US cases of COVID-19 reach 1 million

In New York, the number of new hospitalizations dipped below 1,000 for the first time in more than a month as the state looks at ways to reopen.
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Can the family get it from the pet? Good evening. America at a crossroads. So many states making difficult decisions, do we reopen, and how quickly? Tonight, the CDC warning in the weeks ahead if we don't keep strong social distancing, deaths are likely to continue to rise. All of this amid the sobering milestone tonight, the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. Topping 1 million. One-third of all cases worldwide. More than 58,000 lives lost, 2,000 in the last 24 hours. The urgent push for testing. As communities prepare to reopen. Long lines for tests in new York, people keeping their distance. Testing in Massachusetts, where the outbreak is still at the they've extended their warning, urging families to stay home for at least three more weeks. The effort to reach the African-American community, free testing in this underserved neighborhood in north Philadelphia. And in Georgia, restrictions lifted on restaurants. More than 100 new deaths there in the last 48 hours. And the worries about the food supply in this country. President trump ordering the plants to stay open. But many asking, how will that work with thousands of workers infected with the virus. And how could this affect prices at the grocery store? We'll get to it all carefully for you tonight. We begin with Tom llamas right here in New York. Reporter: Today, as the number of American coronavirus cases tops 1 million, the staff at one of New York's hardest hit hospitals gathering outside for a moment of unity. Soaring overhead, the air force thunderbirds and the Navy's blue angels, saluting the essential workers who have sacrificed so much. We've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly in all of this. And the good is beautiful. Reporter: In New York today, for the first time in more than a month, the number of new hospitalizations dipping below 1,000. Down 70% since the peak several weeks ago. The governor now examining ways to reopen the state at the epicenter of this crisis. We want to reopen. But we want to do it without infecting more people or overwhelming the hospital system. Reporter: Public health experts say the key to that is testing. Today in Manhattan, a two-hour wait outside this urgent care center offering tests for coronavirus and antibodies. This long line is proof that testing remains an issue in places like New York and it's not just at this single location. We're seeing and hearing about lines all over the city. The lack of testing, a problem throughout this pandemic. Mia rungin says her sister Rana, a New York City school teacher, was turned down twice before she finally got a test. It was positive. Rana fought the virus in the hospital for a month. Monday, she lost her battle. Now in Philadelphia, an effort to expand testing in underserved African-American communities. Hi, how are you? I'm Dr. Dupree. Can I see your form? Reporter: 200 cars of people packing this church parking lot. Some came on foot, sitting in chairs, six feet apart. Dr. Stanford explaining to her team why increased testing is so important to stopping the spread of covid-19 in the community. We had a police officer, positive, protecting and serving and he's going out and he's positive. Reporter: Governors across the country begging the trump administration to help them expand testing. Feeling the pressure, the president announced he's ramping up federal efforts. We want to get our country open, and the testing is not going to be a problem at all. Reporter: The administration says they want to make sure states are able to test at least 2% of the population. Some experts say that's not nearly enough. Vice president Mike pence today traveling to meet with doctors at the mayo clinic. He didn't wear a mask, even though the clinic says they informed his staff that was the policy. Tonight, parts of the country continue to reopen. Georgia setting the pace with restaurants now welcoming customers to sit down and have a meal. Beauty salons open for business. It all makes terrica parks shake her head. The mother of two survived the coronavirus, and thinks it's way too soon for Georgia to reopen. It's impossible to practice social distancing in a nail shop. Reporter: Alabama, where covid cases are rising, isn't moving to reopen as quickly, but things are moving. Today, governor Kay Ivey announcing many businesses can open at the end of the week, at a reduced capacity. Restaurants, still takeout for now. In California, where the battle is still hard fought, governor Gavin Newsom says the state will eventually reopen slowly, in phases. We believe we are weeks, not months away from making meaningful modifications. Reporter: For the country, and for patients, the road to recovery is long. And tonight, we're hoping for more endings like this. In Detroit, Dr. Scott Kaatz, who treated some of the hospital's first covid patients, finally heading home himself. Tom, back with us tonight. We talk about this every evening, testing is so important to reopen the country. And Dr. Fauci saying the testing situation in the U.S. Isn't perfect by any means? Reporter: He says the testing issue in the U.S. Is not perfect, but we'll get there. He said by the end of may, early June, everyone who needs a test should get one. As you can see with the line behind me, people in New York have been waiting hours, and they don't want to wait until may, or June.

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