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she can conduct an orchestra with those of gesticulations on the floor. all right, that's the time we have tonight. shannon bream and the "fox news @ night" team take it all from here. everybody, stay safe this weekend, wash your hands, keep that distance. ♪ >> shannon: as the end of the 15 day effort to slow the spread of covid-19 nears, the president's meeting with experts to make decisions about what happens next and when. what the latest data is telling them tonight, total confirmed coronavirus cases in the u.s. just over 104,000, and deaths nearing 1700. so far, the death rate in the u.s. is roughly 1.5%. far lower than almost every other country were covid-19 has been detected. making sure hospitals and medical staffs have the ventilators they may need in a worst-case scenario. the president taking historic action tonight, invoking the defense production act, ordering a major american company to step
up. hello, and welcome to "fox news @ night." i'm shannon bream in washington. we begin tonight with a major push for ventilators in new york, home now to nearly half the confirmed cases in the u.s. rick leventhal joins us live from manhattan. good evening, rick. >> good evening, shannon. 40% of the nation's coronavirus deaths have been here in new york, where they have no makeshift morgues for the first time since 9/11. hospitals are struggling to handle the influx of new coronavirus patients and the debate over just how many ventilators are needed here continues to rage tonight. the ventilators provide critical assistance to the sickest coronavirus patients who need help breathing. 1500 people using them in hospitals here today, almost double the number from two days ago. the governor has said that he needs 30,000 ventilators from the fed, an order that president trump is a questioning after he sent thousands of ventilators to new york city and says most of them have not been used. to present tweeting, "thousands
of federal government delivered ventilators found in new york storage, new york must deliver and distribute them now, and here is the governor's response. >> yes, they are in a stockpile. because that's where they are supposed to be, because that's where they're supposed to be. therefore the apex, so when we need them, they will be there. we don't need them today because you're not at capacity today. that's why they are not deployed, because they are not needed. >> shannon, as you mentioned, the president the fish invoking the defense production act today to get private business to start manufacturing more of the machines, with gm bringing in a thousand employees to assemble 10,000 to two 20,000 ventilators a month. e.r. doctors still say they are facing combat zone conditions. some say they are meditating before shift to stay sane and avoid drowning in a sea of misery, and potential exposure. >> this is like a war zone.
medical war zone. i'm working with limited resources. with constant disparities and pain and suffering we've seen only with those afflicted with coronavirus, but also those coming in for trauma and pediatric emergencies and other type of emergency arriving to the emergency department. >> also today, we got our first look at my on the field hospitals just completed at the javits convention center. a thousand critical beds to handle nonprobate overflow patients come along hospitals. over 26,000 in new york city and some 611 deaths in this state alone. also tonight, shannon, the governor of go door-to-door andtrack down nt the state and gone
to rhode island. threatening them with fines and possible prison time if they don't comply with the containment, confinement, quarantine order in rhode island tonight. >> shannon: interesting to see if other states like texas and florida follow suit on that. rick, thank you very much. good to see you. >> sure. >> shannon: the president will see off the hospital ship comfort as it has to new york tomorrow. guidelines for the nation's governors to help their decision-making regarding closures. as the president also applies wartime powers to the private sector. correspondent rich edson is here to explain all of that for us. good evening, rich. >> good evening, shannon. rick pointed it out just now, ventilators are vital to fighting coronavirus, helping patients breathe when the disease overwhelms their lungs. president trump frustrated with one american manufacturer, now using his broad authority to force general motors to make them. >> we will not hesitate to use
full authority of the federal government to combat this crisis. >> president trump has invoked the wartime defense production act to require general motors to manufacture ventilators. gm says it was already working on it, tweeting "we are under way in poised to deliver the first ventilators next month with capacity of more than 10,000 monthly." the president maintains gm initially said it would sell 40,000 ventilators, then promised 6,000 late next month. he also said ford should get going on producing ventilators fast. >> we ran into roadblocks with gm we cannot afford. >> the coronavirus pandemic in the united states now has more reported cases than any other. some health care workers have warned this virus and stretching their resources dangerously thin. critics say the administration was far too slow to get up come in a survey taken during the first half of this week, "abc news" and "the washington post" found 51% of americans approve of the
president's job handling the outbreak. 45 percent do not. >> i certainly want to get open as soon as possible. we also want to open safe. >> that's a still ongoing as the white house considers next steps on whether to change federal recommendations on shutting sectors of the economy. vice president mike pence says the coronavirus task force will meet over the weekend to review the numbers and recommend next steps. as the president has pushed this week to soon reopen as much of the country and economy as possible. the white house says president trump also spoke today with british prime minister boris johnson, who says he has the coronavirus after developing a temperature and a persistent cough. he is the first leader of a western country to report a positive test. shannon? >> shannon: all right, rich edson. thank you very much. breaking tonight, a new coronavirus test, one that could take less than 15 minutes to complete. it's just been authorized for
emergency use by the food and drug administration. the creator of the new test says it plans to start division delig 15,000 test per day starting next week. >> it generates an accurate test result in a matter of minutes, instead of hours or days. and that enables the health care provider the patients, diagnose a patient come and take the necessary interventions in a very short amount of time, and can help prevent further transmissions to other people. >> shannon: dramatically speeding up testing is seen as a key to accurately tracking the virus and stopping it. the coronavirus relief act officially signed into law tonight. when its passage on the house of representatives -- on the floor was not without drama. correspondent leland vittert it tells us about a couple of lawmakers who wanted to stand on principle and found themselves taking heat from both the left and right. good evening, leland. >> an unpopular place to be in washington, john kerry and
president trump found something to agree on, not an easy task. shocking, even. they both objected, with harsh words, to a kentucky congressman who simply wanted to debate about the pork in the bailout plan and discussion of how we were going to pay the $2 trillion price tag. >> i came to show it to make republic doesn't die by unanimous consent and i request a recorded vote. >> with that, congressman thomas massie became the most criticized man in congress. i'm in the capital because he forced this. i'm holding you, directly responsible, if i test positive after this. president trump called massie a third rate grant standard and he should be thrown out of the party. john kerry went further. "breaking news, congressman massey has tested positive for being in a-hole.
