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our own personal behavior, especially around the july 4th holiday. and especially among the young adults. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." erica hill here again for alisyn. quite a morning, huh? >> yeah, it was. not the kind of records we want to see in the morning. >> yeah, breaking overnight, records shattered. for the first time, the country reported more than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus in a single day. 50,000. that's more than double the rate from just two weeks ago when the vice president was bragging about the case load. somehow, the president is still bragging, saying we're doing very good. his words. one top doctor warns we're approaching apocalyptic levels in places like texas, florida, and arizona, all states that just recorded record cases overnight. arizona and south carolina reported record deaths. several states are reporting
record hospitalizations. 37 states. all the states you are seeing there in red are seeing a rise in new cases. nearly half the country, this morning, is rolling back plans to reopen businesses. >> doctors are warning about a perfect storm coming this holiday weekend, with people gathering to celebrate the fourth. meantime, many cities have already canceled fireworks in an effort to keep people from gathering. the white house, though, has plans for a celebration on the national mall. one that could attract hundreds of thousands of people. the mayor of d.c. is worried that she's got no jurisdiction there. president trump kicks off his holiday weekend tomorrow in south dakota with a fireworks show at mt. rushmore. masks and social distancing won't be enforced while east there. and while mr. trump is now once again claiming the virus will disappear on its own, it is certainly not disappearing in texas. that state just broke a record for a single-day high for new cases and the result, hospitalizations are surging as well. miguel marquez has seen the fallout first hand. he just went inside a san antonio hospital that is
overwhelmed with cases. and miguel joins us live this morning. miguel, sobering, to say the least, what you found. >> completely. the only way to get a really good sense of what is going on out there with this pandemic is to go into hospitals and i am fortunate to have been in several now. what they are looking at is a rapidly rising tide of patients, dwindling number of beds. this is across the entire state of texas and a health care staff from doctors to nurses to those who clean up the rooms that are pushed to the max. san antonio methodist hospital. the lungs of a 29-year-old badly damaged by the coronavirus need a cat scan. a patient so critically ill, what should be easy, takes enormous coordination and a small army just to get them from "a" to "b". >> we are having an explosion of covid. we aren't overrun yet, but it's
overwhelming. >> reporter: overwhelmingly now and expected to get worse in the days ahead. san antonio's bexar county has seen a sharp rise in the percent of those testing positive for the virus. in just the last 30 days, the weekly average of those testing positive has gone from 3.6% to more than 20%. so many infections, increasinin moms to be infected with the coronavirus. methodist hospital now has a dedicated unit in its nicu for babies born to moms that have it. >> that picture that every mom wants of the baby being born and mom holding the baby, does that happy with babies? >> unfortunately, no. as soon as the baby is born, they bring it to them right outside of the door. >> in the womb, the virus isn't typically transmitted from mother to child, but during the birthing process, the risk of infection goes up and treating
newborns with the coronavirus, much more complicated. though these babies have tested negative, they are treated as suspect positive. health care workers wear full ppe, and these babies born to moms with the coronavirus are kept separated from others, just in case. >> so you have five babies in here right now. >> yes. >> you have room for 16. >> yes. >> do you think you're going to be full up? >> i do. the way things are going, we're admitting pretty frequently, yes. >> reporter: christie, only 36 years old, is expecting her fourth child. both she and her fiancee have the coronavirus. >> mainly, the thing that really hurt was my bones were just -- i couldn't lay down. it was just hurting. >> your bones? >> my bones. >> like your entire skeleton? >> like -- my body. >> even to my pinkie of my toes. >> reporter: pregnancy hard enough without that. she took precautions and isn't sure how she got it.
now only hoping she recovers and she, her three kids, and her fiancee are coronavirus free by the time she gives birth in about a month. >> i'm extremely stressed. i am a very strong woman. i tend to do a lot. and now that i can't and i need that help, it's taking a toll. >> reporter: methodist hospital may be seeing the beginning of a sharp increase nationwide of moms with coronavirus giving birth. >> there's actually some literature out there to support up to a 30% asymptomatic rate. >> 30%? >> 30% asymptomatic rate. >> of moms coming in? >> of moms coming in. >> reporter: pregnancy and coronavirus, only one piece of the pandemic. methodist hospital treating a rising tide of critically sick patients. >> the last few weeks has just been overwhelmingly, is how i would describe it. there's been more and more patients than we really know what to do with. the patients are getting younger and they're more sick.
