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again. >> right. >> also, i'm thankful for "homeland" season eight. >> and good morning, america. on this thursday morning, the senate passes that massive relief bill as the outbreak in new york city grows and the country braces today for the worst jobs report ever. breaking news. a record shattering number. over 3 million people file for unemployment, the worst jobs report ever as the senate passes the rescue package. $2 trillion promising checks soon to americans. >> i would say by easter we'll have a recommendation. >> resisting the advice of his own health experts. breaking news. as the coronavirus pandemic now claims more than 1,000 lives in the united states, we get a rare look inside one new york city hospital in the center of the crisis.
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reporting at least 13 deaths in 24 hours. desperate for supplies. >> the frustrating thing about all this is it really feels like it's too little, too late. like, we knew. we knew it was coming. >> a nurse passing away from the virus. all this after governor cuomo offers a small sign of hope. >> the evidence suggests that the density control measures may be working. >> saying the rate of hospitalizations may be slowing. the faces of the crisis. the real people battling coronavirus, and fighting for their lives. a 25-year-old athlete now in a medically induced coma. the husband and father dying days before his 45th birthday. five members of the same missouri family testing positive, and tributes pouring in for influential celebrity chef floyd cardoz days after he said he was checking himself into the hospital only as a precautionary measure. new details this morning
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about prince charles testing positive for coronavirus. what the palace is doing to p protect the also this morning, telemedicine for pets and much more. the innovative way vets are providing care to even the littlest members of the family. nba superstar russell westbrook joins us live this morning. how he's helping out his hometown, coming to the rescue for so many families in need. good morning, america. it's good to be with you on this thursday morning as millions of americans do their part by staying apart. it's going to take patience, everybody, but robin, we're all sticking together however we can, right? >> we certainly are, michael. i want to show you someone who is still showing his support while staying apart. take a look at this man. %-pn
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thanking everyone in the emergency department for saving his wife's life. george? >> with that hand on his heart. says it all right there. here's what we know right now. worldwide, cases have grown to more than 470,000. at least 21,000 people have died from coronavirus. spain now with the second highest total behind italy and ahead of china. more encouraging news there. still no new cases in wuhan where it all began. here in the u.s., now more than 60,000 cases. the death toll has climbed over 1,000, and new york city now the hottest spot, more than 20,000 cases here. across the country, at least 28 states have closed nonessential businesses, and now the city of miami is implementing the toughest restrictions so far. a 10:00 p.m. curfew will be put in place for the 460,000 residents tomorrow night. the weekly unemployment numbers are in and the biggest by far.
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nearly 3.3 million people out of work. rebecca jar sis is tracking the latest. >> reporter: the numbers are unprecedented. 3,283,000 americans filed for unemployment last week. that means more than 3 million americans were laid off in one week. that's the equivalent of the entire city of chicago. if every man, woman and child was laid off in the city of chicago in a single week, that's the equivalent of what we're seeing. the most optimistic take away is that america is following the rules. these shut downs are working. people are staying home. businesses are shutting their doors. of course there's that economic fall out and the fears for many americans about where that next paycheck will come from. >> that's why the senate has passed this massive economic bail out plan so quickly. >> reporter: a giant bail out, $2 trillion. the largest ever.
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the need across america right now is urgent. overnight on capitol hill a unanimous vote in the senate. >> the bill has passed. >> reporter: a $2 trillion stimulus package including $250 billion in checks going directly to families struggling under the weight of soaring lay offs and statewide lockdowns. >> it's been a disaster. both of us have lost our jobs. >> reporter: two weeks ago jamie was a physician's assistant, his wife christina a hair dresser in new york. they were gainfully employed before both jobs vanished. >> now we're scrambling to figure out how we can pay our bills. >> we have two children. one with a mental disability. he has just what's happening for him is all his programs shut down.
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>> reporter: and it's happening across the country. >> how am i going to make rent? how, you know, bills, you know, student loans. >> just nine days before the shutdown happened, we made about $32,000. that's kind of our norm in that stretch to zero. >> are we going to be able to afford to buy food? are we going to be able to pay our rent at the end of the month? >> reporter: amidst the uncertainty two questions -- who will get the stimulus money and when? those making $75,000 or less will receive $1,200. married couples who make up to $150,000 getting $2,400 and $500 for each child. those getting out as early as april 6th. if you filed your taxes electronically, it will get to you faster likely by direct deposit. while those unemployment figures today are absolutely staggering, analysts believe that the numbers are very likely higher. the number of lay offs are
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likely higher because there were issues with people going through websites and not everybody who lost a job applied immediately. george, we'll very likely see the numbers kin to climb. >> rebecca, thank you very much. terry moran is in washington. the treasury secretary out responding to these numbers, basical basically shrugging them off. >> reporter: he says these are not relevant numbers. don't panic because the stimulus is coming. that massive stimulus will take care of that. he also notes in some businesses they're going to be hiring a lot. think of all the things needed now from protective gear to hand sanitizer. we have not heard from the president directly right now, george. like a lot of presidents he likes to bring the good news. no question the staggering numbers which are just probably the beginning are going to confirm this president in his determination to go forward and open up the country.
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he talks about it. he's talking about it in more measured terms. he's determined to do so. the problem, what's the plan? other countries have talked about a controlled infection regime. keeping older people isolated. allowing younger people to go back to work. the problem is, as we know, this disease does strike younger people and a few get sick and die. >> we heard from dr. fauci last night say the virus sets the timeline. >> reporter: this is a president who is obviously frustrated. at times it seems he takes it personally. talking about when he was told the country would shut down. he said how can that be? he's lived his life as a master of the universe. here he is encountering a moment when the country can't be
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mastered. he's determined to go forward and find some way to open up. >> terry moran, thanks. we expect to hear from the president later today. he's been doing daily press conferences. the big news right now this morning weekly unemployment claims are in. nearly 3.3 million people out of work in the last week. that number is likely to climb next week. let's go to rob. >> let's go to whit johnson. >> reporter: people are waiting to get inside the hospital. one doctor telling abc news this is ground zero. they're creatingnavirus patient desperate for more supplies.
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this morning a look inside one of the hard hit hospitals in new york, what officials say has become the center of the crisis. >> all the patients in this room, they all have covid-19. this is only one of the several rooms. >> reporter: here in queens, at least 13 people have died in just 24 hours. >> there's no clear end to this. the status quo is not good enough. that's what i'm worried about. >> reporter: dr. colleen smith sharing her story with abc news and "the new york times," including this moment they finally get their hands on a shipment of much-needed ventilators, but only five could be obtained. >> the concern is that these -- all these ventilators that we're told are coming, but haven't really started to materialize in large numbers, are they really coming? will we really get them?
