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zblompblths. hello again, everyone, thank you for joining me. concerns are growing about the third wave of the delta variant. it's spreading fast and has become the dominant variant in the u.s., five clusters of groups are leading this new surge. 27 states are now seeing a rise in covid cases over the praef week. many are in areas that have low vaccination rates. the governor of arkansas says that it's leading to younger people needing hospitalizations. >> 20-to-65 range, they have not gotten vaccinated at the same rate as those who are older. they have resisted it, put it off. so the result is the average age has gone down ten years. >> here with me now dr. joe thompson.
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he is the first surgeon general of arkansas. now he is the president and ceo of the arkansas center for health improvement and a professor at the university of arkansas for medical sciences, so good to see you. >> glad to be with you. >> all right. so the numbers are getting worse in your state. what do you blame? >> well, i think we've got a combination of a new, more aggressive mutated variant of the covid-19 virus combined with low levels of protection and those two things coming together are going to be ripe for a forest fire. and i'm afraid we are on the front end of experiencing that now. we've jumped from a few hundred cases a week or so ago to now we are having a thousand or more cases each and every day. >> and is it your view that arkansas as a whole handled covid as best it could from the beginning stages until now? >> i think we did well. i think we took a phased approach. as the threat went up, our
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protections went up. we dealt with the political polarization that the nation did. and our state is a very conservative state. unfortunately, we had someham handcuffs put in place. >> what do you mean by that? >> public establishments, local municipalities are not allowed to have mask mandates. as this scales back up, i'm afraid that may be a public health tool we need to bring back out and put into place. but the most important thing is getting our vaccination rates up. parts of the state that less than 15% of the local population is vaccinated. >> do you wish there had been more masked mandates? >> i don't think we needed a mask mandate. we need the vaccination rates to go up now. we need to be on offense against this delta variant or what comes next. with the levels of transmission, we may have another aggressive or a mutation that can get out from under the protection the vaccines offer. >> how do you herd people to get
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vaccinated when some of the same people you wanted to get vaccinated were reticent about wear ac mask in the first place? >> well, i think time and experience and just repetitive messaging is important. the governor is out across the state. we need all of our elected leaders, democratic and republican. we need our faith-based leaders to be issuing the message of what the threat is and reenforcing the importance of getting protected. moving from an unprotected group. which we have far too many. over half of our people are unprotected moving them into a protective state. >> so what will be the metric? how do you measure progress in terms of getting vaccinations up? we just had a reporter who was at a vaccination site and there was hardly anybody there. so what do you say? how do you urge aarkansans to g
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tool or a rise in covid cases or being exposed to the delta variant? >> well, i think the most important thing is to continue the message of safety and the effectiveness of these vaccines. the people that are hospitalized and have died in our state, 98, fi 99% were in unvaccinated status. those deaths were avoidable. unfortunately, when we see our death rate rise again, people will re-visit and the efficacy of the vaccines will move people from an unprotected state to a protected state. >> are you hopeful there will be a real potential change for the better, especially by the time kids are going back in school across your state? >> well, i'm afraid that we're going to be in for some rough times in the next few weeks. the exponential expansion of this various means we have lost control of it here in our state.
