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surpassing 4.5 million cases today. after once again topping 60,000 new cases on thursday. even more troubling, more than 1200 americans were killed by the virus yesterday alone as the daily death toll exceeded 1,000 for the eighth consecutive day. eight states in the south recorded record hospitalizations today. and let's talk about florida. hurricane isaias is barreling toward the state forcing florida to shut down some covid testing sites. this comes as the state, again, added more than 9,000 new cases in the span of a day. it is also breaking its daily death toll record for a fourth consecutive day. president trump is scheduled to land in florida this hour. he's holding a couple of campaign events in addition to talking -- taking part in a round table on covid and storm preps. so let's start with randi kaye live in palm beach county,
florida. beautiful day so far. we know how quickly all of that could change. how are people in florida preparing for a hurricane in the midst of this pandemic? >> reporter: they are bracing themselves, brooke. because they're still watching the numbers from the coronavirus, another 257 dead here in the state of florida, that is more than 6,800 floridians so far and 8,400 are still hospitalized. but they are preparing, of course. they've taken down the -- a lot of the state-run testing sites here in the state. that is because they're made of tents and poles and just temporary settings so they've removed those, not from the west coast, but from the east coast. so they've had to dismantle 33 of the testing sites. we asked the division of emergency management about shelters as well. they haven't set up any shelters yet but they've given guidance to the shelters and to the counties, no more than 50 people in the shelters. they want to check people's
temperatures as they come in and ideally they want 60 square feet between every person in that shelter area for every person, i should say. the government held a presser today, a press conference to give us an idea of how many supplies the state has in terms of ppe. here we are expecting a hurricane in the midst of a pandemic and he said we have 20 million masks, 22 million gloves, 1.6 million face shields, 20,000 thermometers, 9.4 million bottles of water and 2.6 million meals ready to go. he also talked about the care that they are taking to protect the people in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. listen to what he said. >> the agency for health care administration has ensured that 100% of our nursing homes and 100% of our assisted living facilities in the state of florida have working generators on site. >> reporter: this is really critical, brooke, because you may remember back in 2017 during
hurricane irma, 14 people died in a nursing home here in south florida. 12 of them were ruled by the medical examiner to have died from heat exposure after the air-conditioning went out. so those generators are certainly key. >> and back to your point about shelters and the pandemic, close quarters. i've got the mayor of fort lauderdale waiting in the wings. we'll ask him about that. randi, thank you. there is still uncertainty about where hurricane disnisaia heading. so let's go to chief meteorologist jennifer gray. where is the storm headed. >> it is headed straight through the bahamas right now with all eyes on florida. this will have an impact on the sunshine state. at what magnitude is still uncertain. but right now this is a category one storm with winds of 75 miles per hour, gusts of 90, moving to the northwest at 16 miles per hour. that is a fairly fast face for these storms. now it is headed to the northwest through the bahamas you could see the hurricane warnings in place.
we have tropical storm warnings and watches in place for florida as well as hurricane watches. now on the current track, you could see a category one storm either a landfall or a very close encounter with florida early on sunday morning and then head straight up the east coast, possibly a landfall or very close to south carolina, north carolina, the outer banks in this. and then impacting all of the northeast. if we look past the last couple of days, you could see the difference in where the track was. here is july 28th, shifted much farther to the west on the 29th, back to the east on july 30th and then now we have a better handle of where exactly this is going to go. but still a lot of uncertainty even being only a day and a half away. you could see the american model on the left and then the european model on the right. and we see that it is possibly going to make a landfall or very close encounter with florida but you could see the european model
has this much farther to the south and then of course the american model has it right over melbourne. so we're going to be watching this closely. here are the latest forecast tracks. and still, brooke, you could see the uncertainty with them here. some of them keep them off shore but about half of them have this making a landfall in florida. so here are the forecast wind gusts, depending on how close this gets to state, depends on how high the winds are going. to be. they extend 35 miles from the center but it extends 200 miles from the center for storm force winds so we'll feel the winds well away from the center of the storm. here goes monday at 2:00 p.m. you could see around the carolinas and then quickly pushing off the northeast. so something to watch, brooke. still a little bit uncertain even with it being so close but this will most definitely have an impact on florida and all of the east coast. >> we know you'll keep your eyes peeled and everyone could go to cnn.com for the updates tracked
and models. jennifer gray, thank you so much for now. this whole combination of a hurricane and the pandemic, quite a daunting challenge to city leaders throughout the state of florida. joining me now fort lauderdale mayor dean font. welcome back to the show. thank you for coming on. before we talked covid, now you have a double-whammy. how are fort lauderdale preparing for this? mayor, you're on tv, could you hear me? >> yes. i can hear you. >> go ahead. how are you preparing. >> first of all, thank you for inviting me back on the show. and i think it is important to get the message out that while we've been preparing for hurricanes, it is a regular thing that we do here every year, this covid aspect of it is making it much more challenging. but i think that as long as we keep the message moving forward that we maintain distances, that
we try to make sure that we have face coverings wherever we are within group settings. we need to just keep that message moving forward. now here we have in a hurricane, potentially a hurricane situation and people are going to be staying at home, so when you're staying at home, it doesn't mean partying, it doesn't mean having hurricane parties, it means make sure that you're safe and you stay within the family unit and that you maintain these cdc protocols in order to ensure that this doesn't create another spike in infections that we saw a month ago. >> to your point -- if i could just jump in. to your point about making sure people are wearing masks, it is my understanding that the shelters haven't yet been activated but if this storm does hit south florida, if you do have to activate them, that is close quarters for people. how will you make sure people are wearing masks? how will you make sure people are social distancing as they're also reeling from the storm? >> you make a very good point.
