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so they really need to move fast. they are really trying to drum up public support for the package. and right now, the public polls show that it is on their side. it may not be bipartisan in congress so far. obviously, the administration has struggled to find any republican support so far for the package. but that doesn't exactly reflect what's going on in the american public. you have republican governors, republican mayors talking to the white house. lobbying congress saying we need this extra -- for example, state and local aid for our communities. you know, public polling shows that a majority of republican voters also support the legislation as well. so if there are -- for the lack of headway that the white house is making among, you know, for example, senate republicans, they are moving the american people. and what president biden is going to do tonight is just to really keep that feeling of momentum on his side in terms of public support for the package. and try to really pressure
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congress to move as soon as possible on this big package. >> i think it comes in a really interesting time. first of all, it's the president's first trip outside washington really to meet with voters of this entire presidency. that's always significant. and then jeff zeleny, it's obviously president biden's first chance to speak to the american people since the impeachment trial of his predecessor. this really does come at a key moment. he has a spotlight in a different way than he's had it over the last few weeks. >> john, no doubt about it. look, after the impeachment trial is over, it's more than that. this really is the beginning of the second month of his presidency but in many respects it's the first month of him having the spotlight to himself. and as the impeachment trial was going on last week, the white house wise doing a lot of work, having republican governors in, democratic governors in, mayors in talking about this relief bill. and there is no doubt about that the public supports this economic relief. do remember at the end of last year, the end of the trump presidency, there was support
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for giving $2,000 payments to americans who were hurting in need. this bill comes with a $1400 added on top of the $600 from last year. so there is support for that. the question is are republicans going to swallow this whole $1.9 trillion price tag. as of now, they're not. the biden administration is making its case talking about all of this. the bigger burden for the president is that he owns all of this. i'm here in wisconsin. i've been talking to voters. just one small example, in waukesha county, a republican county, they're not getting the vaccine supply they need. they don't necessarily blame the biden administration. it's complicated, the formulas are complicated but this is something the president now owns. he could get an earful from people who simply want their vaccines, want their schools to be opened. now this burden is his. yes he'll bring empathy, he'll pr bring an open ear to hear all of
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these things but the charges are mounting. one of the reasons he's traveling outside of washington to make his case for all of this. >> he doesn't just need to win over the american public, though it sounds like they are mostly on his side. or republicans. there are also some democratic senators not sold on how this covid relief bill is structured. >> right. right now the white house should be very much worried, not just about joe manchin who we've talked about as being such a pivotal figure for president biden's agenda, but senator kisten cinema from arizona who is a lot nor low profile than senator manchin. but she made it very clear last week that she does not support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, particularly under this fast-track budget reconciliation process that democratic leaders in congress are considering -- are planning to use to pass president biden's package.
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she says that is not an appropriate use of the reconciliation process. and she seems pretty firm in that opposition. remember democratic senators only have 50 votes. to pass something you have to keep all 50 members together. so does president biden start twisting arms with senators manchin and sinema? do they hold firm in their opposition? does the minimum wage increase have to get dropped from the final package? there's a lot of questions for democrats in coming days. >> without those two democrats, it doesn't pass in the senate. it just can't happen. i'm curious if it stays in the house version of the bill before it goes to the senate. do they take it out in the senate and deal with reconciliation after that or conference? we'll have to wait and see. jeff zeleny, nancy pelosi coming out overnight saying that she supports the creation of a 9/11-style commission to investigate the insurrection
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january 6th. it's interesting. what we don't know is what it will look like. will they pass a measure through congress like after september 11th which requires a signature. will this commission have subpoena power? call witnesses? how deeply will this commission look into the former president's response to this? and will this get any republican support as it moves through congress? what do you see? >> john, no doubt that the impeachment trial did something that we have not seen. we learned so much more about what happened minute by minute by minute on the afternoon of january 6th. but also, trying to learn how much we don't know. largely what the president was doing at that point. i think there's an appetite, no question, for a deeper look into this. now this would have to be something that would be passed by the house and senate, signed into law by the president. i think that's easily achievable. certainly with the
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democratic-controlled senate. i can see some republicans, likely the republicans who voted to convict the president, the former president, supporting this. of course, president biden would sign it. now this does fly in the face of the biden administration's efforts to move on. but there also is a sense, a willingness to find out what happened there. it's not exactly like the 9/11 commission. oo i'd be surprised if it's as sweeping. that was a deep look into the broader intelligence failures. that was a much longer more serious investigation. but i think there is an appetite for looking into this more. and certainly on speaker pelosi's point of view. we heard her words saturday in the capitol, still furious by all of this. furious at some republicans. in one respect she's probably trying to urge republicans and goad them to come along with this. it's a challenge. can you pass legislation on other matters on economic relief and still do this sort of 9/11-style commission?
