New York suffers its highest single-day spike in deaths

Michigan has run out of personal protective equipment and a Louisiana parish has seen death rates more than double that of New York City.
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Good evening. It's great to have you with us on Tuesday night. The deadliest 24 hours yet. New York alone with 731 deaths on a single day. New Jersey with very difficult numbers. President trump saying we send our love to the great people of New York and New Jersey. Calling them tough, strong, and brave. He talked about African-Americans in this country and the terrible toll from the virus. Tonight, we'll look at that and what Dr. Anthony Fauci is now saying. Michigan, Louisiana, Florida, and the number of deaths in the U.S., now 12,000. 2,000 more than last night's report. And New York's hospitals facing difficult decisions. We get a tour of one icu, the doctor saying it's a mass casualty event, adding it's like war. The need for beds growing. The comfort taking covid-19 patients. St. John's cathedral will become New York's newest field hospital. Michigan seeing the third highest deaths in the country. One hospital reporting 1,500 staff are showing symptoms. Louisiana, one parish with the death rate more than double that of New York City's. And Boris Johnson in intensive care, now being given oxygen. News from the queen and from 10 downing street. And in this country, the president saying this is a monster we're fighting. He thanked Americans for following the guidelines, for staying home. Saying everybody has a role to play. Here's Tom llamas in New York. Reporter: Tonight, more evidence the battle against coronavirus is far from over. New York dealing with its highest single day spike in deaths, 731 lives lost to covid-19. That 731 people who we lost, behind every one of those numbers is an individual. There's a family. There's a mother. There's a father. There's a sister. There's a brother. Reporter: The city alone losing more than 4,000 people, more than perished in the world trade center attack. But the governor also pointing to a sign for hope, the rates of hospitalizations going down. You see that plateauing, that's because of what we are doing. If we don't do what we are doing, that is a much different curve. Reporter: But inside hospitals, doctors and nurses are still suiting up for a war. Maimonides hospital in Brooklyn, taking us into their icu. Let's go. Reporter: We're right there as Dr. William Pascal is alerted there is a patient in desperate need of help. As Dr. Pascal rushes, warning alarms on medical equipment are going off. A nurse telling us what is happening, a patient is having extreme trouble breathing. They need to flip her onto her stomach. This is the moment doctors face around the clock, life or death in the hands of this medical team. Within minutes, Dr. Pascal comes out. They've stabilized the patient. He tells us what just happened. What happened just now is an absolute emergency, a life or death situation. Unfortunately that's what we're seeing with a lot of our patients here. We run around this unit many times just putting out fires. Reporter: With hospitals still pushed to the brink, new spaces are still opening. The naval hospital ship the comfort will be taking up to 500 covid-19 patients. And now the country's largest gothic cathedral, St. John the divine, to be converted during this holy week into a field hospital. Tents to be set up beneath the nave and in the crypt below. A drastic step, but doctors telling us so much of this virus is shocking. I just took a bird's eye view of the E.R. And saw all the people struggling to breathe, and all the monitors with low oxygen. And I broke down crying. It's been like a bad dream. Reporter: Lawrence and Christine Haines are both emergency room doctors, sending their young son and daughter away so they could tend to the ill. Just knowing that every day we are hopefully making a difference, saving lives, showing up, and being where we need to be, I think that's enough motivation to get through this hard part and just look forward to the good times of being with your family again. Reporter: And tonight, new numbers in New York reveal 61% of those killed were men, 63% were age 70 or over, 86% had underlying conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes, heart disease, and dementia. All of this as funeral homes in New York are struggling to keep up, to lay victims to rest with dignity. We're trying to make it easier for the families but it's hard. It's a very hard situation right now. Reporter: Experts warning the peak in many places is still days away. Michigan running out of ppe, extending their state of emergency into July. Those shortages coming on the heels of a new report from the health and human services inspector general revealing more than 300 hospitals were concerned two weeks ago about delays in lab results and not having enough staff to run ventilators if they got them. In Louisiana, one parish has seen death rates at more than double the rate of New York City. But now the state is getting more of those critical ventilators. Just because we think we're starting to flatten the curve doesn't mean our job is over. In fact now is the time to double down. Reporter: Ventilators are critical for patients like Paul loggan, a 57-year-old athletic director from Indianapolis. The father of four is now fighting for his life on a breathing machine. His family asking for prayers. His students rallying around their coach. We are praying for a speedy recovery as we know every single panther is resilient. No one wanted us to succeed more than you did. And we're really thinking about you and your family. Stay strong. We're all confident in your ability to fight through. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers. Get well soon. All of them sending a message tonight. Tom llamas with us tonight outside St. John cathedral, the site of the planned field hospital in the coming days. As we cover this outbreak, there are new questions about what the federal government knew and when they knew it, whether they did enough to prepare Americans for this. Reporter: David, our reporting team in Washington has confirmed trade adviser Peter Navarro sent warnings in February that millions of Americans could die of coronavirus. Tonight, the president said he didn't know about the memos, didn't read them, and doesn't know if it would have changed anything. Critics say the president did restrict trade with China. Tom, thank you. Of course the toll on

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