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Tonight. Coronavirus. Deaths now in all 50, states the tall more than, 23,000. In America, over 10,000. Dead in New York alone but the governor saying quote the worst is over if people, stick to self distancing, and now, the battle over how and when to reopen the country, president, Trump targeting, May 1st but feuding, with governor's, he says the decision is his not, theirs plus, those three keys to getting America, back to work, rapid, testing, antibody. Testing, and contact, tracing where, did those efforts, stand tonight also, the tornado, disaster. In the middle of the pandemic, dozens, killed and tonight, a hundred, 30 million at risk from Florida, to Maine a sea, of cars lined, up at food banks Americans, waiting overnight to, feed their families. To. Survive. Despite. Huge demand why so many farmers are being forced to destroy fresh. Food and the, first wave of relief checks rolling, out the new way to get your money faster, and our, exclusive, look inside the ICU. Conducting. Trials and a potential, coronavirus. Treatment, with surprising. Results are. They close to a breakthrough. This. Is NBC, Nightly News with Lester. Holt. Good. Evening some, encouraging. Patterns, in kovat 19, cases along with a restless, craving, for normalcy, are fueling. Discussions, on how and when to restart, parts of the American, economy governor. Is in seven eastern, states and three western, states tonight, working, together to map out a cautious, way forward, as president. Trump asserts it's his call to make that debate, underway as the death toll from the virus in the u.s. tops, 23,000. Now, in the middle of it all tragedy. Doubling, down on parts, of the south in the form, of deadly, tornadoes our. Team has it all covered we began with Gabe Gutierrez. Tonight, as powerful, winds and heavy rain pound the nation's epicenter, of the pandemic, a break, in the ongoing storm. While, the death toll has topped 10,000. In New York State ICU. Admissions, and intubations, are dropping the, number of newly hospitalized. Patients, is the lowest, it's been in two weeks, the worst can, be over, and it is over, unless. We do something, reckless, Governor. Andrew Cuomo, is clashing publicly. With Bill DeBlasio over, whether the New York City mayor has the authority to, close schools, through the remainder, of the academic, year it is not shocking that, sometimes, there's just differences, of perspective, today, strong, winds threaten, this field hospital, in Central Park and forced, the closure of several testing, facilities, across the region ariana, Dumas, is an ICU, nurse at Northshore University. Hospital, who brings iPads, to her sickest, patients, to help them. Holding. The iPad and I was holding her hand and I'm, hysterical crying and I'm in all my gear so I my glasses are all foggy and. I. Was, just like oh my gosh like how am. I gonna handle. Doing this for multiple people one. Of her patients died, on Sunday, just holding his hand playing, the video and, crying. That's. Like I know the perfect singing, of what, it looks like when, we're in there among. The lives lost William. Sullivan a beloved, police detective, in Yonkers, Anthony. Cousy, was known as one of the best sports photographers. In New York City for, decades, rockin Kim had, been a mailman in the Bronx. At. This rate kovat, 19 is killing as many New Yorkers in 3 days as the, seasonal, flu typically, does in, an entire, year, Gabe. Gutierrez NBC. News New York. I'm. Miguel Almaguer, tonight, the director, for the CDC says, the corona virus epidemic in our nation could peak in day's top, doctors, believe the deadly outbreak has stabilized, but warned of new hot spots and dangerous, clusters, in South, Dakota at Smithfield, Foods one, of the largest pork plants in the u.s. hundreds. Of employees have the virus. After. The deaths of dozens of grocery, store workers who caught the virus doctors. Maintain, social distancing, is saving, lives. In. Georgia drones, are reminding, residents to, keep their distance. While. In Philadelphia. A man was removed from a bus after arguing with the driver when, he refused to wear a face covering, in Detroit, at Henry, Ford Health System roughly. 1,000, employees have the virus near, Los Angeles, the family of 20 year old valaria, Viveiros. Who worked at a nursing home says, she lost her life, a week after getting, sick what coos AIDS it's just as shocking you know it's, shocking with, a sailor, who served aboard the USS, Theodore Roosevelt among.
