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tonight, breaking news from the cdc. the new guidance tonight for vaccinated americans when it comes to wearing masks again. the cdc director dr. rochelle walensky with updated guidance late today, saying new and worrisome data on the delta variant, spreading quickly in the u.s., tonight saying new data shows that vaccinated people with those rare breakthrough cases may be contagious and able to spread the virus to others. so, the cdc is now recommending vaccinated americans wear masks indoors again in areas with high transmission of covid cases. to protect themselves from breakthrough cases and to keep from transmitting the virus to others. also tonight, the cdc saying with millions of children heading back to school, all students, teachers and staff should wear masks regardless of vaccination status, to keep
everyone safe. dr. walensky saying it didn't have to be this way, had the vaccination rate in this country been higher. dr. jha is standing by to answer your questions at home tonight. and late today, president biden on the new guidance, saying we are not going back to last year. and tonight, new reporting, could there soon be a vaccination mandate for federal workers? cecilia vega with late reporting live from the white house. the other major story tonight, four officers in their own words in front of congress, in front of the american people. the horrors of the january 6th attack on the capitol. describing being outnumbered and fighting for their lives. what was said to them, what was done to them. one officer saying, "i thought i was going to die. i told them, i have kids." and how they feel about efforts to redefine what really happened that day. rachel scott on the hill tonight. team usa at the olympics and the bombshell headline. simone biles withdrawing from
the team gymnastics event today. what she said about her decision and will she compete again at these games? james longman in tokyo. newly released body camera video just made public. tonight, two police officers arrested. one of the officers accused of beating and choking a man for 39 seconds. dozens of wildfires burning across several states tonight. and now, another heat wave gripping much of this country. 1 states. and in new york city, the images tonight. the transformer explosion. and our made in america is back tonight. what so many of you did after last night's report. it turns out that new car smell sells. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy tuesday night. and we begin tonight with the pandemic and the cdc's new guidance tonight for the millions of vaccinated americans, recommending vaccinated people now wear masks
indoors in communities where the virus is spreading quickly. cdc director dr. rochelle walensky revealing new and worrisome data, in her words, is behind this new guidance. showing the data from several states in this country, showing vaccinated people infected with the highly contagious delta variant may be contagious and able to spread the virus to others. so, she said, even if you're vaccinated, the masks indoors in public in those areas seeing spikes will help protect yourself from those rare breakthrough cases and keep yourself from transmitting to others. and late today, president biden suggesting a recommendation that all federal workers be vaccinated is under consideration. we have new reporting from the white house in a moment. tonight, the map here. and as i said, the cdc now recommending that vaccinated people wear masks in areas with high and substantial transmission of the virus. those are the areas in red and in orange there in particular on the map. and with children going back to school now, they're recommending that everyone in k through 12
schools mask up indoors. teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of your vaccination status. this is to protect everyone. but the cdc tonight saying above all else, get vaccinated, because they say this remains a pandemic of the unvaccinated. and dr. walensky saying we wouldn't be in this situation now had the vaccination rate been higher, saying she fears the next variant, which could be even stronger, and one that could really test our vaccines. tonight, the numbers here. 188 million americans have received at least one dose. that's 66% of everyone 12 years and older. dr. jha is here to answer your questions tonight. ceilia vega at the white house. and abc's eva pilgrim leading us off right here in new york. >> reporter: tonight, with new evidence fully vaccinated people with so-called breakthrough cases can potentially spread the delta variant, the cdc reversing mask guidance for schools and millions of vaccinated americans. >> in rare occasions, some vaccinated people infected with
a delta variant, after vaccination, may be contagious and spread the virus to others. this new science is worrisome. >> reporter: that spread from vaccinated people not seen as a risk before with earlier strains, which is one reason the cdc is now urging americans to wear masks indoors if they are in an area with substantial or high transmission, not only to protect yourself, but to protect others now that the cdc has this new data that even vaccinated people can transmit the virus. the cdc also reversing its guidance from two weeks ago, recommending universal masks for teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. the cdc stressing the vast majority of transmission occurs among unvaccinated people, but they are studying clusters of breakthrough infections. >> when we examine the rare or breakthrough infections and we
look at the amount of virus in those people, it is pretty similar to the amount of virus in unvaccinated people. >> reporter: late today, president biden saying a requirement for federal employees to get a vaccine is under consideration. >> we have a pandemic because of the unvaccinated. they're sewing enormous confusion. the more we learn -- the more we learn about this virus and the delta variation, the more we have to be worried and concerned. and only one thing we know for sure, if those other 100 million people got vaccinated, we'd be in a very different world. so get vaccinated. if you haven't, you're not nearly as smart as i said you were. >> reporter: the president also saying in a statement, "we are not going back to last year. more vaccinations and mask-wearing in the areas most impacted by the delta variant will enable us to avoid the kind of lockdowns, shutdowns, school closures and disruptions faced in 2020.