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she thinks we can. so we'll see how that goes. i would suspect it would get bipartisan support at least in some degree. >> seung min, is there any political risk here for nancy pelosi, and does she care? >> well, i think she's made explicitly clear that she really wants to get down and get a full accounting of what happened on january 6th. because yesterday's letter wasn't the first time she had thrown support for a 9/11 style commission. but there is certainly a republicans who want to use some sort of a fact-finding mission to target nancy pelosi herself. and while we don't yet know what the parameters of this particular commission would be, i would imagine it would not be sitting members of congress and i think that would dial down the partisan tensions a little bit. but there are already house republicans who are saying they want to push on nancy pelosi's role that day, whether she was, for instance, fast enough in calling for extra security at the capitol. so there are people -- you know, members of congress, republicans
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and democrats writ large, generally speaking, do want to find out what happened on january 6th at the capitol and the days leading up to it. but, you know, different sides want to target different aspects of what happened that day. so we'll -- it really depends on how this commission is structured, who leads it, what their mission is, what their parameters are, and that's something that we're still waiting to find out. >> seung min, jeff, thank you both very much for all of the reporting. be sure to join us tonight. anderson cooper moderates the first presidential town hall with president joe biden. this is live from milwaukee, wisconsin. it's at 9:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. we have some breaking news. three people are dead and at least ten others hurt after a tornado tears through a coastal town in north carolina. at this hour, search and rescue crews are looking for others who may be trapped in their homes. joining us is kate merryman, a reporter for our affiliate wmbf
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in brunswick county, north carolina, with the latest. what's the situation there? >> alisyn, good morning. the sheriff of brunswick county describing this as something unlike anything he's ever seen. and as the sun has risen this morning, they are expanding their search and rescue efforts right now so they are out in those communities hoping to find anybody that may have missed and like you mentioned, it's three people dead. 10 injured. where i am right now, this has become the headquarters for emergency crews. you can possibly hear the sound of some rescue just staging the area, just in case they need to go anywhere. now i want to mention this. it's not a typical time for tornadoes, but between the cold air we've had and, of course, being a coastal town, it's created a perfect mix of it. ripping through a community like we talked about taking the lives of three. and again, as right now we'll have had -- i have checked in
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with the emergency management. they did tell me as of now and when we did check in at 4:30 this morning and as of right now, no reports of any missing persons but they expect to continue that search effort. they've expanded it all morning just to check to make sure. i'll send it back to you guys. >> thank you so much for that report. please keep us posted. much more to learn as it goes on. nearly 5 million americans waking up without power after a huge winter storm paralyzed the south. more than 4 million without power in texas alone. one-third of the state's residents in the dark amid frigid temperatures. ed lavandera live in dallas with more. a snowy background ed. very unusual. >> good morning, john. it has been an epic failure of energy production and power production here in this state and it has turned deadly. houston police reporting this morning that a family of four were found suffering from carbon monoxide.
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a woman and child have died. and it has been a brutal night here in texas as millions are without power. freezing temperatures and power outages are pummeling areas from texas through the plain states. more than one-third of the country reached temperatures below zero on monday. texas is receiving the brunt of the storm with millions across the state left with no power and no heat. >> we see the current situation. i'm not going to sugar coat it. the next few days are going to be very tough. there's a high chance the power will be out for these folks until the weather gets better, which will not be for a couple of days. >> the city of abilene that has a population of more than 100,000 residents was forced to shut off water last night due to power outages. the lacking infrastructure for these conditions is a major concern for hard-hit areas with some families freezing in their homes. >> it's like a walk-in freezer.