>> reporter: how much younger? >> it's gone from, you know, probably 50s and 60s for the first wave no i've lost track of how many people in their 20s. >> reporter: this is methodist's covid unit 2. it's one of three specialized covid units at the hospital. patient rooms sealed off, each one turned into negative pressure chambers so staff only need to don ppe if they go into one of the bays. >> so you have 14 rooms. how many are filled? >> 14. >> wow. >> with a waiting list. >> how long is that list? >> it's long. >> reporter: the hospital is creating more beds, but for now, this is where the sickest of the sick are treated. >> yesterday was probably one of my worst days i've ever had. >> why? >> i got ten calls, all of whom, young people who otherwise would be excellent candidates to be able to put on ecmo. they're so sick if they don't get put on, they don't get that support, they're probably going to die. i had three beds.
and just -- and making that decision, being able to figure out who really is going to benefit, it is a level of decision making that i -- i don't think a lot of us are prepared for. >> reporter: those calls coming from other hospitals across south texas with patients so sick that methodist may be their last hope. methodist hospital uses a procedure to oxygenate the blood and keep patients off ventilators. it's called ecmo or extra corporal membrane oxygen nation. today the doctor is inserting large tubes in the veins of a 32-year-old. they run from the groin to the heart, the blood comes out of the body, is mechanically oxygenated and returned back to the heart almost immediately. the methodist team have had a lot of practice. the procedure taking only a few minutes. >> it involves being able to take a large cannulus, almost
like small garden hoses, is how i would describe them, they have to be able to pump about 2 to 3 gallons of blood per minute through them. so one is draining blood out and the other one is returning. >> reporter: the blood coming out of the patient is drark. it just looks unhealthy. the blood returning is bright red, loaded with oxygen. almost immediately, oxygen level in the patient's blood goes back to near normal. their chance of survival now better than if they were on a ventilator. >> i think the ventilator really causes a lot of harm. and we're finding that it causes harm in general, but it certainly causes harm when we're talking about patients with covid. >> because their lungs are so weak to begin with? >> because their lungs are so weak and probably there's other reasons why the patient is having trouble. >> the ventilator is pushing oxygen into the lungs. >> that's right. >> into damaged lungs? >> that's right. so not only are you having all the problems with the blood vessels and clotting in your blood vessels and having all of the problems of oxygen not being able to get to your organs and your organs shutting down from that, but now you're
artificially pushing air into your lungs and causing more damage that way. >> reporter: another hard lesson of the pandemic and a virus health care providers everywhere are still struggling to understand. >> we don't quite understand why one person with lab values of "x" does well, while a person with lab values that appear to be better doesn't make it. and a mask is not a big ask to help save your life. >> reporter: the work and stress for health care workers everywhere crushing and with rates of infection rising, they expect more work and stress ahead. stressful for patients, as well, who are sick, isolated from everyone. how tough is it to be in your room all day, just sitting there? >> oh, man. if you could just hear that unit in the room, it would drive you nets at first, but you get past it. >> reporter: 28-year-old michael
vasquez works in a warehouse. he isn't sure how he got sick. he's part of a new program here to get patients up and walking as soon as possible. even a little bit, helping both physically and mentally. >> what has it done to your lungs? >> it really made them fatigued, really bad. with the -- sorry. >> reporter: vasquez isn't sure if there will be any long-term effects to his lungs. right now, he's focused on getting home to his wife and 7-year-old son. >> i just miss their presence. i miss holding my wife, kissing your son good night, going to his room, making sure he's okay. i miss that a lot. >> we know that when people walk, when people sleep better, when people see bright light, they get better sooner. we know all of this. i think on some level, we're having to relearn it with covid because of our response to it. you know, obviously, our need to keep ourselves safe, to keep staff safe.
