THE RIGHT THING IN THE MIDST OF A CRISIS AND HELP PEOPLE GET OUT. . >>>THIS MORNING, THE TENSIONS ARE ESCALATING BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI OVER THE PRESIDENT’S USE OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. >>PELOSI IS A SICK WOMAN. SHE’S GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS, MENTAL PROBLEMS. >>I DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS BE SO SENSITIVE. HE’S ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE, THEIR WEIGHT. >>THE PRESIDENT FIRING BACK AT AT PELOSI AFTER SHE CRITICIZED HIS DECISION TO TAKE THE ANTI- MALARIA DRUG WITHOUT EVIDENCE IT PREVENTS COVID-19. >>I WOULD RATHER HE NOT BE TAKING SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE SCIENTISTS ESPECIALLY IN HIS AGE GROUP AND IN HIS, SHALL WE SAY, WEIGHT GROUP, BEING MORBIDLY OBESE. >>PRESIDENT TRUMP IS INCREASINGLY ON DEFENSE CLAIMING IT HAS BEEN USED BY WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE PANDEMIC. >>MANY DOCTORS ARE IN FAVOR OF IT. MANY FRONT LINE WORKERS WON’T GO THERE UNLESS HE HAVE THE HYDROXY. >>THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST MEDICAL SECTION IT IS NOT AWARE OF ANY DATA SHOWING THE WORKERS ARE TAKING THE DRUG. FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SLAMMING THE PRESIDENT COMPARING THIS TO THE MOMENT WHETHER PRESIDENT TRUMP WONDERED IF DISINFECTANTS COULD BE A TREATMENT. >>INJECTED ED — >>OUTSIDE OF THE HOSPITAL SETTING DUE TO A RISK OF SERIOUS HEART PROBLEMS AND IN SOME CASES EVEN DEATH. ANOTHER STUDY FUNDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA AND THE NIH WHICH USES DATA FROM PATIENTS AT VETERANS MEDICAL MEDICALCENTERS FOUND MORE DEATHS AMONG THOSE TREATED WITH HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE THAN THOSE TREATED WITH STANDARD CARE. RESEARCHERS REPORTED FINDING NO BENEFIT TO ITS USE. THE PRESIDENT TAKING AIM. >>IF YOU LOOK AT THE ONE SURVEY, THE ONLY BAD SURVEY, THEY’RE GIVING IT TO PEOPLE IN VERY BAD SHAPE, THEY WERE ALMOST DEAD. IT WAS A TRUMP ENEMY STATEMENT. >>>THE CDC CALLED OUTLINES WHAT THEY LEARNED ABOUT THE ILLNESS FOUND IN AT LEAST 24 STATES AND TEN COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. ACCORDING TO THE BRIEFING, MULTI SYSTEM INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME IN CHILDREN IS THOUGHT TO DEVELOP ABOUT FOUR WEEKS AFTER EXPOSURE TO COVID-19. MANY OF THOSE CHILDREN NEVER SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS CAUSED DIRECTLY BY THE VIRUS. SO WEEKS LATER A MAJORITY OF CASES ARE PRESENTING WITH A FEVER AND GASTROINTESTINAL SYMPTOMS BELIEVED TO BE CAUSED BY AN ABNORMAL IMMUNE RESPONSE TO THE VIRUS. THIS 15-YEAR-OLD DEVELOPED STOMACH PAIN AND A RASH AROUND MOTHER’S DAY. SHE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID ANTIBODIES. A FEW DAYS LATER, SHE WAS DEAD. NOW ONE OF FOUR CHILDREN TO DIE HERE IN THE U.S. >>WE NEED TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS KILLS PEOPLE. >>IN NEW YORK CITY ALONE, THERE ARE NOW 147 SAYSED CASES. >>I THINK IT’S GOING TO GET MUCH WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER. I THINK IT’S THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. >>THE CDC SAYS HOSPITALS ARE HAVING SUCCESS WITH SOME TREATMENTS INCLUDING IMMUNO THERAPY AND STEROIDS. DOCTORS IN LOUISIANA USED IT ON 12-YEAR-OLD JULIET DAILY WHO WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST BEFORE RECEIVING TREATMENT. SHE’S NOW OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND HER LATEST CHECKUP SHOWS NO SIGNS OF PERMANENT HEART DAMAGE. HOW DRAMATIC WAS JULIET’S TURNAROUND? >>SHE CAME IN REALLY NEAR DEATH. WITHIN A MATTER OF DAYS, WE WERE ABLE TO GET HER OFF THE VENTILATORS, GET HER BREATHING ON HER OWN. >>HER FAMILY NOW HOPING JULIET JULIET’S STORY CAN PAVE THE WAY FOR OTHERS. >>>OVERNIGHT, JOHNSON & JOHNSON ANNOUNCING A MAJOR CHANGE TO ONE OF ITS ICONIC PRODUCTS. THE PHARMACEUTICAL GIANT SAYING IT WILL NO LONGER USE TALC IN ITS BABY PRODUCTS SOLD IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. IN A STATEMENT THE COMPANY CLAIM CLAIMING DECLINING SALES BECAUSE OF A CONSTANT BARRAGE OF LITIGATION AND ADVERTISING. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, TALC, A MINERAL KNOWN FOR ITS SOFTNESS CAN CONTAIN ASBESTOS, A SUBSTANCE KNOWN TO CAUSE CANCER. WHILE JOHNSON & JOHNSON HAS LONG TOUTED THE SAFETY OF ITS TALC-BASED SUBSTANCES, AMONG THEM 63-YEAR-OLD DEAN BURG, THE FIRST TAKE ON JOHNSON & JOHNSON IN TRIAL ALLEGING THE BABY POWDER LED HER TO STAGE THREE OVARIAN CANCER. >>I AM 100% CERTAIN IT CAUSED MY CANCER. >>IN 2013, A FEDERAL JURY IN SOUTH DAKOTA SIDED WITH BURG AND FOUND JOHNSON & JOHNSON NEGLIGENT BUT DIDN’T AWARD DAMAGES. REUTERS PUBLISHED A REPORT SAYING FROM 1971 TO THE EARLY 2000s THE POWDER SOMETIMES TESTED POSITIVE FOR SMALL AMOUNTS OF ASBESTOS. THE COMPANY DENIED THE REPORT’S ALLEGATIONS BUT MONTHS LATER REVEALED IT WAS AT THE CENTER OF SEVERAL FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS OVER WHETHER ITS TALCUM POWDERS WERE — BOTTLES OF BABY POWDER IN THE U.S. AFTER THEY FOUND TRACE AMOUNTS OF JOHNSON & JOHNSON POINTS OUT IN A STATEMENT THAT ALL VERDICTS AGAINST THE COMPANY THAT HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE APPEALS PROCESS HAVE BEEN OVERTURNED, ADDING THAT SCIENCE IS ON THEIR SIDE. VIGOROUSLY DEFENDING THE SAFETY OF THEIR PRODUCT AND THE UNFOUNDED ALLEGATIONS AGAINST IT. >>THIS IS WHAT I WANTED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, NO FURTHER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE EXPOSED TO THIS. >>>BOOK “CATCH AND KILL” HAS SOLD MILLIONS. NOW ONE OF HIS TARGETS, FORMER TODAY SHOW HOST MATT LAUER FIRES BACK. AMONG LAWER’S ACCUSATIONS, FAR FARROW BAN ABANDONED COMMON SENSE AND USED MISLEADING LANGUAGE TO MANIPULATE READERS. “CATCH AND KILL” ACCUSES NBC NEWS AND NBC UNIVERSAL OF IGNORING SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST PROMINENT MEN IN THE COMPANY, INCLUDING LAUER FOR YEARS. NBC UNIVERSAL HAS REPEATEDLY DENIED BOTH ALLEGATIONS. IN “CATCH AND KILL,”THE WOMAN WHOSE ALLEGATIONS LED TO LAUER’S FIRING PUBLICLY ACCUSED HIM OF RAPING HER AT THE 2014 OLYMPICS. HE SAID NEVILLE USED THE WORD ASSAULT OR RAPE WHEN SHE BROUGHT HER CLAIM TO NBC IN 2017. FARROW HE SAID TOOK THE ACCUSERS AT THEIR WORD. THERE ARE COUNTS ON SOME OF THE BOOK’S CLAIMS. IN THE BOOK, FARROW WRITES THAT NEVILLE INFORMED HER FORMER BOSS ABOUT LAUER. THAT SUPERVISOR WAS NEVER CONTACTED BY FARROW. ANOTHER WOMAN WHO RAN THE COMPANY AT THE TIME TOLD LAUER NEVILLE IN NO WAY CONVEYED THE SERIOUSNESS OF WHAT SHE NOW CLAIMS. THERE WAS NEVER MENTION OF ASSAULT OR RAPE. IN A STATEMENT TO NBC NEWS NEWS, FARROW WRITES WE CALLED DOZENS OF CORROBORATORS AROUND THE LAUER ALLEGATIONS IN THE BOOK. NEVILLE TWEETING HER RESPONSE, AN ACRONYM, DENY, ATTACK, REVERSE VICTIM AND OFFENDER. LAUER SAID HE WANTED TO PUBLISH HIS ARTICLE AFTER THE BOOK’S RELEASE BUT HELD BACK. A RECENT ARTICLE IN THE “NEW YORK TIMES” CRITICAL OF RONAN FARROW’S REPORTING PROMPTED HIM TO RELEASE IT NOW. CRITICISMS IN THE TIMES ARTICLE SAYS FARROW DOES NOT ALWAYS FOLLOW THE JOURNALISTIC — OR HE SUGGESTS CONSPIRACIES THAT ARE TANTALIZING BUT HE CANNOT PROVE. IN A STATEMENT TO THE TIMES, FARROW SAYS HE BRINGS CAUTION, RIGOR AND NUANCE TO EACH OF HIS STORIES. THIS MORNING THE PUBLISHER IS STANDING BY THE BOOK WRITING IN PART, HIS COMMITMENT TO THE RIGHTS OF VICTIMS AND HIS IMPECCABLE ATTENTION OF DETAIL MAYBE US PROUD TO BE HIS PUBLISHER. NBC NEWS HAS OFFERED NO COMMENT ON THE LAUER PIECE. LAUER’S PARTY SAYS THE EXAMPLES OF SHODDY JOURNALISM I’VE EXPLORED HERE ARE THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. REPORTING IN NEW YORK, STEPHANIE GOSK. >>>IT’S ONE OF THE SUREST SIGNS OF SUMMER. >>THIS IS FREEDOM. I HAVEN’T HAD SUCH A FULL, HAPPY HEART THIS WHOLE TIME. >>FRESH SAND UNDER YOUR FEET AND THE OCEAN BREEZE IN YOUR HAIR. >>I JUST NEEDED FOR MY MENTAL HEALTH TO SIT OUT HERE AND LOOK AT THE OCEAN AND KIND OF BREATHE. >>THIS MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY MANY BEACH-GOERS SEEKING A BREAK FROM CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS. >>I DON’T FEEL LIKE WE’RE GOING TO BE AS EXPOSED TO THE CORONA AS MUCH AS YOU WOULD BE IN A CONFINED SPACE LIKE A GROCERY STORE. >>BUT WITH OFFICIALS KEEPING A KEEN EYE ON SOCIAL DISTANCING, ON FLORIDA’S DELRAY BEACH, SWIMMING, WALKING AND JOGGING ARE ALLOWED, SUN BATHING AND SURFING ARE NOT. HOW DO YOU STOP PEOPLE FROM FLOODING INTO YOUR NEW ENGLAND OF THE WOODS? >>WE’RE LOOKING AT HOPEFULLY KEEPING THE NUMBERS AND THE CROWDS DOWN INITIALLY. >>CROWDS ALREADY GATHERING ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY, ON THE POPULAR JERSEY SHORE, ANTICIPATION FOR THE HOLIDAY PALPABLE. >>WE NEED THIS FRESH AIR. WE NEED TO HAVE A BEACH. WE NEED TO HAVE A LIFE. >>ON NEW YORK’S CONEY ISLAND, BARRICADES ALONG THE BOARD WALK, THOUGH PEOPLE CAN STILL WALK AND JOG ON THE SAND FOR NOW. NEW YORK’S GOVERNOR JUST ANNOUNCING STATE BEACHES WILL OPEN FOR THE HOLIDAY WITH RESTRICTIONS. ONLY 50% CAPACITY, NO ACTIVE SPORTS, PICNIC AREAS AND PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED. >>FEELS GOOD, YOU KNOW? IT’S SORT OF LIKE A RELIEF. >>IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, FAMILIES FINDING SOLACE IN THE NEWLY OPENED GOLDEN COAST BUT THIS IS WHAT MANHATTAN AND NEW YORK BEACHES LOOKED LIKE BEFORE THE HOLIDAY, STOKING FEARS OF MORE COVID-19 SPREAD. DIFFERENT COUNTIES REOPENING WITH DIFFERENT RESTRICTIONS, FROM BANS ON CHAIRS AND CANOPIES IN L.A. TO NO BUILDING SAND CASTLES IN ORANGE COUNTY. RECOGNITION SOME SUMMER TRADITIONS WILL BE BROKEN. >>IN ALL RESTRICTIONS RIGHT NOW THAT PREVENT PEOPLE FROM GETTING SICK AND SPREADING THE DISEASE ARE NECESSARY. >>THIS YEAR, CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAY WITH SUN SCREEN AND A DOSE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING. . >>>NOW TIME TO LAUNCH OUR COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER BECAUSE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AWAY. OF COURSE, THINGS WILL LOOK AND FEEL DIFFERENT THIS YEAR SO WHEN YOU’RE MAKING YOUR PLANS, YOU’RE PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT IS SAFE, WHAT ISN’T. WE HAVE A TEAM OF EXPERTS TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE THE NEW NORMAL. DR. TORRES, WE HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU, THIS IS FROM BECKY ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. TAKE A LISTEN. >>IF THE VIRUS IS PRESUMED TO BE TRANSFERRED BUT THE EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH HOW SAFE IS IT TO BE AT THE POOL OR AT THE BEACH FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTERS? >>GOOD QUESTION. >>YOU’RE MORE LIKELY TO CATCH CORONAVIRUS FROM ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE AT THE POOL THAN YOU ARE FROM THE WATER. IT’S A RESPIRATORY VIRUS, DOESN’T LIVE WELL IN THE WATER. YOU NEED TO DO THE THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO DO TO STAY SAFE FROM ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE. IF THEY’RE OUTSIDE YOUR CIRCLE OF TRUST, SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE IMPORTANT. ON TOP OF THAT, DON’T SHARE TOWELS, DON’T SHARE WATER BOTTLES BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY HAD CORONAVIRUS THAT USED THEM THEY COULD TRANSMIT IT TO YOU. THE WATER ITSELF, THE RISK IS VERY LOW TO THE LAKE, THE BEACH, THE POOL, ENJOY THE WATER. >>MASKS, YES OR NO WHEN YOU’RE OUTSIDE AT THE BEACH OR THE POOL? >>IF YOU CAN’T SOCIAL DISTANCE YOU SHOULD WEAR MASKS. >>SO PEOPLE WANT TO GO TO A BARBECUE AND I THINK SOME PEOPLE MIGHT GO AND WONDER LIKE, A, IS THE FOOD GOING TO BE OKAY, IS THAT SOMETHING YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT? >>NOT TOO MUCH FROM THE FOOD BECAUSE THE FOOD ITSELF, THE VIRUS DOESN’T LIVE WELL IN MEAT, DOESN’T LIVE WELL ON THE VEGETABLES BUT THE PERSON THAT PREPARED IT, IF THEY’RE SICK THERE’S A RISK OF TRANSMITTING IT. MAKE SURE WHOEVER IS PREPARING THE FOOD IS NOT SICK, THEY’RE WEARING GLOVES, THEY’RE WEARING A MASK AND FOLLOW GENERAL SAFETY TIP AND WHEN YOU RINSE THE VEGETABLES AND SALAD, RINSE THEM WITH WATER. DON’T USE CLEANING PRODUCTS OR SOAP. JUST REGULAR RINSING. >>BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU TOUCH THE KETCHUP BOTTLE AND THE MUSTARD BOTTLE. WE’RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO VICKY LYNN. A LOT OF PEOPLE PUT MONEY DOWN ON VACATION RENTALS, OKAY? AND MAYBE THEY’VE HEARD, WELL, IT’S OKAY TO COME BUT IF YOU WANT TO CANCEL, IS THAT COOL, CAN YOU DO THAT? >>YOU CAN ALASKAN SELL BUT THE BIG QUESTION IS HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST YOU. DO YOU HAVE TO FORFEIT YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT THAT YOU PAID IN ADVANCE. THINK ABOUT IT. TAKE A STEP BACK. WHAT’S MAKING YOU NERVOUS? ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT THE CLEANING? REACH OUT TO THE LEASING COMPANY, ASK THEM TO E-MAIL YOU IN WRITING HOW THEY’RE DISINFECTING. AIR B&B IS INSTITUTING A POLICY WHERE IT’S ASKING SOME HOSTS TO WAIT 72 HOURS BEFORE — BETWEEN GUESTS. >>AND IF YOU WANT EXTRA CLEANING YOU CAN ASK FOR THAT? >>YOU CAN ALWAYS ASK FOR IT. IT’S GOING TO BE UP TO THE OWNER WHETHER OR NOT THEY DO IT. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE BIG HOME SHARE COMPANIES, THEY’VE ALREADY ANNOUNCED THEY’RE GOING TO ENHANCE THEIR CLEANING POLICIES. WE’RE PLANNING TO GET OUT AT SOME POINT THIS SUMMER. WE’RE GOING TO WIPE — TO BRING OUR OWN WIPES. >>LIKE A KAYAK OR JET SKI, YES OR NO OR THAT? >>MEMORIAL DAY IS THE UNOFFICIAL KICKOFF TO THE BOATING SEASON SO THE THINGS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER HERE, PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. THIS IS NOT A TIME TO GET ON A SMALL BOAT WITH PEOPLE YOU HAVEN’T BEEN ISOLATED WITH. I HOPE YOU’RE NOT SICK OF YOUR FAMILY BECAUSE YOU’RE GOING TO BE STUCK WITH THEM FOR THE REST OF THE SUMMER. IF YOU HAVE A YACHT, YOU CAN KEEP THE SIX FOOT. THE OTHER THING I WANT YOU TO CONSIDER IS THE RENTAL SHACK. KEEP YOUR MASK ON WHEN YOU ARE IN THOSE ENCLOSED AREAS AND ASK WHAT THE COMPANY IS DOING BETWEEN USERS OF THE KAYAKS, THE PADDLE BOARDS, ARE THEY WIPING THEM DOWN. BRING WIPES AND YOU WIPE THEM DOWN. >>LET’S BRING IN STEPHANIE, SHE’S NBC’S SENIOR BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE MAKING PLANS TO TRAVEL AND SHERRY FROM NEW JERSEY HAS A BIG QUESTION FOR YOU. >>IF I DECIDE TO FLY THIS SUMMER AND I GET ON THE FLIGHT AND I SEE THAT IT’S OVERCROWDED OR THE PEOPLE ARE NOT WEARING MASKS AM I ALLOWED TO GET OFF THE FLIGHT AND GET A REFUND OR GET A FREE REBOOKING? >>GOOD QUESTION. STEPH? >>ALL RIGHT, WE ARE SEEING AIRLINES CHANGE THEIR POLICIES EVERY DAY TO GET CLOSER TO THEIR — NOW THEY’RE REQUIRING MASKS BUT AT THE SAME TIME YOU’VE SEEN THE VIRAL PHOTOS, PACKED PLANES, PEOPLE NOT WEARING MASKS. UNITED HAS CHANGED THEIR POLICY. IF YOU’RE EXPECTING TO GET ON A PACKED FLIGHT THEY’RE ALLOWING YOU TO GET A DIFFERENT FLIGHT. MOST AIRLINES ARE ENHANCING THEIR CANCELATION POLICIES TO HELP IF YOU HAVE TRIPS PLANNED. >>IF YOU’VE BEEN PAYING YOUR GYM MEMBERSHIP OR A POOL MEMBERSHIP AND YOUR GYM ISN’T OPERATIONAL OR YOUR POOL ISN’T, ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND? >>IT COMPLETELY DEPENDS. WE’RE SEEING THE MOST IS PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN BUILDINGS THAT HAVE AMENITIES AND IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THEY’RE TRYING TO PUSH A BILL WHERE LANDLORDS WILL HAVE TO FORCE — THE LANDLORDS WILL HAVE TO REFUND PART OF THE RENT TO THOSE TENANTS. YOU PAID OUT FOR THAT FANCY BUILDING AND IF YOU DON’T GET TO USE THE AMENITIES, OTHER SUGGESTIONS TO THE LANDLORDS, CAN YOU OFFER POSSIBLY FREE INTERNET OR OTHER AMENITIES. >>STEPH, BEFORE I LET YOU GO, I HAVE TO LET YOU KNOW YOU’RE A VIRAL SENSATION, OKAY? THERE IS A VIDEO OF YOU AND YOUR CUTE SON, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE SEEN THIS BUT LOOK AT IT FOR A SECOND. STEPHANIE MAY BE THE HARDEST WORKING WOMAN IN TELEVISION AND THE # MAMAGETSITDONE IS SO ON POINT FOR YOU. YOUR SON IS UM KA. THAT THING HAS LIKE 3 MILLION HITS. >>YOU KNOW WHAT? HE WAS SITTING NEXT TO ME, HE WAS PREPARING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT ECONOMICS AND I DIDN’T REALIZE IT WAS MY TIME TO GO AND IT WAS TOO LATE FOR ME TO PUSH HIM OFF. >>BY THE WAY, VERY CALMING. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT BY THE WAY AND A BUNCH OF MOMS WERE ONLINE GIVING YOU TWO THUMBS UP. THANK YOU SO MUCH, STEPH. >>THANK YOU. >>> THIS MORNING, REUTERS REPORTING NEW PLANS FOR A NATIONWIDE STUDY OF MORE THAN 300,000 AMERICANS TO TRY AND TRACK THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. THE CDC WILL TEST SAMPLESES FROM BLOOD DONORS IN 25 CITIES LOOKING FOR ANTIBODIES CREATED BY THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AFTER IT FIGHTS OFF THE VIRUS. WE FIRST GAVE YOU AN INSIDE LOOK AT WHAT IT’S LIKE TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST. LAST MONTH. >>HUGE LINE OUTSIDE. >>THREE NBC NEWS PRODUCERS, DAVID, MICHELLE AND LAUREN ALL HAD DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS OF COVID- 19 OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS. COUGH, FEVER, BODY ACHES, EVEN NAUSEA AND LOSS OF SMELL BUT THEY NEVER GOT A DIAGNOSTIC TEST. >>IF IT’S POSITIVE IT COULD MEAN I HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS BACK IN MARCH. >>THEY VOLUNTEERED TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST AFTER THEY RECOVERED. MICHELLE AND LAUREN, POSITIVE. DAVID, NEGATIVE. SO IT WAS MORE THAN 150 OF THESE TESTS NOW ON THE MARKET, MANY NOT AUTHORIZED BY THE FDA HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE SOUNDED THE ALARM ON THEIR ACCURACY. SO OUR PRODUCERS VOLUNTEERED TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AGAIN TO SEE HOW THE TEST COMPARED. . THEY OFFERED DIRECT TO CONSUMER ANTIBODY TESTING, SIMPLY SIGN UP ONLINE AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE LAB. >>YOU HAVE TO ON YOUR OWN, YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR. >>THEN THEY USED TELEMEDICINE. >>I HEARD TODAY YOU WERE GOING TO BE DOING ANTIBODY TESTS. >>THIS TIME THE PRODUCERS HAD A FIVE-MINUTE VIDEO WITH THE DOCTOR ONLINE WHO ORDERED THE TEST THROUGH LAB CORPS AND WENT TO MT. SINAI IN NEW YORK WHICH DEVELOPED ITS OWN TEST FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND PEOPLE LIKE OUR PRODUCERS INTERESTING IN DONATING THEIR PLASMA FOR RESEARCH. THE RESULTS BACK IN ABOUT 24 HOURS. FOR ALL FOUR TESTS, THE RESULTS WERE CONSISTENT. LAUREN AND MICHELLE POSITIVE, DAVID NEGATIVE. WHAT DO YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THAT? THE FACT THAT OUR PRODUCERS TOOK FOUR DIFFERENT ANTIBODY TESTS AND GOT THE SAME RESULTS EACH AND EVERY TIME. >>THAT’S GREAT. I THINK THAT HOPEFULLY OVER TIME WE’LL SEE WHICH OF THESE TESTS PERFORM THE BEST. >>THERE ARE A FEW THAT ARE FDA- AUTHORIZED UNDER EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION TO BE ABLE TO USED AND THOSE TEND TO BE MORE RELIABLE, UP TO 100% RELIABILITY. >>BEFORE TAKING ANY ANTIBODY TEST, CHECK THE TAED’S WEBSITE TO SEE WHICH ONES ARE AUTHORIZED AND MAKE SURE YOU ASK THE LAB OR DOCTOR WHICH ONE THEY USE BEFORE THEY GO. IS THERE ANYTHING SOMEONE SHOULD DO DIFFERENTLY IF THEY KNOW THEY’VE DEVELOPED THE ANTIBODY FOR THIS VIRUS? >>WE’RE RECOMMENDING THAT PEOPLE PROCEED WITH CAUTION. CONTINUE ON THE RECOMMENDED THINGS PEOPLE NEED TO DO RIGHT NOW, WASH YOUR HANDS, CLEAN SURFACES. >>IT’S IDEAL TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST THREE TO FOUR WEEKS AFTER FEELING SYMPTOMS. WHILE YOU’RE SICK IS A DIFFERENT TEST. IT’S DIAGNOSTIC. YOU TAKE THAT TEST BEFORE OR DURING SYMPTOMS. NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO TAKING A DIAGNOSTIC TEST ON LIVE TV. THIS ONE INVOLVES A VERY LARGE SWAB THAT TAKES A SAMPLE FROM DEEP IN THE BACK OF THE THROAT. >>THAT’S IT? >>NEWER VERSIONS USE SALIVA SAMPLES. >>THE RELIABILITY OF THE TEST DEPENDS ON WHICH ONE YOU’RE GETTING. >>ALSO A NEW TYPE OF DIAGNOSTIC TEST CALLED AN ANTIJEN TEST CAN DIAGNOSE COVID- 19 IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. THE FDA APPROVED IT FOR EMERGENCY USE BUT ALSO WARNS IT MAY NOT BE ACCURATE EVERY TIME. >>STILL CAN HAVE FALSE NEGATIVES WHICH MEANS THEY TELL YOU YOU’RE NEGATIVE WHEN IN FACT YOU HAVE THE DISEASE AND THAT’S A CONCERNING THING. >>BECAUSE YOU COULD BE SPREADING IT TO OTHERS UNKNOWINGLY? >>EXACTLY. >>DIAGNOSTIC TESTS ARE IMPORTANT TO KNOW IF YOU’RE INFECTED RIGHT AWAY SO YOU CAN ISOLATE YOURSELF. ANTIBODY TESTS TELL YOU WHETHER YOU MAY BE IMMUNE FROM BEING REINFECTED BUT THAT HAS NOT BEEN PROVEN DEFINITIVELY YESTERDAY. SOME RANGE FROM $1 OUT OF POCKET ALL THE WAY UP TO $300 PER TEST. >>THESE ANTIBODY TESTS I’M SURE THEY GIVE PEOPLE PEACE OF MIND BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, TOO, BUSINESSES NEED THIS INFO WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT REOPENING. >>THE RESULTS ARE SUCH AN IMPORTANT PIECE THE PULLING. WILL SHOW WHAT AREAS ARE AT LOWER RISK OF COMMUNITY SPREAD AND IF THE DATA CONTINUES TO SHOW SOME SORT OF IMMUNITY WHEN YOU HAVE THE ANTIBODIES, IT CAN HELP US DECIDE WHO CAN GET BACK OUT IN THE COMMUNITY AT A LOWER RISK, ALL OF THIS CRUCIAL INFORMATION FOR OFFICIALS AS THEY DECIDE WHO GOES BACK TO WORK. >>EVEN IF YOU HAVE THE ANTIBODIES, YOU STILL HAVE TO WEAR THE MASK. >>MAKE SURE THE TEST IS FDA APPROVED. WHAT ABOUT THE PLACES WHERE THE TESTS ARE CONDUCTED? >>THEY RUN THE GAMUT. OUR PRODUCERS TOLD US SOME WERE REALLY OBSERVING THE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES, SANITIZING ONE PATIENT IN, ONE PATIENT OUT. OTHERS WERE A LITTLE LESS — WERE A LITTLE MORE LAX ON THE REGULATIONS SO DEFINITELY BRING YOUR HAND SANITIZER, WEAR YOUR MASK. >>WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT HOUR, BY WAY. >>>THIS MORNING IN SOUTH KOREA, A WHOLE NEW WAY OF GOING TO SCHOOL. THIS LONG LINE YOU SEE HERE IS BECAUSE OF TEMPERATURE CHECKS. EVERY STUDENT, EVERY STAFF MEMBER IS GETTING A TEMPERATURE CHECK AND A SQUIRT OF HAND SANITIZER. HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WERE THE FIRST GROUP BACK IN A SLOW, STAGED RETURN TO THE CLASSROOM. ARE YOU HAPPY TO BE BACK? >>YES. >>INSIDE THEY SPRAYED DOWN ROOMS, PLACED DESKS FARTHER APART, INSTALLED PLASTIC DIVIDERS IN THE CAFETERIA. AMERICAN PAUL RAIDER IS THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE BRINGING KIDS BACK TO SCHOOL? >>KNOWING HOW KOREA HANDLED IT, KNOWING HOW IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT PROTOCOLS LIKE HAND WASHING AND EXTRA VIGILANT CLEANING THE SURFACES, ET CETERA, MAKES ME FEEL A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE WITH STARTING SCHOOL AGAIN. >>SCHOOLS WERE SUPPOSED TO START REOPENING LAST WEEK BUT THAT WAS DELAYED AFTER A CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK LINKED TO NIGHT CLUBS IN SEOUL. NEARLY 200 CASES LINKED TO THAT CLUSTER AND CLUB-GOERS FACING PUBLIC BACKLASH ACCUSED OF BEING IRRESPONSIBLE. A MEMBER OF THE BAND BTS PUBLICLY APOLOGIZING FOR GOING AGAINST GOVERNMENT ADVICE TO STAY HOME. THEY ADMIT CROSSING PATHS WITH THE INFECTED CLUB-GOERS BY A N HOUR. >>YOUR NAME, YOUR — YOUR TEMPERATURE, EVERYTHING. >>WE’RE NOT SHOWING HER FACE BECAUSE OF PUBLIC ANGER. SHE TESTED NEGATIVE BUT STILL HAS TO SELF-QUARANTINE. A CRUCIAL PIECE OF SOUTH KOREA’S STRATEGY, WHICH WE EXPERIENCED FIRST HAND AFTER FLYING IN FROM LONDON. OUR 15-DAY QUARANTINE FINALLY ENDED ON MONDAY. >> WE FEEL REALLY CONFIDENT NOW THAT WE’RE VIRUS-FREE. >>BUT THIS MORNING A NEW BATTLE FOR HEALTH OFFICIALS. AFTER NURSES AT ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST HOSPITALS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. >>>THIS MORNING WE HAVE A LOOK AT HOW ONE OF THE LARGEST FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPANIES IN THE COUNTRY IS DEALING WITH THE PANDEMIC. STEVEN WILLIAMS, THE CEO OF PEPSICO FOODS OF NORTH AMERICA JOINS US WITH AN EXCLUSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT. THANK YOU FOR TALKING WITH US THIS MORNING. >>GOOD MORNING. HOW ARE YOU DOING? >>I’M DOING GREAT. LET’S JUMP RIGHT IN. TELL US ABOUT THIS INITIATIVE THAT PEPSICO IS ANNOUNCING TODAY? >>HAVE LAUNCHED A NEW $7 MILLION INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE RELIEF AND LONG-TERM RECOVERY FOR BLACK AND LATINO COMMUNITIES. THIS INITIATIVE BUILDS ON THE $50 MILLION GLOBAL COMMITMENT TO PROVIDE VITAL SUPPORT FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY COVID-19. >>WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT HOW SOME OF THOSE IN THE COMMUNITIES ARE TAKING A HARDER HIT BECAUSE OF COVID. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR YOU GUYS TO DONATE DIRECTLY TO BLACK AND LATINO COMMUNITIES? >>I WOULD SAY FOCUS IS REALLY ABOUT RAISING AWARENESS AND THAT — TO ENCOURAGE OTHER COMPANIES AND PUBLIC SECTOR AGENCIES TO STEP UP. TO MEET NEEDS FOR THE DURATION OF THE PANDEMIC. AS YOU KNOW, THESE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR HAVE A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF COVID-19 INFECTION THAN THE NATIONAL POPULATION AND WE BELIEVE WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO HAVE AN IMPACT. WE’RE IN THESE COMMUNITIES EVERY DAY, THESE COMMUNITIES ARE OUR EMPLOYEES, THESE COMMUNITIES ALSO ARE OUR CONSUMERS. >>IN ORDER TO GET THE MONEY DIRECTLY TO FOLKS WHO NEED IT, YOU’RE WORKING WITH THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE AND UNIDOS U.S. WHY THESE ORGANIZATIONS? >>BOTH THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE AND — ARE LONG-TERM PARTNERS FOR PEPSICO. AND THE PEPSICO FOUNDATION. WE WORKED WITH THE URBAN LEAGUE FOR 40 YEARS AND UNIDOS MORE THAN 35 YEARS. WE FEEL THEY’RE BEST SUITED TO HELP PROVIDE DIRECT ASSISTANCE. IN THESE PARTNERSHIPS, THIS MONEY WILL GO TO THE 14 HARDEST HIT COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION. PLACES LIKE BALTIMORE, CHICAGO, DALLAS, NEW ORLEANS, LOS ANGELES, AND NEW YORK. AND WE BELIEVE THEY’RE BEST SEATED TO REACH IN THE COMMUNITIES AND THEY HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF DOING SO. >>STEVE, LET’S TALK ABOUT FOOD PRICES IF WE CAN. FOLKS HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT, WE’VE BEEN REPORTING ON IT, HOW GROCERY STORE PRICES ARE ON THE RISE, DIFFICULT FOR FOLKS IN THESE TIMES. HAS PEPSICO RAISED ITS PRICES ON PRODUCTS AND WHY NOW IF YOU HAVE? >>YOU KNOW, WE — I HAVE TO TELL YOU, WE HAVE SEEN AND I’VE READ A TON ABOUT GROCERY PRICES RISING. WE ARE TRYING OUR BEST TO KEEP GROCERY PRICES LOW IN THE CATEGORIES WE DO BUSINESS. OPERATING IN THIS ENVIRONMENT IS EXTREMELY COSTLY. WE’RE TRYING OUR BEST NOT TO PASS ON THE BRUNT OF THE WORK WE’RE DOING TO KEEP OUR PEOPLE SAFE. >>BUT HAVE YOU RAISED YOUR PRICES? >>MODESTLY BUT NOT SIGNIFICANTLY. >>I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE A LITTLE FRUSTRATED, SO WE’VE GOT — THEY FEEL LIKE THE GROCERY BUSINESS IS DOING SO WELL DURING THIS PANDEMIC SO THEY WERE WONDERING WHY THE PRICES WERE PASSED ON TO THEM. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? >>ABSOLUTELY. IT’S A TOUGH ENVIRONMENT TO OPERATE IN. HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF OUR EMPLOYEES IS JOB NO. 1. IT IS OUR NO. 1 FOCUS AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO BE. AND TO DO THAT IN THIS ENVIRONMENT, INCLUDING PROVIDING PPE, MAKING SURE THAT WE’RE DEEP CLEANING FACTORIES EVERY NIGHT, MAKING SURE THAT WE KEEP OUR EMPLOYEES THAT MAKE, MOVE AND SELL OUR PRODUCT SAFE AND IT’S VERY EXPENSIVE. YES, SALES ARE BRISK, BUT IT IS A VERY DIFFICULT OPERATING ENVIRONMENT AND SO AS WE WORK HARD TO KEEP OUR PRICES DOWN AND THAT’S OUR COMMITMENT. >>BEFORE YOU LEAVE US THIS MORNING, THIS IS GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION. LAST WEEK UNVEILED A PAIR OF DIRECT TO CONSUMER WEBSITES ESSENTIALLY CUTTING OUT THE GROCERY STORE COMPLETELY. IS THIS TEMPORARY FOR THE TIMES OR IS THIS PERHAPS A NEW WAY OF DOING BUSINESS FOR YOU? >>NO. ONE, IT’S NOT TO CUT THE GROCERY STORE OUT COMPLETELY. IT REALLY IS ABOUT BUILDING DIRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH CONSUMERS. IT’S ALSO ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT CONSUMERS CAN FIND OUR PRODUCT ALWAYS EVERY WHERE. AND IT’S A CAPABILITY BUILDING, REACH INTO THE MARKETPLACE AND IT’S NOT TEMPORARY. WE PLAN TO CONTINUE TO BUILD CAPABILITY IN THIS AREA. >>DEFINITELY GETTING A LOT OF BUZZ BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT ACCESS. STEVEN WILLIAMS, THANK YOU. WE KNOW IT’S A BUSY TIME SO THANK YOU FOR TALKING WITH US THIS MORNING. >>THANK YOU. >>>A PANDEMIC THAT HAS TURNED OUR WORLD UPSIDE DOWN. >>MORE STATES ARE DOING A SLOW ROLLOUT, LIFTING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS. >>IT’S THE 11th HOUR. >>LIVES LOST AND THEY’RE ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. YOU LOOK AT THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE. YOU SEE WE’RE STABILIZED BASICALLY WITH WHERE WE WERE BEFORE WE HAD THIS DRAMATIC INCREASE. AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE’VE LEARNED THROUGH THIS IS SMART WINS. IT’S NOT ABOUT POLITICS. IT’S NOT ABOUT EMOTION. YOU’RE DEALING WITH A VIRUS. THE VIRUS DOESN’T RESPOND TO POLITICS. THE VIRUS DOESN’T HAVE AN IDEOLOGY. VIRUS ISN’T RED OR BLUE. IT IS A VIRUS THAT IS ATTACKING PEOPLE, IT’S ABOUT SCIENCE, IT’S ABOUT NUMBERS, IT’S ABOUT DATA. AND SMART WINS THE BATTLE. IF YOU FOLLOW THAT GUIDANCE AND THAT THEORY, WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING AT RESEARCHING THE NUMBERS WHERE THE CASES ARE COMING FROM, HOW DO WE REDUCE THE NUMBERS. YOU LOOK ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IT’S LOWER INCOME COMMUNITIES, PREDOMINANTLY MINORITY WHERE WE’RE STILL SEEING AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBERS. WE LOOKED AT THAT IN NEW YORK CITY. WE DID A VERY EXTENSIVE RESEARCH PROJECT AND IT IS TRUE, YOU CAN LOOK AT WHERE THE CASES ARE COMING, LOOK AT THE TESTING DATA. BY GEOGRAPHIC AREA, BY ZIP CODE, AND FIND OUT WHERE THE CASES ARE COMING FROM. WE ASKED NORTHWELL HEALTH, WHICH IS THE LARGEST HEALTH SYSTEM IN THE STATE, TO DO AN EXTENSIVE TEST FOR US. WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF THAT TEST. BUT WE HAVE BACK ABOUT 8,000 TESTS, WHICH IS A VERY LARGE SAMPLE. AND THE DATA IS VERY POWERFUL AND INFORMS WHAT WE’RE DOING GOING FORWARD. THE TEST WAS DONE IN NEW YORK CITY BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE WE HAVE THE HIGHEST PREDOMINANCE OF CASES. BUT IN LOWER INCOME COMMUNITIES, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, WE PARTNERED WITH THE FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY, WITH CHURCHES, TO CONDUCT TESTS. WE FOUND ABOUT 27% OF THE INDIVIDUALS TESTING POSITIVE. 27%, THAT’S COMPARED TO THE NEW YORK CITY GENERAL POPULATION OF ABOUT 19%. OKAY? THE BRONX HAD THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE, 34%, AGAIN COMPARED TO A CITYWIDE AVERAGE OF 19%. THEN BROOKLYN, THEN MANHATTAN, THEN QUEENS, STATEN ISLAND WAS RIGHT AT THE NEW YORK CITY OVERALL NUMBER. BUT YOU TAKE A PLACE LIKE THE BRONX, IT’S 34% COMPARED TO 19%. JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA. AND THE DATA SHOWS NOT JUST A HIGH POSITIVE, NOT JUST A HIGH NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAD THE POSITIVE, BUT THE SPREAD IS CONTINUING IN THOSE COMMUNITIES AND THAT’S WHERE THE NEW CASES ARE COMING FROM. OKAY? AND YOU CAN LITERALLY DO THAT ON A ZIP CODE BASIS. FOR EXAMPLE, AND THE BRONX, 43% OF THE PEOPLE TESTED POSITIVE. 43%. COMPARED TO NEW YORK CITY GENERAL AVERAGE OF 19%. HOSPITALIZATION RATE, 3.2 PEOPLE FOR EVERY 100,000, COMPARED TO 1.8. IT IS DOUBLE THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE, OKAY? SO BE SMART. LET’S USE THE NUMBERS, LET’S RESEARCH, WHERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE INFECTED, WHERE ARE THE NEW CASES COMING FROM, WHERE IS THE SPREAD CONTINUING. LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. THEY TEND TO BE HIGH LATINO, HIGH AFRICAN AMERICAN POPULATIONS. AND WE’RE SEEING THAT PATTERN CONTINUE IN ZIP CODES, LOWER INCOME, PREDOMINANTLY MINORITY. BROWNSVILLE, BROOKLYN, 41%. DOUBLE THE CITY AVERAGE. THAT HAPPENS TO BE 80% AFRICAN AMERICAN, BUT AGAIN, JUST ABOUT DOUBLE THE RATE OF HOSPITALIZATIONS. SO THAT’S WHERE THE CASES ARE STILL COMING FROM. THAT’S WHERE THE VIRUS IS STILL SPREADING. BUT AGAIN, YOU LOOK AT THE DATA, YOU SEE IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN, BY ZIP CODE, BY SELECT COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE CITY. MY OLD NEIGHBORHOOD, HOLLIS QUEENS, 35% COMPARED TO 19%. SO IT’S ALL ACROSS THE CITY. STATEN ISLAND, HIGHER IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND LOWER INCOME COMMUNITIES. I WANT TO THANK THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION WHO HELPED ORGANIZE THIS PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN NORTHWELL AND THE FACE-BASED COMMUNITY, GETTING 8,000 TESTS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME IS NOT EASILY DONE. CONGRESSMAN AKEEM JEFFERIES CAME UP WITH THIS IDEA ABOUT 10 DAYS AGO, ORGANIZED IT QUICKLY. I WANT TO THINK HAKIM AND THANK CONGRESSWOMAN VELASQUEZ AND CONGRESSWOMAN CLARK FOR HELPING US GETTING IT ORGANIZED. THE FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY HAS BEEN WONDERFUL. WE HAVE THE DATA. WE HAVE THE RESEARCH. NOW WE HAVE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP, OKAY? WE DID THE RESEARCH. WE HAVE THE DATA. WE KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING. NOW WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT? WE STEP TWO. AND WE’RE GOING TO DEVELOP TARGETED STRATEGIES TO THESE HIGHLY IMPACTED COMMUNITIES. WHAT WE’RE SEEING IN NEW YORK CITY IS GOING TO BE TRUE ACROSS THE STATE. NORTHWELL HEALTH IS GOING TO DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF CHURCHES THAT THEY’RE WORKING IN, 44 TOTAL CHURCHES. WE’RE GOING TO PARTNER WITH COMMUNITY CARE AND I WANT TO THANK THEM VERY MUCH FOR STEPPING UP. THEY’RE GOING TO OPEN UP 28 ADDITIONAL TESTING SITES IN THESE ZIP CODES THAT FIT THIS PROFILE. WE’RE GOING TO FOCUS ON PUBLIC HOUSING. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING WE’RE TALKING ABOUT, SOCIALLY DISTANCE, ET CETERA AND THINK ABOUT PUBLIC HOUSING AND HOW HARD IT IS IN PUBLIC HOUSING TO DO THE THINGS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. I WORK IN PUBLIC HOUSING ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHEN I WAS THE HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. HOW DO YOU SOCIALLY DISTANCE IN AN ELEVATOR IN A PUBLIC HOUSING COMPLEX? HOW DO YOU SOCIALLY DISTANCE IN THE HALLWAYS OF A PUBLIC HOUSING COMPLEX? HOW DO YOU SOCIALLY DISTANCE IN THE LOBBY? HOW DO YOU SOCIALLY DISTANCE IN A SMALL PLAYGROUND THAT IS ATTACHED TO PUBLIC HOUSING. WE UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGE AND READY RESPONDERS ARE GOING TO INCREASE THE TESTING IN 40 PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN NEW YORK CITY. SO THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY EXTENSIVE EFFORT BETWEEN NORTHWELL AND — WE HAVE 72 FAITH-BASED SITES. YOU HAVE READY RESPONDERS IN PUBLIC HOUSING AND WE WANT TO NOW TAKE THE NEXT STEP WHICH IS OUTREACH PROGRAMS, GETTING THE PPE INTO THE COMMUNITY, GETTING THE HAND SANITIZER INTO THE COMMUNITY. EXPLAINING SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND WHY THAT’S SO IMPORTANT. AND EXPLAIN HOW THIS VIRUS SPREADS. IT’S A PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION EFFORT. AND YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN ALL ACROSS THE STATE. YOU DRIVE THROUGH SOME OF THESE COMMUNITIES AND YOU CAN SEE THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING ISN’T HAPPENING. PPE IS NOT BEING USED. AND HENCE THE VIRUS SPREADS. AND AGAIN, WE DID THE RESEARCH IN NEW YORK CITY BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE WE HAVE THE PREDOMINANCE OF CASES BUT IT IS GOING TO BE TRUE IN EVERY COMMUNITY ACROSS THIS STATE AND ACROSS THIS NATION. YOU TELL ME THE ZIP CODES THAT HAVE THE PREDOMINANTLY MINORITY COMMUNITY, LOWER INCOME COMMUNITY, I WILL TELL YOU THE COMMUNITIES WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A HIGHER POSITIVE AND YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE INCREASED SPREAD AND YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE INCREASED HOSPITALIZATION. I’M ASKING ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO DO THE SAME THING THAT WE DID IN NEW YORK CITY. FOCUS ON LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES. DO THE TESTING, AND DO THE OUTREACH. DO THE TESTING AND DO THE OUTREACH. THAT’S WHERE THE CASES ARE COMING FROM. THAT’S WHERE THE NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE COMING FROM. THAT’S WHAT’S GOING INTO THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM. THAT’S WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DEATHS. SO THAT IS OUR CHALLENGE. ON REOPENING, WHICH WE’RE DOING ACROSS THE STATE, WE DO IT ON THE NUMBERS, WE DO IT ON THE METRICS, EVERY NEW YORKER CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE AND FIND OUT WHERE THEIR COMMUNITY IS. CAPITAL DISTRICT WILL REOPEN TODAY. WE’RE WORKING WITH RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS RIGHT NOW. THEY CAN HAVE UP TO 10 PEOPLE. WITH STRICT SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES. AT RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS. WE’VE ASKED THEM TO CONSIDER DRIVE-IN AND PARKING LOT SERVICES FOR RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES. BUT WE’RE GOING TO BE WORKING WITH OUR INTERFAITH ADVISORY COUNCIL. OUR INTERFAITH ADVISORY COUNCIL THAT REPRESENTATIVES OF THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY ACROSS THE STATE, ALL DIFFERENT RELIGIONS. I UNDERSTAND THEIR DESIRE TO GET BACK TO RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. FORMER ALTER BOY, I GET IT. I THINK EVEN AT THIS TIME OF STRESS AND WHEN PEOPLE ARE SO ANXIOUS AND SO CONFUSED, I THINK THOSE RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES CAN BE VERY COMFORTING. BUT WE NEED TO FIND OUT HOW TO DO IT AND DO IT SAFELY AND DO IT SMARTLY. THE LAST THING WE WANT TO DO IS HAVE A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY THAT WINDS UP HAVING MORE PEOPLE INFECTED. RELIGIOUS CEREMONY BY DEFINITION IS A GATHERING. IT’S A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER. ., A HOT SPOT THAT RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES CAN BE DANGEROUS. WE ALL WANT TO DO THE SAME THING. THE QUESTION IS HOW DO WE DO IT AND HOW DO WE DO IT SMARTLY AND EFFICIENTLY. PEOPLE ASK ALL THE TIME, NOW THAT WE’RE REOPENING, WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IS WHAT WE MAKE HAPPEN. THERE IS NO PREDESTINED COURSE HERE. THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS PREOR DANED. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IS A CONSEQUENCE OF OUR CHOICES AND A CONSEQUENCE OF OUR ACTIONS. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. IF PEOPLE ARE SMART AND IF PEOPLE ARE RESPONSIBLE AND IF THE EMPLOYERS WHO ARE OPENING THOSE BUSINESSES DO IT RESPONSIBLY, IF EMPLOYEES ARE RESPONSIBLE, IF INDIVIDUALS ARE RESPONSIBLE, THEN YOU WILL SEE THE INFECTION RATE STAY LOW. IF PEOPLE GET ARROGANT, IF PEOPLE GET COCKY, IF PEOPLE GET CASUAL, IF PEOPLE BECOME UNDISCIPLINED, YOU WILL SEE THAT INFECTION RATE GO UP. IT IS THAT SIMPLE. THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT WHAT WE DO. IT’S NEVER BEEN ABOUT WHAT GOVERNMENT MANDATED. GOVERNMENTS CANNOT MANDATE BEHAVIOR OF PEOPLE. AND IT CERTAINLY CAN’T MANDATE BEHAVIOR OF 19 MILLION PEOPLE. IT CAN GIVE YOU THE FACTS, IT CAN GIVE YOU THE FACTS THAT LEAD TO AN INEVITABLE CONCLUSION, AND NEW YORKERS HAVE BEEN GREAT ABOUT FOLLOWING THE FACTS, BUT WE’RE AT ANOTHER PIVOT OPPONENT. YES, WE’RE REOPENING. YES, THE NUMBER ARE DOWN. YES, WE CAN INCREASE ACTIVITY AND INCREASE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. WHAT IS THE CONSEQUENCE OF THAT? IT DEPENDS ON WHAT WE DO. DO YOUR PART, WEAR A MASK. NOW, WEARING A MASK, I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO COMMUNICATE IN A WHOLE DIFFERENT SET OF WAYS. MARIAH IS HEADING UP A PROJECT THAT SHE’LL REPORT ON IN A MOMENT THAT’S HELPING TO COMMUNICATE THIS MESSAGE, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE A SIMPLE THING WEARING A MASK. AND IT’S APPARENTLY SO SIMPLE THAT PEOPLE THINK IT’S OF NO CONSEQUENCE. IT HAPPENS TO BE OF TREMENDOUS CONSEQUENCE. IT IS AMAZING HOW EFFECTIVE THAT MASK ACTUALLY IS. AND DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. I’M NOT A DOCTOR. I’M NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT. AGAIN, LOOK AT THE FACTS. WHAT SHOCKS ME TO THIS DAY AND I WOULD HAVE LOST A LOT OF MONEY ON THIS BET, HOW DO FRONT LINE WORKERS HAVE A LOWER INFECTION RATE THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION? IF I SAID TO YOU WHO’S GOING TO HAVE A HIGHER INFECTION RATE, NURSES IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM, DOCTORS IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM, OR THE GENERAL POPULATION, WHO HAS THE HIGHER INFECTION RATE? I THINK MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE SAID THE NURSES IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. THE DOCTORS IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. THE HOSPITAL STAFF. THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A HIGHER INFECTION RATE BECAUSE THEY’RE DEALING WITH COVID POSITIVE PEOPLE ALL DAY LONG. NOT TRUE. HOW DO NURSES AND DOCTORS HAVE A LOWER INFECTION RATE THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION? HOW DO TRANSIT WORKERS WHO ARE ON THE BUSSES AND SUBWAYS ALL DAY LONG HAVE A LOWER INFECTION RATE THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION? HOW DOES THE NYPD, POLICE OFFICERS, WHO SHOW UP, WHO ARE DEALING WITH PEOPLE ALL DAY LONG, HOW DO THEY HAVE A LOWER INFECTION RATE? HOW DOES THE NYPD HAVE ALMOST HALF THE INFECTION RATE OF NEW YORK CITY? HOW CAN IT BE? THEY’RE THE POLICE OFFICERS. THEY’RE WEARING THE MASK. THE MASK WORKS. THOSE SURGICAL MASKS WORK. AND IT’S IN THE DATA. IT’S NOT THAT I’M SAYING IT. IT’S IN THE DATA. AND IT IS OTHERWISE IT’S INEXPLICABLE. TRANSIT WORKERS ARE LOWER, HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE LOWER. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LOWER. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS LOWER. WHICH ALWAYS HAS THE EMTS WHO SHOW UP FIRST AND HELP A PERSON GET INTO AN AMBULANCE, THEY HAVE A LOWER INFECTION RATE. THE DOCK WORKERS ARE THE CORRECTION OFFICIALS WHO ARE — CORRECTION OFFICERS, WHO ARE IN A PRISON, THEY’RE AT 7%. STATE POLICE, 3%. THEY WEAR THE MASK. WEAR A MASK. REMEMBER ALL THOSE PICTURES OF PEOPLE IN CHINA ALWAYS WEARING MASKS. I WONDER WHY THEY WEAR ALL THOSE MASKS? THEY WERE RIGHT. THE MASKS WORK. THEY ARE PROTECTIVE AND THEY WORK. WEAR A MASK. SO ON MAY 5th, WE LAUNCHED A CONTEST TO COME UP WITH VIDEO MESSAGES PREPARED BY NEW YORKERS TO TRY TO COMMUNICATE THE MESSAGE OF WEAR A MASK BETTER THAN I WAS COMMUNICATING THE MESSAGE OF WEAR A MASK. BECAUSE MY DAUGHTERS WERE QUICK TO POINT OUT THAT MAYBE IT WAS MY COMMUNICATION SKILLS WHICH WERE PREVENTING THE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION OF THE WEAR THE MASK MESSAGE. CAVEAT IS MY DAUGHTERS OFTEN SAY IT IS MY COMMUNICATION SKILLS WHICH ARE THE PROBLEM IN THE HOME, IN SOCIETY AT LARGE. SO MARIAH VOLUNTEERED TO RUN A COMPETITION WHERE WE ASKED NEW YORKERS TO DO A 30-SECOND AD AND THE WINNER OF THE COMPETITION WOULD BE THE AD THAT THE STATE RUNS. WITH THAT I WILL TURN IT OVER TO MARIAH FOR HER UPDATE AND HER REPORT. . >>TODAY, WE’RE EXCITED TO BE SHARING THE FIVE AD FINALISTS THAT OUR TEAM HAS SELECTED FOR THE NEW YORK STATE WEAR A MASK AD CONTEST AND THESE FINALISTS ARE IN THE RUNNING FOR WINNING THIS CONTEST AND BEING SHOWN AS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT. STARTING TODAY, PEOPLE CAN GO TO WEARAMASK.NY.GOV TO VOTE FOR THEIR FAVORITE AD. ON MAY 26 WE’LL BE ANNOUNCING THE FINAL WINNING AD. WE’RE SO GRATEFUL TO ALL THE NEW YORKERS WHO HAVE SUBMITTED ONE OF THE OVER 600 SUBMISSIONS AND WE WILL BE SHARING HONORABLE MENTIONS AS WELL. SO THAT YOU CAN SEE EVEN MORE OF THE GREAT VIDEOS. >>GREAT. 600 SUBMISSIONS AND THESE ARE THE FIVE FINALISTS THAT PEOPLE CAN VIEW AND VOTE ON. OKAY. LET’S SEE THE FIVE FINALISTS. >>I WEAR A MASK FOR MY FELLOW NEW YORKERS. >>MY MAMA IS A HEALTHCARE WORKER. >>NURSES AND DOCTORS. >>FOR MY FATHER. >>FOR THE MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES. >>FOR MY CHILDREN. >>MY COMMUNITY. >>ESSENTIAL WORKERS. >>TRANSIT WORKERS. >>THE IMUNO COMPROMISED. >>I WEAR A MASK SO WE CAN GET BACK TO WORK. >>GO TO SCHOOL, SHARE A MEAL. >>SEE A MOVIE, HUG MY FRIENDS. >>GO TO THE THEATER. >>CONTINUE TO SHOW SUPPORT. >>TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. >>SAVE LIVES. >>STAY STRONG. >>I LOVE NEW YORK. >>WE LOVE NEW YORK. >>WE’VE BEEN STUCK INSIDE OUR HOMES. >>WHILE THE EVERYDAY HEROES HAVE BEEN WORKING OVERTIME. >>FOR NEW YORK TO REOPEN. >>AND STAY OPEN. >>WE NEED TO DO OUR PART. >>AND SHOW WE CARE. >>I WEAR A MASK TO PROTECT YOU. >>YOU WEAR A MASK TO PROTECT ME. >>WE ALL WEAR A MASK. >>TO STOP CORONAVIRUS. >>AND SAVE LIVES. >>SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR NEW YORK. >>BECAUSE NEW YORK LOVES YOU. >>TEXTBOOK SAYS POLITICIANS LEAD. NO. SOMETIMES THE PEOPLE LEAD. AND THE POLITICIANS FOLLOW. FOLLOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY WILL DO THE RIGHT THING. . >>THERE IS STILL A RIGHT THING. MAYBE RIGHT THING IS A NEW YORK EXPRESSION. [MUSIC] % >>GREAT. I KNOW THAT GUY, BY THE WAY. I SEE HIM ALL THE TIME. SO THOSE ARE THE FIVE FINALISTS. PEOPLE CAN VOTE. THEY GO TO THE CORONAVIRUS. CORONAVIRUS.NY.GOV TO VOTE. VOTE BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 25th. HOW MANY TIMES CAN A PERSON VOTE? >>ONCE. >>ONCE. NO VOTER FRAUD ON THIS ELECTION. NO ABSENTEE BALLOTS. NO POLLING PLACE. IS THERE EARLY VOTING? I DON’T THINK SO. ALL RIGHT. SO THAT’S GREAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR DOING THAT. WE’LL ANNOUNCE THAT WINNER MAY 26th. OVER 600 SUBMEETINGS, THOUGH AND THEY ARE REALLY GREAT. I’VE SEEN A NUMBER OF THEM. WE’RE GOING TO POST THE HONORABLE MENTIONS ALSO. BUT ALSO THEY’LL BE AVAILABLE TO LOOK AT. THEY’RE REALLY CREATIVE AND HAVE DIFFERENT VOICES FROM ALL ACROSS THE STATE. I WANT TO THANK VERY MUCH EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED BECAUSE THEY REALLY ARE SPECIAL. AND WITH THAT, WE’LL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE. >>GOVERNOR, WILL WE SEE TESTING OF EVERY NURSING HOME RESIDENT AND STAFFER — SORT OF DEADLINE BY MAY 25th. >>EVERYBODY, EVERY STATE, WANTS TO TEST EVERY PERSON IN A NURSING HOME. EVERY STATE WANTS TO TEST EVERY PERSON IN A CONGREGATE FACILITY. EVERY PERSON IN A PRISON, EVERY PERSON IN THE STATE SO IT BECOMES A QUESTION OF HOW FAST CAN YOU GET THE TESTING UP. YOU KNOW WE HAVE THE MOST AGGRESSIVE AND AMBITIOUS NURSING HOME TESTING PROGRAM, TESTING STAFF TWICE A WEEK. AND WE’RE TESTING PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES NOW. COULD WE EVER GET TO — WE HAVE ABOUT 180,000 PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES? >>LAST SUNDAY WE MANDATED TWICE A WEEK TESTING FOR STAFF. sent to every nursing home across the state to do the testing, we paired them with commercial labs to run the actual tests so that is officially off. That is to meet the mandate of testing. There is about 100,000 residents , 180,000 staff between the adult care facilities and nursing homes. It’s very aggressive. We are the leader and we will meet the goal. They got the kids on Monday, the residence, we sent those out last week. This is separate from the staff. Yes. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>We don’t have a date for opening casinos. The Connecticut governor and New Jersey governor, we have agreed that casinos by a large gathering spot. A lot of people touching equipment and someone else touches the equipment. It poses challenges. We don’t have a deadline or date to open casinos. That is in the phase 4. We don’t have a date for that. Tribal nations are just that, they are nations. They are not bound by state laws. Some of the tribes are, some are federally recognized and not bound by state laws. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>Have we done select tests? >>We started, we are looking at people who work in pharmacies and grocery stores. That has just gotten underway. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>Once we have the data we will record it but we wanted to get a random sample. Workers. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>The Long Island gas providers , that they didn’t need the gas supply because the demand has dropped. A warmer winter, the utility companies are the ones who say they don’t need additional gas. On the alternatives, I haven’t gone through the mall. But whatever we need to do, we will do. The utility companies said they didn’t need the pipeline. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>We can’t have a moratorium. That doesn’t work for anyone. The big question was where we were last year was we need the pipeline and if we don’t get a pipeline, the world is going to end as we know it. We have to have a new pipeline. Now, we don’t have to have a new pipeline and the utility providers say they don’t even think in the future we will need a new pipeline. Because of the reduced demand. That is good news. What will we need? I don’t know. We will work on that and make sure there is enough supply because there can’t be a moratorium. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>We have not — on the data coming in so far we haven’t seen any increases. You have a deviation every day. That is why — I hate to repeat myself. The day-to-day numbers, you have to take with a grain of salt. This whole reporting system does not come from the Old Testament. This is not gospel. This is a system we put up. You will see a day today bounce but we have not seen anything significant anywhere that is worth mentioning. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>There is no update. Watch the numbers, watch the data. You will know just as well as I would know. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>Any hospitalization you are seeing today, I will ask if that is true. Your capacity to track the new stash by definition a hospitalization rate couldn’t have anything to do with the opening. To be hospitalized, you have to get the virus, to incubate, you had to get symptoms, and you go to the hospital. There’s a two week lag on the hospitalization rate. By definition, it couldn’t be linked to the reopening. But those are the data we will look at. Did you see anything? >>We monitor it every day. We have seen upticks because of contact tracing and those processes. Is it limited to a specific issue? Where it’s not a spread, we have to identify the problem right away, we are looking at those regions so we have seen an uptick but nothing of note in the range of transmission is low and in the next couple days we will know. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>We look at it daily so if it pops in a bunch of different areas, that is net versus who is walking in the door. The rate in both is down. That is a good thing. We look at all of these things together and you see a number of things pop real-time. We do this on a 24-hour basis and go to the Department of Health. The positive testing rate is down in those regions so that’s a good sign. >>Let me get you some context so you don’t get lost in the details. You are looking at number of indicators. The reason we have global experts who help us is because this is not — it is new to us. This has been a global experience, the hospitalization rate that they will test you is the lagging indicator. It’s a couple weeks. You want to look at the number of new infections, the diagnostic testing rate, is that going up? The new cases walking in the door. Is that number going up? Antibody testing, is that going up? They are keen at looking at the nursing home staffing numbers. Which is an interesting idea. The staffing numbers — that is indicative of community spread because they are not getting it from the nursing home facilities. Watching the nursing home staff which is twice a week. You would have two measures every week. But you look at the earlier indicators before the hospitalization. So the hospitalization is a two week lag. If you see a problem that’s indicative but it’s two weeks ago and now you have that wave from the last two weeks. Is that right? >>Your dashboard is based on hospitalization. Testing is spotty based on where you have testing. Every day there are tests. >>Testing isn’t spotty. What’s the number of tests per week? >>Upwards of 40,000 a day. How do you start a reopening phase and how do you monitor real-time which is something as regions reopen, we will take a broader look at rates, positive testing. We don’t want to be on the lag anymore. The reopening was what problems do we have, to those dissipate and now that we have reopened, let’s get the diagnostic testing and going on specific areas, hospitalization is one component but the people walking in, trying to do that in real time. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>Let’s stay with the first point. It is not a spotty system. It is 250,000 tests per week. That is the largest percentage of tests done in the United States. That is the largest percentage done of any country. That probably would not qualify as spotty. That would qualify as a comprehensive, exhaustive look into what is going on. 250,000. You watch those tests and that number, the experts are pointing to this nursing home staffing tests which will be twice-weekly as opposed to once weekly. You look at the data and basically what you are looking for is a shift in the data. If you see a shift, they will do a deeper dive on the data, more tests, where is this coming from, you can increase tests overnight. You can say we might have a problem in Buffalo, let’s increase the number of tests. So if you see a shift, deeper dive, more attention and let them understand what is going on. They look for clusters of activity. If you see a shift you may have a cluster. You may have a hotspot. Or you may not have a hotspot and it may be dramatically increased community spread and that would trigger a systemic issue. