Country preparing for the worst in handling coronavirus cases

Teams set up a makeshift morgue outside New York’s Bellevue Hospital, something they did during 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy.
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Good evening. It's great to have you with us on another night of consequential news in the fight against the coronavirus. You will hear from patients, their symptoms, doctors and nurses. Tonight in New York City, at least 13 patients dying at the same hospital. New York's governor saying given the numbers and what they're seeing, they do not expect this to peak for about three weeks. This is one of the first hot spots, New York. Other communities will come next. Tonight, in one week's time, we've gone from 7,700 reported cases to 62,000. More than half of all Americans under the stay at home orders. New York state, an increase of 5,000 cases in 24 hours. And New York City preparing for the worst. This makeshift morgue going up outside Bellevue hospital. And testing is still hard to get in many places. Reports of people waiting several days for results. The National Guard at this site in Chicago. Sailors aboard the mercy preparing to receive patients when they dock in Los Angeles in the coming days. Tonight, the symptoms from this. We hear from patients across the country. The biggest stimulus bill ever. How much will the checks be worth, and how long will unemployment be extended? Tom llamas leads us off from new York tonight. Reporter: Tonight, a grim sign this pandemic is far from over. Teams setting up a makeshift morgue outside of New York's Bellevue hospital. Something they did during 9/11 and hurricane sandy. Overnight, at least 5,000 new cases in the state. At one hospital alone, 13 dying in just 24 hours. The hospital saying the virus is taking a terrible toll. But one sliver of hope. Extreme social distancing measures may be working. The rate of hospitalization slowing slightly. This is a very good sign and a positive sign. Again, I am not 100% sure it holds or is accurate but the arrows are headed in the right direction. Reporter: But governor Cuomo says we're still weeks away from hitting the peak in New York City, a scenario which could collide with the president's new timeline, proposing to ease restrictions by Easter Sunday, that's April 12th. What a great timeline this would be. Easter is our timeline. What a great timeline. Reporter: But even the nation's top health experts recommending not committing to any date. Thanchts that's really very flexible. We just had a conversation in the oval office. You can look at a date but you have to be very flexible on it. Literally a day by day basis. You need to evaluate the feasibility of what you are trying to do. Reporter: New York, the epicenter in the U.S., still in need of more space and more supplies. Four field hospitals under way, and still a need for those critical life-saving devices, ventilators. The governor announcing 11,000 are on the way but he needs a total of 30,000. Cuomo saying they may do what Italy did, split the ventilator. One device, two patients. We are exploring splitting where one ventilator can do two patients. Italy has had to do this because they were forced to do it. Reporter: Those ventilators desperately needed for patients like 25-year-old jack Allard from New Jersey, who is in a medically induced coma. This virus is really dangerous. He's very, very sick. Reporter: The 26-year-old former lacrosse player woke up with back aches and a fever nearly a week ago. He never vaped. They kept asking us that. He took his health very seriously. I mean, he's an athlete. Reporter: Jack's doctors now trying an experimental drug for ebola. His family hoping it will save him. In New York City, 46% of coronavirus cases are people aged 18 to 44. The virus hitting all ages. 62% of deaths are men. And 54% of people who die from the virus are over 75. That's why in Woodbridge, new Jersey, today, more than 90 residents had to be transferred after an outbreak in this nursing home. The U.S. Naval hospital ship the mercy, heading towards los Angeles today. The medical crew onboard preparing beds and equipment to handle a surge of up 1,000 patients offshore. And tonight a new effort to help from North Carolina to Colorado. Veterinarians now donating medical equipment including ventilators. This is just one more example of the one health and us being able to partner with our colleagues on the human side. Reporter: New hot Zones now popping up across the country. Tonight, disaster declarations for Texas and Louisiana. In New Orleans, mardi gras just weeks ago. A celebration with massive crowds and days of partying may be one reason the coronavirus is now spreading faster than anywhere else on the planet. My ems department, over 50% of my people are now on quarantine. And so while we've unlocked additional resources at the state level, the state can no longer go on without additional -- without federal assistance at this time. Reporter: And the virus now taking its toll on first responders. It's very personal. Each and every day I get a report, and the numbers climb. This is the New York City police department. Due to the current health emergency -- Reporter: In New York, more than 200 members of the NYPD have been infected with the virus. In Detroit, at least two officers have died. And for the army of Americans working to keep up with a new surge in home deliveries, cases of the virus now reported in nine Amazon warehouses. This is being felt across the country. Back with Tom llamas. You just reported on this, and this is just as they prepare for the worst, knowing the peak is still weeks off. Reporter: We want to be very clear. This is only temporary, and they're doing it because it's a public health crisis and state of emergency in New York. There are five morgues in new York, but they want to plan for the worst. And one major hospital here in New York, sending a memo to its doctors and nurses, saying this is the humanitarian mission of our lifetime. Tom, thank you. We know so many of you at

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