so it's not unexpected that we kind of ended up isolating people, whether we meant to or not. >> reporter: another lesson of the pandemic, trying to reduce recovery times and free up beds badly needed for an expected growing surge of people seriously sick with the coronavirus. >> right now, we are so full upstairs that we are having some delays in getting the patients upstairs, because there just aren't beds that are prepared and ready for covid patients. so we are holding a lot of them in the emergent department right now, some for hours, some for days. >> reporter: what's driving the surge here? doctors aren't entirely sure, but based on what they hear from patients, there was a sense that the worst was behind us. >> i don't think that there was one specific incidence that really led to this spike. i think people after march and april were extremely frustrated with being inside and as soon as those restrictions lifted, they wanted to get out. some protected themselves, some didn't. and now we're just seeing the result of that. >> reporter: with the holiday weekend coming up, the fear now,
the surge of patients will become a tidal wave. >> i don't think i have seen anything like this ever. and i would say that if you want to see august 1st, then maybe you should stay indoors and isolate on july 4th. >> my god! my god, miguel. what an incredible look inside that hospital. overwhe overwhelmed. they kept on saying, we are overwhelmed. people need to see the stress that's being put on. and i know -- i'm sorry, i know it's not easy to be around so much stress. and you keep on doing it. you were at the hospital in houston earlier this week. you were there in san antonio. thank you, first of all. i know the toll it takes. why do you think these hospitals, want us to see this? >> yeah, as simple as i can say it, they see it as a public
service on their part. they are is seeing how their staff is being pushed to the limits. many of them don't get any time off, they are on their phones, dealing with patients 24 hours a day, from the administration all the way to the people who clean the rooms. literally, the people who clean the rooms. sometimes they cannot turn a room around fast enough, because they don't have the environmental folks to come in and clean the room. a covid room is different from different rooms. you have to clean them in a different way. it just takes a bigger, more coordinated effort. and as they run out of space, hospitals are finding new spaces in the hospital. that's what san antonio methodist hospital is doing now, looking for more space so they can open up new covid units, but it is not easy and they are basically -- it is rare to get into a hospital. and they are letting us in, because they are begging people to see what it looks like inside when you are really sick and stay home. >> and because they want us all to understand how serious this is. you know. and we see, honestly, how it's affecting you, miguel, and all
the places that you've been in. we've talked a little bit about this, too. it's also the impact on all of those people working in the hospital. you know, i know what it was like here in new york. when people -- there are people who haven't seen their families for weeks or even months, because not only were they working so much, but they're so afraid of infecting people. that toll, too, can't be discounted. >> yeah, i mean, that was certainly the case in new york early on. now that we're months into this and these doctors and nurses and staff and did that early on, as well. now that we're months into this, they realize, as health care professionals and others do, we're in it for the marathon here. so they now have sort of gone back to their families. they do make arrangements. they undress in the driveway or in the garage, jump in the shower, they take precautions to keep from giving their families the virus, as well. but it is taking a toll on all of them. and they're just -- they're hoping against hope that they are not going to see more and more people coming in. but with that 20% -- that
percentage of people who are testing positive and with the holiday weekend coming up and with the record number of cases you're seeing across the state of texas right now and in bexar county, they just know more is coming. and it's -- the question is, how big will it be? and will they be able to take it on? >> miguel, thank you. thank you for telling these stories. thank you for putting it all on the line. >> reporter: i'm honored to do it. >> well, thank you. thank you to your crew. please take care of yourself. please take care of yourself, okay? >> reporter: carolyn producer, our photographer, all of us went in there and it was an eye opener, of all of the eye openers i've seen. >> america needs to see is that. people need to see what's going on. thank you very much for your work on this. stay well. >> reporter: you got it. something has to happen here. something needs to be done.
