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NBC News 25 Mar 2020

NBC Nightly News Broadcast (Full) - March 25rd, 2020

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New York City at the center of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., Mass General taps into emergency supply stockpile as cases surge, and pandemic changes how the world worships.

Watch "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings).

1:59 NYC at Epicenter of Outbreak in U.S.
3:22 Florida Governor: Stay At Home Order Would Be 'Inappropriate'
5:35 Hospitals Pushed To The Brink By Coronavirus Crisis
8:23 Senate Nears Deal On $2 Trillion Rescue Plan
10:30 U.S. Workers Desperate For Relief As Businesses Close
12:30 Top U.S. Hospital Forced To Tap Into Secret Stockpile
14:30 Risks Of At-Home Births As Hospitals Tighten Rules
16:30 Churches Under Pressure To Observe Social Distancing
18:37 New Coronavirus Treatment For Critical Patients
19:30 Children Write Nursing Home Residents Cards During Pandemic


Fired Minneapolis police officer charged in death of George Floyd, New York City on track to begin reopening as San Francisco takes step back, and how movie theaters hope to adapt for social distancing.

Watch "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings).

00:00 Intro
01:31 Fired Officer Charged With Murder In George Floyd's Death
05:29 Massive Protests Across U.S. Over George Floyd's Death
07:34 Multiple Arrests At George Floyd Protest In New York
08:35 ‘Inherently Dangerous' Knee Hold Used On George Floyd
10:47 Trump & Biden Speak With George Floyd's Family
11:25 Twitter Flags Trump Tweet For'Glorifying Violence'
12:37 Biden Calls Floyd's Death 'A National Crisis'
12:49 Obama: 'This Shouldn't Be 'Normal' In 2020 America'
13:04 Trump Says He's 'Terminating' U.S Relationship With W.H.O
13:43 NYC Targets June 8 To Finally Begin Reopening
14:17 San Francisco Extends Stay-At-Home Order Indefinitely
14:43 Mississippi Reports Largest Single-Day Spike In Cases
14:52 CDC: Coronavirus Began Spreading In U.S In January
15:19 CDC Unveils New Guidelines For Reopening Offices
16:03 Movie Theaters Still Hoping For Blockbuster Summer
Former Minneapolis police officer's bail set at first court appearance in death of George Floyd, New York City begins reopening, and minority-owned businesses struggle to secure loans.

Watch "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings).

00:00 Intro
01:40 $1 Million Bail For Ex-Officer Charged In Floyd Death
02:31 Minneapolis City Council Vows To Disband Police Force
02:56 Ex-Officer Attorney Says George Floyd Resisted Arrest
03:51 Thousands Pay Respects To George Floyd In Houston
06:01 Record-Breaking Protests Nationwide Over George Floyd
08:09 ‘Defund The Police': Growing Calls From Protesters
10:27 Trump: ‘We Won't Be Defunding Our Police'
11:32 Colin Powell Endorses Biden, Says Trump 'Lies'
11:55 Trump Mocks Romney For Marching With Protesters
12:16 Civil Right Icon Visits New Black Lives Matter Plaza
12:37 Barr: Secret Service Recommended Trump Go To Bunker
13:04 NYC Begins Reopening 100 Days After First COVID Case
15:17 Inequality In America: Challenges Facing Minority-Owned Businesses
17:50 Justice Dept Demands Interview With Prince Andrew
18:11 Tropical Depression Cristobal Brings Heavy Rain, Floods
As coronavirus cases surge, Florida and Texas reverse reopening, growing outrage over death of Latino man in Tucson police custody, and Russian hackers targeting Americans working from home during pandemic.

Watch "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings).

00:00 Intro
01:28 Texas, Florida Roll Back Reopenings As Cases Surge
04:08 Coronavirus Cases Soaring In The South And West
06:42 White House Task Force Holds First Briefing In 60 Days
07:05 Pence Says U.S 'Flattened The Curve' Despite New Records
09:01 Trump Signs Executive Order Protecting Monuments
09:32 Video Shows Elijah McClain Before Police Encounter
11:10 Special Prosecutor Appointed In Elijah McClain Death
11:30 Officers Reassigned After Elijah McClain's Death
11:59 Growing Outrage After Unarmed Man Dies In Police Custody
14:20 Russian Vote Could Let Putin Stay In Power Until 2036
16:04 American, United, Spirit To Begin Booking Full Flights
17:57 House Votes To Make Washington, D.C. A State
U.S. records more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases for second day, Jeffrey Epstein's alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell arrested, and how wage and wealth gaps are hurting African Americans.

Watch "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings).

