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>> that is nice. pap paper towels. now i need a helping hand during this time. >> sure do. >> thanks for joining us here at 5:00. lester holt is next. we'll see you again at 6:00. tonight, the sweeping knew mask orders, with the coronavirus spreading faster than ever, alabama, the latest state to order residents to cover up. walmart and kroger to require masks in all stores. oklahoma's governor, after resisting a mask mandate, announcing he's the nation's first governor to test positive and in florida, the grim new milestone. the showdown over schools, houston, atlanta and philadelphia joining the list of big districts to find the trump administration's demand to tully open. a race to make a vaccine, what we're now looking for. president trump in the hot spot of georgia, distancing himself from his top
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adviser's broadside attack on dr. fauci. how fauci is firing back. the massive hacking attack on twitter. the accounts of joe biden, barack obama, apple, elon musk and many more, compromised. new body cam video of george floyd's deadly encounter with police, what it shows and the new lawsuit filed today. the double threat as we head toward fall covid and flu season, all at once. what doctors are pleading with the public to do. and our correspondent's own battle with covid-19, the symptoms doctors are only just beginning to understand >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening, everyone, what if there was a magic bullet that coull two months or less? according to the hea of the cdc we already have one and you're willing looking at it. dr. robert redfield saying if we all wore masks well i'd likely be telling a very different story than the one we're sadly leading with tonight
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and that is covid spreading at its fast e pace yet, the nightmare of hospitals overrun is coming true let's start with miguel almaguer. >> reporter: tonight inside hospitals in the nation's biggest city. >> i, myself, am preparing for every shift like it's war. >> reporter: and in some of our country's smallest communities health care providers are overrun by a record surge in covid patients the coronavirus now spreading faster than at any time in the pandemic florida surpassing 300,000 cases, a benchmark already eclipsed by california. >> the sad thing is, it could be avoided. if people wore masks -- >> reporter: now cities like montgomery, alabama are being crushed by a tidal wave of patients also taking a toll on doctors. >> it's tough.
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i get pretty emotional about this >> reporter: with 22 states setting daily records for new cases this month, tonight there's a push to mandate face masks in public, despite resistance or outright defiance. >> i feel threatened. >> you're coming close to me. >> back off. >> reporter: today walmart announcing customers will be required to use face coverings by next week, the growing number of companies joining an expanding list of states as the cdc chief says masks could halt the virus outbreak in four to six weeks. >> we're not going to be mask shamers. >> reporter: last week oklahoma's governor said he would not mandate face masks today he confirmed he's become the first fwrn to catch the virus. so did dr. daniel lewis, infected in march while attending a hospital meeting about covid in tennessee. >> it's scary at age 42 to be recording voice memos on your phone that your children can hopefully have if you don't come
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back out of the hospital. >> reporter: with several regions struggling to expand testing in utah a nursing home patient died while waiting in a vehicle for one. now more states are reimplementing restrictions on crowd size sz and closures. >> in one of the nation's worst epicenters, los angeles, the city is nearly shut down and it could get worse, says the mayor. next year's rose parade in pasadena is now cancelled amid health concerns, while ellis and liberty island, a symbol of america, began phase one of reopening progress and setbacks for a nation struggling to contain an out of control virus, miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> reporter: i'm kristen dahlgren, across the country tonight, picture of what school will look like in the fall, houston will delay its start until september 8th and keep classes online the first six weeks. >> we might need to change or turn on a dime and we've been
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doing it we have plan "a" through "z." >> reporter: atlanta announcing it will be virtual the first nine weeks. >> we have to think of our teachers, we have to think of our cafeteria workers and then so many parents across this country are in a situation like i'm in, it's grandma at home waiting for the kids. >> reporter: philadelphia opting for a combo of in person and digital learning. >> my main nightmare is being a superspreader. >> reporter: in richmond, virginia online classes will continue until at least january. >> we know, by making this choice, that there are families and children who are going to face enormous hardship. >> reporter: while south carolina's governor is leaving it up to parents. >> each district must allow the parents to make that choice for their children. >> reporter: today the national academies of sciences engineering and medicine suggested schools prioritize reopening, especially for children in grades k through 5 and students with special
