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hello, everybody. i'm john king in washington. thank you so much for sharing this special day with us, special because today the nation's capitol honors and remembers the late congressman john lewis, the man who meant so much to so many, a civil rights icon, a hero, the conscience of the congress for decades and the casket will arrive at joint base andrews moments from now. lewis will begin his final journey to capitol hill. for more on his arrival congressman lewis was honored in his birth state of alabama over the weekend. that included one last crossing of the edmund pettus bridge, can you see it right there recruiting the route that lewis and others took on bloody sunday back in 1965 and then again later with martin luther king jr. on march for voting rights from selma to montgomery.
lewis' body laid in state at the alabama state capitol as people paid respects. today there will be a ceremony in the u.s. capitol rotunda. leaders and the congressional black caucus will take part and joe biden and his wife jill will pay their respects and there's no word yet on whether president trump plans to visit. on the way today the motorcade carrying congressman lewis will pass and pause at some of this city's iconic sites, sites that hold special meaning for congressman leader, the martin luther king jr. memorial, the lincoln memorial where lewis spoke at the march on washington. he was the last living speaker from that seminal event, the african-american museum and lewis was behind the completion of that magnificent idea, the supreme court and the new black lives matter mural on the street near lafayette park near the white house.
that is where lewis made his final public appearance. it is a flitting final path here in washington for congressman lewis who helped shape the landscape of this city and its history over more than 30 years. cnn's esmalvo is here on capitol hill to start us off on this somber day. >> reporter: it's a beautiful day here in washington, d.c. there's a great deal of anticipation on the john lewis. we suspect there will be a lot of people on capitol hill as they say good-bye and also celebrate his life as the conscience of the congress having evolved and served as an activist that have and really as a lawmaker here in washington, d.c. as you know, this event and these kind of eve vents laying in state are planned town to the minute and we saw just about so:34 this morning, the first plane landing at joint base andrews, that of former staffers and family members. we do expect that the casket that the body of john lewis will
arrive with about 20 family members and current staffers, that from a c-32 that will be arriving shortly. there will be a greeting, a very brief greeting by speaker nancy pelosi, her daughter as well as the head who is there at the base, and then you -- as you mentioned, it will be the motorcade going through the city to very special, special occasions and events, sites that were very important to john lewis. one of those, you mentioned, black lives matter plaza. we have learned that that is where the former first lady of d.c. cora masters berry, she is going to pay her respects there. that, john, is a nod to the relationship, the very close relationship that john lewis had with the former, the late d.c. mayor berry, both of them active in the civil rights movement from the very beginning, and you'll see those kinds of emotional connections play out throughout the city before the
casket arrives here at 12:30, just before 1:00 where this will be a celebration, a private one for the leadership of congress ant congressional black caucus, and then it will later open up to the public. it will be social distanced and outside. it's really a departure from what we've seen in the past, but, of course, they want everybody to be safe. it is going to be a beautiful day of remembrances and of tributes and stories as the day unfolds. john? >> suzanne malveaux. congresswoman nancy pelosi, a dear friend of the congressman, someone she relied on as a moral leader and spiritual leader, if you will, there in the congress to greet the procession. congressman lewis will lie in
state there as suzan just noted as we watch the beginning of the samies ant joint base andrews. let's bring dana bash, is enearnedon and van jones. nia, i want to start with you. it's sad because the congressman has left us. it is a celebration because we'll celebrate the key moments of john lewis' life, but van jones, first to you. he was an organize and activist and in his final words it recent weeks and months he talked about his optimism, sad at the death of george floyd, sad at other tragic events in this country, but some optimism as he watched the younger generation get out in the streets to march, to demand change, to demand justice. help us understand the context of this moment. >> well, nobody could have had more joy and encouragement seeing young people protesting, young people speaking up and