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with the number of unprotected people, our hospitals will be heavily burdened and our communities will feel the impact. the message i would give to parents right now, is if you have a college student or a teenager, they can get the vaccine. and they have not started or getting the vaccine, next week is the time to start. the vaccines take several weeks to have their full protection go into effect. we are seven weeks away from the start of college and schools. if you have younger kid, it's time to re-visit good hand hygiene, wearing the masks when are you in public and actually trying to keep social distance from groups that are not vaccinated and they place you at risk. >> dr. joe thompson, thank you so much. automatic best and continue to be well. >> thank you. all right. now to charlottesville, virginia, where four years after white supremacists used the protection of confederal statues to rally there, this powerful
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moment brought cheers to much of the city today. a pair of confederate statues of robert e. lee and stonewall jackson taken down, put onto the back of trucks and driven away. the charlottesville city council had voted last month to remove the statues, following a court battle that lasted more than three years. the mayor there spoke just before the statues came down. >> as we debate in america whether critical race theory actually history can be taught, our community battles with the falsitys that have created to enshrine and preserve whiteness as supreme taking down the statue is one small step closer to the goal of helping
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charlottesville, virginia and america grapple with its sin of being willing to destroy black people for economic gains. >> we are live in charlottesville, virginia. evan, what was the morning like? what was the crowd like when those statues came down? >> reporter: well, fred, that intro, that byte from the mayor really explains the situation really, really well. right behind me is where that statue of robert e. lee stood for nearly 100 years until 7:00 a.m. this morning. for at least the last five of years or so, that has been a great source of embarrassment in charlottesville, virginia. the council voted a long time to bring it down, but there was a horrible fight and calming to the divide in the middle of a battle over these statues. finally the supreme court ruled
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that this city had the right to take its statue down if it wanted to. today it went down and did it. the response from the crowd here, the feeling here this morning was one of jubilation. there was cheering everywhere. the people that came out were happy to have these statues come down. charlottesville has wanted it to come down for a long time. today it felt like charlottesville got what it wanted. >> thanks so much for that. coming up, the fight over voting rights now playing out in texas. a hearing over new restrictions is being held, i'll talk with the elections administrator of harris county in just a moment. . finish quantum with activblu technology has the power to remove the toughest stains without pre-rinsing for dishes so clean they shine. join finish and skip the rinse to save our water.
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law. the new law would ban drive-through voting. it also adds restrictions to voting by mail and gives new powers to partisan poll watchers. texas is one of many gop-led state legislatures passing new voting restriction, despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. >> we all have to recognize that there is one party that is no longer playing by the same rules in terms of our democracy. texas is already the state in the country that it's hardest to vote. we already, every election, are in the bottom five in terms of voter turnout. our issue isn't voter fraud. it's trying to get people to vote. we have to have a federal response. that will have to be led by the president. no one else will be able to get this across the line. >> isabel longoria is the texas legislator. good to see you.
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so what is your response to congressman allred is saying, you know, it really is indicative upon the president to intervene here. what kind of federal response if not for congressional legislation could there be? >> we need help in texas. that's the bottom line. so the person administering elections in harris county, which is the houston area, they fixed the typos from the first time around that it was a bad bill. but it's still a bad bill here. what we are seeing is the continued efforts in texas to take away options from voters. and you know, in the united states, voting is a sacred right. we trust and believe that people should have options, that they should be able to vote securely and successfully. i'm really worried right now that the trend we are seeing today in the hearings, both in the house and senate here in texas are further illustrating that our texas leadership is not going to do what it takes to protect voters and so we're going to need more help from the federal level. >> i understand you could be called to testify if you haven't
