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to do to get the most reliable result. the rash of sick calls and school districts worry that enough teachers will not show up to work. what we are learning that may impact your plans for tomorrow. nerves rattled because of a robbery caught on camera. >> startled and shocked that it happens here. >> thieves stealing out of a pickup truck, it's what happened after that has neighbors concerned. surprising new information about san francisco's troubled millennium tower, how much more it's tilting each year, we investigate. those rapid covid tests have become a staple in a lot of homes during the omicron surge.
tonight, there's growing concern of the accuracy of the result. turns out omicron may be a tricky variant. we explain how no can maybe mean yes and how you can get a more reliable yes. >> reporter: at school districts parents dropped by campuses to get rapid antigen test kits to begin the process of going to class. some people are testing negative early in symptoms and only to test positive a day or so later. that's the reason that at-home kits include two tests. >> you need the viral load in your nasal passages to be high enough to trigger the test. that's is why you have more than one. you may need to do one later in the day and the next day and you get enough virus to turn positive. >> san jose parent said her son
tested positive with a kit and were were shocked. the following day he tested negative with the kit from the school. doctors say a false positive is rare. and with so much omicron virus circulating in the bay area right now, doctors say the instant anyone has symptoms they should consider themselves infected and isolate immediately. they are learning the virus is more concentrated in the back of the throat instead of in the nose. so some people are adjusting how they collect a test sample. >> some people have shared stores of testing negative with a nasal swab and a swab on the back of the throat was positive. >> at home test kits are hard to come by and lab admin sistered pcr tests are more difficult. testing centers are booked up for weeks. but if you can get a pcr test, it's more accurate at detecting
infection in a short timeframe of potential exposure. doctors recommend you do not get a pcr test after isolating for five days because they are so sensitive. >> a pcr test essentially amplifies really tiny amounts of virus and the pcr test can stay positive for a really long time. actually, out to 90 days. >> so i would not recommend doing a pcr test to confirm that you have cleared the infection. if you are going to use a test you would need to use an antigen test. >> now we are seeing the high demand for tests because of this, cases of covid are skyrocketing. omicron is very contagious. take a look at this, this is the winter surge of 2021, last winter, not this one. we had 294,000 cases a day nationwide at the peak. yesterday's seven day average for the new cases. yesterday, more than 700,000. no surprise here, the latest map
from the cdc showed the u.s. is covered in rate. that means high rates of community transition everywhere. the positivity rate is at a staggering 27%. let's look at california. you can see how quickly our positivity rate shot up. today the positivity rate in this state is at more than 21%. but while omicron may be more contagious, it continues, doctors believe, to be milder. these numbers seem to back that up. right now, a little under 9,000 patients were hospitalized, and this time last year, 22,000 people were in the hospital and we had not hit the peak yet. now, parents in oakland are on pins and needles tonight, wondering if enough teachers are going to show up to teach tomorrow that is because some instructors are calling for a sick out to draw attention to covid risk in the classroom. the question is how many teachers wopt be there? in a letter, the district warned
a teacher sickout could significantly disrupt instruction tomorrow. the district is calling it illegal and argues that kids could end up in situations that are less covid safe if teachers don't show up. and some parents are echoing those concern cans too. >> if there's one staff member being asked to watch 90 kids because that's what is the reality in the moment, i, i would make the choice, most likely to pull my kid can out of school. >> president of the oakland teachers union, the action that could happen tomorrow is not an official sick-out. trouble in san francisco, two of the bay area's largest school district had 616 teachers out today, many of them answering the call for a sick-out to protest what they see as a lack of covid safety on campus. unclear how many of the teachers were actually sick and how many just wanted to make a statement. for context here, the district usually has between 250 and
maybe 300 absences on any given day. it is also back to virtual learning for cal state east bay because of the covid surge. the university said that classes will be online for the first two weeks of the spring semester. buildings at the hayworth, concord campuses will be open for student services. inperson services back january 31st. san francisco state also starts its semester with remote learning. that is going to happen for three weeks. now, just in, a warning from ac transit that the covid spike is impacting the staffing as well. cases among drivers, mechanics and service employees are rising which means disruptions are on the way. passengers should prepare for busline delays starting tomorrow. ac transit said cancellations are also possible. so, make sure that you have plans. the cruz ship is docked in san francisco and there are plenty of covid cases. it has prompted a major change at the port of san francisco. starting tomorrow, the department of health said that
it will require all cruise liners that disembark passengers to test all passengers that are not up to date on covid vaccines. the new requirement is stricter than federal and state guidelines. that comes those passengers test positive before arriving in sf this morning. >> they had a quarantine section so as soon as someone came down with it they would isolate the people. so, you know, i really didn't experience any trouble at all. >> now, the cdc said all 92 active cruise ships right now are under investigation for positive covid cases. so the question is, is another surge possible. a new variant is catching attention in europe, with 46 mutations from that original virus. right now, doctors have not said it's concerning, who knows. nbc bay area explains why more
variants will be happening moving forward and we don't hear about all of them. >> reporter: the world health organization addressing a covid variant discovered? france. around the same time that another was discovered. it has infected a dozen people. >> we will see variants come up and be identified and publicized over and over and over again. only a few variants arise. >> reporter: they said on average, there's a new variant every two weeks. and they escalate to a variant of concern by the w.h.o. >> thing-s in the lab are not always scary in real life. we have seen it with the california variant. it stuck around regionally and never really went anywhere. >> as for the recent spike in omicron, he said that he is seeing hospitalizations jump in san francisco skmits still about half of where it was a year ago.