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i have never seen the increase in volume as fast as it has. >> reporter: the state accounting for roughly half of all cases across the country. these grim images of teams setting up a makeshift morgue outside bellvue hospital, something they did during 9/11 and hurricane sandy. however, a small sign of hope. governor andrew cuomo saying over the past three days, the rate of hospitalizations is slowing, but quickly cautioning that the peak of the crisis could still be 20 days away. >> the evidence suggests that the density control measures may be working. >> reporter: the governor saying while only 15% of cases so far have required hospitalization, the state is anticipating 140,000 people will be hospitalized, warning he still doesn't have enough beds or life-saving ventilators. the pandemic pummeling america with nearly 70,000 cases in the u.s. alone.
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patients like 25-year-old jack allard, a lacrosse player from new jersey now on a ventilator in a medically induced coma. >> he took his health very seriously. he's an athlete. >> reporter: jermaine miller, a husband and father from new york, dying last week just days before his 45th birthday. his wife, erika, heartbroken. >> i got this call, and the only thing i remember the doctor saying to me. hello, erika. i said, yes? he said, i'm sorry. that's all i remember is him saying i'm sorry. i dropped the phone and ran upstairs, and i had to break the news to the family. >> reporter: in missouri, five members of the same family all testing positive for covid-19. jason weinhaus, his brother and sister-in-law recovering at home. his mother and father still in the hospital. and overnight, abc news learning a member of mount sinai's nursing staff passed away from covid-19 saying in a statement, this growing crisis is not abating. adding today we lost another
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hero, a compassionate colleague, friend and self-less care giver. president trump standing firm saying the country wants to get back to work. >> the sooner we can eventually get people back to work, back to school and back to normal, and there are large sections of our country that can go back sooner than other sections. i would say by easter we'll have a recommendation. >> reporter: but the president's own health experts recommending not committing to a certain date. dr. fauci also warning that the u.s. needs to prepare for another cycle of coronavirus. >> you've got to understand that you don't make the timeline. the virus makes the timeline. >> reporter: back here in queens, a spokesperson for the hospital behind me says they have transferred at least 30 patients to other facilities in the area to try to alleviate the challenges here, but again, new york state is preparing for this problem to get worse before it gets better. robin? >> being prepared. all right, whit.
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thank you. zbrnchts now to one of the many faces of this crisis, influential celebrity chef floyd cardoz passing away from coronavirus just days after writing in his last instagram post, quote, i was feeling feverish and hence, as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in new york. it's now raising new questions about this virus. cardoz's hospitality group telling abc news he tested positive for coronavirus that same day. the 59-year-old passing away from complications from the virus after traveling abroad. though it is unclear if he had any underlying medical conditions. michael? >> thank you, amy. let's bring in our medical correspondent dr. jennifer ashton joining us from her home. we heard floyd's story. sounded like he was getting better, and days later he passes away. what do we know about how this disease progresses? >> michael, we don't know that much. we have to remember it's less than four months old.
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we know there's a range of similar to mol ji. most cases are mild. 80% are mild, but in those that are more severe, it can have an up and down roller coaster-like course just like influenza can. i think that as we learn more, that's why the u.s. case reports need to be published so we can really understand and see if there's any patterns. >> and here in the state of new york, governor cuomo said the rate of hospitalization is going down. so what does that mean for us? does that mean that the quarantining is working? the separation is working? what does that mean? >> well, first of all, i think we have to be very, very cautious when we interpret his comment yesterday. even he says it sounds too good to be true. he approached it with a serious degree of skepticism, but the rate is slowing. it's still doubling every four days. it used to be doubling every two days, and the reasons for that, there are several theories.
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first of all, it could take longer for people who are infected to develop severe disease, and remember when you are dealing with an infectious disease outbreak like this, we are always behind, and when we talk about how behind, usually a two to three-week period. so think of this like we may be in the eye of the storm. >> all right, doc. great advice. don't think it is over. far from it. thank you, doc. robin? eye of the storm as she put it, michael. now to two health care workers inspiring people to stay safe with a smile and a song. take a look. ♪ stop spreading the germs ♪ it's not here to stay ♪ because we are apart of it, the quarantine ♪ >> of course, that's frank sinatra's classic "new york new york" with some updated lyrics. this was shared with me on social media.
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i was doing the show yesterday from my home. this popped up on my feed. they're the workers at st. colby puckett center for healing in st. joseph, missouri. other lyrics, if you are to make it here, must have safety gear. we appreciate the creativity, and such an important message, guys. >> well written and well sang. >> yes. >> beautiful. good to hear it. thank you, robin. coming up, we'll have a lot more. prince charles' diagnosis, and how they're keeping the queen safe. plus, dr. ashton is back with how to protect your loved ones who might be more vulnerable to covid-19. also, how telemedicine can benefit both humans and your pets. first, let's go to ginger who is at home. hey, ginger. >> reporter: hey amy. part of interstate 80 closed again because of more than a foot of snow. that was in california. the image behind me, is from montana. they had up to nine inches of snow. the snow flying there. all of that energy is now going
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to move to the east. we have to watch for severe storms. along that low and the front, that stationary, there will be two pockets. tonight late and then tomorrow night again. wichita up to kansas city, tulsa included. peoria, illinois, down into arkansas. mississippi included tomorrow. your local weather, and all of it brought to you by zyrtec.
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good morning. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist mike nicco. showers and thunderstorms today. not enough to warrant a storm impact scale. weekend rain up to half an inch and spring warmth next week. today, below average. upper 50s to low 60s in most neighborhoods. tonight, look at those mid to upper 30s inland. low to mid 40s around the bay. here is a look at my accuweather seven-day forecast. it will be chilly this weekend but it's not as an-day rain event. and coming up, we're going to talk to russell westbrook. he's giving back. and then julie andrews is also joining us live in our next hour. we will be right back. stay with us. ♪ in a most delightful way ♪ most delightful way ♪ ♪ mmy's gotten used to his whole room smelling like sweaty odors. yup, he's gone noseblind. he thinks it smells fine, but his mom smells this... luckily for all your hard-to-wash fabrics...
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now your accuweather forecast with mike nicco. >> frost advisory until 9:00 in the north bay. make sure everything is protected. temperatures up there, you could see how cold they are. we have a threat of freezing fog earlier. that's starting to lift. a little caution if you are out and about. we have a chance of pop-up showers. not enough for a storm impact scale but there's wet weather this weekend. a one on the storm impact. >> that will keep us indoors and that's not a bad thing. coming up, the crisis and your pets.
