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i'm phil hatmattingly in washington in for fredricka whitfield. let's start with breaking news this hour. devastating new numbers in the coronavirus surge that's happening across the u.s. for the first time since february. the u.s. is averaging more than 100,000 new cases per day. hospitalizations and deaths are also on the rise across the country. now, the uptick almost exclusively among the unvaccinated. however, on the vaccination front, some progress.
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the u.s. now hitting a major milestone. the cdc says over 50% of the population is now fully vaccinated. this is important. vaccinations in states hardest hit by the delta variant have been rising in recent days. but that has not been able to slow the deluge of patients pushing hospitals to capacity. there is new word that booster shots for the immunocompromised may be recommended, an administration official tells cnn. the fda could come to that decision in just the next few weeks. we want to begin in florida, where new cases are breaking state records. cnn's natasha chen is in orlando this morning. natasha, there is no question, florida has become the epicenter of this new surge, but the state is not alone. >> reporter: right. unfortunately, this is happening in many places. the good news is the health staff behind me at this mobile unit for the vaccination clinic we're here at today, they say that every time they see a spike in cases in florida here, they
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also see a spike in vaccination rates. this is a good example. this clinic opened its doors one minute ago, and already 22 people have signed up. half of the u.s. population is now fully vaccinated against covid-19. in the past week, more than 3.2 million americans were newly vaccinated. a pace not seen since late june. in states with the highest case rates, people are getting vaccinated at a level not seen since april. travis campbell in virginia was not among them. he did not get vaccinated and got sick. fearing he wouldn't make it home from the hospital, campbell told cnn he asked his son to walk his daughter down the aisle at her upcoming wedding. >> i've never been more humbled in my life. for all the people across the world praying for me and have respected the mistake i made. i'm just so thankful, and i pray that people will just really stop and evaluate, what is the
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value of your decisions on your life? can we make it now? >> reporter: public health officials are urging people to make the right decision. >> this is entirely acontribute tri -- attributable to the delta variant. >> reporter: the mississippi health officer says 89% of hospitalized people and 85% of deaths there are the unvaccinated. hospitals are becoming inundated with patients again. in houston, an 11 month old who tested positive for covid-19 had to be air lifted 150 miles away because no pediatric hospital in the area could take her. the response to these troubling trends vary greatly. many private companies are requiring employee vaccinations. including united airlines, imposing this requirement on its 80,000 employees by the end of september. california is the first state in the nation to require health care workers to be fully
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vaccinated. >> our message is simple. we support these vaccination requirements to protect workers, dmu communities, and our country. >> reporter: in florida, president biden is sparring with governor desantis, who threatened to withhold funding from school districts that implement mask mandates. >> you're not going to help, at least get out of the way. >> if you're coming after the rights of parents in florida, i'm standing in your way. i'm not surprised that biden doesn't remember me. i guess the question is, what else has he forgotten? >> reporter: florida has reported an average of about 19,000 new cases per day in the past week, more than any other seven-day period in the entire pandemic. health officials hope people see beyond the politics to the human toll. >> i have taken a few calls on these. it's the type of guilt and remorse that comes with having transmitted this to a member of your family that may die from
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it. because they have pre-existing conditions. that has happened. that is the regret we can all avoid by being vaccinated. >> reporter: that's dr. pino, the health officer here in orange county. we did also say that 12 to 17-year-olds, he's been seeing a lot more of them getting vaccinated, which is good news. because orange county public schools begin class again on tuesday. they had to implement a mask mandate but give parents the option to opt out of that. that is because governor desantis has been adamant that parents should be given the choice. the state board of education going so far as to say parents who feel like a mask requirement is harassment for their child can seek a voucher to go to private school, phil. >> natasha chen, it is fascinating to watch the urgency trickle down and start to have a tangible effect on vaccinations, as you're seeing behind natasha. we'll get back to you. there are growing covid concerns in south dakota, where a massive motorcycle rally is
