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sign of how strong we are as a community as we come together. we come together to make this all happen. a live look now downtown san jose. >> announcer: from nbc news, about face the government ready to urge americans in hot spots to wear masks in public, while mayors in the two largest cities aren't waiting. >> wear a face covering when you go outside and will be near other people >> this morning, is it effective, and what exactly should americans be wearing for protection rising toll. overnight, the worldwide case count soars about 1 million. some hospitals issuing urgent pleas for supplies.
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>> i need gowns and i need face shields and i needed them a week ago. >> the latest on the supply lines just ahead out of work. new jobs report released this morning. the labor market in free fall. the government's unprecedented rescue plan to help small businesses set to launch today why some banks are saying not so fast breaking overnight back home, cruise ships stranded at sea for weeks allowed to dock in florida sick passengers rushed to the hospital, others cleared to head home >> we're in the living room, it feels fantastic. >> sharing their ordeal with us. those stories. plus stand and applaud the powerful tribute to firefighters leading the fight as heroes honor heroes >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of
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today: the coronavirus pandemic with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb, from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hi, everybody, good morning. welcome to "today. doesn't friday sound good? hoda, good morning, i'm working from home once again you're holding down the fort in studio 1a and we're happy to see the end of the week. >> we certainly are. we're happy to see your face, too. we're going to let everyone know, worldwide cases top 1 million with virus spreading to 181 countries. in the u.s. more than 245,000 cases and nearly 6,000 americans have died. meantime new york city has joined los angeles advising residents to cover their faces whenever they go out in public we expect the cdc to soon tell the same to americans in hot spots for the virus. however, the president said it would not be mandatory the fda has authorized the first blood test that identifies people who have had and already
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recovered from the coronavirus it's seen as a potential step forward in the eventual development of a vaccine savannah. >> so there are a lot of different moving strands this morning. we've got our team of correspondents covering all of it let us start with nbc's sam brock. sam, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. florida's statewide order to stay at home kicked in seven hours ago. i'm standing on one of the busiest roads in south beach, right now it's empty many ramping up, the federal government specifically as it pertains to face masks, there could be big changes foramerica. millions of americans. a senior trump administration official telling nbc news new guidance is coming soon advising americans who live in areas of high community transmission to wear cloth masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus. >> given the fact that we know that asymptomatic people are
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clearly transmitting infection, it just makes common sense that it's not a bad idea to do that. >> that measure already taken by the mayors of new york and los angeles. >> this will be the look. >> members of the lapd are now wearing masks on patrol. president trump also using the 1950s era production act to pressure manufacturer 3m to make more masks tweeting overnight, we hit 3m hard today after seeing what they were doing with their masks. p act all the way. the white house suggesting -- >> we've had some issues making sure that all the production that 3m does around the world, enough of it is coming back here to the right places. >> reporter: the minneapolis-based company could not be reached for comment but now will have to pump out millions more masks. >> to ensure that domestic manufacturers have the supplies they need. >> it comes amid a debate over a nationwide stay-at-home order.
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overnight on cnn top health official anthony fauci getting more vocal about the need for a blanket policy. >> i don't understand why that's not happening. if you look at what's going on in the country, i don't understand why we're not doing that we really should be. >> in tennessee, the governor relenting to calls for stay at home in that state citing new evidence of activity. >> it's dangerous, it's unacceptable, and it's a threat to lives in our community. >> but in oklahoma, only people 65 or older or those with compromised immune systems are being advised to stay inside in states like south carolina, alabama, and arkansas, there's still no stay-at-home mandate at all. in florida, a stay-at-home order going into effect today, but only after governor ron desantis offered an exception for religious services. >> i don't think the government has the authority to close a church i'm certainly not going to do that. >> reporter: going back to new guidance on covering your face in public, nobody is talking about using the kind of masks,
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n95 masks, the first responders need instead, they are discussing homemade versions, scarves or bandanas, not the critical supplies, hoda, needed on the front lines now. hoda, back to you. >> thank you so much. now, to the deepening crisis in new york, after another surge of covid-19 cases and deaths, once again officials are making desperate pleas for more emergency equipment. nbc's gabe gutierrez is at elmhurst hospital in queens. it's one of the busiest in the nation right now hey, gabe, good morning. >> hoda, good morning. just heard an all-out effort to flatten the curve in the hard hit city, the mayor is urging all new yorkers to wear some sort of face covering. even people who don't show systems can spread the virus the governor is saying the state could run out of ventilators within days. >> this morning new guidance for new yorkers. cover your face when going outside. >> it could be a scarf. it can be something you create
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at home. it could be a bandana. it does not need to be a professional surgical mask. >> that new recommendation comes as the city is in danger of running out of lifesaving ventilators. >> at the current burn rate, we have about six days of ventilators in our stockpile. >> in the tri-state region more than 3,000 people have died. new york city alone now accounts for about a quarter of all confirmed coronavirus cases in confirmed coronavirus cases in the u.s. this map shows poorer neighborhoods have been hit hardest. daily calls to 911 have shot up 50%. to ease the strain on overcrowded ers, they are no longer taking cardiac cases to hospitals if they don't have a pulse. >> our resources are stretched thin. decisions have to be made to ensure everybody gets the most
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care possible. >> among the lives lost, a veteran and mechanic for fdny. >> he used to tell me, don't worry. you're always worrying. he was my strength. he was a calm and quiet spirit. >> the governor said he doesn't understand why the military is only treating non-covid patients aboard "usns comfort." it only has 19 patients so far. help is on the way from across the country. >> i will be the first one in my car to go wherever this nation needs help as soon as we get past this. i will never forget how people across this country came to the aid of new yorkers when they needed it, and i deeply appreciate it. >> reinforcements like 32-year-old nurse jessica fink from new mexico, who just started work at a new york icu. >> i have specifically pulmonary critical care experience, so, you know, if anybody should be
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helping, it should definitely be me. >> the change comes amid a powerful show of solidarity. firefighters applauding doctors and nurses at the u.s. epicenter of the coronavirus crisis. and authorities are also facing a lack of critical hospital bed space. the javits center, the massive convention center in manhattan will now start taking patients. previously it only took non-covid patients. and authorities are also looking into whether to take patients to manhattan hotels, which would help treat the sick. savannah. >> all right. gabe gutierrez in new york for us. thank you. we're joined by nbc news contributor dr. joseph fair. he studies viruses for a living. worked in africa during ebola outbreak. dr. fair, good morning. i want to zero in on the issue about the masks. what's the data, what's the science behind this new requirement that we expect today
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from the cdc. excuse me, not requirement, suggestion that americans in hot spots wear facial covering. >> coming out of two studies, china, iceland and here in the u.s. that anywhere from 25 to 50% of infections would be what we call silent infections or asymptomatic. the mask is not to protect yourself, because we don't want people thinking it's going to keep you from getting infected but to keep you if you're asymptomatic and you fall in that category of silent infection from others. that is the major cause of explosion in cases we're seeing in the u.s. having a mask on physically keeps those droplets from coming out of your mouth and onto someone else. i should emphasize, a mask does not mean you shouldn't social distance. because if you're doing the proper social distancing, it's still not a problem. we know not everybody is doing that. if you wear the mask, that will physically keep others from getting the mask from literally coming out of your mouth.
