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♪ overriding goal is to stop the spread of the virus. >> i'm frustrated i can't get a test. >> stay home for us. ♪ we need help now good morning welcome to "sunday today." march 22nd i'm willie geist the quarter of the population of the united states, some 84 million people ordered to stay home as the country fights an enemy unlike any it has seen before overnight, new jersey became the
fifth state to order its citizens to stay inside except to go out for essentials like groceries, doctor's appointments and exercising alone and at a distance new york state's executive order goes into effect tonight meanwhile, congressional leaders are expected to be back in washington later today to discuss a trillion dollar economic rescue package. senate majority leader mitch mnelquote, mitchy close mcconnell said they are close to a deal. all told, 24,000 reported cases of covid-19 in the u.s new york state has a third of them this morning, 297 coronavirus related deaths in the country. jeff bezos says his company is looking to hire 100,000 people to help them deal with the demand and asking people to apply now.
in a few minutes we will take your questions live to a pair of doctors who will give you answers about your health, and mental. later in the spotlight staying connected in our new age of social distancing the suddenly booming platform that is helping to keep us together then in our sunday closer a look at the health care heroes, doctors, nurses, first responders running into war with an invisible enemy but without the equipment they need to win and, later, we will turn to our sunday sit-down with oscar winning octavius spencer on starring in and executive productiving her new netflix series and a breakthrough performance in the health that earned her a statue she dreamed about. >> i remember watching the os considers wh -- oscars as a little girl. everybody was sparkling and beautiful and got prizes and i don't know what they are doing to get that but i want that because they got to be shiny.
>> our sit-down with her and a live well lived that is personal to all of us at nbc later in the show. we begin with the latest on the coronavirus pandemic one-quarter of all americans told to stay home and health officials warning some hospitals are reaching their breaking points nbc kathy parker is here with the latest good morning. >> reporter: good morning. coronavirus pandemic is changing lives overnight as millions stay indoors for school and work. new york state now declaring a major disaster and this morning, signs that the outbreak is overwhelming the nation's health care system like never before. starting tonight, new york will be put on pause as the city that never sleeps and the entire state shut down all nonessential businesses statewide, people ordered to stay home. across the country, more than 80 million are now under a virtual lockdown connecticut, illinois, new
jersey, and california also under a stay at home order but some young californian aren't following the rules. >> to the extent we see people stubborn we will outreach encouragement and we must inappropriate enforcement. >> reporter: overseas saturday was the deadliest day in italy 793 dead in one day. sobering news as doctors and nurses fear the same fate american americans as critical medical supplies run dangerously at low. >> it keeps me up eight nigat nt we aring with low and no delivery in four to five days. >> reporter: the number of cases to spike even higher is predicted a warning. >> not every single person in the united states needs to get tested when you go in and get tested, you are consuming personal protective equipment.
>> reporter: but help is the way. apple ceo tim cook tweeting we are donating millions of masks for health professionals in the u.s. and europe. commercial testing is ramping up too including a new fda approved version that could detect the virus in 45 minutes. while it's a race among researcherses to find a treatment for covid-19, a vaccine likely won't be ready for at least a year. late saturday, the governor of hawaii also announced sweeping new measures for the state, calling extreme action to stop the spread of the virus wheel keeping people safe. starting thursday a quarantine requires to all visitors and returning residents. president trump is not ready to allow the federal government to direct companies to manufacture goods and supplies for the effort to fight the spread of coronavirus. nbc kelly o'donnell is at the white house with more that angle. good morning. >> reporter: good morning.