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it's like 34 to 36 degrees, i would say. >> depends on which room. 40 degrees to 55 at the highest. >> reporter: in harris county, power outages nearly spoiled more than 8,000 coronavirus vaccine doses. moderna advised the county that 3,000 of those doses could go back into storage. and the rest were distributed throughout the county. historic lows in dshlgs oklahoma city and in kansas city, the coldest since 1989. the windchill factor reaching temperatures as cold as minus 32 degrees. in tennessee, authorities reported two fatalities from the storm on monday. in kentucky, the governor is warning that another storm is on its way. he tells residents not to run your gas ovens to generate heat and be careful using generators and camp stoves. >> again, i can't stress the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, which is absolutely avoidable. those are casualties we don't
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want to see. we did not make it through almost a year of a pandemic to lose people to a snow or an ice storm. >> reporter: john, millions across the state here desperately waiting for the power to get turned back on. the convention center in downtown dallas is being used as a warm shelter for hundreds of homeless people. and the current temperature in dallas right now, 3 degrees, john. tom brady has more super bowl rings than dallas has degrees. thought you'd like that. >> glad you put it that way. now i understand the situation. ed lavandera, wear a hat. for god's sake, your hair will handle it. >> i'm going to toughen this out. >> thanks, ed. appreciate it. republican richard burr censured by his state party overnight for voting to convict the former president. north carolina's republican chair joins me to talk about the decision, next. s. with a companion that powers a digital world,
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overnight, north carolina republican party voted unanimously to censure senator richard burr for his vote to convict the former president at the senate impeachment trial. joining us now, michael watley, the chair of the north carolina republican party. mr. chairman, thanks for being with us. can i ask. you had a tornado in your state overnight. some really, really dangerous weather. you, your family, everyone you know okay? >> yes, sir. we are good, but we're certainly praying for those families down in brunswick county and
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appreciate the effort of our first responders to make sure that they are going out, the search and rescue crews, and we pray that everybody is going to be okay. >> likewise. mr. chairman, i want to read you a statement. president trump is most certainly not the victim here. his words and actions were reckless and he shares responsibility for the disgrace that occurred on january 6th. is that a statement you agree with? >> look, i think that the rhetoric and actions that we saw on january 6th, the actions that we saw from the protesters that attacked the capitol are horrific and unjustified. there is no rationale that could excuse the actions of those people that went into the capitol that caused the violence and the deaths and injuries that we've seen from that are truly horrific. but i think the fault lies with those people who attacked the capitol. >> okay. because that statement blames the former president. it says that president trump shares responsibility for the
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disgrace that occurred on january 6th. that statement made by your other republican senator, tom tillis. tom tillis, republican senator from north carolina, says that the former president's actions were reckless and he shares responsibility. so why not censure him? >> well, i think what we saw coming out of the vote on saturday, across the state of north carolina, i talked to over hundreds of volunteers of party leaders, of activists from every part of the state. and they are very disappointed with the vote that we saw from senator burr, particularly after he had said that the impeachment process in the senate was unconstitutional. >> what responsibility do you, as the republican party chair in north carolina, think the former president bears for what happened on january 6th? >> i think the responsibility lies with those people who broke the law, who attacked the capitol, who attacked those police officers, and caused the violence and mayhem which is
