Transcript for More than 10,000 New Yorkers have been killed by COVID-19
It's great to be back with you on this Monday night. America remains in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. A new and grim milestone, every state reporting deaths from the virus. Just moments ago, the president defending his decision making during the pandemic. 24 hours after Dr. Fauci was pressed, could more lives have been saved? He said yes. He went over his answer again just moments ago. Tonight, across America, the coronavirus has taken more than 23,000 lives. In New York, more than 10,000 but the daily toll flattening, but at a deadly level. 671 deaths on Easter Sunday alone. And new hospitalizations falling each day. Governor Cuomo saying the worst is over if we continue to be smart with social distancing. Inside a New York City hospital. What they're seeing right now. Sobering words from Charlie baker of Massachusetts, bracing for the worst week yet. And Tom wolf saying the surge in Pennsylvania will not come until next week. And the deadly tornado outbreak on Easter Sunday. And the hit from Texas to north Carolina destroying homes. So many families trying to protect themselves forced to seek shelter together. Here's Tom llamas from New York. Reporter: Tonight, nearly a month since the first person died in New York from covid-19, governor Andrew Cuomo confronting a horrific milestone -- more than 10,000 new yorkers now dead from coronavirus. The terrible news is as terrible as it gets. This is 671 people who passed away on Easter Sunday. Reporter: But even during this darkness, some light. Fewer new yorkers are being hospitalized. Fewer are being put on and though the death toll remains staggering, now fewer people are dying. Those numbers say we can control the spread. Feel good about that. The worst is over. Yeah, if we continue to be smart going forward. Reporter: At mt. Sinai hospital in queens, Dr. Eric blutinger has seen a change. Just one week ago, the hospital was besieged. I'm about ready to walk into the E.D. We'll see what the situation is like. I heard that our volume is just exploding. Reporter: Scenes like this played out in icus around the city. This is totally crazy. Everyone is covid positive in these hallways. All you hear is oxygen. Reporter: But when we spoke to Dr. Blutinger today, he, too, was sounding encouraged. Certainly it does feel like we are slowly turning the corner. Reporter: But as New York cases plateau and places like Philadelphia level off, other parts of the country are seeing spikes. In Massachusetts, governor Charlie baker with a warning. Today is the beginning of what we expect will be a very difficult period. Reporter: Among the hardest hit -- the elderly. More than 800 people died in Massachusetts. Nearly 45% were in nursing My dad's in one of those facilities, so I take this stuff pretty seriously. Reporter: The virus now claiming lives in all 50 states. In Chicago, a somber procession for a firefighter. In New York City, word 21 teachers have died. Across the country, grocery store workers, now essential to all of us, are paying a price. Their largest union now reporting at least 30 have perished. This is about life and death. Workers are exposed and dying. Reporter: In South Dakota, one of the nation's largest pork processing plantutting down after nearly 240 workers tested positive. But weeks into this crisis, the conversation now turning to how and when the country can reopen. The governor of Texas was blunt. This is not going to be a rush to the Gates, everybody is able to suddenly reopen all at once. Reporter: The director of the CDC saying the first step is widespread testing. Something that is not yet available. We're going to need to have that aggressively employed as we begin to reopen. And to basically prevent the opportunity for community transmission to come back into the system. Reporter: Governor Cuomo also preparing for his state to take the next step. You'll start to open that valve on that economic activity and you'll turn that valvey slowly. And while you're opening that valve, watch the meter. What's the meter? The meter is the infection rate. And if you see that infection rate start ticking up, which would be undermining everything we have accomplished thus far, then you know you've opened the valve too fast. Reporter: New York now banding together with six other states to develop a joint plan to reopen the east coast. Out west, the governors of Washington, Oregon, and California forming a similar strategic alliance. But in Washington, president trump -- who resisted calls to impose a national lockdown -- tweeting that when it comes to reopening the country, "It is the decision of the president." Cuomo making it clear the road to recovery will be long. It's not going to be we flick a switch and everybody comes out of their house and gets in the their car and hugs and waves at each other and the economy all starts up. I would love to say that's gonna happen. It's not going to happen that way. It can't happen that way. Tom llamas with us again tonight, live in New York. President trump saying he has the ultimate authority about when the country reopens. But there are groups of governors on both coasts coordinating. And governor Cuomo said it's not like flipping a switch. And when we reopen, there will be new infections. Reporter: That's the big fear between a lot of governors. They don't want to see new spikes. I was on a conference call, they all want to work together, and work with the president, but they say they're ultimately responsible for their own states. Oregon, Washington, and California, tomorrow the governor of California saying he will release a detailed plan of when he wants to reopen. So many in California looking forward to that news. Tom, thank you. Of course, all of this as the deadly tornadoes ripped
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