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♪ the hills are alive with the sound of music ♪ welcome back to "gma." the legendary julie andrews singing her heart out in her iconic role in "the sound of music." the oscar winner will be joining us live in our next hour. always gives you comfort. >> it does. >> she was always such a great guest. we have a lot of headlines we're following right now as the coronavirus pandemic has now claimed more than 1,000 lives in the united states. new york state has 33,000 cases. governor cuomo is offering a small sign of hope saying that the rate of hospitalization may be slowing down due to the social distancing. that is so important. also right now is an update from new orleans.
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saints head coach sean payton saying he is doing well, and he was cleared yesterday. he went on twitter, and started watching shows. americans are supporting each other however they can. in los angeles a pizza shop is giving out free pies to hospital workers and police officers, even as the shop struggles to stay open. something good down there. let's go back to robin. >> everyone doing what they can, george. we're going to continue to those concerns at buckingham palace after prince charles tested positive for the coronavirus. in addition to his health, the focus is now on protecting his 93-year-old mother, the queen. ian pannell joins us now from buckingham palace with the latest details. good morning, ian. >> reporter: yeah. good morning, robin. i want you all just to look at this. buckingham palace is normally surrounded by thousands of tourists taking pictures of the guards and of the palace itself. london is definitely quiet at the moment.
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you can hear flags fluttering on top of the building. prince charles is in isolation right now and receiving hundreds of good wishes from around the country. this is prince charles at an official event on march 12th, the last day he saw his mother, queen elizabeth, and just one day before his doctors think he likely became contagious with coronavirus. the 71-year-old heir to the british throne is now self-isolating at his residence in scotland with his wife, camilla who has tested negative. his office saying he has mild symptoms, but otherwise remains in good health. doctors who examined him say, his condition is unlikely to get worse. >> he's well enough to do some work in his scottish residence. they are now isolating from each other, and government guidelines will continue to do so until the recommended period is over. >> reporter: according to a royal source, charles didn't start showing symptoms until this sunday, more than a week after he last saw his mother, but questions immediately arising about her health. >> i think what a lot of people would have thought straight away
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is, when did he last see the queen? was he contagious at that point? here you have a 93-year-old woman, statistically and significantly increased risk o the virus. >> reporter: however, the palace taking precautions even before they knew charles was sick, sending her and her 98-year-old husband, prince philip to windsor as a sensible precaution of the practical reasons in the current circumstances. the queen even donning gloves at an event where they would not usually be required. the queen's representative saying she is in good health releasing this photo wednesday, showing her practicing social distancing, having her weekly audience with prime minister boris johnson by telephone. also diagnosed, prince albert from monaco who was sitting across from prince charles earlier this month. how he got the virus is unknown. charles has been seen foregoing handshakes in favor of a namaste gesture. some in the royal family
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recently coming under fire for their humor. three weeks ago, camilla got into a shelter at a museum. she quipped i'm self-isolating. prince william also caught on camera making light of the virus. >> everyone's, like, i've got coronavirus, i'm dying. it seems quite dramatic about coronavirus at the moment. everything is a little hyped up. >> reporter: the backlash online to the fact both charles and camilla were able to get tested so quickly. with the #abolishthemonarchy even trending on twitter. but they are insisting all the correct procedures were followed. >> aimy? >> ian, thank you. joining us is robert jobson, an abc news contributor. thanks for being with us. what is the level of anxiety right now inside the palace walls? >> i think it's not anxiety
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surrounding the prince of wales. he is 71, but would probably pass with his physique as a man in his 50s, late 50s, but it's about the queen and price philip. 94, nearly the queen and pushing toward 100, philip. they're both in isolation at windsor castle, and every member of the royal family are scattered around great britain. charles is in scotland isolating and william and kate, their family are in norfolk. they're being cared for by a very small team and looking after themselves as well. it's not business as usual. >> certainly not for anyone. is there any indication how long the prince and the queen and the family members will all stay separated like this? >> well, we know that the queen last saw the prince of wales on the 12th very briefly, and they normally kiss and their kisses are cheeks and hand, and we don't know if that happened, but we know they met that day. the government is advising people in a vulnerable position to stay apart for up to 12 weeks.
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i would expect that to happen given that the prince of wales has tested actually positive for the virus. >> we heard our ian pannell talk about some of the criticism the royal family is receiving from the press, and from the people. namely about the joking or the light-heartedness it seems they are taking this virus. what about the fact that prince charles kept that busy schedule even in the middle of this coronavirus emergency? was there criticism for what he did, and where he went and who he met and where he went? >> there is a bit and there always is online. but most of the british people are in support of the monarchy, and in support of the queen and worried about their health. the prince of wales met all the requirements from the national health service in scotland. what a lot of people don't know is he's a fit 71-year-old. over the years i know -- i'm fairly close to him in terms of my working life.
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he has suffered from chest infections over the years, and that is why he had been tested as well as the family, and the fact he's over 70. the reality is that the people always think there's been privilege, and the prince of wales is the head of state in this country. in these situations i'm sure people understand he would be tested. after all, the objective of the test is to see if you've got the virus and he did have it. now they can test the people he's spoken to since the 12th. >> it's also further proof this virus does not discriminate. we appreciate your time. george? okay, thank you. let's get back to dr. jen ashton. we were talking about this off air because we heard prince charles' doctors say he's unlikely to get worse. how can they know that? >> they can't, george. in medicine, we don't have a crystal ball.
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we don't bet. we don't roll the dice, and we follow things day-to-day and make decisions based on data. you have to remember in an peal of geriatrics, they have a suppressed immune system. they can be completely fine, and then can deteriorate much more quickly than a younger person, and interestingly in this age group, the little bit that's been published about those infected with covid-19, seems to suggest that fever and cough are not the most common presenting symptoms. instead, older people with covid-19 might have body aches, weakness. they might not get a fever or cough until relatively late. this is not a one size fits all approach when you are talking about the specialty of geriatrics. >> heart disease and diabetes are some of the underlying diseases that could put someone in danger. prince charles has a history of chest infections. would that be considered an underlying condition? >> 100%.
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we know as we get older, we are more likely to have chronic or preexisting medical conditions. when you talk about any lung disease or lung condition, that's certain to increase the risk. there's another risk that doesn't get a lot of attention which is social isolation in elderly people. now more than ever, this is really hitting them hard because we want to keep our distance. social distancing can literally mean the difference between life and death with an older person, but they can be much more vulnerable to that social disconnection. so anyone with an older person in their life, you want to make sure that you are finding creative but safe ways to stay connected and have a list of caregivers that if something happens to you, can fill in and make sure these people are connected, cared for, fed and not anymore frightened than any of us are really. >> jen ashton, thanks very much. michael? all right, george. coming up, nba superstar russell westbrook is going to join us live.