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>Who wants to speak to the group homes? >>It is something that they do if it is last resort. If there is a shortage, people are out because they are sick and they need certain skill level stepping into cover, that is something that has had to happen. After you raised the issue we have had discussions about supplementing with the volunteer portals and we keep people restricted to the homes they work in an address this issue and we are doing temperature checks. Looking at a full host of other things we will implement. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>This is the political season. I get it. I have refrained from politics. I won’t get into the political back and forth. Anyone who wants to ask why did they do that with COVID patients in nursing homes. It’s because the state followed President Trump’s CDC guidance. They should ask President Trump. I think that will stop the conversation. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>Let’s do one at a time. Your first point, why did the state do that? The state followed President Trump’s CDC guidance. That is the answer. No numbers were changed. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>You have to remember the facts. I know you are the you New York time. But the facts are the facts. Here are the facts. The CDC guidance had a nursing home cannot discriminate against a COVID patient because the issue was hospital capacity. Remember hospital capacity and we were increasing hospital capacity. If a person doesn’t need urging care in a hospital because they are not urgently ill and they have — it can take two weeks to test negative when you are no longer urgently ill. Is the best used of a hospital bed to have someone sit there for two weeks in a hospital bed when they don’t need the hospital bed because they are not urgently ill but waiting to test negative on the antibody test which can take two weeks. And you need that hospital bed with someone who may die without it. Second fact. A nursing home cannot accept a patient who they are not qualified to handle. For a COVID patient, nursing home must say I can quarantine, I can isolate, I have the right stuff, the rate PPE, or else that nursing home should not take that patient. And third point, we always had alternative beds. Any nursing home that says I can’t take that COVID patient, for whatever reason, I don’t care what it is. I don’t have the stuff, the time, I am overstressed. I don’t have the PPE. We always have alternative beds. We have had alternative beds all throughout this. We never got to a place where we were bumping up against the capacity. Any nursing home could just say I can’t take, I can’t handle a COVID person in my facility. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>You have to say the nursing home was wrong in accepting COVID positive patients. That’s what you would have to be saying. That is what you would have to be saying. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>Do you believe the nursing home operator would accept patients who they knew they couldn’t care for? Why would a nursing home operate that way? We had alternative beds. If they didn’t think they could handle a COVID patient they would say I can’t handle the COVID patient. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>I’m not resistant but I’m not playing politics. >>If the federal government wants to start a probe, they can start a probe. What do I have to do? Whether or not a federal probe happens or not. It is irrelevant to me, I have no role in determining a federal probe. I don’t welcome, not welcome, doesn’t matter. President Trump does what he wants to do. He doesn’t listen to a governor. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>We are number 34 in terms of per capita debt in nursing homes. You asked about nursing homes, 50 states, all 50 where is New York? Number 34. Even though we had the highest number of cases per capita, number 34. You could say wow, how come you are only number 34? But that’s because you are the New York Times. Who hasn’t asked a question? >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>Reimagine education means let’s look at what happened, what can we learn that is positive? I would agree with the teachers who say there is no substitute for classroom teaching. There is no substitute. Saying the kid is on the other side of the computer, remotely, that is the classroom experience. It is not. There is no substitute for the teacher, student relationship, that is why we worked hard to reduce class sizes so the teacher has more time with each student. That is 100% right. What happened here was you couldn’t do the classroom experience. Because of the coronavirus. So you have to go to remote learning. I don’t believe every single district was ready for this abrupt shift to remote learning. And how could they be? No one was ready for this abrupt shift. But with this abrupt shift, what did we learn, what skills do teachers need, what equipment do students need? Remote learning, that suggests every child has the equipment at home, parents know how to do it, there is an Internet signal for every student and every locale, none of these things existed. So for this possibility, what can we learn, how can we do better? Everyone wants the schools to open as soon as possible. We have to make sure it is safe and there is no way in my opinion that remote learning can ever be a replacement or substitute for the classroom experience. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>I believe the only intelligent conclusion from this is you better be prepared, if you assume this is the last time something like this is going to happen, I think that is a foolish assumption. I think it is wishful thinking. It reminds me of the first time we have the super storms. And floods and tornadoes and everyone said that will never happen again. Except it did again and again and again. I think having gone through this, we should say let’s prepare for something like this again. First, let’s look at what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Where was the response system, where was the early warning system here? Where the light went off, shine a virus, went to Europe, by the time we did the European travel ban we had 3 million Europeans come to this country. Now we have a hospital capacity question. We have to quickly redesign public health with hospitals to increase hospital capacity. Let’s prepare for all of these things. And it may not be another coronavirus, maybe another virus, maybe some other public health threats. May be a terrorist threat, who knows? The world is full of surprises now. And I think this was an eye- opener for all of us. But for me once, let’s be prepared for the next one. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>You will have the last question. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>There is no official report that the interfaith Council will do. I will speak with them myself. I will talk it through with them. Everyone wants to gets to the same place. And they want to get to the same place safely. I am close to the Orthodox community. For many years. I am speaking to them already. I understand their issues. It is complicated to set one number for one religion and another for — 14 for the Orthodox community and the Roman Catholics, that is what we want to talk through. We will figure it out. I will do my best to try to figure it out. And 10 is going into effect now and statewide. Last question for you. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>We have no update on fares. When they open, when does Saratoga open, when does any of these things open. It all depends on the numbers. No one can tell you what the numbers are. People who tried to make projections are all wrong. We watch the actual numbers. You can start to see a pattern in the numbers. We see a pattern now and the numbers are going down. That is why we are taking the actions we are taking. But are we at a point where we can forecast one will phase 4 happened? No. Not at this point. >>Reporter: [ Inaudible Question ] >>Whatever they want to propose, they can propose and I will look at it. I haven’t heard of anything and I haven’t seen anything. I think all through this in terms of my updates or informing people, I have probably been the most informative elected official all through this. I have done this for about 80 straight days, Saturday, Sunday, I have briefed every day, every person in the state knows what we are doing, when we are doing a. People come up to me on the street who talk about rate of transmission and everything we have done. I feel very good about how exhaustive I have been in communicating. The news hasn’t always been positive and uplifting but I said from day one I will tell New Yorkers the facts, every day and I have every day. I haven’t watched what every other governor has done, I don’t know if everyone has done it for 80 straight days. I feel good about the information we have communicated and I don’t think I can be any more public in the communications. We televised these for anyone who wants to watch. Whatever legislation they come up with, they can propose. I will see you tomorrow. FROM PRO PUBLICA ON WHY THE VIRUS IS HITTING SO HARD AMONG PEOPLE OF COLOR.>>>This Dr. is a cardiologist on a mission. >>My work entails saving limbs and lives. >>Reporter: He moved to the Mississippi Delta, one of the poorest areas in the county. Amputations resulting from diabetes, a condition both of his parents had. >>So many patients are given the option and that is what we are against. >>Reporter: Research shows it’s been more frequent among patients with diabetes in the rural southeast. 3 to 4 times the national average. >>90% of the amputations I see are preventable. >>Reporter: It is a crisis worsened by the coronavirus. Why are we seeing such a high prevalence of COVID-19 in African-American communities? >>They have existed and they found the problem and exposed it. >>Reporter: They sent more than a month covering the crisis in Mississippi. >>What we are all seeing is they are most likely to be affected by the disease are black patients and diabetics. That is the same population that are affected by amputation. >>Reporter: More needs to be done to educate patients about their options and by the government to care for the most vulnerable. Like this 85-year-old. The pandemic leaving her son concerned. >>I am more protective of her. >>Reporter: Patients deserve a chance. >>A chance to be taught how to eat right, live right, knowledge is power. >>>Back with a disturbing rise during the pandemic, many people stay home to stay safe, that can be the worst place to be. Victims of domestic violence, here is Kate Stone. >>Reporter: Like your heart, someone took a huge knife and kept carving your heart out. >>Reporter: The pain is rough for Lissa, their daughter was murdered less than three weeks ago. They adopted her as a baby from Mexico and raised her in Minnesota. >>We thought we had won the parenting jackpot. >>Always smiling. She rode horses, four wheelers, she snow boarded, skewed, a cheerleader. >>Reporter: She got married last year. A relationship they described as controlling. >>I think it was pretty intense . >>Reporter: Then coronavirus and orders to stay inside. >>That was not a safe place for her to be. >>Reporter: Do you think it contributed to everything that happened? >>Sure. It isolated her. >>Reporter: To complaints is there was an argument about her leaving. Her husband admitted killing her and burying her body in a small crawlspace. His lawyer declined to comment. >>Why didn’t I say all the things I am faulting myself for now. Run. Why didn’t I say that? >>Home is not a safe place for victims and now you’re forced to stay inside because outside is bad. >>Reporter: Phone calls in Kentucky have decreased. In part because victims are trapped with their abusers. But the center is getting emails or victims calling friends using a code word for help. What are you telling women about whether they can leave because of the coronavirus rule? >>We are telling them to leave. One of the ways perpetrators are manipulating and mentally abusing is through the coronavirus saying if you walk out you will get the coronavirus and die. >>Reporter: We reached out to organizations and in some places, calls doubled becoming shorter and more frantic. >>We know it is a pandemic but so is domestic violence. >>Reporter: They are starting a nonprofit called Maria’s voice to help victims find resources. >>There is something we can do. It is a call to action and we are parents who have a broken heart. We can do something and we are going to do something to stop domestic violence. >>Reporter: Hoping to stop a pandemic within the pandemic. >>If you or someone you know needs help call the domestic violence hotline or go to the hotline.org. >>>Mexico City is the perfect COVID breeding ground. Overcrowded with the healthcare system already overburdened. This week the government began reopening many businesses. But with about half the population and poverty, stopping work was never an option. Today I went to Mexico City’s market, the COVID epicenter. Guards checked temperature and people inside are wearing masks. But with a half 1 million people buying and selling here every day, social distancing is impossible. The market has never shut and people told me it can’t. It is the city’s heart, soul, stomach and wallet. Lorenzo works here 70s a week to feed his wife and three children. I asked if he’s worried. Yes but fear is better than hunger. But for thousands, forced to gamble with the virus does not end well. Around 1300 people have died from COVID. But critics say the real number could be three times that. And In Brazil, the undercounting may be higher. >>Coronavirus is spreading faster here than anywhere on earth. But health officials believe the number of infections could be worse, perhaps 15 times worse than the official figures. >>Reporter: In Mexico the president says reopening our recommendations, regions decide. It is an acknowledgment and many supporters save this country must work to survive. Even as coffins are wrapped in plastic. And graves dug in waiting Rose. It is hard to know the full scale of the problem because Mexico does very little testing.>>>A single mom in the Bronx, she is worried. >>It is stressful. There are times where I have to close myself in the bathroom and cry. I feel like I’m living in a nightmare. >>Reporter: When the pandemic quit she quit her job. Two with special needs, it is critical for schools to reopen. >>We are worried about regression. >>Reporter: Across the country, the future of education is up in the air especially with reports out of France were dozens of coronavirus cases have been linked to possible classroom exposure. Shortly after schools reopened. Should schools reopened? >>They should make the attempt but this will be dependent upon what happens in the summer and what September looks like. >>Reporter: Minnesota and Texas will be allowed to reopen for classes this summer. Kansas is restarting an August. Katrina has been taking care of her kids at home. >>It is very hard to put them in a schedule at home. Where there are distractions. >>Reporter: Some are considering whether to start early to catch kids up. One floating the idea of year- round school. Many are scrambling to answer questions. >>How do you socially distance on a bus? What does it look like in gym class, what does acquire room look like? >>Reporter: Hopefully not like this. This has been shut down after ignoring social distancing orders. And today New York City announced plans for virtual summer school. One and six are being asked to take classes because many have fallen behind. >>>President Trump increasingly defiant about his decision to take the controversial anti-malaria drug. Despite no evidence that it prevents coronavirus. >>I think it gives an additional level of safety. You can ask, many front-line workers won’t go there unless they have it. >>Reporter: Appointee double down on. >>Hydroxychloroquine is used by thousands of front-line workers. >>Reporter: The largest medical Association says it is not aware of any data showing front-line workers are taking the drug. The FDA has warned against using it outside of a hospital setting due to a risk of serious heart problems and in some cases death. And similar findings in another study find data, the president attacked the study today. >>They were giving it to people and bad shape. They were old, almost dead, it was an enemy statement. >>Reporter: The revelation chucking his top advisers. >>I am taking it. >>Reporter: Nancy Pelosi reacting. >>I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and shall we say which group. Morbidly obese, they say. >>Reporter: Sparking a back- and-forth today. >>I don’t respond to her. She is a waste of time. She is a sick woman, she has a lot of problems. >>I didn’t know he would be so sensitive. He is always talking about other people’s weight, there pounds. >>Reporter: The president revealing he started to take the drug after one of his staffers tested positive. >>A very nice young gentleman tested positive. >>Reporter: The vice president whose press secretary tested positive says he’s not taking it. >>My physician has not recommended but I wouldn’t hesitate and I would take the counsel of my doctor or American should do likewise. >>Don’t listen to other people when they tell you to take medicines because the benefit might not be there but the harm could. >>Reporter: In a statement the FDA reiterated the decision to take any drug is ultimately one between a patient and their doctor. >>>The good news development that researchers have been hoping for. Findings from the South Korean CDC suggest patients who recovered from COVID-19 but tested positive for the virus again were not infectious and not spreading the virus through others. 447 South Koreans tested positive a second time but the virus traces appear to be dead, not a life. Could be an indication of immunity? >>I think it’s too soon to take that and say we know for sure people have immunity but we have seen people have a good immune response and we haven’t yet seen rhe infections. I think taken together, that’s encouraging. >>It felt like one of the worst blues I’ve ever had. >>Reporter: In February, her kids and husband all became very sick. Now after testing positive for the antibodies, she knows it was COVID-19. Which means she could have some protection. >>It felt like this empowering feeling that I don’t have to live in fear and the uncertainty of what it will do to my body orchids are my husband. >>The findings have convinced health experts to loosen some restrictions. Kelly is in Seoul Korea. >>Reporter: They are greediness with optimism and they will not require patients to test negative before being released. And this comes as seniors are headed back to school for the first time in weeks. >>Reporter: It could be critical in hard-hit U.S. states since testing suggests New Yorkers have antibodies but many never knew they were sick. >>Having the antibodies does not mean immunity. But the report is evidence that people who have recovered and have antibodies may be able to return to work without fear of infecting others. >>>She was a 15-year-old when she started complaining about stomach pain. >>It happened so fast. >>Reporter: Within days, she was dead and the latest victim of the newly discovered inflammatory syndrome. She tested positive for COVID antibodies. People need to understand that this kills people. >>Reporter: They hold a briefing call with doctors on what they are learning about the illness. Now found in 24 states and nine countries. Cases seem to be peaking a month behind COVID-19. Many children didn’t know they had coronavirus. Suggesting it comes from an overactive immune response. In New York City there are 147 cases. >>I think it’s the tip of the iceberg. >>Reporter: The medical center start early indications, 80% had no underlying conditions. All had gastrointestinal symptoms in the hospital saw success with the plasma product that helps calm overactive immune responses. It is one of the things doctors used on this 12-year-old. Who went into cardiac arrest before responding. She is now out of the hospital and at her latest checkup showed no signs of permanent damage. >>She came in near death. Within a matter of days we were able to get her off the ventilator’s, breathing on her own. It was one of those moments that you want to celebrate. >>I am so happy that she has a bright future. >>Reporter: That treatments can work if doctors can catch in time. >>>You are watching NBC News Now. We have some breaking news. >>Expect to see more cases across the United States. >>It is news made for your streaming world, live weekdays starting at 6:00 a.m. Eastern. >>>It’s ironic that we closed March 20th, 2020. >>When the hotel was forced to close, they began to think about what it would take to reopen. >>Originally we thought we would be closed for two weeks. It was over a month. Millions of dollars. It got to be very concerning, dipping into reserves and that put more emphasis on the importance of opening. >>They finally reopened April 27th. And since then, operations have looked different. Guests had temperatures taken, restaurants are not at capacity and markings keep people apart. >>A lot of wiping down, disinfecting, constant, the shutdown, the cleaning. >>We have every other machine turned off and we have plexiglass to put between the machines, each machine and we have people removed because the ratios for the mask. >>It is owned and operated by the tribe. Last year, the casino generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue. >>All the dollars, that is the biggest cash cow. Our programs, youth programs, everything is supplemented by the casino. >>Reporter: 90 of the countries casinos have begun operating again. Most are owned by tribes. And as they moved to reopening, they offer a glimpse into what it might look like brother casinos. But she’s not sure how it will affect business in the long run. >>The stimulus checks are out. Taxes were out, we are writing on that. I am concerned with the economy and that it will level out and with no tourists coming in, with the Canadian market being closed, I’m concerned about that. Gaming as our livelihood. We are trying to make up for lost revenue and continue to provide for our tribe. AWAY. NOW THERE’S A BIG SCREEN THAT IS JUST THE THING. YOU’VE GOT TO >>>Friday night, in New York. The four brothers drive in. You can sense the collective sigh coming from each card. A night out. Yes. A night out. >>When you said we are going to the drive-in, what was the reaction? >>They were excited. My son woke up and kept asking all day, when can we go? He was so excited. >>Reporter: Cheryl and her family and neighbors got here plenty early. >>We got here a quarter after six. We have been here for a while. >>It’s not going to start for another hour and a half. >>We don’t care. >>Reporter: It mattered little what was showing. Even to the teenagers. >>Are you excited about tonight’s film? >>We are excited to get out. >>Reporter: I hear trolls is top-notch. >>We stopped by earlier to talk to the brothers who run the drive-in. Paul and John. >>When you heard you were good to go and open up, what was your reaction? >>True excitement. Opening up a bottle of champagne. Jumping up and down. We were crazy. It’s like letting everyone back into some normalcy. >>Reporter: We would like to think the heyday of drive-in movies was decades ago. But with built in social distancing, they provide a way back to the future and a great escape. Food you can pick up or get delivered and what is better than a pizza party in the back of a station wagon? >>This is your number 1 thing, how is the pizza? Meet the Jordans, Emma, Mackenzie, Allison, Kevin and Erica. >>They got to say goodbye to their teachers today. >>It has to be a positive, not a negative. No crying. We are going to have a great day. We had McDonald’s for lunch. Drive-in for the first time, dinner and movies. >>Reporter: Erica is a stay-at- home mom who’s in charge of their studies and Kevin works from their bedroom. >>He’s the teacher and the principal. >>They are doing their best to manage the closedown. >>We do a lot throughout the day. They are on their bikes. It’s not like they are not getting out. >>Reporter: Truth be told. >>This is what we probably needed more than they did. >>Social distancing, getting out of the house, entertainment but we wondered, what about the restrooms? >>We recommend that you hold it in. Perhaps the real heroin, popular Fernandez. A dozen years with the company and tidies up after every visit.>>Reporter: The brothers told us they sold out that first night. What were you hearing as people started coming in? >>Excitement, seeing their faces light up, they are happy to be back. >>Reporter: When twilight came, the screen lit up and the world and its problems faded away. A mix of first-timers and regulars. The regulars thinking you just don’t know what you have been missing. >>>This is serious and it’s time for people to take action to keep themselves safe. >>Reporter: The governor declaring a state of emergency. After heavy rainfall ruptured two dams on Tuesday and central Michigan. 140 miles north of Detroit. Rising waters forcing the evacuation of nearly 10,000 people. >>Today the dams in Midland County breached. If you have a relative or friend somewhere else in the state that you can go and stay with, please, go to their homes. If you don’t, go to one of the many shelters that have been set up. >>Reporter: The evacuations following days of heavy rains in parts of the Midwest bringing flooding to Illinois, Ohio and other states. This family evacuated to a hotel in Bay City, Michigan. >>We packed our dogs, a couple changes of clothes and ourselves. We had to do what we had to do as far as finding a place to stay otherwise we would be sleeping in our vehicles. >>Complicated by the coronavirus. >>Evacuate the area. >>Reporter: Working to get residents out of harm’s way leaving many heading to emergency shelters to balance safety with social distancing. >>They are telling us to stay home and stay safe but it also feels like get out and stay safe. It’s like this weird conflict. Do the rules still apply or what is the right way to be responding? >>Reporter: Families living long two lakes and river forced to flee from one of the worst disasters currently hitting mid Michigan. >>We will do the right thing in the midst of a crisis and help people get out. >>>The tensions are escalating between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Over the president’s use of hydroxychloroquine. >>She is a sick woman, she has a lot of problems. >>I didn’t know he would be so sensitive. He’s always talking about other people’s weight. >>Reporter: Firing back at Pelosi after she criticized his decision to take the drug to protect against coronavirus. With no evidence that it prevents COVID-19. >>I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists. Especially in his age group and his shall we say wait group, morbidly obese. >>Reporter: He is increasingly on the defense about his decision to take the drug claiming it has been used by workers on the front lines. >>Doctors are in favor of it, front-line workers won’t go unless they have it. >>The country’s largest medical Association says they are not aware of any data showing the workers are taking the drug. Joe Biden climbing the president overnight. Comparing this to the moment he questioned whether disinfectants could be a treatment, a statement he later called sarcastic. >>It’s like saying if you inject Clorox in your blood it may kill you. What is he doing? What in God’s name is he doing? >>Reporter: The FDA has warned against using it outside of a hospital setting due to a risk of serious heart problems and in some cases death. And another study funded by the University of Virginia and the NIH that uses data from patients of veterans medical centers found more deaths among those treated with hydroxychloroquine than those treated with standard care. Researchers reported finding no benefit to its use. The president taking aim. >>If you look at the survey, the only bad survey they were giving it to people in bad shape. They were very old, almost dead. It was a Trump enemy statement. >>>The CDC called outline what they learned about the illness, found in 24 states and 10 countries around the world. According to the briefing, the syndrome in children is thought to develop about four weeks after exposure to COVID-19. Many children never showing any symptoms caused directly by the virus. Weeks later a majority of cases are presenting with the fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. Believed to be caused by abnormal immune responses. This 15-year-old developed stomach pain and a rash around Mother’s Day. She tested positive for COVID antibodies. A few days later she was that. One of four children to die here in the U.S. >>People need to understand that this kills people. >>Reporter: In New York City, 147 suspected cases. >>I think it will get worse before it gets better. I think that is the tip of the iceberg. >>Reporter: There is also hope, the CDC said hospitals are having success to treatment. Including immunotherapy and steroids used to calm the overactive immune response. It is what doctors used on a 12- year-old. Who went into cardiac arrest before responding to treatment. She is now out of the hospital and at her latest checkup showed no signs of permanent heart damage. How dramatic was her turnaround?>>She came in and was near death. Within a matter of days we were able to get her off the ventilator, breathing on her own, get her out of the hospital within 10 days. >>Reporter: Her family hoping her story can help pave the way for others. OF PRODUCTS. >>JOHNSON & JOHNSON’S BABY POWER FROM JOHNSON & JOHNSON’S. >>THE PHARMACEUTICAL GIANT SAYS IT WILL NO LONGER USED TELL IN ITS BABY POWDER PRODUCTS SOLD IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. IN A STATEMENT THE COMPANY BLAMED DECLINING SALES, FUELED BY MISINFORMATION AROUND THE SAFETY OF THE PRODUCT AND THE COST OF LITIGATION OF ADVERTISING. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN , CANCER SOCIETY, TO HELP CAN CONTAIN ASBESTOS, A SUBSTANCE KNOWN TO CAUSE CANCER. WHILE JOHNSON & JOHNSON HAS LONG TOUTED THE SAFETY OF ITS TALC-BASED PRODUCTS, THE COMPANY HAS FACED THOUSANDS OF LAWSUITS LINKING THAT TO CANCER, AMONG THEM FOR THIEF — 63-YEAR-OLD WHO WAS THE FIRST TO TAKE ON JOHNSON & JOHNSON’S POWER ALLEGING THAT IT LED TO STAGE III OVARIAN CON CANCER. IN 2013, A FEDERAL DIRTY SIDING — JURY SIDED WITH HER BUT DID NOT AWARD HER DAMAGES. IN 2018, REUTERS PUBLISHED A REPORT SAYING THAT FROM AT LEAST 1971 TO THE EARLY 2000, THE COMPANY’S TALC AND FINISH POWDERS SOMETIMES TESTED POSITIVE FOR SMALL SCAMOUNTS OFN ASBESTOS, INFORMATION JOHNSON & JOHNSON REPORTEDLY FAILED TO DISCLOSE TO THE PUBLIC. THE COMPANY DENY THE REPORTS ALLEGATIONS BUT MONTHS LATER REVEALED IT WAS AT THE CENTER OF SEVERAL FEDERAL OF INVESTIGATIONS ABOUT WEATHER IS TALCUM POWDER’S WERE LINKED TO CANCER-CAUSING ASBESTOS. IN OCTOBER THE COMPANY VOLUNTARILY WE FALL RECALLED 33,000 BOTTLES OF POWDER IN THE U.S. AFTER THE FDA FOUND TRACES OF ASBESTOS FROM A BOTTLE PURCHASED ONLINE. JOHNSON & JOHNSON POINTS ON A STATEMENT, THAT ALL VERDICTS AGAINST THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE APPEALS PROCESS HAVE BEEN OVERTURNED ADDING THAT SCIENCE IS ON THEIR SIDE. — VIGOROUSLY EXTENDING SAFETY OF THERE PRODUCTS AND WINDING DOWN PRODUCTION. >>THIS IS WHAT I WANTED FROM THE BEGINNING. NO FURTHER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE EXPOSED R TO THIS. >>>”CATCH AND KILL” HAS SOLD MILLIONS. ONE OF THE TARGETS FOR TODAY’S SHOW HOST MATT LAUER IS FIRING BACK, LAUNCHING AN ATTACK ON THE REPORTING. IN AN OP-ED PUBLISHED ON THE WEBSITE, METEORITE. AMONG ACTIVE ACCUSATIONS, HE ABANDONED COMMON SENSE AND TRUE FACT CHECKING IN FAVOR OF DEEPLY FLAWED MATERIALS. HE ALSO SAID THE AUTHOR FAILED TO CONFIRM STORIES AND USE MANIPULATING LANGUAGE. “CATCH AND KILL” ACCUSES NBC NEWS AND NBC UNIVERSAL OF IGNORING SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST PROMINENT MEN IN THE COMPANY INCLUDING MATT LAUER FOR YEARS AND DELIBERATELY BEARING THE STORIES AND HARVEY WEINSTEIN’S TO PROTECT MATT LAUER. THE ALLEGATIONS HAVE BEEN DENIED. IN “CATCH AND KILL”, THE WOMAN WHOSE ALLEGATIONS LED TO MATT LAUER’S FIRING PUBLICLY THACCUS HIM OF HER AT THE 2014 OLYMPICS. MATT LAUER SAYS THE TWO HAD A CONSENSUAL AFFAIR AND VIGOROUSLY DENIED ALLEGATIONS. HE SAID HE NEVER USED THE WORD ASSAULT OR WHEN SHE BROUGHT HER CLAIM TO NBC IN 2016. MATT LAUER SAYS HE TRACKED DOWN FOUR PEOPLE THE AUTHOR NEVER INTERVIEWED. THEIR ACCOUNTS ACCORDING TO O MATT LAUER COUNT OUT SOME OF THE BOOKS CLAIMS. IN IT, HE SAYS THE ACCUSER NEVER INFORMED HER BOSS. ANOTHER WOMAN WHO RAN THE COMPANY AT THE TIME TOLD MATT LAUER, THAT WILL IN NO WAY CONVEY THE SERIOUSNESS OF WHAT SHE NOW CLAIMS. THERE WAS NEVER A MENTION OF ASSAULT OR RAPE. RECALLED DOZENS OF COLLABORATORS AROUND THE ALLEGATIONS DESCRIBED IN THE BOOK AND ME THAN A DOZEN AROUND BROOKE NEVILS SPECIFICALLY. NEVELS TWEETED A RESPONSE. AN ACRONYM FOR HOW ABUSERS SOMETIMES RESPOND TO ACCRA NATIONS, DENY, ATTACK, REVERSE AND DEFEND. MATT LAUER SAID HE WANTED TO PUBLISH HIS FINDINGS AFTER THE BOOK WAS RELEASED. THE MORNING SHOW HOST SAYS A RECENT ARTICLE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, CRITICAL OF THE REPORTING, PROMPTED HIM TO RELEASE IT NOW. AMONG THE CRITICISM, THAT THE AUTHOR DOES NOT ALWAYS FOLLOW THE JOURNALISTIC HERITAGE OF CORROBORATION AND DISCLOSURE. HE SAYS THE THEORIES ARE TANTALIZING BUT NOT PROOF. — HE SAYS HE BRINGS CAUTION A NUANCED EACH OF HIS STORIES. THIS MORNING, THE PUBLISHER OF “CATCH AND TMKILL” STANDS BY TH BOOK WRITING, “HE HAS COMMITTED TO THE RIGHTS OF VICTIMS AND HIS IMPECCABLE ATTENTION TO DETAIL MAKE US FFPROUD TO BE HI PUBLISHER.” NBC NEWS HAS OFFERED NO COMMENT ON THE LOWER MATT LAUER PIECE. MATT LAUER SAYS THIS IS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. STEPHANIE GOSK, NEW YORK. >>>IT IS ONE OF THE SURE SIGNS OF SUMMER. >>I HAVEN’T . HAD SUCH A — TH WHOLE TIME. >>RUSHING SAND AT YOUR FEET AND THE OCEAN BREEZE IN YOUR HAIR. >>I NEEDED FOR MY MENTAL HEALTH TO SIT LOUT HERE AND LO AT THE OCEAN AND KIND OF BREATHE. >>Reporter: THIS MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY, MANY BEACHGOERS ARE TAKING A BREAK FROM CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS. >>I DON’T FEEL OULIKE YOU ARE GOING TO BE AS EXPOSED TO THE CORONAVIRUS AS YOU WOULD BE AS A A CONFINED SPACE LIKE A GROCERY STORE. >>Reporter: BUT KEEPING A KEEN EYE ON SOCIAL DISTANCING, ON FLORIDA’S DELRAY BEACH, SWIMMING, WALKING AND JOGGING ALLOWED, SUNBATHING AND SURFING, ARE NOT . >>HOW DO YOU STOP PEOPLE FROM FLOODING TO SOUTH FLORIDA? >>I THINK IT IS GOING TO BE LESS ATTRACTIVE TO O COME TO A BEACH WHEN THERE ARE OTHER BEACHES THAT ALLOW ALL ACTIVITIES. WE ARE LOOKING AT KEEPING THE NUMBERS OF CROWDS DOWN IN INITIALLY. >>Reporter: CROWDS ALREADY GATHERING ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY, ON THE POPULAR JERSEY SHORE, IN ANTICIPATION OF THE E HOLIDAY. >>WE NEED FRESH AIR, . A BEACH A LIFE. >>Reporter: ON NEW YORK’S CONEY ISLAND, BARRICADES ONON T BOARDWALK THOUGH PEOPLE CAN STILL JOG AND WALK ON THE SAND FOR NOW. NEW YORK’S GOVERNOR JUST ANNOUNCING STATE BEACHES WILL BE OPEN FOR THE HOLIDAY WITH RESTRICTIONS, ONLY 50% CAPACITY, NO ACTIVE SPORTS COME UP PICNIC AREAS AND PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED. >>IT FEELS GOOD, YOU KNOW? IT IS SUCH A RELIEF. >>Reporter: IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, FINDING SOLACE IN THE E NEWLY OPENED GOLDEN COAST BUT THIS IS WHAT MANHATTAN AND NEWPORT BEACH IS LOOKED LIKE BEFORE THE HOLIDAY. STOKING FEARS OF MORE COVID-19 SPREAD. DIFFERENT COUNTIES REOPENING WITH DIFFERENT RESTRICTIONS FROM BANDS ON CHAIRS AND CANOPIES IN L.A. TO KNOW BUILDING SAND CASTLES IN ORANGE COUNTY. RECOGNITION, SOME SUMMER TRADITIONS WILL BE BROKEN. MAKE ANY AND ALL RESTRICTIONS RIGHT NOW THAT PREVENT PEOPLE FROM GETTING SICK AND SPREADING THE DISEASE ARE NECESSARY. >>Reporter: THIS YEAR, CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAY WITH SUNSCREEN AND A DOSE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING. >>>IT IS NOW TIME TO LAUNCH OUR COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER BECAUSE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS A COUPLE OF DAYS AWAY. OF COURSE, THINGS WILL LOOK AND FEEL DIFFERENT THIS YEAR SO WHEN YOU MAKE PLANS YOU PROBABLY WONDER WHAT IS SAFE AND WHAT ISN’T. WE HAVE EXPERTS STANDING BY HELPING YOU NAVIGATE THE NORMAL. WE WILL TALK WITH MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR. DON TORRES. THIS QUESTION IS FROM BECKY. >>IF ENTHE VIRUS IS PRESUMED T BE TRANSFERRED THROUGH THE EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH, HOW SAFE IS IT TO BE IN A POOL OR AT THE BEACH FOR ANY OF MY GRANDDAUGHTERS? >>GOOD QUESTION. >>YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO CATCH CORONAVIRUS FROM ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE AT THE POOL THAN YOU ARE FROM THE WATER. IT IS A RESPIRATORY VIRUS. IT DOES NOT LIVE WELL IN THE WATER SO DON’T WORRY MUCH ABOUT THAT. YOU NEED TO DO THINGS YOU NEED TO DO TO STAY SAFE FROM ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE THERE MEANING IF ON OUTSIDE YOUR CIRCLE OF TRUST, SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE IMPORTANT. ON TOP OF THAT, DO NOT SHARE TOWELS, WATER BOTTLES, SUNSCREEN BECAUSE IF SOMEONE HAD CORONAVIRUS AND USED THEM, THEY COULD TRANSFER NET TRANSMITTED TO YOU. SO THE WATER RISK IS VERY LOW SO AT THE LAKE, BE GENTLE YOU CAN ENJOY THE WATER . >>MASKS, YES OR NO OUTSIDE THE BEACH OR THE POOL? >>IF YOU CANNOT SOCIALLY DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK. >>PEOPLE WANT TO GO TO A BARBECUE AND SOME PEOPLE MIGHT GO AND WONDER A WILL THE FOOD BE OKAY, HIIS THERE SOMETHING THEY SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT THERE? >>RO NOT TOO MUCH FROM THE FOOD BECAUSE THE ,FOOD ITSELF, THE VIRUS DOES NOT LIVE WELL IN MEAT OR ON VEGETABLES BUT THE PERSON WHO PREPARED IT, IF THEY ARE SICK THEN THERE IS A RISK OF THEM TRANSMITTING IT SO MAKE SURE WHOEVER IS PREPARING THE FOOD NUMBER ONE IS NOT JUST SICK, IS WEARING A GLOVE AND WASHING THEIR HANDS. WHEN YOU RINSE VEGETABLES AND SALAD, RINSE THEM WITH WATER. YOU DO NOT NEED SPECIAL CLEANING PRODUCTS OR SO BECAUSE THAT COULD GET YOUR STOMACH UPSET. JUST REGULAR RINSING. >>BE CAREFUL OF THE KETCHUP AND MUSTARD BOTTLES. WE WILL MOVE ON TO VICKI WITT OUR INVESTIGATOR AND CONSUMER CORRESPONDENT. A LOT OF PEOPLE PUT MONEY DOWN ON VACATION RENTALS. MAYBE THEY UTHAVE HEARD IT IS OKAY TO COME BUT IF YOU WANT TO CANCEL, IS THAT COOL? CAN YOU DO THAT? >>YOU CAN ALWAYS CANCEL BUT THE QUESTION IS HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST YOU. YOU HAVE TO FORFEIT YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT THAT YOU PAID IN ADVANCE. THINK ABOUT IT AND TAKE A STEP BACK. WHAT IS MAKING YOU NERVOUS? ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT THE CLEANING? ASK THEM TO EMAIL YOU IN WRITING WHAT ARE THE CLEANING PROTOCOLS. ONCE YOU GET THE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THEY DISINFECT YOU WILL FILL CALMER AND SAFER. A POLICY IS BEING INSTITUTED WHERE IT TIS ASKING HOSTS TO WAIT 72 HOURS AT AIRBNB BETWEEN GUESTS. >>IF YOU WANT EXTRA CLEANING YOU CAN ASK FOR THAT? >>YOU CAN ALWAYS ASKED FOR IT AND IT IS UP TO THE OWNER WHETHER OR NOT THEY DO IT. WE TALK ABOUT THE BIG HOME SHARING PROGRAMS LIKE AIRBNB THEY HAVE ALREADY SAID THEY WOULD ENHANCE CLEANING POLICIES. WE PLAN TO GET OUT AT SOME POINT THIS SUMMER. WE WILL BRING OUR WEBSTER WIPE DOWN HIGH TOUCH SURFACES. THAT WILL GIVE YOU PEACE OF MIND, TOO. >>SOMETIMES THERE IS STUFF TO RENT LIKE A KAYAK OR JETSKI. WOULD YOU SAY YES OR NO TO THAT? >>YEAH, THIS IS A GREAT TIME. MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS THE UNOFFICIAL KICKOFF TO THE BOAT SEASON SO THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. IT’S NOT A GOOD TIME TO GET ON A SMALL BOAT WITH PEOPLE YOU ARE NOT ISOLATING WITH. IF YOU HAVE A YARD THEN YOU DO YOU, THAT IS FINE. THE OTHER THING TO CONSIDER IS THE RENTAL DESK. WHEN IN A SMALL ENCLOSED AREA, KEEP YOUR MASK ON AND ARE THEY WIPING THE PADDLE BOARDS, THE HANDLES? IF NOT, WIPE THEM DOWN. >>WE WILL BRING IN STEPHANIE, SENIOR BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE MAKING TRENT — PLANS TO TRAVEL. SHARON FROM NEW JERSEY HAS A BIG QUESTION. >>IF I DECIDE TO TRAVEL THIS SUMMER AND I GET ON A FLIGHT AND I SEE IT IS OVERCROWDED OR PEOPLE ARE NOT WEARING MASKS, AM I ALLOWED TO GET OFF THE FLIGHT AND GET A REFUND OR GET A PREMIUM UPDATE? >>GOOD QUESTION. STEPHANIE? >>WE ARE SEEING AIRLINES CHANGE THEIR POLICIES EVERY DAY TO GET CLOSER TO THIS, THEY ARE REQUIRING MASKS BUT AT THE SAME TIME YOU HAVE SEEN VIRAL PHOTOS OF PACKED PLANES WITH PEOPLE NOT WEARING MASKS. UNITED HAS CHANGED THEIR POLICY. IF YOU EXPECT TO GET ON A PACKED FLIGHT THEY ARE ALLOWING YOU TO REBOOK ON A DIFFERENT FLIGHT OR PLGET A CREDIT. MOST AIRLINES ARE ENHANCING CANCELLATION POLICIES TO HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRIPS PLANNED. >>SPEAKING OF REFUNDS, IF YOU HAVE PAID YOUR GYM MEMBERSHIP OR POOL MEMBERSHIP AND YOUR GYM IS NOT OPERATIONAL OR YOUR POOL IS AN, ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND? >>IT COMPLETELY DEPENDS. WE ARE SEEING THAT MOST PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN BUILDINGS THAT HAVE THESE AMENITIES AND IN WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR EXAMPLE, THEY ARE TRYING TO FOOT A BILL THAT LANDLORDS WILL HAVE TO REFUND PART OF THE RENT FOR THE TENANTS WHO PAID FOR THE FANCY BUILDING AND IF YOU DON’T GET THESE AMENITIES, AND OTHER THINGS, AMCAN YOU OFFER AT LEAS FREE INTERNET OR OTHER AMENITIES BECAUSE LEASING IS EXPENSIVE. >>THAT SURE IS. I HAVE LET YOU KNOW, STEPHANIE, YOU ARE A VIRAL SENSATION. THERE IS A VIDEO OF YOU AND YOUR CUTE SON. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE SEEN THIS BUT JUST LOOK AT IT FOR A SECOND. STEPHANIE MAYBE THE BEST LOOKING WOMAN IN TELEVISION AND WITH THE #MOM GETS IT DONE. THAT IS A HIT. >>HE IS SITTING NEXT TO ME, PREPARING TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS UTABOUT ECONOMICS AND DIDN’T REALIZE, IT WAS MY TIME TO GO AND IT WAS TOO LATE FOR ME TO PUSH HIM OFF THE SCREEN. >>I UNDERSTAND. VERY CALM. A BEAUTIFUL SITE BY THE WAY AND A BUNCH OF MOMS WERE ONLINE GIVING YOU TWO THUMBS UP SO THANK YOU SO MUCH, STEPHANIE. >>THANK YOU. >>>THIS MORNING, REUTERS RETURN REPORTING NEW PLANS FOR A NATIONWIDE STUDY OF MORE THAN 300,000 AMERICANS TO HETRY TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. THE CDC WILL TEST SAMPLES FROM BLOOD DONORS AND 25 CITIES LOOKING FOR ANTIBODIES WHICH ARE CREATED BY THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AFTER IT FIGHTS OFF THE VIRUS. >>WE WILL TAKE THE ANTIBODY TESTING. >>WE FIRST GAVE YOU AN INSIDE LOOK ON TWHAT IT IS LIKE TO TA AN ANTIBODY TEST LAST MONTH. THREE NBC NEWS PRODUCERS, DAVID, MICHELLE AND LAUREN ALL HAD DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS PTOF COV- 19 OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS. COUGH, FEVER, BODY ACHES, EVEN NAUSEA AND LOTS OF — BUT THEY NEVER GOT A DIAGNOSTIC TEST. SO THEY VOLUNTEERED TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST AFTER THEY RECOVERED. THE RESULTS, FTMICHELLE AND LAUREN, POSITIVE, DAVID, NEGATIVE BUT .MORE WITH THAT 15 TESTS ON THE MARKET, MANY NOT AUTHORIZED BY THE FDA, HEALTH OFFICIALS SOUNDED THE ALARM ON THE ACCURACY. OUR PRODUCERS VOLUNTEERED TO THEIR SLEEVES AGAIN TO SEE HOW THE TESTS COMPARE. >>– IN MY BLOOD. >>THEY OFFER DIRECT TO CONSUMER ANTIBODY TESTING, SIMPLY SIGN UP ONLINE AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE LAB. >>IF YOU GO OFF ON YOU KNOWN YOUR OWN, YOU DON’T NEED TO GO SEE A DOCTOR. I HAVE HEARD YOU GUYS WERE GOING TO BE DOING ANTIBODY TEST?>>THIS TIME PRODUCERS HAD A FIVE-MINUTE VIDEO VISIT WITH A DOCTOR ONLINE WHO ORDERED THE TEST THROUGH LABCORP. PLUS THEY WENT TO MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL IN NEW YORK. WHICH DEVELOPED ITS OWN TEST FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND PEOPLE LIKE OUR PRODUCERS INTERESTED IN DONATING THEIR PLASMA FOR RESEARCH. >>WE WILL SEE IF IT IS SIMILAR TO THE OTHER ONES. >>ALL THE TESTS INVOLVED A BLOOD DRAW AND THE RESULTS BACK IN ABOUT 24 HOURS. FOR ALL FOUR TESTS, THE RESULTS WERE CONSISTENT. LAUREN AND MICHELLE POSITIVE, DAVID, NEGATIVE. >>WHAT DO YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THAT? THE FACT THAT OUR PRODUCERS TOOK FOUR DIFFERENT ANTIBODY TESTS AND GOT THE SAME RESULTS EACH AND EVERY TIME? >>THAT IS GREAT. I THINK THAT HOPEFULLY, OVER TIME, WE WILL SEE WHICH OF THESE TESTS PERFORM THE BEST. >>THERE ARE A FEW THAT ARE FDA AUTHORIZED UNDER IMAGERY — EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION TO BE USED AND THOSE TEND TO HAVE UP TO 100% RELIABILITY. >>BEFORE TAKING ANY ANTIBODY TEST, CHECK THE FDA WEBSITE TO MAKE SURE WHICH ONES ARE AUTHORIZED AND ASK A DOCTOR WHICH ONE THEY USE BEFORE YOU GO. IS THERE ANYTHING SOMEONE SHOULD DO DIFFERENTLY IF THEY KNOW THEY HAVE DEVELOPED THE ANTIBODY FOR THE VIRUS? >>WE REALLY RECOMMEND THAT PEOPLE PROCEED WITH CAUTION, CONTINUE ALL THEIR RECOMMENDED THINGS THAT EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BE WEARING OTHER MASKS, WASHING HANDS, CLEANING SURFACES. >>IT IS IDEAL TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST 3 ‘STO 4 WEEKS AFTER FEELING SYMPTOMS. A DIFFERENT TEST IS MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE, DIAGNOSTIC AND YOU TAKE THAT TEST BEFORE OR DURING SYMPTOMS. NEW YORK GOVERNOR, ANDREW CUOMO TAKING A DIAGNOSTIC TEST ON LIVE TV, THIS ONE INVOLVING A LARGE SWAB THAT TAKES A SAMPLE FROM THE BACK OF THE THROAT. THE PLNEWER VERSION USE SALIVA SAMPLES. >>THE ROYAL — RELIABILITY DEPENDS ON WHICH TEST YOU GET PICKED >>THE PPR TESTS ARE MOST RELIABLE AND CAN TAKE UP TO ONE WEEK FOR RESULTS. A NEW TYPE OF TEST CALLED THE THE ANTIGEN TEST CAN DIAGNOSE COVID-19 IN LESS THAN ONE HOUR. THE FDA APPROVED IT FOR EMERGENCY USE BUT ALSO WARNS IT MAY NOT BE ACCURATE EVERY TIME. >>IT STILL CAN HAVE FALSE NEGATIVES WHICH MEANS THEY TELL YOU YOU YARE NEGATIVE WHEN IN FACT YOU ACTUALLY HAVE THE DISEASE AND THAT IS ONE OF THE CONCERNING THINGS. BE BECAUSE YOU COULD SPREADING IT TO OTHERS UNKNOWINGLY? >>EXACTLY. >>REMEMBER, DIAGNOSTIC TESTS IG ARE AND FORT IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHETHER YOU ARE TESTING POSITIVE AND WHETHER YOU COULD BE SPREADING THE VIRUS. ANTIBODY TESTS ARE USED TO DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE DEVELOPED IMMUNITY FROM THE VIRUS. THE COST RANGES FROM $1 OUT-OF- POCKET TO $300. OO>>THESE ANTIBODY TESTS I’M SURE GIVE PEOPLE PEACE OF MIND AND IT’S GOOD NTTO KNOW THEY AR CONSISTENT LIKE IN YOUR REPORT BUT MORE IMPORTANT, BUSINESSES ‘ NEED THIS INFORMATION WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT REOPENING. >>EACH ANTIBODY TEST IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF THE PUZZLE KNOWING WHO HAS BEEN INFECTED AND WHO HAS ANTIBODIES WILL SHOW WHAT AREAS ARE LOWER RISK OF COMMUNITY SPREAD AND IF THE DATA CONTINUES TO SHOW SOMEO SORT OF IMMUNITY WHEN YOU HAVE ANTIBODIES THAN IT CAN ALSO HELP DECIDE WHO CAN GET BACK OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AT A LOWER RISK. ALL OF THIS CRUCIAL INFORMATION FOR OFFICIALS TO DECIDE WHO GOES BACK TO WORK AND HOW WE REOPEN. >>EVEN IF YOU DO HAVE ANTIBODIES, YOU HAVE TO PWEAR THE MASK AND TO ALL THE SAME THINGS. >>YOU STILL WANT TO BE CAREFUL. >>MAKE SURE YOU ARE TESTED. WHAT ABOUT THESE PLACES WHERE THE TESTS ARE BEING CONDUCTED? ARE THEY ALL THE SAME? >>THEY RUN THE GAMUT. PRODUCES TOLD US SOMEWHERE FOLLOWING SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES, SANITIZING ONE PATIENT AND ONE PATIENT OUT AND OTHERS WERE A LITTLE MORE LAX ON THOSE REGULATIONS SO DEFINITELY, BRING YOUR HAND SANITIZER AND WHERE YOUR MASK. >>>THIS MORNING IN SOUTH KOREA, A WHOLE NEW WAY OF GOING TO SCHOOL. THIS LONG LINE YOU SEE HERE IS BECAUSE OF TEMPERATURE CHECKS. T EVERY STUDENT, EVERY STAFF MEMBER IS GETTING A TEMPERATURE CHECK AND A SQUIRT OF HAND SANITIZER. HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS OF THE FIRST GROUP BACK IN THE SLOW, STAGED RETURN. >>ARE YOU HAPPY TO BE BACK? >>YES . >>INSIDE, THEY STICK OUT ROOMS, NSPACE DESKS FURTHER APAT . OPENING FOR THE YOUNGEST STUDENTS, TOO, AMERICAN PAUL GREATER IS THE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR . >>KNOWING HOW IT IS HANDLED, KNOWING HOW IMPORTANT AND ACTUALLY SIGNIFICANT PROTOCOLS LIKE HANDWASHING AND EXTRA VIGILANT CLEANING SURFACES MAKES ME FEEL A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE STARTING SCHOOL AGAIN. >>SCHOOLS WERE SUPPOSED TO START REOPENING LAST WEEK BUT THAT WAS DELAYED AFTER A CORONAVIRUS OF BREAK LINKED TO NIGHTCLUBS IN SEOUL, KOREA. NEARLY 200 CASES LINKED TO THAT CLUSTER AND NOW FACING PUBLIC BACKLASH ACCUSED OF BEING IRRESPONSIBLE. A MEMBER OF THE BAND, BTS PUBLICLY APOLOGIZED FOR GOING AGAINST GOVERNMENT ADVICE TO STAY HOME. THEY MISSED CROSSING PATHS WITH THE INFECTED BY ONE HOUR. >>– >>WE ARE NOT SHOWING THE PLACE BECAUSE IT IS PUBLICLY ANCHORED . SHE STILL HAS TO SELF QUARANTINE. A CRUCIAL PIECE OF SOUTH KOREA’S STRATEGY WHICH WILL BE EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND AFTER FLYING IN FROM LONDON. A 15 DAY QUARANTINE ENDED ON MONDAY . >>WE FEEL REALLY CONFIDENT THAT WE ARE VIRUS FREE . >>THIS MORNING, A NEW BATTLE FOR HEALTH OFFICIALS, AFTER NURSES AT ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST HOSPITALS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. >>>THIS MORNING WE HAVE A LOOK AT HOW ONE OF THE LARGEST FOOD AND BEVERAGE COUNTRY COMPANIES IN THE COUNTRY IS DEALING WITH S THE PANDEMIC. STEVEN WILLIAMS, CEO OF TEXACO FOODS, NORTH AMERICA JOINS US WITH AN EXCLUSIVE AMOUNTS MEANT. THANKS FOR TALKING WITH US. >>GOOD MORNING, HOW ARE YOU DOING? >>I’M DOING GREAT. LET’S JUMP RIGHT IN. TELL US ABOUT THE INITIATIVE AT PEPSICO BEING ANNOUNCED TODAY? >>PEPSICO FOUNDATION PAND PEPSICO HAVE LAUNCHED A NEW $30 MILLION INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE IMMEDIATE RELIEF AND LONG-TERM RECOVERY FOR BLACK AND LATINO COMMUNITIES. THIS BUILDS ON THE $50 MILLION GOAL BLOW GLOBAL COMMITMENT TO PROVIDE VITAL SUPPORT FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY COVID-19. >>WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT HOW SOME OF THOSE IN THE COMMUNITIES ARE TAKING A HARDER HIT BECAUSE OF COVID-19. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO YOU GUYS TO DONATE DIRECTLY TO BLACK AND LATINO COMMUNITIES? >>WILL FIRST I WOULD TELL YOU, YOU KNOW, THE FOCUS IS REALLY ABOUT RAISING AWARENESS AND TO ENCOURAGE OTHER COMPANIES AND PUBLIC SECTOR AGENCIES TO STEP UP TO MEET THESE NEEDS FOR THE DURATION OF THE PANDEMIC AND AS YOU KNOW, THESE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR HAVE A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF COVID-19 INFECTION AND MORE THAN THE NATIONAL POPULATION AND WE BELIEVE WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO HAVE AN IMPACT WITHIN THESE COMMUNITIES EVERY DAY. THESE COMMUNITIES ARC EMPLOYEES, THESE COMMUNITIES ALSO ARE OUR CONSUMERS. >>STEPHEN I WANTED TO GET THE MONEY — IN ORDER TO GET THE MONEY DIRECTLY TO THOSE WHO NEED IT, YOU ARE WORKING WITH SPECIFIC ORGANIZATIONS. >>THEY ARE BOTH LONG-TERM PARTNERS OF PEPSICO. IN THE PEPSICO FOUNDATION. WE HAVE WORKED WITH URBAN LEAGUE FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND WE HAVE WORKED WITH UNIT OH FOUR MORE THAN 45 YEARS. WE BELIEVE THESE PARTNERS ARE BESTS. SUITED AND THEY ARE IN T COMMUNITIES TO PROVIDE DIRECT ASSISTANCE. THESE PARTNERSHIPS, THE MONEY WILL GO TO THE 14 HARDEST HIT COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION, PLACES LIKE BALTIMORE, CHICAGO, DALLAS, NEW ORLEANS, LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK AND WE BELIEVE THEY ARE BEST SUITED TO REACH DEEPLY IN THE COMMUNITIES AND THEY HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF DOING SO. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT FOOD PRICES IF WE CAN. FOLKS HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT, WE HAVE BEEN REPORTED ON HOW GROCERY STORE PRICES ARE ON THE RISE, VEDIFFICULT FOR FOLKS MANY TIMES AND HAS PEPSICO RAISED ITS PRICES ON PRODUCTS YOU HAVE? W, IF >>YOU KNOW, WE DOUBLED US I’M SORRY, WE HAVE SEEN AND WE HAVE BEEN SEEING STORIES ABOUT GROCERY PRICES RISING. WE ARE TRYING OUR BEST TO KEEP PRICES LOW AND IN THE CATEGORIES THAT WE DO BUSINESS IN. ES OPERATING IN THIS ENVIRONMENT IS EXTREMELY COSTLY BUT WE ARE TRYING OUR BEST NOT TO PASS ON THE BRUNT OF THE WORK WE ARE DOING TO KEEP OUR PEOPLE SAFE. — >>HAVE YOU RAISED PRICES? >>MODESTLY BUT NOT SIGNIFICANTLY. >>I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE A LITTLE FRUSTRATED BECAUSE I THINK THEY FEEL LIKE THE GROCERY BUSINESS IS DOING DOING SO WELL DURING THE PANDEMIC SO THEY WONDER WHY THE PRICES ARE BEING PASSED ON TO THEM. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? >>ABSOLUTELY PICKED IT IS A TRUMP ENVIRONMENT TO OPERATE IN. TRACING AND HANDLING EMPLOYEES IS JOB NUMBER ONE, OUR NUMBER ONE FOCUS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE AND YOU DO THAT AND IN THIS ENVIRONMENT INCLUDING PROVIDING PPE, MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE DEEP CLEANING, FACTORIES EVERY NIGHT, MAKING SURE THAT WE KEEP OUR EMPLOYEES THAT — SAFE AND VERY EXPENSIVE AND YES, IT IS A VERY DIFFICULT OPERATING ENVIRONMENT AND SO AS WE WORK HARD TO KEEP OUR PRICING DOWN AND THAT IS OUR COMMITMENT. >>BEFORE YOU LEAVE US THIS MORNING, THIS IS GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION, LAST WEEK, PEPSICO UNVEILED A DIRECT TO CONSUMER WEBSITE ESSENTIALLY CUTTING OUT THE GROCERY STORE ES COMPLETELY. IS THIS TEMPORARY FOR THIS TIME OR A NEW WAY OF DOING BUSINESS FOR YOU? >>NO, IT IS NOT TO CUT THE GROCERY STORE OUT COMPLETELY BIG IT REALLY IS ABOUT BUILDING DIRECT RELATIONSHIPS WITH CONSUMERS. IT IS ALSO ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT CONSUMERS CAN FIND OUR PRODUCTS ALWAYS, EVERYWHERE. AND IT IS A CAPABILITY -BUILDING, REACHING THE MARKETPLACE AND IT IS NOT TEMPORARY. WE TRY TO BUILD CAPABILITY IN NU THIS AREA. >>DEFINITELY GETTING A T OF BUZZ BECAUSE IT IS ALL ABOUT ACCESS. STEVEN WILLIAMS, THANK YOU. WE KNOW IT IS A BUSY TIME SO THANK YOU FOR TALKING WITH US THIS MORNING. >>THANK YOU. >>> ♪♪>>>YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. >>WE’VE GOT SOME BREAKING NEWS. >>EXPECT TO SEE MORE CASES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. >>IT’S NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD. LIVE, WEEKDAYS, STARTING AT 6 AM EASTERN. >>>TODAY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION OFFICIALLY CALLING IT A PANDEMIC. NONE OF US IS UNAFFECTED BY ITS IMPACT. >>>COMING IN NOVEMBER, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE VOTING FOR STABILITY. >>I HAVE TO PLAN A FUNERAL. HOW IS THIS GOING TO WORK? >>IF YOU DON’T PREPARE FOR IT — THE PANDEMIC. >>JOIN ME AS WE HEAR FROM EVERYDAY PEOPLE GRAPPLING WITH THE ISSUES OF OUR TIME. >>>THE COUNTRY WAS FORCED IN PART BY SHARED SACRIFICE. ONCE AGAIN WE WILL CONTINUE TO STAY INFORMED AND ENGAGED IF WE FOLLOW THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER. I’M LESTER HOLT AND TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES AT NBC NEWS, TAKE CARE. >>>IF IT’S ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS. >>WOULD YOU PREFER A 14 DAY NATIONAL SHUTDOWN? >>IF IT’S ASKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. >>RESPIRATORS AND VENTILATORS. HAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEPPED UP ENOUGH? >>IF IT’S NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL IN AMERICA AND IF IT IS SUNDAY, IT’S MEET THE PRESS. >>>A PANDEMIC THAT HAS TURNED OUR WORLD UPSIDE DOWN. THE STORY CHANGES HOURLY. >>MORE STATES ARE DOING A SLOW ROLLOUT, LIFTING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS EVEN WITH LESS THAN 2% OF OUR NATION TESTED. >>IT IS THE 11th HOUR. >>AT THE BEGINNING OF 2020 I HAD — FUNCTIONING RESTAURANTS — AND WE WERE STILL OPERATING — YEARS, THE SUPREME % COURT HAS HELD THAT THE WITH THIS PANDEMIC . >>CAN THE PAST FEW MONTHS, SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN CLOBBERED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. DUE TO STAY HOME ORDERS, ONLINE PRESENCE ARE HIGH OVERHEAD COSTS, MANY BUSINESSES HAVE HAD TO CLOSE THEIR DOORS FOR GOOD. >>WE JUST LOOK AT THE NUMBER — AND STILL BEING ABLE JUST TO — VERY SAD AND UNCEREMONIOUS, YOU KNOW, GOODBYE. AND IT HAS MADE ME JUST ANGRY FOR NOT JUST THE BUSINESSES WE HAD TO CLOSE BUT FOR THE INTERACTION OF THE STUFF THAT WE WERE EXPERIENCING FROM — HARD WORK AND — IT IS JUST A SAD AND IT MAKES ME ANGRY — OVERNIGHT. >>MANY OTHERS COULD FACE THE SAME THING. ACCORDING TO — AMERICA, 7.5 MILLION SMALL BUSINESSES ARE AT RISK OF CLOSING IN THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS. THE FOUR BUSINESS OWNERS WE SPOKE TO EMPLOYED 30 PEOPLE. NOW THEY ARE OUT OF WORK. >>INDEPENDENT, 75% OF OUR REVENUE COMING INTO — PRETTY OBVIOUS TO US GIVEN THE CHALLENGE WE ALREADY FACE THAT THERE WAS NO WAY — RELATIVELY — EVEN THOUGH EVERYONE IS — AT THIS POINT I’M KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR HOW I CAN HELP BECAUSE OF THE WAY I RUN MY BUSINESS I WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS OKAY. >>I OWN A — COMPANY IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA WHERE WE — GROUPS OF 20 OR LESS WHO WANTED TO CELEBRATE — IN A SPECIFIC TIME AND PLACE. IT WAS NECESSARY — IT WAS ABOUT BEING ABLE TO PROTECT OUR ENTIRE BUSINESS — THE STATE THAT WE CREATED. >>WHEN YOU PROCESS THIS EMOTIONALLY, 33 YEARS OF BUSINESS AND NOW YOU ARE LOOKING AT YOUR EMPLOYEES DISAPPEAR AND YOUR BUSINESS IS GONE IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE . >>LOSING — CLOSE TO WHEN YOU HAVE TO EMPTY OUT THE APARTMENT. THAT WAS EXACTLY HOW I FELT. >>>SMALL BUSINESS LAOS LAYOFFS ARE SHOWING SIGNS OF LIFTING. 1000% IN MARCH AND FOR MOST JUMPED 138% FROM MARCH TO APRIL. THAT IS INCLUDING TO DATA FROM HUMAN RESOURCE PROVIDER GUSTO BUT GUSTO SAID IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF APRIL SOME SMALL BUSINESSES STARTING BRINGING WORKERS BACK. SOME OF THOSE BUSINESS OWNERS ARE GOING THROUGH IT, HERE IS WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO IN THEIR OWN WORDS. >>BETWEEN ALL THREE BUSINESSES WE ARE DOWN ALMOST 90% OF SALES AND REVENUE MAKING IT VERY DIFFICULT TO PROCEED. WE CAN’T CLOSE THE DOORS OF A FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS. MY BROTHER, MY DAD, MY LITTLE SISTER ALL WORK HERE AND WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP IT GOING. WE HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE 1992 SO WE HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR 20 YEARS AND WE DON’T WANT TO LOSE IT. >>WE HAD TO MAKE A DIFFICULT DECISION TO CLOSE OUR DOORS ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO. WE ESTIMATE THAT THE DECISION BEFORE ORDERS WERE PUT IN PLACE THAT THE GOVERNOR IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA AND WE MADE THAT DECISION BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY THINGS OUT OF OUR CONTROL. >>WE TRIED TO HIRE BACK AS MANY OF OUR EMPLOYEES AS POSSIBLE. SOME DON’T WANT TO COME BACK YET. THEY FEEL IT IS TOO SOON. THEY DON’T FEEL SAFE ENOUGH. WE HAVE A CURBSIDE PICKUP AND WE HAVE CONTACT FREE PICKUP. WITH ALL THESE EFFORTS, WE ARE STILL OPERATING AT 90% BELOW OUR TYPICAL REVENUE . >>I DO HAVE SOME CONCERNS. SOME OF IT IS MINOR BUT SOME THINGS, FOR EXAMPLE, IT IS AFFECTING OUR OFFICE, THE WAY OUR OFFICE IS SET UP. WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE OFFER SERVICES TO OUR CLIENTS, MENTAL HEALTH IS A VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE AND HAVING TO BRING CLIENTS IN AND SERVICES WITH — NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE AS MANY PEOPLE IN ONE DAY BECAUSE WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE OFFICES ARE STERILIZED AND WE DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO CHANGE THE WHOLE STRUCTURE OF OUR BUSINESS. >>PEOPLE AREN’T COMING BACK OUT — THAT DOES NOT MAKE UP FOR 186% REVENUE THAT WE — MARCH 8 SO WE NEED A BROADER VISION, BIGGER VISION AND HOW TO BRING IT BACK TOGETHER IN MOST OF THESE SMALL BUSINESSES. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE GOING TO DISAPPEAR. >>>PARENTS IN I.C.E. DETENTION FACILITIES ARE REFUSING TO BE SEPARATED FROM THEIR CHILDREN. OFFICERS PREVENTED PRESENTED PARENTS WITH THE OPTION OF SEPARATING FROM THEIR KIDS ARE REMAINING TOGETHER IN DETENTION INDEFINITELY AND NOT ONE OF THE 366 FAMILIES AGREED TO SEPARATE. NBC NEWS, JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT, JULIET JOINS ME NOW. WHY ARE PARENTS BEING GIVEN THIS OPTION RIGHT NOW? >>ALLISON THEY EXPLAINED TO US , I TALKED TO A SENIOR I.C.E. OFFICIAL THAT THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO A LAWSUIT THAT WAS BROUGHT ON HALF OF BEHALF OF FAMILIES IN DISSENTS DETENTION BECAUSE CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE KEPT IN THERE MORE THAN SIX MONTHS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND SAID THEY SHOULD BE RELEASED AND — WITH THEIR PARENTS. INSTEAD THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO OFFER A FORM TO THE PAST TO SAY YOU CAN RELEASE YOUR CHILDREN BUT YOU CANNOT GO WITH THEM TO THEN GO SHOW THE JUDGE THAT THESE PARENTS ARE CHOOSING TO KEEP THEIR CHILDREN IN DETENTION SO THE LAWYERS SAY THIS IS AMID — NOT ALL THEY INTENDED AND THE PARENTS WERE CAUGHT BY SURPRISE AND A LOT OF THEM WERE VERY DISTURBED AND INTIMIDATED AND THOUGHT THE GOVERNMENT WAS GOING TO TAKE THEIR CHILDREN AWAY BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SUMMER OF 2018. >>SUCH A SCARY SITUATION PECULIAR, I.C.E. IS DRAFTING A NEW FORM THAT WOULD ASK PARENTS TO WAIVE THEIR RIGHTS. CAN YOU EXPELLING — EXPLAIN WHAT THAT MEANS? >>LET ME EXPLAIN THAT THE SETTLEMENT GOES BACK AND PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN IN I.C.E. CUSTODY AND WHAT IT REALLY SAYS THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE THERE LONGER THAN 20 DAYS. THESE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN THERE FOR AN AVERAGE OF SIX MONTHS BECAUSE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS TIGHTENED TO THE POINT WHERE THERE ARE NO OPTION SO THEY ARE WAITING TO SEE IF THEY CAN APPEAL AND THERE IS A LONG LEGAL PROCESS AND THE GOVERNMENT IS WAITING TO SEE IF ANY BARRIERS CAN BE REMOVED SO THEY CAN DEPORT THEM AS A FAMILY. IN THE PROCESS, THE JUDGE WHO OVERSEES THE U.S. SETTLEMENT THAT PROTECTS THEIR RIGHTS SAYS THESE FAMILIES, THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT IN COMPLIANCE BECAUSE OF THE FAMILY SO NOW I.C.E. IS GOING TO DO AND WHAT THEY TOLD US EXCLUSIVELY IS THEY ARE WORKING ON A NEW FORM THAT WOULD ASK THE PARENTS TO WAIVE THE RIGHTS THAT WERE GRANTED TO THEM BY THE COURTS WHICH WOULD INCLUDE KEEPING THEIR CHILDREN FOR UNDER 20 DAYS BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THAT IS NOT HAPPENING SO THAT IS JUST ANOTHER DEAD END FOR THESE FAMILIES TRYING TO SEEK ASYLUM HERE AND THAT IS SOME KIND OF PROTECTION FOR THEIR HEALTH AND FOR THE FAMILY . >>YES, JULIE THESE FAMILIES ARE OBVIOUSLY DEALING WITH SO MUCH. I KNOW YOU HAVE REPORTED ON THIS EXTENSIVELY. WHAT ARE YOU HEARING? HOW ARE THEY HANDLING ALL OF THIS? >>IT IS HARD BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY CONFUSING PIECES EVEN FOR JOURNALISTS WHO KNOW THIS STUFF. YOU CAN IMAGINE FOR WHAT IT IS LIKE FOR A FAMILY. I SPEAK MOST OF THE TIME THROUGH THEIR LAWYERS FOR THEM AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE CAUGHT OFF GUARD. ONE OF THE LAWYERS SAID THERE WAS INSIST IN A FAMILY IN PENNSYLVANIA WHO WERE AFRAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE THEIR CHILDREN WITHOUT THEM. THE OTHER THING THE PARENTS MAY NOT UNDERSTAND WHICH IS DEVASTATING TO THEM IS ONCE — THE GOVERNMENT THEN TREATS THEM LIKE A SINGLE ADULT AND IT IS A LOT EASIER FOR THEM TO BE DEPORTED WHICH ONLY SEPARATES THEM FURTHER THE PARENT AND CHILD SO THERE ARE A LOT OF CONFUSING AND HARD PIECES TO THIS WHOLE STORY. THIS IS ONE SEGMENT OF IT. WE ARE ALSO COVERING WHAT IS HAPPENING TO FAMILIES AND IMMIGRANTS TRYING TO GET IN AT THE BORDER WHO ARE BEING SENT BACK TO WAIT IN POVERTY AND UNSAFE CONDITIONS IN NORTHERN MEXICO BUT THIS PIECE PARTICULARLY CAUGHT MY EYE AND IT’S SOMETHING I THINK MIGHT VERY EASILY BE COVERED UP WHILE WE ARE ALL LOOKING AT THIS PANDEMIC. >>IS JUST HEARTBREAKING FOR SO MANY OF THE FOLKS THAT HAVE BEEN REPORTING ON IT. JULIE, THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE APPRECIATE IT. >>THANK YOU. >>>FOR SOME, STAYING AT HOME DURING A PANDEMIC CARRIES ITS OWN DANGERS BECAUSE VICTIMS OF PARTNER AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE, THE THREAT IS IN THE OWN HOME. >>SOME ARE REPORTING AN INCREASE IN THE FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY OF THE ABUSE THEY ARE EXPERIENCING WHILE IN THE SITUATION . >>GET THE NATION’S LARGEST ANTI-SEXUAL VIOLENCE ORGANIZATION, RAIN IS EXPLAINING WHY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO REMAIN IN DANGER RATHER THAN GO OUT. >>MANY OF THEM ARE HIGHLIGHTING CONCERNS AROUND THEIR OWN HEALTH AND CONSIDERATIONS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY SHOULD STAY OR WHETHER THEY FEEL LIKE THEY NEED TO STAY AT HOME EVEN THOUGH — >>IT IS MORE COLLOCATED THAN EVER FOR SURVIVORS TO SEE THEIR DOCTORS, LAWYERS AND AN IMMEDIATE RIDE ESPECIALLY IN THE AFTERMATH OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CAN BE VITAL. >>TO BE ABLE TO FREELY RIDE PARTICULARLY IN THIS MOMENT TO A DOCTOR’S OFFICE TO COLLECT EVIDENCE TO PROSECUTE A CASE WHICH HAS TO HAPPEN WITHIN A PARTICULAR TIME FRAME AFTER A SEXUAL ASSAULT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. WITHOUT THAT EVIDENCE, THAT PERSON COULD HAVE A HARDER TIME MAKING THEIR CASE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CERTAINLY AN ACCEPTABLE CASE IN COURT. >>NOW, WHEN SOMEONE CALLS FOR HELP, A LOCAL PERSON THEY TALK TO MAY BE ABLE TO OFFER A PREMIUM LYFT RIDE WHEREVER THEY NEED TO GO . >>WE COMMITTED TO FUNDING. THIS IS A PILOT PROGRAM. IN THIS TIME WHEN SOMEONE FEELS LIKE THEY ARE IN DANGER, IF THEY ARE A SURVIVOR AT THIS POINT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT OR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND — WE WORK TO PROVIDE SERVICE PROVIDERS. >>RAIN SAYS THEY ANTICIPATE THE COURTS DOUBLE THE SEXUAL VIOLENCE WILL INCREASE AS THE ORDERS LEFT. BUT HELP IS AVAILABLE NOW. >>I WANT SURVIVORS TO KNOW THAT RAIN IS HERE TO SUPPORT THEM DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME AND AT ALL TIMES AND IF YOU ARE SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY SEXUAL VIOLENCE, PLEASE CONTACT THE NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HAD HOTLINE IT ONE-800-656-HOME. >>>THIS MORNING, ER DOCTORS ARE ASKING WHERE ARE THE PATIENTS? >>WE ARE SEEING A LEGITIMATE EMERGENCY PATIENT DELAYING COMING IN BECAUSE OF FEAR OF CATCHING COVID-19. >>STACY IS ONE OF THOSE PATIENTS WHO BATTLES HEART DISEASE FOR 15 YEARS BUT A RECENT SCARE IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM HAS ARE AFRAID TO GO BACK. >>I HAVE HAD A HEART ATTACK AND NOW I HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19. IT REALLY MADE ME FEEL LIKE I’M GOING TO DIE. >>>SOMETHING FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS SAY NEARLY 1/3 OF ADULTS SAY THEY HAVE DELAYED MEDICAL CARE BECAUSE OF CONCERN ABOUT CONTRACTING CORNERBACK. AT THE PEAK OF THE VIRUS, ASCENSION HEALTH SYSTEM WITH 150 HOSPITALS IN 20 STATES SAYS PATIENT VISITS TO THE ER WERE DOWN 38%. DOCTORS SAY THAT CAN BE DEADLY. >>WE HAVE SEEN HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES AND SURGICAL ISSUES THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A RELATIVELY BENIGN PROCEDURE AND SOMETHING WE COULD HAVE ACTED ON THAT ARE COMING INTO LATE FOR US TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. >>SOME PATIENTS ARE COMING IN CRITICALLY ILL BECAUSE THEY DELAYED NEEDED VISITS. >>THERE ARE A LOT OF PATIENTS WHO ARE BASICALLY DEAD ON ARRIVAL BY PARAMEDICS BECAUSE THEY WAITED TOO LONG. >>THIS IS AN EMERGENCY. >>WITH NEW SAFETY PROTOCOLS IN PLACE AT HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY, DOCTORS STRESS THE DANGER OF AN UNTREATED HEART ATTACK OR STROKE IS MUCH GREATER THAN THE RISK OF CATCHING COVID-19 IN THE HOSPITAL. MAKE YOU ARE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO DIE OF A CARDIAC ISSUE WITHOUT APPROPRIATE MEDICAL CARE THEN YOU ARE TO DIE OF THE CORONAVIRUS. >>CARRIE JOINS ME FROM OUTSIDE A HOSPITAL IN FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA. YOU SPOKE OF A DOCTOR AT THE HOSPITAL WHO SAID PATIENTS ARE BASICALLY DEAD ON ARRIVAL BECAUSE THEY ARE WAITING TOO LONG TO CALL 9-1-1. HOW ON EARTH ARE HOSPITALS TRYING TO CONVINCE PEOPLE THAT IT IS SAFE TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM? >>Reporter: DR. OSMOND AT BROWARD HEALTH IN FORT LAUDERDALE SAYS FIRST RESPONDERS ARE TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT TO PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN THEY ARRIVE AT A HOSPITAL IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM LIKE THIS, THEIR PERCEPTIONS ARE WRONG. THE MISPERCEPTION IS THAT THE HOSPITAL AMBULANCE ARRIVES HERE, YOU ARE TAKEN OUT ON A STRETCHER AND YOU GO THROUGH WHAT PEOPLE BELIEVE IS LIKE A CLOUD OF CORONAVIRUS THAT SOMEHOW MAY INFECT THEM BUT IN EMERGENCY ROOMS HERE AND ACROSS THE NATION, THEY HAVE SEPARATED AS PEOPLE COME IN SO CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS ARE ISOLATED OVER HERE AND OTHERS ARE TAKEN OVER HERE SO THERE IS NO CROSS-CONTAMINATION. A LOT OF IT IS BECAUSE INITIALLY, WHEN THIS FIRST HAPPENED, ESPECIALLY IN THE EARLY DAYS OF MARCH, HOSPITALS WERE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO PERHAPS DELAY GOING TO THE HOSPITAL. THERE WERE NOT TALKING ABOUT EMERGENCIES BUT ABOUT ELECTIVE SURGERIES BUT AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, PEOPLE GET CONFUSED AND THERE IS A REAL FEAR. NOBODY WANTS TO BE EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS BUT AS THE DOCTORS SAY, THAT IS NOT THE CASE HERE. >>>THE FIGHT FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINE IS A GLOBAL EFFORT. DOZENS OF PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND BIOTECH FIRMS NOW WORKING SIMULTANEOUSLY ON A CURE. >>THERE ARE SCIENTISTS AROUND THE WORLD, EACH WORKING ON THEIR OWN WAY TO CREATE A VEXING. WE MAY WIND UP HAVING MORE THAN ONE. THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL. >>VACCINES INTRODUCE AN IMITATION INFECTION IN HUMANS THROUGH AN AGENT THAT IN SOME WAY RESEMBLES THE DISEASE. TRIGGERING THE BODY INTO PRODUCING BLOOD CELLS AND ANTIBODIES TO FIGHT THE INFECTION. TYPICALLY THE VACCINE IS TESTED OVER THE COURSE OF YEARS. FIRST IN ANIMALS TO DETERMINE WHETHER A VACCINE PREVENTS INFECTION. JUST LAST WEEK, RESEARCHERS AT OSCAR UNIVERSITY SUCCESSFULLY PREVENTED PNEUMONIA CAUSED BY THE VIRUS IN MONKEES. DUE TO THE URGENT NEED TO FIND A VEXING, ANIMAL TRIALS ARE BEING SKIPPED AND HUMAN TRIALS ARE UNDERWAY, CARRIED OUT IN THREE PHASES. FIRST, HUMAN TRIALS WILL SOON ENTER PHASE 2 FOLLOWING PROMISING EARLY RESULTS. MORE HEALTHY VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED IN AN EFFORT TO SEE HOW IT CAN AFFECT A MORE DIVERSE GROUP. >>TYPICALLY PHASE 1 IS FOR SAFETY, PHASE 2 IS TO FIGURE OUT THE DOSE AND PHASE 3 IS A VERY LARGE TRIAL WHERE YOU FIGURE OUT THE EFFICACY AND THE SAFETY OF A VEXING. THAT USUALLY TAKES SEVERAL YEARS . >>RATHER THAN TRYING TO MANIPULATE THE LIVE VIRUS, SOME COMPANIES LIKE MODERNITY LOOKING AT A NEW KIND OF VEXING , ONE THAT ATTEMPTS TO GENETICALLY MODIFY THE VIRUS ITSELF. SPECIFICALLY, REPROGRAMMING THE GENETIC CODE NOTICE MESSENGER RNA WHICH INSTRUCTS CELLS TO MAKE PROTEINS SEATED WITH THE CORONAVIRUS BUT WITHOUT MAKING SOMEONE SICK. THE IMMUNE SYSTEM WILL THEN KICK IN TO CREATE ANTIBODIES TO FIGHT OFF COVID-19. >>ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF MESSENGER RNA IS HOW QUICKLY THESE DIFFERENT CANDIDATES CAN BE GENERATED. >>HOW LONG WILL A VACCINE TAKE TO DEVELOP? LAST MONTH, SAVANNAH DOCTOR, DR. ANTHONY FAUCI ASKED WHETHER A 18 MONTH VACCINE WAS REALISTIC. >>DO YOU FEEL THAT IS IN THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY? >>YES, I DO. WANT TO GO QUICKLY BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IT IS A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE. I THINK THAT IS DOABLE. >>ONCE A VACCINE IS PROVEN EFFECTIVE AND LICENSED BY THE FDA, THE CDC WILL DETERMINE HOW BEST TO ADMINISTER IT. SOME COMPANIES ARE ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEXT CHALLENGE. RAMPING UP MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES IN HOPES OF BEING ABLE TO WIDELY DISTRIBUTE THE VACCINE WHICH COULD TAKE MONTHS TO PRODUCE ON A MASSIVE SCALE. A HIGH-STAKES MBLE THAT COULD LEAD TO A BIG PUBLIC HEALTH PAYOFF.>>>IF IT’S ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS. >>WOULD YOU PREFER A 14 DAY NATIONAL SHUTDOWN? >>IF IT’S ASKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. >>RESPIRATORS AND VENTILATORS. HAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEPPED UP ENOUGH? >>IF IT’S NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL IN AMERICA AND IF IT IS SUNDAY, IT’S MEET THE PRESS. >>>THIS COUNTRY WAS FORGED IN PART BY SHARED SACRIFICE AND ONCE AGAIN WE’VE BEEN ASKED TO STEP UP. WE HOPE YOU WILL STAY INFORMED AND STAY ENGAGED AS WE FOLLOW THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER. I’M LESTER HOLT AND FOR ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES AT NBC NEWS, TAKE CARE. >>>YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. >>WE’VE GOT SOME BREAKING NEWS. >>EXPECT TO SEE MORE CASES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. >>IT’S NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD. LIVE, WEEKDAYS, STARTING AT 6 AM EASTERN. >>>NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT, COVERING CORONAVIRUS WITH FACTS OVER FEAR. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT VENTILATORS. WHAT SHOULD WE BE CONSCIOUS ABOUT? >>WALK ME THROUGH WHAT THE SYMPTOMS LOOK LIKE? >>AT A TIME OF CRISIS, TURN TO THE MOST TRUSTED NEWS ANCHOR IN AMERICA. >>>AS SEVERAL STATES REOPEN, THERE MAY BE JOBS OUT THERE FOR THE TAKING. THE BEST POSITIONS IN THE JOB SEARCH. >>A LOT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW AND IT IS SERIOUS. PUT ASIDE A FEW HOURS TO FOCUS AND CLEANUP YOUR RESUME. IF YOU HAVE BEEN HEAVILY IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 SHUTDOWN, THERE IS SKILL AND HOW THIS COULD TRANSFER ACROSS DIFFERENT SECTORS. REMEMBER DEMAND HASN’T DISAPPEARED IT HAS ONLY SHIFTED. THINK ABOUT YOUR SKILLS, THINK ABOUT NEW BUSINESSES AND NEW NEEDS BECAUSE OF CORONA. NEXT LET’S GET TWO NEW SKILLS. THERE ARE A LOT OF FREEWAYS TO LEARN RIGHT NOW. NEW SKILLS — THIS WILL HELP YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW TAKING A CLASS COULD BE A HUGE HELP WHEN THINGS ARE FEELING OUT OF CONTROL. GETTING YOURSELF ON A SCHEDULE LEARNING PROGRAMS HELP YOU FEEL ESSENTIAL. NEXT, CONSIDER BOTH YOUR SHORT AND LONG-TERM CAREER GOALS. IF YOU NEED TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE RIGHT NOW LOOKING FOR THAT JOB IS REALLY DIFFERENT THAN LOOKING FOR A NEXT STEP IN YOUR CAREER. YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE? IF YOU NEED SOMETHING RIGHT NOW, THAT JOB MIGHT BE THE COMPANIES THAT ARE SELLING ESSENTIAL THINGS LIKE GROCERIES AND BIG STOP BOX STORES. SEE IF HE CAN TOLERATE THAT RISK. LOTS OF DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES ARE STILL HIRING AND ACCEPTING REMOTE WORKERS. YOU CAN ALSO TRY FREELANCE WORK TO TRY AND SAVE RIGHT NOW. FOR LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS, LOOK AT WAYS TO START TARGETING POTENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES. EVEN IF COMPANIES ARE NOT HIRING RIGHT NOW YOU CAN THINK ABOUT HOW TO TRANSIT YOUR SHORT- TERM JOB INTO LONG-TERM ONES BY LEAVING TWO FULL-TIME POSITIONS DOWN THE LINE. IF THERE IS A COMPANY YOU KNOW YOU WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH AND WORK FOR ONE DAY, SEE IF THEY ARE HIRING AND MAYBE TAKE A SHORT TERM POSITION. AND DO NOT FORGET TO NETWORK, NETWORK MORE THAN EVER. YOU WILL BE SURPRISE, WRITING A COLD EMAIL RIGHT NOW YOU MIGHT GET A RESPONSE. PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THEIR PHONES A LOT MORE, THEY ARE ANSWERING CALLS, THEY WANT TO HELP. SO REACH OUT. YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO GRAB A COFFEE WITH SOMEONE BUT SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE THE TIME — HAD A TIME LIKE THIS IS IMPORTANT. IF YOU NEED HELP ASK FOR IT AND IF YOU CAN GIVE HELP GIVE IT. THAT APPLIES TO THOSE LOOKING FOR WORK AND THOSE WHO MIGHT HAVE THE ABILITY TO HIRE SOME MORE. FINALLY DO NOT GIVE UP AND PLEASE BE PATIENT. EVERYTHING IS TAKING LONGER. EVERYTHING IS A PROCESS. IT’S NOT YOU IT’S THE TIME WE ARE LIVING IN. THERE IS SO MUCH UNCERTAINTY OUT THERE RIGHT NOW AND EVERYBODY IS DOING THE BEST THEY CAN. SO PLEASE, KEEP YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, WRITE TO ME IF YOU NEED TO. TAKE A WALK AROUND THE BLOCK AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH. BUT WE ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS AND WE ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER. ROADS ACROSS THE STATE ARE CLOSED. >>THIS IS SERIOUS, AND IT’S TIME FOR>>>THIS IS SERIOUS, AND IT IS TIME FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE ACTION TO KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE. >>GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WHITMER OVERNIGHT DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY AFTER HEAVY RAINFALL RUPTURED TO DAMS TUESDAY IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN, ABOUT 140 MILES NORTH OF DETROIT. RISING WATER — THE EVACUATION OF NEARLY 10,000 PEOPLE. >>– MIDLAND COUNTY BREACH, IF YOU HAVE A RELATIVE OR FRIEND SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE STATE WHERE YOU CAN GO AND STAY WITH, PLEASE GO TO THEIR HOMES. IF YOU DON’T, GO TO ONE OF THE MANY SHELTERS THAT HAVE BEEN SET UP. >>Reporter: THE EVACUATIONS FOLLOWING DAYS OF HEAVY RAINS AND PARTS OF THE MIDWEST ALSO BROUGHT FLOODING TO PARTS OF ILLINOIS, OHIO AND OTHER STATES. KATRINA CONLEY EVACUATED WITH HER FAMILY TO A HOTEL IN BAY CITY, MICHIGAN. >>WE PACKED OUR TWO DOGS, A COUPLE OF CHANGES OF CLOTHES AND OURSELVES. WE HAD TO DO WHAT WE HAD TO DO AS FAR AS FINDING A PLACE TO STAY OTHERWISE WE WOULD BE SLEEPING IN OUR VEHICLES. >>Reporter: THE DEVASTATED FLOODING COMPLICATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS. >>EVACUATE THE AREA. >>Reporter: AUTHORITIES WORKING TO GET RESIDENTS OUT OF HARM’S WAY, LEAVING MANY HEADING TO EMERGENCY SHELTERS TO BALANCE THEIR SAFETY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING. >>THEY ARE TELLING YOU THE STAY HOME, STAY SAFE ORDER, BUT THEN GET OUT, STAY SAFE. SO IT IS LIKE THIS REALLY WEIRD CONFLICT. SO EITHER CORONAVIRUS RULES STILL APPLY WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO BE RESPONDING? >>Reporter: THIS MORNING FAMILIES LIVING ALONG TO LAKES IN THE RIVER FORCED TO FLEE FROM ONE OF THE WORST FLOOD DISASTERS CURRENTLY HITTING THE MICHIGAN. >>WE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING IN THE MIDST OF A CRISIS AND HELP PEOPLE GET OUT. >>>THIS MORNING THE TENSIONS ARE ESCALATING BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, OVER THE PRESIDENTS USE OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. >>LUCY IS A SICK WOMAN SHE HAS A LOT OF MENTAL PROBLEMS. >>I DIDN’T KNOW HE WOULD BE SO SENSITIVE, HE IS ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE’S WEIGHT AND THEIR POUNDS. >>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT FIRING BACK UP LUCY AFTER SHE QUESTIONED HIS DECISION TO TAKE THE ANTI-MALARIA DRUG TO FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS. >>I WOULD RATHER HE NOT BE TAKING SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE SCIENTISTS, ESPECIALLY IN HIS AGE GROUP, AND HIS, SHALL WE SAY WEEK GROUP, WHICH IS MORBIDLY OBESE. >>Reporter: MR. TRUMP IS ON DEFENSE ABOUT HIS DECISION TO TAKE THE DRUG CLAIMING IT HAS BEEN USED BY WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINES AGAINST THE PANDEMIC. >>ANY DOCTORS ARE IN FAVOR OF IT, MANY HEALTHCARE WORKERS WON’T GO THERE UNLESS THEY’VE HAD THE HYDROXY. >>Reporter: BUT THERE IS NO DATA SHOWING THAT THOSE ARE TAKING THE DRUG. FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SLAMMING THE PRESIDENT OVERNIGHT. COMPARING THIS TO WHETHER PRESIDENT TRUMP COMPARED DISINFECTANTS TO BE A TREATMENT. >>THAT’S LIKE SAYING IF YOU INJECT CLOROX IN YOUR BLOOD IT MAY CURE YOU. COME ON MAN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHAT IN GOD’S NAME IS HE DOING? >>Reporter: THE FDA HAS WARNED AGAINST USING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE OUTSIDE OF THE HOSPITAL SETTING DUE TO A HISTORY OF HEART PROBLEMS AND IN SOME CASES EVEN DEATH. IN OTHER STUDIES FUNDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA AND THE NEH WAS USING DATA AT VETERANS MEDICAL CENTERS FOUND MORE DEATHS THAN THOSE WHO WERE TREATED WITH HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE THAN THOSE WHO SOUGHT STANDARD CARE. RESEARCHERS ALSO REPORTED FINDING NO BENEFIT TO ITS USE. THE PRESIDENT TAKING AIM. >>IF YOU LOOK AT THE ONE SURVEY, THE ONLY BAD SURVEY THEY WERE GIVING IT TO PEOPLE IN VERY BAD SHAPE, THEY WERE VERY OLD, ALMOST DEAD. IT WAS A TOUGH ENEMY STATEMENT. >>>THE CDC CALL OUTLINE THAT THEY’VE LEARNED ABOUT THE ILLNESS NOW FOUND IN AT LEAST 24 STATES AND 10 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. ACCORDING TO THE BRIEFING MULTISYSTEM AND INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME IN CHILDREN OR MADE SEE HIS THOUGHT TO DEVELOP ABOUT FOUR WEEKS AFTER EXPOSURE TO COVID-19. MANY OF THE CHILDREN NEVER SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS CAUSED DIRECTLY BY THE VIRUS. WEEKS LATER A MAJORITY OF CASES ARE PRESENTING WITH A FEVER AND GASTROINTESTINAL SYMPTOMS. BELIEVED TO BE CAUSED BY AN ABNORMAL IMMUNE RESPONSE TO THE VIRUS. 15-YEAR-OLD DARIEN A DEVELOPED STOMACH PAIN AND A RASH AROUND MOTHER’S DAY. SHE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID ANTIBODIES. A FEW DAYS LATER SHE WAS DEAD. NOW ONE OF FOUR CHILDREN TO DIE HERE IN THE U.S. >>PEOPLE NEED TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS KILLS PEOPLE. >>Reporter: IN NEW YORK CITY ALONE THERE ARE NOW 147 SUSPECTED CASES. >>I THINK IT’S GOING TO GET MUCH WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER. I THINK IT’S THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. >>Reporter: BUT THIS MORNING THERE IS ALSO HOPE, THE CDC SAYS HOSPITALS ARE HAVING SUCCESS WITH SOME TREATMENTS INCLUDING IMMUNOTHERAPY AND STEROIDS, USED FOR COMMON OVERACTIVE IMMUNE RESPONSE. IT’S WHAT DOCTORS IN LOUISIANA USED ON 12-YEAR-OLD JULIET BAILEY WHO WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST BEFORE RESPONDING TO TREATMENT. SHE IS NOW OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, AND THAT HER LATEST CHECKUP SHOWED NO SIGNS OF PERMANENT HEART DAMAGE. HOW DRAMATIC WAS JULIET’S TURNAROUND? >>SHE CAME IN AND YOU KNOW, REALLY NEAR DEATH. IT WAS A MATTER OF DAYS AND THEN WE WERE ABLE TO GET HER OFF THE VENTILATOR, BREATHING ON HER OWN, GET HER OUT OF THE HOSPITAL WITHIN 10 DAYS. >>Reporter: HER FAMILY NOW HOPING JULIET’S STORY CAN HELP PAVE THE WAY FOR OTHERS. >>>OVERNIGHT JOHNSON & JOHNSON ANNOUNCING A MAJOR CHANGE TO ONE OF ITS ICONIC PRODUCTS. >>JOHNSON BABY POWDER FROM JOHNSON & JOHNSON, IT IS A THING YOU NEVER OUTGROW. >>Reporter: THE PHARMACEUTICAL GIANT SAYS IT WILL NO LONGER USE TALC IN ITS BABY POWDER PRODUCTS SOLD IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. IN A STATEMENT THE COMPANY BLAMING DECLINING SALES FIELD AND MISINFORMATION AROUND THE SAFETY OF THE PRODUCT ON A CONSTANT BARRAGE OF LITIGATION ADVERTISING. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY TALC, A MINERAL KNOWN FOR ITS SOFTNESS CAN CONTAIN ASBESTOS, SUBSTANCE KNOWN TO CAUSE CANCER. WHILE JOHNSON & JOHNSON HAS LONG TOUTED THE SAFETY OF ITS POWDER BASED PRODUCTS THEY HAVE FACED THOUSANDS OF LAWSUITS FROM CUSTOMERS LINKING THEM TO CANCER. AMONG THEM 63-YEAR-OLD JEAN BERG THE FIRST TO TAKE ON JOHNSON & JOHNSON IN TRIAL. ALLEGING THAT IT LET HER DO STAGE III OVARIAN CANCER. >>I AM 100% SURE IT CAUSED MY CANCER. >>Reporter: IN 2013 — AND FOUND JOHNSON & JOHNSON NEGLIGENT BUT DID NOT REPORT HER DAMAGES. 2018 REUTERS PUBLISHED A REPORT THAT SAID FROM 1971 TO THE EARLY 2000’S THE COMPANIES TALC AND FINISHED POWDERS SOMETIMES TESTED POSITIVE FOR SMALL AMOUNTS OF ASBESTOS. INFORMATION JOHNSON & JOHNSON FAILED TO DISCLOSE TO THE PUBLIC. THE COMPANY DENIED THE REPORTS ALLEGATIONS, BUT MONTHS LATER REVEALED IT WAS AT THE CENTER OF SEVERAL FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS OVER WHETHER IT’S TALCUM POWDER’S LEAD TO CANCER-CAUSING ASBESTOS. IN OCTOBER THE COMPANY VOLUNTARILY RECALLED 33,000 BOTTLES OF BABY POWDER IN THE U.S. AFTER THE FDA FOUND TRACE AMOUNT OF ASBESTOS IN SAMPLES FROM A BOTTLE PURCHASED ONLINE. JOHNSON & JOHNSON POINTS OUT IN HIS STATEMENT THAT ALL VERDICTS AGAINST THE COMPANY THAT OF BEEN THROUGH THE APPEALS PROCESS HAVE BEEN OVERTURNED, ADDING THAT SCIENCE IS ON THEIR SIDE. VOWING TO VIGOROUSLY DEFEND THE SAFETY OF THEIR PRODUCTS AND THE UNFOUNDED ALLEGATIONS AGAINST IT, AS IT STARTS TO WIND DOWN PRODUCTION. >>THIS IS WHAT I WANTED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. NO FURTHER PEOPLE BEING EXPOSED TO THIS. >>>THE BOOK “CATCH AND KILL” HAS SOLD MILLIONS. NOW ONE OF ITS TARGETS FORMER TODAY SHOW HOST MATT LAUER IS FIRING BACK. IN AN OP-ED FEATURED ON THE SITE — — SARAH ABANDONED COMMONSENSE ENTRY FACT CHECKING IN FAVOR OF SALACIOUS AND DEEPLY FLAWED MATERIAL. HE ALSO SAID SARAH FAILED TO CONFIRM STORIES AND USED MISLEADING LANGUAGE TO MANIPULATE READERS. CATCH AND KILL ACCUSES NBC NEWS AND NBC UNIVERSAL OF IGNORING SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST PROMINENT MEN IN THE COUNTY COMPANY. — DEFENDING PHARAOH’S STORY ON HARVEY WEINSTEIN TO PROTECT LOWER. — IN CATCH AND KILL BROOKE NEVILLE THE WOMAN SEES ALLEGATIONS LED TO MATT LAUER’S FIRING CLAIMS OF HER — AGAIN MATT LAUER VIGOROUSLY DENIED THE ALLEGATION. — NEVER USE THE WORDS ASSAULT OR — THEIR ACCOUNTS ACCORDING TO MATT LAUER CAST DOUBTS ON SOME OF THE CLAIMS. IN THE BOOK PHARAOH RATES THAT NEVILLE INFORMED HER FORMER BOSS OF PEACOCK REDUCTIONS ABOUT MATT LAUER. MATT LAUER SAID THAT SUPERVISOR WAS NEVER CONTACTED BY PHARAOH. ANOTHER WOMAN WHO WORKED AT THE COMPANY AT THE TIME SAID NEVILLE NO WAY CONVEYED THE SERIOUSNESS OF WHAT SHE NOW CLAIMS THERE WAS NEVER A MENTION OF ASSAULT OR RAPE. — AROUND THE LOWER INVESTIGATIONS — NEVILLE IS TREATING HER RESPONSE. AN ACRONYM FOR HOW ABUSER SOMETIMES RESPOND TO ACCUSATIONS. DENY, ATTACK, REVERSE VICTIM AND OFFENDER. — BUT HELD IT FOR PERSONAL REASONS. THE FOR ME FORMER MORNING SHOW WHO SAID A RECENT ARTICLE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES CRITICAL OF THE REPORTING PROMPTED HIM TO RELEASE IT NOW. AMONG CRITICISMS IN THE TIMES ARTICLE THAT PHARAOH DOES NOT ALWAYS FOLLOW THE JOURNALISTIC IMPERATIVES OF CORROBORATION AND RIGOROUS DISCLOSURE. OR HE SUGGESTS CONSPIRACIES THAT ARE TANTALIZING THAT HE CANNOT PROVE. IN A STATEMENT TO THE TIMES FARROW SAYS HE BRINGS CAUTION, RIGOR AND HE WANTS TO EACH OF HIS STORIES. THIS MORNING THE PUBLISHER IS STANDING BY THE BOOK WRITING AND PART HIS COMMITMENT TO THE RIGHTS OF VICTIMS AND HIS IMPECCABLE ATTENTION TO DETAIL MAKE US PROUD TO BE HIS PUBLISHER. NBC NEWS HAS OFFERED NO COMMENT ON THE MATT LAUER PIECE. FOR MATT LAUER’S PART HE SAID THE EXAMPLES OF SHODDY JOURNALISM ARE THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. FROM TODAY, STEPHANIE GOSK, NEW YORK. >>>IS ONE OF THE SURE SIGNS OF SUMMER. >>I HAVEN’T HAD SUCH A FULL, HAPPY HEART THIS WHOLE TIME. >>Reporter: FRESH SAND UNDER YOUR FEET AND THE OCEAN BREEZE IN YOUR HAIR. >>Reporter: I JUST NEEDED FOR MY MENTAL HEALTH TO SIT OUT HERE AND LOOK AT THE OCEAN AND JUST KIND OF BREEZE. >>Reporter: THIS MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY MANY BEACHGOERS SEEKING A BREAK FROM CORONAVIRUS LOT DOWN. >>I DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU ARE GOING TO BE AS EXPOSED TO THE CORONAVIRUS AS MUCH AS YOU WOULD BE IN A CONFINED SPACE LIKE A GROCERY STORE. >>Reporter: BUT WITH OFFICIALS KEEPING A KEEN EYE ON SOCIAL DISTANCING. ON FLORIDA’S DELRAY BEACH SWIMMING, WALKING AND JOGGING ARE LOUD, SOME BATHING AND SURFING ARE NOT. >>Reporter: HOW DO YOU STOP PEOPLE FROM FLOODING IN SOUTH FLORIDA TO YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS? >>I THINK WILL BE LESS ATTRACTIVE TO COME TO A BEACH WHEN THERE ARE OTHER BEACHES THAT ALLOW ALL OF DUTIES. WE ARE LOOKING AT KEEPING THE NUMBERS DOWN INITIALLY. >>Reporter: CROWDS READY GATHERING ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY, ON THE POPULAR JERSEY SHORE, ANTICIPATION FOR THE HOLIDAY PALPABLY. >>WE NEED THE FRESH AIR, WE NEED TO HAVE THE BEACH, WE NEED TO HAVE A LIFE. >>Reporter: ON NEW YORK’S CONEY ISLAND, BARRICADES ALONG THE BOARDWALK SAID PEOPLE CAN STILL WALK AND JOG ON THE SAME FOR NOW. NEW YORK’S GOVERNOR JUST ANNOUNCING STATE BEACHES WILL OPEN FOR THE HOLIDAY WITH RESTRICTIONS. ONLY 50% CAPACITY, NO ACTIVE SPORTS, PICNIC AREAS AND PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED. >>IT FEELS GOOD, YOU KNOW IT IS SUCH A RELIEF. >>Reporter: IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAMILIES FINDING SOLACE IN THE NEWLY OPENED GOLDEN COAST. BUT THIS IS WHAT NEW HATTON AND NEWPORT BEACHES LOOK LIKE BEFORE THE HOLIDAY. STILL FEARS OF COVID-19 SPREAD. DIFFERENT COUNTIES OPENING WITH DIFFERENT RESTRICTIONS, FROM BANDS ON CHAIRS AND CANOPIES IN L.A., TO KNOW BUILDING SAND CASTLES IN ORANGE COUNTY. RECOGNITION SOME SUMMER TRADITIONS WILL BE BROKEN. >>ANY AND ALL RESTRICTIONS RIGHT NOW THAT PREVENT PEOPLE FROM GETTING SICK AND SPREADING THE DISEASE ARE NECESSARY. >>Reporter: THIS YEAR CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAY WITH SUNSCREEN AND A DOSE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING. >>>IT’S NOW TIME TO LAUNCH OUR COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER BECAUSE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AWAY. OF COURSE THINGS WILL LOOK AND FEEL DIFFERENT THIS YEAR, SO WHEN YOU ARE MAKING YOUR PLANS YOU’RE PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT IS SAFE AND WHAT ISN’T? BUT WE HAVE EXPERTS STANDING BY TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE THE NEW NORMAL. WE WILL START WITH DR. JOHN TORRES, WE HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU, FROM BECKY ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, TAKE A LISTEN. >>IF THE VIRUSES CAN BE TRANSFERRED THROUGH THE EYES NOSE AND MOUTH, HOW SAFE IS IT TO BE IN A POOL OR AT THE BEACH FOR ME AND MY GRANDDAUGHTERS? >>GOOD QUESTION. >>AND CODA YOU ARE LIKELY TO CATCH CORONAVIRUS FROM THE POOL THAN YOU ARE IN THE WATER. IT DOESN’T LIVE WELL IN THE WATER SAID DON’T THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT THAT. THE THINGS YOU NEED TO DO TO STAY SAFE FROM ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE THERE, MEANING IF THEY ARE OUTSIDE YOUR CIRCLE OF TRUST SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE IMPORTANT. ON TOP OF THAT DON’T SHARE TOWELS, DON’T SHARE WATER BOTTLES, DON’T SHARE SUNSCREEN, BECAUSE IF SOMEONE HAD CORONAVIRUS AND USE THEM IT COULD BE TRANSFERRED TO YOU. BUT AGAIN THE WATER ITSELF THE RISK IS VERY LOW. SO AT THE LAKE, THE BEACH, THE POOL YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND ENJOY THE WATER. >>ARE MASKS SAFE? YES OR NO WHEN YOU ARE OUTSIDE THE POOL? >>IF YOU CAN’T SOCIAL DISTANCE YOU WEAR MASKS. >>SAID PEOPLE WANT TO GO TO A BARBECUE AND SOME PEOPLE MIGHT WONDER IS A, WILL THE FOOD BE OKAY? IS THAT SOMETHING THEY SHOULD WORRY ABOUT? >>NOT TOO MUCH WITH THE FOOD, THE FOOD ITSELF THE VIRUS DOESN’T LIVE WELLING MEAT OR ON VEGETABLES. BUT THE PERSON WHO PREPARED IT IF THEY ARE SICK AND THEY HAVE A RISK OF TRANSMITTING IT. MAKE SURE WHOEVER’S PREPARING THE FOOD, NUMBER ONE, IS NOT SICK, THEY’RE WEARING A MASK, GLOVES OR WEARING WASHING THEIR HANDS. BUT HE SAID FOOD HANDLING TIPS, KEEPING THE MEAT SEPARATE FROM THE VEGETABLES. WHEN YOU RINSE THE VEGETABLES AND SALAD RINSE THEM WITH WATER, YOU DON’T NEED ANY SPECIAL CLEANING PRODUCTS OR SOAP BECAUSE THAT CAN GET YOUR STOMACH UPSET. REGULAR RINSING. >>THE CAREFUL TOUCHING THE CATSUP AND MUSTARD BOTTLE. WE ARE MOVING ONTO VICKI WHEN OUR INVESTIGATIVE CORRESPONDENT. A LOT OF PEOPLE PUT MONEY DOWN ON VACATION RENTALS. MAYBE THEY HAVE HEARD IT’S OKAY TO COME, BUT IF YOU WANT TO CANCEL IS THAT COOL? CAN YOU DO THAT? >>THIS IS THE THING YOU CAN ALWAYS CANCEL, BUT THE BIG QUESTION IS HOW MUCH WILL IT COST YOU? DO YOU HAVE TO FORFEIT THE SECURITY DEPOSIT DID YOU PAY IN ADVANCE? TAKE A STEP BACK, WHAT IS MAKING YOU NERVOUS? ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT THE LEASE? REACH OUT TO THE LEASING COMPANY AND ASK WHAT THEIR CLEANING PROTOCOLS ARE. ONCE YOU GET THE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THEY ARE DISINFECTING YOU WILL FEEL CALMER AND SAFE THERE. AIRBNB IS INPUTTING A POLICY WHERE IT IS ASKING SOME HOSTS TO WAIT 72 HOURS BEFORE — BETWEEN GUESTS WHICH HELPS LIMIT THE INFECTION. >>IF YOU WANT EXTRA CLEANING YOU CAN ASK FOR THAT? >>YOU CAN ALWAYS ASK FOR AND LEAVE IT UP TO THE OWNER WHETHER OR NOT THEY DO IT. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT BIG HOME SHARE COMPANIES LIKE VRBO AND AIRBNB THEY WILL HAVE POLICIES IN THEIR SYSTEM. WE ARE PLANNING TO GET OUT AT SOME POINT THIS SUMMER. WE WILL BRING OUR OWN WIPES AND WIPE DOWN HIGH TOUCH SURFACES, THAT WILL GIVE YOU SOME PEACE OF MIND TOO. >>SOMETIMES THERE IS STUFF AROUND LIKE A KAYAK OR JETSKI, WOULD YOU SAY YES OR NO TO THAT? >>YEAH THIS IS A GREAT TIME, MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS THE UNOFFICIAL KICKOFF TO THE SUMMER SEASON. PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING, THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO GET ON A SMALL BOAT WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T BEEN ISOLATED. I HOPE YOU’RE NOT SICK WITH YOUR FAMILY BECAUSE YOU WILL BE STUCK WITH THEM FOR THE REST OF THE SUMMER. YOU DO YOU, THAT’S FINE. THE OTHER THING IS THE RENTAL CHECK. KEEP YOUR MASS, WHEN YOU’RE IN THE SMALL ENCLOSED AREAS AND ASK WHAT THE COMPANY IS DOING BETWEEN USERS OF THE PADDLE BOARDS, THE KAYAKS, THE HANDLES ARE THEY WIPING THOSE THINGS DOWN? CAN YOU BRING WIPES AND WIPE THEM DOWN? >>LAST AND DEFINITELY NOT LEAST LET’S BRING IN STEPHANIE — AND BC SENIOR BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT. ALL RIGHT STEPHANIE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE MAKING PLANS TO TRAVEL AND SHARON FROM NEW JERSEY HAS A BIG QUESTION FOR YOU. >>IF I DECIDE TO FLY THIS SUMMER AND I GET ON THE FLIGHT AND I SEE THAT IT IS OVERCROWDED OR THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT WEARING MASKS, AM I ALLOWED TO GET OFF THE FLIGHT AND GET A REFUND? OR GET A FREE REBOOKING? >>GOOD QUESTION, STEPH? >>ALL RIGHT WE ARE SEEING AIRLINES CHANGING THEIR POLICIES EVERY DAY TO GET CLOSER TO THIS, YOU KNOW NOW THEY ARE REQUIRING MASKS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME YOU’VE SEEN THE VIRAL PHOTOS, PACK PLANES AND PEOPLE NOT WEARING MASKS. UNITED HAS CHANGED THEIR POLICY IF YOU ARE EXPECT HIM TO GET ON A PACKED FLIGHT THEY ARE ALLOWING YOU TO REBOOK ON A DIFFERENT FLIGHT AND GET A CREDIT. MOST AIRLINES ARE ENHANCING THEIR CANCELLATION POLICIES TO HELP PEOPLE SWITCH PLANS. >>SPEAKING OF REFUNDS, STEPH, IF YOU HAVE IN PAYING YOUR GYM NUMBER SHIP OR A POOL MEMBERSHIP IN YOUR GYM IS AN OPERATIONAL OR YOUR POOL ISN’T, ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND? >>IT COMPLETELY DEPENDS. WHERE WE ARE SEEING THIS THE MOST ARE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN BUILDINGS THAT HAVE THESE AMENITIES. AND IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FOR EXAMPLE THEY ARE NOW TRYING TO PUSH A BILL WHERE LANDLORDS WILL HAVE TO FORCE — LANDLORDS WILL HAVE TO REFUND PART OF THE RENT TO THE TENANT TO PAID OUT FOR THE FANCY BUILDING AND IF YOU DON’T GET THE AMENITIES OTHER SUGGESTIONS TO THE LANDLORDS, CAN YOU ALSO POSSIBLY GIVE FREE INTERNET OR OTHER AMENITIES? THESE THINGS ARE EXPENSIVE. >>THEY SURE ARE. STEPH, I HAVE TO LET YOU KNOW YOU ARE A VIRAL SENSATION. OKAY? THERE IS A VIDEO OF YOU AND YOUR CUTE SON, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU ALL HAVE SEEN THIS BUT LOOK AT IT FOR A SECOND. STEPHANIE MAY BE THE HARDEST WORKING WOMAN IN TELEVISION AND THE #MAMA GETS IT DONE IS SO ON POINT FOR YOU STEPH, YOUR SON IS CALM, THAT GOT LIKE 3 MILLION HITS. >>DO YOU KNOW WHAT? HE WAS SITTING NEXT TO ME AND HE WAS PREPARING TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT ECONOMICS FOR KIDS, AND I DID NOT REALIZE IT WAS MY TIME TO GO AND IT WAS TOO LATE FOR ME TO PUSH HIM OFF, SO I JUST LEFT HIM THERE. >>BY THE WAY VERY CALMING, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL SITE AND A BUNCH OF MOMS WERE ONLINE GIVING YOU TWO THUMBS UP. THANK YOU SO MUCH STUFF. >>THANK YOU. >>>THIS MORNING REUTERS ANNOUNCING NEW PLANTS FOR NATIONWIDE STUDY. ABOUT 300,000 AMERICANS TO TRACK THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS. THE CDC WILL TEST SAMPLES FROM BLOOD DONORS IN 25 CITIES LOOKING FOR ANTIBODIES WHICH ARE CREATED BY THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AFTER IT FIGHTS OFF THE VIRUS. >>I’M ABOUT TO TAKE THE ANTIBODY TESTING. >>Reporter: WE FIRST GAVE YOU THE INSIDE LOOK AT WHAT IT IS LIKE TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST LAST MONTH. THREE NBC NEWS PRODUCERS, DAVID, MICHELLE AND LAWRENCE ALL HAD DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS. COUGH, FEVER, BODY ACHES, EVEN NAUSEA AND LOSS OF SMELL, BUT THEY NEVER GOT A DIAGNOSTIC TEST. >>IT COULD MEAN I HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS BACK IN MARCH. >>Reporter: SAID THEY VOLUNTEERED TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST AFTER THEY WERE COVERED. THE RESULTS FOR MICHELLE AND LAUREN POSITIVE, DAVID NEGATIVE. BUT WITH MORE THAN 150 OF THE TESTS NOW ON THE MARKET, MANY NOT AUTHORIZED BY THE FDA, HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE SOUNDED THE ALARM ON THEIR ACCURACY. SO ARE PRODUCERS VOLUNTEERED AGAIN TO SEE HOW THE TESTS COMPARED. THEY OFFERED DIRECT TO CONSUMER ANTIBODY TESTING, SIMPLY SIGN UP ONLINE AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE LAB. >>YOU JUST SIGN UP ON YOUR OWN, YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO GO SEE A DOCTOR. >>Reporter: AND THEY USED TELEMEDICINE. >>SO I HAVE HEARD THAT YOU GUYS ARE NOW DOING ANYBODY TESTS? >>Reporter: THIS TIME THE PRODUCERS HAD A FIVE MINUTE VIDEO VISIT WITH THE DOCTOR ONLINE WHO ORDERED THE TEST THREE LABCORP. THEN THEY WENT TO MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL IN NEW YORK WHICH DEVELOPED ITS OWN TEST AVAILABLE FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS, AND PEOPLE LIKE OUR PRODUCERS INTERESTED IN DONATING THEIR PLASMA FOR RESEARCH. >>SO WE WILL SEE IF THESE TESTS ARE SIMILAR THAN OTHERS. >>Reporter: ALL OF THE TESTS INVOLVED A BLOOD DRAW AND THE RESULTS BACK WITHIN 24 HOURS. FOR ALL FOUR TESTS THE RESULTS WERE CONSISTENT. LAUREN AND MICHELLE POSITIVE, DAVID NEGATIVE. WHAT YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THAT? THE FACT THAT OUR PRODUCERS HAD FOUR DIFFERENT ANYBODY TESTS AND GOT THE SAME RESULTS EACH AND EVERY TIME? >>I THINK IT IS GREAT. I THINK THAT HOPEFULLY OVER TIME WE WILL SEE WHICH OF THESE TESTS PERFORMED THE BEST. >>Reporter: THERE ARE A FEW THAT ARE FDA AUTHORIZED UNDER EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION THAT CAN BE USED. THOSE TEND TO BE RELIABLE UP TO 100% RELIABILITY. >>Reporter: BEFORE TAKING ANY ANYBODY TESTS CHECK THE FDA WEBSITE TO SEE WHICH ONES ARE AUTHORIZED TO MAKE SURE U.S. THE LAB OR DOCTOR WHICH WHEN THEY USE BEFORE YOU GO. IS THERE ANYTHING SOMEONE SHOULD DO DIFFERENTLY IF THEY KNOW THAT THEY DEVELOPED THE ANTIBODY FOR THIS VIRUS? >>WE ARE REALLY RECOMMENDING THE PEOPLE PROCEED WITH CAUTION, CONTINUE ALL OF THEIR RECOMMENDED THINGS THAT EVERYBODY NEEDS TO DO RIGHT NOW. WEAR MASKS, WASH YOUR HANDS, CLEAN YOUR SERVICES. >>Reporter: IS IDEAL TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST 3-4 WEEKS AFTER FEELING SYMPTOMS. NOW TESTS ARE BECOMING MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE, IT IS DIAGNOSTIC, YOU TAKE THAT BEFORE OR DURING SYMPTOMS. NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO TAKING THE DATE GNOSTIC TEST ON LIVE TV. THIS ONE INVOLVES A VERY LARGE SWAB TO TAKE A SAMPLE FROM DEEP IN THE BACK OF THE THROAT. THE NEWER VERSIONS USE SALIVA SAMPLES. >>RELIABILITY OF THE TEST DEPENDS ON WHICH TEST YOU’RE GETTING. >>Reporter: THEY CAN TAKE UP TO A WEEK FOR RESULTS. ALSO A NEW TYPE OF ANTIBODY TEST CALLED AN ANTIGEN TEST CAN DIAGNOSE COVID-19 IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. THE FDA APPROVED IT FOR EMERGENCY USE BUT ALSO WARNED IT MAY NOT BE ACCURATE EVERY TIME. >>IT STILL CAN HAVE FALSE NEGATIVES, WHICH — THAT IS ONE OF THE CONCERNING THINGS. >>BECAUSE YOU COULD BE SPREADING IT TO OTHERS UNKNOWINGLY? >>EXACTLY. >>Reporter: REMEMBER DIAGNOSTIC TESTS ARE IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHETHER YOU ARE INFECTED RIGHT AWAY’S YOU CAN ISOLATE YOURSELF AND PREVENT SPREADING THAT VIRUS. ANTIBODY TESTS TELL YOU WHETHER YOU MAY BE IMMUNE FROM BEING REINFECTED BUT THAT HAS NOT BEEN PROVEN YET. BY THE WAY THE COST OF THE ANYBODY TESTS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE, SOME RANGING FROM ONE DOLLAR OUT OF POCKET UP TO $300. >>EASY ANYBODY TESTS I’M SURE GIVE PEOPLE PEACE OF MIND. IT’S GOOD TO KNOW, LIKE IN YOUR REPORT. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY TO BUSINESSES NEED THIS INFO WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT REOPENING? >>Reporter: THESE ANYBODY TESTS AND THE RESULTS ARE SUCH AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF THE PUZZLE, LETTING HEALTH OFFICIALS KNOW WHO IS BEEN INFECTED AND WHO HAS ANYBODY’S. AND SHOW WHAT AREAS ARE LOWER RISK OF COMMUNITY SPREAD. IF THE DATA CONTINUES TO SHOW SOME SORT OF IMMUNITY WHEN YOU HAVE THE ANYBODY, THEN IT CAN ALSO HELP US DECIDE WHO CAN GET OUT BACK IN THE COMMUNITY AT LOWEST RISK. ALL OF THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION WHILE OFFICIALS DECIDE WHO GOES BACK TO WORK AND HOW TO REOPEN. >>BUT I SHE SAID YOU HAVE TO WEAR THE MASK AND DO THE SAME THINGS. >>MAKE SURE THE TESTS ARE FDA APPROVED. WHAT ABOUT WHERE THE TESTS ARE BEING CONDUCTED DID ARE THEY ALL THE SAME? >>THEY RUN THE GAMUT, OUR PRODUCERS SAY SOME ARE REALLY ADHERING TO SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES ONE PATIENT AND ONE PATIENT OUT. OTHERS WERE A LITTLE MORE LAX ON THOSE REGULATIONS. SO DEFINITELY BRING THE HAND SANITIZER AND WEAR YOUR MASK. >>WE WILL SEE YOU NEXT HOUR BY THE WAY. >>>THIS MORNING IN SOUTH KOREA A WHOLE NEW WAY OF GOING TO SCHOOL. THIS LONG LINE YOU SEE HERE IS BECAUSE OF TEMPERATURE CHECKS. EVERY STUDENT, EVERY STAFF MEMBER IS GETTING A TEMPERATURE CHECK AND A SQUIRTED HAND SANITIZER. HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ARE THE FIRST BACK IN A SMALL RETURN TO CLASSROOMS. ARE YOU HAPPY TO BE BACK? >>YES. >>Reporter: INSIDE THEY HAD SPRAY DONE REIMS, HAVE DESKS FURTHER APART AND INSTALLED PLASTIC SANITIZERS IN THE CAFETERIA. — AMERICAN PAUL RADER IS THE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE BRINGING YOUR KIDS BACK TO SCHOOL? >>KNOWING HOW KOREA HAS HANDLED IT, KNOWING HOW IMPORTANT AND ACTUALLY SIGNIFICANT PROTOCOLS LIKE SQUARING AND HANDWASHING AND EXTRA VIGILANT CLEANING OF SURFACES ET CETERA MAKES ME FEEL A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE WITH STARTING SCHOOL AGAIN. >>Reporter: SCHOOLS WERE SUPPOSED TO START REOPENING LAST WEEK BUT THAT WAS DELAYED AFTER A CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK LINKED TO NIGHTCLUBS AND SEOUL, KOREA, NEARLY 200 CASES NOW LINK TO THAT CLUB. AND CLUBGOERS ARE FACING PUBLIC BACKLASH. ACCUSED OF BEING IRRESPONSIBLE. A MEMBER OF THE K-POP AND BTS PUBLICLY APOLOGIZING FOR GOING AGAINST GOVERNMENT ADVICE TO STAY HOME. THEY MISSED THE PATH — BY AN HOUR. WE ARE NOT SHOWING HER FACE BECAUSE OF PUBLIC ANGER, SHE TESTED NEGATIVE, BUT STILL HAD TO SELF-QUARANTINE. A CRUCIAL PIECE OF SOUTH KOREA STRATEGY, WHICH WE EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND AFTER FLYING IN FROM LONDON. OUR 15 DAY QUARANTINE FINALLY ENDED ON MONDAY. WE FEEL REALLY CONFIDENT NOW THAT WE ARE VIRUS FREE. BUT THIS MORNING A NEW BATTLE FOR HEALTH OFFICIALS, AFTER NURSES THAT ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST HOSPITALS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. >>>THIS MORNING WE HAVE A LOOK AT HOW ONE OF THE LARGEST FOOD AND BEVERAGE COMPANIES IN THE COUNTRY IS DEALING WITH THE PANDEMIC. STEPHEN WILLIAMS THE CEO OF — FOODS NORTH AMERICA JOINS US WITH AN EXCLUSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT. >>GOOD MORNING HOW ARE YOU DOING? >>Reporter: I’M DOING GREAT, LET’S JUMP RIGHT IN AND TALK ABOUT THE INITIATIVE TEXACO IS ANNOUNCING TODAY. >>TEXACO AND THE FOUNDATION HAVE LAUNCHED A NEW $7 MILLION INITIATIVE TO SUPPLY IMMEDIATE RELIEF AND LONG-TERM RECOVERY FOR BLACK AND LATINO COMMUNITIES. THIS BUILDS ON THE $50 MILLION GLOBAL COMMITMENT TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY COVID-19. >>Reporter: WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT HOW SOME OF THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY WERE TAKING A HARDER HIT BECAUSE OF COVID, WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR YOU GUYS TO INVEST DIRECTLY IN BLACK AND LATINO COMMUNITIES? >>WILL FIRST THE FOCUS IS REALLY ABOUT RAISING AWARENESS AND TO ENCOURAGE OTHER COMPANIES AND PUBLIC SECTOR AGENCIES TO STEP UP. TO MEET THESE NEEDS FOR THE DURATION OF THE PANDEMIC. AND AS YOU KNOW THE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR HAVE A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF COVID-19 INFECTIONS THAN THE NATIONAL POPULATION, AND WE BELIEVE WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO HAVE AN IMPACT. WE ARE IN THESE COMMUNITIES EVERY DAY, THESE COMMUNITIES ARE EMPLOYEES, AND THEY ARE ALSO OUR CONSUMERS. >>STEVE IN ORDER TO GET THE MONEY DIRECTLY TO FOLKS WHO NEED IT YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE AND UNIT DOSE U.S. >>BOTH THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE AND UNIDOS ARE PARTNERS OF PEPSICO. WE BELIEVE THESE PARTNERS ARE BEST SUITED AS THEY SHIFT IN THE COMMUNITY TO HELP PROVIDE DIRECT ASSISTANCE. IN THESE PARTNERSHIPS, THIS MONEY WILL GO TO THE 14 HARDEST HIT COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION. PLACES LIKE BALTIMORE, CHICAGO, DALLAS, NEW ORLEANS, LOS ANGELES, AND NEW YORK. AND WE BELIEVE THEY ARE BEST SEATED TO REACH PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITIES AND THEY HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF DOING SO. >>STEVE LET’S TALK ABOUT FOOD PRICES IF WE CAN. FOLKS HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT, WE’VE BEEN REPORTING ON IT, HOW GROCERY STORE PRICES ARE ON THE RISE. DIFFICULT FOR FOLKS IN THESE TIMES. HAS PEPSICO RACED ITS PRICES ON PRODUCTS AND WHY NOW IF YOU HAVE? >>I WILL TELL YOU WE HAVE SEEN AND I HAVE READ A TON ABOUT GROCERY PRICES RISING. WE ARE TRYING OUR BEST TO KEEP GROCERY PRICES LOW IN THE CATEGORIES THAT WE DO BUSINESS AS. YOU KNOW, OPERATING IN THIS ENVIRONMENT IS EXTREMELY COSTLY. BUT WE ARE TRYING OUR BEST NOT TO PASS ON THE BRUNT OF THE WORK WE ARE DOING TO KEEP OUR PEOPLE SAFE. >>BUT HAVE YOU REACHED YOUR PRICES? >>MODESTLY BUT NOT SIGNIFICANTLY. >>I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE FRUSTRATED WE THOUGHT YOU COULD ANSWER THAT BECAUSE THEY FEEL LIKE THE GROCERY BUSINESS IS DOING SO WELL DURING THIS PANDEMIC, SO THEY WERE WONDERING WHY THE PRICES WERE PASSED ON TO THEM. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? >>ABSOLUTELY, IT IS A TOUGH ENVIRONMENT TO OPERATE IN. THE SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELL- BEING OF OUR EMPLOYEES IS JOB NUMBER ONE, THAT IS OUR NUMBER ONE FOCUS AND WE ARE CONTINUING TO DO THAT. AND TO DO THAT IN THIS ENVIRONMENT, INCLUDING PROVIDING PPE, MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE DEEP CLEANING, THAT JURIES EVERY NIGHT, MAKING SURE THAT WE KEEP OUR EMPLOYEES THAT MAKE, MOVE AND SELL OUR PRODUCTS SAFE IS VERY EXPENSIVE. AND YES, SALES ARE UP BUT IT IS A VERY DIFFICULT OPERATING ENVIRONMENT AND WE WORK HARD TO KEEP OUR PRICES DOWN. AND THAT IS OUR COMMITMENT. >>BEFORE YOU LEAVE US THIS MORNING, THIS IS GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION. LAST WEEK PEPSICO UNVEILED A PAIR OF DIRECT TO CONSUMER WEBSITES ESSENTIALLY CUTTING OUT THE GROCERY STORE COMPLETELY. IS THIS TEMPORARY FOR THE TIME? OR PERHAPS NEW WAY OF DOING BUSINESS FOR YOU? >>NO, IT’S NOT TO CUT THE GROCERY STORE OUT COMPLETELY. IT REALLY IS ABOUT BUILDING DIRECT RELATIONSHIPS WITH CONSUMERS. IT’S ALSO ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT CONSUMERS CAN FIND OUR PRODUCTS, ALWAYS, EVERYWHERE. IT THEN IS THE CAPABILITY OF REACHING INTO THE MARKETPLACE, AND IT IS NOT TEMPORARY, WE PLAN TO BUILD CAPABILITY IN THIS AREA. >>DENITELY GETTING A LOT OF BUZZ BECAUSE IT IS ALL ABOUT ACCESS. STEPHEN WILLIAMS THANK YOU, WE KNOW IS A BUSY TIME SAID THANK YOU FOR TALKING WITH US THIS MORNING. >>THANK YOU, THANK YOU. >>WE ARE MOVING INTO UNCHARTERED TERRITORY, THE GUT CHECK IN OUR BATTLE WITH CORONAVIRUS ON THE ENORMOUS CHALLENGE OF REOPENING THE COUNTRY. >>MORE ANTIBODY TESTING SITES ARE POPPING UP. >>NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT. >>YOU ARE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. WE’VE GOT SOME BREAKING NEWS. >>EXPECT TO SEE MORE CASES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. >>IT’S NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD. LIVE WEEK DAYS STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. EASTERN. >>TODAY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION OFFICIALLY CALLING THE PANDEMIC NONE OF US IS UNAFFECTED DID BY ITS IMPACT. >>COMING IN NOVEMBER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE VOTING FOR CIVILITY. >>I HAVE TO PLAN A FUNERAL AND HOW IS THIS GOING TO WORK? >>YOU DON’T PREPARE FOR GIVING BIRTH IN A PANDEMIC. >>NURSES NEED TO KEEP OUR SKILLS UP. >>– TRY ME AS WE GO INTO AMERICA HEAR FROM PEOPLE GRAPPLING WITH THE ISSUES OF OUR TIME. >>THIS COUNTRY WAS FORGED IN PART BY SHARED SACRIFICE AND ONCE AGAIN WE’RE CALLED TO STEP UP. WE HOPE YOU’LL CONTINUE TO STAY INFORMED AND STAY ENGAGED AS WE FOLLOW THIS JOIURNEY TOGETHER. I’M LESTER HOLT, AND FOR ALL MY COLLEAGUES AT NBC NEWS, TAKE CARE. >>IF IT’S ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS. WOULD YOU PREFER A 14-DAY NATIONAL SHUTDOWN? IF IT IS ASKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. RESPIRATORS AND VENTILATORS, HAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEPPED UP ENOUGH? IF IT IS NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL IN AMERICA, AND IF IT IS SUNDAY, IT IS “MEET THE PRESS”. >>A PANDEMIC THAT IS TURNED OUR WORLD UPSIDE DOWN, THE STORY CHANGES HOURLY. >>MORE STATES ARE DOING A SLOW ROLLOUT LIFTING THE STAY AT HOME ORDERS. >>IS THE 11th HOUR. >>>DR. — IS A CARDIOLOGIST ON A MISSION. >>I WORK AT SAVING LIMBS AND SAVING LIVES. >>Reporter: HE MOVED TO THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA ONE OF THE POOREST AREAS IN THE COUNTRY TO STOP WHAT HE SAID ARE PREVENTABLE SURGERIES. INVITATIONS RESULTING FROM DIABETES, A CONDITION BOTH OF HIS PARENTS HAD. >>SOME ARE GIVEN THE OPTION OF EDUCATION VERSUS STRATEGY AND THAT IS WHAT WE WORK AGAINST. >>AMPUTATIONS HAPPEN MOSTLY AGAINST BLACK PATIENTS AND DIABETES IN THE SOUTHEAST. ALMOST 3 TO 4 TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. IT’S A CRISIS EXPERTS SAY WORSENED BY THE CORONAVIRUS. WIRE RECEIVING SUCH A HIGH PREVALENCE OF COVID-19 IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITIES? >>THOSE HIGH DEATH RATES HAVE EXISTED BUT COVID EXPOUNDED THE PROBLEM AND EXPOSE THE PROBLEM. >>Reporter: — SPENT MORE THAN A MONTH COVERING THE CRISIS IN MISSISSIPPI. SO WHAT WE ARE ALL SING WITH COVID-19 THAT THE PATIENTS WERE MOST LIKELY TO BE KILLED BY THE DISEASE AND REALLY AFFECTED BY THE DISEASE ARE BLACK PATIENTS AND DIABETICS. THAT IS THE SAME POPULATION THAT IS DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED BY INVITATIONS. SHE SAID MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO EDUCATE PATIENTS ABOUT THEIR OPTIONS AND FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CARE FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE. LIKE 85-YEAR-OLD SUSIE ROBINSON, THE PANDEMIC LEAVING HER SON ESPECIALLY CONCERNED. >>SO I BECAME MORE PROTECTIVE OF HER. >>Reporter: THE DOCTOR SAYS PATIENTS LIKE HER DESERVE A CHANCE. >>A CHANCE TO BE TAUGHT HOW TO EAT RIGHT, HOW TO LIVE RIGHT, SO EMPOWERED. >>Reporter: ABC NEWS, NEW YORK. >>>NOW WITH THE DISTURBING RISE DURING THE PANDEMIC AS MANY PEOPLE STAY HOME TO STAY SAFE, THAT CAN BE THE WORST PLACE TO BE FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, HERE IS KATE SNOW. >>Reporter: LIKE SOMEONE TOOK A HUGE KNIFE AND JUST KEPT CARVING YOUR HEART OUT. THE PAIN IS STILL SO RAW — WHOSE DAUGHTER MARIA WAS MURDERED LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AGO. THEY ADOPTED MARIA AS A BABY FOR MEXICO AND RAISED HER IN MINNESOTA. >>BOTH PHIL AND I THOUGHT WE WON THE PARENTING JACKPOT. >>ALWAYS SMILING, SHE RODE HORSES, SHE READ FOUR WHEELERS, SHE SNOWBOARDER IT, SHE SKIED, SHE WAS A CHEERLEADER. >>Reporter: SHE GOT MARRIED LAST YEAR A RELATIONSHIP HER PARENTS DESCRIBED AS CONTROLLING. >>I THINK IT WAS PRETTY INTENSE REALLY FAST. >>Reporter: AND THEN CORONAVIRUS AND ORDERS TO STAY INSIDE THE HOUSE. >>YOU KNOW, THAT WAS NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR HER TO BE. >>Reporter: DO YOU THINK COVID- 19 CONTRIBUTED TO EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED? >>OSHER, IT FURTHER ISOLATED HER. >>Reporter: THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT SAID THERE WAS AN ARGUMENT ON APRIL 30th ABOUT MARIA LEAVING, HER HUSBAND JOSHUA EVENTUALLY ADMITTED TO KILLING HER. HIS LAWYER DECLINED TO COMMENT. >>WHY DIDN’T I SAY ALL THE THINGS THAT I FAULTED MYSELF FOR NOW. RUN, MY GOD RON, WHY DIDN’T I SAY THAT? HOME IS NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR VICTIMS AND NOW YOU ARE FORCED TO STAY INSIDE BECAUSE OUTSIDE IS SCARY. >>Reporter: PHONE CALLS TO THE CENTERS FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, HAVE ACTUALLY DECREASED, IN PART BECAUSE VICTIMS ARE TRAPPED WITH THEIR ABUSERS. BUT THE CENTER IS GETTING MORE EMAILS FOR VICTIMS USING A CODE WORD FOR HELP. WHAT ARE YOU TELLING WOMEN ABOUT WHETHER THEY CAN LEAVE BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS RULES? >>WHAT WE ARE TELLING THEM IS ABSOLUTELY, ONE OF THE WAYS THE PERPETRATORS ARE MANIPULATING AND MENTALLY ABUSING THEIR VICTIMS IS THROUGH THE CORONAVIRUS THINK THINGS LIKE IF YOU WALK OUT THE STORE YOU WILL GET THE CORONAVIRUS AND I. >>Reporter: NBC NEWS REACHED OUT TO 35 ORGANIZATIONS IN 19 STATES, SOME PLACES HOTLINE CALLS MORE THAN DOUBLED AND WERE MORE FRANTIC. >>WE KNOW COVID-19 IS A PANDEMIC BUT SO IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. >>Reporter: THEY STARTED IN ON PRIVATE CALLED MARIA’S VOICE TO HELP THE COMES FIND RESOURCES. >>THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO, IT IS A CALL TO ACTION ABOUT DOMESTIC VIRUS AND IS MARIA’S VOICE. >>FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE A BROKEN HEART, BUT WE CAN DO SOMETHING AND WE ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING TO STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. >>Reporter: HOPING TO STOP A PANDEMIC WITHIN THE PANDEMIC. KATE SNOW, NBC NEWS. >>IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP CALL THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE AT 1- 800-799-7233 OR GO TO THE HOTLINE.ORG. >>>MEXICO CITY IS THE PERFECT COVID READING GROUND. OVERCROWDED WITH THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM ALREADY OVERBURDENED. THIS WEEK THE GOVERNMENT BEGAN REOPENING MANY BUSINESSES. BUT WITH ABOUT HALF THE POPULATION IN POVERTY, FOR MANY, STOPPING WORK WAS NEVER AN OPTION. TODAY I WENT TO MEXICO CITY’S MARKET, THE COVID EPICENTER. GUARDS CHECK TEMPERATURE, MANY PEOPLE INSIDE ARE WEARING MASKS, BUT WITH A HALF 1 MILLION PEOPLE BUYING AND SELLING HERE EVERY DAY, SOCIAL DISTANCING IS IMPOSSIBLE. THIS MARKET HAS NEVER SHUT AND PEOPLE TOLD ME IT CAN’T. IT IS THE CITY’S HEART, SOUL, STOMACH AND WALLET. LORENZO WORKS HERE SEVEN DAYS A WEEK TO FEED HIS WIFE AND THREE CHILDREN. I ASKED HIM IF HE IS WORRIED ABOUT THE VIRUS. YES, BUT FEAR IS BETTER THAN HUNGER HE SAYS. BUT FOR THOUSANDS OF FORCED GAMBLE WITH THE VIRUS WILL NOT END WELL. OFFICIALLY AROUND 1300 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM COVID IN MEXICO CITY, BUT CRITICS SAY THE REAL NUMBER COULD BE THREE TIMES THAT. AND IN BRAZIL, THE UNDERCOUNTING MAY BE EVEN HIGHER. NBC’S BILL NEELY IS THERE. >>Reporter: CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING FASTER HERE THAN ANYWHERE ON EARTH. BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF INFECTIONS COULD BE WORSE, PERHAPS 15 TIMES WORSE THAN THE OFFICIAL FIGURES. >>Reporter: BACK IN MEXICO THE PRESIDENT SAID REOPENING GUIDELINES OR RECOMMENDATIONS, REGIONS ULTIMATELY DECIDE. THIS IS AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT MANY SUPPORTERS SAY THAT THIS COUNTRY MUST WORK TO SURVIVE. EVEN IT’S COFFINS ARE NOW WRAPPED IN PLASTIC AND GRAVESTONE AGAIN WAITING BROSE. IT’S HARD TO KNOW THE FULL SCALE OF THE PROBLEM HERE BECAUSE MEXICO DOES VERY LITTLE TESTING. >>>A SINGLE MOM FROM THE BRONX IS WORRIED. >>IT IS STRESSFUL, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN I FIND MYSELF CLOSING MYSELF IN THE BATHROOM AND CRYING. I FEEL LIKE I’M LIVING IN A WHOLE NIGHTMARE. >>Reporter: AND AMANDA QUIT HER JOB TO TAKE CARE OF HER THREE KIDS. TO HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS. FOR HER IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE NEW YORK SCHOOLS REOPEN THIS FALL. >>WHILE WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE DISABILITY. >>Reporter: ACROSS THE COUNTRY THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION IS UP IN THE AIR ESPECIALLY WITH NEW REPORTS OUT OF FRANCE WHERE DOZENS OF NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES HAVE AND LINK TO POSSIBLE CLASSROOM EXPOSURE, SHORTLY AFTER SCHOOLS THERE REOPEN. SHOULD SCHOOLS REOPEN THIS FALL? >>I THINK THEY SHOULD MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO REOPEN SCHOOLS BUT IT WILL BE DEPENDENT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SUMMER AND WHAT SEPTEMBER LOOKS LIKE. >>Reporter: SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN MINNESOTA AND TEXAS WILL BE ALLOWED TO REOPEN FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES THIS SUMMER. THEY PLAN TO RESTART THEM IN AUGUST. KATRINA PICKENS HAS BEEN TAKING CARE OF HER THREE KIDS AT HOME THERE. >>IT IS JUST VERY HARD TO PUT THEM INTO A SCHEDULE AT HOME, YOU KNOW, WHERE THERE IS ALWAYS OTHER DISTRACTIONS. >>Reporter: SOME STATES ARE CONSIDERING WHETHER TO START THE FALL SEMESTER EARLY. ONE MARYLAND LAWMAKER EXPOSING THE IDEA OF YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLING. MANY TRYING TO ANSWER UNPRECEDENTED QUESTIONS. HOW DO YOU SOCIALLY DISTANCE ON A BUS? WHAT IS IT LOOK LIKE IN GYM CLASS, WHAT DOES A CHOIR ROOM LOOK LIKE YOU MARK >>HOPEFULLY NOT LIKE THIS IN NEW YORK CITY AUTHORITIES. THIS HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN AFTER IGNORING SOCIAL DISTANCING ORDERS. >>Reporter: ALSO NEW YORK CITY ANNOUNCED VIRTUAL SUMMER SCHOOL WHERE STUDENTS ARE BEING ASKED TO TAKE MORE ONLINE CLASSES BECAUSE MANY HAVE FALLEN BEHIND.>>>TONIGHT PRESIDENT TRUMP INCREASINGLY DEFIANT ABOUT HIS DECISION TO TAKE THE CONTROVERSIAL ANTI-MALARIA DRUG HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, DESPITE NO EVIDENCE YET THAT IT PREVENTS CORONAVIRUS. >>I THINK IT GIVES YOU AN ADDITIONAL LEVEL OF SAFETY, BUT YOU COULD ASK MANY DOCTORS THEY ARE IN FAVOR OF IT. MANY FRONT-LINE WORKERS WON’T GO THERE UNLESS THEY HAVE THE HYDROXY. HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE IS USED BY THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FRONT-LINE WORKERS. >>Reporter: BUT THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST MEDICAL ASSOCIATION SAYS IT IS NOT AWARE OF ANY DATA SHOWING FRONT-LINE WORKERS ARE TAKING THE DRUG. THE FDA HAS WARNED AGAINST USING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE OUTSIDE OF HOSPITAL SETTING DUE TO A RISK OF SERIOUS HEART PROBLEMS AND IN SOME CASES EVEN DEATH. AND SIMILAR FINDINGS IN ANOTHER STUDY FUNDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA AND THAT NIH WHICH USED DATA FROM PATIENTS AT VETERANS MEDICAL CENTERS. STUDIES WHICH THE PRESIDENT ATTACKED TODAY. >>A WERE GIVING IT TO PEOPLE WHO ARE IN VERY BAD SHAPE, THEY WERE VERY OLD, ALMOST DEAD. IT WAS A TOUGH ENEMY STATEMENT. >>Reporter: THE PRESIDENTS REGULATING — >>I HAPPEN TO BE TAKING IT. I’M TAKING IT, HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. >>Reporter: HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI REACTING. >>I WOULD RATHER HE NOT BE TAKING SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE SCIENTISTS, ESPECIALLY IN HIS AGE GROUP AND IN HIS, SHALL WE SAY WAIT GROUP. THAT IS MORBIDLY OBESE. >>Reporter: SPARKING A BETTER BACK-AND-FORTH TODAY. >>I WON’T RESPOND TO HER I THINK SHE IS A WASTE OF TIME. NANCY IS A SICK WOMAN, SHE HAS A LOT OF MENTAL PROBLEMS. >>I DIDN’T KNOW HE WOULD BE SO SENSITIVE, HE IS ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE’S WEIGHT AND THEIR POUNDS. >>Reporter: AND THE PRESIDENT REVEALING HE STARTED TO TAKE THE DRUG AFTER ONE OF HIS STAFFERS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS. >>A VERY NICE, YOUNG GENTLEMAN HE TESTED POSITIVE. >>Reporter: MEANTIME THE VICE PRESIDENT HIS HOUSE SECRETARY TESTED POSITIVE SAID HE IS NOT TAKING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. >>POSITION PHYSICIAN HAS NOT RECOMMENDED THAT. I WOULD NOT HESITATE TO TAKE THE COUNSEL OF MY DOCTOR AND ANY AMERICAN SHOULD DO LIKEWISE. >>DON’T LISTEN TO OTHER PEOPLE WHEN THEY TELL YOU TO TAKE MEDICINE OUT THERE, BECAUSE AGAIN THE MEDICINE MIGHT NOT BE THERE BUT THE HARM CERTAINLY COULD. >>Reporter: THE FDA REITERATED THE DECISION TO TAKE ANY DRUG IS ULTIMATELY ONE BETWEEN A PATIENT AND THEIR DOCTOR. >>>IT’S THE KIND OF GOOD NEWS DEVELOPMENT THAT RESEARCHERS HAVE BEEN HOPING FOR. PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FROM THE SOUTH KOREAN CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SUGGEST PATIENTS WHO RECOVERED FROM COVID-19, BUT THEN TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AGAIN, WERE NOT INFECTIOUS AND WERE NOT SPREADING THE VIRUS TO OTHERS. 447 SOUTH KOREANS TESTED POSITIVE A SECOND TIME, BUT THOSE VIRUS TRACES APPEARED TO BE DEAD, NOT ALIVE. COULD IT BE AN INDICATION OF IMMUNITY? >>I THINK IT’S A LITTLE TOO SOON TO TAKE THAT AND SAY THAT WE KNOW FOR SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE IMMUNITY. BUT WE HAVE SEEN THAT PEOPLE DO HAVE A PRETTY GOOD IMMUNE RESPONSE TO THIS, AND WE HAVEN’T YET SEEN REINFECTION. SO I THINK TAKEN TOGETHER THAT IS ENCOURAGING. >>IT WAS SOME OF THE WORST NEWS I THOUGHT I EVER HAD. >>Reporter: BACK IN EARLY FEBRUARY EVAN KIRK EVANS, HER KIDS AND HUSBAND ALL BECAME VERY SICK. NOW AFTER RECENTLY TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE ANTIBODIES, SHE KNOWS IT WAS COVID-19, WHICH MEANS SHE COULD HAVE SOME PROTECTION. >>IT JUST FELT LIKE THIS EMPOWERING FEELING, THAT I COULD NO LONGER LIVE IN THE FEAR OF IT. WHAT IT WILL DO TO MY BODY, MY KIDS OR MY HUSBAND. >>Reporter: IN SOUTH KOREA THE FINDINGS HAVE CONVINCED HEALTH EXPERTS TO LOOSEN SOME QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS. NBC’S — IS IN SEOUL, KOREA. >>Reporter: THEY ARE GREETING IT WITH OPTIMISM MEANING OFFICIALS NO LONGER REQUIRING COVID PATIENTS TO TEST NEGATIVE BEFORE BEING RELEASED FROM QUARANTINE. AND HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ARE HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN WEEKS. >>Reporter: IT COULD BE CRITICAL IN HARD-HIT U.S. STATES, SINCE EARLY TESTING SUGGESTS ONE IN FIVE NEW YORKERS HAS ANYBODY’S FOR COVID- 19. BUT MANY NEVER KNEW THEY WERE SICK. HAVING THE ANYBODY’S DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY MEAN IMMUNITY, BUT THE SOUTH KOREAN REPORT IS FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOVERED AND YOU HAVE ANTIBODIES MAY BEGIN TO RETURN TO WORK WITHOUT FEAR OF INFECTING OTHERS. >>>– TYSON WAS JUST 15 WHEN SHE STARTED COMPLAINING ABOUT STOMACH PAIN AND RASH. >>IT WAS SO BAD, AND I WAS SO UPSET TAKING MY DAUGHTER TO THE HOSPITAL. THAT I WOULD NOT BE WALKING OUT OF THERE WITH HER. >>Reporter: WITHIN DAYS THE BALTIMORE TEAM WAS DEAD THE LATEST VICTIM OF THE NEWLY DISCOVERED MULTISYSTEM AMATORY SYNDROME. DURIAN HAD TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID ANYBODY’S. >>I HOPE IT WILL SAVE ANOTHER CHILD. PEOPLE NEED TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS KILLS PEOPLE. >>Reporter: TODAY THE CDC HELD A BRIEFING WITH COVID DOCTORS ABOUT WHAT IT IS LEARNING ABOUT THE ILLNESS NOW FOUND IN AT LEAST 24 STATES AND NINE COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. CASES SEEM TO BE PEAKING ABOUT A MONTH BEHIND COVID-19. MANY OF THE CHILDREN DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THEY HAD CORONAVIRUS, SUGGESTING THAT ILLNESS COMES FROM AN OVERACTIVE IMMUNE RESPONSE. IN NEW YORK CITY ALONE THERE ARE NOW 147 CASES. >>I THINK IT’S THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. >>Reporter: LONG ISLAND’S COHEN CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER SAW MANY OF THE EARLY CASES, ALMOST 80% HAD NO UNDERLYING CONDITIONS. NEARLY ALL HAD GASTROINTESTINAL SYMPTOMS. AND THE HOSPITAL SAW SUCCESS WITH THE PLASMA PRODUCT CALLED IP IG WHICH HELPS COMMON OVERACTIVE IMMUNE RESPONSE. IT IS ONE OF THE THINGS DOCTORS IN LOUISIANA USED ON 12-YEAR- OLD JULIET BAILEY WHO WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST BEFORE RESPONDING TO TREATMENT. SHE IS NOW OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND AT HER LATEST CHECKUP SHOWED NO SIGNS OF PERMANENT HEART DAMAGE. >>SOMETHING THAT LOOKS NORMAL. >>SHE CAME IN WITH REALLY WEIRD — AND IN A MATTER OF DAYS WE WERE ABLE TO GET HER OFF THE VENTILATOR’S, BREATHING ON HER OWN. IT WAS ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS THAT YOU REALLY WANT TO CELEBRATE. >>Reporter: HOPE TONIGHT. >>I’M JUST SO HAPPY THAT SHE HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE. >>Reporter: THAT TREATMENTS CAN WORK IF DOCTORS CAN CATCH IT IN TIME. TRISTAN DAHLGREN, NBC NEWS, NEW YORK. >>IF IT’S ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS. WOULD YOU PREFER A 14-DAY NATIONAL SHUTDOWN? IF IT IS ASKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. RESPIRATORS AND VENTILATORS, HAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEPPED UP ENOUGH? IF IT IS NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL IN AMERICA, AND IF IT IS SUNDAY, IT IS “MEET THE PRESS”. >>THIS COUNTRY WAS FORGED IN PART BY SHARED SACRIFICE AND ONCE AGAIN WE’RE CALLED TO STEP UP. WE HOPE YOU’LL CONTINUE TO STAY INFORMED AND STAY ENGAGED AS WE FOLLOW THIS JOIURNEY TOGETHER. I’M LESTER HOLT, AND FOR ALL MY COLLEAGUES AT NBC NEWS, TAKE CARE. >>YOU ARE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. WE’VE GOT SOME BREAKING NEWS. >>EXPECT TO SEE MORE CASES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. >>IT’S NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD. LIVE WEEK DAYS STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. EASTERN. >>A PANDEMIC THAT IS TURNED OUR WORLD UPSIDE DOWN. THE STORY CHANGES HOURLY. >>MORE STATES ARE DOING A SLOW ROLLOUT, LIFTING THE STAY-AT- HOME ORDERS, EVEN WITH LESS THAN 2% OF OUR NATION TESTED. IT’S THE 11th HOUR. >>WE ARE MOVING INTO UNCHARTERED TERRITORY THE GUT CHECK WITH THE BATTLE ON CORONAVIRUS. THE ENORMOUS CHALLENGE OF REOPENING THE COUNTRY. >>OR AN ANTIBODY TESTING SITE POPPING UP. >>NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT. >>WE WERE CONCERNED WITH THE VIRUS AND CONCERNED WITH THE HELP OF OUR EMPLOYEES, BUT — HAS BEEN ESSENTIAL TO OUR LIVELIHOOD. >>I JUST HOPE WE DON’T HAVE OUTBREAKS. THE THING IS — IT IS REALLY DIFFICULT AND WE REALIZE THAT. IT COULD BE A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION. >>REOPENED MARCH 20th, 1993. IT’S KIND OF IRONIC THAT WE CLOSED MARCH 20th, 2020. — ITS OWNERS IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO THINK ABOUT WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO REOPEN. >>ORIGINALLY WE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS AND ENDED UP BEING OVER A MONTH, AND THE WAYS TO BENEFIT THE CASINO TRIBAL EMPLOYEES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND HE GOT TO BE VERY CONCERNED, WE WERE REALLY DIPPING INTO OUR RESERVES. AND THAT REALLY PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON OPENING OUR DOORS. >>THE CASINO REOPENED ON APRIL 27th AND SINCE THEN OPERATIONS HAVE LOOKED VERY DIFFERENT. THEY TAKE TEMPERATURES, RESTAURANTS AT ONE FOURTH OF CAPACITY AND YELLOW TAPE MARKING KEEPING CUSTOMER SIX FEET APART. >>THERE WAS A LOT OF WIPING DOWN AND DISINFECTING, TO SHUT DOWN, — >>WE HAD EVERY OTHER MACHINE TURNED OFF, BUT WE HAVE ON ORDER SOME PLEXIGLASS, TO PUT BETWEEN THE MACHINES, EACH MACHINE, AND WE HAVE HAD A FEW PEOPLE REMOVED BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO WEAR THEIR MASKS. >>Reporter: THE CASINO IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE TRIBE AND THEY HAD PRESSURES TO REOPEN. LAST YEAR THE CASINO GENERATING TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN REVENUE. >>– AND ALSO OTHER TRIBES, ALL THE DOLLARS FROM THE CASINO. SO EVERYTHING BY THE CASINO. >>Reporter: MORE THAN 90 OF THE COUNTRY’S 1000 CASINOS HAVE BEEN OPERATING AGAIN, MOST OWNED BY TRIBES. — AND WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE FOR OTHER CASINOS AROUND THE COUNTRY. SO THEY’RE NOT SURE HOW THE PANDEMIC WILL COST BUSINESS IN THE LONG RUN. >>THE STIMULUS CHECKS ARE OUT AND WE ARE KIND OF RIDING ON THAT. I AM CONCERNED THE ECONOMY WILL LEVEL OUT AND WITH NO TOURISTS COMING IN WITH THE CANADIAN MARKET BEING CLOSED ON A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. GAMING HAS BEEN OUR LIVELIHOOD AND SO WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE UP FOR LOST REVENUE CONTINUE PROVIDING FOR OUR TRIBE. AWAY. NOW THERE’S A BIG SCREEN THAT IS JUST THE THING. YOU’VE GOT TO SEE >>>FRIDAY NIGHT — NEW YORK. THE FOUR BROTHERS YOU COULD SENSE THE COLLECT DIV SIGH COMING FROM EACH CARD. THE NIGHT OUT. YES, A NIGHT OUT. >>Reporter: SO WHEN YOU SAID WE ARE GOING TO THE DRIVE-IN WHAT WAS THEIR REACTION? >>THEY WERE EXTREMELY EXCITED. MY SON WHO IS OVER THERE KEPT ASKING ALL DAY LONG WHEN CAN WE GO? WHEN CAN WE GO? HE WAS OVERLY EXCITED. >>Reporter: SHERRY HER FAMILY AND HER NEIGHBORS IN THE NEXT CAR GOT HERE PLENTY EARLY. >>WE GOT HERE PROBABLY ABOUT A QUARTER AFTER SIX. WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A LITTLE WHILE. >>Reporter: IT DOESN’T START FOR ANOTHER HOUR AND A HALF. >>I KNOW, WE DON’T CARE. >>Reporter: AND IT MATTERS LITTLE WHAT WAS SHOWING, EVEN TO TEENAGERS WILL AND ELLIE POOL. >>Reporter: ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT TONIGHT’S FEATURE FILMS? >>WE ARE JUST KIND OF EXCITED TO GET OUT. TOP-NOTCH. >>Reporter: WE STOPPED BY EARLIER IN THE WEEK TO TALK TO THE TWO BROTHERS WHO RUN FOUR BROTHERS DRIVE-IN. PAUL AND JOHN STEPHANOPOULOS. WHEN YOU GUYS HEARD YOU WERE GOOD TO GO TO OPEN UP AGAIN WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION? >>SO EXCITING! WE OPENED UP A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE. WE WERE JUMPING UP AND DOWN, JUMPING UP AND DOWN. WE WERE CRAZY ABOUT IT. IT IS KIND OF LIKE LETTING EVERYBODY BACK INTO A LITTLE BIT OF NORMAL. >>Reporter: WE LIKE TO THINK THE HEYDAY OF DRIVE-IN MOVIES WAS DECADES AGO. BUT WITH HILTON SOCIAL DISTANCING, DRIVE-INS PROVIDE BOTH THE WAY BACK TO THE FUTURE AND A GREAT ESCAPE. FOOD YOU CAN PICK UP OR GET DELIVERED, AND FRANKLY WHAT IS BETTER THAN A PIZZA PARTY IN THE BACK OF A STATION WAGON? THESE ARE THE NUMBER ONE THINGS, HOW IS THE PIZZA? >>SAID. >>Reporter: NEED THE JORDANS, AND MacKENZIE, ALLISON, DAD KEVIN AND MOM ERICA. >>THEY GOT TO SAY GOODBYE TO THEIR TEACHERS TODAY. >>SOCIETY HAS TO BE POSITIVE, NO NEGATIVE, NO CRYING, WE WILL GO OUT AND HAVE A GREAT DAY. WE HAVE BEEN DONALD’S FOR LUNCH, DRIVE-IN FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR DINNER. THE MOVIES. >>Reporter: ARECA IS A STAY-AT- HOME MOM WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE GIRLS STUDIES, WHILE KEVIN WORKS FROM THEIR BEDROOM. AND — >>HE IS BEING BUT THE TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL. >>Reporter: THEY ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO MANAGE THE COVID CLOSEDOWN. >>WE DO A LOT WITH THEM THROUGHOUT THE DAY, THEY ARE OUT ON THEIR BIKES. SO IT’S NOT LIKE THEY ARE NOT GETTING OUT. >>Reporter: AND TRUTH BE TOLD. >>MORE FOR ERIKA AND I THIS IS PROBABLY MORE WHAT WE NEEDED THAN THEY NEEDED TONIGHT. >>Reporter: BUILT IN SOCIAL DISTANCING, GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE, BIG-SCREEN ENTERTAINMENT. BUT WE WONDERED WHAT ABOUT THE RESTROOMS? WHAT DID YOU SAY? >>WE RECOMMENDED THAT YOU MOVE IT IN. >>Reporter: PERHAPS THE HEROINE OF THE 90s FABIANA FERNANDEZ A DOZEN YEARS WITH THE COMPANY WHO TIDIES UP AFTER EVERY VISIT. THE TWO BROTHERS OF FOUR BROTHERS DRIVE-IN TOLD US THEY SOLD OUT THAT FIRST NIGHT. >>WHAT WE WERE HEARING WHERE PEOPLE STARTED COMING IN THE PARKING LOT. >>THEIR FACES WERE LIT UP AND THEY WERE HAPPY TO BE BACK HERE. >>Reporter: WHEN TWILIGHT CAME THE BIG SCREEN LIT UP AND THE WORLD AND ITS PROBLEMS FADED AWAY. IN THE CARS AND PICKUPS AMID SOME FIRST-TIMERS AND REGULARS, THE REGULAR CUSTOMER SURELY TAKING, YOU JUST DOT KNOW WHAT YOU’VE BEEN MISSING. >>WE ARE MOVING INTO UNCHARTERED TERRITORY, THE GUT CHECK WITH BATTLE OF CORONAVIRUS ON THE ENORMOUS CHALLENGE OF REOPENING THE COUNTRY. >>MORE ANTIBODY TESTING SITES ARE POPPING UP. >>NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT. >>YOU ARE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. WE’VE GOT SOME BREAKING NEWS. >>EXPECT TO SEE MORE CASES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. >>IT’S NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD. LIVE WEEK DAYS STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. EASTERN. >>TODAY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION OFFICIALLY CALLING IT THE PANDEMIC. NONE OF US IS IN EFFECT DID BY ITS IMPACT. >>COMING IN NOVEMBER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE VOTING FOR CIVILITY. >>I HAVE TO PLAN A FUNERAL AND HOW IS THIS GOING TO WORK? >>WE DON’T PREPARE FOR GIVING BIRTH IN THE PANDEMIC. >>THE IMPORTANT OF MUSIC IS TO KEEP OUR SPIRITS UP. >>JOIN ME AS WE GO INTO AMERICA TO HEAR FROM EVERYDAY PEOPLE GRAPPLING WITH THE ISSUES OF OUR TIME. >>THIS COUNTRY WAS FORGED IN PART BY SHARED SACRIFICE AND ONCE AGAIN WE’RE CALLED TO STEP UP. WE HOPE YOU’LL CONTINUE TO STAY INFORMED AND STAY ENGAGED AS WE FOLLOW THIS JOIURNEY TOGETHER. I’M LESTER HOLT, AND FOR ALL MY COLLEAGUES AT NBC NEWS, TAKE CARE. >>IF IT’S ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS. WOULD YOU PREFER A 14-DAY NATIONAL SHUTDOWN? IF IT IS ASKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. RESPIRATORS AND VENTILATORS, HAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEPPED UP ENOUGH? IF IT IS NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL IN AMERICA, AND IF IT IS SUNDAY, IT IS “MEET THE PRESS”. >>A PANDEMIC THAT HAS TURNED OUR WORLD UPSIDE DOWN. THE STORY CHANGES HOURLY. >>MORE STATES ARE DOING A SLOW ROLLOUT, LIFTING THE STAY-AT- HOME ORDERS, EVEN WITH LESS THAN 2% OF OUR NATION TESTED. IT’S THE 11th HOUR. TODAY. SCHOOLS OPEN FOR EVACUEES AND WE CAN TELL YOU DOZENS OF ROADS ACROSS THE STATE ARE CLOSED. >>THIS IS SERIOUS, AND IT’S TIME FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE>>>THIS IS SERIOUS AND IT IS TIME FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE ACTION TO KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE. >>GOVERNOR GRWHITMER OVERNIGHT DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY AFTER HEAVY RAINFALL RUPTURED TO DAMS TUESDAY IN CENTRAL MICHIGAN. ABOUT 140 MILES NORTH OF DETROIT. RISING WATERS FORCING THE EVACUATION OF NEARLY 10,000 PEOPLE. >>TODAY THE SANFORD DAMS AND MIDLAND COUNTY BREACHED. IF YOU HAVE RELATIVE OR A FRIEND SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE STATE THAT YOU CAN GO AND STAY WITH, PLEASE GO TO THEIR HOMES. IF YOU DON’T, GO TO ONE OF THE MANY SHELTERS THAT HAVE BEEN SET UP. >>Reporter: EVACUATIONS FOLLOWING DAYS OF HEAVY RAINS AND PARTS OF THE MIDWEST, IT ALSO BROUGHT FLOODING TO PARTS OF ILLINOIS, OHIO, AND OTHER STATES. KATRINA CONNOLLY EVACUATED WITH HER FAMILY TO A HOTEL IN BAY CITY, MICHIGAN. >>WE PACKED OUR TWO DOGS, A COUPLE OF CHANGES OF CLOTHES, AND OURSELVES. WE HAD TO DO WHAT WE HAD TO DO AS FAR AS FINDING A PLACE TO STAY, OTHERWISE WE WOULD BE SLEEPING IN OUR VEHICLES. >>Reporter: THE DEVASTATING FLOODING COMPLICATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS. >>EVACUATE THE AREA. >>Reporter: AUTHORITIES WORKING TO GET RESIDENTS OUT OF HARM’S WAY, LEAVING MANY HEADING TO EMERGENCY SHELTERS TO BALANCE THEIR SAFETY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING. >>THEY ARE TELLING YOU TO STAY HOME, STAY SAFE ORDER, BUT THEN IT IS ALSO LIKE OUT, STAY SAFE. SO IT IS LIKE THIS WEIRD, REALLY WEIRD CONFLICT, DO THE CORONAVIRUS WILL STILL APPLY? OR WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO BE RESPONDING? >>THIS MORNING FAMILIES LIVING ALONG TO LAKES IN THE RIVER FORCED TO FLEE FROM ONE OF THE WORST FLOOD DISASTERS CURRENTLY HITTING MID-MICHIGAN. >>WE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING IN THE MIDST OF THE CRISIS AND WE WILL HELP PEOPLE GET OUT. >>>THIS MORNING THE TENSIONS ARE ESCALATING BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI OVER THE PRESIDENT’S USE OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. >>LOSEY IS A SICK WOMAN, SHE’S GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS, A LOT OF MENTAL PROBLEMS. >>I DIDN’T KNOW HE WOULD BE SO SENSITIVE, HE IS ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE’S WEIGHT, THERE POUNDS. >>Reporter: THE PRESIDENT FIRING BACK UP LOSEY AFTER SHE CRITICIZED HIS DECISION TO TAKE THE ANTI-MALARIA DRUG TO PROTECT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS. WITH NO EVIDENCE YET THAT IT PREVENTS COVID-19. >>I WOULD RATHER HE NOT BE TAKING SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE SCIENTISTS. ESPECIALLY IN HIS AGE GROUP AND IN HIS, SHALL WE SAY, WEIGHT GROUP, OH WHAT IS MORBIDLY OBESE. >>Reporter: MR. TRUMP IS INCREASINGLY ON DEFENSE ABOUT HIS DECISION TO TAKE THE DRUG, CLAIMING IT HAS BEEN USED WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE PANDEMIC. >>MANY DOCTORS ARE IN FAVOR OF IT, MANY FRONT-LINE WORKERS WON’T GO THERE UNLESS THEY HAVE THE HYDROXY. >>Reporter: OF THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST MEDICAL ASSOCIATION SAYS IT IS NOT AWARE OF ANY DATA SHOWING THIS WORKERS ARE TAKING THE DRUG. FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BRYDEN SLAMMING THE PRESIDENT OVERNIGHT COMPARING THIS TO THE MOMENT MR. TRUMP QUESTIONED WHETHER DISINFECTANT COULD BE A TREATMENT. A STATEMENT THE PRESIDENT LATER CALLED SARCASTIC.>>IT’S LIKE SAYING MAYBE IF YOU INJECT CLOROX INTO YOUR BLOODSTREAM YOU KNOW IT MAY CURE YOU. COME ON MAN. WHAT IS HE DOING? WHAT IN GOD’S NAME IS HE DOING? >>Reporter: THE FDA HAS WARNED AGAINST USING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE OUTSIDE OF A HOSPITAL SETTING DUE TO A RISK OF SERIOUS HEART PROBLEMS. AND IN SOME CASES EVEN DEATH. AND ANOTHER STUDY FUNDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA AND THE NIH WHICH USES DATA FROM PATIENTS AT VETERANS MEDICAL CENTERS FOUND MORE DEATHS THAN IN THOSE TREATED WITH HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE THEM WITH THOSE WHO RECEIVED STANDARD CARE. RESEARCHERS ALSO REPORTED HELLO. YOU ARE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. LET’S GO OVER TO OUR CORRESPONDENT ALEXA. SHE HAS THE VERY LATEST CORONAVIRUS HEADLINES. WHAT IS GOING ON TODAY? I GO HELLO. THERE IS LOTS OF NEWS. STATES ARE STARTING TO REOPEN AND OFFICIALS ARE TRYING TO WEIGH THE ECONOMIC DAMAGE WITH HEALTH CONCERNS. A MEDICAID WORKER HAD A STATEWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER TODAY IT EXPIRED. IN WASHINGTON, DC THE STAY-AT- HOME ORDER EXPIRES JUNE 8. >>NEVADA AND OTHER STATES ARE EXPANDING VOTING ABSENTEE. MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE SAID THEY WILL MAIL APPLICATIONS. NEVADA IS PLANNING A STATE PRIMARY IN JUNE BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC. >>>NEW YORK CITY’S LOW INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS ARE THE HARDEST HIT FROM THE CORONAVIRUS. 19.9 POSITIVE RESULTS. SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE A RATE AT LEAST 35 TIMES THAT. >>IT IS GOING TO BE TRUE IN EVERY COMMUNITY ACROSS THE STATE AND THE NATION. YOU TELL ME THE ZIP CODES THAT HAVE MINORITY COMMUNITIES, LOWER INCOME COMMUNITIES AND I WILL TELL YOU THE COMMUNITIES WHERE YOU WILL HAVE HIGHER POSITIVES AND INCREASE TO SPREAD AND INCREASED HOSPITALIZATION. >>THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCED TODAY MORE THAN 100 CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED INDICATING THE LARGEST DAILY REPORTED CASES. TWO THIRDS WERE IN FOUR COUNTIES ALONE. WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO SHATTERED. >>>NOW THERE WERE TWO STUDIES IN THE JOURNAL OF SCIENCE WITH EVIDENCE THAT CORONAVIRUS COULD LEAD TO AN AUDIBLE THEY HAVE COMPLETE PROTECTION. MORE RESEARCHES AHEAD TO DETERMINE IF THIS CAN BE USED IN HUMANS. >>DOES OF THE LATEST HEADLINES FOR THIS HOUR. WE WILL BE BACK A LITTLE LATER. BACK TO YOU. >>THANK YOU. A GOOD SIGN. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEE YOU IN ABOUT AN HOUR. YOU CAN VISIT OUR BLOG AT NBC NEWS.COM/CORONAVIRUS. THE LATEST UPDATES ARE ALWAYS THERE. >>>DALLAS HAD A RECORD NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS DEATH AFTER THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED PLANS TO LIFT RESTRICTIONS ACROSS TEXAS. THERE WERE 14 MORE DEATHS TUESDAY THE TOTAL IS 191 WITH 8000 POSITIVE CASES. WE ARE JOINED NOW FROM DALLAS. WHAT ARE OFFICIALS SAYING ABOUT THESE NEW NUMBERS? >>REPORTER: WE HAVE BEEN IN DALLAS COUNTY ALL DAY AND OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO WEAR MASKS AND THEY ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO STAY INSIDE IF THEY CAN UNTIL THE COUNTY SEES A 14 DAY DECLINE IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF POSITIVE CASES. THEY HAD 250 CASES EACH DAY FOR A WHILE. THEY ARE HITTING A PLATEAU. IT IS NOT WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS RECOMMENDED. THE GOVERNOR HAS SAID AS LONG AS HOSPITALIZATIONS REMAIN LOW, HE FEELS COMFORTABLE CONTINUING TO OPEN THE ECONOMY. A JUDGE SAYS IT IS ABOUT MORE THAN HOSPITALIZATION NUMBERS. THIS INTO WHAT HE TOLD ME. >>THE CHALLENGE IS NOT JUST AN AUDIBLE. IT ALSO IS TO GET THE ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY. IT IS WHAT CONSUMERS WILL DO. >>THAT IS THE BIG QUESTION. WHAT WILL PEOPLE DO. WE SPENT THE DAY HERE IN A DISTRICT WHERE WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE COMING OUT TO GRAB FOOD AND WALKING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD. WE HAVE NOT SEEN A WHOLE LOT OF MASKS. >>YOU MENTIONED THE PART OF DALLAS IS HOME TO BUSINESSES. HOW DO PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT RESTRICTIONS BEING LIFTED. WE HAVE NOT SEEN A WHOLE LOT OF MASKS TODAY. >>YES. WE SPOKE TO A DOZEN PEOPLE OUT HERE TODAY AND ALL OF THEM SAID THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE INCREASED NUMBERS BUT THEY STILL FEEL LIKE THE STAGE OF REOPENING IS THE RIGHT MOVE. ONE WOMAN SAYS SHE FEELS SAFER NOW BUT FOR A WHILE FELT LIKE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE WAS SOMETHING FOR INTERACTION AND NOW THEY HAVE MORE BUSINESSES WHERE THEY CAN GO AND HAVE THAT FEELING. I SPOKE TO A NUMBER OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO BASICALLY SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAS DONE ALL THEY CAN DO NOW IT IS ON BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS NEXT. >>LISTEN TO WHAT SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE TOLD ME. >>THE ONLY THING WE CAN DO AT THIS POINT IS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO US AND TRY TO DO THAT IN A MANNER WHERE PEOPLE FEEL SAFE AND COMFORTABLE COMING INTO THE STORE. >>THEY HAVE TO TAKE DIRECTION FROM THE GOVERNMENT. IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO PUT AN AUDIBLE, IS JUST DIFFERENT. >>FOR THE MOST PART PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THESE BUSINESSES ARE OPERATING WITH NECESSARY SUB PROTOCOLS. THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT OTHER INDIVIDUALS AROUND THEM THAT DON’T HAVE MASKS. THAT IS KEY TO PREVENTING THE SPREAD. >>YES. WE KNOW RESTAURANTS GYMS AND HAIR SALONS ARE ALLOWED TO BE OPEN IN SOME CAPACITY. WHAT WILL BE THE NEXT PHASE OF THE REOPENING PLAN? >>YES. THE GOVERNOR MADE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT AND SAID CHILD CARE FACILITIES CAN OPEN IMMEDIATELY AND THIS WEEKEND WE WILL SEE BARS, BINGO HALLS AND OTHER PLACES WILL REOPEN. RESTAURANTS CAN OPEN AT 50% CAPACITY BUT THE BARS ARE GOING TO LOOK DIFFERENT. PEOPLE NEED TO BE SEATED AT THEIR TABLES. THEY ARE DISCOURAGING PEOPLE FROM HITTING THE DANCE FLOOR. THEY WANT TO KEEP PEOPLE SEPARATED TO PREVENT VIRUS TRANSMISSION THAT COULD OCCUR. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>BEACH GOING IS A BIG BUSINESS IN FLORIDA. WILL THEY FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES? WE ARE IN DELRAY BEACH WITH A PREVIEW. >>REPORTER: GOOD AFTERNOON. I AM IN DELRAY BEACH ON A STRETCH OF SAND CLOSED UNTIL TWO DAYS AGO. PARTS OF FLORIDA ARE REOPENING BEACHES. IF YOU LOOK AT THE CORNER HERE, PEOPLE ARE GOING ALONG THE BEACH. SWIMMING, WALKING AND JOGGING, WHEN PEOPLE LIE ON THEIR TOWELS, THAT WAS AGAINST THE RULES BECAUSE NO SUNBATHING OR SURFING IS ONE RESTRICTION. THERE ARE DRONES BEING OPERATED BY THE POLICE COMING DOWN TO LOOK AT WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING AND WARNING THEM IF THEY ARE BREAKING THE RULES. THIS IS A LITTLE BIT OF A HOPSCOTCH SITUATION. A COUPLE MILES NORTH OF HERE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY, THERE ARE NO RULES. IT DEPENDS WHERE YOU ARE IN FLORIDA. BROWARD COUNTY HAS TWO METROPOLITAN AREAS. THEY HAVE NOT REOPENED BEACHES. THEY WON’T DO THAT UNTIL AFTER MEMORIAL DAY BECAUSE THEY KNOW THERE WILL BE HUGE CROWDS. PEOPLE WANT TO BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO THE BEACH. THE OTHER NEWS IS THAT BUSINESSES ARE OPENING. THEY OPENED ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF AGO. MIAMI BEACH HAD THEIR STAGE III OPENING, 600+ STORES. THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO OPEN TODAY AND THEN THE NEXT THING WILL BE RESTAURANTS. PARTS OF SOUTH FLORIDA HAVE BEEN CRAMPED UP FOR SO LONG AND THEY ARE STARTING TO REOPEN. IT IS BEACHES AND STORES AND OTHER BUSINESSES. THE ONE CAVEAT, NO HOTEL. AND INDUSTRY GENERATING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WON’T BE ABLE TO STAY AT THE HOTELS. THAT IS NOT AN OPTION RIGHT NOW. >>BACK TO YOU. >>>ALL 50 STATES ARE LIFTING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS IN SOME CAPACITY. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION HAS GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING. THE DOCUMENT IS SIMILAR TO ONE THE RICE OUT WHITE HOUSE SHOVED FOR BEING TOO SPECIFIC. IT HAS GUIDANCE FOR MASS TRANSIT, SCHOOLS AND NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES. DR. JOHN TORRES JOINS ME NOW. WHAT IS IN THIS DOCUMENT. GIVE US THE READERS DIGEST VERSION. >>THIS IS A SPECIFIC DOCUMENT. THE EARLIER GUIDELINE WAS BASIC PRINCIPLES ON WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING TO OPEN SAFELY. THIS GOES INTO MORE DETAILS AND CONTACT TRACING AND A 14 DAY DECREASE IN NUMBERS AND WHAT THAT MEANS AND HOW TO CALCULATE THE NUMBERS BASED ON NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE CASES IN THE COMMUNITY. IT IS NOT AS DETAILED AS THE PAGE THAT THE WHITE HOUSE SAID THEY COULDN’T PUT OUT WITH THAT ONE THIS ONE WAS DEVELOPED AND IT IS MORE WATERED-DOWN. AGAIN, IT’S MAIN PURPOSE IS TO SAY LET’S DO THIS A SAFELY AS WE CAN. EVEN WITH RECOMMENDATIONS AS THINGS MAY GET OUT OF CONTROL AND CASES GO UP. CONTACT TRACING IS ALSO IN EFFECT EVERYWHERE. >>SO HAVING LOOKED AT THOSE GUIDELINES AND AS WE REPORTED, 50 STATES OPENING IN SOME CAPACITY TODAY, BASED ON THE GUIDANCE ARE THEY READY TO REOPEN? >>SOME STATES ARE AND SOME ARE NOT. YOU CAN IMAGINE THE PRESSURE ON THE GOVERNOR SAYING WE NEED TO OPEN SO YOU NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL. THAT MEANS YOU NEED TO DO SOCIAL DISTANCING AND LISTEN TO AUTHORITIES WHEN THEY SAY WE ARE CLOSING CERTAIN THINGS DOWN. THEY MAY HAVE TO CLOSE CERTAIN VENUES TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE. WE JUST NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT AS A COMMUNITY. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE ARE ALL SAFE. IF WE WAITED UNTIL EVERYTHING WAS PREPARED, IT WOULD BE A LONG WHILE AND PEOPLE WOULD NOT TOLERATE THAT MUCH LONGER. >>OKAY. THERE IS A 50 DAY LOCKDOWN. DO YOU THINK SOMETHING LIKE THAT COULD WORK? >>WHERE WE SEE MODELING WHERE THEY HAVE HUGE PREDICTIONS, THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT 2.2 MILLION DEAD AND THEN IT GOT DOWN TO 240,000 AND THEN HUNDRED THOUSAND. MODELS CHANGE CONSTANTLY. THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING AT. THEY SAID OKAY, IF WE DID THREE MONTHS OF STRICT LOCKDOWN THAT WOULD GET THINGS UNDER CONTROL QUICKLY BUT PEOPLE WILL NOT TOLERATE THAT SO THEY LOOKED AT DIFFERENT SCENARIOS. SO THE 50 DAY MITIGATION STRATEGY OR 50 DAYS OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AND CLOSE SCHOOLS IN LARGE VENUES AND THEN FOR 30 DAYS THEY OPEN IT UP AGAIN ONLY TO CLOSE IT DOWN FOR 50 DAYS AGAIN AND OPENED IT FOR 30 DAYS. IT WAS A ROLLING MEASURE THEY DID UNTIL THEY GOT THINGS UNDER CONTROL WITH THE IDEA BEING THAT PEOPLE WOULD TOLERATE THAT FOR 50 DAYS AND THEN RELAXATION FOR ONE MONTH AND THEN KEEP GOING BACK AND FORTH. TIME WILL TELL AND NATIONS WILL TELL IF PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO DO THAT. WHEN THINGS OPEN UP IT’S HARD TO PUT THE GENIE BACK IN THE BOTTLE. >>YES. I WAS JUST THINKING IT HAS TO BE DIFFICULT ONCE YOU LET PEOPLE GO FREELY, WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO REEL THEM BACK IN. >>WHAT ABOUT THIS NEW TESTING? WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR HUMANS? >>IT IS GOOD NEWS ABOUT THAT TO A CERTAIN EXTENT. IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING IN HUMANS AND MONKEYS. YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER IT WAS A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE. WITH A KEY VACCINE AND THEN THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS ALIKE LIKE OURS BUT NOT ALL THE WAY LIKE OURS. 12 OR 18 MONTHS IS PROBABLY REALISTIC. I THINK THAT’S WHAT WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT. >>OKAY. YOU MENTIONED ON MONDAY WE HAD SOME OTHER GOOD NEWS, POSITIVE RESULTS FROM A STUDY. NOW SCIENTISTS DON’T KNOW IF THE COMPANY RELEASED ENOUGH DATA. WHAT SHOULD OUR VIEWERS KNOW ABOUT THIS? >>WE ONLY GOT PARTIAL RESTARTS AND SCIENTISTS ARE SAYING WAIT A MINUTE. WE USUALLY LOOK AT ALL THE RESULTS. IT IS SO MUCH IN THE PRESS AND THEY ARE LOOKING AT THOSE. 45 PATIENTS WERE TESTED AND THEY GAVE RESULTS ON EIGHT PATIENTS SO WE NEED TO HAVE RESULTS FROM ALL THE PATIENCE. IT IS SOMETHING WE HAVE. IT’S DATA. IT DOESN’T GIVE US ALL THE INFORMATION AND IT IS STILL A VERY EARLY TRIAL. IT HAS A LONG WAY TO GO. WE ARE MAKING HEADWAY BUT WE ARE NOT QUITE THERE YET. >>OKAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>YOU BET. >>>>>THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION PUT OUT ITS OWN REPORT BREAKING DOWN THE DATA BY RACE AND ETHNICITY. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION DIRECTOR ACKNOWLEDGED A DISPROPORTIONATE BURDEN OF ILLNESS AND DEATHS AMONG RACIAL MINORITY GROUPS. THE ENTIRE REPORT IS ONLY FOUR PAGES. GIRAFFE IS JOINING US NOW. WALK US THROUGH THE REPORT. IT IS FOUR PAGES LONG. DOESN’T HAVE HER MUCH DETAIL? >>NOT REALLY. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION IS REQUIRED BY CONGRESS TO PRESENT THE AGGREGATED DATA. IT IS PRESENTED SPECIFIC TO RACE AND ETHNICITY. IT IS THE SAME FLOW IN PHILADELPHIA, CHICAGO, NEW YORK, NEW ORLEANS. ALL THE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR HAVE A HIGHER INCIDENT OF COVID- 19. THERE IS A HIGHER RATE OF HOSPITALIZATION AND DEATH. FIRST THEY ARE USUALLY OVER REPRESENTED IN FRONT-LINE WORKERS. THERE IS ALSO SYSTEMIC INEQUITY. THEY HAVE HIGHER LEVELS OF COMORBIDITY AND UNDERLYING DISEASES THAT MAKE COVID-19 DEADLY. THE REASON WE KNOW THERE ARE HIGHER RATES IN THESE MAJOR CITIES AND CERTAIN STATES IS BECAUSE OF THE LOCAL DATA. THERE IS NO NATIONAL DATA BROKEN OUT BY GEOGRAPHY. THAT IS THE THING THAT POLICY MAKERS HAVE BEEN CLAMORING FOR SINCE FEBRUARY. NOW IT IS MAY, GOING INTO JUNE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE IT. >>YOU MENTIONED CONGRESS REQUIRED A REPORT FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION. WHAT KIND OF REACTION IS GETTING ON CAPITOL HILL? >>DEMOCRATS ARE UNIMPRESSED. A SENATOR WHO LEADS A RELEVANT COMMITTEE SAID THAT THEY REQUIRED HEALTH DISPARITY RELATED TO THE PANDEMIC. WHAT WE GOT FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS A LAZY FOUR-PAGE COPY OF A PROJECT THAT LINKS TO PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE DATA SETS. FRANK MALONE, A CONGRESSMAN SAYS MUCH OF THE SAME. WE NOTICED THAT COMMUNITIES OF COLOR HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF OCCURRENCES OR DEATHS. SO THE REPORT THAT THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION OFFERED IS LINKED TO INFORMATION THAT WAS ALREADY ON ITS WEBSITE. THERE IS NO NEW INFORMATION OR DATA. NOTHING OF USE THAT CAN BE USED IN A NEW WAY BY PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS TO PINPOINT THE PROBLEM, TARGETED AND DIRECTED OUT. >>YES. LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE. THIS IS IMPORTANT DATA AND THE MORE DETAILED THE DATA IS THE MORE YOU CAN BETTER SERVE COMMUNITIES. WHAT KIND OF THINGS CAN THEY DO? THEY NEED MORE PACIFIC SPECIFIC INFORMATION SO THEY CAN MAKE CHANGES. >>ONE PUBLIC HEALTH PER EXPERT SAID COMMUNITIES ARE FLYING COLORBLIND. YOU HAVE TO TAKE THEM OFF TO KNOW HOW TO TARGET AND DO SPECIFIC INTERVENTION. IF YOU KNOW IN WASHINGTON DC AMONG A CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE, THAT INFORMS HOW YOU ADDRESS IT AND HOW YOU ALLOW TESTING. NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO YOU HAVE TO GET THE WORD OUT. WITHOUT THAT INFORMATION, YOU HAVE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS GUESSING. THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THEY CAN DO RIGHT NOW GIVEN THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DIE EACH DAY. AS WE MENTIONED, THE DEATHS AND CASES ARE OVERREPRESENTED IN BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES. >>OKAY. BEFORE YOU GO, I NEED TO ASK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE. THE PRESIDENT HAS THREATENED TO WITHHOLD FUNDING TO THE STATE OF MICHIGAN. THE MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE RESPONDED. HERE IS THE CLIP. >>IT IS A RIGHT WE HAVE BEEN HAD IN OUR STATE CONSTITUTION. I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ALLOW THEM TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE. >>WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? >>A COUPLE OF THINGS. THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT ABOUT MICHIGAN AND NEVADA. BOTH ARE INACCURATE. >>THE PRESIDENT SAID HE IS THINKING ABOUT CUTTING FEDERAL FUNDING. CONSTITUTIONALLY IS NOT CLEAR THAT HE CAN DO THAT. AND WE WONDER WHY HE IS PICKING A FIGHT IN MICHIGAN. HE NEEDS TO GET THAT STATE IF HE WANTS TO MAINTAIN HIS POSITION IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THIS IS AN ISSUE PRESIDENT TRUMP LIKES TO TALK ABOUT TO RALLY HIS BASE. IT IS A NOTION THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WOULD TRY TO MISREPRESENT THEMSELVES AND COMMIT ALL KINDS OF VOTER FRAUD WHEN THERE IS NO INFORMATION OR EVIDENCE TO BACK THAT UP. REMEMBER WHEN THE PRESIDENT WAS ELECTED HE WAS GOING TO SEND UP THIS VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION. HE LIKES TO TALK ABOUT IT BUT IT IS DIVORCED FROM THE FACTS. >>OKAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. IT’S ALWAYS GREAT TO SEE YOU. >>YOU TOO. >>OKAY. TWO BREACHES HAVE FORCED 10,000 PEOPLE TO EVACUATE IN MICHIGAN. THERE IS A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN MIDLAND COUNTING SAYING THAT NEARBY COMMUNITIES COULD BE UNDER NINE FEET OF WATER. OUR CORRESPONDENT IS LIVE THERE AND WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE? >>REPORTER: GOOD AFTERNOON TO YOU. WE ARE IN MIDLAND MICHIGAN ABOUT TWO HOURS OUTSIDE OF DETROIT. BEHIND ME IS THE RIVER. YOU CAN SEE IT HAS OVERFLOWN. BECAUSE OF SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS THERE HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANT FLOODING. TWO DAMS HAVE FAILED AND THE GOVERNOR ISSUED AN EVACUATION ORDER LAST NIGHT. 10,000 PEOPLE WERE TOLD TO EVACUATE. A LOT OF THOSE PEOPLE HAVE HEEDED THE WARNINGS. WE WERE AT A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL AND THAT IS ONE OF MANY SHELTERS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR EVACUEES WHO NEED A PLACE TO SHELTER WHILE THE WATER CONTINUES TO RECEDE. THAT IS NOT THE CASE SO WATER IS RISING. IT IS SUPPOSED TO CREST LATER THIS EVENING. THAT WOULD BE HISTORIC. THAT IS GOING TO BE HISTORIC. 1986 IS THE LAST TIME THE RIVER WENT 39.6 FEET. SEVERAL MORE FEET BECAUSE OF THE INUNDATION IN THE PAST FEW DAYS. >>KATHY, IT’S UNBELIEVABLE WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC. TELL US WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE CHALLENGE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS HAVE TO FACE. GETTING 10,000 PEOPLE TO EVACUATE? >>YES. THERE ARE DUAL EMERGENCIES GOING ON. WE ARE DEALING WITH THE ONGOING CRISIS OF THE CORONAVIRUS SO PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR SHELTERS. THEY ARE WEARING MASKS AND THAT IS A BIG CONCERN. THEY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR HEALTH AT RISK BEING SURROUNDED BY SO MANY OTHER EVACUEES. THEN, THE OTHER THING IS THE FLOODING. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE LEFT THEIR HOMES. A LOT OF THEM IN THE COMMUNITY OF STANFORD. IT IS A SMALL COMMUNITY OF SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE. A LOT OF THOSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GONE BACK TO FLOODING. YOU HAVE TO EMERGENCIES GOING ON. IT IS A DIFFICULT SITUATION OUT HERE. >>OKAY. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. KATHY, THANK YOU SO MUCH. PLEASE STAY SAFE OUT THERE. >>>>>MORE NEWS. THE FORMAL NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIAL ONCE A JUDGE TO DROP A CASE. HE HAS ASKED A FEDERAL APPEALS JUDGE FOR AN ORDER TO DO THAT. WE ARE COMING FROM WASHINGTON. EARLIER THIS MONTH THERE WAS A MOTION TO DISMISS THIS CASE. WHAT IS THE ORDER ABOUT? >>THEY HAVE NOT DONE IT. WHAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID WAS YOU DON’T HAVE ANY DISCRETION HERE, YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE FOUND BECAUSE WE ARE THE PROCESS. THE JUDGE HAS NOT DONE THAT. HE HAD DONE JUST THE OPPOSITE. HE APPOINTED A RETIRED FEDERAL JUDGE TO COME IN AND ARGUE WHY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS WRONG IN ITS ANALYSIS. WHAT THEY SAID WAS IT MAY BE TRUE THAT WHEN HE WAS QUESTIONED AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS INAUGURATED ABOUT THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. IT MAY BE THAT HE LIED BUT THAT WAS NOT A CRIME BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT MATERIAL TO ANY AND INVESTIGATION. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID THERE IS NO CRIME HERE AND WE ARE GOING HOME BECAUSE THERE IS NO CASE. >>THE JUDGE HAS SAID HE ONCE A RETIRED FEDERAL JUDGE TO COME IN AND ARGUE AND THE JUDGE HAS SAID HE ONCE THE RETIRED JUDGE TO ARGUE WHETHER HE SHOULD INSTEAD BE PROSECUTED FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT FOR SAYING THAT HE PLEADED GUILTY AND HE SHOULD NOT DO THAT. SO WHAT THEY SAID IS THE JUDGE CANNOT DO THIS. MAKE THEM STOP. THE COURT OF APPEALS HAVE NOT ACTED ON THAT. I’M NOT SURE WHAT IS GOING ON BECAUSE THE JUDGE HAS GONE AHEAD AND [ INAUDIBLE ] FOR LEGAL BRIEFS AND HE IS CALLED FOR ORAL ARGUMENT IN JULY. HE IS IN NO HURRY TO ACT ON THIS. IT DOES SEEM PREMATURE TO ASK THE COURT OF APPEALS TO ACT BECAUSE THE JUDGE HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING TO DENY THE GOVERNMENT’S MOTION. IF HE DID THAT THEN I CAN SEE THE LAWYERS DOING WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. ANYWAY THEY ARE SAYING TO THE COURT OF APPEALS, MAKE THE JUDGE STOP. THEN WE CAN ALL GO HOME. >>PETE I WOULD WRAP UP A CONVERSATION BY ASKING YOU WHAT YOU THINK IS NEXT BUT FROM WHAT YOU SAID IT’S NOT ENTIRELY CLEAR. >>RIGHT. AND FOR NOW, NORMALLY WHEN SOMEONE APPEAL SOMETHING TO A COURT OF APPEALS IT TAKES THE CASE OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE DISTRICT JUDGE. THAT IS NOT THE CASE HERE. THIS CASE IS STILL IN THAT JUDGES HANDS. I CAN TELL YOU WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT. RIGHT NOW HE IS CALLING FOR THE RETIRED JUDGE TO SUBMIT BRIEFS AND HE WILL ENTERTAIN FRIENDS OF COURTS PLEASE AND THEY ARE ALL ENGAGED AND READY TO GO. STATE ATTORNEYS ARE GOING TO WEIGH IN ON THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SIDE AND THERE ARE RETIRED JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAWYERS WHO ARE GOING TO GO IN ON THE OTHER SIDE. THERE WILL BE A LOT OF ACTION HERE IN THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS. I DON’T THINK THIS CASE IS GOING AWAY ANYTIME SOON. >>OKAY. THE SAGA CONTINUES. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>>THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN BRAZIL IS SO BAD THAT THE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CONSIDERING A TRAVEL BAN. 1000 PEOPLE DIED YESTERDAY OF COVID-19. BILL SPOKE WITH THE GOVERNOR OF THE LARGEST CITY ABOUT THE BATTLE. >>WE HAVE DIFFERENT POSITIONS RIGHT NOW. SOME ARE IN FAVOR OF SOCIAL DISTANCING AND ISOLATION. THE PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL IS AGAINST THAT. IT IS VERY SAD FOR BRAZILIANS. AS THE GOVERNOR OF ALL THE STATES, YOU WANT TO FIGHT THE VIRUS AND [ INAUDIBLE ] >>TELL US MORE ABOUT THE TENSION BETWEEN THE LOCAL AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS IN BRAZIL. >>YES. YOU COULD CALL ATTENTION AND EVEN ANGER. THE OTHER THING THE GOVERNOR SAID TO ME WAS IT WAS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS AND A PROBLEM WITH THE PRESIDENT. HE HAS ONE POSITION. HE SAID IT IS JUST LIKE A COLD. HE SAID GET BACK TO WORK. IT OUT ON THE STREET AND ENJOY YOURSELF AND HE IS HUGGING SUPPORTERS. PEOPLE WERE ON MASS. THAT WAS UNUSUAL. AND THE GOVERNORS AND MAYORS DO ONE SOCIAL DISTANCING. PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO TWO DIFFERENT MESSAGES AND IT IS ALMOST LIKE IF YOU SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP YOU DO WHAT HE SAYS. IF YOU DON’T LIKE HIM NEW THIS INTO CUOMO. THEY MIRROR THEMSELVES TO SOME DEGREE BUT IT IS A HUGE CRISIS, A RECORD NUMBER OF DEATHS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS. THE CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING MORE QUICKLY HERE THAN ANYWHERE ON EARTH.:COULD BE MADE WORSE BY THIS. THERE IS THE LACK OF A CLEAR STRATEGY. >>WHY ARE RESIDENTS CONCERNED. THIS MUST BE CONFUSING FOR THEM?>>REPORTER: YES. A QUARTER OF THE POPULATION IN BRAZIL LIVES IN DYER POVERTY. IN THIS CITY THEY LIVE IN OVERCROWDED SLUMS WHERE ACCESS TO RUNNING WATER IS AN ABSOLUTE LUXURY. THEY DO WANT SOME GUIDANCE FROM THE TOP. THEY ALSO HAVE A PROBLEM. THEY NEED MONEY TO FEED THEIR FAMILY. THEY’RE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE AND THEY DON’T KNOW WHO TO LISTEN TO. DAY GO OUT TO EARN MONEY TO SURVIVE. THEN SADLY THEY CATCH THE CORONAVIRUS AND I. WE WERE AT THE BIGGEST CEMETERY THIS MORNING. THERE ARE DOZENS OF BURIALS THERE EVERY DAY. THERE ARE HUNDREDS TO THOUSANDS OF OPEN GRAVES WAITING FOR THE NEXT DAY AND THE DEATH SAID TO ARRIVE AND BE BURIED. IT IS DESPERATE FOR PEOPLE HERE. THERE IS NO GUIDANCE AND NO CLEAR STRATEGY FROM THE TOP. >>BILL, WE KNOW THERE IS A TRAVEL BAN BEING CONSIDERED IN BRAZIL. WHAT ELSE YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT? >>THERE WAS SOMETHING AT THE WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY. HE SAID BURRILL — BRAZIL WAS AIMING FOR UNITY. HE WAS CONSIDERING A TRAVEL BAN AND HE TALKED ABOUT THE GOVERNOR FLORIDA AND SAID THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE FROM BRAZIL COME IN THERE. THIS WOULD BE QUITE A THING. HE IS LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS AND RIGHT NOW BRAZIL — YESTERDAY THEY ARE JUST BELOW THE UNITED STATES IN TERMS OF OVERALL CASES IT IS NUMBER 3 IN THE WORLD. THE OFFICIAL FIGURES HIDE SOMETHING. TESTING IS NONEXISTENT IN MANY PLACES. A DOCTOR THIS MORNING TOLD ME THAT HE BELIEVES THAT THE REAL RATE OF CASES IS 16 TIMES HIGHER THAN THE OFFICIAL NUMBERS. SO IT IS THOSE KINDS OF NUMBERS THAT THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION IS LOOKING FOR HELP WITH. THEY MAY CONSIDER A TRAVEL BAN FROM BRAZIL. >>OKAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>WHAT YOU CLASSROOMS IN THE SOUTH KOREA LOOK LIKE AFTER THREE MONTHS WITHOUT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS? LOOK AT THEIR NEW NORMAL. >>THE GOVERNMENT IS BRINGING STUDENTS BACK OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS IN STAGES. THEY ACTUALLY HAD TO CLOSE SOME SCHOOLS SHORTLY AFTER OPENING THEM BECAUSE TWO STUDENTS TESTED POSITIVE. HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR DID GO BACK TO SCHOOL TODAY AND THEY HAD A DIFFERENT KIND OF A FIRST-DAY THEY WERE MET BY STAFF WITH THERMOMETERS AND HANDING OUT MASKS AND HAND SANITIZER. MASKS ARE MANDATORY. EVEN EATING IN THE CAFETERIA WOULD CHANGE. LUNCHTIME WOULD BE SCATTERED SO THERE ARE FEWER PEOPLE IN THE CAFETERIA. THERE WILL BE PARTITIONS IN FRONT OF THE CLASSROOMS AND DESKS SPACED APART TO OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING. THERE WILL BE RULES ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IF A STUDENT GETS A FEVER. THEY NEED TO GET EVALUATED. SOME SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS ALSO BROUGHT BACK YOUNG KIDS, PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN . >>KNOWING HOW IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT PROTOCOLS LIKE THAT ARE TO WEAR A MASK AND HAND WASHING AND KNOWING THOSE HAVE A BIG EFFECT ON HALTING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS MAKES US FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WITH STARTING SCHOOL AGAIN. >>HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE ON HIGH AFFORD. THEY ARE INVESTIGATING A POSSIBLE CLUSTER AT ONE OF THE BIGGEST HOSPITALS WHERE FOUR NURSES HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. >>>DELAYED SYMPTOMS AND LONGER RECOVERY. NEW CLUSTERS OF THE CORONAVIRUS ARE POPPING UP IN PARTS OF CHINA. IT IS BEHAVING DIFFERENTLY THIS TIME AROUND. WE EXPLAIN WHAT THE DOCTORS ARE SEEING. >>CHINA IS GETTING BACK ON TRACK. THE ECONOMY IS COMING BACK TO LIFE AND STUDENTS WILL BE BACK IN SCHOOL BY THE END OF THE MONTH. CHINA IS NOT OUT OF THE WOODS JUST YET. THERE ARE PLACES THAT ARE COMPLETELY LOCKED DOWN. CHINESE EXPERTS WHO ARE THERE SAY THE VIRUS IS SOMEHOW DIFFERENT. THEY SAY IT TAKES LONGER FOR SYMPTOMS TO SHOW AND FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INFECTED TO RECOVER. THEY ARE SEEING MORE DAMAGE TO LUNGS AS OPPOSED TO HEART DAMAGE. THEY ARE TESTING EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE CITY. 11 MILLION PEOPLE WILL BE TESTED. THEY WERE ARE HALFWAY DONE RIGHT NOW. CHINA IS BEING AGGRESSIVE TO STEM THE FLOW OF THE PROGRESS. THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS IS A CEREMONIAL THING. THEY GIVE THE OUTLOOK. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN IN MARCH AND WAS POSTPONED BECAUSE IT WAS THE HEIGHT OF THE OUTBREAK. THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN THE PAST. THIS TIME IT IS GOING AHEAD. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT CHINA IS COMPETENT IN ITS STABILITY AND CONSIDER THE ISSUES. MILLIONS HAVE LOST JOBS INCLUDING HERE AND U.S. CHINA RELATIONS ARE PROBABLY AT THE WORST IT HAS EVER BEEN. PRESIDENT TRUMP BLAMES CHINA FOR THE PANDEMIC. THEY HAVE A SYSTEM OF DETECTION AND TESTING. THERE ARE STILL CLOSED BORDERS AND RULED BY TEMPERATURE CHECKS AND HEALTH CODES. SCIENTISTS ALSO ADMIT THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IN TERMS OF THE CHANGES IN THE BEHAVIOR OF THE VIRUS. IT IS KEEPING A RISK OF INFECTION RATE VERY MUCH ALIVE. >> IF IT IS ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS, ASKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL. AT THAT SUNDAY, IT IS MEET THE PRESS. >>IT IS A SHARED SACRIFICE. STAY INFORMED AND ENGAGED AS WE FOLLOW THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER. I AM LESTER HOLT. TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES, TAKE CARE. >>YOU ARE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS. YOU COULD SEE MORE CASES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. >>LIVE WEEKDAYS STARTING AT 6 AM EASTERN. >>>BY THE END OF THE WEEK 40 STATES WILL BE SEEING NONEMERGENCY PATIENTS AGAIN. DENTIST ARE SAYING OPEN WIDE AND CHRIS SHOWS US THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS THEY ARE TAKING. >>BACK IN BUSINESS. THE DOCTOR REOPENS HIS OFFICE TODAY. >>WE HAVE BEEN CLOSED FOR SIX WEEKS. >>REPORTER: WE ARE KEEPING PATIENTS SAFE. >>WE ARE WEARING HIGHER LEVEL MASKS AND FACE SHIELDS. WE ALSO HAVE DISPOSABLE GOWNS. >>THEY HAD A NEW AIR FILTRATION PUT IN. HE WILL REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS AND DEFINITE DIFFERENT WAITING ROOM PROCEDURES. DENTAL PRACTICES ARE INVASIVE. RESEARCH SHOWS CORONA VIRUS SURVIVES AIRBORNE FOR HOURS. THEY ARE WORRIED DENTAL OFFICES ARE REOPENING BEFORE IT IS SAFE. >>IT IS UNAVOIDABLE. THE PATIENTS MAY NEED TO HAVE ATTENTION. THEY WILL LIMIT DRILLS. SUGGESTIONS THAT SUGGEST NOT ALL DENTISTS WILL FOLLOW. >>WOULD YOU GO TO A DENTIST RIGHT NOW? I WOULD AVOID THAT WITH A NONEMERGENT SERVICE. >>A SURVEY BY THE DENTAL ASSOCIATION FOUND THREE AND 10 DENNIS OFFICE HAD NO SUPPLIES AND AND 95 MASS. NO HAD 18% HAD NO FACE SHIELDS. IT HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE. >>WE DO HAVE WHAT WE NEED. IT IS NOT BEEN EASY. >>THEY HAVE A MOBILE UNIT TO REDUCE PATHOGENS. >>YOU UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE NERVOUS? >>YES. I AM ALSO NERVOUS IF YOU DON’T DO ANYTHING WHAT ABOUT OUR PATIENTS? >>IT IS A DOMINO EFFECT. >>ALL DENTISTS SAY BEING AFRAID OF THE DENTIST MEANS SOMETHING DIFFERENT NOW. >>I WANT TO MAKE SURE MY PATIENTS ARE COMFORTABLE IN THE SETTING. >>WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST? >>HAVING MY TEETH CLEANED, DEFINITELY. IT’S NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL. >>AND CHRIS JOINS ME NOW. THE TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMICS HERE. THIS IS AN INDUSTRY THAT HAS TAKEN QUITE A HIT AND IT IS NOT CHEAP TO PUT ALL THIS SAFETY PROCEDURE STUFF IN PLACE. >>YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT THAT. A COUPLE OF PRACTICES WE WENT TO IN CONNECTICUT THEY ARE LONG- STANDING AND HAVE BEEN IN OPERATION FOR DECADES. THEY HAVE SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES. IF YOU ARE RURAL OR NEW, THERE IS A FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION. THE SECOND PART IS A COMPARISON TO REMEMBER HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS FOR SO MANY HOSPITALS AND STILL IS TO GET THE PPE. THEY ARE NOT DOING ANY ELECTIVE OFFICE CALLS. THAT IS THE OTHER ISSUE. THERE WAS A SURVEY JUST DONE, 46% OF DENTISTS SAID IF THEY ARE NOT BACK AND OPERATING BY AUGUST THEY ARE NOT SURE THEY CAN STAY OPEN AND OPERATE. THOSE WILL BE THE PRACTICES IN RURAL AREAS ALREADY UNDERSERVED AND PLACES WHERE PEOPLE DON’T HAVE OTHER OPTIONS. THAT IS WHY THE ADA IS KEEPING AN EYE ON THIS TO SEE HOW THIS WILL WORK WHERE ARE THE RED FLAGS AND HOW CAN THEY HELP THESE PRACTICES REOPEN SAFELY. >>AND CHRIS, HOW ABOUT THE PATIENT. I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SAY THIS BUT I SAID I’M DYING FOR TOOTH CLEANING. IT FEELS SO GREAT. PEOPLE ARE SKITTISH TO GO TO BEGIN WITH IS THERE ARE CONCERNED IT COULD BE WORSE? >>YES. OBVIOUSLY IT IS A DIFFERENT CONCERN. A LOT OF CONCERNS THAT PEOPLE HAD FROM DECADES AGO ABOUT PAIN AND THE NOISE OF THE DRILL, THERE HAVE BEEN TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES THAT HAVE CALLED THOSE FEARS. FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON WHEN YOU ARE TOLD DON’T GO OUT OF THE HOUSE AND NOW YOU’RE SAYING YOU CAN HAVE YOUR TEETH CLEANED LIKE YOU ARE SAYING I FEEL LIKE MY GOSH, I WANT TO HAVE THIS DONE. THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT DOING. CALL YOUR DENTIST. YOU SHOULD ASK WHAT KIND OF PPE ARE THEY WEARING? WHAT KIND OF L FILTRATION SYSTEM DO THEY HAVE. THAT WAS THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN, DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT KIND OF FILTRATION SYSTEM? THEN YOU HAVE TO ASK IF — IS THIS NECESSARY? DO I FEEL COMFORTABLE. IF YOU DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE AND IT’S NOT AN EMERGENCY, THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO STAY HOME. >>OKAY. GREAT QUESTIONS TO ASK. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>THANK YOU. >>PRESIDENT TRUMP IS HEATING UP THE FEUD FEUD WITH THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION. HE SAID THE EMERGENCY PROGRAM WARNS PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM HIGH DOXY IN WHICH HE IS TAKING. >>AT THIS STAGE IT IS NOT FOUND TO BE EFFECTIVE IN THE TREATMENT OF COVID-19 OR AGAINST COMING DOWN WITH THE DISEASE IN FACT, THE OPPOSITE HAS WARNINGS FROM OTHER AUTHORITIES FOR THE POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF THE DRUG. >>ARE CORRESPONDENT IS JOINING US FROM LONDON. HERE IS THE DIRECTOR GENERAL. HE THANKED MEMBER NATIONS. WE HAVE BEEN LEFT OFF THAT LIST. WHAT DOES THE ORGANIZATION SAY ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP? >>WELL, [ INAUDIBLE ] THIS IS A LETTER PRESIDENT TRUMP WROTE TO THEM QUESTIONING THE QUESTIONS. OF COURSE, YOU WILL KNOW THAT TAIWAN [ INAUDIBLE ] FOR THE PAST FEW DAYS FOR TAIWAN TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE ORGANIZATION. IF TAIWAN HAS A VOICE IT WOULD HAVE [ INAUDIBLE ] EARLIER. IT IS A GOOD POINT. THERE ARE TRADES IN HERE AND ACCUSATIONS. HE ACCUSES THE LEADER OF [ INAUDIBLE ] PRESIDENT TRUMP HIMSELF PRAISES CHINA FOR ITS THERAPY. ANOTHER ISSUE THAT MAKES IT CHALLENGING FOR ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD IS THAT IT GIVES THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION 30 DAYS TO COME UP WITH A PLAN TO NOT BE SO CHINA ORIENTED. IF AMERICA DID LEAVE THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IT WOULD BE EASY FOR ALLIES TO FOLLOW AND IT COULD HAVE A DIFFICULT DIPLOMATIC POSITION. >>HOW ARE OTHER MEMBER NATIONS RESPONDING? WHAT REACTION ARE THEY GETTING? >>A TYPICAL EXAMPLE ON THE WORLD STAGE FOR MAJOR COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD AND ALLIES OF THE UNITED STATES, WE HAVE TAKEN THE INITIATIVE. WHAT WE SAW MONDAY IS THAT THIS IS DESCRIBED AS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. WE SAW GERMANY AND FRANCE. WE SAW CHINA SPEAK TO THE ASSEMBLY . INSTEAD WE HAVE SOURCES LEADING THE AMERICAN DELEGATION AND PRESIDENT TRUMP COULD NOT HAVE DONE THAT. THE ONLY THING HE SAYS IN HIS LETTER IS THAT [ INAUDIBLE ] STAND BEHIND ALLIES. I DID NOT DO THAT. [ INAUDIBLE ] >>ABSOLUTELY. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. >>YOU BET. >>DEPARTMENT STORES HOPING TO WOO BACK CUSTOMERS. WILL SHOPPERS COME BACK? WHAT WILL IN-STORE SHOPPING EXPERIENCES BE LIKE WHEN THEY COME BACK. LANE ALEXANDER IS IN ATLANTA LOOKING EXCLUSIVELY AT MESA MACY’S TO SHOW US WHAT REOPENING LOOKS LIKE. WHAT IS MACY’S PLAN? WHAT ARE THE SAFETY MEASURES THEY ARE PUTTING TOGETHER IN STORES? >>IT IS GOING TO LOOK DIFFERENT. WHEN YOU WALK INTO MACY’S ONE BIG THING THAT PEOPLE WILL GO INSIDE FOR IS THE MAKEUP COUNTER. YOU GO AND YOU WANT TO TRY ON MAKEUP AND LIPSTICK. OF COURSE, GIVEN EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON, THAT IS NOT A POSSIBILITY. THAT IS MY BIGGEST QUESTION. I WENT TO A MAKEUP COUNTER AND HAD WHAT WILL BE THE NEW DEMO. INSTEAD OF PUTTING FOUNDATION ON YOUR FACE, THEY HAVE PADS THAT HAVE A PHASE DRAWN ON TO THEM AND THEY TAKE THE >>I’M GOING TO EYEBALL YOU AND GIVE YOU TWO OR THREE SHADES THAT MIGHT WORK FOR YOU AND THEN SHE WILL PUT THEM ON THE WAY SHE WOULD APPLY THEM TO YOUR FACE. YOU SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND HOW TO DO IT. SHE DEMONSTRATED FOR ME SPREADING THAT ON THE PAPER. IT IS NOT WHAT WE ARE USED TO IT ALL. THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO GET BACK UP AND RUNNING. THEIR SAFETY MEASURES THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT AND THINGS THAT WE HAVE SEEN ALL OVER. EMPLOYEES HAVE TO WEAR MASKS. SOCIAL DISTANCING. THE THINGS THAT ARE UNIQUE TO DEPARTMENT STORES. I SAID CAN WE TRY ON ADDRESS THEY SAID YES BUT ONCE YOU DECIDE THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO PURCHASE THAT IT GOES ON A SPECIAL RACK AND THAT IS PUT AWAY FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS AND KEPT OFF THE FLOOR AND PUBLIC RACK. THAT IT ROTATES BACK INTO SERVICE. THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRY SOMETHING ON AND WHEN YOU RETURN ITEMS. >>OKAY. >>SO DIFFERENT. ALL OF THOSE THINGS. YOU MENTIONED SAFETY MEASURES FOR EMPLOYEES. WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW ABOUT EMPLOYEES COMING BACK TO WORK? WHAT ABOUT THEM AND THEIR SAFETY CONCERNS? >>I DO KNOW THAT MACY’S AND OTHER RETAILERS HAVE BEEN HIT HARD BY THIS PANDEMIC. MANY EMPLOYEES WERE FURLOUGHED. A LOT OF THEM WILL COME BACK TO WORK AND LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TO WORK AND WELCOMING CUSTOMERS INTO THE STORES. THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO WORKED DURING THE PANDEMIC BECAUSE THEY HAD DIGITAL SALES. ONE STORE REMAINED UP AND RUNNING SO THEY COULD SHIP TO PEOPLE ORDERING ONLINE. WITH THE STORES OPENING WE KNOW EMPLOYEES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS. THEY ARE COMING IN WITH PLEXIGLASS AROUND THE CASH REGISTER. THERE ARE STAGGERED SHIFTS AND AND OPENINGS SO YOU DON’T SEE AS MANY PEOPLE IN THERE AT THE SAME TIME. ARE SMALL CREW WENT IN THERE BEFORE THE STORE OPENED AND PEOPLE WERE SPREAD OUT. YOU GET READY FOR A SALES FLOOR TO OPEN. YOU CAN SEE THEM STRAIGHTENING THINGS AND WE ONLY SAW ONE PERSON PER AREA. IT LOOKED LIKE THERE WAS A GREAT DEAL OF DISTANCING GOING ON ON THE SALES FLOOR. >>IT IS CERTAINLY GOING TO BE VERY DIFFERENT SHOPPING IN THE STORES AGAIN. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US A GLIMPSE OF THE NEW NORMAL. >>AND IDA CO. CASINO IS NOT GAMBLING. IF YOU WANT TO GO ON THE FLOOR YOU HAVE TO WEAR MASKS. >>WE WERE CONCERNED WITH THE VIRUS AND CONCERN FOR OUR CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES. IT IS OUR LIVELIHOOD THOUGH. >>I DON’T WANT TO HAVE ANOTHER OUTBREAK. THIS IS DIFFICULT. IT COULD BE A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION. >>IT IS IRONIC THAT WE CLOSED MARCH 20. >>WHEN THEY CLOSED IN MARCH EVERYONE THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO REOPEN. WE WERE CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS AND THEN IT ENDED UP BEING OVER A MONTH AND THEN YOU LOSE BENEFITS AND IT COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. GOT TO BE A GREAT CONCERN AND THAT JUST PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON OPENING OUR DOORS. >>THEY OPENED APRIL 27. SHE SAID THE SITUATION LOOKS VERY DIFFERENT. RESTAURANTS ARE [ INAUDIBLE ]. THERE WAS WIPING DOWN AND DISINFECTING. THEY ARE CLEANING FROM 3 AM TO 7 AM. >>WE HAVE EVERY OTHER MACHINE TURNED OFF AND WE HAVE PLEXIGLASS AND WE HAVE [ INAUDIBLE ] REMOVED. THE CASINOS ARE OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE TRIBE. LAST YEAR THE CASINO GENERATED TENDS AVENUE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN REVENUE. >>THAT IS OUR CASH COW, THE CASINO. IT TAKES CARE OF YOUTH PROGRAMS AND OTHERS THINGS. >>82 OF THE COUNTRIES HAVE BEGUN OPERATING AGAIN. MOST OF THEM ARE RUN BY THE TRIBE. THIS IS A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT COULD LOOK LIKE. SOMETIMES LIKE AROUND THE COUNTRY. >>THE STIMULUS CHECKS ARE OUT, AND WE’RE KIND OF RIDING ON THAT. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE ECONOMY WILL LEVEL OUT WITH NO TOURISTS COMING IN. WITH THE CANADIAN MARKET, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. IT’S BEEN OUR LIVELIHOOD. WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE UP FOR LOST REVENUE AND PROVIDE FOR OUR TRIBE. >>>HEY, EVERYONE. I’M ALISON MORRIS. YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. LET’S HEAD OVER TO CORRESPONDENT ALEXA LIAUTAUD. SHE HAS THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS HEADLINES FROM NBC NEWS.COM. ALEXA, WHAT’S GOING ON TODAY? >>Reporter: HEY, ALISON. THERE IS A LOT OF NEWS IN THIS HOUR. FIRST, THE STATES ARE STARTING TO RE-OPEN IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER, AND OFFICIALS ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE THE ECONOMIC DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN. THAT’S THE LATEST FROM ALEXANDER SMITH. CONNECTICUT WAS THE LAST STATE TO HAVE A STATE WIDE STAY AT HOME IN ORDER PLACE BUT THAT EXPIRED TODAY. WASHINGTON, D.C., THE STAY AT HOME ORDER HAS EXPIRED. AND EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE PRESIDENT FALSELY CLAIMED MICHIGAN WAS SENDING ABSENTEE BALLOTS TO RESIDENTS BUT THE SECRETARY OF STATE SAID THAT ALL WILL BE MAILED THE APPLICATIONS BUT NOT THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS ITSELF. MEANWHILE, THE PRIMARY IN JUNE WAS RESCHEDULED BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC. >>>THE LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE BEEN HARDEST HIT BY THE CORONAVIRUS. 8,000 ANTIBODY TESTS REVEALED AN AVERAGE OF 89% POSITIVE RESULTS. SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE BRONX AND QUEENS AND BROOKLYN WERE AT LEAST 35%. GOVERNOR CUOMO HAD THIS TO SAY. >>IT’S GOING TO BE TRUE IN EVERY COMMUNITY ACROSS THE STATE AND THE NATION. THE ZIP CODES THAT HAVE PREDODGE PREDOMINANTLY LOWER INCOME COMMUNITIES I WILL TELL YOU WILL HAVE INCREASED SPREAD AND INCREASED HOSPITALIZATION. >>Reporter: THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCED THAT WE HAD THE LARGEST EVER DAILY INCREASE OF COVID-19 CASES SO FAR. THE DIRECTOR GENERAL SAID THAT NEAR 3/4 WERE REPORTED BY JUST FOUR CASES ALONE. >>>TO SARAH MILLER, TWO STUDIES SUGGEST THAT CORONAVIRUS INFECTION COULD LEAD TO IMMUNITY. IN ONE OF THE STUDIES, SCIENTISTS STUDIED HOW THE BODIES LOOKED AT THE NATURAL EXPOSURE, AND ALL THE MONKEYS INVOLVED HAD, QUOTE, NEAR COMPLETE PROTECTION AFTER BEING REEXPOSED IN A MONTH. THEY ARE LOOKING AT THE TESTS ON HUMANS. BUT THEY ARE PROMISING SIGNS NONETHELESS. WE’LL BE BACK MORE WITH LATER. ALISON? >>ALEXA, PROMISING SIGNS INDEED. AND WE WILL SEE YOU NEXT HOUR. NBCNEWS.COM/CORONAVIRUS WITH THE VERY LATEST UPDATES. >>>DALLAS JUST REPORTED A RECORD NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS DEATHS A DAY AFTER THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED PLANS TO LIFT RESTRICTIONS N DALLAS, THE TOTAL DEATHS ARE 191 WITH NEARLY 8,000 POSITIVE CASES. PRISCILLA THOMPSON JOINS ME WITH MAR. MORE. WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ABOUT THE NUMBERS, PRISCILLA? >>Reporter: ALISON, THEY ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO WEAR MASKS AND STAY INSIDE IN THEY CAN IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF POSITIVE CASES. YOU MENTIONED THEY HAVE SEEN AROUND 200 TO 250 CASES EACH DAY FOR A WHILE NOW. THEY ARE HITTING A PLATEAU BUT IT’S NOT HITTING THE DECLINE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS RECOMMENDED IS. GOVERNOR FOR HIS PART SAID THAT AS LONG AS HOSPITALIZATIONS REMAIN LOW HE FEELS COMFORTABLE CONTINUING TO OPEN THE ECONOMY HERE BUT IT’S ABOUT MORE THAN JUST THE HOSPITALIZATION NUMBERS. TAKE A LISTEN TO WHAT HE TOLD ME. >>THE CHALLENGE IS NOT JUST TO NOT OVERWHELM THE HOSPITALS. THE CHALLENGE ALSO IS TO SAVE HUMAN LIFE AND TO GET THE ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY. IT’S NOT JUST WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS TO DO BUT WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AND WHAT CONSUMERS WILL DO. >>Reporter: ALISON, THAT IS THE BIG QUESTION. WHAT WILL PEOPLE DO? I SPENT THE DAY IN THE BISHOP DISTRICT WHERE WE SAW PEOPLE COMING OUT TO GRAB FOOD AND WALKING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD. WE HAVEN’T SEEN A WHOLE LOT OF MASKS. >>YOU MENTIONED THE PART OF DALLAS WHERE YOU ARE. IT’S HOME TO BUSINESSES. HOW DO PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT THE STATE LIFTING RESTRICTIONS FURTHER? YOU HAVEN’T SEEN A WHOLE LOT OF MASKS TODAY. >>Reporter: YEAH. I MEAN WE’VE SPOKEN TO NEARLY A DOZEN FOLKS OUT HERE, AND THEY ARE ALL CONCERNED ABOUT THE INCREASED NUMBERS HERE, AND THEY STILL FEEL LIKE REOPENING IS THE RIGHT MOVE. I SPOKE TO ONE WOMAN WHO WAS A GROCERY STORE CLERK WHO SAID SHE FEELS SAFER NOW AND MORE BUSINESSES ARE OPEN. IF THEY ARE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE TO GET THE SOCIAL INTERACTION BEFORE, NOW THEY HAVE OTHER PLACES TO GO. AND I SPOKE TO OTHER PLACES AND THEY SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS DONE WHAT THEY CAN DO AND NOW IT’S ON BUSINESSES AND VISITS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S NEXT. TAKE A LISTEN TO WHAT SOME OF THE FOLKS TOLD ME. >>THE ONLY THING WE CAN DO AT THIS POINT IS TAKE ADVANTAGES OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN TO US AND MAKE SURE PEOPLE FEEL SAFE AND COMFORTABLE COMING INTO THE STORE. >>WE HAVE TO TAKE DIRECTIONS FROM THE GOVERNMENT BUT YOU RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS, AND YOU FEEL LIKE, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN DO IT. BUT I THINK IT’S JUST FOR EVERYONE. >>Reporter: FOR THE MOST PART FOLKS FEEL LIKE THE BUSINESSES ARE OPERATING WITH THE NECESSARY SAFETY PROTOCOL. BUT IT’S THE CONCERN OF THE OTHER INDIVIDUALS AROUND THEM THAT MAY NOT BE WEARING MASKS OR PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING THAT WILL BE KEY TO KEEP THIS FROM SPREADING, ALISON. >>AND RESTAURANTS, GYMS, AND HAIR SALONS ARE OPENING. WHAT IS THE STATE’S NEXT PHASE OF THE RE-OPENING PLAN? >>Reporter: THE GOVERNOR MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AND SAID THAT CHILD CARE FACILITIES COULD OPEN IMMEDIATELY AND THIS WEEKEND, WE’LL BEGIN TO SEE BARS, BINGO HALLS BEGIN TO RE- OPEN AND RESTAURANTS WILL BE OPERATING AT 50% CAPACITY. BUT THE BARS ARE GOING TO LOOK DIFFERENTLY. THEY ARE TRYING TO KEEP PEOPLE SEATED AT THE TABLES, NOT A WHOLE LOT OF MINGLING, AND THEY ARE DISCOURAGING FOLKS FROM HITTING THE DANCE FLOOR TO PREVENT ANY OF THE POSSIBLE VIRUS TRANSMISSION THAT COULD OCCUR. >>ALL RIGHT. PRISCILLA THOMPSON IN DALLAS, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>>A BIG BUSINESS IN FLORIDA MEANS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND DRAWS BIG CROWDS. BUT WILL FLORIDIANS FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES? WE ARE IN DELRAY BEACH WITH A PREVIEW. >>Reporter: ALISON, GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M IN DELRAY BEACH STANDING ON A STRETCH OF STAND THAT WAS CLOSED UNTIL TWO DAYS AGO. PARTS OF FLORIDA ARE RE-OPENING BEACHES. YOU CAN SEE THE FOLKS HERE HANGING OUT, MOST OF THEM, WALK ALONG. SWIMMING, WALKING, JOGGING, THAT IS ALLOWED BUT SITTING DOWN AND LYING DOWN ON THE TOWELS, THAT IS AGAINST THE RULES. NO SUNBATHING OR SURFING AT THE BEACH. THERE ARE DRONES THAT ARE OPERATED BY THE POLICE THAT ARE COMING DOWN AND LOOKING AERIALLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND WARNING THROUGH THE LOUD SPEAKER IF THEY ARE BREAKING RULES. THIS IS A HOPSCOTCH SITUATION. IF YOU GO A COUPLE OF MILES NORTH OF WHERE I AM STANDING, PALM BEACH COUNTY PROPER THERE ARE NO RULES WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN’T DO AT THE BEACH, GENERALLY SPEAKING. BUT SOME PLACES HAVE NOT OPENED UNTIL AFTER MEMORIAL DAY KNOWING THERE WOULD BE HUGE CROWDS BECAUSE IT’S A FAVORITE HOLIDAY. PEOPLE WANT TO GET BACK TO THE BEACH BEFORE TOO LONG. IN MIAMI BEACH TODAY, 600 PLUS STORES HAVE REOPENED. AND THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO REOPEN, AND NEXT WEEK, THE RESTAURANTS. THAT’S WEDNESDAY. SO WE ARE SEEING PARTS OF SOUTH FLORIDA THAT WERE CLAMPED UP AND CHECKED OUT FOR SO LONG STARTING TO REOPEN. THAT’S WHETHER BEACHES OR STORES OR OTHER BUSINESSES. BUT THE ONE CAVEAT, NO HOTELS ARE OPEN. SO FOR AN INDUSTRY THAT GENERATED 13 BILLION A YEAR, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO SIT STILL FOR THE TIME BEING. IN DELRAY BEACH, BACK TO YOU. >>>ALL 50 STATES ARE LIFTING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS IN SOME CAPACITY. MEANWHILE, THE CDC HAS RELEASED THE DETAILED GUIDELINES TO REOPENING, SIMILAR TO THE ONE THAT THE WHITE HOUSE SAID WAS TOO SPECIFIC. IT HAS GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS AND MASS TRANSIT, AND NON- ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES. DR. JOHN TORRES JOINS ME, AND WHAT’S IN THE 60-PAGE DOCUMENT? GIVE US THE READER’S DIGEST IF YOU WILL. >>Reporter: ALISON, THIS IS MORE SPECIFIC. THE EARLIER GUIDELINE WOULD GIVE YOU BASIC PRINCIPLES ON WHAT YOU SHOULD DO TO OPEN UP SAFELY. THIS GOES INTO DETAILS CONCERNING CONTACT TRACING, LOOKING AT THE 14-DAY DECREASE IN NUMBERS AND WHAT IT MEANS AND CALCULATE THE NUMBER OF CASES THAT YOU HAVE BASED ON THE NUMBER OF NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE CASES. IT’S NOT AS DETAILED AS THE PAGE THAT THE WHITE HOUSE SAID THEY COULDN’T PUT OUT. THIS IS WATERED DOWN BUT NOT MUCH. IT GIVES VERY GOOD GUIDELINES TO GET SETUP, AND THEY GIVE THE PURPOSE SUCH AS, HEY, WE KNOW WE CAN OPEN UP. LET’S DO IT AS SAFE AS WE CAN AND RECOMMENDATIONS IN CASE THINGS GET A LITTLE OUT OF CONTROL AND WHAT GO UP AGAINST, AND CONTACT TRACING, THAT’S THE IMPORTANT PART, ALISON. >>HAVING LOOKED AT THE GUIDELINES, DR. JOHN, AND AS WE REPORTED, 50 STATES OPENED IN SOME CAPACITY. BASED ON THE GUIDANCE, ARE THE STATES READY TO RE-OPEN? >>Reporter: ALISON, SOME OF THEM ARE READY TO OPEN AND SOME OF THEM ARE NOT READY TO OPEN. YOU CAN IMAGINE THE PRESSURE ON THE GOVERNOR SAYING THAT THE OTHER STATES ARE OPEN. WE NEED TO OPEN AS WELL. YOU CAN IMAGINE THE PRESSURE. YOU NEED TO BE VERY CAREFUL. YOU NEED TO DO SOCIAL DISTANCING AND LISTEN TO AUTHORITIES SAYING, HEY, WE ARE GOING TO CLOSE CERTAIN THINGS DOWN. THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT IN THE GUIDELINES. AT A POINT THEY MAY HAVE TO CLOSE DOWN CERTAIN VENUES TO KEEP THE PEOPLE SAFE. AND THAT’S THE OBJECTIST, TO MAKE OBJECTIVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ALL SAFE AND IF NOT, IT WOULD BE CLOSED FOR A WHILE AND WE COULD NOT TOLERATE THAT. >>DR. TORRES, ACROSS THE POND IF YOU DON’T MIND, A SUGGESTION OF 50 DAYS ON AND 30 DAYS LOCKDOWN STRATEGY. YOUR THOUGHTS AND DO YOU THINK THAT COULD WORK? >>Reporter: BASED ON MODELING, WE ARE SEEING MODELING IN THE PAST WHERE THEY WERE TALKING 2.2 MILLION DEATHS AND THEN 240,000 AND 100,000. AND MODELS CHANGE CONSTANTLY, AND THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING AT HERE, THE MODELING AND WHAT IT MEANS. THEY SAY THE OPTIMUM STRATEGY F WE DID THREE MONTHS OF STRICT LOCKDOWN AND NOBODY LEFT THEIR HOUSES, THAT WOULD GET THINGS UNDER CONTROL QUICKLY, AND THEY REALIZE PEOPLE WOULD NOT TOLERATE THAT. BUT THE SCENARIO WAS THE 50-DAY MITIGATION STRATEGY, 50 DAYS OF SOCIAL DISTANCE, CLOSE SCHOOLS AND LARGE VENUES, KEEP PEOPLE HEALTHY AND THEN FOR 30 DAYS THEY OPEN IT UP AND CLOSE IT DOWN FOR 50 DAYS AND OPEN IT UP FOR 30 DAYS AND THIS WAS A ROLLING MEASURE UNTIL THEY GOT THINGS UNDER CONTROL WITH THE IDEA THAT PEOPLE CAN TOLERATE THE MITIGATION STRATEGIES FOR 50 DAYS, ALMOST TWO MONTHS AND RELAXATION FOR A MONTH AND GO BACK AND FORTH, AND TIME WILL TELL AND PATIENCE WILL TELL. ONCE THINGS OPEN UP, IT’S HARDER TO GET THE GENEY GENIE BACK IN THE BOTTLE FOR THE MITIGATION STRATEGIES. >>IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT ONCE YOU LET PEOPLE GO MORE FREELY TO REEL THEM BACK IN. DR. JAWRNTION JOHN, A STUDY SHOWED THAT MONKEYS HAVE SHOWN IMMUNITY. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR HUMANS? >>Reporter: IT’S WORKING TO A CERTAIN EXTENT AND WORKING IN HUMANS AND MONKEYS BUT REMEMBER, PRELIMINARY STUDIES AND SMALL NUMBERS OF PEOPLE. WITH MONKEYS, THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS A LOT LIKE OURS BUT NOT EXACTLY LIKE YOURS AND THE 12 MONTH STATISTIC IS REALISTIC, ALISON, AND I THINK THAT’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT. >>YEAH YOU MENTIONED ON MONDAY OTHER GOOD NEWS WITH DRUG MAKER MODERNA REPORTING GOOD RESULTS FROM THE PHASE 1 STUDY, AND NOW, THEY ARE QUESTIONING IF THE COMPANY RELEASED ENOUGH DATA. WHAT SHOULD THE VIEWERS KNOW ABOUT THIS? >>Reporter: THE PHASE 1 STUDY WE ONLY GOT PARTIAL RESULTS FROM THE PHASE 1, AND SCIENTISTS ARE SAYING WAIT UNTIL WE GET RESULTS UNTIL WE MAKE A MENTION. AND THE COMPANY PUT OUT THE INFORMATION, 45 PATIENTS BUT WE ONLY GOT THE RESULTS ON 8 PATIENTS, AND THEY SAID HEY. WE NEED THE RESULTS ON ALL 45. AND WE HAVE DATA, DECENT DATA AND IT GIVES US GOOD INFORMATION BUT NOT ALL THE INFORMATION AND IT’S AN EARLY TRIAL WITH A LONG WAYS TO GO. WE ARE MAKING HEADWAY AND GETTING THERE BUT WE ARE NOT QUITE THERE YET, ALISON. >>DR. JOHN, ALWAYS GREAT TO HAVE YOU ON. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>Reporter: YOU BET. >>>THE CDC PUT OUT INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS IN THE U.S. BREAKING IT DOWN BY RACE AND ETHNICITY. DR. ROBERT REDFIELD ACKNOWLEDGED, QUOTE, A DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT AMONG MINORITY GROUPS BUT THAT REPORT WAS JUST FOUR PAGES. DOES IT OFFER MUCH DETAIL, JUST 4 PAGES LONG? >>Reporter: DOES IT ? NOT MUCH, ALISON. TO PRESENT THE DATA SPECIFIC TO RACE AND ETHNICITY — WE KNOW THE STORY IS THE SAME, THE SAME SLOW ROLLING STRATEGY, NEW YORK, PHILADELPHIA, NEW ORLEANS, THE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR WITH A HIRE A — HIGHER RATE OF COVID-19 AND ONE IS THEY TEND TO BE OVER REPRESENTED IN FRONTLINE WORKERS AND THE SYSTEMIC INEQUITY IS COMMUNITIES OF LEVEL HAVE THE UNDERLYING DISEASES THAT MAKE COVID-19 PARTICULARLY DEADLY. THE REASON WE KNOW THERE ARE HIGHER RATES IN THE MAJOR CITIES AND STATES IS BECAUSE OF LOCAL DATA. THERE IS NO NATIONAL DATA BROKEN OUT BY RACE AND ETHNICITY THE SAME WAY BY RACE, AGE, AND GENDER, AND THAT’S WHAT THE POLICYMAKERS HAVE BEEN CLAMORING FOR SINCE JANUARY AND NOW WE ARE INTO MAY GOING INTO JUNE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STILL DOESN’T HAVE IT. >>YOU MENTIONED THAT CONGRESS ACQUIRED THIS REPORT FROM THE DCC. WHAT KIND OF A REACTION IS IT GETTING ON CAPITOL HILL? >>Reporter: WELL, CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS ARE UNIMPRESSED. PATTY MURRAY WHO LEADS A COMMITTEE SAID THAT THE REPORT ON HEALTH DISPARITIES RELATED TO THE PAN PANDEMIC, WHAT WE GOD — GOT FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP IN HER WORDS, IS A 4 PAGE REPORT, AND THEY SAID WE KNOW COMMUNITIES OF COLOR BEAR A DISPROPORTIONATE LEVEL OF INFECTION AND DEATH BUT THEY HAVE FAILED TO OFFER REAL INFORMATION AND DATA. THE REPORT THAT THE CDC OFFERED IS A COMP ILATION OF LINKS THAT IS ALREADY ON THEIR WEBSITE. NOTHING NEW TO PINPOINT THE PROBLEM TO TARGET IT AND ADDRESS IT, ALISON. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT MORE BECAUSE THIS IS IMPORTANT DATA. THE MORE DETAILED THE DATA IS, THE MORE IT CAN HELP THE PUBLIC OFFICIALS BETTER SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES. WHAT KIND OF THINGS CAN THEY DO? HOW IMPORTANT TO HAVE MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION TO MAKE CHANGES? >>Reporter: WELL, ONE PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT IN MARYLAND PUT IT LIKE THIS, WITHOUT THE INFORMATION, THE COMMUNITIES ARE FLYING COLOR BLIND. YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE COLOR BLINDS OFF TO KNOW HOW TO TARGET PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGES AND HOW TO DO SPECIFIC INTERVENTION. I’M IN NORTHWEST WASHINGTON D.C. YOU KNOW THERE IS AN OUTBREAK IN NORTHWEST WASHINGTON D.C. AMONG A CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT, INFORMS HOW YOU ADDRESS IT. WHAT BARBERSHOP MIGHT YOU GO TO GET THE WORD OUT? YOU MIGHT HAVE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS AND CITY LEADERS GUESSING. THAT IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN DO GIVEN THE IN FACT YOU HAVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DYING EACH DAY. THE DEATHS AND CASES ARE OVER REPRESENTED IN THE BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES. >>YEAH, YEAH. BEFORE YOU GO, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON IN THE NATION’S CAPITOL. THE PRESIDENT’S THREAT TO WITHHOLD FUNDING IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, HIS VOTE BY NOW EFFORTS, IT WAS ASKED THAT ON MSNBC. HERE’S THE CLIP. >>EVERY MICHIGAN IS THE HAS A RIGHT TO VOTE. IT WAS PASSED BY VOTERS IN NOVEMBER 2019. I HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE KNOWS HOW TO EXERCISE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. >>WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? >>Reporter: A COUPLE OF THINGS. THE TWEET THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SENT OUT ABOUT MICHIGAN AND NEVADA, BOTH ARE FACTUALLY INACCURATE. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE IS THINKING ABOUT CUTTING FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE STATES. CONSTITUTIONALLY, IT’S NOT CLEAR IF HE CAN DO THAT. HE HAS TO WIN IN 2020 TO MAINTAIN HIS POSITION IN THE WHITE HOUSE BUT WE KNOW THIS IS WHAT THE POSITION THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP LIKES TO TALK ABOUT AND RALLY HIS BASE, THIS NOTION THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WOULD TRY AND MISREPRESENT THEMSELVES AND COMMIT ALL SORT OF ACTS AT THE POLLS WHEN THERE IS NO INFORMATION, NO EVIDENCE TO BACK THAT UP. REMEMBER. WHEN THE PRESIDENT SAID WHO HE WAS ELECTED, HE WOULD STAND UP TO VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION AS IT EXISTED FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF VOTER FRAUD. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE PRESIDENT LIKES TO TALK ABOUT EVEN THOUGH IT’S DEVOID ENTIRELY FROM THE FACTS, ALISON. >>ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. ALWAYS GREAT TO SEE YOU. >>>YOU BET. >>>TWO DAM BREACHES IN MICHIGAN HAVE FORCED SOME 10,000 PEOPLE TO EVACUATE. GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WHITMER HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN MIDLAND COUNTY SAYING THAT NEARBY COUNTIES COULD BE UNDERWATER. CATHY PARK IS LIVE FROM MIDLAND. CATHY, WHAT’S HAPPENING THERE? >>Reporter: ALISON, GOOD AFTERNOON TO YOU. SO WE ARE IN MIDLAND, MICHIGAN ABOUT 2 HOURS OUTSIDE OF DETROIT, AND BEHIND ME IS THE AT RIVER THAT OVERFLOWED, AND THERE HAS BEEN SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN THAT HAVE COME IN THE PAST COUPLE DAYS THAT LED TO SIGNIFICANT FLOODING BEHIND ME. TWO DAMS HAVE FAILED, AND THE GOVERNOR ISSUED AN EVACUATION ORDER LAST NIGHT. 10,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TOLD TO EVACUATE, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE HEEDED THE WARNINGS. WE WERE AT THE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL, ONE OF MANY PUBLIC SHELTERS FOR EVACUEES WHO NEED A PLACE TO SHELTER WHILE THE WATER IS RECEDING. THAT’S NOT THE CASE RIGHT NOW. IT’S CONTINUING TO RISE AND WE ARE TOLD IT WILL CREST AND HIT THE 38 FEET MARK. IF THAT’S THE CASE, IT WOULD BE HISTORIC. IN 1986, THAT WAS THE LAST TIME THAT THE RIVER REACHED 33.9 FEET. WE’LL TALK ABOUT SEVERAL MORE FEET OF WATER BECAUSE OF THE INUNDATION THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS SEEN IN THE PAST TWO DAYS. >>KATHY, IT’S UNBELIEVABLE WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC. IF YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT THE CHALLENGE THAT THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ARE DEALING WITH, I MEAN, TRYING TO GET 10,000 PEOPLE TO EVACUATE SO QUICKLY. >>Reporter: YEAH. I MEAN, THERE ARE DUAL EMERGENCIES GOING ON RIGHT NOW. WE ARE DEALING WITH THE ONGOING CRISIS OF THE CORONAVIRUS WHERE PEOPLE ARE HUNKERED IN PLACE AND SHELTERED AND SOCIAL DISTANCING, WEARING MASKS. BUT THAT’S A BIG CONCERN. THEY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR HEALTH AT RISK SURROUNDED BY SO MANY OTHER EVACUEES, AND THE OTHER THING IS THE FLOODING. SO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE LEFT THEIR HOMES, MANY OF THEM IN THE COMMUNITY OF SANFORD, A SMALL COMMUNITY OF SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE BUT THEY HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BECAUSE OF THE EMERGENCY, AND IT’S TWO EMERGENCIES THAT CONTINUE TO GO ON. IT’S A DIFFICULT SITUATION, ALISON. >>I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. KATHY MARK MIDLAND COUNTY MICHIGAN. STAY SAFE. >>>YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW, NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD, LIVE WEEKDAYS AT 6:00 A.M. EASTERN. >>>IF IT’S ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS F IT’S ASKING FOR RESPONSIBILITY, AND IF IT’S NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL IN NEW YORK AND IF IT’S SUNDAY, IT’S MEET THE PRESS. >>>THIS COUNTRY WAS FORGED BY SHARED SACRIFICE AND ONCE AGAIN, WE’RE ASKED TO STEP UP. STAY INFORMED AS WE TAKE THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER. I’M LESTER HOLT. A FOR ALL MY COLLEAGUES AT NBC NEWS, TAKE CARE. >>>YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. IT’S NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD, LIVE WEEKDAYS STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. EASTERN. >>>NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT, COVERING CORONAVIRUS WITH FACTS OVER FEAR. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT VENTILATORS. WHAT SHOULD WE BE CONSCIOUS OF? WALK ME THROUGH WHAT THE SYMPTOMS LOOK LIKE. >>>IN A TIME OF CRISIS TURN TO THE MOST TRUSTED NEWS ANCHOR IN AMERICA. >>>PRESIDENT TRUMP’S BEEF WITH THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IS HEATING UP, THREATENING TO CULT OFF FUNDING. TODAY, THE HEAD OF THE EMERGENCY PROGRAM URGED PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM THE ANTI- MALARIA DRUG, HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TAKING. >>AT THIS STAGE, HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE HAS NOT YET BEEN FOUND TO BE EFFECTIVE IN THE TREATMENT OF COVID-19 OR COMING DOWN WITH THE DISEASE. IN FACT, THE OPPOSITE WITH WARNINGS ISSUED BY MANY AUTHORITIES REGARDING THE POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS. >>SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT KEIR SIMMONS JOINING ME FROM LONDON. KIER, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL STARTED THIS MEETING THANKING NATIONS BUT LEAVING THE U.S. OFF THE LIST. WHAT ARE THEY SAYING OR NOT SAYING ABOUT THE LETTER? >>Reporter: WELL, THEY HAVE HAD A ROUGH TIME AT RECENT MONTHS AT THE HANDS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AND LIST OF A LETTER QUESTIONING THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION’S RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA. IT RAISES SOME GOOD QUESTIONS, ALISON. FOR EXAMPLE, IT ASKS ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP ROLE WITH TAIWAN. YOU WILL KNOW THAT TAIWAN IS CONSIDERED BY CHINA TO BE PART OF ONE CHINA. AND THEY CONSIDER TAIWAN TO BE PART OF ONE CHINA. AND TAIWAN, THEY WANTED TO RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS EARLIER. PRESIDENT TRUMP MAKES THAT POINT. IT’S A GOOD POINT BUT THERE ARE OTHER CLAIMS THAT DON’T STAND UP. HE ACCUSES THE LEADER OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION FOR PRAISING CHINA’S TRANSPARENCY. EARLIER THIS YEAR, PRESIDENT TRUMP PRAISED CHINA FOR TRANSPARENCY. AND WHAT WILL REALLY MAKE IT CHALLENGING FOR AMERICA’S ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD IS THIS LETTER GIVES THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION 30 DAY, ALISON, TO COME UP WITH A PLAN TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND NOT BE SO CHINA ORIENTATED. BUT THERE IS NO PROPOSAL ON HOW TO DO THAT AND IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR OUR ALLIES TO FOLLOW AND THEREFORE, IT WOULD BE A PRETTY DIFFICULT DIPLOMATIC POSITION, FRANKLY. >>HOW ARE THE OTHER MEMBER NATIONS RESPONDING? WHAT REACTION ARE THEY GIVING? >>Reporter: WELL, IT’S JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE ON THE WORLD STAGE, MAJOR COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD AND NATIONS THAT CONSIDER THEMSELVES TO BE ALLIES OF THE UNITED STATES TO MAKE LEADERSHIP. WHAT WE SAW ON MONDAY. THIS IS DESCRIBED AS IMPORTANT THE MOST IMPORTANT IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, WE SAW GERMANY AND FRANCE SPEAK TO THE ASSEMBLY. WE SAW THE PRESIDENT OF CHINA SPEAK TO THE ASSEMBLY. WHO WE DIDN’T SEE, WE DIDN’T SEE PRESIDENT TRUMP. INSTEAD, HE SENT THE SECRETARY LEADING THE AMERICAN DELEGATION. BUT TRUMP COULD HAVE SAID ALL THE THINGS HE SAID IN HIS LETTER AT THAT FORUM AND ALSO DONE OTHER THINGS SUCH AS STAND BEHIND OTHER ALLIES. HE DIDN’T DO THAT. >>ABSOLUTELY. KEIR SIMMONS IN LONDON, THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. >>Reporter: YOU BET. >>>THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN BRAZIL IS SO BAD THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CONSIDERING A TRAVEL BAN. THE COUNTRY HAD THE DEADLIEST DAY ON RECORD WITH MORE THAN 1000 PEOPLE DYING OF COVID-19 YESTERDAY. NBC NEWS CHIEF GLOBAL CORRESPONDENT BILL NEELEY SPOKE ABOUT THE ONGOING BATTLE. >>WE HAVE DIFFERENT POSITIONS IN BRAZIL. THE POSITION OF THE GOVERNOR IN FAVOR OF THE QUARANTINE, IN FAVOR OF SOCIAL DISTANCE AND IN FAVOR OF ISOLATION. AND THE PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL, VERY DIFFERENT. AS A GOVERNOR, THEY WANT TO FIGHT AGAINST THE VIRUS. AND AGAINST THE WRONG ORIENTATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL. >>BILL NEELEY JOINS US FROM SAO PAULO, AND TELL US MORE ABOUT THE TENSION BETWEEN THE LOCAL AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS IN BRAZIL. >>Reporter: ALISON, YOU CAN CALL IT TENSION AND YOU CAN CALL IT ANGER. THE OTHER THING THAT THE GOVERNOR SAID IS THERE ARE TWO VIRUSES IN BRAZIL AND ANOTHER VIRUS DECLARING TO THE PRESIDENT. THE BASIC PROBLEM IS THE PRESIDENT HAS ONE POSITION WHICH IS CORONAVIRUS IS JUST LIKE A COLD. THE LOCKDOWN IS UNNECESSARY. YOU DON’T NEED TO SOCIAL DISTANCE. GET BACK TO WORK. GET BACK OUT ON THE STREET AND ENJOY YOURSELF. HE WAS AT A RALLY OVER THE WEEKEND HUGGING SUPPORTERS. HE DID WEAR A MASK WHICH WAS UNUSUAL BUT HE TRIED TO DOWNPLAY THE VIRUS. THE GOVERNORS AND MANY MAYORS WANT THE LOCKDOWN AND SOCIAL DISTANCING. PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO TWO DIFFERENT MESSAGES. IT’S ALMOST — LIKE IN THE UNITED STATES, IT’S ALMOST LIKE IF YOU SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP YOU WILL DO WHAT HE SAID. IF YOU DON’T LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU WILL LISTEN TO GOVERNOR CUOMO. SO THEY MIRROR THEMSELVES TO SOME DEGREE, THE TWO COUNTRIES BUT LOOKING AT THE CRISIS, AS YOU SAID, A RECORD NUMBER OF DEATHS IN THE LAST 24 HOUR AND THE CORONAVIRUS SPREADING MORE QUICKLY HERE THAN ANYWHERE ON EARTH, AND THAT CRISIS MADE WORSE AS, BY YOU SAY, THE DECISIONS AT THE TOP OF THE GOVERNMENT AND LACK OF A CLEAR STRATEGY, ALISON. >>BILL, WHAT ARE RESIDENTS SAYING ABOUT THE MIXED MESSAGING? IT SEEMS LIKE IT COULD BE INCREDIBLY CONFUSING FOR ALL OF THEM. >>Reporter: YES. AND A QUARTER OF BRAZIL’S POPULATION LIVE IN DIRE POVERTY. IN THIS CITY THEY LIVE IN FAV, LLAS, OVER CROWDED SLUMS WHERE ACCESS TO RUNNING WATER, NEVER MIND SOAP IS AN ABSOLUTE LUXURY. THEY NEED GUIDANCE FROM THE TOP BUT THEY NEED MONEY. THEY NEED TO GO OUT TO WORK AND EARN MONEY TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES. THEY ARE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. THEY DON’T KNOW WHO TO LISTEN TO, REALLY. SO THEY GO OUT TO EARN MONEY TO SURVIVE, AND MANY OF THEM SADLY CATCH CORONAVIRUS AND DIE. WE WERE AT BRAZIL’S BIGGEST CEMETERY THIS MORNING AND THERE ARE DOZENS OF BURIALS EVERY DAY, AND THERE ARE HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF OPEN GRAVES AT THE CEMETERY WAITING FOR THE NEXT DAY’S DEATHS TO ARRIVE AND TO BE BURIED. IT’S A DESPERATE SITUATION FOR PEOPLE HERE AND REALLY NO GUIDANCE, NO CLEAR STRATEGY FROM THE TOP. >>BILL, WE KNOW TRUMP IS CONSIDERING A TRAVEL BAN ON BRAZIL. WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW ABOUT THAT POTENTIAL BAN? >>Reporter: HE SAID THIS AT THE WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY. HE SAID, YOU KNOW, BRAZIL WAS, AS HE PUT IT, HAVING PROBLEMS. HE SAID THAT BRAZIL WAS AIMING FOR HERD I COMMUNITY.MMUNITY. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF THAT WHATEVER AND HE IS TALKING ABOUT A TRAVEL BAN AND THE GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA SAYING 2 MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR COME FROM BRAZIL TO THE UNITED STATES. SO THIS WOULD BE QUITE A THING. BUT, LOOK. HE IS LOOK AT THE NUMBERS. RIGHT NOW, BRAZIL, YESTERDAY, FOR EXAMPLE, IN DEATHS, BRAZIL WAS JUST BELOW THE UNITED STATES AT NUMBER 2 IN TERMS OF OVERALL CASES. IT’S NUMBER 3 IN THE WORLD NOW, AND THE OFFICIAL FIGURES I THINK HIDE SOMETHING ELSE. TESTING HERE IS ALMOST NON- EXISTENT IT.. IT HAS ONE OF THE WORST TESTING RECORDS IN THE WORLD. A DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT HE THINKS THE REAL ARREST CASES IS 15 TIMES HIGHER THAN THE OFFICIAL NUMBERS. IT’S THOSE KINDS OF NUMBERS THAT THE CDC IS LOOKING AT, THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS LOOKING AT AND AS YOU SAY, CONSIDERING A TRAVEL BAN FROM BRAZIL. >>BILL NEELY, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>>WHAT DO CLASSROOMS IN SOUTH KOREA LOOK LIKE NOW AFTER NEARLY THREE MONTHS WITHOUT STUDENTS OR TEACHERS? CORRESPONDENT KELLY COBIELLA SHOWS US THE NEW NORMAL. >>Reporter: THEY ARE BEING VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT THIS AND THEY ARE BRINGING KIDS BACK IN STAGE S. THEY HAD TO CLOSE BECAUSE TWO STUDENTS HAD TESTED POSITIVE. THE VAST MAJORITY OF HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS HAD A DIFFERENT FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, GREETED BY PEOPLE TAKING TEMPERATURES AND HANDING OUT MASKS AND HAND SANITIZER. MASKS ARE MANDATORY AT SCHOOLS UNLESS YOU ARE EATING IN THE CAFETERIA. EVEN THAT HAS CHANGED. SOME SCHOOLS HAVE STAGGERED LUNCH TYPES SO THERE ARE FEWER PEOPLE IN THE CALF — CAFETERIA, AND DESKS ARE SPACED APART FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING. ALSO, RULES ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IF A STUDENT COMES DOWN WITH A FEVER? THEY HAVE TO REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY AND GET EVALUATED. SOME SCHOOLS BROUGHT BACK PRESCHOOLS AND KINDERGARTENERS. >>KNOWING HOW THEY HANDLED IT AND SIGNIFICANT PROTOCOLS LIKE MASK WEARING AND HANDWASHING AND DOING EXTRA CLEANING OF THE SURFACES KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE A BIG EFFECT ON HALTING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS MAKES ME FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE. >>Reporter: THE ANY GOVERNMENT AND HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE ON HIGH ALERT. THEY ARE JUST NOW INVESTIGATING A POSSIBLE PROBLEM AT A HOSPITAL WHERE FOUR NURSES HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. ALISON? >>>DELAYED SYMPTOMS, LONGER RECOVERY, NEW PARTS OF THE COVID-19 ARE POPPING UP IN CHINA , AND IT’S ACTING DIFFERENTLY THIS TIME AROUND. >>Reporter: ALISON, IN A LOT OF WAYS, CHINA IS GETTING BACK ON TRACK WITH THE ECONOMY BACK TO LIFE AND MOST KIDS WILL BE BACK IN SCHOOL AT THE END OF THE MONTH BUT CHINA IS NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET. THERE ARE CITIES ALONG THE NORTHERN BORDER WITH RUSSIA THAT COMPLETELY LOCKED DOWN, AND THE WORRYING PART IS THE CHINESE EXPERTS THAT ARE THERE SAY IT’S DIFFERENT. THEY SAY IT’S TAKING LONGER FOR SYMPTOMS TO SHOW AND TAKING LONGER FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INFECTED TO RECOVER. THEY ARE SEEING MORE DAMAGE TO LUNGS THAN HEART AND KIDNEY DAMAGE LIKE IN WUHAN WHERE THEY ARE CONTINUING TO TEST PEOPLE. 11 MILLION PEOPLE WILL BE TESTED IN WUHAN. THEY ARE HALFWAY DONE NOW, AND CHINA HAS MOVED AGGRESSIVELY TO STEM THE SPREAD. THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS IS LARGE HER CEREMONIAL. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HELD IN WHATEVER MARCH BUT IT WAS POSTPONED BECAUSE OF THE OUTBREAK THAT HAD NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE, AND NORMALLY, THAT’S A CHANCE TO GET A READ ON WHAT THE LEADERSHIP IS THINKING BUT GOING AHEAD, CHINA IS CONFIDENT RIGHT NOW AND THE ECONOMY IS STALLED. MILLIONS HAVE LOST JOBS, AND THE U.S.