Those Who have also now died after, contracting the virus nine. States have more than 20,000, confirmed cases, but, in hard-hit Illinois, positive. Signs of a slowing spread, across, the border in Missouri this, st. Louis family of five welcomed, home after. They were all infected. Jane. Winehouse, and her husband Michael are now out of the ICU, it was extremely, scary especially. For Jane on a ventilator because I wasn't so it was extremely, scary. With. Our nation still in crisis, there are promising, signs of better days ahead, this, 93, year old grandmother, in Pittsburgh, going, viral with her playful, request for beer in Long Island. When Korean, War veteran, Herberger, couldn't join family, and friends to celebrate his 90th, birthday local. Police brought a parade, front. Door. And. There's. More positive, news here in LA County where the number of new cases is the lowest it's been in a month but that stay at home order has been extended, in this area through, May 15th, Lester. Yeah this isn't close to being over Miguel thanks, very much as discussions, intensify. Over how to ramp up the economy many governors, and the, president's, own health experts, warn it can't happen all at once Peter, Alexander is at the White House President Trump, tonight eagerly, eye on what he's called a big bang to restart, the economy as early as May first expressing. Optimism, we're getting rid of the plague it's a plague on our country, like, nobody's, ever seen dr., Anthony vouching and visioning in his words a rolling, reentry, possibly, next month it, is not going to be a light switch that, we say okay it is now June. July or whatever clicked this that the light switch goes back on the CDC, director cautions, against, moving too quickly it's, going to be a step. By step gradual. Process, that's got to be data-driven among. The keys to safely getting back to business according to public health experts, a major increase, in tests to see who has the virus wide. Use of an antibody test to determine who's already had it and may now have immunity and, contact.
Tracing To isolate, people who've interacted, with someone, who's infected vice, president Mike Pence today asking, governor's for help ramping up testing, with concerns testing, machines still, are not running anywhere near full capacity. Increasing. In testing, is. Continuing, on a daily basis, and it, is going to need to be in place in order for us to effectively, reopen. And after weeks saying it was up to governor's to impose stay at home orders president Trump is now insisting, he has the sole power to decide how and when States reopen, when, somebody's, the president, of the United States the. Authority is total, and that's so it's got to be in fact most legal experts say the president does not have the authority to direct states to lift their emergency. Orders, tonight. The governors of seven, northeastern, states that represent, more than half the nations coronavirus, cases are banding. Together to outline, the steps they, will take to ease restrictions three. Western states doing the same this, has to be informed by experts, and by data you take one step forward you, see how it works and, then you measure the next step also making headlines tonight president, Trump's retweet, of a poster with a hashtag fire, foul Chi after. Dr. pouchy acknowledged more lives could have been saved if the country had been shut down earlier. But there was a lot, of pushback about shutting things down back, then, and. Late tonight when the president called doctor foul Chi to the podium foul she said that was the wrong choice of, words and said the president has taken his advice president. Trump later said he, is not firing doctor, foul Qi luster. All. Right Peter thank you we'll have much more ahead on those three keys to unlocking the country including the way Apple and Google are, teaming, up tonight to track the virus but. Right now we want to tell you some other major headlines, five days after he ended, his presidential, campaign senator. Bernie Sanders today, endorsed, former, Vice President Joe, Biden as the, two. Appeared in a video Sanders. Told Biden we need you in the White House and said, he'll do all he can to make that happen, also. Tonight the tornado, disaster. In the middle of this pandemic, 130, million people are under, wind alerts from Florida, to Maine after, dozens, of twisters, killed, at least 33, people in the south our Morgan, Chesky in the storm zone tonight. Tonight. The south facing, a disaster nightmare. More. Than 50 reported, tornados since Sunday. Rowland's. Down and a, lot, of cracking, sound in Louisiana. Willie Grayson's, family was watching an Easter service on TV. Here. When the tornado struck I'm, getting. The keys telling. Him get under the bed I'm yelling, for my wife see. Screaming the roof coming out she, runs trying, to run to me and then, the whole roof, flew, up this, home ripped to right off its own foundation, stopping, drivers in their tracks after being tossed into the road, NBC's. Malia Alexander, is in Georgia now if said no harder that's fine. The. Trailer was coming up. With. You inside with, us both inside, got, a funnel cloud right here in front of me in Mississippi, a tornado so powerful, radar, captured, debris thrown, up to sixty miles away that damaged, these storms leave behind forces. An incredibly, tough call, how, to enforce, stay at home orders for a virus, when, hundreds have no house to. Go home to we would typically go to a school. Gymnasium, or something like that that we set up a shelter so we're trying to get people into hotel. Rooms in Alabama. Those stay at home orders, suspended. Images. Inside storm shelters capturing, people doing whatever they can to, social, distance, and. Tonight this storm system that caused so much damage here has now taken a turn and is heading north of the eastern seaboard where it could cause even, more problems Westar.
