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area's scott budman, who joins us in san jose. scott. >> reporter: good evening, raj. santa clara county says it brought 67 people to icu units yesterday. that was a single-day high. now with only 14% of icu beds not being used, the county says it's accelerating the lockdown process. in santa clara county hospitals, the average percentage of icu patients with covid has tripled in the last month, accelerating even faster over the past 24 hours. >> as of today, we have less than the 15% icu capacity, the metric sent by governor newsom. we have in fact only 14% of our non-surge icu bed capacity remaining in our county. >> reporter: so now the county will join others to speed up the governor's restriction timeline. even as the county now moves up
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to 20% capacity for retail shopping inside, some of the shoppers at santana row say they're worried. >> i would be okay if we had a full lockdown, but i know it's the holiday season, and people want to enjoy things normally. but this isn't a normal time. >> reporter: certainly not normal for vintage wine merchants. >> by all means we have to do what we have to do. >> reporter: which says it's facing layoffs because of a much slower than normal holiday season. >> a screeching halt. screeching halt. there's been absolutely no corporate parties, no office get-togethers. >> reporter: and another result of the surge in icu cases, dr. cody says santa clara county is canceling some elective surgeries to try and keep beds open. live in san jose, scott budman, nbc bay area news. >> well, health leaders like scott mentioned, they're doing this because hospitals are filling up quickly.
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let's check out the amount of icu beds available around the area. the counties in yellow still have more than 30% of their beds available. that is solano and alameda counties. the counties in orange have less than that. that includes san francisco, napa, and contra costa counties. in red, those counties have dropped below 15%. that includes sonoma county and santa clara counties. marin county has not reported a number yet, raj. >> the rise in new cases as well. california reporting a record 22,000 cases in the past 24 hours. that's up more than 2,000 from the previous record, which was set just a couple of days ago on tuesday. santa clara county, you can see there, with a record number of new daily infections, 856 just yesterday. this is all a gut punch for restaurants, nail and hair salons, and other small businesses. even if they get federal stimulus money, will that be enough to stay in business? nbc bay area's lili tan spoke
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with many restaurant owners in san francisco. lili, what are their options really? >> reporter: raj, that is yet to be seen. right now they are very frustrated. they say they expected this to happen but thought they would have more time. as you can see, many restaurant owners have completely changed the way they've done business, setting up parklets for outdoor dining, the heat lamps, doing pantry items and takeout just to survive. now, one owner we talked to, julie fulton, who we've been following since may, she's been hustling since the beginning, pivoting with every new restriction. but she says it hasn't been enough and she'll have to temporarily shut down her downtown san francisco restaurant, bouche. >> it doesn't matter. an 80% loss of our income, customers. i'm getting to the point where like i'm nine months pregnant, working with my business partner, just the two of us.
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it's hard. y you think you're taking a road and nothing is working out and you don't know what to do. >> i don't want to do any of this. i know this means people's jobs, their businesses, their livelihoods are at stake. this is going to be painful, and we need to fight for any relief we can get from the federal government to get us through this. >> reporter: now, an emotional time for city leaders as well as restaurant owners. the golden gate restaurant association estimates that about 20% of restaurants in san francisco have shut down permanently, and by the end of this, more than 50% may be closed for good. now, restaurant owner david feld says mayor breed has been pushing for restaurants and trying to get them more time before the outdoor dining ban goes into effect. that's 10:00 p.m. sunday here in
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san francisco. we will hear more from david coming up at 6:00. live in san francisco, lili tan, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, lili. so heartbreaking to watch their pain. so many people going through this. well, this new stay-at-home order goes into effect at different times depending on which county you live in. if you live in san francisco, contra costa, or santa clara counties, those are in purple. the new restrictions start sunday night at 10:00 p.m. if you live in alameda county, which is right here in plu, it starts early monday morning, basically just after midnight at 12:01. marin county in red, that new order starts at noon on tuesday. now, four bay area counties are choosing not to go along with this new stay-at-home order quite yet. that includes the three counties in the north bay here, sonoma, napa, and solano counties. also san mateo county on the peninsula. and we wanted to know why. nbc bay area's damian trujillo joins us live from redwood city with some answers and why some businesses are relieved they're not affected yet. damian. >> reporter: janelle, not