young people getting involved than john lewis because you have to remember he was one of those kids himself in 1960 when young people started sitting in at the lunch counters. the most effective youth movement -- i mean, young people all across the country doing everything that you've read about, but it was in nashville, tennessee where he and diane nash, let's not leave out the women, led those people so beautifully that they got the mayor of the city to come out and embrace the cause of those young protesters which turned the whole tide, so from a very, very young age he is a national figure. the from a very young age, he's leading a movement that's making a tremendous difference. it's smart and disciplined and he's a part of the formation of the student nonviolent coordinated committee which brings the best of those students from across the country together into a single organization, and then he becomes not just the head of it,
he becomes a spokesperson for it at the march on washington and one of the most courageous frontline people, so everything you see these young people going through, coming into their voice for the first time, marching, sometimes being arrested, he did himself, sometimes before their parents were born and you're in the situation at the end of his life, despite all the division in the country, he is a unifying figure. he's the conscience of a nation and he's seeing the next generation take up his cause, so, yeah, there's a lot of reason to be sad this year, but the fact that somebody can go from being a youth leader and a student heard to being the conscience of the nation with courage and consistency and with compassion and conviction in every decade of their lives is a reason for us to be proud to be americans and proud of john lewis. >> amen to that. the nia-malika henderson, to van's point about the generational shift here, it is sad to pass the torch at any moment. this is happening in the middle
of this national reckoning on race and racial inequality, racial disparity, whether we're talking about politician or the health care disparities we see playing out in the covid-19 crisis as well. it's happening as we're now 99 days from a presidential election in which, let's just put it right on the table, congressman lewis was often at odds with the current president of these united states. >> he was indeed at odds with the president of the united states, and he lametnted wherea in the fact of the 19660s the protesters could rely on the federal government to intervene in their cause he felt like in more recent times, that that wasn't the case, and he at some point in one of his books, i think this was his last book, at times he felt like conditions now were as bad as they were before, and so there was some pessimism there at times for jop lewis who was incredibly optimistic overall, a true visionary, even when he was a
young kid growing up in troy, alabama imagining a new world, right, continuing the fight from the founders to really make good the words of the founding fathers. he saw himself in that light. he also acknowledged that it wasn't just one movement that would lead to full equality. it had to be built on several movements, right? you -- you couldn't just hope in one levered. you had to continue that fight. such a poignant moment for his last public appearance to be at that plaque lives matter plaza because if you remember there are some folks in the civil rights movement, some older generations of civil right leaders who had been critical of the black lives matter movement, criticizing for them to being more organized and having a more disparate leadership and there he was passing the baton and as you said continuing to criticized this administration, trying to push this
administration, push republicans and push the public and push all parties in a way that -- where people who grew up like him, black and poor in the south and all over the country could realize their full humanity, reach their full potential. you see here these images, this poor kid who grew up, right? his great grandfather born into slavery, both of his parents sharecroppers, and here he is being remembered for the hero that he was to all of us. we couldn't be here were it not for his tremendous courage and you think of what he did, right? putting his body on the line so that america could really move forward and realize the full potential of all of those founding words and the founding documents, and here he is now being celebrated as the legend that he was. >> reporter: and you're watching nia-malika henderson, thank you for your thoughts. you're watching this.