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all right. you just went inside a hospital in san antonio, texas. a hospital near a breaking point, thanks to our reporter, miguel marquez. texas is one of five states reporting record highs in coronavirus cases. we're going to see hospitals like that around the country, i fear. joining us now, cnn chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta and beth cameron. she was the senior director for global health security and biodefense at the white house national security council under president obama. and, i'm sorry, i'm still blown away by what miguel showed us there. the level of stress inside this hospital in san antonio, at a point where it could still get worse. and i just want to play one piece of sound again from dr. velalope inside that hospital. listen. >> yesterday was probably one of my worst days i've ever had. >> why? >> i got ten calls, all of whom,
young people who otherwise would be excellent candidates to be able to put on ecmo. they're so sick that if they don't get put on, they don't get that support, they're probably going to die. i had three beds. and just -- and making that decision, being able to figure out who -- who really is going to benefit, it is a level of decision making that i don't think a lot of us are prepared for. >> it's happening, sanjay. it's happening. it happened in new york months ago. it's happening now in texas. >> i mean, these are real decisions these doctors are having to make. you know, these hospitals are becoming overwhelmed. and you're absolutely right. it can happen. it did happen in other places. when you have that many patients, and the thing you also heard from that doctor was that these were ten, i believe he said, young patients. they have three beds. it shows that, you know, young people are getting sick, critically sick, needing this ecmo, which is something that
you do if even standard ventilation is not working, standard breathing machines aren't working and they don't have the resources or the space. that's a tragedy, obviously. you know, you can't imagine that happening. but it is, obviously, there from miguel's reporting. and that is the opposite of flattening the curve. the whole flattening the curve thing, which was not meant to be the ultimate metric of success. it was supposed to stave off the most immediate sort of concerns, was to prevent hospitals from getting overwhelmed. and obviously, that's not happening there. i worry about the same thing happening in florida. i worry about the same thing happening here in georgia. you know, i don't know that there's a state in the country you can point to and say, they're absolutely free and clear of this not happening. >> it's also -- i mean, there were so many moments in that piece, which was just incredible reporting. but to your point about hospitals becoming overwhelmed, sanjay, they're saving beds just to be safe. we saw those babies in the nicu, where there's a portion of the nicu for babies born to infected
mothers. all of this and the number of patients in their 20s that they're seeing at that hospital in san antonio. all of this, too, is a reminder that there's so much we don't know about this virus. and i think that is a real wake-up call, as well, sanjay. >> yeah. i think that that's very true. i mean, i think that there's been these sort of very convenient, you know, easy-to-understand narratives, which don't get at the nuance of this disease. you know, young people, totally fine, don't worry. older people, you're the ones who have to stay home. and you know, i will concede this point. nobody knew everything about this virus from the very start. we have all learned a lot together. and clearly, you know, what you're seeing happening in texas, i think, is reflective now of something that is, you know, very frightening, obviously, for even younger people. it's still, i think, rare, for younger people to get particularly ill, but it can happen. and when it does, you know, given that the number of people who are now infected in texas, i think it really makes this
point. one of the things i was struck by in that piece is they said, we don't know why this is happening, exactly. we don't know why this surge is happening right now. i want to show you this one graph, which i think is instructive. i've been hearing a lot out of texas, talking to reporters and other people on the ground there. and they said, hey, we followed criteria perfectly. we did everything just the way it should have been done. well, the first criteria before you reopened is you had to have a 14-day downward trend in terms of the number of new cases. well, we found the two weeks leading up right before texas reopened on may 1st -- look, you can look at it for yourself. that is not a 14-day downward trend. the reason that criteria existed was so that you could get to a manageable level, a manageable number of infections, be able to isolate, be able to trace, do all the things that we've been talking about for five months now. and they didn't do it. just be clear on that. they did not do -- day did not meet the top, number one gating criteria. so there really i don't think should be a huge surprise as to