and we're working with the county who manage the shelters to ensure that anyone in close proximity is protected from any kind of contagion. we understand that the shelters are on stand-by right now. and we're hoping not to have to open the shelters. but i could tell you that based on the predictions that we're now hearing, that even a tropical storm is going to be threatening to any human life and we're going to have to open the shelters. we're going to have to make sure that we take temperatures and ensure that people are not sick and anyone that is sick will have to be quarantined and we've got a good track record so far at making sure that we separate the folks that are sick versus the ones that are well. and i'm hoping that we'll be able to coordinate this effort successfully. but keep in mind that the covid-19 crisis is with us today and will pass by only until we
make sure that we are successful at the measures that we are able to undertake going forward. >> speaking of successful -- speaking of successful measures, when you think about all of the testing centers, those pop-up test tenting sites around florida and as a result of the incoming storm that the state of florida has had to close those in preparation for this. once the storm does pass through, how does fort lauderdale play catch-up? >> fort lauderdale is well poised to handle the situation. our staff, the folks that we have been working with for months now, have really done a great job in trying to ensure that people are remaining safe. in terms of our protocols, businesses that we've allowed to open, in terms of trying to ensure that people maintain distances and wear face masks in close prom proximity, we've done a pretty good job at this and
we're hopeful to continue this effort once the storm passes. but the storm just exacerbated the conditions. it forces people to remain in close quarters and this is the -- this is where we need to get that message out. >> that people need to make sure that the protocols are not sacrificed, that they understand how important it is to wear face mask. i recently crisscrossed through the state last week. the message isn't clear. the message is not consistent. people were not wearing masks everywhere i went. people were just ignoring the idea of keeping distances from one another. but here in fort lauderdale, i have to say that the folks here got the message. they're doing a really good job. and we had a briefing just an hour ago with our medical team here in the area who have told us that the infection rate is starting to do a downward trajectory and the capacity in hospitals is starting to open up. >> good.
that is good. that is a correct direction. but this is -- when you have to deal with -- everyone is feeling for everyone in south florida right now. just want you to stay healthy and well and everyone who may be forced to end up in a shelter, be safe and wear the masks as per all of the guidance we've been hearing for months and months. for now, mayor, thank you so much and good luck. >> thank you. a new report has just been released that could answer some questions about how kids spread coronavirus. and president trump's threat against oregon. stop the protests or he'll send in the national guard. we'll talk to the state's governor and get her response. and powerful words and stunning images, the historic nba tribute to the black lives matter movement. you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. we'll be right back. your skin, try downy free & gentle. downy will soften your clothes without dyes or perfumes. the towel washed with downy is softer, and gentler on your skin. try downy free & gentle.
