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what operational steps should the capitol police and other law enforcement have taken to prevent the violent terrorist attack from successfully breaching the capitol? >> that was a comment in a senate committee in june. senator cruz's spokesman told me that the premise of my story is false. he said of course senator cruz has in the past called people terrorists after they have assaulted cops, but, come on, as you have heard here senator cruz was using the phrase terrorist attack far more broadly than just for police assaults. that was his go-to term for the capitol riot in general. >> right. still confusing why would he feel like he needs to retract that? daniel dale, thanks so much. >> thank you. ♪ all right. hello again, everyone, thank you for joining me, i'm fredricka whitfield. we start with the u.s. scrambling to keep up with a surge in covid hospitalizations. the number of patients across the country quickly rising in the last few weeks, nearly the
record set almost a year ago of 142,000 hospitalizations. even more concerning, child hospitalizations are hitting new records as the omicron variant spreads. cnn's polo sandoval is watching all of this unfold for us. so, polo, what is the latest? >> reporter: fred, it's clear that federal health authorities are urging those who have not yet boosted after they have completed their initial series to get boosted as soon as they can. that's one of the reasons why the fda and cdc has amended that emergency use authorization that's been standing for some time, basically shortening that period of time from the initial vaccine series up to -- to that moment when they have to get the booster. now at five months versus the original six. so that's certainly something that they hope will lead to an increase in vaccination numbers and, of course, number of people being boosted because when you look at the number of hospitalizations, certainly continues to increase and the results have been staffing shortages that we've seen at hospitals throughout the country, many of those health care workers becoming infected themselves and forced to quarantine and that's one of the
reasons why we're seeing now states like california becoming the latest to turn to their national guard for some relief here as they send about 200 service members or national guard members to about 50 sites to try to expand their testing and also to try to make up for some of that loss in manpower here. now, when you hear from some of those health experts, one of them in particular that we've heard from this morning, there is some concern there about those vaccination efforts that may not necessarily provide that relief that we wish we had, but more of those short-term mitigation efforts instead. that that should perhaps be the focus given that omicron surge. take a listen. >> unfortunately if you vaccinate today, the people who are unvaccinated who account for about 75% of the hospitalizations, it's not really going to make a big difference over the next month because they need a second shot and then 14 days after the second shot. public health measures that we've mentioned, better air
quality, masking, not going into crowded indoor spaces, those are really important measures in order to get past omicron. you need to plan today for three months from now so we are not caught in the same problem. >> trying to get ahead of things here, we heard an announcement yesterday from new york governor kathy hochul yesterday announce that go they will be implementing stricter masking and testing at nursing homes in addition to requiring that health care workers get that booster if they have not received it already. fred? >> polo sandoval, thanks so much for that. so this latest surge is fueling a new fight across the country over what to do as schools return from winter break. parents in chicago are suing the teachers union over their refusal to administer in-person learning. cnn's nadia romero is in atlanta for us. students are set to return to the classroom on monday. how is that move being received by folks in chicago?
>> reporter: yeah, well, fred, we've seen this in chicago, here in atlanta, really all across the country. those school districts are supposed to go back to school after the holiday break, but many of them went to remote learning instead. so here in atlanta tomorrow -- excuse me, on monday we will have those teachers and students going back to the classroom in atlanta public schools because they will go back to mandatory testing for those teachers twice a week and students can get tested here as well if their parents consent. but we're not seeing that same kind of activity happening in chicago and that's a big reason why there's so much contention in chicago yet again. another time this school year between the city of chicago and the chicago public schools district, the teachers union and the teachers themselves. they want more testing. they want more adequate masks for them and their students and that's why they don't want to go back to in-person learning. we're also seeing the same issue
in new york city. we saw some 30 lawmakers and teachers unions, some of them protesting out in the streets urging the city to allow for remote learning. they say that will give them time to allow for testing and vaccinations, but instead the city's mayor of new york, just like the mayor in chicago, he wants in-person learning only. take a listen why. >> strand after strand we can't continue to stop our children from developing socially and academically and the support that they need. so we have to learn how to live with covid and live with covid with a safe way, and that's what i'm going to do. i'm not going to allow the hysteria to prevent the future of my children receiving a quality education and a development that all sociologists have stated that they need. >> reporter: and, fredricka, a big part of the reason why the mayors of chicago and new york city want in-person learning is because they say so many of our