first update on the vice president. test results came back for mr. pence and his wife karen ande t a staffer in thee coronavirus. saturday, officials here said the national availability of tests has increased but they urge that tests be prioritized for hospitalized patients and health care workers to conserve masks and gowns and medical supplies the president is thinking about making need medical supplies i pressed the president why he has not used that defense act. he said it's not needed and praises businesses that are voluntarily manufacturing these masks and other supplies officials have been unable to say when shortages would be eased but acknowledged it may take weeks president trump is using his
influence to launch a clinical trial in new york for patients already sick with the virus. now although there is no scientific evidence yet, the president says he believes specific medications approved for other illnesses should be given to very ill coronavirus patients this has been tried in other countries with some anecdotal success. dr. fouauci said more evidence s needed but doctors can consider this as a treatment for their patients. >> thank you, kelly. let's bring in our medical doctor who is an infectious disease physician in the medical doctor of a special pathogen center and treated patients during the ebola outbreak in west africa. thank you for your time, doctor. let's start with the big picture where we are this changes week-to-week but day-to-day and hour-to-hour. you've studied outbreaks around the world. where would you say the united states is in terms of containing right now this outbreak, this
virus? >> i've actually been really surprised at how behind the ball we have been at every stage of this, right? and i've worked in areas that have a lot less resources and you expect those constraints, you expect those pinch points. the issue here has been what we are not taking into account is if you have a disaster in one place, you can produce the items that are needed and you can plan ahead and make sure that that area is taken care of. this is a global disaster. this is a global pandemic so we expect supply chains to be affected and we should examine a lot more pinch points will appear from the beginning, we have gone from being raeseactive than proactive at every stage which is what we should have done. we need tot this is happening. accep if we keept this is reacting happening. >> everyone is hoping a drug can help with this the vaccine is a long ways off the president is touting as kelly said this malaria drug he
believes may help fda said pump the brakes and dr. fauci poured cold water on that as well. where do we stand for this kind of treatment >> there is a reason why every new drug even when it's a drug that exists on the market needs to go through the study period it needs to go through the clinical trials because we need to make sure that we are not giving people false hope we need to make sure that we are not getting into a situation where we start giving a drug with unintended consequences without realizing what those are. if we give to a massive number of people. so i agree with dr. fauci's point you cannot make this recommendation at the medical level until you have better dated. for the malaria drug you mentioned there is small studies have shown some promise and with any of these emergin if we take gut reactions would
you the evidence we could cause more harm than good. >> quickly, doctor, before i let you go two critical areas testing and getting medical equipment into the hospital. where do we stand on those two questions? >> every hospital and all of my colleagues across the country i'm talking to are holding their breath because they are worried that they are already seeing their supplies dwindling and if thenumber of cases keep increasing, we are going to have issues i honestly think by the time we ask more production to happen, we will already be in drier strai -- dire straits and that needs to happen now in terms of the test you may have heard a company that produces a flu test and other common tests has come out with a test that turn around for 45 minutes. but to do that testing, you still require health care workers and you need the personal protective equipment. so i think for while we will still see if the sickest -- in home the test will make a difference and who we will try to test first.
>> we are so grateful for your insights on a day like this. appreciate you being here. chuck todd is joining us now good to see you. the president has been leading these daily briefings every day. we get another one today you got vice president pence and various doctors up there as well the president has been engaged in this sort ping-pong we watch where he makes a claim and says something is cleared by the fda or says this drug works or says i haven't heard about people not being able to get tests. then dr. fauci or dr. birx rebutts gently what the the president just said. how does the president see himself in all of this >> i think he just wants to be seen as run leading the response and i think why is he gravitated to these but the end of the day, the federal response feels it's two steps forward anprident pars a singular one-step backward
instigator and confusion over the defense production act he invoked it and using it and not using it and there is confusion on that. so look. it's been like with everything with president trump, he wants to be the singular point person on everything, if that is where the light is shining brightest and, right now, those coronavirus daily briefings is where the light is shining the brightest. >> we have seen the president got warning signs in early january and february and trying to ignore them and have confidence publicly. the country is anxious and no getting around that. talk to any friend or go to any house. how is the the president behind the scenes people you talk to how he is handling this privately? >> not very well at all. he ispanicked about it he is constantly looking for ae
know, which is why early on, he kept saying he would hear about, well, this thing will burn out when spring turns to summer. he is constantly hoping that there is some miracle around the corner that sort of erases this whole thing. i mean, he had this whole -- obviously, it's all tied into his re-election. he viewed the stock market and economy as basically his life line to getting re-elected that has been totally obliterated by this crisis and he knows he is judged how he handles this and i don't think he is prepared for that kind of campaign yet as with everything he does, he makes it about himself and i think that is where he finds himself -- creates more problems for himself than he needs to. >> he said this will magically disappear and perhaps wishful thinking on his part thank you, chuck todd. we will look for more on "meet the press" when chuck is joined by new york city mayor bil