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completely reprehensible and unjustifiable. >> so you think mitch mcconnell is wrong because mitch mcconnell says there's no question, none, there's no question, none, that the president is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day. why is mitch mcconnell wrong? >> look, i'm not going to say that mitch mcconnell is wrong. what i'm going to say is that, you know, the actions that we saw by that mob are completely unjustifiable, reprehensible and horrific. >> because it sounds to me you are censuring richard burr, you say, for voting to convict because you say it's unconstitutional. but it sounds to me like you're punishing him or you're refusing to put any responsibility on the former president, correct? >> no, i don't think that's the case. i think that the republicans across north carolina, the party leaders that i talk to were shocked and disappointed with senator burr's vote. and wanted to put out a
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statement just saying that we disagreed with it. >> in utah, which is a republican state. it's as red as they come. they had two senators voting different ways. mike lee and mitt romney voted different ways. the utah republican party put out a statement that said our senators have both been criticized for their vote. the differences between our own utah republicans showcase a diversity of thought and contrast to the danger of a party fixated on unanimity of thought. so what do you think of what utah did? >> -- what the utah party did. what i can say is i had conversations with over 100 leaders across north carolina over the three days following senator burr's vote. and there was universal disapproval of the vote itself. look, we -- richard burr has been a leader in the north carolina republican party for over 20 years. he will continue to be a leader in the north carolina republican party. i don't think that this is a
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statement against richard burr as a senator. i think this is a statement that we disagree with that particular vote. >> you censured him. that's quite a statement against richard burr. >> it is a statement against that particular vote. >> you know, we hear a lot from people in the republican party about cancel culture. you are canceling richard burr for his vote, which he said was a vote of conscience. >> well, i think that the cancel culture where we see the president kicked off of all -- the former president kicked off of all social media, where we see people losing their jobs, where we see people who have been hit on social media or deplatformed is entirely different from us as a state party saying that we disagree with one particular vote cast by a senator. >> you're canceling him because of that vote. >> we're not canceling anything. we're saying that we disagree with one particular vote. >> in utah, you know, i
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understand you say that you're hearing from republicans. donald trump won utah by 20%. he won north carolina by, you know, which was by the way an impressive victory in north carolina given the circumstances but barely 1%. but utah can handle it. how come you guys can't handle diversity of opinion? >> well, i think that we're perfectly fine with diversity of opinion. i don't think that you should read anything into this resolution that was passed last night other than the fact that, across the board, the north carolina republicans were disappointed with senator burr's vote. >> has the north carolina republican party made any statement condemning or putting responsibility on the former president for anything that happened on january 6th? >> well, we put out multiple statements saying that we were horrified by the actions on january 6th. and that they were unjustified and unreasonable. >> one of the things that may be a byproduct of this is rumors that the former president's
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daughter-in-law, laura trump, might run for senate seat. richard burr, the censured r richard burr is retiring. he was going to retire anyway. how do you feel about laura trump running in north carolina? >> yeah, i think that we're going to have tremendous special on both sides of the aisle, republicans and democrats in this race with senator burr stepping down. you'll need a dance card to keep straight everybody who is going to look at it. and ultimately, who is going to get into it. i think if laura trump were to get into the race, there would be immediate widespread interest and support from across the state. but regardless of who comes out of that primary, we're going to have a great republican candidate that's focused on a north carolina first and america first agenda and they'll be running against a democrat who is going to be pushing the agenda from washington, d.c., with the biden/pelosi/schumer a ag agenda.
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michael whatley, glad you and your family are safe given the weather in your state. new york governor andrew cuomo denying a cover-up about data on nursing home deaths. the governor, it's possible, he could be stripped of emergency powers amid growing scrutiny. that's next.