this is joint base andrews, casket carrying the late john lewis to be greeted by the house speaker nancy pelosi to begin this remarkable journey through the nation's capitol that will end with congressman lewis lying in state at the united states capitol. a very quick break and when we come back we'll continue with this very special day here in washington, remembering john lewis. t-mobile and sprint have merged. and t-mobile doesn't just have a bigger network, but a better one than ever before, with scam protection built into its core. introducing, scamshield, free from t-mobile. get fewer scam calls. period. with t-mobile's supercharged network, you can say goodbye to annoying scam calls, and feel free to answer your phone again. hello
representatives for more than 30 years, the conscience of the congress is what his colleagues call him. house speaker nancy pelosi on hand to begin, to greet her friend, and then to begin a procession through the streets of washington ultimately ending at the united states capital where congressman lewis will lie in state. among those who knew him and consider asked him a mentor and a friend, senator cory booker, democrat of judge who joins us live from capitol hill. senator, you're 51 years old. i want you to talk about your experiments with congressman lewis in those halls. i want you to start as a young black man growing up in newark what's your first memory of being told this man is a hero, somebody you need to watch, somebody you should follow? >> well, i think that what makes heroes and saints great is their humanity, and my mom from fisk university in her days doing sit-ins and demonstrations knew john lewis personally, and it was his humanity that really spoke, but i learned coming to
the senate that he shaped their lives more than he knew. my parents were denied housing in the suburbs of new jersey time and time again, turned around because of the color of their skin. one of the courageous lawyers who organized a sting operation where white couples posed as my parents to eventually buy the house that i grew up in. when i went back to interview him for my book i was just stunned and got chills when he told me he was sitting comfortably on his couch and saw the march on the edmund pettus bridge and was so shaken by it and had to get up out of the comfort of his house and what he did is offer pro bono work to that civil rights organization that got my parents n.john's courage shaped my life from the very inception and then to get to know him personally when we were both on the shelf defining if our roots with henry lewis gates and i could the to see what the son of a sharecropper,
whose grade grandfathers was registered to vote in the post-reconstruction period and have him -- those rights torn away from them, and john actually fight and succeed in getting a chance to vote as well, so these -- these powerful streams where i am the son of that generation, of people who were peers of john lewis', i learned until i got to the senate and actually became his friend the powerful influence that he had in shaping the course of my events, and on the day i got sworn in days after my dad had died, my mom took me to see john lewis. that's the last thing i did before i went to see harry reid and joe biden to be sworn in and to have john lewis with sump humility say to me how grateful he was because i was the fruition and in many ways a symbolic fruition of his efforts to see the fourth black person popularly elected to the united states senate. it's just been an unbelievable experience and then as a senator
he and i did things i never could have imagined from a multiple-hour journey to go see jimmy carter for bible study from atlanta to plains, georgia, to signature on the capitol steps during the health care debate and watching hundreds and hundreds of people to come out and sit at his feet literally and him talk about why this fight was just yet another stone in the long road that we had to place to justice and equality. this is somebody whose humanity made him so much greater than me. he was not beyond your reach. he was not superhuman. he was frail and fragile in the way every human, is but yet despite that he showed a level of courage and commitment over decades that just is -- that will forever be inspiring to me? and to that point, i want to play a moment. this is june 2017. the congressman joined you for a facebook live discussion of a senate health care bill at the
time. let's listen to this had a little bit, and i'll talk to you on the other side. >> i say to people all the time when you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to stand up, to do something, to say something. >> it is remarkable, and you know it better than most so help us understand. a lot of egos where you work and a lot of egos in politics and i say that with no disrespect. he was somebody who was just so unique. had the booming voice when he had wanted that but then had that whisper right there that was essentially a kick in the you know what to get up off your you know what and do something. >> well, that was one of the more powerful moments of my life. stat down on the steps and opened up facebook live and began talking about health care and his soft-spoken voice that demanded so much power and speaking from a place of pure sir two, that as people that watched that came out. we didn't invite anybody. we opened up a facebook live and
