tv CNN Newsroom With Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto CNN July 7, 2020 6:00am-7:00am PDT
good morning. i'm poppy harlow. knee deep in the first wave and getting worse. dr. fauci said it's really not good as cases surge in 31 states and at least 24 have paused or rolled back reopening plans. at the same time, we're learning sile silent spreaders, people who are infected but asymptomatic may be responsible for half of the cases in the united states. in florida, they're out of icu beds and other states fearing the same issues are near. the military is deploying medical personnel to texas to address a spike in cases there.
let's begin in florida. our rosa flores joins us in miami. this is what exactly that everyone was praying would not happen. what are health officials saying about the hospitals that are at crisis levels? why? is it the majority of peds are filled with covid patients? >> you know, i talked to an expert yesterday who said it's a stab in the heart for any medical professional that's watching these numbers and that is in these icu units. because they know it's not getting any better. let's start with the facts here. 43 icu hospitals in 21 counties across this state are at capacity. that peoples that there are zero icu beds in those icu hospitals. another 32 hospitals have a capacity of 10% or less. now, i wish i could tell you just exactly how many covid-19 patients are in hospitals right now in florida, but the state does not release that number. that does not stop, however,
miami-dade county from releasing that data. yesterday was the latest count. 1,657. back on june 24th that number was 870. when it comes to icu beds being used there's an 86% increase. if you look at ventilators the use of ventilators during the same period, 127% increase. >> despite the numbers you cannot dispute the numbers you put on the screen there's still no consideration of a mask mandate across the state from the for? >> you're absolutely right. and then hear this. just yesterday, the florida commissioner of education issued an emergency order requiring all schools in florida to reopen in brick and mortar style starting
in the fall. now, here's what he said. quote, there is a need to open schools fully to ensure the quality and continuity of the education process. the comprehensive well-being of the students and families in florida hitting the full economic stride. as you might imagine, some teachers are already pushing back including in orange county. the teachers there saying quote the governor and the secretary are putting a political and economic agenda over the safety and well-being of students, teachers and school employees. poppy, the governor is having a press conference today and we're hoping that he can explain his rationale and the rationale of the state for pushing that agenda. >> of course, we'll watch closely for that. rosa, thanks very much. also a dire situation growing rapidly across the state of the texas. our ryan young is in houston. ryan, you have a small contingent of military personnel
that are going in to parts of texas to try to help out. can you give us the reality of the situation on the ground because it was less than a week ago that the lieutenant governor of texas on another network said, look, this is nothing like what happened in new york. you know, this is the media blowing it out of proportion. what do the hard numbers tell us? >> you know, when you are talking to people who live in this community don't feel that way. there are 99 6 new cases yesterday. we came to the independent testing site. you can see the cars lining up. they have been here since this morning. we're just across from the nrg stadium about ten minutes outside of houston. a lot of people are having this conversation. you look at this graph from may 1st, you can see the lines steadily moving up. and especially every time there was another opening in terms of bar or a restaurant. you can see those numbers start
to climb. so poppy, when you see like even in the june 3rd influx, that's what people are worried about. you decided to set up a testing center outside of this area. what was the reason that you felt like that you needed another testing center in this city? >> sure. this is my home. i'm from houston and we recognized that the city needed more testing. and in order to meet demand, we created our testing center. >> you said people have been emotional in this line. >> absolutely. >> tell me some of the emotions they have shared with you. >> oh, my gosh, you know, i have had -- i had a gentleman earlier who was crying. he came to us, he was so happy that we had this option. he couldn't get in. into the other testing facilities. he needed to get back to work. he couldn't believe we got him in and through the process so quickly. >> really quickly, this is a private testing center. >> absolutely. >> when they go to the other testing centers how long are they waiting sometimes? >> we heard from some of the
people, they're waiting four or five hours and they cut the testing because they met capacity at the other facilities and came to us right after. >> i appreciate you sharing that with us. there's a long line. one of the things that stands out about this testing area, one of the reasons we came here this is a saliva test. so you get one of the tubes and then you fill it up to right about here. when you get up to the front then you also hand over your sample. a lot of people are also scared about that nose test. i don't know why. i have done it myself. but some people don't like it. then the idea that some people are standing or waiting in line, in their cars in this heat and they're running out of gas as they wait to get tested. so you understand that there are people who are frustrated at this point who want to return to work. the other thing that i have noticed, poppy, these right here, people are not wearing them. people do not want to do it. and businesses are struggling at the doors.