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at a time when their humans need to practice social distancing? becky worley is in san francisco with the answer to that. good morning, becky. >> reporter: good morning, michael. the fda and the american veterinary medicine association just announcing relaxed regulations on veterinary telemedicine making it easier for pet owners to get help for man's best friend. this is our dog, akamai. ul, but yesterday he stepped on some glass and cut his paw. i placed a facetime call to the doctor. this pet triage is there to get some help. he was running on the trail, and he must have stepped on glass because the little pad right above his claw and front paw got sliced. normally a call like this would necessitate a previous relationship and a physical relationship from the vet, but these are not normal times. the fda loosening regulations so vets like dr. freiman can help
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us. >> if he was my patient, i would give you some solution, possibly remotely that you can do at home. >> reporter: for those pets that have ongoing medical conditions, this vet access is critical. >> he's got what's called a pulmonary edema. >> reporter: james and his 8-year-old terrier have been using telemedicine for a while. >> being able to do this through chat and photos and even video is a great plus. >> reporter: and another change, the fda allowing veterinarians to prescribe drugs without direct examination or making visits to their patients which will limit human to human interaction. the american veterinary medical association does say pet owners should start by contacting their own vet and communicating remotely with them. another option some vets are offering, contactless service. doggy dropoff. the consult between the owner and the doctors are done via phone. wireless payment before the leash is handed back, technology
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meant to save time may end up saving lives, michael. >> which is a great thing, and becky, we have to ask you. akamai? how did you come up with that? >> it means -- it means smart in hawaiian. sometimes he lives up to it, but maybe he and enzo could have a play date, and we could figure out who is the brain child. >> when social distancing is over, the dogs are getting together. we'll come to hawaii for that. how about that? >> liking it. thanks, becky. coming up here on "gma," great "deals & steals" that can help you and some small business owners sleep better at night, and next, our "play of the day." for farmers here, this is our life's work. but when a recall happens, perfectly good food goes to waste. now, we've got away around that. looks good. we're on target. blockchain on the ibm cloud helps pinpoint a problem anywhere from farm to shelf. it's used by some of the biggest retailers everywhere. a nice wedge. so more food ends up on your table,
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♪ baby love ♪ baby love we are back now with our "play of the day." guys, i got to say, i'm really enjoying watching you from home, and lucas and i want in on that trip to hawaii with enzo. we're paying attention. i want in on that trip. >> you're paying attention? i thought you said you were paying for the flights, but okay. >> nice one. let's get to the "play of the day," shall we? >> yeah, we shall. >> a kentucky mom trying to get in a workout. have y'all seen this video? her little helper has other ideas. mom is, like, i just want to work out. can i have a moment? a minute? >> we love that. she looks like she got in some exercises, that little one. everybody wins. thanks, robin.
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good morning south bay. let's get up and get going. >> this is abc 7 mornings. >> good morning. it's 7:56. your blood donation is needed now more than ever. ional blood shortage because of the pandemic. many blood drives have been canceled. fewer people are going out to donate blood. a non-profit wants to assure you fema and the surgeon general say it's okay to go out and donate blood. there are two drives coming up, one is today. the other is tomorrow. mike standing by with a look at your weather. >> beautiful sunshine this morning. if you are out, popup showers are possible today. you will need a jacket, too, with the sunglasses. more than an umbrella. we have a one on the storm
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. into the storm. a rare look inside one hospital at the center of this pandemic. our health care workers are desperate for supplies. >> the frustrating thing about all of this is that it feels like it's too little, too late. >> the small sign of hope now as the governor of new york says the rate of hospitalizations may be slowing down. the bail out for america. a $1,200 pay out to so many americans as those record shattering numbers are released over 3 million people file for unemployment. the latest this morning. also this morning, the game changer. nba star russell westbrook helping those hit so hard during this outbreak, giving cash for 'llko him live jt hose who lost
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ahead. ♪ i'm still standing open for business. so many trying to keep things running during these tough times. from millie and her catering company to jennifer and her jewelry business and mary grace who runs event planning as barbara corcoran answers their questions this morning. ♪ a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down ♪ and we could all use a spoonful of sugar right now. julie andrews joins us live from her home. we cannot wait to talk to her as we say, good morning, america. that music. good morning, america. hope you all are hanging in there this morning. >> what could be better than julie andrews on this thankful thursday? the "mary poppins" star will be joining us from her home. we cannot wait to catch up with her, and robin is joining us from her home this morning. good morning, robin. >> good morning.nn wto chat wite andrews. she's always
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also looking forward to talking with nba megastar and philanthropist, russell westbrook, who's joining us live with how he and his wife, nina, are reaching out to help families facing hard times during this pandemic. his why not foundation already does so much for children in need, and their mission rings true in these times, striving to teach people to never give up. so looking forward to talking to russ, amy. >> very important message there. looking forward to it as well. we do have a lot of news to get to including the very latest on the coronavirus pandemic. the number of confirmed cases in the united states now more than 69,000, and the death toll now surpassing 1,000. we want to go back to whit johnson outside the hospital in queens, new york. the borough with the most coronavirus cases. in new york city. good morning, whit. >> reporter: amy, good morning to you. you can see this line outside this hospital behind me. it's been growing throughout the morning. people are going through those
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tents, the blue and white one to be checked and assessed before they're allowed inside. governor andrew cuomo says the apex of this outbreak in new york is still weeks away. this morning, a look inside one of the hard-hit hospitals in new york. what officials say has become the center of the crisis in america.ies room, all the feet that you see, they all have covid, and this is only one of the several rooms. >> reporter: here at elmhurst hospital in queens, at least 13 people have died in just 24 hours. >> there's no clear end to this. the status quo is not good enough, and that's what i'm worried about. >> reporter: the state accounting for roughly half of all cases across the country. however, a small sign of hope. governor andrew cuomo saying, over the past three days, the rate of hospitalizations is slowing. >> the evidence suggests that the density control measures may be working. >> reporter: the pandemic
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pummeling america with nearly 70,000 cases in the u.s. alone. patients like 25-year-old jack allard, a lacrosse player from new jersey now on a ventilator in a medically induced coma. >> he took his health very seriously. i mean, he's an athlete. >> reporter: and overnight, abc news learning a member of mount sinai's nursing staff passed away from covid-19. president trump standing firm o o . >> i would say by easter we'll have a recommendation. >> reporter: but the president's own health experts recommending not committing to a certain date. dr. anthony fauci also warning that the u.s. needs to prepare for another cycle of coronavirus. >> you've got to understand that you don't make the timeline. the virus makes the timeline. >> reporter: amid the growing need for doctors, new york university is announcing it will allow some of its medical students to graduate early to join this fight.