All Right Morgan, thank, you we'll be back in 60, seconds where those desperately, needed relief checks finally, going out and if you haven't gotten yours yet how you can get it faster. The. First wave of those much anticipated, relief, checks for many Americans, has finally, started to roll out but if you're one of a million still, waiting, our, Stephanie ruhle explains, how to get your money faster, as so many families, struggle. Bumper-to-bumper. Traffic, for miles waiting, to get into food banks, as. Millions. Of suddenly unemployed Americans, now struggle, to get food on the table we, have to do this to survive I'm, just a single parent, there's nobody but me thousands. Of relief centers from Pittsburgh, to st. Louis and Honolulu. Staffed. By volunteers traffic, cops even the National Guard, hey lady here yesterday with, four little kids in the car and she says I'm. But. People are just there for food almost, every parent right who has to come and ask for diapers you can feel, this, and see, this just like visceral. Fear. And worry in. Texas, 6,000. Cars waited, to get into this San Antonio, Center many, camping, out overnight when, they see that box of food coming into the cars some, of them smile and some of them cry we're, seeing them from all income, levels because, when somebody gets laid off and the income, stops coming in even, if they may have a fancy car fancy, house they're gonna be hungry though, demand is up inventories. Have plummeted. Farmers. Across America, have no way to ship their food to the places that need it most. Terry. Sanders is in Florida food, banks report they're overwhelmed, with demand while farmers, in Florida in the middle of their harvest say, they are heartbroken because the, logistics, just don't exist to get the fresh corn, green. Beans and, other vegetables, to those who need it instead, it's, all being plowed under, but, for many families in need help is on the way, stimulus. Checks are now being distributed for, anyone, making less than ninety, nine thousand, dollars a year you get, the full twelve hundred dollars if your salary is under seventy five thousand, and an additional, five hundred dollars, for every child, for those who file taxes, using direct deposit, the money should hit your account soon for, 80 million Americans it'll, be this week, paper, checks are expected, to start getting mailed in May if, you didn't have to file taxes, you can enter your bank information at, irs.gov.
The. Government also plans to launch a new online tool allowing, you to track your payment status while, the government is rushing, to get these payments, out and even discussing another possible, stimulus, package there are many Americans, worried, about mounting bills so for the time being take advantage, of relief programs, out there and call your lenders to find out more Lester. All. Right Stephanie thanks very much good advice most, health experts, agree the key to reopening, the country, while also stopping, the, spread of coronavirus. Is testing, and there, are developments, tonight on a test that can tell if you've had the virus and may now be immune, here's Gotti's Schwartz with them with. Much of America shutdown tonight the promise, of progress new. Kovat 19 blood test called antibody, tests, could help get some Americans, back to work dr.. Margaret Zhang just took one in New York. Makes. Me feel even more kind of inclined sir. UCLA. Began using its own version of antibody, testing, focusing, on thousands, of medical workers how can we expect. Our health workforce to be protecting, us if we're not doing everything that, we can to protect them the, concept, is simple if you've had kovat 19 and recovered, it's because of special antibodies. In your immune system that have developed to fight it off and those will likely protect, you from future infection, in the, case of medical workers those with antibodies, could become super, soldiers, in the fight against kovat 19 I think the healthcare workers who know that they have antibodies, will be able to go into, the to to their work more, confident, that they're not going to be getting themselves sick or then, passing, this virus on to others, around them other, tests, are being given to the general public in Los Angeles as well, 64. Year-old Deborah Presley had her finger pricked in blood drawn as part of a USC study, within, minutes she learned she had antibodies, to fight off corona virus when you found out that you had the antibodies, what, went through your mind I'm, a caregiver and I go to different, people's homes and it's just such a relief because, of now that I could now I can help other people now dozens, of labs all across the country are working on their own antibody, tests, last, week the Trump administration said, they are working to make antibody, testing, free and widely available starting, with the next week or so we'll be able to scale up the, kind of antibody, testing, to, give you a good feel, for what, the penetrance, of the infection, is but, you can start think about some. Aspect, of getting back to normal without, having tested everybody in the country that's for sure but, the FDA Commissioner, also, warning not every antibody test is accurate no test is a hundred percent perfect but, what we don't want her wildly inaccurate test, then there the diagnostic.
