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VIRUS WHILE TOP DOCTORS AT THE WHITE HOUSE INSIST IT'S GOING TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER THERE ARE GLIMMERS OF HOPE IN WASHINGTON STATE SOCIAL DISTANCING APPEARS TO BE WORKING AS THE NUMBER OF NEW INFECTIONS SLOWS

THE PRESIDENT IS ACTUALLY SAID SOCIAL DISTANCING COULD SAVE MORE THAN 1 MILLION LIVES IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO GET SICK ONLY HAVE MILD SYMPTOMS BACK TO YOU GUYS >> THANK YOU >>> THE CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING FAST THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK WHICH NOW ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN 40% OF ALL DEATHS NATIONWIDE THIS IS PUSHING THE STATE'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO THE BRINK BUT MUCH NEEDED REENFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED TO EL H P BATTLE THIS INVISIBLE ENEMY >> Reporter: PHILLIP AND FRANCES, GOOD MORNING THIS IS A SURREAL SIGHT AN EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL BUILT RIGHT IN MANHATTAN'S CENTRAL PARK THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS HAVE BEEN THE BUSIEST EVER RECORDED BY EMS IN NEW YORK CITY AND NOW AUTHORITIES ARE SCRAMBLING TO BUILD UP THEIR HOSPITAL CAPACITY BEFORE THIS PANDEMIC PEAKS HERE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY GREETING THE U

S NS COMFORT AS AWAITING CROWDS FAIL TO SOCIAL DISTANCE THEY DOCK IN NEW YORK HARBOR TO PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED RELIEF FOR THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES >> THEY'RE DESCRIBED AS WAR ZONES BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE >> THE RACE TO FIGHT THE CORONAVIRUS IN AND AROUND NEW YORK CITY, IT REACHED NEW HEIGHTS AS CHARITY WORKERS WORKED TO BUILD A FIELD HOSPITAL >> THERE ARE CRUCIAL VENTILATORS HERE AS WELL AS 68 HOSPITAL BEDS, A SMALL FRACTION OF THE AMOUNT AUTHORITIES SAY WILL BE NECESSARY THROUGHOUT THE CITY >> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP SUGGESTED AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING FOR TOO MANY PROTECTIVE MASKS >> SOMETHING IS GOING ON AND YOU OUGHT TO LOOK INTO IT AS REPORTERS WHERE ARE THE MASKS GOING? ARE THEY GOING OUT THE BACK DOOR >> Reporter: NEW YORK GOVERNOR RESPONDED

>> IF HE WANTS TO MAKE AN ACCUSATION LET HIM MAKE AN ACCUSATION BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TRYING TO SAY BY INFERENCE >> Reporter: THE LONG HOURS AND HIGH RISK ARE TAKING A TOLL >> I'M USED TO TUGGING HER, YOU KNOW, HOLDING HER HAND WHEN WE WALK DOWN THE STREET, PICKING UP MY SON >> Reporter: FOR ALEX, AN ER DOCTOR IN MANHATTAN, HIS SHIFT AT WORK IS NOT THE ONLY THING PAINFUL HE'S MOVED INTO AN AIRBNB TO PROTECT HIS FAMILY >> I STARTED CRYING BECAUSE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW HARD OF A DAY HE HAD MY INSTINCT WAS TO GO IN AND GIVE HIM A HUG AND COMFORT HIM AND WANT TO BE COMFORTED AND YOU CAN'T DO THAT

>> Reporter: EIGHT RESIDENTS AT THIS NEW JERSEY NURSING HOME HAVE DIED >> HE DIDN'T DESERVE THIS I MEAN, NOBODY DOES NOBODY >> Reporter: RAMON WAS 63 YEARS OLD HIS CHILDREN SAY HE DIED LAST WEEK FROM COVID-19 AT HEM ELMHURST HOSPITAL IN QUEENS

>> DO YOU THINK IF THEY HAD MORE SUPPLIES YOUR FATHER MIGHT BE ALIVE? >> ABSOLUTELY YES >> Reporter: FOR SO MANY FAMILY IT IS GROWING NUMBERS OF GOOD-BYES THAT NEVER HAPPENED THIS FUNERAL HOME IS OVERWHELMED AND ROBERT LUEGER IS SUFFERING THROUGH THE LOANIEST GRIEF IMAGI IMAGINABLE >> MY GRANDMOTHER DIED ALONE SHE DIED ALONE WE DIDN'T EVEN GET SO SAY BYE TO HER AND I UNDERSTAND THAT'S PART OF THE DEATH PROCESS, BUT SHE WAS THERE SHE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL SHE WAS FEET AWAY

WE COULDN'T EVEN SEE HER WE COULDN'T TALK TO HER >> Reporter: AND NEW YORK CITY HAS ALSO LOST ITS FIRST CHILD BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS AUTHORITIES WOULD NOT RELEASE HIS OR HER AGE BUT DID SAY THEY HAD AN UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITION LIKE THE VAST MAJORITY OF PATIENTS WHO DIE FROM COVID-19 GOVERNOR CUOMO IS NOW PLEADING FOR MEDICAL WORKERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO COME HELP >> ALL RIGHT THANK YOU >>> AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES EXPLODE IN THE UNITED STATES THE BATTLE TO CURB THIS PANDEMIC IS ENTERING A CRITICAL NEW PHASE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ALREADY EXTENDED SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES THROUGH APRIL, BUT HE IS STOPPING SHORT OF THE NATIONWIDE STAY AT HOME ORDER TRACIE POTTS JOINS US WITH THE LATEST FROM D

C GOOD MORNING >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING, FRANCES, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE AND THAT'S BECAUSE SOME AREAS AS YOU'VE CERTAINLY SEEN THERE IN THE NEW YORK AND THE TRISTATE AREA ARE WORSE THAN OTHERS SO THE PRESIDENT IS LETTING THE STATES TAKE THE LEAD HERE ON THESE STAY HOME ORDERS AND QUARANTINES, BUT HE DOES SAY THAT THE ENTIRE NATION NEEDS TO PULL TOGETHER AND FOCUS NOW NOT ON THE ECONOMY, HE SAYS THE ECONOMY IS NOW HIS NUMBER TWO FOCUS, BUT FOCUS ON ERADICATING THIS VIRUS THAT HAS NOW CLAIMED MORE THAN 3,000 LIVES IN THE UNITED STATES AND PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS IT'S UP TO EVERYONE TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN >> THIS IS OUR SHARED PATRIOTIC DUTY CHALLENGING TIMES ARE AHEAD FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS AND THIS IS A VERY VITAL 30 DAYS WE'RE SORT OF PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE >> THIS IS NOT ABSTRACT IT'S NOT THEORETICAL WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT POLICIES YOU HAVE TO MAKE THAT GOVERNMENT OPERATE AND IT HAS TO OPERATE IN A WAY IT NEVER DID YOU HAVE TO TAKE THOSE HOSPITALS AND MAKE THEM WORK TOGETHER IN A WAY THEY NEVER HAVE YOU HAVE TO PRODUCE THOSE SUPPLIES YOU HAVE TO FIND THOSE GOWNS, FIND THOSE MASKS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THOSE VENTILATORS >> A NUMBER OF CEOs, CORPORATE AMERICA NOW KICKING IN TO HELP WITH THE SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIES

GENERAL ELECTRIC AND FORD ARE TEAMING UP THEY SAY THEY'LL MAKE 50,000 VAE VENTILATORS OVER THE NEXT 100 DAYS OTHER COMPANIES MAKING SHIELDS, FACE SHIELDS AND HOSPITAL GOWNS AND MAGSSKS TO CATCH UP WITH THE SHORTAGE THAT BEEAR SEEING IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY >> LET'S GET A CHECK OF THE WEATHER ON THIS LAST DAY OF MARCH THE WEIRDEST MONTH THAT I THINK WE'VE EVER EXPERIENCED IN OUR LIFETIMES HERE JHANESSA WEBB, GOOD MORNING >> WE'RE STILL DEALING WITH SOME RAIN FOR THE NORTHEAST IF YOU'RE JUST WAKING UP YOU'RE SEEING A FEW FLAKES FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS THIS WILL PULL OUT OF THE AREA AND WE'RE GOING TO DEAL WITH KIND OF THE CLOUDS WILL BE IN PLACE THIS AFTERNOON NOW, THE LARGER WEATHER STORY IS THE DEEP SOUTH AND THE SOUTHEAST ONE MORE DAY OF THE SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL FOR NORTHERN FLORIDA ALL THE WAY TO SOUTHERN GEORGIA

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IS GOING TO BE THE MAIN THREAT COULD SEE A FEW POSSIBILITY OF A FEW TORNADOS RUNNING THROUGH THE AREA, BUT AFTER THIS SYSTEM PUSHES OFFSHORE WE ARE GOING TO SEE NICE CLEAR CONDITIONS SO THE RAIN IS NOT GOING TO BE SIGNIFICANT WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO NOTICE IS THE WARMER AIR ACROSS HOUSTON ALL THE WAY INTO JACKSONVILLE THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY TODAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD

SO ENJOY TODAY BECAUSE FLORIDA, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MORE SEASONABLE AIR BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON IT'S A VERY STRONG COLD FRONT RUNNING THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST AND EVEN TODAY THE CLOUD COVERAGE WILL STILL BE IN PLACE IN THE OHIO VALLEY AND THEN AFTER THE STORM SYSTEM PUSHES OUT, CALM >> W >> WE'VE HAD A SUBSTANTIAL ADDITION OF TESTING WITH THE ADDED POINT OF CARE TEST >> PRESIDENT TRUMP THERE WITH THE NEW FDA APPROVED CORONAVIRUS TEST KIT THAT COULD GIVE PATIENTS RESULTS IN JUST FIVE TO 15 MINUTES NBC NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT GIVES US AN IDEA OF HOW SOON THE TESTS WILL BE AVAILABLE >> THIS NEW TEST IS GOING TO BE ROLLED OUT IN DETROIT THIS WEEK TO BE USED FOR FRONT LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE THE TESTS WE'VE BEEN USING TAKES ANYWHERE FROM HOURS TO SEVERAL DAYS THIS NEW TEST IS PORTABLE AND DELIVERS RESULTS ON THE SPOT IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES IN ADDITION TO QUICKLY TESTING HEALTH CARE WORKERS THIS WILL BE CRITICAL FOR AIRPORTS, DRIVE THROUGHS AND EVEN JAILS BECAUSE ONCE A PERSON TESTS POZ TOUGH THEY'LL GO INTO ISOLATION IMMEDIATELY THEY PLA >>> DON'T FORGET YOU CAN GET THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS NEWS ANY TIME ON OUR LIVE BLOG >>> STOCKS HAD A BIG REBOUND ON MONDAY KICKING OFF THE WEEK DEEP IN THE GREEN, BUT WITH SOME BIG LAYOFFS AND THE MARCH JOBS REPORT LOOM, WHAT'S AHEAD FOR TODAY? HI, KAREN, GOOD MORNING

>> Reporter: GOOD MORNING TO YOU LOOK AT A CHOPPY ACTION AGAIN IN THOSE US FUTURES THERE WAS A LEAD THAT WE SAW EARLY OUT OF THE ASIA SESSION INVESTORS MIGHT BE SEEING A LITTLE BIT OF RED INK AT THE START

INVESTORS CLOSELY LOOKING AT THE CHINA ACTION TODAY WHERE YOU SAW A REBOUND IN ACTIVITY THAT SAID SOME OF THE INTERNATIONAL LOCKDOWNS IMPACTING THE STORY SOME OF THE BIG CAP STOCKS MOVING, J AND J FOR INSTANCE AS IT TALKS ABOUT TRYING A VACCINE FOR CORONAVIRUS BY SEPTEMBER BUT THE ECONOMIC WORRIES ARE NOT BEHIND THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE SCALE JOB LOSSES, THEY'VE TALLIED UP ABOUT 47 MILLION JOBS THAT WOULD EQUATE TO A 32% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SO THAT IS WELL BEYOND WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN HISTORY EVEN IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WELL OFF THE LOWS BELOW 4% ON THAT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SO MANY INVESTORS WONDERING HOW BAD THE ECONOMY COULD GET AT LEAST IN THE SHORT TERM BACK TO YOU, PHILL >>> WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THIS CURVE AND I PROMISE YOU ONE DAY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME BETTER NEWS BUT JUST YESTERDAY NEW YORK TO NEW JERSEY, NEW CASES NEAR 10,000 AND WE'RE SEEING THE FLUCTUATION IN OUR STATES NOW, CALIFORNIA SITTING AT 3, ANOTHER THOUSAND CASES IN THAT AREA WE'LL CONTINUE TO WATCH FOR CONSISTENCY HOPEFULLY BUT EVEN FLORIDA PLUS 754 NEW CASES >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH MY DAUGHTERS DID IT BY THE WAY >> BEAUTIFUL THIS WILL BE THE GRAPHIC AT THE BOTTOM OF — >> PERFECT >> I LOVE IT WE'RE BOTH LOOKING DAPPER

THIS IS HOW I AM 24/7 >> I GUARANTEE YOU THAT THE BOTTOM HALF OF WHAT YOU HAVE ON DOES NOT MATCH THE TOP >> THE FIRST INTERVIEW FROM JOHN KRASINSKI'S NEW YOUTUBE SERIES CALLED SOME GOOD NEWS THEY TALKED ABOUT THE 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR HIT SHOW BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING SPREADING GOOD NEWS RIGHT NOW WHERE WE COULD ALL USE AS MUCH OF IT AS WE CAN GET >> IT WAS SOME OF THE — PROBABLY THE BEST THING I SAW YESTERDAY ABOUT 15 MINUTES LONG IT'S ON YOUTUBE ALL OVER THE PLACE

YOU CAN CATCH IT IT'S PRETTY GOOD >> JUST SIX DAYS AFTER POSTPONING THE 2020 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES IOC OFFICIALS HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE JULY 23rd, 2021 IT'S A TARGET DATE NOT ONLY FOR THE ATHLETES BUT FOR SPORTS FANS AROUND THE WORLD LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE JAY GRAY HAS THE DETAILS >> Reporter: THE STADIUMS AND ARENAS ARE EVERYBODY P– EMPTY BUT THE GAMES WILL BEGIN IN JULY OF 2021 >> IT'S REALLY MOTIVATING TO HAVE THAT LONG-TERM GOAL THAT'S DEFINITELY KEPT THE FLAME LIT FOR MY TRAINING BUT NOW OF COURSE WE JUST NEED THAT YEAR AND IT WILL BE ANOTHER YEAR OF CHASING THAT DREAM >> WITH MOST AREAS LOCKED DOWN THE VIRUS STILL SPREADING THE CHALLENGE IS HOW AND WHEN QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE >> IT'S GETTING A PLAN IN PLACE, WORKING ON THAT, ADJUSTING IT AND THEN REALLY INVESTING IN IT AND GOING AT IT 100% >> ATHLETES WHO HAVE ALREADY QUALIFIED WILL KEEP THEIR SPOT ON THE US

TEAM ANOTHER CHANGE AS A RESULT OF THE DELAY, THERE WILL BE JUST 180 DAYS BETWEEN OPENING CEREMONIES FOR THE SUMMER AND WINTER GAMES >> ABOUT AS BUSY AS SEVEN MONTHS AS WE'LL EVER SEE IN OUR OLYMPIC LIFETIMES >> Reporter: COMPETITIONS THAT CAN ONLY TAKE PLACE AFTER REACHING THE FINISH LINE IN THE ONGOING LIFE OR DEATH RACE AGAINST THE OUTBREAK JAY GRAY, NBC NEWS >> CANNOT WAIT UNTIL SPORTS COME BACK AN EXPLOSION OF SPORTS >> JUST FOR LIFE TO COME BACK AS WE KNEW IT >>> AFTER A FOUR-YEAR-OLD'S BIRTHDAY PARTY WAS CANCELLED THEY PRESENTED HIM WITH A DRIVE THROUGH PARTY HE WAS ABLE TO SNAG US FROM DAY ONE WE HAVE BEEN PLAYING CATCHUP FROM DAY ONE YOU NEVER WIN PLAYING CATCHUP GET AHEAD OF THE PROBLEM >> AS THE CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS SKYROCKET ACROSS NEW YORK, SOME RELIEF IS IN SIGHT AS THE U

S NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP COMFORT WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING NON-COVID-19 PATIENTS THIS MORNING >> GENERAL ELECTRIC, FORD, GM, AND A HANDFUL OF OTHER COMPANIES STEPPING UP TO MANUFACTURE DESPERATELY-NEEDED VENTILATORS >> CALLING ALL DOCTORS AND NURSES A SHORTAGE AND NEED FOR MORE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO COVER THE SURGING NUMBER OF PATIENTS AND TO GIVE SOME RELIEF TO THOSE IN THE WAR >> PLUS, WHAT'S OLD IS NEW AGAIN, AS TELEPHONE CALLS ARE BACK, ALONG WITH MUCH MORE IN THIS SMARTPHONE WORLD OF PHYSICAL SEPARATION

>> IT'S TUESDAY "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> GOOD MORNING, I'M PHILLIP MENA >> I'M FRANCES RIVERA ON THIS LAST DAY OF MARCH, THE COUNTRY GRAP LPLES TO CONTAIN T PANDEMIC ROUGHLY THREE OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS ARE UNDER ORDERS TO STAY HOME OR WILL BE AS STATES CONTINUE CRACKING DOWN HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AT THIS HOUR AS STRAES STRUGGLE WITH GROWING CLUSTERS OF CORONAVIRUS, OVER 3,000 AMERICANS HAVE NOW DIED FROM THIS

MONDAY MARKED THE DEADLIEST DAY YET WITH AT LEAST 540 FATALITIES WHILE THE COUNTRY NOW HAS OVER 163,000 CONFIRMED CASES >> FOR AMERICANS WONDERING ABOUT THOSE STIMULUS CHECKS, THE IRS SAYS PAYMENTS WILL BEGIN IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS THEY WILL BE HANDED OUT BASED ON TAXES FROM 2019 OR 2018 AND FOR SENIORS WHO DON'T FILE, THEY'LL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A TAX RETURN TO RECEIVE PAYMENT AND SHOULD WE BE WEARING MASKS OUTSIDE? A SOURCE TELLS T"THE WASHINGTON POST" PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ASKED IF EVERYONE SHOULD WEAR NONMEDICAL MASKS AND THE PRESIDENT SAID IT WAS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THEY COULD DISCUSS >> ESSENCE FEST MAY BE CANCELLED THIS YEAR BUT THE MAGAZINE IS KICKING OFF A MAJOR VIRTUAL SUMMIT TODAY IT WILL FEATURE PANELISTS AND HEALTH AND WELLNESS TIPS YOU CAN REGISTER AT ESSENCE

COM NATIONAL TREASURE DOLLY PARTON IS HERE TO HELP US COPE WITH HER NEW READING SERIES "GOOD NIGHT WITH DOLLY" LAUNCHES ON HER YOUTUBE PAGE NEW EPISODES AIR EVERY WEEK >> RESIDENTS OF THE NATION'S CAPITAL COULD BE ARRESTED IF THEY VIOLATE STAY AT HOME ORDERS DC

MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER SAID CITY RESIDENTS COULD BE SLAPPED WITH A $5,000 FINE OR EVEN THROWN IN JAIL FOR 90 DAYS EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE FOR GROCERY SHOPPING AND ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES STOCKER FOR JOHNSON AND JOHNSON AFTER THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINE WOULD BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER >> A FLORIDA MEGA CHURCH PASTOR WHO DEEMED HIS SERVICES ESSENTIAL BUSINESS WAS ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING ISOLATION RULES THIS, AFTER HUNDREDS PACKED THE RIVER AT TAMPA BAY CHURCH FOR SUNDAY SERVICES RODNEY HOWARD BROWN FACES UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY CHARGES

SOME BRAZEN THIEVES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SHUTDOWN TO STEAL A FAMOUS PIECE OF FINE ART A VANGOH STEALING WAS STOLEN DURING A SMASH AND GRAB AT A MUSEUM IN AMSTERDAM THE VALUE OF THE PIECE IS NOT KNOWN BUT HIS PAINTINGS FETCH MILLIONS AT AUCTIONS >> TOP US

HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE COME OUT WITH A GRIM ASSESSMENT, SAYING THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS 100,000 TO 200,000 DEATHS IN THE US, AND THAT'S IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL NBC'S ALICE BARR HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON >> THE DEVASTATING TOLL OF THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS IS BEGINNING TO SINK IN AS TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS PREDICT A STAGGERING NUMBER OF AMERICANS ARE LIKELY TO DIE >> IF WE DO THINGS TOGETHER, WELL, ALMOST PERFECTLY, WE COULD GET IN THE RANGE OF 100,000 TO 200,000 FATALITIES

>> SOCIAL DISTANCING REMAINS OUR BEST WEAPON BUT EXPERTS SAY TOO MANY AMERICANS ARE REFUSING TO FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE TO STAY APART STILL GATHERING IN GROUPS WHERE THE DISEASE CAN QUICKLY SPREAD PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW EXTENDING THOSE DISTANCING GUIDELINES THROUGH THE END OF APRIL BACKING OFF HIS EARLIER GOAL TO REOPEN MUCH OF THE COUNTRY BY EASTER >> THE MORE WE COMMIT OURSELVES NOW, THE SOONER WE CAN WIN THE FIGHT >> IN NEW YORK, THE US

EPICENTER, CREWS SETTING UP A FIELD HOSPITAL IN CENTRAL PARK AS A MASSIVE NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP DOCKS TO RELIEVE PRESSURE ON THE CITY'S OVERWHELMED HOSPITAL SYSTEM >> WHAT YOU SEE US GOING THROUGH HERE, YOU WILL SEE HAPPENING ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY >> DETROIT, NEW ORLEANS, AND CHICAGO HAVE NOW ALL BEEN DECLARED CORONAVIRUS HOTSPOTS AND AS THE VIRUS SPREADS, SO DOES THE URGENT NEED FOR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING FORD AND GENERAL ELECTRIC WILL START MAKING 50,000 VENTILATORS WITHIN THE NEXT 100 DAYS

WHILE AN OHIO COMPANY WILL BEGIN STERILIZING HUGE NUMBERS OF MASKS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS TO SAFELY REUSE >> 120,000 MASKS PER DAY IT'LL BE JUST LIKE A NEW ONE IT COULD GO UP TO ABOUT 20 TIMES FOR EACH MASK >> THE PRESIDENT ALSO ANNOUNCING THE US HAS NOW TESTED A MILLION PEOPLE FOR THE VIRUS WHILE TOUTING A NEWPORT, PORTABE TEST THAT GIVES RESULTS WITHIN 15 MINUTES ANOTHER TOOL IN THE ARMS RACE AS SCIENTISTS SEARCH FOR TREATMENTS AND VACCINES IN WASHINGTON, ALICE BARR, NBC NEWS >> AND THE AMERICAN MANUFACTURING ENGINE IS ROARING TO LIFE THIS MORNING TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

FORD IS JOINING GM IN THE RACE TO PRODUCE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VENTILATORS FOR HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY MEANWHILE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SHYING AWAY FROM A NATIONWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER NBC'S GEOFF BENNETT HAS MORE >> JUST DAYS AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERED GENERAL MOTORS TO MAKE VENTILATORS, UNDER THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT, FORD MOTOR ANNOUNCING IT'S TEAMING UP WITH GE HEALTHCARE TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS IN THE NEXT 100 DAYS TRANSFORMING A FACTORY IN MICHIGAN TO HELP MEET DEMAND OF HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY BUT AS CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE US CONTINUE TO CLIMB, PRESIDENT TRUMP, DURING A CONFERENCE CALL WITH GOVERNORS, DOWNPLAYED THE PROBLEMS POSED BY A PERSISTENT LACK OF CORONAVIRUS TEST KITS TWO SOURCES FAMILIAR TELL NBC NEWS IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS FOR MORE TESTING KITS, THE PRESIDENT RESPONDED BY SAYING HE HASN'T HEARD ABOUT TESTING IN WEEKS IT ALL COMES A DAY AFTER THE PRESIDENT ACCEPTED THE ADVICE FROM HIS TOP MEDICAL EXPERTS TO EXTEND THE NATION'S SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES THROUGH THE END OF APRIL DR

ANTHONY FAUCI SAYS HE AND DR DEBORAH BIRX PRESENTED THE PRESIDENT WITH ALARMING NEW PROJECTIONS THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS MAY CONTRACT THE VIRUS >> WE SHOWED HIM THE DATA HE LOOKED AT THE DATA AND HE GOT IT RIGHT AWAY IT WAS A PRETTY CLEAR PICTURE

WE ARGUED STRONGLY WITH THE PRESIDENT THAT HE NOT WITHDRAWAL THOSE GUIDELINES AFTER 15 DAYS BUT THAT HE EXTEND THEM AND HE DID LISTEN >> IT'S A STARK SHIFT FOR THE PRESIDENT WHO, LAST WEEK, COMPLAINED ABOUT THE ECONOMIC PAIN CAUSED BY TIGHT RESTRICTIONS, MEANT TO SLOW THE SPREAD TWEETING WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF AND PUSHED TO REOPEN THE COUNTRY WITHIN WEEKS >> I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE COUNTRY OPENED UP AND JUST RARING TO GO BY EASTER >> THE PRESIDENT NOW SAYS EASTER IS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN THE U

S TO PEAK >> PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW EYEING ANOTHER NEW DATE ON THE CALENDAR JUNE 1st IS WHEN HE PREDICTS THE COUNTRY WILL BE ON ITS WAY TO RECOVERY THE PRESIDENT ALSO SAID IT'S UNLIKELY HE WILL ISSUE A NATIONAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER HE SAYS HE IS LEAVING IT UP TO GOVERNORS TO DECIDE, IN EACH STATE FRANCES

>> ALL RIGHT GEOFF, THANKS FOR THE UPDATE >> WITH THE CORONAVIRUS FORCING HOME ISOLATIONS, MORE AMERICANS ARE TURNING TO ONLINE GROCERY SHOPPING NO-CONTACT DELIVERIES ARE QUICKLY BECOMING OUR NEW NORMAL BUT SOME WORKERS AT AN AMAZON WAREHOUSE AND INSTA CART WALKED OFF THE JOB MONDAY CITING GROWING CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY AND PAY >> AS MORE AMERICANS STAY HOME AND DEPEND ON DELIVERIES, WORKERS IN WAREHOUSES, GROCERY STORES, AND ON THE ROAD ARE DEMANDING MORE PROTECTIONS >> UNTIL THEY MEET THE DEMANDS OF MYSELF AND ALL OF THE WORKERS WE'RE TRYING TO PROTECT UPWARDS OF 200,000 OF THEM I DON'T NEED INSTACART AT THIS POINT

>> AN APP THAT ALLOWS CUSTOMERS TO ORDER GROCERIES FROM HOME WENT ON STRIKE REFUSING TO SHOP AND MAKE DELIVERIES THEY SAY THE SILICON VALLEY COMPANY IS FAILING TO PROVIDE THEM WITH PROPER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT OR HAZARD PAY TO OFFSET THE ELEVATED HEALTH RISK TO THEMSELVES AND THEIR CUSTOMERS >> SO MANY PEOPLE STILL IN THE STORES AND NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING >> INSTACART RESPONDING SAYING, IN ADDITION TO ROLLING OUT BONUSES LAST WEEK, IT'S NOW INTRODUCED NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES AND HAS SOURCED, MANUFACTURED, AND DISTRIBUTING OUR OWN HAND SANITIZER ALSO SAYS AS IT RELATES TO TODAY'S ACTION, WE HAVE SEEN ABSOLUTELY NO IMPACT TO INSTACART'S OPERATIONS AT THE SAME TIME, SOME WORKERS AT THIS AMAZON WAREHOUSE ON NEW YORK'S STATEN ISLAND WALKED OFF THE JOB AFTER AN EMPLOYEE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SOME EMPLOYEES WANT THE WAREHOUSE SHUT DOWN >> WE DO NOT FEEL SAFE IN THIS BUILDING

>> THESE AMAZON WORKERS ALSO SAY THEY DON'T HAVE THE NECESSARY PROTECTIVE GEAR >> WE'RE VERY LOW ON MASKS WE'RE LIMITED TO MASKS WE — WE DON'T HAVE THE PROPER GLOVES >> AMAZON HAS RESPONDED CALLING THE ACCUSATIONS UNFOUNDED ADDING, WE HAVE TAKEN EXTREME MEASURES TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE TRIPLING DOWN ON DEEP CLEANLING, PROCURING SAFETY SUPPLIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE, AND CHANGING PROCESSES TO ENSURE THOSE IN OUR BUILDINGS ARE KEEPING SAFE DISTANCES >> THANKS TO JOLENE KENT FOR THAT REPORT

>> GLOBAL CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS CONTINUE TO SURGE THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 786,000 INFECTIONS WORLDWIDE THE UNITED STATES CURRENTLY HAS THE MOST CASES BUT THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS IN HAND IN HARD-HIT EUROPE, POLLUTION HAS DECREASED AND ITALY IS REPORTING A SMALLER NUMBER OF NEW INFECTIONS, WHICH COULD BE A SIGN THAT THE COUNTRY IS FLATTENING THE CURVE MEANWHILE, SPAIN JUST HIT A NEW MILESTONE, SURPASSING CHINA IN CASES AND FRANCE HAS SEEN AN UPTICK IN ITS NUMBER OF DEATHS FOR THE LATEST ON THE GLOBAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19, WE TURN TO CHAPMAN BELL LIVE IN LONDON CHAPMAN, GOOD MORNING >> MORNING, FRANCES

HERE IN THE UK, THE COUNTRY'S CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR HAS SAID THERE ARE EARLY SIGNS THAT THINGS LIKE SOCIAL DISTANCING, WORKING FROM HOME LIKE I'M DOING HERE, ARE HAVING AN IMPACT THAT CASES AREN'T GROWING AS FAST AS THEY FIRST FEARED THAT THESE THINGS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE THOUGH, A HEALTH OFFICIAL HAS SAID IT COULD BE UP TO SIX MONTHS BEFORE LIFE GETS BACK TO NORMAL HERE IN THE UK BUT AS YOU MENTIONED, ITALY CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC THOUGH, THE COUNTRY NOW HAS MORE THAN 100,000 TOTAL CASES, JOINING THE US

AS THE ONLY OTHER COUNTRY IN THAT BRACKET, NEW INFECTIONS HAVE SLOWED THEY ARE HOPING THAT THIS IS DUE TO THEIR SOCIAL-DISTANCING MEASURES THEY'VE HAD IN PLACE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS THEY HAVE NOW EXTENDED THESE RESTRICTIONS THROUGH EASTER EVEN IN HOPES THAT THIS WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE AN IMPACT THIS COUNTRY, THOUGH, OF COURSE HAS MORE THAN 11,000 DEAD THE HIGHEST MORTALITY RATE IN EUROPE AND AROUND THE WORLD, REALLY FRANCE DEATHS HAVE INCREASED BY THE MOST IN ONE DAY THAT COUNTRY HAS RESORTED TO SENDING PEOPLE TO GERMANY FOR TREATMENT BY HELICOPTER

AND AS YOU MENTIONED, SPAIN HAS JOINED THE US AND ITALY IN OVERTAKING CHINA IN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES THAT COUNTRY NOW HAS MORE THAN 85,000 TOTAL CASES ALSO, IN ISRAEL, PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, THOUGH HE'S TESTED NEGATIVE FOR THE VIRUS, IS IN SELF-ISOLATION AFTER COMING INTO CONTACT WITH AN AIDE WHO DID TEST POSITIVE FOR THE INFECTION AND THERE ARE WORRIES THAT ACROSS THE WORLD, COUNTRIES, DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, THAT THIS COULD HAVE A HUGE IMPACT AND WE SEE THE VIRUS SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD FRANCES

>> CERTAINLY, TOUGH NUMBERS TO HEAR CHAPMAN, THANK YOU >> WELL, SOME VILLAGERS IN INDIA HAVE A UNIQUE WAY OF SELF-ISOLATING AMID THE PANDEMIC THEY'RE IN TREETOPS THEY ARE UP THERE THE VILLAGERS DON'T HAVE SEPARATE ROOMS FOR ISOLATION IN THEIR HOMES SO THEY TURNED OBSERVATION PLATFORMS THAT WERE ALREADY IN THE TREES, INTO MAKESHIFT TENTS INDIA HAS REPORTED 979 CASES, INCLUDING 25 DEATHS

>> LET'S GET A CHECK OF YOUR DAY AHEAD WITH NBC METEOROLOGIST JANESSA WEBB HOW WE LOOKING THIS MORNING? >> LET'S FINISH UP THIS MONTH, PLEASE >> PLEASE >> AS WE GO INTO APRIL, WE ARE GOING TO START TO SEE KIND OF A CALMER WEATHER PATTERN RIGHT NOW, THIS MORNING, WE ARE SEEING SOME ISOLATED SNOW FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATION BUT WE'RE ALSO WATCHING OUR NEXT STORM SYSTEM THAT'S MAKING ITS WAY ACROSS THE DEEP SOUTH ONCE AGAIN, TODAY WILL BE ANOTHER SEVERE WEATHER DAY FOR THE SOUTHEAST WHAT WE ARE GOING TO SEE DAMAGING WINDS, ALSO THE HAIL COULD BE LARGE AT TIME WATCHING THE POSSIBILITY OF A FEW TORNADOS THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY OF THE DAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD

>> SO TEMPERATURES HERE GOING TO START TO COOL DOWN ACROSS THE SOUTH THE CLOUDS, THEY REMAIN IN PLACE ACROSS OHIO VALLEY INTO THE NORTHEAST HIGHER ELEVATION COULD SEE A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW SO AFTER WE SEE THIS MOVE OFFSHORE, CALM CONDITIONS GOING INTO APRIL TH'S NOT AN APRIL FOOLS >> THAT'S GREAT BECAUSE WE NEED ALL THE CALM WE CAN GET THESE DAYS THANK YOU, JANESSA >> 4-YEAR-OLD IN OMAHA GOT A SPECIAL DRIVE-THROUGH BIRTHDAY AFTER HIS PARTY WAS CANCELLED BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS HE GOT HIS TRUSTY BATMAN CAPE ON, AND HE GOT TO HEAR FRIENDS AND FAMILY SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM THE SAFE DISTANCE OF THEIR CARS HE EVEN SNAGGED A FE >>> TODAY IS NATIONAL DOCTOR'S DAY, AND WE WANT TO THANK THOSE BRAVE DOCTORS AT THE FRONT LINES, FIGHTING THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC

>> THANK A DOCTOR TODAY BY STAYING HOME, IF YOU CAN WE ALL CAN FIGHT THIS PANDEMIC TOGETHER >> AND LET'S ALL DO OUR PART AND THANK THESE DOCTORS BY STAYING HOME AND STAYING SAFE LOTS OF LOVE >> THE GRAYS ANATOMY CAST TOOK TIME TO — THEY SAY IF YOU WANT TO THANK A DOCTOR, STAY AT HOME >> IT'S GOOD ADVICE THERE MORE NOW ON THE EPICENTER OF THE DEADLY CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN THE U

S WITH NEW YORK STATE'S DEATH TOLL NOW TOPPING 1,200, WITH MORE THAN 67,000 CASES, DOCTORS AND NURSES THERE ARE STRUGGLING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE VIRUS NBC NEWS NOW SPOKE TO SEVERAL OF THEM IN NEW YORK CITY >> WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS A TREMENDOUS SHIFT IT'S — WE SEE A TIDAL WAVE COMING AT US AND WE'RE — WE'RE SCRAMBLING TO TRY TO PREPARE FOR IT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE >> THE RATE OF PATIENTS WHO CANNOT BREATHE IS OVERWHELMING YOU SEE THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN YOU'RE INTUBATING TWO PATIENTS IN AN HOUR THIS IS NOT WHAT WE DO IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE, EVEN IN THE BUSIEST OF ERs >> HERE, IN NEW YORK CITY, CORONAVIRUS HAS LARGELY TAKEN OVER A LOT OF WHAT WE DO ON A DAILY BASIS IT'S IMPACTING OUR STAFF

>> WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF NURSES GETTING SICK, INCREDIBLY SICK >> WE ARE SEEING SCORES OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN MY OWN DEPARTMENT, YOU KNOW, GET INFECTED AND THAT'S TRUE EVERYWHERE >> I KNOW WE'VE ALL HEARD OF THE NURSE THAT PASSED AWAY RECENTLY FROM THE COVID VIRUS I'M AWARE OF ANOTHER 40-YEAR-OLD, OTHERWISE HEALTHY MALE NURSE, WHO WAS IN AN ICU AND INTUBATED WE DON'T FEEL SAFE >> YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE REST OF THIS REPOR >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH MY DAUGHTERS DID IT, BY THE WAY

>> BEAUTIFUL THIS WILL BE THE GRAPHIC AT THE BOTTOM OF — OF — >> PERFECT I LOVE IT >> WE'RE BOTH LOOKING DAPPER THIS IS HOW I AM 24/7 >> I GUARANTEE YOU THAT THE BOTTOM HALF OF WHAT YOU HAVE ON DOES NOT MATCH THE TOP >> HE'S WEARING SHORTS AND SNEAKERS UNDER THAT THE MINI OFFICE REUNION WAS THE FIRST INTERVIEW FROM THE NEW YOUTUBE SERIES GOOD NEWS, STEVE CARRELL AND SPOKE ABOUT THE — >> I WATCHED THAT IT'S ABOUT 15 MINUTES LONG IT'S >>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THIS CURVE BUT THE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO BE DAUNTING ACROSS NEW YORK, WE HAD OVER 6,000 NEW CASES

AND WE ARE SEEING THE FLUCTUATION OF STATES NOW, CALIFORNIA SITTING AT NUMBER THREE A THOUSAND NEW CASES >>> MORE THAN 200 MILLION AMERICANS ARE BEING ASKED TO STAY AT HOME BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE COMPLETELY ISOLATED PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED AND SOME ARE EVEN RETURNING TO SOME TRIED AND TRUE METHODS, LIKE PHONE CALLS REMEMBER THEM? EVEN LETTER WRITING HERE'S NBC'S JOE FRYER

>> THESE DAYS, CONNECTION AND COMMUNITY COME IN UNEXPECTED FORMS FROM VIRTUAL HAPPY HOURS >> MINE'S QUARANTINY BECAUSE IT'S WATER >> TO BRUNCHES AND DINNER PARTIES NOW HAPPENING REMOTELY >> THANK GOD FOR ALL OF OUR DEVICES AND OUR FACE TIMES AND DUOS AND ZOOMS AND EVERYTHING WE'RE USING BECAUSE IT DOES NOT FEEL SO AWFUL

YOU STILL FEEL CONNECTED >> NASA ASTRONAUT NICK HAGUE SAID SOME OF THE TOOLS HE USED IN SPACE CAN HELP US TRAPPED IN OUR PERSONAL CAPSULES HERE ON EARTH >> WHEN I WAS IN OR BBIT, I WOUD DO CROSS WORD PUZZLES WITH MY BOYS ON VIDEO CHAT AND JUST BEING ABLE TO CONNECT THAT WAY WAS SUCH A HUGE EMOTIONAL BOOST >> ZOOM MEETINGS HAVE EXPLODED IN POPULARITY OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS IT'S NOW THE NUMBER ONE FREE APP FOR iPHONE AND ANDROID BUT NOT EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO THE INTERNET OR FEELS COMFORTABLE USING IT

>> HI, GRANDMA >> HELLO THE PHONE CALL IS BACK VERIZON SAYS ITS PHONE TRAFFIC HAS GONE WAY UP EACH WEEKDAY, NEARLY 800 MILLION CALLS ARE BEING MADE TWICE THE VOLUME OF MOTHER'S DAY AND PEOPLE ARE STAYING ON LONGER, TOO 33%

>> RIGHT NOW, ONE OF THE MOST KIND THINGS WE COULD DO IS PICK UP THE PHONE TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR SMILING FACE SEND IT TO THAT PERSON WHO WE KNOW IS ALONE OR SCARED RIGHT NOW >> FOR SOME SPECIAL OCCASIONS, THERE ARE DRIVE-BY BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR OTHERS, SIGN LANGUAGE >> GRANDMA, LOOK AT THE SIGN >> IT'S A BOY I JUST HAD A FEELING >> AND FOR SOMETHING THAT LASTS EVEN LONGER, OLD-FASHIONED LETTERS ARE MAKING A BIT OF A COMEBACK SAYS ARKANSAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MICHELLE WELLS

>> NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE MY AGE REALLY DO IT BUT I REALLY ENJOY IT >> IF THERE'S NO TIME FOR THAT, A SHORT TEXT CAN SAY SO MUCH EXPERTS SAY EVEN THE LITTLE PINGS MATTER JUST CHECKING IN REGULARLY WITH SOMEONE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE JOE FRYER, NBC NEWS, LOS ANGELES >> A ALL PART OF OUR DAILY LIVES I THINK MY FAVORITE SOCIAL INTERACTION ARE CURBSIDE CHEERS PEOPLE COMING OUT ON THEIR CURBS TO SIX FEET APART AND CHEERSING FOR HAPPY HOUR

>> STAYING CONNECTED IN NEW WAYS >> THE FAMOUS LIGHTS AT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING HONORED EMERGENCY WORKERS OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC OVERNIGHT THE BUILDING BEAMED IN RED AND WHITE LIGHTS JUST AFTER 9:00 PM WITH A PULSATING LIGHT MEANT TO MIMIC AN EMERGENCY SIREN >> GIVEN THE ORIGIN OF THE VIRUS, I THINK A BAT SIGNAL WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE BUT, YOU KNOW, >>> I THINK EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS, NOW, THAT YOU CAN GO FROM 5 TO 50 TO 500 TO 5,000 CASES VERY QUICKLY WE SEE THIS IN MANY METROPOLITAN AREAS

WE'RE VERY WORRIED ABOUT EVERY CITY IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS VIRUS TO GET OUT OF CONTROL >> THE FAST-MOVING VIRUS HAS MORE STREETS DESERTED AS POSITIVE CASES SURGE IN NEW YORK AND BEYOND WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE IT'S GROWING >> HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FINANCIAL WEALTH ON THIS LAST DAY OF THE MONTH WHEN MILLIONS GOT TO PAY THEIR BILLS BUT NEVER BEFORE HAVE SO MANY AMERICANS BEEN FORCED OUT OF WORK, AND WITHOUT A PAYCHECK >> PLUS, THE RACE TO FIND AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS

AND THE FDA'S MAJOR MOVE TOWARD AN EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> GOOD MORNING, I'M PHILLIP MENA >> AND I'M FRANCES RIVERA IT IS THE LAST DAY OF MARCH, AS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CONTINUE TO LIVE UNDER VIRTUAL LOCKDOWNS, MANY ARE JUST STARTING TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST ACCORDING TO PROJECTIONS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE, A RESPONSE THAT WORKS ALMOST PERFECTLY WOULD STILL LEAD TO AN OUTCOME OF 100 TO 200,000 DEATHS THE U

S NAVAL HOSPITAL SHIP COMFORT PULLED INTO PORT IN NEW YORK, WHERE THE DEATH TOLL EXCEEDED 1,000 THE GOVERNOR SAYS AN ADDITIONAL 1 MILLION HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE NEEDED TO TACKLE THE CRISIS MEANWHILE, NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN SAYS THAT SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE PRESUMED CORONAVIRUS INFECTION SHE BEGAN FEELING ILL ON SUNDAY ON FRIDAY, SHE WAS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR DURING THE STIMULUS BILL DEBATE, WHERE SHE SPOKE WITH SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI AND OTHER LAWMAKERS

>> THE NEED FOR FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR AMERICANS IS BECOMING EVEN MORE URGENT KOHL'S HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL FURLOUGH ABOUT 85,000 EMPLOYEES AND MACY'S SAYS MOST OF ITS WORKERS WILL GO ON FURLOUGH STARTING THIS WEEK ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST LOUIS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE COULD REACH 32% IN THE SECOND QUARTER THAT WOULD EASILY TOP THE 25% JOBLESS RATE DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION >> THERE ARE ALSO GROWING CONCERNS THIS MORNING ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR MOST-VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

ACCORDING TO THE CDC, MORE THAN 400 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES NATIONWIDE HAVE RESIDENTS WHO WERE INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS THAT IS AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 170% OVER JUST ONE WEEK MEANWHILE, THE PENTAGON ANNOUNCED THAT A NEW JERSEY NATIONAL GUARDSMAN DIED OF COVID-19 COMPLICATIONS THIS MARKS THE FIRST CORONAVIRUS DEATH OF A US SERVICE MEMBER NEW JERSEY'S GOVERNOR IDENTIFIED THE MAN AS A A PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT >> FORD AND GE ARE HELPING TO REINFORCE THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT

THE COMPANIES SAY THEY PLAN TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS WITHIN THE NEXT 100 DAYS THEY EXPECT TO HAVE 1,500 READY BY THE END OF APRIL AND BROOKS BROTHERS IS DITCHING SHIRTS AND TIES FOR MASKS AND GOWNS THEIR FACTORIES ARE BEING CONVERTED TO PRODUCE PROTECTIVE GEAR FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS THEY HOPE TO MAKE 150,000 MASKS A DAY >> NEW NUMBERS ANNOUNCED BY THE WHITE HOUSE PAINT A GRIM PICTURE OF JUST HOW MANY AMERICANS COULD LOSE THEIR LIVES TO THE VIRUS

WITH IT NOW IMPACTING EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY, NBC'S SUSAN McGUINNESS HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON >> NEW YORK'S ICONIC CENTRAL PARK, THE SITE OF A MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL FOR CROW ORONAVIRUS PATIENTS NEARBY, THE US NAVY SHIP COMFORT, A FLOATING HOSPITAL READY TO RECEIVE PATIENTS SIMILAR SCENES UNFOLDING NATIONWIDE CITIES RACING TO PREPARE, BRACING FOR AN ONSLAUGHT OF CASES

>> CHALLENGING TIMES ARE AHEAD FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS >> THE PRESIDENT, WITH A NOTICEABLE CHANGE OF TONE, AFTER HEALTH ADVISERS PAINTED A GRIM BEST-CASE SCENARIO 1 TO 200,000 AMERICANS LOSING THEIR LIVES WITH THE BIGGEST CITIES AND SMALLEST TOWNS IN AMERICA EQUALLY AT RISK >> AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE STATES TOGETHER, ALL OF THEM ARE MOVING IN EXACTLY THE SAME CURVE >> THE PRESIDENT, AFTER ONLY LAST WEEK SUGGESTING THE COUNTRY COULD REOPEN BY EASTER — >> THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO COME BACK MY FOCUS IS SAVING LIVES >> — NOW, EXTENDING FEDERAL SOCIAL DISTANCING THROUGH APRIL

AND DESCRIBING THE PANDEMIC IN THE MOST PERSONAL TERMS >> I HAVE SOME FRIENDS THAT ARE UNBELIEVABLY SICK WE THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING IN FOR A MILD STAY AND, IN ONE CASE, HE'S UNCONSCIOUS IN A COMA AND YOU SAY HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? >> THE PRESIDENT SHOWING OFF A NEW RAPID TEST KIT, SOON TO GO INTO PRODUCTION AND PROMISING U

S COMPANIES WILL MAKE SO MANY VENTILATORS AND PROTECTIVE GEAR, THAT IT CAN BE SHARED WITH OTHER COUNTRIES THAT UPBEAT MESSAGE SHARPLY AT ODDS WITH THE PLEAS OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, WHO SAY THEIR SUPPLIES AND TIME ARE RUNNING OUT SUSAN McGUINNESS, NBC NEWS WASHINGTON >> TOMORROW MARKS THE START OF A NEW MONTH AND A NEW WAVE OF UNCERTAINTY FOR OUT-OF-WORK AMERICANS MILLIONS WILL HAVE A TOUGH TIME PAYING BILLS, INCLUDING THOSE FURLOUGHED JUST YESTERDAY BY KOHL'S AND MACY'S

AND IT WILL GET WORSE ACCORDING TO PROJECTIONS, THE ECONOMIC FREEZE COULD COST 47 MILLION JOBS AND SEND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SOARING PAST 32% NBC'S TOM COSTELLO HAS MORE >> A CRUSHING BLOW FOR AN AMERICAN ICON ALREADY STRUGGLING IN THE DOT COM ERA WITH ALL STORES CLOSED AND FEW SALES, MACY'S SAYS IT'S FEWER LOWING MOST OF ITS 130,000 EMPLOYEES THE PANDEMIC HITTING COMPANIES BIG AND SMALL MICHAEL OWNS A PRINTING PRESS FRANCHISE ON LONG ISLAND WITH THREE EMPLOYEES SALES ARE DOWN 95%, AND THE BILLS ARE COMING DUE

>> IT'S REALLY SCARY BECAUSE MY RENT IS DUE THIS WEEK I HAVE PAYROLL THIS WEEK AND ALL MY LEASES ON MY EQUIPMENT ARE ALSO DUE >> TO HELP KEEP COMPANIES AFLOAT AND AMERICANS EMPLOYED, THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM ENABLES SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO APPLY FOR A LOAN THAT COULD BE ENTIRELY FORGIVEN IF THE MONEY IS USED FOR EXPENSES, LIKE EMPLOYEE PAYROLL AND MONTHLY PAYMENTS IF A COMPANY CAN PROVE IT KEPT 100% OF ITS WORKFORCE BY DOING THAT, THE ENTIRE LOAN WOULD BE FORGIVEN IF THERE ARE SOME LEAYOFFS, THE AMOUNT FORGIVEN WOULD BE DETERMINED BY HOW MUCH OF THE WORKFORCE IS KEPT ON BUT IN VIRGINIA, MALLORY IS SEEKING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND MEDICAID AFTER BEING LAID OFF LAST WEEK AS A CONTRACTED SCHOOL COUNSELOR >> I OWN A HOUSE I AM A SINGLE MOM AND SO MY FEAR IS, IS I'M THE ONLY INCOME

AND HOW AM I GOING TO PROVIDE FOR MY CHILD >> IF YOU'RE IN TROUBLE, MONEY EXPERTS SAY NOW IS THE TIME TO PRESERVE CASH MAKE THE MINIMUM PAYMENTS ON CREDIT CARDS, ASK CREDITORS FOR LI LENIENCY, AND FOCUS ON PAYING THE BILLS YOU MUST >> SO WE NEED TO KEEP FOOD ON THE TABLE WE NEED TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AND THE HEAT IN THE HOUSE WE NEED TO PAY FOR HEALTHCARE BECAUSE HEALTHCARE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT

>> FOR RENTERS, MANY CITIES AND STATES ARE PROHIBITING EVICTIONS AND HOMEOWNERS WITH FEDERALLY-BACKED LOANED ARE PROTECTED FROM FORECLOSURE, FOR NOW DANIEL CRAMER IS FACING MOUNTING BILLS AFTER BEING FORCED TO LAY OFF ALMOST ALL HIS 175 EMPLOYEES AT FOUR WASHINGTON, DC RESTAURANTS

HE IS DEFIANT >> WE DON'T HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN AND OUR GOAL IS TO REHIRE EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO >> NEVER BEFORE HAVE AMERICANS BEEN THROWN OUT OF WORK SO QUICKLY AND IN SUCH GREAT NUMBERS, WITH NO INDICATION WHEN THEY'LL BE ABLE TO RETURN >> OUR THANKS TO TOM COSTELLO FOR THAT REPORT

>> AS WE JUST MENTIONED, THE FDA JUST APPROVED A CORONAVIRUS TEST THAT COULD GET PATIENTS RESULTS AS QUICKLY AS FIVE TO 15 MINUTES DR JOHN TORRES GIVES US AN IDEA HOW SOON THIS TEST WILL BE AVAILABLE >> THIS NEW TEST IS GOING TO BE ROLLED OUT IN DETROIT THIS WEEK TO BE USED FOR FRONT LINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE THE TEST WE'VE BEEN USING TAKES ANYWHERE FROM HOURS TO SEVERAL DAYS THIS NEW TEST PORTABLE AND DELIVERS RESULTS ON THE SPOT IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES IN ADDITION TO QUICKLY TESTING HEALTHCARE WORKERS, THIS WILL ALSO BE CRITICAL FOR AIRPORTS, DRIVE THROUGHS, EVEN JAILS BECAUSE ONCE A PERSON TESTS POSITIVE, THEY'LL GO INTO ISOLATION IMMEDIATELY

DECREASING THE SPREAD OF THIS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS VIRUS THE MANUFACTURER TELLS ME THEY PLAN TO DELIVER 50,000 TESTS A DAY >> THANKS TO DR JOHN TORRES FOR THAT REPORT >> THERE ARE SIGNS OF HOPE IN EUROPE AS THAT CONTINENT FIGHTS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS

AND ONE OF THE HARDEST-HIT COUNTRIES, ITALY, IS SEEING A DECREASE IN NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IT IS ALSO REGISTERING A RECORD NUMBER OF PEOPLE CURED AS IT ENTERS ITS THIRD WEEK OF A NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN NBC'S MATT BRADLEY >> SINCE I HAVE GOTTEN HERE TO ROME, WE HAVE SEEN THIS GOING UP AND DOWN THIS NUMBER WE SAW 919 DEAD JUST ON FRIDAY THE HIGHEST OF ANY COUNTRY IN ANY SINGLE DAY SINCE THIS WHOLE CRISIS BEGAN IN THE PAST TWO DAYS, THAT NUMBER HAS DECREASED THE DEATH RATE IS A LITTLE BIT MORE ARBITRARY THAN OTHER INDICATORS SO WE CAN'T REALLY DRAW A LOT OF OPTIMISM JUST FROM SEEING ONE OR TWO OR EVEN THREE OR FOUR DAYS OF REGULARLY DECLINING DEATH RATES BUT IT IS TRUE THAT ITALY HAS FLATTENED THE CURVE WHAT THAT REALLY MEANS IS THE NUMBER OF NEW POSITIVE CASES HAS BEEN STEADILY DECLINING

IT'S NOW AROUND 6% IT'S GONE DOWN FROM CLOSER TO 10% IN JUST THE LAST TWO WEEKS THAT DOES MEAN THAT THE RATE OF TRANSMISSION OF THIS DISEASE IS NO LONGER ACCELERATING >> IF YOU IMAGINE THE LOCKDOWNS AND THE STRINGENT MEASURES THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE ARE NOW IN PLACE BETWEEN TWO AND THREE WEEKS IN ITALY, DIFFERENT LEVELS IN DIFFERENT PLACES WE SHOULD START TO SEE A STABILIZATION >> THERE IS REASON FOR OPTIMISM AND THE ITALIAN AUTHORITIES ARE STARTING TO SEE JUST A TINY GLIMPSE OF THE EFFECT OF THIS NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN IN SOME OF THE STA TTISTICS THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN IT

>> SOCIETY-WIDE MEASURES ARE DIFFICULT THEY ARE NOT EASY AND THEY ARE HURTING PEOPLE BUT THE ALTERNATIVE IS EVEN WORSE >> WE'VE HEARD FROM ITALIAN MEDIA THAT IT COULD BE EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS

MATT BRADLEY, NBC NEWS, ROME >> AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE LINED UP FOR HELP FROM A PITTSBURGH FOOD BANK AND THE TURNOUT WAS MASSIVE THE GIVEAWAY WAS AT UNIVERSITY BUT THE LINE WAS SO LONG, TRAFFIC PATTERNS HAD TO BE ADJUSTED THE GREATER PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY FOOD BANK EXPECTED TO HAND OUT 1,700 50-POUND BOXES OF FOOD >> MY GOODNESS LET'S GET A FIRST CHECK OF THE WEATHER ON THIS LAST DAY OF THE MONTH WITH JANESSA WEBB

>> GOOD MORNING LET'S GET OUT OF MARCH OKAY LET'S STEP INTO APRIL GOING INTO TOMORROW BUT TODAY, WE ARE STILL CONTENDING WITH A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN EVEN SOME SNOW FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHEAST BUT WE ARE WATCHING OUR LARGER STORM SYSTEM FOR THIS DEEP SOUTH INTO THE SOUTHEAST NOW, ACROSS SLEFB PORT, BATON ROUGE, ALL THE WAY TO MISSISSIPPI, YOU ARE PRETTY MUCH IN THE CLEAR THIS AFTERNOON

YOU COULD SEE SOME TORRENTIAL RAIN ACROSS THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE ALL THE WAY INTO SOUTHERN GEORGIA WHERE WE ARE GOING TO WATCH POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IS THE PRIMARY THREAT, ALONG WITH A LITTLE BIT OF HAIL THROUGHOUT YOUR AFTERNOON IT WILL NOT BE SIGNIFICANT RAIN, BUT THIS SYSTEM WILL PUSH OFFSHORE BY TOMORROW AND, FINALLY, DEAL WITH SOME CLEARING ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY OF THE DAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD SO TEMPERATURES, AS WELL THEY ARE COOLING OFF FOR THE TENNESSEE AND OHIO VALLEY MORE SEASONABLE AIR EVEN SLIGHTLY COOLER ACROSS BOSTON, INTO NEW YORK CITY TODAY

WE'RE ONLY IN THE MID-40s SO AFTER THIS SYSTEM PUSHES OFFSHORE, QUIET, TRANQUIL WEATHER PATTERN, FINALLY >> JUST LIKE OUTSIDE IS QUIET AND TRANQUIL BUT ALL THE WRONG REASONS THANK YOU >> IN TODAY'S QUICK HITS, LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS WHILE ON LOCKDOWN? GOOGLE SEARCH AS AN AUGMENTED REALITY FEATURE THAT LETS YOU FIND 3D ANIMALS AND PLACE THEM IN YOUR SURROUNDINGS

>> SONY PICTURES HAS DELAYED THE RELEASE OF MORE FILMS DUE TO THE PANDEMIC THEY INCLUDE GHOST BUSTERS, AFTERLIFE, PETER RABBIT 2 AS OF NOW, ALMOST EVERY MAJOR TITLE HAS BEEN MOVED TO NEXT YEAR >> EMERGEN >>> THE RACE IS ON TO FIND AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS OUR STEPHANIE GOSK HAS MORE ON A NEW FDA DRUG, AND AN EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY TO HELP FIGHT THE PANDEMIC >> NEWS ABOUT POTENTIALLY PROMISING, THOUGH SO FAR SCIENTIFICALLY UNPROVEN DRUGS TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS ON SUNDAY, THE FDA GIVING EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION TO ADD TWO ANTI-MALARIAL MEDICATIONS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE CHLOROQUINE AND HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO HOSPITALS ACCORDING TO THE FDA, ANECDOTAL REPORTS SUGGEST THAT THESE DRUGS MAY OFFER SOME BENEFIT ALREADY, HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS HAD BEEN PRESCRIBING THE MEDICATION WITH CLINICAL TRIALS UNDERWAY IN NEW YORK AND MINNESOTA JAMES, WHO IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL, STARTED TREATMENTS LAST WEEK

>> THURSDAY MORNING, I WAS AT MY LOW POINT I WAS REALLY — THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE >> THAT DAY, DOCTORS GAVE HIM HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE >> I WOKE UP AT MID NIGHT JUST ABOUT MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT FEELING LIKE SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT

I FELT LIKE, ALL RIGHT, THE BODY ACHES AREN'T SO MUCH I'M NOT COUGHING AS MUCH >> SO FAR, THERE IS NO CLINICAL PROOF THAT THE ANTI-MALARIALS WORK BUT THE FDA SAYS IT IS WORTH THE RISK TO USE THEM FOR PATIENTS IN SERIOUS CONDITION ALSO, IN THE PIPELINE BUT STILL NOT SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN, IS TRANSFUSING PLASMA FROM CORONAVIRUS SURVIVORS INTO INFECTED PATIENTS HOUSTON'S METHODIST HOSPITAL IS STUDYING IT AS A TREATMENT >> THE IDEA IS THAT THAT PLASMA MAY HAVE PARTS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, LIKE ANTIBODIES AGAINST THE COVID-19 VIRUS, THAT COULD POTENTIALLY HELP PATIENTS

>> BUT THE MOST LONG-TERM HOPE IS BEING PLACED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A VACCINE JOHNSON & JOHNSON SAYS IT HAS A PROMISING POSSIBILITY >> THIS IS LIKE A MOONSHOT FOR US AT JOHNSON & JOHNSON WHAT WOULD USUALLY TAKE FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS, WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN FIVE TO SEVEN MONTHS >> JOHNSON & JOHNSON'S POSSIBLE VACCINE WILL GO THROUGH RIGOROUS TRIALS BUT THE COMPANY SAYS THAT, IN THE COMING DAYS, IT'S GOING TO START PRODUCTION SO THAT IF, AND WHEN, THEY GET THE APPROVAL THEY NEED, IT WILL BE READY TO GO >> CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH >> EVEN JUST THE TALK ABOUT TREATMENT AND HAVING THAT PATIENT AND SEEING HIM TURN AROUND AFTER USING THAT MALARIA DRUG AND A POSSIBLE VACCINE

PROGRESS WE NEED >> YEARS FROM NOW, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE BENEFIT OF TIME, TO HAVE THE HINDSIGHT TO SEE TH ♪ WASH, WASHY WASH, WASH YOUR HANDS ♪ >> ALL RIGHT THAT SONG'S GOING TO STICK BUT THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT "SESAME STREET" STEPPING UP TO HELP KIDS STAY HEALTHY BY TEACHING THE PROPER WAY TO WASH YOUR HANDS YEP THAT SONG IS IN OUR HEAD BUT, THESE DAYS, WE KIND OF NEED IT TO BE >> LADY GAGA'S NOT COMING OUT WITH ANY NEW MUSIC SHE SAID, RIGHT? ONE GOOD THING I THINK WILL COME OF ALL THIS, KIDS AND ADULTS WILL BE WASHING THEIR HANDS VERY THOROUGHLY, I HOPE >> JUST CONSCIOUS ABOUT — >> WE'RE SLACKING AS — AS A SOCIETY, WE WERE KIND OF SLACKING WHEN THIS CAME TO THAT

VERY CLEAR AND NO LONGER WILL WE NOT DO THAT NOW, TO SOME VERY SAD NEWS ABOUT BELOVED CHILDREN'S AUTHOR TOMIE DEPAOLA HAS DIED DEPAOLA WORKED ON MORE THAN 270 BOOKS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER HIS FAMILY SAYS HE >>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THIS CURVE BUT THE UPTICK CONTINUES NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, SEEING JUST YESTERDAY ALONE OVER 10,000 NEW CASES NOW, WE ARE SEEING THE FLUCTUATION IN STATES CALIFORNIA, NOW, IN THE TOP THREE

A THOUSAND NEW CASES YESTERDAY EVEN MICHIGAN TO THE FLORIDA AREA, NEAR A THOUSAND SO JUST IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, FOR CALIFORNIA, WE ARE UP TO NOW 7,000 CASES THIS IS REALLY DAUNTING FROM THE START OF THE MONTH, WE HAD 75 CASES NOW, YESTERDAY, 164K FOR THE US

>> THOSE ARE JUST NUMBERS THAT WERE RELEASED YESTERDAY FROM THE >>> A NEW TREND IS TURNING NEIGHBORHOODS INTO SCAVENGER HUNTS FOR BORED KIDS IN QUARANTINE YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THE WELCOMED SIGHT IN WINDOWS ACROSS AMERICA OUR KRISTEN DAHLGREN EXPLAINS >> Reporter: JUST WHEN PARENTS AND KIDS THOUGHT THE BOREDOM WAS UNBEARABLE, TEDDY BEARS STARTED CROPPING UP IN NEIGHBORHOOD WINDOWS >> WE WENT THE FIRST NIGHT AND FOUND LIKE 20 SOMETHING 21 NOW, WE'RE UP TO LIKE 112

>> TURNING STIR-CRAZY KIDS INTO STUFFED ANIMAL SCAVENGER HUNTERS >> SO IT CAN BE LIKE AN EASTER EGG HUNT ALMOST >> BEARS HAVE NOW BEEN SPOTTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY EVEN GOING GLOBAL SIGHTINGS REPORTED IN WALES AND NEW ZEALAND A WELCOME DISTRACTION >> IT WAS REALLY EXCITING AND SOMETHING FUN TO LOOK FORWARD TO

>> THE LAST ONE WAS THE BIGGEST ONE OF ALL THEM >> SOME NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE EVEN TURNED IT INTO A WALKING SAFARI WITH ALL SORTS OF WILDLIFE >> I HAVE A 5-YEAR-OLD AND SHE IS LEARNING ANIMALS SHE'S COUNTING ALL OF THEM IT COUNTS AS SCHOOL >> A LESSON IN COMING TOGETHER EVEN WHILE STAYING SIX FEET APART

KRISTEN DAHLGREN, NBC NEWS >> THAT'S PRETTY COOL DO YOU THINK THEIR PARENTS GAVE THEM ANY EXTRA POINTS FOR FINDING THE CHARMIN BEARS? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR, RIGHT >> AS LONG AS THERE'S TOILET PAPER IN THEM REALLY GREAT FUN, FUN TRENDS >> THE PGA TOUR IS ON HOLD, OF COURSE BUT THE WORLD'S TOP-RANKED GOLFER DID TAKE SOME TIME TO SHOW OFF HIS SKILLS

RORY McILROY, CHECK THIS OUT HIS ABILITY TO BOUNCE IT RIGHT OFF THE TIP OF THE CLUB PRETTY COOL THERE GOLFERS POSTING FOR BALANCE CHALLENGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA >> ROGER FEDERER TOOK TO TWITTER TO SHOW SOME RAPIDFIRE SHOTS AGAINST A WALL IN HIS NATIVE SWITZERLAND POSTED THIS CLIP TO TWITTER WHERE HE GOT OVER A MILLION VIEWS IN JUST A FEW HOURS

>> WITH THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES DELAYED, BROADCASTERS ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO BRUSH UP ON THEIR SKILLS >> THEY'VE GONE SILENT STANDING-ROOM ONLY CROWD HEAD INTO THE WATER INTO THE BUTTERFLY >> WHAT A START >> THAT'S WHERE WE'RE AT NOW, GUYS NBC — NBC'S DAN HICKS AND ROWDY HAVING SOME FUN WHERE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SWIMMER MARY PRUDEN TOOK HOME THE GOLD, SILVER, AND THE BRONZE >> THEY'RE CHOMPING FOR SOME PLAY BY PLAY WE'VE SEEN IT WITH EVERYBODY ELSE SO MIGHT AS WELL >> CRAVING FOR SOME SPORTS TO COME BACK AT ANY POINT BUT THAT'S FUN ALL RIGHT

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STARTING YOUR HOW MORE THAN 400 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AROUND THE NATION NOW HAVE CORONAVIRUS CASES AS THE PANDEMIC ESCALATES >> AMERICA'S EPICENTER IS NEW YORK STATE WHICH HAS SEEN MORE THAN 1,000 DEATHS SO FAR BUT NEEDED REENFORCEMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO KICK IN TO >> PRESIDENT TRUMP REVEALS A NEW TEST KIT THAT CAN REVEAL RESULTS IN JUST A FEW MINUTES "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US I'M FRANCES RIVERA >> I'M PHILLIP MENA >> AS WE SAY GOOD RIDDANCE TO MARCH THIS COUNTRY IS TRYING TO CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO FLOW AT THIS HOUR THE CITIES GROW WITH THE CLUSTER OF CORONAVIRUS MORE THAN 3,000 AMERICANS HAVE NOW DIED FROM THIS DISEASE MONDAY MARKED THE DEADLIEST DAY YET WITH 540 FATALITIES

>> IN CALIFORNIA CASES HAVE SURPASSED 7,000 THE GOVERNOR HAS PUT OUT AN URGENT CALL FOR RETIRED HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND MEDICAL STUDENTS NEARING GRADUATION TO HELP AS THE STATE BATTLES WITH THE SURGE IN PATIENTS AND GUN STORES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STAY HOPE IN LOS ANGELES THE NRA AND PRO GUN GROUPS FILED A LAWSUIT PROMPTING THE SHERIFF TO REVERSE IT >>> THIS HAPPENED AFTER A MILLION PEOPLE LOGGED ON FOR A LIVE MEDITATION AND THAT CAUSED THE LINK TO CRASH

HE THEN MOVED IT TO FACEBOOK LIVE >>> AN ALARMING SURGE FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS MORE THAN 400 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE RESIDENTS WHO ARE INFECTED THAT'S A JUMP OF MORE THAN 170% OVER JUST ONE WEEK >>> THE GROWING NUMBER OF STATES ARE IMPOSING LOCKDOWNS AS ROUGHLY THREE OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS ARE SHELTERING AT HOME MORE THAN HALF OF THE STATES IN THE COUNTRY HAVE IMPOSED THESE RULES VIRGINIA'S ORDER IS THE MOST EXTREME EX- TENDSING UNTIL JUNE >> THE COMPANIES SAY THEY PLAN TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS WITHIN THE NEXT 100 DAYS THEY EXPECT TO HAVE 1,500 READY BY THE END OF APRIL

>>> MINNESOTA'S FINEST SHARES AN ACT OF KINDNESS WITH A FELLOW FIRST RESPONDER A STATE TROOPER WHO PULLED OVER A SPEEDING DOCTOR LET HER GO WITH A WARNING AND A HANDFUL OF N 95 MASKS >> AND TACO BELL IS GIVING AWAY FREE BIS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY >> TOP US HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS 100,000 THAT 200,000 DEATHS IN THE U

S AND THAT'S IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL MIGUEL ALMA GER HAS DETAILS >> Reporter: AS THE CORONAVIRUS VIRUS NOW THREATENS EVERY STATE IN OUR COUNTRY, THIS GRIM ASSESSMENT FROM DR NOWFUAUCI TE DEATH TOLL COULD REACH 200,000 WITH EVERYTHING DONE RIGHT NEW YORK CITY IN CRISIS AND THE 911 SYSTEM IS STRESSED CITIES LIKE WASHINGTON, DC

, SAN FRANCISCO, ATLANTA, DALLAS AND NASHVILLE ARE BRACING FOR AN ONSLAUGHT OF CASES AT BOSTON, MORE THAN 100 STAFF MEMBERS HAVE THE VIRUS >> I'VE NEVER FELT SO CLOSE TO DEATH >> SHE SPENT NINE DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER CONTRACTING THE ILLNESS >> THE SECOND YOU ENTER THE ER YOU'RE LITERALLY ALONE AND IT'S TERRIFYING >> I CONSIDER MYSELF TO BE VERY, VERY HEALTHY AND THE WAY THIS TOOK OVER MY BODY WAS JUST A SURREAL EXPERIENCE >> WHILE FIELD HOSPITALS ARE BEING BUILT INSIDE THE LA CONVENTION CENTER AND IN CENTRAL PARK, OKLAHOMA'S GOVERNOR NOW SAYS ANYONE COMING FROM HOT SPOT STATES LIKE NEW YORK OR CALIFORNIA MUST SELF-QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS

IN RHODE ISLAND THE NATIONAL GUARD AND LOCAL POLICE ARE GOING DOOR TO DOOR MAKING SURE ANYONE COMING IN FROM OUT OF STATE RECENTLY STAYS ISOLATED >> I FEEL VERY VULNERABLE I DEFINITELY FEEL VIOLATED I HAVE A CAR WITH NEW YORK LICENSE PLATES IN MY DRIVEWAY AND I'M FEARFUL BEING IN THIS STATE RIGHT NOW >> ALSO RAISING THE ALARM IN LOUISIANA, THE GOVERNOR SAYS THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS AT THE BRINK OF BEING OVERWHELMED IN JUST DAYS MICHIGAN ALSO IN CRISIS

