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you are live in the "cnn newsroom." i'm jessica dean in washington. jim acosta is off today. the numbers speak for themselves. covid-19 vaccines have prevented hospitalizations and deaths for more than 99.99% of people who got the shots. that's according to cdc data. and you don't have to be a math w wiz to interpret that. it means the vaccines work and work well. more than 816,000 covid vaccine doses were administered. this is now the fifth straight day recording more than 700,000 shots in arms. and that is very good news.
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yet with just under half of the u.s. population fully vaccinated, the need for more protection is urgent. the delta variant is so transmissible, one former health official warns, if you are not vaccinated or protected by previous infection, you will probably get covid. and while new mask mandates are popping up across the united states, with new york city set to consider new mask rules tomorrow, not every covid hot spot is playing by the rules. in florida, coronavirus cases there out of control. closing in on january's record high average for new cases. florida now accounts for nearly 1 in 5 new covid cases in the country and yet, florida's governor ron desantis is dismissing the cdc recommendation on masking in schools making a show of it by issuing an executive order preventing school mask mandates. cnn's randi kaye joins me from riviera beach, florida, with more on this. randi, no mask mandate for children in schools.
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what else is being done in florida as these cases spike? >> well, jessjessica, a lot of l municipalities are trying to take it into their own hands. they're trying to request a mask mandate. they're suggesting people wear masks but it's very difficult for them to mandate here because the governor ron desantis is very strongly against any type of statewide mask mandate. he doesn't want people who might violate any type of mask mandate on the local level to be fined. so it's very difficult. all of this happening as we're seeing this surge, more than 110,000 cases here in florida in the last week. the daily average, 15,818 cases. and just yesterday, jessica, we set a record for the most cases in a single day since the pandemic began. 21,683 cases in the state of florida. right now if you look at cases across the u.s., 19.2% of all of those cases are right here in the state of florida. mostly here in south florida.
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we are certainly edging closer to the highest average that we saw of cases in january. and not even half of the population here in the state of florida is vaccinated. just 49%. still trying to get those numbers up here in the state. i visited a covid ward in jacksonville at baptist medical center where 99% of the patients in the hospital are unvaccinated. i spoke with a few of them. this is what one woman told me. >> bad? >> yeah. i have shortness of breath. i feel sorry about not getting a vaccine. >> you are sorry you didn't get the vaccine. do you think you would be here if you had gotten the vaccine? >> no. >> and that woman also told me that her entire family has covid. none of them were vaccinated. she plans to get everyone vaccinated when she gets out of
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the hospital. another concern is children, schools are reopening any day now. looking at 10,585 cases in the past week for children under 12. they're too young to be eligible for the vaccine right now but their positivity rate in that age group is 18.1%. certainly that is a concern. the statewide positivity rate is 18.2%. and as you mentioned at the top, the governor issued this executive order saying that schools cannot require masks for children as they return to school. he thinks it's about the freedom of parents to decide. he said anyone who defies this executive order could lose funding. they may not be eligible for grants as well so he's all about not restricting the students going back to school. restrictions around the state and making sure no one is required to wear a mask in the state of florida. >> that's with an 18% positivity rate for kids under the age of
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12. randi kaye, thanks so much. joining me now is dr. bernard ashby, a cardiologist based in miami. great to see you. thanks for being with us. we know as randi laid out, you're at the center of it in florida. first, tell us what you're seeing. >> so florida is now the epicenter of the pandemic in the united states. currently our hospitals are actually overwhelmed. we're seeing some of the highest numbers we've ever seen at any point in the pandemic. my hospital in particular has basically switched to emergency status, which basically incorporates a number of measures that prevents people from coming to visit the patients. also includes an increase in icu capacity because our icus are filling up. now we no longer do elective cases as a result of the surge. this is having a huge impact on our life and ability to practice
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medicine. >> absolutely. on you all's life and the health systems. if somebody has a heart attack or needs other treatment. sounds very limited in terms of where they can go. your governor, ron desantis, is digging in on masks and also on restrictions that would clearly save lives. let's listen to his take on masks in schools. >> i have young kids. my wife and i are not going to do the masks with the kids. we never have. i want to see my kids smiling. i want them having fun. and i don't know. look, my kids are a little younger, but whatever you think of masks, you've got to wear it properly. my kids ain't going to wear that thing properly. we know that. >> dr. ashby, how much risk is the governor's stance posing for florida's students and teachers right now? >> i am at a loss for words.
