US tops 4M coronavirus cases as CDC revises predictions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the death toll could hit 175,000 by August 15 after the U.S. crossed 4 million cases, with hospitalizations on the rise in 41 states.
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Good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a Thursday night. And a difficult milestone to mark tonight as we come on the air. The U.S. Has reached more than 4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus. We had just hit 3 million 15 days ago. And just moments ago, president trump revealing he is canceling the Republican convention in Jacksonville, Florida, because of what he called the flareup there. He said delegates will still meet in North Carolina and that he would still gave a speech. He gave few other details. And the president conceding that in some current hot spots school districts may need to delay reopening for a few weeks. More than 143,000 lives have been lost in this country. Tonight, the CDC now predicts there could be 175,000 deaths by August 15th. Florida setting a record number of deaths in the past 24 hours. And more than 10,000 new cases. Those 55 hospitals there now with no icu beds left. Record deaths in California tonight, and more than 12,000 new cases. The crisis in Texas. Star county has one hospital, every bed is full. Here in New York, the rising number of young people infected. And tonight, the CDC out with new guidance for schools across this country, as the president acknowledges that in some of those hot spots, authorities may have to rethink when they plan to open. ABC's Victor Oquendo leads us off from New York. Reporter: With more than 1,000 dead in the U.S. For a second day in a row, tonight, the CDC revising its prediction higher, warning the death toll could hit 175,000 by August 15th. White house task force coordinator Dr. Deborah birx privately warning leaders in 11 cities seeing surges in cases to take immediate action. This is really critical that everybody is following this and making sure they're being aggressive about mitigation efforts. Reporter: All this as the U.S. Crosses that grim milestone, more than 4 million cases. And with hospitalizations rising in 41 states, back up to April levels, late today, the president said this about the state of the country. This is a copy of the map and this is -- you have it right behind me, that's really very much indicating where the problems are. You see, from that, it's in great shape. Lots of it. The northeast has become very the country is in very good shape, other than, if you look south and west, some problems that will all work out. Reporter: California and Florida continue to shatter their death toll records. 55 hospitals in Florida have no icu beds, including ten in Miami Dade. Officers there enforcing the mask mandate. Tonight, a new plea from Miami's mayor -- if you live with vulnerable relatives, wear masks at home. I want to urge everyone to understand that when you get home, you are not necessarily safe. Reporter: Miami's mayor has suggested that people in multigenerational homes wear a mask inside to protect their loved ones. What do you think about that? Is that something you'd recommend, too? You know, at this point, it will help if everybody's wearing a mask, the data shows it decreases transmission. It's not easy to keep a mask on and keep six feet away from everyone in small homes. Reporter: In hard-hit Hidalgo county, Texas, they're using refrigerated trailers just in case they need extra space to store the dead. One hospital forming an ethics committee to make the agonizing decisions on how to treat patients based on their chance of survival. If we determine that the patient had a very, very small chance to make it alive, perhaps it's more sensible for the patient and for the family to go to their home and to offer end of care. Reporter: And the simmering debate to reopen schools. Nine of the nation's 15 largest districts starting remotely. In cities or states that are current hot spots, and you'll see that in the map behind me, districts may need to delay reopening for a few weeks, that's possible. That will be up to governors. Reporter: Georgia's board of education saying there will be no delay to the start of the school year, leaving the final decision up to local school boards. The university of Arizona still planning to reopen for in-person classes next month, with its own lab providing test results for all students and staff, and isolation units for infected students. The virus hitting a Roman catholic convent in Michigan especially hard. 30 nuns were infected. 13 of them dying. This Tennessee father pleading with people to wear masks. The virus killing his wife of 51 years. And I miss her so bad every day. Every minute. When it really hits home, it really hurts. You realize what's going on. We have to remember all of these families being impacted by this across the country. I want to get back to Victor tonight, because we heard the president there concede that some school districts may have to delay reopening. Tonight, you have some new guidance from the CDC on Reporter: David, the CDC saying that parents are understandably concerned, but based on the current data, the rate of infection among younger schoolchildren and from students to teachers has been low, especially in the proper precautions are followed. David? All right, Victor Oquendo, thank you. And just before we came on

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