MORGAN RADFORD IS IN HARD HIT DETROIT >> IT'S HOSPITALS LIKE THESE THAT ARE NOW BRACING TO BATTLE THESE NEW HOT SPOTS AND THEY'RE NOT THE ONLY FIRST RESPONDERS TAKING A HIT THE CHIEF OF POLICE HERE IN DETROIT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS AND MORE THAN 500 OFFICERS HAVE BEEN QUARANTINED >> WITH THE PRESIDENT EXTENDING GUIDELINES FOR ALL AMERICANS TO KEEP THEIR SOCIAL DISTANCE FOR ANOTHER FOUR WEEKS, SOME STATES LIKE FLORIDA HAVE NOT ISSUED STAY AT HOME MANDATES >> WE BELIEVE IF LAYING HANDS ON THE SICK AND THEY SHALL RECOVER >> Reporter: AFTER TWO LARGE SUNDAY SERVICES IN TAMPA THE COUNTY SHERIFF ISSUED AN ARREST WARRANT FOR THE PASTOR >> HIS RECKLESS DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE PUT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN HIS CONGREGATION AT RISK >> Reporter: SAM BROCK IS IN MIAMI WHERE THE CITY IS UNDER A CURFEW >> YOU GOT POLICE OFFICERS OUT IN FULL EFFECT TRYING TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ON STAYING INSIDE OF THEIR HOMES

CHECK POINTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA TRYING TO PREVENT THOSE COMING HERE FROM NEW YORK TO STAY AT HOME >> JOINED THE NATIONAL PUSH TO RESTRICT CROWD FROM GATHERING IN PUBLIC BUT HAIR SALONS AND GOLF CLUBS ARE STILL CONSIDERED AS EXEMPT IN SOME PLACES CALLING THEM ESSENTIAL SERVICES >> THERE'S NO EASIER PLACE TO BE PHYSICALLY DISTANT AWAY FROM SOMEONE THAN, YOU KNOW, OUT ON A LARGE GOLF COURSE >> Reporter: WITH THE NATIONAL DEATH TOLL EXPECTED TO RAPIDLY ESCALATE IN THE COMING WEEKS OFFICIALS WARN NO STATE AND NO COMMUNITY IS IMMUNE FROM THE VIRUS WHILE TOP DOCTORS AT THE WHITE HOUSE INSIST IT'S GOING TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER THERE ARE GLIMMERS OF HOPE IN WASHINGTON STATE SOCIAL DISTANCING APPEARS TO BE WORKING AS THE NUMBER OF NEW INFECTIONS SLOWS THE PRESIDENT IS ACTUALLY SAID SOCIAL DISTANCING COULD SAVE MORE THAN 1 MILLION LIVES

IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO GET SICK ONLY HAVE MILD SYMPTOMS BACK TO YOU GUYS >> THANK YOU >>> THE CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING FAST THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK WHICH NOW ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN 40% OF ALL DEATHS NATIONWIDE THIS IS PUSHING THE STATE'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO THE BRINK BUT MUCH NEEDED REENFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED TO EL H P BATTLE THIS INVISIBLE ENEMY >> Reporter: PHILLIP AND FRANCES, GOOD MORNING THIS IS A SURREAL SIGHT AN EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL BUILT RIGHT IN MANHATTAN'S CENTRAL PARK THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS HAVE BEEN THE BUSIEST EVER RECORDED BY EMS IN NEW YORK CITY AND NOW AUTHORITIES ARE SCRAMBLING TO BUILD UP THEIR HOSPITAL CAPACITY BEFORE THIS PANDEMIC PEAKS HERE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY GREETING THE US

NS COMFORT AS AWAITING CROWDS FAIL TO SOCIAL DISTANCE THEY DOCK IN NEW YORK HARBOR TO PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED RELIEF FOR THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES >> THEY'RE DESCRIBED AS WAR ZONES BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE >> THE RACE TO FIGHT THE CORONAVIRUS IN AND AROUND NEW YORK CITY, IT REACHED NEW HEIGHTS AS CHARITY WORKERS WORKED TO BUILD A FIELD HOSPITAL >> THERE ARE CRUCIAL VENTILATORS HERE AS WELL AS 68 HOSPITAL BEDS, A SMALL FRACTION OF THE AMOUNT AUTHORITIES SAY WILL BE NECESSARY THROUGHOUT THE CITY >> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP SUGGESTED AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING FOR TOO MANY PROTECTIVE MASKS >> SOMETHING IS GOING ON AND YOU OUGHT TO LOOK INTO IT AS REPORTERS WHERE ARE THE MASKS GOING? ARE THEY GOING OUT THE BACK DOOR >> Reporter: NEW YORK GOVERNOR RESPONDED >> IF HE WANTS TO MAKE AN ACCUSATION LET HIM MAKE AN ACCUSATION BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TRYING TO SAY BY INFERENCE

>> Reporter: THE LONG HOURS AND HIGH RISK ARE TAKING A TOLL >> I'M USED TO TUGGING HER, YOU KNOW, HOLDING HER HAND WHEN WE WALK DOWN THE STREET, PICKING UP MY SON >> Reporter: FOR ALEX, AN ER DOCTOR IN MANHATTAN, HIS SHIFT AT WORK IS NOT THE ONLY THING PAINFUL HE'S MOVED INTO AN AIRBNB TO PROTECT HIS FAMILY >> I STARTED CRYING BECAUSE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW HARD OF A DAY HE HAD MY INSTINCT WAS TO GO IN AND GIVE HIM A HUG AND COMFORT HIM AND WANT TO BE COMFORTED AND YOU CAN'T DO THAT >> Reporter: EIGHT RESIDENTS AT THIS NEW JERSEY NURSING HOME HAVE DIED

>> HE DIDN'T DESERVE THIS I MEAN, NOBODY DOES NOBODY >> Reporter: RAMON WAS 63 YEARS OLD HIS CHILDREN SAY HE DIED LAST WEEK FROM COVID-19 AT HEM ELMHURST HOSPITAL IN QUEENS >> DO YOU THINK IF THEY HAD MORE SUPPLIES YOUR FATHER MIGHT BE ALIVE? >> ABSOLUTELY YES

>> Reporter: FOR SO MANY FAMILY IT IS GROWING NUMBERS OF GOOD-BYES THAT NEVER HAPPENED THIS FUNERAL HOME IS OVERWHELMED AND ROBERT LUEGER IS SUFFERING THROUGH THE LOANIEST GRIEF IMAGI IMAGINABLE >> MY GRANDMOTHER DIED ALONE SHE DIED ALONE WE DIDN'T EVEN GET SO SAY BYE TO HER AND I UNDERSTAND THAT'S PART OF THE DEATH PROCESS, BUT SHE WAS THERE SHE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL SHE WAS FEET AWAY WE COULDN'T EVEN SEE HER WE COULDN'T TALK TO HER

>> Reporter: AND NEW YORK CITY HAS ALSO LOST ITS FIRST CHILD BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS AUTHORITIES WOULD NOT RELEASE HIS OR HER AGE BUT DID SAY THEY HAD AN UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITION LIKE THE VAST MAJORITY OF PATIENTS WHO DIE FROM COVID-19 GOVERNOR CUOMO IS NOW PLEADING FOR MEDICAL WORKERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO COME HELP >> ALL RIGHT THANK YOU >>> AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES EXPLODE IN THE UNITED STATES THE BATTLE TO CURB THIS PANDEMIC IS ENTERING A CRITICAL NEW PHASE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ALREADY EXTENDED SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES THROUGH APRIL, BUT HE IS STOPPING SHORT OF THE NATIONWIDE STAY AT HOME ORDER TRACIE POTTS JOINS US WITH THE LATEST FROM DC

GOOD MORNING >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING, FRANCES, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE AND THAT'S BECAUSE SOME AREAS AS YOU'VE CERTAINLY SEEN THERE IN THE NEW YORK AND THE TRISTATE AREA ARE WORSE THAN OTHERS SO THE PRESIDENT IS LETTING THE STATES TAKE THE LEAD HERE ON THESE STAY HOME ORDERS AND QUARANTINES, BUT HE DOES SAY THAT THE ENTIRE NATION NEEDS TO PULL TOGETHER AND FOCUS NOW NOT ON THE ECONOMY, HE SAYS THE ECONOMY IS NOW HIS NUMBER TWO FOCUS, BUT FOCUS ON ERADICATING THIS VIRUS THAT HAS NOW CLAIMED MORE THAN 3,000 LIVES IN THE UNITED STATES AND PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS IT'S UP TO EVERYONE TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN >> THIS IS OUR SHARED PATRIOTIC DUTY CHALLENGING TIMES ARE AHEAD FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS AND THIS IS A VERY VITAL 30 DAYS WE'RE SORT OF PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE >> THIS IS NOT ABSTRACT IT'S NOT THEORETICAL WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT POLICIES YOU HAVE TO MAKE THAT GOVERNMENT OPERATE AND IT HAS TO OPERATE IN A WAY IT NEVER DID YOU HAVE TO TAKE THOSE HOSPITALS AND MAKE THEM WORK TOGETHER IN A WAY THEY NEVER HAVE YOU HAVE TO PRODUCE THOSE SUPPLIES YOU HAVE TO FIND THOSE GOWNS, FIND THOSE MASKS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THOSE VENTILATORS >> A NUMBER OF CEOs, CORPORATE AMERICA NOW KICKING IN TO HELP WITH THE SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIES GENERAL ELECTRIC AND FORD ARE TEAMING UP THEY SAY THEY'LL MAKE 50,000 VAE VENTILATORS OVER THE NEXT 100 DAYS OTHER COMPANIES MAKING SHIELDS, FACE SHIELDS AND HOSPITAL GOWNS AND MAGSSKS TO CATCH UP WITH THE SHORTAGE THAT BEEAR SEEING IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY >> LET'S GET A CHECK OF THE WEATHER ON THIS LAST DAY OF MARCH

THE WEIRDEST MONTH THAT I THINK WE'VE EVER EXPERIENCED IN OUR LIFETIMES HERE JHANESSA WEBB, GOOD MORNING >> WE'RE STILL DEALING WITH SOME RAIN FOR THE NORTHEAST IF YOU'RE JUST WAKING UP YOU'RE SEEING A FEW FLAKES FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS THIS WILL PULL OUT OF THE AREA AND WE'RE GOING TO DEAL WITH KIND OF THE CLOUDS WILL BE IN PLACE THIS AFTERNOON NOW, THE LARGER WEATHER STORY IS THE DEEP SOUTH AND THE SOUTHEAST ONE MORE DAY OF THE SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL FOR NORTHERN FLORIDA ALL THE WAY TO SOUTHERN GEORGIA DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IS GOING TO BE THE MAIN THREAT COULD SEE A FEW POSSIBILITY OF A FEW TORNADOS RUNNING THROUGH THE AREA, BUT AFTER THIS SYSTEM PUSHES OFFSHORE WE ARE GOING TO SEE NICE CLEAR CONDITIONS

SO THE RAIN IS NOT GOING TO BE SIGNIFICANT WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO NOTICE IS THE WARMER AIR ACROSS HOUSTON ALL THE WAY INTO JACKSONVILLE THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY TODAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD SO ENJOY TODAY BECAUSE FLORIDA, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MORE SEASONABLE AIR BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON

IT'S A VERY STRONG COLD FRONT RUNNING THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST AND EVEN TODAY THE CLOUD COVERAGE WILL STILL BE IN PLACE IN THE OHIO VALLEY AND THEN AFTER THE STORM SYSTEM PUSHES OUT, CALM >> W >> WE'VE HAD A SUBSTANTIAL ADDITION OF TESTING WITH THE ADDED POINT OF CARE TEST >> PRESIDENT TRUMP THERE WITH THE NEW FDA APPROVED CORONAVIRUS TEST KIT THAT COULD GIVE PATIENTS RESULTS IN JUST FIVE TO 15 MINUTES NBC NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT GIVES US AN IDEA OF HOW SOON THE TESTS WILL BE AVAILABLE >> THIS NEW TEST IS GOING TO BE ROLLED OUT IN DETROIT THIS WEEK TO BE USED FOR FRONT LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE THE TESTS WE'VE BEEN USING TAKES ANYWHERE FROM HOURS TO SEVERAL DAYS THIS NEW TEST IS PORTABLE AND DELIVERS RESULTS ON THE SPOT IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES IN ADDITION TO QUICKLY TESTING HEALTH CARE WORKERS THIS WILL BE CRITICAL FOR AIRPORTS, DRIVE THROUGHS AND EVEN JAILS BECAUSE ONCE A PERSON TESTS POZ TOUGH THEY'LL GO INTO ISOLATION IMMEDIATELY THEY PLA >>> DON'T FORGET YOU CAN GET THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS NEWS ANY TIME ON OUR LIVE BLOG >>> STOCKS HAD A BIG REBOUND ON MONDAY KICKING OFF THE WEEK DEEP IN THE GREEN, BUT WITH SOME BIG LAYOFFS AND THE MARCH JOBS REPORT LOOM, WHAT'S AHEAD FOR TODAY? HI, KAREN, GOOD MORNING >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING TO YOU

LOOK AT A CHOPPY ACTION AGAIN IN THOSE US FUTURES THERE WAS A LEAD THAT WE SAW EARLY OUT OF THE ASIA SESSION INVESTORS MIGHT BE SEEING A LITTLE BIT OF RED INK AT THE START INVESTORS CLOSELY LOOKING AT THE CHINA ACTION TODAY WHERE YOU SAW A REBOUND IN ACTIVITY

THAT SAID SOME OF THE INTERNATIONAL LOCKDOWNS IMPACTING THE STORY SOME OF THE BIG CAP STOCKS MOVING, J AND J FOR INSTANCE AS IT TALKS ABOUT TRYING A VACCINE FOR CORONAVIRUS BY SEPTEMBER BUT THE ECONOMIC WORRIES ARE NOT BEHIND THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE SCALE JOB LOSSES, THEY'VE TALLIED UP ABOUT 47 MILLION JOBS THAT WOULD EQUATE TO A 32% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SO THAT IS WELL BEYOND WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN HISTORY EVEN IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WELL OFF THE LOWS BELOW 4% ON THAT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SO MANY INVESTORS WONDERING HOW BAD THE ECONOMY COULD GET AT LEAST IN THE SHORT TERM BACK TO YOU, PHILL >>> WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THIS CURVE AND I PROMISE YOU ONE DAY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME BETTER NEWS BUT JUST YESTERDAY NEW YORK TO NEW JERSEY, NEW CASES NEAR 10,000 AND WE'RE SEEING THE FLUCTUATION IN OUR STATES NOW, CALIFORNIA SITTING AT 3, ANOTHER THOUSAND CASES IN THAT AREA WE'LL CONTINUE TO WATCH FOR CONSISTENCY HOPEFULLY BUT EVEN FLORIDA PLUS 754 NEW CASES >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH MY DAUGHTERS DID IT BY THE WAY >> BEAUTIFUL THIS WILL BE THE GRAPHIC AT THE BOTTOM OF — >> PERFECT >> I LOVE IT WE'RE BOTH LOOKING DAPPER THIS IS HOW I AM 24/7

>> I GUARANTEE YOU THAT THE BOTTOM HALF OF WHAT YOU HAVE ON DOES NOT MATCH THE TOP >> THE FIRST INTERVIEW FROM JOHN KRASINSKI'S NEW YOUTUBE SERIES CALLED SOME GOOD NEWS THEY TALKED ABOUT THE 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR HIT SHOW BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING SPREADING GOOD NEWS RIGHT NOW WHERE WE COULD ALL USE AS MUCH OF IT AS WE CAN GET >> IT WAS SOME OF THE — PROBABLY THE BEST THING I SAW YESTERDAY ABOUT 15 MINUTES LONG IT'S ON YOUTUBE ALL OVER THE PLACE YOU CAN CATCH IT IT'S PRETTY GOOD >> JUST SIX DAYS AFTER POSTPONING THE 2020 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES IOC OFFICIALS HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE JULY 23rd, 2021 IT'S A TARGET DATE NOT ONLY FOR THE ATHLETES BUT FOR SPORTS FANS AROUND THE WORLD LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE JAY GRAY HAS THE DETAILS

>> Reporter: THE STADIUMS AND ARENAS ARE EVERYBODY P– EMPTY BUT THE GAMES WILL BEGIN IN JULY OF 2021 >> IT'S REALLY MOTIVATING TO HAVE THAT LONG-TERM GOAL THAT'S DEFINITELY KEPT THE FLAME LIT FOR MY TRAINING BUT NOW OF COURSE WE JUST NEED THAT YEAR AND IT WILL BE ANOTHER YEAR OF CHASING THAT DREAM >> WITH MOST AREAS LOCKED DOWN THE VIRUS STILL SPREADING THE CHALLENGE IS HOW AND WHEN QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE >> IT'S GETTING A PLAN IN PLACE, WORKING ON THAT, ADJUSTING IT AND THEN REALLY INVESTING IN IT AND GOING AT IT 100% >> ATHLETES WHO HAVE ALREADY QUALIFIED WILL KEEP THEIR SPOT ON THE US TEAM ANOTHER CHANGE AS A RESULT OF THE DELAY, THERE WILL BE JUST 180 DAYS BETWEEN OPENING CEREMONIES FOR THE SUMMER AND WINTER GAMES >> ABOUT AS BUSY AS SEVEN MONTHS AS WE'LL EVER SEE IN OUR OLYMPIC LIFETIMES

>> Reporter: COMPETITIONS THAT CAN ONLY TAKE PLACE AFTER REACHING THE FINISH LINE IN THE ONGOING LIFE OR DEATH RACE AGAINST THE OUTBREAK JAY GRAY, NBC NEWS >> CANNOT WAIT UNTIL SPORTS COME BACK AN EXPLOSION OF SPORTS >> JUST FOR LIFE TO COME BACK AS WE KNEW IT >>> AFTER A FOUR-YEAR-OLD'S BIRTHDAY PARTY WAS CANCELLED THEY PRESENTED HIM WITH A DRIVE THROUGH PARTY HE WAS ABLE TO SNAG US FROM DAY ONE WE HAVE BEEN PLAYING CATCHUP FROM DAY ONE YOU NEVER WIN PLAYING CATCHUP GET AHEAD OF THE PROBLEM >> AS THE CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS SKYROCKET ACROSS NEW YORK, SOME RELIEF IS IN SIGHT AS THE US

NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP COMFORT WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING NON-COVID-19 PATIENTS THIS MORNING >> GENERAL ELECTRIC, FORD, GM, AND A HANDFUL OF OTHER COMPANIES STEPPING UP TO MANUFACTURE DESPERATELY-NEEDED VENTILATORS >> CALLING ALL DOCTORS AND NURSES A SHORTAGE AND NEED FOR MORE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO COVER THE SURGING NUMBER OF PATIENTS AND TO GIVE SOME RELIEF TO THOSE IN THE WAR >> PLUS, WHAT'S OLD IS NEW AGAIN, AS TELEPHONE CALLS ARE BACK, ALONG WITH MUCH MORE IN THIS SMARTPHONE WORLD OF PHYSICAL SEPARATION >> IT'S TUESDAY

"EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> GOOD MORNING, I'M PHILLIP MENA >> I'M FRANCES RIVERA ON THIS LAST DAY OF MARCH, THE COUNTRY GRAP LPLES TO CONTAIN T PANDEMIC ROUGHLY THREE OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS ARE UNDER ORDERS TO STAY HOME OR WILL BE AS STATES CONTINUE CRACKING DOWN HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AT THIS HOUR AS STRAES STRUGGLE WITH GROWING CLUSTERS OF CORONAVIRUS, OVER 3,000 AMERICANS HAVE NOW DIED FROM THIS MONDAY MARKED THE DEADLIEST DAY YET WITH AT LEAST 540 FATALITIES WHILE THE COUNTRY NOW HAS OVER 163,000 CONFIRMED CASES

>> FOR AMERICANS WONDERING ABOUT THOSE STIMULUS CHECKS, THE IRS SAYS PAYMENTS WILL BEGIN IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS THEY WILL BE HANDED OUT BASED ON TAXES FROM 2019 OR 2018 AND FOR SENIORS WHO DON'T FILE, THEY'LL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A TAX RETURN TO RECEIVE PAYMENT AND SHOULD WE BE WEARING MASKS OUTSIDE? A SOURCE TELLS T"THE WASHINGTON POST" PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ASKED IF EVERYONE SHOULD WEAR NONMEDICAL MASKS AND THE PRESIDENT SAID IT WAS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THEY COULD DISCUSS >> ESSENCE FEST MAY BE CANCELLED THIS YEAR BUT THE MAGAZINE IS KICKING OFF A MAJOR VIRTUAL SUMMIT TODAY IT WILL FEATURE PANELISTS AND HEALTH AND WELLNESS TIPS YOU CAN REGISTER AT ESSENCECOM

NATIONAL TREASURE DOLLY PARTON IS HERE TO HELP US COPE WITH HER NEW READING SERIES "GOOD NIGHT WITH DOLLY" LAUNCHES ON HER YOUTUBE PAGE NEW EPISODES AIR EVERY WEEK >> RESIDENTS OF THE NATION'S CAPITAL COULD BE ARRESTED IF THEY VIOLATE STAY AT HOME ORDERS DC MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER SAID CITY RESIDENTS COULD BE SLAPPED WITH A $5,000 FINE OR EVEN THROWN IN JAIL FOR 90 DAYS EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE FOR GROCERY SHOPPING AND ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES

STOCKER FOR JOHNSON AND JOHNSON AFTER THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINE WOULD BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER >> A FLORIDA MEGA CHURCH PASTOR WHO DEEMED HIS SERVICES ESSENTIAL BUSINESS WAS ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING ISOLATION RULES THIS, AFTER HUNDREDS PACKED THE RIVER AT TAMPA BAY CHURCH FOR SUNDAY SERVICES RODNEY HOWARD BROWN FACES UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY CHARGES SOME BRAZEN THIEVES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SHUTDOWN TO STEAL A FAMOUS PIECE OF FINE ART

A VANGOH STEALING WAS STOLEN DURING A SMASH AND GRAB AT A MUSEUM IN AMSTERDAM THE VALUE OF THE PIECE IS NOT KNOWN BUT HIS PAINTINGS FETCH MILLIONS AT AUCTIONS >> TOP US HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE COME OUT WITH A GRIM ASSESSMENT, SAYING THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS 100,000 TO 200,000 DEATHS IN THE U

S, AND THAT'S IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL NBC'S ALICE BARR HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON >> THE DEVASTATING TOLL OF THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS IS BEGINNING TO SINK IN AS TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS PREDICT A STAGGERING NUMBER OF AMERICANS ARE LIKELY TO DIE >> IF WE DO THINGS TOGETHER, WELL, ALMOST PERFECTLY, WE COULD GET IN THE RANGE OF 100,000 TO 200,000 FATALITIES >> SOCIAL DISTANCING REMAINS OUR BEST WEAPON

BUT EXPERTS SAY TOO MANY AMERICANS ARE REFUSING TO FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE TO STAY APART STILL GATHERING IN GROUPS WHERE THE DISEASE CAN QUICKLY SPREAD PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW EXTENDING THOSE DISTANCING GUIDELINES THROUGH THE END OF APRIL BACKING OFF HIS EARLIER GOAL TO REOPEN MUCH OF THE COUNTRY BY EASTER >> THE MORE WE COMMIT OURSELVES NOW, THE SOONER WE CAN WIN THE FIGHT >> IN NEW YORK, THE US EPICENTER, CREWS SETTING UP A FIELD HOSPITAL IN CENTRAL PARK AS A MASSIVE NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP DOCKS TO RELIEVE PRESSURE ON THE CITY'S OVERWHELMED HOSPITAL SYSTEM

>> WHAT YOU SEE US GOING THROUGH HERE, YOU WILL SEE HAPPENING ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY >> DETROIT, NEW ORLEANS, AND CHICAGO HAVE NOW ALL BEEN DECLARED CORONAVIRUS HOTSPOTS AND AS THE VIRUS SPREADS, SO DOES THE URGENT NEED FOR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING FORD AND GENERAL ELECTRIC WILL START MAKING 50,000 VENTILATORS WITHIN THE NEXT 100 DAYS WHILE AN OHIO COMPANY WILL BEGIN STERILIZING HUGE NUMBERS OF MASKS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS TO SAFELY REUSE

>> 120,000 MASKS PER DAY IT'LL BE JUST LIKE A NEW ONE IT COULD GO UP TO ABOUT 20 TIMES FOR EACH MASK >> THE PRESIDENT ALSO ANNOUNCING THE US HAS NOW TESTED A MILLION PEOPLE FOR THE VIRUS WHILE TOUTING A NEWPORT, PORTABE TEST THAT GIVES RESULTS WITHIN 15 MINUTES ANOTHER TOOL IN THE ARMS RACE AS SCIENTISTS SEARCH FOR TREATMENTS AND VACCINES IN WASHINGTON, ALICE BARR, NBC NEWS >> AND THE AMERICAN MANUFACTURING ENGINE IS ROARING TO LIFE THIS MORNING TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS FORD IS JOINING GM IN THE RACE TO PRODUCE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VENTILATORS FOR HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

MEANWHILE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SHYING AWAY FROM A NATIONWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER NBC'S GEOFF BENNETT HAS MORE >> JUST DAYS AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERED GENERAL MOTORS TO MAKE VENTILATORS, UNDER THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT, FORD MOTOR ANNOUNCING IT'S TEAMING UP WITH GE HEALTHCARE TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS IN THE NEXT 100 DAYS TRANSFORMING A FACTORY IN MICHIGAN TO HELP MEET DEMAND OF HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY BUT AS CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE US CONTINUE TO CLIMB, PRESIDENT TRUMP, DURING A CONFERENCE CALL WITH GOVERNORS, DOWNPLAYED THE PROBLEMS POSED BY A PERSISTENT LACK OF CORONAVIRUS TEST KITS TWO SOURCES FAMILIAR TELL NBC NEWS IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS FOR MORE TESTING KITS, THE PRESIDENT RESPONDED BY SAYING HE HASN'T HEARD ABOUT TESTING IN WEEKS IT ALL COMES A DAY AFTER THE PRESIDENT ACCEPTED THE ADVICE FROM HIS TOP MEDICAL EXPERTS TO EXTEND THE NATION'S SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES THROUGH THE END OF APRIL DR ANTHONY FAUCI SAYS HE AND DR

DEBORAH BIRX PRESENTED THE PRESIDENT WITH ALARMING NEW PROJECTIONS THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS MAY CONTRACT THE VIRUS >> WE SHOWED HIM THE DATA HE LOOKED AT THE DATA AND HE GOT IT RIGHT AWAY IT WAS A PRETTY CLEAR PICTURE WE ARGUED STRONGLY WITH THE PRESIDENT THAT HE NOT WITHDRAWAL THOSE GUIDELINES AFTER 15 DAYS BUT THAT HE EXTEND THEM

AND HE DID LISTEN >> IT'S A STARK SHIFT FOR THE PRESIDENT WHO, LAST WEEK, COMPLAINED ABOUT THE ECONOMIC PAIN CAUSED BY TIGHT RESTRICTIONS, MEANT TO SLOW THE SPREAD TWEETING WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF AND PUSHED TO REOPEN THE COUNTRY WITHIN WEEKS >> I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE COUNTRY OPENED UP AND JUST RARING TO GO BY EASTER >> THE PRESIDENT NOW SAYS EASTER IS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN THE US

TO PEAK >> PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW EYEING ANOTHER NEW DATE ON THE CALENDAR JUNE 1st IS WHEN HE PREDICTS THE COUNTRY WILL BE ON ITS WAY TO RECOVERY THE PRESIDENT ALSO SAID IT'S UNLIKELY HE WILL ISSUE A NATIONAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER HE SAYS HE IS LEAVING IT UP TO GOVERNORS TO DECIDE, IN EACH STATE FRANCES >> ALL RIGHT GEOFF, THANKS FOR THE UPDATE

>> WITH THE CORONAVIRUS FORCING HOME ISOLATIONS, MORE AMERICANS ARE TURNING TO ONLINE GROCERY SHOPPING NO-CONTACT DELIVERIES ARE QUICKLY BECOMING OUR NEW NORMAL BUT SOME WORKERS AT AN AMAZON WAREHOUSE AND INSTA CART WALKED OFF THE JOB MONDAY CITING GROWING CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY AND PAY >> AS MORE AMERICANS STAY HOME AND DEPEND ON DELIVERIES, WORKERS IN WAREHOUSES, GROCERY STORES, AND ON THE ROAD ARE DEMANDING MORE PROTECTIONS >> UNTIL THEY MEET THE DEMANDS OF MYSELF AND ALL OF THE WORKERS WE'RE TRYING TO PROTECT UPWARDS OF 200,000 OF THEM I DON'T NEED INSTACART AT THIS POINT >> AN APP THAT ALLOWS CUSTOMERS TO ORDER GROCERIES FROM HOME WENT ON STRIKE REFUSING TO SHOP AND MAKE DELIVERIES THEY SAY THE SILICON VALLEY COMPANY IS FAILING TO PROVIDE THEM WITH PROPER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT OR HAZARD PAY TO OFFSET THE ELEVATED HEALTH RISK TO THEMSELVES AND THEIR CUSTOMERS

>> SO MANY PEOPLE STILL IN THE STORES AND NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING >> INSTACART RESPONDING SAYING, IN ADDITION TO ROLLING OUT BONUSES LAST WEEK, IT'S NOW INTRODUCED NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES AND HAS SOURCED, MANUFACTURED, AND DISTRIBUTING OUR OWN HAND SANITIZER ALSO SAYS AS IT RELATES TO TODAY'S ACTION, WE HAVE SEEN ABSOLUTELY NO IMPACT TO INSTACART'S OPERATIONS AT THE SAME TIME, SOME WORKERS AT THIS AMAZON WAREHOUSE ON NEW YORK'S STATEN ISLAND WALKED OFF THE JOB AFTER AN EMPLOYEE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SOME EMPLOYEES WANT THE WAREHOUSE SHUT DOWN >> WE DO NOT FEEL SAFE IN THIS BUILDING >> THESE AMAZON WORKERS ALSO SAY THEY DON'T HAVE THE NECESSARY PROTECTIVE GEAR

>> WE'RE VERY LOW ON MASKS WE'RE LIMITED TO MASKS WE — WE DON'T HAVE THE PROPER GLOVES >> AMAZON HAS RESPONDED CALLING THE ACCUSATIONS UNFOUNDED ADDING, WE HAVE TAKEN EXTREME MEASURES TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE TRIPLING DOWN ON DEEP CLEANLING, PROCURING SAFETY SUPPLIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE, AND CHANGING PROCESSES TO ENSURE THOSE IN OUR BUILDINGS ARE KEEPING SAFE DISTANCES >> THANKS TO JOLENE KENT FOR THAT REPORT >> GLOBAL CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS CONTINUE TO SURGE

THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 786,000 INFECTIONS WORLDWIDE THE UNITED STATES CURRENTLY HAS THE MOST CASES BUT THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS IN HAND IN HARD-HIT EUROPE, POLLUTION HAS DECREASED AND ITALY IS REPORTING A SMALLER NUMBER OF NEW INFECTIONS, WHICH COULD BE A SIGN THAT THE COUNTRY IS FLATTENING THE CURVE MEANWHILE, SPAIN JUST HIT A NEW MILESTONE, SURPASSING CHINA IN CASES AND FRANCE HAS SEEN AN UPTICK IN ITS NUMBER OF DEATHS FOR THE LATEST ON THE GLOBAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19, WE TURN TO CHAPMAN BELL LIVE IN LONDON CHAPMAN, GOOD MORNING >> MORNING, FRANCES HERE IN THE UK, THE COUNTRY'S CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR HAS SAID THERE ARE EARLY SIGNS THAT THINGS LIKE SOCIAL DISTANCING, WORKING FROM HOME LIKE I'M DOING HERE, ARE HAVING AN IMPACT THAT CASES AREN'T GROWING AS FAST AS THEY FIRST FEARED

THAT THESE THINGS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE THOUGH, A HEALTH OFFICIAL HAS SAID IT COULD BE UP TO SIX MONTHS BEFORE LIFE GETS BACK TO NORMAL HERE IN THE UK BUT AS YOU MENTIONED, ITALY CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC THOUGH, THE COUNTRY NOW HAS MORE THAN 100,000 TOTAL CASES, JOINING THE US AS THE ONLY OTHER COUNTRY IN THAT BRACKET, NEW INFECTIONS HAVE SLOWED THEY ARE HOPING THAT THIS IS DUE TO THEIR SOCIAL-DISTANCING MEASURES THEY'VE HAD IN PLACE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS

THEY HAVE NOW EXTENDED THESE RESTRICTIONS THROUGH EASTER EVEN IN HOPES THAT THIS WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE AN IMPACT THIS COUNTRY, THOUGH, OF COURSE HAS MORE THAN 11,000 DEAD THE HIGHEST MORTALITY RATE IN EUROPE AND AROUND THE WORLD, REALLY FRANCE DEATHS HAVE INCREASED BY THE MOST IN ONE DAY THAT COUNTRY HAS RESORTED TO SENDING PEOPLE TO GERMANY FOR TREATMENT BY HELICOPTER AND AS YOU MENTIONED, SPAIN HAS JOINED THE U

S AND ITALY IN OVERTAKING CHINA IN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES THAT COUNTRY NOW HAS MORE THAN 85,000 TOTAL CASES ALSO, IN ISRAEL, PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, THOUGH HE'S TESTED NEGATIVE FOR THE VIRUS, IS IN SELF-ISOLATION AFTER COMING INTO CONTACT WITH AN AIDE WHO DID TEST POSITIVE FOR THE INFECTION AND THERE ARE WORRIES THAT ACROSS THE WORLD, COUNTRIES, DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, THAT THIS COULD HAVE A HUGE IMPACT AND WE SEE THE VIRUS SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD FRANCES >> CERTAINLY, TOUGH NUMBERS TO HEAR CHAPMAN, THANK YOU

>> WELL, SOME VILLAGERS IN INDIA HAVE A UNIQUE WAY OF SELF-ISOLATING AMID THE PANDEMIC THEY'RE IN TREETOPS THEY ARE UP THERE THE VILLAGERS DON'T HAVE SEPARATE ROOMS FOR ISOLATION IN THEIR HOMES SO THEY TURNED OBSERVATION PLATFORMS THAT WERE ALREADY IN THE TREES, INTO MAKESHIFT TENTS INDIA HAS REPORTED 979 CASES, INCLUDING 25 DEATHS >> LET'S GET A CHECK OF YOUR DAY AHEAD WITH NBC METEOROLOGIST JANESSA WEBB HOW WE LOOKING THIS MORNING? >> LET'S FINISH UP THIS MONTH, PLEASE

>> PLEASE >> AS WE GO INTO APRIL, WE ARE GOING TO START TO SEE KIND OF A CALMER WEATHER PATTERN RIGHT NOW, THIS MORNING, WE ARE SEEING SOME ISOLATED SNOW FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATION BUT WE'RE ALSO WATCHING OUR NEXT STORM SYSTEM THAT'S MAKING ITS WAY ACROSS THE DEEP SOUTH ONCE AGAIN, TODAY WILL BE ANOTHER SEVERE WEATHER DAY FOR THE SOUTHEAST WHAT WE ARE GOING TO SEE DAMAGING WINDS, ALSO THE HAIL COULD BE LARGE AT TIME WATCHING THE POSSIBILITY OF A FEW TORNADOS THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY OF THE DAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD >> SO TEMPERATURES HERE GOING TO START TO COOL DOWN ACROSS THE SOUTH

THE CLOUDS, THEY REMAIN IN PLACE ACROSS OHIO VALLEY INTO THE NORTHEAST HIGHER ELEVATION COULD SEE A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW SO AFTER WE SEE THIS MOVE OFFSHORE, CALM CONDITIONS GOING INTO APRIL THAT'S NOT AN APRIL FOOLS >> THAT'S GREAT BECAUSE WE NEED ALL THE CALM WE CAN GET THESE DAYS THANK YOU, JANESSA >> 4-YEAR-OLD IN OMAHA GOT A SPECIAL DRIVE-THROUGH BIRTHDAY AFTER HIS PARTY WAS CANCELLED BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS HE GOT HIS TRUSTY BATMAN CAPE ON, AND HE GOT TO HEAR FRIENDS AND FAMILY SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM THE SAFE DISTANCE OF THEIR CARS HE EVEN SNAGGED A FE >>> TODAY IS NATIONAL DOCTOR'S DAY, AND WE WANT TO THANK THOSE BRAVE DOCTORS AT THE FRONT LINES, FIGHTING THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC >> THANK A DOCTOR TODAY BY STAYING HOME, IF YOU CAN WE ALL CAN FIGHT THIS PANDEMIC TOGETHER >> AND LET'S ALL DO OUR PART AND THANK THESE DOCTORS BY STAYING HOME AND STAYING SAFE

LOTS OF LOVE >> THE GRAYS ANATOMY CAST TOOK TIME TO — THEY SAY IF YOU WANT TO THANK A DOCTOR, STAY AT HOME >> IT'S GOOD ADVICE THERE MORE NOW ON THE EPICENTER OF THE DEADLY CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN THE US

WITH NEW YORK STATE'S DEATH TOLL NOW TOPPING 1,200, WITH MORE THAN 67,000 CASES, DOCTORS AND NURSES THERE ARE STRUGGLING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE VIRUS NBC NEWS NOW SPOKE TO SEVERAL OF THEM IN NEW YORK CITY >> WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS A TREMENDOUS SHIFT IT'S — WE SEE A TIDAL WAVE COMING AT US AND WE'RE — WE'RE SCRAMBLING TO TRY TO PREPARE FOR IT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE >> THE RATE OF PATIENTS WHO CANNOT BREATHE IS OVERWHELMING YOU SEE THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN YOU'RE INTUBATING TWO PATIENTS IN AN HOUR THIS IS NOT WHAT WE DO IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE, EVEN IN THE BUSIEST OF ERs >> HERE, IN NEW YORK CITY, CORONAVIRUS HAS LARGELY TAKEN OVER A LOT OF WHAT WE DO ON A DAILY BASIS IT'S IMPACTING OUR STAFF >> WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF NURSES GETTING SICK, INCREDIBLY SICK

>> WE ARE SEEING SCORES OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN MY OWN DEPARTMENT, YOU KNOW, GET INFECTED AND THAT'S TRUE EVERYWHERE >> I KNOW WE'VE ALL HEARD OF THE NURSE THAT PASSED AWAY RECENTLY FROM THE COVID VIRUS I'M AWARE OF ANOTHER 40-YEAR-OLD, OTHERWISE HEALTHY MALE NURSE, WHO WAS IN AN ICU AND INTUBATED WE DON'T FEEL SAFE >> YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE REST OF THIS REPOR >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH MY DAUGHTERS DID IT, BY THE WAY >> BEAUTIFUL THIS WILL BE THE GRAPHIC AT THE BOTTOM OF — OF — >> PERFECT I LOVE IT

>> WE'RE BOTH LOOKING DAPPER THIS IS HOW I AM 24/7 >> I GUARANTEE YOU THAT THE BOTTOM HALF OF WHAT YOU HAVE ON DOES NOT MATCH THE TOP >> HE'S WEARING SHORTS AND SNEAKERS UNDER THAT THE MINI OFFICE REUNION WAS THE FIRST INTERVIEW FROM THE NEW YOUTUBE SERIES GOOD NEWS, STEVE CARRELL AND SPOKE ABOUT THE — >> I WATCHED THAT IT'S ABOUT 15 MINUTES LONG IT'S >>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THIS CURVE BUT THE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO BE DAUNTING ACROSS NEW YORK, WE HAD OVER 6,000 NEW CASES AND WE ARE SEEING THE FLUCTUATION OF STATES

NOW, CALIFORNIA SITTING AT NUMBER THREE A THOUSAND NEW CASES >>> MORE THAN 200 MILLION AMERICANS ARE BEING ASKED TO STAY AT HOME BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE COMPLETELY ISOLATED PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED AND SOME ARE EVEN RETURNING TO SOME TRIED AND TRUE METHODS, LIKE PHONE CALLS REMEMBER THEM? EVEN LETTER WRITING HERE'S NBC'S JOE FRYER >> THESE DAYS, CONNECTION AND COMMUNITY COME IN UNEXPECTED FORMS

FROM VIRTUAL HAPPY HOURS >> MINE'S QUARANTINY BECAUSE IT'S WATER >> TO BRUNCHES AND DINNER PARTIES NOW HAPPENING REMOTELY >> THANK GOD FOR ALL OF OUR DEVICES AND OUR FACE TIMES AND DUOS AND ZOOMS AND EVERYTHING WE'RE USING BECAUSE IT DOES NOT FEEL SO AWFUL YOU STILL FEEL CONNECTED

>> NASA ASTRONAUT NICK HAGUE SAID SOME OF THE TOOLS HE USED IN SPACE CAN HELP US TRAPPED IN OUR PERSONAL CAPSULES HERE ON EARTH >> WHEN I WAS IN OR BBIT, I WOUD DO CROSS WORD PUZZLES WITH MY BOYS ON VIDEO CHAT AND JUST BEING ABLE TO CONNECT THAT WAY WAS SUCH A HUGE EMOTIONAL BOOST >> ZOOM MEETINGS HAVE EXPLODED IN POPULARITY OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS IT'S NOW THE NUMBER ONE FREE APP FOR iPHONE AND ANDROID BUT NOT EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO THE INTERNET OR FEELS COMFORTABLE USING IT >> HI, GRANDMA

>> HELLO THE PHONE CALL IS BACK VERIZON SAYS ITS PHONE TRAFFIC HAS GONE WAY UP EACH WEEKDAY, NEARLY 800 MILLION CALLS ARE BEING MADE TWICE THE VOLUME OF MOTHER'S DAY AND PEOPLE ARE STAYING ON LONGER, TOO 33% >> RIGHT NOW, ONE OF THE MOST KIND THINGS WE COULD DO IS PICK UP THE PHONE TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR SMILING FACE SEND IT TO THAT PERSON WHO WE KNOW IS ALONE OR SCARED RIGHT NOW

>> FOR SOME SPECIAL OCCASIONS, THERE ARE DRIVE-BY BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR OTHERS, SIGN LANGUAGE >> GRANDMA, LOOK AT THE SIGN >> IT'S A BOY I JUST HAD A FEELING >> AND FOR SOMETHING THAT LASTS EVEN LONGER, OLD-FASHIONED LETTERS ARE MAKING A BIT OF A COMEBACK SAYS ARKANSAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MICHELLE WELLS >> NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE MY AGE REALLY DO IT BUT I REALLY ENJOY IT

>> IF THERE'S NO TIME FOR THAT, A SHORT TEXT CAN SAY SO MUCH EXPERTS SAY EVEN THE LITTLE PINGS MATTER JUST CHECKING IN REGULARLY WITH SOMEONE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE JOE FRYER, NBC NEWS, LOS ANGELES >> A ALL PART OF OUR DAILY LIVES I THINK MY FAVORITE SOCIAL INTERACTION ARE CURBSIDE CHEERS PEOPLE COMING OUT ON THEIR CURBS TO SIX FEET APART AND CHEERSING FOR HAPPY HOUR >> STAYING CONNECTED IN NEW WAYS

>> THE FAMOUS LIGHTS AT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING HONORED EMERGENCY WORKERS OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC OVERNIGHT THE BUILDING BEAMED IN RED AND WHITE LIGHTS JUST AFTER 9:00 PM WITH A PULSATING LIGHT MEANT TO MIMIC AN EMERGENCY SIREN >> GIVEN THE ORIGIN OF THE VIRUS, I THINK A BAT SIGNAL WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE BUT, YOU KNOW, >>> I THINK EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS, NOW, THAT YOU CAN GO FROM 5 TO 50 TO 500 TO 5,000 CASES VERY QUICKLY WE SEE THIS IN MANY METROPOLITAN AREAS WE'RE VERY WORRIED ABOUT EVERY CITY IN THE UNITED STATES

AND THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS VIRUS TO GET OUT OF CONTROL >> THE FAST-MOVING VIRUS HAS MORE STREETS DESERTED AS POSITIVE CASES SURGE IN NEW YORK AND BEYOND WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE IT'S GROWING >> HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FINANCIAL WEALTH ON THIS LAST DAY OF THE MONTH WHEN MILLIONS GOT TO PAY THEIR BILLS BUT NEVER BEFORE HAVE SO MANY AMERICANS BEEN FORCED OUT OF WORK, AND WITHOUT A PAYCHECK >> PLUS, THE RACE TO FIND AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS AND THE FDA'S MAJOR MOVE TOWARD AN EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY

"EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> GOOD MORNING, I'M PHILLIP MENA >> AND I'M FRANCES RIVERA IT IS THE LAST DAY OF MARCH, AS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CONTINUE TO LIVE UNDER VIRTUAL LOCKDOWNS, MANY ARE JUST STARTING TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST ACCORDING TO PROJECTIONS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE, A RESPONSE THAT WORKS ALMOST PERFECTLY WOULD STILL LEAD TO AN OUTCOME OF 100 TO 200,000 DEATHS THE US

NAVAL HOSPITAL SHIP COMFORT PULLED INTO PORT IN NEW YORK, WHERE THE DEATH TOLL EXCEEDED 1,000 THE GOVERNOR SAYS AN ADDITIONAL 1 MILLION HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE NEEDED TO TACKLE THE CRISIS MEANWHILE, NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN SAYS THAT SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE PRESUMED CORONAVIRUS INFECTION SHE BEGAN FEELING ILL ON SUNDAY ON FRIDAY, SHE WAS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR DURING THE STIMULUS BILL DEBATE, WHERE SHE SPOKE WITH SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI AND OTHER LAWMAKERS >> THE NEED FOR FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR AMERICANS IS BECOMING EVEN MORE URGENT

KOHL'S HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL FURLOUGH ABOUT 85,000 EMPLOYEES AND MACY'S SAYS MOST OF ITS WORKERS WILL GO ON FURLOUGH STARTING THIS WEEK ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST LOUIS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE COU QUARTER THAT WOULD EASILY TOP THE 25% JOBLESS RATE DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION >> THERE ARE ALSO GROWING CONCERNS THIS MORNING ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR MOST-VULNERABLE POPULATIONS ACCORDING TO THE CDC, MORE THAN 400 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES NATIONWIDE HAVE RESIDENTS WHO WERE INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS THAT IS AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 170% OVER JUST ONE WEEK

MEANWHILE, THE PENTAGON ANNOUNCED THAT A NEW JERSEY NATIONAL GUARDSMAN DIED OF COVID-19 COMPLICATIONS THIS MARKS THE FIRST CORONAVIRUS DEATH OF A US SERVICE MEMBER NEW JERSEY'S GOVERNOR IDENTIFIED THE MAN AS A A PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT >> FORD AND GE ARE HELPING TO REINFORCE THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT THE COMPANIES SAY THEY PLAN TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS WITHIN THE NEXT 100 DAYS THEY EXPECT TO HAVE 1,500 READY BY THE END OF APRIL

AND BROOKS BROTHERS IS DITCHING SHIRTS AND TIES FOR MASKS AND GOWNS THEIR FACTORIES ARE BEING CONVERTED TO PRODUCE PROTECTIVE GEAR FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS THEY HOPE TO MAKE 150,000 MASKS A DAY >> NEW NUMBERS ANNOUNCED BY THE WHITE HOUSE PAINT A GRIM PICTURE OF JUST HOW MANY AMERICANS COULD LOSE THEIR LIVES TO THE VIRUS WITH IT NOW IMPACTING EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY, NBC'S SUSAN McGUINNESS HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON

>> NEW YORK'S ICONIC CENTRAL PARK, THE SITE OF A MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL FOR CROW ORONAVIRUS PATIENTS NEARBY, THE US NAVY SHIP COMFORT, A FLOATING HOSPITAL READY TO RECEIVE PATIENTS SIMILAR SCENES UNFOLDING NATIONWIDE CITIES RACING TO PREPARE, BRACING FOR AN ONSLAUGHT OF CASES >> CHALLENGING TIMES ARE AHEAD FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS

>> THE PRESIDENT, WITH A NOTICEABLE CHANGE OF TONE, AFTER HEALTH ADVISERS PAINTED A GRIM BEST-CASE SCENARIO 1 TO 200,000 AMERICANS LOSING THEIR LIVES WITH THE BIGGEST CITIES AND SMALLEST TOWNS IN AMERICA EQUALLY AT RISK >> AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE STATES TOGETHER, ALL OF THEM ARE MOVING IN EXACTLY THE SAME CURVE >> THE PRESIDENT, AFTER ONLY LAST WEEK SUGGESTING THE COUNTRY COULD REOPEN BY EASTER — >> THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO COME BACK MY FOCUS IS SAVING LIVES >> — NOW, EXTENDING FEDERAL SOCIAL DISTANCING THROUGH APRIL AND DESCRIBING THE PANDEMIC IN THE MOST PERSONAL TERMS

>> I HAVE SOME FRIENDS THAT ARE UNBELIEVABLY SICK WE THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING IN FOR A MILD STAY AND, IN ONE CASE, HE'S UNCONSCIOUS IN A COMA AND YOU SAY HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? >> THE PRESIDENT SHOWING OFF A NEW RAPID TEST KIT, SOON TO GO INTO PRODUCTION AND PROMISING US

COMPANIES WILL MAKE SO MANY VENTILATORS AND PROTECTIVE GEAR, THAT IT CAN BE SHARED WITH OTHER COUNTRIES THAT UPBEAT MESSAGE SHARPLY AT ODDS WITH THE PLEAS OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, WHO SAY THEIR SUPPLIES AND TIME ARE RUNNING OUT SUSAN McGUINNESS, NBC NEWS WASHINGTON >> TOMORROW MARKS THE START OF A NEW MONTH AND A NEW WAVE OF UNCERTAINTY FOR OUT-OF-WORK AMERICANS MILLIONS WILL HAVE A TOUGH TIME PAYING BILLS, INCLUDING THOSE FURLOUGHED JUST YESTERDAY BY KOHL'S AND MACY'S AND IT WILL GET WORSE ACCORDING TO PROJECTIONS, THE ECONOMIC FREEZE COULD COST 47 MILLION JOBS AND SEND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SOARING PAST 32% NBC'S TOM COSTELLO HAS MORE

>> A CRUSHING BLOW FOR AN AMERICAN ICON ALREADY STRUGGLING IN THE DOT COM ERA WITH ALL STORES CLOSED AND FEW SALES, MACY'S SAYS IT'S FEWER LOWING MOST OF ITS 130,000 EMPLOYEES THE PANDEMIC HITTING COMPANIES BIG AND SMALL MICHAEL OWNS A PRINTING PRESS FRANCHISE ON LONG ISLAND WITH THREE EMPLOYEES SALES ARE DOWN 95%, AND THE BILLS ARE COMING DUE >> IT'S REALLY SCARY BECAUSE MY RENT IS DUE THIS WEEK

I HAVE PAYROLL THIS WEEK AND ALL MY LEASES ON MY EQUIPMENT ARE ALSO DUE >> TO HELP KEEP COMPANIES AFLOAT AND AMERICANS EMPLOYED, THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM ENABLES SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO APPLY FOR A LOAN THAT COULD BE ENTIRELY FORGIVEN IF THE MONEY IS USED FOR EXPENSES, LIKE EMPLOYEE PAYROLL AND MONTHLY PAYMENTS IF A COMPANY CAN PROVE IT KEPT 100% OF ITS WORKFORCE BY DOING THAT, THE ENTIRE LOAN WOULD BE FORGIVEN IF THERE ARE SOME LEAYOFFS, THE AMOUNT FORGIVEN WOULD BE DETERMINED BY HOW MUCH OF THE WORKFORCE IS KEPT ON BUT IN VIRGINIA, MALLORY IS SEEKING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND MEDICAID AFTER BEING LAID OFF LAST WEEK AS A CONTRACTED SCHOOL COUNSELOR >> I OWN A HOUSE I AM A SINGLE MOM AND SO MY FEAR IS, IS I'M THE ONLY INCOME AND HOW AM I GOING TO PROVIDE FOR MY CHILD >> IF YOU'RE IN TROUBLE, MONEY EXPERTS SAY NOW IS THE TIME TO PRESERVE CASH

MAKE THE MINIMUM PAYMENTS ON CREDIT CARDS, ASK CREDITORS FOR LI LENIENCY, AND FOCUS ON PAYING THE BILLS YOU MUST >> SO WE NEED TO KEEP FOOD ON THE TABLE WE NEED TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AND THE HEAT IN THE HOUSE WE NEED TO PAY FOR HEALTHCARE BECAUSE HEALTHCARE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT >> FOR RENTERS, MANY CITIES AND STATES ARE PROHIBITING EVICTIONS

AND HOMEOWNERS WITH FEDERALLY-BACKED LOANED ARE PROTECTED FROM FORECLOSURE, FOR NOW DANIEL CRAMER IS FACING MOUNTING BILLS AFTER BEING FORCED TO LAY OFF ALMOST ALL HIS 175 EMPLOYEES AT FOUR WASHINGTON, DC RESTAURANTS HE IS DEFIANT

>> WE DON'T HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN AND OUR GOAL IS TO REHIRE EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO >> NEVER BEFORE HAVE AMERICANS BEEN THROWN OUT OF WORK SO QUICKLY AND IN SUCH GREAT NUMBERS, WITH NO INDICATION WHEN THEY'LL BE ABLE TO RETURN >> OUR THANKS TO TOM COSTELLO FOR THAT REPORT >> AS WE JUST MENTIONED, THE FDA JUST APPROVED A CORONAVIRUS TEST THAT COULD GET PATIENTS RESULTS AS QUICKLY AS FIVE TO 15 MINUTES

DR JOHN TORRES GIVES US AN IDEA HOW SOON THIS TEST WILL BE AVAILABLE >> THIS NEW TEST IS GOING TO BE ROLLED OUT IN DETROIT THIS WEEK TO BE USED FOR FRONT LINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE THE TEST WE'VE BEEN USING TAKES ANYWHERE FROM HOURS TO SEVERAL DAYS THIS NEW TEST PORTABLE AND DELIVERS RESULTS ON THE SPOT IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES IN ADDITION TO QUICKLY TESTING HEALTHCARE WORKERS, THIS WILL ALSO BE CRITICAL FOR AIRPORTS, DRIVE THROUGHS, EVEN JAILS BECAUSE ONCE A PERSON TESTS POSITIVE, THEY'LL GO INTO ISOLATION IMMEDIATELY DECREASING THE SPREAD OF THIS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS VIRUS

THE MANUFACTURER TELLS ME THEY PLAN TO DELIVER 50,000 TESTS A DAY >> THANKS TO DR JOHN TORRES FOR THAT REPORT >> THERE ARE SIGNS OF HOPE IN EUROPE AS THAT CONTINENT FIGHTS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS AND ONE OF THE HARDEST-HIT COUNTRIES, ITALY, IS SEEING A DECREASE IN NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES

IT IS ALSO REGISTERING A RECORD NUMBER OF PEOPLE CURED AS IT ENTERS ITS THIRD WEEK OF A NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN NBC'S MATT BRADLEY >> SINCE I HAVE GOTTEN HERE TO ROME, WE HAVE SEEN THIS GOING UP AND DOWN THIS NUMBER WE SAW 919 DEAD JUST ON FRIDAY THE HIGHEST OF ANY COUNTRY IN ANY SINGLE DAY SINCE THIS WHOLE CRISIS BEGAN IN THE PAST TWO DAYS, THAT NUMBER HAS DECREASED THE DEATH RATE IS A LITTLE BIT MORE ARBITRARY THAN OTHER INDICATORS SO WE CAN'T REALLY DRAW A LOT OF OPTIMISM JUST FROM SEEING ONE OR TWO OR EVEN THREE OR FOUR DAYS OF REGULARLY DECLINING DEATH RATES BUT IT IS TRUE THAT ITALY HAS FLATTENED THE CURVE WHAT THAT REALLY MEANS IS THE NUMBER OF NEW POSITIVE CASES HAS BEEN STEADILY DECLINING IT'S NOW AROUND 6% IT'S GONE DOWN FROM CLOSER TO 10% IN JUST THE LAST TWO WEEKS THAT DOES MEAN THAT THE RATE OF TRANSMISSION OF THIS DISEASE IS NO LONGER ACCELERATING

>> IF YOU IMAGINE THE LOCKDOWNS AND THE STRINGENT MEASURES THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE ARE NOW IN PLACE BETWEEN TWO AND THREE WEEKS IN ITALY, DIFFERENT LEVELS IN DIFFERENT PLACES WE SHOULD START TO SEE A STABILIZATION >> THERE IS REASON FOR OPTIMISM AND THE ITALIAN AUTHORITIES ARE STARTING TO SEE JUST A TINY GLIMPSE OF THE EFFECT OF THIS NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN IN SOME OF THE STA TTISTICS THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN IT >> SOCIETY-WIDE MEASURES ARE DIFFICULT

THEY ARE NOT EASY AND THEY ARE HURTING PEOPLE BUT THE ALTERNATIVE IS EVEN WORSE >> WE'VE HEARD FROM ITALIAN MEDIA THAT IT COULD BE EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS MATT BRADLEY, NBC NEWS, ROME

>> AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE LINED UP FOR HELP FROM A PITTSBURGH FOOD BANK AND THE TURNOUT WAS MASSIVE THE GIVEAWAY WAS AT UNIVERSITY BUT THE LINE WAS SO LONG, TRAFFIC PATTERNS HAD TO BE ADJUSTED THE GREATER PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY FOOD BANK EXPECTED TO HAND OUT 1,700 50-POUND BOXES OF FOOD >> MY GOODNESS LET'S GET A FIRST CHECK OF THE WEATHER ON THIS LAST DAY OF THE MONTH WITH JANESSA WEBB >> GOOD MORNING

LET'S GET OUT OF MARCH OKAY LET'S STEP INTO APRIL GOING INTO TOMORROW BUT TODAY, WE ARE STILL CONTENDING WITH A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN EVEN SOME SNOW FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHEAST BUT WE ARE WATCHING OUR LARGER STORM SYSTEM FOR THIS DEEP SOUTH INTO THE SOUTHEAST NOW, ACROSS SLEFB PORT, BATON ROUGE, ALL THE WAY TO MISSISSIPPI, YOU ARE PRETTY MUCH IN THE CLEAR THIS AFTERNOON YOU COULD SEE SOME TORRENTIAL RAIN ACROSS THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE ALL THE WAY INTO SOUTHERN GEORGIA WHERE WE ARE GOING TO WATCH POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IS THE PRIMARY THREAT, ALONG WITH A LITTLE BIT OF HAIL THROUGHOUT YOUR AFTERNOON IT WILL NOT BE SIGNIFICANT RAIN, BUT THIS SYSTEM WILL PUSH OFFSHORE BY TOMORROW AND, FINALLY, DEAL WITH SOME CLEARING ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST

THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY OF THE DAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD SO TEMPERATURES, AS WELL THEY ARE COOLING OFF FOR THE TENNESSEE AND OHIO VALLEY MORE SEASONABLE AIR EVEN SLIGHTLY COOLER ACROSS BOSTON, INTO NEW YORK CITY TODAY WE'RE ONLY IN THE MID-40s

SO AFTER THIS SYSTEM PUSHES OFFSHORE, QUIET, TRANQUIL WEATHER PATTERN, FINALLY >> JUST LIKE OUTSIDE IS QUIET AND TRANQUIL BUT ALL THE WRONG REASONS THANK YOU >> IN TODAY'S QUICK HITS, LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS WHILE ON LOCKDOWN? GOOGLE SEARCH AS AN AUGMENTED REALITY FEATURE THAT LETS YOU FIND 3D ANIMALS AND PLACE THEM IN YOUR SURROUNDINGS >> SONY PICTURES HAS DELAYED THE RELEASE OF MORE FILMS DUE TO THE PANDEMIC THEY INCLUDE GHOST BUSTERS, AFTERLIFE, PETER RABBIT 2

AS OF NOW, ALMOST EVERY MAJOR TITLE HAS BEEN MOVED TO NEXT YEAR >> EMERGEN >>> THE RACE IS ON TO FIND AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS OUR STEPHANIE GOSK HAS MORE ON A NEW FDA DRUG, AND AN EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY TO HELP FIGHT THE PANDEMIC >> NEWS ABOUT POTENTIALLY PROMISING, THOUGH SO FAR SCIENTIFICALLY UNPROVEN DRUGS TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS ON SUNDAY, THE FDA GIVING EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION TO ADD TWO ANTI-MALARIAL MEDICATIONS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE CHLOROQUINE AND HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO HOSPITALS ACCORDING TO THE FDA, ANECDOTAL REPORTS SUGGEST THAT THESE DRUGS MAY OFFER SOME BENEFIT ALREADY, HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS HAD BEEN PRESCRIBING THE MEDICATION WITH CLINICAL TRIALS UNDERWAY IN NEW YORK AND MINNESOTA JAMES, WHO IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL, STARTED TREATMENTS LAST WEEK >> THURSDAY MORNING, I WAS AT MY LOW POINT

I WAS REALLY — THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE >> THAT DAY, DOCTORS GAVE HIM HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE >> I WOKE UP AT MID NIGHT JUST ABOUT MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT FEELING LIKE SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT I FELT LIKE, ALL RIGHT, THE BODY ACHES AREN'T SO MUCH I'M NOT COUGHING AS MUCH

>> SO FAR, THERE IS NO CLINICAL PROOF THAT THE ANTI-MALARIALS WORK BUT THE FDA SAYS IT IS WORTH THE RISK TO USE THEM FOR PATIENTS IN SERIOUS CONDITION ALSO, IN THE PIPELINE BUT STILL NOT SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN, IS TRANSFUSING PLASMA FROM CORONAVIRUS SURVIVORS INTO INFECTED PATIENTS HOUSTON'S METHODIST HOSPITAL IS STUDYING IT AS A TREATMENT >> THE IDEA IS THAT THAT PLASMA MAY HAVE PARTS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, LIKE ANTIBODIES AGAINST THE COVID-19 VIRUS, THAT COULD POTENTIALLY HELP PATIENTS >> BUT THE MOST LONG-TERM HOPE IS BEING PLACED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A VACCINE JOHNSON & JOHNSON SAYS IT HAS A PROMISING POSSIBILITY

>> THIS IS LIKE A MOONSHOT FOR US AT JOHNSON & JOHNSON WHAT WOULD USUALLY TAKE FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS, WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN FIVE TO SEVEN MONTHS >> JOHNSON & JOHNSON'S POSSIBLE VACCINE WILL GO THROUGH RIGOROUS TRIALS BUT THE COMPANY SAYS THAT, IN THE COMING DAYS, IT'S GOING TO START PRODUCTION SO THAT IF, AND WHEN, THEY GET THE APPROVAL THEY NEED, IT WILL BE READY TO GO >> CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH >> EVEN JUST THE TALK ABOUT TREATMENT AND HAVING THAT PATIENT AND SEEING HIM TURN AROUND AFTER USING THAT MALARIA DRUG AND A POSSIBLE VACCINE PROGRESS WE NEED

>> YEARS FROM NOW, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE BENEFIT OF TIME, TO HAVE THE HINDSIGHT TO SEE TH ♪ WASH, WASHY WASH, WASH YOUR HANDS ♪ >> ALL RIGHT THAT SONG'S GOING TO STICK BUT THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT "SESAME STREET" STEPPING UP TO HELP KIDS STAY HEALTHY BY TEACHING THE PROPER WAY TO WASH YOUR HANDS YEP THAT SONG IS IN OUR HEAD BUT, THESE DAYS, WE KIND OF NEED IT TO BE >> LADY GAGA'S NOT COMING OUT WITH ANY NEW MUSIC SHE SAID, RIGHT? ONE GOOD THING I THINK WILL COME OF ALL THIS, KIDS AND ADULTS WILL BE WASHING THEIR HANDS VERY THOROUGHLY, I HOPE >> JUST CONSCIOUS ABOUT — >> WE'RE SLACKING AS — AS A SOCIETY, WE WERE KIND OF SLACKING WHEN THIS CAME TO THAT VERY CLEAR AND NO LONGER WILL WE NOT DO THAT

NOW, TO SOME VERY SAD NEWS ABOUT BELOVED CHILDREN'S AUTHOR TOMIE DEPAOLA HAS DIED DEPAOLA WORKED ON MORE THAN 270 BOOKS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER HIS FAMILY SAYS HE >>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THIS CURVE BUT THE UPTICK CONTINUES NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, SEEING JUST YESTERDAY ALONE OVER 10,000 NEW CASES NOW, WE ARE SEEING THE FLUCTUATION IN STATES CALIFORNIA, NOW, IN THE TOP THREE A THOUSAND NEW CASES YESTERDAY EVEN MICHIGAN TO THE FLORIDA AREA, NEAR A THOUSAND

SO JUST IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, FOR CALIFORNIA, WE ARE UP TO NOW 7,000 CASES THIS IS REALLY DAUNTING FROM THE START OF THE MONTH, WE HAD 75 CASES NOW, YESTERDAY, 164K FOR THE US >> THOSE ARE JUST NUMBERS THAT WERE RELEASED YESTERDAY FROM THE >>> A NEW TREND IS TURNING NEIGHBORHOODS INTO SCAVENGER HUNTS FOR BORED KIDS IN QUARANTINE YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THE WELCOMED SIGHT IN WINDOWS ACROSS AMERICA

OUR KRISTEN DAHLGREN EXPLAINS >> Reporter: JUST WHEN PARENTS AND KIDS THOUGHT THE BOREDOM WAS UNBEARABLE, TEDDY BEARS STARTED CROPPING UP IN NEIGHBORHOOD WINDOWS >> WE WENT THE FIRST NIGHT AND FOUND LIKE 20 SOMETHING 21 NOW, WE'RE UP TO LIKE 112 >> TURNING STIR-CRAZY KIDS INTO STUFFED ANIMAL SCAVENGER HUNTERS

>> SO IT CAN BE LIKE AN EASTER EGG HUNT ALMOST >> BEARS HAVE NOW BEEN SPOTTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY EVEN GOING GLOBAL SIGHTINGS REPORTED IN WALES AND NEW ZEALAND A WELCOME DISTRACTION >> IT WAS REALLY EXCITING AND SOMETHING FUN TO LOOK FORWARD TO >> THE LAST ONE WAS THE BIGGEST ONE OF ALL THEM

>> SOME NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE EVEN TURNED IT INTO A WALKING SAFARI WITH ALL SORTS OF WILDLIFE >> I HAVE A 5-YEAR-OLD AND SHE IS LEARNING ANIMALS SHE'S COUNTING ALL OF THEM IT COUNTS AS SCHOOL >> A LESSON IN COMING TOGETHER EVEN WHILE STAYING SIX FEET APART KRISTEN DAHLGREN, NBC NEWS

>> THAT'S PRETTY COOL DO YOU THINK THEIR PARENTS GAVE THEM ANY EXTRA POINTS FOR FINDING THE CHARMIN BEARS? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR, RIGHT >> AS LONG AS THERE'S TOILET PAPER IN THEM REALLY GREAT FUN, FUN TRENDS >> THE PGA TOUR IS ON HOLD, OF COURSE BUT THE WORLD'S TOP-RANKED GOLFER DID TAKE SOME TIME TO SHOW OFF HIS SKILLS RORY McILROY, CHECK THIS OUT HIS ABILITY TO BOUNCE IT RIGHT OFF THE TIP OF THE CLUB

PRETTY COOL THERE GOLFERS POSTING FOR BALANCE CHALLENGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA >> ROGER FEDERER TOOK TO TWITTER TO SHOW SOME RAPIDFIRE SHOTS AGAINST A WALL IN HIS NATIVE SWITZERLAND POSTED THIS CLIP TO TWITTER WHERE HE GOT OVER A MILLION VIEWS IN JUST A FEW HOURS >> WITH THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES DELAYED, BROADCASTERS ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO BRUSH UP ON THEIR SKILLS >> THEY'VE GONE SILENT STANDING-ROOM ONLY CROWD HEAD INTO THE WATER INTO THE BUTTERFLY

>> WHAT A START >> THAT'S WHERE WE'RE AT NOW, GUYS NBC — NBC'S DAN HICKS AND ROWDY HAVING SOME FUN WHERE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SWIMMER MARY PRUDEN TOOK HOME THE GOLD, SILVER, AND THE BRONZE >> THEY'RE CHOMPING FOR SOME PLAY BY PLAY WE'VE SEEN IT WITH EVERYBODY ELSE SO MIGHT AS WELL >> CRAVING FOR SOME SPORTS TO COME BACK AT ANY POINT BUT THAT'S FUN ALL RIGHT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STARTING YOUR HOW MORE THAN 400 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AROUND THE NATION NOW HAVE CORONAVIRUS CASES AS THE PANDEMIC ESCALATES >> AMERICA'S EPICENTER IS NEW YORK STATE WHICH HAS SEEN MORE THAN 1,000 DEATHS SO FAR BUT NEEDED REENFORCEMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO KICK IN TO

>> PRESIDENT TRUMP REVEALS A NEW TEST KIT THAT CAN REVEAL RESULTS IN JUST A FEW MINUTES "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US I'M FRANCES RIVERA >> I'M PHILLIP MENA >> AS WE SAY GOOD RIDDANCE TO MARCH THIS COUNTRY IS TRYING TO CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO FLOW AT THIS HOUR THE CITIES GROW WITH THE CLUSTER OF CORONAVIRUS MORE THAN 3,000 AMERICANS HAVE NOW DIED FROM THIS DISEASE MONDAY MARKED THE DEADLIEST DAY YET WITH 540 FATALITIES >> IN CALIFORNIA CASES HAVE SURPASSED 7,000

THE GOVERNOR HAS PUT OUT AN URGENT CALL FOR RETIRED HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND MEDICAL STUDENTS NEARING GRADUATION TO HELP AS THE STATE BATTLES WITH THE SURGE IN PATIENTS AND GUN STORES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STAY HOPE IN LOS ANGELES THE NRA AND PRO GUN GROUPS FILED A LAWSUIT PROMPTING THE SHERIFF TO REVERSE IT >>> THIS HAPPENED AFTER A MILLION PEOPLE LOGGED ON FOR A LIVE MEDITATION AND THAT CAUSED THE LINK TO CRASH HE THEN MOVED IT TO FACEBOOK LIVE >>> AN ALARMING SURGE FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

MORE THAN 400 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE RESIDENTS WHO ARE INFECTED THAT'S A JUMP OF MORE THAN 170% OVER JUST ONE WEEK >>> THE GROWING NUMBER OF STATES ARE IMPOSING LOCKDOWNS AS ROUGHLY THREE OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS ARE SHELTERING AT HOME MORE THAN HALF OF THE STATES IN THE COUNTRY HAVE IMPOSED THESE RULES VIRGINIA'S ORDER IS THE MOST EXTREME EX- TENDSING UNTIL JUNE >> THE COMPANIES SAY THEY PLAN TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS WITHIN THE NEXT 100 DAYS THEY EXPECT TO HAVE 1,500 READY BY THE END OF APRIL >>> MINNESOTA'S FINEST SHARES AN ACT OF KINDNESS WITH A FELLOW FIRST RESPONDER

