Rossen Reports: Life inside America’s hottest coronavirus hot spot

We looked at what life is like at the hottest of hot spots in America in places ranging from a shopping mall to water park.


New numbers out Thursday show COVID-19 cases are out of control. Thirty-nine states are now surging. Some are bringing in refrigerated trucks for bodies. And in Florida Thursday there's a new record number of deaths in a single day.

What’s it like living in a hot spot? Are companies following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? And what about people out and about?

Florida's 156 new deaths reported Thursday easily surpassed the previous record of 132, which was set on Tuesday. And many other states are getting worse by the day.

We looked at what life is like at the hottest of hot spots in America in places ranging from shopping malls to nail salons.

One shopping mall had a big sign noting masks are required at the front door, and once inside, everyone was wearing a mask. There were cleaning teams all over, too, along with major sales to lure shoppers back.

Stores restricted the number of people inside them. Ray Band had a max capacity of four.

At a nail salon, plexiglass separated customers and nail technicians for pedicures and manicures.

Different salons can have different approaches, though, for distancing customers.

Elsewhere, a water park has staff ask entering guests if they've experienced certain symptoms in the last day along with other screening questions.

Inside, park workers sanitized the tubes, lounge chairs are placed six feet apart and water fountains covered.

But then we spot problems, in the wave pool, swimmers are very close together.

Now the experts say water activities are pretty low risk. Coronavirus doesn’t operate well there. But it’s the lack of social distancing that can still spread the virus, even in the waterpark.

No real social distancing happens in line for rides, either. The park does try with blue dots on the ground 6 feet apart. But most people we saw aren’t following it. And remember, it’s a water park. So, masks are not required on rides. But our biggest surprise comes here — when we try to get on this raft.

A park staffer required three people to be on a raft, suggesting our party of two should join another group.

The water park told us there’s signage with park policy and “For safety reasons, there needs to be a minimum of 3 guests in a raft. We do not actively pair a party of two with other riders outside of their party.”

But the park also said “we will allow this party of two to ride with one other person if they and the other person agree to do so on their own.”

The takeaway? Call ahead before you go and don’t be afraid to ask detailed questions. Questions to ask at a salon could involve asking, "Do you have plexiglass to protect me from your employee? Will you seat someone next to me?"