just started talking on the capitol steps and hundreds and hundreds of people by the end of the evening, and somebody had a photo montage of the start with the two of us sitting this and eventually hundreds and hundreds of people signature on the steps in front of john lewis as he talked to us about the urgency of this moment in history and how it connected directly to when he was a young person fighting for civil rights and voting rights. >> senator cory booker of new jersey, grateful for your time on this day. al mix of sadness and celebration as the capitol pays tribute to an american hero and certainly a god friend of yours and a mentor in the united states congress. senator booker, you're watching, this is joint base andrews. soon you'll see the activities under way and soon the processions will begin through the streets of washington. we'll take a quick break. there's breaking news at the white house this day. the highest ranking coronavirus diagnosis yet, the president's
live pictures there. this is joint base andrews just outside of the nation's capital in maryland, the body of john lewis, civil rights icon and american hero, 30 years plus representing the atlanta district and its suburbs and his casket will be taken through the streets and many landmarks here. the house speaker is on hand at joint base andrews, friends and family members, congressional staff members as well as we begin this journey. our special coverage throughout the day. joining me is cnn's dana bash, nia-malika henderson and van jones. dana, i want to come to you. you knew him very well from all the time you spent on capitol hill, but i want to start the conversation by going back to the second obama inaugural. this is after the re-election in
2013. listen to congressman lewis speak to you. >> i did everything i could possible to keep from crying. when i saw him standing there, taking the oath, with the bible of martin luther king jr., knowing that just 50 short years ago that dr. king stood on the steps of the lincoln memorial and said i have a dream, and there were so many people who voted for him last year four years ago and couldn't even register to vote. >> i find that moment so fascinating that this was the second inaugural. america had already elected its first black president but congressman lewis knew the re-election of that black president was also a key step, another building block, if you will, in the march. >> no question about it it, and -- and he told me just like after the first inaugural that
president obama after the second came up to him just moments around when we were talking saying once again that it was because of him that barack obama became president of the united states, not for one but two terms, and that was actually on martin luther king jr. holiday, and if you remember, john, president obama used martin luther king jr.'s bible to -- for the swearing in, and john lewis remembered so many times when martin luther king jr. was using that bible, praying with that bible along the way in the 1960s when the two of them were called together for the civil rights movement so there's so many touchstone moments that -- that john lewis had, that people around here in the capitol had with him, and, you know, people call him the conscience of the congress, a, you know, it sounds like maybe a moniker that is just kind of an easy thing to throw around, but it fit him so
well. there was really nobody like him that could capture the audience of members of congress both democrat and republican, make no mistake about it. he was a partisan democrat, but he was a very, very different kind of lawmaker and a leader, not just because of his history in the 1960s but because he walked the walk and talked the talk even when he was a member congress protesting several times on the house floor even out and getting arrested to protest barack obama's immigration policies. he continued to do that over and over again when he saw something, he said something and did something. >> good trouble as he called it. again, we're watching live pictures from joint base andrews, the body of john lewis aboard the plane that soon will be put into the hearse there.
the i was just speaking to senator cory booker, and my question on the generational point here is you're a son of the late '6 a. john lewis was not only part of our history but he was also a witness to so much of history, with bobby kennedy on the night that dr. king was killed and working on the kennedy campaign when bobby kennedy himself was assassinated in 1968. that is the year of your birth. many what is -- i guess -- let me ask you this way. do you worry as an activist when the heroes pass that you don't have the living history. how do you help mentor teach the lessons? >> you know, that's one of the things so beautiful about him and his whole generation. my godmother is dottie zellman and dinky foreman and they were in the committee room by him. they were taught by oh, c.t. vivian who died on the same day as john lewis was just a little
