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breaking news in america this morning, the new research tracing the coronavirus emergency. what scientists have revealed about most of the cases in new york. >> we take you inside the intensive care unit inside a major hospital. the exhaustion that is setting in and the powerful message from one top doctor. >> new information about the economic impact of this crisis. how many more americans have now lost their jobs. the pentagon now responding for the first time to an abc news investigation that found u.s. intelligence issued a warning about this virus as far back as november. and this morning, the state of the presidential race. bernie sanders dropping out. but is he endorsing joe biden? what he said overnight.
good thursday morning, everyone. thank you for joining us. authorities in new york, detroit and new orleans say they are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. >> but doctors warn we have a long way to go. here's what the map looks like this morning. nearly 15,000 americans have now died from the coronavirus. more than 6,200 in new york. 1,500 in new jersey, nearly 1,000 in michigan and more than 600 in louisiana. there's new concern about hot spots emerging in washington, d.c. and philadelphia. >> although hospital admission rates are down here in new york, look at this ambulance line outside a hospital in queens this week stretching down the block. we counted nearly two dozen of them. >> at least 41 workers from the new york transit system have now died highlighting the concern for essential workers. >> in massachusetts grocery stores are being told to limit customers after a cashier died from the virus. and miami has become the latest city to require people to wear a
mask in stores. >> delivery workers at risk. a fedex pilot has now died. we begin our coverage this half hour here in new york. despite the new death toll and the epicenter of this pandemic, a glimmer of hope. >> there's no doubt that we are now bending the curve. the bad news isn't just bad, the bad news is actually terrible. >> reporter: new york setting another one-day death toll record, 779 people, and the governor saying that number will rise as more patients struggling in the hospital lose their fight. >> the longer you are on a ventilator, the less likely you will come off the ventilator. >> reporter: but this morning the infection rate appears to be slowing in new york. some hospitals now releasing more patients than they're admitting, an encouraging sign for the physically and emotionally exhausted health care workers. maimonides hospital in brooklyn bringing abc news into a makeshift icu. dr. nicola was seen ripping off
his mask and walking away from our cameras after calling a patient's family to update them on their loved one's condition. >> one of the parts of our job is delivering bad news to patients. honestly it's one of the most psychologically exhausting parts of the job. so telling someone that their family member may not make it, it really does -- it takes a lot. >> reporter: as new york signs shows of flattening the curve other potential hot spots are being closely watched including the washington, d.c. metro area, baltimore and philadelphia. >> we're triangulating testing data with the attack rates, with the spatn, with the number of cases a creating a mosaic of who needs what when to ensure every american is served well. >> reporter: a leading model now predicts 60,000 will die by august from the pandemic.
down significantly from the 100,000 to 240,000 it predicted weeks ago. doctors credit social distancing and saying we can't let up. >> what you do with data will always outstrip a model. you redo your models depending upon your data, and our data is telling us that mitigation is working. so, again, as dr. birx said, keep your foot on the accelerator because that's what's going to get us through this. >> reporter: as americans wonder when life will get back to normal, a sobering message from one expert. >> we're not going to get back to normal, the sort of before covid, the b.c. kind of normal where we go traveling, we go to restaurants, we go to concerts and religious services and on cruises until we have a vaccine that protects everyone. that is 18 months. it's not going to be sooner. >> reporter: new hope for a potential coronavirus treatment now in the works. >> it's a pill that blocks the coronavirus from attaching to lung cells in test tubes.