A STATE TROOPER WHO PULLED OVER A SPEEDING DOCTOR LET HER GO WITH A WARNING AND A HANDFUL OF N 95 MASKS >> AND TACO BELL IS GIVING AWAY FREE BIS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY >> TOP US HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS 100,000 THAT 200,000 DEATHS IN THE US

AND THAT'S IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL MIGUEL ALMA GER HAS DETAILS >> Reporter: AS THE CORONAVIRUS VIRUS NOW THREATENS EVERY STATE IN OUR COUNTRY, THIS GRIM ASSESSMENT FROM DR NOWFUAUCI TE DEATH TOLL COULD REACH 200,000 WITH EVERYTHING DONE RIGHT NEW YORK CITY IN CRISIS AND THE 911 SYSTEM IS STRESSED CITIES LIKE WASHINGTON, DC, SAN FRANCISCO, ATLANTA, DALLAS AND NASHVILLE ARE BRACING FOR AN ONSLAUGHT OF CASES AT BOSTON, MORE THAN 100 STAFF MEMBERS HAVE THE VIRUS >> I'VE NEVER FELT SO CLOSE TO DEATH

>> SHE SPENT NINE DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER CONTRACTING THE ILLNESS >> THE SECOND YOU ENTER THE ER YOU'RE LITERALLY ALONE AND IT'S TERRIFYING >> I CONSIDER MYSELF TO BE VERY, VERY HEALTHY AND THE WAY THIS TOOK OVER MY BODY WAS JUST A SURREAL EXPERIENCE >> WHILE FIELD HOSPITALS ARE BEING BUILT INSIDE THE LA CONVENTION CENTER AND IN CENTRAL PARK, OKLAHOMA'S GOVERNOR NOW SAYS ANYONE COMING FROM HOT SPOT STATES LIKE NEW YORK OR CALIFORNIA MUST SELF-QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS IN RHODE ISLAND THE NATIONAL GUARD AND LOCAL POLICE ARE GOING DOOR TO DOOR MAKING SURE ANYONE COMING IN FROM OUT OF STATE RECENTLY STAYS ISOLATED

>> I FEEL VERY VULNERABLE I DEFINITELY FEEL VIOLATED I HAVE A CAR WITH NEW YORK LICENSE PLATES IN MY DRIVEWAY AND I'M FEARFUL BEING IN THIS STATE RIGHT NOW >> ALSO RAISING THE ALARM IN LOUISIANA, THE GOVERNOR SAYS THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS AT THE BRINK OF BEING OVERWHELMED IN JUST DAYS MICHIGAN ALSO IN CRISIS MORGAN RADFORD IS IN HARD HIT DETROIT

>> IT'S HOSPITALS LIKE THESE THAT ARE NOW BRACING TO BATTLE THESE NEW HOT SPOTS AND THEY'RE NOT THE ONLY FIRST RESPONDERS TAKING A HIT THE CHIEF OF POLICE HERE IN DETROIT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS AND MORE THAN 500 OFFICERS HAVE BEEN QUARANTINED >> WITH THE PRESIDENT EXTENDING GUIDELINES FOR ALL AMERICANS TO KEEP THEIR SOCIAL DISTANCE FOR ANOTHER FOUR WEEKS, SOME STATES LIKE FLORIDA HAVE NOT ISSUED STAY AT HOME MANDATES >> WE BELIEVE IF LAYING HANDS ON THE SICK AND THEY SHALL RECOVER >> Reporter: AFTER TWO LARGE SUNDAY SERVICES IN TAMPA THE COUNTY SHERIFF ISSUED AN ARREST WARRANT FOR THE PASTOR >> HIS RECKLESS DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE PUT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN HIS CONGREGATION AT RISK >> Reporter: SAM BROCK IS IN MIAMI WHERE THE CITY IS UNDER A CURFEW >> YOU GOT POLICE OFFICERS OUT IN FULL EFFECT TRYING TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ON STAYING INSIDE OF THEIR HOMES CHECK POINTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA TRYING TO PREVENT THOSE COMING HERE FROM NEW YORK TO STAY AT HOME >> JOINED THE NATIONAL PUSH TO RESTRICT CROWD FROM GATHERING IN PUBLIC BUT HAIR SALONS AND GOLF CLUBS ARE STILL CONSIDERED AS EXEMPT IN SOME PLACES CALLING THEM ESSENTIAL SERVICES

>> THERE'S NO EASIER PLACE TO BE PHYSICALLY DISTANT AWAY FROM SOMEONE THAN, YOU KNOW, OUT ON A LARGE GOLF COURSE >> Reporter: WITH THE NATIONAL DEATH TOLL EXPECTED TO RAPIDLY ESCALATE IN THE COMING WEEKS OFFICIALS WARN NO STATE AND NO COMMUNITY IS IMMUNE FROM THE VIRUS WHILE TOP DOCTORS AT THE WHITE HOUSE INSIST IT'S GOING TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER THERE ARE GLIMMERS OF HOPE IN WASHINGTON STATE SOCIAL DISTANCING APPEARS TO BE WORKING AS THE NUMBER OF NEW INFECTIONS SLOWS THE PRESIDENT IS ACTUALLY SAID SOCIAL DISTANCING COULD SAVE MORE THAN 1 MILLION LIVES IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO GET SICK ONLY HAVE MILD SYMPTOMS BACK TO YOU GUYS >> THANK YOU >>> THE CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING FAST THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK WHICH NOW ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN 40% OF ALL DEATHS NATIONWIDE THIS IS PUSHING THE STATE'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO THE BRINK BUT MUCH NEEDED REENFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED TO EL H P BATTLE THIS INVISIBLE ENEMY >> Reporter: PHILLIP AND FRANCES, GOOD MORNING

THIS IS A SURREAL SIGHT AN EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL BUILT RIGHT IN MANHATTAN'S CENTRAL PARK THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS HAVE BEEN THE BUSIEST EVER RECORDED BY EMS IN NEW YORK CITY AND NOW AUTHORITIES ARE SCRAMBLING TO BUILD UP THEIR HOSPITAL CAPACITY BEFORE THIS PANDEMIC PEAKS HERE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY GREETING THE US NS COMFORT AS AWAITING CROWDS FAIL TO SOCIAL DISTANCE THEY DOCK IN NEW YORK HARBOR TO PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED RELIEF FOR THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES >> THEY'RE DESCRIBED AS WAR ZONES BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE >> THE RACE TO FIGHT THE CORONAVIRUS IN AND AROUND NEW YORK CITY, IT REACHED NEW HEIGHTS AS CHARITY WORKERS WORKED TO BUILD A FIELD HOSPITAL >> THERE ARE CRUCIAL VENTILATORS HERE AS WELL AS 68 HOSPITAL BEDS, A SMALL FRACTION OF THE AMOUNT AUTHORITIES SAY WILL BE NECESSARY THROUGHOUT THE CITY

>> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP SUGGESTED AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING FOR TOO MANY PROTECTIVE MASKS >> SOMETHING IS GOING ON AND YOU OUGHT TO LOOK INTO IT AS REPORTERS WHERE ARE THE MASKS GOING? ARE THEY GOING OUT THE BACK DOOR >> Reporter: NEW YORK GOVERNOR RESPONDED >> IF HE WANTS TO MAKE AN ACCUSATION LET HIM MAKE AN ACCUSATION BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TRYING TO SAY BY INFERENCE >> Reporter: THE LONG HOURS AND HIGH RISK ARE TAKING A TOLL

>> I'M USED TO TUGGING HER, YOU KNOW, HOLDING HER HAND WHEN WE WALK DOWN THE STREET, PICKING UP MY SON >> Reporter: FOR ALEX, AN ER DOCTOR IN MANHATTAN, HIS SHIFT AT WORK IS NOT THE ONLY THING PAINFUL HE'S MOVED INTO AN AIRBNB TO PROTECT HIS FAMILY >> I STARTED CRYING BECAUSE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW HARD OF A DAY HE HAD MY INSTINCT WAS TO GO IN AND GIVE HIM A HUG AND COMFORT HIM AND WANT TO BE COMFORTED AND YOU CAN'T DO THAT >> Reporter: EIGHT RESIDENTS AT THIS NEW JERSEY NURSING HOME HAVE DIED >> HE DIDN'T DESERVE THIS

I MEAN, NOBODY DOES NOBODY >> Reporter: RAMON WAS 63 YEARS OLD HIS CHILDREN SAY HE DIED LAST WEEK FROM COVID-19 AT HEM ELMHURST HOSPITAL IN QUEENS >> DO YOU THINK IF THEY HAD MORE SUPPLIES YOUR FATHER MIGHT BE ALIVE? >> ABSOLUTELY YES >> Reporter: FOR SO MANY FAMILY IT IS GROWING NUMBERS OF GOOD-BYES THAT NEVER HAPPENED

THIS FUNERAL HOME IS OVERWHELMED AND ROBERT LUEGER IS SUFFERING THROUGH THE LOANIEST GRIEF IMAGI IMAGINABLE >> MY GRANDMOTHER DIED ALONE SHE DIED ALONE WE DIDN'T EVEN GET SO SAY BYE TO HER AND I UNDERSTAND THAT'S PART OF THE DEATH PROCESS, BUT SHE WAS THERE SHE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL SHE WAS FEET AWAY WE COULDN'T EVEN SEE HER WE COULDN'T TALK TO HER >> Reporter: AND NEW YORK CITY HAS ALSO LOST ITS FIRST CHILD BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS AUTHORITIES WOULD NOT RELEASE HIS OR HER AGE BUT DID SAY THEY HAD AN UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITION LIKE THE VAST MAJORITY OF PATIENTS WHO DIE FROM COVID-19 GOVERNOR CUOMO IS NOW PLEADING FOR MEDICAL WORKERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO COME HELP >> ALL RIGHT THANK YOU

>>> AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES EXPLODE IN THE UNITED STATES THE BATTLE TO CURB THIS PANDEMIC IS ENTERING A CRITICAL NEW PHASE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ALREADY EXTENDED SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES THROUGH APRIL, BUT HE IS STOPPING SHORT OF THE NATIONWIDE STAY AT HOME ORDER TRACIE POTTS JOINS US WITH THE LATEST FROM DC GOOD MORNING >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING, FRANCES, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE AND THAT'S BECAUSE SOME AREAS AS YOU'VE CERTAINLY SEEN THERE IN THE NEW YORK AND THE TRISTATE AREA ARE WORSE THAN OTHERS SO THE PRESIDENT IS LETTING THE STATES TAKE THE LEAD HERE ON THESE STAY HOME ORDERS AND QUARANTINES, BUT HE DOES SAY THAT THE ENTIRE NATION NEEDS TO PULL TOGETHER AND FOCUS NOW NOT ON THE ECONOMY, HE SAYS THE ECONOMY IS NOW HIS NUMBER TWO FOCUS, BUT FOCUS ON ERADICATING THIS VIRUS THAT HAS NOW CLAIMED MORE THAN 3,000 LIVES IN THE UNITED STATES AND PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS IT'S UP TO EVERYONE TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN

>> THIS IS OUR SHARED PATRIOTIC DUTY CHALLENGING TIMES ARE AHEAD FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS AND THIS IS A VERY VITAL 30 DAYS WE'RE SORT OF PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE >> THIS IS NOT ABSTRACT IT'S NOT THEORETICAL WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT POLICIES YOU HAVE TO MAKE THAT GOVERNMENT OPERATE AND IT HAS TO OPERATE IN A WAY IT NEVER DID YOU HAVE TO TAKE THOSE HOSPITALS AND MAKE THEM WORK TOGETHER IN A WAY THEY NEVER HAVE YOU HAVE TO PRODUCE THOSE SUPPLIES YOU HAVE TO FIND THOSE GOWNS, FIND THOSE MASKS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THOSE VENTILATORS >> A NUMBER OF CEOs, CORPORATE AMERICA NOW KICKING IN TO HELP WITH THE SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIES GENERAL ELECTRIC AND FORD ARE TEAMING UP THEY SAY THEY'LL MAKE 50,000 VAE VENTILATORS OVER THE NEXT 100 DAYS OTHER COMPANIES MAKING SHIELDS, FACE SHIELDS AND HOSPITAL GOWNS AND MAGSSKS TO CATCH UP WITH THE SHORTAGE THAT BEEAR SEEING IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY >> LET'S GET A CHECK OF THE WEATHER ON THIS LAST DAY OF MARCH THE WEIRDEST MONTH THAT I THINK WE'VE EVER EXPERIENCED IN OUR LIFETIMES HERE JHANESSA WEBB, GOOD MORNING

>> WE'RE STILL DEALING WITH SOME RAIN FOR THE NORTHEAST IF YOU'RE JUST WAKING UP YOU'RE SEEING A FEW FLAKES FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS THIS WILL PULL OUT OF THE AREA AND WE'RE GOING TO DEAL WITH KIND OF THE CLOUDS WILL BE IN PLACE THIS AFTERNOON NOW, THE LARGER WEATHER STORY IS THE DEEP SOUTH AND THE SOUTHEAST ONE MORE DAY OF THE SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL FOR NORTHERN FLORIDA ALL THE WAY TO SOUTHERN GEORGIA DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IS GOING TO BE THE MAIN THREAT COULD SEE A FEW POSSIBILITY OF A FEW TORNADOS RUNNING THROUGH THE AREA, BUT AFTER THIS SYSTEM PUSHES OFFSHORE WE ARE GOING TO SEE NICE CLEAR CONDITIONS SO THE RAIN IS NOT GOING TO BE SIGNIFICANT

WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO NOTICE IS THE WARMER AIR ACROSS HOUSTON ALL THE WAY INTO JACKSONVILLE THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY TODAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD SO ENJOY TODAY BECAUSE FLORIDA, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MORE SEASONABLE AIR BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON IT'S A VERY STRONG COLD FRONT RUNNING THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST AND EVEN TODAY THE CLOUD COVERAGE WILL STILL BE IN PLACE IN THE OHIO VALLEY AND THEN AFTER THE STORM SYSTEM PUSHES OUT, CALM >> W >> WE'VE HAD A SUBSTANTIAL ADDITION OF TESTING WITH THE ADDED POINT OF CARE TEST >> PRESIDENT TRUMP THERE WITH THE NEW FDA APPROVED CORONAVIRUS TEST KIT THAT COULD GIVE PATIENTS RESULTS IN JUST FIVE TO 15 MINUTES NBC NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT GIVES US AN IDEA OF HOW SOON THE TESTS WILL BE AVAILABLE

>> THIS NEW TEST IS GOING TO BE ROLLED OUT IN DETROIT THIS WEEK TO BE USED FOR FRONT LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE THE TESTS WE'VE BEEN USING TAKES ANYWHERE FROM HOURS TO SEVERAL DAYS THIS NEW TEST IS PORTABLE AND DELIVERS RESULTS ON THE SPOT IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES IN ADDITION TO QUICKLY TESTING HEALTH CARE WORKERS THIS WILL BE CRITICAL FOR AIRPORTS, DRIVE THROUGHS AND EVEN JAILS BECAUSE ONCE A PERSON TESTS POZ TOUGH THEY'LL GO INTO ISOLATION IMMEDIATELY THEY PLA >>> DON'T FORGET YOU CAN GET THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS NEWS ANY TIME ON OUR LIVE BLOG >>> STOCKS HAD A BIG REBOUND ON MONDAY KICKING OFF THE WEEK DEEP IN THE GREEN, BUT WITH SOME BIG LAYOFFS AND THE MARCH JOBS REPORT LOOM, WHAT'S AHEAD FOR TODAY? HI, KAREN, GOOD MORNING >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING TO YOU LOOK AT A CHOPPY ACTION AGAIN IN THOSE U

S FUTURES THERE WAS A LEAD THAT WE SAW EARLY OUT OF THE ASIA SESSION INVESTORS MIGHT BE SEEING A LITTLE BIT OF RED INK AT THE START INVESTORS CLOSELY LOOKING AT THE CHINA ACTION TODAY WHERE YOU SAW A REBOUND IN ACTIVITY THAT SAID SOME OF THE INTERNATIONAL LOCKDOWNS IMPACTING THE STORY

SOME OF THE BIG CAP STOCKS MOVING, J AND J FOR INSTANCE AS IT TALKS ABOUT TRYING A VACCINE FOR CORONAVIRUS BY SEPTEMBER BUT THE ECONOMIC WORRIES ARE NOT BEHIND THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE SCALE JOB LOSSES, THEY'VE TALLIED UP ABOUT 47 MILLION JOBS THAT WOULD EQUATE TO A 32% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SO THAT IS WELL BEYOND WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN HISTORY EVEN IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WELL OFF THE LOWS BELOW 4% ON THAT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SO MANY INVESTORS WONDERING HOW BAD THE ECONOMY COULD GET AT LEAST IN THE SHORT TERM BACK TO YOU, PHILL >>> WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THIS CURVE AND I PROMISE YOU ONE DAY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME BETTER NEWS BUT JUST YESTERDAY NEW YORK TO NEW JERSEY, NEW CASES NEAR 10,000 AND WE'RE SEEING THE FLUCTUATION IN OUR STATES NOW, CALIFORNIA SITTING AT 3, ANOTHER THOUSAND CASES IN THAT AREA WE'LL CONTINUE TO WATCH FOR CONSISTENCY HOPEFULLY BUT EVEN FLORIDA PLUS 754 NEW CASES >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH MY DAUGHTERS DID IT BY THE WAY >> BEAUTIFUL THIS WILL BE THE GRAPHIC AT THE BOTTOM OF — >> PERFECT >> I LOVE IT WE'RE BOTH LOOKING DAPPER THIS IS HOW I AM 24/7 >> I GUARANTEE YOU THAT THE BOTTOM HALF OF WHAT YOU HAVE ON DOES NOT MATCH THE TOP >> THE FIRST INTERVIEW FROM JOHN KRASINSKI'S NEW YOUTUBE SERIES CALLED SOME GOOD NEWS

THEY TALKED ABOUT THE 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR HIT SHOW BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING SPREADING GOOD NEWS RIGHT NOW WHERE WE COULD ALL USE AS MUCH OF IT AS WE CAN GET >> IT WAS SOME OF THE — PROBABLY THE BEST THING I SAW YESTERDAY ABOUT 15 MINUTES LONG IT'S ON YOUTUBE ALL OVER THE PLACE YOU CAN CATCH IT IT'S PRETTY GOOD >> JUST SIX DAYS AFTER POSTPONING THE 2020 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES IOC OFFICIALS HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE JULY 23rd, 2021 IT'S A TARGET DATE NOT ONLY FOR THE ATHLETES BUT FOR SPORTS FANS AROUND THE WORLD LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE JAY GRAY HAS THE DETAILS >> Reporter: THE STADIUMS AND ARENAS ARE EVERYBODY P– EMPTY BUT THE GAMES WILL BEGIN IN JULY OF 2021

>> IT'S REALLY MOTIVATING TO HAVE THAT LONG-TERM GOAL THAT'S DEFINITELY KEPT THE FLAME LIT FOR MY TRAINING BUT NOW OF COURSE WE JUST NEED THAT YEAR AND IT WILL BE ANOTHER YEAR OF CHASING THAT DREAM >> WITH MOST AREAS LOCKED DOWN THE VIRUS STILL SPREADING THE CHALLENGE IS HOW AND WHEN QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE >> IT'S GETTING A PLAN IN PLACE, WORKING ON THAT, ADJUSTING IT AND THEN REALLY INVESTING IN IT AND GOING AT IT 100% >> ATHLETES WHO HAVE ALREADY QUALIFIED WILL KEEP THEIR SPOT ON THE US TEAM ANOTHER CHANGE AS A RESULT OF THE DELAY, THERE WILL BE JUST 180 DAYS BETWEEN OPENING CEREMONIES FOR THE SUMMER AND WINTER GAMES >> ABOUT AS BUSY AS SEVEN MONTHS AS WE'LL EVER SEE IN OUR OLYMPIC LIFETIMES >> Reporter: COMPETITIONS THAT CAN ONLY TAKE PLACE AFTER REACHING THE FINISH LINE IN THE ONGOING LIFE OR DEATH RACE AGAINST THE OUTBREAK JAY GRAY, NBC NEWS >> CANNOT WAIT UNTIL SPORTS COME BACK AN EXPLOSION OF SPORTS >> JUST FOR LIFE TO COME BACK AS WE KNEW IT >>> AFTER A FOUR-YEAR-OLD'S BIRTHDAY PARTY WAS CANCELLED THEY PRESENTED HIM WITH A DRIVE THROUGH PARTY

HE WAS ABLE TO SNAG >>> I THINK EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS, NOW, THAT YOU CAN GO FROM 5 TO 50 TO 500 TO 5,000 CASES VERY QUICKLY WE SEE THIS IN MANY METROPOLITAN AREAS WE'RE VERY WORRIED ABOUT EVERY CITY IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS VIRUS TO GET OUT OF CONTROL >> THE FAST-MOVING VIRUS HAS MORE STREETS DESERTED AS POSITIVE CASES SURGE IN NEW YORK AND BEYOND WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE IT'S GROWING >> HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FINANCIAL WEALTH ON THIS LAST DAY OF THE MONTH WHEN MILLIONS GOT TO PAY THEIR BILLS BUT NEVER BEFORE HAVE SO MANY AMERICANS BEEN FORCED OUT OF WORK, AND WITHOUT A PAYCHECK

>> PLUS, THE RACE TO FIND AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS AND THE FDA'S MAJOR MOVE TOWARD AN EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> GOOD MORNING, I'M PHILLIP MENA >> AND I'M FRANCES RIVERA IT IS THE LAST DAY OF MARCH, AS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CONTINUE TO LIVE UNDER VIRTUAL LOCKDOWNS, MANY ARE JUST STARTING TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST

ACCORDING TO PROJECTIONS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE, A RESPONSE THAT WORKS ALMOST PERFECTLY WOULD STILL LEAD TO AN OUTCOME OF 100 TO 200,000 DEATHS THE US NAVAL HOSPITAL SHIP COMFORT PULLED INTO PORT IN NEW YORK, WHERE THE DEATH TOLL EXCEEDED 1,000 THE GOVERNOR SAYS AN ADDITIONAL 1 MILLION HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE NEEDED TO TACKLE THE CRISIS MEANWHILE, NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN SAYS THAT SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE PRESUMED CORONAVIRUS INFECTION SHE BEGAN FEELING ILL ON SUNDAY

ON FRIDAY, SHE WAS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR DURING THE STIMULUS BILL DEBATE, WHERE SHE SPOKE WITH SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI AND OTHER LAWMAKERS >> THE NEED FOR FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR AMERICANS IS BECOMING EVEN MORE URGENT KOHL'S HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL FURLOUGH ABOUT 85,000 EMPLOYEES AND MACY'S SAYS MOST OF ITS WORKERS WILL GO ON FURLOUGH STARTING THIS WEEK ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST LOUIS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE COULD REACH 32% IN THE SECOND QUARTER THAT WOULD EASILY TOP THE 25% JOBLESS RATE DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION

>> THERE ARE ALSO GROWING CONCERNS THIS MORNING ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR MOST-VULNERABLE POPULATIONS ACCORDING TO THE CDC, MORE THAN 400 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES NATIONWIDE HAVE RESIDENTS WHO WERE INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS THAT IS AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 170% OVER JUST ONE WEEK MEANWHILE, THE PENTAGON ANNOUNCED THAT A NEW JERSEY NATIONAL GUARDSMAN DIED OF COVID-19 COMPLICATIONS THIS MARKS THE FIRST CORONAVIRUS DEATH OF A US SERVICE MEMBER NEW JERSEY'S GOVERNOR IDENTIFIED THE MAN AS A A PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT

>> FORD AND GE ARE HELPING TO REINFORCE THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT THE COMPANIES SAY THEY PLAN TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS WITHIN THE NEXT 100 DAYS THEY EXPECT TO HAVE 1,500 READY BY THE END OF APRIL AND BROOKS BROTHERS IS DITCHING SHIRTS AND TIES FOR MASKS AND GOWNS THEIR FACTORIES ARE BEING CONVERTED TO PRODUCE PROTECTIVE GEAR FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS THEY HOPE TO MAKE 150,000 MASKS A DAY

>> NEW NUMBERS ANNOUNCED BY THE WHITE HOUSE PAINT A GRIM PICTURE OF JUST HOW MANY AMERICANS COULD LOSE THEIR LIVES TO THE VIRUS WITH IT NOW IMPACTING EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY, NBC'S SUSAN McGUINNESS HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON >> NEW YORK'S ICONIC CENTRAL PARK, THE SITE OF A MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL FOR CROW ORONAVIRUS PATIENTS NEARBY, THE US NAVY SHIP COMFORT, A FLOATING HOSPITAL READY TO RECEIVE PATIENTS

SIMILAR SCENES UNFOLDING NATIONWIDE CITIES RACING TO PREPARE, BRACING FOR AN ONSLAUGHT OF CASES >> CHALLENGING TIMES ARE AHEAD FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS >> THE PRESIDENT, WITH A NOTICEABLE CHANGE OF TONE, AFTER HEALTH ADVISERS PAINTED A GRIM BEST-CASE SCENARIO 1 TO 200,000 AMERICANS LOSING THEIR LIVES WITH THE BIGGEST CITIES AND SMALLEST TOWNS IN AMERICA EQUALLY AT RISK >> AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE STATES TOGETHER, ALL OF THEM ARE MOVING IN EXACTLY THE SAME CURVE >> THE PRESIDENT, AFTER ONLY LAST WEEK SUGGESTING THE COUNTRY COULD REOPEN BY EASTER — >> THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO COME BACK MY FOCUS IS SAVING LIVES

>> — NOW, EXTENDING FEDERAL SOCIAL DISTANCING THROUGH APRIL AND DESCRIBING THE PANDEMIC IN THE MOST PERSONAL TERMS >> I HAVE SOME FRIENDS THAT ARE UNBELIEVABLY SICK WE THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING IN FOR A MILD STAY AND, IN ONE CASE, HE'S UNCONSCIOUS IN A COMA AND YOU SAY HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? >> THE PRESIDENT SHOWING OFF A NEW RAPID TEST KIT, SOON TO GO INTO PRODUCTION

AND PROMISING US COMPANIES WILL MAKE SO MANY VENTILATORS AND PROTECTIVE GEAR, THAT IT CAN BE SHARED WITH OTHER COUNTRIES THAT UPBEAT MESSAGE SHARPLY AT ODDS WITH THE PLEAS OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, WHO SAY THEIR SUPPLIES AND TIME ARE RUNNING OUT SUSAN McGUINNESS, NBC NEWS WASHINGTON >> TOMORROW MARKS THE START OF A NEW MONTH AND A NEW WAVE OF UNCERTAINTY FOR OUT-OF-WORK AMERICANS

MILLIONS WILL HAVE A TOUGH TIME PAYING BILLS, INCLUDING THOSE FURLOUGHED JUST YESTERDAY BY KOHL'S AND MACY'S AND IT WILL GET WORSE ACCORDING TO PROJECTIONS, THE ECONOMIC FREEZE COULD COST 47 MILLION JOBS AND SEND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SOARING PAST 32% NBC'S TOM COSTELLO HAS MORE >> A CRUSHING BLOW FOR AN AMERICAN ICON ALREADY STRUGGLING IN THE DOT COM ERA WITH ALL STORES CLOSED AND FEW SALES, MACY'S SAYS IT'S FEWER LOWING MOST OF ITS 130,000 EMPLOYEES THE PANDEMIC HITTING COMPANIES BIG AND SMALL MICHAEL OWNS A PRINTING PRESS FRANCHISE ON LONG ISLAND WITH THREE EMPLOYEES

SALES ARE DOWN 95%, AND THE BILLS ARE COMING DUE >> IT'S REALLY SCARY BECAUSE MY RENT IS DUE THIS WEEK I HAVE PAYROLL THIS WEEK AND ALL MY LEASES ON MY EQUIPMENT ARE ALSO DUE >> TO HELP KEEP COMPANIES AFLOAT AND AMERICANS EMPLOYED, THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM ENABLES SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO APPLY FOR A LOAN THAT COULD BE ENTIRELY FORGIVEN IF THE MONEY IS USED FOR EXPENSES, LIKE EMPLOYEE PAYROLL AND MONTHLY PAYMENTS IF A COMPANY CAN PROVE IT KEPT 100% OF ITS WORKFORCE BY DOING THAT, THE ENTIRE LOAN WOULD BE FORGIVEN IF THERE ARE SOME LEAYOFFS, THE AMOUNT FORGIVEN WOULD BE DETERMINED BY HOW MUCH OF THE WORKFORCE IS KEPT ON BUT IN VIRGINIA, MALLORY IS SEEKING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND MEDICAID AFTER BEING LAID OFF LAST WEEK AS A CONTRACTED SCHOOL COUNSELOR >> I OWN A HOUSE I AM A SINGLE MOM

AND SO MY FEAR IS, IS I'M THE ONLY INCOME AND HOW AM I GOING TO PROVIDE FOR MY CHILD >> IF YOU'RE IN TROUBLE, MONEY EXPERTS SAY NOW IS THE TIME TO PRESERVE CASH MAKE THE MINIMUM PAYMENTS ON CREDIT CARDS, ASK CREDITORS FOR LI LENIENCY, AND FOCUS ON PAYING THE BILLS YOU MUST >> SO WE NEED TO KEEP FOOD ON THE TABLE WE NEED TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AND THE HEAT IN THE HOUSE

WE NEED TO PAY FOR HEALTHCARE BECAUSE HEALTHCARE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT >> FOR RENTERS, MANY CITIES AND STATES ARE PROHIBITING EVICTIONS AND HOMEOWNERS WITH FEDERALLY-BACKED LOANED ARE PROTECTED FROM FORECLOSURE, FOR NOW DANIEL CRAMER IS FACING MOUNTING BILLS AFTER BEING FORCED TO LAY OFF ALMOST ALL HIS 175 EMPLOYEES AT FOUR WASHINGTON, DC

RESTAURANTS HE IS DEFIANT >> WE DON'T HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN AND OUR GOAL IS TO REHIRE EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO >> NEVER BEFORE HAVE AMERICANS BEEN THROWN OUT OF WORK SO QUICKLY AND IN SUCH GREAT NUMBERS, WITH NO INDICATION WHEN THEY'LL BE ABLE TO RETURN

>> OUR THANKS TO TOM COSTELLO FOR THAT REPORT >> AS WE JUST MENTIONED, THE FDA JUST APPROVED A CORONAVIRUS TEST THAT COULD GET PATIENTS RESULTS AS QUICKLY AS FIVE TO 15 MINUTES DR JOHN TORRES GIVES US AN IDEA HOW SOON THIS TEST WILL BE AVAILABLE >> THIS NEW TEST IS GOING TO BE ROLLED OUT IN DETROIT THIS WEEK TO BE USED FOR FRONT LINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE

THE TEST WE'VE BEEN USING TAKES ANYWHERE FROM HOURS TO SEVERAL DAYS THIS NEW TEST PORTABLE AND DELIVERS RESULTS ON THE SPOT IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES IN ADDITION TO QUICKLY TESTING HEALTHCARE WORKERS, THIS WILL ALSO BE CRITICAL FOR AIRPORTS, DRIVE THROUGHS, EVEN JAILS BECAUSE ONCE A PERSON TESTS POSITIVE, THEY'LL GO INTO ISOLATION IMMEDIATELY DECREASING THE SPREAD OF THIS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS VIRUS THE MANUFACTURER TELLS ME THEY PLAN TO DELIVER 50,000 TESTS A DAY >> THANKS TO DR JOHN TORRES FOR THAT REPORT

>> THERE ARE SIGNS OF HOPE IN EUROPE AS THAT CONTINENT FIGHTS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS AND ONE OF THE HARDEST-HIT COUNTRIES, ITALY, IS SEEING A DECREASE IN NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IT IS ALSO REGISTERING A RECORD NUMBER OF PEOPLE CURED AS IT ENTERS ITS THIRD WEEK OF A NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN NBC'S MATT BRADLEY >> SINCE I HAVE GOTTEN HERE TO ROME, WE HAVE SEEN THIS GOING UP AND DOWN THIS NUMBER WE SAW 919 DEAD JUST ON FRIDAY THE HIGHEST OF ANY COUNTRY IN ANY SINGLE DAY SINCE THIS WHOLE CRISIS BEGAN IN THE PAST TWO DAYS, THAT NUMBER HAS DECREASED THE DEATH RATE IS A LITTLE BIT MORE ARBITRARY THAN OTHER INDICATORS SO WE CAN'T REALLY DRAW A LOT OF OPTIMISM JUST FROM SEEING ONE OR TWO OR EVEN THREE OR FOUR DAYS OF REGULARLY DECLINING DEATH RATES BUT IT IS TRUE THAT ITALY HAS FLATTENED THE CURVE

WHAT THAT REALLY MEANS IS THE NUMBER OF NEW POSITIVE CASES HAS BEEN STEADILY DECLINING IT'S NOW AROUND 6% IT'S GONE DOWN FROM CLOSER TO 10% IN JUST THE LAST TWO WEEKS THAT DOES MEAN THAT THE RATE OF TRANSMISSION OF THIS DISEASE IS NO LONGER ACCELERATING >> IF YOU IMAGINE THE LOCKDOWNS AND THE STRINGENT MEASURES THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE ARE NOW IN PLACE BETWEEN TWO AND THREE WEEKS IN ITALY, DIFFERENT LEVELS IN DIFFERENT PLACES WE SHOULD START TO SEE A STABILIZATION >> THERE IS REASON FOR OPTIMISM AND THE ITALIAN AUTHORITIES ARE STARTING TO SEE JUST A TINY GLIMPSE OF THE EFFECT OF THIS NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN IN SOME OF THE STA TTISTICS

THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN IT >> SOCIETY-WIDE MEASURES ARE DIFFICULT THEY ARE NOT EASY AND THEY ARE HURTING PEOPLE BUT THE ALTERNATIVE IS EVEN WORSE

>> WE'VE HEARD FROM ITALIAN MEDIA THAT IT COULD BE EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS MATT BRADLEY, NBC NEWS, ROME >> AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE LINED UP FOR HELP FROM A PITTSBURGH FOOD BANK AND THE TURNOUT WAS MASSIVE THE GIVEAWAY WAS AT UNIVERSITY BUT THE LINE WAS SO LONG, TRAFFIC PATTERNS HAD TO BE ADJUSTED THE GREATER PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY FOOD BANK EXPECTED TO HAND OUT 1,700 50-POUND BOXES OF FOOD

>> MY GOODNESS LET'S GET A FIRST CHECK OF THE WEATHER ON THIS LAST DAY OF THE MONTH WITH JANESSA WEBB >> GOOD MORNING LET'S GET OUT OF MARCH OKAY LET'S STEP INTO APRIL GOING INTO TOMORROW BUT TODAY, WE ARE STILL CONTENDING WITH A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN EVEN SOME SNOW FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHEAST

BUT WE ARE WATCHING OUR LARGER STORM SYSTEM FOR THIS DEEP SOUTH INTO THE SOUTHEAST NOW, ACROSS SLEFB PORT, BATON ROUGE, ALL THE WAY TO MISSISSIPPI, YOU ARE PRETTY MUCH IN THE CLEAR THIS AFTERNOON YOU COULD SEE SOME TORRENTIAL RAIN ACROSS THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE ALL THE WAY INTO SOUTHERN GEORGIA WHERE WE ARE GOING TO WATCH POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IS THE PRIMARY THREAT, ALONG WITH A LITTLE BIT OF HAIL THROUGHOUT YOUR AFTERNOON IT WILL NOT BE SIGNIFICANT RAIN, BUT THIS SYSTEM WILL PUSH OFFSHORE BY TOMORROW AND, FINALLY, DEAL WITH SOME CLEARING ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY OF THE DAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD SO TEMPERATURES, AS WELL THEY ARE COOLING OFF FOR THE TENNESSEE AND OHIO VALLEY MORE SEASONABLE AIR

EVEN SLIGHTLY COOLER ACROSS BOSTON, INTO NEW YORK CITY TODAY WE'RE ONLY IN THE MID-40s SO AFTER THIS SYSTEM PUSHES OFFSHORE, QUIET, TRANQUIL WEATHER PATTERN, FINALLY >> JUST LIKE OUTSIDE IS QUIET AND TRANQUIL BUT ALL THE WRONG REASONS THANK YOU

>> IN TODAY'S QUICK HITS, LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS WHILE ON LOCKDOWN? GOOGLE SEARCH AS AN AUGMENTED REALITY FEATURE THAT LETS YOU FIND 3D ANIMALS AND PLACE THEM IN YOUR SURROUNDINGS >> SONY PICTURES HAS DELAYED THE RELEASE OF MORE FILMS DUE TO THE PANDEMIC THEY INCLUDE GHOST BUSTERS, AFTERLIFE, PETER RABBIT 2 AS OF NOW, ALMOST EVERY MAJOR TITLE HAS BEEN MOVED >>> THE RACE IS ON TO FIND AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS OUR STEPHANIE GOSK HAS MORE ON A NEW FDA DRUG, AND AN EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY TO HELP FIGHT THE PANDEMIC >> NEWS ABOUT POTENTIALLY PROMISING, THOUGH SO FAR SCIENTIFICALLY UNPROVEN DRUGS TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS ON SUNDAY, THE FDA GIVING EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION TO ADD TWO ANTI-MALARIAL MEDICATIONS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE CHLOROQUINE AND HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO HOSPITALS ACCORDING TO THE FDA, ANECDOTAL REPORTS SUGGEST THAT THESE DRUGS MAY OFFER SOME BENEFIT ALREADY, HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS HAD BEEN PRESCRIBING THE MEDICATION WITH CLINICAL TRIALS UNDERWAY IN NEW YORK AND MINNESOTA JAMES, WHO IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL, STARTED TREATMENTS LAST WEEK

>> THURSDAY MORNING, I WAS AT MY LOW POINT I WAS REALLY — THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE >> THAT DAY, DOCTORS GAVE HIM HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE >> I WOKE UP AT MID NIGHT JUST ABOUT MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT FEELING LIKE SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT

I FELT LIKE, ALL RIGHT, THE BODY ACHES AREN'T SO MUCH I'M NOT COUGHING AS MUCH >> SO FAR, THERE IS NO CLINICAL PROOF THAT THE ANTI-MALARIALS WORK BUT THE FDA SAYS IT IS WORTH THE RISK TO USE THEM FOR PATIENTS IN SERIOUS CONDITION ALSO, IN THE PIPELINE BUT STILL NOT SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN, IS TRANSFUSING PLASMA FROM CORONAVIRUS SURVIVORS INTO INFECTED PATIENTS HOUSTON'S METHODIST HOSPITAL IS STUDYING IT AS A TREATMENT >> THE IDEA IS THAT THAT PLASMA MAY HAVE PARTS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, LIKE ANTIBODIES AGAINST THE COVID-19 VIRUS, THAT COULD POTENTIALLY HELP PATIENTS

>> BUT THE MOST LONG-TERM HOPE IS BEING PLACED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A VACCINE JOHNSON & JOHNSON SAYS IT HAS A PROMISING POSSIBILITY >> THIS IS LIKE A MOONSHOT FOR US AT JOHNSON & JOHNSON WHAT WOULD USUALLY TAKE FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS, WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN FIVE TO SEVEN MONTHS >> JOHNSON & JOHNSON'S POSSIBLE VACCINE WILL GO THROUGH RIGOROUS TRIALS BUT THE COMPANY SAYS THAT, IN THE COMING DAYS, IT'S GOING TO START PRODUCTION SO THAT IF, AND WHEN, THEY GET THE APPROVAL THEY NEED, IT WILL BE READY TO GO >> CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH >> EVEN JUST THE TALK ABOUT TREATMENT AND HAVING THAT PATIENT AND SEEING HIM TURN AROUND AFTER USING THAT MALARIA DRUG AND A POSSIBLE VACCINE

PROGRESS WE NEED >> YEARS FROM NOW, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE BENEFIT OF TIME, TO HAVE THE HINDSIGHT TO SE ♪ WASH, WASHY WASH, WASH YOUR HANDS ♪ >> ALL RIGHT THAT SONG'S GOING TO STICK BUT THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT "SESAME STREET" STEPPING UP TO HELP KIDS STAY HEALTHY BY TEACHING THE PROPER WAY TO WASH YOUR HANDS YEP THAT SONG IS IN OUR HEAD BUT, THESE DAYS, WE KIND OF NEED IT TO BE >> LADY GAGA'S NOT COMING OUT WITH ANY NEW MUSIC SHE SAID, RIGHT? ONE GOOD THING I THINK WILL COME OF ALL THIS, KIDS AND ADULTS WILL BE WASHING THEIR HANDS VERY THOROUGHLY, I HOPE >> JUST CONSCIOUS ABOUT — >> WE'RE SLACKING AS — AS A SOCIETY, WE WERE KIND OF SLACKING WHEN THIS CAME TO THAT

VERY CLEAR AND NO LONGER WILL WE NOT DO THAT NOW, TO SOME VERY SAD NEWS ABOUT BELOVED CHILDREN'S AUTHOR TOMIE DEPAOLA HAS DIED DEPAOLA WORKED ON MORE THAN 270 BOOKS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER HIS FAMILY SAYS HE >>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THIS CURVE BUT THE UPTICK CONTINUES NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, SEEING JUST YESTERDAY ALONE OVER 10,000 NEW CASES NOW, WE ARE SEEING THE FLUCTUATION IN STATES CALIFORNIA, NOW, IN THE TOP THREE

A THOUSAND NEW CASES YESTERDAY EVEN MICHIGAN TO THE FLORIDA AREA, NEAR A THOUSAND SO JUST IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, FOR CALIFORNIA, WE ARE UP TO NOW 7,000 CASES THIS IS REALLY DAUNTING FROM THE START OF THE MONTH, WE HAD 75 CASES NOW, YESTERDAY, 164K FOR THE US

>> THOSE ARE JUST NUMBERS THAT WERE RELEASED YEST >>> A NEW TREND IS TURNING NEIGHBORHOODS INTO SCAVENGER HUNTS FOR BORED KIDS IN QUARANTINE YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THE WELCOMED SIGHT IN WINDOWS ACROSS AMERICA OUR KRISTEN DAHLGREN EXPLAINS >> Reporter: JUST WHEN PARENTS AND KIDS THOUGHT THE BOREDOM WAS UNBEARABLE, TEDDY BEARS STARTED CROPPING UP IN NEIGHBORHOOD WINDOWS >> WE WENT THE FIRST NIGHT AND FOUND LIKE 20 SOMETHING 21 NOW, WE'RE UP TO LIKE 112

>> TURNING STIR-CRAZY KIDS INTO STUFFED ANIMAL SCAVENGER HUNTERS >> SO IT CAN BE LIKE AN EASTER EGG HUNT ALMOST >> BEARS HAVE NOW BEEN SPOTTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY EVEN GOING GLOBAL SIGHTINGS REPORTED IN WALES AND NEW ZEALAND A WELCOME DISTRACTION >> IT WAS REALLY EXCITING AND SOMETHING FUN TO LOOK FORWARD TO

>> THE LAST ONE WAS THE BIGGEST ONE OF ALL THEM >> SOME NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE EVEN TURNED IT INTO A WALKING SAFARI WITH ALL SORTS OF WILDLIFE >> I HAVE A 5-YEAR-OLD AND SHE IS LEARNING ANIMALS SHE'S COUNTING ALL OF THEM IT COUNTS AS SCHOOL >> A LESSON IN COMING TOGETHER EVEN WHILE STAYING SIX FEET APART

KRISTEN DAHLGREN, NBC NEWS >> THAT'S PRETTY COOL DO YOU THINK THEIR PARENTS GAVE THEM ANY EXTRA POINTS FOR FINDING THE CHARMIN BEARS? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR, RIGHT >> AS LONG AS THERE'S TOILET PAPER IN THEM REALLY GREAT FUN, FUN TRENDS >> THE PGA TOUR IS ON HOLD, OF COURSE BUT THE WORLD'S TOP-RANKED GOLFER DID TAKE SOME TIME TO SHOW OFF HIS SKILLS

RORY McILROY, CHECK THIS OUT HIS ABILITY TO BOUNCE IT RIGHT OFF THE TIP OF THE CLUB PRETTY COOL THERE GOLFERS POSTING FOR BALANCE CHALLENGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA >> ROGER FEDERER TOOK TO TWITTER TO SHOW SOME RAPIDFIRE SHOTS AGAINST A WALL IN HIS NATIVE SWITZERLAND POSTED THIS CLIP TO TWITTER WHERE HE GOT OVER A MILLION VIEWS IN JUST A FEW HOURS

>> WITH THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES DELAYED, BROADCASTERS ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO BRUSH UP ON THEIR SKILLS >> THEY'VE GONE SILENT STANDING-ROOM ONLY CROWD HEAD INTO THE WATER INTO THE BUTTERFLY >> WHAT A START >> THAT'S WHERE WE'RE AT NOW, GUYS NBC — NBC'S DAN HICKS AND ROWDY HAVING SOME FUN WHERE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SWIMMER MARY PRUDEN TOOK HOME THE GOLD, SILVER, AND THE BRONZE >> THEY'RE CHOMPING FOR SOME PLAY BY PLAY WE'VE SEEN IT WITH EVERYBODY ELSE SO MIGHT AS WELL >> CRAVING FOR SOME SPORTS TO COME BACK AT ANY POINT BUT THAT'S FUN ALL RIGHT

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STARTING US FROM DAY ONE WE HAVE BEEN PLAYING CATCHUP FROM DAY ONE YOU NEVER WIN PLAYING CATCHUP GET AHEAD OF THE PROBLEM >> AS THE CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS SKYROCKET ACROSS NEW YORK, SOME RELIEF IS IN SIGHT AS THE US NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP COMFORT WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING NON-COVID-19 PATIENTS THIS MORNING

>> GENERAL ELECTRIC, FORD, GM, AND A HANDFUL OF OTHER COMPANIES STEPPING UP TO MANUFACTURE DESPERATELY-NEEDED VENTILATORS >> CALLING ALL DOCTORS AND NURSES A SHORTAGE AND NEED FOR MORE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO COVER THE SURGING NUMBER OF PATIENTS AND TO GIVE SOME RELIEF TO THOSE IN THE WAR >> PLUS, WHAT'S OLD IS NEW AGAIN, AS TELEPHONE CALLS ARE BACK, ALONG WITH MUCH MORE IN THIS SMARTPHONE WORLD OF PHYSICAL SEPARATION >> IT'S TUESDAY "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> GOOD MORNING, I'M PHILLIP MENA

>> I'M FRANCES RIVERA ON THIS LAST DAY OF MARCH, THE COUNTRY GRAP LPLES TO CONTAIN T PANDEMIC ROUGHLY THREE OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS ARE UNDER ORDERS TO STAY HOME OR WILL BE AS STATES CONTINUE CRACKING DOWN HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AT THIS HOUR AS STRAES STRUGGLE WITH GROWING CLUSTERS OF CORONAVIRUS, OVER 3,000 AMERICANS HAVE NOW DIED FROM THIS MONDAY MARKED THE DEADLIEST DAY YET WITH AT LEAST 540 FATALITIES WHILE THE COUNTRY NOW HAS OVER 163,000 CONFIRMED CASES >> FOR AMERICANS WONDERING ABOUT THOSE STIMULUS CHECKS, THE IRS SAYS PAYMENTS WILL BEGIN IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS THEY WILL BE HANDED OUT BASED ON TAXES FROM 2019 OR 2018

AND FOR SENIORS WHO DON'T FILE, THEY'LL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A TAX RETURN TO RECEIVE PAYMENT AND SHOULD WE BE WEARING MASKS OUTSIDE? A SOURCE TELLS T"THE WASHINGTON POST" PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ASKED IF EVERYONE SHOULD WEAR NONMEDICAL MASKS AND THE PRESIDENT SAID IT WAS CERTAINLY SOMETHING THEY COULD DISCUSS >> ESSENCE FEST MAY BE CANCELLED THIS YEAR BUT THE MAGAZINE IS KICKING OFF A MAJOR VIRTUAL SUMMIT TODAY IT WILL FEATURE PANELISTS AND HEALTH AND WELLNESS TIPS YOU CAN REGISTER AT ESSENCECOM NATIONAL TREASURE DOLLY PARTON IS HERE TO HELP US COPE WITH HER NEW READING SERIES "GOOD NIGHT WITH DOLLY" LAUNCHES ON HER YOUTUBE PAGE

NEW EPISODES AIR EVERY WEEK >> RESIDENTS OF THE NATION'S CAPITAL COULD BE ARRESTED IF THEY VIOLATE STAY AT HOME ORDERS DC MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER SAID CITY RESIDENTS COULD BE SLAPPED WITH A $5,000 FINE OR EVEN THROWN IN JAIL FOR 90 DAYS EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE FOR GROCERY SHOPPING AND ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES STOCKER FOR JOHNSON AND JOHNSON AFTER THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINE WOULD BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER

>> A FLORIDA MEGA CHURCH PASTOR WHO DEEMED HIS SERVICES ESSENTIAL BUSINESS WAS ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING ISOLATION RULES THIS, AFTER HUNDREDS PACKED THE RIVER AT TAMPA BAY CHURCH FOR SUNDAY SERVICES RODNEY HOWARD BROWN FACES UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY CHARGES SOME BRAZEN THIEVES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SHUTDOWN TO STEAL A FAMOUS PIECE OF FINE ART A VANGOH STEALING WAS STOLEN DURING A SMASH AND GRAB AT A MUSEUM IN AMSTERDAM

THE VALUE OF THE PIECE IS NOT KNOWN BUT HIS PAINTINGS FETCH MILLIONS AT AUCTIONS >> TOP US HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE COME OUT WITH A GRIM ASSESSMENT, SAYING THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS 100,000 TO 200,000 DEATHS IN THE US

, AND THAT'S IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL NBC'S ALICE BARR HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON >> THE DEVASTATING TOLL OF THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS IS BEGINNING TO SINK IN AS TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS PREDICT A STAGGERING NUMBER OF AMERICANS ARE LIKELY TO DIE >> IF WE DO THINGS TOGETHER, WELL, ALMOST PERFECTLY, WE COULD GET IN THE RANGE OF 100,000 TO 200,000 FATALITIES >> SOCIAL DISTANCING REMAINS OUR BEST WEAPON BUT EXPERTS SAY TOO MANY AMERICANS ARE REFUSING TO FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE TO STAY APART STILL GATHERING IN GROUPS WHERE THE DISEASE CAN QUICKLY SPREAD PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW EXTENDING THOSE DISTANCING GUIDELINES THROUGH THE END OF APRIL BACKING OFF HIS EARLIER GOAL TO REOPEN MUCH OF THE COUNTRY BY EASTER

>> THE MORE WE COMMIT OURSELVES NOW, THE SOONER WE CAN WIN THE FIGHT >> IN NEW YORK, THE US EPICENTER, CREWS SETTING UP A FIELD HOSPITAL IN CENTRAL PARK AS A MASSIVE NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP DOCKS TO RELIEVE PRESSURE ON THE CITY'S OVERWHELMED HOSPITAL SYSTEM >> WHAT YOU SEE US GOING THROUGH HERE, YOU WILL SEE HAPPENING ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY

>> DETROIT, NEW ORLEANS, AND CHICAGO HAVE NOW ALL BEEN DECLARED CORONAVIRUS HOTSPOTS AND AS THE VIRUS SPREADS, SO DOES THE URGENT NEED FOR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYING FORD AND GENERAL ELECTRIC WILL START MAKING 50,000 VENTILATORS WITHIN THE NEXT 100 DAYS WHILE AN OHIO COMPANY WILL BEGIN STERILIZING HUGE NUMBERS OF MASKS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS TO SAFELY REUSE >> 120,000 MASKS PER DAY IT'LL BE JUST LIKE A NEW ONE IT COULD GO UP TO ABOUT 20 TIMES FOR EACH MASK

>> THE PRESIDENT ALSO ANNOUNCING THE US HAS NOW TESTED A MILLION PEOPLE FOR THE VIRUS WHILE TOUTING A NEWPORT, PORTABE TEST THAT GIVES RESULTS WITHIN 15 MINUTES ANOTHER TOOL IN THE ARMS RACE AS SCIENTISTS SEARCH FOR TREATMENTS AND VACCINES IN WASHINGTON, ALICE BARR, NBC NEWS >> AND THE AMERICAN MANUFACTURING ENGINE IS ROARING TO LIFE THIS MORNING TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS FORD IS JOINING GM IN THE RACE TO PRODUCE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VENTILATORS FOR HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY MEANWHILE, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SHYING AWAY FROM A NATIONWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER NBC'S GEOFF BENNETT HAS MORE >> JUST DAYS AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERED GENERAL MOTORS TO MAKE VENTILATORS, UNDER THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT, FORD MOTOR ANNOUNCING IT'S TEAMING UP WITH GE HEALTHCARE TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS IN THE NEXT 100 DAYS TRANSFORMING A FACTORY IN MICHIGAN TO HELP MEET DEMAND OF HOSPITALS AROUND THE COUNTRY BUT AS CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE U

S CONTINUE TO CLIMB, PRESIDENT TRUMP, DURING A CONFERENCE CALL WITH GOVERNORS, DOWNPLAYED THE PROBLEMS POSED BY A PERSISTENT LACK OF CORONAVIRUS TEST KITS TWO SOURCES FAMILIAR TELL NBC NEWS IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS FOR MORE TESTING KITS, THE PRESIDENT RESPONDED BY SAYING HE HASN'T HEARD ABOUT TESTING IN WEEKS IT ALL COMES A DAY AFTER THE PRESIDENT ACCEPTED THE ADVICE FROM HIS TOP MEDICAL EXPERTS TO EXTEND THE NATION'S SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES THROUGH THE END OF APRIL DR ANTHONY FAUCI SAYS HE AND DR DEBORAH BIRX PRESENTED THE PRESIDENT WITH ALARMING NEW PROJECTIONS THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS MAY CONTRACT THE VIRUS

>> WE SHOWED HIM THE DATA HE LOOKED AT THE DATA AND HE GOT IT RIGHT AWAY IT WAS A PRETTY CLEAR PICTURE WE ARGUED STRONGLY WITH THE PRESIDENT THAT HE NOT WITHDRAWAL THOSE GUIDELINES AFTER 15 DAYS BUT THAT HE EXTEND THEM AND HE DID LISTEN

>> IT'S A STARK SHIFT FOR THE PRESIDENT WHO, LAST WEEK, COMPLAINED ABOUT THE ECONOMIC PAIN CAUSED BY TIGHT RESTRICTIONS, MEANT TO SLOW THE SPREAD TWEETING WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF AND PUSHED TO REOPEN THE COUNTRY WITHIN WEEKS >> I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE COUNTRY OPENED UP AND JUST RARING TO GO BY EASTER >> THE PRESIDENT NOW SAYS EASTER IS WHEN THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN THE US TO PEAK

>> PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW EYEING ANOTHER NEW DATE ON THE CALENDAR JUNE 1st IS WHEN HE PREDICTS THE COUNTRY WILL BE ON ITS WAY TO RECOVERY THE PRESIDENT ALSO SAID IT'S UNLIKELY HE WILL ISSUE A NATIONAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER HE SAYS HE IS LEAVING IT UP TO GOVERNORS TO DECIDE, IN EACH STATE FRANCES >> ALL RIGHT GEOFF, THANKS FOR THE UPDATE >> WITH THE CORONAVIRUS FORCING HOME ISOLATIONS, MORE AMERICANS ARE TURNING TO ONLINE GROCERY SHOPPING NO-CONTACT DELIVERIES ARE QUICKLY BECOMING OUR NEW NORMAL

BUT SOME WORKERS AT AN AMAZON WAREHOUSE AND INSTA CART WALKED OFF THE JOB MONDAY CITING GROWING CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY AND PAY >> AS MORE AMERICANS STAY HOME AND DEPEND ON DELIVERIES, WORKERS IN WAREHOUSES, GROCERY STORES, AND ON THE ROAD ARE DEMANDING MORE PROTECTIONS >> UNTIL THEY MEET THE DEMANDS OF MYSELF AND ALL OF THE WORKERS WE'RE TRYING TO PROTECT UPWARDS OF 200,000 OF THEM I DON'T NEED INSTACART AT THIS POINT >> AN APP THATLLOWS CUSTOMERS TO ORDER GROCERIES FROM HOME WENT ON STRIKE REFUSING TO SHOP AND MAKE DELIVERIES THEY SAY THE SILICON VALLEY COMPANY IS FAILING TO PROVIDE THEM WITH PROPER PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT OR HAZARD PAY TO OFFSET THE ELEVATED HEALTH RISK TO THEMSELVES AND THEIR CUSTOMERS >> SO MANY PEOPLE STILL IN THE STORES AND NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING

>> INSTACART RESPONDING SAYING, IN ADDITION TO ROLLING OUT BONUSES LAST WEEK, IT'S NOW INTRODUCED NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES AND HAS SOURCED, MANUFACTURED, AND DISTRIBUTING OUR OWN HAND SANITIZER ALSO SAYS AS IT RELATES TO TODAY'S ACTION, WE HAVE SEEN ABSOLUTELY NO IMPACT TO INSTACART'S OPERATIONS AT THE SAME TIME, SOME WORKERS AT THIS AMAZON WAREHOUSE ON NEW YORK'S STATEN ISLAND WALKED OFF THE JOB AFTER AN EMPLOYEE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 SOME EMPLOYEES WANT THE WAREHOUSE SHUT DOWN >> WE DO NOT FEEL SAFE IN THIS BUILDING >> THESE AMAZON WORKERS ALSO SAY THEY DON'T HAVE THE NECESSARY PROTECTIVE GEAR >> WE'RE VERY LOW ON MASKS WE'RE LIMITED TO MASKS WE — WE DON'T HAVE THE PROPER GLOVES

>> AMAZON HAS RESPONDED CALLING THE ACCUSATIONS UNFOUNDED ADDING, WE HAVE TAKEN EXTREME MEASURES TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE TRIPLING DOWN ON DEEP CLEANLING, PROCURING SAFETY SUPPLIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE, AND CHANGING PROCESSES TO ENSURE THOSE IN OUR BUILDINGS ARE KEEPING SAFE DISTANCES >> THANKS TO JOLENE KENT FOR THAT REPORT >> GLOBAL CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS CONTINUE TO SURGE THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 786,000 INFECTIONS WORLDWIDE THE UNITED STATES CURRENTLY HAS THE MOST CASES BUT THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS IN HAND IN HARD-HIT EUROPE, POLLUTION HAS DECREASED AND ITALY IS REPORTING A SMALLER NUMBER OF NEW INFECTIONS, WHICH COULD BE A SIGN THAT THE COUNTRY IS FLATTENING THE CURVE MEANWHILE, SPAIN JUST HIT A NEW MILESTONE, SURPASSING CHINA IN CASES

AND FRANCE HAS SEEN AN UPTICK IN ITS NUMBER OF DEATHS FOR THE LATEST ON THE GLOBAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19, WE TURN TO CHAPMAN BELL LIVE IN LONDON CHAPMAN, GOOD MORNING >> MORNING, FRANCES HERE IN THE UK, THE COUNTRY'S CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR HAS SAID THERE ARE EARLY SIGNS THAT THINGS LIKE SOCIAL DISTANCING, WORKING FROM HOME LIKE I'M DOING HERE, ARE HAVING AN IMPACT THAT CASES AREN'T GROWING AS FAST AS THEY FIRST FEARED THAT THESE THINGS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE THOUGH, A HEALTH OFFICIAL HAS SAID IT COULD BE UP TO SIX MONTHS BEFORE LIFE GETS BACK TO NORMAL HERE IN THE UK

BUT AS YOU MENTIONED, ITALY CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC THOUGH, THE COUNTRY NOW HAS MORE THAN 100,000 TOTAL CASES, JOINING THE US AS THE ONLY OTHER COUNTRY IN THAT BRACKET, NEW INFECTIONS HAVE SLOWED THEY ARE HOPING THAT THIS IS DUE TO THEIR SOCIAL-DISTANCING MEASURES THEY'VE HAD IN PLACE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS THEY HAVE NOW EXTENDED THESE RESTRICTIONS THROUGH EASTER

EVEN IN HOPES THAT THIS WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE AN IMPACT THIS COUNTRY, THOUGH, OF COURSE HAS MORE THAN 11,000 DEAD THE HIGHEST MORTALITY RATE IN EUROPE AND AROUND THE WORLD, REALLY FRANCE DEATHS HAVE INCREASED BY THE MOST IN ONE DAY THAT COUNTRY HAS RESORTED TO SENDING PEOPLE TO GERMANY FOR TREATMENT BY HELICOPTER AND AS YOU MENTIONED, SPAIN HAS JOINED THE US

AND ITALY IN OVERTAKING CHINA IN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES THAT COUNTRY NOW HAS MORE THAN 85,000 TOTAL CASES ALSO, IN ISRAEL, PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, THOUGH HE'S TESTED NEGATIVE FOR THE VIRUS, IS IN SELF-ISOLATION AFTER COMING INTO CONTACT WITH AN AIDE WHO DID TEST POSITIVE FOR THE INFECTION AND THERE ARE WORRIES THAT ACROSS THE WORLD, COUNTRIES, DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, THAT THIS COULD HAVE A HUGE IMPACT AND WE SEE THE VIRUS SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD FRANCES >> CERTAINLY, TOUGH NUMBERS TO HEAR CHAPMAN, THANK YOU >> WELL, SOME VILLAGERS IN INDIA HAVE A UNIQUE WAY OF SELF-ISOLATING AMID THE PANDEMIC THEY'RE IN TREETOPS

THEY ARE UP THERE THE VILLAGERS DON'T HAVE SEPARATE ROOMS FOR ISOLATION IN THEIR HOMES SO THEY TURNED OBSERVATION PLATFORMS THAT WERE ALREADY IN THE TREES, INTO MAKESHIFT TENTS INDIA HAS REPORTED 979 CASES, INCLUDING 25 DEATHS >> LET'S GET A CHECK OF YOUR DAY AHEAD WITH NBC METEOROLOGIST JANESSA WEBB HOW WE LOOKING THIS MORNING? >> LET'S FINISH UP THIS MONTH, PLEASE >> PLEASE

>> AS WE GO INTO APRIL, WE ARE GOING TO START TO SEE KIND OF A CALMER WEATHER PATTERN RIGHT NOW, THIS MORNING, WE ARE SEEING SOME ISOLATED SNOW FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATION BUT WE'RE ALSO WATCHING OUR NEXT STORM SYSTEM THAT'S MAKING ITS WAY ACROSS THE DEEP SOUTH ONCE AGAIN, TODAY WILL BE ANOTHER SEVERE WEATHER DAY FOR THE SOUTHEAST WHAT WE ARE GOING TO SEE DAMAGING WINDS, ALSO THE HAIL COULD BE LARGE AT TIME WATCHING THE POSSIBILITY OF A FEW TORNADOS THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY OF THE DAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD >> SO TEMPERATURES HERE GOING TO START TO COOL DOWN ACROSS THE SOUTH THE CLOUDS, THEY REMAIN IN PLACE ACROSS OHIO VALLEY INTO THE NORTHEAST

HIGHER ELEVATION COULD SEE A LITTLE BIT OF SNOW SO AFTER WE SEE THIS MOVE OFFSHORE, CALM CONDITIONS GOING INTO APRIL THAT'S NOT AN APRIL FOOLS >> THAT'S GREAT BECAUSE WE NEED ALL THE CALM WE CAN GET THESE DAYS THANK YOU, JANESSA >> 4-YEAR-OLD IN OMAHA GOT A SPECIAL DRIVE-THROUGH BIRTHDAY AFTER HIS PARTY WAS CANCELLED BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS HE GOT HIS TRUSTY BATMAN CAPE ON, AND HE GOT TO HEAR FRIENDS AND FAMILY SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM THE SAFE DISTANCE OF THEIR CARS HE EVEN SNAGGED A FE >>> TODAY IS NATIONAL DOCTOR'S DAY, AND WE WANT TO THANK THOSE BRAVE DOCTORS AT THE FRONT LINES, FIGHTING THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC >> THANK A DOCTOR TODAY BY STAYING HOME, IF YOU CAN WE ALL CAN FIGHT THIS PANDEMIC TOGETHER >> AND LET'S ALL DO OUR PART AND THANK THESE DOCTORS BY STAYING HOME AND STAYING SAFE LOTS OF LOVE

>> THE GRAYS ANATOMY CAST TOOK TIME TO — THEY SAY IF YOU WANT TO THANK A DOCTOR, STAY AT HOME >> IT'S GOOD ADVICE THERE MORE NOW ON THE EPICENTER OF THE DEADLY CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN THE US WITH NEW YORK STATE'S DEATH TOLL NOW TOPPING 1,200, WITH MORE THAN 67,000 CASES, DOCTORS AND NURSES THERE ARE STRUGGLING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE VIRUS NBC NEWS NOW SPOKE TO SEVERAL OF THEM IN NEW YORK CITY

>> WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS A TREMENDOUS SHIFT IT'S — WE SEE A TIDAL WAVE COMING AT US AND WE'RE — WE'RE SCRAMBLING TO TRY TO PREPARE FOR IT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE >> THE RATE OF PATIENTS WHO CANNOT BREATHE IS OVERWHELMING YOU SEE THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN YOU'RE INTUBATING TWO PATIENTS IN AN HOUR THIS IS NOT WHAT WE DO IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE, EVEN IN THE BUSIEST OF ERs >> HERE, IN NEW YORK CITY, CORONAVIRUS HAS LARGELY TAKEN OVER A LOT OF WHAT WE DO ON A DAILY BASIS IT'S IMPACTING OUR STAFF >> WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF NURSES GETTING SICK, INCREDIBLY SICK >> WE ARE SEEING SCORES OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN MY OWN DEPARTMENT, YOU KNOW, GET INFECTED AND THAT'S TRUE EVERYWHERE

>> I KNOW WE'VE ALL HEARD OF THE NURSE THAT PASSED AWAY RECENTLY FROM THE COVID VIRUS I'M AWARE OF ANOTHER 40-YEAR-OLD, OTHERWISE HEALTHY MALE NURSE, WHO WAS IN AN ICU AND INTUBATED WE DON'T FEEL SAFE >> YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE REST OF THIS REPOR >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH MY DAUGHTERS DID IT, BY THE WAY >> BEAUTIFUL THIS WILL BE THE GRAPHIC AT THE BOTTOM OF — OF — >> PERFECT I LOVE IT >> WE'RE BOTH LOOKING DAPPER THIS IS HOW I AM 24/7

>> I GUARANTEE YOU THAT THE BOTTOM HALF OF WHAT YOU HAVE ON DOES NOT MATCH THE TOP >> HE'S WEARING SHORTS AND SNEAKERS UNDER THAT THE MINI OFFICE REUNION WAS THE FIRST INTERVIEW FROM THE NEW YOUTUBE SERIES GOOD NEWS, STEVE CARRELL AND SPOKE ABOUT THE — >> I WATCHED THAT IT'S ABOUT 15 MINUTES LONG IT'S >>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THIS CURVE BUT THE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO BE DAUNTING ACROSS NEW YORK, WE HAD OVER 6,000 NEW CASES AND WE ARE SEEING THE FLUCTUATION OF STATES NOW, CALIFORNIA SITTING AT NUMBER THREE A THOUSAND NEW CASES >>> MORE THAN 200 MILLION AMERICANS ARE BEING ASKED TO STAY AT HOME BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE COMPLETELY ISOLATED

PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED AND SOME ARE EVEN RETURNING TO SOME TRIED AND TRUE METHODS, LIKE PHONE CALLS REMEMBER THEM? EVEN LETTER WRITING HERE'S NBC'S JOE FRYER >> THESE DAYS, CONNECTION AND COMMUNITY COME IN UNEXPECTED FORMS FROM VIRTUAL HAPPY HOURS

>> MINE'S QUARANTINY BECAUSE IT'S WATER >> TO BRUNCHES AND DINNER PARTIES NOW HAPPENING REMOTELY >> THANK GOD FOR ALL OF OUR DEVICES AND OUR FACE TIMES AND DUOS AND ZOOMS AND EVERYTHING WE'RE USING BECAUSE IT DOES NOT FEEL SO AWFUL YOU STILL FEEL CONNECTED >> NASA ASTRONAUT NICK HAGUE SAID SOME OF THE TOOLS HE USED IN SPACE CAN HELP US TRAPPED IN OUR PERSONAL CAPSULES HERE ON EARTH

>> WHEN I WAS IN OR BBIT, I WOUD DO CROSS WORD PUZZLES WITH MY BOYS ON VIDEO CHAT AND JUST BEING ABLE TO CONNECT THAT WAY WAS SUCH A HUGE EMOTIONAL BOOST >> ZOOM MEETINGS HAVE EXPLODED IN POPULARITY OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS IT'S NOW THE NUMBER ONE FREE APP FOR iPHONE AND ANDROID BUT NOT EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO THE INTERNET OR FEELS COMFORTABLE USING IT >> HI, GRANDMA >> HELLO THE PHONE CALL IS BACK VERIZON SAYS ITS PHONE TRAFFIC HAS GONE WAY UP

EACH WEEKDAY, NEARLY 800 MILLION CALLS ARE BEING MADE TWICE THE VOLUME OF MOTHER'S DAY AND PEOPLE ARE STAYING ON LONGER, TOO 33% >> RIGHT NOW, ONE OF THE MOST KIND THINGS WE COULD DO IS PICK UP THE PHONE TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR SMILING FACE SEND IT TO THAT PERSON WHO WE KNOW IS ALONE OR SCARED RIGHT NOW >> FOR SOME SPECIAL OCCASIONS, THERE ARE DRIVE-BY BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR OTHERS, SIGN LANGUAGE

>> GRANDMA, LOOK AT THE SIGN >> IT'S A BOY I JUST HAD A FEELING >> AND FOR SOMETHING THAT LASTS EVEN LONGER, OLD-FASHIONED LETTERS ARE MAKING A BIT OF A COMEBACK SAYS ARKANSAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MICHELLE WELLS >> NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE MY AGE REALLY DO IT BUT I REALLY ENJOY IT >> IF THERE'S NO TIME FOR THAT, A SHORT TEXT CAN SAY SO MUCH EXPERTS SAY EVEN THE LITTLE PINGS MATTER JUST CHECKING IN REGULARLY WITH SOMEONE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE JOE FRYER, NBC NEWS, LOS ANGELES

>> A ALL PART OF OUR DAILY LIVES I THINK MY FAVORITE SOCIAL INTERACTION ARE CURBSIDE CHEERS PEOPLE COMING OUT ON THEIR CURBS TO SIX FEET APART AND CHEERSING FOR HAPPY HOUR >> STAYING CONNECTED IN NEW WAYS >> THE FAMOUS LIGHTS AT THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING HONORED EMERGENCY WORKERS OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC OVERNIGHT THE BUILDING BEAMED IN RED AND WHITE LIGHTS JUST AFTER 9:00 P