unlike 2020, we have both the scientific knowledge and the tools to prevent the spread of this disease. we are not going back to that." today's new mask guidance coming as parents across the country are protesting mask mandates in schools. >> i cannot stand to see her masked and she doesn't want to be masked. >> reporter: seven states have banned mask mandates in schools, including arizona, where students are already back in the classroom, masks optional. and with the delta surge, a warning from the former head of the cdc dr. tom frieden that covid cases could soar. >> we're heading into a rough time. it's likely, if our trajectory is similar to that in the united kingdom, that we could see as many as 200,000 cases a day. >> reporter: in houston, doctors are seeing a repeat of moments like this from last summer's surge. >> in the last 14 days, we've had a 500% increase in the number of admissions. >> reporter: and in florida, hospitals overwhelmed. some doctors pleading for extra staffing. in ft. lauderdale, the family of
15-year-old paulina velazquez says she was planning to get the vaccine when she got covid. she's now fighting for her life on a ventilator. paulina's vaccinated mother is experiencing a breakthrough covid infection herself, not leaving her daughter's side. >> it was terrifying for me, because i said, why me? why not, you know, why my daughter, why not me? it was very sad. >> let's get to eva pilgrim with us tonight. and eva, you heard this point from president biden today, you also heard it from the cdc director dr. rochelle walensky, who said, quote, this moment and most importantly, the associated illness, suffering and death, could have been avoided with higher vaccination coverage in this country. they continue to urge americans to get vaccinated. >> reporter: yes, david. and adding to that, walensky said, without more people willing to get vaccinated, the big concern is the next variant that might emerge. just a few mutations away could
potentially evade our vaccines. david? >> which is why we've got to shut the virus down. eva, thank you. we know many of you have questions at moment about this. let's get to dr. ashish jha, dean of the brown university school of public health. and we heard dr. walensky say there that this is new and worrisome data on the delta variant, something we did not know. that's science for you. she said the new data shows that vaccinated people with these rare breakthrough cases may be contagious, may be able to spread, so, do you agree with this new mask guidance inside public spaces to help protect yourself, not only from the breakthrough cases, but to protect others from giving them the virus? >> yeah, david, thanks for having me back. i do agree with this. first of all, i think it's worth noting that most transmission is still happening among unvaccinated people. the breakthrough infections are rare. when they happen, this is surprising to all of us, but with the delta variant, high levels of virus means people can transmit. people wearing a mask indoors makes sense in those high transmission areas.
