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♪ ♪ >> from the bay area's local news station. you're watching kron. 4 news at all. >> tonight at 5 breakthrough cases of covid are continuing to rise and people who have already been vaccinated and boosted leaving many wondering how can they protect themselves against the omicron variant. thank you for joining us for kron. 4 news at 5. i'm pam moore and i'm ken wayne. there's an ever-increasing number of breakthrough cases taking place among those fully vaccinated and boosted. here's a look at the current covid-19 cases across california right now. it's not just breakthrough cases, but overall you can see the positivity rate has been trending upwards and there's
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an average of almost 57,000 new cases every day. so what does that tell us? is there nothing we can do to protect ourselves? we pose that question to bay area. infectious disease experts kron four's. dan kerman joins us live now with what they had to say. dad. well, pam and ken, there are things that we can do and they say it's not that we've been doing things wrong. it's that we've been doing things is if delta was still here and we're trying to protect ourselves from that. >> but with omicron here, they say we really have to double down and do things we used to do back in the old days. breakthrough covid cases are becoming more and more common. even among those baxton boosted. >> since the omicron variant exploded across the nation. breakthroughs are common now because >> the virus omicron this period is more capable of evading our immune system. the delta variant factions, disease experts say that means everyone, including those vaxxed and boosted. >> must double down on protecting themselves,
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especially over the next few weeks. that means wearing top tier in 95 or kn 95 masks and limiting the number of people you're around. be careful about about the kinds of situations you get into. >> especially indoors, especially people without masks, especially people. you don't know who may or may not be vaccinated, who may or may not have been careful. you know, it's a time to be careful in past we might have going on bart, but it wasn't so crowded. you know, think twice. if you really have to do that. >> in the past, we have gone to. some performances are sporting events. no, it outside. i think twice about those things. now, infectious disease experts point out those vaxxed and boosted you get breakthroughs. >> we'll likely have milder cases. but they say cdc data shows those most at risk for hospitalization. continue to be those with at least one
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underlying condition. the things i worry about, first of all, older age, second of all, obesity, 3rd >> underlying pulmonary disease for the minister oppression and then 5th, maybe pregnancy or late pregnancy. those are the sorts of things where your lungs don't work as well. and he can mount the same sort of. immune response that someone it was younger can >> and again, the point being if you fall into one of those categories, you definitely want to take protective steps, possibly. they say even staying in for the next couple of weeks until this surge peaks. if you are not in one of those categories, they still say it's time to take those extra steps to protect yourself. this is not the old delta variant. this is omicron live in san francisco. dan kerman kron. 4 news. dan, thanks for that. some high-risk americans will be eligible for a 4th covid vaccination doses early as this week. >> in august, the cdc recommended a 3rd dose for immunocompromised people and a
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4th in october. the agency also recently shorten the wait time for pfizer and moderna booster shots from 6 months to 5 months. so those who got their 3rd dose in mid august would become eligible for their 4th dose in mid-january just a couple weeks about 3% of the u.s. population is said to be immunocompromised. >> another school week begins and there was still no agreement on covid safety precautions between the san francisco unified school district and the teachers union bargaining was set to begin again this thursday. but the teachers union wants that to happen immediately so that the school year is not brought to a full halt. the teachers union is asking for 10 paid sick days for all covid-related reasons. but the district came back offering 5 days. the teachers also want the district to provide to and 95 or kn 95 masks for every student and employee every day. the district says it has been providing masks and will continue to provide them but only for employees. teachers
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also say more testing needs to be available for all employees and students. >> are testing program that's available is a hot spot to mix and match of the few different options and it's not sufficient. we know that we know that there are reasons why folks rapid tests. and we know at this folks need pcr tests and access to those is limited throughout the city. let alone at the school district site. >> a spokesperson for the san francisco school district told us the district has, quote, made reliable testing regularly available to students and staff since last spring, they have distributed nearly 58,000 tests since last sunday. we will continue to follow the latest on negotiations here on kron 4 as well as on our website kron 4 dot com. >> now to a story you'll only see here on kron. 4 news parents, teachers, city leaders and school board members are all finding it hard to get on the same page for covid safety in the san francisco unified school
