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otal game changer. learn more about the condition at factsonhand.com tonight, the delta variant fueling the summer surge. authorities now saying that this could keep getting worse until october. and tonight, alabama's republican governor now saying it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks for this spike. the highly transmissible delta variant pushing some hospitals to the limit. in the kansas city area, hospitals running out of beds. st. louis county tonight re-issuing its mask mandate. florida, missouri, and texas accounting for 40% of all new cases. and tonight, that new model projecting this latest surge, that we won't see the worst of it until well into fall. tonight, dr. jha is here answering your questions about the millions of children heading back to school, under 12, not eligible for a vaccine. should they be wearing masks? how do you keep them safe?
and for vaccinated americans, the breakthrough cases. we ask the doctor when and where you should put a mask back on, even if you're vaccinated. the summer olympics under way in tokyo tonight with that city under a state of emergency because of the virus. the celebrations and the protests. demonstrators concerned about holding the games during a pandemic, clashing with police. what the u.s. women's soccer team and the gymnastics team did today. images from the ceremony. james longman live in tokyo. the extreme weather just as we start the weekend. wildfires exploding across 14 states tonight. this couple escaping the massive bootleg fire in oregon. fire crews driving through a wall of flames in the tamarack fire in california. and in colorado tonight, rescuers searching for victims of a deadly mudslide. tonight, flash flood alerts as we come on, and much of this country set to feel the intense heat moving in again. ginger zee standing by, tracking it all. news tonight on disgraced
celebrity chef mario batali, now agreeing to pay more than $500,000 to settle allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace. "your money" tonight, and what's happening with new and used cars. many sold before they reach the lot. used car prices soaring up to 45%. and tonight, how much some owners are making selling their cars back to the dealership. what's driving this? here in new york, the shark warning tonight amid sightings. authorities now adding patrols in the air and on the water. once the cleveland indians, now with a new name tonight. and they never gave up day after day, this country moved by them, and tonight we honor them. who are our persons of the week? good evening. and it's great to have you with us here as we near the end of another week together. we begin tonight with these alarming new numbers.
this new summer surge of the coronavirus and the ominous new warning tonight. the new model that says what we're seeing right now might not peak until october. fueled by the delta variant and vaccine hesitancy. tonight, the republican governor of alabama, kay ivey, who had a mask mandate for a time, clearly frustrated today and making national news saying, maybe it's unvaccinated folks.ng the - and with the cdc guidance unchanged tonight, some local areas where they're seeing a major surge are taking action on their own. in st. louis county, missouri, new mask mandates going into effect. missouri, one of the top three states with new cases. hospitals there under stress tonight. that state sending an ambulance strike team to springfield. and the mask mandate in pst. lo monday. 1 in 5 new cases nationwide in florida tonight. hospital admissions there up 55% in just a week. the governor there saying he won't require masks for unvaccinated children going back
to school, saying our children need to breathe. but governor kay ivey of alabama as i mentioned, with a very different message tonight, essentially saying she's done what she can, it's now up to those who haven't gotten the shot to get it. and in some places, seeing this surge with large numbers of unvaccinated, they are starting to see an uptick in new vaccinations. tonight, the numbers here. more than 187 million americans have received at least one dose. 66% now of everyone 12 years and older. and that new model tonight, how long this current surge might last. we also have dr. jha standing by. how do you keep your children safe going back to school? and with these new breakthrough cases, when should the vaccinated consider putting masks back on, and where? we have it all covered for you on a friday night. abc's victor oquendo leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, the delta surge is pushing some hospitals in hot zones to their limit. in the kansas city area, doctors say they're running out of beds, and kansas state health officials are bracing for it to
get worse. >> everybody needs to think of this as a crisis. this is a crisis situation. >> reporter: with the rapid spread of the delta variant, st. louis county late today re-instating a mask mandate. and now a new national model predicts the surge in covid cases may not peak until mid-october, with daily deaths potentially more than tripling what they are now. 38 states and new york city are seeing daily case averages double, triple, or quadruple over the last two weeks. 1 in 5 new cases are in florida. >> when you see someone under 40 die because of covid, when there's a vaccine they could have gotten to prevent it, that breaks your heart. >> reporter: three states, florida, missouri, and texas, accounting for 40% of new cases. in alabama, the least vaccinated state, a frustrated governor kay ivey not hiding her anger with the unvaccinated, but she won't issue any new restrictions. >> folks are supposed to have common sense. but it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the
regular folks. it's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down. >> reporter: the white house asked whether the administration should take a tougher approach toward the unvaccinated. >> i don't think our role is to place blame, but what we can do is provide accurate information to people who are not yet vaccinated about the risk they are incurring not only among -- on themselves, but also the people around them. >> reporter: the unvaccinated making up 99% of deaths and 97% of hospitalized patients across the country. in los angeles, stephen harmon lost his battle with covid the same day he was put on a ventilator. the 34-year-old was not vaccinatd, often joking about the vaccine on social media, even tweeting, i got 99 problems but a vaccine ain't one. harmon saying this from his hospital bed -- i will not be getting vaccinated once i am discharged and released. in sacramento, mia vinnard regrets she and her husband, brad, didn't get the vaccine. she says his dying wish was for others to get the shot. >> honey, please, go tell our friends to get vaccinated.