-CHINA RELATIONSHIP IS PROBABLY AT THE WORST POINT EVER AS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO BLAME CHINA FOR THE PANDEMIC. CHINA HAS AN ADVANCED SYSTEM FOR TESTING BUT AUTHORITIES ARE STRUGGLING TO CONTAIN THE VIRUS, THE BORDERS ARE CLOSED TO FOREIGNERS AND DAILY LIFE IS RULED BY TEMPERATURE CHECKS AND HEALTH CODES. SCIENTISTS ADMIT THEY STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IN THE TERMS OF THE CHANGES IN THE BEHAVIOR OF THE VIRUS, BUT IT’S KEEPING THE RISK OF A SECOND WAVE VERY MUCH ALIVE HERE. ALISON? >>>MORE NEWS IN THE MICHAEL FLYNN SAGA. THE FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR WANTS THE JUDGE TO DROP IT. HE ASKED FOR A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT FOR AN ORDER TO DO JUST THAT. NBC NEWS JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PETE WILLIAMS JOINING ME NOW FROM WASHINGTON. PETE, EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FILED A NOTION DISMISS THIS CASE. WHAT IS THIS ORDER ABOUT? >>Reporter: WELL, THE JUDGE HASN’T DONE IT YET. >>YEAH. >>Reporter: THEY SAID, LISTEN, YOU DON’T HAVE DISCRETION HERE. YOU HAVE TO RUBBER STAMP WHAT WE FILED. WE ARE THE PROSECUTORS AND THAT’S AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH FUNCTION AND YOU CAN’T TELL US WHAT TO DO. THE JUDGE HASN’T DONE THAT YET. HE HAS DONE THE OPPOSITE. HE HAS APPOINTED A RETIRED JUDGE TO COME IN AND LOOK AT WHAT WAS WRONG. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID IT WAS TRUE THAT WHEN MICHAEL FLYNN WAS QUESTIONED WHEN HE WAS THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR ABOUT HIS DISCUSSIONS WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR THAT HE LIED BUT THEY WERE NOT A CRIME BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT MATERIAL TO AN INVESTIGATION. SO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID THERE IS NO CRIME HERE. WE’RE GOING HOME. THERE IS NO CASE. WHAT THE JUDGE HAS DONE IS APPOINT THIS RETIRED FEDERAL JUDGE TO COME IN AND ARGUE, NO. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS WRONG, AND HE WANTS THE RETIRED JUDGE TO ARGUE IF FLYNN SHOULD BE PROSECUTED FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT. HE PLEADED GUILTY AND NOW SAYING I DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG. I SHOULDN’T HAVE PLEADED GUILTY. I WANT TO WITHDRAW MY PLEA. SO WHAT FLYNN’S LAWYERS SAID TO THE COURT OF APPEALS IS HEY. THEY CAN’T DO THIS. MAKE THEM STOP. THE COURT OF APPEALS HAS NOT ACTED ON THAT, AND I AM NOT SURE WHAT IS GOING ON BECAUSE THE JUDGE HAS SET A SCHEDULE FOR THE LEGAL BRIEF AND CALLED FOR ORAL ARGUMENTS FOR EARLY JUNE SO HE IS IN NO HURRY TO ACT ON THIS. IT SEEMS AT THIS POINT PREMATURE TO ASK THEM TO ACT. THE JUDGE HASN’T DONE ANYTHING TO GET THEM TO STOP. HE HASN’T DENIED THE GOVERNMENT’S MOTION. AND THEY ARE SAYING IN ESSENCE TO THE COURT OF APPEALS, KNOCK THIS OFF. THEY CAN GRANT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S MOTION TO DISMISS SO WE CAN ALL GO HOME. >>PETE, I WOULD NORMALLY WRAP UP A CONVERSATION ASKING WHAT YOU THINK IS NEXT BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE WHAT YOU SAID IT’S NOT ENTIRELY CLEAR. >>Reporter: NORMALLY WHEN SOMEBODY APPEALS SOMETHING TO A COURT OF APPEALS, IT TAKES THE CASE OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE DISTRICT JUDGE. THAT’S NOT THE CASE HERE. THIS IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT. SO THE CASE IS STILL IN SULLIVAN’S HANDS. HE’S THE DISTRICT JUDGE. I CAN TELL YOU WHAT’S GOING ON HAPPEN NEXT. RIGHT NOW HE IS CALLING FOR THE RETIRED JUDGE TO SUBMIT HIS BRIEF. HE WILL ENTERTAIN OTHER COURT BRIEFS FROM OTHER PARTIES. WE KNOW THEY ARE ALL AT THE STARTING GATE READY TO GO, AND THERE ARE A GROUP OF ATTORNEYS GENERAL TO WEIGH IN ON THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SIDE AND A GROUP OF LAWYERS ON THE OTHER SIDE. AND THERE WILL A LOT OF ACTION IN THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS. >>PETE WILLIAMS, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>>YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. IT’S NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD LIVE WEEKDAYS STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. EASTERN. >>>IF IT’S ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS, IF IT’S ASKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY, IF IT’S NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL IN AMERICA AND IF IT’S SUNDAY, IT’S MEET THE PRESS. >>>THIS COUNTRY WAS FORGED IN PART BY SHARED SACRIFICE. ONCE AGAIN WE’RE CALLED TO STEP UP. WE HOPE YOU WILL CONTINUE TO STAY INFORMED AND STAY ENGAGED AS WE FOLLOW THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER. I’M LESTER HOLT. FOR ALL MY COLLEAGUES AT NBC NEWS, TAKE CARE. >>>YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. IT’S NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD LIVE WEEKDAYS STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. EASTERN. >>>NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLD, COVERING CORONAVIRUS WITH FACTS OVER FEAR. AT A TIME OF CRISIS, TURN TO THE MOST TRUSTED TV NEWS ANCHOR IN AMERICA. >>>BY THE END OF THE WEEK, DENTISTS IN 40 STATES WILL BE ALLOWED TO SEE NOON EMERGENCY PATIENTS AGAIN. DENTISTS ARE CALLING FOR PEOPLE TO OPEN WIDE. AND SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT CHRIS JANSING SHOWS US THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS THEY ARE TAKING. >>Reporter: THIS CONNECTICUT ORTHODONTIST IS BACK IN BUSINESS, FULLY REOPENING HIS OFFICE. >>WE HAVE QUITE A BACKLOG. WE HAVE BEEN CLOSED FOR SIX WEEKS. >>Reporter: THE NEW NORMAL IS KEEPING PATIENTS SAFE IN THE TIME OF COVID. >>WE ARE WEARING MASKS, 95, AND FACE SHIELDS AND ALSO DISPOSABLE GOWNS. >>Reporter: THEY HAVE A NEW AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM AND REDUCING THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS THEY SEE, ALSO CHECKING TEMPERATURES. DENTAL PRACTICES ARE BY NATURE INVASIVE. RESEARCH IS SUGGESTING THAT THE CORONAVIRUS WILL SURVIVE AIRBORNE IN HOURS. >>IN THE DENTAL OFFICE, IT’S UNAVOIDABLE, WHETHERRER IN DENTIST DRILLS OR INSTRUMENTS OR THE PATIENTS THEMSELVES WHO MAY NEED TO COUGH. >>Reporter: THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION HAS GUIDELINES INCLUDING USING HAND TOOLS INSTEAD OF AUTOMATED DEVICES AND LIMITING DRILLS, CONCERNS THAT THE DOCTOR WORE NOT ALL DENTISTS WILL FOLLOW. WOULD YOU GO TO A DENTIST FOR A NON-EMERGENT PROBLEM? >>I WOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID GOING TO THE DENTIST FOR A NON- EMERGENT SYSTEM. >>Reporter: 3 IN 10 DENTAL SERVICES SURVEYED DID NOT HAVE AN N95 MASK AND 3 IN 10 DID NOT HAVE FACE SHIELDS. >>WE DO HAVE WHAT WE NEED. >>Reporter: HE HAS INVESTED BEYOND THE GUIDELINES INCLUDING A FOGGER TO CLEAN ROOMS AND A MOBILE UVC UNIT TO REDUCE PATHOGENS. YOU UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE NERVOUS? >>SURE. I’M NERVOUS BUT I’M NERVOUS ON THE FLIP SIDE THAT IF WE DON’T DO ANYTHING, WHAT ABOUT THAT? >>Reporter: IF THEY GET REALLY SICK? >>IF THEY GET REALLY SICK. >>Reporter: THE NEW REALITY THAT BEING AFRAID OF THE DENTIST MEANS SOMETHING. >>I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I WAS SAFE AND COMFORTABLE IN A SETTING OUTSIDE THE HOME. >>Reporter: WHAT ARE YOU LOOK FORWARD TO MOST WHEN ALL THIS IS OVER? >>GETTING OUR TEETH TAKEN CARE OF OF. >>Reporter: THE CHALLENGE OF REOPENING THE BUSINESS WHEN IT’S ANYTHING BUT BUSINESS AS USUAL. >>AND CHRIS JANSING JOINS ME NOW AND CHRIS, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMICS HERE. THIS IS AN INDUSTRY THAT HAS TAKEN QUITE A HIT, AND IT’S NOT CHEAP TO PUT ALL THE NEW SAFETY PROCEDURES IN PLACE. WHAT CHALLENGES ARE THEY FEELING WITH THERE? >>Reporter: YOU’RE RIGHT, NOT CHEAP AT ALL. THE PRACTICES WE WENT TO IN CONNECTICUT, THEY ARE LONG STANDING AND BEEN IN OPERATION FOR DECADES, AND THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES. IF YOU ARE A SMALLER PRACTICE OR A RURAL PRACTICE OR A NEW PRACTICE, FIRST OF ALL, THERE IS A FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION. RIGHT? AND THE SECOND PART IS THE COMPARISON TO BE MADE. REMEMBER HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS FOR SO MANY HOSPITALS AND STILL IS TO GET THE BOTTOM LINE WHERE THEY WANT IT TO BE GIVEN THAT THEY ARE NOT DOING THE ELECTIVE SURGERIES. THEY ARE NOT DOING ANY ELECTIVE OFFICE CALLS. SO THAT’S THE OTHER ISSUE. THERE WAS A SURVEY THAT WAS JUST DONE, ALISON. 46% OF DENTISTS SAID IF THEY ARE NOT UP AND OPERATING BY AUGUST, THEY ARE NOT SURE IF THEY CAN STAY OPEN, AND THOSE WILL BE THE PRACTICES IN RURAL AREAS, UNDER SERVED AREAS WHERE THEY DON’T HAVE AN OPTION. THAT’S WHY THE ADA IS KEEPING AN EYE ON THIS AND LOOKING AT HOW THE ROLLOUT WORKS AND EACH PRACTICE HAS TO RE-OPEN SAFELY. >>CHRIS, HOW ABOUT THE PATIENTS? I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY THIS BUT LAST WEEK I SAID TO MY HUSBAND I AM DYING FOR A TEETH CLEANING. IT WOULD FEEL GREAT. I KNOW PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED TO GO TO BEGIN WITH. IS THERE A CONCERN? >>A LOT OF OF THE TECH ADVANCES HAVE CALMED FEAR BUS LIKE YOU WERE SAYING, YOU FEEL LIKE MY GOSH. I REALLY WANT TO HAVE THIS DONE. THE DENTISTS ARE ALREADY GETTING THE CALLS AND ARE READY FOR THEM, AND YOU CAN ASK WHAT KIND OF PPE ARE THEY WEARING? WHAT FILTRATION SYSTEM DO YOU HAVE? THIS WAS THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN FOR THE HYGIENIST, AND THEN THE PERSONAL QUESTIONS. IS THIS NECESSARY? DO I FEEL COMFORTABLE? IF YOU DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE AND IT’S NOT AN EMERGENCY THERE, IS NO REASON NOT TO STAY HOME. ALISON? >>CHRIS, GREAT QUESTIONS TO ASK. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>THANK YOU. >>>DEPARTMENT STORES HOPING TO WOO BACK CUSTOMERS AS RETAIL SALES PLUNGED 16% IN APRIL. SO WILL THE SHOPPERS COME BACK? WHAT WILL THE IN-STORE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE BE LIKE WHEN THEY DO? NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT BLAINE ALEXANDER IS IN ATLANTA IN A MACY’S TO SHOW US WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE FOR THE COUNTRY OR THE COMPANY, AND BLAYNE, WHAT ARE THE MEASURES THEY ARE PUTTING IN STORES? >>Reporter: ALISON, IT WILL LOOK DIFFERENT. WHEN YOU WALK INTO MACY’S ONE THING THEY USUALLY GO IN FOR IS THE MAKEUP COUNTER. I AM SURE YOU HAVE DONE IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE DONE IT. >>YEP. >>Reporter: OF COURSE, GIVEN WHAT IS GOING ON, THAT IS NOT A POSSIBILITY. AND THAT WAS MY QUESTION. I STOPPED BY THE MAKEUP COUNTER AND HAD WHAT WILL BE THE NEW DEMO FOR THE MAKEUP COUNTERS. INSTEAD OF PUTTING FOUNDATION ON YOUR FACE, THEY HAVE THE PADS THAT HAVE A FACE DRAWN ON TO THEM, AND THEY TAKE — WHAT THE PERSON WILL DO IS EYEBALL YOU. THEY SAY I WILL EYEBALL YOU TO 2 OR 3 SHADES THAT MAY WORK FOR YOU, AND THEY PUT THEM ON THE PADS TO APPLY THEM, AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND HOW TO DO IT, AND SHE DEMONSTRATED FOR ME TAKE THE TIPS TO SPREAD IT ON THE PAPER. IT’S NOT WHAT WE ARE USED TO BUT THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO GET BACK UP AND RUNNING. PLENTY OF SAFETY MEASURES ALL OVER. EMPLOYEES WEARING MASKS AND PLEXI GLASS AROUND CASH REGISTERS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING, BUT THINGS THAT UNIQUE TO DEPARTMENT STORES LIKE TRYING ON CLOTHES. CAN WE TRY ON A DRESS OR A PAIR OF PANTS? THEY SAID YES BUT IF YOU DECIDE YOU ARE NOT GOING TO PURCHASE THAT, IT GOES ON A RACK AND IT’S PUT AWAY FOR 24 HOURS AND KEPT OFF THE FLOOR AND OFF THE PUBLIC RACK AND SLOWLY ROTATED BACK IN THE SERVICE. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU RETURN ITEMS IF YOU DECIDED TO RETURN SOMETHING TO THE STORE. >>OKAY. SO DIFFERENT, BLAYNE, ALL OF THOSE THINGS, AND YOU MENTIONED THE SAFETY MEASURES. WHAT ELSE ABOUT THEM AND WHAT YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT THEM AND THEIR SAFETY CONCERNS HERE? >>Reporter: WE KNOW THAT MACY’S JUST LIKE OTHER RETAIL PLACES HAVE BEEN HIT HARD BITE PANDEMIC. THE PANDEMIC. WE KNOW THEY HAD TO FURLOUGH THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEES, AND THEY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TO WORK AND WELCOMING THE CUSTOMERS. BUT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO CONTINUED TO WORK IN THE PANDEMIC BECAUSE THEY WERE FOCUSED ON DIGITAL CELLS. SALES. THEY WERE ORDERING ONLINE, AND WITH THE STORES OPENING NOW WE KNOW THE EMPLOYEES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS. THEY ARE COMING IN WITH PLEXI GLASS AROUND THE CASH REGISTERS AND WE ARE SEEING STAGGERED SHIFT AS WELL. SO WE DON’T HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN AT THE SAME TIME. OUR SMALL CREW WENT IN BEFORE THE STORE OPENED THIS MORNING, AND PEOPLE WERE VERY MUCH SPREAD OUT. YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SEE A SALES ON THE FLOOR YOU SEE PEOPLE IN ONE SECTION, STRAIGHTENING UP BUT WE ONLY SAW ONE PERSON PER AREA, AND WE SAW AS MUCH SOCIAL DISTANCING AS WE COULD. >>BLAYNE, IT WILL BE VERY DIFFERENT. THANKS FORGIVING US A GLIMPSE OF THE NEW NORMAL. >>>AN IDAHO CASINO ISN’T GAMBLING WITH SAFETY. IF YOU WANT TO HIT THE SLOTS, YOU HAVE TO WEAR A MASK. HERE’S A LOOK AT HOW IT WORKS. >>>DURING THE PANDEMIC, WE WERE WORRIED FOR OUR EMPLOYEES BUT IT’S OUR LIVELIHOOD. >>IT’S REALLY DIFFICULT BUT WE REALIZE IT COULD BE A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION. >>MARCH 20, 1993, WE OPENED. IT WAS IRON IC WE CLOSED MARCH 20, 2020. >>THE COEUR d’ALENE RESORT WE WERE CLOSED TO MARCH. AND WE IMMEDIATELY STARTED TO THINK ABOUT WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO RE-OPEN. >>WE ORIGINALLY THOUGHT WE WOULD BE CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS. IT ENDED UP BEING OVER A MONTH. AND IT WAS A WAY TO BENEFIT THE EMPLOYEES, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND WE WERE VERY CONCERNED. YOU KNOW, WE WERE DIPPING INTO OUR RESERVES. THAT REALLY PUT MORE EMPHASIS TO OPENING OUR DOORS. >>THE CASINO FINALLY DID REOPEN. IT LOOKS VERY DIFFERENT. GUESTS HAVE TEMPERATURES TAKEN AND RESTAURANTS ARE AT HALF CAPACITY. AND PEOPLE ARE KEEPING 6 FEET APART. >>THERE WAS A LOT OF WIPING AND THERE WAS CONSTANT CLEANING FROM 3:00 A.M. TO 7:00 A.M >>AND WE HAVE THE PLEXI GLASS TO PUT BETWEEN THINGS, AND WE HAVE PEOPLE WEAR THEIR MASKS. >>THE CASINO IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE COEUR d’ALENE TRIBE AND FELT THE TROSH RE- OPEN. PRESSURE TO REOPEN. LAST YEAR, THEY GENERATED TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. >>OUR TRIBE AND EVERY TRIBE, THAT’S THE BIGGEST CASH COW. IT FUNDS THE PROGRAMS, THE YOUTH PROGRAMS, EVERYTHING IS SUPPLEMENTED BY THE CASINO. >>AS OF MAY 19th, 82 OF THE COUNTRY’S CASINOS HAVE BEGUN OPERATING AGAIN. MOST OF THEM OPERATED BY TRIBES. COEUR d’ALENE OFFERS A GLIMPSE ABOUT WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE AT OTHER CASINOS AROUND THE COUNTRY. % LIKE AROUND THE COUNTRY. %>>THE STIMULUS CHECKS ARE OUT, AND WE’RE KIND OF RIDING ON >>I AM CONCERNED THE ECONOMY WILL LEVEL OUT WITH NO TOURISTS COMING, THE CANADIAN MARKET BEING CLOSED, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. IT’S BEEN OUR LIVELIHOOD. WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE UP FOR LOST REVENUE. TO ALEXA LEE AUTO IS FOLLOWING THE LATEST NEWS FOR NBC NEWS.COM. HOW ABOUT AN DATE? >>HEY, ALLISON. WE ARE STARTING OFF WITH NEWS FROM THE CDC. THEY RELEASED REOPENING GUIDELINES THIS WEEK INCLUDING GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS. A NUMBER OF MEASURES IN THE 60 PAGE DOCUMENT ENCOURAGES PARTITIONS, STAGGERED SHIFTS, AND ASKING CUSTOMERS TO WAIT IN THE CARS AFFORDING CITY. THE CDC WARNED THAT NOT ALL BUSINESSES SHOULD BEGIN REOPENING YET DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 INFECTIONS IN THE LOCAL AREA. >>>HUNDREDS RALLIED AGAINST THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER IN MICHIGAN BUT THIS TIME THE DEMONSTRATION LOOKED DIFFERENT. BARBERS AND HAIRSTYLISTS OFFERED TRAINS AS PART OF OPERATION HAIRCUT AND SOME PROTESTERS DID NOT WEAR MASKS OR FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES. THIS WARNING WAS OFFERED. >>PEOPLE PROTEST I ASK IF THEY WEAR A MASK AND IF THEY ARE 6 FEET APART. IF THEY DON’T, WE WILL HAVE TO TAKE SOME ACTION HERE. >>THEY ALSO SPOKE ABOUT THE HEAVY RAINFALL AND BREACHED DAMS . ABOUT 11,000 PEOPLE HAVE EVACUATED SO FAR WITH RISING WATER EXPECTED TO CONTINUE UNTIL 8:00 TONIGHT. RESIDENT TRUMP NOW SAYS HE DOESN’T THINK IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO WITHHOLD FUNDING OVER THE VOTE BY MAIL EFFORTS. THIS MORNING HE BLASTED MICHIGAN AND NEVADA FOR EXPANDING MAIL-IN VOTING AHEAD OF THE UPCOMING ELECTION GOING SO FAR AS TO THREATEN MUTUAL FEDERAL FUNDING. HE NOW APPEARS TO BE WALKING BACK ON THAT. >>>THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION IS REFUTING THE CLAIM THAT MANY HEALTH WORKERS ARE TAKING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE TO PREVENTED INFECTION. THE PRESIDENT TOLD REPORTERS EARLIER IN THE WEEK HE HAD BEEN TAKING THE DRUG AND THOUSANDS OF FRONT-LINE WORKERS WERE AS WELL. THE NURSES ASSOCIATION SAID IT IS QUOTE NOT RECEIVE REPORTS FROM NURSES OR OTHER HEALTHCARE WORKERS UTILIZING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AS A PREVENTATIVE TREATMENT FOR COVID-19. FURTHERMORE, RESEARCH HAS NOT SHOWN CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE HAS PREVENTED COVID-19. >>>A CYCLONE EXPECTED TO HIT INDIA, MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION PEOPLE WERE MOVED INTO SHELTERS ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. EVACUATIONS WERE MADE ALL THE MORE DIFFICULT I THE PANDEMIC. AUTHORITIES HAVE WARNED OF EXTENDED DAMAGE AND THE POSSIBILITY OF SERIOUS FLOODING IN SEVERAL CITIES. THOSE ARE THE LATEST HEADLINES FOR THIS HOUR. LOTS OF NEWS THERE. ALLISON, BACK TO YOU. >>>YOU CAN VISIT THE BLOG AT NBCNEWS.COM/ CORONAVIRUS UPDATES . >>>THE RELIEF PACKAGE FACING AN UPHILL BATTLE IN THE CENTER. TODAY NANCY PELOSI RESPONDED TO CRITICS WHO SAID THEY ARE BOTH PARTISAN. >>LET ME ASK YOU THIS. IS YOUR SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, A WOMAN, WHEN I PUT FORTH A BILL IT IS NOT PARTISAN, BUT WHEN THE LEADER OF THE SENATE MITCH McCONNELL PUTS A BILL, WE NEGOTIATE, AND WE MAKE IT BIPARTISAN. >>>CAPITOL HILL CORRESPONDENT JOINS US FROM CAPITOL HILL. REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THIS PACKAGE AT ALL. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW NEGOTIATIONS ARE GOING SO FAR. >>WE WILL BE DOING NEGOTIATIONS THAT ARE NOT HAPPENING AT ALL, EVEN THE DECISION TO START NEGOTIATIONS. YOU HAVE DEMOCRATS SAYING THEY WANT TO START TALKING TO REPUBLICANS TO GET THE BILLS PASSED IMMEDIATELY. REPUBLICANS, ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY ARE SAYING THEY ARE READY. THEY WANT TO SEE WHERE ALL THE MONEY FROM THE LAST RELIEF BILL GOES FIRST. WE ASKED ABOUT THIS TODAY. >>– MISSING FROM THE SECRETARY LEADER? >>WE WILL SEE. I THINK PUBLIC OPINION WILL BE VERY MUCH OUR FRIEND IN ALL OF THIS. I PUBLIC OPINION FOR HALF BUT THEY ALSO THINK PUBLIC OPINION IS ON THEIR SIDE AND THEY WANT TO SLOW DOWN FOR NOW. WE KNOW THAT MITCH McCONNELL HAD A MEETING EARLIER IN THE WEEK WITH SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN AND OTHERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND THEY DID EMERGE THING THEY WANTED TO GET TO NEGOTIATIONS. INSTEAD, THE CONDITION WAS THE SAME, THAT THEY WANTED TO SLOW DOWN AND WAIT A WHILE, ALLISON. >>>THE PRESIDENT ON CAPITOL HILL YESTERDAY, HAS HE SAID WHAT HE WANTS TO SEE IN THIS NEXT RULING? >>HE SAID HOW ANXIOUS REPUBLICANS ARE NOT TO MOVE FORWARD ON A BILL. WHAT THEY TALKED ABOUT, WHAT THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT, ANYWAY, WAS NOT A LOT A POLICY AND A LOT OF POLITICS. HE TALKED ABOUT HIS REELECTION, HE TALKED ABOUT JOE BIDEN, HE TALKED ABOUT PRES. OBAMA. WHAT DID COME UP A LOT WAS CORONAVIRUS AND WHAT CONGRESS SHOULD DO ,,>>>WE WILL SEE HOW IT ALL WORKS OUT, BUT THEY HAVE 7.7 MILLION APPLICATIONS AND IN THE STATE OF NEVADA, THEY HAVE A TREMENDOUS DRIVE IN WHERE YOU JUST MAILING YOUR BALLOTS. YOU CAN’T DO THAT. YOU HAVE TO GO AND VOTE. PEOPLE HAVE TO SEE THAT IT’S YOU. THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO LOOK AT YOU AND CHECK YOU AND WHEN YOU GET THOUSANDS OF BALLOTS AND THEY PUT THEM IN A BAG AND BRING THE MEN, WHO KNOWS WHERE THEY COME FROM? IT IS SO OBVIOUS. FRANKLY THEY SHOULD HAVE VOTER ID IS WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE. YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE COUNTRY WANTS, OTHERWISE THERE’S GOING TO BE SUBJECT TO TREMENDOUS ILLEGALITY AND FRAUD. I HAVE VERY SPECIFIC FUNDING. WE DIDN’T DISCUSS THAT, WE REALLY DISCUSSED THE TOPIC AT HAND PLUS THE DAMS PREACHING. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW IF IT’S NECESSARY. THEY WILL BE FINDING OUT VERY SOON IF IT’S NECESSARY. THEY ARE SUBJECT TO MASSIVE FRAUD. I DON’T WANT TO PUT EVERYONE ON THE SPOT IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY, BUT HOW CAN YOU DO THAT? WHO KNOWS WHO IS SIGNING THESE BALLOTS? THEY PICK UP THE BALLOT, THEY TAKE THEM OUT OF MAILBOXES, THEY ACCUMULATE THEM. BIG HARVEST. I GUESS THE WORD IS HARVEST THEM, AND IT’S ESPECIALLY PREVALENT IN CALIFORNIA AND IS JUST NOT A FAIR SITUATION. DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENT ON THAT?>>ARKANSAS SUPPORTED THE VOTER ID LAW BUT IN TERMS OF THE ELECTION IN NOVEMBER, THERE’S A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW WE CAN MAKE THE VOTE ACCESSIBLE IF THERE IS CONTINUED WORRY FROM A HEALTH STANDPOINT. WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO USE NO EXCUSE ABSENTEE VOTING. WE ARE LOOKING AT THAT BUT WE BELIEVE IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE VOTER. >>MASSIVE MANIPULATION CAN TAKE PLACE. YOU HAVE CASES OF FRAUDULENT BALLOTS WHERE THEY GIVE THEM TO PEOPLE TO SIGN. MAYBE THE SAME PERSON WHO SIGNS IT WITH WRITING, I DON’T KNOW. VOTING IS AN HONOR. IT SHOULD BE SOMETHING WHERE YOU SEND A PILE OF STUFF BACK. A LOT OF PEOPLE IN CERTAIN DISTRICTS, A LOT OF PEOPLE IN CERTAIN DISTRICTS DON’T EVEN GET THEIR BALLOT. THEY SAY WHERE’S MY BALLOT? ELECTION DAY PASSES IN THE FORGET ABOUT IT, AND THAT CAN HAPPEN IN THE THOUSANDS. I’M NOT SAYING THAT IT DOES BUT CAN AND PROBABLY HAS. >>NASH MAY BE WITHHOLDING FUNDING TO MICHIGAN? >>I’M NOT CONCERNED. WE ARE GOING TO HELP MICHIGAN. MICHIGAN IS A GREAT STATE. I’VE GOTTEN TREMENDOUS BUSINESS TO GO TO MICHIGAN AND I WAS HONORED IN MICHIGAN LONG BEFORE I WAS HONORED AS THE MAN OF THE YEAR AT A BIG EVENT. I GOT UP AND I REMEMBER THAT I SPOKE 5 OR 6 YEARS BEFORE I THOUGHT ABOUT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, AND I GOT UP AND SPOKE AND SAID WHY ARE YOU ALLOWING THEM TO STEAL YOUR CAUCUSES? WE LEFT 32% OF THE CAR BUSINESS TO MEXICO AND A LOT OF THAT CAME OUT OF MICHIGAN. I SAID WHY DID YOU ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN? I POST MANY QUESTIONS TO MICHIGAN AND NOW WE HAVE THOSE SAME CONTRACTORS COMING BACK EXCEPT IN A NEWER AND BIGGER FORM. SO I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO DO VERY WELL IN MICHIGAN. WE JUST GOT A POLLING QUESTION THAT’S DOING VERY GOOD RIGHT HERE. HOW WE ARE DOING IN MICHIGAN AND OTHER SWING STATES AND JUST GENERALLY IN THE ELECTION BUT I’M SURE YOU CAN GET IT. BUT, I THINK WE ARE DOING VERY WELL IN MICHIGAN. I WILL BE THERE TOMORROW, I GUESS IT’S TOMORROW, BUT I WILL BE THERE TOMORROW AND MAYBE WILL DO THE DOUBLE STOP BUT WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THAT PROBLEM. >>AND 4% OF THE WORLD POPULATION AND 30% OF THE OUTBREAK, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY? >>NOTHING. IF YOU TAKE NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY WHICH WERE HARD-HIT, WE WERE VERY VERY LOW. IN TERMS OF MORBIDITY, YOU LOOK AT THE DEATH, RELATIVELY SPEAKING, WE ARE AT THE LOWEST LEVEL ALONG WITH GERMANY GERMANY, US, THERE COULD HAVE BEEN SOME SMALLER COUNTRIES AS WELL. I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU, MAYBE, ABOUT THAT. WE’VE DONE AMAZING– I THINK THE BIGGEST THING WE DID WAS STOPPING THE INFLOW FROM CHINA INTO OUR COUNTRY AND DEBORAH WAS A BIG PROPONENT OF THAT AND TOTE SO WAS DR. FAUCI. TONY SAID WE SAVED THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF LIVES. THAT WAS A GREAT DECISION AND IT WAS MADE VERY EARLY. >>I THINK IT’S CONFUSING, PARTICULARLY CONFUSING THAT AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT THE SIZE OF THIS THIRD-LARGEST COUNTRIES. YOU HAVE TO ADJUST EVERYTHING TO POPULATION SIZE SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT SPAIN AND ITALY, ATTACK RATES ARE IDENTICAL TO OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED THE TYPE OF ACADEMIC EPIDEMIC THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCE. EVERY COUNTRIES DIFFERENT WHICH IS WHY YOU ALWAYS NEED TO REPORT DATA AND THEN YOU LOOK AT THE MORTALITY BY POPULATION. IT’S TRUE WE HAVE COMPARED EUROPEAN COLLEAGUES, ABOUT HALF OF ITALY AND SPAIN. I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THESE 2 STATES REPRESENT WHAT WE’VE BEEN ASKING THEM TO DO. IN KANSAS, THEY FOUND 50% OF THE CLUSTERS WERE IN SPECIFIC MEATPACKING, NURSING HOME, THEY TAKE CARE OF THOSE CLUSTERS AND THAT WAS 50% OF ALL OF THEIR CASE SINCERE. WE ARE A BIG COUNTRY BUT EACH STATE IS DIFFERENT. BUT AS A COUNTRY, WE ARE DIFFERENT THAN OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. WE WILL BE ASKING QUESTIONS LATER ABOUT WHY CERTAIN COUNTRIES WERE COMPLETELY SPARED. I THINK THAT’S ALWAYS A QUESTION THAT WE HAVE. EPIDEMIOLOGY IS LIKE THAT. BUT IF YOUR COUNTRY HAS NEVER HAD SIGNIFICANT INFECTIONS YOU CAN’T COMPARE THAT TO A NORMAL NUMBER. THERE’S ALMOST NO OUTBREAK AND SOUTH AFRICA HAS A DIFFERENT OUTBREAK. EACH OF THESE ARE DIFFERENT AND THAT’S WHY IT HAS TO BE GRANULAR TO UNDERSTAND AND TO RESPOND. YOU COULD SEE THESE STATES HAVE DONE EXACTLY WHAT WE’VE ASKED THEM TO DO IT. FIND CASES, CONTACT TRACE, AND ENSURE THAT CITIZENS DO AS WELL AS POSSIBLE. >>TO FINISH A QUESTION, SOMEWHERE IN THAT CATEGORY ALONG WITH GERMANY, I THINK THAT’S A GREAT HONOR INCLUDING NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY WHICH HAD A VERY HIGH NUMBER. IF YOU INCLUDE NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY AND DO EVERYTHING, IF YOU DON’T INCLUDE THEM WE ARE– BY OURSELVES. DO YOU THINK CHINA IS GIVING THE RIGHT NUMBERS? I DON’T THINK SO. TAKE A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS. THEY GAVE NUMBERS THAT WERE SO LOW. I SAW MORE ON TELEVISION THAN THEY WERE REPORTING JUST BY LOOKING AT A PICTURE. SO I’M NOT CONCLUDING INCLUDING CHINA IN ANY NUMBERS BECAUSE THOSE NUMBERS ARE NOT CORRECT, OBVIOUSLY. THAT HAS BEEN EASILY SHOWN AND PROVEN. BUT PEOPLE HAVE DONE A FANTASTIC JOB. I THOUGHT ABOUT THE FACT THAT TESTING IS SO FAR ADVANCED THAT WE ARE CLOSE TO 14 MILLION. YOU WOULD SAY GERMANY WOULD BE AT MAYBE 3 OR 4? IN SOUTH KOREA, YOU TELL US WHAT THAT NUMBER IS. >>WE BEEN WAY AHEAD OF SOUTH KOREA FOR A LONG TIME. >>WAY AHEAD OF EVERYBODY. >>GERMANY HAS DONE 3 MILLION, ITALY 3 MILLION. UK ABOUT 2.7 MILLION. AND I THINK TO US, IT IS NOT JUST THE NUMBER OF TESTS BUT HOW THEY ARE UTILIZED. I THINK IN BOTH OF THESE STATES YOU CAN SAY THEY FOCUSED TESTING WHERE THEY KNEW THE OUTBREAKS WERE. NOW THEY ARE PROACTIVELY TESTING WHERE THEY THINK THE OUTBREAKS COULD GO. WE’VE ONLY LEARNED IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS HOW MANY ASYMPTOMATIC CASES THERE ARE. AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE BEGINNING WANTED TO A APPROACH THIS LIKE THE FLU BUT PEOPLE WHO GET THE FLU ARE SYMPTOMATIC. OUR UNDERSTANDING HAS EVOLVED, AND STATES HAVE EVOLVED WITH US WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP TO CHANGE HOW WE LOOK FOR CASES. I THINK THAT’S REALLY REMARKABLE. WE ARE NOT WAITING FOR PEOPLE TO GET SICK. WHAT YOU ARE DOING WITH TESTING IN A PROACTIVE WAY AND BECAUSE WE CAN DO NEARLY 14 MILLION TESTS WE HAVE THE LUXURY TO BE PROACTIVE IN TESTING NOW. >>WHEN YOU DO 14 MILLION TESTS YOU’RE GOING TO FIND MORE CASES. INSTEAD OF 14 MILLION TESTS, SOUTH KOREA IS AT 3 MILLION. THEY’VE DONE A GOOD JOB. IT’S NOT A KNOCK. WE ARE GOING TO BE PASSING 14 MILLION VERY SOON. IF WE DO 3 MILLION, EVERYONE WOULD SAY WE ARE DOING GREAT IN TERMS OF CASES. IF WE DID 3 MILLION, THAT’S A WE SHOULD HAVE DONE. THE UNITED STATES IS DOING WELL AND WE ARE FINDING A LOT OF PEOPLE. BY DOING TESTING YOUR FINDING PEOPLE. SO, WE ARE DOING 14, GERMANY IS DOING 3, SOUTH KOREA IS DOING 3, AND WE ARE WAY AHEAD OF EVERYBODY. WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU HAVE MORE CASES SO A LOT OF TIMES IN A LOT OF CASES IN THE UNITED STATES, IF WE DIDN’T DO TESTING AT A LEVEL THAT NO ONE HAS EVER JUMPED POSSIBLE, YOU WOULD NOT HAVE VERY MANY CASES. WE ARE FINDING A LOT OF CASES AND ARE DOING A GREAT JOB ONCE WE FIND THEM. OKAY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>THANK YOU. >>ON A PER CAPITA BASIS, A LOT LARGER THAN THESE COUNTRIES, HOW DOES TESTING COMPARE PER CAPITA? >>YOU WANT TO GET THAT, DEBORAH? >>WE ARE ALMOST UP TO 4% SO SOME EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ARE 4%- 5 DESCENT 5% SO THE GOAL IS TO BE ABLE TO FIND THE ASYMPTOMATIC AND I THINK THAT IS OUR FOCUS, WORKING WITH EVERY STATE TO HELP THEM IDENTIFY WERE CLUSTERS CAME FROM HISTORICALLY, AND THEN PROACTIVELY GOING FOR THOSE CLUSTERS, IDENTIFYING THEM EARLY AND FINDING ASYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT . NO ONE IS INTENDING TO SPREAD THE VIRUS. WE ALWAYS WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT. ASYMPTOMATIC PATIENTS DON’T KNOW THEY ARE INFECTED SO TOGETHER WE ARE WORKING TO FIND THEM. I THINK WE ARE REALLY MAKING PROGRESS. >>THING PER CAPITA RELATIVE TO WANT, YOU CAN LOOK AT JUST ABOUT ANY CATEGORY AND WE ARE REALLY AT THE TOP ON A PER CAPITA BASIS. >>COMPLAINING ABOUT THE CDC AND THE LABEL OF TESTING– >>I DON’T KNOW WHO GAVE YOU THAT. THAT IS FAKE NEWS. >>DO YOU THINK ROBERT BRADFIELD IS DOING A GOOD JOB? >>I DO. THAT’S FAKE NEWS, KAITLYN. THEREFORE YOU CAN REPORT IT ON CNN. PERFECT FOR CNN. >>YOU DIDN’T COMPLAIN ABOUT THE CDC AT THE BEGINNING? >>HERE ASKING YOU WISEGUY QUESTION. AT THE BEGINNING, AGAIN, THE CDC HAS BEEN THERE LONG BEFORE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CAME IN. BUT, THEY HAD A TEST OR SOMETHING HAPPENED TO IT. IT WAS SOIL, SOILED AND OR FOILED BUT WAS A SHORT-TERM PROBLEM THAT LASTED FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK AND THEN WHEN THEY GOT THAT SOLVES, FRANKLY THE END RESULT, THIS IS DONE BY PRIVATE COMPANIES AND PEOPLE THAT WE GOT INVOLVED. I KNOW YOU DON’T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE NUMBERS BUT FOR THE FIRST WEEK THEY HAD A PROBLEM, THE CDC BECAUSE SOMETHING WENT WRONG WITH ONE OF THE TESTS AND I’M NOT BLAMING THE CDC. I THINK HE HAS DONE A VERY GOOD JOB. I THINK MY WHOLE TEAM HAS DONE A GOOD JOB. THE CDC HAS BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME. THERE’S SOME GREAT TALENT. I DEAL WITH THEM, SO NOW WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS WE’VE DONE 14 MILLION TESTS SO LET’S GO BACK TO THE FIRST WEEK. THE CDC, I THINK HAS DONE A GOOD JOB. I DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING BAD. WE ACTUALLY HAD A VERY GOOD MEETING. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THE SENATORS, I THINK VIRTUALLY EVERYONE WAS THERE AND WE HAD A GREAT MEETING. WE ARE LOOKING TO DO GREAT THINGS FOR THE COUNTRY. WE ARE GETTING MONEY TO PEOPLE. THEY NEED IT, AND WE ARE GOING TO OPEN UP. I CALL IT TRANSITION TO GREATNESS AND WHEN LARRY KUDLOW TELLS YOU THE NUMBERS, THOSE ARE SURPRISINGLY GOOD NUMBERS. I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE SOMETHING SPECIAL. THESE ARE GOVERNORS THAT WE INVITED. THEY’VE BOTH DONE A FANTASTIC JOB. ONE HAPPENS TO BE A DEMOCRAT AND ONE HAPPENS TO BE A REPUBLICAN BUT YOU HAVE BEEN ON MOST OF THOSE CALLS. I THINK WE CAN SAY THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN AS NICE ABOUT WHAT WE’VE DONE AS THE REPUBLICANS. IT HAS BEEN TERRIFIC. LAURA, I KNOW THAT SHE WILL SPEAK HER MIND AS WELL AS SOME OF THE OTHERS AND IF SHE WAS NOT HAPPY SHE WOULD BE LETTING YOU KNOW. WE’VE DONE A GREAT JOB. WE HAVE GOTTEN ALONG GREAT FOR DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS AND GREAT WITH REPUBLICANS. IT HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS THING TO WITNESS AND WE ARE DOING A FANTASTIC JOB. YOU HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC, DEBORAH. YOU’VE BEEN WORKING 24 HOURS A DAY AND I HOPE PEOPLE APPRECIATE WHAT YOU ARE DOING, BUT I DO. ,>>>THE PRESIDENT MET WITH THE GOVERNORS OF KANSAS AND ARKANSAS AND TALKED ABOUT EVERYTHING FROM CORONAVIRUS TESTING TO HIS VISIT TO MICHIGAN TO HIS HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE REGIMEN. HANS, WHY DON’T YOU HIT US WITH HIGHLIGHTS HERE. >>THE PRESIDENT GAVE A CLEAR VOTE OF SUPPORT DIRECTED AT DR. REDFIELD. THERE HAS BEEN SOME REPORTING THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT HAPPY WITH REDFIELD. HE WRAPPED IT UP IN A BROADER PARADE OF HIS OWN ADMINISTRATION’S RESPONSE WHO DIDN’T WANT TO PUT ANY DISTANCE BETWEEN HIMSELF AND THE CDC. THE PRESIDENT SENDS HIS ONLY GOING TO TAKE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE FOR ANOTHER 2 DAYS AND THE REGIMEN WILL BE OVER. POTENTIAL INCUBATION PERIOD OF COVID-19, THE PRESIDENT IS USING IT FOR WHERE THERE IS VERY LITTLE MEDICAL ADVICE. THERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS ON TREATMENT. WEIGHING INTO BACK AND FORTH, YOU CLEARLY THINK THERE IS SOME SORT OF FRAUD AND THERE’S A BIG PROBLEM WITH ABSENT TO VOTERS. I WOULD POINT AT THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF IS AN ABSENTEE VOTER SO IT’S UNCLEAR WHAT HE’S DRIVING AT. NEVADA IN SOME WAYS IS BEING CHALLENGED BY DEMOCRATS FOR DOING WHAT HE’S DOING IN TERMS OF ABSENTEE VOTING AND TRYING TO GET MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED. THE GOVERNOR OF MISSION IS IN A DIFFERENT POSITION. I DON’T WANT TO SAY THERE’S A CONSPIRACY THEORY BUT THERE IS SOME MISINFORMATION ON WHAT THE PRESIDENT THINKS IS HAPPENING BECAUSE HE HIMSELF IS AN ABSENTEE VOTER AND IT WORKS FINE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT’S A SYSTEM THAT WORKS. WE WILL SEE IF THERE IS ANY SOFTENING THERE. IT’S ANOTHER BRIEFING WHERE THE PRESIDENT IS GETTING HIMSELF HIGH MARKS. >>HANS, STICKING WITH THE MICHIGAN TEAM, THE PRESIDENT SAID TO VISIT A PLANT TOMORROW. THE STATES ATTY. GEN. HAS ASKED PRES. TRUMP TO WEAR A MASK DURING THAT WAS IT. HAS HE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THAT? >>HIS GENERAL VIEW IS THAT HE DOESN’T LIKE MASKS. I DIDN’T HEAR A PROMISE TO WEAR A MASK AND SOMETIMES HE PROMISES TO ABIDE BY LOCAL RULES. IT IS REPORTED HE HAS WORN MASKS BEHIND THE SCENES, JUST NOT IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. HE SUGGESTING ANOTHER TRIP TO MICHIGAN TO VIEW THE DAMAGE SO THE PRESIDENT MAY BE GOING BACK TO MICHIGAN AT A LATER DATE BUT HE CLEARLY CAME TO THE COUNTRIES, AND THE STATES HE HAS VISITED ARE ALL SWING STATES CRUCIAL TO HIS REELECTION. >>UP. REPUBLICAN POLITICAL OPERATIVES , IT IS REPORTED, ARE REPORTING PRO TRUMP DOCTORS TO URGE REOPENING WITHOUT MEETING THE CDC SAFETY GUIDELINES. WHAT IS THE WHITE HOUSE SAYING ABOUT THAT? >>WHEN YOU ASK WHY WITH THE METRICS AND DATING CRITERIA SHOULD BE, THEY FALL BACK ON THE TASK FORCE MEETING. THEY ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO BUT DISTANCE BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND THE CDC BECAUSE THEY THINK IT IS TO PRESCRIPTIVE. THEY DID NOT DENY THE ABILITY TO DO TOO MANY THINGS. THERE IS AN EFFORT TO GET REPUBLICAN- LEANING DOCTORS TO GIVE PEOPLE THE CONFIDENCE AND THE WHEREWITHAL TO MAYBE START OPENING UP BEFORE THINGS ARE FULLY READY TO OPEN UP. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT RECAP. I APPRECIATE IT. >>>MIKE POMPEO NOT BACKING DOWN FROM THIS RECOMMENDATION TO FIRE THE STATE DEPARTMENTS WATCH DOG. PRES. TRUMP REMOVE THE INSPECTOR GENERAL AT THE REQUEST OF MIKE POMPEO. HERE IS THE SECRETARY AT A PRESS BRIEFING EARLIER TODAY. >>FIRST, THE PRESIDENT HAS THE UNILATERAL RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHO HE WANTS TO BE HIS INSPECTOR GENERAL AT EVERY AGENCY IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THEY ARE PRESIDENTIALLY-CONFIRMED POSITIONS AND THOSE PERSONS, LIKE ALL OF US, SERVE AT THE PRESIDENT OF THE PLEASURE OF THE UNITED STATES. IN THAT CASE, I RECOMMEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT THAT HE BE TERMINATED. FRANK WE SHOULD HAVE DONE IT SOMETIME AGO. >>HE IS ALSO FACING FRESH SCRUTINY OVER AND NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE REPORT FOUND THAT POMPEO AND HIS WIFE WERE HOLDING PRIVATE, LAVISH DINNERS FUNDED BY TAXPAYER DOLLARS. OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN THESE DINNERS TELL NBC NEWS THE PURPOSE WAS TO BOLSTER HIS POLITICAL AMBITIONS. THE NATIONAL POLITICAL REPORTER JOSH LETTERMAN IS ONE OF THE REPORTERS WHO BROKE THE STORY AND IS JOINING ME NOW. TELL US MORE ABOUT THESE DINNERS. WHO WAS ON THE GUEST LIST, HOW MANY WERE THERE? WHAT DO YOU KNOW? >>THEY WERE IN HONOR OF JAMES MADISON THE FORMER PRESIDENT IT WAS ALSO SECRETARY OF STATE AND HELD THESE KINDS OF SALONS AND EXCHANGE IDEAS WITH DIPLOMATS AND AMBASSADORS BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THESE SOME 2 DOZEN DINNERS THAT SECRETARY POMPEO HELD. IT CONTAINED A LIST OF EVERYONE WHO IS INVITED AND WE CRUNCHED THE NUMBERS AND FOUND ONLY ABOUT 14% ARE ACTUALLY DIPLOMATS. THE OTHERS WERE A LOT OF BOLD NAMES THAT HAD MORE POLITICAL CONNOTATIONS INCLUDING BIG REPUBLICAN DONORS, SEVERAL POLITICIANS, ALL REPUBLICANS. LARGE BUSINESS OWNERS AND SOME CELEBRITY TYPES. REBA McINTYRE WAS INVITED, DALE EARNHARDT JUNIOR THE RACECAR DRIVER AND SUPREME COURT JUSTICES. >>I KNOW THAT YOU SPOKE WITH STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS WHO SAYS THEY RAISED CONCERNS INTERNALLY. WHAT DID THEY TELL YOU? >>THERE HAVE BEEN CONCERNS ABOUT THIS DATING BACK TO WIN THESE DINNERS STARTED AND WHEN OFFICIALS TOLD US, THEY WERE CONCERNED THAT THEY WERE ESSENTIALLY USING GOVERNMENT RESOURCES TO CREATE A DONOR ROLODEX FOR POMPEO IN THE FUTURE. AS THEY WERE SENDING OUT INVITATIONS, EVERY PIECE OF CONTACT INFORMATION, CELL PHONE NUMBERS FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANCE WERE ALL BEING BOUNCED BACK TO POMPEO’S WIFE’S PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS MEETING SHE COULD OSTENSIBLY CARRY ALL THAT FORWARD INTO THE FUTURE. THEY WERE CONCERNED THIS IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND WANTED TO KNOW HOW HIGH UP GOVERNMENT PEOPLE EVEN KNEW THESE DINNERS WERE TAKING PLACE. >>SPEAKING OF HOW HIGH UP, DID THE PRESIDENT KNOW ABOUT THESE? DO WE HAVE ANY IDEA? >>IT’S A GREAT QUESTION. WE DON’T KNOW WHETHER THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF KNEW ABOUT IT BUT IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN HARD TO KNOW ABOUT IT BECAUSE ON THE LIST OF PEOPLE WHO ARE EITHER INVITED OR ATTENDED, SEVERAL CABINET SECRETARIES INCLUDING THE CABINET,’S AGRICULTURAL, DEFENSE SECRETARIES, A LOT OF PEOPLE AROUND THE PRESIDENT WRITE A BIT WERE IN ON THESE DINNERS AS WELL. >>BACK TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL , NBC NEWS HAD LEARNED THAT LINICK HAD BEEN INVESTIGATING POMPEO. HERE’S WHAT THE SECRETARY SAID. >>LET’S BE CLEAR. THERE WAS CLAIMS THAT THIS IS FOR RETALIATION FOR SOME INVESTIGATION THAT THE INVITE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S OFFICE WAS ENGAGED IN. PATENTLY FALSE. THEY HAD NO SENSE OF WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE INSIDE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S OFFICE AND COULD NOT HAVE POSSIBLY RETALIATED FOR ALL THINGS. I’VE SEEN STORIES THAT SOMEONE WAS WALKING MY DOG TO THE DARK CREATOR DRYCLEANER. IT’S ALL JUST CRAZY. >>DID POMPEO SAY, THEN, WHY HE WANTED LINICK FIRED? >>HE DID NOT ACCEPT IN VERY GENERAL TERMS. QUICK FACT CHECK ON POMPEO HIMSELF SAYING HE HAD NO IDEA WHAT INVESTIGATIONS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL WAS DOING. A DAY AGO HE KNEW OF AT LEAST ONE INVESTIGATION INTO THE SAUDI ARMS DEAL. HE AT LEAST KNEW ABOUT THAT ONE, BUT EVERY DAY THIS STORY GOES ON, WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT MORE AND MORE OF WHAT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL WAS LOOKING INTO. HE WAS ALSO LOOKING INTO THE ISSUE OF WHETHER POMPEO ENLISTED A POLITICAL APPOINTEE TO RUN PERSONAL ERRANDS LIKE WALKING HIS DOG, MAKING DINNER RESERVATIONS FOR HIM AND HIS WIFE. AS FAR AS THE ACTUAL REASON, THE ADMINISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO TELL CONGRESS WHY THEY REMOVE AND INSPECTOR GENERAL. SO FAR THE ONLY THING THEY SAID AND THE ONLY THING THAT POMPEO HAS SAID IS THAT HE WAS NOT DOING A GOOD JOB. THEY WERE NOT HAPPY WITH HIM, HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF THERE SOONER, BUT WILL NOT PUT ANY MEAT ON THE BONE. NO SPECIFICS ABOUT WHAT LINICK DID WRONG THAT WOULD MERIT REMOVING HIM FROM THE OFFICE ON FRIDAY NIGHT. >>>JOSH LETTERMAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPORTING. >>>YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. >>IF THEY DO GO BACK TO THEIR JOBS THEY WANT TO KE SURE THAT THEY ARE PROTECTED. >>IT’S NEW IS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD. LIFE WEEK DAYS STARTING AT 6:00 EASTERN. >>IF IT’S ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS– >>WOULD YOU PREFER A 14-DAY NATIONALS ATTEND? >>IF IT’S ASKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. >>HAS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEP UP AND UP? IF IT’S SUNDAY, IT’S MEET THE PRESS. >>>THIS COUNTRY WAS FORGED IN PART BY SHARED SACRIFICE AND ONCE AGAIN WE ARE CALLED TO STEP UP. WE HOPE YOU WILL CONTINUE TO STAY INFORMED AND ENGAGED AS WE FOLLOW THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER. I AM LESTER HOLT AND FOR MY COLLEAGUES AT NBC NEWS, TAKE CARE. >>YOU ARE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. BREAKING NEWS. >>EXPECT TO SEE MORE CASES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. >>NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD. LIFE WEEK DAYS STARTING AT 6:00 EASTERN. >>>AT THE CDC WITH NEW GUIDANCE ON TREATING A CORONAVIRUS-LINKED INFLAMMATORY ILLNESS IN CHILDREN. OR THAN 200 KIDS HAVE BEEN AFFECTED IN 24 >>THE CDC CALLED OUTLINED WHAT THEY’VE LEARNED ABOUT THE ILLNESS NOW FOUND IN AT LEAST 24 STATES AND 10 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. ACCORDING TO THE BRIEFING, MULTI-SYMPTOM INFLAMMATORY CHILDREN IN CHILDREN IS THOUGHT TO DEVELOP ABOUT 4 WEEKS AFTER EXPOSURE TO COVID-19. MANY CHILDREN NEVER SHOW ANY SYMPTOMS CAUSED DIRECTLY BY THE VIRUS. WEEKS LATER, A MAJORITY OF CASES ARE PRESENTING WITH CI AL ARE 147 SUSPECTED CASES. >>I THINK IT’S GOING TO GET MUCH WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER. I THINK IT’S THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. >>BUT THIS MORNING THERE IS ALSO HOPE. THE CDC SAYS HOSPITALS ARE HAVING SUCCESS WITH SOME TREATMENTS INCLUDING IMMUNOTHERAPY AND STEROIDS USED TO CALM AND OVERACTIVE IMMUNE RESPONSE. IT’S WHAT DOCTORS USED ON 12- YEAR-OLD JULIET DAILY WHO WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST BEFORE RESPONDING TO TREATMENT. SHE IS NOW OUT OF THE HOSPITAL IN HER LATEST CHECKUP, SHOWED NO SIGNS OF PERMANENT HEART DAMAGE. >>HOW DRAMATIC WAS HER TURN AROUND? >>SHE CAME IN REALLY NEAR DEATH. WITHIN A MATTER OF DAYS WE WERE ABLE TO GET HER OFF OF THE VENTILATOR, BREATHING ON HER OWN, GET HER OUT OF THE HOSPITAL WITHIN 10 DAYS. >>YOUR FAMILY NOW HOPES HER STORY CAN PAVE THE WAY FOR OTHERS. >>>KRISTEN, THIS HAS BEEN A TERRIFYING STORY FOR PARENTS LEARNING ABOUT THIS ILLNESS OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS. JUST A REMINDER, WHAT SHOULD THEY BE LOOKING OUT FOR HERE? >>THIS IS THE KEY, RECOGNIZE AND THE SYMPTOMS. DOCTORS SAY THIS IS NOT SUBTLE. IT’S A PROLONGED FEVER. A LOT OF KIDS ALSO PRESENT WITH SOME TYPE OF RASH AND THEN THE BIGGIE IS ABDOMINAL PAIN. SOME TIME OF TYPE OF GASTROINTESTINAL ISSUES. THEY’VE LOOKED AT KIDS WHO HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED AND AT ONE HOSPITAL, 97% HAD G.I. SYMPTOMS. AGAIN, YOU WILL NOTICE SOMETHING IS WRONG. THEY WILL BE LISTLESS, NOT RESPONDING, NOT WANTING TO EAT AND REALLY COMPLAINING ABOUT PAIN. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO TELL. IT IS STILL VERY RARE EVEN THOUGH WE ARE SEEING CASES BUILDS, BUT THE PROBLEM IS IT IS SO RANDOM. THESE ARE NOT KIDS WHO HAVE PRE- EXISTING CONDITIONS. THEY ARE NOT KIDS THAT SHOWED THEY HAVE COVID-19. SO THAT’S THE SCARIEST PART FOR PARENTS AND WHY THERE IS A PUSH FOR DOCTORS AND PARENTS TO RECOGNIZE IT. BECAUSE THERE IS HELP. THEY DO HAVE TREATMENTS FOR THIS. >>AND WHAT IS THE LATEST GUIDANCE FOR TREATING KIDS IF THEY DO, IN FACT, HAVE THE ILLNESS? >>THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE AN OVERACTIVE INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE TO COVID-19 USUALLY SHOWING UP BETWEEN 4 AND 6 WEEKS AFTER SO THEY ARE TREATING THIS INFLAMMATION. THEY ARE TREATING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM USING THINGS LIKE IMMUNOTHERAPY THAT QUIET THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. WITH THAT, YOU SAW JULIET IN THAT STORY. THEY ARE ABLE TO TURN THESE KIDS AROUND REALLY QUICKLY IF THEY GET TO THE HOSPITAL AND GET THESE TREATMENTS IN TIME. MOST GO HOME WITHIN A FEW DAYS SO THAT IS VERY GOOD NEWS BUT AGAIN, IT’S GETTING THERE AND GETTING THE TREATMENT BECAUSE HE SAW IN THAT OTHER CASE IT COULD END QUITE TERRIBLY. >>REALLY A SCARY SITUATION. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>YOU BET. >>>ANTIBODY TESTS, DIAGNOSTIC TESTS, AND NOW ANTIGEN TESTS. WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU? OUR CONSUMER CORRESPONDENT TAKES A LOOK. >>>REUTERS REPORTS NEW PLANS FOR A NATIONWIDE STUDY OF MORE THAN 300,000 AMERICANS TO TRY TO TRACK THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. THE CDC WILL TEST SAMPLES FROM BLOOD DONORS IN 25 CITIES LOOKING FOR ANTIBODIES WHICH ARE CREATED BY THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AFTER IT FIGHTS OFF THE VIRUS. >>ABOUT TO TAKE ANTIBODY TESTING. >>THE FIRST GAVE YOU A LOOK AT WHAT IT’S LIKE TO TAKE THE TEST LAST MONTH. >>THERE’S A HUGE LINE OUTSIDE. >>3 PRODUCERS, DAVID, MICHELLE, AND LAUREN ALL HAD DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS OVER THE LAST 2 MONTHS. COUGHING, FEVER, BODY ACHES, EVEN NAUSEA AND LOSS OF SMELL, BUT NEVER GOT A DIAGNOSTIC TEST. >>IT’S POSITIVE IT COULD MEAN THAT I HAD IT BACK IN MARCH. >>THEY VOLUNTEERED TO TAKE A TEST AFTER THEY WERE COVERED. THE RESULTS, MICHELLE AND LAUREN, POSITIVE. DAVID, NEGATIVE. BUT WITH MORE THAN 150 OF THESE ON THE MARKET, MANY NOT AUTHORIZED BY THE FDA, OFFICIALS HAVE SOUNDED THE ALARM ON THE ACCURACY. SO OUR PRODUCERS VOLUNTEERED TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AGAIN TO SEE HOW THE TESTS COMPARED. THEY OFFER DIRECT TO CONSUMER ANTIBODY TESTING. SIMPLY SIGN UP ONLINE AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE LAB. >>YOU SIGN UP ON YOUR OWN. YOU DON’T NEED TO GO SEE A DOCTOR. >>THEN THEY USE TELEMEDICINE. >>I’VE HEARD YOU ARE GOING TO BE ANTIBODY TESTS. >>THIS TIME THE PRODUCERS HAD A VIDEO VISIT WITH THE DOCTOR ONLINE WHO ORDERED THE TEST THROUGH LAB CORP. THROUGH LAB CORP. THEN THEY WENT TO MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL IN NEW YORK DEVELOPED ITS OWN TEST AVAILABLE FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS, AND PEOPLE LIKE PRODUCERS INTERESTED IN DONATING PLASMA FOR RESEARCH. >>THEY MAY BE SIMILAR TO THE OTHER ONES. >>ALL THE TESTS INVOLVED DRAWING BLOOD AND RESULTS WERE BACK IN 24 HOURS. FOR ALL 4 RESULTS WERE CONSISTENT. LAUREN AND MICHELLE POSITIVE, DAVID NEGATIVE. >>WHAT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THAT? OUR PRODUCERS TOOK 4 TESTS AND GOT THE SAME RESULTS EVERY TIME. >>THAT’S GREAT. I THINK HOPEFULLY OVER TIME WE WILL SEE WHICH OF THESE PERFORM THE BEST. >>THERE ARE A FEW THAT ARE FDA AUTHORIZED UNDER EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION. THOSE TEND TO BE MORE RELIABLE. UP TO 100% RELIABILITY. >>BEFORE TAKING ANY TEST CHECKED THE WEBSITE TO BE WHICH ONES ARE AUTHORIZED AND MAKE SURE YOU ASK THE LAB OR DOCTOR WHICH ONE TO USE BEFORE YOU GO. >>IS THERE ANYTHING THAT SOMEONE SHOULD DO IF THEY KNOW THAT THEY DEVELOPED THE ANTIBODY FOR THIS VIRUS? >>WE ARE RECOMMENDING PEOPLE PROCEED WITH CAUTION. CONTINUE ALL THE RECOMMENDED THINGS THAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO DO RIGHT NOW. WASH YOUR HANDS, CLEANER SERVICES. >>IT’S IDEAL TO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST 3 OR 4 WEEKS AFTER FEELING SYMPTOMS. WHILE YOU ARE SICK IS A DIFFERENT TEST NOW BECOMING MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE. IT IS DIAGNOSTIC. YOU TAKE THE TEST BEFORE OR DURING SYMPTOMS. GOV. ANDREW CUOMO TAKES A DIAGNOSTIC TEST ON LIVE TV INVOLVING A VERY LARGE SWAB THAT TAKES A SAMPLE FROM DEEP IN THE BACK OF THE THROAT. >>THAT’S IT? >>THE NEWER VERSIONS USE SALIVA SAMPLES. >>THE RELIABILITY DEPENDS ON WHICH TEST YOU’RE GETTING. >>MOLECULAR OR PCR TESTS ARE THE MOST RELIABLE BUT CAN TAKE UP TO A WEEK FOR RESULTS. ALSO A NEW TYPE CALLED AN ANTIGEN TEST CAN DIAGNOSE COVID- 19 IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. THE FDA APPROVED IT FOR EMERGENCY USE BUT ALSO WARNED THAT IT MAY NOT BE ACCURATE EVERY TIME. >>IT CAN STILL HAVE FALSE NEGATIVES WHICH MEANS THEY TELL YOU YOUR NEGATIVE WHEN IN FACT YOU ACTUALLY HAVE THE DISEASE, AND THAT’S ONE OF THE CONCERNING THINGS. >>BECAUSE YOU COULD BE SPREADING IT TO OTHERS UNKNOWINGLY? >>EXACTLY. >>3 NBC NEWS PRODUCERS TO DIFFERENT ANTIBODY TESTS ALL WITH CONSISTENT RESULTS. HOW ACCESSIBLE ARE THESE TESTS? HOW MUCH DO THEY COST? >>THE GOOD NEWS IS THEY ARE EVEN MORE ACCESSIBLE NOW THAN THEY WERE A MONTH AGO WHEN WE TOOK THE FIRST TEST. IT IS EASY TO GET APPOINTMENTS AND SPENT AS LITTLE AS ONE DOLLAR OUT-OF-POCKET. WE HAVE SEEN THESE GOING FOR UP TO $300 PER TEST BUT I WILL SAY IT’S NOT A SITUATION OF YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR IT. IT REALLY IS CALL AROUND IF IT’S BETTER TO DO THROUGH YOU A LAB, INSURANCE, OR YOUR DOCTORS OFFICE. >>I’VE SEEN SOME OFFICES SAYING THEY HAVEN’T BUT THE PRICES LOOK HIGH. GOOD TO KNOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY MORE TO GET MORE. IN TERMS OF BUSINESSES, HOW ARE THEY LOOKING AT THESE TESTS AND THINKING OF INCORPORATING THEM AS THEY START TO REOPEN? >>IT’S A REALLY INTERESTING QUESTION THAT CAME UP ON A CALL TODAY. WE KNOW THESE ANTIBODIES MEAN THAT YOU FOR COVERED AND THAT’S WHAT THE RESEARCH IS SHOWING. VERY PROMISING. BUT THERE IS MORE DATA NEEDED SO THEY CAN UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH IMMUNITY AND HOW LONG IT LASTS. IN THE NEXT ONE MONTH AND 2 MONTHS AS WE SEE MORE OF THESE WITH CONSISTENT RESULTS LIKE THE ONES THAT WE SAW IN THIS STORY, THAT MAY BE ONE FACTOR OF WHAT THEY ARE CONSIDERING ONE DECIDED DECIDING WHICH WORKERS COME BACK TO THE OFFICE. THAT IS THE VALUE IN HAVING THE INFORMATION AND AS WE ARE SEEING WITH SO MANY TESTS AND WITH MORE PEOPLE TAKING THEM AND MORE RESEARCH BEING DONE, THOSE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE ARE STARTING TO COME TOGETHER. >>WE ARE LEARNING SO MUCH MORE EVERY DAY. RATE INFO GOOD TO SEE YOU. >>YOU, TOO. >>>MANY STATES ARE EASING RESTRICTIONS TODAY BUT MANY AREAS ARE STILL SEEING INCREASES IN CASES. HOW CAN YOU STAY SAFE? DR. CLYDE YANCY CHIEF OF CARDIOLOGY AT NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN CHICAGO. DR. YANCY, WONDERFUL TO HAVE YOU BACK. THE CDC RELEASED GUIDELINES FOR THE STATES. ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS, 14 DAYS OF DECLINE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES. WE ARE NOT REALLY SEEING THAT IN MANY PLACES. SO, HOW CAN PEOPLE STAY SAFE AS COMMUNITIES BEGIN TO REOPEN? >>IT’S WONDERFUL TO BE BACK WITH YOU AND THESE ARE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS. THE CDC IS BASED ON A MODEL THAT SAYS IF CIRCUMSTANCES ARE MET, WE CAN BE REASONABLY CERTAIN THAT IT IS SAFE TO REENGAGE. BUT, THEY ARE GUIDANCE STATEMENTS, GUIDELINES IF YOU WILL. THERE WILL BE A CONTEXT THAT HAS TO BE APPLIED BUT IN GENERAL I THINK GUIDANCE IS SPOT ON. WE SHOULD FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE. BUT IN LOCAL AREAS IT MAY BE THE NECESSITY TO MODIFY THAT DEPENDING ON PREVAILING CIRCUMSTANCES. >>WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO BE AT WORK? I KNOW THAT A PLANT IN CHICAGO HAD TO SHUT DOWN TWICE IN 24 HOURS AFTER WORKERS TESTED POSITIVE. THE PLANT JUST REOPENED A FEW DAYS AGO. WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR WORKERS WHO SIMPLY CANNOT STAY HOME RIGHT NOW? >>THIS IS AN UNBELIEVABLY IMPORTANT CONVERSATION BECAUSE WE STARTED WITH WHAT ARE THE GUIDANCE STATEMENTS FROM THE CDC ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN WE ENGAGE? THOSE ARE SOME BIG STATEMENTS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH POPULATION DYNAMICS. NOW WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL DYNAMIC AND WHAT THE PERSON CAN DO TO KNOW THAT IT IS SAFE TO REENGAGE. GUESS WHAT? IT’S WHAT WE BEEN TALKING ABOUT OVER AND OVER. ARE YOU ABLE TO PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING? ARE YOU ABLE TO WEAR A MASK? DO YOU HAVE ACCESS TO HAND HYGIENE? CAN YOU MAINTAIN CLEAN SURFACES AROUND YOU? IF ALL OF THOSE THINGS CAN BE DONE PARTICULAR FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS, WITH SOME NOTABLE RISK IT IS REASONABLE TO REENGAGE SO IT HAS BEEN A GOOD CONVERSATIONS. THINK ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE POPULATION LEVEL BUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE INDIVIDUAL LEVEL. >>>THE CDC IS SAYING THAT CORONAVIRUS DOES NOT SPREAD EASILY ON CONTAMINATED SURFACES. FOR THOSE OF US WHO MAY HAVE BEEN WIPING DOWN PACKAGES AND GROCERIES FOR MONTHS OR WAITING BEFORE WE BRING THINGS INTO OUR HOUSE, TO BE STILL HAVE TO BE WORRIED ABOUT THAT? >>I THINK BEING PRUDENT WILL ALWAYS BE CORRECT. WOULD YOU REALLY WANT TO BACK AWAY FROM SOMETHING THAT IS SEEMINGLY GIVING YOU PROTECTION? THIS IS A DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT. WE ARE LEARNING NEW THINGS, NEW FACTS, NEW OBSERVATIONS ON A REGULAR BASIS. I THINK IT IS REASONABLE TO CONTINUE TO BE COGNIZANT, AWARE OF THE SURFACES AROUND YOU, AND LET THE INFORMATION CONTINUE TO FLOW. BUT IF YOU HAVE GOTTEN ACCUSTOMED TO KEEPING YOUR AREAS CLEAN, I WOULD NOT CHANGE THAT RIGHT NOW. >>AFTER YANCY, I HAVE TO SAY IT’S COMFORTING TO SAY THE LEAST, WASHING HANDS, WIPING STUFF DOWN, AT LEAST MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I’M MAKING AN EFFORT TO KEEP MY HOME CLEAN. IF IT DOES NOTHING MORE THAN THAT. CONFIRMED AGAIN THIS WEEK– I HAVE TO SAY, I HAVE THE CLEANEST HANDS EVER AND MY MOTHER IS SO PROUD. >>THERE YOU GO. >>CONFIRMED AGAIN THIS WEEK, THE MINORITY COMMUNITIES AND OUR COUNTRY ARE BEING HIT THE HARDEST BY THIS DISEASE. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT WHY THAT IS BUT IF WE COULD DELVE INTO THAT AGAIN, AND WHAT KIND OF CHANGE EVEN IF IT’S SMALL AND INCREMENTAL, DO WE NEED TO START WITH TO BRING SOME RELIEF TO THESE COMMUNITIES WHO ARE SUFFERING SO GREATLY? >>LET’S BE VERY EXPLICIT. AND BREAK THIS DOWN INTO 3 STATEMENTS. WHY DOES THIS OCCUR? IT OCCURS MOSTLY BECAUSE OF THE LIFE TO LIVING CIRCUMSTANCES OF MANY UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES WHO LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT EXPOSES THEM TO A HIGHER RISK OF INFECTION. 2nd, THE OUTCOMES ARE TROUBLESOME. WE KNOW THAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DIABETES, HEART DISEASE LEADS TO MORE COMPLICATIONS. BUT THEN THE IMPORTANT QUESTION YOU RAISED IS HOW DO WE APPROACH THIS NOW? NOW THAT THE CURTAIN HAS BEEN PULLED BACK AND WE SEE THE EXTENT OF THESE DISPARITIES AND DIFFERENCES, WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THIS? FIRST WE CAN REINVEST IN THOSE COMMUNITIES. WE CAN REALLY MAKE CERTAIN THAT HEALTH IS THE TOP RARITY AND WE CAN UNDERSTAND THESE COMMUNITIES REMAINED TODAY AT RISK SO AS WE THINK ABOUT DEPLOYING WHAT MANY ARE CALLING UBIQUITOUS TESTING, THESE ARE THE COMMUNITIES WHERE WE DEPLOY THAT TEST AND THOSE KINDS OF ACTIVITIES. SO, WE CAN IDENTIFY WHO ALREADY HAS A CONDITION AND HOW WE CAN HELP THEM SELF ISOLATE TO REDUCE THE SPREAD. ONCE THE INFECTION GETS INTO THOSE COMMUNITIES, IT REALLY SEEMS TO BE QUITE MALIGNANT. THAT’S A DANGEROUS YEARS OF THAT WORD BUT I INTEND TO USE IT. WE HAVE TO TAKE EVERY STEP AS A PRECAUTION. INCREASE TESTING, AND LONG-TERM REINVEST IN THOSE COMMUNITIES TO RAISE THE LEVEL OF HEALTH. >>DR. YANCY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR EXPERTISE AND YOUR THOUGHTFUL ADVICE ALWAYS. IT IS ALSO ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE AND PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU ON. >>SAME HERE. THANK YOU. >>>YOU’RE WATCHING ABC NEWS NOW. >>WE ARE BREAKING NEWS. >>IF THEY GO BACK TO THEIR JOBS THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE TH ARE PROTECTED. >>NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD. LIVE WEEKDAYS STARTING AT 6:00 EASTERN. >>>IF IT’S ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS THAT >>WOULD YOU PREFER A 14-DAY NATIONAL SHUTDOWN? >>IF IT’S ASKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. >>HAS OFFENDED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEPPED UP ENOUGH? >>IF IT’S NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL, AND IF IT’S SUNDAY, IT’S MEET THE PRESS. >>THIS COUNTRY WAS FORGED, IN PART, I SHOULD SACRIFICE AND ONCE AGAIN WE ARE CALLED TO STEP UP. WE HOPE YOU STAY INFORMED AND ENGAGED AS WE WORK THROUGH THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER. I’M LESTER HOLT AND FROM ALL MY COLLEAGUES, TAKE CARE. >>>YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. >>EXPECT TO SEE MORE CASES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. >>NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD. LIFE WEEKDAYS STARTING AT 6:00 EASTERN. >>>NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT COVERING CORONAVIRUS WITH FACT OVER THERE. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT VENTILATORS. WHAT SHOULD WE BE CONSCIOUS OF? WALK ME THROUGH WHAT THE SYMPTOMS LOOK LIKE. >>AT A TIME OF CRISIS, TURN TO THE MOST TRUSTED TV NEWS ANCHOR IN AMERICA. >>>A LAS VEGAS COSCO EMPLOYEE IS BEING APPLAUDED FOR HANDLING AND ANGRY CUSTOMER WHO REFUSED TO WEAR A MASK. >>I SHOULD INCIDENT FEE. >>I WORK FOR COSCO AND I’M ASKING THIS MEMBER TO PUT ON A MASS BECAUSE THAT IS THE COMPANY POLICY. EITHER WEAR THE MASK– >>I WOKE UP IN A FREE COUNTRY. >>HAVE A GREAT DAY. >>SO YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE THIS FOR ME? >>HAVE A GREAT DAY. YOU ARE NO LONGER WELCOME HERE IN THE WAREHOUSE. YOU NEED TO LEAVE. >>NBC NEWS BUSINESS AND TECH CORRESPONDENT JOINS JOINS ME NOW. BUT DID COSCO HAVE TO SAY? >>COSCO WAS RELUCTANT TO TALK ABOUT ANYTHING EVER AND THEY DECLINED TO COMMENT ON THIS PARTICULAR INCIDENT. THEY SAID NOTHING ON THE MATTER AND IT SEEMS THAT EMPLOYEES ARE SPEAKING FOR HIMSELF. HE DID TWEET LAST NIGHT SAYING THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT AND WAS WORKING ON BEHALF OF MEMBERS OF COSCO. , SO PROBABLY UNTIL NEXT WEEK, YOU MAY SEE CHANGES ON THE FRONT. BUT THIS COMES AS TODAY, THE BIGGEST UNION REPRESENTING THE GROCERY WORKERS ARE PUTTING OUT NEW DATA SAYING THAT DEATHS FROM COVID HAS DOUBLED IN THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS. >>DAY IN AND DAY OUT, THE HERO, THE HAZARD PAY IS WELL DESERVED. JO, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR REPORTING. >>>HEY, EVERYONE. I’M ALISON MORRIS. YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. LET’S GO TO ALEXA LIAUTAUD FOLLOWING THE LATEST HEADLINES FOR US FROM NBC NEWS.COM. HEY THERE, ALEX A HOW ABOUT AN UPDATE? >>Reporter: HEY, ALISON. WE ARE STARTING OFF WITH THE NEWS FROM THE CDC, REOPENING THE GUIDELINES INCLUDING FOR BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS, AND IT WOULD REQUIRE RESTAURANTS TO INSTALL SNEEZE GUARDS AND N ASK PEOPLE TO WAIT IN THEIR CARS UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN SEATED. >>>FROM NBC, HUNDREDS RALLIED AGAINST MICHIGAN’S STAY-AT-HOME ORDER, BUT THIS TIME, THE DEMONSTRATION LOOKED DIFFERENT. SEARCH BARBERS AND HAIRSTYLISTS OFFERED FREE TRIMS AS PART OF, QUOTE, OPERATION FREE HAIRCUT AND DID NOT WEAR MASKS OR FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES. GOVERNOR WHITMER HAD THIS WARNING >>THEY HAVE TO WEAR MASKS AND STAND 6 FEET APART. IF THEY DON’T WE WILL HAVE TO TAKE ACTION. >>Reporter: AND SHE SPOKE ABOUT THE HEAVY RAINFALL AND ABOUT 11,000 PEOPLE HAVE EVACUATED WITH THE RISING WATER EXPECTED TO CONTINUE UNTIL 8:00 P.M. TONIGHT. >>>PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID HE DOESN’T THINK IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO WITHHOLD MONEY FROM MICHIGAN OVER THE VOTE BY MAIL. HE BLASTED THEM EXPANDING THEIR VOTH AHEAD OF THE UPCOMING ELECTION GOING SO FAR AS THREATENING TO WITHHOLD FEDERAL FUNDS. HE APPEARS TO BE BAWALKING BOOK THAT >>>THE AMERICAN NURSING ASSOCIATION IS REFUTING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S HECLAIM THAT MANY HEALTH WORKERS ARE TAKING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE TO PREVENT A CORONAVIRUS INFECTION. HE SAID THAT HE WAS TAKING THE DRUG AND MANY HEALTH WORKERS ARE AS WELL. THE ASSOCIATION SAID THEY ARE NOT USING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AS A PREVENTATIVE USE. AND TO DATE, RESEARCH HAS NOT SHOWN CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE HAS A PREVENTIVE EFFECT ON CORONAVIRUS. >>>MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MOVED INTO SHELTERS INACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AS A CYCLONE BEGAN TO HIT, MADE ALL THE MORE DIFFICULT BY THE PANDEMIC TO KEEP SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE. AUTHORITIES HAVE WARNED TO EXTENSIVE DAMAGE AND THE POSSIBILITY OF OUSERIOUS FLOODI IN SEVERAL CITIES. THOSE ARE THE LATEST HEADLINES FOR THIS HOUR. LOTS OF NEWS THERE, ALISON. BACK TO YOU. >>ALL RIGHT, ALEX A THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU CAN VISIT OUR LIVE BLOG, NBCNEWS.COM/CORONAVIRUS WITH THE LATEST UPDATES THERE. >>>DALLAS JUST REPORTED A RECORD NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS DEATHS A DAY AFTER THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED PLANS TO KEEP LIFTING RESTRICTIONS ACROSS TEXAS. THE DALLAS AREA REPORTED 14 MORE DEATHS ON TUESDAY. THE TOTAL EXTHERE NOW 191 WITH NEARLY 8,000 CASES. NBC NEWS REPORTER PRISCILLA THOMPSON JOINS ME FROM DALLAS. PRISCILLA, WHAT ARE THE STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS SAYING ABOUT THE NEW NUMBERS? >>Reporter: ALISON, WE SPENT THE DAY HERE IN DALLAS COUNTY. AND WHAT THE OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN, OF COURSE, DOING IS ENCOURAGING FOLKS TO WEAR MASKS AND THEY ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO STAY INSIDE IF THEY CAN UNTIL SI THE COUNTY CAN SEE THE 14-DAY DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF POSITIVE CASES. YOU MENTIONED THEY HAVE SEEN 200 TO 250 CASES EACH DAY FOR A WHILE NOW AND THEY ARE HITTING THE PLATEAU BUT IT’S NOT HITTING THE DECLINE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS RECOMMENDED. THE GOVERNOR FOR HIS PART SAID THAT AS LONG AS HOSPITALIZATIONS REMAIN LOW HE FEELS COMFORTABLE CONTINUING TO OPEN UP THE ECONOMY HERE BUT THE LOCAL JUDGE HERE SAID IT’S ABOUT MORE THAN JUST THE HOSPITALIZATION NUMBERS. TAKE A LISTEN E TO WHAT HE TOLD ME. >>THE CHALLENGE IS NOT JUST NOT TO OVERWHELM THE HOSPITALS. THE CHALLENGE ALSO IS TO SAVE HUMAN LIVES AND TO GET THE ECONOMY MOVING AGAIN IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY. REMEMBER. AT NOT JUST WHAT THE GOVERNOR SAYS YOU CAN DO BUT WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AND WHAT CONSUMERS WILL DO. >>Reporter: AND, ALISON, THAT IS THE BIG QUESTION. WHAT WILL PEOPLE DO? I THINK I SPENT THE DAY HERE WALKING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND WE HAVEN’T SEEN A WHOLE LOT OF THOSE MASKS. >>YOU MENTIONED THE PART OF DALLAS WHERE YOU ARE. IT’S HOME TO A LOT OF BUSINESSES. HOW DO PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT THE STATE LIFTING THE RESTRICTIONS OTHER? YOU SAID YOU HAVEN’T SEEN A . WHOLE LOT OF MASKS TODAY. >>Reporter: YEAH. I MEAN, WE HAVE SPOKEN TO NEARLY A DOZEN FOLKS OUT THERE, AND ALL OF THEM SAID THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE INCREASED NUMBERS WE ARE SEEING HERE AND A THEY STILL FEEL LIKE THE STAGED RE-OPENING IS THE RIGHT MOVE. WE SPOKE TO ONE WOMAN WHO WAS A GROCERY MASTORE CLERK AND FEELS SAFER NOW BECAUSE FOR A WHILE IT FELT LIKE FOLKS WERE JUST GOING TO GET THE SOCIAL INTERACTION AND NOW THEY HAVE MORE BUSINESSES TO GO TO AND HAVE THAT FEELING. AND I ALSO TSPOKE TO A NUMBER OTHER FOLKS WHO BASICALLY SAID THAT ANTHE GOVERNMENT HAS DONE ALL THEY CAN DO BUT IT’S REALLY NOW ON BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S NEXT. TAKE A LISTEN TO WHAT SOME OF THE FOLKS TOLD ME. >>THE ONLY THING WE CAN DO AT THIS POINT IS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN. IT’S BEEN EXTENDED TO US AND TRYING TO DO THAT IN SUCH A MANNER WHERE PEOPLE FEEL SAFE AND COMFORTABLE COMING INTO THE STORE. >>WE HAVE TO TAKE OUR DIRECTIONS FROM THE GOVERNMENT BUT ALSO, YOU RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS. SO IF YOU FEEL LIKE, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN DO IT, BUT I THINK IT’S A JUGGLING ACT. >>Reporter: FOR THE MOST PART, FOLKS DO FEEL LIKE THE BUSINESSES ARE OPERATING WITH THE NECESSARY SAFETY PROTOCOLS BUT THE BIGGER CONCERN IS THE OTHER INDIVIDUALS AROUND THEM THAT MAY NOT BE WEARING THE MASKS OR PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING THAT IS GOING TO BE KEY TO PREVENTING THIS FROM SPREADING, ALISON. >>YEAH. PRISCILLA, WE KNOW RESTAURANTS AND GYMS AND HAIR SALONS ARE ALLOWED TO BE OPEN IN SOME CAPACITY. WHAT WOULD BE THE NEXT PHASE OF THE RE-OPENING PLAN? >>Reporter: YEAH. SO THE GOVERNOR MADE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT THIS WEEK AND SAID THAT CHILD CARE FACILITIES COULD OPEN IMMEDIATELY BUT ALSO THIS WEEKEND WE WILL BEGIN TO SEE BARS, BINGO HALLS BEGIN TO RE-OPEN, AND RESTAURANTS WILL BE OPERATING AT 50% CAPACITY. BUT THOSE BARS ARE GOING TO LOOK DIFFERENTLY. THEY ARE TRYING TO KEEP PEOPLE AT THEIR TABLE SO NOT A WHOLE LOT OF MINGLING. THEY ARE DISCOURAGING FOLKS FROM TRYING TO HIT THE DANCE FLOOR IN ORDER TO KEEP FOLKS SEPARATED WITH THE GROUPS THAT THEY CAME IN WITH AND PREVENT THE POSSIBLE VIRUS TRANSMISSION THAT COULD OCCUR. >>PRISCILLA THOMPSON, THANK YOU. >>>MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN FLORIDA DRAWS BIG CROWDS BUT WILL FLORIDIANS FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES? SAM BROCK IS IN DELRAY BEACH WITH THE PREVIEW. >>Reporter: ALISON, GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M IN DELRAY BEACH TODAY STANDING ON A STRETCH OF STAND THAT WAS CLOSED UNTIL 2 DAYS AGO. PARTS OF NDFLORIDA NOW REOPENIN ARE RESTRICTIONS. IF YOU LOOK OVER MY SHOULDER, YOU WILL SEE FOLKS HANGING OUT, MOST OF HETHEM STANDING AND WALKING ALONG THE BEACH. SWIMMING, WALKING, JOGGING, ALL OF THAT IS ALOUD. ALLOWED. BUT SITTING DOWN, THAT’S AGAINST THE RULES. IT SAYS NO SUNBATHING. AND THERE ARE DRONES THAT OPERATED BY THE POLICE LOOKING AERIALLY AT WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING AND WARNING THEM VIA LOUD SPEAKER IF THEY ARE BREAKING THE RULES. THIS IS A HOPSCOTCH SITUATION. IF YOU GO O TO PALM BEACH COUNT PROPER, THERE T ARE NO RULES AS TO WHAT A YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO AT THE BEACH GENERALLY SPEAKING. SO IT DEPENDS WHERE IN FLORIDA YOU ARE. AND IN MIAMI BEACH AND FORT LAUDERDALE THEY HAVE NOT REOPENED AND WON’T UNTIL AFTER MEMORIAL DAY KNOWING THERE WILL BE HUGE CROWDS BECAUSE IT’S A FAVORITE HOLIDAY. PEOPLE WANT TO GET OUTSIDE AND MOVE BACK TO THE BEACH WHO HAVE BEEN STUCK INSIDE. AND ALISON, BUSINESS IS OPENING. THEY OPENED PALM BEACH ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF AGO AND IN MIAMI BEACH, TODAY, THE FIRST START OF THE STAGED RE-OPENING. 600 PLUS STORES IIAND RETAIL AN GROOMING SERVICES OPENING TODAY OR THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO, AND RESTAURANTS, THAT WILL BE NEXT WEDNESDAY. WE HAVE SEEN PARTS OF FLORIDA THAT WERE CRAMPED UP AND CLOSED FOR SO LONG REOPEN, AND WHETHER RESTAURANTS OR STORES OR BUSINESSES BUT NO HOTELS ARE OPEN. SO IN AN INDUSTRY THAT HAS GENERATED $18 BILLION A YEAR, THEY WANT TO GO TO THE BEACHES AND STAY AT HOTELS BUT THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN FOR THE TIME BEING. IN DELRAY BEACH, ALISON, BACK TO YOU. >>>AND ALL 50 STATES ARE LIFTING STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS IN HAD SOME MECAPACITY TODAY WHILE CDC HAS QUIETLY RELEASED THE GUIDELINES TO REOPENING. IT’S SIMILAR TO THE ONE THAT THE WHITE HOUSE SAID WAS TOO SPECIFIC IT. HAS GUIDANCE FOR RE-OPENING SCHOOLS AND MASS TRANSIT. DR. ESJOHN TORRES JOINS ME, AND DR. ATJOHN, WHAT’S IN THE 60-PA DOCUMENT? GIVE US THE READER’S DIGEST VERSION IF YOU WILL. >>Reporter: ALISON, THIS IS MORE SPECIFIC THAN WHAT THEY RELEASED EARLIER. THAT WAS GIVING YOU BASIC PRINCIPLES ON WHAT YOU SHOULD DO TO OPEN UP SAFELY AND THIS GOES INTO MORE DETAILS CONCERNING CONTACT TRACING, LOOKING AT THE 14 DAY DECREASE IN NUMBERS AND WHAT THAT MEANS AND HOW TO CALCULATE THE NUMBER OF CASES YOU HAVE BASED ON THE NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE THINGS THIS THE COMMUNITY, AND IT’S MORE DETAIL FOR SPECIFIC GROUPS BUT NOT E AS DETAILED AS THE PA AS THE WHITE HOUSE SAID THAT THEY COULDN’T T PUT OUT. THIS IS WATERED DOWN BUT NOT MUCH. IT GIVES THE PEOPLE GOOD GUIDELINES ON HOW TO GET SET UP. AND THE MAIN PURPOSE IS, HEY. THINGS WILL OPEN UP, AND LET’S DO IT AS SAFE AS WE CAN, AND HAS RECOMMENDATIONS AS TO WHAT TO DO IF THINGS GET OUT OF CONTROL AND THINGS GO UP AGAIN, AND CONTACT TRACING AND TESTING, THOSE ARE THE IMPORTANT PARTS, ALISON. >>SO HAVING LOOKED AT THE GUIDELINES, DR. . JOHN, AND AS REPORTED, 50 STATES OPENING IN SOME CAPACITY TODAY BASED ON THAT GUIDANCE, ARE THE STATES READY TO RE-OPEN? >>Reporter: YOU KNOW, ALISON, % SOME OF THE STATES ARE READY TO RE-OPEN, AND SOME ARE NOT. BUT YOU CAN IMAGINE THE PRESSURE ON THE GOVERNOR SAYING THE OTHER STATES ARE OPEN, AND WE NEED TO OPEN AS WELL. SO THE MAIN MESSAGE IS YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL AND DO THE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO THE AUTHORITY WHEN IS THEY TELL YOU HEY. WE’LL CLOSE CERTAIN THINGS G DOWN. THAT’S THE GUIDELINES, AT CERTAIN POINTS THEY MIGHT HAVE TO CLOSE VENUES TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE. AS A COMMUNITY WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND AND LISTEN TO THAT THE MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE ALL STATE. IF WE REWAITED TO MAKE SURE EVE STATE WAS OPEN, IT WOULD BE A LONG WHILE. I DON’T THINK PEOPLE COULD TOLERATE THAT FOR MUCH LONGER >>DR. JOHN, LET’S GO BASS THE POND IF YOU DON’T MIND. THEY SUGGESTED A 50 DAYS ON, 30 DAYS OFF LOCKDOWN STRATEGY. COULD YOU EXPLAIN WHAT THAT IS? DO YOU THINK SOMETHING LIKE THAT COULD ACTUALLY WORK? >>Reporter: IT WAS BASED ON MODELING. WE HAVE SEEN MODELING IN THE PAST, ALISON WITH HUGE PREDICTIONS. REMEMBER THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT 2.2 MILLION DEATHS AND THEN WATERED DOWN TO 240,000 AND THEN 100,000, AND THE MODELS CHANGE CONSTANTLY, AND THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING AT HERE, WHAT IT MEANS FOR PEOPLE. THEY ARE LOOKING AT THE OPTIMUM STRATEGY, THREE MONTHS OF STRICT LOCKDOWN AND NO ONE LEFT THEIR HOUSES, THEY COULD GET THAT UNDER CONTROL QUICKLY BUT PEOPLE WOULD NOT TOLERATE THAT, EITHER. AND LET’S LOOK AT THE OTHER SCENARIO, HEA 50-DAY MITIGATION STRATEGY OR OF SOCIAL DISTANCE, CLOSE SCHOOLS, LARGE VENUES, THOSE THINGS TO KEEP PEOPLE HLGTDY AND THEN FOR 30 DAYS THEY REOPEN AND CLOSE IT DOWN FOR 50 DAYS AND OPEN IT UP, AND THIS WOULD WOULD BE A ROLLING STRATEGY AND KEEP GOING BACK AND FORTH, AND TIME AND PATIENCE WILL TELL IF PEOPLE CAN BE ABLE TO DO THAT AND IT’S HARD TO GET THE GENIE BACK IN THE BOTTLE IF YOU WILL. >>DR. JOHN, A STUDY SHOWED THAT MONKEYS SHOWED SOME IMMUNITY IN A CLINICAL TRIAL. >>Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT. THE THING YOU HAVE TO CERTAINLY THIS IS A PRELIMINARY STUDY AND SMALL NUMBERS OF PEOPLE. WITH THE MONKEY VACCINE, THAT’S FANTASTIC. THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS A LOT LIKE OURS BUT NOT EXACTLY LIKE OURS. THIS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND THE TIME SCHEDULE, 12 TO 18 MONTHS IS REALISTIC, AND ALISON, THAT’S WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT. >>YEAH. YOU MENTIONED THIS ON MONDAY. AND OTHER GOOD NEWS, MODERNA REPORTING POSITIVE RESULTS FROM THE PHASE ONE VACCINE STUDY, AND DR. JOHN, NOW IS THE TIME TO QUESTION IF THE COMPANY RELEASED ENOUGH DATA. WHAT SHOULD VIEWERS KNOW ABOUT THIS? >>Reporter: THE PHASE 1 STUDY WE ONLY GOT PARTIAL RESULTS. A LOT OF SCIENTISTS SAY, WAIT A MINUTE. WAIT UNTIL WE HAVE ALL THE RESULTS, BUT IT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS SO MUCH IN THE PRESS AND THE INVESTORS ARE LOOKING INTO THIS, AND 45 PATIENTS WERE TESTED. THEY GAVE US THE RESULTS ON 8 PATIENTS, AND THE SCIENTISTS ARE SAYING, WAIT. WE NEED THE RESULTS ON ALL 45 PATIENTS TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED. IF IT WORKED ON ALL 45, YOU KNOW, SO, AGAIN, WE HAVE DATA THAT IS DECENT, AND GIVES US INFORMATION BUT NOT ALL THE INFORMATION, AND IT’S AN EARLY TRIAL WITH A LONG WAYS TO GO. WE ARE MAKING HEADWAY AND GETTING THERE BUT NOT QUITE WE THERE YET, ALISON. >>DR. JOHN, ALWAYS GREAT YETO HAVE YOU ON. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>YOU BET. >>>THE CDC PUT OUT ITS OWN REPORT ON THE CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE U.S. BREAKING THAT DOWN BY RACE AND ETHNICITY. IN IT, THE CDC DIRECTOR ROBERT RED FIELD AC SANDWICHED, QUOTE, A DISPROPORTIONATE BURDEN AMONG ETHNIC AND MINORITY GROUPS BUT THAT ENTIRE REPORT WAS JUST FOUR PAGES. WALK US THROUGH THIS REPORT, JEFF, IF YOU WILL. IT’S JUST 4 PAGES LONG. DOES IT OFFER MUCH DETAIL? >>Reporter: NOT REALLY, ALISON. THE CDC IS REQUIRED BY CONGRESS TO PRESENT A DISAGGREGATED COVID-19 ITDATA SPECIFIC TO RAC AND ETHNICITY. WE KNOW ACROSS THE COUNTIRY, IT’S THE SAME, A SLOW-ROLLING TRAGEDY IN PHILADELPHIA, MILWAUKEE, NEW YORK, AND NEW ORLEANS. IN S.ALL THOSE CITIES THERE IS HIGHER RATE OF INCIDENTS OF COVID-19 AND HOSPITALIZATION OV AND DEATHS, AND ONE REASON IS THERE ARE MORE FRONTLINE WORKERS AND ETHNIC COMMUNITIES HAVE MORE UNDERLYING DISEASES THAT MAKE COVID-19 PARTICULARLY DEADLY. THE REASON WE KNOW THERE ARE HIGHER RATES IN THE MAJOR CITIES AND CERTAIN THINGS BECAUSE OF LOCAL DATA. RIGHT NOW, THERE IS NO NATIONAL DATA BROKEN OUT BY RACE AND ETHNICITY THE WAY IT’S BROKEN OUT IN AGE, GENDER, AND THAT’S THE THING THAT PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS AND POLICY FOR SINCE JANUARY, AND NOW WE ARE IN MAY GOING INTO JUNE AND THE GOVERNMENT STILL HAVEN’T HAVE IT. >>AS YOU MENTIONED, THE CONGRESS REQUIRED THIS REPORT FROM THE CDC. WHAT KIND OF REACTION IS IT GETTING ON CAPITOL HILL SO FAR? >>Reporter: CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS, TO SAY THE LEAST, ARE UNIMPRESSED. PATTY MURRAY, SHE SAID WHAT CONGRESS REQUIRE D IS A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT. BUT WHAT WE GOT TEFROM PRESIDEN TRUMP IN HER WORDS IS A LAZY PROJECT THAT IS LINKED TO PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE DATA. CONGRESSMAN MALONE SAID MUCH OF THE SAME. HE SAID WE KNOW THAT COMMUNITIES SSOF COLOR BEAR A DISPROPORTIONATE BURDEN OF ILLNESS AND DEATH BUT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO OFFER NEW OR ORIGINAL INFORMATION AND DATA, AND THE REPORT THAT THE CDC OFFERED, THE LINKS, IT LISTED INFORMATION ALREADY ON THE WEBSITE. NO NEW RMINFORMATION OR DATA, NOTHING OF USE THAT CAN BE USED IN A NEW WAY TO PINPOINT THE PROBLEM, TARGET IT, AND ADDRESS IT, ALISON. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE BECAUSE THIS IS IMPORTANT DATA, AND THE MORE DETAILED THE DATA IS, THE MORE IT CAN HELP THE PUBLIC OFFICIALS BETTER SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES. WHAT KIND OF THINGS CAN N THEY I THEN DO? HOW IMPORTANT TO HAVE THE SPECIFIC INFORMATION TO MAKE THE CHANGES? >>Reporter: WELL, ONE PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT I SPOKE TO IN MARYLAND PUT IT, WITHOUT THE INFORMATION, THE COMMUNITIES ARE FLYING COLOR BLIND. YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE COLOR BLINDS OFF TO KNOW HOW IT TARGET PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGES AND DO SPECIFIC INTERVENTION. I’M IN NORTHWEST WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW. IF YOU KNOW THERE IS AN OUTBREAK IN NORTHWEST WASHINGTON D.C. AMONG CERTAIN PEOPLE THAT INFORMS HOW YOU ADDRESS IT AND ROLL OUT TESTING. YOU KNOW WHAT BARBERSHOP YOU MIGHT GO TO GET THE WORD OUT BUT WITHOUT THE INFORMATION WHAT YOU HAVE IS PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS AND CITY LEADERS GUESSING. THAT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT THEY CAN DO GIVEN THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE THOUSANDS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DYING EACH DAY. AS WE MENTIONED, THOSE DEATHS AND CASES ARE OVER REPRESENTED IN BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES. >>YEAH, YEAH. GEOFF, BEFORE YOU GO, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK BUT SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON IN THE NATION’S CAPITOL, THE PRESIDENT’S THREAT TO WITHHOLD FUNDING TO MICHIGAN. MICHIGAN’S SUBJECT OF STATE RESPONDED EARLIER. >>EVERY RESIDENT OF MICHIGAN HAS THE RIGHT TO VOTE RIGHT NOW, AND I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE STATE OF MICHIGAN TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE KNOWS HOW TO EXERCISE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. >>WHAT’S GOING ON THERE, GEOFF? >>Reporter: WELL, A COUPLE OF THINGS. THE TWEET THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SENT OUT ABOUT MICHIGAN AND NEVADA, BOTH ARE FACTUALLY INACCURATE. SENDING OUT VOTER APPLICATIONS IS A DIFFERENT THING. THE PRESIDENT IS THINKING ABOUT CUTTING FUNDING FOR THE STATE, AND CONSTITUTIONALLY, IT’S NOT CLEAR IF HE CAN DO THAT, AND THERE ARE QUESTIONS WHY HE WOULD PICK A FIGHT WITH MICHIGAN, A STATE HE WOULD NEED TO WIN TO RETAIN HIS POSITION IN THE GAWHITE HOUSE. WHAT WE KNOW IS THIS IS ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP LIKES TO TALK ABOUT WHEN HE TRIES TO RALLY HIS BASE, THIS NOTION THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WOULD TRY TO, YOU KNOW, MISREPRESENT THEMSELVES AND COMMIT VOTER FRAUD AT THE POLL WHEN THERE IS NO INFORMATION OR EVIDENCE. REMEMBER WHEN THE PRESIDENT WAS ELECTED HE SAID HE WOULD STAND UP TO THE VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION. THE COMMISSIONS THAT EXISTED FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF VOTER FRAUD. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE PRESIDENT LIKES TO TALK ABOUT EVEN THOUGH IT’S DIVORCED ENTIRELY FROM THE FACTS, ALISON. >>ALL RIGHT, GEOFF, THANK YOU SO MUCH. ALWAYS GREAT TO SEE YOU. >>Reporter: YOU BET. >>>YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. IT’S NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD, LIVE WEEKDAYS STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. EASTERN. >>>NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT, COVERING CORONAVIRUS WITH FACTS OVER FEAR. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT VENTILATORS. WHAT SHOULD WE BE CONSCIOUS OF? >>WALK ME THROUGH WHAT THE SYMPTOMS LOOK LIKE? >>AT A TIME OF CRISIS, TURN TO THE MOST TRUSTED TV NEWS ANCHOR IN AMERICA. >>>YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. >>WE HAVE BREAKING NEW. >>EXPECT TO SEE MORE CASES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. >>IT’S NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD LIVE WEEKDAYS STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. EASTERN. >>>THIS COUNTRY WAS FORGED IN PART BY SHARED SACRIFICE AND ONCE AGAIN WE’RE CALLED TO STEP UP. WE HOPE YOU’LL CONTINUE TO STAY INFORMED AND STAY ENGAGED AS WE FOLLOW THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER. I’M LESTER HOLT. FROM ALL MY COLLEAGUES AT NBC NEWS, TAKE CARE. >>>IF IT’S ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS F IT’S ASKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY, IF IT’S NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL IN AMERICA AND IF IT’S SUNDAY, IT’S MEET THE PRESS. >>>THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, WHAT’S NEXT? NBC NEWS HAS IN-DEPTH COVERAGE, ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS, INSIGHT FROM MEDICAL EXPERTS AND INSIGHT FROM BLOG UPDATES. FOR CONTINUING COVERAGE, TURN TO THE PLATFORMS OF NBC NEWS. >>>PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FIGHT WITH THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IS HEATING UP. HE IS THREATENING TO CUT UP FUNDING UNLESS THEY, QUOTE, MAKE MAJOR SUBSTANTIVE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION URGED PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS TAKING. >>AT THIS STAGE, HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE HAS NOT YET BEEN FOUND TO BE EFFECTIVE IN THE TREATMENT OF COVID-19 OR INCOMING DOWN WITH THE DISEASE. IN FACT, WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED BY MANY AUTHORITIES REGARDING THE POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF THE DRUG. >>NBC NEWS’ SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT KEIR SIMMONS IS JOINING ME FROM LONDON. KEIR, THEY THANKED MEMBER NATIONS, AND THEY LEFT THE U.S. OFF THAT LIST. WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ABOUT TRUMP’S LETTER? >>Reporter: WELL, IN RECENT MONTHS AT THE HANDS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, THEY HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT OF HIS QUESTIONING ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA. AND HAS RAISED SOME GOOD QUESTIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE LETTER RAISES THE QUESTIONS ABOUT TAIWAN THAT CHINA IS SAYING IS PART OF ONE CHINA. THERE ARE MANY WHO THINK IF TAIWAN HAD A VOICE, IT WOULD HAVE RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT THE VIRUS EARLIER. PRESIDENT TRUMP MAKES THAT POINT, AND IT’S A GOOD POINT. BUT THERE ARE OTHER CLAIMS IN HERE AND ACCUSATIONS THAT DON’T STAND UP. FOR EXAMPLE, HE ACCUSES THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION OF PRAISING CHINA FOR THE TRANSPARENCY. PRESIDENT TRUMP HIMSELF EARLIER THIS YEAR PRAISED CHINA FOR ITS TRANSPARENCY. AND WHAT WOULD MAKE IT CHALLENGING FOR AMERICA’S ALLIES IS THIS 30 DAYS FOR THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION TO COME UP WITH A PLAN TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND NOT BE SO CHINA ORIENTED. SO IT’S DIFFICULT FOR THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT FOR ALLIES TO FOLLOW AND THEREFORE BE A DIFFICULT DIPLOMATIC POSITION, FRANKLY. >>HOW ARE THE OTHER MEMBER NATIONS RESPONDING? WHAT KIND OF REACTION ARE THEY GIVING? >>Reporter: WELL, JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF MAJOR COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD CONSIDERED ALLIES OF THE UNITED STATES REALLY HAVING TO TAKE LEADERSHIP. SO WHAT WE SAW ON MONDAY IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS WHICH IS DESCRIBED AS PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, ANGELA MERKEL OF GERMANY AND FRANCE SPEAK TO THE ASSEMBLY. WE SAW THE PRESIDENT OF CHINA SPEAK TO THE ASSEMBLY. BUT WHAT WE DIDN’T SEE, WE DIDN’T SEE PRESIDENT TRUMP. WE HAD THE SECRETARY LEADING THE AMERICAN DELEGATION. PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD HAVE SAID ALL THE THINGS HE SAID IN HIS LETTER AT THAT FORUM AND SOME OTHER THINGS, YOU KNOW, STAND BEHIND OTHER ALLIES. HE DIDN’T DO THAT. >>YEAH. ABSOLUTELY. KEIR SIMMONS IN LONDON, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US. >>>YOU BET. >>>THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN BRAZIL IS SO BAD THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CONSIDERING A TRAVEL BAN. THE COUNTRY JUST HAD ITS DEADLIEST DAY ON RECORD WITH MORE THAN 1000 PEOPLE DYING OF COVID-19 YESTERDAY. GLOBAL CORRESPONDENT BILL NEELY HAS MORE ON THE BATTLE. >>WE HAVE DIFFERING POSITIONS IN BRAZIL. THE GOVERNOR HE FAVORS SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS AND ISOLATION. THE PRESIDENT, HE IS AGAINST THAT. AS A GOVERNOR, THEY ARE LOOKING TO FIGHT AGAINST THE VIRUS AND AGAINST THE WRONG ORIENTATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL. >>BILL NEELY JOINS US FROM SAO PAULO, AND TELL US MORE ABOUT THE TENSION BETWEEN THE LOCAL AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS IN BRAZIL. >>Reporter: ALISON, YOU CAN CALL IT TENSION. YOU CAN EVEN CALL IT ANGER. THE GOVERNOR SAID THERE WERE TWO VIRUSES IN BRAZIL, THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE PRESIDENT VIRUS. THE PRESIDENT’S POSITION IS THE CORONAVIRUS IS LIKE A COLD AND LOOK DOWN IS UNNECESSARY, AND GET BACK TO WORK. GET OUT ON THE STREET AND ENJOY YOURSELVES. HE WAS AT A REALLY AT THE WEEKEND HUGGING SUPPORTERS AND WORE A MASK WHICH WAS UNUSUAL BUT HE TRIED TO DOWNPLAY THE VIRUS FROM THE BEGINNING. THE GOVERNOR AND MANY MAYORS WANT LOCKDOWNS, WANT SOCIAL DISTANCING. PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO TWO DIFFERENT MESSAGES, AND IT’S ALMOST — LIKE IN THE UNITED STATES, IT’S ALMOST LIKE IF YOU SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT HE SAYS. IF YOU DON’T LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU LISTEN TO GOVERNOR CUOMO. SO THE TWO COUNTRY SITUATIONS MIRROR THEMSELVES TO SOME DEGREE BUT BRAZIL, A HUGE CRISIS, A RECORD NUMBER OF DEATHS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, AND THE CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING MORE QUICKLY HERE THAN ANYWHERE ON EARTH, AND THAT CRISIS IS MADE WORSE BY THE DIVISIONS AT THE TOP OF GOVERNMENT AND THE LACK OF A CLEAR STRATEGY, ALISON? >>BILL, WHAT ARE RESIDENTS SAYING ABOUT THE MIXED MESSAGING? IT SEEMS LIKE IT WOULD BE INCREDIBLY CONFUSING FOR ALL OF THEM. >>Reporter: YES. AND, YOU KNOW, A QUARTER OF BRAZIL’S POPULATION LIVE IN DIRE POVERTY. IN THIS CITY, MILLIONS LIVE IN FAVELLAS, OVER CROWDED SLUMS WHERE ACCESS TO RUNNING WATER — NEVER MIND SOAP — IS AN ABSOLUTE LUXURY. THEY WANT GUIDANCE FROM THE TOP, AND THEY NEED MONEY AND NEED TO GO OUT TO WORK AND NEED MONEY TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES. SO THEY’RE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. THEY DON’T KNOW WHO TO LISTEN TO. SO THEY GO OUT AND EARN MONEY TO SURVIVE AND MANY CATCH CORONAVIRUS AND DIE. WE WERE AT BRAZIL’S BIGGEST CEMETERY THIS MORNING AND THERE WERE DOZENS OF BURIALS EVERY DAY. THERE WERE HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF OPEN GRAVES AT THE CEMETERY WAITING FOR THE NEXT DAY’S DEATHS TO ARRIVE AND BE BURIED. IT’S A DESPERATE SITUATION FOR PEOPLE HERE AND REALLY, NO GUIDANCE, NO CLEAR STRATEGY FROM THE TOP. >>BILL, WE KNOW PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CONSIDERING A TRAVEL PLAN ON BRAZIL. WHAT ELSE DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT POTENTIAL BAN? >>Reporter: YEAH. HE SAID AT THE WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY — HE SAID BRAZIL WAS, AS HE PUT IT, HAVING PROBLEMS. HE SAID BRAZIL WAS AIMING FOR HERD IMMUNITY. BY THE WAY, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF THAT WHATEVER. HE SAID WE ARE CONSIDERING A TRAVEL PLAN ON PEOPLE FROM BRAZIL AND THE GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE COMING THERE. AND THERE ARE 2 MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR THAT COME FROM BRAZIL IN THE UNITED STATES. SO THIS WOULD BE QUITE A THING. BUT LOOK. HE IS LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS. RIGHT NOW, BRAZIL, FOR EXAMPLE YESTERDAY, BRAZIL WAS JUST BELOW THE UNITED STATES AT NUMBER 2 IN TERMS OF OVERALL CASES, NUMBER 3 IN THE WORLD NOW. BUT THE OFFICIAL FIGURE IS HIDING SOMETHING ELSE. TESTING HERE IS ALMOST NON- EXISTENT IN MANY PLACES WITH ONE OF THE WORST TESTING RECORDS IN THE WORLD. A DOCTOR THIS MORNING TOLD ME THAT HE BELIEVES THE REAL RATE OF CASES IS 15 TIMES HIGHER THAN THE OFFICIAL NUMBER. SO IT’S THOSE KINDS OF NUMBERS THAT THE CDC IS LOOKING AT AND PRESIDENT TRUMP IS LOOKING AT AND HE SAID HE IS CONSIDERING A TRAVEL BAN FROM BRAZIL. >>ALL RIGHT, BILL NEELY, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>>WHAT DO CLASSROOMS IN SOUTH KOREA LOOK LIKE AFTER NEARLY 3 MONTHS WITHOUT STUDENTS OR TEACHERS? NBC CORRESPONDENT KELLY KELLY COBIELLA HAS MORE. >>Reporter: THEY ARE ACTUALLY GOING BACK IN STAGES ACCORDING TO AGE GROUPS. THEY ACTUALLY HAD TO CLOSE BECAUSE TWO STUDENTS TESTED POSITIVE. THE VAST MAJORITY OF HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS DID GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND EXPERIENCED A DIFFERENT KIND OF FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AND WERE GREETED IN MANY CASES BY STAFF WITH THERMOMETERS, TAKING ADVANTAGES AND HANGED OUT MASK AND HAND SANITIZER. MASKS ARE NOW MANDATORIY IN SCHOOLS, AND EATING IN THE CAFETERIA, EVEN THAT HAS CHANGED. IN SOME SCHOOLS, LUNCHTIMES HAVE BEEN STAGGERED. THERE ARE FEWER PEOPLE IN THE CAFETERIA, AND THERE ARE PARTITIONS IN THE CAFETERIA, CLASSROOMS, AND DESKS, OF COURSE, SPACED APART, AND RULES ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IF A STUDENT COMES DOWN WITH A FEVER. THEY HAVE TO REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY AND GET EVALUATED. SOME SCHOOLS, SOME PILOT SCHOOLS BROUGHT BACK YOUNG KIDS, PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTENERS, TAKE A LISTEN. >>KNOWING HOW KOREA HAS HANDLED IT AND KNOWING HOW IMPORTANT AND THE SIGNIFICANT PROTOCOLS LIKE HANDWASHING AND EXTRA CLEANING OF SURFS, ET CETERA, AND KNOWING THAT THEY WILL HAVE BIG EFFECTS OF HALTING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS I THINK MAKES ME FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WITH STARTING SCHOOL AGAIN. >>Reporter: THE GOVERNMENT AND HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE ON HIGH ALERT WATCHING FOR OUTBREAKS. THEY ARE JUST NOW INVESTIGATING A POSSIBLE CLUSTER AT ONE OF THE BIGGEST HOSPITALS WHERE FOUR NURSES HAVE TESTED POSITIVE. ALISON? >>>DELAYED SYMPTOMS, LONGER RECOVERY, NEW CLUSTERS OF THE CORONAVIRUS ARE POPPING UP IN PARTS OF CHINA, AND THE VIRUS IS BEHAVING DIFFERENTLY THIS TIME AROUND. OUR CORRESPONDENT EXPLAINS THE CHANGES THAT THE DOCTORS ARE SEEING. >>Reporter: ALISON, IN A LOT OF WAYS, CHINA IS GETTING BACK ON TRACK. THE ECONOMY IS COMING BACK TO LIFE. MOST KIDS WILL BE BACK IN SCHOOL AT THE END OF THE MONTH BUT CHINA IS NOT OUT OF THE WOODS JUST YET. THERE ARE CITIES ON THE NORTHERN BORDER WITH RUSSIA THAT ARE COMPLETELY LOCKED DOWN. THE VIRUS THERE IS SOMEHOW DIFFERENT. THEY SAY IT’S TAKING LONGER FOR SYMPTOMS TO SHOW. IT’S TAKING LONGER FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INFECTED TO RECOVER. DOCTORS ARE SEEING MORE DAMAGE TO LUNGS AS OPPOSED TO HEART AND KIDNEY DAMAGE IN WUHAN. AND THEY ARE CONTINUING TO CHECK EVERYONE IN THE CITY. 11 MILLION PEOPLE WILL BE TESTED IN WUHAN. CHINA IS MOVING QUICKLY TO PREVENT A SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS IS LARGELY A CEREMONIAL THING, THE RUBBER STAMP STUFF, GIVE THE PARTY’S OUTLOOK AND DEVELOPMENT, AND IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HELD IN MARCH AND IT WAS POSTPONED BECAUSE IT WAS THE HEIGHT OF THE OUTBREAK HERE. THAT HAD NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. NORMALLY IT’S A CHANCE TO GET A READ ON WHAT THE LEADERSHIP IS THINKING. GOING AHEAD IS IMPORTANT FOR OPTICS. AND CONSIDER THE ISSUES. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IS STALLED. MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD HAVE LOST JOBS, INCLUDING HERE, AND THE U.S.-CHINA RELATIONSHIP IS PROBABLY AT THE WORST POINT EVER AS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO BLAME CHINA FOR THE PANDEMIC. CHINA HAS A SYSTEM FOR TESTING HERE BUT AUTHORITIES ARE STRUGGLING TO CONTAIN THE VIRUS. IN BEIJING FOR INSTANCE, THE BORDERS ARE CLOSED AND DAILY LIFE IS RULED BY TEMPERATURE CHECKS AND HEALTH CODES. SCIENTISTS ADMIT THEY STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IN THE CHANGES IN THE VERY WRIST — VIRUS TO THE NORTH BUT IT’S KEEPING THE SECOND WAVE ALIVE. >>>MORE NEWS IN THE MICHAEL FLYNN SAG A THE FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR WANTS TO FORCE THE JUDGE IN THE CRIMINAL CASE TO DROP IT. NBC NEWS JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PETE WILLIAMS JOINING ME NOW FROM WASHINGTON. PETE, EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FILED A MOTION TO DISMISS THIS CASE SO WHAT IS THE ORDER ABOUT? >>Reporter: WELL, THE JUDGE HASN’T DONE IT YET. >>YEAH. >>Reporter: AND THAT THEY ARE SAYING JUST RUBBER STAMP WHAT WE FILED. WE’RE THE PROSECUTORS AND THAT’S THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH FUNCTION AND YOU CAN’T TELL US WHAT TO DO BUT THE JUDGE HASN’T DONE THAT YET. IN FACT, HE HAS DONE JUST THE OPPOSITE. HE APPOINTED A RETIRED FEDERAL JUDGE TO COME IN AND ARGUE WHY THE JUSTICE IS WRONG IN THE ANALYSIS. REMEMBER WHEN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID WAS, YES, IT MAY BE TRUE WHEN MICHAEL FLYNN WAS QUESTIONED ABOUT HIS DISCUSSIONS WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S. IT MAY BE THAT HE LIED BUT HIS LIED WEREN’T A CRIME BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT NATURAL TO ANY OF OPEN INVESTIGATION. SO FOR THAT REASON, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID THERE IS NO CRIME. WE ARE GOING HOME. NO CASE. BUT WHAT THE JUDGE HAS DONE IS APPOINT THIS RETIRED FEDERAL JUDGE TO SAY, NO. THE JUSTICE DOESN’T WRONG AND THE JUDGE WANTS THE RETIRED JUDGE TO ARGUE WHETHER FLYNN SHOULD, INSTEAD, BE PROSECUTED FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT FOR SAYING HE PLEADED GUILTY AND NOW SAYING I DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG, AND I WANT TO WITHDRAW MY PLEA. SO WHAT THE FLYNN LAWYERS SAID IS HEY, THE JUDGE CAN’T DO THIS. MAKE HIM STOP, AND THEY HAVE NOT ACTED ON THAT YET. I AM NOT SURE AT THIS POINT WHAT IS GOING ON BECAUSE THE JUDGE HAS SET A SCHEDULE FOR THIS RETIRED JUDGE TO SUBMIT LEGAL BRIEFS AND CALLED FOR ORAL ARGUMENT IN JULY ON THIS CASE. SO BRIEFING DURING JUNE. SHE IN NO HURRY TO ACT ON THIS. IT DOES SEEM AT THIS POINT PREMATURE TO ASK THE COURT OF APPEALS TO ACT ON WHAT IS CALLED THE WRIT OF MANDAMUS. HE HASN’T DENIED THE MOTION TEMPERATURE HE DOES THAT, I CAN SEE FLYNN’S LAWYERS DO WHAT HE HAS DONE. BUT THEY ARE SAYING, HEY, MAKE THE JUDGE KNOCK THIS OFF AND GRANT THE MOTION TO DISMISS SO WE CAN ALL GO HOME. >>PETE, I WOULD NORMALLY WRAP UP A CONVERSATION WITH YOU BY ASKING YOU WHAT YOU SINGLE NEXT BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU SAID, IT’S NOT ENTIRELY CLEAR. >>Reporter: RIGHT. AND FOR NOW, NORMALLY WHEN SOMEONE APPEALS SOMETHING TO THE COURT OF APPEALS, IT TAKES THE CASE OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE DISTRICT JUDGE. THAT’S NOT THE CASE HERE. THE CASE IS STILL IN EMMETT SULLIVAN’S HANDS, THE DISTRICT JUDGE, AND HE IS CALLING FOR THE RETIRED JUDGE TO SUBMIT THE BRIEF AND ENTERTAIN OTHER TORT BRIEFS FROM OTHER MATTERS, AND THERE IS A GROUP OF REPUBLICAN STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL WHO WILL WEIGH IN ON THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SIDE. THERE IS A GROUP OF RETIRED JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAWYERS WHO WILL WEIGH IN ON THE OTHER SIDE. SO THERE WILL BE A LOT OF ACTION HERE IN THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS. I DON’T THINK THIS CASE WILL GO AWAY ANY TIME SOON. >>THE FLYNN SAGA CONTINUES. PETE WILLIAMS, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>Reporter: YOU BET. >>>YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. >>WE HAVE BREAK NEWS. >>IF THEY DO GO BACK TO THEIR JOBS THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PROTECTED. >>IT’S NEWS FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD LIVE WEEKDAYS STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. EASTERN. >>IF IT’S ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS, IF IT’S ASKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY, IF IT’S NAVIGATING THE NEW NORMAL IN AMERICA AND IF IT’S SUNDAY, IT’S “MEET THE PRESS.” >>>THIS COUNTRY WAS FORGED BY SHARED SACRIFICE AND ONCE AGAIN, WE’RE CALLED TO STEP UP. WE HOPE YOU WILL STAY INFORMED AND STAY ENGAGED AS WE FOLLOW THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER. I’M LESTER HOLT. FOR ALL MY COLLEAGUES AT NBC NEWS, TAKE CARE. >>>YOU’RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW. >>WE HAVE BREAKING NEW. >>EXPECT TO SEE MORE CASES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. >>IT’S NEWS MADE FOR YOUR STREAMING WORLD, LIVE WEEKDAYS, STARTING AT 6:00 A.M. EASTERN. >>>NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT, COVERING CORONAVIRUS WITH FACTS OVER FEAR. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT VENTILATORS. WHAT SHOULD WE BE CONSCIOUS OF? WALK ME THROUGH WHAT THE SYMPTOMS LOOK LIKE. >>>IN A TIME OF CRISIS, TURN TO THE MOST TRUSTED NEWS ANCHOR IN AMERICA. >>>DENTISTS IN 40 STATES WILL BE ABLE TO SEE PATIENTS AGAIN, AND THEY ARE READY TO SAY OPEN WIDE. CHRIS JANSING HAS THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS THEY ARE TAKING. >>Reporter: THIS CONNECTICUT ORTHODONTIST IS FULLY REOPENING HIS OFFICE TODAY. >>WE HAVE BEEN CLOSED FOR 6 WEEKS. >>Reporter: IT MEANS KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE IN THE TIME OF COVID. >>WE’RE WEARING MASKS, 95, AND FACE SHIELDS AND GOWNS. >>Reporter: AND THEY HAVE INSTALLED AN AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM AND SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS EACH DAY, AND CHANGED WAITING ROOM PROCEDURES >>YOUR TEMPERATURE WILL BE CHECKED, AND ONCE YOU ARE DEEMED OKAY YOU WILL BE ESCORTED TO THE CHAIR WE WILL BE WORKING. >>Reporter: THE CORONAVIRUS CAN SURVIVE AIRBORNE FOR HOURS, AND THAT’S WHY SOME ARE WORRIED THAT THE DENTAL OFFICES ARE REOPENING BEFORE IT’S SAFE. >>IT’S UNAVOIDABLE WHETHER BY THE DRILLS OR THE PATIENTS THEMSELVES WHO NEED TO COUGH. >>Reporter: THERE ARE INTERNATIONAL GUIDELINES INCLUDING HYGIENISTS USING HAND TOOLS INSTEAD OF AUTOMATED DEVICES. WOULD YOU GO TO A DENTIST RIGHT NOW FOR A NON-EMERGENT PROBLEM? >>I WOULD ABSOLUTELY AVOID GOING TO THE DENTAL PROBLEM WITH A NON-EMERGENT SERVICE. >>Reporter: A RECENT SURVEY BY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION FOUND 3 IN 10 OFFICES DIDN’T HAVE N95 MASKS AND NEARLY 18% HAD NO FACE SHIELDS. THIS DENTIST SAID IT HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE. >>WE DO HAVE WHAT WE NEED. IT’S NOT BEEN EASY. >>Reporter: HE HAS INVESTED BEYOND THE GUIDELINES INCLUDING A FOGGER TO CLEAN ROOMS AND MOBILE UV TO KILL PATH OGENS. YOU UNDERSTAND PEOPLE ARE NERVOUS. >>I’M NERVOUS. BUT IF WE DON’T DO ANYTHING WHAT THEN? >>Reporter: IF THEY GET REALLY SICK? >>IF THEY GET REALLY SICK. >>Reporter: THE NEW REALITY OF BEING AFRAID OF THE DENTIST MEANING SOMETHING NEW NOW. >>I WANTED TO MAKE SURE MY CHILD IS COMFORTABLE. >>Reporter: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST? >>GETTING MY TEETH STRAIGHT, DEFINITELY. >>Reporter: GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS WHEN IT’S ANYTHING BUT BUSINESS AS USUAL. >>AND CHRIS JANSING JOINS ME NOW, AND CHRIS, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMICS HERE. THIS WAS AN INDUSTRY THAT TOOK QUITE A HIT. IT WAS NOT SAFE NOT OR CHEAP TO PUT THE PROCEDURES IN PLACE. >>Reporter: YOU ARE RIGHT. NOT CHEAP AT ALL, AND A COUPLE OF PRACTICES THAT WE WENT TO IN CONNECTICUT, THEY ARE BOTH LONG STANDING AND HAVE BEEN FOR DECADES AND THEY ARE A SUCCESSFUL PRACTICE. IF YOU ARE SMALLER PRACTICE, IF YOU ARE A RURAL PRACTICE F YOU ARE A NEWER PRACTICE, THERE IS A FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION MUCH AND THE SECOND PART OF THIS, I THINK THERE IS A COMPARISON TO BE MADE. REMEMBER HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS FOR SO MANY HOSPITALS AND STILL IS TO GET THAT BOTTOM LINE WHERE THEY WANT IT TO BE GIVEN THAT THEY ARE NOT DOING ELECTIVE SURGERIES. THEY ARE NOT DOING ANY ELECTRIC OR ELECTIVE OFFICE CALLS. SO THAT’S THE OTHER ISSUE. THERE WAS A SURVEY THAT WAS JUST DONE, ALISON. 46% OF DENTISTS SAID IF THEY ARE AREN’T BACK UP AND OPERATING BY THE END OF AUGUST, THEY ARE NOT SURE THEY THEY CAN STAY OPEN AND THE CONCERN IS THOSE ARE IN THE UNDER SERVED AREAS, PLACE WHERE PEOPLE DON’T HAVE OTHER OPTIONS. THAT’S WHY THE ADA IS KEEPING AN EYE ON ALL OF THIS TO SEE HOW IT ROLLS OUT AND WHAT ARE THE RED FLAGS AND HOW TO HELP THE PRACTICES THAT ARE NOT OPEN YET TO RE-OPEN SAFELY. >>CHRIS, HOW ABOUT THE PATIENTS? I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY THIS BUT LAST WEEK I SAID TO MY HUSBAND I AM DYING FOR A TEETH CLEANING. IT WOULD FEEL SO GREAT. SO MANY ARE CONCERNED TO GO TO THE DENTIST TO BEGIN W. I TH. IS IT WORSE NOW? >>Reporter: YEAH. A LOT OF CONCERNS PEOPLE HAD DECADES GOING, THE FEAR AND NOISE OF THE DRILL, THERE WERE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES THAT CALMED A LOT OF THOSE FEARS. BUT FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON WHEN YOU ARE TOLD DON’T GO OUT OF THE HOUSE AND NOW YOU ARE TOLD, HEY, YOU HAVE TO GET YOUR TEETH CLEANED, AND THERE ARE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT. CALL YOUR DENTIST. THESE OFFICES ARE ALREADY GETTING THE CALLS AND READY FOR THEM. ASK WHAT KIND OF PPE ARE THEY WEARING? WHAT AIR FILTRATION SYSTEMS DO THEY HAVE? THAT WAS THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN FOR THE HYGIENIST. DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT KIND OF AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM? AND THEN YOU HAVE TO ASK THE PERSON QUESTION. IT’S REALLY NOT NECESSARY? THEN THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO STAY HOME. >>CHRIS, GREAT QUESTIONS. THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>>ALL 50 STATES ARE RE- OPENING THEIR ECONOMY TO SOME EXTENT BUT MANY SMALL BUSINESSES ARE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE. WE SPOKE TO TWO STORE OWNERS WHO SAY THEY MIGHT BE AT A DEAD END. >>AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, WE HAVE TO DO THINGS THAT WE DON’T NORMALLY DO BUT IT PUSHED TO DO THINGS WE DIDN’T KNOW WE WOULD BE ABLE TO DO. >>THE OPTIONS, YOU KNOW, IT’S A VERY FRUSTRATING PROCESS. THERE IS A LOT TO DO. AND WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE LANDLORD. >>98% OF OUR SALES BEFORE COVID-19 WERE DIRECT SALES N- PERSON SALES, WHETHER AT THE STOREFRONT OR AT A VENDING EVENT. SO WE HAD TO TRANSITION SOLELY TO ONLINE BUSINESS. >>YOU MIGHT BE AT A DEAD END. BUT WE CANNOT MOVE FORWARD AFTER BEING HERE FOR SO MANY YEARS. IT MAY BE THE END OF THE ROAD FOR US. >>LIKE SO MANY OTHERS WITH CHILDREN, I AM NOW A HOME SCHOOLER. SO THAT HAS CAUSED ME TO CHANGE THE WAY I DO BUSINESS. YOU KNOW, BEFORE, I WAS ABLE TO HANDLE THINGS DURING THE DAY. I COULD DO THINGS WHENEVER THE KIDS WENT TO SCHOOL. SOMETIMES, I JUST HAVE TO TAKE A BREATH AND TAKE A WALK MY KIDS OUTSIDE. WE ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO, LIKE SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE, WE ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS. >>>DEPARTMENT STORES HOPING TO WOO BACK CUSTOMERS AS THEY RE- OPEN THEIR DOORS, RETAIL SALES PLUNGED 16% IN APRIL. SO WILL THE SHOPPERS COME BACK? WHAT WILL THE IN-STORE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE BE LIKE WHEN THEY DO? NBC NEWS CORRESPOND END BLAYNE ALEXANDER IS IN ATLANTA IN MACY’S TO SHOW WHAT THE RE- OPENING WILL LOOK LIKE FOR THE COUNTRY. WHAT ARE THE NEW SAFETY MEASURES THAT THEY ARE PUTTING IN PLACE IN THE STORE? >>Reporter: ALISON, IT’S GOING TO CERTAINLY LOOK DIFFERENT. WHEN YOU WALK INTO MACY’S, ONE BIG THING THAT PEOPLE GO INSIDE FOR IS THE MAKEUP COUNTER. I AM SURE YOU HAVE DONE IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE DONE. OF COURSE, GIVEN EVERYTHING THAT THAT’S GOING ON RIGHT NOW THAT’S NOT A POSSIBILITY. THAT WAS MY BIGGEST QUESTION. I STOPPED BY A MAKEUP COUNTER AND HAD WHAT WILL BE THE NEW DEMO. INSTEAD OF PUTTING THE MAKEUP TO YOUR FACE THEY GIVE YOU A PAD WITH A FACE DRAWN ON TO THEM. AND WHAT THE PERSON WILL DO IS EYEBALL YOU. YOU KNOW, FOR FOUNDATION, I WILL EYEBALL YOU TO TWO OR THREE SHADES THAT MIGHT WORK FOR YOU, AND THEN SHE WILL PUT IT DOWN ON THE PAD THE WAY SHE APPLIES THEM TO YOUR FACE. WILL NOT ONLY SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE BUT HOW TO DO IT, AND SHE DEMONSTRATED IT FOR ME AND TOOK A Q-TIP AND SPREAD THE PRODUCT ON THE PAPER. IT’S CERTAINLY NOT WHAT WE’RE USED TO AT ALL BUT THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO GET BACK UP AND RUNNING, AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF SAFETY MEASURES LIKE WE HAVE SEEN IN STORES ALL OVER, EMPLOYEES WEARING MASKS, PLEXI GLASS AROUND THE CASH REGISTERS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND TRYING ON CLOTHES, I ASKED CAN WE TRY ON CLOTHES OR A PAIR OF PANTS? THEY SAID YES BUT IF YOU DECIDE YOU ARE NOT GOING TO PURCHASE THAT ITEM, IT GOES ON A SPECIAL RACK AND THAT IS PUT AWAY FOR 24 HOUR, KEPT OFF THE FLOOR AND OFF THE PUBLIC RACK AND THEN IT’S SLOWLY ROTATED BACK INTO SERVICE. AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRY ON THE SAME THING, ALISON, AND WHEN YOU RETURN ITEMS IF YOU DECIDED TO RETURN SOMETHING TO THE STORE. >>OKAY. SO DIFFERENT, BLAYNE, ALL OF THOSE THINGS, AND YOU MENTIONED THE SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE. WHAT ELSE DO WE BEEN THE EMPLOYEES COMING BACK TO WORK? WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THEM AND THEIR SAFETY CONCERNS HERE? >>Reporter: WE DO KNOW THAT MACY’S JUST LIKE MANY OTHER RETAIL PLACES HAVE REALLY BEEN HIT HARD BY THE PANDEMIC. MACY’S INCORPORATE HEAD TO FURLOUGH 100,000 EMPLOYEES, SO A LOT OF THEM WILL BE COMING BACK TO WORK AND LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TO WORK AND WELCOMING CUSTOMERS BACK IN THE STORES BUT THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO CONTINUED TO WORK IN THE PANDEMIC BECAUSE THEY WERE FOCUSED ON THE DIGITAL SALES, AND WE KNOW THEY REMAINED UP AND RUNNING TO GET THE PRODUCT OUT AND SHIPPING THEM TO THE PEOPLE WHO WERE ORDERING ONLINE BUT WITH THE STORES OPENING NOW WE KNOW EMPLOYEES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASK AND THEY ARE COMING IN AND HAVE PLEXIGLASS AROUND THE CASH REGISTER AND WE HAVE STAGGERED SHIFTS AND OPENINGS AS WELL SO YOU ARE NOT SEEING AS MANY PEOPLE IN THERE. AND I KNOW OUR SMALL CREW WENT IN BEFORE THE STORE WAS OPENED THIS MORNING AND PEOPLE WERE VERY MUCH SPREAD OUT. YOU NORMALLY SEE MORE THAN ONE PERSON IN SECTIONS, FOLDING THINGS OR STRAIGHTENING THINGS UP, AND WE ONLY SAW ONE PERSON PER AREA AND AS MUCH AS COULD BE DONE TO KEEP THE DISTANCE, ALISON. >> BLAYNE ALEXANDER, THANK YOU. >>>IF YOU WANT TO TO GO TO THE CASINO IN IDAHO YOU HAVE TO WEAR A MASK. THIS IS HOW IT WILL LOOK IN THE PANDEMIC. >>WE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR EMPLOYEES AND THE CUSTOMERS’ LIVELIHOOD. >>YOU KNOW, IT’S BEEN DIFFICULT. IT COULD BE A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION. >>WE OPENED MARCH 20, 1993. IT WAS IRON THEY COULD WE CLOSED MARCH 20, 2020. >>Reporter: WHEN THE COEUR d’ALENE RESORT CASINO IN IDAHO CLOSED IN MARCH, THEY IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO RE-OPEN. >>WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS. IT ENDED UP BEING OVER A MONTH. WE LOOKED AT WAYS TO BENEFIT THE CASINO AND EMPLOYEES, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND WE WERE VERY CONCERNED THAT WE WERE DIPPING INTO OUR RESEARCHS. THAT REALLY, YOU KNOW, PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON OPENING OUR DOORS. >>Reporter: THE CAN A CAN A CASINO FINALLY DID REOPEN BUT IT LOOKS DIFFERENT. THE GUESTS HAVE THEIR TEMPERATURES TAKEN, AND THEY ARE KEEPING PEOPLE 6 FEET APART. >>THE FIRST DAY BACK, A LOT OF WIPING DOWN, A LOT OF DISINFECTING, AND SHUTTING DOWN TO CLEAN FROM 3:00 A.M. TO 7:00 A.M. >>WE HAVE OUR ORDERS OF PLEXIGLASS TO PUT BETWEEN THE MACHINES, EACH MACHINE, AND WE


