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medicine. plus, a case of deja vu. forcing you to change some plans. and what happens after the omicron surge? the change in strategy being talked about in washington, d.c. and how our lives could change here in the bay area. and it's like a scene out of a movie. >> very reminiscent of the birds, the movie. >> the noise is unbearable. >> the crows causing big problems in a south bay city and how to safely scare them away. good evening. i'm raj mathai. the covid cases climb and so do the problems. shelves bare at many local stores. a flashback to march of 2020. the start of the pandemic. and in less than an hour, we have new rules.
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sonoma county's new health order goes into effect. no more large gatherings indoors or outdoors and people are being urged to stay home as much as possible. and keeping kids in class and off their computers. governor newsom has signed an executive order to help schools stay open during this surge. let's talk about groceries now. if you've been to a store lately, you probably noticed. many shelves are bare. economists say it is a situation of people calling in sick combined with supply chain delays. cheryl hurd reports from the east bay. >> i was looking for milk. i noticed that the milk is very hard to find. >> reporter: this east bay mom says that's not all. >> toilet paper, cleaning supplies. >> reporter: everything from milk to medicine, gone. grocery stores, drug stores, empty shelves, all over the bay area and across the country. san jose state's economist
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robert chapman wood who specializes in strategic management says, the supply problem can be blamed on the omicron variant. >> we have millions and millions of people who got covid and what are they going to do? they stay home, right? if they stay home, they're not moving the food off the pallets and not putting the food on the shelves. >> reporter: shoppers sifting through empty shelves, noticing the change and dealing with it because they've been through it before. investors are seeing the pressure it is putting on customers and bracing for high costs for labor, transportation, and of course, food. >> there is a big problem still with getting ships to unload things in port because things backed up during the peak of the covid. >> reporter: covid cases and hospitalization have had hit record highs in the u.s., as the highly contagious variant
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spreads. there is a lot going on. tonight i asked professor wood to look into the future, asking him how long he thinks the supply situation will last. >> it does appear that omicron is not as severe as alpha or delta. so probably, things will get somewhat better. but it's really hard to predict how long that will take. >> reporter: he says, stock up on what you need but don't go overboard. cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. just in, san jose has become the first city in california to have a the city council voted unanimously tonight to approve mayor liccardo's proposal. city workers and anyone attending an event at a city-owned property, like the shark tank and the convention center would be required to show proof of vaccination and booster shots, or a timely negative
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covid test. here we go again. at midnight. the clock is ticking. midnight tonight a bay area county will reimpose bay area restrictions. this as some schools are closing their doors and going virtual. a leading expert says they've got it all wrong. terry mcsweeney is in sonoma county with the latest. >> reporter: at midnight tonight, the spread of the omicron variant, no gatherings indoors of more than 50 people. no gatherings outdoors unless distancing is observed. people are advised to stay home as much as possible. >> our stakes have never been higher. our hospitalizations are climbing. >> reporter: dr. noble, ucsf emergency medicine physician and director of covid response says forget about rising case numbers. focus on hospitalizations. >> the majority of people who come in with covid i discharge home really quickly. >> reporter: she says two-thirds
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of the reported covid cases in the bay area are in los angeles. as for the schools responding v noble is taking them to task on twitter. another bay area school district opting for distance learning despite high vax rates which equals exceedingly low risk of illness. all lessons from 2020 appear to have been forgotten. >> it's been two years now. the newest one gives you like a cold the next day. why are they panicking? >> the covid thing is scary. i don't think it is an overreaction. i don't know. >> reporter: terry mcsweeney, nbc bay area news. schools remain a major issue. governor newsom signed an executive order to help keep schools open. it provides staffing flexibility so in-person learning can happen safely. that means cutting through red
