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indoor setting, that is, normal cloth masks alone use at least a surgical mask as well or a double mask if you want to have , coordinate your fashion with some pattern. n95 also good for the best protection. >> up your mask game, do the rapid test, stay away from large crowds, get vaccinated. anything else people should do besides just hunkering down at home? >> yeah, the big theme is that you don't have to disengage with life. you don't have to wall yourself off in a cocoon. we are in a different place from 2020, we have vaccines. if you have been vaccinated, even with two doses, you have a very low probability of getting sick. the big deal is that omicron is so transmissible, four times more than delta, you have a high chance of just getting infected, and that might be a
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try for you because you have to quarantine or isolate at least five days and potentially longer if you still have symptoms. >> i want to ask about the number, the seven-day positivity rate jumping to 11%. what are you expect to see over the next week or so? >> i think it is going to get even higher, unfortunately. i think we are just trying to hit the pause button. hopefully we won't go as high. you look at washington, d.c., very shocking. they had 1000% increase in cases in the last week. that is really where the epicenter of omicron is right now. new york down and then coming west. i think we had some time to prepare in the west coast, where we have time to repair the roof before the hurricane comes. it is starting to rain already but the hurricane, hopefully the roof will be in good shape. >> we have seen a huge increase in demand for testing over the
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holidays but the fda is issuing a new warning that those at home rapid test may be less effective at detecting omicron. what is your take on that? >> people are using it in very different ways. if you are doing it long before the event, even the day before, it is probably not going to be good, because omicron is like to the 19 on steroids. it is so fast and you could get a test that is negative, and then get exposed and then potentially incubate very quickly to expose someone at a party. so, it has to be done just before. also, you cannot use it for diagnosis. it is good for trans miscibility, but if you are negative, and the next day, you develop flulike symptoms symptoms, or something like allergies, get tested again or get a pcr test. don't stop at a negative rapid test, that is the way to think about it. >> got it. dr. peter chin-hong, thank you so much. look forward to seeing you in the new year. >> happy new year.
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a popular seven cisco restaurant just added a strict new covid-19 rule to its menu. starting today, anyone 18 years old or older will not only have to show proof of vaccination, but, a booster shot as well. the restaurant says it is to protect the health and safety of its staff. >> it is really important that we do what we can to keep those numbers low, because, there are people that are less protected in our community, for various reasons, and those of us who are maximally protected really need to do our best, to keep from spreading the virus. >> not the first restaurant to do this because covid-19 cases continue to rise, health experts say they expect more restaurants and bars to adopt a similar mandate.
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as of now, the new year's eve party in times square is still a go. everyone will be required to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination. today, organizers tested the confetti, when the ball drops at midnight, saturday, some 3000 pounds pounds of confetti will be released. oakland airport is about to receive more than $15 million in federal funding. the money will come from the department of transportation. it is all a part of the new bipartisan infra structure plan. president biden signed it into law in november. the funds will go towards things like improving airfield safety. passenger amenities in the terminals, and security systems and charging stations will also be added. a new law will go into effect in the new year to protect millions of patients by stopping surprise medical bills. some have concerns about a provision in the bill and lawsuit against the federal government. manny has more on what you need to know. >> reporter: it is called the new support no surprises act. protections against surprise medical bills. >> this has been a pervasive