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>> might stop you from touching your face as well. let's talk about what kind of mask. we can all agree and it is worth saying again, not those n95 professional grade masks our health care professionals so badly need right now. would any kind of face covering do? could you take a handkerchief and hold it over your face, a bandana, if you're not handy with a sewing machine? >> absolutely. can you use anything you can get from your home. one of the more innovative ones i saw was someone using underwear and ties it around their head. can you use handkerchiefs, anything you tie around your face. it's not ideal to have anything that wouldn't be on your face all the time because you're going to have to keep it up there a lot. we're particularly emphasizing this in grocery stores, pharmacies, we have no choice but to go but you are going to be in close proximity to others. >> it's our understanding the white house and cdc are going to issue a guideline that it will apply to hot spots only, places where there is community spread
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and it won't be mandatory. do you agree with that? do you think it should not be mandatory? >> no. i don't agree wit. to be honest, if we know that 25 to 50% of infections are silent or asymptomatic, i think just like a lockdown, there should be a nationwide mandate that we all start doing it. again, we're getting this data after talking with china and other countries that had a lot more cases early on. they showed -- they demonstrated, rather, that a lot of their cases, they were able to lower their numbers by people actually wearing masks and not transmitting the virus to others. >> all right. dr. fair, thank you so much. i know you're going to be back in a few minutes to tell us about some other alarming new research on how this virus can be spread. we're learning so much, hoda, as it all unfolds before our very eyes. back to you for the moment. >> thank you, savannah. let's talk now about the mounting economic toll of this crisis and those record shattering unemployment numbers. so what is being done to help struggling families who have lost their income and will that
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money arrive on time? nbc's business correspondent jo ling kent has that part of the story. good morning, jo. >> hey, hoda, good morning to you. first time in a decade, the u.s. economy lost jobs. 701,000 jobs cut in march, after 6.6 million unemployment claims were filed last week alone. with so much pain out there, washington says help is on the way. >> this money does people no good if it shows up in four months. >> this morning as u.s. unemployment numbers explode, time is running out for struggling americans desperate for federal aid. now the white house is pushing back on reports that relief could take months saying while paper checks may take longer, direct deposits will come earlier than expected. >> i told you this would be three weeks. i'm now committing to two weeks. we're delivering on our commitments. >> the rush to help comes as applications for unemployment benefits skyrocketed to a record
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breaking 6.6 million last week, the most ever on record and double the 3.3 million claims filed just the week before. among those applying, juanita flores and her fiancee gary who say their already tight circumstances are just getting worse. >> we were already living paycheck to paycheck, so it kept snowballing. >> reporter: while financial aid is on the way, major companies are furloughing their workers. at disney, all employees whose jobs aren't necessary at this time. at caesars in las vegas, 90% of its workforce. for small businesses, grant applications are supposed to start today, but banks say they may not be ready, any further guidance on the program. this man who owns the charleston brewery needs the cash to continue to pay his workers. >> anything that can be done to stop time on this and defer allows us more options relative
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to keeping people employed. >> all this pain is swamping state unemployment offices coast-to-coast. claims in california shot up 370%. in new york where centers typically get 50,000 calls a week, they got 8.3 million last week alone. centers in texas received 1.7 million calls in a single day. in colorado, the labor department is doubling its staff to keep up. >> we are doing the best we can. >> reporter: for college seniors preparing to graduate, looking for that first job is looking bleak. >> am i going to be hired anywhere? i don't know what my future looks like. >> reporter: as for that small -- this jobs report is the beginning of a few difficult months ahead. unemployment was 4.4%, expected to spike into double digits soon. we are hearing from big banks.
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they believe the worst is yet to come and we will likely see this go on through the end of next year. >> they need that money and they need it now. thank you. savannah, over to you. >> reporter: yeah. an update now, hoda, on a story we've been following all week long. the navy has dismissed the captain of the "uss roosevelt" from his command after he sounded the alarm about a coronavirus outbreak on board his ship. navy officials explain the dismissal say the captain created unnecessary panic by sending the letter to a broad array of people, that's a quote, rather than the chain of command. they say he demonstrated extremely poor judgment. but crozier will keep his rank and remains in the navy. 93 crew members on the carrier tested positive for the virus. >> meantime, those two cruise ships carrying passengers, they have finally been allowed to dock in ft. lauderdale, florida. the weeks long saga for many on
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board this morning is far from over. nbc's kerry sanders is following that story for us. hey, kerry, what's the latest out there? >> reporter: well, good morning, "zaandam" and rotterdam, two ships finally in port, 2,000 passengers, 76 exhibiting symptoms consistent with coronavirus and ten others fighting for their lives in an intensive care unit at a local hospital. dock side port everglades, a high-risk transfer yesterday of the most critically ill cruise ship passengers, some with worsening conditions, including pneumonia. ambulance after ambulance quietly rushing at least 10 covid-19 patients to intensive care at broward's biggest hospital. as we've seen every day, coronavirus is a delicate challenge. even moving passengers luggage,
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-- passengers' luggage, a potential hazard, because the viruses can live on surfaces for days. the "zaandam" and "rotterdam" had been scheduled to pull into port early thursday but the arrivals were delayed for hours as lawyers from holland america and broward county haggled over fine details of potential liabilities and required a 14-day self-quarantine for all passengers. among those who watched the ships come in, lee ann, her aunt on board, but coming home alone. her aunt's 75-year-old husband among the four dead. >> relieved this finally has some kind of conclusion and these poor people can go home. >> late thursday some passengers passed health checks and with cleared to debark cards, masks and gloves, they took private, sanitized cars home. >> what does it say? >> welcome home. >> doris and cliff. >> we're home. we're in our living room. we feel fantastic. >> but passengers worried about
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those who shared this 27-day odyssey of being denied entry in port after port. >> what's going through your mind beyond yourself. >> obviously we hope that the sick are tended to and get better quickly. >> still on board -- >> back to the states. >> almost to new jersey. >> 300 americans like wendy and rick who will head home today to another coronavirus hot spot. >> i've already been warned by many friends in new jersey that things have really, really changed, and in some ways are unrecognizable. >> holland america says disembarkation is expected to be completed by friday evening. >> my goal is to wake up in your own bed sunday morning. meantime we've told you about jennifer allen's father, who was among those who was desperately ill on board, had developed pneumonia, this morning we understand he's one of those in the intensive care unit getting the important care that you can
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only get in a hospital. there are 904 nationals, they started to process them, they're on buses at the international airport. this flight will take 243 to toronto. as for the 76 on board, they'll get the treatment they need right there. guys? >> that is good to hear, kerry. thank you so much. what do you say we switch gears now. let's check in with mr. roker sitting at his house. >> hi, al. morning, al. >> h h >> hi, guys, good to see you we made it to friday thankfully. here in the northeast we have this pesky storm offshore. it will not go away. we're looking at more rain, interior sections of new york, new england. the good news is it will be out of here later today. all eyes on texas where we're looking at damaging winds, hail, a tornado risk that's fairly low but still can't rule it out. today that strong cold front will move east, severe storms in central texas and continues to push on through saturday and sunday the good news is we finally get rid of that. but we are looking for anywhere
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from 2 to 3" of rain through south and central texas and there could be some flash flooding we're going to get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds census now. spend a few minutes online today to impact the next 10 years of healthcare, infrastructure and education. go to and respond today to make america's tomorrow brighter. it's time to shape our future. good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. enjoy the nice weather today because we will have changes in the weekend forecast. much-needed rain moving in and also a big drop in temperatures. as we go into early next week we'll see scattered showers in
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the forecast until monday, and then after that we're looking at some quite warmer temperatures. temperatures cooling off with highs only in the mid-50s through monday. >> and that is your latest weather. guys. >> all right, al thank you. coming up, the head of the army corps of engineers joins us live what he is doing to help address the overcrowded hospital crisis. and also ahead this morning, hoda, we're going to take you inside the nation's oldest public hospital for a firsthand look at how its doctors have managed to stay ahead of the virus and the hope they are giving to other hospitals across the country. but first this is "today" on nbc. what we do now will forever change our tomorrow.