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under way in the town of sturgis. organizers expect over 700,000 people to attend the ten-day event. adrienne bris in sturgis. we saw this event last year, as well. what is being done now, now that the delta variant is so emergent, to stop the spread of the virus? >> reporter: good morning to you, phil. the city has partnered with the health department to pass out free covid tests. they have thousands of the tests. when i checked in last, they had only distributed 18. on top of that, city officials this saying, hey, we know you want to come to sturgis to have a whole lot of fun, but if you have underlying conditions and if you feel like you might have covid or if you have some symptoms, stay home. also, along this stretch of main street, which will be filled with motorcycles, you can hear the rumble this morning. they've been sanitizing stations. you might remember the rally
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last year. it was linked to at least 649 covid cases, including one death. despite the rise in covid cases this year and with the delta variant on the rise, people here say they still are not worried. there is no mask mandate in this state. unlike other big festivals that happen outside, here, you don't even have to show proof of vaccine or a negative covid test. here's what some riders had to say. are y'all concerned about covid at all? >> no. >> nah. >> no. >> i'm vaccinated. >> my wife stayed home. she has covid right now, so she stayed home. yes. >> i already had it. >> [ bleep ], no. >> no. i had it already. i kicked its butt. >> reporter: those defiant voices drowning out concerns of the pandemic. behind me, there is a rider's bike parked here from minnesota. the bike on the other side has
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an illinois tag. so people come from all corners of the world. this is the largest motorcycle rally in the country. this year, it is expected to be bigger than last year. phil? >> that sound is a great window into things. adrienne, thanks so much for your reporting. i want to talk more about all of this and many other things. joining me now is dr. jeremy foust, an emergency physician in boston, also the author of "inside medicine newsletter." thank you for coming on. there is also a million things i want to ask you given what we're seeing across the country. i want to start with the motorcycle rally in south dakota. as many as 700,000 people are expected there. the cdc says that last year's event was tied to hundreds of new covid cases. given what we're seeing, how safe is an event like that at this moment? >> thanks for having me and this important conversation. actually, interestingly enough, the delta variant has changed
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this a lot. i was actually in south dakota right before we began to understand that delta could be transmitted even by people like me who are fully vaccinated. so the vaccine is still working great. it is goin to keep me out of the hospital, but i could still spread it to somebody else. before we knew that, i really felt we were in a great place. sort of a really wonderful thing to tell people to vaccinate, then they could go about their business. now, of course, we know about delta. we have to rethink things a little bit. but do we have to cancel everything? sturgis is such an interestiing situation. on one hand, it's mostly outdoors in terms of the bike rally itself. that part doesn't bother me. i think most outdoor co configurations are still pretty safe. there are obviously extreme examples. it's the things around it. it's the hotel lobby. it's the people not wearing masks in those moments. it's the indoor dining. a year ago, we had no vaccines and no tests. unsafe in those indoor situations. now a year later, we can
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actually not cancel everything if we use the tools. but i fear we're not using those tools correctly. >> yeah. i think that's the question right now, right? no one can identify, with good reason, delta is new, everybody is still getting new data and analysis, it is really difficult to identify what the risk factors are, what should be changed, how dramatic the changes should be. one of the things that's catching people at this moment, as we're seeing kind of the early stages of the data, is it is not just older people coming down with the delta variant. listen to what this florida doctor told cnn yesterday. >> the numbers of cases in our hospitals, in children and our children's hospitals are completely overwhelmed. our pediatricians, the nursing, staff are exhausted. the children are suffering, and it is absolutely devastating. we've never seen numbers like this before. >> look, i'm a parent of three kids who aren't eligible for vaccination yet. it's the big question we all