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time to allow qualified substitute teachers to fill in. short-term subs can get brought in more quickly and it makes it easier for retired teachers to return. about 28,000 student in the west contra costa district returned to class today after the schools were deep cleaned for a few days. this includes el cerritos high. all staff is required to wear kn-95 masks. oakland unified is updating safety measures after teachers staged a sickout last week and nearly 1,000 students signed a petition asking for changes. it now providing kn-95 and n-95 masking for all student and staff members. it will install improved air if i willers and cafeterias and covid protocols have been updated to follow cdc
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guidelines. the changes go into effect immediately. it is frustrating for so many of us. long lines the on get tested which is a sad reality. tonight san francisco is trying to do something about it. the mayor and public health officials delivering an ultimatum to hospitals and clinics. test more people faster or face heavy fines. >> this health order is so important. and it needs to be followed. and right now, that doesn't seem to be the case in all instances. >> we are in the middle of the worst of this omicron surge. but we can and we should and we must be looking to the future. >> the new order requires hospitals and clinics to provide testing within 24 hours of a patient's request. it requires providers to prove that they're meeting these deadlines or face thousands of dollars in fines. the demand for testing is high as california cases are soaring. take a look at the graph. december 11th, one month ago, the positivity rate was 2.2% in
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california. today, 22%. hospitalizations, also jumping. look at last month. about 3500 people hospitalized with covid. as of yesterday and today, 11 -- almost 12,000 patient who's are covid positive in the hospital. here is a silver lining. hospitals are not seeing the overwhelming influx like we saw last winter on. this day last year, we had nearly 22,000 people in the hospd. and again, as of january, it was about 11,000. the death rate is also much lower. this time last year, 707 people had died. today that number is 14. with us tonight, dr. peter hong. nice to have you. we've seen the number. many of us have talked to our friends and family members. it seems to be that omicron is less severe, less deadly than the delta variant.
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why is that? >> it is acting very much like the common cold. this is corroborated with animal studies as well as clinical data. what we find is that it is really in the upper airways. the nose and throat. and much of the virus is produced in the air way to the throat, then moving to the nose. very little in the lungs. it is like it needs an access card to get into the lungs and it not allowing to it get into the lungs as easily as delta did. >> that's a good description. will this be the case in the weeks to come? or could we see a curveball and things change? >> i think this is pretty much as it is. of course,it appears that it is necessarily a lot oficu, on ven. rather, a lot of health care personnel being called out sick.
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so hospital beds are not the only thing we think about. we think about the people around that bed taking care of the patient. that's sufficient in this particular surge. >> very good information. thank you for your time tonight. and there may be end in sight. right now we're seeing some of the highest levels since the pandemic began. notice the yellow lines going downward. we're expected to hit the peak next week. this it's the projection from columbia university. you can see cases continuing to rise over the next several days. and then it declines near the end of the month. the politics of covid continue as well. today, government officials and scientists were questioned by a senate committee about what is being done to stop the spread. nbc bay area's ian cull has the details and is moving you forward with what doctors expect life will look like after this surge. >> reporter: today's senate hearing opened with a warning. omicron is spreading out of control. >> in massive, unprecedented
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surge in the united states. >> driving case counts to unprecedented heights. >> a staggering record high. 1.3 million new infections reported in 24 hours as the biden administration pushes for more testing amid a serious lack of supply and overwhelming demand. >> costs are hard to find. they're costly. >> reporter: the white house promising to deliver the 500 at-home testing kits but most won't be able until the end of the month. the infectious disease experts expect next month should be better because omicron spikes fall as fast as they rise. >> it means the virus is likely to be endemic. it is controlled because we got. so immunity from the omicron surge, boosting immunity in those who are vaccinated, giving unvaccinated people immune. >> reporter: the doctor is recommending on what it should be after omicron. four key steps.
