Transcript for Over 5M US COVID-19 cases as debate continues over kids safety at schools
All right. We'll begin with the latest on the coronavirus emergency. The United States now reporting more than 5 million cases across the country, deaths now exceeding 162,000 after another 5 straight days of over 1,000 daily deaths, robin. So we'll talk to one of the top public health experts later this morning. But first Steve osunsami has the latest from Atlanta. A massive testing site is opening near the airport to help. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, robin. They are setting up that megatesting site behind me right now. They're expected to process 5,000 covid-19 tests per day when this is all set up expecting 500 people today who had to religionster by appointments H is happening at the Atlanta airport in a parking lot that has remained empty because the kr has seriously diminished air travel started in part by Georgia's governor who has taken heat for not doing enough to combat the coronavirus. The coronavirus is bringing a new and frustrating milestone to the United States this morning. More than 5 million diagnosed covid-19 cases. A new report from the American academy of pediatrics coming with the start of the school year says nearly 339,000 of reported cases are in children and nearly 100,000 children in just the last two weeks of July. In the Georgia high school where last week this photo of a cowed hallway through around the internet raising both questions and alarms just two days into the school year nine students and staff members have now tested positive for the virus. The school sent a letter to parents at home announcing that they're temporarily switching to digital learning for at least two days while they clean the school. Hannah Watters was one of the students who took the photo. She and another student temporarily suspended until the school district reversed the decision. It was worse than I thought it would be because I thought more kids would be wearing masks and I thought social distancing would be attempted in the school, but it wasn't. Reporter: At another school district in suburban Atlanta more than 470 students and staff members were asked to quarantine after at least 19 students and six staff members tested positive. Schools in New York state are struggling with these decisions too and are trying to open for their families. 9 state was once the epicenter of the pandemic and the governor is saying yes to in-person learning in the fall as long as rates stay low. New York City will need to have their opening plans approved by the straight including mandatory face coverings for everyone. Good news, all schools can re-open again. We have the best infection situation in the country. If any state can do it, this state can do it. Reporter: All across the country there is still concern over the spread of disease at large events. Over the weekend in Sturgis, South Dakota, tens of thousands crowded Ang annual motorcycle rally. We'll say you ride free, you take risk, calculate them, be safe. We don't want anybody to get Reporter: In Texas Harley's father got sick and died Friday. He was 59 years old. My dad was a strong hard-working Latino man who loved his family, who loved his wife, who loved his kids, who loved his granddaughter. He put his family first before himself till the very end. Reporter: In California 16-year-old Frankie's mother said it was a plasma infusion that saved her son's life. Without that person donating the plasma, you know, Frankie couldn't be able to sit with me right now. Reporter: There are testing centers like this one opening across the country. Here test something free. You can come no matter what your symptoms are. This one will be open until August 26th.
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