struggling to get people to put them on. >> even though there's a statewide mandate. >> right. you're working at a store, they're not paying you enough to work at the store and then get someone to wear you. >> i hear you. that's why some are pushing for the federal mandate across the board. ryan young, thanks. let's go to our evan mcmorris-santoro in phoenix. reporting 100,000 coronavirus cases and a big concern there is young people being a big, big majority of them. >> that's right, poppy. and when we talk about that 100,000 number, that's the first time that this state has passed that number during this whole pandemic. sometimes these numbers -- you know, 3,300 cases reported yesterday, 100,000 in total it's hard to put it in perspective. but we've crunched the numbers. over the last seven days on
average, arizona has added more cases per day than any other state. so that's a per capita average. that's a big deal. it's a dire situation and when we talk about that demographic number that you're talking about, public health officials over 60% of the cases coming from people under the age of 44. the mayor of phoenix where i'm right now has attributed that and suggested that might be because of the state reopening early. for example, couple of months ago, this state did close things like indoor dining and then reopened them a couple months later. indoor dining still open here. things like bars and movie theaters they have reshut down and gyms have been reshut down but there's been some argument among the gym owners if they want to do that. and they're not getting what they need to bring down the numbers. >> that's so striking, per
capita the biggest day to day increases in any state in arizona right now. thanks a lot, evan. the government awarded $1.6 milli $1.6 million to novomax for a vaccine. let's go to elizabeth cohen. they'd lose the money if they didn't work, but how sure are they that this one works? >> you know, there's a lot of cautious optimism. i think that's sort of the watch word of the day. cautious optimism that one or hopefully more of these vaccines will work. but hopefully, you know, we need to keep studying them. novavax has only studied this in 131 patients. they need to move into phase three clinical trials. i asked the ceo of novavax,
let's take a listen to his answer. >> i think in the fourth quarter. we don't have a date set yet, but hopefully as early as the fourth quarter as possible. maybe if we're lucky we can start phase three in late third quarter. >> now, novavax is one of four companies that are getting big money from the federal government to do the phase three trials and several have said they hope to get the vaccine on the market end of this year, beginning of next year. poppy? >> thank you, elizabeth, on that. the government nearly giving nearly half a billion dollars to regeneron today. can you talk about that money? is that for a therapeutic, is that for a treatment or a vaccine? >> that's for a treatment, actually. so it's a treatment called the antibody cocktail and it's really quite intriguing and a lot of hope for the treatment. they take the antibodies that are manufactured or made by the
body and they call out the best ones and clone them into the drug that can be used for treatment or prevention. they are testing it both ways. >> glad to hear the encouraging signs. still to come, dr. anthony fauci said that the united states in the united states is really not good, but this is a starkly different picture than what the president is painting on twitter. plus, how much the coronavirus is impacting the major league courts as sports tries to get back on the court and the field. international students may have to leave the united states. that's what i.c.e. now says if the colleges and universities they're attending go totally online in the fall. that's ahead.