>> people came back, there's just no reason for it. john kerry made a little joke out of it and i agree with this joke, and i said i never knew he had that kind of a personality, but we put it up and he was right. >> little of the criticism centered around massie's reason. >> we have to go into this wide eyeeyes wide open, what did thee majority fight for, one of the largest corporate bailouts with as few strings as possible in american history. shameful. there should be shame about what was fought for in this bill and the choices that we have to make. >> massie's fellow members, republicans and democrats alike, or upset they had to come back to washington and vote. >> if an act of vanity and selfishness that goes beyond comprehension. >> i think what we need to be focused on today is
bipartisanship. >> after all of that, massie didn't even get the vote he wanted. house leadership on both sides of mouth parliamentarian jiu-jitsu in passing the bill, so we the people still have no idea, shannon, who in the people's house voted today to spend $2 trillion of hours. >> shannon: all right, leland, thank you very much. house leadership was able to block congressman massie's plan to force a recorded vote, but just the fact that he floated the plan that hundreds of his colleagues were forced to return to washington, and many of them, from both sides of the aisle, let him know in the midst of the covid-19 situation, they were not happy about that. 's are talking exclusively to fox news at night right now about why he did what he did, republican congressman from kentucky joins us live. congressman massie, good to have you. >> thanks for having me on, shannon. i guess i was able to force them to come to work but i couldn't force them to work. ultimately, they came to d.c., but they decided not to vote on it at all, and that's
unfortunate, because i didn't delay the vote at all. i think that is with the president was upset with. he didn't understand the process i was proposing. you know, tuesday, the senate was here and they were voting, and the house -- the house leadership, pelosi and mccarthy, said, you know what, let's just pass this on unanimous consent and tell everybody to stay home, don't bother coming to congress. the problem with that, shannon, is this is the third coronavirus bill -- by the way, i voted for the first one. this is the third one. nancy pelosi already has a fourth one plast know my planned. if you watch the debate, democrats are talking about what they're going to put in the fourth the bill, but you know, if we get in his habit of just passing bills and nobody even comes to work when they pass, that is really dangerous. that's paving the road for pelosi. >> shannon: okay, but you know these are unique circumstances. and there were people who thought it was dangerous to bring everybody back income at one of them was one of your republican colleague, peter king said this in a tweet:
"house passes pandemic emergency bill, victory for america. a large number of congress members had to be in the house chamber and risk infection to themselves and others because of one arrogant member. if anybody gets infected, blood is on representative thomas massie's hands." how do you respond? >> that's a pretty strong statement. think about the arrogance of these congressmen. they are telling the truckers to keep driving so their grocery stores will have groceries. they are telling the ups drivers to keep bringing their amazon packages. they are telling the bagger at the grocery store to keep bagging groceries. but these congressmen make $174,000 a year. they've got the best health care you can buy these days right now. and they are telling people that the congressmen need to stay home, but everybody else needs to work. i think that is the wrong message, but that really gives you a glimpse into how some of these people in washington, d.c., think. >> shannon: okay. you said you were concerned, what you wanted was a recorded vote where everybody would have
to say, yes or no. house minority leader kevin mccarthy said there was an appropriate vote. here is his take on this. >> we do have everybody on the record. you know what we were able to do? we didn't pass with unanimous consent, i would never agree to that. but we were able to have three hours of debate. we had a voice vote for those who aren't able to make it, they could actually put across the desk how they would stand on the bill. >> shannon: okay, so there was some debate there. he says he wouldn't have gone for a unanimous consent bill. so what didn't you get that you wanted today? >> well, first of all, they had four hours of debate and couldn't find one minute to allow me to debate. that's because they don't want to hear. if the bill is so great, why didn't they want -- the boat he's talking about, writing her name on a slip of paper, that's not showing up in casting a vote that's going to be recorded ford progression record. it is not a real vote, he was
trying to have a pretend to vote to placate everybody and say you could stay home. by the way, kevin mccarthy wants to be the next speaker, so he wanted to make this as easy as he could on everybody. he was trying to be santa claus and say, you can stay home, and you don't really have to vote. we will pretend like we are building here, and then we will tell everybody that's what it is. the problem with kevin's plan as it didn't satisfy the constitution. i literally had to tweet the constitution, and shame everybody, basically, into acknowledging that if you don't have a quorum, you can't pass a bill in congress. to mr. king's point, only half of congress had to show up today to pass this bill. and it didn't delay the bill i even an hour, because i told everybody what my plan was a day ago. so that they had time to get here. >> shannon: yeah, and many of them were not happy about that, because of the, you know, warnings against travel. two more members of euros to date announced they tested positive for covid-19, as well.
you earned yourself a name mr. noel from "politico," because you do will vote no on so many things. i know you have your reasons, and we thank you for coming online on tonight to talk about them. >> thanks for having me, shannon. >> shannon: okay, the president invokes the defense production act to force gm to build something other than cars. the debate over government telling private industry what to do. our power panel weighs in, next. ♪ want to brain better? unlike ordinary memory supplements neuriva has clinically proven ingredients that fuel 5 indicators of brain performance. memory, focus, accuracy, learning, and concentration. try neuriva for 30 days and see the difference. i totally get how important it is to stay connected. customers can do what they need to do, whenever they need to do it online. we care about keeping you safe. (vo) we are open 24/7 online, so you can keep managing all you need from home and through the verizon apps and verizon.com.
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enterprise, bearing down on this problem. >> shannon: the president said he deferred to private industry and noted many companies are stepping up to talk about how they could help during this crisis, but today, he used his authority under the dpa after losing patience with gm. joining us to talk, former deputy attorneys attorneys general john u.n. fox news contributor johnny joey jones. gentlemen, good to have you both with us on this friday night. >> thank you for having me. >> shannon: i want to play a little of what the president had to say today about how we got to this place. >> we will not hesitate to folde the full authority of the federal government to combat this crisis. we thought we had a deal with, for example, general motors, and i guess they thought otherwise i didn't agree. and now they do. >> shannon: all right, john, there we are. there are people who have said the president is too authoritarian, and when he
wouldn't invoke dpa, he wasn't authoritarian enough. now he's done it. >> the president's critics have been somewhat schizophrenic about him in presidential power. they tried to get him out of the office for misusing power, now claiming is not using enough, but we should all understand, this is not the president using his own constitutional powers. it's a defense protection act. it's a law passed by congress, congress has the power to regular the economy and they have given the present during times of emergency and war the ability to nationalize certain industries on the markets aren't working, and maybe not burying the full cost of the ventilators, the president coming in at think i'm ordering you to and they can get compensated later the government taking over its property and using it congress had the power and handed it off to the present during a time like this come a time of crisis and emergency. >> shannon: and there are those who are concerned about
the government getting involved with private industry in the u.s., in any way, shape, or form. "the wall street journal" had an opinion piece saying this: "democrats want the administration to take over much more of the private economy. america needs to emerge with a private economy intact and ready to grow again, not nationalize industries subject to bureaucratic and political control." joey, what is your take? >> there's a little bit of irony and the fact that it is gm of all companies the president is the first to enact the threat of penalty. a one year and $10,000 fine when you're in prison. what's funny is gm has already been nationalized. it was taken over by the obama administration with the largest of the auto bill out, and i think they still cost the taxpayer $10 billion or more, when it was all said and done, even after they paid back what they could come and the point here is there is a culture involved in this. we have small businesses all around the country taking the
biggest risk, they stand to lose the most as far as their livelihood go, and they also probably stamp the least to gain from this $2 trillion bailout. they are not considered too big to fail, the auto industry or airlines may be. when you juxtapose the small businesses in the effort they are putting in, the hometown distillery in my hometown in georgia immediately went to making hand sanitizer, giving it to people that are on the front lines and selling it for cost to people that aren't. you look at gm, a company deemed too big to fail, you can't make this deal happen to help the health care workers, regardless of the details of the deal, it sends the wrong message and incurencourages people to checkt ford motor company. >> shannon: yeah, well, listen, there are options out there. i got to tell you come all of the things activated, it's amazing to see the army corps of engineers and what they've been able to do. very, very quickly, what they are expected to do the next two or three weeks, it's a real testament to our military and what they can get done under pressure.