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so let's do the right thing, today. let's stay at home. let's wash up. let's always keep our distance - please, six feet apart at least. let's look after ourselves, as well as others. it will all be worth it. we can all do our part. so those on the front line can do their part. and when this is over, we will all, continue, to thrive.
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if you have hepatitis b, do not stop taking biktarvy without talking to your doctor. common side effects were diarrhea, nausea, and headache. if you're living with hiv, keep loving who you are. and ask your doctor if biktarvy is right for you. and a good morning to you. 7:26. i'm marcus washington. we are learning this morning that an infected crew member from the grand princess ship that docked in oakland has now died. the patient had been transported to a san francisco hospital when that ship arrived last month. the death was reported by the group representing cruise ship workers, many of whom are said to still be quarantined on the ship. the group plans to hold a news conference later today. and this right here is where a new free drive-through testing site will open at 10:00 this morning in fremont. this is the fremont tactical training center on stevenson boulevard. it's by appointment only and walkups will not be allowed. here is a look at the latest
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confirmed bay area coronavirus cases now nearly 3,000. 74 people have died. santa clara county in the bay area will have been considered the hot zone. the rate of new cases has stabilized over the past three days. a look of the forecast. kari, how is it looking? >> hopefully we'll all have a chance to get outside and get some fresh air for just a little while and relax for a bit. we're also enjoying some beautiful weather. a live look in san francisco. we're going to see our temperatures today reaching into the upper 60s. tomorrow is when the rain returns. we'll see the scattered showers from saturday into monday and we'll also see a cooldown in our temperatures, but once that rain moves out, we'll gradually start to warm back up. so we'll be tracking that rain with more updates. marcus? thank you, kari. another local news update in the next 30 minutes and, of course, we're always on at
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♪ slide to the ♪ slide to the left slide to th right crisscross crisscross cha cha real smooth. we are back. it's 7:30. how about a reason to smile on this friday morning. that, my friends, is dr. jason campbell friends at orego health and science university put on a little funky dance party to blow off some steam he's been posting these videos all over this one i saw hugh jackman reposted so we borrowed that janet jackson liked a lot of them, so he's catching attention. >> he is good good to keep dancing, keep the
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blood pumping. it's good for the soul he's got a good idea there let's get to the headlines on what's happening with coronavirus pandemic the white house is expected to urge americans to live in hot spots to wear a cloth face covering whenever they are out in public. administration says the new guidance on masks may come as early as today the democratic national convention has been postponed until the week of august 17th. the convention, which is expected to be held in milwaukee, was supposed to take place in mid july. the u.s. state department has stopped processing new passports and renewals amid the pandemic it will still offer the service with a qualified life or death emergency. those are the headlines at 7:30. >> all right, savannah, thank you. now to potential help for the nation's hospital crisis expectations coast-to-coast they will soon be overwhelmed in new
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york joining us now lieutenant general, commanding general of army corps of engineers. he has been assigned the difficult task of finding hundreds of alternative areas that could be used as sort of pop-up hospitals just yesterday he was in chicago, setting up a site there. general, thank you very much for joining us this morning. >> hoda, first of all, honored to be on the show. want everyone to know all thoughts and prayers for department of defense goes out to all the people affected by this terrible virus. we're so honored to be part of the federal team to mitigate the shortage over. >> general, you have a huge task ahead of you i can't imagine how many pop-up hospitals people are requesting. just give me a sense of how long it is, governors say, hey, help me how do you prioritize who gets what. >> actually the list was 100 last friday afternoon. we've seen an exponential increase right now the list is over 750 different
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requirements we have been given by mayors to come in and assess solutions don't forget, this is a federal response but we're in support of the states here. it's the entire federal team it's not corps of engineers, us, hhs and fema so we get that list from local people who say here might be a potential facility and we've got to go in and try to understand, hoda, where is actually that curve. when is the peak requirement for that local city or local state we've got to get these facilities created ahead of the need so we can make sure we're able to mitigate the shortage. >> you're playing a little bit of beat the clock. today happens to be april 3rd. a lot of these cities are saying, hey, we're going to reach our peak by mid april. do you have time in these couple of weeks so set up these makeshift facilities and stadiums or hotels or dormitories? >> we actually do. now, this is a race, though. right now today, my numbers are
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looking, i think we've got about 9800 beds that are going in right now. contractors on the ground putting these in we're going to have about another 4800 in the next couple of days to get them going. then the other thing that's critical, and this is new news no one has heard, we actually have designed a lot of facilities, about 5500 but then the states have said give us that design and then we'll put those in the ground. so that's the beauty of this concept. it doesn't have to be the corps of engineers we did a standard design sanctioned by the federal government and able to pass that design even a very, very small city that might have a shortage can go into a hotel, college dormitory or a bigger space like convention center or fieldhouse and be able to build out a hospital-like facility to
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mitigate the shortage. >> general, you make some covid hospitals and non-covid, i guess they are retrofitted differently if you know they are a contagious virus the jacob javits center was designated as a non-covid facility late yesterday the governor said with the approval of the president of the united states that that facility will now be used for covid patients. do you think that is safe? i'm looking at all these kind of open air spaces. is that safe for covid patients? >> we do however, there's got to be some modifications made i want to reiterate. again, this plan has to be agile. we knew going in certain states wanted covid only. other states wanted non-covid. so when we initially set it out, the plan for new york was to be able to go non-covid now the fact it's changed a little bit, i've asked my engineers to go in and relook pressure settings in the building javits is sectional. there's a bunch of great big areas that we can actually change the pressure in some. the other thing is we've got a phenomenal army hospital on the ground up there. i was up there a couple days ago. these are very, very intense doctors and surgeons who know what to do
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they are bringing in some of their capability, some icu bed-like capabilities to continue to augment. so whatever the requirement is, we have the flexibility through the state, the locals and dod to be able to meet that changing demand i don't see a safety problem right now in javits. >> all right general, thank you for your service. thank you for everything you're doing, for working around the clock for everyone out here. we really appreciate you. >> hoda, i need to stress. we don't have all the time in the world, so this is where you can't do the perfect solution. i love all the doctors that say there should be all these different things we have to set the date and be exceptionally aggressive to get the mission in that's the most important thing is get it done on time. >> we hear you we hear you. thank you so much. we appreciate you being with us. savannah, over to you. >> all right coming up next, hoda, an nbc news exclusive, cynthia mcfadden taking us inside a new york hospital at the center of the