kids rely on in-person learning because that's where they get their meals, that's where they are safest and it allows their parents, some of them who are single parents, to be able to go to work and support their households. but we will continue to see this back and forth between parents, teachers and school districts and governments throughout the next couple of weeks as they decide how to best go back to in-person learning, if they can do it safely. fred? >> operative word, safely. nadia romero, thank you so much. all right. there's also a massive push under way to ramp up testing as states deal with this surge. on friday the white house signed its first contract with the test manufacturer, it's part of a plan to distribute half a billion free rapid tests. cnn's arlette saenz is at the white house for us. arlette, what details do we have on this plan? >> reporter: fred, the biden administration is taking the first steps to make good on that promise to distribute half a billion tests to americans as there have been so many testing shortages across the country
over the course of the past two weeks. now, so far the biden administration has signed two contracts to try to procure over the counter tests. one of those contracts is worth $51 million, it is going to a virginia-based company called gold belt security. that contract would be used to purchase existing tests that that company has, but it's unclear how many exactly that will be. there is a second contract that has been awarded to a california-based company called revival health, to procure 13.3 million over the counter tests. now, the biden administration has said that there will be more contracts to come in the coming weeks, including some specifically focusing on manufacturing, but so far the white house has really offered few details about what this distribution will look like. they are planning to launch a website where americans can order these tests and they will ultimately be shipped to their home. that's expected to start at some
point this month, but president biden has also acknowledged some of the frustrations with these testing shortages that have been seen across the country. and yesterday he offered this assessment on whether covid is here to stay for the long haul in the united states. >> no, i don't think covid is here to stay. having covid in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay, but covid as we're dealing with it now is not here to stay. the new normal doesn't have to be -- we have so many more tools we're developing. >> reporter: so of course this is one of those key challenges facing the biden administration as so much of president biden's legacy and performance as president will depend on how he confronts this virus. fred? >> all right. arlette saenz at the white house, thanks so much. all right. joining us right now new york congressman jamal bowman, he is a former educator who serves as the vice chair on the house committee on education and labor. congressman, so good to see you
again. >> good to see you, too. >> so in your view what is the best way to keep students and teachers safe right now? >> well, we have to make sure people are vaccinated and boosted, that's number one. number two, testing needs to be ubiquitous, it needs to be consistent, i think at least weekly for the majority of students in our schools, to ensure that they are not coming into schools with the virus. same thing with teachers as well. masks, n95 masks work, contact tracing works but also social distancing works. here is the thing, we opened the schools back up in new york city without any testing program in place, so what happened was everyone came back to school, they didn't know if they were sick or not, and what we saw in many schools across the city, we saw massive spreader events. a remote option i think is also really important because there are many students and parents
who do not feel safe sending their kids back to school and there are some kids who did better on the remote option because of social anxieties and other challenges that they have personally. so it needs to be a combination of a variety of things and we need collaboration now more than ever. we can't be fighting each other as we keep our children and our teachers safe. >> am i hearing from you, because you seem like you are an advocate of both, in-person as well as remote learning because of the conditions. >> that's right. >> am i hearing from you that you think school districts should be giving families the option simultaneously? >> 100%. i believe a remote option should be implemented. it will help to keep class sizes smaller, it will help to give teachers and kids the individualized attention that they need and it will stop us from rushing back in some circumstances where you sometimes have 30 kids in a