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already, have you, already, been called? >> i am not. i am watching three screens, seeing when we are coming up here. >> okay. what kind of questions would you anticipate if you are called to testify and what is the message you are wanting to convey? >> my message is, you know, they're banning drive-through voting, even though we've done it successfully, safely, securely, four times in harris county and voters love it and love using it and feel good using it. the same with our mail ballot voting. we have now over four elections, way more than before i came on sent out mail ballot applications just so they don't have to print it themselves, they are used often with seniors and folks with disabilities. those options are being severely stripped down. we are seeing things if a voter tries to report a poll watcher for intimidating them, bullying them, picking on them, that that won't count. so voters reporting their own issues won't count when trying to correct poll watchers for bad actions. so time and time again, what i
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want to reiterate is the voting options that people love and adore and use safely and securely in harris county are being stripped away because of i guess conspiracy theories that our leadership would prefer to trust and hear over election experts, like myself. >> help people understand and some of your fellow texans understand why those provisionings are sacred in your view to keep, such as the drive-through voting. what is it about harris county? how do you convey i guess one of some of the obstacles in harris county and why some of these measures are needed to help people be able to vote? >> so i'll take drive-through voting. you can do anything else from your car right now. that's where the idea came from. you can bank from your car, buy food from your car and do all kind of curbside things and especially with the pandemic raging on, we wanted a method
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that was safe and secure, families could stay in the car together and access their sacred right to vote. what we found after using drive-through voting for elections it is more often used by black, latino and asian voters. they suffer for systemic racism and other barriers in voting in other ways. we see that with 24-hour voting and mail ballot voting and the intimidation of poll watchers. so it's much more than a partisan political fight at the national level because of these conspiracy theories in real life. these options are being tan away from you and your viewers as voters here in harris county. all i want as an elections administrator is to give voters the options to vote in exactly the way they've asked us and the freedom to help those voters be successful and safe and secure in voting. i just can't stress that enough. these bills take away our options as elections officials as the people sworn to defend
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your right to vote. they're taking our options away from helping you as voters. it's having an impact on our minority and senior voters with disabilities in texas. >> not long ago, democratic legislatures walked out so this republican legislature couldn't vote. there is a feeling that that might happen again. but how long could that go on in order to prevent any passage of these bills? >> i can't speak necessarily to the tactics or you know how long it could go on, infinity. but what i will say is how long should it go on? as long as it takes to protect our voters in texas. if that takes forever, i hope they keep doing it forever. if these bad bills keep coming up, you got to do everything you can to stop them the first time and the 50th time. >> kwhoo are voters telling you? >> voters, i get calls all the
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time. i'm the ones going to the civic committees. they say, we don't get it. we voted drive-through. it was just fine. they helped me with my paperwork. maybe there was a little bit of rain. guess, what i get to stay in my car and be safe throughout that time. we have stories of 24-hour voting on medical workers when we had a voting location at a hospital between shifts of taking care of folks. we're coming and voting at 3:00 a.m. almost in tears telling me, this was the first time i was able to vote in years, because when the polls close, no matter how much i want to vote, i can't get off my shift. same for workers in houston, our senior who's say or parents and family who's say i have an elderly mother, she can't get out of the car and so we'd rather come through drive-through voting so it's safer for us. i got my kids, it's hard to take them out of the car and strap them back in. so i want to be able to vote with them in the car so that they can see mom/dad voting and illustrate that to them.
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so i've heard nothing by positives about all of these options. and that's why it's reach e even more confusing for me as to why they are still on the coming block in these bills in texas. >> again, there were no widespread cases of fraud and there were no successful court challenges stating the case as well. isabel longoria, keep us posted. thank you so much. all right. coming up next, temperatures in the west. once again, soaring into the triple digits. the governor of nevada joins me live to talk about how to combat climate change. plus, 75 years of love and friendship and leadership. where a former president jimmy carter reveals the secret to the so longest marriage in presidential history. oks clean but, when grease and limescale build up, it's not as hygienic as you think. use finish dishwasher cleaner its dual-action formula tackles grease and limescale. finish. clean dishwasher. clean dishes.