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we're back with our network wide series, on the front lines. as we cover this crisis we hear so much about hospitals struggling to keep up amid the skyrocketing patients and shortage of critical supplies. >> correspondent cynthia mcfadden has something a little different for us some welcome news. good morning. >> good morning. bellevue was one of the most renowned hospitals in new york city it has over 800 beds and 1200 doctors, and it is one of only 10 hospitals in the country designated a special path again -- pathogen hospital that means they are pros when it comes to handling infectious diseases and the chief medical officer tells me due to planning and persistence, they are just a step ahead of the tidal wave there are signs everywhere that new york city is the u.s. epicenter of this pandemic the city's medical examiner setting up a massive makeshift morgue next to the city's most
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famous hospital, bellevue. >> we have to stay ahead of the wave we have to keep sprinting so it doesn't catch up with us because if it catches up with us, we'll drowned. >> this is the first video from inside bellevue shot for us by the hospital the scene here, a stark contrast to much of what we've seen from other hospitals in new york. as they are drowning, bellevue is still afloat. >> is there sufficient ppe >> oh, yeah, absolutely. >> dr. nate link is bellevue's. >> everyone who needs chief medical officer. >> this entire floor has become basically a covid-19 intensive care. >> everyone who needs an n95 mask at your hospital at this moment has one >> absolutely, without question. >> you do hear some people who sound panicked i'm talking about doctors. i'm talking about seasoned
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nurses who say they are just being hit by a tidal wave. that doesn't seem to be the experience you are relating. >> three weeks ago we were a normal hospital. then the first patient hit the hospital it feels like every since then we have been sprinting to stay ahead of the wave. >> the doctor takes us inside the bellevue icu. >> every single cubicle has a covid patient. >> he's not wearing a mask in the icu hallway because over the last two weeks it has been transformed. >> our engineers and carpenters go into each space to turn it into a negative pressure room, which is the safest possible for patient care as each room got opened up, literally a covid-19 patient filled the space behind them it was almost a race to the finish line until just a couple of days ago they finished the 54th room and they filled it with a patient. >> what happens when the next 54 and the next 54 and the next 54 show up at the hospital. >> i think i've got the next
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three steps in mind. our next space is where we do colonoscopies, then moving to operating rooms that will give us 60 more. >> if that's not enough and more beds are needed, dr. link says they will double up to patients in the icu. >> that will take us to 200. eventually we may have cots in the cafeteria or a big circus tent outside. >> reporter: the big question, why has bellevue been able to do what so many other hospitals have not some of it, dr. link says, is in the hospital's dna. >> taking care of patients nobody wanted, really, yellow fever and smallpox, typhus, tuberculosis and aids in the '80s, to take care of infectious diseases and pandemics, it's really what it's about. >> his advice to the nation. >> the cow is out of the barn. it's here, everywhere. however serious it is, it's probably worse than you think because there's a lot of invisible cases you don't know
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about. new york two weeks ago had only 300 cases. new york today has 30,000. the cities around america with 300 cases should realize the only difference between them and new york is two weeks. it's the most crucial time for them to implement the shutting down of social interactions and the mingling, the sheltering in place, all of that the wave of patients that they are imagining will hit them in two weeks, those patients have not yet been infected. if you can prevent that infection, you can prevent the wave. >> how long can you keep it up >> i think we're going to keep this up as long as we have to. >> this morning new york city has over 50,000 diagnosed cases. >> that's a fascinating story, cynthia. you wonder what dr. link, if he has advice for other hospitals all we see are images of all
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these struggles. what can they learn from him >> listen, he says one of the things they realized early on is they could not allow a bottleneck in the emergency department they had to be able to have places to put patients so they could, in fact, get treated as rapidly as possible. he says they are opening up parts of the hospital they haven't used for 35 years. it is a massive structure. the other, of course, critical thing is their staff he says they are going to provide tests to any member of the staff who needs one in a tent right outside the hospital. so they are doing their best, staying ahead of it and i do think there's hope in the story for the rest of the nation's hospitals. >> certainly all right. thank you so much, cynthia all right. it is time now to check in with mr. roker, get a check of the weather. hey, al, good morning. >> good morning, hoda. we're looking right now at the gulf of mexico it has been warming at a pretty alarming rate. for the month of march, it has warmed up 10 degrees above
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average setting records for air temperatures along the gulf coast. those warm gulf waters could mean severe storms in april. not only that, you combine gulf water temperatures with warmer than average water temperature in the atlantic, a lack of el nino which brings in shearing winds. that means march water could mean above average hurricane season for us this year. colorado state university just issuing 2020 outlook 16 named storms. eight of them could be hurricanes four major hurricanes. doesn't mean landfall but we'll good friday morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. one more very nice day in the forecast as we reach into the upper 60s and then rain moves in for the weekend. we are going to see much cooler
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temperatures as that rain arrives and it will be with us off and on throughout the weekend as that rain falls looks like a good soaker for the bay area. then as we go into next week we'll see a slight warm-up in our forecast as we reach back into the mid-60s. that's your latest weather savannah. >> all right, al thank you. coming up, how exactly does the coronavirus spread we'll talk to our expert about an eye-opening new warning you will want to know about, but first these messages t minus ten seconds to crispier, fluffier eggo homestyle waffles. we are go for... lift off. now that they're crispier and fluffier. i think this one's a solo mission. i understand. would you let go of your eggo?
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good friday morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. right now at 7:56. let's take a live look outside in san jose. by tomorrow a new storm system will be moving in to bring scattered showers, first starting out in the north bay, moving into the rest of the bay area and waves of rain expected throughout the weekend as our temperatures will take a pretty big dip only reaching into the mid-50s for highs. for today we're still in the upper 60s but once that rain comes in it will be much cooler. for the weekend and going into next week, by tuesday the sky starts to clear once again and our temperatures will slowly warm up, looking at san francisco, also looking at a cooldown for the weekend with
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some mid-50s for saturday and sunday. we'll be tracking that rain with more updates all throughout the day. let's get an update on the traffic commute from mike. as we know traffic is very light. we did have a big problem on the bay bridge lower deck. we'll take you out to the maps. you'll see the traffic green now. no major problems including the lower deck which cleared up just before kari's report a half an hour ago. full recovery getting out of san francisco and into san francisco, the bay bridge toll plaza is clear. a crash in oakland i'm tracking. be careful on the exit. happening now a new free drive-through testing site is a little more than two hours from opening in fremont located at the fremont fire tactical training center on stevenson boulevard. this is appointment only. walkups are not allowed. the full story on our home page. costco launched a new set of rules to limit the amount of shoppers in its stores.