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we're back. you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. a new study from the cdc today is offering a warning to parents and teachers as we are weeks away from the start of the school year. the study found that kids in an overnight camp in georgia not only contracted the coronavirus, but appeared capable of spreading it. especially when the camp didn't follow aup of the cdc recommendations to mitigate the virus like requiring campers to wear a cloth face mask. this comes as a direct contradiction to the misinformation coming in from the president who is in correctly suggesting that kids are immune to covid. so we know that is not the case. let me bring in ann rem oin from the ucla center for global and immigrant health. we know what the issue is with kids, what is your reaction to this? >> it is not surprising. we've had several studies coming
out this week telling us a lot about kids an infection. number one, we've had a study come out last week about korea where we know that kids at least kids over the age of 10 are likely to transmit as well as adults. we have another study out of korea that is also suggesting that kids are able to transmit this in house holds as well. we've had the study that came out of chicago that told us that kids have at least as much risk if not more than adults in they're nasal far inks and now we're having this study that is showing us documenting very clearly that kids can spread the virus. so i think that if we're going to let science talk, which i recommend highly, then the science is telling us, you know, kids can transmit the virus. they are susceptible to it. and the rates of hospitalizations going up in many states of children is also
something to keep an eye on. and this is very important information as we are coming into this big issue of schools. >> i know. initially when we didn't know anything about coronavirus, everyone sort of thought, well kids are immune and so it is nice. knowledge is power. it is nice this many months in we're getting more on what is going on with kids. members of coronavirus task force were up on capitol hill and congressman jamie raskin asks dr. fauci to clear a few things up. watch this. >> are children almost immune to the disease? >> we have to -- be a little bit more precise. do children get infected, yes. >> have hundreds of thousands of children of been infected? >> yes. >> so is covid-19 going to magically disappear, dr. fauci? >> i don't no believe it would disappear because it is such a highly transmissible virus. it is unlikely that it is going to disappear.
>> does wearing a mask give people covid-19? >> does wearing a mask give it? no. not to my knowledge. >> why was jamie raskin doing this. this week alone there has been so much misinformation from coming from not only the white house but a number of republicans. so does that clear everything up? >> well, i think what we can say is something that we can point to when it gets -- when the message gets very confusing, we should look so science. i've said it before and i'll say it again. we need to let science lead the discussion, lead the decision, and lead the day here. we know so much more about this virus than we did at the beginning. sure, there were things that we were unclear about and we needed to have information and data. well we have data now. we need to act upon it. and cherry picking information isn't helpful. using political rhetoric to be able to describe data isn't helpful. we need straight talk from
scientists and from the top about what we know and how we're going to use it. >> ann, good to see you. thank you so much. >> my pleasure. just into us here at cnn a teenager charged with hacking twitter and targeting some very powerful individuals clowing the former vice president joe biden and bill gates. we have news on what is going on there next. right now, there are over a million walmart associates doing their best to keep our nation going. because despite everything that's changed, one thing hasn't and that's our devotion to you and our communities. our priority will always be to keep you and our associates safe, while making sure you can still get the essentials you need. ♪ or psoriatic arthritis, little things can become your big moment.
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just in, there has been an arrest in connection with a major hacking of twitter. the suspect, 17 years of age. he's accused of scamming people across america including famous names. donie o'sullivan has been following this. so 17 years old and what else do we know about him or her and the charges they're facing. >> that is right, brooke. incredible really. the biggest hack in twitter's history. the accounts taken over of former president barack obama, vice president joe biden, elon musk, bill gates and others. and we're finding out just in the past hour that in florida, in tampa this morning, a
17-year-old male, a teenager, arrested for the part that he allegedly played in this hack. what we're being told by prosecutors in florida is that this teenager is going to be charged we state prosecutors, rather than federal prosecutors because laws in florida make it easier for the state to charge minors as adults there in financial fraud cases like this. but just in case folks don't remember, this hack, of course, happened two weeks ago when we started seeing these tweets telling people to give money to bitcoin addresses with the false claim they would get double the money back. prosecutors alleging that about $100,000 was made as part of this scam. it is just really incredible, obviously, that a teenager could be involved in something that could pull this off and really i guess raises questions about twitter's security and the integrity of its platform.
but on the other side, i think twitter and a lot of folks will be -- have a great sense of relief that this wasn't, at least right now, based on what we know, the work of a nation state. remember there was a lot of concern whether someone's private messages have been accessed, brooke. >> but a 17-year-old was trying to pull this off. noteworthy. thank you very much. the nba is back for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced the league to suspend the season for more than four months. the first games were held last night in the so-called protective bubble at disney world in florida. but with so much happening in our country, since the league shut down in march, the players made is very clear that they have more than basketball on their minds. every nba player kneeled during the national anthem. social justice messages were embroidered on the backs of
players' jerseys and you see the words black lives matter were printed in big letters near center court. after the game lebron james said he hopes the nba efforts to address social justice issues will make colin kaepernick proud. >> we continue to make kaep proud every single day. all about making him proud on how i live my life, not only on the basketball floor but off the floor. you just thank him for sacrificing everything that he did to put us in the position today, even years later, to be able to have the moment like we had tonight. >> jarrett greetberg with me. the nba, you scored the big lebron james interview, the video was played in full last night and i want to get to that in a second. but first, what was it like to be in that arena last night. >> brooke, thanks for having me.
