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>> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt good evening, everyone the rift is growing tonight between a president who holds there are no limits to his power and governors on the east and west coasts who have formed alliances to set their own criteria for rebooting the economy. but that kind of talk was briefly drowned out here in new york late today when officials acknowledged what was widely feared, that the number of dead is far higher than reported tonight more than 3,700 additional names being added to the state's already staggering death toll that now tops 10,000 our team is in place let's begin with the latest on the pandemic and gabe gutierrez in new york at the nation's epicenter a stunning spike. late today new york city abruptly increased its death toll by 3,700. city officials say the total is now more than 10,000 because they're now including people
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who have never tested positive for covid-19 but were presumed to have died from it. the virus is increasingly targeting the most vulnerable. >> the percentage of loss of life is getting higher in the nursing homes. >> reporter: around the country death at long-term care facilities are mounting nbc news counts 4,300 across 27 states almost double last weeks number there are heart breaking reports in massachusetts, virginia and new jersey leaving loved ones in limbo. >> there's got to be more personal contact. these people are dying, and they're getting a letter it's really sad. >> reporter: and new hot spots are emerging from indiana -- >> these people might walk in through thd within an r they're on life support. >> reporter: -- to missouri >> i've been a nurse for 11 years, and i have to say this is something that i have never seen before. >> reporter: to south dakota where the governor is resisting a stay at home order
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despite one of the nation's largest pork processing plants shutting down after more than 400 workers got sick >> this plant would have been up and running because it is exempted as an essential business part of our critical infrastructure plan. >> reporter: in new york the curve is flattening but despite assurances there's enough protective gear for medical workers, new york city officials are now asking sports teams for rain ponchos to use as makeshift surgical gowns for a health system still under incredible stress >> in the past two weeks i've probably seen as much death i've seen in the past three years. it's bad it's really sad. >> reporter: dr. angelo is a third year er resident at st. barnbus hospital in the bronx where these refrigerated trailers act as temporary morgues. >> i feel at this point everyone we intubate is terminal i don't -- it almost feels futile >> reporter: among the lives lost burny rubin
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the co-founder of an iconic furniture store chain. they both died from the virus outside houston. they've been married 53 years >>t st so sad. i droppe the er. my dad on friday and my mom on saturday, and they were not even a week in the hospital they passed away >> reporter: the cdc says more than 9,000 health care workers have reported testing positive for covid-19. likely an underestimation. lester >> all right, gabe gutierrez, thank you now to the enormous challenge of reopening the country. tonight california's governor laying out goals and the new normal ahead in what could be a model for other states as president trump claims that he has the power to make those decisions. here's tom costello. >> reporter: with california announcing a record 71 deaths in one day, thegovernor today said it will take time to ease these stay at home
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restrictions >> this phase is one where science, where public health no guide. >> reporter: governor newsom announcing six steps in what could be a blueprint for the nation including community testing and isolating those who are positive or exposed. preventing infection of those who are at risk, preparing hospitals to handle a surge of patients, therapeutic drugs to meet demand, and social distancing at schools and businesses >> you may be having dinner with a waiter wearing gloves, maybe a face mask. dinner where your temperature is checked before you walk in to the establishment. >> reporter: newsom among the governors asserting their own independence after president trump said he alone had ts the authority to do what the president has the authority to do, which is very powerful the president of the united states calls the shots. >> reporter: the president insisting he not the governors will decide when to reopen
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states >> when somebody's the presidens e authority is total and that's the way it's got to be >> reporter: those comments touching off dissent. >> his proclamation is that he would be king. that's a kuing is a king has total authority. >> reporter: and disagreement including from some republicans. >> governors made decisions to take various actions in their states based on what they thought was right for their state. >> reporter: several regional state governors quickly announced they would coordinate with each other. in the northeast new york and six other states say the goal is to ease social isolation without triggering renewed spread in the west, washington, oregon and california have announced their own counsel. even conservative constitutional law scholars say the president is simply wrong. >> i have no idea what he is talking about, no clue. the constitution does not give the president the power to instruct states what to do, and congress has not given
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the president the power to instruct states what to do. the president lacks the authority here >> reporter: by midday the president and several governors were talking about cooperation and reopening the economy. >> i'm going to be making a decision pretty quickly, and it's being done in conjunction with governors. >> i put my hand out in total partnership and cooperation with the president. >> reporter: late today president trump announced he is suspending all funding for the world health organization pending an investigation the president accuses the w.h.o. of mismanaging the pandemic and covering up the crisis. lester >> all right, tom costello tonight thanks the other huge factor in reopening the country as we have been reporting is the critical need for much broader testing. after our inside look last night on antibody tests tonight a closer look at the other kind of testing and contact tracing that are other also essential and what's the hold up