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coming up, cover up. the white house now expected to advise americans in coronavirus hot spots to cover their faces in public as calls grow for a nationwide stay-at-home order. >> i don't understand why that's not happening. >> we're live with the latest. plus is the virus evolving what scientists are now learning about the nature of the illness and how it spreads. >> you may generate droplets that are invisible they are so tiny you can't see them but they are certainly big enough to carry a virus. >> the new developments you need to know. keeping the faith. how religion is helping people cope amid the coronavirus virus with holy week and passover just
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days away, we're joined by a pair of renowned religious leaders to share hope and comfort today friday, april 3rd, 2020 good morning, everybody. welcome back to "today." we're glad to have you along with us on friday morning, especially those of you working from home. hoda, as we've often said, now that folks are working from home, friday, monday, saturday, sunday, is it yesterday, is it tomorrow who knows? we're all in it together >> also, is it 7:00? is it 8:00 it is 8:00 and it is friday. >> it is it's 8:00 so let's get to the headlines. of course the coronavirus tops the news the world reached a grim new milestone overnight in the fight against this virus craig joins us with three things he's watching today on this front. craig, good morning. good to see you. >> hey, good to see you, too the first thing we're watching on this friday morning the soaring number of cases across the globe. worldwide that number has now
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topped 1 million people and the virus has spread to at least 181 countries. about 24% of those cases are right here in the united states. the second thing we're watching, the senior trump administration official telling nbc news some new guidance is coming today, guidance advising americans who live in areas of high community transmission to wear cloth masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. that measure has already been taken by the mayors of new york city and los angeles here is the third thing we're watching the white house still resisting calls for a nationwide stay-at-home order overnight health official dr. anthony fauci weighed in on the need for a blanket policy. >> the tension between federally mandated versus states rights to do what they want is something i don't want to get into if you look at what's going on in the country, i just don't understand why we're not doing that. >> meanwhile tennessee joined the growing list of states ordering residents to stay at
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home hoda, i'll send it over back to you. >> thank you, craig. we'll see you in our next half hour meantime new developments on the coronavirus outbreak on the "uss theodore roosevelt." this morning its captain who sounded the alarm this week about dozens of cases on the aircraft carrier has been relieved by the navy nbc's kristen welker has the very latest on this. hey, kristen, good morning. >> reporter: hey, hoda, good morning to you this is a battle playing out at sea and right here in washington, d.c. dismissing one of the top commanders after circulating a letter that expressed concern about the outbreak of covid-19 on his ship. this morning the navy is facing some criticism and questions about the way the whole thing was handled. this morning brett crozier is a captain without a ship the navy's top brass dismissing him from his duties aboard uss
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roosevelt after the navy officer sounded the alarm about the outbreak of coronavirus aboard the navy carrier the acting secretary explaining the decision on thursday. >> i have no doubt in my mind that captain crozier did what he thought was in the best interest and safety of his crew unfortunately it did the opposite it unnecessarily raised alarms with families of sailors and marines with no plans to address concerns. >> the dismissal comes on the heels of a blunt letter written by crozier to navy officials and obtained by san francisco chronicle detailing a covid-19 outbreak the letter read in part, we are not at war sailors do not need to die if we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset, our sailors. navy officials say their reason for dismissing crozier was because he sent that letter over nonsecure, unclassified e-mails to a broad array of people instead of going through the normal chain of command. the acting secretary also insisting help for those
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suffering from the virus was on the way before the letter was written. >> the captain's actions made sailors, their families and many in the public believe his letter was the only reason help from our larger navy family was forthcoming, which was hardly the case. >> president trump was pressed on the decision by nbc's geoff bennett. >> to fire the captain of "uss roosevelt" after he raised red flags about the covid-19 outbreak on his ship it appears as if he's being punished for trying to save the lives of the sailors in his command, what's your assessment? >> i don't agree with that at all. not at all not even a little bit. >> reporter: overnight a group of house democrats on the armed services committee criticized the decision writing in part, quote, is a destabilizing move that will likely put our service members at greater risk and jeopardize our fleet's readiness. crozier will keep his rank he will remain in the navy as for the ship so far, 113 crew members out of 4,000 have tested
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positive for the coronavirus hoda. >> all right kristen welker at the nation's capital. kristen, thank you. it's 8:06, what do you say we do the morning boost. >> do a double a woman in arizona, we could all use a little more love right now. here is what she did she put sidewalk chalk out and asked children to draw hearts. the results were so magical, she decided to record them with her drone. decided to record them with her drone. take a look. take a look. ♪ in times of war be peace in d just believe ain't that much difference between you and time full of doubt just believe ain't that much difference between you and me ♪ ♪ in a time full of war be peace ♪ >> that is beautiful she didn't mean to make a video but she did then she added that song from thomas rhett, "be a
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light. she shared it on social media, caught thomas rhett's attention, which came full circle he wrote it for tough times. also pledged proceeds of the song, go to music cares covid-19 relief fund. >> i love that song. he told us he actually wrote it months and months ago but it's so appropriate in today's times that he released it and is donating the proceeds. all right. i have another boost for youirt ones to wash their hands properly. happy birthday twice. when it comes to the rock and his baby as you well know, parents have been using the alphabet song, happy birthday to get little ones to wash their hands properly happy birthday twice when it comes to the rock and his baby tia, he goes through the rap portion from hit movie "moana." look >> it's a message -- >> it's a message --
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welcome back on a friday morning. as coronavirus cases explode around the country and around the world, experts are seriously working to understand this novel disease. research just provided to the white house suggests it could be evolving and spreading in alarming new ways. here is nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: this morning an eye-opening new warning, health experts saying in a letter to the white house that it's possible for coronavirus to spread through breathing or talking. >> you may generate droplets invisible, so tiny you can't say them but certainly big enough to carry a virus if you happen to have it in you when you're talking. >> the white house declined to comment on the letter. a senior administration official said dr. anthony fauci made similar comments in the past. >> there is some diagnosis of asymptomatic transmissibility. it's still not clear exactly what that is.