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we're also seeing major airlines like jetblue offering to fly medical volunteers to new york who are badly needed in this crisis. george? >> all hands on deck. whit, thanks very much. we turn to that breaking news out of washington where the senate unanimously passed the largest rescue package in history as the country is bracing for the largest rise in weekly unemployment claims in american history. we are expecting that number to reach the millions. let's go back to rebecca jarvis with the latest. good morning, rebecca. >> reporter: good morning, george. the numbers at this point are staggering and unprecedented. 3,283,000 americans filed for unemployment last week, a record for history. so many americans have now lost their jobs as a result of this outbreak and the shut doidowns across the country. fed chair powell saying the ammunition is there to fight
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a special broadway performance from "hamilton." >> you just made my whole morning. i'm so excited. >> we're excited for that. also, we've got robin who is working from home. i have to ask you now that you don't have to commute to work. i want to know because i want to be a little jealous here, how late are you sleeping in? >> since i'm only commuting down to my basement to the screening room here, you know, amy, i thought, this is going to be nice. i want to sleep in because i normally get up at 3:15, 3:30, i'm still getting up at that time. i can't get into a system here. i got to get into a groove. you hear that from people working from home. i have to find my routine. it's going to come. it's going to happen. >> maybe stay up a little bit later. that would be nice, right? just try it tomorrow. see what happens. >> you didn't ask that. now that question, no. that's a different answer. >> all right. we're going to check in now, "pop news," janai norman joining us from her home as well. good morning, janai. >> good morning, guys.
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amy, i'm hoping that you don't ask me what time i woke up because i will not admit it here on tv. but it is time for "pop news," and we begin with celebrities opening up their wallets. first up is kylie jenner. she made a massive donation to the fight against coronavirus giving $1 million that will be used to buy hundreds of thousands of face masks, face shields and other protective gear that health care workers on the front lines desperately need right now, and she's not the only one showing her generosity. taylor swift is helping her fans who are currently out of work, directly. taylor stunned at least two fans by sending them gifts of $3,000 each. one, a cocktail waitress, and another, a photographer and graphic artist here in new york city. ariana grande, another name doing big things right now. according to "page six" the singer has been using venmo to send money to her fans hardest
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hit. one fan saying grande took care of her salary for one month. incredible, the ways that these celebrities are stepping up to help people, and in many cases, directly. >> that is really nice. just to do that for the people who support you. >> yeah. >> very nice. >> yeah, exactly. all right. so now if you are getting a little tired of the company that you are keeping while quarantined, well, we've got a solution for you. you can foster a furry friend. so many shelters have been hit hard because of the coronavirus pandemic, but people everywhere are stepping up to help animals find homes, including lisa marie presley and her family. they shared this picture of their foster puppy. that's her and her twins. they've taken in three dogs so far. lisa marie, just one of many opening their doors to animals in need. in fact, guys, new york city -- in new york city, people are adopting so many animals right now that shelters are running out of cats and dogs. a furry silver lining to these very strange times. you have to remember there are still animals out there that need help too. people are really stepping up.
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and finally, we have one of our favorite videos of the morning. with so many musicians and performers from all walks of life out of work right now, jazz musician chadlb decided to use the power of music to bring people together. take a look at this. ♪ ♪ how about that? ost d tted y lir btual band. chad telling us, quote, we're hoping our video spreads positive energy and encourages musicians to continue making music together in creative ways during this quarantine. chad says next, they'r chad is encouraging viewers to donate to help musicians during this tough time.
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everybody finding ways to fill the days. >> they are good. >> i could listen to that all day. janai, thanks so much. all for a good cause too. >> i can't find 18 friends who can all get together, figure out how to get on camera like that. >> talented, right? let's go back now to robin. >> hey, guys. did you know i played tenor sax? i played in high school. >> nice. you're going to bring that up tomorrow, right? >> that will be on "gma" to kick off our friday. >> okay. i do have my saxophone in the basement somewhere down here. in one of the back closets. maybe i'll pull it out, or maybe not. let's get to our "gma" cover story. >> that's a definite yes. >> why did i even bring that up? okay. the nba megastar -- megastar who is giving back to support his hometown in this time of need, houston rockets player and philanthropist, russell westbrook and his equally wonderful wife, nina, just launched a campaign with the los
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angeles mayor's office to help hard-hit local families, and russell is joining us from his home in l.a. right now. it is so good to see you, russell, and what you are doing. good morning, and tell everybody about this program and how it's going to help people. >> good morning, number one. i'm excited about it. it's a campaign that's something that will be from my foundation finding ways to give cash and give access to families and people that's in need, especially in a desperate time like this. >> yeah. it must mean a lot to you because you grew up in the l.a. area. so to be able to do something for people that you know and love, what does that mean to you? >> i mean, it's a blessing number one. i think you have been given a platform that you have to find ways to give to others, and i think that's the best way to be able to do it. obviously in times like this, you have to find ways to immediately impact as many people as possible, and i think
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this is the best way to do it thus far. >> and how can people help if they want to take part, and they want to donate, russell? how can they help? >> yeah. i think it's very easy. just text lalove to 21000. you can donate there, text it there, and be very easy and very simple to do. >> oh, yeah. i see -- don't you have why not on your hat? isn't that why not that i'm seeing? that's your foundation. >> oh, yeah. absolutely. >> that's been your mantra since high school when people said to you and your brother, you can't do this. you can't do that. you're, like, why not? so what else is it that you want to do with the foundation, and helping folks? you're already doing so much. >> yeah. well, my biggest thing now is to impact and inspire as many people as possible, and is that through giving back? is that through finding
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different channels whether it's through education, tech, obviously speaking and engaging. whatever it is, i'm trying to find more ways to give people hope, confidence, a sense of swagger to themselves that they can do and put their mind to do anything they want to do. >> i know, and you are so multifaceted and you have a beautiful family. i'm going to show some love to nina. you guys are college sweethearts and she played ball too. i want to show her some love there. so tell me, how has it been for the family during this time? they're not used to having you around the house this much. >> you know, you are right. it's been great. my kids, i'm pretty sure they are enjoying it so much. it's something that i really enjoy getting a chance to wake up with them every morning. it's something that i, you know, live for, and obviously my wife being home and me being home every single day to be able to
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help her with the daily duties that she's always been doing, doing an amazing job of raising our children while i'm away, and so i'm excited. i'm blessed to be home with the family, and i'm enjoying myself. >> now are you really helping out? don't make me ask nina. now are you really helping out around the house because you're there? >> you know what? i really have no choice. there's no real option. >> well, we saw -- we saw you doing the push-up challenge, and you had your son on your back like that. so you're just trying to find ways to connect? >> trying to find ways to connect to people, and finding ways to be able to bring all of us together, and if that's the push-up challenge with your kid on your back, i think we should all try it and kind of see what happens. my son's pretty big and pretty heavy, but we managed it. >> and next time have the twins. have your girls on. that would have been another way to go.