it's a real tragedy that this hd to happen because we weren't on board by getting vaccinated. >> reporter: back in alabama, derek duke this week finally decided to get the shot. >> i been looking at the news and i been seeing everybody's been getting their vaccine, and the ones that haven't have been getting sick, so i been thinking about my family and i want them to be well, so i brought them all down, we got our shots and i'm feeling happy. >> reporter: and after the nfl pressured players to get vaccinated or risk forfeiting games and pay, assistant coach rick dennison reportedly won't coach for the minnesota vikings after choosing not to get a vaccine. the team says they're still holding talks with dennison. >> let's get to victor, live from miami. florida now reporting about 10,000 new cases a day, and victor, officials are pointing pto one positive sign in parts f this country, an increase in vaccinations now in some of the hardest-hit states? >> reporter: david, the white
house says five states with the highest case rates and low vaccination numbers have seen an increase in their vaccination rates in the last week. those states, arkansas, louisiana, nevada, missouri, and florida saw more people get vaccinated when compared to the national average. david? >> victor oquendo leading us off. we know many of you at home have questions with this newest surge, so let's get right to dr. ashish jha, dean of the brown university school of public health. dr. jha, always great to have you with us. and i wanted to get back to alabama there. governor kay ivey, her comments that made national news, saying it's time to start essentially blaming the unvaccinated folks, were her words. we know that alabama has the lowest vaccination rate in the country. she essentially said, i've done what i can. i have had mask mandates here in the state. it's now up to people who haven't been vaccinated to get the shot. but how do you get the word out? how do we encourage more people to hear that message? >> david, thanks for having me back. i don't know if it's useful to blame people. i will tell you, at this point, across the country we're seeing
a lot of unvaccinated people getting very sick and dying. and so my message to people is, it's about protecting yourself, your family. these vaccines make an enormous difference in preventing you from getting very sick and dying. everyone needs to get vaccinated. this is how we put the pandemic behind us. >> yeah, perhaps a more productive message than the governor, though she was clearly frustrated today by the cases she's seeing in her state. and we're also hearing more about the breakthrough cases among those who are vaccinated. you and other health authorities have said most of these cases are mild, but obviously if folks are having mild cases they're not going to the hospital. there's no official log of this. how do we know what the numbers really are in this country? and if you are fully vaccinated when and where should you consider putting a mask back on to protect yourself from a breakthrough case? >> two really good questions, david. i would say, first of all, we're not capturing all the breakthrough cases because we're not testing enough people. we should do that. that said, we're certainly capturing breakthrough cases that lead to hospitalizations
and deaths, and those are very rare. so what we know and can be confident about is breakthrough infections happen, but they don't lead to you getting very, very sick. in terms of mask wearing when you're vaccinated, my general rule is, if you're going to be around a lot of unvacciated people and if you're in a hot zone with lots of infections, you want to prevent the breakthrough infection and the best way to do that if you're indoors is to wear a mask. >> and lastly, we know millions of children under 12 still not eligible for the vaccine. they're heading back to school in the coming weeks. the academy of pediatrics urging parents to send them to school with masks. what do you say to parents who are worried if their kids are going to be interacting with kids in families where they don't know if there's been vaccination or not? >> yeah, this is a really tough question. i believe that if you are in an area with a lot of infections happening, it makes a lot of sense to have all kids who are unvaccinated be masked up. you can argue that in some places with great vaccination rates like vermont you could get
