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moved into tents. >> we're seeing a doubling of covid since the new year began. >> with severe symptoms or less? >> less severe symptoms. we are finding that patients are staying for shorter periods of time and we have less icu cases, as well. >> that small bright spot didn't take pressure off. the percentage of available beds is hovering around 10% to 20% so this week, tough decisions were made. >> we have postponed elective surgeries, procedures for patients needing an adult inpatient dead. >> staff are being monitored carefully, but at this point svmc is not following the state plan to allow positive, but asymptomatic nurses to return to work. >> some individuals have to take additional shifts and that's sometimes more taxing. >> but to be clear, if they're asymptomatic and positive you're not letting them come back to work.
>> at this time they are asked to isolate. >> dr. wang did say all of that could change depending on how bad a staffing shortage gets. he says everyone here is hoping that this holiday surge will pass for the next few weeks and that no new, strong variant shows up. in san jose, robert handa, nbc bay area news. >> robert, hospital staff are stretched thin and are afraid it will get worries. today they have a day of action to help bring awareness to safety concerns. staff members who test positive for covid-19 or are, posed to the virus can go back to work without isolating or testing, but the union representing them say this is dangerous. they feel more hospital staffer will become infected and no one will be able to take care of them or the patients. >> it's extremely disappointing that, you know, the health care industry is focusing again more on wanting the hospitals to make business rather than keeping
patients and staff safe. >> the policy will stay in effect until february 1st. the california department of public health put it in place to put workers on the job as more patients are expected during this omicron surge. >> it is one of the teachers that staged the sick out. more kn95 masks for students and staff. health experts warned us cloth masks aren't going to cut it while stopping the street for omicron. an east bay business donated thousand of masks. eugene lee lives in oak larpd and owns a gravel and roofing business. lee says his company western gravel and roofing supply donated 35,000 masks to front line medical workers. when he heard that oakland unified was waiting on a shipment of kn95 masks lee donated masks which are being handed out to high school
students. >> most of our partners have kids and with kids at home you want to make sure that you take care of the people that take care of our kids and it's the administrators and the school district. >> very generous and thoughtful. lee says he also donated 15,000 kn95 masks to the city of oakland. that was him handing out the mask to the oakland fire department. by the way, the district announced the state shipment of kn95 masks are being distributed to kids and teachers. better late than never, rapid covid test arrived to schools. governor newsom promised they would get them at the end of winter break. the principal at westportal handed out to the kids today and encouraged families not to use them right away and instead save them until a student is showing symptoms or exposed to someone who tested positive for the
variant. >> if you're vaccinated there's no need to test just to test. >> you really want to hold on to them to make sure that if you do a symptom and it is just a cold you can come back to school. >> some 600 rapid tests were distributed at westportal elementary. getting a rapid test, and looking for an appoint. for a covid test? a look into some private medical providers that don't seem to be doing their part to make things easier. it's a story you'll see only on nbc bay area. >> janelle, after a strong start to winter we've gone a stretch without rain. so how concerned should we be and how does this affect our chances to make a significant impact to the drought? jeff ranieri joins us now with some answers, so how are we looking, jeff? we're looking pretty phenomenal. we have a brand new drought update today, what we want to take a look at is how we take the drought with the record
setting rainfall and you can see most of the bay area, central california in the deep red color which is the worst level of drought and it is exceptional. as of today, brand new numbers coming in and look at this extreme to exceptional drought has been wiped out here throughout most of california, and just a little bit less there up across the north bay. let's show you that again and you can see again, october the 1st, before storms and exceptional drought and as of today, a huge change where we are now just dealing with severe drought through the bay. again, we still have the drought in place, but we definitely had amazing headway and we started to chip away at this. it's erratic and what we call precipitation whiplash and you can see the october rain was record setting. dry november, record rain in december and dry again in january. it's good to see we're seeing progress. we'll see you in a bit.
you can download our nbc bay area app and the rest of the weather team to see when much-needed rain will return. as always, it is free. the house committee investigating the january 6th insurrection wants answers from four bay area tech giants. twitter, reddit and the parent companies of facebook and google have been subpoenaed. they have received inadequate responses and the once records relating to domestic terrorism and the spread of misinformation and efforts to influence or overturn the 2020 election. >> focusing on our climate and crisis tonight. governor newsom is outlining a multibillion plan to make california greener and cleaner as hundreds gather to denounce a new proposal to make solar power more expensive. here's nbc bay area's business reporter scott budman. >> hundreds of people rallied in san francisco in the name of solar power today.