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have. you hear that. you hear about this 11-month-old with covid who didn't have a place to go in houston. had to be air lifted to another hospital. what do parents need to understand at this moment, especially as schools are starting to reopen? >> what parents need to understand about this situation is a little bit of, yes, we're still learning about this, but overall i still feel that two things are true at once. on one hand, the individual risk to a child remains quite low, very low. but the population risk to kids is high. so even if there are very, very occasional, rare moments where a child is hospitalized, there are 75 million people under the age of 18 in this country. so you're going to have thousands of hospitalizations. you have deaths. and so while the individual kid has a low risk of anything bad, on a population level, we should not be seeing children hospitalized for infectious diseases in this country. n that's not an appropriate place
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for america to be. i think the way to move forward with schools this year is to make sure everyone feels safe. i think the thing we're not doing there, especially with the unvaccinated kids who can't get vaccinated, we're not utilizing rapid tests appropriately. if we used more rapid tests, we could know who is contagious at any time. that's what rapid tests do. herd immunity is ever elusive. herd safety, the idea that everyone who is out and about knows for a fact they're not contagious, we can know that with rapid testing. we can keep our schools open. >> i'm glad you mentioned this. this is an issue i've really wanted to dive into. testing was such a prevalent part of the conversation pre-vaccine. seems to have completely faded to the background. yet, there were tens of billions of dollars on the federal level sent out for testing based on the emergency relief bills and packages. you'd think from a schools perspective, this would be a primary component of kids going back to school. i haven't necessarily seen it. what's your sense right now in terms of the scale and
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capability on the testing side of things that the country actually has in this moment? >> we need to spend the money correctly. if you look tat the funding in the relief package for testing, it would actually cover schools if we only did rapid testing. we would have to do it twice a week because if you do rapid testing too infrequently, you can miss the contagious window. but if you only use the funding that congress made available for the tests that most people are aware of, the pcr tests, which tests for the genetic material, the rna afof this virus, the tes are too expensive and take too long. so, actually, for less money than congress allocated for testing, every person associated with the american school system, students, teachers, the janitors, the people driving the bus, everyone could be rapid tested once or twice a week during the year. what you'd find out very quickly is who is contagious when, and
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you can actually shut down a school sooner because it's immediate information. actually, you can shut them down less often. so many times with the other screening regimens, you'd pick up a case that wasn't contagious or it happened weeks ago. so the funding, the right amount of funding would be there if we focused on these rapid tests instead of these very expensive and, quite frankly, hard to get prc tests. equity is an issue. you can get a rapid test anywhere. it is this pbig, and anyone can do it. if we urge congress to look at this again and be specific about the way we use the tests, they're very safe. people are a little concerned they miss infection, but that's actually not true in terms of what they're designed to look for. these rapid tests are designed to look for contagiousness. people used to say, oh, i'm not contagious with a cold. they didn't know that. with coronavirus, we can know that. >> with delta, you think, all right, this hasn't been a focus the last couple months, but it
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is probably pretty important at this point in time. i appreciate the insight. dr. jeremy foust, thank you, my friend. coming up, it is a working weekend on capitol hill. you are looking live at the u.s. senate. it is back in session, and it is moving to end debate on president biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan. where does the bill go from here? plus, a school bus driver shortage is threatening to derail back to school plans. how districts are trying to get more drivers behind the wheel before students head back to class. this is the sound of an asthma attack... that doesn't happen. this is the sound of better breathing. fasenra is a different kind of asthma medication. it's not a steroid or inhaler. fasenra is an add-on treatment for asthma driven by eosinophils. it's one maintenance dose every 8 weeks.