M WITH A PULSATING LIGHT MEANT TO MIMIC AN EMERGENCY SIREN >> GIVEN THE ORIGIN OF THE VIRUS, I THINK A BAT SIGNAL WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE BUT, YOU KNOW, >>> I THINK EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS, NOW, THAT YOU CAN GO FROM 5 TO 50 TO 500 TO 5,000 CASES VERY QUICKLY WE SEE THIS IN MANY METROPOLITAN AREAS WE'RE VERY WORRIED ABOUT EVERY CITY IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS VIRUS TO GET OUT OF CONTROL

>> THE FAST-MOVING VIRUS HAS MORE STREETS DESERTED AS POSITIVE CASES SURGE IN NEW YORK AND BEYOND WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE IT'S GROWING >> HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FINANCIAL WEALTH ON THIS LAST DAY OF THE MONTH WHEN MILLIONS GOT TO PAY THEIR BILLS BUT NEVER BEFORE HAVE SO MANY AMERICANS BEEN FORCED OUT OF WORK, AND WITHOUT A PAYCHECK >> PLUS, THE RACE TO FIND AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS AND THE FDA'S MAJOR MOVE TOWARD AN EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> GOOD MORNING, I'M PHILLIP MENA

>> AND I'M FRANCES RIVERA IT IS THE LAST DAY OF MARCH, AS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CONTINUE TO LIVE UNDER VIRTUAL LOCKDOWNS, MANY ARE JUST STARTING TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST ACCORDING TO PROJECTIONS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE, A RESPONSE THAT WORKS ALMOST PERFECTLY WOULD STILL LEAD TO AN OUTCOME OF 100 TO 200,000 DEATHS THE US NAVAL HOSPITAL SHIP COMFORT PULLED INTO PORT IN NEW YORK, WHERE THE DEATH TOLL EXCEEDED 1,000 THE GOVERNOR SAYS AN ADDITIONAL 1 MILLION HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE NEEDED TO TACKLE THE CRISIS

MEANWHILE, NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN SAYS THAT SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE PRESUMED CORONAVIRUS INFECTION SHE BEGAN FEELING ILL ON SUNDAY ON FRIDAY, SHE WAS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR DURING THE STIMULUS BILL DEBATE, WHERE SHE SPOKE WITH SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI AND OTHER LAWMAKERS >> THE NEED FOR FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR AMERICANS IS BECOMING EVEN MORE URGENT KOHL'S HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL FURLOUGH ABOUT 85,000 EMPLOYEES AND MACY'S SAYS MOST OF ITS WORKERS WILL GO ON FURLOUGH STARTING THIS WEEK ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST

LOUIS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE COULD REACH 32% IN THE SECOND QUARTER THAT WOULD EASILY TOP THE 25% JOBLESS RATE DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION >> THERE ARE ALSO GROWING CONCERNS THIS MORNING ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR MOST-VULNERABLE POPULATIONS ACCORDING TO THE CDC, MORE THAN 400 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES NATIONWIDE HAVE RESIDENTS WHO WERE INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS THAT IS AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 170% OVER JUST ONE WEEK MEANWHILE, THE PENTAGON ANNOUNCED THAT A NEW JERSEY NATIONAL GUARDSMAN DIED OF COVID-19 COMPLICATIONS THIS MARKS THE FIRST CORONAVIRUS DEATH OF A U

S SERVICE MEMBER NEW JERSEY'S GOVERNOR IDENTIFIED THE MAN AS A A PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT >> FORD AND GE ARE HELPING TO REINFORCE THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT THE COMPANIES SAY THEY PLAN TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS WITHIN THE NEXT 100 DAYS THEY EXPECT TO HAVE 1,500 READY BY THE END OF APRIL AND BROOKS BROTHERS IS DITCHING SHIRTS AND TIES FOR MASKS AND GOWNS

THEIR FACTORIES ARE BEING CONVERTED TO PRODUCE PROTECTIVE GEAR FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS THEY HOPE TO MAKE 150,000 MASKS A DAY >> NEW NUMBERS ANNOUNCED BY THE WHITE HOUSE PAINT A GRIM PICTURE OF JUST HOW MANY AMERICANS COULD LOSE THEIR LIVES TO THE VIRUS WITH IT NOW IMPACTING EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY, NBC'S SUSAN McGUINNESS HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON >> NEW YORK'S ICONIC CENTRAL PARK, THE SITE OF A MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL FOR CROW ORONAVIRUS PATIENTS NEARBY, THE U

S NAVY SHIP COMFORT, A FLOATING HOSPITAL READY TO RECEIVE PATIENTS SIMILAR SCENES UNFOLDING NATIONWIDE CITIES RACING TO PREPARE, BRACING FOR AN ONSLAUGHT OF CASES >> CHALLENGING TIMES ARE AHEAD FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS >> THE PRESIDENT, WITH A NOTICEABLE CHANGE OF TONE, AFTER HEALTH ADVISERS PAINTED A GRIM BEST-CASE SCENARIO 1 TO 200,000 AMERICANS LOSING THEIR LIVES WITH THE BIGGEST CITIES AND SMALLEST TOWNS IN AMERICA EQUALLY AT RISK

>> AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE STATES TOGETHER, ALL OF THEM ARE MOVING IN EXACTLY THE SAME CURVE >> THE PRESIDENT, AFTER ONLY LAST WEEK SUGGESTING THE COUNTRY COULD REOPEN BY EASTER — >> THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO COME BACK MY FOCUS IS SAVING LIVES >> — NOW, EXTENDING FEDERAL SOCIAL DISTANCING THROUGH APRIL AND DESCRIBING THE PANDEMIC IN THE MOST PERSONAL TERMS >> I HAVE SOME FRIENDS THAT ARE UNBELIEVABLY SICK

WE THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING IN FOR A MILD STAY AND, IN ONE CASE, HE'S UNCONSCIOUS IN A COMA AND YOU SAY HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? >> THE PRESIDENT SHOWING OFF A NEW RAPID TEST KIT, SOON TO GO INTO PRODUCTION AND PROMISING US COMPANIES WILL MAKE SO MANY VENTILATORS AND PROTECTIVE GEAR, THAT IT CAN BE SHARED WITH OTHER COUNTRIES THAT UPBEAT MESSAGE SHARPLY AT ODDS WITH THE PLEAS OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, WHO SAY THEIR SUPPLIES AND TIME ARE RUNNING OUT

SUSAN McGUINNESS, NBC NEWS WASHINGTON >> TOMORROW MARKS THE START OF A NEW MONTH AND A NEW WAVE OF UNCERTAINTY FOR OUT-OF-WORK AMERICANS MILLIONS WILL HAVE A TOUGH TIME PAYING BILLS, INCLUDING THOSE FURLOUGHED JUST YESTERDAY BY KOHL'S AND MACY'S AND IT WILL GET WORSE ACCORDING TO PROJECTIONS, THE ECONOMIC FREEZE COULD COST 47 MILLION JOBS AND SEND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SOARING PAST 32% NBC'S TOM COSTELLO HAS MORE >> A CRUSHING BLOW FOR AN AMERICAN ICON ALREADY STRUGGLING IN THE DOT COM ERA WITH ALL STORES CLOSED AND FEW SALES, MACY'S SAYS IT'S FEWER LOWING MOST OF ITS 130,000 EMPLOYEES

THE PANDEMIC HITTING COMPANIES BIG AND SMALL MICHAEL OWNS A PRINTING PRESS FRANCHISE ON LONG ISLAND WITH THREE EMPLOYEES SALES ARE DOWN 95%, AND THE BILLS ARE COMING DUE >> IT'S REALLY SCARY BECAUSE MY RENT IS DUE THIS WEEK I HAVE PAYROLL THIS WEEK AND ALL MY LEASES ON MY EQUIPMENT ARE ALSO DUE

>> TO HELP KEEP COMPANIES AFLOAT AND AMERICANS EMPLOYED, THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM ENABLES SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO APPLY FOR A LOAN THAT COULD BE ENTIRELY FORGIVEN IF THE MONEY IS USED FOR EXPENSES, LIKE EMPLOYEE PAYROLL AND MONTHLY PAYMENTS IF A COMPANY CAN PROVE IT KEPT 100% OF ITS WORKFORCE BY DOING THAT, THE ENTIRE LOAN WOULD BE FORGIVEN IF THERE ARE SOME LEAYOFFS, THE AMOUNT FORGIVEN WOULD BE DETERMINED BY HOW MUCH OF THE WORKFORCE IS KEPT ON BUT IN VIRGINIA, MALLORY IS SEEKING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND MEDICAID AFTER BEING LAID OFF LAST WEEK AS A CONTRACTED SCHOOL COUNSELOR >> I OWN A HOUSE I AM A SINGLE MOM AND SO MY FEAR IS, IS I'M THE ONLY INCOME AND HOW AM I GOING TO PROVIDE FOR MY CHILD >> IF YOU'RE IN TROUBLE, MONEY EXPERTS SAY NOW IS THE TIME TO PRESERVE CASH MAKE THE MINIMUM PAYMENTS ON CREDIT CARDS, ASK CREDITORS FOR LI LENIENCY, AND FOCUS ON PAYING THE BILLS YOU MUST

>> SO WE NEED TO KEEP FOOD ON THE TABLE WE NEED TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AND THE HEAT IN THE HOUSE WE NEED TO PAY FOR HEALTHCARE BECAUSE HEALTHCARE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT >> FOR RENTERS, MANY CITIES AND STATES ARE PROHIBITING EVICTIONS AND HOMEOWNERS WITH FEDERALLY-BACKED LOANED ARE PROTECTED FROM FORECLOSURE, FOR NOW

DANIEL CRAMER IS FACING MOUNTING BILLS AFTER BEING FORCED TO LAY OFF ALMOST ALL HIS 175 EMPLOYEES AT FOUR WASHINGTON, DC RESTAURANTS HE IS DEFIANT >> WE DON'T HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN

AND OUR GOAL IS TO REHIRE EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO >> NEVER BEFORE HAVE AMERICANS BEEN THROWN OUT OF WORK SO QUICKLY AND IN SUCH GREAT NUMBERS, WITH NO INDICATION WHEN THEY'LL BE ABLE TO RETURN >> OUR THANKS TO TOM COSTELLO FOR THAT REPORT >> AS WE JUST MENTIONED, THE FDA JUST APPROVED A CORONAVIRUS TEST THAT COULD GET PATIENTS RESULTS AS QUICKLY AS FIVE TO 15 MINUTES DR

JOHN TORRES GIVES US AN IDEA HOW SOON THIS TEST WILL BE AVAILABLE >> THIS NEW TEST IS GOING TO BE ROLLED OUT IN DETROIT THIS WEEK TO BE USED FOR FRONT LINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE THE TEST WE'VE BEEN USING TAKES ANYWHERE FROM HOURS TO SEVERAL DAYS THIS NEW TEST PORTABLE AND DELIVERS RESULTS ON THE SPOT IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES IN ADDITION TO QUICKLY TESTING HEALTHCARE WORKERS, THIS WILL ALSO BE CRITICAL FOR AIRPORTS, DRIVE THROUGHS, EVEN JAILS BECAUSE ONCE A PERSON TESTS POSITIVE, THEY'LL GO INTO ISOLATION IMMEDIATELY DECREASING THE SPREAD OF THIS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS VIRUS THE MANUFACTURER TELLS ME THEY PLAN TO DELIVER 50,000 TESTS A DAY

>> THANKS TO DR JOHN TORRES FOR THAT REPORT >> THERE ARE SIGNS OF HOPE IN EUROPE AS THAT CONTINENT FIGHTS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS AND ONE OF THE HARDEST-HIT COUNTRIES, ITALY, IS SEEING A DECREASE IN NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IT IS ALSO REGISTERING A RECORD NUMBER OF PEOPLE CURED AS IT ENTERS ITS THIRD WEEK OF A NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN NBC'S MATT BRADLEY

>> SINCE I HAVE GOTTEN HERE TO ROME, WE HAVE SEEN THIS GOING UP AND DOWN THIS NUMBER WE SAW 919 DEAD JUST ON FRIDAY THE HIGHEST OF ANY COUNTRY IN ANY SINGLE DAY SINCE THIS WHOLE CRISIS BEGAN IN THE PAST TWO DAYS, THAT NUMBER HAS DECREASED THE DEATH RATE IS A LITTLE BIT MORE ARBITRARY THAN OTHER INDICATORS SO WE CAN'T REALLY DRAW A LOT OF OPTIMISM JUST FROM SEEING ONE OR TWO OR EVEN THREE OR FOUR DAYS OF REGULARLY DECLINING DEATH RATES BUT IT IS TRUE THAT ITALY HAS FLATTENED THE CURVE WHAT THAT REALLY MEANS IS THE NUMBER OF NEW POSITIVE CASES HAS BEEN STEADILY DECLINING IT'S NOW AROUND 6% IT'S GONE DOWN FROM CLOSER TO 10% IN JUST THE LAST TWO WEEKS THAT DOES MEAN THAT THE RATE OF TRANSMISSION OF THIS DISEASE IS NO LONGER ACCELERATING >> IF YOU IMAGINE THE LOCKDOWNS AND THE STRINGENT MEASURES THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE ARE NOW IN PLACE BETWEEN TWO AND THREE WEEKS IN ITALY, DIFFERENT LEVELS IN DIFFERENT PLACES

WE SHOULD START TO SEE A STABILIZATION >> THERE IS REASON FOR OPTIMISM AND THE ITALIAN AUTHORITIES ARE STARTING TO SEE JUST A TINY GLIMPSE OF THE EFFECT OF THIS NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN IN SOME OF THE STA TTISTICS THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN IT >> SOCIETY-WIDE MEASURES ARE DIFFICULT THEY ARE NOT EASY

AND THEY ARE HURTING PEOPLE BUT THE ALTERNATIVE IS EVEN WORSE >> WE'VE HEARD FROM ITALIAN MEDIA THAT IT COULD BE EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS MATT BRADLEY, NBC NEWS, ROME >> AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE LINED UP FOR HELP FROM A PITTSBURGH FOOD BANK

AND THE TURNOUT WAS MASSIVE THE GIVEAWAY WAS AT UNIVERSITY BUT THE LINE WAS SO LONG, TRAFFIC PATTERNS HAD TO BE ADJUSTED THE GREATER PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY FOOD BANK EXPECTED TO HAND OUT 1,700 50-POUND BOXES OF FOOD >> MY GOODNESS LET'S GET A FIRST CHECK OF THE WEATHER ON THIS LAST DAY OF THE MONTH WITH JANESSA WEBB >> GOOD MORNING LET'S GET OUT OF MARCH OKAY LET'S STEP INTO APRIL

GOING INTO TOMORROW BUT TODAY, WE ARE STILL CONTENDING WITH A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN EVEN SOME SNOW FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHEAST BUT WE ARE WATCHING OUR LARGER STORM SYSTEM FOR THIS DEEP SOUTH INTO THE SOUTHEAST NOW, ACROSS SLEFB PORT, BATON ROUGE, ALL THE WAY TO MISSISSIPPI, YOU ARE PRETTY MUCH IN THE CLEAR THIS AFTERNOON YOU COULD SEE SOME TORRENTIAL RAIN ACROSS THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE ALL THE WAY INTO SOUTHERN GEORGIA WHERE WE ARE GOING TO WATCH POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IS THE PRIMARY THREAT, ALONG WITH A LITTLE BIT OF HAIL THROUGHOUT YOUR AFTERNOON IT WILL NOT BE SIGNIFICANT RAIN, BUT THIS SYSTEM WILL PUSH OFFSHORE BY TOMORROW AND, FINALLY, DEAL WITH SOME CLEARING ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY OF THE DAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD

SO TEMPERATURES, AS WELL THEY ARE COOLING OFF FOR THE TENNESSEE AND OHIO VALLEY MORE SEASONABLE AIR EVEN SLIGHTLY COOLER ACROSS BOSTON, INTO NEW YORK CITY TODAY WE'RE ONLY IN THE MID-40s SO AFTER THIS SYSTEM PUSHES OFFSHORE, QUIET, TRANQUIL WEATHER PATTERN, FINALLY

>> JUST LIKE OUTSIDE IS QUIET AND TRANQUIL BUT ALL THE WRONG REASONS THANK YOU >> IN TODAY'S QUICK HITS, LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS WHILE ON LOCKDOWN? GOOGLE SEARCH AS AN AUGMENTED REALITY FEATURE THAT LETS YOU FIND 3D ANIMALS AND PLACE THEM IN YOUR SURROUNDINGS >> SONY PICTURES HAS DELAYED THE RELEASE OF MORE FILMS DUE TO THE PANDEMIC THEY INCLUDE GHOST BUSTERS, AFTERLIFE, PETER RABBIT 2 AS OF NOW, ALMOST EVERY MAJOR TITLE HAS BEEN MOVED TO NEXT YEAR

>> EMERGEN >>> THE RACE IS ON TO FIND AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS OUR STEPHANIE GOSK HAS MORE ON A NEW FDA DRUG, AND AN EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY TO HELP FIGHT THE PANDEMIC >> NEWS ABOUT POTENTIALLY PROMISING, THOUGH SO FAR SCIENTIFICALLY UNPROVEN DRUGS TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS ON SUNDAY, THE FDA GIVING EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION TO ADD TWO ANTI-MALARIAL MEDICATIONS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE CHLOROQUINE AND HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO HOSPITALS ACCORDING TO THE FDA, ANECDOTAL REPORTS SUGGEST THAT THESE DRUGS MAY OFFER SOME BENEFIT ALREADY, HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS HAD BEEN PRESCRIBING THE MEDICATION WITH CLINICAL TRIALS UNDERWAY IN NEW YORK AND MINNESOTA JAMES, WHO IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL, STARTED TREATMENTS LAST WEEK >> THURSDAY MORNING, I WAS AT MY LOW POINT I WAS REALLY — THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE

>> THAT DAY, DOCTORS GAVE HIM HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE >> I WOKE UP AT MID NIGHT JUST ABOUT MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT FEELING LIKE SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT I FELT LIKE, ALL RIGHT, THE BODY ACHES AREN'T SO MUCH I'M NOT COUGHING AS MUCH >> SO FAR, THERE IS NO CLINICAL PROOF THAT THE ANTI-MALARIALS WORK BUT THE FDA SAYS IT IS WORTH THE RISK TO USE THEM FOR PATIENTS IN SERIOUS CONDITION

ALSO, IN THE PIPELINE BUT STILL NOT SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN, IS TRANSFUSING PLASMA FROM CORONAVIRUS SURVIVORS INTO INFECTED PATIENTS HOUSTON'S METHODIST HOSPITAL IS STUDYING IT AS A TREATMENT >> THE IDEA IS THAT THAT PLASMA MAY HAVE PARTS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, LIKE ANTIBODIES AGAINST THE COVID-19 VIRUS, THAT COULD POTENTIALLY HELP PATIENTS >> BUT THE MOST LONG-TERM HOPE IS BEING PLACED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A VACCINE JOHNSON & JOHNSON SAYS IT HAS A PROMISING POSSIBILITY >> THIS IS LIKE A MOONSHOT FOR US AT JOHNSON & JOHNSON

WHAT WOULD USUALLY TAKE FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS, WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN FIVE TO SEVEN MONTHS >> JOHNSON & JOHNSON'S POSSIBLE VACCINE WILL GO THROUGH RIGOROUS TRIALS BUT THE COMPANY SAYS THAT, IN THE COMING DAYS, IT'S GOING TO START PRODUCTION SO THAT IF, AND WHEN, THEY GET THE APPROVAL THEY NEED, IT WILL BE READY TO GO >> CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH >> EVEN JUST THE TALK ABOUT TREATMENT AND HAVING THAT PATIENT AND SEEING HIM TURN AROUND AFTER USING THAT MALARIA DRUG AND A POSSIBLE VACCINE PROGRESS WE NEED >> YEARS FROM NOW, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE BENEFIT OF TIME, TO HAVE THE HINDSIGHT TO SEE TH ♪ WASH, WASHY WASH, WASH YOUR HANDS ♪ >> ALL RIGHT THAT SONG'S GOING TO STICK BUT THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT "SESAME STREET" STEPPING UP TO HELP KIDS STAY HEALTHY BY TEACHING THE PROPER WAY TO WASH YOUR HANDS YEP

THAT SONG IS IN OUR HEAD BUT, THESE DAYS, WE KIND OF NEED IT TO BE >> LADY GAGA'S NOT COMING OUT WITH ANY NEW MUSIC SHE SAID, RIGHT? ONE GOOD THING I THINK WILL COME OF ALL THIS, KIDS AND ADULTS WILL BE WASHING THEIR HANDS VERY THOROUGHLY, I HOPE >> JUST CONSCIOUS ABOUT — >> WE'RE SLACKING AS — AS A SOCIETY, WE WERE KIND OF SLACKING WHEN THIS CAME TO THAT VERY CLEAR AND NO LONGER WILL WE NOT DO THAT NOW, TO SOME VERY SAD NEWS ABOUT BELOVED CHILDREN'S AUTHOR

TOMIE DEPAOLA HAS DIED DEPAOLA WORKED ON MORE THAN 270 BOOKS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER HIS FAMILY SAYS HE >>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THIS CURVE BUT THE UPTICK CONTINUES NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, SEEING JUST YESTERDAY ALONE OVER 10,000 NEW CASES NOW, WE ARE SEEING THE FLUCTUATION IN STATES CALIFORNIA, NOW, IN THE TOP THREE A THOUSAND NEW CASES YESTERDAY EVEN MICHIGAN TO THE FLORIDA AREA, NEAR A THOUSAND SO JUST IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, FOR CALIFORNIA, WE ARE UP TO NOW 7,000 CASES

THIS IS REALLY DAUNTING FROM THE START OF THE MONTH, WE HAD 75 CASES NOW, YESTERDAY, 164K FOR THE US >> THOSE ARE JUST NUMBERS THAT WERE RELEASED YESTERDAY FROM THE >>> A NEW TREND IS TURNING NEIGHBORHOODS INTO SCAVENGER HUNTS FOR BORED KIDS IN QUARANTINE YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THE WELCOMED SIGHT IN WINDOWS ACROSS AMERICA OUR KRISTEN DAHLGREN EXPLAINS

>> Reporter: JUST WHEN PARENTS AND KIDS THOUGHT THE BOREDOM WAS UNBEARABLE, TEDDY BEARS STARTED CROPPING UP IN NEIGHBORHOOD WINDOWS >> WE WENT THE FIRST NIGHT AND FOUND LIKE 20 SOMETHING 21 NOW, WE'RE UP TO LIKE 112 >> TURNING STIR-CRAZY KIDS INTO STUFFED ANIMAL SCAVENGER HUNTERS >> SO IT CAN BE LIKE AN EASTER EGG HUNT ALMOST

>> BEARS HAVE NOW BEEN SPOTTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY EVEN GOING GLOBAL SIGHTINGS REPORTED IN WALES AND NEW ZEALAND A WELCOME DISTRACTION >> IT WAS REALLY EXCITING AND SOMETHING FUN TO LOOK FORWARD TO >> THE LAST ONE WAS THE BIGGEST ONE OF ALL THEM >> SOME NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE EVEN TURNED IT INTO A WALKING SAFARI WITH ALL SORTS OF WILDLIFE

>> I HAVE A 5-YEAR-OLD AND SHE IS LEARNING ANIMALS SHE'S COUNTING ALL OF THEM IT COUNTS AS SCHOOL >> A LESSON IN COMING TOGETHER EVEN WHILE STAYING SIX FEET APART KRISTEN DAHLGREN, NBC NEWS >> THAT'S PRETTY COOL

DO YOU THINK THEIR PARENTS GAVE THEM ANY EXTRA POINTS FOR FINDING THE CHARMIN BEARS? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR, RIGHT >> AS LONG AS THERE'S TOILET PAPER IN THEM REALLY GREAT FUN, FUN TRENDS >> THE PGA TOUR IS ON HOLD, OF COURSE BUT THE WORLD'S TOP-RANKED GOLFER DID TAKE SOME TIME TO SHOW OFF HIS SKILLS RORY McILROY, CHECK THIS OUT HIS ABILITY TO BOUNCE IT RIGHT OFF THE TIP OF THE CLUB PRETTY COOL THERE

GOLFERS POSTING FOR BALANCE CHALLENGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA >> ROGER FEDERER TOOK TO TWITTER TO SHOW SOME RAPIDFIRE SHOTS AGAINST A WALL IN HIS NATIVE SWITZERLAND POSTED THIS CLIP TO TWITTER WHERE HE GOT OVER A MILLION VIEWS IN JUST A FEW HOURS >> WITH THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES DELAYED, BROADCASTERS ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO BRUSH UP ON THEIR SKILLS >> THEY'VE GONE SILENT STANDING-ROOM ONLY CROWD HEAD INTO THE WATER INTO THE BUTTERFLY >> WHAT A START

>> THAT'S WHERE WE'RE AT NOW, GUYS NBC — NBC'S DAN HICKS AND ROWDY HAVING SOME FUN WHERE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SWIMMER MARY PRUDEN TOOK HOME THE GOLD, SILVER, AND THE BRONZE >> THEY'RE CHOMPING FOR SOME PLAY BY PLAY WE'VE SEEN IT WITH EVERYBODY ELSE SO MIGHT AS WELL >> CRAVING FOR SOME SPORTS TO COME BACK AT ANY POINT BUT THAT'S FUN ALL RIGHT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STARTING YOUR HOW MORE THAN 400 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AROUND THE NATION NOW HAVE CORONAVIRUS CASES AS THE PANDEMIC ESCALATES >> AMERICA'S EPICENTER IS NEW YORK STATE WHICH HAS SEEN MORE THAN 1,000 DEATHS SO FAR BUT NEEDED REENFORCEMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO KICK IN TO >> PRESIDENT TRUMP REVEALS A NEW TEST KIT THAT CAN REVEAL RESULTS IN JUST A FEW MINUTES

"EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US I'M FRANCES RIVERA >> I'M PHILLIP MENA >> AS WE SAY GOOD RIDDANCE TO MARCH THIS COUNTRY IS TRYING TO CONTAIN THE PANDEMIC HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO FLOW AT THIS HOUR THE CITIES GROW WITH THE CLUSTER OF CORONAVIRUS MORE THAN 3,000 AMERICANS HAVE NOW DIED FROM THIS DISEASE MONDAY MARKED THE DEADLIEST DAY YET WITH 540 FATALITIES >> IN CALIFORNIA CASES HAVE SURPASSED 7,000 THE GOVERNOR HAS PUT OUT AN URGENT CALL FOR RETIRED HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND MEDICAL STUDENTS NEARING GRADUATION TO HELP AS THE STATE BATTLES WITH THE SURGE IN PATIENTS

AND GUN STORES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STAY HOPE IN LOS ANGELES THE NRA AND PRO GUN GROUPS FILED A LAWSUIT PROMPTING THE SHERIFF TO REVERSE IT >>> THIS HAPPENED AFTER A MILLION PEOPLE LOGGED ON FOR A LIVE MEDITATION AND THAT CAUSED THE LINK TO CRASH HE THEN MOVED IT TO FACEBOOK LIVE >>> AN ALARMING SURGE FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS MORE THAN 400 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE RESIDENTS WHO ARE INFECTED

THAT'S A JUMP OF MORE THAN 170% OVER JUST ONE WEEK >>> THE GROWING NUMBER OF STATES ARE IMPOSING LOCKDOWNS AS ROUGHLY THREE OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS ARE SHELTERING AT HOME MORE THAN HALF OF THE STATES IN THE COUNTRY HAVE IMPOSED THESE RULES VIRGINIA'S ORDER IS THE MOST EXTREME EX- TENDSING UNTIL JUNE >> THE COMPANIES SAY THEY PLAN TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS WITHIN THE NEXT 100 DAYS THEY EXPECT TO HAVE 1,500 READY BY THE END OF APRIL >>> MINNESOTA'S FINEST SHARES AN ACT OF KINDNESS WITH A FELLOW FIRST RESPONDER A STATE TROOPER WHO PULLED OVER A SPEEDING DOCTOR LET HER GO WITH A WARNING AND A HANDFUL OF N 95 MASKS >> AND TACO BELL IS GIVING AWAY FREE BIS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY

>> TOP US HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS 100,000 THAT 200,000 DEATHS IN THE US AND THAT'S IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL MIGUEL ALMA GER HAS DETAILS

>> Reporter: AS THE CORONAVIRUS VIRUS NOW THREATENS EVERY STATE IN OUR COUNTRY, THIS GRIM ASSESSMENT FROM DR NOWFUAUCI TE DEATH TOLL COULD REACH 200,000 WITH EVERYTHING DONE RIGHT NEW YORK CITY IN CRISIS AND THE 911 SYSTEM IS STRESSED CITIES LIKE WASHINGTON, DC, SAN FRANCISCO, ATLANTA, DALLAS AND NASHVILLE ARE BRACING FOR AN ONSLAUGHT OF CASES AT BOSTON, MORE THAN 100 STAFF MEMBERS HAVE THE VIRUS >> I'VE NEVER FELT SO CLOSE TO DEATH >> SHE SPENT NINE DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER CONTRACTING THE ILLNESS

>> THE SECOND YOU ENTER THE ER YOU'RE LITERALLY ALONE AND IT'S TERRIFYING >> I CONSIDER MYSELF TO BE VERY, VERY HEALTHY AND THE WAY THIS TOOK OVER MY BODY WAS JUST A SURREAL EXPERIENCE >> WHILE FIELD HOSPITALS ARE BEING BUILT INSIDE THE LA CONVENTION CENTER AND IN CENTRAL PARK, OKLAHOMA'S GOVERNOR NOW SAYS ANYONE COMING FROM HOT SPOT STATES LIKE NEW YORK OR CALIFORNIA MUST SELF-QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS IN RHODE ISLAND THE NATIONAL GUARD AND LOCAL POLICE ARE GOING DOOR TO DOOR MAKING SURE ANYONE COMING IN FROM OUT OF STATE RECENTLY STAYS ISOLATED >> I FEEL VERY VULNERABLE

I DEFINITELY FEEL VIOLATED I HAVE A CAR WITH NEW YORK LICENSE PLATES IN MY DRIVEWAY AND I'M FEARFUL BEING IN THIS STATE RIGHT NOW >> ALSO RAISING THE ALARM IN LOUISIANA, THE GOVERNOR SAYS THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS AT THE BRINK OF BEING OVERWHELMED IN JUST DAYS MICHIGAN ALSO IN CRISIS MORGAN RADFORD IS IN HARD HIT DETROIT >> IT'S HOSPITALS LIKE THESE THAT ARE NOW BRACING TO BATTLE THESE NEW HOT SPOTS AND THEY'RE NOT THE ONLY FIRST RESPONDERS TAKING A HIT THE CHIEF OF POLICE HERE IN DETROIT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS AND MORE THAN 500 OFFICERS HAVE BEEN QUARANTINED >> WITH THE PRESIDENT EXTENDING GUIDELINES FOR ALL AMERICANS TO KEEP THEIR SOCIAL DISTANCE FOR ANOTHER FOUR WEEKS, SOME STATES LIKE FLORIDA HAVE NOT ISSUED STAY AT HOME MANDATES

>> WE BELIEVE IF LAYING HANDS ON THE SICK AND THEY SHALL RECOVER >> Reporter: AFTER TWO LARGE SUNDAY SERVICES IN TAMPA THE COUNTY SHERIFF ISSUED AN ARREST WARRANT FOR THE PASTOR >> HIS RECKLESS DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE PUT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN HIS CONGREGATION AT RISK >> Reporter: SAM BROCK IS IN MIAMI WHERE THE CITY IS UNDER A CURFEW >> YOU GOT POLICE OFFICERS OUT IN FULL EFFECT TRYING TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ON STAYING INSIDE OF THEIR HOMES CHECK POINTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA TRYING TO PREVENT THOSE COMING HERE FROM NEW YORK TO STAY AT HOME >> JOINED THE NATIONAL PUSH TO RESTRICT CROWD FROM GATHERING IN PUBLIC BUT HAIR SALONS AND GOLF CLUBS ARE STILL CONSIDERED AS EXEMPT IN SOME PLACES CALLING THEM ESSENTIAL SERVICES >> THERE'S NO EASIER PLACE TO BE PHYSICALLY DISTANT AWAY FROM SOMEONE THAN, YOU KNOW, OUT ON A LARGE GOLF COURSE

>> Reporter: WITH THE NATIONAL DEATH TOLL EXPECTED TO RAPIDLY ESCALATE IN THE COMING WEEKS OFFICIALS WARN NO STATE AND NO COMMUNITY IS IMMUNE FROM THE VIRUS WHILE TOP DOCTORS AT THE WHITE HOUSE INSIST IT'S GOING TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER THERE ARE GLIMMERS OF HOPE IN WASHINGTON STATE SOCIAL DISTANCING APPEARS TO BE WORKING AS THE NUMBER OF NEW INFECTIONS SLOWS THE PRESIDENT IS ACTUALLY SAID SOCIAL DISTANCING COULD SAVE MORE THAN 1 MILLION LIVES IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO GET SICK ONLY HAVE MILD SYMPTOMS BACK TO YOU GUYS >> THANK YOU >>> THE CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING FAST THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK WHICH NOW ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN 40% OF ALL DEATHS NATIONWIDE THIS IS PUSHING THE STATE'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO THE BRINK BUT MUCH NEEDED REENFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED TO EL H P BATTLE THIS INVISIBLE ENEMY >> Reporter: PHILLIP AND FRANCES, GOOD MORNING THIS IS A SURREAL SIGHT

AN EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL BUILT RIGHT IN MANHATTAN'S CENTRAL PARK THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS HAVE BEEN THE BUSIEST EVER RECORDED BY EMS IN NEW YORK CITY AND NOW AUTHORITIES ARE SCRAMBLING TO BUILD UP THEIR HOSPITAL CAPACITY BEFORE THIS PANDEMIC PEAKS HERE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY GREETING THE US NS COMFORT AS AWAITING CROWDS FAIL TO SOCIAL DISTANCE THEY DOCK IN NEW YORK HARBOR TO PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED RELIEF FOR THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES >> THEY'RE DESCRIBED AS WAR ZONES BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE >> THE RACE TO FIGHT THE CORONAVIRUS IN AND AROUND NEW YORK CITY, IT REACHED NEW HEIGHTS AS CHARITY WORKERS WORKED TO BUILD A FIELD HOSPITAL >> THERE ARE CRUCIAL VENTILATORS HERE AS WELL AS 68 HOSPITAL BEDS, A SMALL FRACTION OF THE AMOUNT AUTHORITIES SAY WILL BE NECESSARY THROUGHOUT THE CITY >> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP SUGGESTED AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING FOR TOO MANY PROTECTIVE MASKS

>> SOMETHING IS GOING ON AND YOU OUGHT TO LOOK INTO IT AS REPORTERS WHERE ARE THE MASKS GOING? ARE THEY GOING OUT THE BACK DOOR >> Reporter: NEW YORK GOVERNOR RESPONDED >> IF HE WANTS TO MAKE AN ACCUSATION LET HIM MAKE AN ACCUSATION BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TRYING TO SAY BY INFERENCE >> Reporter: THE LONG HOURS AND HIGH RISK ARE TAKING A TOLL >> I'M USED TO TUGGING HER, YOU KNOW, HOLDING HER HAND WHEN WE WALK DOWN THE STREET, PICKING UP MY SON

>> Reporter: FOR ALEX, AN ER DOCTOR IN MANHATTAN, HIS SHIFT AT WORK IS NOT THE ONLY THING PAINFUL HE'S MOVED INTO AN AIRBNB TO PROTECT HIS FAMILY >> I STARTED CRYING BECAUSE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW HARD OF A DAY HE HAD MY INSTINCT WAS TO GO IN AND GIVE HIM A HUG AND COMFORT HIM AND WANT TO BE COMFORTED AND YOU CAN'T DO THAT >> Reporter: EIGHT RESIDENTS AT THIS NEW JERSEY NURSING HOME HAVE DIED >> HE DIDN'T DESERVE THIS I MEAN, NOBODY DOES

NOBODY >> Reporter: RAMON WAS 63 YEARS OLD HIS CHILDREN SAY HE DIED LAST WEEK FROM COVID-19 AT HEM ELMHURST HOSPITAL IN QUEENS >> DO YOU THINK IF THEY HAD MORE SUPPLIES YOUR FATHER MIGHT BE ALIVE? >> ABSOLUTELY YES >> Reporter: FOR SO MANY FAMILY IT IS GROWING NUMBERS OF GOOD-BYES THAT NEVER HAPPENED THIS FUNERAL HOME IS OVERWHELMED AND ROBERT LUEGER IS SUFFERING THROUGH THE LOANIEST GRIEF IMAGI IMAGINABLE >> MY GRANDMOTHER DIED ALONE SHE DIED ALONE WE DIDN'T EVEN GET SO SAY BYE TO HER AND I UNDERSTAND THAT'S PART OF THE DEATH PROCESS, BUT SHE WAS THERE

SHE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL SHE WAS FEET AWAY WE COULDN'T EVEN SEE HER WE COULDN'T TALK TO HER >> Reporter: AND NEW YORK CITY HAS ALSO LOST ITS FIRST CHILD BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS AUTHORITIES WOULD NOT RELEASE HIS OR HER AGE BUT DID SAY THEY HAD AN UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITION LIKE THE VAST MAJORITY OF PATIENTS WHO DIE FROM COVID-19 GOVERNOR CUOMO IS NOW PLEADING FOR MEDICAL WORKERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO COME HELP >> ALL RIGHT THANK YOU >>> AS THE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES EXPLODE IN THE UNITED STATES THE BATTLE TO CURB THIS PANDEMIC IS ENTERING A CRITICAL NEW PHASE

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ALREADY EXTENDED SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES THROUGH APRIL, BUT HE IS STOPPING SHORT OF THE NATIONWIDE STAY AT HOME ORDER TRACIE POTTS JOINS US WITH THE LATEST FROM DC GOOD MORNING >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING, FRANCES, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE AND THAT'S BECAUSE SOME AREAS AS YOU'VE CERTAINLY SEEN THERE IN THE NEW YORK AND THE TRISTATE AREA ARE WORSE THAN OTHERS SO THE PRESIDENT IS LETTING THE STATES TAKE THE LEAD HERE ON THESE STAY HOME ORDERS AND QUARANTINES, BUT HE DOES SAY THAT THE ENTIRE NATION NEEDS TO PULL TOGETHER AND FOCUS NOW NOT ON THE ECONOMY, HE SAYS THE ECONOMY IS NOW HIS NUMBER TWO FOCUS, BUT FOCUS ON ERADICATING THIS VIRUS THAT HAS NOW CLAIMED MORE THAN 3,000 LIVES IN THE UNITED STATES AND PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS IT'S UP TO EVERYONE TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN >> THIS IS OUR SHARED PATRIOTIC DUTY CHALLENGING TIMES ARE AHEAD FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS AND THIS IS A VERY VITAL 30 DAYS WE'RE SORT OF PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE >> THIS IS NOT ABSTRACT

IT'S NOT THEORETICAL WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT POLICIES YOU HAVE TO MAKE THAT GOVERNMENT OPERATE AND IT HAS TO OPERATE IN A WAY IT NEVER DID YOU HAVE TO TAKE THOSE HOSPITALS AND MAKE THEM WORK TOGETHER IN A WAY THEY NEVER HAVE YOU HAVE TO PRODUCE THOSE SUPPLIES YOU HAVE TO FIND THOSE GOWNS, FIND THOSE MASKS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THOSE VENTILATORS >> A NUMBER OF CEOs, CORPORATE AMERICA NOW KICKING IN TO HELP WITH THE SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIES GENERAL ELECTRIC AND FORD ARE TEAMING UP THEY SAY THEY'LL MAKE 50,000 VAE VENTILATORS OVER THE NEXT 100 DAYS OTHER COMPANIES MAKING SHIELDS, FACE SHIELDS AND HOSPITAL GOWNS AND MAGSSKS TO CATCH UP WITH THE SHORTAGE THAT BEEAR SEEING IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY >> LET'S GET A CHECK OF THE WEATHER ON THIS LAST DAY OF MARCH THE WEIRDEST MONTH THAT I THINK WE'VE EVER EXPERIENCED IN OUR LIFETIMES HERE JHANESSA WEBB, GOOD MORNING >> WE'RE STILL DEALING WITH SOME RAIN FOR THE NORTHEAST IF YOU'RE JUST WAKING UP YOU'RE SEEING A FEW FLAKES FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS

THIS WILL PULL OUT OF THE AREA AND WE'RE GOING TO DEAL WITH KIND OF THE CLOUDS WILL BE IN PLACE THIS AFTERNOON NOW, THE LARGER WEATHER STORY IS THE DEEP SOUTH AND THE SOUTHEAST ONE MORE DAY OF THE SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL FOR NORTHERN FLORIDA ALL THE WAY TO SOUTHERN GEORGIA DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IS GOING TO BE THE MAIN THREAT COULD SEE A FEW POSSIBILITY OF A FEW TORNADOS RUNNING THROUGH THE AREA, BUT AFTER THIS SYSTEM PUSHES OFFSHORE WE ARE GOING TO SEE NICE CLEAR CONDITIONS SO THE RAIN IS NOT GOING TO BE SIGNIFICANT WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO NOTICE IS THE WARMER AIR ACROSS HOUSTON ALL THE WAY INTO JACKSONVILLE

THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY TODAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD SO ENJOY TODAY BECAUSE FLORIDA, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE MORE SEASONABLE AIR BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON IT'S A VERY STRONG COLD FRONT RUNNING THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST AND EVEN TODAY THE CLOUD COVERAGE WILL STILL BE IN PLACE IN THE OHIO VALLEY AND THEN AFTER THE STORM SYSTEM PUSHES OUT, CALM >> W >> WE'VE HAD A SUBSTANTIAL ADDITION OF TESTING WITH THE ADDED POINT OF CARE TEST >> PRESIDENT TRUMP THERE WITH THE NEW FDA APPROVED CORONAVIRUS TEST KIT THAT COULD GIVE PATIENTS RESULTS IN JUST FIVE TO 15 MINUTES NBC NEWS MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT GIVES US AN IDEA OF HOW SOON THE TESTS WILL BE AVAILABLE >> THIS NEW TEST IS GOING TO BE ROLLED OUT IN DETROIT THIS WEEK TO BE USED FOR FRONT LINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE

THE TESTS WE'VE BEEN USING TAKES ANYWHERE FROM HOURS TO SEVERAL DAYS THIS NEW TEST IS PORTABLE AND DELIVERS RESULTS ON THE SPOT IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES IN ADDITION TO QUICKLY TESTING HEALTH CARE WORKERS THIS WILL BE CRITICAL FOR AIRPORTS, DRIVE THROUGHS AND EVEN JAILS BECAUSE ONCE A PERSON TESTS POZ TOUGH THEY'LL GO INTO ISOLATION IMMEDIATELY THEY PLA >>> DON'T FORGET YOU CAN GET THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS NEWS ANY TIME ON OUR LIVE BLOG >>> STOCKS HAD A BIG REBOUND ON MONDAY KICKING OFF THE WEEK DEEP IN THE GREEN, BUT WITH SOME BIG LAYOFFS AND THE MARCH JOBS REPORT LOOM, WHAT'S AHEAD FOR TODAY? HI, KAREN, GOOD MORNING >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING TO YOU LOOK AT A CHOPPY ACTION AGAIN IN THOSE US

FUTURES THERE WAS A LEAD THAT WE SAW EARLY OUT OF THE ASIA SESSION INVESTORS MIGHT BE SEEING A LITTLE BIT OF RED INK AT THE START INVESTORS CLOSELY LOOKING AT THE CHINA ACTION TODAY WHERE YOU SAW A REBOUND IN ACTIVITY THAT SAID SOME OF THE INTERNATIONAL LOCKDOWNS IMPACTING THE STORY SOME OF THE BIG CAP STOCKS MOVING, J AND J FOR INSTANCE AS IT TALKS ABOUT TRYING A VACCINE FOR CORONAVIRUS BY SEPTEMBER BUT THE ECONOMIC WORRIES ARE NOT BEHIND THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE SCALE JOB LOSSES, THEY'VE TALLIED UP ABOUT 47 MILLION JOBS THAT WOULD EQUATE TO A 32% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SO THAT IS WELL BEYOND WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN HISTORY EVEN IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WELL OFF THE LOWS BELOW 4% ON THAT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

SO MANY INVESTORS WONDERING HOW BAD THE ECONOMY COULD GET AT LEAST IN THE SHORT TERM BACK TO YOU, PHILL >>> WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THIS CURVE AND I PROMISE YOU ONE DAY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME BETTER NEWS BUT JUST YESTERDAY NEW YORK TO NEW JERSEY, NEW CASES NEAR 10,000 AND WE'RE SEEING THE FLUCTUATION IN OUR STATES NOW, CALIFORNIA SITTING AT 3, ANOTHER THOUSAND CASES IN THAT AREA WE'LL CONTINUE TO WATCH FOR CONSISTENCY HOPEFULLY BUT EVEN FLORIDA PLUS 754 NEW CASES >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH MY DAUGHTERS DID IT BY THE WAY >> BEAUTIFUL THIS WILL BE THE GRAPHIC AT THE BOTTOM OF — >> PERFECT >> I LOVE IT WE'RE BOTH LOOKING DAPPER THIS IS HOW I AM 24/7 >> I GUARANTEE YOU THAT THE BOTTOM HALF OF WHAT YOU HAVE ON DOES NOT MATCH THE TOP >> THE FIRST INTERVIEW FROM JOHN KRASINSKI'S NEW YOUTUBE SERIES CALLED SOME GOOD NEWS THEY TALKED ABOUT THE 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR HIT SHOW BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING SPREADING GOOD NEWS RIGHT NOW WHERE WE COULD ALL USE AS MUCH OF IT AS WE CAN GET >> IT WAS SOME OF THE — PROBABLY THE BEST THING I SAW YESTERDAY

ABOUT 15 MINUTES LONG IT'S ON YOUTUBE ALL OVER THE PLACE YOU CAN CATCH IT IT'S PRETTY GOOD >> JUST SIX DAYS AFTER POSTPONING THE 2020 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES IOC OFFICIALS HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE JULY 23rd, 2021 IT'S A TARGET DATE NOT ONLY FOR THE ATHLETES BUT FOR SPORTS FANS AROUND THE WORLD LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE JAY GRAY HAS THE DETAILS >> Reporter: THE STADIUMS AND ARENAS ARE EVERYBODY P– EMPTY BUT THE GAMES WILL BEGIN IN JULY OF 2021 >> IT'S REALLY MOTIVATING TO HAVE THAT LONG-TERM GOAL THAT'S DEFINITELY KEPT THE FLAME LIT FOR MY TRAINING BUT NOW OF COURSE WE JUST NEED THAT YEAR AND IT WILL BE ANOTHER YEAR OF CHASING THAT DREAM >> WITH MOST AREAS LOCKED DOWN THE VIRUS STILL SPREADING

THE CHALLENGE IS HOW AND WHEN QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE >> IT'S GETTING A PLAN IN PLACE, WORKING ON THAT, ADJUSTING IT AND THEN REALLY INVESTING IN IT AND GOING AT IT 100% >> ATHLETES WHO HAVE ALREADY QUALIFIED WILL KEEP THEIR SPOT ON THE US TEAM ANOTHER CHANGE AS A RESULT OF THE DELAY, THERE WILL BE JUST 180 DAYS BETWEEN OPENING CEREMONIES FOR THE SUMMER AND WINTER GAMES >> ABOUT AS BUSY AS SEVEN MONTHS AS WE'LL EVER SEE IN OUR OLYMPIC LIFETIMES >> Reporter: COMPETITIONS THAT CAN ONLY TAKE PLACE AFTER REACHING THE FINISH LINE IN THE ONGOING LIFE OR DEATH RACE AGAINST THE OUTBREAK JAY GRAY, NBC NEWS >> CANNOT WAIT UNTIL SPORTS COME BACK AN EXPLOSION OF SPORTS >> JUST FOR LIFE TO COME BACK AS WE KNEW IT >>> AFTER A FOUR-YEAR-OLD'S BIRTHDAY PARTY WAS CANCELLED THEY PRESENTED HIM WITH A DRIVE THROUGH PARTY HE WAS ABLE TO SNAG >>> I THINK EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS, NOW, THAT YOU CAN GO FROM 5 TO 50 TO 500 TO 5,000 CASES VERY QUICKLY WE SEE THIS IN MANY METROPOLITAN AREAS

WE'RE VERY WORRIED ABOUT EVERY CITY IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS VIRUS TO GET OUT OF CONTROL >> THE FAST-MOVING VIRUS HAS MORE STREETS DESERTED AS POSITIVE CASES SURGE IN NEW YORK AND BEYOND WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE IT'S GROWING >> HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FINANCIAL WEALTH ON THIS LAST DAY OF THE MONTH WHEN MILLIONS GOT TO PAY THEIR BILLS BUT NEVER BEFORE HAVE SO MANY AMERICANS BEEN FORCED OUT OF WORK, AND WITHOUT A PAYCHECK >> PLUS, THE RACE TO FIND AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS

AND THE FDA'S MAJOR MOVE TOWARD AN EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY "EARLY TODAY" STARTS RIGHT NOW >> GOOD MORNING, I'M PHILLIP MENA >> AND I'M FRANCES RIVERA IT IS THE LAST DAY OF MARCH, AS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CONTINUE TO LIVE UNDER VIRTUAL LOCKDOWNS, MANY ARE JUST STARTING TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST ACCORDING TO PROJECTIONS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE, A RESPONSE THAT WORKS ALMOST PERFECTLY WOULD STILL LEAD TO AN OUTCOME OF 100 TO 200,000 DEATHS THE U

S NAVAL HOSPITAL SHIP COMFORT PULLED INTO PORT IN NEW YORK, WHERE THE DEATH TOLL EXCEEDED 1,000 THE GOVERNOR SAYS AN ADDITIONAL 1 MILLION HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE NEEDED TO TACKLE THE CRISIS MEANWHILE, NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN SAYS THAT SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE PRESUMED CORONAVIRUS INFECTION SHE BEGAN FEELING ILL ON SUNDAY ON FRIDAY, SHE WAS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR DURING THE STIMULUS BILL DEBATE, WHERE SHE SPOKE WITH SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI AND OTHER LAWMAKERS

>> THE NEED FOR FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR AMERICANS IS BECOMING EVEN MORE URGENT KOHL'S HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL FURLOUGH ABOUT 85,000 EMPLOYEES AND MACY'S SAYS MOST OF ITS WORKERS WILL GO ON FURLOUGH STARTING THIS WEEK ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST LOUIS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE COULD REACH 32% IN THE SECOND QUARTER THAT WOULD EASILY TOP THE 25% JOBLESS RATE DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION >> THERE ARE ALSO GROWING CONCERNS THIS MORNING ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR MOST-VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

ACCORDING TO THE CDC, MORE THAN 400 LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES NATIONWIDE HAVE RESIDENTS WHO WERE INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS THAT IS AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 170% OVER JUST ONE WEEK MEANWHILE, THE PENTAGON ANNOUNCED THAT A NEW JERSEY NATIONAL GUARDSMAN DIED OF COVID-19 COMPLICATIONS THIS MARKS THE FIRST CORONAVIRUS DEATH OF A US SERVICE MEMBER NEW JERSEY'S GOVERNOR IDENTIFIED THE MAN AS A A PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT >> FORD AND GE ARE HELPING TO REINFORCE THE FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT

THE COMPANIES SAY THEY PLAN TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS WITHIN THE NEXT 100 DAYS THEY EXPECT TO HAVE 1,500 READY BY THE END OF APRIL AND BROOKS BROTHERS IS DITCHING SHIRTS AND TIES FOR MASKS AND GOWNS THEIR FACTORIES ARE BEING CONVERTED TO PRODUCE PROTECTIVE GEAR FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS THEY HOPE TO MAKE 150,000 MASKS A DAY >> NEW NUMBERS ANNOUNCED BY THE WHITE HOUSE PAINT A GRIM PICTURE OF JUST HOW MANY AMERICANS COULD LOSE THEIR LIVES TO THE VIRUS

WITH IT NOW IMPACTING EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY, NBC'S SUSAN McGUINNESS HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON >> NEW YORK'S ICONIC CENTRAL PARK, THE SITE OF A MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL FOR CROW ORONAVIRUS PATIENTS NEARBY, THE US NAVY SHIP COMFORT, A FLOATING HOSPITAL READY TO RECEIVE PATIENTS SIMILAR SCENES UNFOLDING NATIONWIDE CITIES RACING TO PREPARE, BRACING FOR AN ONSLAUGHT OF CASES

>> CHALLENGING TIMES ARE AHEAD FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS >> THE PRESIDENT, WITH A NOTICEABLE CHANGE OF TONE, AFTER HEALTH ADVISERS PAINTED A GRIM BEST-CASE SCENARIO 1 TO 200,000 AMERICANS LOSING THEIR LIVES WITH THE BIGGEST CITIES AND SMALLEST TOWNS IN AMERICA EQUALLY AT RISK >> AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE STATES TOGETHER, ALL OF THEM ARE MOVING IN EXACTLY THE SAME CURVE >> THE PRESIDENT, AFTER ONLY LAST WEEK SUGGESTING THE COUNTRY COULD REOPEN BY EASTER — >> THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO COME BACK MY FOCUS IS SAVING LIVES >> — NOW, EXTENDING FEDERAL SOCIAL DISTANCING THROUGH APRIL

AND DESCRIBING THE PANDEMIC IN THE MOST PERSONAL TERMS >> I HAVE SOME FRIENDS THAT ARE UNBELIEVABLY SICK WE THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING IN FOR A MILD STAY AND, IN ONE CASE, HE'S UNCONSCIOUS IN A COMA AND YOU SAY HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? >> THE PRESIDENT SHOWING OFF A NEW RAPID TEST KIT, SOON TO GO INTO PRODUCTION AND PROMISING U

S COMPANIES WILL MAKE SO MANY VENTILATORS AND PROTECTIVE GEAR, THAT IT CAN BE SHARED WITH OTHER COUNTRIES THAT UPBEAT MESSAGE SHARPLY AT ODDS WITH THE PLEAS OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, WHO SAY THEIR SUPPLIES AND TIME ARE RUNNING OUT SUSAN McGUINNESS, NBC NEWS WASHINGTON >> TOMORROW MARKS THE START OF A NEW MONTH AND A NEW WAVE OF UNCERTAINTY FOR OUT-OF-WORK AMERICANS MILLIONS WILL HAVE A TOUGH TIME PAYING BILLS, INCLUDING THOSE FURLOUGHED JUST YESTERDAY BY KOHL'S AND MACY'S

AND IT WILL GET WORSE ACCORDING TO PROJECTIONS, THE ECONOMIC FREEZE COULD COST 47 MILLION JOBS AND SEND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE SOARING PAST 32% NBC'S TOM COSTELLO HAS MORE >> A CRUSHING BLOW FOR AN AMERICAN ICON ALREADY STRUGGLING IN THE DOT COM ERA WITH ALL STORES CLOSED AND FEW SALES, MACY'S SAYS IT'S FEWER LOWING MOST OF ITS 130,000 EMPLOYEES THE PANDEMIC HITTING COMPANIES BIG AND SMALL MICHAEL OWNS A PRINTING PRESS FRANCHISE ON LONG ISLAND WITH THREE EMPLOYEES SALES ARE DOWN 95%, AND THE BILLS ARE COMING DUE

>> IT'S REALLY SCARY BECAUSE MY RENT IS DUE THIS WEEK I HAVE PAYROLL THIS WEEK AND ALL MY LEASES ON MY EQUIPMENT ARE ALSO DUE >> TO HELP KEEP COMPANIES AFLOAT AND AMERICANS EMPLOYED, THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM ENABLES SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO APPLY FOR A LOAN THAT COULD BE ENTIRELY FORGIVEN IF THE MONEY IS USED FOR EXPENSES, LIKE EMPLOYEE PAYROLL AND MONTHLY PAYMENTS IF A COMPANY CAN PROVE IT KEPT 100% OF ITS WORKFORCE BY DOING THAT, THE ENTIRE LOAN WOULD BE FORGIVEN IF THERE ARE SOME LEAYOFFS, THE AMOUNT FORGIVEN WOULD BE DETERMINED BY HOW MUCH OF THE WORKFORCE IS KEPT ON BUT IN VIRGINIA, MALLORY IS SEEKING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND MEDICAID AFTER BEING LAID OFF LAST WEEK AS A CONTRACTED SCHOOL COUNSELOR >> I OWN A HOUSE I AM A SINGLE MOM AND SO MY FEAR IS, IS I'M THE ONLY INCOME

AND HOW AM I GOING TO PROVIDE FOR MY CHILD >> IF YOU'RE IN TROUBLE, MONEY EXPERTS SAY NOW IS THE TIME TO PRESERVE CASH MAKE THE MINIMUM PAYMENTS ON CREDIT CARDS, ASK CREDITORS FOR LI LENIENCY, AND FOCUS ON PAYING THE BILLS YOU MUST >> SO WE NEED TO KEEP FOOD ON THE TABLE WE NEED TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AND THE HEAT IN THE HOUSE WE NEED TO PAY FOR HEALTHCARE BECAUSE HEALTHCARE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT

>> FOR RENTERS, MANY CITIES AND STATES ARE PROHIBITING EVICTIONS AND HOMEOWNERS WITH FEDERALLY-BACKED LOANED ARE PROTECTED FROM FORECLOSURE, FOR NOW DANIEL CRAMER IS FACING MOUNTING BILLS AFTER BEING FORCED TO LAY OFF ALMOST ALL HIS 175 EMPLOYEES AT FOUR WASHINGTON, DC RESTAURANTS

HE IS DEFIANT >> WE DON'T HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN AND OUR GOAL IS TO REHIRE EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO >> NEVER BEFORE HAVE AMERICANS BEEN THROWN OUT OF WORK SO QUICKLY AND IN SUCH GREAT NUMBERS, WITH NO INDICATION WHEN THEY'LL BE ABLE TO RETURN >> OUR THANKS TO TOM COSTELLO FOR THAT REPORT

>> AS WE JUST MENTIONED, THE FDA JUST APPROVED A CORONAVIRUS TEST THAT COULD GET PATIENTS RESULTS AS QUICKLY AS FIVE TO 15 MINUTES DR JOHN TORRES GIVES US AN IDEA HOW SOON THIS TEST WILL BE AVAILABLE >> THIS NEW TEST IS GOING TO BE ROLLED OUT IN DETROIT THIS WEEK TO BE USED FOR FRONT LINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO ARE AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE THE TEST WE'VE BEEN USING TAKES ANYWHERE FROM HOURS TO SEVERAL DAYS THIS NEW TEST PORTABLE AND DELIVERS RESULTS ON THE SPOT IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES IN ADDITION TO QUICKLY TESTING HEALTHCARE WORKERS, THIS WILL ALSO BE CRITICAL FOR AIRPORTS, DRIVE THROUGHS, EVEN JAILS BECAUSE ONCE A PERSON TESTS POSITIVE, THEY'LL GO INTO ISOLATION IMMEDIATELY

DECREASING THE SPREAD OF THIS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS VIRUS THE MANUFACTURER TELLS ME THEY PLAN TO DELIVER 50,000 TESTS A DAY >> THANKS TO DR JOHN TORRES FOR THAT REPORT >> THERE ARE SIGNS OF HOPE IN EUROPE AS THAT CONTINENT FIGHTS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS

AND ONE OF THE HARDEST-HIT COUNTRIES, ITALY, IS SEEING A DECREASE IN NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES IT IS ALSO REGISTERING A RECORD NUMBER OF PEOPLE CURED AS IT ENTERS ITS THIRD WEEK OF A NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN NBC'S MATT BRADLEY >> SINCE I HAVE GOTTEN HERE TO ROME, WE HAVE SEEN THIS GOING UP AND DOWN THIS NUMBER WE SAW 919 DEAD JUST ON FRIDAY THE HIGHEST OF ANY COUNTRY IN ANY SINGLE DAY SINCE THIS WHOLE CRISIS BEGAN IN THE PAST TWO DAYS, THAT NUMBER HAS DECREASED THE DEATH RATE IS A LITTLE BIT MORE ARBITRARY THAN OTHER INDICATORS SO WE CAN'T REALLY DRAW A LOT OF OPTIMISM JUST FROM SEEING ONE OR TWO OR EVEN THREE OR FOUR DAYS OF REGULARLY DECLINING DEATH RATES BUT IT IS TRUE THAT ITALY HAS FLATTENED THE CURVE WHAT THAT REALLY MEANS IS THE NUMBER OF NEW POSITIVE CASES HAS BEEN STEADILY DECLINING

IT'S NOW AROUND 6% IT'S GONE DOWN FROM CLOSER TO 10% IN JUST THE LAST TWO WEEKS THAT DOES MEAN THAT THE RATE OF TRANSMISSION OF THIS DISEASE IS NO LONGER ACCELERATING >> IF YOU IMAGINE THE LOCKDOWNS AND THE STRINGENT MEASURES THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE ARE NOW IN PLACE BETWEEN TWO AND THREE WEEKS IN ITALY, DIFFERENT LEVELS IN DIFFERENT PLACES WE SHOULD START TO SEE A STABILIZATION >> THERE IS REASON FOR OPTIMISM AND THE ITALIAN AUTHORITIES ARE STARTING TO SEE JUST A TINY GLIMPSE OF THE EFFECT OF THIS NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN IN SOME OF THE STA TTISTICS THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN IT

>> SOCIETY-WIDE MEASURES ARE DIFFICULT THEY ARE NOT EASY AND THEY ARE HURTING PEOPLE BUT THE ALTERNATIVE IS EVEN WORSE >> WE'VE HEARD FROM ITALIAN MEDIA THAT IT COULD BE EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS

MATT BRADLEY, NBC NEWS, ROME >> AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE LINED UP FOR HELP FROM A PITTSBURGH FOOD BANK AND THE TURNOUT WAS MASSIVE THE GIVEAWAY WAS AT UNIVERSITY BUT THE LINE WAS SO LONG, TRAFFIC PATTERNS HAD TO BE ADJUSTED THE GREATER PITTSBURGH COMMUNITY FOOD BANK EXPECTED TO HAND OUT 1,700 50-POUND BOXES OF FOOD >> MY GOODNESS LET'S GET A FIRST CHECK OF THE WEATHER ON THIS LAST DAY OF THE MONTH WITH JANESSA WEBB

>> GOOD MORNING LET'S GET OUT OF MARCH OKAY LET'S STEP INTO APRIL GOING INTO TOMORROW BUT TODAY, WE ARE STILL CONTENDING WITH A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN EVEN SOME SNOW FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHEAST BUT WE ARE WATCHING OUR LARGER STORM SYSTEM FOR THIS DEEP SOUTH INTO THE SOUTHEAST NOW, ACROSS SLEFB PORT, BATON ROUGE, ALL THE WAY TO MISSISSIPPI, YOU ARE PRETTY MUCH IN THE CLEAR THIS AFTERNOON

YOU COULD SEE SOME TORRENTIAL RAIN ACROSS THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE ALL THE WAY INTO SOUTHERN GEORGIA WHERE WE ARE GOING TO WATCH POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER DAMAGING WIND GUSTS IS THE PRIMARY THREAT, ALONG WITH A LITTLE BIT OF HAIL THROUGHOUT YOUR AFTERNOON IT WILL NOT BE SIGNIFICANT RAIN, BUT THIS SYSTEM WILL PUSH OFFSHORE BY TOMORROW AND, FINALLY, DEAL WITH SOME CLEARING ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST THAT'S A LOOK AT THE BIG WEATHER STORY OF THE DAY HERE'S A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR DAY AHEAD SO TEMPERATURES, AS WELL THEY ARE COOLING OFF FOR THE TENNESSEE AND OHIO VALLEY MORE SEASONABLE AIR EVEN SLIGHTLY COOLER ACROSS BOSTON, INTO NEW YORK CITY TODAY

WE'RE ONLY IN THE MID-40s SO AFTER THIS SYSTEM PUSHES OFFSHORE, QUIET, TRANQUIL WEATHER PATTERN, FINALLY >> JUST LIKE OUTSIDE IS QUIET AND TRANQUIL BUT ALL THE WRONG REASONS THANK YOU >> IN TODAY'S QUICK HITS, LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS WHILE ON LOCKDOWN? GOOGLE SEARCH AS AN AUGMENTED REALITY FEATURE THAT LETS YOU FIND 3D ANIMALS AND PLACE THEM IN YOUR SURROUNDINGS

>> SONY PICTURES HAS DELAYED THE RELEASE OF MORE FILMS DUE TO THE PANDEMIC THEY INCLUDE GHOST BUSTERS, AFTERLIFE, PETER RABBIT 2 AS OF NOW, ALMOST EVERY MAJOR TITLE HAS BEEN MOVED >>> THE RACE IS ON TO FIND AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS OUR STEPHANIE GOSK HAS MORE ON A NEW FDA DRUG, AND AN EXPERIMENTAL THERAPY TO HELP FIGHT THE PANDEMIC >> NEWS ABOUT POTENTIALLY PROMISING, THOUGH SO FAR SCIENTIFICALLY UNPROVEN DRUGS TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS ON SUNDAY, THE FDA GIVING EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION TO ADD TWO ANTI-MALARIAL MEDICATIONS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE CHLOROQUINE AND HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO HOSPITALS ACCORDING TO THE FDA, ANECDOTAL REPORTS SUGGEST THAT THESE DRUGS MAY OFFER SOME BENEFIT ALREADY, HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS HAD BEEN PRESCRIBING THE MEDICATION WITH CLINICAL TRIALS UNDERWAY IN NEW YORK AND MINNESOTA JAMES, WHO IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL, STARTED TREATMENTS LAST WEEK >> THURSDAY MORNING, I WAS AT MY LOW POINT

I WAS REALLY — THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE >> THAT DAY, DOCTORS GAVE HIM HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE >> I WOKE UP AT MID NIGHT JUST ABOUT MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT FEELING LIKE SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT I FELT LIKE, ALL RIGHT, THE BODY ACHES AREN'T SO MUCH I'M NOT COUGHING AS MUCH

>> SO FAR, THERE IS NO CLINICAL PROOF THAT THE ANTI-MALARIALS WORK BUT THE FDA SAYS IT IS WORTH THE RISK TO USE THEM FOR PATIENTS IN SERIOUS CONDITION ALSO, IN THE PIPELINE BUT STILL NOT SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN, IS TRANSFUSING PLASMA FROM CORONAVIRUS SURVIVORS INTO INFECTED PATIENTS HOUSTON'S METHODIST HOSPITAL IS STUDYING IT AS A TREATMENT >> THE IDEA IS THAT THAT PLASMA MAY HAVE PARTS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, LIKE ANTIBODIES AGAINST THE COVID-19 VIRUS, THAT COULD POTENTIALLY HELP PATIENTS >> BUT THE MOST LONG-TERM HOPE IS BEING PLACED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A VACCINE JOHNSON & JOHNSON SAYS IT HAS A PROMISING POSSIBILITY

>> THIS IS LIKE A MOONSHOT FOR US AT JOHNSON & JOHNSON WHAT WOULD USUALLY TAKE FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS, WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN FIVE TO SEVEN MONTHS >> JOHNSON & JOHNSON'S POSSIBLE VACCINE WILL GO THROUGH RIGOROUS TRIALS BUT THE COMPANY SAYS THAT, IN THE COMING DAYS, IT'S GOING TO START PRODUCTION SO THAT IF, AND WHEN, THEY GET THE APPROVAL THEY NEED, IT WILL BE READY TO GO >> CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH >> EVEN JUST THE TALK ABOUT TREATMENT AND HAVING THAT PATIENT AND SEEING HIM TURN AROUND AFTER USING THAT MALARIA DRUG AND A POSSIBLE VACCINE PROGRESS WE NEED

>> YEARS FROM NOW, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE BENEFIT OF TIME, TO HAVE THE HINDSIGHT TO SE ♪ WASH, WASHY WASH, WASH YOUR HANDS ♪ >> ALL RIGHT THAT SONG'S GOING TO STICK BUT THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT "SESAME STREET" STEPPING UP TO HELP KIDS STAY HEALTHY BY TEACHING THE PROPER WAY TO WASH YOUR HANDS YEP THAT SONG IS IN OUR HEAD BUT, THESE DAYS, WE KIND OF NEED IT TO BE >> LADY GAGA'S NOT COMING OUT WITH ANY NEW MUSIC SHE SAID, RIGHT? ONE GOOD THING I THINK WILL COME OF ALL THIS, KIDS AND ADULTS WILL BE WASHING THEIR HANDS VERY THOROUGHLY, I HOPE >> JUST CONSCIOUS ABOUT — >> WE'RE SLACKING AS — AS A SOCIETY, WE WERE KIND OF SLACKING WHEN THIS CAME TO THAT VERY CLEAR AND NO LONGER WILL WE NOT DO THAT

NOW, TO SOME VERY SAD NEWS ABOUT BELOVED CHILDREN'S AUTHOR TOMIE DEPAOLA HAS DIED DEPAOLA WORKED ON MORE THAN 270 BOOKS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER HIS FAMILY SAYS HE >>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FLATTEN THIS CURVE BUT THE UPTICK CONTINUES NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, SEEING JUST YESTERDAY ALONE OVER 10,000 NEW CASES NOW, WE ARE SEEING THE FLUCTUATION IN STATES CALIFORNIA, NOW, IN THE TOP THREE A THOUSAND NEW CASES YESTERDAY EVEN MICHIGAN TO THE FLORIDA AREA, NEAR A THOUSAND

SO JUST IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, FOR CALIFORNIA, WE ARE UP TO NOW 7,000 CASES THIS IS REALLY DAUNTING FROM THE START OF THE MONTH, WE HAD 75 CASES NOW, YESTERDAY, 164K FOR THE US >> THOSE ARE JUST NUMBERS THAT WERE RELEASED YEST >>> A NEW TREND IS TURNING NEIGHBORHOODS INTO SCAVENGER HUNTS FOR BORED KIDS IN QUARANTINE YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THE WELCOMED SIGHT IN WINDOWS ACROSS AMERICA

OUR KRISTEN DAHLGREN EXPLAINS >> Reporter: JUST WHEN PARENTS AND KIDS THOUGHT THE BOREDOM WAS UNBEARABLE, TEDDY BEARS STARTED CROPPING UP IN NEIGHBORHOOD WINDOWS >> WE WENT THE FIRST NIGHT AND FOUND LIKE 20 SOMETHING 21 NOW, WE'RE UP TO LIKE 112 >> TURNING STIR-CRAZY KIDS INTO STUFFED ANIMAL SCAVENGER HUNTERS

>> SO IT CAN BE LIKE AN EASTER EGG HUNT ALMOST >> BEARS HAVE NOW BEEN SPOTTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY EVEN GOING GLOBAL SIGHTINGS REPORTED IN WALES AND NEW ZEALAND A WELCOME DISTRACTION >> IT WAS REALLY EXCITING AND SOMETHING FUN TO LOOK FORWARD TO >> THE LAST ONE WAS THE BIGGEST ONE OF ALL THEM

>> SOME NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE EVEN TURNED IT INTO A WALKING SAFARI WITH ALL SORTS OF WILDLIFE >> I HAVE A 5-YEAR-OLD AND SHE IS LEARNING ANIMALS SHE'S COUNTING ALL OF THEM IT COUNTS AS SCHOOL >> A LESSON IN COMING TOGETHER EVEN WHILE STAYING SIX FEET APART KRISTEN DAHLGREN, NBC NEWS