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all right. a massive heat wave is torching records across western states. heat alerts stretching from the u.s.-canadian border all the way down with the border with mexico. the worst of the heat is expected to peak in the southwest and central valley of california, this weekend, where temperatures will soar well into the triple digits. cnn is in los vegas. camilla, how are people holding up? >> reporter: well, i can tell you that after they come here and take a picture, they're headed back to a people orcacy no, really anywhere with air-conditioning. that's because this weekend in los vegas, we could either tie or break the all-time record high of 117 degrees. as for weather service telling
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people not to gamble with these dangerous conditions. a lot of the locals know how to hand him this. but there are many tourists in town for the big fight for concerts, for celebration. they may not always be used to this kind of heat. i talked to some of those tourists. here's who they said. >> feels a lot different than the 100 where wear from. here, it's a lot dryer and a lot harder to breathe. we went out early so that we can roam around. it's 9:00. it's all burning. it's like -- here. >> reporter: okay. tell me what was it like? smr it was too much. literally we wanted to close the door and get back inside. >> reporter: and people are having fun here. but it is dangerous. it's not just about people's health. it also is making the drought, the severe drought in the
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western part of the united states even worse. we are talking about water, electricity. the high fire danger and so overall, this is a serious situation and a lot of the officials i have been talking to just want people to be very mind. of what's going on here in this region, fred. >> you got to be real careful. this is life-threatening heat. camilla bruin bernal. thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having me. i appreciate the opportunity. >> so you saw los vegas where the city broke the record yesterday, it could potentially break the heat record again this weekend. i understand it's 102. that is unbelievable. what are you concerns about how people are going to stay cool? >> well, it's warm right now. it could get up to 116, 117, 118 this afternoon. we understand that. most everything is air
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conditioned. it's still a great place to come on vacation. we encourage people to come. the pools are incredible. the properties are air conditioned. we're going through a little heat snap right now. we will come out of this like anything else. this is a part of the overall increasing climate change, how it has affected us on the west coast. it's something that we are learning to deal with. >> okay. heat snap, you call it that. then, yes, it's a part of the big climate change picture. in fact, you and eight, you were one of eight western governors, both democrat and republican, talking to the president in a virtual meeting. that took place on june 30th. so what plans were made, if any? what was the discussion about climate change, about this kind of heat wave, these dangerous conditions? >> well, the issues that we are dealing with is climate change is inclusive of our water shortage we are having right now. of our wildfire situation. we've got an agreement, all the
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western governors are working toke, the first responders. we're sending resources wherever the fires are in trying to get things handled from that basis. there is a great deal of cooperation. the federal government has been good in terms of the blm and wildfires and what not in getting us resources in order to hand him this thing. but it is heating up all over the country. climate change is real. you know, we have done everything we can to preserve water out here in the west and have these resources available to fight the fires when they come about. but people need to realize that 85-to-90% of these fires are a human cause. they're caused by the result of a catalytic converter or a campfire that wasn't put out or the last big one we had in reno up north was the result of a spark from someone target shooting out in the wilderness. so that causes a problem as well. and today, up in reno, my staff just called me, 10/15 minutes ago. we got invisible smoke in reno
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coming across from the california wildfire. it's a unique -- >> hopefully, we didn't lose your signals there. so i wonder, you know, governor, you talk about water supply, i mean, reservoirs are drying up fast in big cities like the one are you in, las vegas rely heavily on these water supplies as well as water from the colorado river. when you talk about resources coming from the federal government, what does that mean as it relates to water? oh. while we can see you, we have lost the audio. so governor sisolak, we do appreciate your time with us. try to stay cool in that serious as he calls it, it's getting warm out there. no, it's a serious heat wave out there. thank you so much, governor. all right. still ahead, the death toll in surfside, florida, rises to 86 as crews continue searching the rubble of a collapsed condo. we will go live to the scene next. it's a simple fact: it even kills the covid-19 virus.
