Transcript for Rate of COVID-19 hospitalization in New York goes down
And we have made it through another week together. Tonight, even as the death toll continues to grow, another horrific 24 hours in New York alone. 7,700 lives lost in one day. There are still much needed signs tonight that the curve might be flattening. But the governor of New York is urging caution, and president trump tonight on the decision of when and how to get America back to work, acknowledging, I know I've got make the biggest decision of my life. Every night, of course, we bring you the numbers here this evening the coronavirus has taken the lives of more than 18,000 people in this country. More than 2,000 at in the last 24 hours. In New York City, the difficult images tonight, the morgues are so full they have acknowledged they're burying unclaimed bodies on hart island at a much faster pace. What we learned about patients in the icu. More patients leaving than arriving in New York. But across the country, numbers surging. Boston's convention center. An emotional Massachusetts governor Charles baker warning there are a very difficult couple op weeks ahead. Texas governor Greg Abbott saying we have not yet reached the peak. The long lines growing longer tonight for food across the country. And what will it take to get America back open on the other side of this? Every night we have been reporting on testing from antibodies, immunity for Americans who might have been exposed, not knowing. Could Americans be carry some sort of proof they have immunity from the virus. What Dr. Anthony Fauci said about that today. We'll carefully get through it all tonight. We begin with ABC's whit Johnson here in New York. Reporter: Tonight, inside these heart hit icus, finally a promising sign. For the first time since the outbreak began in New York, more people leaving those intensive care units than going in. The rate of hospitalizations down. As someone who searches for solace in all this grief, the leveling off of the number of lives lost is a somewhat hopeful sign. Reporter: The death toll slightly lower but appearing to hold steady at a staggering loss -- 777 people dying in the last 24 hours. Morgues filling so quickly, crews are digging more space at hart island, the city's cemetery to bury unclaimed bodies. The crisis playing out in maternity wards. Inside maimonides hospital in Brooklyn, the scare of a lifetime for iris Nolasco. Diagnosed with covid-19, 30 weeks pregnant, doctors ordering an emergency c-section. I just prayed to god to protect my baby and the people that I had a home. I thought that I would die then. Reporter: Her next memory special but short lived. The sound of her baby girl crying. But doctors immediately separating the two, taking the newborn away to the NICU to shield her from the virus. The only way I've seen my baby is through a camera. And I was able to open it 24/7 and see how my baby is doing -- breathing, smiling sometimes, yawning. Reporter: Iris, connected to her daughter through a baby monitor only. Little Isabella Michelle, still in the hospital but improving. Iris is now recovering at home, hoping their first official meeting is just days away. I just hope that I'll be able to hold her and then just protect her. Once this is over, I just want to spend every second with her and create that bond that we are missing now. Reporter: Tonight, as we've been reporting, a terrible toll on African-Americans in this country. And in New York City, 34% of coronavirus deaths in the Latino community. For millions of Americans, life on hold. But the message, stay home and stay the course. It's really about the encouraging signs that we see, but as encouraging as they are, we have not reached the peak. Reporter: But still an emergency in so many cities. Today the Detroit convention center turned field hospital now treating covid patients. The state now taking more drastic steps, banning travel between homes starting tomorrow. Our most vulnerable citizens are dying in helpless manner. Reporter: In Maryland, the governor warning there are tough days ahead. We are ramping up the curve. This is going to be one of our most dangerous times ever this weekend and over the next week Reporter: But in Florida, which was slower than other states to order restrictions, the governor considering reopening schools in may. And saying this. This particular pandemic is one where I don't think nationwide there's been a single fatality under 25. For whatever reason it just doesn't seem to threaten, you know, kids. Reporter: But the CDC saying at least 8 people under 24 have died in the U.S. States reporting two infants, two teenagers, and young adults among the victims. Like 22-year-old Israel sauz, who died a short time week after he and his wife welcomed a new baby. Tonight the white house confirming the president is creating a task force focused on reopening the country, saying he'll announce early next week members of the medical and business communities will help decide how to move forward. And I've got to make the biggest decision of my life. And I've only started thinking about that. I mean, you know, I have made a lot of big decisions over my life. You understand that. This is by far the biggest decision of my life. Because I have to say, okay, let's go. This is what we're going to do. Reporter: But on the front lines, the battle continues to save lives. Right here yesterday, we met nurse Mary Kate Funaro, working in the same Brooklyn icu where her father, a physician, was being treated for covid-19. She was caring for others, not him. Difficult for both. Of course I was not able to go in the his room because I didn't want to cross contaminate. And I waved from him outside the glass. Reporter: Tonight, her dad on the other side of the glass, like so many health-care workers jumping back in to fight. Was there ever a thought you might not make it. I had many thoughts like that. I just could not breathe. Quite frankly I was trying. But on top of that, to see my daughter at the same time was very difficult. We're glad to see him back and well, and the fact that father and daughter watched each other through that glass, what a powerful thing. I want the get back to the what the president said today, what he acknowledged would be his most difficult decision about how and when to re-open this country. He was asked about reports of new federal projections if stay at home ordered were lifted after these 30 days. Reporter: David, those projections reported by "The new York Times" showed there would be a dramatic spike in infections if those orders were lifted. President trump saying he hadn't seen them but that he would listen to his medical experts and in the end, make his own decision. David? Whit Johnson leading us off on a Friday night. Thank you.
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