good morning. your weather forecast on this sunday morning as we look at the forecast we do have some interesting weather, more showers today but an increasing chance that we could see some thunderstorms as we go through the afternoon. you'll notice as we pass around midday, through midafternoon, we begin to see the heavier showers moving up from the south which may obviously involve a chance of thunder. highs today in the low to mid-60s. more showers into monday and then the second half of the week trending drier. straight ahead, a pair of doctors answer live the questions many of you have about your health right now both physical and mental. later in our "sunday spotlight," the online gathering platforms that have become a life line, keeping families in touch and coworkers connected. as we head to break our photo of the week. a stunning sight as new york's times square, the crossroads of the world, normally packed with visitors from around the globe, virtually empty on st. patrick's
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i think this is a question a lot of people have because they're being told, don't go into the restaurant but why is it better to get it as takeout? >> good morning, willie, you're right, a lot of people are ordering food. as they pick it up they think, is there something i need to worry about? we know coronavirus are last on cardboard for 24 hours. the concern is not food preparation itself because restaurants are doing a good job that no one is sick preparing it but it's on the actual cardboard container. if you're getting fruits and vegetables you definitely want to wash them off to make sure any food borne illnesses aren't on it. with the container, use utensils and put it on a plate, throw the container out, wash your hands and go ahead and eat the food. if you have immuno issues or high risk, you can order warm food because that's more than
likely to kill the virus and microwave it for 30 seconds, because that will kill it itself. overall, very, very low risk. >> continuing on the theme of food, molly on facebook asks, should i be concerned contracting the virus picking up groceries or ordering online from amazon, target or walmart and having them delivered? again, you have a third-party touching the boxes and delivering it to you. what's the risk there? >> you know, it's the same thing with the delivery because the cardboard containers could theoretically have it. again, you want to be careful when handling those. take everything out of the box and wash your hands. the other concern is could the delivery person be sick, could they be having an issue? one thing is you can have it deliver outside your door, leave it there. they go away, you go outside and pick it up. same thing, once you handle the containers, take everything out, wash your hands, throw the containers out, wash your hands and go about your business doing whatever you need to do with the things you ordered. these are just steps to make sure you stay extra healthy and make sure you're protected from the virus if you are getting
deliveries. >> and the safety of the delivery person as well. another question i heard of a lot is, what about keeping -- getting outside and keeping your distance. we talk a lot about distancing from each other. but there are an awful lot of people outside, playing in the park, playing basketball. they think they're being distant. are they doing a good enough job of it? if i'm outside taking a walk or run, do i need to maintain the distance there, too? >> you definitely need to maintain that distance when you're outside. that's that six-foot distance. if you're going for a walk or run, you don't want to be shoulder to shoulder. basketball, you should not be playing basketball right now because you're not able to take that distance. tennis is okay but you're handling the same ball so you have to make extra sure you wash your hands if you touch your face. the name of the game, inside or outside s keep that six-foot of separation because we know that's how far the virus can go.
>> dr. er torres, i know this it in your wheelhouse but that's about general anxiety. not just for adults but kids getting bits and pieces of news right now. social distant causing people social anxiety. what would you say about that broad question in our culture right now? >> willie, as humans, we're social animals. we like to be around each other. especially children. they like to know they're safe. one of the things to remember with all this isolation, we need to find ways to connect ourselves. that's where social media can come in handy, through facetime, through skype, through any other method you can. even if it's as simple as picking up the phone and making that phone call and just talking to people so everybody knows you're okay, you know everybody else is okay. remember, too, we're in the middle of not just an epidemic but an infodemic. there's a lot of information that's not always reliable. go to the reliable sources.
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>> they even have their own weather map which is helpful for a day like today. as we go around san jose a mild start to the morning. we have 50s outside. just after noon today watch the intensity of the showers coming up out of the south that may include some thunderstorms at times. midafternoon into the early evening and after sunset we should begin to see the intensity of the showers start to wind on down. kind of an interesting weather day if you need to be doing a little bit of exercise in and around your particular community, maintaining that social distance. it's the morning that will be better. by midafternoon showers can be intense as they move out of the south bay. highs in the 60s. kira, back to you. >> thanks so much. we'll see you at 7:00. the fight against the coronavirus pandemic is changing by the day and last night governor gavin newsom pulled out a new weapon in the fight, a new executive order allowing the state to increase health care
capacity meaning it can find new places to put patients, not just hospitals. plenty of venues are being called on to open their doors including santa clara's convention center. it's being prepped to be used as a temporary hospital and would be a federal medical station and would treat up to 250 people who do not have covid-19, and that would free up hospital beds for more acute patients. it's part of the governor's plan to set up an additional 10,000 hospital beds by converting to meet the potential demand. and there is a plan to turn daly city into a coronavirus treatment center. seton was on the brink of closing. now governor newsom says the center will start taking people as early as wednesday with the capacity to provide care for many patients. meanwhile, efforts ramping up to get supplies for health care workers on the front lines of battling the virus without protective equipment they need.