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the state's attorney general's report as executive assistant one. she is one of 11 women who say the governor sexually harassed her, groping her during hugs and a photo-op. this is the first criminal complaint to emerge from a months' long investigation into cuomo's conduct. governor q governor cuomo denies all allegations but will likely face an impeachment vote by the legislature in the coming weeks. now on capitol hill, the u.s. senate is in session. minority leader mitch mcconnell speaking now on the floor. it's the second saturday in a row they're in session. it's august. this is a rarity. here's why they're in session. soon, senators will take a key procedural vote on the massive $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. if today's vote passes, it'll likely wa ly pave the way for s passage. it's elements of president biden's sweeping infrastructure
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agenda. a man who knows the white house, capitol hill, and all of washington quite well, joe johns, is joining me from capitol hill. complicated on the procedure front, but bottom line, where does this bill go once the senate finishes its work over the course of the next couple days? >> reporter: right, well, there are different parts of it. first, there is confidence today they'll at least pass the procedural vote and move toward consideration of the bill proper. after that, chuck schumer was just on the floor before mitch mcconnell, and he said there is an easy way to do this or there is a hard way to do this. the easy way, phil, as you know, is to get unanimous consent among all of the senators in order to limit the amount of time they debate, limit the amount of amendments, or the hard way. the hard way is to go about 30 hours with debate on each and every amendment finally ending up with a vote that could occur on monday or tuesday. so after that, of course, as you know, it'll go over to the house of representatives where it is
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likely to sit for a while pause the because there is a disagreement among democrats about how to pro proceed. many democrats want to vote on the larger bill that contains a number of items for child care, for education, for health care, and so on. so that means we might not see a final vote in this infrastructure bill until the fall, phil. >> indeed. the easy way or hard way. classic majority leader threat there. joe, you're also keenly aware of what is going on at the white house. the president is actually at his home in wilmington, delaware, this weekend. we're just learning the vice president is going to be on capitol hill talking to senators. what can you tell us about what she's expected to do and also the potential voting rights push coming in the days ahead. >> reporter: it's interesting. the first story we got about the vice president's visit to capitol hill was that she was going to push and sit down with senators to talk about voting rights. and then jasmine wright, my
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colleague at the white house, just reported a few minutes ago that she is coming to capitol hill also to talk about infrastructure. so there's more than one thing on her agenda. however, i think the important thing to say about voting rights is this is an issue that has been hung up on capitol hill. two bills, in fact. it's not clear at all that it's going anywhere, but there's a lot of optimism that chuck schumer will be able to force a vote before the senate goes away for recess. phil? >> something to keep a close eye on. joe johns, as always, thank you very much, my friend. more relief is on the way for millions of americans struggling with student loan debt. the biden administers is extending their pause on federal student loan payments one last time until january 31st, 2022. the pandemic relief benefit was set to expire next month after a 19-month suspension with no payments required and no interest accrued on federal loans.
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education secretary cardona says this extension will give people the time they need to plan and ensure a smooth pathway back to repayment. just ahead, the taliban tightens its grip on afghanistan, as the state department urges all u.s. citizens to get out now. cnn is on the ground with afghan commandos as a wedding hall is transform sed into a front line position.
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point. this comes just weeks after the pull out of u.s. troops from the country. in this exclusive report, cnn chief international correspondent clarissa ward spoke to residents in afghanistan's second largest city, where the taliban is closing? . >> reporter: that's right. phil, the situation in afghanistan is rapidly unraveling, which is why you see officials urging all americans to leave the country. this comes on the heels of the taliban takes control of two provincial capitals. this is a big deal. they're the first but by no means, unfortunately, probably the last. at least three other cities are under imminent threat. we visited one of them. the strategically vital city of kandahar, it is now completely surrounded by the taliban. on the road to kandahar's front line, there is still civilian traffic even as the taliban inches deeper into the city. afghan commandos agreed to take
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us to one of their bases. this used to be a wedding hall. now, it's the front line position. most of the fighting here happens at night, but taliban snipers are at work 24 hours a day. snipers? >> yes. >> reporter: the men tell us the taliban are hiding in houses just 50 yards away from us. and they shoot from people's homes? >> yeah, yeah. >> reporter: from civilians' homes? >> this is civilians' homes. we cannot use, you know, big weapons, the heavy weapons. >> reporter: up on the roof, the major wants to show us something. so you can actually see the taliban flag just over on the mountaintop there. >> see the flag. >> reporter: it's been nearly a month since the taliban penetrated afghanistan's second largest city. since then, these men haven't had a break. u.s. air strikes only come in an emergency. the rest of the time, it's up to
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them to hold the line. we feel a little bit weak without u.s. air strikes and ground support and equipment, he says. but this is our soil. we have to defend it. >> using heavy weapons. >> reporter: in a villa in the eastern part of the city, kandahari lawmaker is hunkered down. in decades of war, he said he's never seen the fighting this bad. >> millions of people in this city are waiting for when they will be killed, when someone will kill them, when their home will be destroyed, and it is happening every minute. >> reporter: just spell out for me here, the taliban is basically surrounding the entire city of kandahar now, is that correct? >> definitely, yes. >> reporter: and so where is there to go? >> i don't know where. so there is only two options.