>> THAT'S PRETTY COOL DO YOU THINK THEIR PARENTS GAVE THEM ANY EXTRA POINTS FOR FINDING THE CHARMIN BEARS? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR, RIGHT >> AS LONG AS THERE'S TOILET PAPER IN THEM REALLY GREAT FUN, FUN TRENDS >> THE PGA TOUR IS ON HOLD, OF COURSE BUT THE WORLD'S TOP-RANKED GOLFER DID TAKE SOME TIME TO SHOW OFF HIS SKILLS RORY McILROY, CHECK THIS OUT HIS ABILITY TO BOUNCE IT RIGHT OFF THE TIP OF THE CLUB

PRETTY COOL THERE GOLFERS POSTING FOR BALANCE CHALLENGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA >> ROGER FEDERER TOOK TO TWITTER TO SHOW SOME RAPIDFIRE SHOTS AGAINST A WALL IN HIS NATIVE SWITZERLAND POSTED THIS CLIP TO TWITTER WHERE HE GOT OVER A MILLION VIEWS IN JUST A FEW HOURS >> WITH THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES DELAYED, BROADCASTERS ARE FINDING NEW WAYS TO BRUSH UP ON THEIR SKILLS >> THEY'VE GONE SILENT STANDING-ROOM ONLY CROWD HEAD INTO THE WATER INTO THE BUTTERFLY

>> WHAT A START >> THAT'S WHERE WE'RE AT NOW, GUYS NBC — NBC'S DAN HICKS AND ROWDY HAVING SOME FUN WHERE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SWIMMER MARY PRUDEN TOOK HOME THE GOLD, SILVER, AND THE BRONZE >> THEY'RE CHOMPING FOR SOME PLAY BY PLAY WE'VE SEEN IT WITH EVERYBODY ELSE SO MIGHT AS WELL >> CRAVING FOR SOME SPORTS TO COME BACK AT ANY POINT BUT THAT'S FUN ALL RIGHT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STARTING REINFORCEMENTS

WE WANT TO WARN YOU, SOME OF THE VIDEO YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE IN THIS STORY IS DISTURBING THIS MORNING A WAR IS RAGING INSIDE THE EPICENTER OF COVID-19 NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND CONNECTICUT NOW TOPPING 85,000 CONFIRMED CASES AND MORE THAN 1400 DEATHS >> TO ME WE'RE BEYOND STAGGERING ALREADY >> NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO IS PLEADING TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS TO HELP

A NATIONAL GUARDSMAN ARE AMONG THE DEAD WHILE THIS DISTURBING VIDEO APPEARS TO SHOW A BODY BEING LIFTED ONTO A REFRIGERATOR RATED TRUCK OUTSIDE A HOSPITAL IN BROOKLYN A GROOM REMINDER OF WHAT'S AT STAKE HELP IS ARRIVING THE US

HOSPITAL SHIP "USNS COMFORT," A BREATHTAKING SITE NEXT TO STATUE OF LIBERTY EVEN THOUGH SOME ONLOOKERS FAILED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCE INSIDE RELIEVING PRESSURE ON LAND >> THIS THE MOST IMPORTANT MISSION I'VE EVER BEEN ON IN MY ENTIRE LIFE >> Reporter: THIS EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL IN ICONIC CENTRAL PARK IS SET TO OPEN TODAY NOW THE CITY PLANS TO BUILD A 350 BED FACILITY AT THIS TENNIS STADIUM IN QUEENS ON THE CAMPUS WHERE THE U

S OPEN IS PLAYED >> AT THIS POINT WE ASSUME AT LEAST HALF OF ALL NEW YORKERS WILL CONTRACT THIS DISEASE >> DESPITE ASSURANCES BY THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT THERE'S ENOUGH PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT OR PPE, AT LEAST FOR THE SHORT-TERM, DOCTORS AND NURSES ON THE FRONT LINES INSIST THERE ARE SPOT SHORTAGES >> WE TRY TO MAKE THE BEST OUT OF VERY LITTLE

I WORRY THAT IT'S TOO LATE FOR SOME OF US >> CALVIN'S SON IS AN ER DOCTOR AT SEVERAL HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK HE SAYS HE'S HAVING TO INTUBATE HIS OWN NURSES AND KNOWS FELLOW DOCTORS WHO ARE ON LIFE SUPPORT >> EVERY DAY WE WAKE UP, EVEN I DO, FEELING MY HEAD IF I HAVE A FEVER, AS IF LIKE A SOLDIER OF WAR WAKING UP EVERY DAY TO SEE IF THEY HAVE BEEN SHOT >> Reporter: THE LAST TIME THIS NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP WAS IN THE CITY WAS NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS

ON A MORE HOPEFUL NOTE, GOVERNOR CUOMO SAYS WHILE THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS HERE IN NEW YORK CONTINUES TO CLIMB, THE RATE OF HOSPITALIZATIONS — IT'S INCREASINGBUSINESSES, NONESSENT BUSINESSES TO REMAIN CLOSED THE MESSAGE, STAY HOME AND SAVE LIVES OVERNIGHT THE US REACHED A GRIM MILESTONE

MORE THAN 3,000 NOW DEAD BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW FOCUSING ON THE LIVES THAT COULD BE SAVED >> WE COULD SAVE MORE THAN 1 MILLION AMERICAN LIVES THE MORE WE DEDICATE OURSELVES TODAY, THE MORE QUICKLY WE WILL EMERGE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CRISIS >> BUT WITH NO PLANS FOR A NATIONAL QUARANTINE, THE RESPONSE FROM STATE TO STATE HAS VARIED

ON MONDAY A COORDINATED MESSAGE FROM THE CAPITAL REGION WITH THE MAYOR OF DC AND THE GMPS FROM MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA EACH ANNOUNCING THEIR OWN STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS >> WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO FLATTEN THE CURVE >> NO MARYLAND RESIDENT SHOULD BE LEAVING THEIR HOME UNLESS IT IS FOR AN ESSENTIAL JOB OR FOR AN ESSENTIAL REASON

>> I'LL SAY IT AGAIN BECAUSE I WANT EVERYONE TO HEAR ME, STAY HOME >> VIRGINIA GOVERNOR'S ORDER EXTENDING TO JUNE 10th BEYOND JUNE 1st WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS HOPING THE COUNTRY IS UP AND RUNNING COMPANIES STEPPING UP FOR MEDICAL SUPPLY SHORTAGES, INCLUDING FORD, WHICH PLANS TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS IN 30 DAYS >> IT'S A DIFFERENT BUSINESS BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE'RE MANUFACTURING A PRODUCT >> EVEN AS THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED DIFFERENT NUMBERS AND SHOWED OFF ABBOTT, A KIT FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY

IN A CALL BY "NEW YORK TIMES" AND CONFIRMED BY NBC NEWS, MONTANA'S GOVERNOR SAYS WITHOUT KITS FROM THE CDC, HIS STATE WAS JUST ONE DAY AWAY FROM LACKING THE ABILITY TO TEST THE PRESIDENT APPEARING TO DOWNPLAY THAT CONCERN SAYING HE HAD NOT HEARD ABOUT TESTING IN WEEKS, AND THAT THE US HAD TESTED MORE PEOPLE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IT ALL COMES AS DR

ANTHONY FAUCI SAYS THE CORONAVIRUS WILL LIKELY BE CYCLICAL WITH A POTENTIAL RETURN IN THE FALL >> WHAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH NOW IS GOING TO BE MORE THAN JUST LESSONS LEARNED, IT'S GOING TO BE THINGS WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE >> THE HOPE IS BY THE FALL, WE'LL BE FURTHER ALONG AND HAVE IMPROVED TESTING, MAYBE EVEN ANTIVIRAL TREATMENTS WILL BE FURTHER ALONG AND VACCINE TRIALS, IF THEY ARE SHOWING PROMISE, THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE USED IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION AGAIN, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE FALL AS FOR THE CURRENT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, WHICH ARE SET TO EXPIRE IING SOME OF THOSE COULD ALSO BE EXTENDED

SAVANNAH >> ALL RIGHT, TOM, THANK YOU JOINING US NOW TO TALK MORE ABOUT HIS CITY'S RESPONSE TO THIS OUTBREAK IS NEW YORK CITY'S MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO MAYOR, GOOD MORNING IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU

>> GOOD MORNING >> YOU'VE SAID QUITE BLUNTLY THAT THE WORST IS YET TO COME FOR NEW YORK CITY AND NEW YORK STATE CAN YOU TAKE US BEHIND THE DATA THAT LEADS YOU TO THAT CONCLUSION? >> SAVANNAH, YOU KNOW, THE DATA IS WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT ALL THE TIME MAKING OUR DECISIONS BASED ON SAVANNAH, OBVIOUSLY IT MEANS HUMAN LIVES OVER 900 LIVES ALREADY LOST IN NEW YORK CITY

WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS A SHARP UPTURN OVER THE LAST DAYS, CERTAINLY THE LAST FEW WEEKS WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS PATTERN AND CONCLUDE THAT THE WORST IS CERTAINLY IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS MINIMUM I COULD SEE IT GOING INTO MAY WITH THE NUMBERS WE'RE LOOKING AT, BECAUSE WE HAVE COMMUNITY SPREAD THAT'S THE ISSUE IT'S DEEPLY SEATED IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND IT'S GOING TO HAVE THIS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY UNFORTUNATELY

>> IT HAS THIS FEEL — IT'S NOT THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM BUT YOU FEEL THIS IS ALL ABOUT TO HIT IN A REALLY HUGE WAY WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING LIKE THE "USNS COMFORT" DOCKING OUTSIDE MANHATTAN, YOU SEE A MAKESHIFT FIELD HOSPITAL GOING UP IN CENTRAL PARK RIGHT NOW THEY ARE EMPTY, BUT IT IS YOUR EXPECTATION THAT THESE HOSPITALS WILL HAVE TO BE FILLED WITH OVERFLOW PATIENTS BECAUSE THE OTHER HOSPITALS ARE FILLED WITH COVID-19 PATIENTS >> YEAH LET ME GIVE YOU THE PROJECTION AND IT'S VERY BLUNT, SAVANNAH WE HAVE ABOUT 20,000 HOSPITAL BEDS IN ALL OF NEW YORK CITY

THAT'S WHERE WE WERE, SAY, THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH NORMAL TIMES WE PROJECT THE POTENTIAL THAT ALL OF THOSE BEDS, ALL 20,000, WILL HAVE TO BE TURNED INTO INTENSIVE CARE BEDS TO FOCUS ON COVID-19 PATIENTS THAT ARE REALLY, REALLY SICK THAT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF HOW ABNORMAL IT WILL BE I HOPE THE PROJECTIONS DON'T COME TRUE BUT AS DR

FAUCI SAYS, THE PROJECTION HAS IT GETTING WORSE OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, POTENTIAL WELL INTO MAY AND WE'LL REQUIRE A LEVEL OF HOSPITAL CAPACITY WE'VE NEVER SEEN, CONCEIVED OF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TRIPLE HOSPITAL CAPACITY TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE THIS >> MR MAYOR, CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, LAST I HEARD IN NEW YORK YOU CAN'T GET A COVID-19 TEST UNLESS YOU'RE SO SICK YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL WHEN I READ THE LATEST ONE THAT SAYS 67,000 IN NEW YORK, DOESN'T THAT DRAMATICALLY UNDERCOUNT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK

>> SAVANNAH, ABSOLUTELY COMMUNITY SPREAD, THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY REALLY NEED TO FEEL IN THEIR BONES COMMUNITY SPREAD MEANS IT'S OUT THERE AND IT CONTINUES TO GROW THERE'S A POINT WHERE IT STOPS LIKE EVERY OTHER SEASONAL DISEASE THERE IS AN ENDPOINT HERE

FOR THE WEEKS AHEAD, LET'S NOT KID OURSELVES, IT GETS A LOT WORSE INSTEAD OF BETTER >> CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF TESTING I FOUND IN NEW YORK, IN ORDER TO CONSERVE CAPACITY ONLY HOSPITALIZED WILL GET A TEST THE PRESIDENT WAS ON A CALL YESTERDAY ONE OF THE GOVERNORS FROM MONTANA MENTIONED THAT STATE'S NEED FOR TESTS

HE SAID HE HADN'T HEARD ABOUT TESTING IN A FEW WEEKS IS TESTING STILL AN ISSUE HERE IN NEW YORK? >> TESTING AT THIS POINT — IF TESTING HAD COME EARLIER, I ASKED FOR TESTING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON JANUARY 24th IF WE HAD GOTTEN IT IN JANUARY, BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY, WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN AHEAD OF THIS I THINK THERE ARE STILL STATES WHERE THEY CAN GETTING THEM TESTING IS CRUCIAL

WHAT IT MEANS NOW IS IT'S THE WAY WE DETERMINE WHO NEEDS THE MOST IMMEDIATE, USUALENT CARE IT'S A WAY WE HELP PROTECT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND DECIDE, OF COURSE, WHO NEEDS TO GO AND BE ISOLATED I THINK THE FACT IS TESTING IS GOING TO PLAY A DIFFERENT ROLE NOW IF WE COULD GET RAPID TESTING ON A TRULY UNIVERSAL LEVEL, THAT COULD HELP US A LOT THAT COULD HELP US IMMEDIATELY TELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO

THE BEST KIND OF TESTING IS THE TESTING EARLY BEFORE YOU GET AN OUTBREAK SOME STATES COULD STILL BENEFIT FROM THAT >> A COUPLE OF THINGS I MENTIONED THE US

NAVY SHIM "COMFORT" CAME TO MANHATTAN I'M SURE YOU SAW THE SITE YESTERDAY WHERE PEOPLE WANTED TO GET A GLIMPSE SOME OF THE IMAGES INDICATED PEOPLE WEREN'T KEEPING THAT SOCIAL DISTANCE AS THEY CRAMMED IN TO GET A SHOT WHAT'S YOUR MESSAGE TO FOLKS WHO MAY HAVE DONE THAT HERE IN OUR CITY >> THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE

SAVANNAH, WE ALL FEEL EMOTIONAL ABOUT THE ARRIVAL OF THE "USNS COMFORT" IT'S GIVING US HOPE OUR MILITARY IS HERE WE NEED A LOT MORE MILITARY PRESENCE, MORE HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING MEDICAL HELP FROM THE MILITARY VERY, VERY QUICKLY I'VE TOLD THAT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP WE NEED FOLKS BY SUNDAY, STARTING THIS SUNDAY, TO GET AHEAD OF THAT HORRIBLE ONSLAUGHT WE EXPECT IN THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO

BUT IN THE MEANTIME, AS MUCH AS WE LOVE THE "COMFORT" AND LOVE THE FACT THE MILITARY IS HERE, PEOPLE MUST PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING I'VE AUTHORIZED OUR POLICE TO START GIVING OUT FINES, $250, $500 FINES TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T GET IT AT THIS POINT, WE'VE SAID IT, EDUCATED, GIVEN PEOPLE THE MESSAGE ANYONE WHO DOESN'T SOCIAL DISTANCE AT THIS COME AND HELP OUT JUST AHEAD WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON PEOPLE WHO HAVE ANSWERED THAT CALL A LITTLE LATER IN THE SHOW, HODA

>> WHILE DOCTORS ARE OVERWHELMED BY COVID-19, THEY ARE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE VIRUS FOR MORE ON THAT, WE'RE TURNING TO NBC MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT JOHN TORRES DR JOHN, GOOD TO SEE YOU WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN WITH THIS THING CALLED THE GREAT MATH DEBATE

THE PRESIDENT SAID HE COULD SEE A SCENARIO WHERE EVERY AMERICAN MAYBE SHOULD BE WEARING A MASK BUT THAT'S REALLY CONTRARY TO WHAT THE CDC SAID WE'VE BEEN SAYING FOR WEEKS ON THIS SHOW AND MANY SHOWS, NOT REALLY NECESSARY SO WHAT'S THE RIGHT ANSWER HERE >> HODA, YOU'RE RIGHT THIS IS THE GREAT MASK DEBATE

IT STARTED THIS WEEKEND WITH A DOCTOR TWEETING OUT WITH THE CDC GUIDELINES SAYING PEOPLE SHOULD BE WEARING THEM WHEN THEY GO OUT I TALKED TO CDC, THEY SAID THEY AREN'T GOING TO CHANGE THEIR GUIDELINES PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC SHOULDN'T BE WEARING THEM EXPERTS SAY IT MIGHT HELP OUT A LITTLE BIT WHY DON'T WE WEAR THEM

THE TRUTH IS, IT MIGHT HELP OUT A LITTLE BIT HERE ARE THE CAVEATS, PEOPLE HAVE TO WEAR THEM CONSTANTLY AND CORRECTLY THEY FORGET EYES ARE ANOTHER WAY FOR THE VIRUS TO GET IN WITHOUT EYE SHIELDS THEY AREN'T GETTING ALL THE PROTECTION THEY NEED TO GET THEY MIGHT GET A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY, 6 FOOT BUBBLE WE'RE PUTTING AROUND OURSELF

IF THEY DO, IF SOMEBODY COUGHS OR SNEEZES, THEY ARE STILL VULNERABLE TO IT ON TOP OF THAT, PROTECT THE MASKS, N95 FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS BECAUSE THEY DEFINITELY NEED THEM AS TO WHETHER TO HELP OUT OR NOT, CDC CHANGE ITS GUIDANCE AND SAY SO RIGHT NOW SAYING NO, COULD HAVE POTENTIALLY HELPED IT COULD BUT NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU FULL PROTECTION

NOT FOG TO GIVE YOU ANY MORE PROTECTION THAN WASHING YOUR HANDS AND GETTING THAT 6 FOOT DISTANCE >> EVEN CDC, THE IDEA WOULD BE A BANDANA, NOT TO USE SURGICAL MASKS OR N95 MASK SO DESPERATELY NEEDED BY HEALTH CARE WORKERS LET ME ASK YOU, THERE WAS A SMALL STUDY BUT SUGGESTED THAT TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 CAN STILL OCCUR EVEN AFTER SOMEONE'S SYMPTOMS HAVE SUBSIDED THIS IS OBVIOUSLY QUITE DISTURBING, BUT I KNOW IT WAS A SMALL STUDY WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF IT? >> SO IT WAS A VERY SMALL STUDY, SAVANNAH

IT WAS 16 PATIENTS THEY FOUND OUT HALF OF THEM HAD SYMPTOMS AND COULD GIVE THE VIRUS TO SOMEBODY ELSE DAYS LATER, BEYOND THAT THREE-DAYTIME PERIOD WE TALKED ABOUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE STUDY, THESE ARE PATIENTS WITH SEVERE COMPLICATIONS AND SEVERE SYMPTOMS IN THE HOSPITAL IT LOOKS LIKE WITH THE MILD AND MODERATE CASES, VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE CORONAVIRUS HAVE, IT LOOKS LIKE THAT THREE-DAYTIME PERIOD HOLDS THAT'S THE TIME THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY AREN'T SPREADING TO ANYBODY ELSE, INCLUDING FEVERS

FOR PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED, IT MIGHT TAKE A LITTLE BIT LONGER THIS IS WHERE DOCTORS COME INTO PLAY SOMEBODY HOSPITALIZED AND FINALLY GET RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL, DOCTORS SIT DOWN WITH THEM AND SAY HERE IS HOW LONG YOU NEED TO STAY IN ISOLATION AT HOME EPA THOUGH WE'RE LETTING YOU OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, YOU MIGHT NEED TO STICK AROUND YOUR HOME A SMALL STUDY, PEOPLE WITH SEVERE SYMPTOMS THAT LOOKED LIKE THEY COULD SPREAD IT FOR LONGER PERIODS OF TIME

>> DR TORRES, YOU'VE BEEN TALKING TO US OVER THE WEEK ABOUT VIRAL LOAD, HOW MUCH OF THE VIRUS YOU ARE EXPOSED TO AND HOW THAT CAN AFFECT HOW SICK YOU GET >> THE VIRAL LOAD IS THE AMOUNT OF VIRUS THAT FIRST GET INTO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU GET SICK IF YOU GET A LITTLE BIT OF VIRUS, YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO GET A LITTLE SICK IN OTHER WORDS, SITTING NEXT TO SOMEBODY FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME AND THAT VIRUS KEEPS HITTING YOU, YOU GET MORE SICK

THOSE ARE THE ONES WHO TEND TO GET SEVERE COMPLICATIONS AND SEVERE SYMPTOMS THAT'S WHY FRONTLINE WORKERS ARE SO EXPOSED WE TALK ABOUT SAVING MASKS AND EQUIPMENT FOR THEM THEY ARE CONSTANTLY NEAR SOMEBODY, GETTING THAT HUGE VIRAL LOAD IT GETS TO THE POINT YOUR BODY'S IMMUNE SYSTEM CAN'T HANDLE THAT OVERLOAD OF VIRUS

THAT'S WHY WE'RE SO CONCERNED ABOUT PEOPLE GETTING A HUGE VIRAL LOAD UP FRONT IF THEY GET THE SMALL ONE THEY WON'T GET AS SICK IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE DON'T GET AS SICK AND RECOVER FROM THIS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE >> DR TORRES, THANK YOU

WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO JOIN US TONIGHT HODA AND I ARE HOSTING A SHOW ABOUT THE PANDEMIC THIS IS THE FIRST IN THE WEEKS AHEAD WE'RE GOING TO EXAMINE THE TOLL, THE COUNTRY'S POTENTIAL HOT SPOTS AND ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS TONIGHT 10:00 EASTERN AND STUDE WHO HAVE GOTTEN OUT EARLY, DOCTORS OUT OF RETIREMENT, 17,000 OF THEM HAVE COME FROM OUT OF STATE THIS MORNING A DESPERATE PLEA FOR HELP FROM NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO

>> I AM ASKING HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IF YOU DON'T HAVE A HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN YOUR COMMUNITY, PLEASE COME HELP US IN NEW YORK NOW WE NEED RELIEF WE NEED RELIEF FOR NURSES WHO ARE WORKING 12-HOUR SHIFTS, ONE AFTER THE OTHER AFTER THE OTHER WE NEED RELIEF FOR DOCTORS WE NEED RELIEF FOR ATTENDANTS

SO IF YOU'RE NOT BUSY, COME HELP US, PLEASE >> CUOMO SAYS 76,000 VOLUNTEERS HAVE ALREADY RESPONDED TO THE CALL FOR HELP AMONG THOSE STEPPING FORWARD, A DOZEN HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WHO FLEW IN FROM ATLANTA TO OFFER THEIR SERVICES SOME OF THE CITY'S TOP HOTELS ARE OPENING THEIR DOORS TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS FREE OF CHARGE SEVERAL AIRLINES ARE OFFERING FREE FLIGHTS TO MEDICAL STAFF HEADING TO WHAT'S BEING DESCRIBED AS A WAR ZONE

29-YEAR-OLD BAILEY IS A CRITICAL CARE NURSE SHE'S DRIVING FROM BALTIMORE TO NEW YORK AND HOPES TO START WORKING THIS WEEKEND >> I WANT TO GET ON THE FLOOR I WANT TO HELP THE OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND TAKE SOME OF THE BURDEN OFF THEM I WANT TO TREAT PATIENTS

I JUST WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE >> IN THE COMING WEEKS GABRIEL MAYER, FOURTH YEAR NYU MED STUDENT WILL GRADUATE EARLY TO HELP THE FIGHT >> I'M SOMEONE INTERESTED IN HELPING PEOPLE AND HELPING PATIENTS AS WELL AS HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS FIGHTING COVID AND THAT MADE THIS CHOICE A LOT MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD FOR ME >> YOUNG MED STUDENTS STEPPING UP AND RETIRED PHYSICIANS STEPPING BACK IN DR

JUDY SOLERNO HASN'T PRACTICED INTERNAL MEDICINE IN FIVE YEARS >> WE'RE NOT GOING TO PULL DOCTORS OUT OF HOSPITALS, WE'RE GOING TO NEED NEW PEOPLE TO COME IN AND TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS I CAN DO THAT, AND I WILL >> THE STAKES ARE HIGH LAST WEEK TWO NURSES DIED IN NEW YORK CITY AFTER BECOMING INFECTED

PHOTOS FROM OVERSEAS SHOWED THE PHYSICAL TOLL ON HEALTH CARE WORKERS BUT FOR OUR COUNTRY'S MEDICAL HEROES, THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION >> I THINK EVERY MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL WANTS TO HELP OUT IN THIS TIME OF NEED >> MORE THAN 200 MEDICAL WORKERS IN NEW YORK TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS IN BOSTON THAT NUMBER IS UPWARD OF 300

JUST A REMINDER OF HOW DANGEROUS THIS WORK IS THAT THEY ARE VOLUNTEERING TO DO, GUYS >> ALL RIGHT, STEPHANIE, THANK YOU SO MUCH NOW LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FRONT LINES OF THIS FIGHT RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK DR MOLETTE IS IN THE BATTLE

SHE'S IN IT EVERY DAY SHE WORKS IN THE EMERGENCY HOSPITAL OF BROOKDALE HOSPITAL IN BROOKLYN DR MOLETTE, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US >> HI, GOOD MORNING

>> WE JUST HEARD STEPHANIE'S PIECE, THERE'S AN INFLUX OF NURSES COMING IN HOW BADLY DO YOU NEED THE HELP? >> WE CERTAINLY NEED THE HELP WE ARE ALL HELPING EACH OTHER BY LIFTING EACH OTHER UP WE'RE REMAINING STRONG BECAUSE WE HAVE A JOB TO DO >> YES, YOU ARE

I WAS LOOKING AT IMAGES INSIDE YOUR HOSPITAL, DR MOLETTE WE SAW IT LOOKED LIKE PLASTIC TARPS TAPED UP WITH TAPE TO CORDON OFF THE COVID-19 WARD PAINT A PICTURE OF WHAT IT'S LIKE INSIDE YOUR HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW >> RIGHT NOW, IT'S TOUGH

IT'S PRETTY DEVASTATING WE'RE ALL DOING THE BEST WE CAN TO TAKE CARE OF OUR COMMUNITY OVERALL BECAUSE THE "HOP" HOSPITAL IS PART OF THE COMMUNITY AND OUR PATIENTS ARE OUR COMMUNITY WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE WITH LOW SUPPLIES LIKE OTHER HOSPITALS IN OUR COUNTRY AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHEN YOU COME INTO OUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, YOU STILL SEE THE PATIENTS, STILL STRUGGLING TO SMILE, STILL STRUGGLING TO HOLD ON THE FAMILY MEMBERS ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AS WELL AS US, HEALTH CARE WORKERS

WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN IT'S NOT EASY IT IS A MEDICAL WAR ZONE WE'RE UNPREPARED FOR THAT'S NATIONALLY, NOT JUST AT BROOKDALE BUT WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN >> DR

MOLETTE, TELL US WHAT YOU NEED WE HEARD PEOPLE SAY DOCTORS AND NURSES DESPERATELY IN NEED OF PROTECTIVE GEAR WE HEAR ELECTED OFFICIALS SAYING THEY HAVEN'T HEARD THAT TELL ME WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE NEED RIGHT NOW IN YOUR HOSPITAL >> AGAIN, WE ARE LOW ON SUPPLIES

BUT I RECEIVED WORD THAT WE ARE RECEIVING — WE'LL BE GETTING MORE SUPPLIES SOON, SUCH AS VENTS, GOWNS, GLOVES, BONNETS THAT WE USE ON OUR HEADS PROTECTIVE GEAR, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR >> GEAR IS IMPORTANT BUT YOU ALSO NEED TO HAVE THE PERSONNEL WE HEAR STORY ON STORY OF DOCTORS AND NURSES FALLING ILL JUST GIVE US THE STATUS AT YOUR HOSPITAL

>> TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I DON'T HAVE THE NUMBERS AS OF YET I WILL SAY WE ARE AT HIGH-RISK EXPOSURE THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF US WHO HAVE FALLEN SICK WITH THE CORONAVIRUS AGAIN, WE'RE DOING OUR BEST TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER BUT I DEFINITELY DON'T HAVE THOSE NUMBERS >> ONE OF THE SADDEST THINGS I FEEL LIKE I KEEP SEEING, A LOT OF THESE PATIENTS HAVE TO BE ALONE KIND OF IN THEIR DARKEST HOUR

THEIR FAMILIES CAN'T BE THERE BECAUSE OF HOW CONTAGIOUS IT IS YOU SEE FAMILIES SPEAKING TO ONE ANOTHER JUST ON FACETIME WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN IN YOUR HOSPITAL? >> SAME THING IT'S THE SAME THING EVEN FOR US AS HEALTH CARE WORKERS, I HAVEN'T SEEN MY FAMILY IN OVER TWO WEEKS

SO I HAVE TO SPEAK TO THEM FACETIME BECAUSE I CAN'T EXPOSE THEM AS WELL MY FIANCEE AND I SLEEP IN SEPARATE PLACES IT'S BEEN TOUGH FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING FAMILIES AND FAMILIES OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS THEMSELVES >> WHEN YOU START YOUR DAY, SUIT UP AND GO INTO WORK, HOW DO YOU HAVE HOPE? TELL ME WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE THIS MORNING? >> I PRAY I PRAY BEFORE I START THE SHIFT

I PRAY DURING THE SHIFT I PRAY AFTER THE SHIFT WHEN I'M FEELING TIRED AND FATIGUED AND FRUSTRATED, I WALK OUT TO THE AMBULANCE BAY AND I CRY TO RELEASE THE ANXIETY, THE FRUSTRATION, BECAUSE YOU SEE HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES YOU SEE THE PAIN AND SUFFERING IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT SO ALSO HAVING COLLEAGUES YOU CAN TALK TO

I WILL SAY MY EMERGENCY MEDICINE DEPARTMENT, THE ENTIRE STAFF HAS BEEN WONDERFUL BUT WE ALL HAVE A CHANCE TO TALK WITH EACH OTHER WITHOUT FEELING A SHAME ABOUT OUR ANXIETIES, FRUSTRATIONS AND CONCERNS I DEFINITELY APPLAUD MY EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND THE ENTIRE HOSPITAL FOR BEING SUPPORTIVE FOR US DR ARABIA MOLETTE, WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK COME INTO OUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, YOU STILL SEE THE PATIENTS, STILL STRUGGLING TO SMILE, STILL STRUGGLING TO HOLD ON THE FAMILY MEMBERS ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AS WELL AS US, HEALTH CARE WORKERS

WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN IT'S NOT EASY IT IS A MEDICAL WAR ZONE WE'RE UNPREPARED FOR THAT'S NATIONALLY, NOT JUST AT BROOKDALE BUT WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN >> DR

MOLETTE, TEL RIGHT INTO E OF THE STORM WE'VE GOT TO SUPPORT THEM EVERY WAY WE CAN >> ALSO WHEN WE COME HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES AND HOW THEY HAVE TO BE DISTANT EVEN THERE >> CAN YOU IMAGINE? >> NO >> THEY HAVE LITTLE KIDS

THEY WALK IN THE DOOR AND THEY WANT TO RUN REINFORCEMENTS WE WANT TO WARN YOU, SOME OF THE VIDEO YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE IN THIS STORY IS DISTURBING THIS MORNING A WAR IS RAGING INSIDE THE EPICENTER OF COVID-19 NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND CONNECTICUT NOW TOPPING 85,000 CONFIRMED CASES AND MORE THAN 1400 DEATHS >> TO ME WE'RE BEYOND STAGGERING ALREADY

>> NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO IS PLEADING TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS TO HELP A NATIONAL GUARDSMAN ARE AMONG THE DEAD WHILE THIS DISTURBING VIDEO APPEARS TO SHOW A BODY BEING LIFTED ONTO A REFRIGERATOR RATED TRUCK OUTSIDE A HOSPITAL IN BROOKLYN A GROOM REMINDER OF WHAT'S AT STAKE HELP IS ARRIVING THE U

S HOSPITAL SHIP "USNS COMFORT," A BREATHTAKING SITE NEXT TO STATUE OF LIBERTY EVEN THOUGH SOME ONLOOKERS FAILED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCE INSIDE RELIEVING PRESSURE ON LAND >> THIS THE MOST IMPORTANT MISSION I'VE EVER BEEN ON IN MY ENTIRE LIFE >> Reporter: THIS EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL IN ICONIC CENTRAL PARK IS SET TO OPEN TODAY

NOW THE CITY PLANS TO BUILD A 350 BED FACILITY AT THIS TENNIS STADIUM IN QUEENS ON THE CAMPUS WHERE THE US OPEN IS PLAYED >> AT THIS POINT WE ASSUME AT LEAST HALF OF ALL NEW YORKERS WILL CONTRACT THIS DISEASE >> DESPITE ASSURANCES BY THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT THERE'S ENOUGH PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT OR PPE, AT LEAST FOR THE SHORT-TERM, DOCTORS AND NURSES ON THE FRONT LINES INSIST THERE ARE SPOT SHORTAGES

>> WE TRY TO MAKE THE BEST OUT OF VERY LITTLE I WORRY THAT IT'S TOO LATE FOR SOME OF US >> CALVIN'S SON IS AN ER DOCTOR AT SEVERAL HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK HE SAYS HE'S HAVING TO INTUBATE HIS OWN NURSES AND KNOWS FELLOW DOCTORS WHO ARE ON LIFE SUPPORT >> EVERY DAY WE WAKE UP, EVEN I DO, FEELING MY HEAD IF I HAVE A FEVER, AS IF LIKE A SOLDIER OF WAR WAKING UP EVERY DAY TO SEE IF THEY HAVE BEEN SHOT

>> Reporter: THE LAST TIME THIS NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP WAS IN THE CITY WAS NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS ON A MORE HOPEFUL NOTE, GOVERNOR CUOMO SAYS WHILE THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS HERE IN NEW YORK CONTINUES TO CLIMB, THE RATE OF HOSPITALIZATIONS — IT'S INCREASINGBUSINESSES, NONESSENT BUSINESSES TO REMAIN CLOSED THE MESSAGE, STAY HOME AND SAVE LIVES OVERNIGHT THE US

REACHED A GRIM MILESTONE MORE THAN 3,000 NOW DEAD BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW FOCUSING ON THE LIVES THAT COULD BE SAVED >> WE COULD SAVE MORE THAN 1 MILLION AMERICAN LIVES THE MORE WE DEDICATE OURSELVES TODAY, THE MORE QUICKLY WE WILL EMERGE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CRISIS

>> BUT WITH NO PLANS FOR A NATIONAL QUARANTINE, THE RESPONSE FROM STATE TO STATE HAS VARIED ON MONDAY A COORDINATED MESSAGE FROM THE CAPITAL REGION WITH THE MAYOR OF DC AND THE GMPS FROM MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA EACH ANNOUNCING THEIR OWN STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS >> WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO FLATTEN THE CURVE

>> NO MARYLAND RESIDENT SHOULD BE LEAVING THEIR HOME UNLESS IT IS FOR AN ESSENTIAL JOB OR FOR AN ESSENTIAL REASON >> I'LL SAY IT AGAIN BECAUSE I WANT EVERYONE TO HEAR ME, STAY HOME >> VIRGINIA GOVERNOR'S ORDER EXTENDING TO JUNE 10th BEYOND JUNE 1st WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS HOPING THE COUNTRY IS UP AND RUNNING COMPANIES STEPPING UP FOR MEDICAL SUPPLY SHORTAGES, INCLUDING FORD, WHICH PLANS TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS IN 30 DAYS >> IT'S A DIFFERENT BUSINESS BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE'RE MANUFACTURING A PRODUCT

>> EVEN AS THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED DIFFERENT NUMBERS AND SHOWED OFF ABBOTT, A KIT FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY IN A CALL BY "NEW YORK TIMES" AND CONFIRMED BY NBC NEWS, MONTANA'S GOVERNOR SAYS WITHOUT KITS FROM THE CDC, HIS STATE WAS JUST ONE DAY AWAY FROM LACKING THE ABILITY TO TEST THE PRESIDENT APPEARING TO DOWNPLAY THAT CONCERN SAYING HE HAD NOT HEARD ABOUT TESTING IN WEEKS, AND THAT THE US HAD TESTED MORE PEOPLE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY

IT ALL COMES AS DR ANTHONY FAUCI SAYS THE CORONAVIRUS WILL LIKELY BE CYCLICAL WITH A POTENTIAL RETURN IN THE FALL >> WHAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH NOW IS GOING TO BE MORE THAN JUST LESSONS LEARNED, IT'S GOING TO BE THINGS WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE >> THE HOPE IS BY THE FALL, WE'LL BE FURTHER ALONG AND HAVE IMPROVED TESTING, MAYBE EVEN ANTIVIRAL TREATMENTS WILL BE FURTHER ALONG AND VACCINE TRIALS, IF THEY ARE SHOWING PROMISE, THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE USED IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION AGAIN, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE FALL

AS FOR THE CURRENT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, WHICH ARE SET TO EXPIRE IING SOME OF THOSE COULD ALSO BE EXTENDED SAVANNAH >> ALL RIGHT, TOM, THANK YOU JOINING US NOW TO TALK MORE ABOUT HIS CITY'S RESPONSE TO THIS OUTBREAK IS NEW YORK CITY'S MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO MAYOR, GOOD MORNING

IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU >> GOOD MORNING >> YOU'VE SAID QUITE BLUNTLY THAT THE WORST IS YET TO COME FOR NEW YORK CITY AND NEW YORK STATE CAN YOU TAKE US BEHIND THE DATA THAT LEADS YOU TO THAT CONCLUSION? >> SAVANNAH, YOU KNOW, THE DATA IS WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT ALL THE TIME MAKING OUR DECISIONS BASED ON SAVANNAH, OBVIOUSLY IT MEANS HUMAN LIVES

OVER 900 LIVES ALREADY LOST IN NEW YORK CITY WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS A SHARP UPTURN OVER THE LAST DAYS, CERTAINLY THE LAST FEW WEEKS WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS PATTERN AND CONCLUDE THAT THE WORST IS CERTAINLY IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS MINIMUM I COULD SEE IT GOING INTO MAY WITH THE NUMBERS WE'RE LOOKING AT, BECAUSE WE HAVE COMMUNITY SPREAD THAT'S THE ISSUE

IT'S DEEPLY SEATED IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND IT'S GOING TO HAVE THIS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY UNFORTUNATELY >> IT HAS THIS FEEL — IT'S NOT THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM BUT YOU FEEL THIS IS ALL ABOUT TO HIT IN A REALLY HUGE WAY WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING LIKE THE "USNS COMFORT" DOCKING OUTSIDE MANHATTAN, YOU SEE A MAKESHIFT FIELD HOSPITAL GOING UP IN CENTRAL PARK RIGHT NOW THEY ARE EMPTY, BUT IT IS YOUR EXPECTATION THAT THESE HOSPITALS WILL HAVE TO BE FILLED WITH OVERFLOW PATIENTS BECAUSE THE OTHER HOSPITALS ARE FILLED WITH COVID-19 PATIENTS >> YEAH LET ME GIVE YOU THE PROJECTION AND IT'S VERY BLUNT, SAVANNAH

WE HAVE ABOUT 20,000 HOSPITAL BEDS IN ALL OF NEW YORK CITY THAT'S WHERE WE WERE, SAY, THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH NORMAL TIMES WE PROJECT THE POTENTIAL THAT ALL OF THOSE BEDS, ALL 20,000, WILL HAVE TO BE TURNED INTO INTENSIVE CARE BEDS TO FOCUS ON COVID-19 PATIENTS THAT ARE REALLY, REALLY SICK THAT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF HOW ABNORMAL IT WILL BE

I HOPE THE PROJECTIONS DON'T COME TRUE BUT AS DR FAUCI SAYS, THE PROJECTION HAS IT GETTING WORSE OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, POTENTIAL WELL INTO MAY AND WE'LL REQUIRE A LEVEL OF HOSPITAL CAPACITY WE'VE NEVER SEEN, CONCEIVED OF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TRIPLE HOSPITAL CAPACITY TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE THIS >> MR MAYOR, CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, LAST I HEARD IN NEW YORK YOU CAN'T GET A COVID-19 TEST UNLESS YOU'RE SO SICK YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL

WHEN I READ THE LATEST ONE THAT SAYS 67,000 IN NEW YORK, DOESN'T THAT DRAMATICALLY UNDERCOUNT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK >> SAVANNAH, ABSOLUTELY COMMUNITY SPREAD, THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY REALLY NEED TO FEEL IN THEIR BONES COMMUNITY SPREAD MEANS IT'S OUT THERE AND IT CONTINUES TO GROW THERE'S A POINT WHERE IT STOPS LIKE EVERY OTHER SEASONAL DISEASE

THERE IS AN ENDPOINT HERE FOR THE WEEKS AHEAD, LET'S NOT KID OURSELVES, IT GETS A LOT WORSE INSTEAD OF BETTER >> CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF TESTING I FOUND IN NEW YORK, IN ORDER TO CONSERVE CAPACITY ONLY HOSPITALIZED WILL GET A TEST THE PRESIDENT WAS ON A CALL YESTERDAY

ONE OF THE GOVERNORS FROM MONTANA MENTIONED THAT STATE'S NEED FOR TESTS HE SAID HE HADN'T HEARD ABOUT TESTING IN A FEW WEEKS IS TESTING STILL AN ISSUE HERE IN NEW YORK? >> TESTING AT THIS POINT — IF TESTING HAD COME EARLIER, I ASKED FOR TESTING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON JANUARY 24th IF WE HAD GOTTEN IT IN JANUARY, BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY, WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN AHEAD OF THIS I THINK THERE ARE STILL STATES WHERE THEY CAN

GETTING THEM TESTING IS CRUCIAL WHAT IT MEANS NOW IS IT'S THE WAY WE DETERMINE WHO NEEDS THE MOST IMMEDIATE, USUALENT CARE IT'S A WAY WE HELP PROTECT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND DECIDE, OF COURSE, WHO NEEDS TO GO AND BE ISOLATED I THINK THE FACT IS TESTING IS GOING TO PLAY A DIFFERENT ROLE NOW IF WE COULD GET RAPID TESTING ON A TRULY UNIVERSAL LEVEL, THAT COULD HELP US A LOT

THAT COULD HELP US IMMEDIATELY TELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO THE BEST KIND OF TESTING IS THE TESTING EARLY BEFORE YOU GET AN OUTBREAK SOME STATES COULD STILL BENEFIT FROM THAT >> A COUPLE OF THINGS I MENTIONED THE U

S NAVY SHIM "COMFORT" CAME TO MANHATTAN I'M SURE YOU SAW THE SITE YESTERDAY WHERE PEOPLE WANTED TO GET A GLIMPSE SOME OF THE IMAGES INDICATED PEOPLE WEREN'T KEEPING THAT SOCIAL DISTANCE AS THEY CRAMMED IN TO GET A SHOT WHAT'S YOUR MESSAGE TO FOLKS WHO MAY HAVE DONE THAT HERE IN OUR CITY

>> THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE SAVANNAH, WE ALL FEEL EMOTIONAL ABOUT THE ARRIVAL OF THE "USNS COMFORT" IT'S GIVING US HOPE OUR MILITARY IS HERE WE NEED A LOT MORE MILITARY PRESENCE, MORE HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING MEDICAL HELP FROM THE MILITARY VERY, VERY QUICKLY I'VE TOLD THAT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP

WE NEED FOLKS BY SUNDAY, STARTING THIS SUNDAY, TO GET AHEAD OF THAT HORRIBLE ONSLAUGHT WE EXPECT IN THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO BUT IN THE MEANTIME, AS MUCH AS WE LOVE THE "COMFORT" AND LOVE THE FACT THE MILITARY IS HERE, PEOPLE MUST PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING I'VE AUTHORIZED OUR POLICE TO START GIVING OUT FINES, $250, $500 FINES TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T GET IT AT THIS POINT, WE'VE SAID IT, EDUCATED, GIVEN PEOPLE THE MESSAGE ANYONE WHO DOESN'T SOCIAL DISTANCE AT THIS COME AND HELP OUT

JUST AHEAD WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON PEOPLE WHO HAVE ANSWERED THAT CALL A LITTLE LATER IN THE SHOW, HODA >> WHILE DOCTORS ARE OVERWHELMED BY COVID-19, THEY ARE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE VIRUS FOR MORE ON THAT, WE'RE TURNING TO NBC MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT JOHN TORRES DR JOHN, GOOD TO SEE YOU

WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN WITH THIS THING CALLED THE GREAT MATH DEBATE THE PRESIDENT SAID HE COULD SEE A SCENARIO WHERE EVERY AMERICAN MAYBE SHOULD BE WEARING A MASK BUT THAT'S REALLY CONTRARY TO WHAT THE CDC SAID WE'VE BEEN SAYING FOR WEEKS ON THIS SHOW AND MANY SHOWS, NOT REALLY NECESSARY SO WHAT'S THE RIGHT ANSWER HERE >> HODA, YOU'RE RIGHT

THIS IS THE GREAT MASK DEBATE IT STARTED THIS WEEKEND WITH A DOCTOR TWEETING OUT WITH THE CDC GUIDELINES SAYING PEOPLE SHOULD BE WEARING THEM WHEN THEY GO OUT I TALKED TO CDC, THEY SAID THEY AREN'T GOING TO CHANGE THEIR GUIDELINES PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC SHOULDN'T BE WEARING THEM EXPERTS SAY IT MIGHT HELP OUT A LITTLE BIT

WHY DON'T WE WEAR THEM THE TRUTH IS, IT MIGHT HELP OUT A LITTLE BIT HERE ARE THE CAVEATS, PEOPLE HAVE TO WEAR THEM CONSTANTLY AND CORRECTLY THEY FORGET EYES ARE ANOTHER WAY FOR THE VIRUS TO GET IN WITHOUT EYE SHIELDS THEY AREN'T GETTING ALL THE PROTECTION THEY NEED TO GET

THEY MIGHT GET A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY, 6 FOOT BUBBLE WE'RE PUTTING AROUND OURSELF IF THEY DO, IF SOMEBODY COUGHS OR SNEEZES, THEY ARE STILL VULNERABLE TO IT ON TOP OF THAT, PROTECT THE MASKS, N95 FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS BECAUSE THEY DEFINITELY NEED THEM AS TO WHETHER TO HELP OUT OR NOT, CDC CHANGE ITS GUIDANCE AND SAY SO RIGHT NOW SAYING NO, COULD HAVE POTENTIALLY HELPED

IT COULD BUT NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU FULL PROTECTION NOT FOG TO GIVE YOU ANY MORE PROTECTION THAN WASHING YOUR HANDS AND GETTING THAT 6 FOOT DISTANCE >> EVEN CDC, THE IDEA WOULD BE A BANDANA, NOT TO USE SURGICAL MASKS OR N95 MASK SO DESPERATELY NEEDED BY HEALTH CARE WORKERS LET ME ASK YOU, THERE WAS A SMALL STUDY BUT SUGGESTED THAT TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 CAN STILL OCCUR EVEN AFTER SOMEONE'S SYMPTOMS HAVE SUBSIDED THIS IS OBVIOUSLY QUITE DISTURBING, BUT I KNOW IT WAS A SMALL STUDY

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF IT? >> SO IT WAS A VERY SMALL STUDY, SAVANNAH IT WAS 16 PATIENTS THEY FOUND OUT HALF OF THEM HAD SYMPTOMS AND COULD GIVE THE VIRUS TO SOMEBODY ELSE DAYS LATER, BEYOND THAT THREE-DAYTIME PERIOD WE TALKED ABOUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE STUDY, THESE ARE PATIENTS WITH SEVERE COMPLICATIONS AND SEVERE SYMPTOMS IN THE HOSPITAL IT LOOKS LIKE WITH THE MILD AND MODERATE CASES, VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE CORONAVIRUS HAVE, IT LOOKS LIKE THAT THREE-DAYTIME PERIOD HOLDS

THAT'S THE TIME THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY AREN'T SPREADING TO ANYBODY ELSE, INCLUDING FEVERS FOR PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED, IT MIGHT TAKE A LITTLE BIT LONGER THIS IS WHERE DOCTORS COME INTO PLAY SOMEBODY HOSPITALIZED AND FINALLY GET RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL, DOCTORS SIT DOWN WITH THEM AND SAY HERE IS HOW LONG YOU NEED TO STAY IN ISOLATION AT HOME EPA THOUGH WE'RE LETTING YOU OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, YOU MIGHT NEED TO STICK AROUND YOUR HOME

A SMALL STUDY, PEOPLE WITH SEVERE SYMPTOMS THAT LOOKED LIKE THEY COULD SPREAD IT FOR LONGER PERIODS OF TIME >> DR TORRES, YOU'VE BEEN TALKING TO US OVER THE WEEK ABOUT VIRAL LOAD, HOW MUCH OF THE VIRUS YOU ARE EXPOSED TO AND HOW THAT CAN AFFECT HOW SICK YOU GET >> THE VIRAL LOAD IS THE AMOUNT OF VIRUS THAT FIRST GET INTO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU GET SICK IF YOU GET A LITTLE BIT OF VIRUS, YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO GET A LITTLE SICK

IN OTHER WORDS, SITTING NEXT TO SOMEBODY FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME AND THAT VIRUS KEEPS HITTING YOU, YOU GET MORE SICK THOSE ARE THE ONES WHO TEND TO GET SEVERE COMPLICATIONS AND SEVERE SYMPTOMS THAT'S WHY FRONTLINE WORKERS ARE SO EXPOSED WE TALK ABOUT SAVING MASKS AND EQUIPMENT FOR THEM THEY ARE CONSTANTLY NEAR SOMEBODY, GETTING THAT HUGE VIRAL LOAD

IT GETS TO THE POINT YOUR BODY'S IMMUNE SYSTEM CAN'T HANDLE THAT OVERLOAD OF VIRUS THAT'S WHY WE'RE SO CONCERNED ABOUT PEOPLE GETTING A HUGE VIRAL LOAD UP FRONT IF THEY GET THE SMALL ONE THEY WON'T GET AS SICK IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE DON'T GET AS SICK AND RECOVER FROM THIS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE >> DR

TORRES, THANK YOU WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO JOIN US TONIGHT HODA AND I ARE HOSTING A SHOW ABOUT THE PANDEMIC THIS IS THE FIRST IN THE WEEKS AHEAD WE'RE GOING TO EXAMINE THE TOLL, THE COUNTRY'S POTENTIAL HOT SPOTS AND ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS TONIGHT 10:00 EASTERN AND STUDE WHO HAVE GOTTEN OUT EARLY, DOCTORS OUT OF RETIREMENT, 17,000 OF THEM HAVE COME FROM OUT OF STATE

THIS MORNING A DESPERATE PLEA FOR HELP FROM NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO >> I AM ASKING HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IF YOU DON'T HAVE A HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN YOUR COMMUNITY, PLEASE COME HELP US IN NEW YORK NOW WE NEED RELIEF WE NEED RELIEF FOR NURSES WHO ARE WORKING 12-HOUR SHIFTS, ONE AFTER THE OTHER AFTER THE OTHER WE NEED RELIEF FOR DOCTORS

WE NEED RELIEF FOR ATTENDANTS SO IF YOU'RE NOT BUSY, COME HELP US, PLEASE >> CUOMO SAYS 76,000 VOLUNTEERS HAVE ALREADY RESPONDED TO THE CALL FOR HELP AMONG THOSE STEPPING FORWARD, A DOZEN HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WHO FLEW IN FROM ATLANTA TO OFFER THEIR SERVICES SOME OF THE CITY'S TOP HOTELS ARE OPENING THEIR DOORS TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS FREE OF CHARGE

SEVERAL AIRLINES ARE OFFERING FREE FLIGHTS TO MEDICAL STAFF HEADING TO WHAT'S BEING DESCRIBED AS A WAR ZONE 29-YEAR-OLD BAILEY IS A CRITICAL CARE NURSE SHE'S DRIVING FROM BALTIMORE TO NEW YORK AND HOPES TO START WORKING THIS WEEKEND >> I WANT TO GET ON THE FLOOR I WANT TO HELP THE OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND TAKE SOME OF THE BURDEN OFF THEM

I WANT TO TREAT PATIENTS I JUST WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE >> IN THE COMING WEEKS GABRIEL MAYER, FOURTH YEAR NYU MED STUDENT WILL GRADUATE EARLY TO HELP THE FIGHT >> I'M SOMEONE INTERESTED IN HELPING PEOPLE AND HELPING PATIENTS AS WELL AS HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS FIGHTING COVID AND THAT MADE THIS CHOICE A LOT MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD FOR ME >> YOUNG MED STUDENTS STEPPING UP AND RETIRED PHYSICIANS STEPPING BACK IN

DR JUDY SOLERNO HASN'T PRACTICED INTERNAL MEDICINE IN FIVE YEARS >> WE'RE NOT GOING TO PULL DOCTORS OUT OF HOSPITALS, WE'RE GOING TO NEED NEW PEOPLE TO COME IN AND TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS I CAN DO THAT, AND I WILL >> THE STAKES ARE HIGH

LAST WEEK TWO NURSES DIED IN NEW YORK CITY AFTER BECOMING INFECTED PHOTOS FROM OVERSEAS SHOWED THE PHYSICAL TOLL ON HEALTH CARE WORKERS BUT FOR OUR COUNTRY'S MEDICAL HEROES, THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION >> I THINK EVERY MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL WANTS TO HELP OUT IN THIS TIME OF NEED >> MORE THAN 200 MEDICAL WORKERS IN NEW YORK TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

IN BOSTON THAT NUMBER IS UPWARD OF 300 JUST A REMINDER OF HOW DANGEROUS THIS WORK IS THAT THEY ARE VOLUNTEERING TO DO, GUYS >> ALL RIGHT, STEPHANIE, THANK YOU SO MUCH NOW LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FRONT LINES OF THIS FIGHT RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK DR

MOLETTE IS IN THE BATTLE SHE'S IN IT EVERY DAY SHE WORKS IN THE EMERGENCY HOSPITAL OF BROOKDALE HOSPITAL IN BROOKLYN DR MOLETTE, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

>> HI, GOOD MORNING >> WE JUST HEARD STEPHANIE'S PIECE, THERE'S AN INFLUX OF NURSES COMING IN HOW BADLY DO YOU NEED THE HELP? >> WE CERTAINLY NEED THE HELP WE ARE ALL HELPING EACH OTHER BY LIFTING EACH OTHER UP WE'RE REMAINING STRONG BECAUSE WE HAVE A JOB TO DO

>> YES, YOU ARE I WAS LOOKING AT IMAGES INSIDE YOUR HOSPITAL, DR MOLETTE WE SAW IT LOOKED LIKE PLASTIC TARPS TAPED UP WITH TAPE TO CORDON OFF THE COVID-19 WARD PAINT A PICTURE OF WHAT IT'S LIKE INSIDE YOUR HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW

>> RIGHT NOW, IT'S TOUGH IT'S PRETTY DEVASTATING WE'RE ALL DOING THE BEST WE CAN TO TAKE CARE OF OUR COMMUNITY OVERALL BECAUSE THE "HOP" HOSPITAL IS PART OF THE COMMUNITY AND OUR PATIENTS ARE OUR COMMUNITY WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE WITH LOW SUPPLIES LIKE OTHER HOSPITALS IN OUR COUNTRY AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHEN YOU COME INTO OUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, YOU STILL SEE THE PATIENTS, STILL STRUGGLING TO SMILE, STILL STRUGGLING TO HOLD ON

THE FAMILY MEMBERS ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AS WELL AS US, HEALTH CARE WORKERS WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN IT'S NOT EASY IT IS A MEDICAL WAR ZONE WE'RE UNPREPARED FOR THAT'S NATIONALLY, NOT JUST AT BROOKDALE BUT WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN

>> DR MOLETTE, TELL US WHAT YOU NEED WE HEARD PEOPLE SAY DOCTORS AND NURSES DESPERATELY IN NEED OF PROTECTIVE GEAR WE HEAR ELECTED OFFICIALS SAYING THEY HAVEN'T HEARD THAT TELL ME WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE NEED RIGHT NOW IN YOUR HOSPITAL

>> AGAIN, WE ARE LOW ON SUPPLIES BUT I RECEIVED WORD THAT WE ARE RECEIVING — WE'LL BE GETTING MORE SUPPLIES SOON, SUCH AS VENTS, GOWNS, GLOVES, BONNETS THAT WE USE ON OUR HEADS PROTECTIVE GEAR, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR >> GEAR IS IMPORTANT BUT YOU ALSO NEED TO HAVE THE PERSONNEL WE HEAR STORY ON STORY OF DOCTORS AND NURSES FALLING ILL

JUST GIVE US THE STATUS AT YOUR HOSPITAL >> TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I DON'T HAVE THE NUMBERS AS OF YET I WILL SAY WE ARE AT HIGH-RISK EXPOSURE THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF US WHO HAVE FALLEN SICK WITH THE CORONAVIRUS AGAIN, WE'RE DOING OUR BEST TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER BUT I DEFINITELY DON'T HAVE THOSE NUMBERS

>> ONE OF THE SADDEST THINGS I FEEL LIKE I KEEP SEEING, A LOT OF THESE PATIENTS HAVE TO BE ALONE KIND OF IN THEIR DARKEST HOUR THEIR FAMILIES CAN'T BE THERE BECAUSE OF HOW CONTAGIOUS IT IS YOU SEE FAMILIES SPEAKING TO ONE ANOTHER JUST ON FACETIME WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN IN YOUR HOSPITAL? >> SAME THING IT'S THE SAME THING

EVEN FOR US AS HEALTH CARE WORKERS, I HAVEN'T SEEN MY FAMILY IN OVER TWO WEEKS SO I HAVE TO SPEAK TO THEM FACETIME BECAUSE I CAN'T EXPOSE THEM AS WELL MY FIANCEE AND I SLEEP IN SEPARATE PLACES IT'S BEEN TOUGH FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING FAMILIES AND FAMILIES OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS THEMSELVES >> WHEN YOU START YOUR DAY, SUIT UP AND GO INTO WORK, HOW DO YOU HAVE HOPE? TELL ME WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE THIS MORNING? >> I PRAY

I PRAY BEFORE I START THE SHIFT I PRAY DURING THE SHIFT I PRAY AFTER THE SHIFT WHEN I'M FEELING TIRED AND FATIGUED AND FRUSTRATED, I WALK OUT TO THE AMBULANCE BAY ANDE BT ENOUGH FOLKS ARE LISTENING AS THE GOVERNOR UNVEILING A BRAND-NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER THIS MORNING IN FLORIDA, THE URGENCY IS ESCALATING WITH LONG LINES FOR TESTING AND POLICE CHECKPOINTS AT BORDERS

RACING TOWARDS 6,000, A NUMBER THAT'S ONLY EXPECTED TO SOAR RESIDENTS ADJUSTING TO A NEW REALITY THAT SO MANY OTHERS NATIONWIDE HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH GOVERNOR RON DeSANTIS ISSUING EXECUTIVE ORDERS ORDERING PEOPLE IN FOUR COUNTIES TO STAY AT HOME >> IT'S THE RIGHT MOVE FOR SOUTH FLORIDA THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME TO DO IT

LISTEN TO YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS >> Reporter: YET IT'S WHAT'S GOING ON ELSEWHERE IN FLORIDA THAT'S BEEN FUELING OUTRAGE ACROSS THE COUNTRY >> WE BELIEVE IN LAYING HANDS ON THE SICK >> TAMPA BAY PASTOR CONVENED A CHURCH SERVICE WITH 500 PEOPLE, A MOVE THAT LANDED HIM IN JAIL BEFORE HE WAS BAILED OUT >> HIS RECKLESS DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE PUT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN HIS CONGREGATION AT RISK AND THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS WHO MAY INTERACT WITH THEM THIS WEEK IN DANGER

>> A CIVIL LAW FIRM SAID THE ORDER HE'S ACCUSED OF BREAKING HAS SO MANY EXCEPTIONS, IT LOOKS LIKE SWISS CHEESE, THAT THE CHURCH ORVE SERVED 6 FOOT DISTANCE ON THE EAST COAST >> YOU NEED TO GET OUT AND GET AIR YOU CAN ONLY SIT INSIDE FOUR WALLS FOR SO LONG >> BEACHES IN JACKSONVILLE STILL PACKED UNTIL THE COUNTY CLOSED THEM ON SUNDAY

ALL OF THAT JUST WHAT'S HAPPENING ON LAND BY SEA, 2500 PEOPLE ABOARD TWO HOLLAND AMERICA SHIPS LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE TO DIED FOUR DIED, 18 POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND NEARLY 200 OTHERS ARE SUFFERING FROM FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS >> WE THINK IT'S A MISTAKE TO BE PUTTING PEOPLE INTO SOUTHERN FLORIDA RIGHT NOW GIVEN WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH >> Reporter: ULTIMATELY LIES WITH THE BROWARD COUNTY GOVERNMENT, WHICH IS VOTING TONIGHT

STILL, MANY SEE FLORIDA AS A REFUGE THIS MAN ARRIVED FROM NEW YORK TWO WEEKS AGO >> DO YOU FEEL SAFER IN MIAMI? >> COMPARED TO NEW YORK, 100% >> Reporter: NOW, HE CAME RIGHT BEFORE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A MANDATORY TWO-WEEK QUARANTINE FOR EVERYONE FROM THE TRI-STATE TONIGHT TO FIND AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS NBC'S STEPHANIE GOSK IN A MAJOR MOVE BY THE FDA AND EXPERIMENTAL NEW THERAPY AND WHEN VACCINE TRIALS COULD BEGIN

>> Reporter: TONIGHT, NEWS ABOUT POTENTIALLY PROMISING, THOUGH SO FAR SCIENTIFICALLY UNPROVEN DRUGS TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS ON SUNDAY, THE FDA GIVING EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION TO ADD TWO ANTI-MALARIA MEDICATIONS TO THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE CHLOROQUINE AND HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBING THE MEDICATION WITH CLINICAL TRIALS UNDERWAY IN NEW YORK AND MINNESOTA JAMES WHO IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL STARTED TREATMENTS LAST WEEK >> THURSDAY MORNING I WAS AT MY LOW POINT

THAT'S WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE >> Reporter: THAT DAY DOCTORS GAVE HIM HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE >> I WOKE UP AT MIDNIGHT FEELING DIFFERENT I FELT LIKE ALL RIGHT, THE BODY ISN'T HURTING SO MUCH, I'M NOT COUGHING AS MUCH >> Reporter: SO FAR THERE IS NO CLINICAL PROOF THE ANTI MALARIA DRUG WORKS BUT THE FDA SAYS IT'S WORTH TO THE RISK TO USE THEM WITH PATIENTS IN SERIOUS CONDITION

THEY ARE ALSO TRANSFUSING PLASMA HOUSTON'S METHODIST HOSPITAL IS STUDYING IT AS A TREATMENT >> THE IDEA THAT PLASMA MAY HAVE PARTS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM LIKE ANTIBODIES AGAINST THE COVID-19 VIRUS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY HELP PATIENTS >> Reporter: BUT THE MOST LONG-TERM HOPE IS BEING PLACED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A VACCINE TODAY, JOHNSON & JOHNSON SAYS IT HAS A PROMISING POSSIBILITY

>> THIS IS LIKE A MOON SHOT FOR US AT JOHNSON & JOHNSON WHAT WOULD USUALLY TAKE FIVE IS SEVEN YEARS WE EXPECT TO ACCOMPLISH IN FIVE TO SEVEN MONTHS >> JOHNSON & JOHNSON'S POSSIBLE VACCINE WILL GO THROUGH RIGOROUS TRIALS BUT IT SAYS IN THE COMING DAYS IT WILL START PRODUCTION AND THAT IS YOUR LATEST WEATHER LADIES >> AL, THANK YOU

NOW TO OUR ONGOING SERIES, WITH YOU TODAY THIS MORNING ON FACEBOOK, WE ARE FOCUSING ON YOUR MONEY >> TOMORROW APRIL 1st, BIG DAY ON THE CALENDAR FOR A LOT OF FOLKS, THAT MEANS THE BILLS ARE DUE, RENT, CAR PAYMENTS WITH SO MANY OUT OF WORK, WHAT IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO MAKE THEM

OUR CORRESPONDENT STEPHANIE RUHLE WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW AND WE HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS RIGHT HERE STEPHANIE, GOOD MORNING >> GOOD MORNING, LADIES >> LET ME START WITH RITA ON FACEBOOK SHE WANTED TO KNOW IF THERE'S ANY RELIEF FOR RENTS

THIS IS A BIG TOPIC WE SAW THE WORDS, CANCEL RENT, FLOATING AROUND SOCIAL MEDIA IS THERE ANY RELIEF FOR FOLKS? >> IT'S BEEN EMBLAZONED ON OFFICE BUILDINGS IN NEW YORK, CANCEL THE RENT I WENT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND IN NEW YORK THAT'S AN ACTIVIST GROUP, AN ACTIVIST GROUP TRYING TO PUSH FOR THIS WE'RE HEARING IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY

BUT ON A FEDERAL, THAT MEANS A NATIONAL LEVEL, THERE HAS BEEN NO REGULATION CHANGES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THEIR PERSPECTIVE IS THEY ARE EXPANDING UNEMPLOYMENT THEY ARE NOW GIVING THOSE REFUND CHECKS AMERICANS WHO ARE IN NEED SHOULD USE THAT MONEY TO PAY THEIR ESSENTIAL BILLS LIKE RENT NOW, IF YOU LIVE IN FEDERALLY FUNDED HOUSING, THERE HAS BEEN A 120-DAY FREEZE ON EVICTIONS

YOU CAN GO TO THE HUD WEBSITE FOR MOST OF US WHO HAVE PRIVATE LANDLORDS, THE BEST YOU CAN REALLY DO IS REACH OUT TO YOUR LANDLORD PRIVATELY, SEE IF THERE'S SOME SORT OF RELIEF PROGRAM, SEE IF YOU CAN GET PUT ON A PAYMENT PLAN THERE'S NOTHING OFFICIAL THAT'S HAPPENED ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AT LEAST NOT YET >> ANOTHER QUESTION, STEPH, THAT WE'RE GETTING A LOT IS WHO CAN AND WHO CANNOT FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT THIS IS A BIG ONE

HERE IS LINDSEY FROM INSTAGRAM LET'S TAKE A LISTEN >> I WASN'T COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT BEFORE CORONAVIRUS 19 BUT WAS UNEMPLOYED AM I NOW ELIGIBLE NOR UNEMPLOYMENT UNDER NEW CORONAVIRUS 19 ELIGIBILITY RULES? >> SO CAN LINDSEY COLLECT, STEPHANIE? >> MOST LIKELY THE ANSWER IS NO SO THE EXPANDED UNEMPLOYMENT IS TO INCLUDE ANYONE WHO LOST ALL OR PART OF THEIR JOB DUE TO CORONA

IF YOU WEREN'T WORKING BEFORE, IT WILL BE TOUGH TO SEEK UNEMPLOYMENT NORMALLY YOU HAVE TO APPLY WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK OR SO FROM LOSING YOUR JOB THEY HAVE WAIVED THAT THERE'S A HUGE INFLUX OF PEOPLE APPLYING WEBSITES ARE DOWN AND YOU CAN'T GET ANYONE ON THE PHONE

THERE'S MORE OF A GRACE PERIOD WHAT I WOULD RECOMMEND, SHE SHOULD GO TO THE NEW WEBSITE THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SET UP, CAREER ONE STOPORG THAT INCLUDES EVERY STATE OUT THERE YOU'RE GOING TO TYPE IN YOUR STATE AND SEE EXACTLY WHAT THE PARAMETERS ARE

SHE WOULD HAVE NEEDED TO WORK AT SOME POINT IN THIS PERIOD TO APPLY AND RECEIVE THOSE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS >> I WANT TO GET ONE IN FROM MARY ON FACEBOOK LET'S ROLL IT >> MY HUSBAND AND I ARE SELF-EMPLOYED WITH NO EMPLOYEES DO WE QUALIFY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT? >> HOW ABOUT IT, STEPHANIE? >> YOU KNOW I LOVE GOOD NEWS

THE ANSWER IS YES THE CAREERS ACT HAS EXPANDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE SELF-EMPLOYED, FREELANCE WORKERS, GIG ECONOMY WORKERS SO THERE'S A YES TO THAT IT MIGHT ACTUALLY BE A DOUBLE BECAUSE THEY RUN A SMALL BUSINESS, THEY MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR SOMETHING CALLED THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

THAT IS A LOAN, 100% FORGIVABLE SHORT-TERM LOAN THE GOVERNMENT IS OFFERING SMALL BUSINESSES IF THEY KEEP ALL OF THEIR EMPLOYEES ON THE PAYROLL IN MARY'S CASE, IT'S SHE AND HER HUSBAND ON THE PAYROLL, SO THERE'S A CHANCE THEY MAY GET THAT LOAN WHICH TURNS OUT TO BE A GRANT SHE NEEDS TO CALL HER BANK >> STEPHANIE, THANK YOU WE'VE GOT A LOT OF QUESTIONS

WE'LL GET INCLUDING THOSE AT MACY'S JUST ANNOUNCED TODAY, HERE IS TOM COSTELLO >> Reporter: TONIGHT, A CRUSHING BLOW FOR AN AMERICAN ICON ALREADY STRUGGLING IN THECOM ERA WITH ALL STORES CLOSED AND FEW SALES, MACY'S SAYS IT'S FURLOUGHING MOST OF THE 130,000 EMPLOYEES THE PANDEMIC HITTING COMPANIES BIG AND SMALL

MICHAEL LEVI OWNS A FRANCHISE ON LONG ISLAND WITH THREE EMPLOYEES SALES ARE DOWN 95% AND THE BILLS ARE COMING DUE >> IT'S REALLY SCARY BECAUSE MY RENT IS DUE THIS WEEK I HAVE PAYROLL THIS WEEK, AND ALL MY LEASES ON MY EQUIPMENT ARE ALSO DUE >> Reporter: TO HELP KEEP COMPANIES AFLOAT AND AMERICANS EMPLOYEED, THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM ENABLES SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO APPLY FOR A LOAN THAT COULD BE ENTIRELY FORGIVEN IF THE MONEY IS USED FOR EXPENSES LIKE EMPLOYEE PAYROLL AND MONTHLY PAYMENTS

IF A COMPANY CAN PROVE IT KEPT 100% OF THE WORK FORCE BY DOING THAT, THE ENTIRE LOAN WOULD BE FORGIVEN IF THERE ARE SOME LAYOFFS, THE AMOUNT FORGIVEN WOULD DEPEND ON HOW MUCH WAS LAID OFF MALLORY LIL– IS URGENTLY LOOKING FOR HELP >> I OWN A HOUSE I'M A SINGLE MOM

MY FEAR IS I'M THE ONLY INCOME, AND HOW AM I GOING TO PROVIDE FOR MY CHILD >> Reporter: IF YOU'RE IN TROUBLE, MONEY EXPERTS SAY NOW IS THE TIME TO PRESERVE CASH MAKE THE MINIMUM PAYMENTS ON CREDIT CARDS, ASK CREDITORS FOR LENIENCY INCLUDING MEDICAL AND DENTAL BILLS IF NECESSARY AND FOCUS ON PAYING THE BILLS YOU MUST >> WE NEED TO KEEP FOOD ON THE TABLE WE NEED TO KEEP LIGHTS ON AND THE HEAT IN THE HOUSE