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everyone here in san mateo agrees with this decision to stay open. but as you mentioned and as you can imagine, some of these small businesses here are relieved that they, in fact, do get to stay open even if it's for the next few short days or so here in the month of december. now, take, for example, the chiquita's restaurant on broadway in redwood city. the owner tells me it was one of the busiest eateries in town, but when covid hit, business dropped by a whopping 65%. he laid off four employees. the owner had to adapt. and for the past few weeks, there's been fear he might have to close again. he's glad the doors will remain open for now, yet he feels for his colleagues in neighboring counties. one man who disagrees with the decision to stay open is county supervisor david canepa. >> this issue and it's a serious issue, balancing small business and health. as a policymaker, right now it's
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got to be all health. >> well, my reaction to stay open right here is to support my family and my small businesses. >> reporter: in a statement, the san mateo public health office basically said it appreciates and understands the measures taken by other counties, and it will continue to work with business and community leaders to adhere to existing guidelines. but for now, a small reprieve for the small business owners here in san mateo county. we're live in redwood city, i'm damian trujillo, nbc bay area news. >> we reached out to the three north bay counties to find out why they're holding off for now. solano county leaders say they're not shutting down businesses because they don't have proof businesses are fueling this surge right now. they say many businesses are hanging on by a thread. leaders say they may consider a new order about personal behaviors. over in sonoma county, health leaders say they're in a wait and watch mode. they're going to keep a close eye on the rise in cases and if they feel it's necessary, they could join the stay-at-home
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order next week. and napa county plans to put new restrictions in place when the state requires it. we know there are a lot of moving parts to this new stay-at-home order, so we also posted a breakdown on our website, you can find it right at the top of our home page by clicking on that red bar. another hurdle here. it's fire danger in december. gusty winds expected across parts of the bay area this weekend. this is a live look across to mt. diablo -- walnut creek actually where it's expected to be some of the strongest winds. jeff, we're see something fires down in orange county. how concerned should we be here in the bay area? >> well, i really want to get this out of the way first. the biggest threat would be at our highest peaks. we're talking about 3,000 feet and above. and really the focus of that would be over the north bay mountains. so think mount st. helena and those surrounding locations.
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that's where we would see some of those highest gusts. the north bay would be pinned here for some of those gustiest winds. i haven't seen any changes in the forecast. i see this area of low pressure developing over nevada. the counterclockwise circulation around that driving down some drier northeasterly winds sunday night and also into monday. let me show you my wind forecast and you'll see what i mean about the north bay. look at this bright color here. that is the wind for the mountains. once we hit sunday at 10:00, there's the time bar at the top right corner of my map. you can see surface winds are 10 to 26 miles per hour but some of that red color again, wind gusts in the mountains by 10:00 p.m. on sunday of 30 to 40 miles per hour. we would keep that gustier wind in the north bay mountains into monday morning. we'll talk more about this wind forecast and also some changes into tomorrow. i'll see you back here in about ten minutes with that. >> another great resource for you this weekend, our free nbc bay area app. up to the minute information specific to your neighborhood right there on your phone.
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our radar and forecasting, by the way, more accurate than your standard iphone weather. still to come, it's all about herd immunity. anoushah rasta joins us with some answers about how many people will have to be vaccinated before we can truly return to normal. also the 49ers, stanford, and san jose state all forced to leave santa clara county. what about other college and pro teams? the impact the new stay-at-home order will have on them. when we welcome our west coast viewers, we go along for a simulated exercise of how some of the first covid vaccinations will be administered, including why recipients will have to stick around after. and we hear from the race car driver who survived a fiery crash and stunned the world on "nightly news." in a land not so far away. people are saving hundreds
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well, most likely it will be several more months until the covid vaccine becomes available to most americans. but once it is, how long will it take for life to get back to something close to normal? what percentage of the population needs to be vaccinated for us to get there? let's bring in nbc bay area's anoushah rasta with some answers. what have you got, anoushah? >> reporter: well, raj, the answer is not that simple. the covid-19 vaccine is not 100% effective and not everybody who gets the vaccine is going to be protected if they have underlying health conditions. but health officials do have an idea of roughly how many people in the united states need to get the vaccine in order for there to be herd immunity, where the virus can still spread but not like it does during a pandemic because most people have gotten