bit older than diane nash, a little bit older than john lew, but he was there as an older student teaching the younger ones. this tradition of passing it on from generation to generation, you know, has to continue. i think it must be an extraordinary thing to be a the a of the john lewis generation. for those people who you would call your autobiography, we would call our history. i mean, that's the impact that they had as young people, as people who were breaking down barriers. this new generation is in a very interesting spot because they are out there with a much bigger movement from a numbers point of view, from a diversity point of view, frankly from a corporate celebration point of view. the civil rights movement was never embraced, you know, by the equivalent of starbucks at that time, the walgreens of that time wasn't putting out, you know, dr. king t-shirts the way that the corporate movement -- corporate america has now
embraced black lives matter and its allied movements, and so on the one and they arrived at a bigger pinnacle than even the john lewises and at the same time changing the laws and following through has still yet to be done for them, and they have the opportunity, thank goodness. john lewis was so generous with his time, he was so generous with his instruction, my ex-wife and still best friend jana carter went down to one of those marches and spent time with him, and thousands of people can say that, just ordinary folks. he left behind not just a legacy but the lessons, not just the demonstrations but the conversations, and that stuff is going to be in the blessing for a long time, and part of the reason it's so important what we're doing today that we're taking the time, not just yesterday but all day today to tell the stories again and again is to give this next generation more and more access to the quality of leadership? what you can do with your life, what you can impact people with if you are consistent, if you
are compassionate and if you are courageous and if you stick with your views. eventually things come around to you, but great thing about that. he wasn't just a demonstrator. he was also a legislator. he didn't just march about it. he got the laws changed, and that's what we've got to stick with as we move to the next stages. >> excellent points by van jones, and is you see the air force joint at joint base andrews making the final preparations to bring the casket carrying john lewis off the plane and into the hearse and into the streets of washington. i want to go back up to capitol hill with a special guest, a dear friend of the former congressman. >> a very dear friend, 50 years, congressman clay, thanks for joining me. you want to talk about john lewis the person who you have known for half a century. >> yeah. thank you for having me. just coming off the elevator to come here you come out of the elevator, and you see john lewis' familiar plate on his of
course, and this is going to be a tough day today on capitol hill and throughout this country as we say good-bye to -- to john lewis. john lewis was a personal friend of mine, known him tore almost 50 years. when he would come to my hometown, st. louis, missouri and give his speech. we would always get together after the speeches and go and have a nice dinner, a nice meal and talk and hang out, and every time we had a vote here, he and i would seek each other out and have a conversation. he taught me so much about perseverance, persistence, and he bridged generations. he bridged generations are. from his generation to mine and to future generations, and he taught us how to -- to stay -- to stay focused and to persist.
>> and congressman, i just want to tell our viewers and you that what we're seeing right now are john lewis' family members waiting. right now they just arrived a short while ago from -- from alabama, and we're waiting for them to start the procession, so as we watch that and keep the discussion going, you talked about how he taught you perseverance and taught you and so many of your colleagues so much. what was it like to be a colleague and a friend and a pupil? >> sure. first of all, when you talk about impactful legislation, he was a walking history book. i mean, i could go to him and learn about what the struggles were. he would talk about how he met president kennedy and how they struggled through the early '60s and finally got to the passage of the 1965 voting rights. that's why it would be so meaningful if we did something
of conscious, for the conscious of the congress in a bipartisan way and strengthen the 1965 voting rights act in the name of john robert lewis. . it would so apropos for the house and senate to come together and do that. >> and that legislation is now in the senate waiting and, you know, we'll see what happens with that, but talking about legislation. >> mm-hmm. >> we when we remember john lewis understandably he talked so much about the 1960s and the struggles and the how he was one of the fathers of the civil rights movement, but he also had quite a legislative history and accomplishments here. >> right. >> and he was also, now looking back, right side from the perspective of a lot of democrats of a lot of issues that they were late, to like he was against the defense of marriage act. he was an early supporter of gay