>> i hope people aren't worried about seeing the military participating in this way. of course, people are always going to worry, the idea of the military operating within the united states, but they are not enforcing the law, they are doing what they do engaging in humanitarian assistance. again, by congressional consent, congress passed another law which allowed -- the stafford act, and other acts -- which allow the president to call the military into effect, not to force a law, not to use force, but to back up the states and surge personal resources where it's badly needed. one thing i've got to remember is under the federal system of government, it's really state governors in states with the resources to handle these kind of pandemics, and the federal government is really just there to support them with resources and personnel when needed. >> shannon: joey, final quick or do you. >> yeah, i can only agree with what he had to say. it's kind of ironic, but also unique to see our military coming in and civilians coming
in, doing the high-risk and dirty job so people can go to work every day, hospitals in places like that. i'm proud of the national guard, my brothers and sisters and arm, as well as active duty called end. i'm proud of this country and the civilians i was honored to fight for. >> shannon: i am too. and we thank you for your service. and john, thank you for being with us, as well. thank you. >> thanks, shannon. >> thank you. >> shannon: we've been talking thoughtful high tourism communities are trying to ban visitors from high-risk, high infection zones. check out this new video of sheriff's deputy turning away out-of-towners from the florida keys. the mayor says he loves visitors. she loves visitors, but now is not a good time. >> some of them are coming to places where there are a high incidence of disease right now, so we don't want that spread to our folks who live here full-time, as well as other visitors who are here. >> shannon: italy tonight recording its largest daily jump in deaths since the crisis began. 919 in just the past day,
bringing italy's total fatalities to more than 9,000. russian president vladimir putin has said his military to hard hit northern with trucks labeled with stickers that say "from russia with love." italian newspapers claim some of the supplies brought by the russians are useless. nato efforts to help italians have gained far less attention. a bit of breaking news right now, this is coming out of gallatin, tennessee. a dramatic scene at a nursing home being evacuated after multiple people have tested positive for covid-19, including patients and staff, a mass evacuation under way, and we will follow the news and keep you updated as we learn more. an op-ed blaming the coronavirus pacpandemic on conservative evangelicals, saying they don't believe in science. next guest has plenty to say in response. tony perkins come alive, next. jb from anyone else. so why accept it from your allergy pills? flonase relieves your worst symptoms which most pills don't.
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>> shannon: well, it seems like the coronavirus pandemic has brought the 2020 election season to a grinding halt. bernie sanders supporters say it is proof he should stay in the democratic primary race as he is mapping out what is being called an uphill strategy. correspondent jacqui heinrich, tracking the pan for us tonight. good evening, jacqui. >> good evening, shannon. senator bernie sanders admits it won't be easy to catch up to former vice president joe biden, whose more than 300 delegates ahead of him, but he thinks more debates might give him a better chance, saying people want to hear more about his plans for health care and the economy, as coronavirus has forced americans to rethink the role of government. sanders points to the $2 trillion economic stimulus package as evidence of his platforms are necessary and doable. the vermont senator's campaign on issue like medicare for all in meeting the minimum wage on the premise that health care should be a fundamental right in the booming u.s. economy shouldn't be people livg paycheck to paycheck.
>> i think there is growing sentiment in this country that people now understand that it is incomprehensible that we remain the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all. >> sanders supporters hope his continued campaign will pressure democrats to adopt more of his policies. but biden is trying to sound as though he is running against president trump, not sanders, anymore. >> my focus is dealing with this crisis right now. i haven't thought about any more debates. i think we've had enough debates. i think we should get on with this. >> biden is using his home studio to show a parallel coronavirus response to president trump. each day, he would be cabinet briefed him on the public health and economic impact, and he's been ramping up online events, although not without some gases >> excuse me. >> you're supposed to cough into your elbow. i learned that actually cover
your white house. >> biden seemed to shift away from scripted addresses after an awkward moment with the teleprompter. he's now focusing on harnessing younger voters stuck at home. around tabor drew 2800 viewers. his disadvantages he doesn't hold public office right now, where is senator bernie sanders can point to work he is doing in the senate for coronavirus. sanders has said it is tough to campaign when you can't knock on doors. shannon? >> shannon: that is true. jacqui, thank you very much. well, today, the president and a fair number of his religious supporters, the target of a blistering "new york times" op-ed titled "the road to coronavirus hell was paved by evangelical. " it's been changed tonight. joining us tonight, tony perkins, good to have you back with us tonight. >> thanks, shannon, good to be
with you. >> i want to read a little bit from the peace. it starts out saying donald trump rose to power with a determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government, and prioritizes loyalty over professional expertise. in the current crisis, we are all reaping with that movement has sown. tony? >> shannon, it's reprehensible that "the new york times" would allow this hate filled bigoted rant in their paper at a time of a national crisis when a time when people are dying. it appears they cannot put politics aside to work for the well-being of the nation. they are more interested in criticizing president trump and his supporters than they are containing the coronavirus. it's sad, quite frankly, that this is how they respond to the president and to his supporters. >> shannon: well, the conversationalist had a very similar piece talking about this, saying "for the most part, the american press remains referential to
authoritarian christians -- their term -- and i needs to change if we have any hope of stemming the influence of the radical right wing christians trump has surrounded himself with. as has become clear, they threaten not only our human rights but also our public health." saying evangelical christians don't believe in the science behind the virus and what is happening, they are continuing to have church services and meetings, and now they are an existential threat to the survival of the american people. >> shannon, first off, let's go back into a little history here. we would not have hospitals in america if it weren't for churches. in fact, in new york city, two of the three top hospitals have their roots in the faith community. presbyterian and jewish hospit hospital. the people on the left are the ones who have trouble with science. they are the ones that have a problem with the chromosomes that define male and female. christians don't have a problem with science. in fact, while they are attacking christians, it's the christians that are out there serving the fridge or sponsors -- in fact many of the
first responders are christians, like my daughter who is an evangelical working in the hot zone in the e.r. room who volunteered to serve with front of a coronavirus patients.this is "t" attacking people of faith. it's not new, shannon. we go back to the 1980s, when they talked, when "the washington post" talked about how they are uneducated, easily led. this is -- every time the christians in this country are influencing the policy, they rant against them. of course, then, the next -- the next cycle, it will be -- they will right the obituary. the reality is, "the new york times" and the elites have made themselves irrelevant to the debate of what is happening. if they want to help, let them help. look at new york city. they could do some good in new york city if they wouldn't start -- they wouldn't do all of these ranting, bigoted pieces against christians and get out there and help the churches who are helping people.
