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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> from the bay area's local news station. you're watching kron. 4 news at all. >> when i look around the corner, i see a lot of covid and a lot of omicron. >> tonight on kron 4 news at 5 health officials in santa clara county giving a bleak outlook. thanks for watching. kron. 4 news at 5 everybody on vicki liviakis and i'm grant lotus the health officer in santa clara county announced 10 confirmed cases of omicron all were symptomatic. but none of the people had to be hospitalized our kron four's
rob nesbitt joins us now live in the studio with more on the print tentative measures they're asking us to take. that's right. grant vicki of the 10 people who tested positive for omicron in santa clara county. only one of them had been boosted health officials there aren't happy with the low percentage of those who have received their booster shots. what i see is perhaps one of the most challenging moments that we've had yet in the pandemic when it comes to omicron santa clara county health officer. doctor sara cody has a long list of concerns with 10 confirmed cases of the variant she used thursday's press conference to stress the importance of booster shots much less likely to go to the hospital much less likely to die and. >> much less likely that you're going to spread infection to someone's who is at greater risk. she's impressed with the numbers of those who are fully vaccinated. 80% of the entire santa clara population for those age 50 and older who are fully vaccinated. the numbers are more alarming only happened that age group have
been boosted. you look at the actual numbers, but does that translate to people. if you look at the 50 to 64 50 years and older other. >> it's a total of 250,000 people. >> in addition to the 10 confirmed cases of omicron doctor cody says the variant has been detected in all 4 of santa clara county sewage sheds saying the best way to stop the spread are vaccinate boost mask test and ventilate. this is about layers of prevention. >> no single strategy works. we have to combine them. however, boosters in vaccines affecting icus in santa clara county. >> coming up on kron 4 news at 6 hear from a medical doctor there about the state of covid hospitalizations grant vicki. >> i appreciate that, rob. some developing news tonight the cdc's vaccine advisory panel has just updated its recommendation on the johnson and johnson vaccine with a 15 to 0 vote today. the committee is now advising americans to choose moderna or pfizer over j and j the final decision
will now come from the cdc director rochelle walensky. this new recommendation comes after 9 people have died after getting the j and j vaccine due to blood clots. however, local health experts say jj is still considered a good choice to protect against covid is just not as highly supported as the mrna, as moderna and pfizer due to these possible complications. >> jj clearly give gives protection to protecting people against the princess trust rena protected them against the strain that caused the terrible disease we had last year protected against al. so the project as well against delta but still offer protection. so it's a good vaccine. but it's just not as good as the mrna vaccines. and it has added complication again, this complication this clotting problem that we see with alone number of platelets and type of cell we use for clotting. it's very rare. >> doctor john swartzberg
adss. if you did get a j and j shot. one of them initially it's vital to now get a booster as we're learning that one dose of j j's definitely not as strong as the 2 shot regimens. the mrna is that pfizer and moderna and even if you've got 2 of the pfizer, 2 of the moderna. he adds that a booster is necessary now because of the variants. public health officials in contra, costa county are reporting early signs of a winter covid-19 surge. >> doctors say thanksgiving gatherings are likely to blame forcefully to go explains now the public health department expects winter holiday celebrations, too increase the problem. >> we're seeing early signs of a winter surge. doctor ori tzvieli says the sharpest rise in covid-19 cases in contra, costa county has been in the east. that's where vaccination rates are lower than the rest of the population richmond conquered and any arc have reported the highest number of cases, the past 2 weeks and
overall doctorates va lee says the virus appears to be spreading most among school-age children and young adults. i just spoke with our contact tracers today and they said that some of the numbers that have come through just in the last few days are approaching. >> some of the summer numbers we saw back in august. so that is concerning. doctor its v ellie is the public health director for contra, costa health services. he says in the past 2 weeks active covid-19 cases have increased nearly 12%. >> adding that in the past month cases are up around 30%. he believes that is tied directly to thanksgiving gatherings combined with the reluctance by the public to receive a booster shot. >> more than 77% of the county's population is fully vaccinated but only about 30% have received the booster. i'm happy to say we've added our capacity. he said even if you look at scheduling your