it was a surreal experience. this is something as a reporter, you really would die to have the opportunity to cover, you wish that something like that would never come to this but when the opportunity presents itself you want to be until the midst of it and it took seven days of quarantine, when they say health and safety is the forefront, it is. i had to do a seven day quarantine where i couldn't leave my room for once a dand day and it was a 2:46 and i got to test it every day and i returned seven negative tests and i got to enter the bubble. and then our first game was last night. so i was only out of my quarantine for 33 hours. i come here to the arena and get ready for the biggest match-up of the year between the top two teams in the western conference, lebron james and the lakers against kawhi leonard. it is different and there was no fans or crowd noise. you heard it on tv. but they tried to make it as homey as possible. and it was really cool because right behind me in this area
other players came to watch. damian lillard, and anthony and derozen came out to support the lakers and the clippers last night. >> incredible. what did lebron james say to us? >> well, i think, brooke, in the last several months we've truly learned as reporters and i know you went through a very terrible experience with coronavirus as well, we've learned to get uncomfortable, whether it be with the pandemic and now with social justice matters and last night lebron james scored the game winning bucket and me as a sports reporter, all i'm thinking is game winning bucket, game winning bucket, and i had to -- i truly had to tell myself, listen, i have to be uncomfortable with what the story here is because it truly is bigger than just basketball. and lebron understand the magnitude. any other time i talk to lebron, whether it be a regular season game or a playoff game, he tries to sell the cliche it is just
another game. last night he admitted to me it wasn't just another game. he understood that the world had its eyes on the nba, how are they going to handle this and continue to spread their message. but what i think is really important about lebron and so many others involved in the nba, is their activism to do more than just put a shirt on or take a knee. they're trying to make change. lebron james has donated several hundred thousand dollars to a local charity here in florida. the nba issing testing out in the local orlando area to try to help more people get tested for coronavirus. so i think, you know, what the players are doing is certainly being seen as entertainment for so many of us who have really been craving that for the last several months, because we've been without sports. but they also understand the platform they have and how to use their voice. >> be curious to see how throughout the course of the season, these guys keep this
message front and center. and we should point out, wnba, very similar message, dedicating the season to beona taylor. so for the ladies and the gents, well done. thank you so much. courtside there in the bubble in orlando. >> thank you for having me. >> you got it. mixed messages from the trump administration. the president said mail-in ballots will lead to a rigged election this fall. but now some of his own intelligence officials are contradicting him. hey there people eligible for medicare. gimme two minutes. and i'll tell you some important things to know about medicare. first, it doesn't pay for everything. say this pizza... [mmm pizza...] is your part b medical expenses. this much - about 80 percent... medicare will pay for. what's left... this slice here... well... that's on you. and that's where an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company comes in.
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president trump has repeatedly insisted that mail-in voting poses a significant threat to election security. but cnn has learned that the president's own intelligence officials just contradicted some of those claims. cnn's alex marquardt is standing by with this news. and so what are his intel officials saying? >> reporter: what they're saying is opposed to what the president is saying. he's singularly focused on this notion that foreign countries could forge massive amounts of ballots and carry out a fraudulent election. and said it would be the greatest disaster election in history. this is not something that intelligence officials talk about or they brief congress on, not something they think will happen. the most senior election official in the intelligence community said that it would be extraordinarily difficult for vote tallies to be changed by foreign adversaries.
just one example of what they are briefing today, there was a briefing on capitol hill to the house and he was leading it with other intelligence officials and didn't bring up the notion despite it has been in the news. they were asked about it by a lawmaker and dismissed it out of hand. what they are focused on is the potential for countries like russia, klinchina, iran, to car out massive disinformation campaigns. and according to one law enforcement official that pamela brown spoke with, as the president hammers on about the potential for fraudulent mail-in voting, that that will only fuel those disinformation campaigns that are being perpetuated by our adversaries. brooke. >> it is one of many concerns. but i appreciate you with the reporting, with the intel officials conducting the president. alex marquardt, thank you so much. joining me now the governor of oregon kate brown.