just yesterday people stopped by ucsf to drop off facemasks collected during the fire season. students collected donations with open arms saying they couldn't wait to act any longer. >> we're start to go sing to sep of the iceberg with personal protective equipment running out. >> president trump says private companies like hanes and pernod ricard will produce masks and hand sanitizer. concerns on the coast. outrage grows in the north bay after hundreds of people hit the beach. that plus all your top stories and weather coming up at 7:00.
it's a real fourth of july picnic is what we dream of doing all weekend long. getting back into their house, polish the silver, and we just love not making minimum wage or getting social security. >> that is octavia spencer in her academy award winning role as segregation era southern maid minny jackson in the hit 2011 film "the help." spencer has since been nominated twice in the "hidden figure" and "shape of water" tying her with
viola davis with most nominations of an african-american actress in history. spencer's own history began as the six of seven children growing up in montgomery, alabama, where her mother, a maid herself, gave octavia the confidence to dream of a place as far from their lives as hollywood. octavia and i got together here in new york last week for a "sunday sitdown" and we said hello with her preferred greeting in this age of social distancing, the waconda x from "the black panther". >> have you lost your mind? >> no, but you're about to. >> an unforgettable scene that made octavia spencer a success. that infamous pie was made by minny jackson, one of the mistreated 1960 era mississippi maids in "the help". >> y'all two brought me into this and i'm going to finish it. >> when those nominations came in, it was very humbling and
very gratifying. >> spencer's performance earned her an academy award and a moment she dreamed about growing up in alabama. >> octavia spencer. >> i remember watching as -- the oscars when i was a little girl. everybody was all beautiful and sparkly and got prizes. and i thought, well, i don't know what it is they do, but i want to do that because they get to be shiny. >> please wrap up. i'm wrapping up. i'm sorry. i'm freaking out. thank you, world. >> every actor practices their oscar speech in the mirror. don't let them -- >> is that true? because they deny it. >> i did. i remember talking into my hairbrush as a teenager. but i -- those were expectations that i never really allowed myself to have because i didn't want the disappointment. >> those teenage dreams were overshadowed by tragedy at home.
spencer lost her father where she was , then her mother, and hero, four years later. >> what was it like at the age of 17 to have already lost your father and now suddenly to be without your mother? >> it's scary because you really have to find your own voice. there's no one else to speak for you. i grew up really fast and my siblings grew up really fast. >> spencer's path to hollywood began in 1990 when she talked her way into a job on the montgomery set of the movie "the long walk home." the film's star, whoopi goldberg, took a special interest in the teenaged intern. why do you think she took you under her arm? >> i told her my story. and that the one thing that my mom made us all promise is that we would get a college education. but i was so enamored of whoopi that the minute that movie left town, i was going to move to hollywood to stake my claim.
she told me, you know, hollywood will be there. get your education because you promised your mother. i cannot believe i'm sobbing. oh, my god. >> i'm so touched by that that even the mention of it, that moment so long ago. it's still -- >> it's still in there, yeah. >> spencer followed through on that promise, earning her degree from auburn university in 1994. the next year she landed her first acting job, a small part in the movie "a time to kill." with that taste of hollywood, she moved west, joined by her friend tate taylor, who since has become a prominent director and later would cast octhelp." they supported each other, working gate to gate. >> we would borrow the same 500 bucks, if he booked a job, hey, can i borrow 500 bucks, i need to pay my rent.
then i'd book a job and he'd be like, hey, can i have that 5050 bucks back? but it was so great because we also would have potlucks because everybody was broke. melissa mccarthy, allison janney, we have a tight-knit group and still today. >> i'm going to miss you most of all, scarecrow. >> i've been told by so many actors who are told they're an overnight success. they go, oh, overnight to you. 15 years -- >> 15 year overnight success, i check that box. >> after her overnight success in "the help," spencer focused on independent films like "fruitvale station" before earning her second oscar nomination as nasa engineer dorothy vaughan in the 2016 movie "hidden figures".