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and abusive billing practice by some providers to take advantage of the situations, where the patient has no ability to choose. >> the law is set to go into effect january 1st, a report from the u.s. department of health and human services says it protects patients with individual and employer insurance plans my no longer allowing them to be balance billed for emergency and certain nonemergency services in most circumstances. patients will also not be in the middle of ailing disputes, between providers and insurance, and the congressional budget office predicts the law will reduce health insurance premiums. >> we can now go to emergency rooms and get emergency care, without worrying about an out- of-network charge. >> reporter: the american hospital association and american medical association has sued the federal government, challenging a provision of the rule issued in september, aimed at fair payment for services by out-of-network fighters. in a joint statement, the organization said the billing
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resolution process should not impede patient access to care, by making fewer caregivers available on their insurance network, this is why the aha and ama are asking the court to bring regulations in line with a patient friendly balanced approach. the lawsuit is not expected to stop the law from moving forward. for health minute, i'm andy gaither. in the south bay today, bta held a graduation for their new recruits after nine weeks of intense training, the agency welcomed 26 new bus operators. one by one, new grads received their certificates. now they say they are ready to hit the streets. we asked what they learned. >> we should be paying attention to everything on the road, traffic signals, pedestrians, cars, being able to read the road is a vital key for success for a operator. >> vta says new bus operators will help fill the shortage of
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more than 70 bus drivers in the agency. >> seven cisco food bank needs your help and soon, to feed 50,000 families before the end of the year. the food needs throughout the bay area have increased dramatically during the pandemic, and at the same time organizers say their budget has suffered from fewer donations. supply chain issues, increased transportation costs have also hurt operations. >> any amount helps. we can take one dollar and turn it into two meals. so, any amount helps, that is the message i want to get across. >> you can catch our full interview with the food bank streaming at 10:00 tonight on cbsn bay area. we are always on at kpix.com and the kpix app. you can help neighbors in need by donating time or money in our food for bay area families drive. find out how at kpix.com/give .
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coming up, apple is paying up. the unusual bonuses the company is offering to keep workers from going to other tech rivals. this could be the future of sea travel. we will take you on board a first of its kind hydrogen powered fairy. a paper or fabric? which masks are the most effective as we battle the omicron variant. plus, just in time for new year's we had to the wharf for the start of
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apple is offering big bonuses to prevent engineers from going to tech rivals like meta-. bloomberg reports apple is offering top talent a one- time bonus worth $180,000. it will come in the form of stock grants that vest over four years. we reached out to apple for comment but no response yet. ferry boats are a common site here in the bay area but now there is a push for change.
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reporter ben tracy shows us what could be the future of sea travel. it may be better for the planet. >> reporter: for more than a century, fairies have move people around seven cisco bay, mostly powered by diesel, a planet warming fossil fuel. >> this is the boat of the future. >> reporter: now, there is a sea change coming. >> down the hatch. this is the first passenger ferry in the world. >> these are the fuel cells. >> powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. it is a diesel engine, spinning things to make power happens here in the fuel cells. >> reporter: jeff is with all- american marine in bellingham, washington. he built a 75 passenger catamaran which will soon launch in seven cisco bay, with zero emissions. >> that's kind of the holy grail of this. >> reporter: ron is the president of the company.
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>> what is a hydrogen powered boat allow for? >> when you use hydrogen to create electricity, the only byproduct is hot water. so it is zero emissions, completely clean. >> reporter: the marine industry, mostly international shipping is one of the dirty and not so little secrets of climate change. it causes about 3% of all carbon dioxide gas emissions, which is more than co2 emissions from the airline industry. this, much larger hydrogen powered ferry is now being built in europe . the technology could eventually be applied to container ships. there is a downside. is hydrogen leaks during production, or from the tanks, it contributes to global warming. >> there is a lot of hope and promise around it, but in order for it to really move forward, in order for the climate to be protected, we need to understand what the leak potential really is. >> reporter: back in bellingham, they are proud that a cleaner future is being built in america. >> is and will be a game