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the vaccine. dr. dean winslow, who's a professor of medicine at stanford and also an infectious disease specialist tells us when he predicts health officials will start feeling more comfortable and safe with people doing their normal activities again. >> the first, you know, kind of quick answer is that probably between 60% and 70% of the population needs to be immune to sars-cov-2 or covid-19 before we'll have what's popularly known as herd immunity. however, having said that, again understand that it may be the mid to latter part of 2021 before we have enough vaccine available in the u.s. to really immunize that large of a percentage of the population. >> reporter: also important to note here, dr. winslow explains that even after you get immunized, you should still continue to wear face coverings, maintain social distance, limit
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things like travel and indoor dining because it does take at least two weeks after getting a second dose of the covid vaccine for it to work. now, this may be something we're living with here for at least another year or even longer. back to you. >> anoushah, thank you. good information there. pfizer has said its vaccine must be kept in subzero temperatures, negative 74 degrees celsius to be exact. so how cold is that really? nbc bay area's terry mcsweeney tweeted out the answer this afternoon. negative 74 celsius equals negative 94 fahrenheit. with those kinds of temperatures, counties will need special ultra cool freezers. we've been checking in with our bay area counties, and they all say they have the freezers capable of storing the pfizer vaccine. back to our coverage of the new stay-at-home order. here are the new restrictions,
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and how are they affecting sports in the bay area? berkeley says it will follow the state's latest rules, and it won't impact cal football. the county's health officer says the school has a detailed plan in place to keep the students and staff safe, and that includes routine testing. san francisco is also aligning with state guidelines and allowing teams to practice and play. the warriors must have an approved safety plan in place. santa clara county continues its ban on contact sports, which sent the 49ers, stanford, and san jose state football teams packing to play in other parts of the country. now, the prospect of another extended closure is tough to swallow for bay area zoos, san francisco, oakland, and happy hollow zoos will have to close, and they can't really cut back. animals still need food and care when visitors are not there. the shutdown earlier this year threatened to close oakland's zoo permanently. thousands of donors rushed to help, giving the zoo a $5 million cushion. san francisco zoo also benefited from the extra donations. the chronicle reports the zoo is
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exploring ways to stay open because it's just such a big outdoor venue. >> donate to our zoos if you can. the final jobs report now of 2020 provides some troubling evidence that the economic recovery is slowing. the u.s. added 245,000 jobs in november, by far the lowest number since the recovery began. with federal benefits set to expire at the end of the month, struggling workers are just demanding washington, d.c. to do something to help them. president-elect joe biden urging congress as well to act soon. the proposed covid relief bill is $900 billion bipartisan compromise. it includes money for small businesses and unemployment but no stimulus checks. >> i don't want the republicans to think that this is a dream come true. it is not. but it is a path forward. >> covid relief is likely to become part of a larger federal funding bill, and with the deadline to prevent a government shutdown looming one week from today, lawmakers are promising
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to make a deal soon. okay. back here at home, let's get a check of our forecast. happy friday, jeff. we have some advisories this weekend. >> yes. >> and we actually have a spare the air alert for tomrowor becausef the wood smoke. >> yeah, and, you know, it's just one of those things where i think tomorrow we're going to be okay on that wind. but once we hit sunday night and monday, that wind's going to be isolated for some of those higher gusts into the north bay. so a lot of you on sunday and monday are going to say, what wind? i'm not getting any down here in the valleys at the lower elevations. again, a lot of that wind will be contained to the mountains. i wanted to get that out there. let's bring you into that weekend forecast. we'll start off with tomorrow morning. we'll see a few areas of that patchy ground fog we've seen on and off the past couple of mornings. temperatures will be cool to start, down to 43 for the tri-valley. peninsula 46. south bay also have you at 44 degrees. more of these 40s over the east bay, san francisco and the north
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bay. we can all handle this. we've had our jackets out for weeks, so we're good to go on that. what i want to change your attention to right now is a very weak system passing on by tomorrow. looks like it's really going to break up as it gets here from this area of high pressure to the south. high pressure always breaks up storm systems, so that, again, breaking this up. i think we'll only be left with a spotty drizzle chance tomorrow night. let me show you that better on my futurecast. you can see as that system approaches, we get some high clouds increasing tomorrow afternoon. so it's more of that filtered sunshine here from the north bay to the south bay. and then as we hit the evening hours, it's not much, but by the northern coast, we'd see a chance of some of that spotty drizzle. i even think down to about san francisco and the peninsula, we'd have a slight chance as well. temperatures tomorrow just a little bit here. i see some slight cooling as that cloud cover moves in. we'll be at 65 in livermore. 63 in palo alto. right up to san francisco, 60. for the north bay, have you at 64 napa and 63 in santa rosa.