other health experts say that with mounting evidence that it seems less severe, they are hoping for a silver lining. >> we are going see more and more variants until enough people are -- >> now, on the website, we have answers for the frequently asked questions. the cases are continuing to escalate. check it out, click on the tab in the trending bar. new at 11:00, neighbors are calling it startling a san francisco man interrupted a robbery on the street and did you hear that? he got shot at. people living in the neighborhood said they don't feel safe there anymore. nbc bay area has more. >> reporter: you think you live in one of the best neighborhood in town and all of a sudden, it doesn't feel safe anymore. >> people on edge after thieves
shot at a neighbor yesterday at 8:15 in the morning on 11th avenue. they noticed the silver car stopped in the street. then they saw two men taking tools out of the construction crew's truck. when the homeowner came out and yelled with phone recording in hand, the suspects ran to the car and one firing a shot before the waiting driver took off. >> my neighbor came out tried to video their license plate and he wasn't really chasing them really hard, just following them and that's when i heard the loud pop. >> i saw him ducking the bullet. the shot, are you kidding me? >> residents say this neighborhood is busy at 8:15 in the morning. people are walking the dog and going to work and taking their
casing, they say many in the area have installed cameras because of an increase in on crime. >> building the pandemic -- >> and now a morning shooting when a neighbor interrupts a robbery. they are offering information for -- he was driving home. he was due to graduate next month and be sworn in as a deputy. the deputy association announced a $10,000 reward. >> at this hour, we are seeing widespread drizzle around the bay area. rain showing up for the morning commute, the timing on that and how much to expect when we come
back. >> thank you, rob, it is still sinking. it is still tilting and how fast is it happening? new information about san francisco's troubled millennium tower, we investigate. >> and fasten your seat belt, the car of the future making a splash in vegas. you need a special license to drive this one. we are back in 60 seconds.
from voting rights -- >> this is what democracy looks like! >> to democracy, dozens of people gathering in downtown walnut creek to remember the insurrection a year ago in our nation's capitol. >> it's such a big reminder of how under attack our democracy is by the right wing forces and how as citizens, it's our responsibility to pay attention, to stand up. >> i cried, i felt it was unfortunate what was happening on the steps of our capitol. >> from walnut creek to oakland. >> how horrified, how frightened. >> reporter: the message was clear. earlier today, president joe biden spoke in statutory hall. >> the pain and scars fro day run deep. ♪ god bless america ♪ >> reporter: today a much different scene from a year ago when the capitol was filled with
supporters of former president trump trying to stop the certification of biden's election victory. many bay area lawmakers were there including congressman mark desonya who took these pictures from his office window. >> i have had people tell me, including friends that it was nothing, it was nothing there. i was astounded i saw what happened. i lived it and like jackie i feared for my life. >> reporter: meanwhile, most republicans skipped the commemorates today, only congressman liz cheney and congressman dick cheney were there for a moment of silence. former president trump originally planned to speak publically today, but he cancelled the news conference, citing the ongoing investigation in to the attack on the capitol. despite that, people gathered
outside his home in florida. a group rallying a mile from his country club, holding pro trump flags and signs. a nice ending for the search for a service dog stolen in san francisco. summer has been reunited with the owner. the dog was found and no word on where they got the dog, but the dog was snatched at waller and octavio on monday just before 5:00. so far, no arrests in the case. it is official a plea deal in a widespread public corruption scandal that we have been covering. the lead figure nuru plead guilty, he is the former head of the public works department. prosecutors say he admitted to a staggering amount of corruption that includes getting thousands of dollars of cash, travel and other perks. it was all in exchange for providing insider information on contracts and bidding. his sentencing hearing is
scheduled for may. well, it is another misstep for the millennium tower, the engineer responsible for the troubld tower acknowledged today that they did not give the contractor direction on how to support the foundation without causing the building to lean more as a result of the deep digging. we have today's revelation. >> reporter: we start this new year, 2022, as we understanded last year and many -- as we ended last year and many other years with the millennium tower continuing to sink and tilt. >> reporter: in the hearing he pressed the designer of the troubled fix of the tower about the project status. >> in fact, can tilt more. >> reporter: he acknowledged the contractor hired to shore up the foundation of the high rise was
never given any instructions on how to keep the tilting from getting worse. during all of that drilling and digging. >> the procedures were basically the contractor's prerogative, he did not tell him how to install the piles. >> reporter: they told him it's standard practice. >> this is a 50 plus story very heavy building in the middle of our downtown that is tilting over two feet. but i don't think there's a lot of room here for on the job learning. >> reporter: hamburger told city officials that the millennium tower continues to tilt an additional three inches each year. it could reach the functional maximum where the building systems are not safe to operate in just a few years. so he stressed putting 18 piles down to bed rock will secure the
building and stop the tilting and possibly reverse it. >> it's in everyone's interest that the project is completed quickly. >> now, jackson and the investigative unit have the reporting on the trouble tower for years if you want to read and watch more of his stories go to our website, and go ahead and click on millennium tower and it's in the trending bar. let's bring in our meteorologist, let's talk about the rest of the week. we are edging toward friday and that's the day we will see the rain, right, rob? >> yeah, we are seeing heavy drizzle right now. you are seeing it in the street or bridge lights. if you look closely, you can see the mist flying by there at times. the cars are going by, and the windshield wipers are going. same story in san jose, and we have a lot of low clouds that are being forced over the coastal hill tops and bringing down drizzle.