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>> right. >> russell, in all sincerity, thank you so much for you and nina, your foundation for what you are doing for the true difference. you're putting money, real money into people's hands when they need it the most, and so you take care. from my home to your home. >> thank you. >> be well, okay? >> appreciate it. >> take it easy. all right. appreciate having me on. >> any time, russell. any time. now let's go to ginger's home. hey, ginger. >> hey. from your home to ours. thank you, robin, and our "gma" moment comes from new york. i think it's a meme in the making. this would be quarantine day ten. that little corgi in new york city from gabrielle just doing the rounds. saying, just getting my exercise in is what a lot of us are all feeling like. we thought that was so much fun. would love for you to share your "gma" moments with us. go to my facebook or my instagram and drop it there so we can share a smile with the good morning. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist
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mike nicco. showers and thunderstorms today. not enough to warrant a storm impact scale. weekend rain up to half an inch and spring warmth next week. today, below average. upper 50s to low 60s in most neighborhoods. tonight, look at those mid to upper 30s inland. low to mid 40s around the bay. here is a look at my accuweather seven-day forecast. it will be chilly this weekend but it's not as an-day rain event. now to a special "deals & steals" dedicated to a good night of sleep, and helping small businesses. one in three adults don't get enough sleep according to the center for disease control, and that number is probably even higher in these uncertain times. catching enough zs has health benefits and can even boost the immune system. take a look. >> i wake up every morning at 3:00 a.m. >> i was up until 3:30. couldn't sleep last night. >> reporter: in these anxious times, we need sleep more than ever, and we need our immune
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system as an ally to maintain our health. a study led by the university of california at san francisco found that people who slept less than four hours a night were four times more likely to contract an infection. >> it helps you recover from infections. >> reporter: another study finds that proteins are released in your sleep to help your immune system kill cells infected with the virus. to stay healthy, experts advise adults get seven to eight hours of sleep, and kids get at least ten. >> sleep is an important health factor up there in the pillars of good health, up there with things like diet and exercise. >> now to those deals to help you get better sleep. tory johnson joins us from new york, and we are also giving a boost to small businesses that have been hit so hard. >> so first up, michael, we've got snuggle-pedic. we have a really incredible mattress.ed
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memory foam mattress. it delivers on three things we all could use, comfort, support and it keeps you cool. i'm also holding here my favorite -- brand-new favorite snuggle-pedic pillow. also a memory foam pillow. my sleep has not been so good, and this is just great because it adds an amount of comfort we could use right now. we have a good deal on both of these. >> what's the deal? >> everything is 50%. the pillows start at $30, and the mattresses up to the king size go up to $900, and on the mattresses, free shipping. >> free shipping, you cannot beat that. yes. you got to have pillow cases and all these other things from another small business. you have that for us as well, right? >> night helps us to lean in a little bit to self-care. they're very smooth satin pillow cases. just help your face feel a little bit better. for me, and i don't know about you, but for me, it was easier
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on my hair. we've got a really good deal on these. instead of the normal retail price, they're slashed to $20 with a 60% savings and also from night, free shipping. >> don't worry about that. it helps my hair too, keeps the waves going. and next, you got something for us to wear to bed. >> i like this company galleria. they make the most sort of beautiful satin pajamas. a lot of their products are sold in museum gift shops and small boutiques which are all closed right now, but you can still bring that beauty and comfort home. there's an enormous selection of robes, bottoms, tops. you can create your own style. they're $10 to $63 regularly. today they are all slashed in half, and it starts at $5 for this company. >> 5 bucks. and you know, tory, we love our slippers as well. you have slippers there. how can people show slipper love? >> robin's not alone. this is the new official footwear of my workplace from
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floopi. we have a variety of styles. they're very comfortable, and very durable for all day at home, and even when you take the dog outside or you get a little fresh air, they're good for out there too. they're normally $22, but today from this small business, they're slashed in half, $11. >> and next small business owner has a twist on the traditional neck pillow. tell us about that. >> yeah, sleeper scarf created by one woman, a mom, in california who liked to take naps everywhere. whether she was traveling or sitting in her office. so there's an inflatable pillow that you can make your desired firmness, and it has a wraparound scarf so you're comfortable everywhere, and instead of $40, it's $20. a savings of 50%, and the last one, michael, enzo is going to like this one. it's pup rug. so these look in the studio like kind of just runners, like, modern rugs, but they are actually memory foam beds to keep our furry best friends comfortable.
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>> wow. >> they are unbelievable. even when the kids get on the ground, they love them. they're true support and comfort. they normally start at $119. today they're slashed in half, $59.50, and free shipping and i want to give a quick shoutout to peepers. we had them on the other day. "gma" viewers enabled that company to donate 50,000 pairs of glasses. this is why i love small business. they are the heart of our communities in good times and bad, and we will keep supporting i will be ordering up that bed for my boy, enzo. when we come back, barbara corcoran will be here to tell us about small business and how we can help. we'll be right back. boy, enzo. when we come back, barbara corcoran will be here to tell us about small business and how we can help. we'll be right back.
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good morning north bay. >> good morning. san francisco photographer is changing up her photo shoots because of social distancing. she's taking photos of families through their windows. she started doing this a week ago during the shelter in place. >> i hope it reminds you on the times where it was bad but more about the times where you were never closer with your family at home. we have never been closer than right now. it's very tough and challenging. but still very close. >> mary and her family were the first suggebjects. people celebratiing life despit living within four walls.
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and welcome back to "gma." we want to bring back "shark tank's" barbara corcoran for advice for americans struggling to navigate these economic waters. at any moment, we're about to get likely historic unemployment numbers. just give us a quick tip on americans trying to navigate through this. >> i'm sorry, george. i was waiting for that big number. i have been eager for it all morning. of course, i'll give you a tip on how to navigate through it. there's a lot of people that feel they'll get great benefits from the government. it's good to have help from the government. but the weekly unemployment check, if you really think about it is only going to be $800 to $1,150, a lot more than people are used to, but it's not a lot of money. you haven't won the lottery. you have to learn to spread out your money, and make your mortgage payments and rent your number one priority.