>> you know people at home tonight are going to say, oh, no, are we going back to last year? what do you think about that? >> no, we're not going back to last year. couple of things i would say, first of all, if you're vaccinated, you're still way much more protected, you're not going to get hospitalized or die. this is really about getting more people vaccinated and putting the pandemic behind us. >> and simply protecting yourself. a lot of this is based on science but also sounds like common sense tonight. dr. jha with us, as well, thanks as always. and to late word from the white house tonight, president biden suggesting today that a possible mandate for federal workers to be vaccinated could be coming. let's get right to our chief white house correspondent cecilia vega, and cecilia has late reporting. what have you learned on this, cecilia? and will the president be wearing a mask again? >> reporter: yeah, david, and this is all just coming into me from sources right now. i'm told we could be hearing from the president on thursday regarding this announcement about federal workers and mandatory vaccines. it's looking like they could end up requiring this federal work force to either be vaccinated and/or abide by other protocols like mandatory testing. we're talking about for all federal workers here.
the federal government is the largest employer in this country, more than 2 million people. and this would be a big shift from this white house. they had said they didn't want to impose mandates like this, but the delta variant has changed everything as you were just discussing, david. as for the president and masks, i'm told he'll be following the cdc guidelines closely. when he travels to an area with high transmission rates, you'll see him wearing a mask again. right now, david, washington, d.c., the white house, not one of those areas. >> all right, cecilia vega with us tonight with new reporting. cecilia, thank you. and the other major news this tuesday night, the house select committee on the january 6th attack on the capitol. and its first public hearing today. four officers who defended the capitol that day in their own words in front of the american people. their searing and emotional descriptions of what they witnessed. what was said to them, what was done to them. and more than one officer saying, "i thought i was going to die." and how they feel about efforts to redefine what really happened that day. rachel scott on the hill tonight. >> reporter: tonight, four uniformed police officers, in their own words, testifying
before congress. telling americans what they went through on january 6th. >> i remember thinking there was a very good chance i would be torn apart or shot to death with my own weapon.wi account came with new and raw video. >> reporter: the violent mob of trump supporters surging into the capitol. this officer refusing to give ground, even as one man punches the glass behind him. >> can i speak to pelosi? yeah, we're coming, [ bleep ]? oh, mike pence? we're coming for you too, [ bleep ] traitor! >> hang mike pence! hang mike pence! >> reporter: sergeant aquilino gonnell, who also served in iraq, first to testify. >> on january 6th, for the first time, i was more afraid to work at the capitol than in my entire deployment to iraq. >> reporter: the sergeant said he thought he was going to die. >> back up, no, stop.
>> reporter: crushed by the mob, sprayed by chemicals. >> i arrived at home at nearly 4:00 a.m. on january 7th. i had to push my wife away from me because she wanted to hug me and i told her no, because of all the chemicals that my uniform had on. i'm sorry. >> reporter: then officer michael fanone. >> i was dragged from the line of officers and into the crowd. i heard someone scream, "i got one!" as i was swarmed by a violent mob, they ripped off my badge, they grabbed and stripped me of my radio, they seized ammunition that was secured to my body. they began to beat me with their fists and with what felt like
hard metal objects. i heard chanting from some in the crowd, "get his gun." and "kill him with his own gun." i thought of my four daughters who might lose their dad. i said as loud as i could manage, "i've got kids." >> i've got one. >> i've got kids. >> reporter: his body camera capturing that moment. >> what makes the struggle harder and more painful is to know so many of my fellow citizens, including so many of the people i put my life at risk to defend, are downplaying or outright denying what happened. the indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful! >> reporter: officer daniel hodges. >> there were significant number of men dressed in tactical gear attending the gathering, wearing ballistic vests, helmets, goggles, military face masks. >> reporter: what happened to officer hodges in the capitol recorded on video for the world
to see. and even today, clearly painful for him to watch. crushed in a doorway by men he calls terrorists. >> directly in front of me, a man seized the opportunity of my vulnerability, grabbed the front of my gas mask and used it to beat my head against the door. he switched to pulling it off my head, the straps stretching against my skull and straining my neck. >> reporter: finally, officer harry dunn. a 13-year veteran of the capitol police, describing a faceoff with the racist mob. >> i told them to just leave the capitol and in response, they yelled, "no man, this is our house. president trump invited us here. we're here to stop the steal. joe biden is not the president. nobody voted for joe biden." i'm a law enforcement officer and i do my best to keep politics out of my job. but in this circumstance, i responded, "well, i voted for joe biden. does my vote not count? am i nobody?"