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district. tonight, a san francisco board of education member is sounding the alarm she talked with kron four's haaziq mod-yoon. it's a story you'll see only here on kron 4. >> this from your perspective, these sense of urgency surrounding more testing and mask being needed for students and staff of the san francisco unified school district. >> this is an educational emergency. we have schools that are, you know, barely able to function because of lack of staffing. we're trying to fill gaps with parent and we're trying to fill gaps with central office staff. and that's just not. that is just not acceptable. san francisco board of education commission member allison collins says she believes that sfu as these lack of planning for the post winter break. covid surge has created a crisis for parents, teachers and students. and i think immediately. >> we can do. we need to get testing ramped up and we also need to get high quality
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>> disposable and 95 masks for all students in all staff because we also know that if we were doing that, you know, parents and students would feel safe and we would also be reducing the spread of covid in her classroom. >> yes, so we have continued with our rapid testing programs through the weekend last week alone, we administered nearly 58,000 tests across the board after getting off to what some parents and teachers say was a slow start last week. take home. covid testing kits are now available in the district. in fact, sf usd spokesperson laura dudnick says >> thousands of test kits provided by the state are going out this week. so we have about 56,000 of those. >> and so we're working on getting those 2 schools right now so that schools can get those into the hands of students and families this week. so one test is amazing and really grateful the state for sending, you know, sending us those tests. but we need to
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have regular weekly testing. this is something that educators and families are consistently asking for. >> has made kron 4 the milpitas unified school district is giving students and parents the option of distance learning. this comes after the district told parents on friday they would move all classes online. but yesterday the district decided to transition to a hybrid model. officials decided that they are not able to offer a district-wide quarantine after consulting with the santa clara county office of education last week, about 167 teachers called out sick. they're with not enough substitutes to fill in leading to the need to condense classes today to santa clara county board of supervisors and the county judge declared mental health and substance abuse public health crises. >> supervisor susan ellenberg an auto lee called the current system of care fractured saying the current crisis is decades in the making and requires a large scale
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response. they say the focus should be on workforce shortages that hurt the ability to provide services, especially for the most acutely ill residents and children who need more access to mental health. help. the national institute for mental health. >> states that right here in santa clara county, more than 50,000 of our 263,000, 500 and rolled students, they from some mental illness and less than half will receive treatment. this is just not acceptable. we have to do better. >> they say covid-19 has, of course, underlined the need to improve services. >> local comedians and so many others are paying tribute tonight to bob second. the actor and comedian was found dead yesterday in his hotel room in orlando. an autopsy report found no foul play. no drug use, but an official cause of death could take weeks well for us. rob nesbitt joins us live now with more on
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how seconds career affected the bay area and the local comedy scene from. >> pan bay area. comedian say this is a tough time for shows with omicron canceling stand-up shows left and right. bob's that gets death is just one more hit to the industry. they didn't see coming. it was the perfect balance of a career for the launching this above side, its punch lines on stage. by the way, i want to start by apologizing for the way that i speak. it is again, it is shock value. it is a persona to his lovable role as danny tanner in full house, everybody. the actor and comedian had his fair share of success, really had a quite spectacular career. john allen from it's cheaper than therapy. and san francisco grew up watching full house and funniest home videos. the comedian says sag its reputation is well known throughout the stand-up world. no one has a back story about. >> just and absolute. the scent. nice person hold the field. >> we'll show full house has kept tours coming to the bay
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area for decades to snap pictures of the famous tanner house where a memorial of flowers and cards begin to for monday morning for sag it. just one devastating blow after another. but hey, be performed. the best of has that stand up and says seconds. fans have been shocked by the news of his death at 65 years. old. >> i know will be missed by like a lot of people and a lot of fans like a i've reached out and just express their sadness over the whole situation. so it's a really sad thing to hear about. >> according to the chief medical examiner in orange county, florida. the cause and manner of side gets death are pending further results and the investigation could take up to 12 weeks to complete live in san francisco. i'm rob nesbitt. kron 4 news. rob, thank you for that. well, the setting of full house there it as the sun sets on san francisco, a little bit of light gleaming off the sales force tower. our chief meteorologist lawrence karnow joins us to tell us what's ahead this week with the weather. how about that? nice day around the bay area today.