it could be used to both treat and prevent covid-19, and it is set to start clinical trials in humans this spring. >> and according to "the new york times," new studies show most cases of the virus here in new york can be traced to people who traveled from europe in february before the travel ban. >> reporter: president trump says he's confident the u.s. has enough ventilators. california recently announced it's giving 500 ventilators to new york. but this morning the "l.a. times" reports several counties in california have been struggling to find the machines even though the governor said the state has enough. new details about the growing economic crisis. we're expecting to learn today that another 5 million americans applied for unemployment benefits last week bringing the total to 15 million over the past three weeks. the senate could vote as early as today on president trump's plan to offer another $250 billion aid package to small businesses. meanwhile, as americans and millions of americans turn to food banks for groceries, a new survey finds one-third of people
did not pay their rent this month. the $1200 stimulus checks for most americans are expected to go out starting next week. >> the pentagon is now responding to an abc news report that found u.s. intelligence reports warned about the crisis as far back as november. here's abc's andrew dymburt. >> reporter: as the coronavirus crisis continues to spread here in america, new findings raising questions about how the trump administration responded to the outbreak. an intelligence report warned of covid-19 as early as november, sources tell abc news. >> this is a pandemic. i felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic. >> reporter: that was trump in late march. but an abc news investigation confirming through four sources that the national committee on medical intelligence was aware as early as november of covid-19's uncontrolled spread in china by monitoring communication and satellite images there. the committee detailing how the disease could pose a serious threat to u.s. forces in asia. their analysis also finding
chinese leaders knew the outbreak was out of control but but opted to hide that from foreign governments and health agencies. the report vetted by intelligence, military and white house officials for weeks before appearing in the president's daily brief in early january. when asked about the abc news report and when he first learned about the scope of the spread, trump said -- >> so, i don't know exactly but i'd like to see the information. >> reporter: but as recently as three days ago president trump said this -- >> this came out of nowhere. nobody would have ever thought a thing like this could have happened. >> reporter: now in a rare official statement from the national center for medical intelligence, colonel shane day saying in the interest of transparency during this current public health crisis we can confirm that media reporting about the existence/release of a national center for medical intelligence coronavirus related product assessment in november of 2019 is not correct. no such ncmi product exists. and the pentagon also denies this, quote, product or assessment on coronavirus ever
even existed. kenneth, mona. >> thank you, andrew. former vice president joe biden says now that senator bernie sanders has ended his campaign, he's confident they can work together. in a new interview with stephen colbert, sanders called biden a very decent man, but sanders stopped short of a full endorsement, and he said the coronavirus played a role in his dropping out. >> while you can make the argument that you should run a campaign, fight for your ideas, bring people together, even if you can't win, i think the pandemic that we are experiencing right now makes even that virtually impossible. we don't hold rallies. our people can't knock on doors. >> reporter: sanders says he's staying in the remaining primaries to pick up as many delegates as possible. so he can influence the democratic party's platform. time now for a look at your weather for this thursday morning. >> powerful tornadoes hit the
heartland overnight including one in arkansas south of jonesboro. at least one home was destroyed. d in central illinois, gusting winds blew over three tractor trailers on two highways. you see it there on your screen. that severe weather is now stretching from tennessee to pennsylvania and the great lakes. meanwhile, more rain and snow is on tap for the west. high temperatures will only be in the 40s for the upper midwest. 50s in the northeast. coming up, how people are cutting the line at costco. also ahead, the new bombshell in that controversy over a fired navy captain. how much taxpayer money it cost to fly his boss to guam. plus we'll hear from
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we're back with some news from costco. cutting the line will be okay for now if you're a first responder giving emergency wokkers priority to enter the store. >> sounds fair to me. we turn to the crisis in nursing homes because of the coronavirus. some employees including staff are refusing to show up for work. abc's kimberly brooks reports. >> reporter: this morning, weeks after the tragedy at the life care center in washington state first brought the coronavirus crisis into focus, the virus is taking a growing toll on senior care facilities across the country. >> a number of the staff are very worried. they were scared. >> reporter: in richmond, virginia, at least 35 people have died at this facility. and this week similar scenes in elizabeth, new jersey. >> we don't know, you know, exactly what. we just want to take a look. >> reporter: in athens, georgia, the cdc reporting virus