that prompted a torrent of racial epithets. one woman in a pink maga shirt yelled, "you hear that, guys? tis [ bleep ] voted for joe biden." then the crowd, perhaps around 20 people, joined in screaming, "boo [ bleep ]." no one had ever, ever called me a [ bleep ] while wearing the uniform of a capitol police officer. >> reporter: republican congresswoman liz cheney then asking about former president donald trump's words revealed in recent days. how he describes the crowd on january 6th. >> you hear former president trump say, quote, it was a loving crowd. there's a lot of love in that crowd. how does that make you feel? >> it's upsetting. it's a pathetic excuse for his behavior for something that he himself helped to create, this
monstrosity. >> reporter: and cheney making it clear tonight that subpoenas are coming. congressman adam schiff telling me that no one will be off-limits, including republican leader kevin mccarthy and former president donald trump. david? >> rachel scott, who was on the air with us today. rachel, thank you. now to team usa at the olympics and simone biles withdrawing from team gymnastics event today and her deeply personal explanation. james longman from tokyo. >> reporter: tonight, heartbreak and resilience at the women's team gymnastics. hearts stopping as star olympian simone biles stumbled on the vault. confusion as she's seen back in her track suit and then the 24-year-old shocking the world, pulling out of the rest of the competition. >> i didn't want to risk the team a medal for kind of my screwups because they've worked way too hard for that. >> reporter: teammates suni lee, jordan chiles and grace mccallum stepping up. biles cheering them on from the sidelines. but in the end, it was a silver medal behind russia's gold. biles saying that she stepped
aside to take care of her mental health. >> i say put mental health first. it's okay sometimes to even sit out the big competitions to focus on yourself. >> reporter: another shock. japan's naomi osaka dealt a crushing blow. the tennis superstar, number two in the world, losing to czech republic's marketa vondrousova, ranked 42nd. osaka telling reporters, "i definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this." and the u.s. now leading in overall medals. the alaskan assassin, lydia jacoby, upsetting teammate lilly king in the 100-meter breaststroke. jacoby, alaska's first olympic swimmer to win gold, placing her small town of seward on the map. fans reacting all over her hometown. now, the big question, will simone biles compete in the individual competition? well, she says she's taking it one day at a time. david? >> we're rooting for her. james longman, thank you. when we come back tonight, the newest heat wave now set to grip much of the country. only 6% of us retail businesses have a black owner.
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breaking news, as flames burned dangerously close to homes, people living nearby are told to stay home to stay safe. at least for the moment. we are live with this breaking news. it indicates what we are doing is not sufficient to keep case numbersow >> what we are doing is not enough. next, li with expert advice on whether we will have to start wearing masks indoors again. i think real estate agents are trying to do all they can to ensure this is a fair process. >> there is nothing objective about love, but those love lovers written to sellers may be too subjective to survive much longer. now, from abc7, live breaking news. >> firefighters just gave an update on a brush fire that prompted shelter in place near coyote creek trail. sky 7 is live over the scene.
the part of the trail they are responding to is between 50 and 75 acres. they have not said yet how much of that has burned. >> this is close to 880 in the mill river lane neighborhood, near tasman drive and cisco way. crews from san jose and milpitas are trying to get a handle on the flames. they expect to be on scene for the next three or four hours. >> they have not issued an evacuation order, but there is a lot of smoke and that is why they are asking homeowners to stay inside and keep doors and windows shut, to keep that smoke out. we will follow this breaking news and bring you updates air and on the abc7 news app. for now, good evening and thank you for joining us, i am ama daetz. >> i am dan ashley. you are watching abc7 news live here on abc7, hulu live, and wherever you string. the cdc is recommending fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in hotspots and that includes california.