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changer as things move forward. >> a sea change for the industry. >> reporter: ben tracy, cbs news, washington. up next, a scary sight on a highway, the frightening close call caught on video. coming up tonight on the cbs evening news. tonight on the cbs evening news, with coronavirus infections surgeon, new concern tonight about pediatric of the 19 cases and why so many children are ending up in the hospital. our series, unifying america,
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deaths reach a record high in 2021, the deadliest year in the pandemic. reporter naomi rackham has a look at this year's top health stories. >> reporter: three covid-19 vaccines became widely available in the united states in 2021. yet, the country saw twice the number of covid-19 deaths them the year before. the pandemic death toll climbed to more than 800,000. >> we will reach the point where we will be able to get back to doing things the way we did before. we will have to make sure that we get as many people vaccinated as we possibly can. low vaccination rates in parts of the country and a highly contagious delta variant led to several surges in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. in april, there was a pause on
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the johnson & johnson covid-19 vaccine after some patients developed rare but serious blood clots. the cdc and fda after the pause, finding the vaccine safe and effective. in december, the cdc voted to recommend the pfizer and moderna vaccines over the j and j shot, citing the rare blood clots linked to several deaths. pharmaceutical companies developed the first oral treatments for covid-19. merk's appeal was found to reduce hospitalization and death by 30% if taken within five days of symptoms while data shows pfizer's antiviral pill appears to cut risks by 89% when taken within three days. >> we are now expanding vaccine recommendations to more than 28 million children in the united states. >> reporter: by november, children ages 5 to 11 were finally able to roll up their sleeves for pfizer's lower dose covid-19 vaccine. >> a turning point in what has been an incredibly difficult 18
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months. >> reporter: the cdc issued stronger recommendations for everyone 18 years and older, to get booster shots in response to the new omicron variant, and amid evidence of waning vaccine immunity. the pandemic pushed america's opioid epidemic to unprecedented levels. data from the national center for health statistics shows more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths in the u.s. from april 2020 through april 2021. 828 percent increase from the year before. pandemic precautions did help stop the spread of flu last season but it came back in the fall with large outbreaks reported. >> we were taking in what we were looking at, which was incredible, it was a kidney that was immediately functioning. >> reporter: scientists in new york performed a breakthrough organ transplant, successfully attaching a pig kidney in a human body, kept alive on a ventilator. naomi rackham, cbs news. a terrifying close call
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caught on camera. watch as a state worker narrowly escaped being crushed by that massive falling tree on a snowy highway in oregon. the dash cam captured the close call. the evergreen came down on i-5, clipping the work truck. the driver escaped unharmed but the tree caused a traffic mess. thankfully, a group of loggers volunteered to help clear the way. >> wow. >> imagine, lumberjacks in oregon. >> incredible, talk about timing. for us, there is heavy rain moving through the south bay, finally. by 4:00 this afternoon, san jose had a sprinkle but now they are picking up precipitation at the rate of a quarter inch per hour. because of this kind of pattern, santa cruz mountains we have all this moisture, pretty good
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heavy rain in fact, flood advisories for the south bay and santa cruz mountains. these are advisories, not warnings. while there will be heavy rain, it should lead only to minor flooding. low-lying areas, not only through parts of the santa cruz mountains but also parts of the south bay. good rain coming. it will all be done by thursday, as that locates to the south, high-pressure reasserts itself. the wind picks up, high wind through new year's eve and new year's day. while the rain chances are quashed over the next four days, by the time we get into monday and tuesday, things change a bit, then we get the next chance of rain into the bay area. the upside is, today is wednesday night for thursday, friday, saturday, and sunday, looks like we have mostly sunny skies on the way. chilly temperatures at night.