booster. >> today compared to 3 or 4 days ago, our payments available at this point there are no reported cases of the omicron variant in the county. >> the delta variant is the dominant strain causing infections, but doctor its vili adds a booster provides protection against both. and all adults are eligible for the shot in contra, costa county phillipe djegal all kron 4 news. >> cal osha sets policy to protect workers in the workplace in this state. it has already, of course, its standards relating to covid today, though, cal osha made some changes to those rules in the workplace. so safe. kron four's dan kerman joins us now live with more. dan. well, these new rules go into effect january 14th. it's an extension of the current rules. but as you mentioned. >> they did make some changes. now. not really differentiating between those vaccinated and unvaccinated business leaders think this is a big mistake however, workers rights groups like the changes. cal osha standards
board has extended its covid workplace rules for another 90 days. beginning january 14th, however, there are a few significant changes up to now exposed employees who are vaccinated could continue working at their workplaces long as they did not show symptoms. now exposed workers who are vaccinated and show no symptoms must either stay home for 14 days, even if they test negative or if they return to work, they must mask and stay 6 feet away from others for those 2 weeks. >> workers are in the cross hairs of this pandemic and these rules are not perfect. but they are helping to keep california workers safe. >> the california labor federation and groups that advocate for workers, safety support. the change. >> we. no how important it is for the standards for to support california workers who can't comfortably and work from home. but her showing up every in our restaurants. can
you know, grocery stores and transit drivers. keeping our economy moving if the rules are going to start to of all to treat vaccinated and unvaccinated workers there becomes less and less incentive to get a vaccine. but the bay area council and the california chamber of commerce believe the change goes too far. restaurant workers, logistics workers, small retail business workers. >> you know, folks in construction and other you occupations just don't have the sort of ability to. segment themselves off like that at all period of time. and so, you know, we just believe that that that's just a step too far. now, here's the other part of it about pay who gets paid. well, if you are excluded from the workplace under these rules and you are exposed at work.
>> the employer is responsible for continuing to pay you. they can use your sick days. but after those are done, they do need to keep paying you under these new rules live in san francisco. dan kerman kron 4 news all right, the nfl and the nfl players association have negotiated changes to the league's covid protocol, some of which are being put in place immediately has more than 100 players in the league. >> are currently on the covid list. here's a look at some of the changes mandatory mask-wearing in team facilities regardless of vaccination status remote or outdoor meetings as opposed to indoor a limited number of people allowed in the weight room at any one time. no in-person meals at facilities which will activate grab and go meal service in team cafeterias and restrictions on activities outside the facility. the new protocols apply to all 32 teams until the conclusion of week. 15. other news now only on kron.
the naacp says the san francisco police department owes an apology to a black ups driver who was told she would be ar ested if she didn't sign a ticket for being double parked. the police department is now investigating the story that you first saw on kron 4 earlier this week. the driver. >> spoke exclusively to our kron four's, haaziq madyun who now brings us the latest developments. >> we have delivered packages. i'm not ready to do anything or if just we're going to take this all the way to court right now. whenever you want put on arrest. >> you know, you never give me an opportunity to just move like you know, move your vehicle or i'm going to give you a kick didn't say anything. you just say that you're impeding traffic where their driver's license it is that alleged aspect of this incident involving ups driver. the case of ferguson. >> being given ultimatum by sfpd officer to sign a traffic citation or be taken to jail that made her feel that she was racially profiled while making deliveries in san francisco's 8 district.
honestly, yes, and it because of my skin i. >> i don't see no other reason they were taking me. everybody double parked everyone. dhl amazon ups. >> a pullover everywhere own a street. there's nowhere for me to park a go up and down. >> the hate hate district san francisco supervisor dean preston is office sent kron 4, a statement that reads, quote, we're extremely concerned about the incident in which sfpd ticket at a black ups driver and the hate for double parking while making a delivery. we have reached out to sfpd and are eager to get to the bottom of this unquote. the san francisco police department's it does a statement that reads, quote, this incident is now under investigation by the sf department of public accountability because this is an open investigation. we cannot comment further a quote. i feel that this the rage and that rage is.