rights. he opposed the crime bill that many democrats supported. >> yes. >> talk about him as a legislator? >> he was a senior powerful member of the house ways and means committee and he led the charge on a lot of initiatives and i think about the historic passage of the affordable care act and how he was an essential player on that legislation from his perch at the house ways and means committee. how he always took care of medicine. he was so concerned about our seniors and how we provide for them through medicare and social security. those were the issues that john lewis championed, and those are the issues that we can be proud of him and to be able to say, hey, this was our friend. >> congressman clay, thank you so much for remembering your
friend and colleague with us, and we are sorry for your loss. >> thank you for having me. >> thank you. >> john, back to you. >> dana bash, thank you and thanks to congressman clay as well. he noted the family connection. his dad was a congressman before him and good friend with john lewis. you're watching the scene here, joint base andrews, family, friends, is speaker nancy pelosi down there organizing on the tarmac. you see the left of the truck fading off the screen as the shot moves in closer to the crowd. that truck will lower the body of congressman and icon john lewis and the procession will begin first to washington, joint base andrews just outside of the nation's capital, a short drive and then through the streets of washington. nia-malika henderson and van jones are still with us. nia-malika henderson, congressman clay spoke of the
example that john lewis was, that he was living history. he will stop at the place where he made his last public appearance, what has become a gathering place here, steps from the white house. blake lives matter painted in the streets. it's now become known as black lives plaza -- black lives matter plaza here in washington, d.c., steps from lafayette park where the president of the united states and his deputies had that crowd dispersed and steps more now from the white house. it is interesting, if you study the history john lewis, when he was young and he was the youngest speaker in the march on washington he was known as a bit more radical and aggressive and over time dr. king and others told him to -- to tone it down a bit. what was most remarkable in washington whenever you met congressman lewis was just how peaceful he was, what a calming presence he was. how he were take your hand and ask you how you were doing. there is a lesson in that, too, as he learned himself from a young man to an elder statesman
here in washington how to never stop marching but sometimes how to get the nuance just right. >> i -- i think that's right. he was a radical in his youth. you think about what -- what they were doing in terms of the freedom rides. going into the south where white supremacy reined and segregation was the order of the day. this was dangerous and people lost their lives. this is why his parents willie may and edie lewis, we should lift up their names and thank them for giving us their son for the last 880 years of living and what a life he led. he was an outsider in the ways in terms of where the mainstream of the movement was, the sort offage days and the radical, you know, activism that he wanted to engage in and sort of like the elders like martin luther king who recruited him into the movement.
he heard martin luther king on the radio when he was is a years old leading the montgomery bus boycott and he was obviously encouraged and inspired to join this movement. he gave his life to this movement and to the cause of equality. once he got into the congress, you know, sometimes he talk to younger people about folks in this movement and they can be disparage pentagon and say all that the stuff that he did was in the past and he brought it to past. dana mentioned, for instance, him speaking out against -- there is his casket there in a moving scene here. >> let's -- let's just for a moment watch the military honor guard here and the proceedings under way at joint base andrews.
>> remarkable scene, joint base andrews, the cass tet of the late congressman american civil rights legend there in the hearse being saluted by that military honor guard, a man who began his activist career marching for the right to vote, marching for civil rights being justly saluted as an american hero at this very important military base just outside the nation's cap to. you can see the hears, the driver, other staffers getting
in. this is joint base maryland, a very short drive from the nation's capitol and then the procession will go through the streets, again, passing several landmarks including just by the white house, by the justice department which congressman lewis pushed to have named in honor of the late robert kennedy whose 1968 presidential campaign he was working on at the time, senator kennedy was assassinated. this is a man who made history and who witnessed so much history in this country. dana bash, van jones and nia-malika henderson are still with with us. dana, i want to get to the point that everybody keeps making, that you got to see so often in a town where there are a lot of celebrities. there are a lot of famous people. there are a lot of egos. everybody who met john lewis understood they were in the presence of a remarkably unique and singular human being. >> it's so true. it was just something ineffable.