why now we're seeing this surge of patients. >> it's largely happening in states that opened early and largely happening in states that did not meet the criteria laid out by the cdc. those are just the facts. and beth, we're facing this as we head into the fourth of july weekend, which is a time, what do people do? they get together. >> absolutely true. and thanks for having me on the program. this is a really grave moment right now that we're seeing a rise in hospitalizations, not only in texas, georgia, but in 12 states across the country. and we're also seeing -- and i'm glad that sanjay brought up metrics. we're seeing not only that increase in cases and hospitalizations, but we're seeing an increase in the test positivity metric, which is the number of positive tests compared with the total number of tests. and what that tells us, that's in 36 states, that tells us that the disease is transmitting, that it's spreading. we're definitely not in a position thatty frankly thought
we would be when sanjay and i were on this program back in march and the president was talking about testing being rolled out for all americans. we're in a situation where those testing criteria and gating criteria were not followed in a number of states. so instead of spending a chunk of the summer thinking about how to safely reopen schools and decrease the disastrous racial disparities we have in covid and other health care-related data, we're spending time really worrying about hospitals becoming overwhelmed again. and i was completely struck by the segment and it was extraordinarily pememotional to really watch and hear how this is happening again. so flattening the curve was job number one, but testing, tracing, isolating, being able to really find patients that have been exposed to the disease and really to explain to the american people, using a common set of metrics, the harvard global health institute released a common set of metrics. my organization, nti, and our
collaborative covidlocal.org, we endorsed those. we would like to see the cdc standing up every day, talking about these gating criteria, talking about common metrics so the american public and hospitals around the country can really hear how we're doing and prepare. >> can i jump in here. on the subject of metrics, it's striking to me that the administration isn't meeting its own metrics from two weeks ago. forget the cdc metrics from april. two weeks ago, mike pence wrote this grand letter bragging about where we were, saying there wasn't going to be a second wave. let me read some of these here. this is two weeks ago, june 16th. he said, more than half the states are actually seeing cases decline or remain stable. now, only 13 states are down or stable. he says, cases have stabilized over the last two weeks with the daily average case rate across the u.s. dropping to 20,000. now the case rate is 50,000. he says, every state territory, major metropolitan area with the exception of three has positive test rates under 10%.
at least nine states at this point are over 10%. some way over 10%. and finally, he says, president trump rallied the american people to embrace social distancing guidelines. sanjay, tell that to the people in tulsa. >> you know, this is not a complicated story. that's the thing. sometimes, you have these geopolitical, sometimes financial stories that are really complicated. there's differing opinions on this. you know, the public health community, people like beth cameron, others, they've spoken largely with one voice. again, i'll concede, not everyone knew everything about this virus from the very start. that part is true, but they have spoken with one voice. there is not complicated. what you just saw in miguel marquez's piece was not inevitable. and i think the thing that strikes me most about what you just read is that it's taking us backwards. i mean, it's not even saying, hey, look, okay, acknowledging there's a problem. maybe we're not in total
agreement on how best to proceed to solve this problem, but not even acknowledging the problem at this point. i mean, i talked to people all over the world about how they're handling this covid crisis in their own countries, and it is stunning to me how basic the measures are that went into place. testing, tracing, mask wearing. that's it. maybe in the united states, if it doesn't come in the form of an expensive pill or an elaborate operation, we don't pay it any attention, give it no merit. the idea that a mask and simple testing could go such a long way to preventing hospitals from getting overrun, i think, is just baffling to people for some reason. but it works. it works. and we've seen real-time evidence of this around the world. >> beth, sanjay, thank you both for being with us this morning and helping us understand where we are and where we need to be. where we should be. i appreciate it. >> thanks so much.