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new york governor andrew cuomo on monday tried to defend his administration's decision to delay releasing data on coronavirus deaths in nursing homes. >> we created a void. and we didn't answer every question. so it allowed the void to be created, the void begets disinformation. the disinformation begets pain of people. i take responsibility for that. total death counts were always accurate. nothing was hidden from anyone. >> in response, state lawmakers are considering repealing the governor's emergency powers. joining us is jesse mckinley, the albany bureau chief at "the new york times" and cnn political commentator errol
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lewis for spectrum news. we continue to invite governor cuomo on "new day" to answer some questions but we've not heard back from his office. great to have both of you because you're both steeped in new york state politics. you have studied this. errol, is there a cover-up here? was there a cover-up? >> cover-up might be too strong of a word, but it wasn't ais th. there was information that was not conveyed clearly. there was a misrepresentation of the situation that was going on, and it was tragically unnecessary. the most important thing is the policy changed fairly quickly. the governor made a mistake. the state health department, they issued an order that in the early hectic days of the pandemic what might have seemed reasonable but did not work out well. the fact that we've had a number of deaths that were then sort of merged or portrayed in a way
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that was confusing made it hard to perceive exactly what was going on and that's just not right. so this is not a cover-up in the sense that, you know, people were fired or files were destroyed or anything like that. the information was out there or at least the administration had it. they just refused to tell the public what it had a right to know. >> jesse, what about that. was the governor and his administration fudging numbers, as far as we can tell, intentionally, and undercounting something? >> well, they were certainly withholding them. i thought it was remarkable what the governor said yesterday was he seemed obsessed or at least very interested in making a somewhat apology, a semi apology for the messaging on this. it was about, we created this void and that allowed conspiracy theories and other things to come about. but it wasn't about the actual policy as errol pointed out. in the policy oath, the government oath, was not to give out information, public
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information about the toll in nursing homes and that caused the problems. >> errol, it was hard to follow along with some of the minutia that the governor talked about yesterday in his long press conference, but what he seemed to be saying was here were the numbers. he was talking about yesterday, in terms of the coronavirus patients who were released from hospitals, back to nursing homes, he basically was trying to say, it didn't change the outcome. here's that moment. >> 365 received a person from a hospital. of the 365, that received a person from this march 25th guidance, which was then superseded in may, 98% of those 365 already had covid in their facility. >> what about that, errol. could something have been done
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differently? did what he decided to do change the outcome? >> well, that's the thing that we can't really be sure of. even with that spate of numbers you just reran. look. here's the problem. if people were coming from a hospital and they had covid and they were going into a nursing home and it wasn't clear who in that nursing home had covid, you can't necessarily atribute to to that one move. all you can do is try and get a sense of what's going on by looking at all of the numbers. that is what people were so desperate to find out. that's why press organizations kept asking for the data from the administration. that's why the administration really needed to release that information. so that collectively, all of us could put our heads together. we could put some data scientists on it and figure out what might be going on and most importantly, we can tell families how to make the best decision possible about whether to remove a loved one from a nursing home and maybe try a different alternative to keep
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that person safe. we can't know what would have happened. we can't know what should have happened. but we do know that we didn't have the right information to make those kind of decisions. and that's why people are angry with the governor. >> jesse, what happens now. it doesn't sound like these state lawmakers, even democratic lawmakers are inclined to let this go. here are two -- what two new york assemblywomen said during the governor's press conference. one said watching this presser is like watching the exact example of why you tell your kids they shouldn't lie. one lie leads to another lie and then another lie and you can't remember all the lies anymore. another said trash. no one believes you. so now what? >> well, i think if the mission yesterday was to try to appease lawmakers in albany, it didn't do the trick. as you point out, the democrats here are still quite upset. not only upset with what the governor said yesterday but upset with the stonewall that preceded it.
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even yesterday when the governor says, look, we did delay giving information to the legislature, et cetera. you're talking about an almost six-month delay. so the democrats here in albany are upset. the republicans have always been upset and are calling for investigations, and i think if the governor's goal was to put this to bed, it didn't quite do the trick. >> we'll continue to cover it. jesse mckinley, errol lou,is, thank you for all your expertise in new york politics. daily new cases and hospitalizations are down sharply here in the u.s. the question is, why? dr. sanjay gupta has some answers, next.