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needs, the study recommending precautions but warning districts should be prepared for future closures. >> we've purchased plenty of ppe. >> reporter: austin, texas is stockpiling protective gear, including 3.2 million masks and thousands of cases of hand sanitizer. while some new jersey schools are considering hanging clear plastic shower curtains has dividers. balancing safety and in-person learning with decisions that could change again, even before the fall kristen dahlgren, nbc news. we've got more breaking news tonight about one of the leading potential vaccines being developed at oxford university let's bring in dr. john torres, dr. john, what's being reported today? >> lester promising news this week on the race to develop a covid vaccine. early results we've been waiting for will be published next week what we'll be looking for is to see if this vk seen could offer double defense, it
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doesn't just produce an antibodies, but also "t" cells, the important helper cells, it could provide potentially years of immunity. the u.s. biotech moderna posted their phase one results yesterday, both of these promising vaccines have been fast tracked to the next phase of clinical trials and production. lester >> we'll take any hopeful news you've got, dr. john, thanks very much. dr. anthony fauci is firing back after a member of president trump's inner circle made a stinging attack on the nation's top doctor involved in the covid-19 pandemic. our geoff bennett has late details. >> reporter: president trump tonight distancing himself from his top adviser peter navarro who wrote a scathing takedown of dr. anthony fauci. >> well, he made a statement representing himself. he shouldn't be doing odat relationship with anthony. >> reporter: navarro who doesn't have a health background wrote an op-ed published in usa today
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questioning fauci's expertise. dr. anthony fauci has a good bedside manner with the public but he has been wrong about everything i have interacted with him on a white house spokesperson today said the op-ed didn't go through normal white house clearance processes but there's little doubt navarro's broadside reflects the president's own frustration with fauci. >> dr. fauci's a nice man but he's made a lot of mistakes. >> reporter: the warning conflicting with the president's push to reopen the country. navarro's criticism is the most direct result on fauci's credibility to date. sustained white house effort to sideline him. a top trump aide posting a cartoon mocking fauci. the white house providing a document to reporters aimed at damaging his reputation fauci today calling the behavior bizarre. >> i cannot figure out in my wildest dreams why they would want to do that. i think they realize now that's not a frunt prudent thing to do
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because it's only reflecting negatively on them. >> i can't explain peter navarro, he's in a world by himself i don't even want to go there. >> reporter: a "wall street journal" poll finds joe biden with an 11 point national lead over president trump, with seven in ten voters saying the country is on the wrong track and majorities disapproving of the president's handling of the coronavirus and -- lester? >> geoff bennett of the white house, thank you. just breaking, twitter says it's investigating the apparent hacking of many high profile users, including joe biden, pete williams is following all of it, pete, what do we know right now >> the accounts include those belonging to biden, barack obama, kanye west, bill gates and elon musk. the messages coming from the victims' accounts promised the recipients their money would be doubled if they send an amount in bit coins to a specific place several hundred people appear to have responded sending in tens of thousands of
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dollars. in a statement tonight twitter says it's aware of a security incident impacting accounts is investigating and taking steps to fix it and will update everybody shortly. twitter says tonight that users may be unable to tweet while it investigates, lester all right, pete williams, thanks. in minneapolis the family of george floyd sued that city today over his death in police custody as nbc news viewed unreleased body cam video that sheds new light on what happened before that encounter turned deadly here's gabe gutierrez. >> i can't breathe. >> reporter: almost two months since the eyewitness video sparked a global movement today for the first time previously unreleased police body camera footage showed that george floyd told officers at least 28 times that he couldn't breathe. authorities aren't releasing the videos but allow the public to view them. >> what we see are the interactions between george floyd and those officers, we hear the tone in their voices and you hear the fear that george floyd had initially and the frustration that the
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officers had. >> reporter: in the video rookie officer thomas lane and his partner respond to a call about someone using an alleged fake $20 bill at a minneapolis convenience store. when the officers arrive they're directed to floyd in lane approaches he orders floyd to show his hand and then draws his gun. as officers struggle to get him into a squad car, floyd says he's claustrophobic. once he's restrained floyd says they're going to kill me derek chauvin who pressed his knee on floyd's neck says takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to say that. he's charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, he's not commented publicly in a court filing this week his attorney objected to a gag order a judge recently imposed and suggested his alleged actions were justifiable in the line of his duties as a minneapolis police officer according to another court filing officer lane felt that floyd might have been having a medical emergency. he asked whether floyd should be turned over on his side.