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>> thursday cdc said still how covid-19 spread changed the previous guidance now adding talking to coughing and sneezing as a way to spread the disease talking to coughing and sneezing as a way to spread the disea through respiratory droplets the new debate adding fuel over whether masks should be worn in public, which is what both the mayors of los angeles and new york city recommend. >> we're advising new yorkers to wear a face covering. >> reporter: the current guidance from the cdc said if you aren't sick, you don't need to wear a face mask unless you're caring for someone sick senior administration official tells nbc news the white house will announce new guidelines today urging americans who live in areas of high transmission to wear cloth face coverings to wear cloth face coverings to prevent the spread for those asymptomatic as doctors and nurses across the country work tirelessly to treat patients, also working to decode the disease. >> i realize this is a crisis
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and an illness that i've never seen before in my practice of medicine. >> the virus is unpredictable. apparently more young adults between the ages of 20 and 54 thursday even he has been need hospitalization in the u.s. than in china when it first appeared unusual symptoms like loss of taste and smell are also emerging dr. fauci telling savannah thursday even he has been puzzled. >> it's very strange how one individual can get infected and have either mild or no symptoms and another individual can rapidly deteriorate with viral pneumonia and respiratory failure. i've been doing infectious diseases for almost 50 years and i can tell you i don't understand what the mechanism of that is and we really need to figure it out. >> for "today," stephanie gosk, nbc news. >> joining us again to talk about all this, nbc contributor
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and virologist dr. joseph fair doctor, let's talk first about this letter sent to the white house with research, information that suggested the virus potentially could be transmitted not just by a cough or sneeze in the vicinity of someone else but even by breathing or talking what are the ramifications of that >> first of all, let me emphasize, i read the paper -- i read the letter, rather, the paper on which the letter was based. these studies were based in hospital rooms and by swabbing the walls of those hospital rooms. keep in mind the people in those rooms are the most critically ill people with covid-19 meaning they will have labored breathing. they are going to be coughing and sneezing and they were able to find viral rna. you think of a crime scene finding dna later. it does not mean they found infectious virus on those walls. so the letter is out of an abundance of caution, and we go back to that presymptomatic and
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asymptomatic individuals being able to transmit the virus the letter was a way to indicate that we should be wearing these face coverings i used masks earlier but let me emphasize home made face coverings because we don't want to take away from medical grade masks health care workers need most a way of recognizing we might not know how it's being transmitted but we do know it's being transmitted asymptomatically. >> also, it's not like measles or tuberculosis that's so highly contagious it hangs in the air for hours. >> correct from everything we know, measles can spread up to 10 feet away and it is an airborne virus meaning it's lighter than air and can float in the air you can basically get it even if you're standing 10 feet away from someone this as far as we know now, keep in mind this is a new virus to
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science, if it seems confusing, we're learning as we go here about this virus as of now, this is not an airborne virus we think it has to come in from direct contact even if you're just labored breathing, you are expelling some droplets. going back to earlier guidelines, if you're keeping social distancing and home made face cover with cloth, you're protecting yourself from transmitting the virus to others asymptomatically. >> i know we are all learning together as this goes on early on i remember hearing that if you didn't have symptoms or if you didn't high pressure mild symptoms, then you probably weren't transmitting that much of the virus i actually asked dr. fauci about this yesterday, this new study in the journal nature that actually showed now patients with mild symptoms can shed high levels of the virus early on. >> that's right. like i said earlier, we are learning more about this as we go on, because it is a new virus to humans, and we are learning
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in that presymptomatic phase and early symptomatic phase you can readily transmit the virus to others >> again, all the more reason to have that facial covering so even if you don't have symptoms you're not spreading it. can i ask you another thing about symptoms another widely carried belief is that it was fever, it was shortness of breath, it was cough. those were telltale coronavirus symptoms as we now have more information, as frankly it's here in this country, are you getting a different profile of how this presents, what the symptoms might look like? >> i think that's the thing that makes this virus the most scary. you cannot diagnose this symptomatically. a lot of diseases if you have a certain checklist of symptoms you can see i think that's influenza, virus this is so diverse a trademark is loss of taste and smell. if you develop a sudden loss of taste and smell, there's a good indication that's covid-19 that's being added to the list of symptoms people get not everyone gets a fever.
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not everyone gets a cough. not everyone gets all of the same symptoms. the diversity is what is making this so hard and reemphasizes our need for really broad-based diagnostics across the country both acute diagnostics to tell you if you have it now, antibody-based serology tells you from your blood if you've had it and recovered from the virus. >> holds the key to moving forward collectively dr. fair, always good to have you on the latest research thank you so much. let's switch gears now and get a check of the weather from mr. roker. i think we're going to have a little rain out east today >> yeah, here in the northeast we are looking at it, as you look at today we are expecting to see more showers with this pesky low pressure system that's just off the coast record lows in the rockies today. severe storms developing in central and eastern texas. those will be moving to the east sunshine out west, although along with pacific northwest
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makes it rain and snow sunshine and warm temperatures from the gulf right on into florida. that's what going on around the country, >> good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. let's take a live look outside in san jose as we start out with filtered sunshine. we're going to see more sun as we go into today and temperatures warming up into the upper 60s. now we will have some cooler air coming in once we get that rain that starts out in the north bay in the morning and spreads to the rest of the bay area during the afternoon. off and on showers in the forecast through monday. and then we'll see it clearing out as we warm up with san francisco in the mid-50s this weekend. that's your latest weather hoda. >> all right, al, thank you. now to with you today. your questions about the coronavirus. they keep pouring in and we're answering as many as we can in collaboration with facebook. a lot of you want to know about routine health care and what you should be doing during this pandemic for more let's bring in nbc news
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medical correspondent dr. john torres let's get started. we've got giovanni on facebook let's take a listen. >> those of us who have to get out and go to a doctor's appointment, what are the recommended steps and necessary precautions that you recommend >> dr. torres, some people have routine doctor's visits, so what should we do >> that's a great question the bottom line, if you have a routine visit, one that you can put off, you definitely want to put it off any time you go outside your house or apartment, you have a risk of contacting coronavirus you want to be very careful with that that's for routine visits. if it's something you do have to go to, the best advice is to talk to your doctor and say can i postpone it, the answer is, no, you need to go in. you need to call ahead what kind of precautions in the office how are you making sure you're not getting sick people doing different things. some saying when you come in, let us know, we'll put you in the clinic room. others saying wait in your car and we'll call you and tell you when it's okay to walk in.
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you don't want to be in a waiting room with somebody who is sick. if you are, ask them to move the sick person or move you. if they don't, i would think hard about leaving at that point and saying i'll come back for this visit because you have the risk of contracting coronavirus at that point. be careful if you can delay it, do, but if not do it this way. >> kelly says should pediatric office be seeing patients for well visits kids have six month visits, well visits should they be seeing us >> with kids it's a little more important to have those visits the recommendation, if they are younger than two, you want to keep those well baby visits and talk to the pediatrician about the same types of things how do you want us to come into the office how do you make sure we're okay, safe if above two, a well child visit, can i delay this?
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is there a reason i need to come in now if it's something acute, an injury, illness, talk to them about that and say, hey, i want to come in, want to make sure you know i'm coming in and taking care of myself and my child. >> are virtual visits an option? >> virtual visits are a big option in the american academy of pediatrics is actually recommending most pediatricians switch a lot of these to virtual visits there's a lot of telemedicine, telemental health right now. even strep throat they can diagnose through telemedicine. if you can do that, that's a great option can you do it from your house or apartment. if you need to go in, take those steps to keep yourself and your child safe. >> dr. torres, thank you very much if you have questions share them with us on facebook and instagram pages. the #withyoutoday. just ahead, if you can use a little comfort and faith heading into holy week, we have the thing for you, rabbi and bishop will help put things in perspective after this
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good morning to you. 8:26. i'm marcus washington. we are learning this morning an infected crew member from the "grand princess" ship that docked in oakland has now died. the patient had been transported to a san francisco hospital when the ship arrived last month. the death was reported by a group representing cruise ship workers, many of whom are said to still be quarantined on the ship. that group plans to hold a news conference later today. a new free drive-through testing site will open in fremont. it's loectsd at the fremont fire tactical center on stevenson boulevard. it's by appointment only and walk-ups will not be allowed. here's a look at the latest confirmed bay area coronavirus cases. now nearly 3,000.
