COVID-19 crisis grows dire along US-Mexico border

Texas is fast approaching 500,000 confirmed cases and many hospitals in communities near the Mexico border are stretched to the limit.
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school district, everybody having a different poise we're trying to figure it all out. In the last 24 hours, get this, the united nations showing 51,000 new cases and 1,400 deaths, that includes Texas. The situation is dire in Texas right now. That state is fast approaching half a million cases if many hospitals near the border, they are stretched to the limit. Marcus Moore is live at a convention center now transferred into a field hospital. Good morning, Marcus. Reporter: Amy, good morning. Dozens of people are recovering from covid-19 in that field hospital behind me. It can hold up to 250 people. This morning health officials are racing to respond to a growing crisis along the border. This morning, covid-19 ravageing the u.s.-mexico border and threatening the additional return-to-school across the there is nothing normal about what is happening in the Rio grande valley. Roughly half the bed here are for coronavirus patients, including in the delivery ward. They show them to me and right away they took him. Reporter: This new mom has only seen her baby through her smartphone in the delivery. It's not a good feeling, especially for me, I'm being a first time mom. In Texas, sfashlsing the number of babies testing positive for covid doubled in weeks. Nearby star county memorial is almost at capacity, transferring patients out as far as 700 miles away, heartache stretches just as far in this border community. This pastor lost four relatives to covid-19 in just two weeks, including Sarah his wife of nearly 49 years. She spent 21 days in the hospital before passing away. Her family not allowed to be by her side in those final moments. I would give my life for her. No doubt. That's how much I love my wife. It's very real? It's very real. I see it's real. You got to take precautions. Reporter: The situation is so dire in the region, a field hospital set up in and visiting doctors asking an urgent plea for help. Doctors across the country dealing with an anti-science sentiment. Dr. Anthony Fauci discussing death threats against his family in this Harvard medical live stream. I wouldn't imagine in my wildest dream people who object to things that are pure public health principles are so set against it and don't like what you and I say namely in the word of science that they actually threaten you. Reporter: In California, the mayor of Los Angeles threatening to cut water and power to any homes or businesses hosting large gatherings in investigation of health orders. Hours after that stern warning, this crowded wedding party kicked off in one of the city's largest neighborhoods. Large groups dancing, partying up close. Most not wearing masks. These large house parties have essentially become nightclubs in the hills. Beyond the noise, traffic and nuisance, these large parties are unsafe. Reporter: In the ra is to find a vaccine, the U.S. Government announcing a $1 billion investment in pharma giant johnson&johnson as per 100 million doses for vaccines for clinical trials. There is hope it can't come soon enough. Hope. Thank you so much.

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