00:00 Intro
01:34 Record 50,000+ New Cases In U.S. For Second Day
04:15 Explosion In Covid Cases Pushes Hospitals To The Brink
06:34 Jeffrey Epstein's Alleged Accomplice Arrested
09:01 Testing Demand Soars As States Struggle To Keep Up
11:05 Record 4.8 Million Jobs Added In June After Spring Plunge
12:53 Elijah McClain Death: Officer Resigns In Photo Firestorm
13:36 WNBA Star Helps Free Man From Prison After 23 Years
17:57 Broadcasting Legend Hugh Downs Dies At 99
18:37 Does Air Conditioning Spread Coronavirus?

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>>> BREAKING NEWS. TONIGHT, THE DEADLIEST
DAY YET OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK U.S. CASES SURGING TO
OVER 60,000. THE NEW HOT SPOTS CROPPING UP.
DEATHS RISING IN NEW ORLEANS. IS MARDI GRAS TO
BLAME? WHILE FLORIDA AND OTHER STATES WON'T
ISSUE STAY AT HOME ORDERS ALSO, HOSPITALS UNDER
SIEGE. MANY ALREADY AT CAPACITY
INSIDE THE SECRET STOCK PILE ONE TOP HOSPITAL TAPPED INTO
AND A GROWING NUMBER BANNING VISITORS WITH MORE PREGNANT
WOMEN CONSIDERING HOME BIRTHS THE RISKS YOU NEED TO
KNOW. >>> THE SENATE DEAL FOR THE LARGEST RELIEF
PACKAGE IN U.S. HISTORY. WHAT'S IN IT
AND WHAT'S THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET YOUR CHECK
AND THE LATE WORD TONIGHT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AFTER THE
PRESIDENT SAID HE WANTED TO REOPEN THE ECONOMY BY EASTER.
>>> AND WILL THE RELIEF PACKAGE BE ENOUGH TO RESCUE
BUSINESSES UNEMPLOYMENT SKYROCKETING
NEW SAFETY MEASURES AT GROCERY STORES, AS SOME ARE FORCED TO
SHUT DOWN. >>> THE NEW WARNING ABOUT DEFYING ORDERS
TO AVOID LARGE GATHERINGS >> GOD GAVE YOU A
BRAIN. AND HE EXPECTS YOU TO USE THE INTELLIGENCE
YOU WERE GIVEN >> THE PASTOR WITH AN URGENT PLEA.
AND THE NEW TREATMENT THAT COULD SAVE PATIENTS IN CRITICAL
THAT COULD SAVE PATIENTS IN CRITICAL CONDITION.
I HOPE YOU'RE WATCHING SAFE AND AT HOME HERE IN NEW YORK, THE
CURRENT AMERICAN EPICENTER OF THIS PANDEMIC, THE FIRST
DATA SUGGESTING TONIGHT THAT MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, SOCIAL
DISTANCING IS HELPING TO SLOW THE ONSLAUGHT OF CORONAVIRUS
AND YET OFFICIALS SAY THE WORST DAYS ARE STILL TO COME.
THE NUMBERS ARE STILL RISING, LEAVING THE REGION'S MEDICAL
SYSTEM ON THE EDGE OF BEING OVERWHELMED. AND OTHER CITIES
FEARING THEY MAY VERY WELL BE NEXT WE'VE GOT IT ALL
COVERED. MIGUEL ALMAGUER STARTS US OFF
>> Reporter: AS OUR COUNTRY FACES A NATIONAL EMERGENCY AND
SCENES LIKE THESE UNFOLD IN COMMUNITIES BIG AND SMALL,
TONIGHT, NEW YORK STATE SAYS IT'S THE CANARY IN THE COAL
MINE ONCE BUSTFULING CITY STREETS HAVE BECOME
ERERILY QUITE, WHILE LINES AT HOSPITALS STRETCH AROUND THE
BLOCK. MAKESHIFT MORGUES ARE BEING PREPARED
THE GOVERNOR SAYS IN THREE WEEKS, CORONAVIRUS CASES WILL
HIT THEIR HIGH POINT >> WE STILL HAVE THE TRAJECTORY GOING UP.
80%, STILL, SELF-RESOLVE, ABOUT 15% OF THE PEOPLE WHO
TEST POSITIVE REQUIRE HOSPITALIZATION. >> Reporter: WHILE THE
EXPLOSION OF NEW CASES IN NEW YORK ARE SLOWING, THE CITY'S
HIGH DENSITY AND RESIDENTS LEAVING TOWN COULD EXACERBATE THE
SPREAD POLICE ARE WARNING RESIDENTS TO AVOID
