Some states reopen as US death toll passes 50K

At least 10 states have started to reopen some businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic as officials in other states like Maryland warn it's too early.
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Some great news, Amy, that's right. You're looking live at the "Usns comfort." That is the last patient on the ship was discharged over the weekend. That ship is getting ready to set sail again. That is such encouraging news. George, good morning to you. It sure is, robin. Good morning to you. We're seeing that curve go down in New York, a sign of real progress here. Here's the latest from across the country right now. The United States now is reporting more than 965,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, closing in on a million. More than 100,000 people have recovered from the virus. Yes, have recovered. And we're going to begin our coverage in New York where officials are revealing a phased approach to re-opening. Tom llamas is outside the "Unsn comfort" with the latest. Good morning, Tom. Reporter: Robin, good morning in a sign things are turning around here in New York, as you mentioned, the naval hospital ship "The comfort" expected to depart as early as this week. The ship treated nearly 200 patients over three weeks and as you mentioned the last one being discharged just yesterday, this as we're seeing growing signs across the country that we're entering a new phase of this pandemic. This morning, a tale of two Americas. One opening for business, the other still under stay-at-home orders. In Georgia, the options are growing. First gyms, nail salons and barber shops, and today movie theaters can open along with restaurants with limited dine-in service. Our phones won't stop ringing. Reporter: States like south Carolina, Oklahoma and Alaska also slowly opening for business. Today they'll get more company. Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Minnesota, Colorado, and Montana all launching limited re-openings. But some are wondering at what cost. The U.S. Death toll from covid-19 now surpassing 50,000. This hit our community like a bomb. When it hit people were dying. It's scary to me. I ask people why you don't have masks on. Reporter: In California crowds flocking to open Orange county beaches amid the heat wave. This is America! Reporter: In San Diego police arresting at least at least protestors for violating stay-at-home orders. In Chicago police investigating after a video surfaced showing a crowded house party. Across the country, demonstrators rallying. Armed protestors in St. Paul, and scenes like this in Providence and Las Vegas. In states like Maryland which saw its deadliest day over the weekend, the governor warning it's too early. I want to get our economy open but in a safe way. Reporter: Michigan's governor defending her extension of the state's stay-at-home order until may 15th. We know no one wants a second wave. It would be devastating for the health of our people and our economy so we've got to be really smart as we reengage. Reporter: In New York, the epicenter of the outbreak where the death toll is nearing 17,000, governor Cuomo announcing a two-phased plan to re-open the state without setting a date. Nobody is giving anybody a Reporter: Robust testing still a problem. Dr. Deb bra birx saying the U.S. Still needs a breakthrough in innovation when it comes to rapidly testing people. May return to a whole new type of office with instructions and boundaries everywhere. Desks will be further apart. We'll see hopefully color are coding on the floor as to where you walk and where you don't walk. Reporter: This real estate company testing new layouts to make sure employees are safe in the workplace. The one thing I can tell you for sure is that the new normal will be anything but normal. Reporter: Now, as states and businesses slowly start to re-open, there is one aspect of these measures we may have to be living with for several more months. Dr. Birx who we just heard from in our report says social distancing is likely to stay in place through the summer, George. Yeah, we're waiting for the recalibration of those guidelines on may 1st. Okay, Tom, thanks very much.

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