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nice evening. so far will get cold. >> in spots from partly cloudy skies out there. but looking good going to stay dry. those offshore winds are going to blow couple clouds flowing overhead today, but not much see more clouds off the coastline. that may factor in the weather a little bit for tomorrow, but not by much over, although high pressure going to take care of us. that will keep us nice and dry. and that trend likely continue now for a little while. temperatures out the door. it is still 63 degrees in half moon bay. very comfortable there. 60 in fremont. 59 degrees in san francisco in 61 degrees in blair. high pressure trying to build in here. it's going to sneak in for another day, but you can see a lot clouds rolling right over the top of that ridge. so, yeah, we're going to see some sunshine and a mission. some high clouds, mild temperatures all around the bay area should be a nice day for tomorrow this evening. if you're stepping outside, grab a light jacket with you, those temperatures cooling off into the 40's as we head towards 7 and 8 o'clock tonight, especially inland. but then overall looks like we're going to see some nice weather ahead. in fact, tomorrow, enjoy some sunshine. a few
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passing clouds as high as 65 degrees in fremont, 66 degrees in san jose at about 62 degrees in oakland. >> thank you. lauren is coming up on kron. 4 news at 5. president biden pushing to get the biggest changes in decades to federal elections to his desk. how republican lawmakers are responding and after punching their tickets to the nfl postseason in very dramatic fashion. the forty-niners getting ready to take on their longtime rivals. >> the dallas cowboys, kate rooney has a preview coming up. plus, governor newsome presenting his latest proposed presenting his latest proposed state budget putting wants to when a truck hit my car, presenting his latest proposed sthe insurance companyants to wasn't fair. i didn't know what my case was worth, so i called the barnes firm. i'm rich barnes. it's hard for people to know how much their accident case is worth. let our injury attorneys help you get the best result possible.
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>> universal health care, a gas tax holiday and billions of dollars to address homelessness. climate change in public safety. these are just a few of the financial priorities. governor gavin newsome presented in his proposed state budget today. our ashley zavala breaks down the spending plan. >> for the second year in a row, governor gavin newsome presenting his financial priorities amid a pandemic health care at the top of new sums list in his 286.4 billion dollar spending plan. the governor are proposing to extend the state's health care coverage. medical to all low income californians regardless of immigration status, it would be the first of its kind in the nation. newsome wants to earmark 600, 14 million dollars in program. it would cost more than 2 billion dollars every year after with the program starting in january of 2024, we said we're going to do it. so we take a
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few years we're committed to doing it. flush in cash and grappling with rising inflation. the governor proposing a gas tax holiday to hit the brakes on a gas tax increase that is set to trigger in july. the pause would decrease the states feel revenue this year by 523 million dollars on transportation. newsome wants to spend 4.2 billion dollars to complete the first phase of the high-speed rail. the segment running through the central valley. other financial proposals include 2 billion dollars on homelessness and mental health housing 750 million to continue to address drought. 1.2 billion on forest management to prevent wildfires money to combat crime. and 2.7 billion dollars on covid-19. response. newsom says he's working with the legislature on renewing paid covid-19 sick time for california workers but couldn't give many details monday, including how soon it could go into effect. i'll tell you, this is a top priority for me. republican vice chairman of the assembly and senate budget committees responded to the proposals. senator jim nielsen said much
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more needs to be done on water storage and fire prevention saying with the budget surplus, there's no reason to not provide enough money to fund these critical priorities. assemblyman vince fong said in a statement, overtaxed, californians should keep more of their hard earned money. precious tax dollars need to be spent wisely and effectively to serve those in need with such a big budget surplus. governor newson could not say if californians will see another round of those golden state stimulus checks. he says it's likely there will be some contribution back to the taxpayer, but exactly what form is to be determined. >> there's still plenty of time to figure that out because the state budget is not finalized until june at the state capitol. ashley zavala kron. 4 news across the nation. the deadline for health care open enrollment is fast approaching. americans have until saturday to sign up to get coverage through the affordable care act. >> the centers for medicare and medicaid services say that nearly 14 million people have already signed up for coverage this year. the agency is crediting the increased outreach efforts for such a
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high sign-up rate. they are emphasizing the necessity for americans to get coverage, especially with covid cases on the rise. they note that while vaccinations are free, hospitalizations are not. >> manage are kind of conditions that we have those or just in case something unexpected happens like an accident. you want to have health insurance coverage, making sure you can get access 2 if you get sick. >> the agency is promising that no matter where americans live, they can get coverage beginning february 1st, voting rights the top of democrats agenda this week, president biden will travel to georgia tomorrow to push for their election reform legislation. >> and changes to senate rules to make it law. senate majority leader chuck schumer has promised to force a vote on it by martin luther king junior day. our washington correspondent jessi tenure has more. >> good evening. the white
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house says president biden will return to the late congressman john lewis, his district tomorrow on purpose to argue that the senate has to pass something on voting rights, even if it means changing the rules to do so. >> his plan is to sign voting rights legislation into law. president biden is concentrating his efforts to get the biggest changes to federal elections in decades to his desk. he's quite focused on ensuring the american people understand what is at stake here. white house press secretary jen psaki says the president's trip to georgia tuesday will highlight the legislation that would reform voting procedures. campaign finance redistricting and governmental ethics. the president forcefully advocate for protecting the most bedrock american, right, the right to vote. the visit is also an effort to get every democrat on board to change senate rules to pass the legislation with a simple majority. the key holdout, west virginia senator joe mansion has been opposed to scrapping the 60 vote threshold without republican by an i would do anything in my power lawfully.