Coronavirus, Tests, but all told still, less than 1%, of the US population has, been tested, just, a fraction, of what experts say is needed to get a clearer sense of how many people may be infected for now making complete, contact, tracing still, out of reach something. Authorities, say is vital, for stopping, the viruses, spread unless, they're tonight even Apple and Google unveiling. New plans for a voluntary, app that would basically, alert. You if you've come into contact with, a known, carrier, both, companies stressing, tonight that privacy, is their top concern, Wester all right Ngati Schwartz, tonight thank you up next our exclusive, look at a potentially, life-saving treatment. Tonight the surprising. Results. While. Researchers, around the world focus, on finding a vaccine there's, also an urgent, effort to develop more immediate, treatments. Tonight, we have an exclusive look, at a drug trial with some early but encouraging, news here's, Tom Costello on, the. ICU, floor at Emory University Hospital. In Atlanta a drug trial for a potential, lifesaver. Doctors. Prescribing, REM des aveer delivered, an IV, form to patients, sick with Koba 19, the, Emory trial is one of the largest in the world infectious. Disease expert, dr. Aneesh Mehta is the chief investigator. What, we're searching, for our, medications. That will help people get over the infection, more rapidly, and allow, their immune systems, to really kick in and knock the virus out of their body ram, des aveer was originally. Tested to treat Ebola patients. But early, results, suggest it could be far more effective, in treating, kovat 19, it's, a double-blind. NIH, study meaning patients. And doctors don't, know who gets a placebo what. We have seen is lots of patients recovering, whether, that's because they're getting a study drug or placebo we, don't know in Washington, State ICU. Doctors did give REM dezer beer to Chris Kane as he, struggled, to breathe within, 48 hours I was a lot better we're just so thankful and then I got, to get him on this to get him on this drug, so quickly, was just an absolute concept, now researchers, could be just two to three weeks away from a major breakthrough.
Determining. Whether room des aver should be the go-to treatment. In hospitals, meanwhile. Doctors, are increasingly, cautious, about an unproven, treatment touted, by President, Trump. Hydroxychloroquine. Combined, with an antibiotic. Researchers. In Brazil canceled, a small chloroquine, study after, some patients, developed cardiac, arrhythmias, and even died but. Back at Emory, some kovat patients, are insisting. On getting what they heard president Trump talked up and they say I don't want an experimental, drug I want the drug on the news if. Approved drug maker Gilead, says it could have enough REM des aver to treat. 140,000. People immediately. And half, a million by October, Lester. All right Tom, Costello tonight thank you of next beating the odds inspiring. So, many others. Finally. He survived his harrowing, battle with, coronavirus. Now a heartwarming. Celebration. Here Steve Patterson. This. Easter, Sunday at California. Hospital resonating. With waves of applause for, 50 year-old Ramon, Zuniga who fought the corona virus, and won, after, spending, 19, days on a ventilator. I seem, to exist, but I really wasn't sure if I existed, I didn't. Know if I had passed on or. Not. For. Over a month ICU dr. Alex Hakeem documented. Ramon's journey and in a way he's, own I don't know if I have the right words right now to express, just, how I feel I'll, remember it for the rest of my life and as. For Ramon he's grateful for the gift of life I've managed, to beat this but. All the credit goes to them all, the nurses, all the doctors, gave. Them hope. That's. What doctors and nurses who saved Ramon will carry with them as they head back to the front lines, Steve, Patterson NBC. News Los, Angeles that's. The kind of beautiful moments we want to see more of that is nightly news for this Monday I'm Lester Holt please take care of yourself and each, other. Hey. NBC, News viewers, thanks, for checking out our youtube, channel subscribe. By, clicking on, that button down here and, click. On any of the videos over here to, watch the latest interviews, show highlights, and digital, exclusives, thanks. For watching.