task force, dr. anthony fauci, says we as a nation are quote, still knee deep in the first wave. let's do to our cnn correspondent, joe johns. tell us more about what dr. fauci said overnight. >> well, you know, poppy, this is a very sobering message from dr. anthony fauci and he's delivered some others like that during the course of the pandemic. probably the most important thing he said is that we are knee deep in the first wave of the pandemic. and that there is a resurgence going on in the united states. listen. >> a series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up in the sense of getting back to some form of normality has led to the situation where we now have record breaking cases. >> contrast that with some of the things that the president of
the united states said last night. how the virus is going to disappear, also as you know over the weekend said 99% of coronavirus cases are harmless. both of which are misleading, false, whatever you want to say. it is essentially not supported by the data. >> yeah. >> now, the president has been trying to put all of this in the rearview mirror when it comes to the virus. we have another example of that just this morning here at the white house when it was announced that the president's flying down to doral in southern florida on friday and as you know, that part of florida is just slammed with coronavirus cases. the president is not going there for that. he's going down to see the u.s. southern command. poppy, back to you. >> thank you very much. let's bring in dr. jha and
dr. prynnes and dr. jha, the president tweeted a washington times piece. quote, we being the united states, have the lowest mortality rate in the world. and he says the media should be talking about that, but they're not. what are the facts? >> yeah, so thank you for having me on. i don't know what the president means by that. we don't have the lowest mortality rate. we certainly -- look at the number of people who died as a proportion of infected people we're not the lowest. we obviously don't have the lowest number of people, but we have the highest in the world. but i'm not sure what the president is referring to but i can't see it in the data. his views are not supported by the data. >> 133,310 deaths in the united states this morning. dr. prynne from this, i was struck hearing from dr. peter hotez at baylor college of
medicine telling anderson cooper last night because of the spread we're seeing especially across the south that it is quote rising so rapidly we cannot even do contact tracing anymore. do you agree with that assessment? has the u.s. missed its window to effectively mitigate this and contact trace? >> yes, i think that we are in a really different situation at this point. we have seen such an incredible increase in cases and every one of the cases needs to be contact traced an then every one of the contacts needs to be contacted as well. when you think of this rise in cases and we don't have enough people on board, the number it takes to contact trace we're falling behind there and that means we're not talking to people, telling them they have been exposed and telling them to stay home. >> listen to this, dr. jha from tom bossert. we are in trouble, it's harder
to extinguish the flare-up and it will take a while to put out the fires. we can top 500,000 u.s. deaths this year if this trend continues. this is from the man who was advising the president on all things homeland security. do you agree with that assessment, upwards of 500,000 deaths? >> i'm hopeful we won't get near that and i think we'll hit somewhere around 200,000 near the fall or 300,000. we'll have a lot more illness and a lot more death ahead of us if we don't turn this around. whether we hit 500,000 or not i'm not sure. but it's a bleak summer and fall ahead. >> we know the way to lower the number of deaths is through mask wearing. you cannot dispute that. people around the president are
taking pictures and wearing masks but not the president. you have florida not mandating statewide masks and also the state's education commission saying they're going to reopen brick and mortar schools next month. what does that mean for the state of florida and for the country? >> number one, it's a critical health message that everyone needs to be wearing a mask and that needs to come from on high. needs to come from the highest administrative levels in this country that this is the way to prevent the spread of the virus and keep people safe. as far as the schools reopening it's dependent on the level of cases within that particular area and on the school itself. i don't think you can reopen the way that, you know, they have been opened in the past. certainly there are some students who don't benefit from being schooled at home and they're falling behind and
they're vulnerable students who are falling behind. so there has to be some method of getting them back to school. >> and i understand the push and pull of that, you're so right, doctor, about the loss of not having in-person education, especially for children without access to broadband or whatever. the atlanta mayor, alicia bottoms she's tested positive for coronavirus and you couple this with the new study out of yale that finds that silent spreaders, people that are asymptomatic that could be responsible for half of the cases in the united states. and you couple that with the, you know, note from quest diagnostics and labcorp they're having a hard time processing the tests quickly enough. it's taking longer. you have people waiting days to find out what's going on and