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if you smell gas, you're too close. leave the structure, call 911, keep people away, and call pg&e right after so we can both respond out and keep the public safe. covid's still a threat. and on reopening schools, we know what happens when we don't put safety first. ignore proper ventilation or rates of community spread, and the virus worsens. fail to provide masks or class sizes that allow for social distancing,
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and classrooms close back down. a successful reopening requires real safety and accountability measures. including prioritizing vaccines for educators. parents and educators agree: reopen schools. putting safety first. if you see wires down, treat them all as if they're hot and energized. stay away from any downed wire, call 911, and call pg&e right after so we can both respond out and keep the public safe. this morning, the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases is down 72% from its peak in january. hospitalizations at the lowest level since mid-november. joining us now, cnn chief
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medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. i'm thrilled to be able to ask you this question. why? why are the numbers dropping? it's good news that they are. it would be even better news if we could explain it and duplicate it going forward. >> yeah. and if they keep going down, right? if you put up that graph that you just showed about hospitalizations. clearly it's a good downward trend. it's worth pointing out as you can see from that graph that it's still, you know, at or above the peak levels of where we were earlier in the year. so we should give it that context. but i think there's several things going on here. and i talked to many epidemiologists about this. one is that there was this significant surge that we expected over the holidays and we are coming off of that surge. it takes some time. i think around the country, you know, we are seeing better adherence to a lot of the things we've been talking about for a year now. the mask wearing, the physical distancing. and some of these school studies, for example, mask adherence was well over 90% in
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the schools. that was, you know, as low as 60% at some point over the last year. that certainly improved. also you take a look at the numbers on the screen. 27 million confirmed cases -- diagnosed cases of people being infaectsed with coronavirus. we're probably undercounted significantly. it's probably three times that roughly. closer to 90 million people. and those people have some level of protection. it's this idea of population immunity. tougher to measure because we're not doing the antibody surveys in people. but when we talk about population immunity, that does also decrease the likelihood people will become infected or get sick and you add in the vaccinations to that. and all these things make a difference. we have to see if the numbers continue to go down. i hope for the best but prepare for the worst as they say. >> on that front, there's that school of thought that we're about to spike again. >> yeah, and i think with these
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variants and, you know, the terms by the way, the variant is a mutated virus here. the strain are the variants that are of significance. there have been several strains of significance. the way that i think about this is that i think we're seeing these strains, some of them becoming more transmissible. and as a result, the numbers of people infected may go up. but i think the same measures that we've been talking about for so many months now, hospitalizations and deaths, are the things we really have to pay attention to. so we could be in this situation where the numbers of cases do go up, but the numbers of hospitalizations as a percentage, the number of deaths as a percentage continue to go down, if that makes sense. so the virus is still out there. you're quite right. it may be more transmissible, but it may also become less consequential as a result of all
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the things we're talking about. >> one of the things that's also happened is the number of people tested is actually going down. there may be benign reasons for of this. it may be because fewer people are presenting -- being sick so they don't feel the need to get tested. but there's another theory that we've diversed resources to vaccinations from testing. what do you see happening with testing, and why is it still important? >> yeah, no, you are right. and i've seen this firsthand. that the -- it becomes the new shiny object. everyone is talking about vaccines and testing has taken a back seat. if you look at the cdc guidelines, they say, by the way, both vaccination and testing important strategies but not necessary strategies for opening schools, for example. i still -- i've always thought testing was important. i mean, data is important. and if you look at this covid relief bill, there's $50 billion in it for testing, for widespread antigen testing around schools, around large
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public gatherings, things like that. i think it's important. and the thing that's been impressed on me over the last several months by people like michael minna and others is that when it comes to antigen testing, those types of tests could be quite good at answering the question people are really trying to get answered. which is not do i have the virus in my body? the question is, am i contagious? and i think that knowing the answer to that question before you step into a school or a large public gathering, i think, is really important. and it will continue to be important. at some point as the numbers continue to go down, we'll be in better position overall. but for now, testing is still critical. >> sanjay, on the school front. here's the latest cdc guidance. they say they need to see universal mask wearing. physical distancing. hand washing. cleaning of facilities and improved ventilation. contact tracing, isolation and quarantining. pardon my jaded nature, didn't
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we know that? haven't we known this for many months that those are the secret sauce right there? >> yeah, we could have put this graphic up about a year ago, i think, right? but i think that there is something to be said for the idea that there is now evidence behind this and plenty of examples of school systems around the country that, based on those strategies and those strategies alone, have been able to open and arguably open safely. meaning their transmission rates are very low within schools, and much lower than the community around them. the wisconsin study that everyone talks about quite a bit. 17 schools in rural wisconsin. they had a nearly 40% lower level of transmission in the schools as compared to the community around them. one thing worth pointing out is that the community at that point had really high transmission. they would have been considered in the red zone for most of the fall last year. and yet the school was able to stay safe. i think that's the point the cdc
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was trying to make. and also it's also important what they didn't have on the list. as we were just talking about. they didn't have testing. they didn't have vaccination. i just want to show you quickly, if i can, this is a co2 monitor. this is the sort of thing people are talking about now in sdools to potentially give you a example of, if you have good ventilation or not. roughly below 1,000 in a classroom that is full of students would be adequate ventilation. this is the sort of thing you'll start seeing as schools think about reopening. >> that's interesting. have one of those in a few areas i'd like to check out with that to be sure. >> what are you referring to? >> just saying six feet. >> all right. one-third of texas residents without power this morning amid frigid temperatures. we're going to speak to one family about how they are dealing with this crisis, next. no, but we came through smelling of mistletoe. the now platform lets us identify problems before they became problems. if only it could identify where my ball went.