WE NEED TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE BECAUSE HEALTH CARE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT >> Reporter: FOR RENTERS, MANY CITIES AND STATES ARE PROHIBITING EVICTIONS AND HOMEOWNERS WITH FEDERALLY BACKED LOANS ARE PROTECTED FROM FORECLOSURE FOR NOW DANIEL CRAMER IS FACING MOUNTING BILLS AFTER BEING FORCED TO LAY OFF ALMOST ALL OF HIS 175 EMPLOYEES AT FOUR WASHINGTON DC RESTAURANTS

TONIGHT, HE'S DEFIANT >> WE DON'T HAVE A BACKUP PLAN AND OUR GOAL IS TO REHIRE EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO >> Reporter: NEVER BEFORE HAVE AMERESCUE CYNTHIA McFADDEN HAS THE STORY OF ONE DETROIT GRANDMOTHER WHO IS PITCHING IN AT FORD >> INSIDE THIS SPRAWLING 1 MILLION SQUARE FEET FACTORY

>> I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU WHAT WE'RE DOING >> PAT TUCKER IS HELPING TO FIGHT THE WAR ON THE CORONAVIRUS >> I'D RATHER SAVE LIVES THAN STAY AT HOME >> THE 55-YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER, ONE OF OVER 400 FORD EMPLOYEES WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO FILL THESE DESPERATELY NEEDED FACE SHIELD >> FOR EVERYONE'S SHAFT, WE TOOK OUR CAMERAS FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE LOOK INSIDE

>> I REALLY HOPE WHAT WE'RE DOING MAKES A DIFFERENCE >> WHILE ALL THESE WORKERS ARE PAID, THEY ARE ALSO VOLUNTEERS, AGREEING TO LEAVE THEIR FAMILIES AND HOMES EACH DAY, NATOR, THANK YOU >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, CRAIG THANK YOU >> LET US TAKE A TURN NOW FROM WHAT'S BECOME OUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE MORNING

WE'RE CALLING IT #UPLIFTTODAY MR ROKER, HOW ARE YOU HOLDING UP? >> DOING GREAT I THINK EVERYBODY IS DOING THE BEST THEY CAN UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES WE'RE BLESSED TO COME INTO WORK AND DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO

#UPLIFTTODAY, ALL ABOUT STORIES THAT WILL BRIGHTEN OUR DAY A LITTLE BIT WE WANT YOU TO SEND THEM TO US TAG US ON "3RD HOUR TODAY" ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER AND USE THE #UPLIFTTODAY LET'S START FOR UPLIFT FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS FOR EXAMPLE, TODAY JUST HAPPENS TO BE NATIONAL DOCTOR'S DAY

IT'S ALWAYS OBSERVED MARCH 30th WE'RE ALWAYS APPRECIATIVE OF OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, ALL OF THEM, BUT SPECIAL DURING THIS TIME OF THIS PANDEMIC WE ASK YOU TO SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA YOUR FAVORITE DOCTORS, NURSES, AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND YOU DELIVERED IN BIG TIME WE WANTED TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO SOME OF THEM ON THE AIR JACQUELINE SENT IN A PICTURE OF HER BROTHER, DR

VINCENT CHAN WORKS AT CITY OF HOPE IN CALIFORNIA SHE SAYS HE'S SELF-LESS AND KIND EVEN IN TOUGH TIMES LIKE THESE NEVER COMPLAINS SHE'S VERY PROUD OF HIM AND THANKFUL FOR HIM AND ALL OF HIS COLLEAGUES AS WELL HERE IS A SPECIAL VIDEO MESSAGE FOR DR

TOM FORSBERG IN LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA, WHO HAS BEEN WORKING IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM FIGHTING COVID-19 TAKE A LOOK >> TOM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE GETTING THROUGH THIS ALL TOGETHER >> WE LOVE YOU HAPPY DOCTOR'S DAY

>> WE LOVE YOU >> ALL RIGHT FINALLY MIKE IN HIS FINAL YEAR OF INTERNAL MEDICINE AND IS CURRENTLY TREATING CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS BUT HE ALSO HAS A BACKGROUND IN FINE ART, SO HE'S BEEN DRAWING HIS FELLOW NURSES AND DOCTORS AS THE TRUE SUPERHEROES THAT THEY ARE THAT IS PRETTY COOL

LOOK AT THAT WOW THEY ALL HAVE BIG S ON THEIR CHEST >> SPEAKING OF SHOWING YOUR APPRECIATION, BY THE WAY, YOU'VE PROBABLY SEEN SOME OF THESE VIDEOS OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS WHERE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY CITIES HAVE LITERALLY BEEN APPLAUDING HEALTH CARE WORKERS OVER THE PAST WEEK, PLACES LIKE — THIS IS ATLANTA, SEATTLE

THEY HAVE BEEN OPENING THE WINDOWS, SCREAMING, CLAPPING, CHEERING ON THOSE HEALTH CARE WORKERS, SHOWING THEIR THEY NEE? NATALIE MORALES HAS THAT STORY FOR US >> SO THERE'S A MIXTURE OF SOME TREPIDATION AND PRIDE AND KIND OF A SENSE OF HONOR, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY A LITTLE SCARY >> DR SUSAN RYAN IS ON THE FRONT LINES OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN DENVER SHE AND HER COLLEAGUES ARE TREATING PATIENTS NONSTOP IN THE ER

BUT EVEN THESE LIFESAVERS NEED COMFORT >> NEVER BEEN CALLED UPON LIKE THIS, SO THERE'S A TENSION GOSH, WHEN YOU JUST PET HER, YOU JUST FEEL YOURSELF EASE >> IT ALL MELTS AWAY WHEN WIN IS IN THEIR ARMS DR

RYAN HAS BEEN RAISING THE YELLOW LAB THROUGH CANINE COMPANIONS AND WHAT A COMPANION SHE IS >> A REAL CALMING FORCE WE PET HER, LAY DOWN ON THE GROUND WITH HER, GIVING HER SNUG ELSE AND KISSES JUST CALMS US IMMEDIATELY >> A BOND DR RYAN HAS NEEDED MORE THAN EVER IN THE RARE MOMENT SHE HAS A BREAK FROM HER LONG, GRUELING HOURS IN THE ER

>> THEN YOU JUST TAKE A SECOND AND YOU CATCH WIN, AS I DID IN THAT PHOTO, I KIND OF LOST IT AND SAID I JUST NEED A MINUTE WITH HER I SAT THERE ON THE GROUND WITH HER IT JUST FIXED ME, HEALED MY HEART >> THE PHOTO SHE POSTED ONLINE BRINGING THE CRISIS HOME TO MANY SEEKING A MOMENT OF TENDERNESS AMID SO MUCH TRAUMA >> IT'S BEEN REALLY TOUCHING THAT PEOPLE FELT SOMETHING FROM THAT PHOTO

HOPEFULLY THEY WILL BE MOVED TO DO A COUPLE OF THINGS, LIKE PHYSICALLY DISTANCE THEMSELVES AND TAKE THIS VIRUS SERIOUSLY >> DR RYAN AND HER COLLEAGUES KNOW HOW CRUEL COVID-19 CAN BE WIN OFFERS UP HER FURRY SHOULDER TO LEAN ON IN TIMES OF NEED >> THEY LOVE HER

THEY FIGHT OVER HER THEY CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF SNUGGLING WITH HER SHE HAS A COUPLE OF FAVORITES IN THE ER I HAVE TO SAY THEY KNOW IT AND SHE KNOWS IT

WHEN SHE SEES THEM, HER TAIL STARTS BEATING REALLY FAST >> THE HOSPITAL IS VERY CAREFUL WITH WIN EVERYONE WHO GOES NEAR HER MUST WATCH THEIR HANDS HER VEST, LEASH AND COLLAR ARE WASHED EVERY DAY BECAUSE NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES, THEY ALSO WEAR SCRUBS SOMETIMES THEY HAVE FOUR PAWS

>> MAYBE THAT'S WHAT MY PICTURE DOES IS PUTS A FACE TO IT I'M A REAL PERSON I'M FACING IT IN MY ER I HAVE AN INCREDIBLE CANINETHEM WELCOME SIGHT IN MANY AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOODS, HERE IS KRISTEN DAHLGREN >> Reporter: JUST WHEN PARENTS AND KIDS THOUGHT THE BOREDOM WAS UNBEARABLE, TEDDY BEARS STARTED CROPPING UP IN NEIGHBORHOOD WINDOWS

>> WE WENT THE FIRST NIGHT AND FOUND LIKE 20 SOMETHING I THINK NOW 21 NOW WE'RE UP TO 112 >> Reporter: TURNING STIR CRAZY KIDS INTO STUFFED ANIMAL HUNTER >> IT CAN BE LIKE AN EASTER EGG HUNT BUT BEARS

>> Reporter: WE SPOTTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY EVEN GOING GLOBAL SIGHTINGS IN WALES AND NEW ZEALAND >> SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO >> THE LAST ONE WAS THE BIGGEST >> Reporter: SOME NEIGHBORHOODS TURNED IT INTO A WALKING SAFARI WITH ALL SORTS OF WILDLIFE >> I HAVE A 5-YEAR-OLD LEARNING ANIMALS

SHE'S COUNTING ALL OF THEM IT COUNTS AS SCHOOL >> Reporter: A LESSON IN COMING TOGETHER, EVEN WHILE STAYING SIX FEET APART REINFORCEMENTS WE WANT TO WARN YOU, SOME OF THE VIDEO YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE IN THIS STORY IS DISTURBING

THIS MORNING A WAR IS RAGING INSIDE THE EPICENTER OF COVID-19 NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND CONNECTICUT NOW TOPPING 85,000 CONFIRMED CASES AND MORE THAN 1400 DEATHS >> TO ME WE'RE BEYOND STAGGERING ALREADY >> NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO IS PLEADING TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS TO HELP A NATIONAL GUARDSMAN ARE AMONG THE DEAD WHILE THIS DISTURBING VIDEO APPEARS TO SHOW A BODY BEING LIFTED ONTO A REFRIGERATOR RATED TRUCK OUTSIDE A HOSPITAL IN BROOKLYN

A GROOM REMINDER OF WHAT'S AT STAKE HELP IS ARRIVING THE US HOSPITAL SHIP "USNS COMFORT," A BREATHTAKING SITE NEXT TO STATUE OF LIBERTY EVEN THOUGH SOME ONLOOKERS FAILED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCE

INSIDE RELIEVING PRESSURE ON LAND >> THIS THE MOST IMPORTANT MISSION I'VE EVER BEEN ON IN MY ENTIRE LIFE >> Reporter: THIS EMERGENCY FIELD HOSPITAL IN ICONIC CENTRAL PARK IS SET TO OPEN TODAY NOW THE CITY PLANS TO BUILD A 350 BED FACILITY AT THIS TENNIS STADIUM IN QUEENS ON THE CAMPUS WHERE THE US

OPEN IS PLAYED >> AT THIS POINT WE ASSUME AT LEAST HALF OF ALL NEW YORKERS WILL CONTRACT THIS DISEASE >> DESPITE ASSURANCES BY THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT THERE'S ENOUGH PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT OR PPE, AT LEAST FOR THE SHORT-TERM, DOCTORS AND NURSES ON THE FRONT LINES INSIST THERE ARE SPOT SHORTAGES >> WE TRY TO MAKE THE BEST OUT OF VERY LITTLE I WORRY THAT IT'S TOO LATE FOR SOME OF US

>> CALVIN'S SON IS AN ER DOCTOR AT SEVERAL HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK HE SAYS HE'S HAVING TO INTUBATE HIS OWN NURSES AND KNOWS FELLOW DOCTORS WHO ARE ON LIFE SUPPORT >> EVERY DAY WE WAKE UP, EVEN I DO, FEELING MY HEAD IF I HAVE A FEVER, AS IF LIKE A SOLDIER OF WAR WAKING UP EVERY DAY TO SEE IF THEY HAVE BEEN SHOT >> Reporter: THE LAST TIME THIS NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP WAS IN THE CITY WAS NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS ON A MORE HOPEFUL NOTE, GOVERNOR CUOMO SAYS WHILE THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS HERE IN NEW YORK CONTINUES TO CLIMB, THE RATE OF HOSPITALIZATIONS — IT'S INCREASINGBUSINESSES, NONESSENT BUSINESSES TO REMAIN CLOSED

THE MESSAGE, STAY HOME AND SAVE LIVES OVERNIGHT THE US REACHED A GRIM MILESTONE MORE THAN 3,000 NOW DEAD BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS

PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW FOCUSING ON THE LIVES THAT COULD BE SAVED >> WE COULD SAVE MORE THAN 1 MILLION AMERICAN LIVES THE MORE WE DEDICATE OURSELVES TODAY, THE MORE QUICKLY WE WILL EMERGE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CRISIS >> BUT WITH NO PLANS FOR A NATIONAL QUARANTINE, THE RESPONSE FROM STATE TO STATE HAS VARIED ON MONDAY A COORDINATED MESSAGE FROM THE CAPITAL REGION WITH THE MAYOR OF D

C AND THE GMPS FROM MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA EACH ANNOUNCING THEIR OWN STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS >> WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO FLATTEN THE CURVE >> NO MARYLAND RESIDENT SHOULD BE LEAVING THEIR HOME UNLESS IT IS FOR AN ESSENTIAL JOB OR FOR AN ESSENTIAL REASON >> I'LL SAY IT AGAIN BECAUSE I WANT EVERYONE TO HEAR ME, STAY HOME

>> VIRGINIA GOVERNOR'S ORDER EXTENDING TO JUNE 10th BEYOND JUNE 1st WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS HOPING THE COUNTRY IS UP AND RUNNING COMPANIES STEPPING UP FOR MEDICAL SUPPLY SHORTAGES, INCLUDING FORD, WHICH PLANS TO PRODUCE 50,000 VENTILATORS IN 30 DAYS >> IT'S A DIFFERENT BUSINESS BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE'RE MANUFACTURING A PRODUCT >> EVEN AS THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED DIFFERENT NUMBERS AND SHOWED OFF ABBOTT, A KIT FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY IN A CALL BY "NEW YORK TIMES" AND CONFIRMED BY NBC NEWS, MONTANA'S GOVERNOR SAYS WITHOUT KITS FROM THE CDC, HIS STATE WAS JUST ONE DAY AWAY FROM LACKING THE ABILITY TO TEST

THE PRESIDENT APPEARING TO DOWNPLAY THAT CONCERN SAYING HE HAD NOT HEARD ABOUT TESTING IN WEEKS, AND THAT THE US HAD TESTED MORE PEOPLE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IT ALL COMES AS DR ANTHONY FAUCI SAYS THE CORONAVIRUS WILL LIKELY BE CYCLICAL WITH A POTENTIAL RETURN IN THE FALL

>> WHAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH NOW IS GOING TO BE MORE THAN JUST LESSONS LEARNED, IT'S GOING TO BE THINGS WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE >> THE HOPE IS BY THE FALL, WE'LL BE FURTHER ALONG AND HAVE IMPROVED TESTING, MAYBE EVEN ANTIVIRAL TREATMENTS WILL BE FURTHER ALONG AND VACCINE TRIALS, IF THEY ARE SHOWING PROMISE, THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE USED IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION AGAIN, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE FALL AS FOR THE CURRENT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, WHICH ARE SET TO EXPIRE IING SOME OF THOSE COULD ALSO BE EXTENDED SAVANNAH

>> ALL RIGHT, TOM, THANK YOU JOINING US NOW TO TALK MORE ABOUT HIS CITY'S RESPONSE TO THIS OUTBREAK IS NEW YORK CITY'S MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO MAYOR, GOOD MORNING IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU >> GOOD MORNING

>> YOU'VE SAID QUITE BLUNTLY THAT THE WORST IS YET TO COME FOR NEW YORK CITY AND NEW YORK STATE CAN YOU TAKE US BEHIND THE DATA THAT LEADS YOU TO THAT CONCLUSION? >> SAVANNAH, YOU KNOW, THE DATA IS WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT ALL THE TIME MAKING OUR DECISIONS BASED ON SAVANNAH, OBVIOUSLY IT MEANS HUMAN LIVES OVER 900 LIVES ALREADY LOST IN NEW YORK CITY WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS A SHARP UPTURN OVER THE LAST DAYS, CERTAINLY THE LAST FEW WEEKS

WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS PATTERN AND CONCLUDE THAT THE WORST IS CERTAINLY IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS MINIMUM I COULD SEE IT GOING INTO MAY WITH THE NUMBERS WE'RE LOOKING AT, BECAUSE WE HAVE COMMUNITY SPREAD THAT'S THE ISSUE IT'S DEEPLY SEATED IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND IT'S GOING TO HAVE THIS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY UNFORTUNATELY >> IT HAS THIS FEEL — IT'S NOT THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM BUT YOU FEEL THIS IS ALL ABOUT TO HIT IN A REALLY HUGE WAY WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING LIKE THE "USNS COMFORT" DOCKING OUTSIDE MANHATTAN, YOU SEE A MAKESHIFT FIELD HOSPITAL GOING UP IN CENTRAL PARK

RIGHT NOW THEY ARE EMPTY, BUT IT IS YOUR EXPECTATION THAT THESE HOSPITALS WILL HAVE TO BE FILLED WITH OVERFLOW PATIENTS BECAUSE THE OTHER HOSPITALS ARE FILLED WITH COVID-19 PATIENTS >> YEAH LET ME GIVE YOU THE PROJECTION AND IT'S VERY BLUNT, SAVANNAH WE HAVE ABOUT 20,000 HOSPITAL BEDS IN ALL OF NEW YORK CITY THAT'S WHERE WE WERE, SAY, THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH

NORMAL TIMES WE PROJECT THE POTENTIAL THAT ALL OF THOSE BEDS, ALL 20,000, WILL HAVE TO BE TURNED INTO INTENSIVE CARE BEDS TO FOCUS ON COVID-19 PATIENTS THAT ARE REALLY, REALLY SICK THAT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF HOW ABNORMAL IT WILL BE I HOPE THE PROJECTIONS DON'T COME TRUE BUT AS DR FAUCI SAYS, THE PROJECTION HAS IT GETTING WORSE OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, POTENTIAL WELL INTO MAY AND WE'LL REQUIRE A LEVEL OF HOSPITAL CAPACITY WE'VE NEVER SEEN, CONCEIVED OF

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TRIPLE HOSPITAL CAPACITY TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE THIS >> MR MAYOR, CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, LAST I HEARD IN NEW YORK YOU CAN'T GET A COVID-19 TEST UNLESS YOU'RE SO SICK YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL WHEN I READ THE LATEST ONE THAT SAYS 67,000 IN NEW YORK, DOESN'T THAT DRAMATICALLY UNDERCOUNT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK >> SAVANNAH, ABSOLUTELY

COMMUNITY SPREAD, THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY REALLY NEED TO FEEL IN THEIR BONES COMMUNITY SPREAD MEANS IT'S OUT THERE AND IT CONTINUES TO GROW THERE'S A POINT WHERE IT STOPS LIKE EVERY OTHER SEASONAL DISEASE THERE IS AN ENDPOINT HERE FOR THE WEEKS AHEAD, LET'S NOT KID OURSELVES, IT GETS A LOT WORSE INSTEAD OF BETTER

>> CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF TESTING I FOUND IN NEW YORK, IN ORDER TO CONSERVE CAPACITY ONLY HOSPITALIZED WILL GET A TEST THE PRESIDENT WAS ON A CALL YESTERDAY ONE OF THE GOVERNORS FROM MONTANA MENTIONED THAT STATE'S NEED FOR TESTS HE SAID HE HADN'T HEARD ABOUT TESTING IN A FEW WEEKS

IS TESTING STILL AN ISSUE HERE IN NEW YORK? >> TESTING AT THIS POINT — IF TESTING HAD COME EARLIER, I ASKED FOR TESTING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON JANUARY 24th IF WE HAD GOTTEN IT IN JANUARY, BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY, WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN AHEAD OF THIS I THINK THERE ARE STILL STATES WHERE THEY CAN GETTING THEM TESTING IS CRUCIAL WHAT IT MEANS NOW IS IT'S THE WAY WE DETERMINE WHO NEEDS THE MOST IMMEDIATE, USUALENT CARE

IT'S A WAY WE HELP PROTECT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND DECIDE, OF COURSE, WHO NEEDS TO GO AND BE ISOLATED I THINK THE FACT IS TESTING IS GOING TO PLAY A DIFFERENT ROLE NOW IF WE COULD GET RAPID TESTING ON A TRULY UNIVERSAL LEVEL, THAT COULD HELP US A LOT THAT COULD HELP US IMMEDIATELY TELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO THE BEST KIND OF TESTING IS THE TESTING EARLY BEFORE YOU GET AN OUTBREAK

SOME STATES COULD STILL BENEFIT FROM THAT >> A COUPLE OF THINGS I MENTIONED THE US NAVY SHIM "COMFORT" CAME TO MANHATTAN

I'M SURE YOU SAW THE SITE YESTERDAY WHERE PEOPLE WANTED TO GET A GLIMPSE SOME OF THE IMAGES INDICATED PEOPLE WEREN'T KEEPING THAT SOCIAL DISTANCE AS THEY CRAMMED IN TO GET A SHOT WHAT'S YOUR MESSAGE TO FOLKS WHO MAY HAVE DONE THAT HERE IN OUR CITY >> THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE SAVANNAH, WE ALL FEEL EMOTIONAL ABOUT THE ARRIVAL OF THE "USNS COMFORT

" IT'S GIVING US HOPE OUR MILITARY IS HERE WE NEED A LOT MORE MILITARY PRESENCE, MORE HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING MEDICAL HELP FROM THE MILITARY VERY, VERY QUICKLY I'VE TOLD THAT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP WE NEED FOLKS BY SUNDAY, STARTING THIS SUNDAY, TO GET AHEAD OF THAT HORRIBLE ONSLAUGHT WE EXPECT IN THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO BUT IN THE MEANTIME, AS MUCH AS WE LOVE THE "COMFORT" AND LOVE THE FACT THE MILITARY IS HERE, PEOPLE MUST PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING

I'VE AUTHORIZED OUR POLICE TO START GIVING OUT FINES, $250, $500 FINES TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T GET IT AT THIS POINT, WE'VE SAID IT, EDUCATED, GIVEN PEOPLE THE MESSAGE ANYONE WHO DOESN'T SOCIAL DISTANCE AT THIS COME AND HELP OUT JUST AHEAD WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON PEOPLE WHO HAVE ANSWERED THAT CALL A LITTLE LATER IN THE SHOW, HODA >> WHILE DOCTORS ARE OVERWHELMED BY COVID-19, THEY ARE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE VIRUS

FOR MORE ON THAT, WE'RE TURNING TO NBC MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT JOHN TORRES DR JOHN, GOOD TO SEE YOU WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN WITH THIS THING CALLED THE GREAT MATH DEBATE THE PRESIDENT SAID HE COULD SEE A SCENARIO WHERE EVERY AMERICAN MAYBE SHOULD BE WEARING A MASK BUT THAT'S REALLY CONTRARY TO WHAT THE CDC SAID

WE'VE BEEN SAYING FOR WEEKS ON THIS SHOW AND MANY SHOWS, NOT REALLY NECESSARY SO WHAT'S THE RIGHT ANSWER HERE >> HODA, YOU'RE RIGHT THIS IS THE GREAT MASK DEBATE IT STARTED THIS WEEKEND WITH A DOCTOR TWEETING OUT WITH THE CDC GUIDELINES SAYING PEOPLE SHOULD BE WEARING THEM WHEN THEY GO OUT

I TALKED TO CDC, THEY SAID THEY AREN'T GOING TO CHANGE THEIR GUIDELINES PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC SHOULDN'T BE WEARING THEM EXPERTS SAY IT MIGHT HELP OUT A LITTLE BIT WHY DON'T WE WEAR THEM THE TRUTH IS, IT MIGHT HELP OUT A LITTLE BIT

HERE ARE THE CAVEATS, PEOPLE HAVE TO WEAR THEM CONSTANTLY AND CORRECTLY THEY FORGET EYES ARE ANOTHER WAY FOR THE VIRUS TO GET IN WITHOUT EYE SHIELDS THEY AREN'T GETTING ALL THE PROTECTION THEY NEED TO GET THEY MIGHT GET A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY, 6 FOOT BUBBLE WE'RE PUTTING AROUND OURSELF IF THEY DO, IF SOMEBODY COUGHS OR SNEEZES, THEY ARE STILL VULNERABLE TO IT

ON TOP OF THAT, PROTECT THE MASKS, N95 FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS BECAUSE THEY DEFINITELY NEED THEM AS TO WHETHER TO HELP OUT OR NOT, CDC CHANGE ITS GUIDANCE AND SAY SO RIGHT NOW SAYING NO, COULD HAVE POTENTIALLY HELPED IT COULD BUT NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU FULL PROTECTION NOT FOG TO GIVE YOU ANY MORE PROTECTION THAN WASHING YOUR HANDS AND GETTING THAT 6 FOOT DISTANCE

>> EVEN CDC, THE IDEA WOULD BE A BANDANA, NOT TO USE SURGICAL MASKS OR N95 MASK SO DESPERATELY NEEDED BY HEALTH CARE WORKERS LET ME ASK YOU, THERE WAS A SMALL STUDY BUT SUGGESTED THAT TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 CAN STILL OCCUR EVEN AFTER SOMEONE'S SYMPTOMS HAVE SUBSIDED THIS IS OBVIOUSLY QUITE DISTURBING, BUT I KNOW IT WAS A SMALL STUDY WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF IT? >> SO IT WAS A VERY SMALL STUDY, SAVANNAH IT WAS 16 PATIENTS

THEY FOUND OUT HALF OF THEM HAD SYMPTOMS AND COULD GIVE THE VIRUS TO SOMEBODY ELSE DAYS LATER, BEYOND THAT THREE-DAYTIME PERIOD WE TALKED ABOUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE STUDY, THESE ARE PATIENTS WITH SEVERE COMPLICATIONS AND SEVERE SYMPTOMS IN THE HOSPITAL IT LOOKS LIKE WITH THE MILD AND MODERATE CASES, VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE CORONAVIRUS HAVE, IT LOOKS LIKE THAT THREE-DAYTIME PERIOD HOLDS THAT'S THE TIME THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY AREN'T SPREADING TO ANYBODY ELSE, INCLUDING FEVERS FOR PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED, IT MIGHT TAKE A LITTLE BIT LONGER

THIS IS WHERE DOCTORS COME INTO PLAY SOMEBODY HOSPITALIZED AND FINALLY GET RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL, DOCTORS SIT DOWN WITH THEM AND SAY HERE IS HOW LONG YOU NEED TO STAY IN ISOLATION AT HOME EPA THOUGH WE'RE LETTING YOU OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, YOU MIGHT NEED TO STICK AROUND YOUR HOME A SMALL STUDY, PEOPLE WITH SEVERE SYMPTOMS THAT LOOKED LIKE THEY COULD SPREAD IT FOR LONGER PERIODS OF TIME >> DR

TORRES, YOU'VE BEEN TALKING TO US OVER THE WEEK ABOUT VIRAL LOAD, HOW MUCH OF THE VIRUS YOU ARE EXPOSED TO AND HOW THAT CAN AFFECT HOW SICK YOU GET >> THE VIRAL LOAD IS THE AMOUNT OF VIRUS THAT FIRST GET INTO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU GET SICK IF YOU GET A LITTLE BIT OF VIRUS, YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO GET A LITTLE SICK IN OTHER WORDS, SITTING NEXT TO SOMEBODY FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME AND THAT VIRUS KEEPS HITTING YOU, YOU GET MORE SICK THOSE ARE THE ONES WHO TEND TO GET SEVERE COMPLICATIONS AND SEVERE SYMPTOMS

THAT'S WHY FRONTLINE WORKERS ARE SO EXPOSED WE TALK ABOUT SAVING MASKS AND EQUIPMENT FOR THEM THEY ARE CONSTANTLY NEAR SOMEBODY, GETTING THAT HUGE VIRAL LOAD IT GETS TO THE POINT YOUR BODY'S IMMUNE SYSTEM CAN'T HANDLE THAT OVERLOAD OF VIRUS THAT'S WHY WE'RE SO CONCERNED ABOUT PEOPLE GETTING A HUGE VIRAL LOAD UP FRONT

IF THEY GET THE SMALL ONE THEY WON'T GET AS SICK IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE DON'T GET AS SICK AND RECOVER FROM THIS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE >> DR TORRES, THANK YOU WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE FOLKS TO JOIN US TONIGHT

HODA AND I ARE HOSTING A SHOW ABOUT THE PANDEMIC THIS IS THE FIRST IN THE WEEKS AHEAD WE'RE GOING TO EXAMINE THE TOLL, THE COUNTRY'S POTENTIAL HOT SPOTS AND ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS TONIGHT 10:00 EASTERN AND STUDE WHO HAVE GOTTEN OUT EARLY, DOCTORS OUT OF RETIREMENT, 17,000 OF THEM HAVE COME FROM OUT OF STATE THIS MORNING A DESPERATE PLEA FOR HELP FROM NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO >> I AM ASKING HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IF YOU DON'T HAVE A HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN YOUR COMMUNITY, PLEASE COME HELP US IN NEW YORK NOW

WE NEED RELIEF WE NEED RELIEF FOR NURSES WHO ARE WORKING 12-HOUR SHIFTS, ONE AFTER THE OTHER AFTER THE OTHER WE NEED RELIEF FOR DOCTORS WE NEED RELIEF FOR ATTENDANTS SO IF YOU'RE NOT BUSY, COME HELP US, PLEASE

>> CUOMO SAYS 76,000 VOLUNTEERS HAVE ALREADY RESPONDED TO THE CALL FOR HELP AMONG THOSE STEPPING FORWARD, A DOZEN HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WHO FLEW IN FROM ATLANTA TO OFFER THEIR SERVICES SOME OF THE CITY'S TOP HOTELS ARE OPENING THEIR DOORS TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS FREE OF CHARGE SEVERAL AIRLINES ARE OFFERING FREE FLIGHTS TO MEDICAL STAFF HEADING TO WHAT'S BEING DESCRIBED AS A WAR ZONE 29-YEAR-OLD BAILEY IS A CRITICAL CARE NURSE

SHE'S DRIVING FROM BALTIMORE TO NEW YORK AND HOPES TO START WORKING THIS WEEKEND >> I WANT TO GET ON THE FLOOR I WANT TO HELP THE OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND TAKE SOME OF THE BURDEN OFF THEM I WANT TO TREAT PATIENTS I JUST WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

>> IN THE COMING WEEKS GABRIEL MAYER, FOURTH YEAR NYU MED STUDENT WILL GRADUATE EARLY TO HELP THE FIGHT >> I'M SOMEONE INTERESTED IN HELPING PEOPLE AND HELPING PATIENTS AS WELL AS HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS FIGHTING COVID AND THAT MADE THIS CHOICE A LOT MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD FOR ME >> YOUNG MED STUDENTS STEPPING UP AND RETIRED PHYSICIANS STEPPING BACK IN DR JUDY SOLERNO HASN'T PRACTICED INTERNAL MEDICINE IN FIVE YEARS

>> WE'RE NOT GOING TO PULL DOCTORS OUT OF HOSPITALS, WE'RE GOING TO NEED NEW PEOPLE TO COME IN AND TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS I CAN DO THAT, AND I WILL >> THE STAKES ARE HIGH LAST WEEK TWO NURSES DIED IN NEW YORK CITY AFTER BECOMING INFECTED PHOTOS FROM OVERSEAS SHOWED THE PHYSICAL TOLL ON HEALTH CARE WORKERS

BUT FOR OUR COUNTRY'S MEDICAL HEROES, THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION >> I THINK EVERY MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL WANTS TO HELP OUT IN THIS TIME OF NEED >> MORE THAN 200 MEDICAL WORKERS IN NEW YORK TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS IN BOSTON THAT NUMBER IS UPWARD OF 300 JUST A REMINDER OF HOW DANGEROUS THIS WORK IS THAT THEY ARE VOLUNTEERING TO DO, GUYS

>> ALL RIGHT, STEPHANIE, THANK YOU SO MUCH NOW LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FRONT LINES OF THIS FIGHT RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK DR MOLETTE IS IN THE BATTLE SHE'S IN IT EVERY DAY

SHE WORKS IN THE EMERGENCY HOSPITAL OF BROOKDALE HOSPITAL IN BROOKLYN DR MOLETTE, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US >> HI, GOOD MORNING >> WE JUST HEARD STEPHANIE'S PIECE, THERE'S AN INFLUX OF NURSES COMING IN

HOW BADLY DO YOU NEED THE HELP? >> WE CERTAINLY NEED THE HELP WE ARE ALL HELPING EACH OTHER BY LIFTING EACH OTHER UP WE'RE REMAINING STRONG BECAUSE WE HAVE A JOB TO DO >> YES, YOU ARE I WAS LOOKING AT IMAGES INSIDE YOUR HOSPITAL, DR

MOLETTE WE SAW IT LOOKED LIKE PLASTIC TARPS TAPED UP WITH TAPE TO CORDON OFF THE COVID-19 WARD PAINT A PICTURE OF WHAT IT'S LIKE INSIDE YOUR HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW >> RIGHT NOW, IT'S TOUGH IT'S PRETTY DEVASTATING

WE'RE ALL DOING THE BEST WE CAN TO TAKE CARE OF OUR COMMUNITY OVERALL BECAUSE THE "HOP" HOSPITAL IS PART OF THE COMMUNITY AND OUR PATIENTS ARE OUR COMMUNITY WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE WITH LOW SUPPLIES LIKE OTHER HOSPITALS IN OUR COUNTRY AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHEN YOU COME INTO OUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, YOU STILL SEE THE PATIENTS, STILL STRUGGLING TO SMILE, STILL STRUGGLING TO HOLD ON THE FAMILY MEMBERS ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AS WELL AS US, HEALTH CARE WORKERS WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN

IT'S NOT EASY IT IS A MEDICAL WAR ZONE WE'RE UNPREPARED FOR THAT'S NATIONALLY, NOT JUST AT BROOKDALE BUT WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN >> DR MOLETTE, TELL US WHAT YOU NEED

WE HEARD PEOPLE SAY DOCTORS AND NURSES DESPERATELY IN NEED OF PROTECTIVE GEAR WE HEAR ELECTED OFFICIALS SAYING THEY HAVEN'T HEARD THAT TELL ME WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE NEED RIGHT NOW IN YOUR HOSPITAL >> AGAIN, WE ARE LOW ON SUPPLIES BUT I RECEIVED WORD THAT WE ARE RECEIVING — WE'LL BE GETTING MORE SUPPLIES SOON, SUCH AS VENTS, GOWNS, GLOVES, BONNETS THAT WE USE ON OUR HEADS

PROTECTIVE GEAR, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR >> GEAR IS IMPORTANT BUT YOU ALSO NEED TO HAVE THE PERSONNEL WE HEAR STORY ON STORY OF DOCTORS AND NURSES FALLING ILL JUST GIVE US THE STATUS AT YOUR HOSPITAL >> TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I DON'T HAVE THE NUMBERS AS OF YET

I WILL SAY WE ARE AT HIGH-RISK EXPOSURE THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF US WHO HAVE FALLEN SICK WITH THE CORONAVIRUS AGAIN, WE'RE DOING OUR BEST TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER BUT I DEFINITELY DON'T HAVE THOSE NUMBERS >> ONE OF THE SADDEST THINGS I FEEL LIKE I KEEP SEEING, A LOT OF THESE PATIENTS HAVE TO BE ALONE KIND OF IN THEIR DARKEST HOUR THEIR FAMILIES CAN'T BE THERE BECAUSE OF HOW CONTAGIOUS IT IS

YOU SEE FAMILIES SPEAKING TO ONE ANOTHER JUST ON FACETIME WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN IN YOUR HOSPITAL? >> SAME THING IT'S THE SAME THING EVEN FOR US AS HEALTH CARE WORKERS, I HAVEN'T SEEN MY FAMILY IN OVER TWO WEEKS SO I HAVE TO SPEAK TO THEM FACETIME BECAUSE I CAN'T EXPOSE THEM AS WELL

MY FIANCEE AND I SLEEP IN SEPARATE PLACES IT'S BEEN TOUGH FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING FAMILIES AND FAMILIES OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS THEMSELVES >> WHEN YOU START YOUR DAY, SUIT UP AND GO INTO WORK, HOW DO YOU HAVE HOPE? TELL ME WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE THIS MORNING? >> I PRAY I PRAY BEFORE I START THE SHIFT I PRAY DURING THE SHIFT

I PRAY AFTER THE SHIFT WHEN I'M FEELING TIRED AND FATIGUED AND FRUSTRATED, I WALK OUT TO THE AMBULANCE BAY AND I CRY TO RELEASE THE ANXIETY, THE FRUSTRATION, BECAUSE YOU SEE HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES YOU SEE THE PAIN AND SUFFERING IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT SO ALSO HAVING COLLEAGUES YOU CAN TALK TO I WILL SAY MY EMERGENCY MEDICINE DEPARTMENT, THE ENTIRE STAFF HAS BEEN WONDERFUL BUT WE ALL HAVE A CHANCE TO TALK WITH EACH OTHER WITHOUT FEELING A SHAME ABOUT OUR ANXIETIES, FRUSTRATIONS AND CONCERNS

I DEFINITELY APPLAUD MY EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND THE ENTIRE HOSPITAL FOR BEING SUPPORTIVE FOR US DR ARABIA MOLETTE, WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK YOU'RE DOING SAVANNAH AND I ARE HERE LIKE WOW >> YOU AMAZE US

THANK YOU NOR YOUR HARD WORK WE'RE SENDING YOU ALL OUR LOVE PLEASE PASS IT ONTO THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH >> THANK YOU SO MUCH GOD BLESS

>> I WAS JUST THINKING AS I DROVE IN, I HAVEN'T SEEN THE CITY IN A COUPLE WEEKS JUST BEING THE LONELY PROFESSION, HEALTH CARE WORKERS GETTING UP FOR THE EARLY SHIFT AND HOW IT MIGHT FEEL WALKING INTO THAT HOSPITAL, THESE ANXIOUS TIMES I THINK FOR ALL OF US WE OWE SUCH A DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR THEIR COURAGE GET UP AND GO RIGHT INTO THE EYE OF THE STORM WE'VE GOT TO SUPPORT THEM EVERY WAY WE CAN

>> ALSO WHEN WE COME HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES AND HOW THEY HAVE TO BE DISTANT EVEN THERE >> CAN YOU IMAGINE? >> NO >> THEY HAVE LITTLE KIDS THEY WALK IN THE DOOR AND THEY WANT TO RUN HELP TO THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS GABE GUTIERREZ, THANK YOU

ACROSS THE COUNTRY HEALTH CARE WORKERS, AS GABE JUST MENTIONED THERE, FACING A REAL SHORTAGE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, PPE WE'VE HEARD ABOUT THE PLEAS FOR DONATIONS, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE N95 FACE MASKS NOW THERE'S AN OHIO-BASED RESEARCH COMPANY CALLED BATTELLE'S THAT CAN DECONTAMINATE THE MASKS AND ALLOW HOSPITALS TO REUSE THEM THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION APPROVED THE PROCESS JOINING US TO TELL US ABOUT THE PROJECT, THE PRESIDENT AND CEO

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US THIS MORNING THE CRITICAL CARE DECONTAMINATION SYSTEM AS YOU GUYS CALL IT IN THE SIMPLEST OF TERMS, HOW DOES THIS WORK? >> SURE, THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME TODAY FIRST OF ALL I'D LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO THE TEAM AT BATTELLE

PEOPLE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK, I COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD OF THEM THE COMPANIED MISSION IS TO ADVANCE SCIENCE AND WE HAVE THE BEST CHANCE TO DO THAT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE THE SYSTEM WE BUILT TAKES THE CONTAINERS, THE TRUCKS YOU SEE GOING DOWN THE HIGHWAY WE OUTFIT THEM, PUT SENSORS INSIDE AND RACKS OF MASKS WE BRING THE MASKS IN, HOOK THEM TO A HOSE THAT WILL PUT VAPORIZED HYDROGEN PEROXIDE AT SLIGHT PRESSURE, INVADE THOSE MASKS IN THAT FOR ABOUT TWO HOURS

AFTER THAT TIME THE MASKS ARE CLEANED, WE HAVE TO FOR SEVERAL HOURS TAKE THEM BACK AND SHIP THEM BACK TO THE SAME HOSPITALS THIS TECHNOLOGY WE WORKED ON WITH THE FDA FIVE YEARS AGO AND PROVED IT COULD BE DONE WE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT SCALING IT THE IMPORTANT PART IS WE HAVE TO DO A LOT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

THE TEAM WORKS AROUND THE CLOCK WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE FDA, GOT APPROVAL SUNDAY NIGHT AND YESTERDAY WE STARTED CLEANING OUR FIRST MASK OUR PARTNERS, OHIO HEALTH IN CENTRAL OHIO HAS HELPED US WORK LOGISTICS CHAINS ON HOW TO MARK THE MASKS AND MAKE SURE THE RIGHT MASKS GO BACK TO THE RIGHT HOSPITALS WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF EMPLOYEE SYSTEMS AROUND THE COUNTRY THEY CAN DO THIS >> HOW MANY MASKS CAN YOU DO IN A DAY? >> EACH ONE OF THESE SYSTEMS, A FULL SYSTEM CAN DO UP TO 08,000 MASKS IN A DAY

20,000 IN A CONTAINER, FOUR TIED TO A SYSTEM AND RUN MULTIPLE SHIFTS WE LITERALLY WORK THIS AROUND THE CLOCK TO MEET THIS >> TODAY IN OHIO, AS I UNDERSTAND IT TODAY, YOU'VE SET UP SHOP IN NEW YORK, SPECIFICALLY LONG ISLAND WHERE ELSE DO YOU GUYS PLAN ON DEPLOYING OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS? >> OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND WEEKS, WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO PUT A SECOND SYSTEM IN NEW YORK WE'RE LOOKING FOR LOCATIONS WITH CITY HEALTH LEADERS TO DO THAT

WE'RE LOOKING AT BOSTON, CHICAGO, AND PROBABLY WASHINGTON, DC WE ARE THEN GOING TO BE GETTING MORE PARTS OVER THE COMING WEEKS TO BE ABLE TO BUILD MORE SYSTEMS AND EMPLOY THEM AS WELL >> THIS IS PERSONAL FOR YOU, AS I UNDERSTAND IT AS WELL >> YES

IT CERTAINLY IS MY DAUGHTER IS A DOCTOR IN ATLANTA, AN ANESTHESIOLOGIST SHE'S TOLD ME OF THE TRADEOFFS THEY HAVE HAD TO MAKE RATIONING SUPPLIES I'VE GOT A NIECE WHO IS A NURSE IN KANSAS WE'RE WORKING WITH THE HEALTH OFFICIALS HERE, TOO

SO FOR ALL OF YOU ON THE FRONT LINES, EVERYONE WHO IS DELIVERING OUR FOOD, TAKING CARE OF US, FIRST RESPONDERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE HOSPITALS, WE CAN HELP MAKE THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE SAFE AND GET BACK TO BEING ABLE TO USE CLEAN MASKS WITH PATIENTS EACH DAY I THINK WE'LL FEEL LIKE WE'VE DONE A SMALL PART TO HELP FIX THIS >> 80,000 MASKS A DAY LEW, THE TECHNOLOGY SOUNDS AMAZING KEEP DEVELOPMENT, % MANUFACTURING, % AND % COMMUNICATIONS % CAPABILITY TO % MAKE SURE WE % MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO % THE CONSUMERS WE SERVE AND TO ALL % THE AUDIENCE % THAT WE CAN MAKE % A DIFFERENCE IN % THE WORLD

% I WANT TO THANK % THEM, AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR WHAT THEY DO % EVERY DAY IN % SERVICE TO % OTHERS % THANK YOU, MR % PRESIDENT AND % MR VICE PRESIDENT, FOR BRINGING US % TOGETHER TODAY >> GOOD % AFTERNOON

% I'M GREG HAYES % FROM UNITED % TECHNOLOGIES % ON BEHALF OF THE % 240,000 % EMPLOYEES OF % UNITED % TECHNOLOGIES AND % THE 70,000 AT % RAYTHEON, WHICH % WILL JOIN % TOGETHER WITH % UPC THIS FRIDAY, % I WANT TO SAY % THANK YOU TO THE % PRESIDENT AND % VICE PRESIDENT FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, DURING WHAT IS % REALLY A WAR % A DIFFERENT WAR % THAN ANYBODY HAS % EVER FOUGHT % BEFORE % IT'S A WAR THAT WE ARE UNIQUELY % QUALIFIED TO % HELP % ONE OF THE % WORLD'S LARGEST % DEFENSE % CONTRACTORS AND % SOME OF THE BEST % TECHNOLOGY, WE ARE USING THAT % TECHNOLOGY TO % TRY AND SOLVE % SOME REAL-WORLD % PROBLEMS

% TODAY, WE ARE WORKING WITH THE % AIR FORCE TO TRY % AND HELP PILOTS % AS THEY ARE MOVING EVACUEES % WITH COVID-19 % VIRUS SUCH THAT % THEY CAN BE % PROTECTED AND % PATIENTS CAN BE PROTECTED % WE ARE WORKING % ALSO WITH % LOGISTICS AND % THINK ABOUT A % WAR, STRATEGY IS % IMPORTANT, BUT % LOGISTICS WINS WARS % IT'S IMPERATIVE WITH FEMA ALONG % WITH MR % NAVARRO'S OFFICE THAT WE % COORDINATE THESE ACTIVITIES, LAST % WEEK WE DONATED % 90,000 PIECES OF % PERSONAL % PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT % NEXT WEEK WE'LL % HAVE ANOTHER % ALMOST MILLION % WORKING THROUGH % OUR SUPPLY CHAIN PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD

% WE ARE ALSO % TODAY BEGINNING % A MANUFACTURE OF % FACE SHIELDS % USING THE % ADDITIVE TECHNOLOGIES % THAT WE HAVE, % MACHINES THAT WE % HAVE AVAILABLE % WITHIN UTC, WILL % PRODUCE % APPROXIMATELY % 10,000 SHIELDS WITHIN THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS % AND ALL NEEDED % EQUIPMENT % WE STAND READY % TO HELP IN ANY WAY THAT WE CAN % WE DON'T NEED % THE DEFENSE % PRODUCTION ACT % TO ASK US TO ACT % ALL THE PEOPLE % AT UTC AND % RAYTHEON ARE % FOCUSED ON % WINNING THIS % WAR

% THANK YOU TO ALL % OF OUR EMPLOYEES % FOR THEIR WORK % DURING THIS % CRISIS, AS WELL % AS THE FRONTLINE MEDICAL AND % OTHER FIRST % RESPONDERS % THANK YOU VERY MUCH % >> THANK YOU % GREAT JOB THOSE ARE GREAT % COMPANIES

% THANK YOU VERY % MUCH % I'D LIKE TO ASK % SEEMA TO SAY A % FEW WORDS ABOUT % WHAT YOU'RE % DOING, AND WHAT'S HAPPENING AND HOW POSITIVE IT'S BEEN % I REALLY APPRECIATE IT % COME ON UP % >> LET CORONAVIRUS % HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS SURE % WHAT IT IS LIKE ON THE FRONT % LINES OF THIS PANDEMIC

% >> HELLO, MY NAME IS JEREMY % ROSE % I AM AN ER DOCTOR AT MOUNT % SINAI OF ISRAEL IN MANHATTAN % >> I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF MY % OVERNIGHT SHIFT % >> WE HAVE JUST INTUBATED A % PATIENT WHO IS IN HIS MID-50s % HE IS GOING TO THE ICU

% AND, ONE OF THE REALLY, REALLY % BIZARRE AND UNNERVING THINGS % ABOUT THIS ILLNESS IS THAT IT % MAKES YOU ALONE % >> EVERYONE DESCRIBES THE CRITICAL ISSUES, BECAUSE THAT % IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE % NO ONE LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE IN % THEIR USUAL SCRUBS % ALL OF THE THINGS THEY ARE % TRYING TO WHERE TO PROTECT % THEMSELVES % >> WE CANNOT HAVE VISITORS IN % THE HOSPITAL, BECAUSE THEY MAY % BE INFECTED, AS WELL

SO, TONIGHT WHEN I INTUBATED % THIS MAN, HE HAD NO FAMILY WITH% THEM % HE IS ALONE % AND WHEN HE GOES TO THE ICU, HE% WILL BE ALONE % AND, IF HE DIES, HE MAY VERY % WELL DIE ALONE % >> I BUMPED INTO ONE OF MY % ATTENDINGS AND SAW MY % COLLEAGUES AND I SAID, WHAT ARE% YOU DOING TOMORROW? % I AM LIKE, I DON'T KNOW

HE SAID, THAT PATIENT NEED % SOMEBODY TO CARE FOR THEM TOMORROW THEY HAVE MANY THINGS GOING % WRONG, HEART FAILING LUNGS % FAILING, I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT% ELSE IS FAILING ON THIS PERSON% BUT GOD BLESS THEM % AND, I DECIDED I WOULD STAY % >> DURING THIS TIME, WHICH IS % UNFORTUNATELY A TERRIBLE TIME % WHERE PEOPLE ARE DYING AND % WHERE PEOPLE ARE GETTING VERY, % VERY SICK I WANT YOU TO KNOW % THAT INSIDE THE HOSPITAL, WE % ARE PULLING TOGETHER LIKE WE % HAVE NEVER PULLED TOGETHER % BEFORE

% AND, I LOOK AROUND AT MY NURSING COLLEAGUES AND I LOOK % AROUND AT EVERYBODY IN THE % HOSPITAL DOING EVERY JOB, AND % ACCOUNT HELP THINKING TO MYSELF% THAT MAYBE NOW IS OUR MOMENT, % NOW IS OUR MOMENT TO RISE ABOVE% THIS TERRIBLE DISASTER % WHAT I WOULD SAY TO YOU IS THAT% IF WE PULL TOGETHER, LIKE WE % HAVE PULLED TOGETHER IN THE % HOSPITAL WE CAN, AND WE WILL % RISE ABOVE THIS % >> IT IS GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE % THESE POOR PEOPLE ARE SO AMAZINGLY ILL THIS VIRUS, THIS TINY VIRUS IS % LITERALLY, IS LITERALLY % OMINOUS

% IT TOP OF % THEIR LICENSE % WE ARE ALSO % ALLOWING OUR % HOSPITALS TO % PROVIDE MORE % SUPPORT FOR OUR % HEALTHCARE % WORKERS % UNDER TODAY'S REGULATIONS THEY % CAN ONLY PROVIDE % MINIMAL SUPPORT % TO HEALTHCARE % WORKERS, BUT NOW WE ARE GOING TO % ALLOW THEM TO % PROVIDE CHILDCARE, % MEALS, LAUNDRY % SERVICES % AND THEN THERE'S % ALSO TELEHEALTH % THE PRESIDENT % ALREADY DIRECTED % A DRAMATIC EXPANSION OF TELEHEALTH TO % OUR NATIONS 52 % MILLION SENIORS % WITH MEDICARE, % AND WE ARE SO PROUD OF ALL THE % HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AND % PATIENTS THAT % HAVE RAPIDLY % IMPLEMENTED % TELEHEALTH

% TODAY, WE ARE % ANNOUNCING THAT % WE ARE GOING TO % GO EVEN FURTHER, % AND WE ARE GOING % TO BE PAYING FOR % DOCTORS TO MAKE % PHONE CALLS WITH % THEIR PATIENTS % AND PROVIDE CARE % OVER THE PHONE % WE ARE GETTING % RID OF LONG-% STANDING % BARRIERS TO % TELEHEALTH IN % THE MEDICARE % PROGRAM ALLOWING % EMERGENCY ROOMS % TO USE TELEHEALTH AND ELIMINATING % REQUIREMENTS % THAT SOME VISITS % BE PROVIDED FACE-% TO-FACE % I ALSO WANT TO % MENTION THAT ON % SATURDAY THE % PRESIDENT % DIRECTED CMS TO % OFFER ADVANCE % PAYMENTS FOR % HEALTHCARE % PROVIDERS THAT % ARE EXPERIENCING % CASH FLOW % PROBLEMS % WE KNOW MANY % PROVIDERS ARE % COMPLYING WITH % OUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO DELAY % NONESSENTIAL ELECTIVE % SURGERY, AND % THEY SHOULDN'T % BE PENALIZED FOR DOING THE RIGHT % THING % I BARELY % SCRATCHED THE % SURFACE OF ALL % THE FLEXIBILITY % THAT WE ARE % OFFERING % HEALTHCARE % WORKERS

% AND HEALTHCARE % SYSTEMS % THESE % FLEXIBILITIES % WILL PROVIDE A % LOT OF % FLEXIBILITY FROM % REGULATIONS THAT ARE ILL-SUITED % TO THE % UNPRECEDENTED % NEED OF THIS % EMERGENCY % DOCTORS AND NURSES AND OTHER % HEALTHCARE % PROFESSIONALS % THAT ARE WORKING % LONG HOURS AND % SACRIFICING % TIMES WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND % RISKING THEIR % LIVES WILL HAVE % THE FLEXIBILITY % THAT THEY NEED % TO CONFRONT THE NEEDS OF THE % CORONAVIRUS % PANDEMIC % THERE ARE MANY % HEROES IN THIS % WAR, BUT I WANT % TO TAKE AN % OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE TEAM % AT CMS % THESE FOLKS HAVE WORKED DAY AND % NIGHT

% THE % FLEXIBILITIES IN % THIS REGULATION % AND ANY REGULATION % USUALLY TAKES % CMS A YEAR % WE DID THIS IN % TWO WEEKS % AND I COULDN'T BE MORE HONORED % AND PRIVILEGED % TO SERVE % ALONGSIDE THESE DEDICATED PUBLIC % SERVANTS % THANK YOU % >> YOU'RE DOING % A GREAT JOB

% SO WE ARE IN THE % MIDST OF % SOMETHING THAT % IS VERY DIFFICULT % BUT WE ARE GOING % TO WIN % IT'S A QUESTION % OF WHEN % WE WANT TO DO IT AS QUICKLY AS % POSSIBLE % WE WANT TO HAVE % AS FEW DEATHS AS % POSSIBLE

% AND WE WILL MEET AGAIN TOMORROW % FOR SOME % STATISTICS AND SOME UPDATES % AS TO WHERE WE % ARE AND WHERE WE % THINK WE ARE % GOING AND TIME % I THINK THE % TIMING IS GOING % TO BE VERY % IMPORTANT % BECAUSE YOU HAVE % TO GET OUR % COUNTRY BACK % WE WANT TO GET % OUR COUNTRY BACK % TO WHERE IT WAS, % AND MAYBE BEYOND % WHERE IT WAS, BECAUSE WE'VE % LEARNED SO MUCH % BUT WE WILL HAVE % LOST A LOT OF % PEOPLE

% AND IN MANY WAYS THEY ARE HEROES % IF YOU LOOK AT % WHAT'S HAPPENING % WITH OUR MEDICAL % PROFESSIONALS, % AND IT'S A DANGER, THEY ARE % WARRIORS % MEN AND WOMEN % DOING A JOB THE % LIKES OF WHICH I % DON'T THINK ANYONE HAS EVER % SEEN % I SEE THEM % COMING OUT OF % PLANES GOING % INTO NEW YORK, % GOING INTO THE MOST DANGEROUS % LOCATIONS % DANGEROUS AREAS, % AND THEY GO IN % THERE, AND THEY % JUST WANT TO DO % THE JOB

% AND YOU SEE THE % NUMBERS, YOU SEE % THE NUMBERS LIKE I SEE THE % NUMBERS % I HAVE SOME % FRIENDS THAT ARE % UNBELIEVABLY % SICK % THEY THOUGHT % THEY WERE GOING % IN FOR A MILD % STAY AND IN ONE CASE, HE'S % UNCONSCIOUS % IN A COMA % AND YOU SAY HOW % DID THAT HAPPEN? % SO I JUST WANT % TO THANK ALL OF % THE GREAT % PROFESSIONALS, % MEN AND WOMEN, % DOCTORS AND NURSES, AND % PARAMEDICS AND % FIRST % RESPONDERS, AND % LAW ENFORCEMENT % BY THE WAY

% IF YOU LOOK AT NEW YORK, AND % YOU SETOP OF % THEIR LICENSE % WE ARE ALSO % ALLOWING OUR % HOSPITALS TO % PROVIDE MORE % SUPPORT FOR OUR % HEALTHCARE % WORKERS % UNDER TODAY'S REGULATIONS THEY % CAN ONLY PROVIDE % MINIMAL SUPPORT % TO HEALTHCARE % WORKERS, BUT NOW WE ARE GOING TO % ALLOW THEM TO % PROVIDE CHILDCARE, % MEALS, LAUNDRY % SERVICES % AND THEN THERE'S % ALSO TELEHEALTH % THE PRESIDENT % ALREADY DIRECTED % A DRAMATIC EXPANSION OF TELEHEALTH TO % OUR NATIONS 52 % MILLION SENIORS % WITH MEDICARE, % AND WE ARE SO PROUD OF ALL THE % HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AND % PATIENTS THAT % HAVE RAPIDLY % IMPLEMENTED % TELEHEALTH

% TODAY, WE ARE % ANNOUNCING THAT % WE ARE GOING TO % GO EVEN FURTHER, % AND WE ARE GOING % TO BE PAYING FOR % DOCTORS TO MAKE % PHONE CALLS WITH % THEIR PATIENTS % AND PROVIDE CARE % OVER THE PHONE % WE ARE GETTING % RID OF LONG-% STANDING % BARRIERS TO % TELEHEALTH IN % THE MEDICARE % PROGRAM ALLOWING % EMERGENCY ROOMS % TO USE TELEHEALTH AND ELIMINATING % REQUIREMENTS % THAT SOME VISITS % BE PROVIDED FACE-% TO-FACE % I ALSO WANT TO % MENTION THAT ON % SATURDAY THE % PRESIDENT % DIRECTED CMS TO % OFFER ADVANCE % PAYMENTS FOR % HEALTHCARE % PROVIDERS THAT % ARE EXPERIENCING % CASH FLOW % PROBLEMS % WE KNOW MANY % PROVIDERS ARE % COMPLYING WITH % OUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO DELAY % NONESSENTIAL ELECTIVE % SURGERY, AND % THEY SHOULDN'T % BE PENALIZED FOR DOING THE RIGHT % THING % I BARELY % SCRATCHED THE % SURFACE OF ALL % THE FLEXIBILITY % THAT WE ARE % OFFERING % HEALTHCARE % WORKERS

% AND HEALTHCARE % SYSTEMS % THESE % FLEXIBILITIES % WILL PROVIDE A % LOT OF % FLEXIBILITY FROM % REGULATIONS THAT ARE ILL-SUITED % TO THE % UNPRECEDENTED % NEED OF THIS % EMERGENCY % DOCTORS AND NURSES AND OTHER % HEALTHCARE % PROFESSIONALS % THAT ARE WORKING % LONG HOURS AND % SACRIFICING % TIMES WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND % RISKING THEIR % LIVES WILL HAVE % THE FLEXIBILITY % THAT THEY NEED % TO CONFRONT THE NEEDS OF THE % CORONAVIRUS % PANDEMIC % THERE ARE MANY % HEROES IN THIS % WAR, BUT I WANT % TO TAKE AN % OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE TEAM % AT CMS % THESE FOLKS HAVE WORKED DAY AND % NIGHT

% THE % FLEXIBILITIES IN % THIS REGULATION % AND ANY REGULATION % USUALLY TAKES % CMS A YEAR % WE DID THIS IN % TWO WEEKS % AND I COULDN'T BE MORE HONORED % AND PRIVILEGED % TO SERVE % ALONGSIDE THESE DEDICATED PUBLIC % SERVANTS % THANK YOU % >> YOU'RE DOING % A GREAT JOB

% SO WE ARE IN THE % MIDST OF % SOMETHING THAT % IS VERY DIFFICULT % BUT WE ARE GOING % TO WIN % IT'S A QUESTION % OF WHEN % WE WANT TO DO IT AS QUICKLY AS % POSSIBLE % WE WANT TO HAVE % AS FEW DEATHS AS % POSSIBLE

% AND WE WILL MEET AGAIN TOMORROW % FOR SOME % STATISTICS AND SOME UPDATES % AS TO WHERE WE % ARE AND WHERE WE % THINK WE ARE % GOING AND TIME % I THINK THE % TIMING IS GOING % TO BE VERY % IMPORTANT % BECAUSE YOU HAVE % TO GET OUR % COUNTRY BACK % WE WANT TO GET % OUR COUNTRY BACK % TO WHERE IT WAS, % AND MAYBE BEYOND % WHERE IT WAS, BECAUSE WE'VE % LEARNED SO MUCH % BUT WE WILL HAVE % LOST A LOT OF % PEOPLE

% AND IN MANY WAYS THEY ARE HEROES % IF YOU LOOK AT % WHAT'S HAPPENING % WITH OUR MEDICAL % PROFESSIONALS, % AND IT'S A DANGER, THEY ARE % WARRIORS % MEN AND WOMEN % DOING A JOB THE % MR VICE PRESIDENT, FOR BRINGING US % TOGETHER TODAY >> GOOD % AFTERNOON

% I'M GREG HAYES % FROM UNITED % TECHNOLOGIES % ON BEHALF OF THE % 240,000 % EMPLOYEES OF % UNITED % TECHNOLOGIES AND % THE 70,000 AT % RAYTHEON, WHICH % WILL JOIN % TOGETHER WITH % UPC THIS FRIDAY, % I WANT TO SAY % THANK YOU TO THE % PRESIDENT AND % VICE PRESIDENT FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, DURING WHAT IS % REALLY A WAR % A DIFFERENT WAR % THAN ANYBODY HAS % EVER FOUGHT % BEFORE % IT'S A WAR THAT WE ARE UNIQUELY % QUALIFIED TO % HELP % ONE OF THE % WORLD'S LARGEST % DEFENSE % CONTRACTORS AND % SOME OF THE BEST % TECHNOLOGY, WE ARE USING THAT % TECHNOLOGY TO % TRY AND SOLVE % SOME REAL-WORLD % PROBLEMS

% TODAY, WE ARE WORKING WITH THE % AIR FORCE TO TRY % AND HELP PILOTS % AS THEY ARE MOVING EVACUEES % WITH COVID-19 % VIRUS SUCH THAT % THEY CAN BE % PROTECTED AND % PATIENTS CAN BE PROTECTED % WE ARE WORKING % ALSO WITH % LOGISTICS AND % THINK ABOUA % WAR, STRATEGY IS % IMPORTANT, BUT % LOGISTICS WINS WARS % IT'S IMPERATIVE WITH FEMA ALONG % WITH MR % NAVARRO'S OFFICE THAT WE % COORDINATE THESE ACTIVITIES, LAST % WEEK WE DONATED % 90,000 PIECES OF % PERSONAL % PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT % NEXT WEEK WE'LL % HAVE ANOTHER % ALMOST MILLION % WORKING THROUGH % OUR SUPPLY CHAIN PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD

% WE ARE ALSO % TODAY BEGINNING % A MANUFACTURE OF % FACE SHIELDS % USING THE % ADDITIVE TECHNOLOGIES % THAT WE HAVE, % MACHINES THAT WE % HAVE AVAILABLE % WITHIN UTC, WILL % PRODUCE % APPROXIMATELY % 10,000 SHIELDS WITHIN THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS % AND ALL NEEDED % EQUIPMENT % WE STAND READY % TO HELP IN ANY WAY THAT WE CAN % WE DON'T NEED % THE DEFENSE % PRODUCTION ACT % TO ASK US TO ACT % ALL THE PEOPLE % AT UTC AND % RAYTHEON ARE % FOCUSED ON % WINNING THIS % WAR

% THANK YOU TO ALL % OF OUR EMPLOYEES % FOR THEIR WORK % DURING THIS % CRISIS, AS WELL % AS THE FRONTLINE MEDICAL AND % OTHER FIRST % RESPONDERS % THANK YOU VERY MUCH % >> THANK YOU % GREAT JOB THOSE ARE GREAT % COMPANIES

% THANK YOU VERY % MUCH % I'D LIKE TO ASK % SEEMA TO SAY A % FEW WORDS ABOUT % WHAT YOU'RE % DOING, AN ,% >>> IN LESS THAN A WEEK — >> THIS IS NBC NEWS NOW, DAY % TWO, THE CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL% HERE IN THE US IS NOW MORE % THAN 3000 % WE WILL HAVE MORE THOSE NUMBERS% AND THE LATEST HEADLINES IN % JUST A MOMENT BUT FIRST — % >>> TWO CRUISE SHIPS WITH % PASSENGERS FROM A SOUTH AMERICAN CREW, FOR DEAD % PASSENGERS AND 179 OTHERS WITH FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS BUT IT'S NOT % CLEAR IF FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR % WILL LET ANYONE OFF OF THE SHIP

KERRY SANDERS JOINS US NOW FROM% FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA AND THIS IS A SOUTH AMERICAN CRUISE% THAT LEFT IN EARLY MARCH AND NOW IT AND ITS SISTER SHIP ARE % COMING TO FLORIDA WHAT HAPPENED? >> Reporter: THE QUESTION IS % WHERE DO THESE SHIPS GO? % THE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE CHIEF MARITIME OFFICER BURKE % TESTIFIED THIS MORNING TO THE % BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION IT % APPEARS AT THIS POINT TO BE THE% ULTIMATE AUTHORITY ON WHETHER % THESE SHIPS MAY BE ABLE TO % DOCK % THEY BEEN DENIED ENTRY IN % CHILE, PANAMA AND MEXICO AND % COLOMBIA, AND SO FORT % LAUDERDALE HAS BECOME AIRPORT % OF LAST RESORT THERE ARE PASSENGERS WHO WERE ON THE SHIP, SOME HAVE BEEN MOVED % TO ROTTERDAM, TWO SHIPS, ACCORDING TO BILL BURKS % TESTIMONY TO THE COMMISSION % TODAY, HE SAYS WITH 200+ PEOPLE% WHO ARE ILL THEY HAVE TO ASSUME THAT ALL OF THEM ARE COVID-19 % PATIENTS % THEY WOULD LIKE TO COME IN % CORRENTI BUT FIRST OF ALL THE % HEALTHY ONES HAVE TO GET OFF

THE QUESTION THAT THE GOVERNOR % HAS RAISED, ALLISON, IF YOU % BRING THESE SHIPS AND, PEOPLE % THAT ARE ON AND THEY HAVE COVID% 19, ANY OF THE PASSENGERS ARE FROM AUSTRALIA, THEY ARE FROM % ENGLAND, THEY ARE FROM IRELAND, AND THEY MAY COME OFF WITH % SYMPTOMS, GO INTO THE HOSPITAL,% TAKE A BUT SPACE BUT THEN TAKE % UP THE SPACE AND THE VENTILATORS THAT LOCAL PEOPLE HERE WILL % NEED % THIS IS ONE OF THE PASSENGERS ON BOARD WHO IS 72 YEARS OLD, EXPERIENCING NO SYMPTOMS, MAKING A PLEA TO THE COUNTY % COMMISSION TO LET THESE SHIPS % IN >>, US CITIZEN AND SHOULD NOT% BE DENIED ENTRY INTO THE U

S % YOU DO NOT KNOW IF I'M SICK OR % NOT % I NEED HELP AND YOU DON'T CARE YOU ARE SAYING YOU DON'T WANT % US TO COME BACK TO OUR HOUSE, % BACK TO OUR HOME I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT

>> Reporter: COMPLICATING ALL OF THIS IS THAT A DIFFERENT SHIP CAME IN THIS MORNING, % RIGHT OVER THERE, AND THAT SHIP% CAME IN THIS MORNING AT AROUND % 8:00, AT 8:30 THE CROWN % PRINCESS CRUISE LINE MADE A 911% CALL THAT THERE WAS A MEMBER OF THE SHIP WHO WAS EXPERIENCING COVID LIKE SYMPTOMS SO THE BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFFS OR FIRE DEPARTMENT HAD TO SEND % PARAMEDICS OVER HERE TO TAKE THAT PERSON OFF TO THE HOSPITAL THAT UNDERSCORES THE STORY THAT% THE GOVERNOR FEARS, THAT IF THE% SHIP COMES IN, PEOPLE ARE ILL, % THAT CARNIVAL IS SUGGESTING WITH THEY WILL KEEP THE PEOPLE ON % BOARD THE SHIP AND LET DOCTORS % COME ON BOARD BUT IT % UNDERSCORES THE QUESTION, IF % SOMEONE'S CALLING 911 THEY CAN'T BE REFUSED EMERGENCY CARE IF THIS IS A WAR AGAINST COVID,% IT IS A WARTIME DECISION DO YOU FORCE PEOPLE TO STAY ON A SHIP, THAT HAS CORONAVIRUS, % WHERE THEY MIGHT GET SICK AND MIGHT DIE, OR DO YOU LET THAT % SHIP IN

% LET THE PEOPLE OFF % THAN THEY MIGHT INFECT OTHER % PEOPLE ON SHORE AND THEY WOULD % ALSO GET SICK AND EVENTUALLY % DIE, A VERY, VERY CHALLENGING QUESTION, LIKELY NO EASY ANSWER, SOMEONE WILL LOSE >> A REAL CHALLENGE, DO WE HAVE% ANY SENSE OF WHEN THEY ARE % GOING TO COME TO A DECISION? % AND WHO HAS THE FINAL SAY? >> Reporter: THE FINAL SAY IS % THE BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION % UNTIL THEY ARE RESERVED BY THE % GOVERNOR BUT RIGHT NOW I % DECISION IS EXPECTED TODAY % WILL THE GOVERNOR, THE PUBLIC % AND GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA USURP A% DECISION MADE BY THE COUNTY? % THAT IS UNCLEAR % HE'S ALLOWED LOCAL DECISIONS AS% WE KNOW FROM LETTING PEOPLE GO % ON THE BEACHES TO HAVING AREAS CLOSED

% IT IS SOMETHING HE % PHILOSOPHICALLY HAS SAID LET'S % LET THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS % DECIDE SO AT THIS POINT THERE'S NO % INDICATION THAT HE WOULD USE THE COUNTY OTHER THAN THE FACT % HE DOESN'T WANT THIS PROBLEM IN% FLORIDA >> LET'S SEE IF HE STICKS TO % THAT A REALLY DIFFICULT DECISION TO % MAKE AND A SERIOUS SITUATION ON % THOSE CRUISE SHIPS

% THANK YOU FOR BRINGING US THE LATEST INFORMATION >>> NOW NBC NEWS NOW % CORRESPONDENT ALEXIS, FOLLOWING% THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS % HEADLINES GIVE US AN UPDATE >> Reporter: HELLO, A LOT OF HEADLINES TODAY AND YOU % MENTIONED THIS EARLIER BUT THE % DEATH TOLL IN THE UNITED STATES% RELATED TO COVID-19 HAS NOW % TOPPED 3000 ACCORDING TO NEW % NUMBERS RELEASED TODAY FOR CONTEXT, A GRIM MILESTONE % FOR THE COUNTRY, MORE THAN THE % NUMBER OF THOSE WHO DIED ON THE% DAY OF SEPTEMBER 11 IN 2001