away without it. but i have a 12-year-old, a kid, and my goal is to get him back to school this fall with a mask on. >> always helpful. dr. jha, thanks for guiding us through. we'll see you here next week. in the meantime, there's also concern over the virus at the summer olympics. the opening ceremony today joyful inside and the protests outside. concern there over holding the games amid this pandemic. and the new numbers tonight inside the olympic bubble. abc's james longman in tokyo again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an evening of celebration and of protests as the tokyo olympics gets under way. while tennis star naomi osaka lit the olympic cauldron, marking the official start of the summer games, outside protesters, concerned about holding the games during a pandemic, clashed with police. listen to that. that's the sound of police shouting at protesters. there are quite large crowds of them on this street down here below where we're not allowed to go because we're in the olympic bubble. but apparently they can hear these chants inside the stadium.
the 68,000-seat stadium had fewer than 1,000 guests, most of them foreign dignitaries. a $1.5 billion arena welcoming athletes from some 200 competing countries. among those there, first lady jill biden. only a third of team usa appearing. flag-bearers sue bird from the wnba and baseball's eddy alvarez, leading the u.s. delegation. but notably absent, the women's soccer team and team usa gymnasts, including simone biles, who held their own ceremony at their hotel outside the olympic village. on social media, biles pointing to covid concerns. the pandemic looming large over the day's excitement with 19 more covid cases linked to the olympics reported, bringing the total to at least 110. and all night outside the stadium, the streets filled with japanese citizens carrying signs saying "cancel the olympics." >> don't come to japan! >> reporter: protesters furious, as new covid cases have risen in tokyo ahead of the games. but earlier today, the executive director at the ioc telling our amy robach he's confident with where things stand despite the opposition.
>> is there a scenario in which these games could be canceled? >> there's no scenario in which they can be canceled. >> they say the games will go on. james longman with us live from tokyo again tonight. james, now it's not just the pandemic they have to deal with. they're also watching the forecast for the coming days. a major tropical storm forecast to hit parts of japan early next week, bringing heavy rain and winds? >> reporter: yeah, david, there is a storm forming in the philippine sea south of japan. it could hit monday or tuesday. it's not known if it's going to impact these olympics, but even if it doesn't hit tokyo, there are still plenty of events outside of the capitol that could be impacted. david? >> james longman, our thanks to you and amy robach, there all week for us. back here at home tonight and to the extreme weather just as we start the weekend. wildfires, monsoon rains, and we're on the air tonight.s as - intense heat moving in for much of the country yet again. ginger is standing by, but first, the more than 80 fires burning in 14 stat.
a new one exploding near california's dixie fire, threatening hundreds of homes. millions under flash flood alerts. powerful wind and rain slamming las vegas. and in colorado, monsoon rains turning deadly. kayna whitworth on the scene tonight. >> keep driving, baby. you're doing very, very good. >> reporter: fawn smullin says it was like driving through armageddon, shooting this video as her partner, russell king, raced through the flames of the massive bootleg fire in oregon. >> we're fleeing! >> reporter: returning days later. >> here's where our house was. there's the water container. >> reporter: this crew fighting the tamarack fire escaping a fast-moving flare-up. and that fire still out of control tonight. the flames raging during the worse drought ever recorded. they need rain, but the monsoon storms packing 60-mile-an-hour winds doing more harm than good. the rain coming too fast to be absorbed by the soil.