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chauvin says he should stay put at one point floyd says, momma, i love you, tell my kids i love them. i'm dead today his family filed a civil lawsuit against the police department and the city of minneapolis. >> we seek to make it financially prohibitive that the police won't woefully kill, marginalize people. >> reporter: today the minneapolis attorney called floyd's death a tragedy and said the city was reviewing the lawsuit. lester >> gabe gutierrez tonight, thanks. in 60 seconds the double threat, the dire new warning about covid-19 and the coming flu season, plus the other epidemic, businesses devastated, many shutting down for good
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as the country battles covid-19 there's a new warning now about the pandemic combined with the coming flu season and that it might lead to a very high death toll the fear is that many
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americans won't get the flu vaccine. tom costello tonight with facts over fear. >> reporter: in a typical year the seasonal flu can be a silent killer, most often targeting the elderly. but this past february 16-year-old katy was home, sick, and suddenly went into cardiac arrest. >> i didn't not think that this would kill her. >> in hindsight katy's symptoms sound like covid. >> the infection in her chest, the inability to breathe the way that it affected her brain, the infection, the septic. >> this past flu season killed between 24 and 60,000 people in the u.s now the cdc director warns another flu season like that as the covid death toll is expected to climb over 200,000 this fall, could make the coming winter especially deadly. >> i think those two respiratory passages hitting us at the same time do have the potential to stress our health system. >> the concern, many
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people may not get their flu shots this fall skeptical of vaccines, working from home rather than offices where they normally get their flu shots, perhaps avoiding doctors' offices and not getting their kids vaccinated. >> our hospitals are full so coming, you know, the fall, knowing that we're going to experience a rise in hospital admissions, due to the flu, it's very, very concerning that we won't have the resources to take care of people. >> reporter: dr. adrian burrows is a family practitioner in orlando, flu shots, he says, won't protect you from covid but could still be a lifesaver. >> if you are infected with either strain of a flu you could on top of that get a covid-19 infection, which would be catastrophic for your system. >> potentially deadly? >> absolutely. >> katy never got a flu shot last year. >> i wish i was more educated on the flu. i wish i would have known to take it extremely seriously. >> reporter: doctors warn it could be difficult to differentiate between
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covid and flu symptoms, all the more reason for the entire family to get their flu shots. the cdc recommends september or october lester >> an important reminder, tom, thanks. as some states and cities close back up again it's wreaking havoc on small businesses, many fearing they won't survive a second shutdown here's jo ling kent. when cindy ramsey reopened her skin care business after 3 1/2 months of closure she was ready. >> i jumped through every hoop of compliance, gathering all of my equipment, my personal protection equipment, my hospital grade sanitation supplies. >> reporter: but after being back open for only 15 days, taking just 30% of her usual customers for safety reasons, california's governor ordered all salons to close up for the second time. >> i should be able to apply for approval, and say, i need an inspector to come, check out my space, look at my record, and allow me to stay open.
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>> reporter: according to yelp of all closures due to covid-1944% are permanent, hardest hit, the beauty industry, retail and restaurants. >> it's been an emotional roller coaster, you're up and down. >> reporter: in texas nick just said good-bye to his dream, the sports bar he opened ten years ago, after surviving on a ppp loan and to go orders, reopening at limited capacity was promising until the texas governor shut down bars again last month. he says he had no choice he's closed permanently, laying off 30 employees. >> we're a big sports bar and a sports bar with no sports and not allowed to be able to hang out in the place, it's just doesn't fit the model. >> reporter: back in los angeles ramsey is in the same boat. >> are you be able to survive another shutdown like this >> no, not at all. if they keep me locked down, as long as the last one was, i'm going to lose my business and that is just the straight facts. >> reporter: she also tells me she feels her
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business is collateral damage in this pandemic, her message, wear a mask when you're out in public so everyone can get back to work again lester >> jo ling kent, thank you. the growing list of covid-19 symptoms and the red flag for our own correspondent.