>> a single one of those without the coach is black. department. always a polish. young lady. outrageous. >> the president of the san francisco branch of the naacp doctor amos brown says in addition to an apology from sfpd. a new city ordinance protecting delivery drivers from being excited while double parked in a set up, maybe a dollar ad. i think that's bit. >> i was provide opportunity. stu. >> change the law. so what do you want to happen. i just wanted to be that we is not like our intention is to double clark and impeding traffic. i don't know what's in those boxes that are given to those people. i don't know this medication like i just want to make sure that we can get the packages to the people who needs them. >> has due kron 4 news. >> still to come on 4 news at 5. what led to an east bay.
police shooting that left one man dead. >> and what california lawmakers are doing to help people who are being heavily impacted by the ongoing drought. >> plus the latest on the fight to keep the a's in oakland. the move being made this week that could determine the team's future in the bay area. and the storm clouds have part of the rain has ended. but now that cold air ended. but now that cold air is moving from one moment to the next, our kids become the most important part of our lives. and even though the years pass, that never changes. we never stop worrying about them. that's why it's important to have health insurance. with covered california, we got a plan we could afford. it includes free preventive care, like cholesterol and blood-pressure checkups. because even though they grow up, they'll always be your baby. covered california. this way to health insurance. enroll by december 31st at coveredca.com.
>> lot of rain recently, but so dry before that and state lawmakers are now taking a closer look at the human impacts of california's current drought. yeah, that includes how it could affect our our health or food or drinking water. ashley zavala explains this update from the state capitol. >> droughts have far-reaching impacts including the well-being of communities, large and the senate select committee on human security held a hearing on how california's drought is impacting drinking water labor health along with prices and supply at the grocery store state water officials told lawmakers thursday a majority of the state's reservoirs are still well below average despite recent storms. >> but we should be mindful of that. the storms are by no means a drought buster agriculture feeling the effects of california. second straight year of drought california provides 2 thirds of the nation's fruit and nuts. and a 3rd of its vegetables officials bracing for prices to boost. well, experts note the drought could contribute to food insecurity which could lead to health
issues. experts said short term solutions could include food and cash aid programs, longer solutions include big infrastructure changes people that are hardest hit are the most people that are already in deficit as the state explores increasing water storage officials said thursday the estimated cost of 8 proposed projects totals about 14 billion dollars. senator melissa melendez noting the state's projected budget surplus could help we would just invest some money, particularly in years like this year. last we had a budget surplus. >> if we could perhaps invest that money in some of this infrastructure said you know, he would have been in place comes as we now the longer you milestone in the quest to keep the a's in oakland. they say the final environmental impact
report will be released tomorrow morning. this is a big step in the city's effort to build a new waterfront ballpark district at the howard terminal site. mayor libby schaff releasing a statement today saying the 3500 page report and shares. the project is environmentally safe and sustainable. she says the release of this report keeps the city on track to bring the project for a final vote by city council early next year. the ball park district will create 18 acres of public parks, affordable housing and hundreds of jobs and oakland. in the meantime, the a's continue to explore their options in las vegas to build a ballpark. there should things not work out in oakland. >> all right. take a look at the weather now as beautiful overview shot there of downtown san francisco. >> yeah. the polar plunge in the bay there with feel a little extra and hippie tonight, lawrence. it was it was cold. this where it's been cold all week really. really has. we have these arctic kind of storms coming in now. and this one going make for a very
cold night out there around the bay area. some temperatures likely to dip into the 20's in some parts of the north bay out. now we've got skies begin to clear out outside and yeah, it is going to be a cold one back a little chilly out there already. nice little storm system coming through last night, though. how about this can feel the past. 24 hours, almost 2 and a half inches of rain over an inch and a half in timber on over an inch and a quarter in rich man, just about 3 quarters of an inch in san francisco. he hit 3 quarters in oakland and just under a 10th of an inch of rain in san jose. so that storm system has come to an end. you see it moving all the way down into southern california a whole lot more snow. 2 to 3 feet of snow falling across the sierra nevada. that was some good news. and now we're kind of clearing things out that setting the stage for what looks like a cold night ahead tonight, these temperatures really going to be dropping off 7 outside this evening. grab a jacket. if you're headed out the door, mostly clear skies remain dry over the next few hours. in fact, for the whole night. those skies will continue to clear. the air is very cold and very dry. so we're going to watch these temperatures really
falling off about 29 degrees for an overnight low and freezing in santa rosa freezing in the napa valley about 30 to 34 in a bottle about san francisco. you don't see that very often. you could be down in the 30's tonight about 37 degrees in hayward. 35 in san jose and 38 degrees in cold in oakland. thank you, lawrence. and help police reportedly shot and killed a man. >> who was holding what they thought was a real gun. the weapon turned out to be an air soft gun. san pablo police got a call from a market employee in north richmond about a man outside carrying a gun worried he would come inside as offers serves responded. the man took off. they pulled him over just minutes later, along market avenue in truman street captain brian bill barr says that once the man got out of the car. officers spotted blood on his hands and the air soft gun clutch to his chest above our says that the man refused officers commands to put it down.