deadly flooding in larimer county, colorado. three people still missing. this all started from a stream that the locals tell me is just some three feet wide, and it turned into a ten-foot wall of water full of rocks and trees that destroyed absolutely everything. families worried their community may never recover. >> what do you call normal after this? we were spared by the fires twice, and then to have this. >> reporter: and david, the wind and rain kicking up here again. many of those burn-scarred areas throughout the state remain under the highest threat level possible for flash flooding. david? >> kayna, thank you for being there. let's get right to ginger zee. she's in lake tahoe, nevada, tonight tracking all of this. hi, ginger. >> reporter: david, we could barely see the mountains around lake tahoe. you can see the visibility already reducing in the valleys in nevada. we're close to the tamarack fire and we are not going to get that monsoon rain. but the folks that are going to get it are in potential danger.
flash flood watches in the areas covered in green. i think arizona is going to have rounds of very heavy and dangerous rain. if you get a warning this weekend, please do not drive through water. the rio grande valley throughout new mexico, a problem, too. so they'll get a dent in the drought, but the drought is intense. it's the worst we have seen in the west. 65% in the highest two levels of drought since we started recording that some 20 years ago. and then the heat, it is building and dangerous from louisiana to minnesota. david, it's moving east early next week. >> here we go again. ginger zee with us tonight. ginger, thank you. and "your money" tonight. what's happening with new and used cars. many new cars being sold before they even reach the lot, and used car prices soaring up to 45%. here's abc's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, the new reality for americans looking to buy a car. dealerships with new cars sold before they even arrive on the lot. the prices of used cars soaring. and it turns out, in some cases, car owners selling their cars back to the dealership for a profit.
brian walsh is a car salesman in scranton. >> we've never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: so what's driving this? computer chips crucial for many new cars are now in short supply. production slowed down by the pandemic, leaving dealerships across the country with low inventory. many of those dealers now looking to find used cars to sell. used cars in high demand, and prices on the rise, too. in some places, the cost of a used car up 45% over the last year. in paramus, new jersey, sales director mathew jelling says he's been watching what's happening with used cars in awe. are dealerships now more keen to buy used cars because you need inventory? >> oh, without a doubt. they always said you lose 30% of your value the minute you walk off the floor. it's not that way now. >> reporter: franko dokaj owns a car detailing business in st. louis. he says this summer he's made $15,000 selling used cars back to dealers. >> i can't believe for once i'm
leaving the car dealership with money in my pocket. >> reporter: wesley kissner is looking to buy a new truck in chattanooga, tennessee, and he says several dealerships have offered him top dollar for his 2018 nissan titan. >> that's the first thing they ask me is they want to buy it. i like new cars, but at the moment they're not available. >> reporter: and jelling says in many cases cars haven't even arrived yet and they've already sold. >> if you see cars coming off of a truck, chances are those ten cars have been sold. >> reporter: david, car dealers we talked to say that they expect this supply chain issue to last through the end of 2022, and with all that pent-up demand, it could make that wait even longer. david? >> erielle, thank you. when we come back tonight in new york, the shark warning now. and the major headline involving a onetime celebrity chef tonight. insurance with liberty mutual,ar so you only pay for what you need. oh um, doug can we talk about something other than work, it's the weekend.
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the community honoring the brave men and women searching in the rubble for 29 days now. we remember the moment of silence. a prayer next to the site. tonight, the firefighters officially ending their mission. >> providing closure to families was the ultimate test of everybody here, and i think we did our best to do that. >> reporter: many of them now returning to their own families after sleeping at the site for weeks. 3-year-old isabella hernandez and her 4-year-old big brother eric waiting to see their father, captain eric hernandez, holding their sign, welcome home to our hero, dad. tonight, a community, a nation grateful. >> it takes your breath away that people love us so much, and appreciate us. >> we honor them all. i'm david muir. good night.
businesses in san francisco are getting abused as they try to recover from the pandemic. the new grant that many store owners say will help them pay down debt. a series of crimes in the tenderloin has won restaurant owner looking to leave. we're tracking relief for the unemployed. many waiting for a check said they do not trust the agencies track record. this is kgo . after more than a year of being closed because of covid small businesses are coming back. the economy is one of the key pillars in building a better bay area. thank you for joining us i am ama daetz. san francisco handed out grants to four businesses in the
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