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governor desantis thinks this is a joke. this is not a joke. florida is number one in the hospitalization of children in the whole entire country. school hasn't even started yet. the positivity rate under 12 is 18-plus percent. we have yet not even reached our peak yet. we had our highest infection rate to date again in the entire pandemic, not just this year, the entire pandemic recently. and school is starting in august 10th, more or less, in the entire state of florida. we are still in the midst of our surge. this is going to get worse. and the fact that he's over here making fun of masks completely ignoring the science, is reckless and frankly inhumane. i don't know what to say. i don't think he cares about children. i'm sure his kids are probably fine but as far as my child is concerned and everyone that i know, this isn't right. and it's reckless, seriously.
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>> and really, as we've talked about, children under the age of 12 who aren't eligible for the vaccine yet are at the mercy of the adults making decisions for them right now and the status and health of the others around them. some parents are saying, well, children are at a lesser risk of getting covid or other reasons they're giving for being hesitant to get that vaccine. what are you hearing from parents about why people are hesitant to get the vaccine if they're eligible because kids who are 12 and older can get the vaccine. >> so before i get to that, one thing i must mention is that the equation has changed. the delta variant is different from all of the previous iterations of the coronavirus. this virus produces a viral load 1,000 times higher than previous versions. therefore, when you're exposed to the delta variant, you're getting a lot more virus and more people are getting sick. we have quite a few studies, some of which were mentioned in
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the cdc-leaked documents that indicated that these -- this particular variant actually has a higher mortality rate. that's important to know. and when it comes to kids, you don't experiment with your children. we know that masks work. we know it's an important mitigation measure. and the fact he's talking about seeing his kids smile, i would rather see my kids alive, without a tube down their neck. i'd rather see my kids out of the hospital. that's what i would rather see. so they can smile for the rest of their lives. and so the fact that he's, again, making fun of masks is ridiculous. now in terms of hesitancy, parents have real concerns. it's one thing when you take a vaccine for yourself, but when you are talking about your children, it's an entirely different equation. and so what i would like to tell parents out there is that the vaccines have been studied in the demographic of 12 to 16-year-olds. they have been proven to be safe. there's no issues in terms of
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increasing clots and whatnot that people have put out there. the rate of complications is relatively low. and the fact that people are perpetuating misinformation/disinformation is actually leading to more people being hurt and harmed by this virus. >> and i think your point underscoring just how different things are now is so important. as another expert told me, delta is different. so thank you for clarifying all of that. thank you for your expertise. stay healthy. stay safe down there. we appreciate it, dr. bernard ashby. >> thank you so much. new york city mayor bill de blasio is set to announce new guidelines on masks tomorrow. new daily covid cases are trending up. the daily average of new infections over the last seven days there is more than double what it was just two weeks ago. his main focus is getting everyone eligible vaccinated. new york city is offering incentives to get people to go
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for the vaccine shots including sporting event tickets, $100 and also $100 digital debit card. georgia is also seeing a spike in covid cases as kids are heading back to the classroom for their new school year there. the peach state was among the top five in the country in new covid infections last week as a percentage of all new u.s. covid cases. and just over 38% of georgia residents are fully vaccinated. cnn's natasha chen is in dekalb county, georgia, one of the biggest school districts in the country there. school set to start tomorrow. what are you hearing from the community, from parents, from students? >> well, jessica, throughout the larger metro atlanta area, there is a lot of division among parents and educators about masks, about vaccines that makes it very challenging to go forward, bringing students back in class safely. there are different policies at different districts. their masks are required in some
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and still being discussed in others. so right now, that is something everyone is talking about as we approach the first day of class. here in dekalb, it's tomorrow in atlanta public schools in fulton county schools it's later on. so i think we're already seeing how this issue is playing out, though, at one charter school in atlanta. drew charter school. it started the earliest, last tuesday. and they did test about 1900 employees and students before the first day of class. but within a couple of days, they had detected a number of positive cases resulting in more than 100 students in quarantine. this prompted the conversation about whether to mandate vaccines among employees, even though the head of school told cnn that about three quarters of staff are already vaccinated. here is the head of school of drew charter school talking about that issue of mandating a vaccine. >> to my knowledge, we have not had public schools nor public