THE CDC IS REVIEWING ITS STAND ON WEARING MASKS IN PUBLIC % THE DIRECTOR TOLD US THAT THE % DATA ON MASKS IS BEING AGGRESSIVELY REVIEWED AND FROM ILLINOIS, THEY ARE % EXTENDING THE STAY-AT-HOME % ORDER UNTIL APRIL 30 % SCHOOLS WILL ALSO BE CLOSED % UNTIL THEN % THE STATE'S HANDLING THE % CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

% THERE'S NEWS FROM ILLINOIS % GOVERNOR, THE TOLD THE PUBLIC % THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT % SAID THEY WOULD SEND 4000 MASKS% BUT THEY SENT THE WRONG KIND >> WE DO NOT HAVE A FINAL COUNT% ON THIS YET, I CAN SAY WITH % CERTAINTY THAT WHAT THEY SENT WERE NOT THE N95 MASKS THEY WERE PROMISED BUT INSTEAD, A WERE SURGICAL % MASKS WHICH IS NOT WHAT WE ASKED FOR % >> TOM WINTER, LESS THAN 200,000 PASSENGERS TRAVELED % THROUGH PSA YESTERDAY, THE AGENCY BEGAN KEEPING A RECORD OF THOSE TRAVELERS

% ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR % ROUGHLY 23 MILLION PASSENGERS % WERE SCREENED BY TSA, VERY % DIFFERENT NOW THAT SO MANY % PEOPLE ARE ON LOCKDOWN >>> FROM NBC DANIEL, CHRIS CUOMO ANNOUNCING HE HAS TESTED % POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS HE HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO PEOPLE % AT A RECENT DAY WHO HAD COVID-% 19 HE HIMSELF HAD BEEN % EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS, QUOTE % FEVER, CHILLS AND SHORTNESS OF % BREATH

% HIS BROTHER ANDREW CUOMO HAS % THIS TO SAY >> THIS VIRUS IS A GREAT % EQUALIZER % MY BROTHER, CHRIS, HE IS % POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS % HE FOUND OUT THIS MORNING % HE'S A REALLY SWEET, BEAUTIFUL % GUY

AND HE'S MY BEST FRIEND >>> GOVERNOR CUOMO ADDING HIS % PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY THAT THE% WORST IS YET TO COME FOR NEW % YORK % HE SAID QUOTE WE ARE STILL % GOING OFF THE MOUNTAIN % >>> THOSE ARE THE HEADLINES FOR THIS HOUR >>> THANK YOU

AND REMINDER YOU CAN CHECK OUT OUR BLOG AT NBC NEWSCOM CORONAVIRUS ANY TIME >>> MORE THAN 75,000 CORONAVIRUS CASES IN NEW YORK % STATE, OVER 43,000 OF THEM ARE % IN NEW YORK CITY ALONE % HOSPITALS ARE POPPING UP TO % SUPPORT OVERWHELMED HOSPITALS

THIS IS IN CENTRAL PARK WHERE A% FIELD HOSPITAL IS OPENING TODAY TELL US ABOUT THE FIELD % HOSPITAL? IT IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND % SINCE THE CIVIL WAR % PROBABLY A STRANGE SITE FOR % WHOLE LOT OF NEW YORKERS % WHAT IS IT DESIGNED TO DO? >> Reporter: IT'S A STRANGE % SITE, ALSO A TROUBLING SITE FOR% A LOT OF NEW YORKERS WHO LOOK % OUT TO SEE THIS ICONIC PLACE % THAT IS A MEDICAL FACILITY NOW THIS IS A SMALL PART OF THE PARK, OF COURSE, NOT THE ENTIRE% PARK BUT ALSO THE ORGANIZERS SAY THEY WANT IT TO BE A SIGN OF % HOPE AS WELL

% THAT HELP AND RELIEF IS COMING % AND THAT PEOPLE AROUND THE % COUNTRY CARE ABOUT WHAT IS % GOING ON IN NEW YORK % THEY'RE PUTTING THE FINAL % TOUCHES ON THIS FACILITY IT'S SELF-CONTAINED, 70 BEDS, IT HAS ICO, WITH THE CAPACITY FOR 10 VENTILATORS, THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT THE OVERFLOW FOR THE EMERGENCY ROOM FROM THE % HOSPITAL ACROSS THE STREET AND % SOME OF THE OUTLYING AREAS WE HEARD ALL KINDS OF STORIES % ABOUT THE STRESS AND STRAIN THAT THE NUMBER OF VICTIMS OF THIS VIRUS IS PUTTING ON THE % HOSPITAL SYSTEM ACROSS ALL OF % NEW YORK STATE, ACROSS ALL OF % NEW YORK CITY AND AS YOU SAID, THERE'S THE CENTER, TODAY THERE% IS ALSO WORKING ON THE CENTER, % A MEDICAL CENTER AT THE US

% NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER WHERE % THE US OPEN IS PLAY WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE MAYOR IS% GOING TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS % FROM THERE AT SOME POINT THIS % AFTERNOON ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON THERE % BOTTOM LINE IS THEY ARE TRYING TO CREATE HOSPITALS ON COLLEGE % CAMPUSES, AND CONVENTION % CENTERS, ALL AROUND THE FIVE % BOROUGHS OF NEW YORK, CLOSE TO % THE AREAS, CLOSE OF THE AREAS WHERE THERE ARE PATIENT AND % WHERE THE HOSPITALS ARE BEING % OVERWHELMED

% JUST A MAMMOTH EFFORT BUT % STILL, THE PROBLEM IS EVEN % THOUGH, EVEN IF THEY GET TO % WHAT THEY HAVE PLANNED AT THIS % POINT, THEY CAN STILL BE, MANY % THOUSANDS BED SHORTS OF THE % 140,000 THAT GOAL FOR THE GOVERNOR HAS SET TO DEAL WITH % WHAT HE THINKS COULD BE THE % APEX OF THIS % THE NUMBER OF CASES, PEAKING IN A WEEK, TO 21 DAYS FROM NOW SO AGAIN, HERE, A MONUMENTAL % EFFORT % IF THE HOSPITAL THAT IS POWERED BY ITSELF, IT HAS ITS OWN WATER% SYSTEM, THE LOUD NOISE THAT YOU% CAN HERE IS A FUEL TRUCK DELIVERING OIL, THEY HAVE THEIR% OWN DOCTORS, 70 DOCTORS AND % MEDICAL STAFF, MAKING SURGERY, % ALL KINDS OF THINGS OUT HERE

% AND AGAIN, YES, AN AMAZING THING , TRAGIC ALSO, INSPIRING, TO SEE A HOSPITAL IN THE MIDDLE OF % CENTRAL PARK IN NEW YORK >> INCREDIBLE TO THINK WHAT % THEY CAN DO THEIR AND % POTENTIALLY THE LIVES THAT THEY% WILL BE ABLE TO SAVE I KNOW YOU MENTIONED THE US % OPEN, ALSO A FIELD HOSPITAL, WHAT PATIENTS WILL BE TREATED % AT THOSE TWO FACILITIES? >> Reporter: WHAT IS UNIQUE % ABOUT THIS PLACE IS THAT THIS IS A RESPIRATORY HOSPITAL

THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE PATIENTS% FROM THE EMERGENCY ROOMS THAT % ARE SUFFERING WITH THE VIRUS % HERE IN THE PARK % THEY OTHER FACILITIES ARE BEING% BUILT AS I UNDERSTAND FOR THE % MOST PART ARE GOING TO TAKE PATIENTS WHO ARE NOT DEALING % WITH THE VIRUS THE TRY TO EASE THE PRESSURE ON HOSPITALS % REMEMBER, IT'S A 20,000 BED CAPACITY IN NEW YORK CITY

THAT IS NORMALLY VERY CLOSE TO % CAPACITY SO MANY OF THOSE PATIENTS ARE % GOING TO GO TO THESE OTHER % FACILITIES % FREEING UP DOCTORS AND NURSES % TO DEAL WITH THE CORONAVIRUS % PATIENTS, FOR EXAMPLE, ALBERS % HOSPITAL, ONE OF THE HARDEST % HIT PLACES IN THE CITY AND % QUEENS, THAT IS ON ITS WAY TO % BECOMING THE FIRST PROBABLY ALL CORONAVIRUS PATIENT HOSPITAL % BECAUSE THE EPIDEMIC IS ENTRENCHED IN THAT COMMUNITY IN% QUEENS SO AGAIN, HERE AGAIN, PATIENTS % DEALING WITH THE VIRUS

OTHER PLACES THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE PATIENTS WHO HAVE ALL % KINDS OF MALADIES BUT THAT'S % THE PLAN NOW, WE WILL SEE WHERE% WE ARE IN A WEEK OR SO % IF THE MODELS ARE TRUE THIS IS % OBVIOUSLY GOING TO BE IN ON % FLAUTT LIKE THIS HOSPITAL SYSTEM HAS NEVER SEEN OR HEARD, YOU HEARD ABOUT THE GOVERNOR % TALKING ABOUT THE NEED FOR % HOSPITALS TO COME TOGETHER, % THEY'RE TRYING TO CREATE A % SINGLE STOCKPILE BECAUSE IT % SEEMS TO BE SOME CONFUSION OR SOME CHALLENGES IN GETTING MATERIALS AND PROTECTIVE % EQUIPMENT AND OTHER SUPPLIES WHERE IT IS NEEDED % YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW DIFFICULT % AND HOW MONUMENTAL A TASK THIS % IS TO TRY TO COORDINATE ALL OF % THAT % OF COURSE WE ARE HEARING ALL % KINDS OF STORIES OF THIS STRESS% AND EMOTIONAL TOLL THAT IT IS % TAKING ON DOCTORS AND NURSES % AND MEDICAL TEAMS % THE EMOTIONAL TOLL FOR THE % PHYSICAL TOLL OF COURSE, WE'VE % HEARD OF NUMBERS OF MEDICAL % PEOPLE TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE% VIRUS AND NEEDING TO STEP ASIDE% TO SELF OR IN TIME

AGAIN, ALL OF THIS AND WE ARE JUST AT THE BEGINNING THEY TELL% US, AND HERE AGAIN, AN EFFORT % TO DO WHAT THEY CAN, VOLUNTEERS, FROM ALL OVER THE % COUNTRY, CHRISTIAN CHARITY, % THEY'VE DONE THIS KIND OF WORK % ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AFTER % HURRICANES AND OTHER DISASTERS,% SOME HAVE WORKED ALL AROUND THE% WORLD AS WELL % HERE TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO % HELP % THEY ARE ALSO I THINK THE LAST % COUNT WAS SOME 70,000 VOLUNTEERS , MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE% RETIRED, WHO HAVE BEEN INACTIVE, WHO HAVE STEPPED ASIDE FOR % WHATEVER REASON, WHO ANSWERED THE CALL AND ARE SAYING, % REACHING OUT TO THE CITY AND % STATE SAYING THAT THEY ARE NOT % GOING ANYWHERE AND THOSE PEOPLE% ARE BEING SORTED, BEING ASSESSED TO DETERMINE WHO CAN DO WHAT, % WHERE, ANOTHER MONUMENTAL TASK % AND THEY WILL BE DEPLOYED IN % THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS TO % THESE OVERFLOW HOSPITALS OR TWO% HOSPITALS WHERE THERE IS A % PARTICULAR NEED FOR WHATEVER % THEY CAN OFFER IT AGAIN, MORE EXAMPLES OF % PEOPLE ACROSS THE CITY AND STATE RALLYING AND AGAIN, JUST % THE BEGINNING OF ALL OF THIS, % SADLY % WE'RE TOLD

ALISSON % >> YOU MENTIONED IT IS THE % BEGINNING OF THIS AND YOU ALSO MENTIONED THE % GOVERNOR IN HIS DAILY UPDATE % TODAY, HE SAID JUST THAT % SAYING THE MAIN BATTLE IS STILL% AHEAD OF US AND AS YOU HAVE BEEN SAYING, IT% WILL BE OVER SOON

% LET'S PLAY THAT FROM THE % GOVERNOR % >> WE ARE STILL GOING UP THE MOUNTAIN % THE MAIN BATTLE IS ON THE TOP % OF THE MOUNTAIN % THAT IS WHERE THE MAIN BATTLE % IS GOING TO BE % THE APEX OF THE CURVE

AND THEN WE COME DOWN THE OTHER% SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN % THE BATTLE IS WHEN WE HIT THE % APEX, DEPENDING ON WHO YOU % BELIEVE, 14 DAYS TO 30 DAYS FROM TODAY >> THE GOVERNOR LAID OUT A PLAN% FOR THAT MAIN BATTLE % HE WAS REFERENCING THAT THERE, % YOU MIGHT'VE MENTIONED SOME OF % THE COMPONENTS BUT WHAT DOES % THAT PLAN INCLUDE HERE IN NEW % YORK? >> Reporter: THE PLAN INCLUDES % TRYING TO FIND EVERY CONCEIVABLE PLACE TO BUILD, TO % TAKE OVER, TO CREATE A % HOSPITAL % HOSPITAL BEDS, HOSPITAL SPACE

% FOR AS MANY OF THE PATIENTS, IT ALSO INCLUDES REACHING OUT TO % MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, NOT JUST% IN THE CITY AND STATE BUT % ACROSS THE COUNTRY % RALLYING THEM TO COME AND HELP% IT INVOLVES THIS NEVER-ENDING % QUESTION FOR VENTILATORS 30 TO 40,000, I THINK THE % NUMBER THAT I HAVE SEEN LATELY % IS WE ARE ABOUT HALFWAY TO THE % NUMBER OF VENTILATORS THAT THE % STATE THINKS IT NEEDS IN A % WORST-CASE SCENARIO OR EXPECTED% SCENARIO % AGAIN, VENTILATORS ARE THAT KEY% PIECE OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT THAT ESSENTIALLY KEEPS THE PATIENT % ALIVE

ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION % BREATHING FOR THEM AND WE'VE HEARD ALL THESE % STORIES AND HOSPITALS ABOUT % DOCTORS WHO FEAR THAT THEY ARE % GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE THESE % LIFE AND DEATH DECISIONS ABOUT % WHO THEY CAN HELP AND WHO THEY % CAN'T AGAIN, THE PLAN TAKING SHAPE % BUT IT'S A NEVER, EVER CHANGING% PLAN AS THIS CRISIS AND % EPIDEMIC AND PANDEMIC CONTINUES% TO GO % ALISSON

>> THERE'S NOW A FIELD HOSPITAL% IN CENTRAL PARK, SOMETHING MOST% , ,% >>> YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS QUESTIONS, WE WANT TO ANSWER AS% MANY OF THEM AS WE POSSIBLY % CAN % HERE TO HELP ME DO THAT, THE % CHIEF OF CARDIOLOGY AT % NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING % THE TIME TO BE WITH US % I WOULD LOVE TO ASK WHAT IS IT % LIKE AT THE HOSPITAL WHERE YOU % WORK RIGHT NOW? % WHAT ARE YOU SEEING? >> Reporter: THANK YOU FOR % GIVING US THE CHANCE TO VISIT % WITH YOU

% AND BOY, THE STORIES THAT WE % SEE ARE SO SOBERING % HERE IN CHICAGO WE TOO ARE % DEALING WITH A CRISIS % WE ARE MAKING ADJUSTMENTS BY % THE DAY TO CREATE SUFFICIENT % BED SPACE AND CONTINUE TO % PROVIDE THE CARE THAT IS % NEEDED % WE ARE NOT YET AT THE THRESHOLD% WHERE NEW YORK CITY HAPPENS TO % RESIDE WE ARE TRYING TO ANTICIPATE OUR% NEEDS

FORTUNATELY IT SEEMS AS % IF WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO MANAGE THE LOAD AND WE HAVEN'T BEEN % OVERWHELMED BUT WE KNOW IT'S A % MAJOR CRISIS, LIVES ARE AT % STAKE % THIS IS SOMETHING LIKE NOTHING % WE'VE SEEN BEFORE % WE ARE PLANNING, CHANGES EVOLVE EVERY DAY BUT THANK YOU FOR % YOUR INQUIRY % THIS IS REALLY THE GREATEST % CHALLENGE WE HAVE FACED % >> WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THE % WORK THAT ALL DOCTORS AND % NURSES AND MEDICAL % PROFESSIONALS ARE DOING BECAUSE% WE KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT IS AND% HOW DANGEROUS IT IS

WE HAVE BEEN HEARING A LOT % ABOUT THE LACK OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS THAT AN ISSUE YOU ARE % CONCERNED ABOUT AT YOUR % HOSPITAL? % >> Reporter: THERE ARE TWO % THINGS WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ONE IS THE AVAILABILITY OF % PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT % IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY NOT ONLY IN THE HIGHEST RISK % PATIENTS, WE KNOW WHO THOSE % ARE, IN THE ICU BUT IN THOSE, WHO ARE ASYMPTOMATIC AND % CARRYING THE VIRUS, ARE WE ABLE% TO SUFFICIENTLY PROTECT EACH % OTHER, OTHER PATIENTS, % OURSELVES, FROM BECOMING INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS FROM % SOMEONE WITH NO SYMPTOMS

% BUT THE OTHER REASON WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT IS THAT WE ARE % STILL EVOLVING OUR KNOWLEDGE WHO NEEDS PROTECTION? WHAT IS THE RIGHT THRESHOLD FOR% PROTECTION? % HOW CAN WE BE SURE THAT EVEN % WHEN THE CDC GUIDELINES COME % FORWARD IT REALLY SENSE THE % KIND OF PROTECTION AT A % THRESHOLD NECESSARY TO PREVENT % INFECTION WE REALLY ARE IN ACTIVE, REAL-% TIME LEARNING BOTH SO WE HAVE NO ONE IN RISK BUT NICK WAS % AVAILABLE TRULY NECESSARY FOR % THOSE WHO HAVE THE GREATEST % RISK % THAT IS OUR TASK >> WHAT GUIDANCE HAVE YOU BEEN % GETTING ABOUT REUSING % PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT OR % SANITIZING IT TO REUSE IT? >> Reporter: ANOTHER VERY GOOD % QUESTION

WE'RE WAITING GUIDANCE FROM THE% CDC, WE WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT% TECHNOLOGY MIGHT HELP TO % STERILIZE AND ALLOW US TO REUSE% THESE DEVICES % WE ALSO HAVE TO INTRODUCE BEST PRACTICES TO INSPECT THE MASKS AND UNDERSTAND IF THERE'S BEEN % CRITICAL DEFECT SO THIS AGAIN IS AN ACTIVE LEARNING MODEL % TRYING TO UTILIZE THE % PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AS BEST AS% POSSIBLE >> ONE THING PEOPLE, EVERYDAY % FOLKS WHEN THEY NEED TO GO OUT,% WEARING MASKS AND GLOVES, SHOULD THE GENERAL PUBLIC BE % WEARING MASKS OR GLOVES TO % PROTECT THEMSELVES IF THEY HAVE% TO GO OUT? >> Reporter: THERE ARE A COUPLE% OF THINGS TO THIS QUESTION, SO WILL STATED, THERE ARE CERTAIN % INDIVIDUALS IN THE PUBLIC WHO % WE KNOW ARE AT HIGHER RISK, % SHOULD THEY ACQUIRE THE COVID-% 19 INFECTION % THOSE ARE OLDER PATIENTS, % PATIENTS WITH HIGH BLOOD % PRESSURE, PATIENTS WITH % DIABETES, PATIENTS WITH % UNDERLYING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE LIKE HEART FAILURE OR % CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE

% FRANKLY THEY SHOULD GO OUT AT % ALL % NOT ONLY SOCIAL DISTANCING, % THEY SHOULD PRACTICE SOCIAL % ISOLATION BECAUSE IF THEY DO IN FACT % BECOME INFECTED WITH COVID-19, % THE CONSEQUENCES COULD BE QUITE% DIRE FOR THOSE THAT ARE NOT IN THAT % CATEGORY, WE REALLY STICK BY THE FIRST STATEMENTS REALLY, STRICT, AGGRESSIVE % HANDWASHING, CLEAN THE SURFACE

WE DON'T HAVE SUFFICIENT % GUIDANCE IF YOU SHOULD HAVE A % MASK IN PUBLIC, CERTAINLY IN A % HOSPITAL SETTING WHERE KNOW % THERE'S A LOT OF DISEASE GOING % ON, EVERYBODY INCLUDING ME, % WEARS A MASK IN THE HOSPITAL % WE HAVE TO LET THAT KNOWLEDGE % EVOLVE >> THIS IS THE FIRST HEALTH % QUESTION YOU HAVE DEALT WITH % BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS % THAT MAKES IT SO UNIQUE? >> Reporter: THIS MAY BE THE % MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION YOU % HAVE RAISED % THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT WE % HAVE SEEN SOMETHING THAT IS SO % RAMPANT, SO VICIOUS AND I MEAN TO USE THAT WORD, AND HAS SO MUCH VULNERABILITY FOR THE HEALTHCARE WORKER I HAVE BEEN IN MEDICINE FOR % OVER 30 YEARS AND I HAVE SEEN % THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS COME AND GO BUT WE'VE % ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHO WAS AT RISK AND WHAT % PRECAUTIONS WE NEEDED TO TAKE

% THIS IS NOT THE SAME THING % THIS IS SINISTER % THIS IS CRUEL THIS IS CAPRICIOUS % THIS IS VERY DIFFICULT TO % MANAGE

% SO WE ALL HAVE TO BE AT OUR TOP% MOST LEVEL OF AWARENESS, TO PROTECT OURSELVES ANALSO EXACTLY PREVENTING, TAKING CARE% OF PATIENTS WERE VERY ILL WITH % THIS CONDITION % I'VE NOT SEEN THIS CONSTELLATION OF A VERY VICIOUS ILLNESS AND I% MEAN TO CALL IT THAT % AND WHEN THAT CAN AFFECT HEALTHCARE WORKERS AS WELL % THIS IS UNIQUELY DIFFERENT AND UNIQUELY FRIGHTENING >> THIS IS LIKE THE PERFECT % WORD TO DESCRIBE IT

% I WOULD LOVE TO GET SOME FEWER % QUESTIONS ON YOUR SPECIALTY, % WHICH IS CARDIOLOGY, WE KNOW THE CORONAVIRUS AFFECTS THE % LUNGS BUT ARE PATIENTS OF CARDIOVASCULAR ISSUES ALSO AT A GREATER RISK? >> Reporter: THIS IS A GREAT % QUESTION % WE DON'T KNOW THAT PATIENTS % WITH CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE ARE% AT GREATER RISK TO ACQUIRE THE % INFECTION BUT FOR CERTAIN, IF A PERSON % WITH UNDERLYING DISEASE DOES % DEVELOP A COVID-19 INFECTION, % THE CONSEQUENCES OF THAT % INFECTION CAN BE DIRE AND MORE % SUBSTANTIAL THAN FOR ANYONE % ELSE % WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TOTALITY % RATES % DEATH RATES, ALLISON, THAT ARE % MANY TIMES GREATER THAN PERSONS% WHO DON'T HAVE HEART DISEASE

% THAT IS WHY WE HAVE TO BE % CAREFUL WITH PATIENTS WITH % UNDERLYING HEART DISEASE >> IF YOU ARE ON DAILY % MEDICATION FOR HEART DISEASE, % DO YOU KEEP TAKING IT? >> Reporter: THIS HAS BEEN % ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE OCCURRING % QUESTIONS AND A VERY IMPORTANT % QUESTION THOSE OF US INVOLVED IN % CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE ARE % EXPLORING AS MUCH LITERATURE AS% QUICKLY AS WE CAN TO PROVIDE % GUIDANCE % THIS IS A LESS GUIDANCE % IF YOU ARE TAKING A MEDICINE TO% CONTROL A CONDITION, PLEASE CONTINUE IT

% PLEASE CONTINUE IT ONLY DISCONTINUE MEDICINE AFTER% DISCUSSION WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN% WHEN YOU DECIDE THAT THE RISK OF DISCONTINUING IT OUTWEIGHS THE BENEFIT OF REMAINING ON IT,% MORE TIMES THAN NOT, IT IS % BETTER TO REMAIN ON THE MEDICIN% TO KEEP YOUR CARDIOVASCULAR % CONDITION STABLE THAN TO STOP IT FOR THEORETICAL REASONS THAT IS NOT BEEN SORTED OUT % THIS IS THE BEST ADVICE WE CAN % GIVE YOU

% PLEASE CONTINUE TO TAKE YOUR % CARDIAC MEDICINE % >> GREAT ADVICE % THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING % ANSWER OUR VIEWER QUESTIONS % WE HAVE SO MANY OF THEM % WE REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE % YOUR TIME

% WE KNOW YOU HAVE SO MUCH WORK % TO DO RIGHT NOW % THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US % >> Reporter: WE GREATLY % APPRECIATE YOUR INTEREST % WE HOPE THESE MESSAGES WILL % HELP % THANK YOU VERY MUCH

>>> MORE THAN 3000 PEOPLE IN MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD COUNTIES , FLORIDA, INFECTED WITH THE % CORONAVIRUS % THE STATE TOTAL NOW MORE THAN % 6300 THIS IS A REPORTER IN MIAMI % HOW ARE SETTERS PREPPING FOR AN% INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES? >> Reporter: ALLISON, GOOD % AFTERNOON AND LET ME SAY THAT A% VERY GOOD BREAKDOWN, 3000, ROUGHLY HALF OF ALL THE CASES % IN THE ENTIRE STATE ARE IN THESE TWO COUNTIES, MIAMI-DADE % AND BROWARD AND IF YOU EXPAND IT TO THE FOUR ON QUARANTINE % THAT ENDS UP BEING ABOUT 60% OF% ALL THE CASES IN FLORIDA BASICALLY THE EPICENTER OF THE % CORONAVIRUS UPDATE OR BREAKOUT I SHOULD SAY IN FLORIDA

% WHAT ARE HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL % CENTERS DOING NOW? % WE JUST HEARD FROM THE MAYOR OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, THEY FINISHED A FIELD HOSPITAL THAT % IS 20 MINUTES NORTH OF HERE AND IT IS THE FIELD GROUNDS I % SHOULD SAY, FAIRGROUNDS, THEY % ALREADY % WITHIN 72 HOURS THEY HAD THE % CAPACITY TO BUILD ANOTHER 2050 % BEDS GETTING YOU TO 500 IF THEY% NEED TO SCALE ALL THE WAY UP TO% 2000, THAT COULD HAPPEN % BUT RIGHT NOW, AS FAR AS WHEN % THIS WILL SURGE AND WHAT THEY % ARE SEEING IN FLORIDA, 5000 % AVAILABLE BEDS WHICH I KNOW % SOUNDS LIKE A COMPLETE CONTRAST TO WHAT YOU HEAR OUT OF PLACES % LIKE NEW YORK, IF 5000 % AVAILABLE HOSPITAL BEDS RIGHT NOW, THROUGHOUT MY MEDIA,, % THERE FOR THE WORST CASE % SCENARIO PREPARING FOR A % POTENTIAL OF AN ADDITIONAL 2000% OVERFLOW SHOULD THOSE 5000 BEDS% GET FILLED % BUT RIGHT NOW HAVE CAPACITY TO WORK WITH >> THE GOVERNOR, RON DESANTIS, HAS NOT ISSUED A STATEWIDE STAY% AT-HOME ORDER BUT WE KNOW THERE% ARE SOME COUNTY AT HOME ORDERS

% WHO IS SELF-QUARANTINE RIGHT % NOW IN THE STATE? >> Reporter: THIS IS A BIT OF A% HEAD SCRATCHER, PEOPLE AT HOME % ARE TRYING TO PROBABLY FIGURE % THIS OUT AS WELL % THERE ARE 21 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA % THE GOVERNOR HAS YET TO BE ONE OF THE 20 OR SO GOVERNORS % ACROSS THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW, % ALL THE REST OF WHOM HAD MADE STATEWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER'S WHAT HE HAS A SAFE RIDE HOME % EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT CAME OUT % YESTERDAY % THAT AFFECTS FOR COUNTIES, THE % HOT SPOTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA

% MIAMI-DADE, BROWARD, MUNRO AND PALM COUNTY % THE POPULATION IF YOU PUT ALL % FOUR OF THOSE TOGETHER WOULD BE% ROUGHLY 7 MILLION PEOPLE ABOUT ONE THIRD OF THE STATE IN% TERMS OF THE COUNTIES ARE UNDER THIS STAY-AT-HOME, SAFER AT % HOME OR DO RIGHT NOW % THE QUESTION BECOMES WHAT IS IT GET EXPANDED TO THE ENTIRE % STATE OF FLORIDA? % THAT PLUS THE DECISION TO NOT % CLOSE DOWN ACROSS THE BOARD ALL% OF THE BEACHES IN THE STATE CONTINUE TO BE THE TWO THINGS % THAT ARE COMING UP THE MOST % FREQUENTLY IN PRESS CONFERENCES AND WHAT PEOPLE VEXES AND THE % ABILITY TO QUESTION A PUBLIC % OFFICIAL, SPECIFICALLY THE % GOVERNOR ON THIS TOPIC >> I WANT TO ASK, WE'VE HEARD ABOUT THIS MEGA-CHURCH PASTOR WHO WAS ARRESTED IN FLORIDA FOR% A IGNORING OF THE STAY-AT-HOME IN HIS COUNTY

% WHAT HAPPENED? % >> Reporter: THE MAN'S NAME IS % RODNEY HOWARD BROWNE, THE PASTO% FROM THE TAMPA BAY AREA, IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, HE % CONVENED A CHURCH SERVICE OF 500 PEOPLE NOT WEEKS AGO, NOT % SEVERAL DAYS AGO, ON SUNDAY TWO DAYS AGO 500 PEOPLE, MANY OFFICIALS FROM THE SHERIFFS TO FELLOW PASTORS,% PEOPLE IN THE RELIGIOUS % COMMUNITY WERE APOPLECTIC ABOUT% WHAT THEY WERE SEEING % HE WAS ULTIMATELY ARRESTED WITH% THE GUIDANCE BEING THAT HE HAD % BROKEN SOCIAL DISTANCING ROLES FROM THE CDC AND FEDERAL LEVELS AND STATE LEVEL ALL THE WAY TO % THE LOCAL LEVEL, AND HE WAS THROWN IN JAIL TEMPORARILY HE % GOT OUT ON BOND, $500 BOND AND % HE NOW IS FACING CHARGES OF % UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY AND BREAKING PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY LAWS IN% THE MIDST OF A CRISIS

% HE'S FACING TWO SECOND DEGREE MISDEMEANORS BUT AS YOU IMAGINE% THIS HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE % TALK AROUND THE COUNTRY >> CERTAINLY, WE'VE HEARD A LOT% ABOUT IT IN NEW YORK % THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING % US THE LATEST IN FLORIDA >> Reporter: GREAT TO BE WITH % YOU % THANK YOU

% >>> THANK YOU, TONIGHT THE TEAM% WILL HAVE A LIVE PRIME TIME % SPECIAL ON THE CORONAVIRUS % PANDEMIC THE TEAM OF CORRESPONDENTS % AROUND THE WORLD WILL HAVE CRITICAL, REAL-TIME % INFORMATION, EXPERTS WILL BE % ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT % THE CORONAVIRUS % THAT IS TONIGHT AT 10:00 PM EASTERN AND PACIFIC ON NBC AND MSNBC AND NBC NEWS NOW

>>> ITALY EXTENDING HIS NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN TO EASTER % SUNDAY, APRIL 12, THE COUNTRY % HAS BEEN ON LOCKDOWN SINCE MARCH 10 MATT BRADLEY JOINS US NOW FROM % ROME AND WHAT CAN WE HEAR FROM % ITALY ABOUT THE STAY-AT-HOME % ORDER? >> Reporter: WE ARE JUST % LEARNING SOME GOOD NEWS, I HAVE% GOOD NEWS FOR YOU, ALLISON FOR % THE FIRST TIME IN A WHILE % IT LOOKS LIKE MORE THAN 800 % PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE LAST 24% HOURS HERE IN ITALY, MORE THAN % 4000 HAVE CONTRACTED THE % DISEASE, TESTED POSITIVE, IT % DOESN'T SELL A GOOD NEWS BUT % CONSIDERING RELATIVELY SPEAKING IN ITALY THIS IS THE WORST HIT % COUNTRY IN TERMS OF LETHALITY BY FAR THIS IS ACTUALLY A GLIMMER OF % HOPE % BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT THESE % NUMBERS LOOK LIKE THE NUMBERS % YESTERDAY AND LOT LIKE THE NUMBERS FROM THE DATA FOR WHICH% MEANS WE ARE NO LONGER SEEING % AN EXPONENTIAL IN HIS GRACE IN % DEATHS OR NEW POSITIVE CASES

% NOW THAT IS WHY THEY HAD THE % INSTITUTE OF HEALTH IN ITALY % CAME OUT AND SAID IT LOOKS LIKE THE CRISIS IS STARTING TO % PLATEAU SO, YOU ASKED ABOUT THESE % MEASURES, THESE EXTREMELY STRICT MEASURES, IT LOOKS AS % THOUGH THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY FINALLY BE WORKING AND NOW WE % ARE AT THE THREE-WEEK % ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL % LOCKDOWN % THIS IS THE REAL FOCAL POINT OF% THE WHOLE CRISIS THE BEEN ON LOCKDOWN FOR WEEKS,% MORE THAN THAT, ACTUALLY WE ARE% SEEING WHAT LOOKS LIKE A LIGHT % AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL AND % THAT IS SOMETHING THAT A LOT OF% POLICYMAKERS IN THE US

ARE % GOING TO WANT TO SEE % THERE IS AN ACTUAL CHANGE WE % CAN SEE THE EFFECTS OF THE % LOCKDOWN IN THESE STATISTICS % WE SHOULDN'T GET TOO EXCITED % BECAUSE THESE NUMBERS CAN % REVERSE AND GO BACK UP AGAIN % THAT IS HAPPENED BEFORE BUT % ALLISON, FOR NOW, ITALIAN POLICYMAKERS, SCIENTISTS, THEY % SAY THESE NEW NUMBERS TO % PRESENT A RADICAL CHANGE, % SOMETHING THAT COULD START TO SEE THIS ON THE BACK FLIGHT ALLISON

>> GREAT TO HEAR THAT YOU ARE % SEEING POSITIVE SIGNS WE KNOW ITALY HAS REALLY HAD A TERRIBLE GO I WOULD LOVE TO ASK YOU SOMETHING GOING ON ELSEWHERE IN% EUROPE, THE PRIME MINISTER OF % HUNGRY USING THE PANDEMIC TO % SEIZE MORE POWER % WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT WHAT% IS HAPPENING THERE? >> Reporter: JUST YESTERDAY HE % BASICALLY CROWNED HIMSELF KING% HE DIDN'T HIMSELF, HAD THE % PARLIAMENT TO IT FOR HIM

% THEY DID IT WILLINGLY, THE % ESSENTIALLY SUSPENDED % THEMSELVES, THEY GAVE A LAW % THAT ALLOWED FOR LAWS TO BE SUSPENDED BY THE PRIME % MINISTER, THEY MADE SO HE WOULD% RULE BY DECREE AND THE CRITICAL THING IS A LOT% OF THESE NEW LAWS ARE COMING % OUT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, THEY % ARE NECESSARY, ALLISON, THERE % NEEDS TO BE IMPOSITIONS ON THE % PUBLIC DEMOCRACIES ARE NOT NECESSARILY% ILL-SUITED TO POLICING PEOPLE'S INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENTS, COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA ARE, AND WE SAW SUCCESSFUL LOCKDOWNS DEMOCRACIES DO NEED TO PUT IN % NEW LAWS IN PLACE BUT THE THING% ABOUT AUTOCRACY AND WHAT WE ARE% SEEING IN HUNGARY IS THERE IS % NO SUNSET CLAUSE, NO ONE IS % SAYING THAT ONCE THIS CRISIS IS% OVER THESE LAWS WILL % NECESSARILY BE LIFTED % I WOULD A MAN LIKE HIM WHO HAS A HISTORY OF KIND OF % EXPANSIONIST, MAXIMUM VIEW % TOWARD HIS OWN POWER, WHY WOULD HE YIELD OR FORFEIT THE % POSITION HE NOW HAS IN THESE % NEW POWERS HE NOW HAS, SO HE'S % BEEN GIVEN NEW POWERS BY THE % PARLIAMENT, THEY GAVE THAT TO HIM WILLINGLY, AND THERE'S NO % REASON FOR HIM TO NECESSARILY % RELINQUISH THEM WITH THIS % CRISIS IS OVER

% WE HAVE SEEN THIS THROUGHOUT % THE WORLD % ALLISON, IN INDIA, ISRAEL IS A GREAT EXAMPLE, THE PRIME % MINISTER HAS BEEN RUNNING TIME % AND AGAIN AND AGAIN FOR NEW % OFFICE, THE LONGEST SERVING % PRIME MINISTER IN ISRAELI % HISTORY AND NOW HE IS BASICALLY% PASSING A NEW LAW THAT MEANS THE COURT WILL NO LONGER BE % ABLE TO PROSECUTE HIM % AT LEAST FOR THE TIME BEING THEY BEEN STANDING AGAINST HIM % SEVERAL MONTHS NOW % FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE IN % POWER, ESPECIALLY IN SYSTEMS THAT HAVE EMERGENCY LAWS IN % PLACE, THEY CAN BE MANY PLAITED AND USED, THEY ARE USING THIS

% THEY'RE TAKING THIS EXAMPLE AND% THIS CRISIS AND MANY ABLATING % IT TO THEIR ENDS AND AMERICANS % NEED TO BE CAREFUL THAT COULD % HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES % AS A CRISIS CONTINUES % ALLISON >> SCARY STUFF GOING ON IN THE % WORLD

% THANK YOU SO MUCH, STAY SAFE >>> LET'S TALK ABOUT THE % CORONAVIRUS IMPACT ON OUR % MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH % AND WITH ADDICTIOIN PERSON MEETINGS ARE ESSENTIAL PART OF % REHAB % BUT NOW MANY CENTERS CAN'T HAVE THOSE MEETINGS THEY TRY TO COME UP WITH ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO HELP % MEMBERS STAND TRACK

>> Reporter: HOW IMPORTANT IN THE PROCESS IS PHYSICAL % CONNECTION? >> FINALLY BEING ABLE TO PHYSICALLY CONNECT WITH ANOTHER MAN IN RECOVERY SAVE MY LIFE YOU KNOW, TOWARDS THE END OF MY% RUN I WAS PRETTY ISOLATED AND % PRETTY ALONE AND STUDIES THAT WE ARE SEEING,% WE ARE SEEING THAT ADDICTION % RATES ARE DRIVING UP ACROSS THE% COUNTRY BECAUSE OF ISOLATION % >> Reporter: FOR SOMEONE WHO IS% GOING THROUGH RECOVERY HOW DO % YOU DO THAT WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE% THAT PHYSICAL CLASS OR PHYSICAL% CONTACT WITH PEOPLE? >> I WAS TALKING TO SOMEBODY THE OTHER DAY ABOUT HOW % DIFFICULT IT WAS, THAT FIRST YEAR, TO STAY SOBER WITH ALL THE TOOLS AND CONNECTIONS THAT I HAD AND FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW % NOW, THIS CURRENT ISSUE THAT WE ARE HAVING IS EXTREMELY UNIQUE AND UNPRECEDENTED

% WE ARE SEEING A RISE IN PEOPLE COMING TO TREATMENT RIGHT NOW YOU KNOW, THE BEDS ARE FILLING % UP ACROSS THE COUNTRY IT'S HARDER TO STAY OUT THERE, % IT IS HARDER TO STAY SOBER % YOU HAVE PEOPLE RELAPSING AT CRAZY RATES % MENTAL HEALTH RIGHT NOW IS % VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO DEAL % WITH AND YOU KNOW, IT'S A SCARY% SITUATION AS FAR AS WHAT I AM % SEEING AS SOMEONE WHO WORKS IN TREATMENT

% THESE RECOVERY MEETINGS HAVE % KIND OF GONE FROM BEING IN THE % ROOMS AND IN PERSON TO % SWITCHING OVER TO ZOOM AND % STUFF LIKE THAT MY FRIENDS HAVE BEEN % PARTICIPATING IN ONLINE % RECOVERY MEETINGS % THEY ARE LIKE ONE HOUR OR TWO HOURS A DAY BUT FOR THE OTHER 22 HOURS IN THE DAY WHAT ARE % THEY DOING? % PEOPLE ARE STUCK AT HOME AND % THEIR MINDS ARE GOING A LITTLE % BUNKERS % WHAT I HAVE BEEN RELYING ON IS % THIS APP CALLED LUCID, SO LUCID% IS A SOBER CONNECTION APP, AND % AS YOU SEE RIGHT HERE, THEY HAVE GROUPS UP HERE, I CAN GET % INTO A SOBRIETY HELP, I CAN GET% INTO MINDFULNESS AND % MEDITATION, ALWAYS DIFFERENT GROUPS WHO REACH OUT TO PEOPLE% UP HERE IS A TREATMENT CENTER % GUIDE AND TELEHEALTH, PRIOR TO % THE CORONA OUTBREAK THERE WAS YOU KNOW, EVENTS AND STUFF LIKE% THAT YOU COULD GO TO AND I HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN THIS APP % USER, THE MESSAGES HAVE KIND OF TRIPLED FROM WHAT I'VE NORMALLY% SEEN TO KNOW THE LAST TWO WEEKS% WERE EVERYONE WENT ON LOCK DOWN% PEAK PEOPLE ARE RELYING ON THIS% ONLINE HELP OUT

IT'S HELPFUL % I BELIEVE IT SEEMS LIKE >> Reporter: WHAT A PEOPLE ARE STARTING RECOVERY AND B IS TOO % DIFFICULT? >> IT'S REALLY A MATTER OF LIFE% OR DEATH NOW % YOU CAN'T GIVE INTO THAT % THOUGHT, YOU HAVE TO REMIND % YOURSELF DAY IN AND DAY OUT THAT THIS IS LIFE OR DEATH NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO REALLY % START TAKING PART IN SELF-HELP,% VIDEOS, YOU KNOW, YOUR MIND IS,% IT IS LIKE THE EARTH, RIGHT? % IF YOU PLANT SOMETHING IN THERE% THAT WILL GROW

% IF YOU PLANT NEGATIVITY OR YOU % PLANT THESE THOUGHTS OF I'M % GOING TO DRINK BECAUSE I CAN'T % DO THIS, YOU ARE GOING TO % DRINK % IT IS WHAT YOU FUTURE BRAIN, IT IS WHAT YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT% RIGHT NOW % POSITIVITY % WE HAVE TO STAY POSITIVE >>> CORONAVIRUS IS FORCING % SENIOR CENTERS TO CLOSE AND % NURSING HOMES ARE BANNING % VISITORS TO TRY TO PROTECT % PATIENTS

THAT'S CAUSING A NEW PROBLEM % SENIORS ARE BEING ISOLATED AS A% DISTANCE >> Reporter: IN THE WORLD % CHANGED BY CORONAVIRUS, THIS — THE SAFEST WAY MARGARITA CAN % SPEND TIME WITH HER HUSBAND OF 55 YEARS WHO IS IN A NURSING % HOME NEAR CHICAGO IT'S NOT JUST NURSING HOMES % ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ELDERLY % AMERICANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO % ISOLATE THEMSELVES AND KEEP % AWAY FROM PLACES AND PEOPLE % THAT MIGHT SPREAD THE VIRUS

EXPERTS SAY THAT COMES AT A COST % ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE IN % MEDICAL JOURNALS, IT PUTS OLDER% AMERICANS AT GREATER RISK OF % DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY WATCH FOR THE SIGNS, IF THEY % DON'T TALK TO AS MUCH AS THEY % DID BEFORE, NOT AS CHATTY, IT % IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO % REACH OUT TO SENIORS IN YOUR % LIFE >> WATCH FOR WARNING SIGNS % IF THEY SAY THEY ARE HAVING % TROUBLE SLEEPING OR EATING

LOW ENERGY OR NEGLECTING PHYSICAL CARE FEELING HOPELESS MAKE SURE YOU CONNECT WITH THEM DAILY, MAYBE TWICE A DAY, OVER % THE PHONE OR VIRTUALLY THROUGH A PLATFORM WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEIR FACES >> Reporter: SOME NURSING HOMES% ARE WORKING TO GET TABLETS TO % RESIDENTS

% AND COMMUNITIES ARE FINDING % WAYS TO REACH OUT SAFELY LIKE THIS PARADE AT A FACILITY IN CLEVELAND , ,% >> Reporter: A SHOW OF LOVE FOR% SENIORS WHO ARE SEPARATED BY A % PANDEMIC >>> TO MEET THE GROWING % SHORTAGE OF HOSPITAL SUPPLIES, CAR MANUFACTURERS ARE PRODUCING% EQUIPMENT THIS IS AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT A % FORD FACTORY IN DETROIT WHERE % EMPLOYEES ARE NOW CREATING % PROTECTIVE FACE SHIELDS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

>> Reporter: INSIDE THIS % SPRAWLING FACTORY, THEY ARE % HELPING TO FIGHT THE WAR ON THE% CORONAVIRUS >> I WOULD RATHER SAVE LIVES % THAN SIT AT HOME >> Reporter: THE GRANDMOTHER, % ONE OF OVER 100 FORD EMPLOYEES,% WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK, TO % BUILD THESE DESPERATELY NEEDED FACE SHIELDS >> IT GOES ON LIKE THIS >> Reporter: THIS IS AN % EXCLUSIVE LOOK INSIDE

% >> I REALLY HOPE WHAT WE ARE % DOING MAKES A DIFFERENCE >> Reporter: ALL THESE WORKERS % ARE PAID, BUT THEY ARE ALSO % VOLUNTEERING, AGREEING TO LEAVE% FAMILIES AT HOME EACH DAY, % PUTTING THEIR OWN SAFETY ON THE% LINE >> EVERYTHING IS SIX FOOT % APART % WE ARE ALL WEARING THESE % WE ARE STAYING SEPARATED

% EVERYBODY IS WASHING THEIR % HANDS OVER AND OVER AGAIN % MY YOUNGEST GRANDDAUGHTER IS IN% LOUISIANA AND I WOULD BE % DEVASTATED IF I GAVE HER % SOMETHING % IF I CAN HELP OTHERS, I LIKE % HELPING OTHERS % >> Reporter: THE DAYS ARE LONG % AND THE SHIFTS ARE SEVEN DAYS A% WEEK % THE TOUGHEST THING IS THEY HAVE% A NEW MASK EVERY 10 SECONDS

>> LIKE I SAID, 10 SECONDS, % SAVE A LIFE % >> Reporter: IN THE SAME % BUILDING, ONE OF THE TOP % ENGINEERS IS WORKING AROUND THE% CLOCK ON SOMETHING THAT MAYBE EVEN BIGGER HE HOPES THEY WILL MAKE 50,000 % VENTILATORS IN 100 DAYS TEAMING UP WITH GE AND AARON, A% SMALL VENTILATOR MANUFACTURER IN FLORIDA IT USES NO ELECTRICITY AND % RETAILS FOR ABOUT $7000

IT IS ALREADY APPROVED BY THE % FDA >> IT IS A DIFFERENT BUSINESS % BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE % ARE MANUFACTURING AND ASSEMBLY % PRODUCTS >> Reporter: DURING WORLD WAR % II, AUTOMAKERS CAME TO THE % RESCUE BY THE END OF THE WAR, FORD WAS ABLE TO TURN OUT A NEW BOMBER EVERY HOUR BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS SHUT % DOWN THEIR PRODUCTION, FORD WAS% ASSEMBLING A NEW TRUCK EVERY % MINUTE

THEY WANT TO BRING THE SAME % SPEED TO THE MANUFACTURE OF % VENTILATORS % >> IF YOU THINK ABOUT 7000 % PARTS, THAT WE ASSEMBLE IN THE % FACILITY, MORE THAN 500 DIFFERENT COMPONENTS >> Reporter: THE VENTILATOR HAS% ABOUT 400 PARTS AND FORD HOPES % TO MAKE AS MANY AS PER DAY % BY THIS SUMMER >> OUR SYSTEM AS YOU KNOW % STARTING WITH HENRY FORD IN THE% DAY WHEN HE CREATED THE FIRST % CONTINUOUSLY MOVING ASSEMBLY % LINE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE CORE OF % EVERYTHING THAT WE DO

% >> A CAR COMES OFF THE END OF % THE LINE EVERY 10 SECONDS % >> Reporter: THEY ARE SENDING % OUT 40,000 FACE SHIELDS A DAY THEY HOPE TO DO MANY MORE YOU CAN SEE THE RESULTS OF THE % HARD WORK % >> I AM REALLY HAPPY

YOU CAN % SEE HENRY FORD EMERGENCY ROOM, % THEY SAY THANK YOU AND IT'S % NICE THAT THEY ARE SHARING THIS% WITH US >> I'M HAPPY TO HELP IF THEY GET ANOTHER IDEA FOR US% TO MAKE I WILL BE HERE >>> SCHOOLS AROUND THE COUNTRY % ARE CLOSED BECAUSE OF THE % CORONAVIRUS THAT MEANS HIGH SCHOOL AND % COLLEGE SENIORS ARE MISSING % SOME MAJOR MILESTONES

HERE'S WHAT SOME OF THE % STUDENTS ARE FEELING ABOUT THIS% UNUSUAL TIME IN THEIR LIVES % >> GRADUATION % >> SENIOR FRIEND DAY % >> GRADUATION PICK >> GRADUATION >>> WARNINGS ON THE CORONAVIRUS

>> SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE EMPTY >> MY NAME IS JESSICA, — % >> I'M RICHARD — % >> I WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW THE% CORONAVIRUS IS IMPACTING MY LIFE AS A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL % >> I'M FROM MARYLAND, I'M A % SENIOR, AND CURRENTLY I'M AT % HOME IN NEW JERSEY % >> MY PROM WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WEEKEND % BUT THAT WAS CANCELED DUE TO % THE CORONAVIRUS

% >> I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MY % SENIOR PROM AND GRADUATION SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL % >> I DON'T KNOW BOMBAY PROM % DRESS >> GRADUATION, EVERYTHING IS UP% IN THE AIR NOW % >> PROM % SENIOR TRIPS

% GRADUATION % ALL UNDECIDED >> PEOPLE BUT DRESSES, SUITS, % PLANNED DAYS AND EVERYTHING % THAT GOES INTO THE MADNESS >> GRADUATION, THE LONDON TRIP, THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN IN % JUNE AND THE SCHOOL SHOW, ALL UP IN % THE AIR RIGHT NOW

% >> ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES I WAS % LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR % WAS PROBABLY MY SENIOR PRANK % DAY % I WAS EXCITED ABOUT IT AND WE HAD A LOT OF COOL IDEAS PICK % >> TYPICALLY DURING THIS TIME % OF YEAR I'M SPENDING A LOT OF % TIME AT THE SCHOOL IN % REHEARSALS FOR THE SPRING % MUSICAL % IT USUALLY HAPPENS IN LATE MARCH OR EARLY APRIL AND AS OF NOW IT IS BEING % POSTPONED % >> IN PART OF THE SOCCER TEAM AND I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO % THAT

THAT'S THE WAY I EXPRESS MYSELF I LOOK FORWARD TO PLAYING % >> IT'S VERY SAD THAT SENIORS % DON'T GET TO HAVE THE LAST SHOW% BECAUSE THE SENIOR SHOW IS % SOMETHING SO SPECIAL % >> AS FOR GRADUATION, THEY HAVE% AS OF NOW, POSTPONED IT BUT IT % IS MOST LIKELY THAT THEY WILL % CANCEL IT % >> LOOKING FORWARD TO THE % SENIOR YEAR FOUR YEARS AND IS % ALL YOU SEE IN MOVIES AND ALL % YOU WANT TO DO AND THEN YOU % FINALLY GET HERE AFTER WORKING % 12 YEARS IN SCHOOL AND BOOM

IT'S GONE AND IT'S INSANE % >> ALL OF THE SCHOOLS, % DECISIONS ARE GOING TO BE HELD UP AND THE STUDENTS DAYS ARE BEING CANCELED SO I'M ALMOST % MAKING A BLIND DECISION % I WAS HOPING TO PLAY SOME % SPORTS LIKE TRACK AND SOCCER % AND HAVE COACHES WATCH BUT THAT% WOULD HELP MAKE MY COLLEGE % DECISION % >> WE FACED HIM AS MUCH AS WE % CAN, TEXT EVERY DAY, TRY TO % KEEP IN TOUCH BECAUSE IT'S % WEIRD TO GO FROM SEEING % EVERYONE EVERY DAY BUT THEN % YOU'LL SEE THEM ALL

% >> YOU HAVE TO STAY POSITIVE % AND REMEMBER TO WASH HER HANDS STAYING AT HOME IS SO, SO % IMPORTANT SO, I'M VERY HAPPY TO BE GIVING UP MY SENIOR YEAR TO SAVE A % LIFE YOU KNOW? I DON'T WANT TO SPREAD THE % VIRUS >> I LIKE TO REMIND MYSELF THAT% THERE ARE NO BINDING DIAMONDS % AFTER PRESSURE

% THAT'S TRUE % I THINK THE WORLD IS PUTTING SO% MUCH PRESSURE ON EVERYONE BUT % SPECIFICALLY MY CLASS THAT % THERE WILL BE A LOT OF DIAMONDS% COMING Y ARE READ ,% >>> DOCTORS AND NURSES ON THE % FRONT LINE DOING INCREDIBLE % WORK TO KEEP US HEALTHY AND % SAFE % RISKING THEIR OWN HEALTH AND % SAFETY TO DO THEIR JOBS SPOKE TO SOME OF THESE % HEALTHCARE HEROES ABOUT WHAT % THEY ARE DOING AND WHAT THEIR % DAYS ARE LIKE

>> IT 6:30 AM, MARCH 30, I GOT DONE WITH THE HARDSHIPS % A LOT OF SICK PEOPLE, ON VENTS,% RUNNING OUT OF ROOM AND FENCE AND PPE % >> IT FEELS LIKE I'M PLAYING % DOMINOES, EVERY MINUTE, FEEL % LIKE ANY ONE OF YOUR PATIENTS % IS ABOUT TO FALL

AND COLLAPSED % >> THERE IS A SENSE OF % TOGETHERNESS BUT DEFINITELY A % HEIGHTENED LEVEL OF STRESS % THROUGHOUT % THERE IS THIS URGENT NEED FOR % TEAMWORK AGAIN, PEOPLE SOMETIMES ARE % MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME AND EVERYONE IS REALLY WORKING % HARD DOING THEIR PART TO % PROTECT THE PATIENT'S

% >> NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THEY WORK A SHIFT, ONE THING % THAT COMES TO MIND ABOUT THIS % DISEASE IS HOW LONELY IT % BECOMES HOW YOU SEE OLD PEOPLE, YOUNG % PEOPLE, MIDDLE-AGED PEOPLE, % JUST SLOWLY WITHER AWAY THERE IS NO FAMILY OR NO ONE HERE, JUST NO ONE TO SIT BETTER% SIDE AND HOLD HER HAND % >> NURSES AND DOCTORS ARE TAXED SUPPORT STAFF ARE SITTING THERE% HOLDING THEIR HANDS, REASSURING% THEM THAT THEY WILL BE OKAY

% WE ARE HELPING TO RESUSCITATE A PATIENT % >> IT IS GETTING WORSE THIS WAR IS GOING TO TAKE WEEKS% IF NOT MONTHS >> LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS BEING OVER WE WILL GET TO THE OTHER SIDE

% WE WILL BE A STRONGER NATION % FOR % >> I'M AT A LOSS FOR WORDS, I'M% EXHAUSTED BUT IT COULD FEEL % PROUDER THAN THE TEAM IN THIS % DEPARTMENT % AND WHAT WE'RE DOING AS THE % HEALTH SYSTEM % AND REALLY AS A COUNTRY % WE ARE OVERCOMING SO MANY MAJOR% HURDLES

BUT THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO DO % IT % ONLY ONE DIRECTION TO GO, THAT % IS FORWARD % >> WE ARE ABLE TO GO BACK TO % NORMAL, PLEASE GIVE YOUR % HEALTHCARE WORKERS THAT YOU % KNOW A BIG HUG AND THANK YOU % AND WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS STAY SAFE AND STAY HEALTHY

>>> FARMERS ARE IN A TOUGH SPOT , DEMANDS FOR PRODUCTS ARE % CHOPPING AS MORE AND MORE % RESTAURANTS SHUT DOWN % HERE'S WHAT ONE FARMER DESCRIBE% ABOUT THE IMPACT % >> THE CURRENT REALITY DEPRESSES THE LABOR MARKET AND % DECREASES THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE % WHO WANT TO COME OF COURSE THERE'S ADDITIONAL SUBPAR AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT YOU % PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF WE HAVE A % VERY FEW EMPLOYEES, AND IF THERE IS ANY TYPE OF HEALTH % CONCERN, HE PICKS MY GRAPEFRUIT% AND RIGHT NOW HE'S DEALING WITH% FAMILY ISSUES RELATED TO COVID % AND HE CAN BE HERE TO PICK % RIGHT NOW

% WHILE THE LARGE, GLOBAL MARKET % IMPACT OF THE TRADE WAR, WE % HAVE FELT THAT THROUGHOUT THE % COMMUNITY, THE LARGE COMMODITY % GROWERS ARE THE ONES THAT TOOK % THE BRUNT OF THAT % WITH THIS DOMESTIC SITUATION, % COUPLED WITH A LARGER, GLOBAL % PANDEMIC, AS AN ASPECT OF THE % APPENDED WE WILL ALL BE FEELING% THE RESULTS OF THIS IN A BIG % WAY % IT CAN BE KIND OF HARD TO IMAGINE THIS ON ONE HAND FOR % PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO THE % GROCERY STORES OR YOU SEE THE % SHELVES RIGHT NOW, THE REAL % SITUATION IS THAT OUR FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEM IS JUST AS % ROBUST AS IT WAS A MONTH AGO OR% TWO MONTHS AGO % IT'S JUST THAT OUR DEMAND % DYNAMIC HAS SHIFTED QUITE A BIT SO AT THE GROCERY STORE SEEMS % LIKE WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF FOOD% BUT FOR US IT IS SUPPLIERS ON % THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT AND YOU % LOOK AT THE FACT THE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED, A LOT OF % RESTAURANTS ARE CLOSED AND SO % IT'S A HUGE PORTION OF OUR % WHOLESALE PURCHASING MARKET THAT IS DRIED UP RIGHT NOW

>>> SO OFTEN, IT'S BEEN A % WHILE, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE % IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS THAT IS % HAVING ON MARKET DEMAND % INTERESTING WHAT THE FARMER WAS% TALKING ABOUT, HELPING THE % CHAIN >> Reporter: FIFTH-GENERATION, % ARIZONA CITRUS GROWER, OVER IN THIS AREA, FOR FARMERS WE HAVE BEEN HAVING A CONVERSATION % ABOUT THE MARKETS WITH FARMERS % OVER THE COURSE OF THESE LAST TWO YEARS AND A LARGE PART OF THE REASON FOR THAT WAS BECAUSE% OF THE TRADE WAR % THE PRESIDENT STARTED TWO YEARS% AGO, THIS SPRING, BUT ONLY % PARTNERS IN CANADA AND MEXICO % TO CHINA AND OTHER COUNTRIES % AND THAT IS WHERE YOU KNOW, I % WAS TALKING WITH ONE FARMER, UP% IN NORTHERN IOWA, ON THE PHONE % LAST NIGHT AND HE SAID LOOK, % THIS IS WITH THEIR THAT WE WERE% ANTICIPATING HAVING YOU KNOW, OUR PRICES GO UP BY A DOLLAR OR% A DOLLAR FILTHY ON OUR GOODS % INCLUDING HIS OWN SOYBEANS AND % CORN BUT WHAT HAVE THEY SEEN? % SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR HOG, CATTLE, CORN, SOYBEANS, WHEAT, MOST OF THESE, THE % PRICING HAS GONE DOWN OVER 10%% WHEN IT COMES TO THE PRICE

% THAT IS LESS, VERY MUCH AND % UNCERTAIN MARKET HERE AND THE % FARMER IN IOWA THAT I WAS TALKING TO IS PLANNING ON % PLANTING HIS CORN AND SOYBEANS % JUST TWO WEEKS FROM NOW FOR A LOT OF THESE FOLKS IS % UNCERTAIN, AS PLANTING IS % COMING UNDER WAY >> WHAT CAN THEY DO TO COUNTER % THOSE COMMODITY PRICES? % THAT'S A BIG ISSUE, HOW CAN THE% COUNTERBALANCE IT? >> Reporter: THAT THE TOUGH PART BECAUSE LIKE THE REST OF % THE COUNTRY IS GOING THROUGH, % SO MANY UNKNOWNS YOU ARE SEEING SLIDING PRICES % BECAUSE NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THE % MARKET IS GOING % I WAS TALKING WITH A FARMER OVER IN GOODYEAR, ARIZONA AS % WELL, THE OPERATION HAS ABOUT 100 EMPLOYEES, A BIG FARMING % OPERATION, SPINACH, KALE, THE % KIND YOU GET IN A BAG IN YOUR GROCERY STORE

% WHAT YOU ARE SEEING IS A DROP % OFF BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE TURNING % TO THE NECESSITIES THAT THEY % NEED % AS THIS FARMER TOLD ME PEOPLE WILL MAYBE TURN TOWARD OUR % GOODS % THE CITRUS GROWER, PEOPLE STOP % BUYING THE SAME AMOUNT OF % CITRUS BECAUSE IT IS NOT THAT % NECESSITY THAT FOLKS NEED % BUT ALSO IN THE BIG SCALE, RESTAURANTS HAVE CLOSE % SCHOOLS HAVE CLOSED

% ANOTHER BIG AREA FOR THE FOOD % INDUSTRY SUDDENLY THERE'S A DROP-OFF IN % DEMAND BECAUSE FRANKLY, PEOPLE % ARE NOT EATING AT THE SAME % RATE % THIS NOT THE EXTRA INCOME YOU % KNOW, IF YOU'RE SOMEBODY WITH % CATTLE OR HOGS, THE DEMAND FOR % MEAT IS NOT THERE AT THE SAME % LEVEL % SUDDENLY IS PUTTING A LOT OF % QUESTION MARKS INTO WHAT EXTENT% YOU START TO GROW AND RAISE % WHEN THERE IS AN UNSTABLE % MARKET % NOT ONLY DOMESTICALLY BUT ALSO INTERNATIONALLY BECAUSE IT'S % NOT JUST THE UNITED STATES % MARKET THAT IS HANDLING COVID-% 19, ALSO TRADING PARTNERS

>> IT'S AFFECTING FARMERS, HOW % IS IT AFFECTING THE WORKFORCE? % WHAT IS IT DO FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DEPEND ON FARMING AND % WORKING ON THESE PROPERTIES FOR% LIVING? ,,% HE'S GONE BECAUSE OF A COVID-19% RELATED ILLNESS WITHIN HIS % FAMILY YOU KNOW SUDDENLY, YOU LOSE ONE% OF YOUR MAIN PICKERS, ONE OF % YOUR MAIN MEMBERS OF YOUR TEAM, THE GRAPEFRUIT AND ORE % CITRUS HAVE TO COME OFF THE TREES % AND YOU'VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO % SELL IT % THE REALITY IS, I ALWAYS GO % BACK TO THE OTHER FORMER FARMER — I MENTIONED THEY HAD 100 PERSON OPERATION THERE BIG FEAR IS THAT ONE % MEMBER OF THEIR TEAM BECOME % SICK, IF ONE MEMBER BECOME SICK% THE REST OF THEIR FARM LABOR, % FOR THE MOST PART HAS LIKELY % BEEN EXPOSED AND THEY HAVE TO % SHUT DOWN OPERATIONS WHICH % WOULD SHUT DOWN THE SUPPLY CHAIN TO OUR STORES

% KEY VEGETABLE PRODUCTS % OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A CONCERN % ABOUT THE SUPPLY CHAIN BUT ALSO% IT COMES TO A HUMAN % HUMAN CRISIS IN THESE JOBS, A % GREAT NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES ARE H2 A VISA WORKERS % THE COME OVER SEASONALLY FROM % COUNTRIES LIKE MEXICO AND OTHER% COUNTRIES SOUTH OF THE US

% BORDER THESE ARE FOLKS THAT RELY ON % THIS JOB AND THESE ARE % INDUSTRIES THAT RELY ON IS VERY% WORKERS % THAT AMOUNT OF WORKERS, DOING THE WORK IS A BIG CONCERN TO % THEIR LIVELIHOOD AND ALSO TO % THE US TO THE GROCERY CHAIN % SUPPLY

>> A HUGE CONCERN FOR OUR % COUNTRY FOR SURE % FUN HILLIARD, GREAT TO HAVE YOU% WITH US, THANK YOU SO MUCH >>> THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2020 AND IT TODAY AND IT WAS THE % WORST FIRST QUARTER EVER ON THE% DOW % AND BEATS NBC HOST HERE TO RUN % THROUGH THE DAY % FOR STARTERS I WILL APOLOGIZE % FOR MY BOOKSHELVES

% THEY DON'T STAND UP TO THE ONES% YOU'VE BEEN SHOWING OVER THE % PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS % NEXT TO THE MARKETS, — SORRY, % I'M DOING THE BEST I CAN % THE MARKETS WERE UP THIS % MORNING AND THEY TOOK A TURN % FOR THE WORST THIS AFTERNOON % WHAT PUSH THEM LOWER? % >> I DON'T WANT TO PUT YOU TO % SHANE BUT LESLIE HAS A LIBRARY % HERE % MARKETS ARE DOWN SLIGHTLY AND % IT IS FUNNY THE WAY WE % RECALIBRATED OUR EXPECTATION % WITH THE DOWNTOWN — TAO DOWN

% IN THE PAST IT WOULD BE SEEN AS% NOT INSIGNIFICANT BUT WHAT % WE'VE SEEN IN RECENT WORKS — % 70 DIPS AND RISES % IT IS FUNNY HOW WE LOOK AT % THIS % THE BIGGEST CONCERN LIES IN % CERTAIN SECTORS % OIL PRICES ARE DRAMATICALLY % LOWER % WEST TEXAS INTERMEDIATE DOWN % $20 A BARREL AT CLOSING TODAY

THAT IS EXTRAORDINARY % WE KNOW IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN TEXAS AND ACROSS THE MIDWEST% WITH OIL PRODUCTION % I THINK TODAY AS WE GO FORWARD, IT IS TRYING TO GET A GRIP ON % WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE ECONOMY THE FISCAL PACKAGE LOOKING AT % THE FOURTH ITERATION AND IF WE % GET THAT AS WELL BUT LESS VOLATILITY THAN WE % HAVE SEEN IN DAYS PAST

>> DAVID IT IS SO CRAZY WHEN % YOU SAY THAT BUT IT IS TOTALLY % TRUE % 400 POINTS LOWER ON THE DOW % WOULD BE A TYPICAL TERRIBLE DAY% BUT IN THESE TIMES IT IS NOT % THAT TERRIBLE % SOMETHING A LOT OF FOLKS ARE % LOOKING AT TODAY, CONSUMER CONFIDENCE NUMBERS WERE OUT AND% WE EXPECT A BIG DROP THERE % WHAT HAPPENED? % >> WE GOT A DROP % IT WASN'T A HUGE DROP

% I THINK WE WILL SEE THAT IN THE% NEXT READ OF THE NUMBERS BUT % YOU SEE CONSUMERS GRAPPLING % WITH WHAT THE ECONOMY IS % LOOKING LIKE FOR THE LAST FEW % WEEKS % HOW IT WILL BE FOR THE ECONOMY% THERE IS A BIT OF A DROP IN % CURRENT CONDITIONS OF % CONFIDENCE LOOKING AHEAD, WHAT WE HAVE % GOING FORWARD IT WAS DOWN SOMEWHAT AS WELL % AGAIN YOU HAVE TO SEE THE DROP % OFF AS A RESULT OF THE % OUTBREAK

% NOT UNEXPECTED IN WHAT WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE RECENT WEEKS % CONSUMERS ARE WRESTLING WITH % THE FACT THAT A LOT OF THEM ARE% OUT OF WORK AND WORRIED ABOUT % HOW LONG IT WILL LAST % THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT HOW LONG% THE KIDS WILL BE OUT OF SCHOOL% THIS IS JUST ANOTHER REASON % THIS IS SUCH A HUGE PART OF WHY% THE ECONOMY HAS BEEN DOING % WELL

% CONSUMERS WERE CONFIDENT, THEY % WERE OUTSPENDING % UP WE HAD NOT HAD THIS % OUTBREAK, OBVIOUSLY SUFFICE TO % SAY THE NUMBERS WOULD CONTINUE % TO BE STRONG AS WE'VE SEEN IN % RECENT MONTHS >> DAVID, COLEMAN SACHS HAD AN % UPBEAT FORECAST % I GUESS IF YOU COULD CALL IT % THAT SAYING THERE ARE DARK DAYS% AHEAD % THAT THEY WILL BOUNCE BACK % FASTER THAN EVER

% WHAT DO ECONOMISTS PROJECT? % >> THE HEAD ECONOMIST, AS WE TALKED ABOUT THE RELEVANCE, % YES, SLIGHTLY MORE POSITIVE REPORT THAN WE HAVE SEEN % BASICALLY WHAT THE RESEARCH TEAM IS SAYING WE WILL SEE A % TERRIBLE FIRST QUARTER, 2nd % QUARTER IS GOING TO BE EVEN % WORSE WHEN IT COMES TO THE GDP % GROWTH % NOT MUCH OF IT % NOT ANY REALLY % EMPLOYMENT AS WELL

% BUT IT WILL BE BOUNCED BACK % STRONGER AND THE REASON THEY % CITE, YOU GOT STRONG MONETARY % POLICY OUT OF THE GATE HERE % J POWELL AND THE FED HAS DONE % MUCH TO INCREASE LIQUIDITY HE'S DOING AS MUCH AS HE CAN % DO, AS MUCH AS THE FED CAN DO % THROUGHOUT THIS DESPITE THE % PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS % AND THE PHYSICAL SIDE AS WELL, % SEEING THE SIZE OF THAT % PACKAGE, LARGER THAN $2 TRILLION PACKAGE, LARGER THAN I% THOUGHT WE WOULD GET % AND WHAT WE SAW FROM THE % PRESIDENT ANOTHER ITERATION OF % THIS GOING FORWARD, A FOURTH % ROUND OF STIMULUS THAT PERHAPS % DEAL WITH INFRASTRUCTURE AND % PERHAPS ON A STATE-BY-STATE % LEVEL

% IT ROSE HERE BUT IT IS CREATIONS OF ROSIE NESS % COMPARED TO WHAT WE'VE SEEN >> TOMORROW IS THE 1st OF THE % MONTH AND WE'VE BEEN TALKING % ABOUT THIS % BUT THAT IS A SCARY DATE FOR A % LOT OF PEOPLE % BUSINESSES, THEY HAVE RENT AND % MORTGAGE PAYMENTS TO MAKE % AND MOST OF THEM HAVE NOT YET % GOTTEN ANY FINANCIAL HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT