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those who are still waiting. >> natasha chen is with us now from surfside, what is happening there? >> reporter: yeah, the search continues. there is still potentially 43 people unaccounted for. the mayor you heard from just there also reminded folks that this is the largest non-hurricane response in the history of the state of florida. so this is a huge effort right here that's been going on now for more than two weeks. meanwhile, as they continue to search for people in the rubble, there is an investigation going on here into why this building collapsed and how to keep other people in the area safe in their buildings. the town of surfside hired a structural engineer shortly after the collapse of this building. he has been taking a look at the north tower, champlain towers north is a sister building to the one that fell, built around the same one, they have been drilling into the concrete there. the sample 's have been sent off
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all right. when asked the secret to an enduring marriage, former president jimmy carter said, it's best to choose the right woman. cheerily, he did. jimmy and rosalynn carter are celebrating 75 years of marriage, the longest in presidential history. he explains how they have stayed so long in all of these years. what's the secret when you don't see eye-to-eye on something for how you patch it back together? >> at the end of the day, you overcome automatic different things you go through the day. we also make us give each other a kiss before we go to sleep in bed and we always sleep together
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overnight. we really try to become completely like a child at night. >> wednesday was the official first. and today they're celebrating in their hometown of plains, georgia, hosting a reception at a local high school with a few 100 of their friends there. joining us right now, a h historian and professor and author of "jimmy carter, a biography of the 39th president." julian, so good to see you. >> thanks for having me. >> the carter's relationship truly has been a special bond. roslyn having been described as the former president's most trusted adviser ever. tell us about that. >> yeah. it's not just a very good marriage, it's a great partnership. when he was governor of georgia, president of the united states, even since the presidency in the
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carter center, they really work together very well. she's always been an ad advisor to him, someone he trusts and listens to. i think that has been at the heart of his political life, not just personal life. >> the carters really do have multiple legacies, don't they, their union and work post-presidency, just to name a few. which, in your view, has made the greatest impact? >> i can't separate them. i mean, the presidency and post-presidency for this couple. both have been influential. when he was in the white house, when they were in the white house, their partnership was very important to the country. they were very tend to down. they didn't live in a very pompous lifestyle. that was important for a country reeling from watergate and vietnam and distrust in government. so that moment certainly was important for the nation, not just for their own family. >> that whole down-to-earth kind
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of thread. we are seeing that at a celebration at their high school taking place in plains, georgia. then we are looking at images right now. this couple has attended the same church since 1981. president carter even teaches sunday school there. so let's talk about the role religion has played in their lives. >> it's very important. when jimmy carter ran in 1976, many evangelical christians supported him. he was very opened about his religious faith and the role it played and right through today, it's difficult to separate the church from who they are. he's always seen a convergence between the civic good and the role of religion in society. and so i think it's fitting that the institution is a part of the story. >> okay. aside from their amazing marriage, another part of their legacy, particularly president carter, you know, putting in
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place safety regulations while he was in office for all americans that are still in place today. i am talking about things like seatbelts and airbags in cars. do you see a parallel to what president biden is trying to do, by encouraging everyone to get vaccinated? >> absolutely. i think there are different safety issues that every president faces, but there is a commonality in trying to think of how you elevate civic obligation. the obligation that all of us have to the common good. and that can be requiring people to wear seatbelts and it can also be figuring out how to spread vaccines, so that we are all safe as a nation. >> okay. i ask you that, because you did write about it on cnn.com, the blunt truth about vaccinations. so thank you so much for writing about that. julian, alls good to see you. i appreciate it. >> thanks for having many e. >> all right. hunter biden's debut in the
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art world, well, it's raising a few ethical eyebrows. the issue, conflict of interest? his first pieces reportedly go on sale for up to a half million dollars. the white house says it's on top of any ethics concerns. some say it's still not a good look. cnn reports. >> reporter: these paintings by president biden's son, hunter, are sparking ethics concerns for the white house. hunter's artwork is set to be displayed in seoul at invite-only showings in los angeles and new york city priced between $75,000 to half a million per piece. some ethics experts are crying foul. >> it just is impossible that this art from an unknown artist would be selling at this price if it didn't have the biden name attached to it. the cache that comes with buying this art is getting to say that you own art created by the president's son. >> reporter: sources tell cnn
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the white house has been involved in forming a deal between a soho new york gallery owner george burnlgess and hunt biden. it will be kept anonymous. if the offer price is too high, the gallery is expected to turn down the offer. >> now they've created opportunities for people to try to get preferential treatment without even having to pay the price. this is just really an amateur mistake. >> reporter: at the start of this administration, president biden vowed to avoid the perception of conflict of interest. >> here's how i looked at it, the foul line is 15-feet away from the basket. never get any closeer than 17-feet. because it really is a matter of the public trust. >> reporter: in response to concerns over the sale of
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hunter's art, the white house in a statement to cnn says the president has established the highest ethical standards of any administration in american history. in his family's commitment to rigorous processes like this is a prime example. on the gallery website, hunter's biography does not mention he is the son of the president. instead, detailing his art style and describing him as someone who has devoted his artistic and has suggested telling the "new york times" from painting puts my energy towards something positive. it keeps me away from people and places where i shouldn't be. the president faced scrutiny over his son's actions before, namely hunter's business dealings which was a big issue during the presidential campaign and hunter biden still also faces a federal tax investigation.