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school systems who have mandated a vaccine yet. it's certainly something that needs to be on the table as we consider how to keep folks safe. >> meanwhile, in gwinnett county nearby, parents protested friday evening, protesting against a possible mask requirement. so that's just an example of the many different voices at play here, jessica. >> all right. natasha chen, we'll see how that plays out in the coming days. thanks so much. coming up, gymnastics superstar simone biles pulls out of another olympic event. will she compete before the games are over? plus, someone who knows a lot about the pressures of the olympic stage. dominique, member of the u.s. women's gymnastics team joins us live. behind neuriva plus. unlike ordinary memory supplements, neuriva plus fuels six key indicators of brain performance.
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final at the olympics leaving her just one more chance to compete at tokyo 2020. u.s. gymnastics announced her withdrawal saying she'll make a decision on beam later this week adding, quote, either way, we're all behind you, simone. biles previously pulled out of the all-around and team finals as well as the event finals for the vault and uneven bars citing mental health concerns. she says she's suffering from the twisties. it's a mental block that causes a gymnast to be disoriented midair. joining us, dominique moceanu. in 1996 she was on the women's gymnastics team dubbed the magnificent seven that won the first ever gold medal for the u.s. in the women's team competition. dominique, so glad to have you. so many of us remember cheering you guys on in 1996, so it's wonderful to have you here. i want to first get your reaction to this news that simone biles has withdrawn from another event. what did you think about that? >> well, i think she has to put her health and safety first and
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foremost. for far too long, gymnasts have not placed their health as a priority. and so this is really an important step in her taking back her power and owning the fact that she has a voice. and it's also very unsafe for her to pursue any competition until she has gotten a hold of the twisties that she's going through right now. >> absolutely because reading about this, i am not an olympic gymnast, clearly, but just reading about it, it sounds so terrifying to not know where you are midair. >> you can get disoriented, and it can be very scary. especially because you're not on soft mats during competition. you have a hard mat setting. so any landing that is not appropriate can tweak a knee, can land on your head, hurt your neck. there are catastrophic consequences if you lose your orientation and it can become very, very frightening. >> this has all put a spotlight on the incredible and sometimes truly unfair pressure that
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athletes face and you tweeted something. you said i was 14 years old with a tibial stress fracture left alone with no cervical spine exam after this fall. i competed in the olympic floor final minutes later. simone biles' decision demonstrates we have a say in our own health. a say i never felt that i had as an olympian. and you i believe had the video there of the beam when you fell on the beam. take us back to that moment and what that was like for you and why you think this is progress that she's able to say i'm pulling myself out of this. >> my foot slipped during the event finals on balance beam and i landed straight on my head. as you see, my coach turned her back on me at that time and didn't even ask if i was okay. it just shows the inappropriate behavior of our coaches in that generation. and the abusive methodologies that took place that i have been such an advocate for, for so many years to speak up and say,
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hey, our athletes' safety and well-being needs to be a priority. these are important and they have long-lasting effects. when i landed on my head it was a moment to show the world and help explain what dire consequences can happen when things like this can occur. there's a completely different situation, but also, it draws a parallel to nobody was there for health and safety and now simone can have that voice, and she's taking ownership in that power. and that's very important for our athletes moving forward in this generation. and that's a great thing for simone to be a leader to have a voice and say hey, something is not right. rather than go out there and have a catastrophic fall or injury. nobody wants to see that. we want to see her at her best. healthy. we're all behind her. i think that video resonated with a lot of people. how far we've come and how little attention and care we got during that time. >> there's no question about it. and the fanct that you were 14.