class, 35 kids in a class, and not enough teachers to support them. we also do not have enough mental health professionals to support our kids in our schools or in our communities and that's something that also needs to ramp up tremendously. >> you wrote a letter to house speaker nancy pelosi and senate majority leader chuck schumer asking for additional funding for the health and well-being of children during the pandemic. is this the area that you're talking about, you're looking for more funding for like mental health, obviously tests -- having test kits available. there aren't enough for everyone who wants them and needs them right now. is this part of what your letter is trying to promote, funding for those things? >> absolutely. this country had a mental health crisis prior to the pandemic and it's only gotten worse since. we see an increase in suicide ideation, we see an increase in self-harm, we see an increase in emergency room visits and an increase in violence in our
communities. all of these things are directly connected to the lack of mental health supports in our schools and in our communities and i continue to emphasize in our communities as well because it's not just the school's responsibility. you know, community-based organizations have been working in silos for several decades. we have to break down the walls of silos and work collaboratively. department of mental health, health and human services, housing, education, you know, all of these agencies need to work together to make sure we're meeting the needs of our kids and families and teachers because we are all dealing with this complex trauma at the same time. and one other thing, children are still -- their brains are still being developed, so the trauma that they are experiencing right now is literally impacting their brain's development, it's called adverse childhood experiences or
aces. if their plains are not able to develop properly we are not going to be the academic success we want or the economic success we want, and it impacts our democracy in the long run. so we have to have a real holistic conversation about what's needed. >> i also wonder, you know, there have been conflicting opinions on what's best for our kids and schools. in neighboring pennsylvania the executive director of the children's hospital of philadelphia's policy lab research group said in an interview that many public health recommendations "and i'm quoting now -- are no longer feasible or practical for most schools and that we need to recalibrate and start to think about covid in the context of how we think about other seasonal viruses." do you agree with that? >> i would go even further, this is not just a seasonal virus. we are at war with covid. i mean, covid has killed more people than were killed during
the civil war and more people -- double the amount of people killed here during world war ii. so the build back better, the country that we are trying to get back to and redesign, has to look completely different. we need new learning spaces, we need more schools, more teachers, more mental health supports. we need mutual aid networks of education in our communities, through our community centers, mutual aid networks of mental health as well. so, yes, we need to -- we're in the process and we need to begin the process of rebuilding our country and that's why passing the build back better act is also so important, because there are resources there to deal with the issue of violence reduction, climate, housing and mental health, all are critical toward us building back the way we need to build back stronger. >> all right. congressman jamal bowman, thanks so much for being with us again. appreciate it. >> thank you. all right. coming up, a former senate
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neuriva. think bigger. soon former senate majority leader harry reid will be remembered today by those who loved him and knew him best. president joe biden, first lady jill biden and former president barack obama are just a few of the prominent politicians who will be in nevada to pay their respects to the late democratic leader. cnn's jeff zeleny is joining us right now from las vegas. jeff, what are we expecting from today's memorial service? >> reporter: good morning, fredricka. there will be just a string of dignitaries, as you said,
president biden, former president barack obama, vice president kamala harris and so many more. speaker nancy pelosi, senate majority leader chuck schumer, on and on, here in las vegas to celebrate the life and legacy of harry reid who pass aid way nearly two weeks ago at the age of 82. the legacy and life will be celebrated here at the smith performing arts center in downtown las vegas. a city that really transformed throughout the lifetime of harry reid. of course, his hard scrabble upbringing from search light, nevada, you know, really taking him to the highest ranks of power in the u.s. nate will also be celebrated here today, but really everything that he did and accomplished throughout his three decades and after leaving office is so palpable. when we were flying into what is now the harry reid international airport, was renamed just last month before he passed away, certainly one of the many things named in his honor, but it is no coincidence that barack obama, he will be here, i'm told, flying in from hawaii where he
has been spending some time over the holidays, will be delivering the eulogy. thinking back, fredricka, back to 2006, it was those private conversations that senator reid had with the freshman senator barack obama that really convinced him to run for president. so they developed a very strong relationship. without harry reid as majority leader the affordable care act likely would not have been passed, the rest of the obama agenda would not have been, either. certainly many leaders will be here celebrating harry reid, really one of a kind in american politics. over the last several weeks bob dole laid to rest, colin powell, so another american leader will be celebrated here and certainly his life and legacy will be remembered. that funeral starts in about 90 minutes or so, fredricka. >> jeff zeleny, thank you so much. we will be keeping tabs and checking back in and taking a lot of that live. thank you. all right. still to come, cnn is learning the white house is still undecided on exactly how to deal with russia if it invades