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santa clara county still is the bay area's hot zone but the rate of new cases has stabilized over the past three days. a look at that morning commute for you. mike, still nice and easy out there for us, right? >> yeah, because everybody is doing what you said. helping by staying at home. folks, we're looking at the roadways. stable, light commute right now. the sensors show no delays. the broadway off ramp the only delay. a crash affecting only the off ramp. live look at oakland shows you the traffic so light. the bay bridge toll plaza didn't have a backup and coming toward us off treasure island, we don't have a problem. the earlier crash has cleared coming toward oakland.
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♪ ♪ stay home, stay hom ♪ stay home, stay home. 8:30. >> i love it stay home. i've got the message, big and rich, i'm home like a psa john rich wrote it what do you think? >> it is perfect >> i got the message, big and rich i'm home
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good to see both of you guys coming up, something else that's helping a lot of people, music is certainly good for the soul wait until you hear why this man who is stuck at home decided to run a marathon in his very tiny backyard hoda, you're the first person to tell me about this it's incredible. we'll find more about that. >> this takes perseverance we could use faith and some comfort, uplift, especially holy week, passover around the corner we called in two of the best religious leaders, help us deal with everything going on, get a little healing this friday morning. >> looking forward to that guys, we'll wrap up with harry smith. he will put words to some of the emotions we are all feeling now, he will do it in the way only harry smith can. >> he does he always puts things in perspective. it's friday morning. mr. roker. let's get a check of the weekend
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weather. >> absolutely. we start off with tomorrow, saturday we're looking at a sunny day in the northeast, along the eastern seaboard a flood risk, though, down in central and southern texas with heavy storms there stretching all the way to wisconsin, sunny skies from the plains into the southwest. another storm arrives on the west coast then for sunday -- sunday! -- lots of sunshine in the northeast. spotty showers through the appalachians rain at night making its way all the way down into southern california sierra mountain snows, sunshine in the central plains and into northern texas >> good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. we are going to see our temperatures in the upper 60s for today. once that rain moves in tomorrow, we'll see scattered showers in the forecast. and some cooler air for the weekend into early next week.
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and once that rain moves out after monday, we'll start to see our temperatures warming up. it looks like we could get a decent amount of rain here as we look at many of our microclimates possibly getting over an inch of rain over the course of the next three days. >> that's your latest weather. >> that's your latest weather. everybody have a good weekend. craig, i'll see you coming up at the top of the third hour of "today." >> see you in a few minutes, buddy. >> i love the four -- we look like the brady bunch, guys look at us look down, up. >> wrong way. >> just ahead, faith in the time of the coronavirus who better to lead our conversation an discussion than a bishop and rabbi but first this is "today" on nbc
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oh. well, as we all face these trying times, it is really
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important to find hope no matter what your religious beliefs are, faith can provide a great source of comfort and healing in these times. >> with holy week and passover, this morning we are joined by rabbi, a scholar and president of the hadar institute and and reverend michael curry bishop of the episcopal church what a perfect group of guests to have today. let's start with you bishop curry. i think a lot of people are watching you, watching us this morning and feeling scared this morning. maybe some losing hope what would you say to those folks? >> the truth is we were made by god for love and relationship with god and with each other we can navigate through difficult and tough times by holding onto god's hand and holding onto each other's hand at a respectful social distance in this time
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we can make it >> rabbi, as i turn to you, this is one of those times where if you are a person of faith, you want to be with those who share your faith unfortunately church gatherings are something that a lot of folks are avoiding and the government has said that we shouldn't be in those crowds how can we still connect with each other around our faith and have these kinds of conversations that hopefully uplift >> one of the things present moment makes possible for us, our computers, telephones, social media make it possible to still connect with one another, not in the ideal way but still in a way we can hear each other's voices, see each other's faces. had this been happening 40 years ago, it would have been all the much harder in that sense. just to reach out and make sure you remember them. get on the computer, assuming you have one, let people see
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your face. we take the connections we can have rather than the ones we'd like to have. >> reverend, as people on planet earth, we've overcome a lot of things it's good to realize just the resilience in all of us. speak to that a little bit. >> one of the things i think is always important to remember is that no matter how difficult the moment we find ourselves in, and let's be honest, we find ourselves in a very difficult moment, we still have the capacity to reach out and show love to one another and through that to gain strength for ourselves as well. one of the most, i think, radical things that judaism and christianity teach is we can learn love from our suffering. this is a period of great suffering. it is also an opportunity for immense compassion and human connection we have to hold onto the compassion and connection both
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for the people who need it most and for the giver. for the giver as well as the receiver >> bishop, as a person of faith myself, i often remind myself that god can handle our faith and handle our doubt and that, you know, it's important to be honest in your prayers and you know, i think a lot of people might find it overwhelming to pray right now i know i do. sometimes i don't even know how to put it into words i wonder if you have any advice about that, about how we can try to process our grief and our fears and our anxieties with our faith. >> you know, there's actual virtue in being honest with god and being honest with god means telling god what's on your heart. just putting it out there. the psalms and hebrew scriptures are songs and prayers. people tell god when they are upset with god and when they are upset about life
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there is something potentially cathartic just in that god can handle that. the other thing i'm aware of, this april and may, we are actually in a time when a holy week easter, passover, and then ramadan, three great religious periods are happening. maybe we need to tap into the traditions of our faith, those traditions as best we can do it. sometimes traditions can speak when we don't have the words >> bishop, do you have a prayer for the world in this moment >> god, love us, help us, walk with us, and help us love each other, and we'll find our way. >> what about you, rabbi >> my prayer in this moment i think is very similar to the bishop's, which is heal us, help
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us heal those in need of healing, and help us support those who are bringing healing to others. this is a moment for such profound appreciation for medical professionals, those on the front lines. may god protect each and every one of them and bless them. >> beautiful rabbi and bishop, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts this friday. >> god bless. >> god bless. >> thank you so much. coming up next, this will get you off the couch. wait until you see how being stuck at home has not stopped some people from doing their exercise in one case a guy running a marathon on that little patch of grass. wowser but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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we are back. craig is here. we have something we hope we are back.