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simone is older than that, obviously, but you were, i mean, 14 is so young. so you were really left on your own in that moment. do you -- what more do you think can be done to support athletes, as this tide starts to shift. what more would you like to see done? >> i think we're starting to see some of those changes. i think the work is going to continue to need to be done, obviously. we need to always make sure that health and safety is a priority. that athletes' voices continue to be heard. that if something doesn't feel ri right, they have comfort and a liaison to help them get the medical care they need. the psychological care they need. the physical care they need. in all categories, we are olympic level athletes. they should get olympic level care. >> that's such a great way to say it. and it's still unclear if simone biles will be able to compete in the individual competition for balance beam. she is 24 years old. we don't know if this will be her last olympics. i'm curious, though if you were
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in tokyo, if you could talk to her or if you have talked to her, what advice would you give her? >> i have been chatting with her via text, and the most important thing right now is that she's getting an outpouring of support. she knows that i'm with her every day. i check in on her to see how she's doing. she has to do what's right for her and she has to make sure she feels comfortable mounting that balance beam. one thing my husband and i were talking about is if she does balance beam to do a lighter dismount. something that doesn't involve twisting in the air and perhaps if she can get a hold of that dismount that's a little less difficult she can be in the event finals if she can get a hold of it and feel comfortable and safe. and that's the most important thing. if she can get a hold of it and feel comfortable, feel safe, she can be, obviously, atop that podium and it's all going to remain to be seen here in just a little bit if she can get a grasp on the balance beam. i hope she does, but no matter what, she's already a champion.
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has multiple medals, world and olympic. she doesn't have anything to prove. so she can go out there and just do anything that is going to serve her best for self-compassion and self-care. >> yeah. that's so true. dominique moceanu, thank you for talking with us. we appreciate it. >> thank you. just say the election was corrupt. the new documents revealing donald trump's pressure campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 race he lost. this is andy, my schwab financial consultant. here's andy listening to my goals and making plans. this is us talking tax-smart investing, managing risk, and all the ways schwab can help me invest. this is andy reminding me how i can keep my investing costs low
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former white house chief of staff mark meadows making a
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bizarre comment in a new interview and sounding a lot like he thinks donald trump is still president. take a listen. >> wanted to join you to talk about really a president that is fully engaged, highly focused and remaining on task. >> chief, do you want to break any news from your meetings with president trump? >> well, we've met with some of our cabinet members tonight. we actually had a follow-up member meeting with some of our cabinet members and as we were looking into that, we're looking at what does come next. i am not authorized to speak on behalf of the president, but i can tell you this, steve. we wouldn't be meeting tonight if we weren't making plans to move forward in a real way with president trump at the head of that ticket. >> now add to that interview, this detail. donald trump's political organization entered july with nearly $102 million in cash reserves. that's an unprecedented figure at this stage in an election
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cycle for a former president. joining me now, editor at large for the bulwark and author of defending democracy, bill kristol and nick acromen. bill, what exactly is this reference to a meeting of trump's cabinet? does it sound like he's still talking about trump like he's president? >> well, i think that's sort of republican talking point, right, to call trump the president. not the former president trump. and to pretend that he's kind of still -- they still defer to him as if he were president. i guess that plays into that. he's in charge of the republican party, most of it right now, which is pretty amazing that after january 6th and after we've learned more and more about what he did between november 3rd and january 6th. that's why that justice department -- the notes are so important as part of a record. it's going to get larger. people haven't really focused on
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it. when you have a committee with the power to, you know, depose people and get documents and so forth, and a bunch of note takers throughout the federal government who are keeping track of things, white house phone logs, we can learn an awful lot about what donald trump did to try to usurp power between november 3rd and january 6th. >> you're talking about that house select committee and what they're going to be doing in the next several months, right? >> right. >> yeah. and nick to that point, we got to see handwritten notes of a phone call between then president trump and the acting attorney general jeffrey rosen. in them, trump is quoted as saying, just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the r congressmen. does that just scream kind of, here i am on the phone trying to overturn the election as president? >> oh, absolutely. it's the exact same thing he tried to do in georgia with the secretary of state. it's the exact same thing he did straight through right up until