they could be silent spreaders. where does that put us? >> all of this makes it so much harder to manage the disease because we're seeing the spreading of the disease, bigger outbreaks. a lot of is from asymptomatic people and this is why i think it is absolutely critical. look, this is not rocket science. we have the message here it's very clear. everyone should be wearing a mask. indoor gatherings are risky. you have to maintain social distance and then the government has do a better job of ramping up testing and tracing. if we do those things we can get a handle on these but we don't have the will to really prioritize those activities. >> yeah. seems like many people are throwing their hands up. thank you very much. set backs for some sports leagues. we'll have that ahead. we'll look at the u.s. futures, for all three major indices, pointing down. global markets down today after
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building is closed now after five lawmakers tested positive for coronavirus. sarah sydner is with us. i hope they're all okay. it just shows what's happening even in a state like california, that shut down early and mandated masks, et cetera. >> yeah. it does. it shows that what happens when reopening happens and people become a bit lax about what they're doing with masks and trying to self-distance. when that starts to erode we're seeing this spike back up. over the past four days, so the holiday weekend, they saw about 11,000 cases had the highest spike -- one-day spike they have seen throughout this entire pandemic on friday. now we're seeing, you know, several california assembly members have tested positive, five of them. so that means the capitol is shut down indefinitely. the capitol building is shut down indefinitely. there's a major problem in
prisons. it's basically they have been hit very hard. there are about 2,400 inmates that have tested positive and the top medical officer was replaced. he was criticized by the governor for sending hundreds of inmates from the chino to the san quentin prison. san quentin's, about a third have tested positive for coronavirus and that's putting some strain on the hospitals as well because some have to be sent out for treatment. we are also hearing from the governor about who is being infected more often now and he said there's a shift in who is actually being infected compared to when -- the way things started back in march and april. >> i think the most important thing we have learned from a lot of the new data that's come in that goes direct to your question is that the cohort of individuals now that are being tested positive is getting younger and younger.
and so that cohort 18 to 34, 34 to 49-year-olds. when you stack those together, you're looking at a majority of the new cases, so a lot of the younger folks may be coming in to hospitals, but with not as acute needs as what we were seeing in the past. >> but when it comes to hospitals, there is a great concern from health officials here that if this spike -- if they keep happening, if they keep going, it means that the hospital beds could be exhausted. in the icu, if it keeps going like this they could be filled. >> my goodness, sarah, thank you. coronavirus outbreak is forcing major league soccer to pull an entire team out of an upcoming tournament. andy scholes joins me with more this morning. are the rest of the games in jeopardy, andy? >> well, for now it's only the games involving fc dallas but this is a real concern for all
of the big sports leagues. you know, major league soccer was starting with a tournament in the bubble in disney. removing fc dallas is not ideal but it can be done. they can't take out of the clippers and baseball can't just remove the yankees so a real concern for all of the sports leagues. dan garber he made the decision to remove fc dallas from the tournament after ten plays and one staff member tested positive for coronavirus. the team has been in quarantine and unable to train in orlando ever since it arrived there on june 29th. nashville fc has five confirmed case and three more presumed positive pending confirmation. they're unable to train but remain in tournament for now. the club says they have no comment on that when we asked. nashville, they're scheduled to play when the tournament begins tomorrow. in the meantime, the astros, nationals and cardinals all canceling workouts yesterday
because they said that major league baseball's coronavirus testing was not fast. so the players were tested on friday but still didn't have the results monday morning. mlb responded, commending the teams for canceling workouts and they have addressed the delays caused by the holiday weekend. the opening day is july 23rd. nhl reached a tentative agreement to resume play august 1st. they'll open camp next week and the league is finalizing details for toronto and edmonton where all of the games will be played. finally, the pga tour announced that fans are not going to be allowed at the memorial tournament next week in ohio. this was to be supposed to be the first event with fans. they were set to allow 8,000 a day, but due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the covid-19, they'd cancel the
fans. the nba all of the team -- some of the teams are set to arrive in orlando to enter that bubble and the nba is certainly hoping that what happened to the mls doesn't happen to them. >> yeah, of course they are. andy thanks very much. the future for international students, over a million of them that come to the u.s. to study, it's all up in the air now, because i.c.e. has said they must leave the country if the university they're attending goes to online learning. more on that next. some companies still have hr stuck between employees and their data. entering data. changing data. more and more sensitive, personal data. and it doesn't just drag hr down. it drags the entire business down -- with inefficiency, errors and waste.