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we get more from stephanie gosk >> reporter: some health experts say we need million of tests a week, some say millions a day before enough data is collected to begin letting people back out. but as some lines for drive-thru testing just get longer, there's agreement on one thing. the country is not testing nearly enough. >> we have to develop that widespread testing capacity >> reporter: according to the covid tracking project roughly 150,000 people are tested every day >> widespread diagnostics are the key, so let's keep pushing that forward to the point where anyone who can get it needs to get a test in the country can get it that same day. >> reporter: what is standing in the way? supply shortages including the testing kits and nasal swabs, infrastructure shortages, not enough machines and labs to run the tests. and there aren't enough people. from those who administer the tests to those who process them right now there are an untold number of americans suffering from covid-like symptoms who simply can't get tested sometimes it takes
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money. searsy farrow struggled for days to get a test in the end a relative loaned her $225 to go to a private clinic. >> as soon as the doctor called and said, hey, i have a patient, she's got all the symptoms we need to get her tested, i should have been tested >> reporter: widespread testing is just part of the equation getting a handle on transmission requires knowing who has it and who's been exposed those at risk including anyone who came roughly within 6 feet of someone with covid-19 would have to self-isolate for 14 days massachusetts is hiring 1,000 contact tracers as part of a new program. >> what we want to do on the offensive is find, find, find even if people aren't very sick, find them so that they don't infect their family members or their other close contacts >> reporter: but health departments don't have the staff needed to handle programs on this scale. >> we need something on the order o 100,000 people working on this effort in the coming year. >> reporter: apple and google announced new technology that could
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help phones ping other phones around them with their location. people who contract the virus report their diagnosis to the app and anyone who came close to them is notified but that raises another concern. privacy. and finally the problem of enforcement. >> is there a sense that people have enough social responsibility to self-isolate without being compelled to self-isolate >> we believe that that is the case in this country, that most people -- the vast majority of people would willingly isolate themselves >> reporter: all of this while the world awaits a vaccine and faces the reality that even with one our lives will never be the sa stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york tonight former president barack obama breaking his silence and endorsing his former vice president joe biden, saying he has all the qualities we need in a president right now. peter alexander has more
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>> reporter: president obama after sitting out the democratic primary campaign tonight breaking his silence. >> i'm so proud to endorse joe biden for president of the united states. choosing joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions i ever made. >> reporter: the former president casting his close friend as the right person to lead the country through the coronavirus crisis >> joe helped me manage h1n1 and prevent the ebola epidemic from becoming the type of pandemic we're seeing now the republicans occupying the white house and running the u.s. senate are not interested in progress they're interested in power. >> reporter: it comes a day after biden won bernie sanders backing, sanders tonight telling the ap it would be irresponsible for his loyalists not to support biden. but the former vice president still faces a challenge drawing young people and progressives, the vulnerability his allies hope former president obama can help address >> we have to look to
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the future bernie understands that, and joe understands that >> reporter: biden has regularly touted their relationship >> i stand with barack obama all 8 years, good, bad and indifferent. that's where i stand >> reporter: the president's re-election campaign tonight dismissing the endorsement saying obama has no other choice but to support biden. president trump will destroy him. biden now hoping obama's popularity that has not always translated to votes for others will benefit him this fall. peter alexander, nbc news, the white house. we'll be back in 60 seconds with the troubling racial divide in this pandemic oprah sounding the alarm. and have you gotten your relief check yet? we're cutting through the confusion.
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we're back now with oprah winfrey and her new warning about the dangers of coronavirus especially to people of color here's rehema ellis. >> reporter: tonight oprah winfrey is sounding the alarm
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>> this coronavirus, shaking up the world and taking a devastating toll on the african-american community. >> reporter: adding her voice to those highlighting the disproportionate impact of covid-19 on african-americans. in her oprah talks covid-19 series. >> the number of deaths is -- it is just staggering. >> reporter: in chicago 68% of covid-19 death said are african-american in louisiana it's 70%. though they're just 30% of the population in both places health officials say african-americans are more susceptible in part because of higher rates of pre-existing conditions >> this viral pandemic is essentially intersecting with the epidemic of obesity, homelessness and the epidemic of poverty. >> reporter: we found many people worrying about exposure to the virus. you worry you're at greater risk and are you taking all the precautions that you can? >> yes, i do i have my mask, i have my hand sanitizer.