visibility could be less than a mile in a few spots as we begin the day with patchy fog for the south bay and east bay valleys. in the afternoon, san francisco northward, you get the clearing skies and the south bay will see showers probably through about mid afternoon tomorrow, the hour by hour outlook coming up in a minute. right now, storm ranger is picking up light showers off the coast and along some of the coast of hill tops. the radar will be better at finding the bigger rain drops. this is going to drop down in the north bay before sunrise. 5 chn 00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. mostly san francisco northward. it will impact the morning commute, we will have wet roadways at times. light to briefly moderate rain. by lunchtime. the north bay starting to clear out and by 3:00, 4:00, they are getting more sunshine. san jose southward, at least for a day, we may see a little less fog. i think we will get more fog as we head in to the up coming
weekend. top rain totals for the week as we wrap it up here. you can see up toward mt. tam, northwestern sonoma county, and the hill tops could get a half inch of rain. in the valley we are looking at less than a tenth of an inch of rain and fast moving storm that does not have a lot of moisture, it will have air that is cold enough for a half foot of snow here over the sierra. we have a winter weather advisory and lake wind advisory for your travel plans through 6:00 and 7:00 tomorrow evening and just before the weekend, sunshine returns and highs close to 40 degrees. as you can see, high pressure will take the storms approaching the coast and split them apart. you can see the storm approaching and one going to the pacific northwest. weekend temperatures will be mild and next chance of seeing light rain can be part of the middle part of next week. the forecast for tomorrow as the best rain chance out of the next
seven days and just like that for the weekend, a bit of patchy fog, mid 50s around san francisco, and trending a bit warmer. monday through wednesday. same story for our inland areas and fog to deal with through the weekend and possibly places like san ho and the south bay will be back in the low to mid 60s with more sunshine for the beginning of next week after the rain moves out, just in time for the weekend. >> so keep the umbrella handy and keep a light and heavier jacket with you. you need a bit of everything. >> over the next five days. >> thank you, rob. ahead a change in the area's biggest shopping mall. are you ready for that? valley fair is going to start charging you for parking. the question is how much? >> and happening now the rules for visiting people living in senior care homes tightening. california's department of public health issued guidelines aimed at protecting the elderly. starting tomorrow, all visitors must show proof of vaccination and a booster and a negative test to visit someone in the facility.
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hour. how much does it set you back? $750,000. >> from the bay area to tahoe is one hour in this vehicle. so what we predict the future is, people will have a small electric car to do everything between 1-30 miles but more than 30 miles you will use fly. current model seats four people, it's the size of the suv, the goal is to produce them by 2026. okay, you are going to have to pay to park at one of the most popular shopping malls in the bay area. san jose's valley fair mall is going to crack down on people who leave their cars parked all day at the mall. you will be allowed to park for free for the first two hours and then pay a dollar for every hour after that. the max daily rate, $10. and a monthly pass is available for $40. that start next month. the warriors, tried winning
draymond has a sore hip. the warriors lose 101-96 and now have lost two straight games. sharks on the road tonight in buffalo to play the sabres, sharks beat buffalo 3-2. and the figure skaters that will represent team usa next month in the olympics is being decided this week. the women's u.s. first skating championship, two olympic hopefuls from the bay area are there. after tonight's competition, chen is in second place and lu in third, winner will be decided tomorrow night after the long program. you can watch it here on nbc bay area. we will be right back. when you have xfinity, you have entertainment built in. which is kind of nice. ah, what is happening.
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the skies clear down around the south bay, then, back on fog watch this weekend. we will see night and morning fog setting up, temperatures in the mid to upper 50s and trending warmer next week, as the highs go in the 60s. after the rain is out friday, the fog with the weekend and warmer temperatures earlier next week. back to you. >> all right, that will look better once we get through it tomorrow. thank you, rob. that will do it for us, thanks for being with us this evening, be safe out there. covid wise and rain wise, bye-bye. [ cheers and applause ♪ >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center in the heart of new york city, it's "the tonight show starring jimmy fallon."