CROWDS SOME CITY STREETS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC
SO PEDESTRIANS CAN SPREAD OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IN
CALIFORNIA, WHERE HALF AS MANY TESTS HAVE BEEN TAKEN THAN NEW
YORK, THE DEATH TOLL AND THOSE INFECTED, COULD EASILY BECOME
THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION >> WE ARE ANYWHERE
FROM ABOUT 6 TO 12 DAYS BEHIND HHIND WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN NEW YORK
CITY >> Reporter: EVEN IN OUR COUNTRY'S MOST
REMOTE STATE, HAWAII, THERE IS TROUBLE IN PARADISE, AS NEW CASES
SKYROCKET. MORE THAN HALF THE NATION HAS ORDERS FOR
RESIDENTS TO STAY HOME, BUT SOME GOVERNORS, LIKE
FLORIDA'S, WILL NOT ISSUE A STATE MANDATE. >> TO ORDER SOMEONE TO
NOT BE ABLE TO EARN A PAYCHECK, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK
THE INAPPROPRIATE. >> Reporter: BUT THE WORLD HEALTH
ORGANIZATION SAYS STAY STAYING AT HOME IS VITAL.
>> YOU HAVE GOT TO FIND THOSE TRANSMISSION CHAINS,
CUT THEM TO ACTUALLY STOP IT. >> Reporter: TONIGHT
IN LOUISIANA, WHERE THE VIRUS IS SPREADING FASTER THAN ANYWHERE
ELSE IN THE WORLD, HOSPITALS DESCRIBE THEIR FIGHT AGAINST
THE ILLNESS AS A WAR ZONE OUR BLAINE ALEXANDER
IS IN NEW ORLEANS. >> Reporte >> TODAY, BOURBON
STREET IS A GHOST TOWN BUT A MONTH AGO, MORE
THAN A PEOPLE PACKED HERE FOR MARDI GRAS, AND EXPERTS SAY THAT
IS A BIG REASON WHY NUMBERS HERE ARE GROWING FASTER THAN
ANYMORE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. >> Reporter: THE
CRISIS AROUND THE GLOBE IS GRIM. WHILE ITALY HAS THE
HIGHEST DEATH TOLL, OVER 6,800, SPAIN HAS NOW SURPASSED CHINA.
700 DEAD OVERNIGHT AND JUST TODAY, WORD THAT 71-YEAR-OLD
PRINCE CHARLES TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS, BUT IS NOT
HOSPITALIZED >> WE THOUGHT SHE JUST MAYBE HAD THE FLU OR
HAD A BAD COUGH. >> Reporter: IN ST. LOUIS, ALL FIVE
MEMBERS OF THE WINEHOUSE FAMILY CONTRACTED THE VIRUS
MOM JANE NEEDED A VENTILATOR TO KEEP HER ALIVE.
>> NO HEALTH ISSUES IN HER PAST, NO PRE-EXISTING
CONDITIONS WHATSOEVER. >> Reporter: WITH THIS CALIFORNIA DOCTOR
LIVING IN A TENT OUTSIDE HIS HOME TO LIMIT EXPOSURE TO HIS
FAMILY, IT'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF SACRIFICE, AS EVERY AMERICAN
FACES THE SAME THREAT TONIGHT. IN CITIES LIKE NEW
YORK, SOCIAL DISTANCING APPEARS TO BE WORKING, WITH THE
NUMBER OF NEW CASES SLOWING. THAT IS OFFERING A
GLIMMER OF HOPE. MEANTIME, HERE IN LOS ANGELES, WE'RE TOLD
THE ORDER TO STAY AWAY FROM CROWDS COULD LAST AS LONG AS TWO MONTHS,
BUT LESTER, WE SHOULD POINT OUT, THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS
WHO GET SICK DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL
LESTER >> IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND.
MIGUEL, THANK YOU. >>> AND THIS EXTRAORDINARY CRISIS
CERTAINLY LEADING TO SOME EXTRAORDINARY CALLS TO ACTION.
FOR EXAMPLE, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY GRADUATING SOME OF ITS MEDICAL
STUDENTS EARLY SO THEY CAN JOIN THE BATTLE, AS MORE HOSPITALS
AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE BESIEGED HERE'S TOM COSTELLO.