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craig is here. we have something we hope will put a smile on your face. >> yes, or make you feel bad about sitting on the couch for the last two weeks if you've been sitting around wanting to stay active, you could probably learn a few things from olympic hopefuls and weekend warriors molly hunter in london with this one. hey, molly. >> reporter: hey, craig. i thought i was a weekend warrior. this puts all of us who have been sitting on the couch to shame. some people are making it work some lucky enough to have outdoor space. some are making it work and doing some serious good. it's a feeling we can all relate to. >> it's just been a very long week at home on my own with everything that's going on at the moment while we're all in lockdown. >> we're all coming up with different solutions, climbing walls literally, swimming laps sort of in a kiddie pool, working out that anxiety and getting exercise on youtube, on the balcony or in our garden, no matter how small
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james campbell, a former competitive javelin thrower, who hates running, tweeted 10,000 retweets and i'll run a marathon in my back garden. it's about 6 meters long that's about 20 feet and the retweets came rolling in, so did the donations, all for the uk health system. >> as soon as it gained momentum for something like this, it's got to be a good cause. >> he ran it in dizzying circle on his birthday april 1st. five hours and five minutes, spectators tuning in from around the world. >> james campbell is absolutely smashing this in his back garden. >> people are captivated by the inspiration and hope and a chance to come together to cheer on something good feels good right now. >> take people's mind off of it for a day and give them a bit of a laugh and a bit of
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entertainment, job done. >> james isn't alone french runner also ran a marathon, his 37th, if it counts, on his 23 foot balcony nearly doubling his normal 3 1/2 hour pace. also live streaming. strangers from around the world and then medical staff started sending you messages of encouragement. >> it was incredible so many messages from medical staff, the message was stay at home, please. >> reporter: if he can do it, well, so can we. >> even if we are at home alone, we can be together. >> reporter: james and alicia, both grateful for all the love coming back their way. now, so much love. they have been receiving messages from all over the world. james raised more than $30,000 for frontline health care workers here in the uk and they sparked a movement the biggest goal, guys, bringing
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people together. that's something we can all cheer for. guys. >> yes, we can. >> that was insane. >> i did a few miles a few days ago, i felt good about that. that guy, wow. >> so he taught us no excuses. coming up next, if you feel like your life is stuck in a repeating loop these days, well, guess who is here to help, harry smith. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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welcome back. well, living through this coronavirus pandemic can feel surreal at times and often repetitive for harry smith, that reminded him of a beloved movie hi, harry, good morning. happy friday. >> good morning. great to see you all, even in our boxes this morning
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everybody knows the movie groundhog day, right bill murray wakes up morning after morning after morning only to find it's the same day all over again there ain't no river or ♪ put your little hand in mine there ain't no hill or mountai we can't climb ♪ >> reporter: the moral of the movie is murray uses his time to make himself a better person we're all living in kind of a groundhog day now. >> what would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same and nothing you did mattered >> reporter: little changes for those who are hunkered down. can you tell me the day of the week >> for a second, al, i forgot what day it was. >> what we didn't anticipate is controversial pathogen anxiety,
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when should i go back to work, should i get the test, are my parents or kids abiding by the distance guidelines. the numbers go up. >> 92,000 tested positive, 13,000 currently hospitalized. >> reporter: the news only grows more urgent. >> temporary morgues set up outside hospitals. >> mortality estimates enough to sober even the most cavalier. >> new projections show as many as 240,000 deaths in the united states over the coming months. >> reporter: yet as we worry, we wonder how on earth they do it. >> i'd be lying if i said i wasn't scared. >> reporter: the health professionals who face the pandemic every day what we see are face shields and gurneys. what they see are people with needs sometimes they cannot meet and co-workers who themselves are getting sick mercy. the first responders in some parts of new york, neighbors say
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it seems the sirens never stop the empire state building lit like an ambulance every night. we cook, we cope, we watch crazy tv shows. >> this is my way of living and nobody is going to tell me any other way. >> the guy with the lions and tigers, oh, my for some of us, turner classic movies has been the answer. >> operator, i want to speak to the hotel ritz please hurry, this is an emergency. >> reporter: the world in simple black and white. music abounds and virtual orchestras and choruses uplift us as spring sets in, our souls yearn for rituals of lent and passover, holy week, the seder, we miss that feeling of community. >> let's get you someplace warm. >> reporter: in the movie, bill murray's weather man found the answer in service. this week we saw restaurants
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delivering meals to hospitals gratis the newspaper delivery man catering to the needs of his customers. the man who inspired us most, this texan introduced to us by cynthia mcfadden chris austin's backyard business is cranking out hundreds of ventilator helmets a day. >> what if that was our son or daughter or grandfather sitting in that bed gasping for air, and we had to explain to him, sorry, we don't have anything for you this will make it available to a larger number of people. >> the cost, $162 each get this, he's willing to share his design with other manufacturers for free
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so in a world where we're looking at governments trying to buy ventilators and the prices double and sometimes triple, here is a guy who is sitting there in his double garage in waxahachie, texas, saying, you know what, open technology, anybody who can use this, it's yours to use to help save lives. the absolute total definition of selflessness to me, if you're looking for an uplift at the end of the week and how do we move forward, neighbors like that don't come along every day. you can use a few more. >> a touch of the divine, yeah. >> no question, no question. all those folks, church folks in the garage every day volunteering hours and hours and hours. that's some good works there. >> it certainly is, harry. thank you, hon. >> have a good weekend. >> time for more "today" heroes. you've been posting about these folks. they are going above and beyond. they are all across the country.
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>> how about we start with kyle. kyle is a school bus driver. he's in salem, virginia. his bus typically filled with students lately kyle has been loading that bus up with meals and delivering them around his community. >> next up, myrick, he's a truckdriver. his wife tweeting he's working tirelessly to get us what we need we want to say on this day, thank you for what you do. >> thank you let me tell you about josh he posted a photo with his daughter having difficulty with a school assignment. look outside yeah, that's her math teacher. he brought over a white board to help her through the glass door. how awesome is that? we love our teachers. >> so many going above and beyond. >> finally, a heroic husband and wife from dalton, georgia.
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zack is a nurse practitioner his wife erin is air force nurse they are juggling home and work while working in the emergency room together. keep them coming, on facebook, twitter, the hashtag on the screen, "today" heroes. >> savannah, we hope you have a great weekend. craig, you the same. you'll be up the next hour jen and i will join you the next hour have a great friday. first your local news. good morning to you. 8:56. i'm marcus washington. here's the latest look at confirmed bay area coronavirus cases. now numbering nearly 3,000. 74 people have died. santa clara county is still the bay area's hot zone, but its rate of new cases has stabilized over the past three days. this morning, we've learned an infected crew member from the
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grand princess ship that docked in oakland last month has now died. that patient had been transported to a san francisco hospital when that ship arrived. the death was reported by a group representing cruise ship workers. many of whom are said to still be quarantined on the ship. the group plans to hold a news conference later today. this is where a new free drive-through testing site is set to open in fremont at the fremont fire tactical training center on stevenson boulevard. it's by appointment only and the walk-ups are not allowed. happening now, bob rydell is speaking with health care workers. bob will have a live report during the midday news cast. you can link to more on our home page. the u.s. labor department says just over 700,000 jobs were lost in march but the recent new jobless claims are not on that march data report. you can go to our home page for the full story. what we do now will forever change our tomorrow. so let's do the right thing, today. let's stay at home.
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let's wash up. let's always keep our distance - please, six feet apart at least. let's look after ourselves, as well as others. it will all be worth it. we can all do our part. so those on the front line can do their part. and when this is over, we will all, continue, to thrive.
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and a good friday morning to you. welcome to the third hour of today. craig melvin in studio 1a. al working from home again hey, buddy, how are you holding up >> well, i'm doing great we've got all the comforts of home and the quickest commute i ever had in my career. >> that's true we'll come back to you in just a moment we have a lot of ground to cover. just a few moments ago, in fact, the government released the march jobs report and the unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% it's the first jobs decline since 2010 it's a glimpse into the impact the coronavirus is having on


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