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january 6th. keep in mind, this is part of a pattern that was perpetrated by donald trump starting at least in july of 2019 where he came up with a plan to cheat on this election in order to get his second term. he started with president zelensky trying to get the ukrainians to come up with a bogus investigation into joe biden. when that didn't work, he had his mignons in pennsylvania, wisconsin and michigan set the vote so that the absentee ballots couldn't be counted before election day so he could later claim that he actually won. you even see references in those notes to all of these votes that just showed up. the absentee ballot votes that were counted later because donald trump had it set up that way so he could claim that there was some kind of fraud. he then went and instituted 60-some odd bogus lawsuits.
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all of this led up to january 6th. >> yeah. and really laying out that pattern there. bill, one of the members of the january 6th select house committee, republican congressman adam kinzinger, said that he expects a significant number of subpoenas for a lot of people. but he signaled he'd be hesitant to call trump himself. we can listen to a clip of that. >> we may not even have to talk to donald trump to get the information. there were tons of people around him. there were tons of people involved in the things that led up to january 6th. obviously, if you talk to the president, the former president, that's going to have a whole new set of kind of like, you know, everything associated with it. so when i look at that, i'm like, maybe. but i know that we're going to get to the information. if he has unique information, that's one thing. but i think there's a lot of people around him that knew some things. >> and bill, what do you think about that, and politically, what do you think could or would happen if the democrats ended up
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trying to call trump? >> i think they'll be wary of that because it would be such a circus. it may be necessary if thing comes out of documents and notes and trump says it's not true. someone has taken a note of trump ordering something. trump puts out one of his statements that says that's not the case. it's legitimate for the congressional committee to say come in and explain that under oath. and explain in more detail what you did say on that phone call. but adam kinzinger's point is key. in watergate, nixon never testified before the watergate committee but people around him did. people in the justice department did. people in the cia and elsewhere and we learned an awful lot about his interactions with people elsewhere in the government. for me, this is where people are underestimating the importance of having a select committee with the power to compel testimony. and a lot of people scattered around who will testify -- who were around the government between november 3rd and january 6th and incidentally state and local governments elsewhere who
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will testify truthfully. ing think of ukraine. a lot of people testified truthfully once called at the state department and national security council. so we can learn more. people assume this committee is just going to rehash the same old stuff. but look at that testimony this week from the police officers. that was some moving and gripping but in a way, i think the more important fundamentally more important testimony is from people still to come in the government. >> that were adjasant and involved in all of this watching it happen. >> do you think the investigation can get by without president trump's testimony and, if so, if you were participating, what witnesses are you looking ing what? who would you be wanting to call in? >> i think you'd call anybody that had any contact with donald trump right from the beginning where he was trying to fix an excuse with this election, with this mirage that he used. you'd get the people that were
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around him. all of his advisers. they do not have the right to claim executive privilege now. executive privilege belongs to the executive. here the executive has waived that privilege just like in watergate with u.s. v. nixon when the supreme court said you cannot use executive privilege to hide behind criminal activities and acts in furtherance of a crime. that is what's happening here. all of these people are going to have to testify unless they take their own personal privilege, which is the fifth amendment privilege and refuse to answer questions based on the ground that a truthful answer would tend to incriminate them. what i would do is get all of that testimony down. take every single fact you can, every moment that donald trump was dealing with this issue. get those people down on record and then i would bring donald trump in and examine him on all of those facts. i think it's really important
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that the american people hear what trump has to say based on real facts, real evidence that's gathered from the people that he spoke to. >> and we know that that committee is working now to figure out who they're going to subpoena and maybe coming back from august recess to do more work on it. nick akerman and bill kristol, we appreciate your thoughts and insight. thanks for being with us. they did the right thing and now they're angry. the vaccinated americans frustrated that the joy they felt just weeks ago now seems to be slipping away. when subway® opened they changed the fast food game. but sometimes you gotta refresh be fresh. welcome to the eat fresh refresh. refresh where there is so much new, some say that it can't fit in one ad. i say... ...we're talking a new all-american club, deli-style oven-roasted turkey and... oh, that's the new steak & cheese. oh yeah, i knew that. that's the one with the new... ...seasoning. and that was the new mvp parmesan vinaigrette .