% IF THEY CAN PAY, WHAT IMPACT % CAN THIS HAVE ON THE ECONOMY? % WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SEMI % PEOPLE UNABLE TO MAKE THOSE % KINDS OF PAYMENTS % >> TO BE DETERMINED FOR SURE % HOW BIG AN IMPACT THAT IS GOING% TO BE % YOU ARE RIGHT, APRIL 1, SO MANY% BILLS ARE DUE % IT IS RENT PAYMENT, CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS AND CONSUMERS WILL BE % LOOKING AT THEIR BILLS, % PRIORITIZING TRYING TO DO A % TRIAGE TO SEE WHAT THEY CAN PAY% AND WINE AND I READ ANECDOTALLY% A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVING % CONVERSATIONS WITH LANDLORDS, % WITH THEIR BANKS TO SAY I MIGHT% ON TIME AS I USUALLY HAVE % IS THERE ANY LEEWAY? % CAN I PAY SOME UPFRONT AND % LITTLE MORE LATER IN THE MONTH?% I WANT TO STRESS THE FACT THAT % WE DID HAVE A HUGE STIMULUS % PACKAGE

% IT IS A SIZABLE THING % ALL OF THAT MONEY GOING TO CONSUMERS THROUGH DIRECT % PAYMENTS % THAT MONEY HAS NOT ARRIVED YET % BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING % ABOUT THE SIZE OF THAT PAYMENT% $1000, A LITTLE MORE THAN 1000 % BUCKS MIGHT HELP SOMEBODY BUT % MAY NOT BE IMPACTFUL IN OTHER % PLACES THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT % WILL CONTINUE TO ROLLOVER

% WHAT WE WILL SEE STARTING APRIL% 1 IS AGAIN A NEW NEGOTIATION OF% CONSUMERS THAT WE WILL HAVE TO % HAVE WITH LANDLORDS, WITH THEIR% LENDERS BE THE HOUSE LENDERS, % CAR LENDERS, EVERYBODY IS IN A % BIND AND IN A PICKLE % WE HAVE SEEN FROM BANKS THAT % THERE IS WILLINGNESS TO MAYBE LET PEOPLE LET THINGS SLIDE AND GIVE THEM LEEWAY TO NEGOTIATE % THOSE THINGS % WITH A WIDE UNDERSTANDING OF HOW DRAMATIC IT IS FOR % CONSUMERS AROUND THE COUNTRY >> DAVID WE HAD A CREDIT EXPERT% ON YESTERDAY AND HE SAID AS % TOUGH AS IT MAY BE, SWALLOW % YOUR PRIDE AND YOU NEED TO ASK

% LENDERS UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON % YOU HAVE TO CALL DAVID, THANK YOU SO MUCH % WE APPRECIATE YOUR EXPERTISE % AND WIget so big so fast? ,% >>> IN LESS THAN A WEEK — >> THIS IS NBC NEWS NOW, DAY % TWO, THE CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL% HERE IN THE US

IS NOW MORE % THAN 3000 % WE WILL HAVE MORE THOSE NUMBERS% AND THE LATEST HEADLINES IN % JUST A MOMENT BUT FIRST — % >>> TWO CRUISE SHIPS WITH % PASSENGERS FROM A SOUTH AMERICAN CREW, FOR DEAD % PASSENGERS AND 179 OTHERS WITH FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS BUT IT'S NOT % CLEAR IF FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR % WILL LET ANYONE OFF OF THE SHIP KERRY SANDERS JOINS US NOW FROM% FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA AND THIS IS A SOUTH AMERICAN CRUISE% THAT LEFT IN EARLY MARCH AND NOW IT AND ITS SISTER SHIP ARE % COMING TO FLORIDA WHAT HAPPENED? >> Reporter: THE QUESTION IS % WHERE DO THESE SHIPS GO? % THE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE CHIEF MARITIME OFFICER BURKE % TESTIFIED THIS MORNING TO THE % BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION IT % APPEARS AT THIS POINT TO BE THE% ULTIMATE AUTHORITY ON WHETHER % THESE SHIPS MAY BE ABLE TO % DOCK % THEY BEEN DENIED ENTRY IN % CHILE, PANAMA AND MEXICO AND % COLOMBIA, AND SO FORT % LAUDERDALE HAS BECOME AIRPORT % OF LAST RESORT

THERE ARE PASSENGERS WHO WERE ON THE SHIP, SOME HAVE BEEN MOVED % TO ROTTERDAM, TWO SHIPS, ACCORDING TO BILL BURKS % TESTIMONY TO THE COMMISSION % TODAY, HE SAYS WITH 200+ PEOPLE% WHO ARE ILL THEY HAVE TO ASSUME THAT ALL OF THEM ARE COVID-19 % PATIENTS % THEY WOULD LIKE TO COME IN % CORRENTI BUT FIRST OF ALL THE % HEALTHY ONES HAVE TO GET OFF THE QUESTION THAT THE GOVERNOR % HAS RAISED, ALLISON, IF YOU % BRING THESE SHIPS AND, PEOPLE % THAT ARE ON AND THEY HAVE COVID% 19, ANY OF THE PASSENGERS ARE FROM AUSTRALIA, THEY ARE FROM % ENGLAND, THEY ARE FROM IRELAND, AND THEY MAY COME OFF WITH % SYMPTOMS, GO INTO THE HOSPITAL,% TAKE A BUT SPACE BUT THEN TAKE % UP THE SPACE AND THE VENTILATORS THAT LOCAL PEOPLE HERE WILL % NEED % THIS IS ONE OF THE PASSENGERS ON BOARD WHO IS 72 YEARS OLD, EXPERIENCING NO SYMPTOMS, MAKING A PLEA TO THE COUNTY % COMMISSION TO LET THESE SHIPS % IN >>, U

S CITIZEN AND SHOULD NOT% BE DENIED ENTRY INTO THE US % YOU DO NOT KNOW IF I'M SICK OR % NOT % I NEED HELP AND YOU DON'T CARE

YOU ARE SAYING YOU DON'T WANT % US TO COME BACK TO OUR HOUSE, % BACK TO OUR HOME I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT >> Reporter: COMPLICATING ALL OF THIS IS THAT A DIFFERENT SHIP CAME IN THIS MORNING, % RIGHT OVER THERE, AND THAT SHIP% CAME IN THIS MORNING AT AROUND % 8:00, AT 8:30 THE CROWN % PRINCESS CRUISE LINE MADE A 911% CALL THAT THERE WAS A MEMBER OF THE SHIP WHO WAS EXPERIENCING COVID LIKE SYMPTOMS SO THE BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFFS OR FIRE DEPARTMENT HAD TO SEND % PARAMEDICS OVER HERE TO TAKE THAT PERSON OFF TO THE HOSPITAL THAT UNDERSCORES THE STORY THAT% THE GOVERNOR FEARS, THAT IF THE% SHIP COMES IN, PEOPLE ARE ILL, % THAT CARNIVAL IS SUGGESTING WITH THEY WILL KEEP THE PEOPLE ON % BOARD THE SHIP AND LET DOCTORS % COME ON BOARD BUT IT % UNDERSCORES THE QUESTION, IF % SOMEONE'S CALLING 911 THEY CAN'T BE REFUSED EMERGENCY CARE

IF THIS IS A WAR AGAINST COVID,% IT IS A WARTIME DECISION DO YOU FORCE PEOPLE TO STAY ON A SHIP, THAT HAS CORONAVIRUS, % WHERE THEY MIGHT GET SICK AND MIGHT DIE, OR DO YOU LET THAT % SHIP IN % LET THE PEOPLE OFF % THAN THEY MIGHT INFECT OTHER % PEOPLE ON SHORE AND THEY WOULD % ALSO GET SICK AND EVENTUALLY % DIE, A VERY, VERY CHALLENGING QUESTION, LIKELY NO EASY ANSWER, SOMEONE WILL LOSE >> A REAL CHALLENGE, DO WE HAVE% ANY SENSE OF WHEN THEY ARE % GOING TO COME TO A DECISION? % AND WHO HAS THE FINAL SAY? >> Reporter: THE FINAL SAY IS % THE BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION % UNTIL THEY ARE RESERVED BY THE % GOVERNOR BUT RIGHT NOW I % DECISION IS EXPECTED TODAY

% WILL THE GOVERNOR, THE PUBLIC % AND GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA USURP A% DECISION MADE BY THE COUNTY? % THAT IS UNCLEAR % HE'S ALLOWED LOCAL DECISIONS AS% WE KNOW FROM LETTING PEOPLE GO % ON THE BEACHES TO HAVING AREAS CLOSED % IT IS SOMETHING HE % PHILOSOPHICALLY HAS SAID LET'S % LET THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS % DECIDE SO AT THIS POINT THERE'S NO % INDICATION THAT HE WOULD USE THE COUNTY OTHER THAN THE FACT % HE DOESN'T WANT THIS PROBLEM IN% FLORIDA >> LET'S SEE IF HE STICKS TO % THAT

A REALLY DIFFICULT DECISION TO CORONAVIRUS ANY TIME >>> MORE THAN 75,000 CORONAVIRUS CASES IN NEW YORK % STATE, OVER 43,000 OF THEM ARE % IN NEW YORK CITY ALONE % HOSPITALS ARE POPPING UP TO % SUPPORT OVERWHELMED HOSPITALS THIS IS IN CENTRAL PARK WHERE A% FIELD HOSPITAL IS OPENING TODAY

TELL US ABOUT THE FIELD % HOSPITAL? IT IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND % SINCE THE CIVIL WAR % PROBABLY A STRANGE SITE FOR % WHOLE LOT OF NEW YORKERS % WHAT IS IT DESIGNED TO DO? >> Reporter: IT'S A STRANGE % SITE, ALSO A TROUBLING SITE FOR% A LOT OF NEW YORKERS WHO LOOK % OUT TO SEE THIS ICONIC PLACE % THAT IS A MEDICAL FACILITY NOW THIS IS A SMALL PART OF THE PARK, OF COURSE, NOT THE ENTIRE% PARK BUT ALSO THE ORGANIZERS SAY THEY WANT IT TO BE A SIGN OF % HOPE AS WELL % THAT HELP AND RELIEF IS COMING % AND THAT PEOPLE AROUND THE % COUNTRY CARE ABOUT WHAT IS % GOING ON IN NEW YORK

% THEY'RE PUTTING THE FINAL % TOUCHES ON THIS FACILITY IT'S SELF-CONTAINED, 70 BEDS, IT HAS ICO, WITH THE CAPACITY FOR 10 VENTILATORS, THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT THE OVERFLOW FOR THE EMERGENCY ROOM FROM THE % HOSPITAL ACROSS THE STREET AND % SOME OF THE OUTLYING AREAS WE HEARD ALL KINDS OF STIES % ABOUT THE STRESS AND STRAIN THAT THE NUMBER OF VICTIMS OF THIS VIRUS IS PUTTING ON THE % HOSPITAL SYSTEM ACROSS ALL OF % NEW YORK STATE, ACROSS ALL OF % NEW YORK CITY AND AS YOU SAID, THERE'S THE CENTER, TODAY THERE% IS ALSO WORKING ON THE CENTER, % A MEDICAL CENTER AT THE US % NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER WHERE % THE U

S OPEN IS PLAY WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE MAYOR IS% GOING TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS % FROM THERE AT SOME POINT THIS % AFTERNOON ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON THERE % BOTTOM LINE IS THEY ARE TRYING TO CREATE HOSPITALS ON COLLEGE % CAMPUSES, AND CONVENTION % CENTERS, ALL AROUND THE FIVE % BOROUGHS OF NEW YORK, CLOSE TO % THE AREAS, CLOSE OF THE AREAS WHERE THERE ARE PATIENT AND % WHERE THE HOSPITALS ARE BEING % OVERWHELMED % JUST A MAMMOTH EFFORT

BUT % STILL, THE PROBLEM IS EVEN % THOUGH, EVEN IF THEY GET TO % WHAT THEY HAVE PLANNED AT THIS % POINT, THEY CAN STILL BE, MANY % THOUSANDS BED SHORTS OF THE % 140,000 THAT GOAL FOR THE GOVERNOR HAS SET TO DEAL WITH % WHAT HE THINKS COULD BE THE % APEX OF THIS % THE NUMBER OF CASES, PEAKING IN A WEEK, TO 21 DAYS FROM NOW SO AGAIN, HERE, A MONUMENTAL % EFFORT % IF THE HOSPITAL THAT IS POWERED BY ITSELF, IT HAS ITS OWN WATER% SYSTEM, THE LOUD NOISE THAT YOU% CAN HERE IS A FUEL TRUCK DELIVERING OIL, THEY HAVE THEIR% OWN DOCTORS, 70 DOCTORS AND % MEDICAL STAFF, MAKING SURGERY, % ALL KINDS OF THINGS OUT HERE % AND AGAIN, YES, AN AMAZING THING , TRAGIC ALSO, INSPIRING, TO SEE A HOSPITAL IN THE MIDDLE OF % CENTRAL PARK IN NEW YORK

>> INCREDIBLE TO THINK WHAT % THEY CAN DO THEIR AND % POTENTIALLY THE LIVES THAT THEY% WILL BE ABLE TO SAVE I KNOW YOU MENTIONED THE US % OPEN, ALSO A FIELD HOSPITAL, WHAT PATIENTS WILL BE TREATED % AT THOSE TWO FACILITIES? >> Reporter: WHAT IS UNIQUE % ABOUT THIS PLACE IS THAT THIS IS A RESPIRATORY HOSPITAL THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE PATIENTS% FROM THE EMERGENCY ROOMS THAT % ARE SUFFERING WITH THE VIRUS

% HERE IN THE PARK % THEY OTHER FACILITIES ARE BEING% BUILT AS I UNDERSTAND FOR THE % MOST PART ARE GOING TO TAKE PATIENTS WHO ARE NOT DEALING % WITH THE VIRUS THE TRY TO EASE THE PRESSURE ON HOSPITALS % REMEMBER, IT'S A 20,000 BED CAPACITY IN NEW YORK CITY THAT IS NORMALLY VERY CLOSE TO % CAPACITY

SO MANY OF THOSE PATIENTS ARE % GOING TO GO TO THESE OTHER % FACILITIES % FREEING UP DOCTORS AND NURSES % TO DEAL WITH THE CORONAVIRUS % PATIENTS, FOR EXAMPLE, ALBERS % HOSPITAL, ONE OF THE HARDEST % HIT PLACES IN THE CITY AND % QUEENS, THAT IS ON ITS WAY TO % BECOMING THE FIRST PROBABLY ALL CORONAVIRUS PATIENT HOSPITAL % BECAUSE THE EPIDEMIC IS ENTRENCHED IN THAT COMMUNITY IN% QUEENS SO AGAIN, HERE AGAIN, PATIENTS % DEALING WITH THE VIRUS OTHER PLACES THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE PATIENTS WHO HAVE ALL % KINDS OF MALADIES BUT THAT'S % THE PLAN NOW, WE WILL SEE WHERE% WE ARE IN A WEEK OR SO

% IF THE MODELS ARE TRUE THIS IS % OBVIOUSLY GOING TO BE IN ON % FLAUTT LIKE THIS HOSPITAL SYSTEM HAS NEVER SEEN OR HEARD, YOU HEARD ABOUT THE GOVERNOR % TALKING ABOUT THE NEED FOR % HOSPITALS TO COME TOGETHER, % THEY'RE TRYING TO CREATE A % SINGLE STOCKPILE BECAUSE IT % SEEMS TO BE SOME CONFUSION OR SOME CHALLENGES IN GETTING MATERIALS AND PROTECTIVE % EQUIPMENT AND OTHER SUPPLIES WHERE IT IS NEEDED % YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW DIFFICULT % AND HOW MONUMENTAL A TASK THIS % IS TO TRY TO COORDINATE ALL OF % THAT % OF COURSE WE ARE HEARING ALL % KINDS OF STORIES OF THIS STRESS% AND EMOTIONAL TOLL THAT IT IS % TAKING ON DOCTORS AND NURSES % AND MEDICAL TEAMS % THE EMOTIONAL TOLL FOR THE % PHYSICAL TOLL OF COURSE, WE'VE % HEARD OF NUMBERS OF MEDICAL % PEOPLE TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE% VIRUS AND NEEDING TO STEP ASIDE% TO SELF OR IN TIME AGAIN, ALL OF THIS AND WE ARE JUST AT THE BEGINNING THEY TELL% US, AND HERE AGAIN, AN EFFORT % TO DO WHAT THEY CAN, VOLUNTEERS, FROM ALL OVER THE % COUNTRY, CHRISTIAN CHARITY, % THEY'VE DONE THIS KIND OF WORK % ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AFTER % HURRICANES AND OTHER DISASTERS,% SOME HAVE WORKED ALL AROUND THE% WORLD AS WELL

% HERE TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO % HELP % THEY ARE ALSO I THINK THE LAST % COUNT WAS SOME 70,000 VOLUNTEERS , MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE% RETIRED, WHO HAVE BEEN INACTIVE, WHO HAVE STEPPED ASIDE FOR % WHATEVER REASON, WHO ANSWERED THE CALL AND ARE SAYING, % REACHING OUT TO THE CITY AND % STATE SAYING THAT THEY ARE NOT % GOING ANYWHERE AND THOSE PEOPLE% ARE BEING SORTED, BEING ASSESSED TO DETERMINE WHO CAN DO WHAT, % WHERE, ANOTHER MONUMENTAL TASK % AND THEY WILL BE DEPLOYED IN % THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS TO % THESE OVERFLOW HOSPITALS OR TWO% HOSPITALS WHERE THERE IS A % PARTICULAR NEED FOR WHATEVER % THEY CAN OFFER IT AGAIN, MORE EXAMPLES OF % PEOPLE ACROSS THE CITY AND STATE RALLYING AND AGAIN, JUST % THE BEGINNING OF ALL OF THIS, % SADLY % WE'RE TOLD ALISSON

% >> YOU MENTIONED IT IS THE % BEGINNING OF THIS AND YOU ALSO MENTIONED THE % GOVERNOR IN HIS DAILY UPDATE % TODAY, HE SAID JUST THAT % SAYING THE MAIN BATTLE IS STILL% AHEAD OF US AND AS YOU HAVE BEEN SAYING, IT% WILL BE OVER SOON % LET'S PLAY THAT FROM THE % GOVERNOR

% >> WE ARE STILL GOING UP THE MOUNTAIN % THE MAIN BATTLE IS ON THE TOP % OF THE MOUNTAIN % THAT IS WHERE THE MAIN BATTLE % IS GOING TO BE % THE APEX OF THE CURVE AND THEN WE COME DOWN THE OTHER% SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

% THE BATTLE IS WHEN WE HIT THE % APEX, DEPENDING ON WHO YOU % BELIEVE, 14 DAYS TO 30 DAYS FROM TODAY >> THE GOVERNOR LAID OUT A PLAN% FOR THAT MAIN BATTLE % HE WAS REFERENCING THAT THERE, % YOU MIGHT'VE MENTIONED SOME OF % THE COMPONENTS BUT WHAT DOES % THAT PLAN INCLUDE HERE IN NEW % YORK? >> Reporter: THE PLAN INCLUDES % TRYING TO FIND EVERY CONCEIVABLE PLACE TO BUILD, TO % TAKE OVER, TO CREATE A % HOSPITAL % HOSPITAL BEDS, HOSPITAL SPACE % FOR AS MANY OF THE PATIENTS, IT ALSO INCLUDES REACHING OUT TO % MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, NOT JUST% IN THE CITY AND STATE BUT % ACROSS THE COUNTRY

% RALLYING THEM TO COME AND HELP% IT INVOLVES THIS NEVER-ENDING % QUESTION FOR VENTILATORS 30 TO 40,000, I THINK THE % NUMBER THAT I HAVE SEEN LATELY % IS WE ARE ABOUT HALFWAY TO THE % NUMBER OF VENTILATORS THAT THE % STATE THINKS IT NEEDS IN A % WORST-CASE SCENARIO OR EXPECTED% SCENARIO % AGAIN, VENTILATORS ARE THAT KEY% PIECE OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT THAT ESSENTIALLY KEEPS THE PATIENT % ALIVE ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION

% BREATHING FOR THEM AND WE'VE HEARD ALL THESE % STORIES AND HOSPITALS ABOUT % DOCTORS WHO FEAR THAT THEY ARE % GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE THESE % LIFE AND DEATH DECISIONS ABOUT % WHO THEY CAN HELP AND WHO THEY % CAN'T AGAIN, THE PLAN TAKING SHAPE % BUT IT'S A NEVER, EVER CHANGING% PLAN AS THIS CRISIS AND % EPIDEMIC AND PANDEMIC CONTINUES% TO GO % ALISSON >>% APPRECIATE YOUR INTEREST

% WE HOPE THESE MESSAGES WILL % HELP % THANK YOU VERY MUCH >>> MORE THAN 3000 PEOPLE IN MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD COUNTIES , FLORIDA, INFECTED WITH THE % CORONAVIRUS % THE STATE TOTAL NOW MORE THAN % 6300 THIS IS A REPORTER IN MIAMI

% HOW ARE SETTERS PREPPING FOR AN% INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES? >> Reporter: ALLISON, GOOD % AFTERNOON AND LET ME SAY THAT A% VERY GOOD BREAKDOWN, 3000, ROUGHLY HALF OF ALL THE CASES % IN THE ENTIRE STATE ARE IN THESE TWO COUNTIES, MIAMI-DADE % AND BROWARD AND IF YOU EXPAND IT TO THE FOUR ON QUARANTINE % THAT ENDS UP BEING ABOUT 60% OF% ALL THE CASES IN FLORIDA BASICALLY THE EPICENTER OF THE % CORONAVIRUS UPDATE OR BREAKOUT I SHOULD SAY IN FLORIDA % WHAT ARE HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL % CENTERS DOING NOW? % WE JUST HEARD FROM THE MAYOR OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, THEY FINISHED A FIELD HOSPITAL THAT % IS 20 MINUTES NORTH OF HERE AND IT IS THE FIELD GROUNDS I % SHOULD SAY, FAIRGROUNDS, THEY % BUILT IT ALREADY % WITHIN 72 HOURS THEY HAD THE % CAPACITY TO BUILD ANOTHER 2050 % BEDS GETTING YOU TO 500 IF THEY% NEED TO SCALE ALL THE WAY UP TO% 2000, THAT COULD HAPPEN % BUT RIGHT NOW, AS FAR AS WHEN % THIS WILL SURGE AND WHAT THEY % ARE SEEING IN FLORIDA, 5000 % AVAILABLE BEDS WHICH I KNOW % SOUNDS LIKE A COMPLETE CONTRAST TO WHAT YOU HEAR OUT OF PLACES % LIKE NEW YORK, IF 5000 % AVAILABLE HOSPITAL BEDS RIGHT NOW, THROUGHOUT MY MEDIA,, % THERE FOR THE WORST CASE % SCENARIO PREPARING FOR A % POTENTIAL OF AN ADDITIONAL 2000% OVERFLOW SHOULD THOSE 5000 BEDS% GET FILLED

% BUT RIGHT NOW HAVE CAPACITY TO WORK WITH >> THE GOVERNOR, RON DESANTIS, HAS NOT ISSUED A STATEWIDE STAY% AT-HOME ORDER BUT WE KNOW THERE% ARE SOME COUNTY AT HOME ORDERS% WHO IS SELF-QUARANTINE RIGHT % NOW IN THE STATE? >> Reporter: THIS IS A BIT OF A% HEAD SCRATCHER, PEOPLE AT HOME % ARE TRYING TO PROBABLY FIGURE % THIS OUT AS WELL % THERE ARE 21 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA % THE GOVERNOR HAS YET TO BE ONE OF THE 20 OR SO GOVERNORS % ACROSS THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW, % ALL THE REST OF WHOM HAD MADE STATEWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER'S

WHAT HE HAS A SAFE RIDE HOME % EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT CAME OUT % YESTERDAY % THAT AFFECTS FOR COUNTIES, THE % HOT SPOTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA % MIAMI-DADE, BROWARD, MUNRO AND PALM COUNTY % THE POPULATION IF YOU PUT ALL % FOUR OF THOSE TOGETHER WOULD BE% ROUGHLY 7 MILLION PEOPLE ABOUT ONE THIRD OF THE STATE IN% TERMS OF THE COUNTIES ARE UNDER THIS STAY-AT-HOME, SAFER AT % HOME OR DO RIGHT NOW

% THE QUESTION BECOMES WHAT IS IT GET EXPANDED TO THE ENTIRE % STATE OF FLORIDA? % THAT PLUS THE DECISION TO NOT % CLOSE DOWN ACROSS THE BOARD ALL% OF THE BEACHES IN THE STATE CONTINUE TO BE THE TWO THINGS % THAT ARE COMING UP THE MOST % FREQUENTLY IN PRESS CONFERENCES AND WHAT PEOPLE VEXES AND THE % ABILITY TO QUESTION A PUBLIC % OFFICIAL, SPECIFICALLY THE % GOVERNOR ON THIS TOPIC >> I WANT TO ASK, WE'VE HEARD ABOUT THIS MEGA-CHURCH PASTOR WHO WAS ARRESTED IN FLORIDA FOR% A IGNORING OF THE STAY-AT-HOME IN HIS COUNTY % WHAT HAPPENED? % >> Reporter: THE MAN'S NAME IS % RODNEY HOWARD BROWNE, THE PASTO% FROM THE TAMPA BAY AREA, IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, HE % CONVENED A CHURCH SERVICE OF 500 PEOPLE NOT WEEKS AGO, NOT % SEVERAL DAYS AGO, ON SUNDAY TWO DAYS AGO 500 PEOPLE, MANY OFFICIALS FROM THE SHERIFFS TO FELLOW PASTORS,% PEOPLE IN THE RELIGIOUS % COMMUNITY WERE APOPLECTIC ABOUT% WHAT THEY WERE SEEING

% HE WAS ULTIMATELY ARRESTED WITH% THE GUIDANCE BEING THAT HE HAD % BROKEN SOCIAL DISTANCING ROLES FROM THE CDC AND FEDERAL LEVELS AND STATE LEVEL ALL THE WAY TO % THE LOCAL LEVEL, AND HE WAS THROWN IN JAIL TEMPORARILY HE % GOT OUT ON BOND, $500 BOND AND % HE NOW IS FACING CHARGES OF % UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY AND BREAKING PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY LAWS IN% THE MIDST OF A CRISIS % HE'S FACING TWO SECOND DEGREE MISDEMEANORS BUT AS YOU IMAGINE% THIS HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE % TALK AROUND THE COUNTRY >> CERTAINLY, WE'VE HEARD A LOT% ABOUT IT IN NEW YORK % THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING % US THE LATEST IN FLORIDA

>> Reporter: GREAT TO BE WITH % YOU % THANK YOU % >>> THANK YOU, TONIGHT THE TEAM% WILL HAVE A LIVE PRIME TIME % SPECIAL ON THE CORONAVIRUS % PANDEMIC THE TEAM OF CORRESPONDENTS % AROUND THE WORLD WILL HAVE CRITICAL, REAL-TIME % INFORMATION, EXPERTS WILL BE % ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT % THE CORONAVIRUS % THAT IS TONIGHT AT 10:00 P

M EASTERN AND 0:00 PM EASTERN, AND 10:00 PM

% PACIFIC ON NBC AND NBC NEWS % NOW % >>> HEY, EVERYONE, I'M % ALISON MORRIS % YOU'RE WATCHING NBC NEWS NOW % LET'S HEAD OVER % TO NBC NEWS % CORRESPONDENT % ALEXA LIAUTAUD % SHE'S BEEN % FOLLOWING THE % LATEST CORONAVIRUS HEADLINES FROM THE NBCNEWS

COM % WHAT'S GOING ON? % >> Reporter: LOTS OF % DEVELOPMENTS IN % THIS HOUR % FIRST, WALL % STREET FINISHING % OFF ONE OF ITS % WORST QUARTERS IN STOCK MARKET % HISTORY % THAT'S FROM LUCY % BAILEY % ALL THREE % AVERAGES % EXPERIENCING % QUARTERLY LOSSES % DESPITE THE % PASSAGE OF THE % $2 TRILLION % STIMULUS PACKAGE AND OTHER % MEASURES AS WELL

MORE THAN 25,000 % MEDICAL % PROFESSIONALS, % NURSES AND % STUDENTS IN % CALIFORNIA HAVE % VOLUNTEERED TO HELP WITH THE % CORONAVIRUS % PANDEMIC % CALIFORNIA % GOVERNOR GAVIN % NEWSOM ANNOUNCED % THAT TODAY AND HE SHARED HIS APPRE% >> I'VE NEVER BEEN MORE % INSPIRED IN MY % LIFE, TO SEE % THAT NUMBER, JUST A 25,000 % YESTERDAY ALONE? % OF PROFESSIONALS % THAT ARE WILLING % TO COME OUT OF % RETIREMENT? % TO PUT THEIR % LIVES BACK ON THE LINE? % KNOWING THAT THE % PPE MAY NOT BE THERE WHEN THEY % GO BACK OUT ONTO % THE FIELD? % >> AS OF THIS % MORNING, MORE % THAN 16,000 AIR % AND ARMY % NATIONAL GUARD % PERSONNEL WERE HELPING STATES % ACROSS THE % COUNTRY HANDLE THE OUTBREAK OF % CORONAVIRUS % THIS % ANNOUNCEMENT % COMES DAYS AFTER % A NEW JERSEY % NATIONAL GUARDS % MAN PASSED AWAY ON SATURDAY AFTER TESTING % POSITIVE FOR % COVID-19 % HE WAS THE FIRST % AMERICAN % SERVICEMEMBER TO % PASS AWAY DUE TO % THE VIRUS, AND % HAD BEEN % HOSPITALIZED SINCE MARCH 21 % >>> FROM DAVID % LEE, A PASTOR IN % FLORIDA HAS BEEN % ARRESTED AFTER % HOLDING A SERVICE IN DEFIANCE OF % LOCAL ORDERS % BANNING % GATHERINGS

% RODNEY HOWARD BROWN OF A MEGA % CHURCH HOST THE % SERVICE WHICH WAS ALSO % STREAMED ONLINE AND APPEARED TO % SHOW WORSHIPERS CLOSER THAN SIX % FEET APART % THE COUNTY % SHERIFF SAYING % HE HAD NO CHOICE, BUT TO TAKE ACTION % >> HIS RECKLESS % DISREGARD PUT % HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN HIS % CONGREGATION AT RISK AND THOUSANDS OF % RESIDENTS WHO % MAY INTERACT % WITH THEM THIS % WEEK IN DANGER % >> THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PASTOR % RODNEY HOWARD BROWN ACCUSED HILLSBOROUGH % COUNTY OF BEING DISCRIMINATORY AGAINST RELIGION AND SAID THE % CHURCH DID COMPLY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING % >>> FEDERAL % APPEALS COURT % RULED THAT A BAN % ON ABORTIONS IN TEXAS DURING THE % CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC CAN % REMAIN IN PLACE AT LEAST FOR % NOW

% THAT'S THE % LATEST FROM NBC NEWS NOW'S PETE % WILLIAMS % GOVERNOR GREG % ABBOTT ORDERED % DOCTORS TO POSTPONE SURGERIES AND % OTHER PROCEDURES % DEEMED NOT % MEDICALLY URGENT % AS THE STATE GRAPPLES WITH % THE PANDEMIC % THE ATTORNEY % GENERAL SAID % THAT INCLUDED % ABORTIONS UNLESS % A MOTHER'S LIFE % WAS IN DANGER % THE BAN ON % ABORTIONS WAS % TEMPORARILY % BLOCKED BY A % FEDERAL JUDGE, % BUT THE FIFTH % CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS SIDED % WITH THE STATE % AND REINSTATED % THE BAND WHILE AN APPEAL MOVES % FORWARD % THOSE ARE THE % LATEST HEADLINES FOR THIS HOUR

% BACK TO YOU % >>> THANKS SO % MUCH % YOU CAN CHECK OUT OUR LIVE % BLOG AT NBCNEWSCOM/CORONAV FOR UPDATES % ANYTIME % >>> ALBANY, % GEORGIA, IS A % SMALL TOWN WHERE THE CORONAVIRUS % HAS SPREAD % QUICKLY, BY FAR % THE MOST CASES % IN THE STATE

% CORRESPONDENT % BLAYNE ALEXANDER % HAS THE LATEST % ON THE SPREAD IN % THIS RURAL AREA >> Reporter: % HELLO TO YOU % WE ARE IN % ALBANY, GEORGIA, % THIS IS THREE % HOURS SOUTH OF THE METRO % ATLANTA % THIS COUNTY IS % THE HARDEST HIT % IN THE STATE OF % GEORGIA % WHEN IT COMES TO % THE NUMBER OF % CORONAVIRUS % DEATHS

% 18 DEATHS IN DOUGHERTY COUNTY % EVEN THOUGH THIS % COUNTY ITSELF IS % MUCH SMALLER % THAN MANY OF THE % COUNTIES IN % METRO ATLANTA % AND MANY OTHER % COUNTIES AROUND % THE STATE % THIS IS JUST AN % EXAMPLE OF HOW % SOME RURAL % COUNTIES ARE % GETTING HIT, SO % INCREDIBLY HARD % BY THE % CORONAVIRUS % I SPOKE WITH A % COUNTY OFFICIAL % TOLD ME THE ONE % HOSPITAL HERE % SERVES NOT ONLY THE CITY OF ALBANY, NOT ONLY % THE COUNTY, BUT % IT REALLY SERVES % THE REGION % YOU'RE SEEING PATIENTS FROM % SURROUNDING % COUNTIES

% THEY % UNDERSTANDABLY % AS YOU MAY GUESS % ARE COMPLETELY % OVERRUN % WHAT WE ARE SEEING ARE SOME % OF THE PATIENTS % BEING TAKEN TO % PLACES IN MACON, % AN HOUR AND A % HALF AWAY, METRO % ATLANTA, EVEN % SOME TAKEN TO PARTS OF FLORIDA % SO WE DO KNOW % THAT THEY ARE IN % NEED LIKE YOU'RE % SEEING % EVERYWHERE ELSE % IN STRONG NEED % OF PPE % WHAT THEY'RE % SEEING RIGHT NOW IS A SHORTAGE IN % NURSES, AND % HEALTHCARE % PROFESSIONALS

% THEY'RE ASKING % FOR HELP IN THAT % REGARD % AGAIN, THE % SECOND HIGHEST % NUMBER OF CASES % IN THE STATE % AND THE HIGHEST % NUMBER OF DEATHS % HERE IN A SMALL % PLACE IN % GEORGIA % >>> FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON % DeSANTIS ISSUED % A STAY AT HOME % ORDER IN FOUR % COUNTIES, BUT NO STATEWIDE % ORDERS % THERE ARE MORE % THAN 6300 CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE % STATE

% NBC NEWS % CORRESPONDENT % SAM BROCK HAS THE LATEST FROM % MIAMI % >> Reporter: % WARNING SIGNS IN % FLORIDA THIS % EVENING AS THE NUMBER OF % CONFIRMED COVID-% 19 CASES SURGES % PAST 6,000 % ABOUT HALF OF % THOSE ARE IN TWO % DIFFERENT % COUNTIES, MIAMI-% DADE AND BROWARD % COUNTY % THEY ARE TWO OF % FOUR OF THE COUNTIES THAT GOVERNOR RON % DeSANTIS PUT IN % NEAR LOCKDOWN AS % HE TRIES TO STOP THE SPREAD OF % THE VIRUS % OVER MY % SHOULDER, FOLKS % ARE WALKING % AROUND, SOME % WITH MASKS ON % TAKING THEIR % DOGS OUT, % EXERCISING

% EARLIER TODAY WE % SAW A GROUP OF % EIGHT TO 10 PEOPLE WHO WERE % WORKING OUT EN % MASSE % SIX FEET AWAY % BUT ALL AT A % PUBLIC PLAZA AND % THAT UNNERVED % SOME OF THE % RESIDENTS I WAS % TALKING TO % THE QUESTION, ARE PEOPLE IN % MIAMI AND % ELSEWHERE BEING % RESPONSIBLE? % THE CITY HAS % TAKEN MEASURES % TO TRY TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE % DON'T CONGREGATE EN MASSE % YOU SEE THE % YELLOW POLICE % TAPE, THAT GOES % ALL OVER THIS % PARK, AND IT'S % NOT JUST THIS % ONE IN % EDGEWATER

% A COUPLE MILES % NORTH OF MIAMI % EVERY CITY PARK % THROUGHOUT THE % CITY OF MIAMI, % AND ALSO MIAMI-% DADE OR I SHOULD % SAY MIAMI BEACH % ACROSS THE BAY, % THEY'VE CLOSED % HOTELS, BOAT % RAMPS, SO PEOPLE % AREN'T TAKING % THEIR BOATS OUT OR GETTING INTO GROUP PARTIES % THAT HAS % SUBSIDED % I'VE SPOKEN WITH % RESIDENTS WHO % ARE CONCERNED % THE KIND OF % BEHAVIOR THEY % ARE SEEING DOES NOT BEFIT WHAT % YOU WOULD EXPECT % DURING A CRISIS % HERE IS WHAT ONE WOMAN HAD TO % SAY

% >> A LOT OF THEM % THINK THAT IT'S % A HOAX % THAT IT'S NOT % GOING TO HAPPEN % TO THEM % IT'S NOT GOING % TO HAPPEN HERE % IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN TO US % IT'S JUST A % MATTER OF TIME

% SIX FEET APART FROM EACH OTHER % THAT'S NOT HAPPENING IN % THIS % NEIGHBORHOOD % I JUST FEEL LIKE % THEY'RE NOT % TAKING IT % SERIOUSLY % THE WHOLE % COMMUNITY OF % EDGEWATER IS % COMPROMISED % >> I HAD IT % 1000%

% >> HOW DO YOU KNOW? % >> IT WAS TO THE POINT WHERE I % THOUGHT I HAD % PNEUMONIA % I THOUGHT I WAS % GOING TO DIE % >> Reporter: ALL % OF THIS COMING % AS I'M TALKING % TO RESIDENTS AND % LEARNING THERE HAVE BEEN % PRESUMPTIVE % CASES OF COVID-% 19 IN A COUPLE % OF BUILDINGS ACROSS FROM THIS % PARK % IT IS SPREADING, % NO QUESTION % ABOUT THAT, % TESTING % CONTINUES TO % RAMP UP IN SOUTH FLORIDA % THE CONCERN RIGHT NOW IS % PEOPLE'S % BEHAVIOR

% THAT EXECUTIVE % ORDER THAT % GOVERNOR % DeSANTIS PUT % INTO PLACE IS % GOING TO BE AT % LEAST UNTIL THE % MIDDLE OF APRIL % IF CONDITIONS % WARRANT IT COULD BE EXTENDED % BEYOND THAT % THAT'S THE % LATEST FROM MIAMI, BACK TO YOU % >>> SCAMMERS ARE CAPITALIZING ON FEARS % LIZ McLAUGHLIN % EXPLAINS WHAT TO % WATCH OUT FOR

% >> Reporter: % WITH CORONAVIRUS % FEARS HEIGHTENED AND MANY % BUSINESSES SHUT DOWN, SCAMMERS % ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE % >> WE HAVE NOT % SEEN THIS % >> Reporter: THE % BETTER BUSINESS % BUREAU IS SEEING % A SURGE IN COVID-% 19 RELATED % SCANS % MANY IN THE FORM % OF ROBOCALLS % >> THE % CORONAVIRUS IS % SPREADING

% >> Reporter: % LOOKING TO STEAL MONEY AND % PERSONAL INFORMATION % SOME OFFERING % CORONAVIRUS INSURANCE % THEN CLEANING OR % TESTING % >> ANYTIME % SOMEONE STARTS % ASKING FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION, % STOP AT THAT POINT, HANG UP % THE PHONE AND % CALL AN OFFICIAL % NUMBER FOR THAT % PARTICULAR % AGENCY % >> Reporter: % ACCORDING TO THE FBI, SCAMMERS % ARE TARGETING % THOSE LOOKING % FOR RELIEF FROM THE NEWLY PASSED % STIMULUS BILL

% IF YOU CLICK ON % A LINK LIKE THIS % ONE, IT COULD % COST YOU % >> WE WANT % PEOPLE TO BE % AWARE THAT IS % NOT HOW THE % GOVERNMENT % OPERATES, AND % YOU WILL NOT % RECEIVE AN % UNSOLICITED E-% MAIL FOR YOUR % ECONOMIC % STIMULUS CHECK % >> Reporter: % THERE ARE ALSO E-% MAILS % CIRCULATING THAT % CLAIM TO BE FROM HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS, % BUT CONTAIN % MALWARE % HACKERS ARE % TARGETING WORKERS % TRANSITIONING TO HOME-OFFICE % AND BUSINESSES WITH % OVERSTRETCHED I

T TEAMS % >> BUSINESS CLASS SECURITY SOFTWARE IN THE % OFFICE DOESN'T % TRANSLATE TO % YOUR WORK FROM % HOME SET UP % >> Reporter: % PROTECT YOUR % DEVICES BY UPDATING SECURITY PATCHES ON CURRENT SOFTWARE AND DOWNLOADING % VIRUS % PROTECTION % AND MOST % IMPORTANTLY, THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK

% LIZ McLAUGHLIN, % NBC NEWS % >>> AS ITALY % EXTENDS ITS % NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN FOR ANOTHER TWO % WEEKS, SOME PEOPLE ARE % GETTING % INCREASINGLY % FRUSTRATED AND EVEN STARTING TO % LUTE % SKY NEWS % CORRESPONDENT % SALLY LOCKWOOD HAS REACTION FROM ITALY % >> Reporter: THE % VIRUS SPREAD IS % SLOWING IN THE % NORTH, BUT FOCUS % IS TURNING TO GROWING TENSION IN THE SOUTH % POLICE NOW % PATROL % SUPERMARKETS % AFTER THE THREAT OF RAIDS AND % THEFT

% PEOPLE SHORT OF MONEY, FOOD, BUT NOT ANGER % THE ANGER HAS BECOME INFLAMED AFTER CLAIMS A % WOMAN NEAR % NAPLES WAS ONE % OF THOSE WHO % FLED THE NORTH % WHEN THE % LOCKDOWN CAME IN % BRINGING COVID-% 19 WITH THEM [ SPEAKING % FOREIGN LANGUAGE % ] >> Reporter: THE % NEWS CAME ON % SOCIAL MEDIA % FROM THE MAYOR % OF THE TOWN NEAR % NAPLES CLAIMING % THEY ONLY % DISCOVERED THIS % WOMAN HAD COVID-% 19 AFTER BEING IN THE AREA FOR 20 DAYS % [ SPEAKING % FOREIGN LANGUAGE % ] >> Reporter: THE % ANNOUNCEMENT % SPARKED A % PROTEST OUTSIDE THE YOUNG WOMAN'S HOME

% THIS IMAGE % EMERGING ONLINE % SHE HIT BACK IN % AN EMOTIONAL VIDEO POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA % [ SPEAKING % FOREIGN LANGUAGE % ] THE TENSIONS BUILD IN THE % SOUTH, THERE'S % NO RESPITE YET % FOR THE % COUNTRY'S % HEALTHCARE % 61 DOCTORS HAVE NOW DIED FROM % COVID-19 % ALONG WITH 11

5000 % CITIZENS % JUST 55 WEEKS % SCIENTISTS AND % THE GOVERNMENT % HAVE MET % SEPARATELY TO DISCUSS WHAT % HAPPENS NEXT % THE PRIME % MINISTER IN % OFFICE TODAY % TAKING VIDEO CONFERENCE CALLS % ON THE CRISIS

% EPIDEMIOLOGISTS % REMAIN CONCERNED THE VIRUS IS % CONTINUING TO % GROW AT A FASTER % RATE IN AREAS OF % THE SOUTH THAN % IT IS IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY % THE GOVERNMENT % HERE IS ALSO ALL % TOO AWARE OF THE % NEED TO RELIEVE % THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC % TENSIONS OF THIS % LOCKDOWN % NOT YET CLEAR IF % OR HOW THEY'LL MANAGE TO DO % BOTH % IT WILL BE A % CAREFUL % BALANCING ACT % THE HEAD OF % ITALY'S % EMERGENCY % RESPONSE SAYS % THE VIRUS MAY NOW BE AT ITS PEAK

% BUT LOCKDOWN % WILL ONLY BE LIFTED ONE STEP % AT A TIME % >> WE ARE REALLY % CONFIDENT AND WE REALLY HOPE THAT % WE GOT THE % HIGHEST POINT, % AND NOW WE START % GETTING DOWN % >> WHAT DOES % THAT MEAN FOR % PEOPLE WITH % LOCKDOWN, WHEN WILL THAT BE % LIFTED? % >> IT MEANS THAT THEY CAN FEEL % LIGHT % THEY CAN SEE THE LOCKDOWN, CAN BE OPEN, AND PROBABLY THE MONTH THIS WILL HAPPEN % >> WHEN WILL % LIFE RETURN TO SOME SENSE OF % NORMALITY? % >> HOPEFULLY BY % MAY, JULY CAN BE, JUNE CAN BE % A GOOD PERIOD

% WE REALLY HOPE THAT % WE HOPE FOR % THAT % >> Reporter: THE END LIGHT FOR % MANY STILL FEELS A LONG WAY OFF % THE GOVERNMENT % HAS NOW MADE 400 % MILLION EUROS % AVAILABLE FOR % PEOPLE WHO CAN'T BUY FOOD % HERE IN NAPLES, A BASKET ASKS % PEOPLE TO ADD % SOMETHING IF % THEY CAN AND TAKE IF THEY % CAN'T

% A KIND GESTURE % IN AN AREA BUBBLING WITH % STRESS AND % CONCERN % >>> ONCE YOU'VE % RECOVERED FROM COVID-19, CAN YOU CATCH IT % AGAIN? % HEALTH AND % MEDICAL REPORTER % ERIKA EDWARDS % HAS BEEN LOOKING % AT THAT IN % DEPTH, AND SHE % JOINS ME NOW % BASED ON YOUR % CONVERSATIONS % WITH EXPERTS, % HOW LONG IS IMMUNITY % EXPECTED TO LAST AFTER SOMEONE HAS BEEN % INFECTED? % >> Reporter: % THAT'S THE % MILLION-DOLLAR % QUESTION % BASED ON WHAT % DOCTORS ALREADY % KNOW ABOUT % CORONAVIRUS, % THEY EXPECT THOSE WHO HAVE % BEEN INFECTED WILL HAVE SOME % KIND OF % IMMUNITY % HERE'S THE % PROBLEM

% IT WON'T BE % LIFETIME % PROTECTION % WITH SEASONAL CORONAVIRUSES, % THE COMMON COLD, % THAT ONLY LASTS THREE TO SIX % MONTHS % WITH SARS AND RESEARCHERS % STUDIED THAT, % THEY FOUND SOME % PEOPLE APPEARED % TO REMAIN IMMUNE % TO SARS AS LONG % AS SIX YEARS % AFTER THEY HAD BEEN INFECTED % THE PROBLEM IS % THIS NEW VIRUS % IS ONLY A FEW % MONTHS OLD, AND % IT'S GOING TO % TAKE A LOT % LONGER TO FIGURE % OUT WHAT IT WILL DO IN THE LONG % TERM % >> I KNOW % EXPERTS HAVE % BEEN TELLING YOU % THAT IMMUNITY % DEPENDS ON A % NUMBER OF FACTORS

% WHAT ARE THOSE % FACTORS? % >> Reporter: % NUMBER 1 IS WHETHER THE % VIRUS MUTATES % THE MORE IT MUTATES, THE % LESS IMMUNITY % WILL LAST % THAT'S THE % PROBLEM WITH % SEASONAL FLU, % AND IT'S WHY WE % HAVE TO GET FLU % SHOTS EVERY YEAR BECAUSE THAT % S MUT% ANOTHER FACTOR % IS THE ANTI-% BODIES % OUR BODIES % IMMUNE SYSTEMS % MAKE TO COMBAT % THAT VIRUS % DOCTORS ARE % REALLY JUST % BEGINNING TO % LEARN WHETHER % THOSE ANTIBODIES % ARE POWERFUL ENOUGH TO % CONTINUE % FIGHTING THE % VIRUS IN CASE IT % COMES BACK AND TRIES TO RE-% INFECT A PERSON

% >> HAVE WE SEEN % ANY CASES YET OF % PATIENTS WHO % HAVE RECOVERED, % AND THEN TESTED % POSITIVE AGAIN % OR IS IT JUST TOO EARLY FOR % THAT YET? % >> Reporter: IT % IS STILL EARLY % BUT THERE IS % SOME EVIDENCE % COMING OUT OF % CHINA AND OTHER COUNTRIES IN % ASIA THAT SOME % COVID-19 PATIENTS WHO HAVE TESTED % NEGATIVE THEN GO % BACK AND TEST POSITIVE AGAIN, % AND IT'S REALLY % UNCLEAR WHY THAT % COULD BE % WE TALKED ABOUT % THAT IMMUNITY % MOST AGREE THERE % IS SOME % IMMEDIATE % IMMUNITY, AND % THAT'S HIGHLY % UNLIKELY A % PERSON COULD BE % REINFECTED SO % QUICKLY WITHIN A % MATTER OF DAYS % OR WEEKS % THESE MAY BE % CASES IN WHICH % THERE WERE FLAWS % IN THE TESTING % EITHER THROUGH FALSE NEGATIVES % OR FALSE % POSITIVES

% PERHAPS AT FIRST % THEY HAD A DIFFERENT VIRUS AND WERE % MISDIAGNOSED % INITIALLY % >> I KNOW % THERE'S SOME % INTERESTING % BLOOD WORK GOING % ON HERE % HOW IS THE BLOOD % OF RECOVERED % PATIENTS BEING % USED TO EXPLORE % TREATMENT AND IS % THERE ANY % PROMISE THERE? % >> Reporter: % THERE IS A LOT OF BUZZ RIGHT NOW % IT'S CALLED % CONVALESCENT SERUM % RESEARCHERS ARE % TAKING THE % ANTIBODIES AND % FROM THE BLOOD % OF THE RECOVERED PATIENTS, SEEING IF THEY CAN HELP SICK PATIENTS % RECOVER

% IT WOULD NOT BE % A CURE BUT THERE % IS A LOT OF % EARLY PROMISE IN % IT BEING A % TREATMENT AND % THEIR OTHER % DRAWBACKS % THE PLASMA % COLLECTED FROM % ONE RECOVERED % PATIENT WOULD % ONLY BENEFIT ONE % SICK PATIENT % NOT LIKE YOU % COULD % MANUFACTURE IT % OR GROW IT FOR LARGE NUMBERS OF % PEOPLE % SO FAR EARLY EVIDENCE % SUGGESTS IN % CHINA THAT % TREATMENT HOLDS A LOT OF PROMISE >> THANKS SO % MUCH FOR BEING % WITH US AND % ANSWERING THE % QUESTION WE HAVE % GOTTEN TIME AND % TIME AGAIN FROM % VIEWERS

% APPRECIATE IT % VERY MUCH >>> THERE ARE % MORE THAN 40,000 % CORONAVIRUS % CASES IN NEW % YORK CITY % BUT THERE'S ALSO % SOME GOOD NEWS % TO REPORT % MAYOR BILL de % BLASIO SAYS % ESSENTIAL % SUPPLIES % INCLUDING 3 MILLION SURGICAL % MASKS AND 800,000 N95 MASKS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO % HOSPITALS TODAY % INVESTIGATIONS % CORRESPONDENT TOM WINTER JOINS % ME NOW

% WE KEEP HEARING % ABOUT MORE CASES IN NEW YORK % CITY % WHAT CAN YOU % TELL US ABOUT % THE CASE COUNT % AND THE NEW % CASES TODAY? % >> Reporter: THE % CASE COUNT % CONTINUES TO % GROW, THAT'S NOT % A SURPRISE TO % YOU OR ANYBODY % ELSE % ONE OF THE % THINGS THAT'S INTERESTING, AND % WE HAVE A % GRAPHIC THEY CAN % SHOW THIS, SOMETHING I % TWEETED THIS % MORNING AS FAR % AS HOW THESE % CASES ARE GROWN, % AND YOU'VE SEEN % THEM GROW OVER % TIME IN A PRETTY % CONSISTENT RATE % WE HAVEN'T SEEN THEM JUMP % RADICALLY OVER % THE LAST SIX % DAYS OR SO WHEN % I WAS POURING OVER THIS DATA % BEFORE SPEAKING % WITH YOU % WE HAVEN'T SEEN % THEM JUMP % RADICALLY

% SOME DAYS THAT ARE HIGHER THAN % OTHERS, AND % THAT'S KIND OF % TYPICAL HERE NOW % AS WE ARE NOT % STARTING TO SEE % OR WE STOP % SEEING THOSE % EXPONENTIAL INCREASES, SO THAT'S A LITTLE % BIT OF GOOD % NEWS, BUT % THERE'S A BIG STAR AND A BIG % CAVEAT% THEY ARE ONLY % TESTING THE % PEOPLE AT THIS % POINT IN NEW % YORK CITY, AND % NOW IT'S BEEN EXTENDED TO THE % ENTIRE STATE THAT ARE BEING % HOSPITALIZED % THESE ARE PEOPLE % IN THE WORST OF % THE WORST % CONDITIONS % WE'RE STILL % GOING THROUGH % THE BACKLOG OF % TESTS THAT HAVE % ALREADY BEEN % TAKEN IT HASN'T BEEN % RUN YET AND THE % RESULTS HADN'T % BEEN REPORTED SO % THE DATA IS A % LITTLE BIT OF A % MIXED BAG

% RIGHT NOW IN NEW % YORK CITY, WE % HAD OVER 5600 % NEW CASES DAY % OVER DAY, SO % SINCE YESTERDAY % AND THEN 43,000 % CASES, MORE THAN % THAT IN THE CITY % ITSELF % SO, OBVIOUSLY, % STILL TREMENDOUS % GROWTH AS FAR AS % THE POSITIVE TEST COMING BACK % IN THE SOUTH % >> NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW % CUOMO SAYS THE % APEX OF THE % CRISIS IN HIS % STATE IS STILL % 14 TO 21 DAYS % AWAY % HOW ARE THEY % PREPARING FOR % THAT? % >> Reporter: SO % YOU ARE SEEING A % REAL RUSH TO GET % THIS PPE OUT TO % THE VARIOUS HOSPITALS, AND I % TALKED ABOUT % WHAT THE MAYOR % ANNOUNCED ON TOP % OF THAT % STARTING TO SEE % MORE HOSPITALS % BEING BUILT, % WE'VE GOT A % HOSPITAL AT THE % U

S TENNIS, THE % USTA TENNIS % CENTER NEAR % LaGUARDIA % AIRPORT WHERE % THEY HAVE THE US OPEN % WE ARE STARTING % TO SEE BEING PUT % TOGETHER WITH % THE OTHER % VARIOUS % HOSPITALS BEING % SET UP SO THE % BIG THING IS % ADDING MORE BEDS, THE BIG % THING IS GETTING % THE BEDS THAT % THEY BROUGHT IN % WHETHER IT BE THE SHIP, THE % USNS COMFORT, THE % JAVITS CENTER, % STARTING TO MOVE % THE PATIENTS % INTO THOSE FACILITIES

% THAT'S A KEY % THING % ON TOP OF THAT, % AS YOU KNOW IS GETTING MORE VENTILATORS % >> YES % SPEAKING OF % VENTILATORS, % GOVERNOR CUOMO % SAYING NEW YORK % NEEDS MORE % ANY PROGRESS ON % THAT FRONT? % >> Reporter: A % LITTLE BIT OF % PROGRESS TODAY % ON THAT

% FOR SO LONG THE % GOVERNOR SAID DISPATCH TEAMS ALL OVER THE % WORLD, ALL OVER % THE COUNTRY, % I'VE GOT TEAMS % IN CHINA, TODAY % AT HIS PRESS % CONFERENCE HE % TALKED ABOUT % THAT EFFORT AND % ACTUALLY A % LITTLE BIT OF GOOD NEWS ON % THAT FRONT % >> WE HAVE ORDERED 17,000 FROM CHINA % >> VENTILATORS? % >> YES THAT WE % WOULD PAY FOR % ROUGHLY $25,000 % EACH

% THE COMPLEXITY % WITH VENTILATORS % AS WE ORDERED % 17,000 FROM % CHINA % SO DID % CALIFORNIA, SO % DID ILLINOIS, SO % DID THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, SO DID ITALY % AND WHAT'S % HAPPENING IS CHINA, THE % ORDERS INTO % CHINA ARE VERY SLOW IN COMING % OUT % EXACTLY HOW AND % WHY, WE ARE NOT % SURE % IT'S JUST THAT % THEY HAVE SUCH A TREMENDOUS % DEMAND

% OF THE 17,000, % WE ONLY HAVE A FIRM EXPECTATION % ON 2500 % >> Reporter: AS % YOU HEARD THERE, % OBVIOUSLY, IT'S % GREAT THAT % THERE'S GOING TO BE MORE % VENTILATORS % COMING COMING, THERE'S % THIS EFFORT TO % BRING THEM HERE % AND THEY FOUND A % SUPPLIER % BUT WE ARE % TALKING ABOUT % 2500 WHEN HE ESTIMATES RIGHT % NOW BASED ON % SUPPLY THEY GOT % FROM THE FEDERAL % GOVERNMENT, % BASED ON THIS % 2500 COMING IN % FROM CHINA, WE % ARE STILL ABOUT % 20,000 PLUS GIVE OR TAKE SHORT OF % VENTILATORS THEY % EXPECT THE STATE % AND CITY WILL % NEED IN TWO TO % THREE WEEKS AS % YOU SAID, WHEN % THAT APEX IS % COMING % SO IT'S GOOD % NEWS, AND WE'LL % HAVE MORE % IT'S NOT SO GOOD % NEWS IN THAT % BASED ON THE % GOVERNORS % PROJECTION, AND % THE MAYOR'S % PRODUCTION AND HEALTH % DEPARTMENT WE % DON'T HAVE % ENOUGH

% SO THAT'S WHERE % THIS STANDS % RIGHT NOW WITH % THAT KEY PIECE % OF MEDICAL % EQUIPMENT % >> ANY UPDATES % ON THE NYPD AND THE COVID-19 CASES THERE? % >> Reporter: % YEAH % SOME UPDATES TODAY % ON THE GOOD NEWS FRONT, CONTINUING WITH % OUR TREND, 17 MEMBERS OF THE % DEPARTMENT HAVE % RECOVERED FROM GETTING COVID-% 19 % BACK ON THE JOB

% STARTING TO FILL THOSE SLOTS % WHERE PEOPLE HAVE HAD TO % LEAVE BECAUSE OF % MEDICAL CONDITIONS, THEY % HAVE SYMPTOMS, % THEY MIGHT HAVE % COVID-19 OR THEY'VE ALREADY % TESTED POSITIVE % SO THAT'S GOOD % NEWS % THE NOT SO GOOD % NEWS IS THAT THE % AMOUNT OF PEOPLE % THAT ARE OUT % TODAY AND THE % MAJORITY OF % THESE ARE THE % UNIFORMED % MEMBERS OF NYPD, WE HAVE REACHED % 15% % 15% OF THE % UNIFORMED % MEMBERS OF THE % NYPD ARE OURS % THE VAST % MAJORITY OF % THOSE THAT HAVE % TESTED POSITIVE % ARE ALSO UNIFORM MEMBERS, THAT % NUMBER IS OVER % 1,000 AND % APPROACHING 1100 % INCLUDING % CIVILIAN MEMBERS % AND THOSE ARE % IMPORTANT % PEOPLE

% THE SUPPORT % STAFF AS WELL AS % ANALYSTS AND % PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THE % INTELLIGENCE % UNIT % A REAL KIND OF TOUGH SPELL FOR % THE NYPD % DERMOT SHEA % THANKED THE ENTIRE % DEPARTMENT FOR % THEIR EFFORTS IN % A TWITTER CHAT THAT HE HAD WITH % THEM % AND SAID THAT % THIS IS GOING TO % BE A SACRIFICE, % BUT HE WAS % REALLY PROUD OF % THE WORK THAT % EVERYBODY WAS % DOING % SO THEY CONTINUE % TO GET MORE PPE IN AS WELL % INCLUDING THE % MASKS

% THAT'S REALLY % IMPORTANT AS % THEY INTERACT % WITH PEOPLE ON THE STREETS OF % NEW YORK % >> THANKS SO % MUCH FOR THOSE % SILVER LININGS % WE WILL TAKE EVERY BIT OF % GOOD NEWS % WE KNOW THAT % COMES ALONG WITH % THE BAD, BUT % WE'LL TAKE % EVERYTHING WE % CAN GET ON THE % POSITIVE FRONT % THANKS SO MUCH

% >> Reporter: % SURE THING % >>> HOUSTON % MEMORIAL % HOSPITAL GOT THE GREEN LIGHT TO % START TREATING % COVID-19 WITH A PLASMA OF % RECOVERED % PATIENTS % DR ERIC SALAZAR % IS THE LEAD % INVESTIGATOR AND % TALK TO NBC NEWS % ABOUT THIS % TREATMENT % >> PLASMA IS % ESSENTIALLY THE % CLEAR PART OF % THE BLOOD

% AND WHAT WE ARE % DOING IS USING WHAT'S CALLED % CONVALESCENT PLASMA % CONVALESCENT PLASMA IS PLASMA % TAKEN FROM % DONORS THAT WERE % PREVIOUSLY SICK WITH COVID-19, % BUT HAVE NOW % RECOVERED FROM % THE DISEASE % AND THE IDEA IS % THAT THAT PLASMA % MAY HAVE PARTS % OF THE IMMUNE % SYSTEM LIKE ANTIBODIES % AGAINST THE COVID-19 VIRUS % THAT COULD POTENTIALLY HELP PATIENTS THAT % ARE CURRENTLY % SICK WITH COVID-% 19 % IT WAS USED IN % THE 1918 FLU % OUTBREAK % IT WAS USED IN % THE EBOLA % OUTBREAK

% IT WAS USED IN % THE PREVIOUS SARS OUTBREAK, % IN NUMBERS OUTBREAK, AND % THERE ARE LIMITED REPORTS OF ITS EFFECT IN % THESE DIFFERENT SCENARIOS % THERE IS NO % RIGOROUS-% CONTROLLED % TRIALS THAT HAVE REALLY ASSESSED % THE EFFECTS OF % CONVALESCENT % PLASMA THERAPY % THE LIMITED REPORTS THAT WE % HAVE HAD INCLUDING RECENT % REPORTS FROM % CHINA WITH CONVALESCENT PLASMA THERAPY IN THE CONTEXT % OF COVID-19 % SUGGESTS THAT IT % MAY BE % BENEFICIAL AND % WE ARE CERTAINLY % HOPEFUL THAT % THAT'S THE CASE % BUT WE REALLY NEED MORE % PATIENTS, WE % NEED MORE % TRIALS, AND WE % NEED TO STUDY IT % MORE % AND THAT'S WHAT % WE ARE TRYING TO % DO HERE AT HOUSTON METHODIST

% DONORS NEED TO % HAVE BEEN % PREVIOUSLY % POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS THAT % CAUSES COVID-19 % NEED TO BE FREE % FROM SYMPTOMS % FOR TWO WEEKS % SO WE STARTED RECRUITING DONORS LATE LAST WEEK % WE WERE VERY FORTUNATE AND % THANKFUL TO A DONOR THAT WAS % WILLING TO GIVE THEIR POTENTIALLY LIFE-% SAVING BLOOD % PLASMA % AND WE HEARD BACK VERY QUICKLY FROM THE % FDA GIVING US THE GO-AHEAD TO % PROCEED WITH % TREATMENT

% I THINK WHAT WE % ARE ALL HOPEFUL FOR IS SOMETHING MORE DEFINITIVE LIKE A VACCINE % THAT COULD PREVENT PEOPLE FROM EVEN % GETTING COVID-% 19 % THE ADVANTAGE OF % CONVALESCENT % PLASMA THERAPY IS THAT IT'S % AVAILABLE NOW AS DONORS ARE % BECOMING AVAILABLE, AS % PEOPLE ARE % RECOVERING % AND IT'S % SOMETHING THAT WE CAN USE NOW, % WHILE A VACCINE % IS BEING DEVELOPED % >>> LET'S GO NOW TO CAPITOL HILL CORRESPONDENT % LEIGH ANN % CALDWELL % SHE HAS THE % LATEST ON HOW CONGRESS IS TACKLING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

% LEANNE, I HAVE % TO APOLOGIZE THAT WE ARE % EXPECTING THE % PRESIDENT ANY % MOMENT, SO I MAY % HAVE TO % INTERRUPT % UNTIL THEN, YOU % ARE REPORTING % THAT THE % PRESIDENT SIGNED % A STATEMENT % ALONG WITH THE $2 TRILLION % RELIEF PACKAGE % PASSED BY CONGRESS % WHAT'S THAT % ABOUT? % >> Reporter: % YEAH % WHEN HE DID SIGN THIS INTO LAW LAST FRIDAY, % $22 TRILLION % BILL, HE ADDED % AN ADDENDUM % WHICH PRESIDENTS % SOMETIMES DO

% AND IT HAS TO DO % WITH THE OVERSIGHT OF THE % LEGISLATION % WHICH CONGRESS % BUILT LOTS OF OVERSIGHT INTO % THIS BILL AS IT'S GOING TO BE % HALF A TRILLION % OR MORE DOLLARS % BEING DOLED OUT % TO BIG % CORPORATIONS % WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID IN HIS STATEMENT % IS THAT HE WANTS % TO SEE ANY % INFORMATION THAT A NEWLY CREATED SPECIAL % INSPECTOR GENERAL HANDS TO % CONGRESS BEFORE % THEY ACTUALLY % SEND IT TO % CONGRESS, SO % HE'S TRYING TO INSERT HIMSELF % INTO THE PROCESS % CAPITOL HILL % KIND OF GREETED % THE SIGNING STATEMENT WITH A % SHRUG % THEY EXPECTED IT % TO HAPPEN % WHAT THEY ARE % MORE CONCERNED % ABOUT IS THAT THE PRESIDENT % NEVER ACTUALLY % APPOINTS A % SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL

% IT'S A NEW POSITION, NEWLY % CREATED % AND THEY'RE % SAYING HE NEEDS % TO APPOINT % SOMEONE, AND HE % NEEDS TO APPOINT % SOMEONE FAST BECAUSE IF HE % DOESN'T, THEY'RE % GOING TO % QUESTION WHAT IS % HE HIDING? % WHY DOES HE NOT % WANT SOMEONE TO % OVERSEE WHERE % THESE TRILLIONS % OF DOLLARS ARE GOING TO BE % SPENT? >> YOU MENTIONED % THAT CONGRESS % KIND OF SHRUGGED % AT THAT % IS THAT BECAUSE % CONGRESS PUT OVERSIGHT MEASURES IN THAT % BILL AND IF SO % CAN YOU TELL US % ABOUT THOSE? % >> THEY DID % THEY PUT IN A % LOT OF BACKSTOPS % EXPECTING THE % SIGNING % STATEMENT, AND % ALSO EXPECTING THE % ADMINISTRATION % TO TRY TO % SIDESTEP SOME OF % THEIR OVERSIGHT % SO LET'S TAKE A % LOOK AT WHAT SOME OF THOSE % ARE

% THERE'S A NEW % CONGRESSIONAL % OVERSIGHT BOARD % THAT'S CREATED TO OVERSEE THIS % MONEY % THERE'S % INSPECTOR % GENERAL FROM % NINE FEDERAL % AGENCIES COMING TOGETHER TO CREATE A COALITION TO INVESTIGATE ALL % PHASES OF THIS CORONAVIRUS % PANDEMIC % RESPONSE % NOT ONLY THE % MONEY DOLED OUT % BY CONGRESS, BUT % THE % ADMINISTRATION % RESPONSE AS % WELL % IN ADDITION % THERE'S A LOT OF % TRANSPARENCY % PROVISIONS WHERE % THE TREASURY % DEPARTMENT AND FEDERAL RESERVE % HAVE TO POST ON % THEIR WEBSITE WHO THEY GIVE % LOANS TO, WHAT BIG CORPORATIONS THEY GIVE LOANS TO WITHIN SEVEN % DAYS % AS I MENTIONED, % THERE'S A NEWLY % CREATED SPECIAL % INSPECTOR % GENERAL THAT'S SUPPOSED TO OVERSEE ALL OF % THIS STUFF, % THAT'S UP TO THE % PRESIDENT TO APPOINT, THE SENATE TO % CONFIRM AND % CONGRESS IS % CALLING ON THE PRESIDENT TO APPOINT SOMEONE % EXTREMELY % QUICKLY

% >> THIS MORNING, % HOW SPEAKER % PELOSI WAS ON % MORNING JOE % SHE HAD THIS MESSAGE FOR % PRESIDENT TRUMP % >> TO THE % PRESIDENT, I % WOULD JOIN THOSE % WHETHER IT'S THE % GOVERNORS, THE % MAYORS, PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO ARE % SAYING WE NEED EQUIPMENT, THE % PERSONAL % PROTECTIVE % EQUIPMENT, FOR % THE WORKERS, THE % VENTILATORS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT FOR THE % PATIENTS % WE NEED PROPER % TESTING, % TESTING, % TESTING % I WOULD SAY TO % THE PRESIDENT, IMMEDIATELY, IMPLEMENT THE % DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT INSISTING THAT BUSINESSES IN % OUR COUNTRY TURN % TO PRODUCING THE EQUIPMENT THAT % WE NEED

>> THE PRESIDENT % SAID HE HAS ENACTED THE % DEFENSE % PRODUCTION ACT % SO WHAT IS % SPEAKER PELOSI % LOOKING FOR FROM THE WHITE HOUSE? % >> Reporter: HE % IMPLEMENTED ONE % PORTION OF IT % THERE'S A LOT OF % THINGS HE CAN DO UNDER THE % DEFENSE % PRODUCTION ACT % HE ASKED ONE SHATTERED PLANT TO START MAKING % SUPPLIES % HOUSE DEMOCRATS INCLUDING PELOSI % ESPECIALLY ARE TALKING ABOUT % MORE THAT CAN BE DONE INCLUDING % THE CENTRALIZING % THE SUPPLY CHAIN, THE % DISTRIBUTION OF THIS ESSENTIAL % MEDICAL % EQUIPMENT

% PUTTING, MAKING A NATIONAL DATABASE, SO % THAT ALSO STATES % AND FEMA ARE NOT BIDDING AGAINST EACH OTHER FOR % THE SUPPLIES % IN OTHER WORDS, I KIND OF NATIONALIZE THIS % ENTIRE PROCESS % THAT'S WHAT % DEMOCRATS ARE % CALLING ON HIM % TO DO WHILE THE % PRESIDENT SAYS % HE INVOKED THE % PRODUCTION ACT, % THERE IS MORE THAT HE CAN DO % HE JUST HASN'T % CHOSEN TO DO SO % JUST YET % >> HERE IS % LESTER HOLT

% >>> A GOOD % AFTERNOON % WE ARE COMING ON % THE AIR TO BRING % YOU THE LATEST ON THE % CORONAVIRUS % PANDEMIC % LET'S GO RIGHT % TO THE WHITE % HOUSE BRIEFING % HERE IS THE % PRESIDENT % >> PROBABLY % BETTER THAN % MOST

% WE ARE AT WAR WITH A DEADLY VIRUS % SUCCESS IN THIS % FIGHT WILL REQUIRE THE

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