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welcome back. we're just days away from a critical meeting between u.s. diplomats and the kremlin. the administration is hoping to avert a war between russia and ukraine, but cnn is learning that the white house is still undecided about how to penalize russia if it were to invade. while addressing the escalating situation in kazakhstan this week secretary of state tony blinken said this about russian
aggression. >> i think one lesson in recent history is that once russians are in your house, it's sometimes very difficult to get them to leave. >> cnn's natasha bertrand is following the story for us. natasha, what more are you learning about this situation? >> reporter: fred, the u.s. does not know for sure whether or not vladimir putin has actually made that decision to invade ukraine and that's, of course, why they're holding these diplomatic talks next week to try to open that window and see if there's any room to deter vladimir putin from actually launching an attack on ukraine. if that fails and if russia does go ahead and attack, then the u.s. is preparing a range of options to respond. among those is very tough sanctions, what the administration has said is that those sanctions would be tougher than anything imposed previously, including after 2014. the problem, though, is that very, very harsh sanctions including on russia's central bank, including on its energy sector could have ripple effects for the global economy, could
ultimately impact the european economy, which in turn could impact the united states economy, especially during an election year, some administration officials are concerned about what that would do to energy prices, about how it would affect trade and investment. so there's some caution going into this with regard to how to mitigate knows spillover effects. the other issue is whether russia might actually retaliate against those sanctions in cyberspace and the administration has been briefing the private sector, warning them that there could be some attacks on critical infrastructure by russian cyber actors if those sanctions move ahead because the russians will want to inflect damage and cost on the united states economy in the same way that the u.s. will if they do move to invade ukraine. a lot of considerations under way, intensive discussions over the last several weeks about how best to mitigate that potential collateral damage. >> natasha bertrand, thank you so much. russia's president vladimir putin held another phone call
with his kazakh counterpart who said the situation in kazakhstan was stabilizing, but hot beds of terrorist attacks persist. dozens of people have reportedly been killed after the kazakh president ordered security force toss kill without warning to crush the violent protests. the situation started with protests over rising fuel costs and then turned into anger over government corruption, poverty and unemployment. cnn's senior international correspondent matthew chance is tracking the developments from moscow for us. what is the latest? >> reporter: well, it's difficult to get good information out of kazakhstan at the moment because the internet has been down for a long time, it's coming up again sporadically. we managed to speak to some of our contacts on the ground. in terms of the main city the chaos that ruled there for the past several days seems to have eased, we rpt seeing protests in the street jen more.
there are unconfirmed reports of protests elsewhere in the country so it's not a totally suppressed protest movement at this point. the relative calm being experienced by the citizens at the moment has come at a very high price. there have been dozens of people killed by the security forces, a number of the security forces have been killed by the protesters and by the rampaging mobs as well. so there's been a high death count, dozens of people dead. nearly 4,000 people according to official figures have been detained, put under arrest, taken away. we don't know what's going to become of them. there's been this invitation by the kazakh authorities to foreign troops, including russian troops, to come into kazakhstan and help them restore order and secure key installations around the country and that's already happened with i think as many as two and a half thousand troops from russia who have come in over the course of the past 48 hours and have been deployed outside key areas
to help bring calm and order to that country, but the consequences of course as we heard secretary of state antony blinken talking about russian troops coming in uncertain. it's not clear. it's supposed to be temporary, it's unclear what the situation will be like and when they will actually leave. >> very tenuous. all right. matthew chance in moscow, thanks so much. all right. new details today on tennis star novak djokovic's saga in australia. court documents now reveal he tested positive for covid-19 in december. all day long. in so when something happens that could affect your portfolio, you can act quickly. that's decision tech, only from fidelity. it was a tragedy. with knockoff batteries, little miss cupcake never stood a chance. until, energizer ultimate lithium. who wants a cupcake? the number one longest-lasting aa battery. yay! case closed.