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>> reporter: oprah talking about solutions with nbc's hoda kotb. >> one of the things we're talking about in the special is the need for more testing stations obviously >> reporter: though nbc's ron allen finding problems at a brooklyn testing site. >> this new center just opened to bring test frg the virus to the middle of a hard hit minority community, but it's drive-thru only in a neighborhood where most residents don't have cars. >> reporter: rope raw's message comes as she's donated $10 million towards pandemic relief. >> for now everybody needs to look out for themselves and for their eighbors >> reporter: a new call to action in critical times rehema ellis, nbc news, elizabeth city, new jersey now the economic disaster from this pandemic as millions start to receive their relief checks this week from the government, growing concerns over how long they'll help families survive and what else needs to be done here's miguel almaguer >> reporter: as our national work force faces a crippling crisis by tomorrow some 80 million americans could see what they need most,
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cash in their bank accounts the treasury department says soon after that a large majority of those eligible for coronavirus economic impact payments will get their money within two weeks. >> the average working family, you know, is only a couple of weeks away from not being able to pay bills. >> reporter: in oregon the benton family making less than $150,000 gets a combined $2,400 for both parents with an additional $500 for their children under 17 >> it might be enough for one month to may by rent, but it won't cover anything else or living expenses, food, my bills, definitely not. >> reporter: netspend which processed nearly $1 billion in relief so far says most americans are using the stimulus money on nece facing the worst squabless crisis in american history some retailers may never reopen lance lawson owns a
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clothing batik in chicago, the kind of small business that accounts for 48% of american jobs. >> our revenue has gone from around $250,000 a month to 0. and it's been super scary. >> reporter: as of today more than 1 million small businesses have been approve frd t approved for the paycheck protection program, but most have not received the cash. in hard hit california the writing is on the wall some businesses may not reopen for weeks if not months. one crisis spurring another. lester >> miguel almaguer, thank you. up next, the growing toll on moms working, parenting and now teaching at home around the clock and the message you're not alone.
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we're back now with the heavy toll this crisis is taking on moms, parenting, teaching and working from home. our senior national correspondent kate snow talks with fellow working moms about the added stress of so many and what they're feeling. >> reporter: we referee between conference calls >> mommy, mommy. >> give it back. >> reporter: teach math and phys ed after a fulls day work even tolerate the pogo stick at the family store. and more than ever we have this in common. >> i'm so exhausted. >> i'm tired i'm guilt ridden >> i am surviving by the grace of god, exhausted as well. >> reporter: three working moms, bio tech
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senior sales rep allison in indiana, business owner julie in maine, and pediatric oncology nurse analea in texas join me for some real talk >> is anyone drinking more than they're used to >> i definitely, yeah, wake up in the middle of the night and wonder, like, how are we going to pull everything off, bookkeeping and paying the bills and, you know, taxes. how do you pull that all off and teach our kids and feed them healthy meals? >> allison, i find myself losing my cool with my kids a lot lately can you relate >> yeah, so i have kids ages 2 and 4 and my kids are really wild i would say that's probably where my guilt lies is just having like a short fuse with the kids >> reporter: certified parenting coach meghan
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leahy says now is the time to let some things go, even schoolwork when necessary. >> if during this time we can come out with our relationships intact with our children that is our mothering job. our mothering job is not algebra, piano it is making it through this with as much compassion for ourselves and for our children as we can muster >> reporter: the moms we spoke with are trying, but like for so many it's the uncertainty that weighs heaviest. >> i think my biggest fear is that i'll collapse i just need to make sure i'm going to keep it together i will i don't know may, june, july, august, whenever this is all over >> reporter: kate snow, nbc news up next for us an amazing birthday serenade from a distance
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finally, the surprise birthday serenade in the age of social distancing. here's kevin tibbles >> reporter: pure florida sunshine when albert jones was installing a gas line near a winter gardens senior home heard it was barbara's 91st birthday he poured out his heart.
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>> her whole face lit up as if her soul knew his soul >> reporter: barbara's dathe pandemic albert's gift bridged that gap >> anytime i can use the grace of god to make someone happy, that's what we're going to do. >> he is an angel. he has a voice like an angel. he is our angel. >> reporter: a serenade so beautiful it must be heaven sent >> thank you >> reporter: kevin tibbles, nbc news. >> what a gift that's "nightly news." i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other.
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- hey, what's up, y'all? me again from montana. i hope you and your families are staying safe and quasi sane. it's tough with so much bad news that we hear, but there are always bright spots that you just need to find, that's why i'm highlighting some special good neighbors on my show. check out this guy who started something really unique in atlanta. - hey, kelly clarkson. thank you for including me in your good neighbor campaign. my name is terrence lester, and i live in atlanta, georgia. and i have the privilege of leading an organization called love beyond walls. one of the things that we've been on the ground doing in response to the pandemic is assembling portable hand washing stations
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for people who are experiencing homelessness. this has created an opportunity for people who are vi on the streets to for people who are literally wash their hands and protect themselves from contracting the coronavirus. because when you're living on the streets, you don't have access to things like soap, running water, or hand sanitizer. and since launching this project, we've literally assembled 15 stations and have installed them around the city of atlanta. and we're continuing to grow this campaign called love sinks in. if you're watching this, let's keep this campaign going by being a good neighbor. - way to go, terrance, i love you. coolest idea. it's sometimes the simple things that we don't think of that people really need. so thank you so much for helping, terrance, and your whole group, everybody that's working with you, it's such a great idea. moving on, though, y'all, we have a great show for you today. reba mcentire and i spill some tea with the cast of downton abbey.
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