>> hey, hey, hey, it's got to go. >> they're fighting a proposal before the california public utilities commission that would raise the fees for people who have solar and the prices for those looking to buy solar panels. >> what do we want the state of california to protect? >> solar! >> they say the plan will cost solar industry jobs or potentially kill the industry outright. advocates of the plan say it will more fairly distribute energy costs and protect lower income families who can't afford to go solar. >> solar rooftop systems today are being paid for by electricity companies who don't have solar rooftop systems. >> meanwhile, without directly commenting on the ongoing solar battle, governor newsom held a news conference about california's commitment to fighting climate change, a $9 billion commitment. >> there is no state in america that comes close to a commitment of radically changing our system
of transportation by cleaning and greening it. >> the money to go towards green jobs and green transit, an additional $4 billion will go towards the high speed rail project. >> this package includes not only passenger trucks, heavy and medium-sized truck, but also includes the infrastructure that can power that transition. >> so expect to see, among others, many more charging stations like these being put into place. after all, governor newsom also committed to a state full of zero-emission vehicles by 2035. in san jose, scott budman, nbc bay area news. hundreds of thousands of unclaimed money up for grabs. if you live in the south bay you might be entitled to some of it, the california collection department says the money is from overpayment, duplicate payments and for whatever reason the owners could not be located. so the county's tax office put
out a list of nearly 700 people and businesses owed this money. we posted the list on our website, nbc bay area.com and just click on the story in the trending bar. you have until mid-march to submit your claim. >> the most notorious criminals in california was recommended for parole last year. governor newsom made the final decision late this afternoon. the fate of sirhan sirhan, next. a special delivery from the bay area to a family of a veteran in north carolina. the floel-up to a heartwarming bay area proud story when we come back. >> i'll have the story on winds starting to drop down from tomorrow and when we can see that rain return. i'm back with that in about ten minutes.
welcome back. the supreme court today blocked the biden administration's rule require that large businesses make their workers get the covid vaccine. osha, the occupational health and safety administration, was tasked with enforcement. it would apply to companies with 100 or more employees either be vaccinated or wear masks and submit to weekly testing. as nbc bay area stephanie magallone explains it has experts concerned and many businesses relieved. >> today's ruling has two separate losses, cal-osha and the labor department of health and human services meaning this only impacted federal vaccine mandates. not state, local nor private rulings. the supreme court says cal-osha and the biden administration went too far when declaring that any business with more than 100 employees need to require workers to get a covid vaccine or test regularly. >> and by a vote of 6 to 3, the
majority said that that was too broad a regulation. >> the mandate would have affected more than 80 million people and cal-osha estimated it could have saved over 6,000 lives and prevented hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations in just the first six months. this public health issue has become very much politicized and i'm very concerned that the kind of debate about mandate is getting very mixed up with how far the government can go to protect public health. >> it wasn't all bad news for the biden administration. the court cited with the federal mandate with businesses receiving medicare and medicaid funding. i think because it was narrower than the first mandate that was struck down. >> so what does this mean for local employees and employers? where the contra costa hispanic chamber of commerce means one less hurdle for businesses trying to fill other open
positions. >> every day we have calls and every day they are struggling to get new people. >> the hospitality and restaurant industry are struggling the most and believe many potentially employees, specifically latinos have not been vaccinated and therefore would avoid jobs with the vaccine mandate. >> we need a vaccination, but at the same time we want the business to succeed. >> some experts now fear at that time debate over vaccine mandates will now be hitting local and state courts meaning more confusion into what is and isn't allowed. in santa clara county, stephanie magallon, nbc bay area news. governor newsom has denied parole for the man who killed robert f. kennedy. sirhan sirhan has been in prison for more than 50 years for kennedy's assassination in 1968. governor newsom explained his position in "the l.a. times." he has not developed
accountability and insight required to support it. sirhan remains a potent symbol of political violence. in a statement the kennedy family thanked the governor for his decision. they said they support parole for inmates who show genuine remorse and reform, but do not believe this applies to sirhan. elizabeth holmes will have to wait a little longer to learn her sentence. a judge set it for september. a jury convicted holmes on four out of 11 federal fraud and conspiracy charges and the trial for the former coo has been delayed because of the spread of omicron. it's now expected to begin in march. we shall find a cross-country flight and a very grateful family of a world war ii veteran. >> the elements in the bay area proud story this evening, an update to a story garvin thomas shared with us a short time ago
and a promise of an update of a very special delivery. >> a few days before christmas, robert took a red-eye flight from the bay area to north carolina. robert didn't get much sleep on the plane, though. he kept dreaming he'd forgotten what was in that bag, the whole reason for his trip. >> i would wake up in the middle of the flight and then check underneath my seat to make sure, okay, it's still there. the bag is still there. >> in that bag was something robert had stumbled on a few months ago while perusing the booth at the alameda antiques fair. >> we have a photo album. >> robert had the life story in pictures of a war veteran. this album could not have landed in better hands. >> so many have passed away in the past two years. >> robert has dedicated half his life to preserving the stories of world war ii veterans.