>> "the help" was fiction. i thought about these three blacks that helped in the space race and i thought historical fiction. i thought we needed to right that wrong. >> now she's playing another historical figure in the netflix series "self made". >> i'm lifting it all up. >> the story of madam c.j. walker who in the early 20th century became the country's first self-made millionaire with a line of cosmetics and hair care. >> my mother used madam c.j. in our household as an example of what we could achieve, especially since she predated us. at the turn of the century she was able to achieve insurmountable odds. >> spencer nearly walked away from the series before it began until fellow executive producer
lebron james stepped in to make sure she received pay equal to her fellow co-stars. >> the studio didn't want to give me certain things i felt i needed. and lebron intervened on my behalf. if you don't see my potential as a producer, as an actor, that i'm an equal partner, i'm prepared to say, thank you for thinking of me and i've had to do that several times. and i think if more women understood their worth and value, they would understand how powerful their voices are when they say no. >> you and me, we got to work harder, be smarter, and get rich. >> i think my mother, by introducing us to madam c.j. walker, she made us realize there were no limits on who we could dream to be and who i could become. >> i'm so proud. can you imagine? >> you know, i just imagine her up there working on my behalf.
you know, my daughter's down there, trying to be an actress, i don't know what that is. but i feel she's that angle on my shoulder bossing people around. >> and the lord shows her a picture of you holding an oscar and says, you did okay. >> you did okay. >> being the new series "self ms streaming now on netflix. to hear octavia talk about playing the title character in last year's horror hit "ma" and becoming a long-running internet meme afterward, check out the blog. you can find it on apple podcast or wherever you get yours. next week we will revisit one of our favorite "sunday sitdowns" with actress kristen bell on the wild success of the frozen movies and her life with
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weddings and celebrations we suddenly can't attend. even a room where future doctors find out where they matched for residency. at the center of this new reality is zoom, a nun-year-old video conferencing platform that was originally built for business meetings. this month it's been downloaded almost 2.5 million times in the u.s. alone. more than facebook, instagram, snapchat and tiktok this week. >> hey, eric. >> hi. >> reporter: the ceo founded zoom and never imagined his video conferencing startup would be the source of so much joy in a public health crisis. it's become a part of the way we socialize. what do you think all this says about where we are as a society right now? >> i think as a community/society is to become ss much better than audio onferencing because we can see
joining well-known like facetime, skype and google hangouts. its features like changing the background are a hit with generation z. >> in the future i truly believe t video conferencing like zoom can deliver a much better experience. if you are drinking coffee, we can digitize the smile. from my side i can even enjoy the smell as well. >> reporter: it's not just zoom. skype says calls between its users have jumped 134%. with so many people logging on from home, all this video conferencing and work is also raising new questions about how much the internet can really handle. netflix, youtube, amazon and apple recently decided to reduce the quality of their streaming services in europe to help handle the demand. a move that hasn't happened here in the u.s. yet. but there has been a surge. in hard-hit seattle, internet usage has skyrocketed 40% since
the coronavirus started spreading. but fcc chair doesn't think the spike will break the internet or slow it down. is the internet capable of handling all of this traffic and demand? >> thus far is appears to be. instead of going traffic according to the path of least resistance, so to speak. if there's congestion in one path, the internet can shift that traffic to another path. >> reporter: that's good to hear as we depend on the internet to keep us together while we're apart. ♪ >> so, jo, we're all using these services right now we're all using these platforms. i guess one question that's still out there is security, internet security. if you're conducting business meetings, what exactly are cautions people should be taking, what can be done >> yeah, willie, you want to watch out for weak passwords, unsecure wi-fi connections and phishing scams we have also seen some cases
where inappropriate content has been brastoadcast into these video conferences like on zoom the bottom line, if your work provides a virtual private network, vpn, use that we don't know with so many people logging in for big government agencies and big businesses, if there's enough bandwidth and if the systems can really handle all of this. the bottom line, we don't have a full picture just yet. >> all of us in the news business getting used to these socially distant interactions as well jo, take care. i hope your family is healthy and we will see you soon coming up next on "sunday today," the doctors and nurses suiting up and stepping in to fight a pandemic >> it's like you're expanding on the beach and the water has come up to your midcalf and you can see it coming, you know it's coming there's nothing that you can do except prepare later, a life well lived a beloved nbc news colleague who was at our side for a quarter of the century on stories around the world.