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developing this morning. more than 4 million customers are without power in texas. an historic winter storm has crippled the area dumping snow and tons of ice. joining us now from celina, texas is ryan and his pregnant wife and their two little kids. they've been without power and heat on and off for more than 36 hours. ryan, how are you guys and how cold is it in celina right now? >> you know, we're good. thank you for asking. it's, i think the last i looked it was negative 3, probably about zero right now which is uncanny for us. we're doing pretty well as a family considering there are some folks in the area doing a lot worse. >> how are you doing well as a family? your kids are 4 and 2. your wife is 8 months pregnant. you have not had heat, consistently, for the past more than 24 hours. so how are you guys dealing?
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>> we're doing pretty well. it's a little frustrating. snow is so rare for us that it's something that we kind of cherish in some ways. i want to take the boys out in it, but the down side is, we, obviously, weren't prepared for the amount of snow, the energy demands. we've been going through these rolling blackouts. we've been trying to do things to turn it into an advantenturer the boys, more than anything. doing things like keeping them bundled. keeping blankets on. we've tried to lower the thermostat as much as possible to help meet the energy demands in the area, doing things like putting towels down along the openings of doors and windows to retain as much heat as possible. but it's been -- the last couple of nights, overnight especially, have been a little challenging for us as parents. >> i can only imagine. what's the temperature gotten down to in your house? >> it's tough to say. it's tough to say just knowing
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the thermostat clicks off when the power goes out. so i imagine we're keeping it, i think around 65 whenever the power comes on, but i would imagine it gets down into 50. i know there are some who have said they don't have electricity or gas and it's getting down to the 30s in their homes. so i don't think that's been the case with us. thankfully. but it's definitely much colder than we would like to keep the house at. i can say that. >> what are your boys saying? how are you keeping them warm? >> you know, for the most part, they just tell us when they're cold. we keep them bundled in blankets. they're trying to -- we're trying to keep them active running around and playing and doing those types of things. i'm grateful, they're young enough that i don't think they'll fully grasp what's going on. it's still a fun thing because they can see snow outside and anything that gets kind of scary where, especially at night,
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where we don't have lights, they don't have night lights, it's going to be cold for sleeping, we make sure to tell them you have extra blankets. if you need anything, come find us. here's a flashlight. the older one, we turned it into, you get to be the keeper of the flashlight and look out for your brothers. we tried to turn something that could be more negative into a positive adventure for them in trying to take that approach. >> superior parenting. that's what i'm hearing right now. you guys are doing a great job. we're thinking of you and really praying that texas can turn it around and that you certainly get heat and electricity back sooner than later. we'll check back with you. thank you very much for sharing your own family's experience. >> thanks for having me on. >> with a guitar. they should do a boy band. write some music about it. a father in louisiana hailing a pair of sanitation workers as heroes for speaking up after they spotted the car where his kidnapped 10-year-old
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daughter was being held. jermaine lasalle's daughter vanished while playing outside. they issued an amber alert notifying everyone to look out for a suspicious vehicle. the next morning the two men spotted the car on their route and she was found safe. he can't thank them enough. >> people do care. i'm glad that they saw it. not just for my child but for other people when things like that happen. >> he says since that day he and his daughter haven't left each other's sight. julisa will be practically stuck to him now. good for those sanitation workers also. just goes to show, if you see something, say something. keep your eyes open. let authorities know. >> thank god. they often do not end well. >> everyone down south, please stay well. hope the power comes back on. our coverage continues after this.
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