a group he found, the spirit of 45 can be found wherever there's a chance to honor and preserve the memory of the greatest generation. when roberts saw the album and the inscription inside saying it should have been sent to joseph's grandson years ago, well robert knew exactly what he had to do. >> chris? >> he bought the album. tracked down joseph's family back east and got on a plane. >> this one had all of the stuff. >> robert didn't trust mailing something so precious. >> wow! >> joseph's son and grandson pored over each and every picture, most of which they had never seen before. it was also something new to robert. he spent much of his time racing to preserve the stories of world war ii vets while they're still alive. this experience, though taught him he can still fill a need and keep their stories alive even
after they are gone. garvin thomas, nbc bay area news. talk about a photo album falling into the perfect hands. >> exactly. thank goodness it landed in his hands. i can't believe that someone would try to sell that, too. i'm so glad it's gone to its rightful owners. jeff, let's talk about the forecast. the sun is gone and it was cloudy all day today. >> i wanted to show you all this, just in case you missed it at the top of the show. we continue to make headway on this. what you missed right now is october 1st and the record-setting rainfall moved away this season and you can see the bay area was in exceptional drought and the central valley and the worst level of drought and as of today, yes, exceptional and extreme drought through california is now gone. we still have severe drought we're dealing with and we do need more rainfall and we have
to start somewhere and we're chipping away at this drought and this is exactly what we need. what about our future rain chances and you can see how things will pan out for us and i don't see moves for rainfall through the next week. we have the persistent area of high pressure, but early february i'm calling for a 65% chance here that our wet weather trend returns. so excellent news there, as well once we hit early february. we have to wait for it and it's all because of this area of high pressure hanging out here off the coastline. it will rebuild as we head into the two to three-week period. the other thing we're tracking here is some wind and it will be dropping down with this system here. the wind will be very isolated and mainly to the mountains and especially up toward the north bay and you can see wind gusts of 20 to about 40. this is tomorrow afternoon in the north bay mountains to lower elevation winds on average, 10 to about 20 and if you're headed up to the sierra you'll see wind gusts possible of about 50 miles
per hour. as we head through saturday, stronger wind in those mountains and it will be moving on out. a little bit of wind as we move through tomorrow's forecast. we'll begin with sunshine and temperatures in the 40s and 43 in the peninsula. let's take it over in the east bay. san francisco at 45 and the north bay at 41. daytime highs don't adjust a whole lot, so down in the south bay is good at 62 in morgan hill and 61 in los gatos and alameda counties. we have 58 in san mateo and 61 in palo alto. 60 into mission and right here to the north bay, 66 in yukaia. my seven-day, it looks dry. 40s for those morning temperatures and across the in
inland valleys it looks like this in the next couple of days. martin luther king day, looking good there as you move through monday's forecast and 50s and 60s as you roll through the mid part of next week. looking good as we roll ahead on saturday and sunday. >> it's a big weekend, too. football weekend. >> thanks so much, jeff. >> coming up, have you been conserving water during the drought. the encouraging signs that most people are pitching in and the reason why it's been a little easier lately. we learn about covid-19,
she died. the officers misclassified what happened and left out necessary details in the report. the encounter last august started when police received a call about a domestic dispute involving two people in a van. officers pulled laundrie over after he crossed a double yellow line and hit a curb. petito told officers she hit laundrie first. the review says officers should have classified this as domestic violence in which petito would have been arrested or issued a citation. it also indicates she was likely the victim in the broader scope of the relationship. the probe recommended both officers be placed on probation. >> across the u.s. 66,000 loan borrowers have had their loans canceled. this action comes after the firm settled the lawsuit involving 39 attorneys general including california.
>> for california this settlement includes $11.5 million in direct restitution for 43,000 residents and approximately 261 million in priefal debt cancellation for those living in the golden state. >> a good amount navient formerly known as sallie mae has long been known for predatory lending practices including coaxing borrowers into forbearances which temporarily suspends the payments in which it racks up more interest. they have a high-pressure call center with specialists in debt repayment. people who live in the south bay are exceeding targets when it comes to saving water. the santa clara declared a drought emergency in june. they asked people to cut water use by 15% from 2019 levels. after months of falling short in october, water use dropped by 16% and then 20% in november. >> the first of its kind program that's starting in san jose
today -- excuse me, san francisco. it is called text before you tow. it could help you out. it will text you before your car gets towed. the idea is to give you time to move it before facing hefty towing fees. a parking control officer dispatches a tow truck at the same time you get the text. the courtesy text applies to force specific violationses, blocked driveways, parking in construction zones and temporary no-parking zones and parking in a space more than 72 hours. we'll be right back with a place you might want to take your kids for a little family fun and learning.
a new outdoor exhibit for family fun in san francisco. >> this is pretty cool and it's opening at a time when families really need it. this is wander woods, a new garden at the academy of sciences and the outdoor area is designed to inspire creativity at golden gate park. there are places for kids to crawl, climb and have hands-on experience with nature. kids are spending too much time indoors and need to get outside. >> today the average kid spends less than ten minutes a day
playing outside which is 90% than their parents and their grandparents. we need to connect kids with nature for their health and the health of the places where they live. >> they'll need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative covid test to go inside. >> we do need more outdoor options. when there's no rain it's a perfect place to take the family. >> we can come back inside when the streetlights came on. and then we'd come back in the house. >> a busy day for president biden, not just at the white house, but also that short road trip over to the u.s. capitol. he's trying to get the pandemic under control while suffering a major defeat at the supreme court. >> as long as we have tens of millions of people who will not get vaccinated we'll have full hospitals and needless deaths. >> how to pass voting rights bills. >> it's not