>> shannon: well, and i thought there was an interesting contrast, an opinion piece in "the wall street journal" today talking about the coronavirus, could it be a great awakening come in talking about how when this country has gone through great crisis, we reach out to help each other but we also, a lot of times, look heavenward, to someone bigger that we hope will be able to redeem us from the trouble and protect us in time for a lot of folks, that happens in times of tragedy. that's an interesting read. tony perkins, thank you for weighing in. >> all right, shannon. thank you. >> shannon: and god bless your daughter at all this first responders and nurses and doctors who are willing -- she volunteered to walk into that. we want to take you back to gallatin tennessee, a convoy of ambulances, breaking news come outside a nursing home, and we are told patients and staff, many of them have tested positive for coronavirus. medical personnel, you can see wearing protective suits and masks, they are working at the scene. there apparently has been a cluster here at this nursing
home, and so now we watch as the lineup of ambulances ready to take patients and staff who have tested positive from this nursing home in gallatin, tennessee, we will continue to follow that. there are 1,321 cases in tennessee that have been diagnosed. there have been six deaths, they are, as well. 58 of those are in sumner county, the diagnosed cases, 58. we will continue to track this as they show up and help at the nursing home, where there appears to be a cluster. night court convenes next. is your gym still charging you a membership fee even though it is close and you can't go there? there is already a lawsuit, next. (music) sure, principal is a financial company.
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collecting membership fees even though members have no way to use the gyms to work out. town sports international, which operates in new york, washington, boston, and philly, is facing a class action lawsuit tonight claiming the company is making it nearly impossible for members to cancel, and what could be a preview of even more of these lawsuits to come as a result of the response to the covid-19 pandemic. let's bring into tonight's legal eagle, washington times legal affairs reporter, attorney, alex swoyer. good happy with us, alex. >> hey, shannon. >> shannon: okay, we are trying to connect with our other legal eagle, bob. i will play his rock since we are having technical difficulties. the client says tsi has no mike is "stealing from customers, $3,000,250 per month from the customer." alex, we now have this complaint, and this is where we stand tonight. what do you make of this?
>> i think there is a good argument there is a breach of contract happening. you have two parties, usually with a contract you have an agreement to exchange for some duty or service is being fulfilled. here you have members paying their dues, but no services evening being offered. even in the membership agreement, it does say a consumer can cancel if the services being discussed in the agreement ceased to exist, and that is exactly what we have here. >> shannon: okay, so come exhibit b, this is from the membership agreement, at least new york branch of this group of gyms. it says "if you entered into a membership and cancel your agreement before your commitment period expires for reasons other than stated below, you will be charged a cancellation fee of $99.95." so there are written contracts and membership, and a warning for people listen, if you want to get out of this contract, there may be a fee here.
people have signed onto these contracts, that's part of the deal. >> that is true, and there could be a fee. in fact, i did look at one of the membership agreements from a washington-based club here. it looks like there is not only potentially a fee to cancel, but even if you were to freeze your account, it does look like that might be an option, but you would still be on the hook for a monthly fee. i think it is about $15, which to be fair, shannon, if you're looking at memberships, 150, $200 a month, $15 during this time, that's what you can do to keep, you know, everything going and keep food on the table, that is one option, as well. >> shannon: they also say, in exhibit d come about the cancellation policy -- they have different memberships -- they save and membership is without an obligation, it can be canceled at any time by providing prior notice to the sports club in the time frame indicated by your agreement, additional cancellation fees may apply. so people may have to jump through some hoops, but it doesn't look like the company is
saying it is on you as a consumer to let us know if you want to get out of this deal. but that lawsuit dropped really quickly. >> it does, it does look like that, and for the most part, as long as you have it in writing and there might be a period of time for example, 30 days notice, if you put in writing april 1st, you might be on the hook for april, but then by may 1st you should make sure nothing is out of your account in the situation. i believe that was one of the stipulations of this woman is facing in her contract. and do you know, it's just want to be something that a lot of outlets, jim's face. what we are seeing as other companies have prorated memberships, so you can go part of the month, that's what you pay. summer freezing their members. this is one of the gyms i've seen in multiple reporting that isn't complying. and actually, it kind of bothers me that they did post a notice on facebook and then they've been asked by dozens of their members questions about freezing the account and cancellation policy, and they have yet to respond. it's been ten days since they posted it, and that just kind of
looks deceptive in and of itself. >> shannon: it is interesting to see that there are gyms who have said, a good-faith effort, listen, we can't be open and our staff is not here. they still have overhead and have to pay rent of all kinds of things, but summer freezing their account. i have to think this will spread to other industries where people are playing a monthly fee, a quarterly fee, something, for services they can no longer access. the first lawsuit didn't take long. i have to think there will be other lawsuits click behind this one, too. >> yeah, that is true. and the other side is gyms, especially places like new york, d.c., philadelphia, they do have high rent, and have to make overhead. they are paying their staff, still. we are looking at a number of layoffs across the country. high unemployment. and so, we do see issues with that, and understand that they do need to take in money. however, you know, when they are not offering a service altogether, it does put these
families in quite a bind. >> shannon: mmhmm. alex, thank you for being our solo legal eagle. use #nightcourt to tell us, @foxnewsnight or @shannonbream, let us know if you are having trouble with your own membership. thanks, alex. excuse me. >> thank you. >> shannon: you know her, you love her, janice dean is connected with a little bit of good news before we say good night, and i'm going to drink some water. ♪ tv sports announcer: five seconds left. oh ho! yeah, that's my man there. tv sports announcer: time out. let's go to a commercial. nooooooo! not another commercial! when you bundle your home, auto and life insurance with allstate you could save 25%. in fact, the more you bundle the more you can save. put the other game on if it's important to you allstate can protect it. ...home auto and life insurance you could save 25%. if it's important to you allstate can protect it. what? bundle and save with allstate. click or call for a quote today.