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and, later, american military men and women gearing up to fight a war. the coronavirus presents a different kind of danger, and a war that requires a different kind of brave soldier whose armor is the scrubs, masks, and gloves all running in short supply nbc's gabe gutierrez has our "sunday closer."ter: as ore tria tents pop up outside hospitals across america, the burden builds on health care workers taking on round-the-clock shifts at great risk to themselves. >> the fact that it's spreading so fast that we don't have the hospital capacity, the materials on hand to handle the infection if it spreads as it has been. >> reporter: many are using the #getmeppe, personal protective equipment. this nurse says she's wearing one of the last masks in her icu and that she's being asked to reuse it for up to five days.
>> it feels like nothing i have experienced in my 25 years in medicine. >> reporter: but those across the country, signs of gratitude, hearts for health care. some companies are even offering free meals and free delivery to the workers on the front lines. >> this is a day-to-day struggle to maintain being okay because of the volume of patients we are seeing. >> reporter: dr. adam jarrett is the chief medical officer at this hospital in teaneck, new jersey, where there's already been a surge in coronavirus patients. we spoke with him outside at a distance. >> we think we're okay for the next couple of days, but if this doesn't slow down or we don't get some relief, we're going to have some problems. >> reporter: what happens if they get sick themselves? >> i think they're afraid for themselves, they're afraid for their families. >> reporter: but they keep showing up day in and day out. this past week university of new mexico emergency chair steve mclaugh lm
mclaughlin and his family were under isolation after he was potentially exposed to a covid-19 patient. >> we know we could also get sick. that adds a really different level, i think, of anxiety to this particular event. >> reporter: frustration and fear as they anticipate the weeks ahead. >> it's like you're standing on the beach and the water has come up to kind of your midcalf and you can see it coming, you know it's coming. there's nothing that you can do except prepare. that's exactly what it feels like. you're holding your breath. >> reporter: holding your breath at a time when you can't hold on to each other. for these health care workers, their toughest times may also be their finest hour. for "sunday today," gabe gutierrez, new york. >> gabe, thank you very much. thank you hardly enough for all you health care workers and first responders fighting for the rest of us right now. let's thank them by getting them that protective equipment they need so desperately.
this week we highlight another life well lived. and this one hits close to home for us here at nbc news. >> reporter: for more than 25 years larry edgeworth was a beloved audio technician here at nbc. larry traveled the world with his gear, making sure all of you could hear clearly the sounds of war, of national disasters, of political conventions, of olympic games, of people telling their stories, in times of joy and tragedy. along with his microphones and mixer, larry always brought to the job a warm smile, a memorable laugh, a big hug, and a question about your family, which usually included the names of your kids. he was a great sound man, but so much more. adding to the flood of tributes late this week from nbc correspondents and crews who
worked at larry's side, senator mitt romney remembered our colleague as a special part of the romney rambler family, covering his 2012 presidential campaign. larry was born in mississippi and grew up on new york's long island. he graduated from the new york institute of technology with a degree in film. for all of his travels and all of his professional achievements, anyone who ever worked with larry knew he was happiest and proudest when talking about his family. his wife, crystal, and sons alex and myles. larry edgeworth, expert audio technician, husband, father and just a great guy, died on thursday of complications from coronavirus. he was just 61 years old. if you looked at america like a bird and that was all you knew,
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this morning we flipped our sunday mail and asked you to answer question with all the good you're seeing out there. heather in north dakota answered by saying this was the message on my takeout bag friday night from the restaurant. it reads, we'll get through this together. vivian in michigan writes, a huge thank you to chris of the cantina for donating 100 lunches to the kids. marcel in washington writes, we arerereplacing the books with food items. we will keep an eye on them and refill as needed. that is a great idea. we got more of your sunday today mug shots. thank you, anthony, robby and
good sunday morning. it is march 22nd. we are taking a live look outside at the golden gate bridge. looks like a beautiful morning out there. a bit breezy, only two cars on the roads. good to see -- three -- as we practice our social distancing. thanks for starting your sunday with us. i'm kira klapper. meteorologist rob mayeda is in for vianey this morning. he has a look at your micro climate forecast from his home weather station and i realize this adorable room