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do or die. >> reporter: do or die? >> yes. >> reporter: and what does do look like? >> that is the thing to convince different sides to cease-fire, to work on peace, to convince hem to not fight, not to kill. >> reporter: but that is a tall order in a city where war has become part of everyday life. you can probably see, there is a lot more cars on the road than there were previously. that's because in just two minutes, at 6:00 p.m., the cell phone network gets cut across the city. that's when the fighting usually starts. throughout the night, the sounds of gunfire and artillery pierce the darkness. kandahar is the birthplace of the taliban. they are intent on taking it back. the government knows it cannot afford to lose it. by day, an eerie calm holds.
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the u.n. says more than 10,000 people are now displaced in this city. on the outskirts of town, we find 30 families camped out in an abandoned construction site. he's saying that none of these children have fathers. all of their fathers have been killed in the fighting. 35-year-old rabina fled with her daughters to avoid the fighting after her husband was shot dead. still, it gets closer and closer. last night, i didn't sleep all night, she says. and the fear was in my heart. in the short time we are there, more families arrive. street vendor ismael says they fled the village after an air strike hit. three dead bodies were rotting outside our home for days, but it was too dangerous to get them, he says. the taliban is attacking on one side. the government is attacking the
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other side. in the middle, we are just losing. back at the base, dust coats the chairs where wedding gifts would normally sit. as the siege of kandahar continues, life here is in limbo, with no end in sight. just to give you a sense of the scale of that uptick in violence, phil, we spoke to the icrk, international red cross. they help a hospital in kandahar. they said in the first sexix months of this year ago, they found 2,300 weapon wounded patients, more than double the amount they saw in the first six months of last year. we've also heard from the new u.n. envoy to afghanistan. she warned if the international community does not act soon, afghanistan could be a potential catastrophe with few, if any, parallels this century. phil? >> incredible reporting in a dire situation. clarissa ward in kabul, thank you very much. up next, coronavirus isn't
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to pull in applicants. >> it feels like family when i came through the door. it was wonderful. the children are amazing. >> dave joins me now, the executive director of the michigan association of pupil transportation. he has been getting students to class on time for 34 years. dave, thanks so much for taking the time. so one of the interesting elements in digging into the data on this, bus drivers have been on michigan's critical shortage list of public personnel since 2016. i guess what i'm wondering is, how much worse is it because of the pandemic now? >> it's considerably worse. there's a number of districts that i can't say that i've talked to any districts that say they are completely fully staffed. for a lot, fall is three weeks away, as many michigan districts start before labor day.