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lysol here for healthy schools wow... nobody's here. in new york city, ten people were hurt and a manhunt is under way after a mass shooting last night. surveillance video capturing the moment just before the gunfire erupted. you see two people draw their guns before they walk out of view. they are then followed by two more individuals on scooters. police say the two with guns fired numerous shots into a crowd before jumping onto the scooters and fleeing. all of the victims suffered nonlife-threatening injuries and are expected to be okay. as stricter covid rules and mandates return, frustration is building especially among those who did their part and got vaccinated. and now they feel like they're being punished for the inaction of others. cnn's dan simon has that story. >> the stakes of this seem so different to different people. >> reporter: 36-year-old michael burns is angry.
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not because he contracted covid but how and why he got it. >> before we get into it -- >> reporter: the los angeles youtube host lives in a state with one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. at least 75% of californians have had a single dose. but like much of the country, health officials say vaccine holdouts are causing a spike here with the highly transmissible delta variant. that's led to widespread frustration among those who have gotten their shots. >> there are people who have been flaunting not being vaccinated or not wanting to be vaccinated. people in los angeles and southern california more generally. and it's extremely frustrating. >> reporter: michael had been cautious during the whole pandemic. in april he got the johnson & johnson vaccine. two weeks ago he and at least three friends came down with the virus after attending a crowded maskless concert which became a superspreader event. >> we're thinking, i got vaccinated. i can go everywhere without a mask. things are fine. >> it was our first big social
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outing since we'd all been vaccinated. first concert any of us had been to in a year and a half. and definitely the point where i think we were all feeling like things were getting slightly more safe and normal. >> reporter: a few days later he came down with minor symptoms. first testing negative and then symptoms worsened and got tested again with a positive result. he's now recovered. >> california is open again. >> reporter: last month, with the confetti flying, the california governor gavin newsom heralded a new day for the 39 million population. six weeks later the staircts along with much of the nation finds itself in a different spot. last month, california hit a low of around 1200 hospitalizations. today, there are nearly 4,000. and state health officials say more than 90% of california's population are living in an area with substantial or high levels of transmission. >> right now over 90% of the people who are currently hospitalized with covid, over 90% are unvaccinated.
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and more than 97% of the people dying from covid are unvaccinated. as i've said many times before, you'll either get the vaccine or covid. i'll tell you which one of those can kill you. >> there's no joy. i am not joyous anymore. >> reporter: the euphoria felt just weeks ago is evaporating. >> i do think it's disappointment because it was a time for people to come together, and they're not. >> angry and disappointed and scared. this is not going away. >> reporter: the cases causing worry about school and office reopenings and many of the vaccinated fearing for their children who are too young to get the shot. >> i feel like there's been enough time for everyone to learn the stakes of the pandemic and i find it frustrating to see that people aren't thinking of themselves getting vaccinated as something that's responsible to do as a member of a community and to approach health in a community way. they're thinking about it as a -- you know, in selfish terms. >> that was incredible.