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cheers erupting in richmond, virginia, as the monument to confederate general stonewall jackson is taken down. that statue stood for more than a hundred years until the mayor invoked emergency powers wednesday, ordering the removal of multiple confederate monuments in the city. joining me now is the mayor of richmond, virginia. mr. mayor, good to have you with us this morning. >> good morning. >> we heard the cheers there. we know the calls that there have been. i'm curious for you on a personal level, as you're watching that happen, what cousin it mean to you and what do you think it means to the city? >> well, you know, it was a true
mix of emotions. it was both humbling and also empowering. you know, that monument stood for roughly 100 plus years. and we know those monuments were erected for a particularly reason. they were there to intimidate and also to put black and brown people in their place. and yesterday, we did the right thing. there was a public safety issue, but also, it was past due time. >> you talk about it being a public safety issue, too, which is why you invoked those emergency powers. i know there's a little bit of pushback from one of your challengers, we should point out, but a city council member who says she grease with the removal, but is worried about lawsuits coming. telling cnn, she's worried the lawsuits will come. are you concerned about that? >> i'm not concerned. we believe that we're on sound legal ground. on june 8th, the city council
evoked another declaration of emergency and under our emergency operations plans, the mayor is the emergency management director and that's derived from the governor's executive order. we're in a state of emergency until july 29th and it's my responsibility to do everything necessary that we protect life and property. >> as you know, president trump sees statues such as the one that was just removed and says they're important for history. signed this executive order, of course, protecting monuments. do you agree that people who were destroying some of those monuments should be punished, as the president says ? >> you know, i wish the governor -- i wish the mayor -- i wish the president would spend more time protecting people than he does protecting inanimate objects. we spent three and a half years since the president has been in office and not one moment have i seen him stand up for black and brown people.
roughly four years ago, he said to an audience at one of his rallies that, you know, to black and brown people, what do you have to lose? and over the course of the last three and a half years, we've seen exactly what black and brown people have to lose. whether it's through the pandemic or just through systemic racism, period. >> how do you think the conversation is changing when it comes to systemic racism? >> well, you know, removing monuments is one thing, right? that's removing symbols, symbols that i think were there for a reason, to put black and brown people in their place, to intimidate, but we have to do more than just work on symbols. we have to systemically tear out racism and whether it's our government, our criminal justice system, whether it's in health care. you know, i've said for the last few weeks that the removal of monuments is akin to the fall of the berlin wall. when the berlin wall fell, so did the system that fell behind it. with us, we have to actually go in and root out that systemic
racism as elected leaders working with our community and that's what we plan to do. >> and listen, we all have to do our part, too, right? we have to continue learning, educating. when you look at that space, though, i just think -- as you put it into context, too, that that was there to put black and brown people in their place. well, now there's this empty pedestal. what would you like to see in that space? what would be an empowering monument for all of the people of richmond, virginia? >> you know, for me, the beginning of the removal of the monument is a sign that we can finally become, officially, the former capital of the confederacy. those were signs of oppression. i want us now to be the capital for compassion, the capital for equity, and so any figure, hero, or shero or just symbol that represents that, that's inclusive, i think would go a long way in beginning the healing process. we'll work with the community to
do that. >> great. real quickly before i let you go, if you could give me a yes or no, the governor said the next statue to come down would be the robert e. lee in richmond. is that correct >> he did say there. there's been an injunction filed so we've been waiting more than 20 days for that one to be removed. >> we'll watch for that. mayor, great to have you with us this morning. thank you. >> thank you, erica. a big blow overnight to the trump family's efforts to block a tell-all book written by the president's niece. details, next. announcer: this july fourth join us for a
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new this morning, a new york court siding with the publisher of a tell-all book by the president's niece, mary trump. the judge partially lifted a temporary restraining order saying that simon and shuster should not be blocked from printing or distributing the book, which is due to come out july 28th.