>> Reporter: FROM THE DOCTORS ON THE FRONT LINES, A SOBERING
REALITY CHECK ON THE PANDEMIC DESPERATE FOR
SUPPLIES, NEW JERSEY DR. ALEXANDER SALERNO HAS SET UP TENLTS TO
HANDLE 300 PATIENTS A DAY AND SPENT $17,000 BUYING SUPPLIES ON THE
BLACK MARKET, AT AN 800% MARKUP. >> THEY OPEN UP THE
WAREHOUSE AND YOU SEE PALETTES UPON PALETTES OF EQUIPMENT, GOWNS,
N-95 MASKS, HAND SANITIZERS, CLOROX WIPES.
IT'S INSANE. AND I'M, LIKE, YOU KNOW, LIKE, THERE'S NO
MORAL COMPASS. >> Reporter: AT BRIG HALL AND WOMEN'S
HOSPITAL IN BOSTON, DANIELLE HAS LLAMAS KNOWS THE DEVASTATING
IMPACT OF NOT ALLOWING VISITORS TO THE HOSPITAL
>> I'M WORRIED ABOUT MY PATIENTS TAKING THEIR LAST BREATHS
ALONE. I WORRY ABOUT THIS AT THE SAME TIME THAT I
ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS IS ACTUALLY WHAT WE MUST DO.
IN TODAY'S CLIMATE, WITH THIS ILLNESS. >> Reporter: AT NEW
YORK METROPOLITAN HOSPITAL IN HARLEM, A SURGE IN YOUNG
PATIENTS ON VENTILATOR VENTILATORS STRUGGLING TO BREATHE
>> AT THE PRESENT TIME, WE HAVE AN ADEQUATE NUMBER, BUT
THE PATIENTS THAT ARE REQUIRING THE VENTILATORS ARE
INCREASING WITH EACH DAY AND I WILL NEED MORE MECHANICAL
VENTILATORS. >> Reporter: NEW YORK GOVERNOR CUOMO, AGAIN,
REITERATING HIS HOSPITALS ARE IN IMMEDIATE NEED OF
VENTILATORS, URGING OTHER STATES TO SHARE THEIRS AND PROMISING
TO RECIPROCATE AS THE VIRUS ROLLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
>> WE'RE ASKING FOR THEIR HELP AND THEIR CONSIDERATION AND WE
WILL REPAY IT WITH DIVIDENDS. >> Reporter: OTHER
CITIES ARE ALREADY FEELING THE HEAT HOSPITALS IN ATLANTA
AND DETROIT SAY THEY'RE FULL ILLINOIS'S GOVERNOR
WARNS IN A WORST CASE SCENARIO HE'LL NEED ANOTHER 9,000 ICU BEDS
AND 5,000 VENTILATORS BY APRIL 6th, DOUBLE WHAT HE HAS NOW.
NBC'S MORGAN CHESKEY IS IN MIAMI. >> DOCTORS IN FLORIDA
SAY THE LOW NUMBER OF CASES DOES NOT REFLECT REALITY AND THAT'S WHY
THIS FIELD HOSPITAL IS BEING BUILT, TO ACCOMMODATE AND
EXPECTED SURGE OF COE VILD 19 PATIENTS >> Reporter:
MEANWHILE, AT UNSHATTERED, AN ADDICTION RECOVERY
NONPROFIT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, THEY'RE WORKING ROUND THE
CLOCK, MAKING MASKS FOR LOCAL MEDICAL WORKERS.
>> WE ANTICIPATE BEING ABLE TO MAKE ABOUT 1,500 MASKS PER WEEK,
BUT WE KNOW WE CANNOT MEET THE SHORTAGE. >> Reporter: ONE MORE
NOTE THE NATION'S V.A. HOSPITALS SEE THEY ARE
SEEING OLDER COE VILD 19 PATIENTS, BUT THEY INSIST THEY ARE READY
WITH MASKS AND VENTILATORS. LESTER
>> ALL RIGHT, TOM, THANK YOU. >>> AND HEALTH CRISIS
AND, OF COURSE, A FINANCIAL ONE. THE ECONOMIC IMPACT.
SO MANY PEOPLE ANTICIPATING THAT MASSIVE EMERGENCY AID
BILL THAT INCLUDES DIRECT PAYMENTS TO MOST AMERICANS, BUT
TONIGHT, THE BILL STILL HAS NOT BEEN PASSED
PETER ALEXANDER HAS LATE DETAILS FOR US. >> Reporter: TONIGHT,
THE LARGEST ECONOMIC RELIEF PACKAGE IN U.S. HISTORY, MORE THAN $2
TRILLION WORTH, IS EXPECTED TO GET THE SENATE'S GREEN LIGHT,
DESPITE SOME LAST-MINUTE DRAMA. >> THIS IS NOT EVEN A
STIMULUS PACKAGE IT IS EMERGENCY RELIEF
>> Reporter: FIRST UP, THOSE DIRECT PAYMENTS TO MOST AMERICANS, FOR