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the numbers are mostly in the upper 40s and low 50s. plenty of sunshine around tomorrow but tonight it will be chilly in santa rosa down to 32 degrees. san jose is down to 39. out of livermore, 38 degrees. forecast highs for thursday, low 50s will do it, we will start with some patchy low clouds come a not perfectly sunny to start the day but the sun will come out including in the north bay after patchy fog. 51 degrees for nevada and 49 for canfield. it will be chilly, up around lake county. ukiah at 48 degrees , lakeport and 47 degrees at clearlake. in the extended forecast we will be looking for things to dry out. the sun to come out, and it is not going to be interrupted by rain for next week. after we dispense with showers tonight, in the east bay, north bay, and the coast, numbers top out every day pretty much in the low 50s. the next chance of
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rain is coming in monday, tuesday, and wednesday. that is that next time we look to get wet. in the meantime, i don't know about you but it will be nice to see the sun, amanda. >> i am ready for it, brian. the bay area counties are tightening rules about masks in the six hours from now. i met max darrow in san francisco, there is a new proposed revision to the fix for millennium tower. we will tell you why engineers think it is a good move but critics are skeptical. another bay area home sold for more than $1 million over asking. we find out what is fueling the fierce competition in housing markets right now. still ahead of 5:00, after
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welcome back, a holiday tradition in san francisco returns to the live stage. sharon chen gives us a rare behind the scenes look at the san francisco ballet this season and talks to its renowned artistic director, retiring after nearly 40 years. >> reporter: the beloved at nutcracker opens in the san francisco season at the memorial opera house. the stage went dark for 21
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months in the pandemic. dancers like sasha the sola jumped right into rehearsals. >> i think there is nothing quite like the feeling of live performances with an audience. you cannot replicate it. i am so excited to be back. >> making them bigger. a little bit bigger. >> reporter: we got an exclusive peek at the practice sessions leading up to the ballet season of celebration. principal dancer nakisha who placed the sugarplum ferry joined at the end of last year. >> it feels extra special because i perform with the company for the first time. >> reporter: it is also the 37th and final year for principal choreographer and artistic director helga thomason. >> i think i have accomplished everything i set out to do, now it is time to pass it on for itself. >> reporter: the iceland-born dancer has left his heart and trailblazing mark in san francisco.
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the cities ballet company was already the first to bring a full-length nutcracker to the u.s. 77 years ago. in 2004, thomason took it a step further. >> we love our city here. >> reporter: thomason set the holiday production in the city, the year of the panama pacific world exposition, a world fair to celebrate recovery from the 1906 earthquake. like today, the theme then was resilience. >> i try to imagine what it must mean for children, then, to come into all the different pavilions from around the world. it must have been unimaginable. >> reporter: during thomason's tenure, the sentences go ballet performed worldwide in cities like beijing, copenhagen, london, and paris. >> he definitely brought the sentences go ballet to an international level. >> he has really shaped me as a dancer, as a human being. what i love about him is that he really values the individual
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dancer and their individual qualities. i think that is something really special. >> reporter: the dancers showcase their talents live streaming digital performances during the covid-19 shutdown. some will debut on stage next year including harmony, which thomas had choreographed working from home. >> reporter: first, the nutcracker. a tradition which takes him back to one of his earliest performances as a dancer. >> i believe i was eight years old, the flowers from nutcracker, i never get tired of the music. it is a very joyous ballet. >> reporter: armed with that joy, thomason and his company are leaping into a new season, bringing back their magic on stage. in san francisco, sharon chen, kpix 5. when he retires, thomason says he and his wife plan to travel to europe to see their family, especially grandkids. meanwhile, the san francisco ballet is searching for his
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successor. now at a 6:00, we are digging into the new scaled- back plan to fix san francisco's sinking millennium tower. why engineers think les may be enough. we are also looking at more rain unwinding now in the south bay. this is all before something completely different. we will have the forecast coming up in minutes. >> we will not agree on everything, but our main goal is for everyone to stay safe. the bay area counties tightening mask rules in a matter of hours. our top story at 6:00, the new proposal to fix the millennium tower. they say it is less involved and faster. >> max darrow has the details on what some building experts think about it. >> reporter: the proposed revised plan for the fix to the millennium tower would scale back the amount of work that needs to be done. some experts tell kpix 5 they don't buy it.
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>> reporter: the original plan to help resolve the millennium towers sinking towers called for the installation of 52 piles along mission and fremont streets to pop up the tower. the newly proposed and revised plan only calls for 18 piles to support a heavier load. >> veteran geotechnical engineer robert pike has been a critic of the towers retrofit and is skeptical of the revised plan. >> the solution is driven by the need to get this thing wrapped up and save money. it is nothing about optimizing it from the point of view of a performance. >> reporter: in this letter to homeowners the towers general managers as the project engineer says it is important to minimize the amount of construction and complete the project expeditiously to minimize additional building settlement. in this letter to the city, he writes, quote, we believe the best path forward is to reduce the number of piles installed while simultaneously increasing th

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