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welcome back. we're following new developments in the bizarre situation involving tennis star novak djokovic. court documents show the 34-year-old is unvaccinated and had a bout with covid less than a month ago on december 16th and despite that new evidence reportedly shows that he was told he would still be allowed to travel to and play in the australian open. well, instead the world's number one player is now being confined to a hotel as he mounts a legal challenge. for the very latest let's bring in blake essig. blake, where do these things stand for him? >> reporter: fredricka, at this moment novak djokovic has been detained by the australian border force and is currently at an immigration detention hotel for asylum seekers and refugees pending his deportation from australia, while djokovic and
others who have had their visas revoked are free to leave the country at any time, the men's world tennis number one is waiting for an australian court to decide his fate. that decision is expected on monday. while there's clearly a disconnect between tennis australia and the australian government that has led to this current situation involving djokovic, there's also a lot of questions regarding the medical exemption he received from tennis australia to compete in the open. earlier today based on court documents filed by djokovic's lawyers appealing for him to stay in the country, we learned that the tennis superstar is not vaccinated and that he was granted a medical exemption by tennis australia on the grounds that he had recently recovered from covid-19 after testing positive for the virus on december 16th. now, on that same day and the day after djokovic was photographed maskless at events, those pictures were posted on social media and according to leaked tennis australia documents obtained by the herald
sun newspaper in australia, the deadline to apply for the medical exemption was on december 10th, six days after he allegedly tested positive. all that being said the australian government told tennis australia back in november that unvaccinated players with a recent covid-19 infection would not be allowed to enter the country based on public health guidelines. when djokovic arrived on wednesday he was denied entry into australia and had his visa revoked with australia's health minister saying he failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet these entry requirements required to get into the country. again, whether or not he's going to be able to stay in the country will be decided on monday. so far there's no official indication on what the judge is going to rule, but the australian deputy prime minister told our affiliate seven met two, in an interview in regards to djokovic being allowed to stay, if he were a betting person he would hot put his house on it. fredricka? >> let's talk about the winter
weather advisory -- winter olympics. what is china doing to ensure that covid doesn't kill olympic dreams for the athletes? >> reporter: fredricka, 26 days. athletes competing here next month in the beijing winter games are going to be extremely limited in what they're allowed to do. beijing olympic officials talk about a closed loop bubble which limits athletes' movements and will offer organizers a level of control never before seen before at any olympic games. under this closed loop bubble athletes must essentially stay in place from the time they arrive until the time they depart and for those athletes who are unvaccinated, you must actually spend 21 days in quarantine before competing. what we saw a lot of rules and regulations put in place by toek kw joe 2020 organizers, in toeky it seems like bay thing organizers are taking the mitigation measures to a whole new level. >> it's going to be some games or at least that's the hope of a
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all right. tributes are pouring in for legendary actor and activist sidney poitier who died yesterday at the age of 94. poitier was the first black movie star in hollywood and the first black man to win an oscar. many of his films dealt with issues of race and social justice during the civil rights movement, including "in the heat of the night" and "guess who is coming to dinner." his films and awards paved the way for generations of black actors. joining me right now michael eric dyson, an author and professor of sociology at georgetown university. his latest book "entertaining
race: performing blackness in america." michael, so good to see you. congratulations. i've lost count of your books. how many are we at now? >> we are at 24. >> oh, my gosh. >> i have an announcement, i just moved to vanderbilt university so i'm teaching at vanderbilt now as well. >> congratulations. i love that campus. congratulations. nashville is a great place. let's talk about this, i mean, giant, giant in so many levels. i mean, i think viola davis is among those who kind of said it best, you know, this is a big one. and oprah saying the great eggs of the great trees has fallen. i mean, so many actors from denzel washington, tyler perry, whoopi goldberg, halle berry, they explain how impactful sidney poitier was on and off the screen. he led the way on so much, didn't he? >> he sure did. and when you think about his acting, look at those thes beans of the thirs order, the magnitude of stars that have
congregated so to speak to testify to sidney poitier's meaning. here was a man who broke barriers, challenged obstacles, overcame, you know, the kinds of dichlgts and conflicts that lay before him for no other reason than he was a black man and yet he did so with profound grace and tremendous elegance and cool. so he was able to embody the quest for black excellence, the demand for black humanity, to treatise with great respect. he refused to take roles that would demean him, diminish him. once having played in "porgy and bess" because he had to work out a deal that if he didn't play in this film he wouldn't be allowed to do "in the heat of the night" or another film and he regretted that, but he said he would never compromise the integrity of his art and craft to get ahead to make money or to -- in any other way demean black people. so he was looked upon as a path
breaker and a blazing star in the firmament of black artistic excellence. that's why so many people have lamented his death and sent condolences forward. >> right. i mean, hugely courageous. speaking of his grace, his leadership, teachings, craft and that courage that you just spoke of. i mean, he himself in 1964 accepting his academy award talked about standing on the shoulders of many, and then isn't it something that over the years, you know, he has so gracefully embraced others who openly acknowledge standing on his shoulders. i mean, how unique. >> right. >> you know, for him to be a mentor to so many and of so many varying generations. >> that's so true. you think about that beautiful picture posted online of him holding halle berry's hand. >> what a beautiful picture. >> it's so amazing. or think about viola davis,
think about, you know, denzel, of course, when denzel accepted his lead best actor oscar looking up into the stands because mr. poitier had accepted his honorary oscar that night and said it makes sense that you would get an oscar the night i get my oscar because i've been chasing you from the very beginning. he was an inspiration to so many. >> right. i loved what denzel washington said, talking about i've been chasing you and i'm so honored, you know, to always try to reach, you know, the heights of you and your example. i mean, he just said it so beautifully, i just totally messed it up, but it was eloquent and gorgeous. so, you know, perhaps, you know, most indelible to his legacy is really what you touched on, his refusal to depict some character saying -- clear cut, you know, it's a choice, a clear choice. >> right. >> and not at this stage of the
game. he had perspective, he knew exactly where he was, he understood where america and where really the world was. i mean, he grew up in the bahamas but he confronted things in america that he had not encountered while in the bahamas, but it's amazing that he had the perspective of placement, of his place in history and what it meant to make certain choices about those roles and what kind of impact it would make. >> no, that's a great point. and he was, as you said, quite conscious about that. he said not at this stage of the game, he said i'd like to play some criminals, i'd like to play some bad boys, i'd like to play people who are nuanced and complicated, and black people should be allowed to do that, but at that period of time he knew he couldn't. >> yeah. >> he bore what james baldwin termed the burden of representation and that burden meant that he had to be ever conscious of how the race would be read because of his performance.