♪ >> shannon: daily life during a pandemic could be filled with anxiety and uncertainty, but here at "fox news @ night," even now, we are were looking for the bright side. tonight, an expert at doing just that, fox news senior meteorologist, the one and only janice dean is back. hey, j.d. qaddafi with us. i want to start with something your family did this week. >> yes, my son matthew last year took part in the foundation event, a charity run by great people. in our town, we do this every year, where kids come out by the hundreds and they shave their heads for awareness and to raise funds for kids living with cancer. so this year's event was canceled because of covid-19, but we decided to do it virtually, took it to our lawn.
my husband sean shaved his head, and we raised money. people stopped by on the street and waved, and it was wonderful. a hero lives right here, that's matthew, raising money for kids with cancer. >> shannon: i love it. and i love the fact even though the event was canceled, he went through with that. you guys are raising money. it's a really encouraging thing, and something we are all trying to help right now, and to see him do this, he is young but you are raising the best boys and you have such a great husband. all your boys are great. tell them all i said hi. >> i will. >> shannon: i want to talk about this, as well. there has been an explosion in adoption of foster pets. people at home, stuck at home, a lot of people are isolated. a lot of people finally just have time on their hands to do this. they thought about doing it in the past. all these cute little dog goes into katie's are getting adopted. >> you know what, we are inking about that, about adopting, and this time would be a good time because we are at home and we
can pay attention. i love this story, we are bringing more attention to foster care, and certainly adoption, and a lot of dogs are getting walks these days in our neighborhood. it's a wonderful thing. >> shannon: yes. biscuit bream at our house, my husband said it is like a dream come true. we are here putting her, going for walks, she is getting more treats than ever. i think people ar she is going d people are calling the covid-19, like the freshman 15. this is so cute, this is a boy who every night, can't be with his grandmother because she is older and high risk, although she looks fantastic to me. we say older, but i saw her video and she looks fantastic. and you can't be older and look fantastic. you and i are poor, j.d. but he read a story to his grandmother every night. i thought that was so cute in such a great idea. >> it's a great idea, and i feel like we are connecting more and more with our parents and our grandparents. i've been talking to stella at home pretty much every other
day. >> shannon: your mom. >> and she loves it. i think this is a great idea to connect, to have your kids -- this is 7-year-old skyler reading to his mom. a great book. what was it, "where the sidewalk ends." >> shannon: yes! >> i think it is a wonderful way to connect with our parents and our grandparents. >> shannon: yeah, and to do it safely. with skype and face time at all of the options out there, it's a wonderful way to see our people even though we are still separated. anyway, give matthew a big hug for us tonight. that is what one of our heroes, and so are you. >> love you! thank you for having me, my friend. >> shannon: and i know your business on top, pjs on the bottom. you go, girl. coming up, fox news teaming up with iheartradio for an all start charity concert at 9:00 90 eastern time. this is a star-studded thing you do not want to miss. elton john, many other artists are going to perform right in their own living rooms. no audience, it's safe, socially
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>> shannon: welcome back to our extended "fox news @ night" coverage of the coronavirus crisis, we are going to take your questions to our top medical experts, you can always tweet the question at fox news tonight. at 1700 deaths, more than 100,000 people diagnosed with the virus across all 50 states. what the president and his team are saying tonight about getting through this crisis. >> ventilators are vital instruments in the fight against the coronavirus, helping patients breathe when the disease overwhelms their lungs.
president trump is frustrated with one american manufacturer, he is forcing general motors to make them. >> we won't hesitate to use the full authority of the federal government to combat this crisis. >> president trump has invoked the wartime defense production act to require general motors to manufacture ventilators, gm says it was already working on it, tweeting "retooling is underway and we are poised to deliver the first ventilators next month with capacity of more than 10,000 monthly." the president maintains gm initially said it would sell 40,000 and promised 6,000 next month, he also said ford should get going on producing them fast. >> we can't afford to lose a single day. speak with a pandemic in the united states now has more reported cases than any other, some health care workers warned the viruses stretching resources dangerously thin. critics say that the administration was far too slow
to gear up, in a survey "abc news" and "washington post" found 51% of americans approved of the president's job handling the outbreak, 45 percent do not. >> i want to get it open as soon as possible, we also want to open safe. >> that response is still ongoing as the white house considers its next steps and whether to change federal recommendations on shuttering sectors of the economy. vice president mike pence says the coronavirus task force will meet over the weekend to review numbers and recommend the next steps. as the president has pushed this week to reopen as much of the country and economy as possible. the white house says president trump spoke to british prime minister boris johnson who says he now has the coronavirus after developing a temperature and a persistent cough. he's the first leader of a western country to report a positive test. >> shannon: thank you very much.
the president has talked about the need to balance the physical threat of covid-19 against the harm of an economic crisis. after a roller coaster of a month for the markets, edward lawrence is looking in to the future of a hoped-for economic recovery. >> we've seen while the swings in the stock market this week going up and down, finishing slightly down today. the administration focused on the health aspect of the coronavirus but also with one eye looking towards an economic rebound. in march, financial markets and one of the worst free falls in history, they remounted 20%. at one point the dow jones industrial average shed about a third of its value. >> i believe, prayerfully when this virus thing that settles down that we can have a snap back in the economy, we can get a v-shaped recovery. >> i think it's one of the reasons we are going to have a tremendous bounce back. >> we have predictions on how
the economy will respond, going into it was the longest expansion in history, 11 years -- during the great recession in 2008, markets lost about half of their value, it took four years to recover. some economists pointing to the fact that economic foundation problems in housing because that collapse. >> we are dealing with something that's a lot worse then what caused the great recession which was the bursting of the real estate bubble. this is much more uncertain because again, it depends so much on what we actually do to counteract the disease. >> what is now referred to as the great depression. >> following the black thursday crash in 1929 markets lost 90% of their value, it took 22 years to recover. other economists say even with a solid foundation, the trade war held back companies from fully spending. >> we hadn't seen businesses engage in a lot of capital and investment, that was chalked up
to lingering uncertainties. coming out of this situation, those uncertainties are going to be heightened. we may see a little bit less of that. >> the x factor may be the federal reserve, chairman jerome powell says he does not have a blank check but he will spend whatever is necessary backed up by the treasury in order to ensure an economic rebound on the other side. >> shannon: thank you so much. lots of uncertainty out there right now and a lot of misinformation too, so we are taking your coronavirus questions straight to our experts tonight and every night. tweet us your questions on twitter. fox news medical contributor also orthopedic surgeon dr. askar hussein, and a congressman from tennessee, mark green.
congressman/dr. green, the first question from twitter comes to us and she says my elderly parents were supposed to fly back home to illinois last week, i changed my flight to march 31st, will it be safe enough for them to fly back or should they stay in arizona longer? >> i would advise this young lady that she probably should keep her parents in arizona if the area where they are in arizona is pretty safe. illinois is very early in its curve, a little over 3,000 cases there, most of them in chicago. right now, they are early in the curve and i think it would be best for them to stay in arizona if they can. >> shannon: our next question comes to us from my two sense, does having an ammonia shot offer any additional protection against covid-19? what do you say?