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it is more challenging this year than in years past. >> if you had to met it out, given the timeline you're on right now, how many drivers would you say districts across the state need at this moment? >> did a training class this past week for supervisors and lead bus drivers who want to train their drivers with requirements coming up in february. i did a poll there. there was a couple larger districts on the east side of the state who still needed to hire 35 to 40 bus drivers before school started. down to some of the smaller -- even the smaller districts that have, let's just say, 15 or 20 buses. they need three or four people before school starts. that's still almost, you know, 20 sombe percent they have to hire yet. there are a lot of districts needing people. an exact number for the whole state? i don't know, we have
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approx approximately 20,000 some bus drivers in the state. there's about 17,000 buses that actually get inspected by the state police every year that are used. so those are some numbers you can go with there. if you say 20,000 drivers needed, and if we're down 20%, that's quite a few for the whole state of michigan. like i mentioned over the class i taught last week, everybody is short a few. some are short quite a few. >> so to extrapolate it out a little bit, give me perspective. how many kids rely on buses in mic michigan, and i guess the broader question and most important one is, what happens if you can't fill those vital positions in a matter of seemingly days at this point? >> right. it's qu-- if you think about th traffic patterns at schools, and there's always buses going to schools and always parents going to schools. there's always this little bit of who has the right away out of
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school, does a bus or a parent taking somebody in a car? if we don't have bus drivers, that means more students will be transporting with mom and dad to or from school which is 70 times greater of putting your child at risk. so we need to have people in buses in order to make sure the traffic patterns on schools aren't so congested that it takes a long time to get in and out of the facilities. it's a tough issue. a lot of -- probably the district i was at recently, retired now, we had 60% to 70% of the kids taking the buses on a regular basis. we have about 6,500 students, all right? so, you know, that's a lot of bodies. actually, when we think of our schools involved with us, we could transport possibly 7,500 kids a day. our student count is around
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5,000, just over that every morning and again every afternoon. so let's just say we can't come up with enough drivers to do 1,000 of those students, say 20%. that's a lot of additional automobiles, mini vans, ford f-150s that will be in the student pickup and dropoff areas at the schools. >> no question. obviously, a crunch on parents, too, who may not have the time based on their jobs. i guess one of the questions is, how do you recruit, right? how do you try to incentivize people to apply for these jobs? also, how long does it take to actually get through the training? if a rush of applicants came today, would they be able to be ready day one if it is a couple weeks away? >> if it is two weeks away, no. there's just way too much that has to be done today. people don't really maybe realize that. your teachers have four-year degrees plus and lots of education and continuing education. to be a bus driver, we have drug
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tests, medical things they have to do, their physicals, and they have to do criminal history record check, all that kind of stuff, plus get ready to secure a commercial driver's license. once i pass the written test for the commercial driver's license, the state has said, okay, now you have to wait 14 days before you take your road test. they want to make sure you are training and studying in a vehicle. until that time, you really can't driver or practice in a vehicle. so, i mean, sometimes you look, we have to wait two weeks to take the road test. on the other hand, we know these people are getting training in during those 14 days in a school bus, so that they're not completely green. it's kind of a catch-all. usually, it is three to four weeks before someone walks through the door at the schools. by the time we have the chance to get them all up and running and everybody is trained and ready to go.
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then there's still classes 18 to 20 hours that we ask them to take. >> it's an intensive process. it is also fascinating to look at the downstream effects at this moment in time. pandemic and employment generally is much deeper than you may deep. dave, i appreciate the insight into the issue. thanks so much for your time. >> yes, sir. >> we'll be right back. means n? think again. neutrogena® makeup remover wipes remove the 30% of makeup ordinary cleansers can leave behind. your skin will thank you. neutrogena®. for people with skin.
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that. i cannot release any documents at this time as per agreement with the district attorney. i can tell you that attorney brian primo and his client came in, filed a formal report alleging criminal conduct, sexual in nature. the meeting at that point commences the investigative process for albany county sheriff's office. the meeting was not lengthy. the meeting was about explaining the process of the criminal justice system, what to expect going forward. the victim and attorney then departed headquarters station. i capital go into any detail from there. i can tell you we reached out to the attorney general's office and private counsel assigned, requesting investigative material that will aid us going
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forward. that's where we are today. >> sheriff, could you say whether any of the -- might have to do with anything outside the city of albany or was it city of albany, wondering why they called the sheriffs. >> i can tell you the complaint occurred in the city of albany, the city of albany and capital buildings are located in our great county. i am sheriff of the county and i have jurisdiction. again, we are in the very infant stages. [ inaudible ] >> we haven't talked about that. >> can you tell when the incident occurred? >> i would rather not. we're in the infant stages of the investigation. i do not want to go further on that. we have a report on file, it alleged criminal conduct against our governor

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