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after her case grabbed the world's attention, amanda knox is speaking out again blasting a new movie starring matt damon. we'll tell you why. that's next. welcome back to milkshake mustaches, high fives and high dives. to 3-on 3s... 2-on-2s... and 1-on-1s. at aspen dental, we see all the moments that make us smile so we make it easy to share your smile with convenient, total care - all in one place. and flexible hours that work with your life. right now, new patients get a complete exam and x-rays — free without insurance, and everyone saves 20% on their treatment plan. welcome back to life's best moments. call 1-800-aspendental or book online today. >> woman: what's my safelite story? i see inspiration right through my glass. so when my windshield cracked, i chose safelite.
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amanda knox is blasting a new movie starring matt damon claiming its profiting off her life story and murder conviction. a conviction that was later overturned. you may recall knox was convicted twice and eventually exonerated in italy in the 2007 killing of her british roommate. in the movie "stillwater," matt damon plays the midwestern father of a college student
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being held in a european prison for murder. the director tom mccarthy acknowledged he used knox's case as a loose inspiration for the film but knox says she never gave her consent and that the film makes her look guilty. she wrote in the atlantic, by fictionalizing away my innocence, by erasing the role of the authority inspects my wrongful conviction, mccarthy reinforces an image of me as guilty. and with damon's star power, both are sure to profit handsomely off this re-imagined version of the amanda knox saga leaving plenty of viewers wondering maybe the real life amanda was involved somehow and googling whether the film's story is true. knox spent four years in an italian prison before she was fully exonerated. 3,000 years. three major faiths, one city. in order to understand the conflict in the middle east today you have to know the complex story of jerusalem's past. tonight's all new episode of "jerusalem: city of faith and
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fury" looks at the bloody conflict known as the third cru crusade. >> muslim leaders ruled jerusalem from 638 until the first crusade in 1099 a.d. >> jerusalem is the focal point of the first crusade. the aim is to recover christ's city from the hands of the muslims. >> and jerusalem fell. and the crusaders were able to control a huge part of syria and palestine and they established the kingdom of jerusalem. and essentially they banned the muslims from living in the city. >> of course, the muslims of the region wanted to throw out the westerners. >> and so this is what prompted the rise of saladeen to take
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back jerusalem from the christians who had taken it from the muslims. >> you can watch "jerusalem: city of faith and fury" tonight at 10:00 right here on cnn. it might be the most expensive cake you will never eat. that's if you want a little slice of royalty. a piece of cake from prince charles and princess diana's wedding 40 years ago is now up for auction. it's expected to go for nearly $300. it features a coat of arms colored in gold, red, blue and silver. the slice is from one of the 23 cakes made for the royal wedding. but that's not all. also up for bidding, printed ceremonial and order of service programs for the wedding, as well as memorial royal wedding breakfast wedding program. that auction takes place august 11th. two cnn heroes, doctors jim withers and wendy ross are going the extra mile to make sure the people they serve don't miss out on life-saving measures. anderson cooper has more.
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>> reporter: in pittsburgh, dr. jim withers brings medical care and now vaccines to those experiencing homelessness. >> can i take a listen? >> have to go to where someone is and cut down those barriers. we provide something that can save a life and the lives of people that they come in contact with. it's a really unique and powerful feeling. >> anthony, i just want to say hi. >> hi. >> reporter: in philadelphia, dr. wendy ross' low stress sense sorry friendly vaccination clinic for people with autism is a game changer. >> there's less waiting on line and we provide tools like fidgets. all of our vaccinators are educated to be sensitive and have strategies for vaccinating this population. >> all done. all done. good job! awesome. >> getting the vaccine to this
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population absolutely is saving lives. i just feel that everyone matters and has value. and that everyone should be included. >> to learn more about the work doctors withers and ross are doing go to that's going to do it for me. i'm jessica dean. phil mattingly picks up our live coverage after a quick break. have a great night. ♪ [truck horn blares] (vo) the subaru forester. dog tested. dog approved.
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