>> a pneumonia shot is a vaccine against the bacteria and it does not give you any protection for covid-19. >> shannon: don't count on that to protect you there. our next tweet comes in from david benjamin and says what are the exact symptom differences between coronavirus and the regular flu, will they be easy to notice? how tough is the differentiation if you are trying to decide if you need to move forward with the test or further medical attention? >> we have an influenza test to help us differentiate, some of the symptoms are the same. cough, fever, shortness of breath, body aches, headaches, sore throat, g.i. symptoms. what we tend to see right now with covid-19 is its causing severe respiratory distress. that's not to say that can't happen with influenza but it's a
common trend we are seeing right now and in addition to that, we fortunately have a vaccine and medications to treat influenza which we do not have yet with covid-19. many of the symptoms are the same but we have the testing to differentiate as of right now which is very good. >> shannon: this next question got my attention, it comes from sharon -- she said ken swapping antibiotic ointment in your nose be helpful with any viruses? i may be very close to someone who likes to put neosporin on a q-tip in their nostrils before they fly. i grew up in a house where neosporin cures everything. congressman greene, can putting ointment up your nose help at all in the scenario? >> unfortunately not. nasal antibiotics covers -- there are people who are
carriers in the antibiotic they put in their noses effective for that bacteria but it won't help with covid-19. there are no topical's for this virus. a cold sore has a cycle of fear that you can take as a topical but we haven't gotten there with covid-19 yet. >> shannon: mary mcmasters has the next question for us, she says myself and my husband are in excellent health, he works nights at walmart stocking enough cleaning, am i at high risk of him bringing it home to me? what would you advise this couple? >> copd and we know covid-19 will preferentially affect lung tissue. your husband needs to take precautions when he gets home, social distancing is hard at home. many people are not advising that is the case.
washing hands with soap and water and the changing clothes, recommending shower, those are good precautions to take and those are what i do as well. >> shannon: take that extra step when you get home. we now have a video question, this is from benjamin and dylan. >> what is the chance that the vaccine for the coronavirus will be here soon? >> shannon: two questions there, how much will warm weather affect the spread and what is the chance that vaccines for coronavirus will be in this year's flu shots? >> very good questions, i just read a study that came out of mit that showed that humidity and the warm temperature might help diminish the amount of viral infections. typically viruses thrive in cold weather. we hope and pray we will see a reduced number of cases once the war there wer whether approache.
that's a good idea to combine two in one, i hope we won't have to have a routine yearly vaccine for covid-19 but right now it's being tested and tried alone, not in conjunction with the flu shot. you're still going to want to get your flu shot every year until maybe one day there is a combo viral vaccine which would be a great idea. >> shannon: we know that people are working around the clock on this vaccine and we have human volunteers who are starting testing as well. before we take a quick break, we have a question that has come in via email that says what's the difference between a respirator and a ventilator? can you explain? >> the respirator protects the person who is basically the
health care workers, we wear respirators that are fitted to each health care worker. the ventilator takes care of the patient and it breathes for the patient, it pushes air in with a certain amount of pressure, it leaves a certain amount of pressure when the person breathes out. the ventilator works for the patient, the respirator works for the health care provider. >> shannon: standby, thank you very much. in the meantime, we want to update come a bit of breaking news we got at the top of the show, a new medical development tonight, a coronavirus test could be completed in 15 minutes or less. it's been authorized for emergency use by the food and drug administration. abbott laboratories says it plans to start deliver 50,000 tests per day starting next we week. >> generates an accurate test result in a matter of minutes instead of hours or days, and
that enables the health care provider to see a patient, diagnose a patient and take necessary interventions in a very short amount of time and can help prevent further transmissions to other people. >> shannon: dramatically speeding up testing is seen as a key to accurately tracking the virus and getting a handle on stopping it. the doctors stick around to answer more of your questions, tweet us at "fox news @ night." itching for a treat.
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have mark green who's a doctor and a congressman. another twitter question, this comes to us from reactionary info. is anyone looking at herbal or alternative approaches to battling coronavirus. i heard some of this coming out from china, there's been some conflicting information talking about potential herbal remedies, would there be any? >> we all know how popular alternative treatments are in general, not only in this country but in china. we also know there is no scientific evidence that would support the use of herbal or alternative remedies in preventing or treating covid-19 infection. if there are many anecdotal reports about it being used especially in china but we don't have enough evidence to support it.
we don't have any evidence to support making that recommendation. >> shannon: it takes us to our next question from bobby hundley. how safe is fresh produce and wood soaking it in vinegar water help? any advice for folks -- the grocery stores are still stocking it but i'm also looking around wondering how many people have touched this before i bought it? what's your advice? >> the risk of transmission from food and food packaging is very low. the greater risk of contracting this virus is if someone is coughing and sneezing and you are nearby. but it's always a good idea, wash your produce, wash it in the sink and before you eat, make sure you wash your hands. that's the key, washing your hands. i would not soak in vinegar, your food can absorb that vinegar, it could give you an upset stomach and give you heartburn -- it's okay to clean it with a little bit of vinegar but i wouldn't necessarily soak.
washing and washing your hands before you eat is the key. >> shannon: can someone ask shannon bream -- that's me -- why the mail hasn't stopped and amazon deliveries if the virus stays on items? dr. green, i'm going to leave this to you because i'm no expert on this but we keep having this conversation about whether you should be worried about packages delivered to your door or mail. >> there's a study out of montana done by the nih that showed that the virus actually lives on packaging like cardboard for a day for about 24 hours. the they don't know what the viral load is to cause an infection. just because it's alive on a package for a day, they don't know if it could affect anybody yet. since most packages arrive a day later, you are probably safe. >> shannon: we are all washing our hands 24 times a day so that's our answer for everythi
everything. there has been a lot of attention for elderly with underlying health conditions being vulnerable. my condition is adrenal insufficiency, if school goes back in session should i stay home or should i go back? >> as of right now, my answer would be stay home only because adrenal insufficiency is still considered a vulnerable population. one of the reasons is -- one of the treatments that we use is steroids and steroids at this point in time could pose an elevated risk. for what we know right now, we are learning a lot as we go -- my advice would be to stay home. >> shannon: i want to sneak in one more question. this one -- for someone who has had coronavirus whether they showed symptoms or not and recovered, is it still possible
to be a carrier? i wouldn't want to think that i was safe but still be a danger to spread this to others. >> that is considerate of you to be concerned. once you have recovered, that means you are healed whether you have symptoms or not, then your body develops antibodies which means you should no longer be contagious, he should no longer be spreading the viral particles. you will not be a carrier, your body should develop antibodies to protect you so that you do not develop this disease again hopefully and you should not be able to pass it to other people. a few days after recovery from this virus, it is still possible to shed viral particles but you can be tested after you have the virus and usually if they say you have two negative tests then you're good to go back to work and back to your normal activity. you're not a carrier, you should be healed and good to go after a full recovery.
actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. wash your hands. avoid close contact with people who are sick. avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. stay home when you are sick. cover your cough or sneeze. clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with household cleaning spray. for more information, visit cdc.gov/covid19.
this message brought to you by the national association of broadcasters and this station. >> shannon: since the first hour we did this, your response to the question and answer sessions has been incredible. we've been able to go very deep. ththey are we joining us for a final round of questions. the bobby torres says does the privacy law on medical information apply at this time? i know from years ago as an employment lawyer, this primarily has to do with medical providers and a number of other entities but we are getting this question in the context of a lot
of people wanting to know if their coworkers have been sick or diagnosed and being upset that their employer is not filling them in -- tell us how this works together at this point? >> the idea is to protect our own health information and given that we are currently in an emergency situation with this pandemic, hipaa has been modified to allow for not giving consent from the patient in situations that will directly help the patient. i'm summarizing a whole bunch of really boring guidelines but basically what they mean is if you are in need of a medical assistance and someone is taking care of you or someone involved in the team knows that you have covid-19, they can transmit that information to your health provider without your consent. generally, these are met with the intention of trying to help provide medical care and save your life. >> shannon: lori quinn tal
says our hvac systems recirculating air that may be infected similar to cruise ship? if you're caring for someone at home who does have covid-19, should you be worried about that? to? >> not yet. we don't have enough evidence to suggest what droplet size actually transmits the illness. there's a lot of research that has to be done. the studies that were done on the princess cruise ship, we don't know if it was hvac transmission or close proximity. there's not enough research yet, it's a little too early. >> shannon: what is the best way to handle items delivered from the grocery a restaurant? i've got a lot of friends in this area trying to keep the restaurants open through delivery, how should you handle things that are delivered to your home that are food produc
products? >> the risk of transmission is very low, very unlikely but when you receive a package, some people just to be safe some people like to wear gloves but many people don't have gloves which is fine. you can have the delivery person leave it at the door, you can bring in the packaging into the home and discard the packaging and the key is again wash your hands before you handle the food or before you eat the food, that's the best way to protect yourself. >> shannon: that seems like the best advice for any questi question. can you ask the panel if the virus can attach itself to pollen and ragweed in the air? going in the pollen season. >> the virus doesn't need anything to attach to come it can survive in the air on its own and has been pointed out before, there have been studies that have shown that can survive for perhaps even a few hours in the air but we don't really
know. what is the dose that is out there, what is the air quality, temperature, humidity, airflow all play a role. it doesn't need anything to attach to. >> shannon: our next question, i live in omaha, nebraska, our hospital is treating and providing research for covid-19. they are using ultraviolet lighting to decontaminate ppe, why isn't anybody doing this? what do you know about that? i can hear about the uv light usage too. >> it's a fascinating idea. light has been shown to kill air fokillaerosolized influenza. they use uv light to contain people coming out of contaminated zones, i'm excited to hear they are doing it.
i don't know that there are studies out there that show it actually clears ppe but ubc works, it's worth looking into and it's making logical sense. >> shannon: there's a big push to get as much ppe can unmask my gowns, shields, we see so many creative ways so that we don't have to worry about frontline folks having to reuse any of this. good to have all of you with us, thanks for being up late, it's very reassuring. the military jumps into action building makeshift hospitals coast to, we'll take you behind the scenes next.
>> shannon: british prime minister boris johnson is in self isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus, the news comes as worldwide infections near 580,000 and the death count clips is 26,000. benjamin hall has the latest london. >> british prime minister boris johnson announced his tested positive but he says he's only experiencing mild symptoms and is still running the country. >> i'm working from home, i'm self isolating, and that's entirely the right thing to do. but be in no doubt i can continue. >> president trump spoke with johnson earlier and wished him a speedy recovery attic the two countries would emerge from the crisis stronger than ever. johnson was last seen yesterday evening when he joined the rest of the u.k. to applaud health workers. hospitals in the u.k. are full and doctors and nurses on the front lines are catching the
virus. a 600,000 volunteers have signed up to help however they can. in italy, 44 health care workers have now died and more than 5,000 have been infected amid claims that much of the protective equipment they require is missing. >> the shortage of personal protective equipment is now one of the most urgent threats to our collective ability to save lives. >> in france, even trains are being used as makeshift hospitals and the e.u. is now scrambling to avoid a complete collapse of the health care system. >> we need an intelligent strategy, it's this way we can provide health services with the medical gear and equipment they need to. >> italy has the highest death toll of any country in the world with over 9,000, 919 new deaths recorded in the last day alone while switzerland has the highest per capita. despite precautions, there are growing fears countries in the developing world.
south africa has now seen its first two deaths as the number of cases rose above a thousand. thousands of american tourists remained stranded as borders have been closed and the flights canceled. the state department says as many as 50,000 have requested assistance and they are working tirelessly to get each and every one of them home. >> shannon: thank you. the u.s. army corps of engineers is looking at 114 facilities in all 50 states and five u.s. territories for possible use as temporary hospitals. 81 have been assessed for treating both covid-19 and noncovid-19 patients. new york city is hoping to convert several buildings into emergency locations. we have the story tonight from the site of one of those facilities. >> is not a question of how long do i need it's how long do i have? lieutenant general todd salmon is leading an oppressiv unpreced
effort to. >> there is no way we can build hospitals in three weeks, we've got to take an existing facility with a standard design. >> the largest of the temporary hospitals is inside the convention center, equipped with 2900 beds divided into cubicles. there are showers and nurses stations, the space is reserved for patients who do not have covid-19. three additional hospitals are underway including dormitories at the two state university of new york campuses on long island. they are scouting hotels too capable of accommodating covid-19 patients in pressurized environments. >> we bring down the pressure to be able to keep that environment control. so when you walk in there, it would be a controlled hotel room. >> andrew cuomo says new york has 53,000 hospital beds but needs 140,000 within the next
three weeks. on friday, the governor toured four more sites for temporary hospitals in new york, from city university on staten island to a racetrack in queens. >> i want to have one in every borough that everyone equally is being helped and being protected. >> the general says new york is a test model as covid-19 spreads. >> we have to attack these things anticipating. we are in 50 different states talking to 5 50 different governors. >> the u.s. army's execs are medical personnel to new york to reinforce first responders on the front lines. >> this is a rescue mission, the mission is to save lives, that's what you're doing. >> the navy hospital ship will dock at new york harbor adding 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms and 1200 medical personnel.