the country if the universities they're attending switch to online classes. this can affect more than a million foreign students to leave the united states. jessica snyder is with me. this tells me -- you know, how many people are alarmed by this, but also confused because what happens if in the middle of this semester, for example, cases go up and the university switches online? >> a lot of questions this morning, poppy. it is announcement that puts the universities and the international students in a really precarious position because if these universities go to all online learning, these international students will have to either leave the country or they'll risk being deported. that was the guidance issued just last night by immigration and customs enforcement. it's coming at the same time that the universities are finally announcing their plans for students in the fall. harvard university for example saying that while some students may return all of their classes
will in fact be online. princeton university also saying that most of their classes will be online as well. but you know, i.c.e. is not backing down here. it is their typical protocol that international students aren't allowed into this country to take online only classes and they reiterated that stance last night. here's what i.c.e. said in a statement saying the u.s. department of state will not issue visas to students enrolled in students and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will u.s. customs and border protection permit the students to enter the united states. and the caveat being if the universities offer both online and in person classes that there is a chance that students can stay here. but of course this is sparking anxiety and uncertainty for the more than 1 million international students who come here to this country. they hail from china and south korea, saudi arabia, just to name a few. so the question for these international students, poppy,
is, you know, what will happen, maybe if this pandemic worsens and then maybe these universities shift to all online classes will the students even be allowed back home? so a lot of questions this morning all as a result of this i.c.e. statement. >> jessica, thank you for that reporting. well, coronavirus test results are expected for brazilian president jair bolsonaro. he was tested yesterday after experiencing some symptoms. he has vetoed laws that would improve public safety. all while brazil has suffered one of the worst outbreaks. bill weir reports. >> yes, hello, poppy. what an ironic turn of events on the day that sao paulo opens widener the teeth of the pandemic. the president last night, jair bolsonaro, had enough symptoms that he went in for the lung
scan, an mri and had the fourth test. this comes after months of flouting the pleas of his top health care professionals to impart -- you know, to declare more quarantines, more social distancing and masks. laws the president refused to do it. he called it a little flu and encouraged people to go out. he went out and would take self selfies, and we die some time. but the reality some are dying much faster than they have to because of the attitude towards masks and even hydroxychloroquine. when president trump threw that out as a wonder drug, he stockpiled and is giving them out in free clinic. he has a army general running
after others quit over social distancing. we'll see if his attitude changes at all, but the health care system which is rather robust and well respected in latin america, one that bolsonaro is trying to privatize, they're bracing for an italian-like wave and the doctors have to choose between who gets what ventilator. so it's the story of the day all the way up to the top man here in brazil. poppy? >> truly, it is. bill weir, thank you. we're waiting for the results, the president of brazil's test. finally, some transparency on the ppp loan program. who got the money? some members of congress are on the list. that's not all. next. refinancing, you can save $3000 a year with one call to newday usa. our team is standing by right now to take your call.
so we now know some members of congress or their families or businesses were among those who benefited from the paycheck protection program or the ppp program. that's the economic relief program created to really help small companies struggling during the coronavirus shutdown. lauren fox is on capitol hill. look, it's a good thing that we have this transparency. for weeks, people have been calling for it. the list is interesting in who terms of who got money and what stands out to you? >> this is a fraction of what got this money. the only names we have attached to it is the loans total more than $150,000. we know that the average loan
was small their than. therefore we don't have all of the names of potentially politically connected individuals, but a couple of well-known folks who were part of businesses that got these loans including several members of congress. i want to highlight just two of them. dickey harts her from missouri, those businesses got 48$0,000 and mike kelly a republican from western pennsylvania, he owns car dealerships. three of his got ppp loans. when i asked the lawmakers' offices about the rationale, mike kelly's said we employ 200 people in western pennsylvania and those businesses were struggling and we kept them on payroll because of the money we received through ppp. i want to mention other notable and surprising foundations that received some of this money. including americans for tax
reform foundation which of course is a well-known group in washington, d.c. which has get rid of bloated government spending. the congressional black caucus got a loan, between 350,000 and $1million and the congressional hispanic institute got a loan between $350,000 and $1 million. this just goes to show you the wide breadth of individuals and businesses that got these loans. there's still $130 billion available so if a mom and pop shop owner is at home is watching and wanted to apply for a loan they can still do so through august 8th. >> very good to know. grover norquist foundation, ein rand and yeezy.