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  1. Am I the only one who clicked on the thumbnail because it looked like a Nintendo Direct thumbnail? So disappointed.

  2. Mmm que mal ,nos trajeron un virus que no pedimos, pues no viajamos., por si las dudas tomo aspirinas , mezcalito y no viajo

  3. ALL OF YOU ARE LIARS UPON MY EARTH!!! I AM YAHWEH ALL OF YOU LIE TO THE INNOCENT WITH YALLS JUMP OUT BOYS!!! ITS ALL LIES EVERY BIT OF IT!!!

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  5. I AM YAHWEH GOD THE ETERNAL HOLY SPIRIT!!!! ITS OVER FPR THE FALLEN COWARDS LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS ALL OF YOU!! LIARS

  6. We are witnessing all the world conditions, and the many specific events and signs that are biblically recorded to be converging within a very specific time frame in history signaling the end of the age and Jesus' promised second coming.

    This website http://www.signs-of-end-times.com/ covers an extensive list of end times bible prophecies that are coming to pass, but what many consider to be the #1 defining event/sign unlike any other time in history was written in Matthew 24:32-34.

    Matthew 24:32-34; The parable of the Fig Tree. “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place.”

    Israel, Jesus' heritage, is nationally, ethnically, and geographically represented as the Fig Tree. Their rebirth as a nation in 1948 after nearly 2000 years since Jesus' first coming and the many biblical prophecies coming to pass is widely recognized within the bible prophecy watching community as the meaning of the parable. Israel is 72 years old this year, just past a generational marker. Psalm 90:10 states: "Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away." From all indications it appears that we are living at the end of this foretold generation that shall not pass. More information- http://www.end-times-bible-prophecy.com/rebirth-of-israel.html.

    An extensive study about past, present, and the soon future judgments: https://www.gotquestions.org/all-the-judgments.html.  

    Difference between rapture and second coming of Jesus: https://www.gotquestions.org/difference-Rapture-Second-Coming.html 

    The bible states we must be born again of God`s spirit to see and enter into the Kingdom of God and that the path is narrow.  https://www.gotquestions.org/born-again.html https://www.gotquestions.org/narrow-path.html

    "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all." 2 Thessalonians 3:16.

  7. we're all going to DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
    oh wait, nevermind. Now let's keep shutting down the economy until there's no economy to return to, or until Nov 3rd, whichever comes first

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  9. Tired of hearing about this virus, tired of hearing about deaths and statistics, tired of hearing the government go on a tirade about emergency funding for this and that … WHEN WILL THIS BE OVERRRRRR, ITS LIKE A BAD PANDEMIC MOVIE!

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  12. LOL! Like Pelosi has any room to talk, she looks like a melted crayon! Smooth and glossy with wrinkles. AND since when has she cared about Trump and what he takes? She's wanted him out of the picture ever since he became President and now she wants to act concerned? Silly Pe Low N Si, nothing but a disgrace.

  13. Why were the CDC, NIH (and for that matter NIAID) and the HHS caught unprepared and ill-equipped to face any pandemic? What have they been doing all these years with their billions of dollars funding every year? Can they please explain that to the American people?

  14. Google search for "July 2019 Springfield VA respiratory illness outbreak" (without the quotes).
    Timeline of events:
    1. Jun/Jul 2019 -> COVID19 leaked from Fort Detrick, MD lab.
    2. Jul 2019 – CDC closes Fort Detrick MD lab for safety violations
    3. Jul 2019 – Outbreak of mysterious respiratory illness in Springfield, VA (54 miles from Fort Detrick, MD)
    4. Aug-Sep 2019 – Mysterious respiratory illness continues to spread, mostly confined to VA and MD
    5. Oct. 18-27 2019 – Some 300 US soldiers stationed at Fort Detrick, MD and nearby bases travel to Wuhan to participate in World Military Games
    6. Most of US soldiers above stayed at the Wuhan Oriental Hotel – located just 200 meters from the famous wet market
    7. Fast forward several days later – Nov. 2019 – 42 employees at the Wuhan Oriental Hotel tested positive for CV19, forming the first cluster of CV cases
    8. Meanwhile at same time, massive outbreak at the Wuhan wet market above.
    9. Coincidence? I don't think so.

  15. 1,551,853+ cases and , 93,439+ deaths in the United States of America , 5,014,943+ cases Globally and 328,462+ deaths from “NOVEL COVID- 19”
    Updated MAY 21 2020 / 6:37AM ET

    SOURCE: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

    “STAY AT HOME” , as much as humanly possible . “Wear a mask” when in public to help avoid community spread .

    “NOVEL COVID-19” , does not discriminate , everyone is at risk .

  16. Fake News CNN NBC NYT WASHINGTON POST ABC CBS are not reporting the truth.Ukraine turns to speak up on the corruption of Joe Biden Indictments
    https://www.facebook.com/goonegoall/videos/364692071183494/

  17. Puerto Ricans American are waking up and switching Party. about time.Que Viva TRUMP. https://www.facebook.com/RealLexit/videos/4057610584279233/

  18. URGENT!!!  
    CURE of the Covid 19?
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    https://youtu.be/vI6Pxxroj7E
    The official results of the preliminary clinical trial in Ecuador of oral and intravenous CDS (solution of chlorine dioxide), from the Medical Association AEMEMI, came out. May 2020.

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  19. I think the opening is going to backfire on everybody I know we need money definitely I do!! But personally I think opening up restaurants bars hair salons malls and Helen especially courthouses is the wrong thing to do courthouses are just Petri I mean everybody's there!!I think the second wave that hits California is going to be terrible instead of a couple of months it's going to be at least a year lockdown because this is going to go wild and I think we're going to see a lot of deaths in mice county alone we had over twenty two cases last night and our governor wants to open up I think this is very foolish God bless everyone stay safe stay safe I pray that no one gets his crap

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