>> shannon: house leadership was able to block -- hundreds of his colleagues were forced to return to washington and many of them from both sides of the i'll let him know in the midst of the covid-19 situation they were not happy about that. talking exclusively to "fox news @ night," the republican congressman joins us live. >> i was able to force them to come to work but i couldn't force them to work. they came to d.c. but they decided not to vote on it at all and that's unfortunate because i didn't delay the vote at all -- i think that is what the president was upset with him he didn't understand the process i was proposing. tuesday, the senate was here, they were voting and the house leadership said let's just pass this on a unanimous consent and tell everybody to stay home,
don't bother coming to congress. the problem with that is this is the third coronavirus bill -- i voted for the first one -- this is the third one. nancy pelosi already has the fourth one planned. if you watch the debate, the democrats are talking about what they're going to put in the fourth bill. but if we get in this habit of just passing bills and nobody even comes to work and they pass, that's dangerous. >> shannon: these are unique circumstances and there are people who thought it was dangerous to bring everybody back in and one of them was one of your republican colleagues. peter king said house passes emergency built them a victory for america. a large number of congress members had to risk infections to themselves and others because of one arrogant member. if anyone gets infected, blood is on his hands" how do you respond? >> that's a pretty strong statement. think about the arrogance of
these congressmen, they are telling these truckers to keep driving so that their grocery stores will have groceries. they are telling the ups drivers to keep bringing their amazon packages, they are telling the bagger at the grocery store to keep bagging the groceries but these congressmen make $174,000 a year, they've got the best health care you can buy and they are telling people that the congressman needs to stay home, everybody else needs to work for them. i think that's the wrong message but that gives you a glimpse into how some of these people in washington, d.c., think. >> shannon: what you wanted was a recorded vote where everyone would have to say yes or no, everyone would have to go through this process. house minority leader kevin mccarthy said there was an appropriate vote, here is his take. >> we do have everybody on the record, we didn't pass it with unanimous consent, i would never agree to that. we were able to have three hours
of debate, we had a voice vote for s those who weren't able to make it, we could put across the desk how they would stand on the bill. >> shannon: there was some debate there, he said he wouldn't have gone for a unanimous consent built so what didn't you get that you wanted? >> they had four hours of debate and they couldn't find one minute to allow me to debate, because they don't want to hear the truth. if this bill is such a great bill, why not have everybody vote on it? writing your name on a slip of paper, that's not showing up in casting a photo that's going to be recorded for all time in the congressional record. it is not a real vote, he was trying to have a pretend vote to placate everybody and say you could stay home. kevin mccarthy wants to be the next speaker so he wanted to make this as easy as he could on everybody. he was trying to be santa claus and say you can stay home and you don't really have to vote and we'll pretend like we are voting and will tell everybody
that's what it is. his plan didn't satisfy the constitution. i had to tweet the constitution and shape everybody into acknowledging that if you don't have a quorum, you can't pass a bill in congress. to mr. king's point, only half of congress had to show up today to pass this bill and it didn't delay the bill by even an hour because i told everybody what my plan was a day ago so that they had time to get here. >> shannon: many of them were not happy about that because of warnings against travel. we had two more of your members today who announced they tested positive as well. you earned yourself the name mr. know it from because you vote no on so many things. i know you have your reasons and thank you for coming on tonight to talk about them. >> thanks for having me,
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membership fees even though members have no way to use the gym to work out. town sports international is facing a class action lawsuit claiming the company is making it nearly impossible for members to cancel -- and what could be a preview for more of these lawsuits to come as a result to the response to the covid-19 pandemic. let's bring in reporter and attorney alex. we are trying to connect with our other legal eagle, i will play his role, we are having technical difficulties here. the complaint says that tsi is stealing from customers assuming average monthly rate of about $50, they are stealing $3 million per month from customers -- we now have this complaint and this is where we stand. what do you make of this?
>> i think there's a good argument that a breach of contract is happening. they have an agreement to exchange consideration for some sort of duty and service being fulfilled. you have members paying their dues but no services being offered. even in the membership agreement, it does say a consumer can cancel if the service is being discussed in the agreement ceased to exist and that's exactly what we have here. >> shannon: exhibit b, this is from the membership agreement at least in the new york branch group of gyms. if you enter into a membership type and cancel an agreement before your period expires, you will be charged a cancellation fee of $99.99. there are written contracts and memberships, there is a warning for people that if you want to get out of this contract, there may be a fee here.
people signed onto these contracts, that's part of the deal. >> there could be a fee. it looks like there is not only potentially a fee to cancel but even if you were to freeze your account -- it looks like that might be an option but you still might be on the hook for a monthly fee, i think it's about $15. to be fair, if you're looking at memberships, $15 during this time, that's what you can do to keep everything going and keep food on the table, that's one option to go as well. >> shannon: they say about the cancellation policy, they have different memberships. if the membership is without an obligation, it can be canceled by providing prior notice to the sports clubs and an additional cancellation fee may apply. people may have to jump through these hoops but it looks like the company is saying it's on
you as the consumer if you want to get out of this deal, that lawsuit dropped really quickly. >> it does look like that, for the most part as long as you have it in writing and there might be a period of time, you have to give 30 days notice. if you put it in writing april 1st 2 might be on the hook for april but by may 1st you should make sure it's out of your account and this situation, i believe that was one of the stipulations that this woman is facing in her contract. it's going to be something that a lot of people -- other companies have prorated their membership. if you're able to go from part of the month, that's what you will pay. some are freezing their members, this is one of the gems i have seen in multiple reporting that isn't complying. it bothers me they did post a notice on facebook and they have been asked by dozens of their members questions about freezing their account and cancellation policies and they have yet to respond. it has been ten days since they posted it and it is in and of
itself. >> shannon: gyms still have overhead and have to pay rent but some of them are freezing their accounts. i have to think that this is going to spread possibly to other industries and places where people are paying a monthly fee, a quarterly fee or something for services they can no longer access. the first law didn't take long, i've got to think other ones are being put behind this one too. >> shannon: gyms especially in places like new york, d.c., philadelphia, they do have high rent, they have to make overhead, they are paying their staff we are working on a number of layoffs around the country. high unemployment, so we see issues with that and understand they need to take in money. when they are not offering a service altogether it does put these families and quite a bind.
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♪ >> trace: breaking tonight, number of confirmed covid-19 cases in the u.s. is now over 100,000. if the virus showing no signs of weakening. hello, everyone, i'm trace gallagher 10:00 p.m. on the west coast, 1:00 a.m. on the east coast and the historic times of a rarity demand very rare show of bipartisanship. >> literal democrats and conservative republicans i say joining hands and that would be against the rules, not quite, but joining tipper mike support. >> they all pulled together and passed the biggest bill in history. >>