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vaccinations to prevent severe disease. start giving antiviral pill for those at risk to prevent hospitalizations. three, continue ventilation in buildings, and instead of mandates, give specific mask recommendations for the vulnerable. >> those are n-95, kn-95, double masks. the best masks to use if you want to avoid exposure. >> and treating covid more like other illnesses going forward. >> going more toward the influenza, surveillance and management protocol. >> those recommendations have been sent to the white house. ian cull. nbc bay area news. >> and head over to we put together a list of commonly asked questions. faqs, and answers, from mask rules to vaccines to boosters. just click on the link in our trending bar. we are back in 60 seconds with new video that oakland
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police want you to see. a woman attacked in chinatown. there is a lot of mystery surrounding this attack. and police need your help. also, the birds taking over a south bay city. the controversial way some people want to get these birds to buzz off. i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. it
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take a look at this. new video of what appears to be another incidence of violence against an elderly asian woman. someone knocked her to the ground, apparently unprovoked. it happened right there. when police arrived, this woman was gone. it happened in chinatown at ninth and franklin. police and china town leaders are working to identify the woman. >> so we are asking people to come forward and to report it to the police. >> a witness tells police, the victim suffered scrapes on her legs. investigators are working to get more surveillance video. the chinatown chamber of commerce will be installing 16 new cameras in this area in the coming months. a renewed plea for help for information about the death of a teenager from butte county. the family of tatiana dugger
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says she left her home last year, headed for oakland with a man they didn't know. she was last seen in an east oakland hotel. last march, a hiker discovered the body of the 19-year-old. investigators bereave she may have been a victim of human trafficking. today is human trafficking awareness day and investigators want to remind everyone, there is a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. an update this evening in the elizabeth holmes trial. prosecutors will drop the three wire fraud counts against holmes. those are the charges the jury in san jose dead locked on on january 4th. we're learning tonight that holmes' sentencing hearing is scheduled for september 12th. elizabeth holmes could face up to 20 years in federal prison. the former theranos ceo was convicted on fraud and conspiracy. crime, covid and rising costs are being blamed for two
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popular restaurants closing in oakland. brown sugar kitchen has already closed and luka's tap room will shut down later this month. they're just a block apart in the uptown neighborhood which has lost a lot of foot traffic since officers start working remotely. the chef filed for chapter 11 last year to get the restaurant's finances in check but she said it didn't work. >> i was fortunate enough to have a benevolent helper. >> after 18 years uptown, the owner of luka's tap room said the final nail in the coffin came when they couldn't pay the rent. this was in sunnyvale. crows, yes, the birds. the vice mayor said the birds are the second most common complaint.
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they are leaving a mess in their wake. nbc's damian trujillo explains how sunnyvale is responding. >> reporter: they flock to down sunnyvale looking for a morsel or two. in their path they leave unwanted evidence of their visit. lots of it. not even the resident wooden owl can scare these crows away. >> it is very reminiscent of the birds. >> reporter: they've even been known to swoop on to someone's plate. >> really loud. and kind of just everywhere. >> and they make sure you know when they're here. >> the noise is just unbearable. we had cal train there but it keeps them in terms the noise pollution in the down area. >> they are overpopulated right now. there is no denying it. and that is primarily due to their familiarity and their ability to department to human
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habitation. >> reporter: the city is looking at its options including perhaps falcon hunters, but also a more high-tech approach like these laser pointers. some say they've had success to chase the birds off their lawns. the city is giving it a try. >> we are experimenting using lasers to humanely annoy the crows into leaving. >> reporter: the autobahn society said it doesn't have an answer. >> i have real concerns about the use of lasers. they can blind the birds which basically is a death sentence for the birds. if they can't see, they can't feed or fly properly. >> reporter: city staff will bring recommendations to the city council in the coming weeks to keep downtown from going to the birds. in sunnyvale. damian trujillo. nbc bay area news. >> don't look up. that could get you in trouble. >> and we know where alfred
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hitchcock got his inspiration. >> man! how are we doing with the weekend? >> some clouds, but unfortunately, it will stay dry. a lot of us would like to get more rainfall in here. we're still dealing with the drought. more rainfall would be some good news. this looks impressive in the pacific but every bit of it will go toward seattle into canada. that's because we have this area of high pressure building in. it looks like on and off, high pressure will be pretty persistent here as we head through the next two weeks. we'll get you more on that long range forecast and the rain outlook in just a minute. i want to take it into tomorrow morning. the mid-week forecast. wednesday is almost here which means closer to that weekend. you can see, you will need the sunglasses. we'll have some sun breaking through the clouds. do watch out for some paxy fog.