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some patients are being forced to wait nine hours for a hospital bed. ambulances carrying sick patients are being turned away from hospitals and with the critical shortage of vaccine. south african's third wave of covid is showing no signs of slowing. here's cnn's david mckenzie. >> reporter: they hope covid-19 had done its worst but 16 months in and mohammed patel and his paramedic team are in a new more dangerous fight. >> what has the delta variant done? >> it's caused a lot of chaos, a lot of patients that are suffering. the oxygen levels are dropping drastically, daily. >> reporter: south african scientists tracking delta so it dominates new infections in nuis w just weeks. delta is tearing through families, ripping through the country's largely unvaccinated
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population, less than one percent of south africans have been fully vaccinated. the 67-year-old patient has critically low oxygen levels. no spaces in hospital, no ventilators available. it's chaos. >> the third wave has really been far more devastating and far more overwhelming. >> reporter: for now, cnn requested access to hospitals but we were denied. so the true impact of this brutal delta wave has been largely hidden from view. but cnn obtained this disturbing video from the emergency room at the johannesburg hospital. >> patients are waiting. doctors are overwhelmed. nurses are overwhelmed. >> reporter: not enough beds. what does that result in, in these waiting areas of the
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hospital? >> it's chaos. >> reporter: the senior doctor wanted to speak out. reveal what they call war zone-like conditions. we agree to hide their identity because they were afraid of reprisals from the government. in recent days, they said the bodies couldn't be wrapped fast enough to make space for the sick. >> we are all patients who are dying while they're waiting to be seen, while they're waiting to go to the ward. the resources are just being overwhelmed by the onslaught of patients. >> how does that make you feel? >> a sense of helplessness but then also desensitization. >> reporter: they search for hours to find a bed. so a charity called gift of the givers constructed this 20 bed field clinic staffed with volunteer doctors and nurses in
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less than five days. every single bed could give a sick patient a chance. david mckenzie, cnn, johannesburg. hello again, everyone. thank you so much for joining me. i'm fredericka whitfield. we begin this hour with new concerns about surging coronavirus cases in parts of the u.s. the cdc announcing new guidance as schools prepare to reopen for the fall term. some in just a matter of weeks. health officials are now saying in-person learning is the priority. they're calling on schools to promote vaccinations, but they also say schools should be very cautious about removing the measures meant to protect students. it comes as the delta variant is spreading across the country. it's now the dominant strain in the u.s. 27 states are now seeing a rise in covid cases over the previous week. and many are in areas that have low vaccination rates. and the delta variant is in all
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50 states. cnn's polo sandoval is live for us now out of little rock, arkansas. one of the states seeing a surge. so polo, what are you hearing and seeing there and are people showing up to get their vaccines at the location where you are? >> reporter: not enough, fred. that's what we're hearing from officials. they want to get the word out. a majority of residents here in arkansas actually head out to their locations including this pop-up one that's being set up at the church and get that shot. they want these chairs to be full because as we heard from an official earlier with the university of arkansas for medical sciences, right now, the hospitals are full. a third covid surge is just beginning to gain momentum and that is really underscoring the importance of getting people vaccinated. right now, only about 40% of residents of arkansas have been vaccinated. it's a number that sadly has been kind of stalled and so as that stalls, covid numbers, hospitalizations, new cases that continues to rise especial

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