so mary trump still blocked, but not the publisher, correct? >> that's correct. at issue is whether mary trump is under a confidentiality agreement that bars her from talking about the trump family. that is going to be litigated in court in the coming days. attorney general ted butros says he's confident he'll make sure that mary trump is able to tell her story. but whether she's liable or not, the book is able to come out. it is already on amazon the number one best-selling book in the country. why, because it says donald trump is the world's most dangerous man, threatening the world's health, economic security, and social fabric. that's what we know about the book. we also know mary trump is the niece of the president and a clinical psychologist. so it is a very intriguing situation that she's writing a tell-all about her family. initially, robert trump, the president's brother, won victory in a lower court, stopping this temporarily, and last night, an appellate judge overruled that. so this is going to go on, and
we'll see if mary trump is in any contractual trouble. but with regard to the book, it is coming out. and with regard to the bigger picture here, a couple of weeks ago, it was about john bolton's book, whether the doj was going to try to block that book. now it's about mary trump's book. trump have brought two lawsuits against two authorities in ts l this is a threat to the first amendment. so far, the first amendment is winning. >> brian stelter, thank you. the book is coming out. a developing story at this hour. an investigation is underway of a miami-dade police officer relieved of duty after the body cam shows the officer striking a woman hard at the miami airport. take a look. >> i really should. you acting like you white when you're really black. now walk away for real. what you want to do?
>> wow. miami-dade county mayor carlos gimenez explained what happened last night on "cnn tonight". >> entailed a woman that miss her flight and she started to really be upset that -- at i guess the ticket agents and they called the police and then she got really close into his face and he punched her. and that's way too excessive use of force. >> miami-dade county's police director says this will not stand. he's asked the state attorney to get involved in the investigation immediately. now, we should note, you can hear a male on the video say, she head butted me as the woman is placed in custody. no head butt can be seen in the video. we don't know whether the woman was injured nor whether she was charged. as coronavirus cases surge in florida, many beaches will be closed for the fourth of july
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new overnight, florida reporting 6,500 new cases and so many beaches in south florida are shutting down for the holiday weekend and in the southern part of the state, no beaches, but the city of jacksonville beach will open beaches up north. joining me is the mayor, and i know in the southern part of the state which is miles away that i are closing beaches but you are not. why not? >> hey, good morning, john, thanks for having me today. well, we have been through quite a learning curve through this pandemic. we were one of the first beaches to open after we had originally closed when the pandemic began. we found virtually no increase
at all of the virus in the first go around. i think if we take a step back and look at what the circumstances were that created the current peak we have, it was actually the opening of the bars, not the opening of the beach. we have reached out the -- you know, we're a relatively small city of 25,000 people. we are adjacent to neptune beach and atlantic beach in duval county. i worked with those mayors, mayor glasser and mayor brown and we talk together about how the decisions come about and we think it's in the best interest to keep the beach open for a couple of reasons. one is that the first street which runs parallel to the beach common would be completely packed. that's typically where people ride their bikes and it would be double the density that there would be on the beach. so keeping the beach open will have a -- kind of a calming effect in you will on the
concentration of potential people with the virus. also, the mayor of jacksonville has quite a few more resources than we do to take -- to take consults from the medical people in the community and i think there's five or six houses that he meets with weekly. he meets with the ceos, or the senior medical officials. and this week when he asked them specifically about closing the beaches, he told them unanimously they didn't think that would have a huge impact on the health of the citizens, that the sun was good for the citizens. >> well, let me ask you this. let me ask you this. what's happening with cases inside jacksonville beach over the last two weeks? >> the cases are rising fairly substantially. the age -- average age of the infected is lowering dramatically and i think that has to do with most of the
positives coming from the bars. hospitalizations and death are very stable though. they're not increasing. >> your case rate has more than tripled, from 80 to over 300? >> it has, yes. >> are you concerned with beaches in other parts of the state being closed, that you're going to get a flood of people on your beach which will be open? >> well, there's other beaches in the northeast that are open as well. i have spoken with hunter conrad, the county administrator for st. john's county which is immediately adjacent to the south, they're going to be open as well. i think there's -- i don't know about video lucia county. but several are going to be owned. we're not as densely packed as the south florida beaches. >> what are you going to do to control the number of people who are on your beach? >> well, we're not necessarily out to control the number of people as we are gauging their
ability to keep a safe distance from one another. the police department will be out to enforce as best we can social distancing. you know, we have got the -- you know, the last -- the last option for us is to close the beach and -- >> when will it happen? you say as best we can. look, we have seen pictures from around the country of some places that have been open and you can see people on top of each other. so what will take place if that's the eventuality? >> well, it depends on like said, how it works out for us in jacksonville beach. the other thing to keep in mind, you know, the government can't solve this problem by itself. it needs the citizens support to help us all, get behind us. quite frankly, people need to take accountability and responsibility for themselves and their families. we're not encouraging people to go to the beach. we're not asking people to go to the beach.