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down to san jose, mid-60s. so tomorrow i think we're okay. you still got to hang up some christmas decorations outside, you're good to go. but once we hit sunday night, that's when i do see that mountain wind developing. we have this storm system over nevada. it's going to be dry, but the circulation around it, counterclockwise circulation, will drive down those drier northeasterly winds. that's what's going to lower the humidity and again kick up that wind in the mountains. we can show you this better on my wind map. notice the colors here. there's a key on the left-hand side at the top of the map and also the time bar on the right side. so 10:00 p.m. on sunday, you can see these bright colors over the north bay mountains. those are wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour, again in the mountains. surface winds 10 to 26 miles per hour. i think we'll be okay at the surface. it's just in those mountains where those winds will gust up. we'll hang on to that wind primarily for the north bay mountains into 7:00 a.m. on monday.
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then as we roll through monday afternoon, we'll start to see that wind relax. so in san francisco, this will set us up with 40s for morning lows, and we'll see mostly 60s for daytime highs in s.f. and for the inland valleys, we're going down to 62 on sunday. back up to some upper 60s by monday and also tuesday. i think we'll be able to get through this okay. it's just the fact that we haven't seen any rain in quite some time, at least really soaking rain. coming up at 6:00 p.m., raj and janelle, i'll take a look at our long-range rain outlook and what we're seeing as of today. >> we need some rain. we appreciate the sunshine, but we do need some rain. thanks, jeff. well, coming up, we're following other develops stories across the bay area, including an investigation into a big fire near downtown san jose. tonight we go along for a simulated exercise of how some of the first covid vaccinations will be administered, including why recipients will have to stick around after. and we'll hear from the race
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car driver whose survival from a fiery crash stunned the world on "nightly news."
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san francisco police are looking for the person who walked into an office building and shot somebody today. police responded just before 9:00 this morning to an office building on harrison street in the soma neighborhood. when they got there, they found a man with a bullet wound, a gunshot wound, but no shooter. the victim is expected to be okay. at one point police thought the gunman ran into a building nearby, but after searching for hours, they could not find him. police say this appears to be an isolated incident and the public is not in any danger. an investigation is under way after a four-alarm fire at a san jose business. skyranger captured heavy smoke billowing from the building as firefighters doused the flames with water hoses. it started just before 10:30 this morning on seventh street. the business is called valley services. it provides portable toilets and it's not clear what started the fire. so far, no injuries were reported. janelle, here's a reason to smile and make the best of this
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holiday season. tomorrow a rare treat. the magic of the san francisco symphony for free on tv. we are airing the symphony's annual deck the hall holiday program. ♪ >> 'twas the night before christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. >> that's the hardest assignment i've ever done. >> i'm so impressed. i can't wait to watch it. >> so much pressure. raj, don't blow it. i read for a living. that's the hardest thing i've ever done. don't worry, i just play a small role in the program. the majority of it, the world class musicians of the symphony. you can watch the full one-hour special tomorrow right here on nbc bay area. deck the hall starts at 3:00 p.m. here's a pro tip. dvr it and play it back during your holiday dinner in a couple weeks. >> you just got me into the holiday spirit. that will be so fun to watch. good job.
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tonight at 6:00, is this new stay-at-home order going too
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far? one doctor at ucsf says yes. she's going to join us on our 6:00 newscast. coming up next on "nightly news," it takes you inside a hospital as its vaccine team goes through a drill to figure out how they're going to safely and quickly give out doses. what will happen step by step. lester holt joins us in about one minute. finally at 5:00 tomorrow is walt medicidisney's birthday. >> the pandemic is making the disney auction virtual. animation cells from early disney movies and retired signs and props from early days of the first disneyland in anaheim. perhaps the choiciest treasure is walt disney's world war i sketch book filled with comic drawings. current bid $75,000. >> wow. >> walt disney was just a teenager so he couldn't enlist. instead he joined the red cross ambulance corps. >> those are going to go for some high prices, i'm sure. thanks for joining us on this friday evening. lester hold is next with
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"nightly news." then we'll be back at 6:00. >> see you soon. tonight the cdc strongest guidance yet on masks as the coronavirus hits new record highs the cdc's new call for universal mask wearing indoors as the u.s. for the second day in a row shatters records for deaths, new cases and hospitalizations dr. fauci ahead of christmas warning we haven't yet seen the post-thanksgiving surge and miions in california headed for a new lockdown. hospitals gearing up for the vaccine we take you inside to see the drills they're conducting ahead of the very first doses. joe biden's new warning saying without new covid relief we are in for a bleak future and what he


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