and so governor brown, thank you so much for being on with us. and of course, number one, we wanted to talk to you, speaking of mail-in voting, your state has been successfully voting by mail for 22 years. tell me what oregon has been doing so right and do you think that the entire country could pull that off in the middle of a pandemic 95 days from now? >> absolutely. and oregon has been voting successfully for over two decades through the mail. we call it voting at home now. and it is extremely successful. oregonians vote in extremely high numbers because it is so accessible and so convenient. in oregon we believe that your vote is your voice and that every voice matters. and so we're committed to making sure oregonians could participate in this very fundamental right. and it is even more important right now with the pandemic. you could vote through the mail
at home. and do it safely. and you shouldn't have to risk your health or your life in order to participate in the democratic process. every single state should be participating in either absentee or vote by mail programs in november. the other piece that americans need to know is that there is a paper trail. and so the outcome cannot be hacked. and in a day and age where we are all questioning the integrity of our election, you could replicate the results of a paper ballot. >> here is the but. and i appreciate the success of your great state of oregon for more than two decades. but the postal service is experiencing all of these days long backlogs of mail across the country. yes, covid, but also because trump fundraiser turned post master general, joy has put new procedures in place described as cost-cutting efforts and when
you read the piece in "the washington post" they quoted this union representative in new york saying i'm actually terrified to see election season under the new procedure. so given that, governor brown, are you still as confident that this country can pull this off? >> absolutely. our postal workers prioritize our election's mail and i'm confident they could do so officially and ensure that every single american's ballot gets counted. in may this year, oregon had the most ballots cast in a primary in our entire history and that is in the middle of a pandemic. >> so this trump donor turned post master being in charge of the mail, wouldn't worry you, cause you concern? >> i'm confident that our postal workers around the country will go to the most extreme effort to
ensure that every single cast mailed ballot gets counted. >> great. let me pivot to the protests in portland. and just to remind our viewers, the administration had sent in federal officers to portland this month after prolong protests for racial justice and police accountability that were at times violent. so just this morning the president talked about federal forces on the ground there now. >> homeland security security moved a team of talented people strong, tough people, and the courthouse has been in very good shape. they're not an offensive team, they're a defensive team. they're not allowed to be offensive, unfortunately. and you had radical anarchists, you had horrible people, you had agitators, they weren't protesters. the ones that were a problem were absolute anarchists and in many cases professionals. so a lot of people have been arrested and we've told -- we've
told the mayor, we told the governor, you better get in there and do your thing. >> so we could ask you if you're doing your thing, governor brown. but let me just pause and tell everyone, it is my understanding that you had a conversation with the vice president concluded from that conversation that federal government will withdraw all officers. but then the acting homeland security secretary said some federal officers will maintain a presence, the courthouse and other federal buildings. my question is which is it? are the federal officials still in portland? >> the plan is very, very clear. folks from border patrol, customs and i.c.e. are leaving downtown portland. and our oregon state police officers are in control of the situation. last night it was extremely peaceful, we had no federal officers involved. and oregonians were able to speak out and issue a clearing call for racial justice, amidst
peaceful protests. so very pleased that federal officials have left downtown portland. and, frankly, this is the political strategy on the president's part. it had -- >> how so -- >> -- it had nothing to do with public safety or problem solving. it is a strategy that backfired and now they are leaving and that is a good thing. >> okay. turning to the pandemic. your state reported the most new cases yesterday that it has seen in nearly two weeks. given that trend, are you considering furthermore severe measures to get those numbers going in the right direction and what would the measures be. >> brooke, i grew up in the twin cities, minnesota and before we strapped on our skates we were cautious. we would take a step, make sure that ice held us. clearly what is happening here is that the ice is cracking in addition to issuing a number of
measures including restricting social gatherings, informal social gatherings an limiting venue events. we have move forward on very aggressive face covering policies and two counties just took, shall we say, a step backward because they had very, very high numbers. both counties in eastern oregon are going back to face one and baseline. >> to stay at home. i read about that today. so those two counties. governor kate brown, thank you so much for all of that. >> thank you. great to see you. be safe. >> thank you, thank you. the head of the cdc said reopening schools is vital to public health. but others are calling the move dangerous. i'll speak live with a teachers union president who is suing the state of florida. as a caricature artist, i appreciate what makes each person unique. that's why i like liberty mutual. they get that no two people are alike and customize your car
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california's economic challenges are deepening. frontline workers stretched too thin. our nurses and medical professionals in a battle to save lives. our schools, in a struggle to safely reopen, needing money for masks and ppe, and to ensure social distancing. and the costs to our economy, to our state budget? mounting every day. we need to provide revenues now, to solve the problems we know are coming.
