US COVID testing crisis as virus spread continues

Leaders in Arizona called the long testing lines a disgrace as states’ top health officials issued new warnings of severe coronavirus outbreaks.
5:03 | 07/10/20

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Good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy Thursday night. We do have a lot to get to. The supreme court and that blow to president trump. He is responding tonight. That tropical storm just named. Warnings just up in the east. But we are going to begin with the coronavirus, because this is a worsening situation with cases now rising in 36 states. Ten states seeing record hospitalizations. And take a look at this graph tonight. We took note of it from "The new York Times." The steep increase in cases since reopening. Florida up 1,300% in a matter of weeks. Arizona up 858% in cases. South Carolina, 99 9%. Texas, 680%. Georgia up 245%. Many of these states opening early. Some stepping the guidance. The numbers tonight, more than 3 million confirmed cases in the U.S. Nearly 133,000 lives have now been lost. Nearly 900 more lives lost in just the past 24 hours. Florida's hospitals tonight under stress. You're going to hear from the nurses tonight. In Arizona, 1 in 3 people being tested are testing positive. Look at this line. Families in their cars waiting for hours just for a test. The mayor of Phoenix saying, we're in a crisis, we need more resources. And the governor of Arizona, who has not addressed the public in more than a week now, speaking just moments ago. And so, we begin with Matt Gutman leading us off. Reporter: Tonight, in car after car, the nation's covid testing crisis on full display in Phoenix. A public health failure stretching as far as the horizon. Moments ago, Arizona's governor saying -- I also want to emphasize that you are safer at home at ts time. Reporter: Three generations of keona Cole's family in that line before 1:00 A.M. Is it worth spending a night in a car with an 80-year-old? Yes? I say yeah. Reporter: Yeah? Reporter: Yeah, because it's our lives, you know, and the lives of our families that we have to protect. Reporter: People started lining up here before 1:00 A.M., and there's a reason for that. This testing site does not require insurance or an appointment, which is why this line already goes down for miles as far as the eye can see. And those numbers. The sun belt states that may have reopened too quickly, Arizona, Texas and Florida, this graph by "The New York Times" showing a jaw-dropping nearly 1,400% increase in average daily covid cases compared to when the state reopened about two months ago. Dr. Anthony Fauci warning states with severe outbreaks should seriously look at shutting down, telling fivethirtyeight's podcast-19 that some opened too fast. Despite the guidelines and the recommendations to open up carefully and prudently, some states skipped over those and just opened up too quickly. Certainly Florida, I know, you know, I think jumped over a couple of checkpoints. Reporter: More than a quarter of everyone tested in miami-dade testing positive. Icu beds are scarce and patients are dying alone. One of the worst feelings of being there is seeing these patients fight for their lives and not having their families near them. Reporter: In Jacksonville, residents and business owners now suing to block the Republican national convention from coming to the city next month. Ten states setting records for hospitalizations. South Carolina's tidelands hospitals inundated. We're at the maximum we can do. No beds in the icu, no beds in the hospital. Reporter: Last night, we showed you video shot by the associated press. Medical staff at a Houston hospital trying to pump life back into this covid patient's ravaged lungs. But they lost her. The woman's daughter telling the A.P. Her mother got sick last month, about a week after her husband's funeral. She said many didn't wear masks. Late today, president trump falsely claiming -- We have among the lowest mortality rate, anywhere in the Reporter: But Dr. Fauci, presenting a different reality than the president. But as a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don't think you can say we're I mean, we're just not. All right, so, let's get to Matt Gutman, live from Phoenix tonight. We can see the cars, the tents there for that testing site behind you. Officials say it's not only the tests they're waiting hours for, but many people have to wait more than a week for test results, which experts say presents another major problem here. Reporter: David, testing is the only way that epidemiologists can get an accurate snapshot of what's really happening. But doctors are telling us, the system is collapsing. Now, they've administered well over 1,000 tests here today, but there are hundreds of people who won't make the cutoff. That means they and there toings are going to have to wait, as you mentioned, a week, ten days, two weeks for results, are going to go back to their communities, possibly spreading the virus. David? Matt, I know you're going to stay on this. The president not seeing eye

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