outbreaks in more than 400 long-term facilities and now a growing protest. >> i know the community sees us like we're betting on patients. >> reporter: staff now refusing to show up at work saying the danger of becoming infected is too great. >> i don't want people thinking we're bad. it's just we're not being properly protected. >> reporter: all 84 residents of the home have been forced to evacuate. they're now being relocated to different health care facilities across the county. staffers say the fear is legitimate with dozens of residents already testing positive. but the board of health accuses the workers of jumping ship when they're needed the most. >> he described what they did as abandoning their patients,, and that's how strongly he felt bit. >> reporter: yeah, so with this uptick some states are making urgent moves. in los angeles county instead of isolating the elderly officials are creating an exception to the stay-at-home order calling on
families to bring their elderly relatives home if at all possible. kenneth, mona. >> kimberly, thank you. new fallout this morning after the firing of a navy captain in guam. former navy secretary thomas modly visited the "uss theodore roosevelt" days after visiting its commander. "usa today" reports that trip cost taxpayers $243,000. the visit led to modly's resignation after he called the former captain stupid for the way he handled the virus outbreak. coming up, the place in america where it's business as usual. later from powerball to mega millions, big changes for those lotteries. thousands of women with metastatic breast cancer, which is breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, are living in the moment and taking ibrance. ibrance with an aromatase inhibitor is for postmenopausal women or for men with hr+/her2- metastatic breast cancer,
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>> near st. george, utah, our cameras captured people going about their daily lives, gathering in park, nail salons and a vape shop, all businesses deemed nonessential in other states. a mean even called abc's kayna whitworth a sheep for wearing a mask. >> for me to see everyone walking around here with no masks on feels bizarre now. >> if you educate yourself and not be a sheep, you would learn what the masks are for. >> utah's governor is asking people to travel only when it is essential. now to your questions about the coronavirus. many people are asking about the anti-malaria drug that's being sent to several states as a possible treatment. earlier i asked dr. imran ali about the concern surrounding the drug. >> i'm seeing things on the ground which are very concerning when it comes to the coronavirus and its effect on the heart. so we always talk about the
lungs and inflammatory responses in the lungs, but it's also having some inflammatory responses in the heart. now, hydroxychloroquine has been around, but whenever it's prescribed, the physician always checks a baseline ekg, and they look at other medications which could interact with it because hydroxychloroquine has an adverse effect on the heart's ability to regulate its rhythm, its heartbeat, and you can get a higher risk of irregular heart rhythms, and that can be very dangerous. >> doctor, new york, michigan, louisiana, all hot spots, but there are concerns this morning and focus on new hot spots like texas. what do you know? >> well, what we're seeing the trend show something that we are getting more results from philadelphia and the metropolitan area surrounding philadelphia, so camden, new jersey, washington, d.c., for example, and that they're showing the pattern that shows that they are approximately two weeks behind new york.
and a hot spot is defined as the number of new cases per resident. n of iecon, you ow, t time, per se. >> we know nursing homes have been a vulnerable spot here when it comes to this pandemic. when we talk about the flattening of the curve in the hot spots, there's still real concern growing about nursing homes, people wondering whether they should move their parents, grandmother, grandfather from these facilities. what are you seeing? >> it's hard to maintain infection control when you have such a low staff to patient ratio, and, you know, the kaiser foundation did a study showing that 9,000 nursing homes across the united states failed inspections, and many of them failed them multiple times. so unless you can really ascertain if a nursing home is doing a good job of separating
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who got away in a dark colored, older model suv. he fatally shot the victim during an argument in this parking lot here at the lucky supermarket here in fremont. te shooting happened around 7:21 last night in the parking lot. witnesses saying the victims was in a car with friends when he got out and got into an argument with a man in an suv. that's when police say the attacker shot and injured the victim and sped off. police in an ambulance were called and 30 minutes later the victim was pronounced dead at a local trauma center. his cousin showed up to the parking lot where the shooting happened last night. >> he's a really good guy. very passionate, very loving, very hard working. he has a family. he recently just got engaged. >> no motive for the shooting so far. police are currently trying to piece together witness statements and surveillance camera video to try to get some
leads and a motive to why this shooting happened in the first place. police do want to hear from you this morning. if you know something or might have been to the supermarket parking lot lucky last night text to 888-777 and your tips will remain anonymous. i'm julian glover. >> thank you. now to our coverage of the coronavirus pan dam demic. the total number people testing positive in santa cruz 4,300. three more people passed away in santa clara county increasing the death toll to 116. at least 46 people have died from coronavirus in the south bay where there are nearly 1,400 cases. san francisco has the second most with 676 cases. alameda reported 40 more cases yesterday and now has 674.