>> some very well-known lists. now we turn to unemployment in this pandemic and enhanced benefits set to end this month and "the washington post" says evictions will be skyrocketed. who will be hurt the most, black and hispanic renters. right now more than 40% of latino and black renters are up sure, according to the latest data if they can pay the rent next month. cristina alesci is with me. it is so, so sad to see this and see some of the court proceedings where the judges are unaware of moratoriums being put on these evictions. >> reporter: that's right, poppy. it is going to be a gut-wrenching summer for many americans across the board, particularly the statistic that you just highlighted, 40%, over 40% of black and latino renters are now uncertain about being able to pay the rent. that number compares to 20% for
white renters, again, underscoring how this pandemic has really disproportionately impacted black and latinos in this country. also more broadly speaking another group issued a piece of research that showed 20% of the 110 million american renters are now feeling some uncertainty around rent and eviction poppy. these two forces are colliding. first of all, us a mention, eviction files are working their way through the court system at the same time that this enhanced unemployment benefit is set to expire at the end of july. those two forces are really creating a lot of uncertainty, and to your point on the federal eviction moratorium, yes, the cares act did enact that, but it's really being unevenly applied across the country because it's up to local and state courts to really enforce it. poppy? >> yeah. so if you're someone facing this, and you're going to court
over it. know your rights and know sort of what protections you have for sure. also, a big economic initiative today, kristina, to support black-owned businesses. >> that's right, poppy, but before we get to that i just want to make one addition to the eviction. >> sure. >> the eviction moratorium on the federal level applies to buildings that have government-backed loans. >> right. >> reporter: so you have to look into whether or not your mortgage is a government-backed one if you're living in that kind of a building. on this initiative to support black-owned businesses, pope, this is a movement taking off on social media. market blackblackout $2020 calling for black americans to harness their spending power. nearly a trillion a year in spending power. black americans are being called on not to spend anything, and if
they have to do it with a black-owned business. that is movement that has found a powerful voice in an activist who is out there saying, look, this isn't just a one-day thing. this can become a movement over a longer period of time to send a message to both politicians and business leaders that systemic racism needs to end. poppy? >> christina, thank you very, very much. >> also happening today, facebook ceo mark zuckerberg and facebook c.o.o. cheryl sandberg are meeting with civil rights leaders regarding the growing advertiser boycott. there is some, as you've been reported are, some skepticism by some of those groups but facebook says, look, they are commit. they are putting out two years worth of data today. what do you expect to be happening during this meeting? >> that's right. today is a very big day for facebook. i think the organizers of the adl, naacp and other
organizations were frankly surprised at how well and successful the boycott was. some of the biggest brands in the world. some american iconic brands like levi jeans, coca-cola, starbucks, all pulling their ads from facebook. you're right. there are some of the people who are attending that meeting later today have already expressed skepticism about what they will be getting from facebook, and i think they are keeping their expectations pretty low. sheryl cannedberg has been on facebook this morning and posted a commitment to some of the changes that the company is going to make. we see these announcements from facebook ever so often. one quote i do want to mention is saying we're making changes not for financial reasons or advertiser pressure because it is the right thing to do. that statement has been met with a lot of skepticism as well. poppy? >> but isn't it true that some of the biggest advertisers on facebook haven't backed out? >> well, so, this is facebook,
you know, facebook has the numbers of who are their biggest advertisers. that not necessarily isn't public information but you're right, are a lot of forecast's biggest advertising revenue comes from the small and medium-sized businesses and we don't really have much insight into what they are doing. >> yeah. >> reporter: tony, thank you for that meeting. we'll see what comes of the meeting later today. the coronavirus situation in texas is a catastrophe. the person tasked with helping governor greg abbott joins us to talk about the state now. blood sugar levels. help e it provides 60% more protein than the leading diabetes nutrition shake. try boost glucose control.