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York times reporter Ben Hubbard author of a new book about Saudi Arabia's young enigmatic leader crown prince Mohammed bin Salman he ended a ban on women driving essential modernize the country but he's cracked down on internal dissidents and his agents planned and executed the grisly murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi join us weekdays at two and ninety three point nine FM NYC this is morning edition from NPR news I'm Rachel Martin in Washington DC and I'm David green in Culver city California we're gonna visit to communities in the United States now they're on opposite sides of the country but both desperately trying to contain the corona virus we hear from Washington state in a moment the death toll in the number of cases are higher there than anywhere else but let's begin in new Rochelle just north of New York City they're more than a hundred confirmed cases there are now a containment area has been created and yours governor Andrew Cuomo has deployed the National Guard to help Brian Mann with north country public radio visited new Rochelle he joins us on Skype hi Brian hi David how did this cluster of cases emerge in the city yeah this ties back to one man from new Rochelle who got sick last week and before he knew it was corona virus you had contact with family and friends and people that are local synagogue and since then it's just continued to spread also more aggressive testing is turning up more and more people who are infected okay explain this containment zone that has been set up now and and and how is it supposed to work yes what state health officials have done here is they've drawn a big circle with a one mile radius that centers on the synagogue in new Rochelle were a lot of the cases originated thousands of people live inside the area more than a half dozen schools are going to close some of them starting today churches closing all gathering places shut down and no big groups allowed but this isn't like Italy or China people can still leave their homes they can go shopping even leave the community if they want to the hope though is that by limiting these big clusters of people they're gonna break the chain of transmission but I I mean this just has to be really scary for people who are who are living here yeah I talked to a lot of folks yesterday in new Rochelle who just really want one woman described it like living inside a movie the streets are empty shops are closed it feels very real in new Rochelle changing people's lives I spoke yesterday with Rita madly who runs one of the nursing homes in the area where visitors have been banned from seeing their loved ones and she says this kind of restriction is upsetting we do have some families that are very angry at not being able to visit mother or father and I understand that and I so empathize with that but you know she says the risk of elderly people being exposed to this virus is just too high right now in this community sure well I mean that there's the impact on on people's lives and health of course also I mean this is this has to hit a city hard economically yeah very very hard like I said the streets are empty things are just really shut down and there's also just the spiraling cost of dealing with this health care and and public services I spoke with new Rochelle's mayor Noam Bramson yesterday he says as this drags on it's getting harder and harder particularly those who are quarantined having their lives disrupted in terms of work and school and normal interactions with their neighbors at the same time I'm very proud of how our community has risen to the challenge at one other thing David more broadly you know with Wall Street continuing to take hits from corona virus this is going to affect New York state's larger economy the state budget already had a six billion dollar deficit and so we're gonna have to see where this goes economically hi Brian thanks for bringing us you're reporting here in the situation your cell thank you that was north country public radio's Brian man again reporting a new Rochelle New York and let's turn now to another part of the country very hit by coronavirus it's Washington state the governor there Jay Inslee spoke with MSNBC and have this prediction should things continue to get worse seven weeks from now we might have sixty thousand people plus infected with Canada will stone he reports for member station KNKX he's in Seattle I will good morning so pretty ominous prediction there from the governor what what do we know about the number of confirmed cases at this point the latest tally puts Washington at more than two hundred and fifty cases with twenty four deaths the majority of cases are still concentrated in the Seattle metro area but that's also changing counties in all parts of the state or discovering cases and that's because health care workers are able to do much more testing in so these results are coming back within one to two days so far people are voluntarily not getting together in large groups for the most part but Inslee hinted that he may take some more restrictive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus in the coming days like ordering major public events to be canceled I wanna one place in Washington said we've heard a lot about it's that long term care facility in Kirkland called the life care center which which was just overwhelmed by cases how how how are they coping and enter other nursing homes seeing effects of this it is a very grim situation at life care center the number of deaths and that relatively small group of people is actually quite staggering close to twenty people have died there others are hospitalized just a fraction of those initial residents who were there in mid February still remain at the facility in recent days they've received some reinforcements from the federal government since the staff had dwindled after so many also caught the virus the latest news is that the public health department has found new cases at nine other nursing and long term care facilities throughout the region and this like governor Inslee to put in place emergency rules aimed at limiting the spread of the virus in these obviously very vulnerable populations what kind of emergency rooms are talking about they include mandatory screening of visitors and staff as they entered the facility a log of who comes in in certain cases requiring people to wear protective equipment and isolating people who test positive for the virus I mean I can't imagine the pressure this is putting on on local health departments dealing with all of this that's right it's a huge undertaking for them they're doing their best to relay information and field questions from the public who are concerned that they may need to be tested and it's not just the metro areas like Seattle but also smaller communities I spoke with Teresa Atkinson who leads the public health department in Grant County about a three hour drive from Seattle I am concerned for our health care system we talk about the number of ventilators you have in your community and an ability to transport out of our other facilities get overwhelmed so there are some big conversations that are gonna need to be had as we ride this wave Atkinson says at the moment she can handle this kind of labor intensive investigation of cases because they've only had one in her community but that may soon no longer be feasible and what sounds like the state is doing some things to try and expand health care coverage amid all this that's right citing the extraordinary service circumstances the state run affordable Care Act marketplace we opened enrollment for the next thirty days so people who are uninsured can sign up and they did so on the basis that many people may have been exposed in the last few weeks even before we knew about these cases those who run the program say they don't want anyone to shy away from testing or treatment just because people are uninsured it's just one way the state is trying to remove barriers to care during this outbreak all right so get the picture there from two communities in that state's going with corona virus that was can catch reporter will stone joining us from Seattle will thanks thanks for having me all right a set of surveillance tools used by the FBI and national security investigations is set to expire on Sunday to be more specific the rules governing those tools are set to expire lawmakers on both sides of the aisle one implement reforms but they're fighting over how far those changes should go and your justice correspondent Ryan Lucas has the story the three surveillance authorities that will lapse this weekend without action from Congress are not tied to the Russia investigation and yet that probe has loomed large over the debate about whether to re authorize them exhibit a this recent TV ad paid for by the American civil liberties union and the conservative group FreedomWorks.

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