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back now, the closer look at the expanding rage of covid-19 symptoms being seen, we get more on this from mo r began chesky who discovered he was infected last month after a certain symptom led him to get
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tested >> reporter: it's become a medical moving target, with a growing list of both physical and neurological symptoms. >> we realize that this virus could affect virtually ere organ system in the body. >> reporter: in march the cdc listed three symptoms, fever, cough and shortness of breath now there are nearly a dozen. a runny nose, headaches, nausea or vomiting and sudden lost of taste of smell which is what tipped me off three weeks ago to my own case. >> nasal swab, unnecessary evil. >> reporter: i came one of the 3.5 million americans who tested positive. >> a lot of people notice in that first few weeks after recovering you're going along, and boom, profound fatigue. >> reporter: dr. may cool sag knows firsthand because he was also infected with the coronavirus. >> i didn't have a fever but i had a cough. i was fatigued i had back aches, but never nausea, and then
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there was this mental fog. what caused that >> fuzzy thinking is what i call it i had that as well that, i think, is our brain having a little bit of inflammation from the virus being present. >> reporter: does it feel as weird for you as it does for me to call yourself a covid survivor >> yeah, it does i think for all of us right now who have had it initially, i think, we're grateful that we survived but for me at least there's a lurking concern that was there any permanent damage to my lungs or my heart or my brain? >> that's hardly reassuring morgan joins me now. morgan, so great to have you back. tell us how you're feeling right now. >> reporter: for the first time in a long time, finally starting to feel more like my old self if we go back several weeks when that virus set in it was really a combo of symptoms, that constant dull headache, aches throughout my body and i didn't leave bed for the better part of that first week. i can tell you the one
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thing that sticks with you is that heavy sense of fatigue, even today, everything's requiring a little bit more focus, everything's a little bit more tiring, but all that aside, it is good to be back. lester >> we appreciate you sharing your experience, morgan you take care of yourself, okay >> rest assured, will do up next, a whole new look for some classic rock albums.
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finally, tonight, the senior citizens
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keeping spirits up during lockdown with their own spin on classic albums here's catie beck. >> reporter: rocking in a nursing home typically involves a wooden chair but at the sydmar lodge care home, residents are finding their inner rock star. robert speaker imagined a way to escape four months of virus lockdown in a viral way. recreating photos of classic album covers, giving seniors a taste of celebrity. >> they got on board very quickly and it was just a case of matching the resident with the album cover >> who says you're too old to be adele at 93 or wear a shirt like taylor swift see la solomon didn't have a guitar handy so she used ore walking cane to imitate the clash. it was a hit and he says an opportunity. >> to be able to empower themselves, to
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be able to experience new things and really just to enjoy life. >> finding joy in the simple things has no age limit. catie beck, nbc news. >> what a brilliant idea that's nightly news. thank you for watching, everyone, i'm lester holt, please take care of yourself and each other. right now at 6:00, more changes and mandates across the bay area. tonight, frustration that's leading a county to get tough on wearing masks. the news at 6:00 starts right now. good evening and thank you for being with us. >> from big openings to a glimpse of what the school year is going to look like in san francisco, we have a lot of information for you this evening and janelle wang is with us, as well.
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>> jessica and roger, state's covid numbers are heading toward a number we don't want to be at. a positivity rate of 8%. we are just over 7%. governor newsom could shut down more businesses like in march and cal train has just enough money to get to october. after that, the transit agency says it could shut down the railway. i'll have those stories coming up. back to you. >> thank you. almost every night we have different rules and guidelines but what if you don't follow them? you maybe slapped with a ticket. >> the board of supervisors is considering a new rule that would allow county staff members to cite people not following the rules like a mask, for example. here's nbc bay area's jodi hernandez. >> repor


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