well, we have now passed yet another horrifying milestone. 4.5 million coronavirus cases in america. and this comes as parents and teachers alike are now grappling with how much risk they're willing to take by having students back in the classroom this fall. it's an issue being debated coast to coast and on capitol hill today. >> you think that schools should safely reopen this fall with in-person learning? >> yes. i think it's important to realize that it's in the public health best interest of k-12 students to get back in face-to-face learning. there's really very significant public health consequences of the school closure. >> that is the view from washington. you'll find a similar sentiment in florida. the state continues to clock thousands of new cases every
day. and are for the fourth day in a row is reporting a record number of new deaths, 257 today alone. but florida governor ron desantis is pressing ahead bringing students back in the classroom. the state's largest teachers union filed the lawsuit earlier this month against state officials saying a return to the classroom next month would be unsafe and irresponsible. and the president of the florida education system, welcome back. first and foremost, and do you feel like your lawsuit has forced the governor or is forcing the governor to do the right thing? and where do things with him stand now? >> well, we think so. we think he is retreating from the emergency order that they issued two weeks ago. we believe that we have forced the issue with this lawsuit. but we also believe that there is a stark reality that we're dealing with right now. in the month of july there were 25,000 kids under the age of 18 that tested positive for covid-19 in the state of florida.
that's 900 kids testing positive every day in one month. we've got a catastrophic situation here. and i think the "sun sentinel" editorial board said it best. they said, help us out, we're dying. and that was the headline from the editorial board simply saying we need a plan, we need a strategic, comprehensive look at how we're going to reopen schools and do it safely. >> so it's my understanding, and part of it is that you would like to see local officials, school boards, superintendents being the one making the call on whether or not it's safe to send our kids back versus the governor. where are you on that? >> right. well, listen. i spent the better part of this week at the american federation of teachers virtual conference. and, you know, the afte came up with the very first re-opening plan way back in april. and all we ask for is a sensible, practical guideline or benchmarks to moving us forward. where is the mask mandate?
where is testing tracking and tracing as it relates to outbreaks when it happens in a classroom or in a wing of a school? what is the ppe for our teachers, for educational support professionals who will be doing that hard work with our students? what's the infrastructure changes that we're going to be doing in the state of florida? and literally where's the funding? how do we pay for this? there is no -- you know, silence is golden. >> i'm listening to you and i'm also thinking of course about our teachers. and i interviewed this teacher recently who wrote this opinion piece in the "new york times." there was this line that has haunted me literally every since. she said i am prepared to take a bullet to save a child. in the age of school shootings that is what the job requires. but asking me to return to the classroom amid a pandemic and expose myself and my family to covid-19 is like asking me to take that bullet home to my own family. i am sure you are hearing from a lot of teachers.
there is a fear that many of them could strike if they feel unsafe going back to work. are you hearing that that might be a serious possibility, and would you stand by that? >> so we're hearing all kinds of things. teachers in high-risk categories are being told to resign or take leave. we hear teachers -- we know of teachers that are filling out their wills and getting living wills. we know that people are making all kinds of decisions. we haven't had a teacher's strike here in 1968. but this is about going to work, not withholding labor. we don't want to withhold labor. the first grade teacher wants to be in school. i'm a high school band director. i want in be in school. we want to just do it under safe circumstances. and right now we have a governor that says we're going to open brick or mortar. we should not be having that choice with a 14.1 positivity rate of children, with a 12%
positivity rate in the state of florida. and we have a hurricane on the way. this vortex we find ourselves in, we have not been given any national guidance. we have not been given any statewide guidance. so of course our local school board members, our superintendents, our union leaders are making the courageous act to try and do the very best that they can on the local level. but you get 67 different plans because we have 67 different school districts. >> you had me back at teachers creating living wills as a result of all of this. thank you so much. i hear the fight in your voice. let's stay in touch as we get closer to school time. thank you very much. good luck. >> brooke, thank you for having me. >> you got it. the u.s. economy reported its worst quarter ever this week. businesses are closing, unemployment claims are skyrocketing. and now a major life line for struggling families are about to expire as the stimulus plan hit a road block. but this week the cnn's hero
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"the lead" with jake tapper up next on cnn. this is cnn breaking news. >> and welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we have some breaking news for you in our health lead today. the u.s. has now topped 4.5 million coronavirus infections in just six months. deaths from covid-19 are regrettably rising as well with more than a thousand deaths per day. each of the last four days on capitol hill this morning the nation's top public health officials reiterated that americans need to do five basic things in order to help get this pandemic under control. they are wearing