PEOPLE MAKING UP TO $75,000 A YEAR, A $1,200 CHECK
COUPLES MAKING UP TO $150,000 WOULD GET $2,400, PLUS AN
ADDITIONAL $500 PER CHILD. NEXT, UNEMPLOYMENT
BENEFITS RISING BY $600 A WEEK FOR UP TO FOUR MONTHS.
NOW EXPANDED TO INCLUDE GIG ECONOMY WORKERS AND
FREELANCERS. SMALL BUSINESSES ALSO GETTING A BOOST.
FORGIVABLE LOANS UP TO $10 MILLION TO KEEP PAYING THEIR
EMPLOYEES. ALSO IN THE DEAL, $500 BILLION FOR
CORPORATIONS, LIKE AIRLINES, INCLUDING NEW RULES ON OVERSIGHT
AND A BAN ON STOCK BUY-BACKS THE AND MORE THAN $100 BILLION FOR
HOSPITALS. NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAYING
HIS STATE, THAT'S BEEN HARDEST HIT, WILL GET $3 BILLION, WHAT HE
SAYS IS NOT NEARLY ENOUGH >> THAT IS A DROP IN
THE BUCKET AS TO NEED. >> Reporter: OVERNIGHT, NEW
REACTION TO THE PRESIDENT'S SUGGESTION THAT HE'D LOVE TO HAVE
THE U.S. OPENED UP BY EASTER >> WE'RE GOING TO LOOK
AT IT. WE'LL ONLY DO IT IF IT'S GOOD.
>> Reporter: HIS TOP PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISER CALLING THE
PRESIDENT'S TIMELINE AN ASPIRATIONAL GOAL >> HE'S BEEN VERY
FLEXIBLE ABOUT IT. EVEN THOUGH IT LOOKS LIKE HE'S MADE THIS
ABSOLUTE DECISION ON SOMETHING, HE DOES HAVE AN OPEN MIND
ABOUT IT >> Reporter: THAT DRAMA OVER THE BILL, A
CLASH OVER UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE THAT STILL NEEDS TO BE
SETTLED BEFORE IT GOES TO THE HOUSE THE PRESIDENT SAYING
HE'LL SIGN IT IMMEDIATELY. AND AS FOR THOSE
CHECKS, YOU COULD GET THEM FASTER IF YOU HAVE DIRECT DEPOSIT
WITH THE IRS IF NOT, IT COULD BE MORE THAN A MONTH BY
MAIL LESTER >> ALL RIGHT, PETER,
THANK YOU. >>> AND THAT NEW STIMULUS PACKAGE
INCLUDES HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES,
BUT WILL THAT BE ENOUGH MANY WORKERS RESORTING
NOW TO DESPERATE MEASURES TO GET BY OUR GABE GUTIERREZ
REPORTS. >> Reporter: TOMORROW, NEW NATIONAL
UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO SHOCK THE SYSTEM, LIKELY
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LIKE SHERYL SWANSON ARE FILING CLAIMS FOR
THE FIRST TIME >> IT'S A NEW REALITY THAT NONE OF US KNOW
HOW TO DEAL WITH >> Reporter: LAID OFF FROM A RESTAURANT IN
COLORADO, SHE SAYS IT TOOK HER SIX DAYS TO FILE HER CLAIM
>> IT WAS NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE A LOT OF MY COWORKERS
DIDN'T EVEN TRY, BECAUSE THEY COULD TELL FROM ALL OF US
THAT IT WAS JUST MADDENING. >> Reporter: GOFUNDME
IS LAUNCHING A SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF INITIATIVE, WHERE
PEOPLE CAN DONATE ONLINE ACROSS AMERICA, THE
GREAT ADAPTATION IS UNDER WAY. BUSINESSES ARE GETTING
CREATIVE TO SURVIVE. >> BIG BREATH IN >> Reporter: YOGA
STUDIOS TEACHING DOWN DOG ONLINE ELECTRICIANS IN SAN
FRANCISCO USING THEIR VANS TO DELIVER GROCERIES.
>> I THINK OUR GUYS ARE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT IT
>> Reporter: FROM CHICAGO TO OMAHA, DISTILLERIES NOW
BREWING HAND SANITIZER. >> WE'LL FORM AN
ASSEMBLY LINE AND CRANK OUT AS MANY AS WE CAN
>> Reporter: BUT NOW, NEW CONCERNS ABOUT THE WORK FORCE STILL ON
THE JOB. LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER AMAZON ANNOUNCED IT