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to make sure the senate never becomes the house. south carolina senator lindsey graham says of then republican controlled senate resisted president trump's call to reform the filibuster and is now calling on senate democrats to do the same. that's the price you pay to allow the minority boys to exist. graham argues the voting rights legislation could hurt the country and shouldn't be forced through major changes 2 american life. need to have some consensus right? republicans have argued changing the filibuster would pave the way for other democratic priorities they oppose like adding more justices to the u.s. supreme court or making dc a state. >> but democrats have said this would really be a one time thing to address voting rights in washington. i'm jessi tenure. >> for your money tonight, a new u.s. quite her featuring the late maya angelou's went into circulation today. congresswoman barbara lee made the announcement on twitter today. this makes the legendary poet and activist
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who spent much of her life here in the bay area. the first black woman ever to appear on the coin. it is the first in the american women quarters program, which will include coins featuring prominent women in american history. the mit says other quarters in the series will begin rolling out later this year through 2025. still ahead on kron, 4 news at 5 after helping the warriors get a win over the cavaliers were going play. thompson had to say about his performance. >> in his first game in more than 2 years and after being sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his friend, susan berman, real estate heir robert durst has died. the strange history of this convicted killer.
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>> just months after he was sentenced to life in prison for killing his friend, susan berman, robert durst has died. the 78 year-old had been in failing health and tested positive for covid last year. christina pascucci has more on his troubled history. >> yes, we have, in fact, confirm that jurors has died at 78 years old. he had looked and healthy and frail and had been battling a series of health issues during his recent murder trial during which even tested positive for covid. as you referenced, he was briefly connected to a ventilator. his lawyers say all of that worsened his other medical problems he was already facing. and it is they who also confirmed his death at the san joaquin general hospital earlier today after being there for testing. they say he went into cardiac arrest and died. the convicted
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killer was sentenced to life in prison last october for the murder 2000 murder of his best friend and longtime confidant susan berman, benedict canyon home. he was also indicted in the murder of his wife, kathy. she vanished january 31st. 1982 after a fight at their new york home. she was never seen again. it is believed that berman knew something about kathy's death. durst was also accused in the murder of morris black, a neighbor who shot mister durst galveston, texas apartment back in 2000. one, the new york times has a fascinating account of how durres this wealthy real estate heir with 100 million dollars in assets lived across the hall from mister black. he would guys himself sometimes as a mute woman and mister durst claims that one night after arguing he in black tumbled to the floor, the gun went off and the bullet struck. mister black in the face ultimately killing him. durst was acquitted in that murder in 2000, 3 a decade
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later, this made headlines. winter seemingly admitted to his crimes while muttering to himself in a bathroom with a hot mic on him. he had been filming the documentary. the jinx went to the bathroom and that's when he made that bizarre. >> confession. again, that was christina pascucci reporting for us tonight. still ahead on kron, 4 news today was an important vaccine booster deadline for some workers in contra costa county. >> a big win for the forty-niners and the raiders and the warriors got claimed that yesterday sports reporter kate rooney has all the details coming up. plus, why san francisco is reducing is open hours at some covid test si
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harder to get a covid test in francisco. the city's department of public health announced today it is reducing test hours at 4 sites. officials say it's because of staffing shortages and an increased processing time for the test. >> here are the updated hours. the site at the la he'll host center will now close 3 hours earlier at 2 in the afternoon hours at the southeast health center are only shortened on monday's opening at 11 the rest of the week. the center will open at 8 in the morning. the element ella many farmers market site will now shut down at 6 in the evening. and the testing site in soma at 7th and brandon will now open at


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