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you do that because simply it's easier to replace a credit card than a home. lastly, you need to be understanding where you are spending your money. most people don't know where the money is going. you have to comb through all your bills, all your credit card statements to see where you are actually spending your cash, and then decide to only spend it on essentials. this is a time for self-restriction and discipline and that's the time we're in right here. >> barbara, we are just getting word. cnbc just reported the number is as bad as anybody could have expected. 3.28 million. just to put that in perspective for people, usually the weekly unemployment claims are about 200,000. that's what it was just about last week. the highest ever in history before was at the depth of the economic crisis back in 2008. that was just shy of 700,000. 3.2 million, and with that number, barbara, some people had a hard time getting through to the unemployment claims office.
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just give us your reaction. >> you know -- you know, george, i think we all have to take that number with a grain of salt. i believe the unemployment numbers are a lot -- lot worse than that. they are only using the numbers through march 12th, and as you know, most of the people laid off have been since march 12th. lots of jobs have been -- i think the number is $5 million to $6 million or 5 million to 6 million jobs since march 12th. these numbers are done through phone surveys which is fine to get a gathering of what people are saying, but they don't count the people in the unemployment line. that's not the basis of the numbers. some are not eligible, independent contractors don't apply. some people never apply. some people have run out of benefits and i believe the unemployment numbers are much higher than what's being reported. >> that's a point well taken. these are only numbers that came in through last saturday. it's likely everybody who was facing unemployment this week, those numbers will come in this week, and that means -- we'll
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move onto other questions from our viewers. but what we're likely to see is an unemployment rate ready to head into double digits. >> an unemployment rate should be much easily the double digits i'm afraid. the good news is the stimulus package i believe really will save the day. that's what it's intended to. it will give families the help they need, and small business the ability to stay afloat. it's been well thought through. it's been rushed through the government thank god, and we're hoping to get the passage tomorrow, but that package is going to really hit on all the sore spots of everyone in america. i think it's even handed and fair. >> okay, barbara, thanks. >> barbara, with all of this uncertainty, we have a lot of people with a lot of questions for you. we have one from millie. let's take a listen. >> hey, guys. i own a catering company, and we are in some crazy times right now. what would be the best way to use this stimulus money we're being promised without falling deeper into debt? uncle sam is going to want his currency back. >> millie, i think you're in the same spot as every small
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business. everybody is in a tough spot. if you are going to save your business, it's not going to be with the stimulus package, right? it's going to be through hard work and making really tough decisions. if you decide to take the stimulus package loan which is very favorable to small businesses as it's reported to be coming out, you're going to need to keep all your employees on your payroll. whoever they are, and re-hire the people you've already let go, and if you don't, that loan isn't going to be forgiven. you have to work like crazy to pay it back. i would think really long and hard before taking any money if you are not sure your business can pay it back. >> we have another question from jennifer. let's look. >> i own a small, luxury online jewelry boutique. every month we spend money to acquire new customers on facebook and instagram ads. we're wondering if we should cut our ads off completely or pivot the messaging to speak more about what's going on right now.
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what do you think? >> well, jennifer, lucky for you you're in a good position because you're in the luxury market, and in the luxury market, the customers have time on their hands as everyone else does, but everybody wants a great deal. so you have to make sure what you are offering is not your usual stuff, but a really great deal, and if you have the advertising dollars to still spend, consider yourself lucky. a lot of people don't. you still have to be very, very careful how you spend it. you should really be staying on top of facebook and instagram analytics and reporting to yourself daily what kind of return am i really getting? am i getting that bang for my buck if i'm spending these advertising dollars? but your business, if you hustle, give a discount and stay on top of your analytics, you are one of the lucky people that should sail through this hard time. >> barbara, we have one last question from mary grace who is an event planner here in the new york metro area. take a listen. >> because of the coronavirus outbreak, several of our events over the next few weeks and months have been postponed and canceled.
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i'm concerned about my employees who are paid on a 1099 basis, based on the hours they work at each event. how can i look out for them? >> well, mary grace, of course, you sound like you're a phenomenal boss, and i understand. i get it. i thought of all my people who work for me as my kids, and i felt responsible for them, but here's what i learned. you can only do so much. what you can do is you can be honest and direct with your employees and tell them like it is. just tell them like it is, and the good news for you right now which you might not be aware of yet is you have help coming your way through the new stimulus package because most people are included, including independent contractors, and that's never happened before. you should stay on top of what qualifies them for what benefits and keep them totally informed, and last, so importantly, you should stay in touch with them. you don't have to always give employees the answers they want to hear, but they want to be loved. they want to be cared for. they want to be in touch with you, and they want to keep the morale up, and you sound like just the person who's very able
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to do that. >> that is perfect and wonderful, and important advice. barbara corcoran, as always. thank you so much for helping us guide us through these tough times. >> thank you. coming up next, we have the one and only julie andrews. she's going to join us live. stay with us. we find a way through it. it's about taking care of each other. it's the small parts that make a big difference. at chevy, we promise to do ours. we're offering chevy owners complimentary onstar crisis assist services and wifi data. if you need a new chevy, interest-free financing for 84 months - with deferred payments for 120 days on many of our most popular models. you may even shop online and take delivery at home. it's just our way of doing our part...
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we welcome you back to "gma," and we have a very
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special guest joining us from her home this morning. she has starred in so many of our favorite movies that are perfect to watch right now as we look for comfort. so please welcome, as amy just said, the one and only julie andrews live from her home. always a privilege to have you on our show. you're looking so well. tell us, how are you doing? how are you and your family doing? >> we're just fine, thank you. we're being very good and we're observing all the rules and we're bonding as much as possible, and emailing and skyping and phoning and generally taking great care. thank you. >> taking great care and staying in touch with each other. so many of your classic movies are available on disney plus. "mary poppins," "sound of music," "princess diaries." they're all on disney plus.
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what julie andrews' movie would you recommend people watch? what would be the one you pick? >> i would say if you could find it, just any one of those might be just -- just fine, and there's just so much out there. i'm sure there are reruns going on all over the place somewhere. i know i'm watching a lot of rerun stuff. >> yeah, i think, julie we might have time for all of them these days. that's what i vote. you also have a children's series. >> thank you so much. that would be great. >> yeah. "julie's green room" is what it's called. this is a great binge for the whole family. tell us about that series. >> it was a series that i made for netflix, and if anybody wants to find it, it's on they can find our activities and watch all the reruns, and it's for children and adults, and moms and dads and grandmas. it's all about the arts.