WAS HIRING 100,000 NEW EMPLOYEES TO MEET SURGING DEMAND FOR
HOME DELIVERIES, WORKERS IN AT LEAST SIX OF ITS WARE HOUSES
HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND WITH CUSTOMERS
PACKING GROCERY STORES AND PHARMACIES, EMPLOYEES THERE ARE ON
ALERT. >> THERE'S A CHANCE THAT I'M WILLING TO
TAKE AND MY CREW'S WILLING TO TAKE. >> Reporter: IN SOME
CASES, THE LINE FOR GROCERIES STRETCHES AROUND THE BLOCK
SOME OTHER STORES HERE IN THE NEW YORK AREA HAVE HAD TO
TEMPORARILY CLOSE AFTER EMPLOYEES TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE
VIRUS. LESTER >> ALL RIGHT, GABE,
THANK YOU. >>> WE'LL BE BACK IN 60 SECONDS WIT
IF. >>> AS THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS PUSHED
TO ITS LIMITS, ONE TOP HOSPITAL HAS BEEN FORCED TO DIP INTO THE
SECRET STOCKPILE WE FIRST SHOWED YOU EARLIER THIS MONTH
STEPHANIE GOSK TAKES US INSIDE. >> Reporter: BOSTON'S
MASS GENERAL WAS PLANNING FOR ALL SCENARIOS, HOPING IT
WOULDN'T BE THIS ONE CORONAVIRUS CASES DOUBLING ROUGHLY EVERY
TWO TO THREE DAYS. >> I WOULD SAY THIS IS FOLLOWING OUR WORST
CASE SCENARIO IN TERMS OF PACE, IN TERMS OF HOW FAST THIS IS
EVOLVING >> Reporter: HOW MUCH TRANSMISSION HAS BEEN
OUT THERE THAT WE'RE NOT AWARE OF >> JUST THREE WEEKS
AGO, THEY GAVE US AN INSIDE LOOK AT THEIR PANDEMIC PLAN,
INCLUDING A TOUR OF THE HOSPITAL'S EMERGENCY STOCK PILE
THIS LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF STUFF, BUT HOW LONG IS THIS GOING TO LAST.
>> THE GOAL WAS TO GIVE US A TWO-WEEK BUFFER
ARER TWO WEEKS THAT'S NOT A LOT OF TIME
>> IT'S NOT A LOT OF TIME >> Reporter: AND NOW,
THE STARK REALITY. MASS GENERAL HAS ALREADY TAPPED INTO
THEIR EMERGENCY SUPPLIES MA
MASKS, SANITIZER AND FACE SHIELDS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
HAS YET TO FILL ANY OF THEIR REQUESTS >> WE'RE TRYING, OF
COURSE, NOT TO USE IT ALL RIGHT NOW. WE THINK WE ARE STILL
SEVERAL WEEKS AWAY FROM THE POTENTIAL PEAK OF THE OUTBREAK
>> Reporter: THE HOSPITAL HAS 150 CRITICAL CARE BEDS
THEY ARE SCRAMBLING TO INCREASE CAPACITY BY TURNING OTHER UNITS
INTO ICUs. >> WE CAN GET UP TO ABOUT 300 OR SO WITH
EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS WE'VE TAKEN. >> Reporter: AND THEN,
THERE ARE THE VENTILATORS. >> WE'VE IDENTIFIED
MORE THAN 200 ADDITIONAL VENTILATORS THAT WE'RE LOOKING TO
BRING ONBOARD. >> Reporter: BUT IF THEY RUN OUT, THE
HOSPITAL HAS A LAST RESORT PLAN. >> WE CAN ACTUALLY
TAKE THE TIP OF THIS AND PUT IT ON A T-PIECE TO CONNECT IT
TO TWO PEOPLE IF WE HAD TO >> Reporter: PEOPLE
CAN SHARE THIS >> THEY CAN SHARE IT IN AN VERY RARE
CIRCUMSTANCE WE DO NOT DO THIS NORMALLY
>> Reporter: BECAUSE NORMALLY, A HOSPITAL LIKE MASS GENERAL
DOESN'T RUN OUT OF THE SUPPLIES CRITICAL TO SAVING LIVES AND
PROTECTING THE STAFF >> THE REALITY IS, RIGHT NOW, THE SUPPLY
CHAIN JUST CAN'T KEEP UP >> Reporter: AND EVERY
DAY, THOSE NEEDS ARE GROWING. STEPHANIE GOSK, NBC
NEWS >>> A GROWING NUMBER OF HOSPITALS ARE
IMPOSING STRICT MEASURES ON WHO THEY ARE LETTING IN THEIR
DOORS AND IT'S CAUSING ANXIETY FOR PREGNANT WOMEN.