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san francisco, sun at 45, for the east bay, down to 42. daytime highs tomorrow, again, a really nice rebound. it will feel like spring for parts of the south bay. gilroy, 68. east san jose, 66. los gatos, 64. for the east bay, we're down to 59. fremont, 65. the peninsula, getting in on some light winds and afternoon sunshine. 61 in redwood 60. let's move it up, maybe commuting into work tomorrow. you're at 60. and through the north bay. 64 here in clear lake. 62 in napa. so yes, this weather is pretty beautiful for us here but we want more rainfall. let me show you what i'm seeing. the way it continues to pan out. it is looking a lot more promising. right now i'm calling for a 65% chance that we get the wet
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weather returning. at the end of the month and also into february. so hang on. my seven-day forecast, it will stay dry. amidst the 50s and 60s and 40s for the morning lows. let's look at the inland valleys. upper 30s and low 40s the next few days. and by this weekend, low 60s. some sun coming in. i think sunday will be the best for us. for mlk day on monday. looking pretty good there and 59. so the weekend in sight. i can't wait for it to get here. >> i know you're filling in for al roker a couple weeks ago on the today show. i know they love you in new york but it is good to have you back. >> and good to be home. we were getting hit with east coast weather on the west coast. just ahead, the three day
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passes already sold out. but there is still hope if you're going to bottle rock this year. the date you'll want to mark on your calendars. the irs says because of covid, it is dealing with a backlog of returns so
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fran is renaming a street in the mission to honor a long time lgbtq activist. alert alley off delores street between 15th and 16th streets. the street is significant because sister vish knew and two friends put on nun habits a block away on easter weekend in 1979. it was the beginning of what became a global organization designed to advocate for lgbtq plus community. democrats are republicans don't agree on much nowadays but both sides agreed on this. they love john madden. today on capitol hill, they honored him on the house floor. congressman eric swalwell who represents the east bay where madden lived most of his life led the order. >> words such as legendary and iconic have been used to
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describe john madden. to residents of pleasanton and the l district, you had the privi earth husband to virginia, father to mike and jo and fisher, at his grandchildren's games and throughout the community. >> the madden family still so very active. the beloved raiders are back in the playoffs in cincinnati this saturday afternoon at 1:30 right here on nbc bay area. the 49ers are in dallas. the old school match-up that he used to call many the buzz remains around the warriors after klay thompson's
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triumphant return a couple days ago. here's the issue. klay is back but draymond is out. and that's a problem. a calf injury. he will likely miss the next two games as well. the warriors in memphis without draymond taking on a very talented grizzlies team. there's klay. he scored 15 point in 20 minutes of action including a couple of three-pointers. remember, they're kind of limiting his time there. the grizzlies were better. they finished strong down the stretch. ja more than, one of the best young players in the nba. watch him slash to the hoop.116. the warriors have lost three of the last four games. always one of the highlights of the season. the sharks and the red wings. the sharks in the white sweaters. timo meier with the goal here. who saves the day in overtime? it's the captain.
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you can see logan couture with the game winner. banging it in. the sharks win 3-2 in overtime. we're back in a minute. okay. our little music festival isn't so little anymore. tickets to napa's bottle rock festival are going fast. three-day passes to the festival went on sale today and not surprisingly, quickly sold out. don't worry though. you can still see the festival. it takes place over memorial day weekend. single day tickets. so the three-day passes sold out quickly but single day tickets go on sale this thursday. the bay area though, metallica is headlining. other big names on the lineup, pink, the black getting
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released tomorrow. a lot of people from the country interested in this. it started in 2013. it is a fantastic festival. thank you for joining us tonight. we hope to see you back here tomorrow. tonight, president biden's major speech on voting rights in the key battleground of georgia for the first time, the president throwing his full support behind changing senate rules to pass new voter protections after he says several gop-led states restricted ballot access the president saying, quote, i'm tired of being quiet. but does he have enough support in his own party? and why some voting advocates boycotted the president's event. also tonight, top u.s. health officials under fire on capitol hill for the federal covid response as omicron surges and the fiery moment dr. fauci accusing senator rand paul of attacking him for political purposes
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>> that kindles the crazies out there, and i have threats upon my life, harassment of my family. >> also his new cdc mask guidance coming, and which ones give the most protection. the medical helicopter crashing near a church. four people including an infant onboard. all surviving. witnesses calling it a miracle. the coldest day in years in parts of the u.s. how long will the dangerous deep freeze last the new warnings about the irs. why your refund could face big delays this year and the old-school sport catching on with a whole new generation how it is "inspiring america. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening from the cradle of the civil rights movement, president biden today appealed to the lessons of history in his strongest call yet for the passage of voting rights legislation and announcing his support for an exception to the senate filibuster rule in order to get it done.


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