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>> i love that, and you and your daughter, emma, are also launching a podcast right now for families called "julie's library." i know you have grandchildren of your own. how about this, julie, can you give us advice for those of us who have children at home? some of us have grandchildren at home. what can we be doing with them? >> oh, i think a lot. the podcast i hope which is being fast-tracked for this spring's release, i hope it will be something that the whole family can listen to. it will engage children, and i mean, this is the sort of thing that there's just so much out there at the moment, and people are being so wonderful and bonding. this is so much, to me, like world war ii in a way. i'm very much reminded of that because i was around at that time, believe it or not, and the sense of unity that it provides,
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and the way people do bond and get together is just phenomenal. >> and julie, people of all ages feel like they grew up with you. you really are a source of comfort for so many of us. >> thank you. >> is there a message you want to share with everyone in these strange times we're living in right now? >> yes, of course, i do. i would love to -- of course, i send my fondest love to everyone, and stay safe. follow the rules. be compassionate and kind if you can, which i just was talking about. i think everybody is. keep in touch. reach out when you find a way, the way you can keep touch which is what i'm doing as much as possible. >> well, we love the fact of all those things. all those things are important to each and every one of us. i'm curious. as you quarantine yourself at home, what are some of the favorite things for you to watch, for you to eat, for you to do? what are you doing with your
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time? >> well, i overeat i'm afraid. a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches going on at this house, and cups of tea, but what am i watching? mostly of course, at the moment for myself i'm watching governor cuomo who i think is being phenomenal, and sane and great for us all, and watching the news mostly, but reruns and anything else i can get my hands on. it's a strange, strange time. and then the other thing i'm doing is working with my daughter on the podcast, on writing a new children's book. so many things. i'm in touch also with the thing i promote all the time, a wonderful relief agency, operation usa that is now going
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full tilt into obviously masks and gloves and gowns and anything that they can manage to help others. it's a very good organization, operation usa. >> and you're always thinking of others, miss andrews. one final request. can we just hear you say, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, as only you can say it. please? >> you would rather that than that or supercal backwards? a spoonful of peanut butter helps the medicine go down in this house. >> i love it. >> perfect. >> i love it. >> fantastic. >> well done. >> thank you for making us feel better. >> sorry about my dogs. it's crazy outside. >> julie andrews, such a pleasure. >> yes.
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>> already feel better today. >> thank you. take care of yourselves and good luck. thank you for all that you do. i mean, you're our lifesavers at the moment. >> we appreciate that. thank you so much. >> thank you very much. we want to head over now to ginger who is in her home as well. ginger? >> yes. is there anything miss andrews can do for pollen and allergies? i feel that's got to be happening here. this is the pollen report sponsored by zyrtec. we have to dive into the pictures. courtney keeps me updated on north carolina. this is seven lakes, north carolina. that would be pollen on the edge of the lakes, and here are the numbers. overall, pollen has spread as far north as denver in the high category over to kansas city right through new jersey, and then the tree pollen has crept up into the mid-atlantic, but the really heart of it is atlanta back to say, houston. so if you are sneezing, you're probably not alone. all right. that's the big picture. good morning. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist mike nicco. after a chilly start, temperatures in the upper 50s, a
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few popup showers and isolated thunderstorms. more rain this weekend. and this afternoon, be sure to tune into our 1:00 p.m. special coverage, "pandemic: what you need to know." a walmart executive joins us to tell us what they're doing the help customers get through this. plus, four easy tips to keep the peace in your household. and coming up next right here on "gma," we have singer zz ward performing live. ♪ "gma's" pollen report is sponsored by the makers of zyrtec. zyrtec, muddle no more.
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♪ ♪ welcome back to "gma." we have a special musical guest with us this morning. we are joined by chart-topping singer and song writer, zz ward live from los angeles.
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her last album, "the storm," debuted at number one on the billboard blues chart, and she's going to perform a new song for us in a moment. zz, thank you so much for joining us, and first off, i want to ask. you kicked off your u.s. tour. sold-out dates all around the nation. then everything got postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. what are you doing to keep yourself busy now that you are at home, and in isolation? >> well, we're all in this together. i have been home, you know, i have been home working on finishing my record, and i have also been creating some really fun recipes while i have been in quarantine here in l.a. so that's been, you know, we have a lot of time to cook now. so it's definitely been getting into cooking more. >> same. i have been doing the same thing because there's nothing else to do, right? you released three new songs this year. the first tract sense your last album. tell us about your new music. >> yeah. so i put out two songs earlier
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this year, and we decided to put a new one out today, and i'm going to share it with you guys because i think, you know, we're all asking ourselves right now what we can do to help, and for me, this is a song that i can kind of give to people to share some hope with them. so the new one i'm going to play today is called "the dark." >> how about this? this is zz ward performing her brand-new song "the dark." so take it away. ♪ ♪ backwoods lighter, pull my hood up, breathe those dreams inside of me ♪ ♪ i see fire so i look up ♪ on these california streets
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♪ all my life i been running toward the fight ♪ ♪ oh, lord when i die make my life a lullaby ♪ ♪ till that long good night keep my fire burning like a star ♪ ♪ i'm not afraid of the dark ♪ too many years that i've wasted and now i can't slow down ♪ ♪ i'm just so scared that i'm fading i just can't slow down ♪ ♪ nocturnal beast, born in the east, raised in a small town ♪ ♪ too late to slow down, down, down ♪ ♪ oh, lord when i die make my life a lullaby ♪ ♪ till that long good night, keep my fire burning like a star ♪ ♪ i'm not afraid of the dark
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♪ i'm not afraid at all ♪ oh, lord, when i die, make my life -- when i die ♪ ♪ keep my fire burning like a star ♪ ♪ i'm not afraid of the dark ♪ i'm not afraid "gma's" spring concert series is sponsored by the makers of zyrtec. zyrtec, muddle no more.
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a big thank you to zz ward, and a big thanks to you guys for watching. >> yeah. everyone, have a great day. we will see you tomorrow.
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let's get u and g going. >> this vta stopped all light rail service until further notice after a trainee operatoror covi. officials said all vta operators are being told to isolate themselves until they can be tested. thank you. vitamin d waiting for you outside. look at all that sunshine. we have popup showers today and cooler than average temperatures and high pollen if you are going to venture outside. 58 to 63 is our spread. here is what's going to happen this weekend. a more potent storm coming down with half an inch of rain with rain then showers. not a steady rain but going to be gray and cooler. a one on the storm impact scale. >> thanks. it's time for "live with kenlke kelly and ryan." have a great day.
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