we're -- it's probably the lesser of the two evils than closing the beach because we have this unbelievably condensed group of people all the down first street in the county and this won't help us at all. so, you know, i think it's a -- it's a good, prudent decision. it's a decision that was unanimous among all of the beach mayors here in northeast florida. and, you know, we're asking citizens to use their good judgment. if you show up at the beach, you have your children, it's packed, there's no place for you to go, i'd turn around and go home and have a barbecue. >> what about masks? >> masks, we're actually mandated by mayor curry of jacksonville, which includes us in the consolidation of duval county. indoors if social distancing can't be obtained. so that's the requirement. it's indoors and only if social distancing can't be maintained. >> what's your level of concern? i have to say, you know, the number of cases they're going way up in florida. you say we have learned a lot.
to me the one thing we have learned about this pandemic is that it's not in control right now. >> right. well, you know, we have to -- we have a fine balance that we have got to maintain here. we have got local businesses that for the last three months have gone through a horrible downturn. several of them have gone out of business. i think that, you know, the circumstances are such that, you know, we're trying to warn everybody of the potential issues with the virus and the beach. we're not suggesting that people go flood the beach. i'd be a lot more comfortable with people staying home and barbecuing, quite frankly. >> but you can make -- you say that, but you know you can make that happen. you said you're more comfortable with people staying at home and barbecuing you want could do that. you could say don't go to the beach. >> then we wide out the businesses at the same time. so we're trying to find a balance that's safe for
everybody. >> mr. mayor, i know it's not easy. i know you're facing tough decisions. i know you're doing the best you can. we appreciate you being with us and we wish you the best of luck headed into the holiday weekend. >> thank you. best of luck to you as well. "new day" continues right now. >> we have now in a single day seen the highest number of cases, more than 50,000. >> if your state is going up in numbers for five days in a row, you need to go into some sort of stay at home order again. >> i think we'll be good with the coronavirus. i think at some point that's going to sort of just disappear, i hope. >> this president has essentially gone awol from the job of leadership. >> bars, dine-in restaurants and movie theaters will now close again in 19 californian counties. >> do not take your guard down. please. this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to our viewers in the
united states and all around the world. this is "new day." alisyn is off and erica hill is with me this morning. i'm so glad you're here. >> with me again, berman. >> i have to say it's hard to stay in line with what we're hearing. we heard this piece from miguel marquez, just blew me away. a hospital in san antonio which is being overwhelmed and the situation is still getting worse so i appreciate you being here. breaking overnight, this devastating milestone. the united states reported more than 50,000 new cases of coronavirus in a single day. 50,000. that is a record and all signs point to the fact that it will be shattered soon. one top doctor said we're reaching apocalyptic levels in texas and record deaths, record hospitalizations in certain states around the country. and yet, the president is still relying on what he calls hope
that it will soon disappear. 37 states are seeing a rise in new cases. all of those states in red. that's more than half the country. and nearly half the country is now rolling back plans to reopen businesses. >> in the meantime, doctors are warning about a perfect storm this holiday weekend as people gather and celebrate the 4th at beaches and parties. many cities have already canceled fireworks, they don't want congregating. but the white house is planning a celebration on the national mall that can attract hundreds of thousands of people and president trump will kick off the holiday weekend tomorrow in south dakota with the fireworks show there at mt. rushmore. where masks and social distancing as you know will not be enforced. so for the first time, mr. trump is suggesting he has no problem with masks. but still insists it's a personal choice. the president is repeating his claim that the virus will disappear on its own. well, there's no sign of it disappearing in texas with the most new cases