HERE'S CATIE BECK. >> Reporter: AT EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT, CARLY
LIVES IN CONSTANT FEAR OF CONTRACTING COVID-19
>> IT'S HORRIBLE TIME FOR ALL PREGNANT LADIES
>> Reporter: THIS WEEK, MORE WORRY NEWS FROM HER DOCTOR
THAT SHE MAY HAVE TO GIVE BIRTH TO HER FIRST CHILD WITHOUT
HER HUSBAND IN THE DELIVERY ROOM. >> YOU PICTURE THIS
MILESTONE SINCE YOU WERE A LITTLE GIRL AND NOT HAVING MY HUSBAND
THERE POTENTIALLY IS IS -- IT'S HEARTBREAKING.
>> Reporter: HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY DRAFTING NEW STANDARDS
TO RESTRICT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ALLOWED INSIDE DELIVERY ROOMS,
EVEN LIMITING THE NUMBER OF IN-PERSON PRENATAL CHECKUPS.
SEVERAL HOSPITALS IN NEW YORK BANNING SPOUSES AND PARTNERS
ENTIRELY THE ANXIETY NOW DRIVING MANY PREGNANT
WOMEN TO EXPLORE DELIVERING AT HOME OR IN A BIRTH CENTER.
>> WE'RE GETTING SWAMPED. >> Reporter: CALLS TO
THIS MIDWIFE SURGING >> EVERY DAY, ALL DAY, INTO THE NIGHT, OF
WOMEN ASKING IF THEY'RE APPROPRIATE CANDIDATES FOR OUT OF
HOSPITAL BIRTH AND IF WE HAVE SPACE. >> Reporter: WHILE
GIVING BIRTH AT HOME MAY REDUCE CHANCES OF A COVID-19 EXPOSURE,
THE DECISION TO HAVE A BABY OUTSIDE OF A MEDICAL FACILITY
PRESENTS A WHOLE NEW SET OF RISKS >> THAT INCLUDES AN
INCREASED RISK FOR PERINATAL DEATH, AS WELL AS POTENTIAL
NEU NEUROLOGIC PROBLEMS WITH THE BABY.
>> Reporter: AND DESPITE THE INCREASED DEMAND FOR HOME BIRTH,
NOT EVERY WOMAN IS A SAFE CANDIDATE FOR IT. >> YOU DON'T WANT A
MIDWIFE WHO IS TAKING EVERYBODY AT EVERY COST
THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO -- FOR US TO LOWER OUR RISK STANDARDS
>> Reporter: STILL, THE CURRENT STANDARD CAN BE HAROLD TO
ACCEPT >> EMOTIONALLY AND YOU WANT YOUR HUSBAND TO
BE THERE, IF GOD FORBID ANYTHING HAPPENS.
>> Reporter: WEIGHING THE NEW COMPLICATIONS OF PREGNANCY
BIRTH DURING A PANDEMIC CATIE BECK, NBC NEWS
>>> BY NOW, WE'VE ALL HEARD THE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES.
THE VAST MAJORITY OF HOUSES OF WORSHIP ARE ABIDING, BUT THERE'S
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TONIGHT FOR THOSE THAT ARE NOT.
HERE'S CYNTHIA McFADDEN >> Reporter: SO MANY
THINGS WE NEVER THOUGHT WE'D SEE THE POPE WATCHING OVER
AN EMPTY ST. PETER'S SQUARE DRIVEUP CONFESSIONS IN
DRAPER, UTAH >> SACRAMENT DOESN'T CHANGE
>> Reporter: SHABAT SERVICES LIVESTREAMED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY
á IN JERUSALEM, THE ICONIC GOLD DOME OF
THE ROCK SHUTTERED BUT NOT ALL RELIGIOUS LEADERS ARE ON THE
SAME PAGE. IN LOUISIANA, A PASTOR HAS CONTINUED SERVICES
DESPITE A STATE ORDER BANNING GATHERING OVER 50
>> WE'VE HEARD REPORTS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY OF SOME PEOPLE
OF FAITH WHO SAY, LISTEN, I DON'T HAVE TO -- I DON'T HAVE TO
SOCIALLY ISOLATE, I DON'T HAVE TO STAY HOME, YOU KNOW, GOD IS
GOING TO PROTECT ME. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THEM
>> THAT'S NUTS THAT'S CRAZY LET ME JUST SAY THAT
THAT'S DUMB. IT'S UNBIBLICAL AND IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE
>> Reporter: RICK WARREN, THE PASTOR OF THE SADDLEBACK CHURCH
WITH 30,000 SUNDAY CONGREGANTS AROUND THE WORLD, HAS NEVER
MINCED WORDS >> GOD GAVE YOU A BRAIN.
AND HE'S NOT GOING TO WRITE IT IN THE SKY, HE GAVE YOU A BRAIN.
AND HE EXPECTS YOU TO USE THE INTELLIGENCE THAT YOU WERE GIVEN.
>> Reporter: WARREN AND HIS WIFE KAY STARTED SADDLEBACK 40
YEARS AGO. THEY'VE MOVED THEIR MINISTRY ONLINE.
>> EVERYTHING AROUND ME CAN BE SHAKEN, BUT GOD CANNOT BE SHAKEN
>> Reporter: DOES THAT MEAN GOD WILL PROTECT AND HEAL --
>> THE DEL'S TRYING TO GIVE ME THE FLU. >> Reporter: AS A
TEXAS EVANGELICAL PREACHES >> PUT YOUR HAND ON
THAT TELEVISION SET. >> THAT'S JUST NOT FAITH.
THAT'S PRESUMPTION GOD IS NOT A GENIE HE DOESN'T SERVE ME.
I SERVE HIM. >> Reporter: A PRIEST IN GRAND RAPIDS
SERVING BY POPULATING THE PEWS WITH PHOTOS OF THOSE WORSHIPPING
AT HOME. >> LOOKING AT FACES, IT REALLY TOOK ON A
WHOLE NEW MEANING FOR ME, IT WAS REALLY PROFOUND
>> Reporter: KEEPING THE FAITH AND PASSING IT ON.
>> THIS IS A TIME, ACTUALLY, FOR SCHURCHES TO SHINE
>> Reporter: CYNTHIA McFADDEN, NBC NEWS. >>> AND UP
>>> ALL RIGHT, WELCOME BACK JOINING US NOW IS OUR
MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT, DR. JOHN TORRES. JOHN, I KNOW THE FDA
IS ALLOWING A TREATMENT THAT ESSENTIALLY USES THE
BLOOD OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM THE VIRUS TO HELP
OTHERS EXACTLY HOW DOES THIS WORK
>> SO, LESTER, IT'S CALLED CONVALESCENT PLASMA
THE IDEA IS, WHEN A PATIENT RECOVERS FROM CORONAVIRUS, THEIR
BLOOD HAS ANTI-BODIES THAT CAN BE USED ON A PATIENT THAT'S
CURRENTLY INFECTED THIS IS NOT FDA APPROVED, BUT THEY ARE
ALLOWING DOCTORS TO USE IT ON A CASE BY CASE BASBASIS, BUT ONLY
FOR THE SICKEST PATIENTS IT'S NOT A CURE, BUT A
THERAPY THAT CAN BE USED WHILE WE WAIT FOR MEDICINES TO BE
APPROVED IN THE NEXT THREE TO FOUR MONTHS AND A VACCINE
HOPEFULLY IN A YEAR. ST. SINAI HOSPITAL IS HOPING TO US
>>> FINALLY, KRISTEN DAHLGREN ON HOW KIDS ARE BRINGING A SMILE
TO PEOPLE FEELING VULNERABLE AND ALONE >> Reporter: AT A TIME
WHEN MANY ARE FEELING HELPLESS, SOME LONG ISLAND KIDS ARE DOING
ALL THEY CAN TO HELP >> HI, EVERYONE. I HOPE YOU'RE DOING
WELL AND I WILL BE SINGING "SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW."
>> Reporter: TRANSPORTING LOCAL SENIOR CITIZENS ON
LOCKDOWN TO A HAPPIER PLACE. á SOMEWHERE OVER THE
RAINBOW á >> Reporter: SENDING VIDEOS AND PICTURES
THROUGH A PROGRAM CALLED MADE YOU SMILE. á
THEY SAY A SONG CAN BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER. TONIGHT, THAT MAY BE
MORE TRUE THAN EVER. á á BUILD ME UP á
>> I APPRECIATE THIS I HAVE 17 GRANDCHILDREN.
á YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE á >> Reporter: FOR KIDS
AND SENIORS, A RAY OF LIGHT IN EVEN THE DARKEST TIMES.
>> STAY HEALTHY! BYE! >> Reporter: KRISTEN
DAHLGREN, NBC NEWS, NEW YORK >> WELL, THEY MADE ME
SMILE AND WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THEM. AND A NOTE TOMORROW ON
"TODAY" IS A VAN GA GUTHRIE INTERVIEWS JEROME POWELL.
THAT'S "NIGHTLY NEWS." I'M LESTER HOLT. THANK YOU FOR

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