>> the officers repeatedly given orders to show shows hands shows hands. well holding the gun in a a on his chest in kind of a ready position began turning toward that towards the officers and facing officers. and that's when the officers fired. >> despite immediate medical attention. police say the man died on the way to the hospital. we don't know much about this man, only that he is hispanic possibly in his 40's. the 4 officers involved are on paid administrative leave and an investigation is underway with the department of justice contra costa county, da's office and san pablo pd. >> but people been ponying up for gas food. almost everything is more expensive. how the fed plans to fight a rise in inflation. >> and with a couple of big storms rolling through the bay % area this weekend. we're going to give you an update on how one bay area reservoir is.
>> all of our recent rain really having a positive impact on the drought situation. you look at these maps, right. the drought monitor 3 months ago. all this dark red in here, much of the bay area. much of the state really. and then here we are currently these maps are released every thursday. and you can see a lot more. this bright red the dark maroon there is a retreating. everything's looking a bit healthier very encouraging crawford. charles clifford has
more now on how the reservoirs are doing and what it takes to pull counties out of the drought restrictions that we've been telling you about. >> well, this week california, the bay area seen a significant amount of moisture falling overnight from wednesday into thursday marine in particular saw a lot of rain. we went out to the marine municipal water shed just north of mount temple pious on thursday morning. this is the lake logging need a spillway which as recently as early october was dry and quiet. it is now gushing with water. all of this moisture goes down into been tempe lake and alpine lake alpine lake in particular, this summer was bone dry. it is now filled up with water. now here are in at last check. the reservoirs are at 96% for this time of year. east bay mud says that their reservoirs are at 59% of full capacity. the santa clara valley water district in the south bay says that the reservoirs are at 37.3 9% of full that is minus anderson reservoir, which is currently being kept dry as it needs a seismic retrofit on the dam
there and hetch hetchy, which is san francisco's main water supply. is that 72% of full capacity last year in december. they were only 61%. so things are looking much better for san francisco, then even just a year ago. now the rainy season officially ends on april. first, there's a long ways to go lot of moisture could still fall or things could turn dry. as for what this means for water use restrictions will have to wait and see here in marin. you currently can't do any outdoor irrigation. you can't fill pools. but there are rumblings that some of those restrictions could be east. they're at least considering the idea of easing them up. we'll have to wait and see how the winter plays out. if we get more moisture or not. but for now in the north bay. charles clifford kron. 4 news. >> coming up next to the one-time up in coming silicon valley star had her own words used against are today with prosecutors played during closing arguments for theranos founder elizabeth holmes. plus where you can find extended hours at bay area post offices as we approach the deadline to ship christmas packages. and
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soon become the dominant variant here in the u.s. washington correspondent basil john. >> they're in the big screen there with all the latest details about this new variant basil. >> well, grant. vicki, good evening and yes, well, in the middle of the holiday season. health experts want americans to stay on guard as doctor anthony fauci says the omicron variant poses a risk. >> it is the most transmissible virus of covid that we have to deal with those far thursday. doctor anthony fauci told the u.s. chamber of commerce that americans should expect omicron to become the country's dominant variant is predictive. and as shown in reality to evade certain immune program. it is fauci says the latest data shows booster shots help improve protection against the omicron variant and there is currently no need for a variant's specific boost or if we continue to get people vaccinated that we will be able.