whether fair or not, whether it was a thing that others had to bear or not, and paul newman didn't have to worry about that, marlon brando didn't have to worry about that, but sidney poitier was in a different rank, different order, different magnitude. that burden fell on his shoulders and he said i'd like to be able to do a lot of things but at this point i can't do t he opened the door for denzel washington to play that rotten comp in "training day." >> so true. >> he made it possible for complexity and nuance to be portrayed even though he wasn't able to take fullest advantage of that possibility in his own career. >> i mean, the title of his last book, you know, so suitable, i mean, "the measure of a man." that's really extraordinary. >> it is beautiful. >> yes, it is. all right. michael eric dyson, thank you so much. congratulations, again, on your umpteenth book and your new opportunity at vanderbilt.
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heavy rains in the area forced it right offer its foundation and sent the entire house sliding down the hillside. cnn's allison chinchar joins us right now. wow, this is really dangerous weather. what is the latest from the pacific northwest? >> right. unfortunately, fred, we do still have some rain in the area but there is light at the tend of the tunnel and that is by tonight all of this rain should begin to end. here is a look at the radar, you can see we have a few areas of showers, the good news is most are very light, we are not dealing with torrential downpours or anything like that but at this point light rain exacerbates ongoing problems. with the rain ending tonight that's good, but for rivers, creeks and streams, it's more of a delayed effect. so that's why you still have these flood warnings in effect because it's going to be several days before a lot of those rivers, creeks and streams can get back down below flood levels. there will be a temporary break, but unfortunately it's not a long one because once we get to
monday you have another round of rain showers that will push in and then another one on tuesday into wednesday. overall we're not expecting a tremendous amount of rain, but, again, back to back systems like that likely will cause big problems. on the other side of the country ice is going to be the big focus here. we're already starting to see some of those areas especially around southern illinois, portions of missouri where you see that purple color, that's where we're getting ice. it's falling in the form of freezing rain meaning it looks like rain when you look outside your window but it freezes on contact which is what makes travel dangerous on the roads and in the air. you have winter weather advisories out in the midwest and northeast because that's where this storm system is traveling to. again, you will see the main focus for today is the midwest, by tonight transitioning into the great lakes region and eventually in towards the northeast. again, all of those areas on the cold side are going to be looking at the potential for ice and, yes, it is expected to accumulate. most areas up to about a quarter
of an inch. you can see in the northeast may have a few spots as high as half of an inch of isaac lagt. not only is that dangerous for the roads but it clinician to trees and power lines and those may continue to come down as well so you could have some power outages. the other thing, fred, to keep in mind is temperatures will drop considerably. minneapolis going from 28 down to a high of 2 on monday. chicago going from a high of 30 today down to only 15 by monday. >> brutal conditions. thank you so much, allison chinchar. all right. hello again, everyone, thank you for joining me, i'm fredricka whitfield. we begin this hour with states scrambling to keep up with a surge in covid hospitalizations. the number of patients across the country is nearing the record set almost a year ago of 142,000 hospitalizations and even more concerning, child hospitalizations are hitting new record