even if you don't know all the history, and i don't say that lightly, you and i and van and nia have all had the privilege of meeting a lot of powerful people in our careers, and he was a quiet yet incredibly powerful presence, and you're right. you knew that you were with somebody who did some remarkable things but just had an aura about him of peace hand power at the same time. congressman cliburn told me earlier today that he and others studied, you know, peaceful protests and nonviolence but he internalized it and you got that sense when you were with john lewis. >> you're watching the scene at john base andrews maryland, the body of john lewis in the hearse soon to travel to the american capitol in what is a sad day but a celebration of his life and celebration of his imprint on
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the hearse still there at joint base andrews carrying american hero congressman john lewis going to washington. we'll return to our coverage of the special day of tribute for the late congressman in a moment but now to very important developments in the coronavirus pandemic. the virus now reaching one of the highest ranking officials at the trump white house. robert o'brien, national security adviser, tested positive for covid-19. let's get straight live to kaitlan collins at the white house with the latest. quite a shock i would guess in the west wing. >> reporter: and surprise to some on the national council who found out some told us from press reports that the boss tested positive for coronavirus. this is significant because this is the highest ranking official so far at the white house here who has tested positive that we know about for covid-19. of course, following the president's own personal valet and the vice president's communications director testing
positive several weeks ago and now robert o'brien, someone who has an office in the west wing steps away from the oval office where president trump works out of has tested positive for coronavirus and raising concerns inside the white house about, you know, just how efficient the contact tracing will be and whether or not it will change any of the other protocols because, of course, we know that in the west wing most people are not wearing masks because they're tested so often. the white house confirmed this in a statement with no name on it saying that he had tested positive, had mild symptoms and self isolating and working from a secure location offsite and no risk of exposure to the president but the vice president but do not say when was the last time that o'brien came into contact with president trump. he is someone when's often on the plane with him. he was on the white house grounds last thursday and then we are told by several sources he abruptly left after receiving a phone call and unclear if it was informing him he was
positive and larry kudlow told reporters that o'brien's daughter had recently tested positive for covid-19 so that's how they believe he got it so of course, the question is has it been transmitted to anyone else? how symptomatic was he? those are questions that the people in the white house are trying to learn but this is someone when's incredibly senior staff works closely with the president, often briefs him, so while we try to figure out the last time they were together it is notable he just got back from a trip to europe, john, so it is raising questions of who it is he came in contact with and whether or not it changes anything going forward here at the white house. larry kudlow gaggling with reporters wore a mask while he was speaking with us, not something that typically you have seen aides doing. the press secretary doesn't wear one in the briefing. we asked him why he is wearing one now, john, he said because we were wearing them he was going to wear one. >> all right. shifts at the white house. contact tracing now across the
atlantic i would guess. kaitlan collin, thank you from the white house. new numbers just in from florida, a state pushing the summer surge, reporting just shy of 9,000 new cases, 8,892 new cases of covid-19 and sadly 77 additional deaths in the state of florida. across the country right now, tracking the summer surge, the 50-state map, a bit better on this monday than we were last monday but still 22 states trernding up, meaning more cases this week than reported last week. 20 states holding significantly with florida and california. two of the states as i just noted driving the summer surge holding steady at the moment. eight states going down in green including texas that has been pushing up the numbers part of the summer surge so 22 states going up, 8 down as we again the work week. see if the map improves throughout the week or if the surge returns if you will. this is where we were on july
20th. texas significantly red there. some progress today. do the trends continue in a positive direction? a sad trend we know deaths is a lagging indicator. you get higher cases and then hospitalizations and then sadly this. you have right now 29 states, more deaths reported in the past week than the previous week. 29 states and see some of them in dark red, a sad legacy of this summer surge. case counts, hospitalizations and the question is do we get a plateau and even if we get a plateau look at the high baseline, july 1st. 77,000 plus on the 16th. halfway through the month. 73,000 friday of last week and those at the white house who believe we have hit a plateau. but wow. it is a high baseline. the challenge to push it down. this much higher in terms of a daily case count than march or april when we hoped we were at the peak back then. even if florida gets bitter,
texas and california gets a bit better, will it cycle back? go back to july 1st. maryland and virginia, july 1st, the states reopening, thought they were in better shape and you do see a slight uptick in maryland, an uptick here, steady chunky uptick here in maryland. larry hogan said he's worried about the resurgence in his state and said we are still very much in crisis mode. >> on the one hand we are doing a better job in doing more testing but the processing time has slowed down. it is starting to feel like it did back in march and april where everybody was overwhelmed although we have started to make some progress and now it's -- we are getting behind again and talking with governors