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this is abc7 news. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. thank you for joining us. we begin tonight with promising news about an experimental vaccine for covid-19. the vaccine is being developed by the federal government and moderna biotech company in massachusetts. researchers say it produced antibodies to the coronavirus in every person tested, but whether the shots work and prevent people from getting infected from the virus is still unclear. a dose of the vaccine was given to 45 healthy people who rolled up their sleeves back in march. all are between the ages of 18 and 55, then a second dose was given about a month later. some did get side effects including fatigue, chills, headache, muscle pain and a sore arm. the next step is to enroll 30,000 people to see if the shots work. >> many believe that any vaccine that does get approved may work in only maybe 50% or 60% of the population, so it's still quite a bit of work to make sure that
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the vaccine works and that it's safe. you know, remember that if we do generate a vaccine it does show a protective immune response, we're going to be administering it to millions, hundreds of millions, maybe billions of people, i think this is a good fist step. there's still a number of big steps to go. >> experts say our hopes for a return to normal life depend very much on the trial's success. dr. anthony fauci tells associated press, no matter how you slice this, this is good news. now to alameda county, even as its numbers climb, the board ten tdr activities. abc7 news reporter chris reyes explains why. >> we were very grateful for the approval process. it had been something we had hoped would be in place earlier, but we are so grateful the supervisors pass it had. >> reporter: in a unanimous vote, the board of supervisors agreed to provide a letter of
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iost of two sk f a non-variance counties in the state, meaning their local officials did not have the power to advance their reopening plans beyond the state's recommended road map. supervisor wilma khan said it was a hard decision for her to vote yes because she's concerned about enforcement of safety guidelines. >> the board letter that we have is saying we're still going to be very cautious, but we're really doing this right now to continue to permit outdoor dining and the opening of outdoor activities at the oakland zoo. >> reporter: the variance comes as alameda county's covid-19 numbers continue to rise, closing in on 8,000. dr. nick moss of alameda public health said there's no immediate explanation for why the county has the highest numbers in the bay area. >> we have a large population of
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essential workers who live in dense -- who are back at work relatively early on and who live in relatively dense housing. >> we're very appreciative of their confidence and trust in our local businesses. to do what's best for their oe to the state, approval could come in a matter of days. santa clara county was one of the last counties to start reopening. gyms and salons were only given the green light yesterday. as chris nguyen explains, they were then told to shut down again after the county found itself on the state's covid-19 watch list. >> reporter: for business owner marlon. >> if we can make it through this. >> this week was supposed to be the fulfillment of a decade long dream. >> we were supposed to open in march. then we had a shutdocond i thou
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>> reporter: his newque welcomembers on monday. >> touching equipment and being able to use some weight versus just free hand dumbbells was huge. >> reporter: but the celebration was quickly cut short after the governor announced a rollback of the state's reopening. in santa clara county, fitness facilities and salons are among the businesses that must shut down by the end of the night after being open for just two days. >> my heart just broke because i was really excited to come in and work out. it's like, you know, giving a kid a candy and taking it away five seconds later. that's how i felt. >> reporter: next door at fashion nail spa. >> i am so happy i'm able tinhe >> r bieve the news. >> i feel sorry for these guys. they need to work. we try to help them as much as we can. >> reporter: over at santana
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row, salon employees are disappointed to say the least. >> the emotional toll it takes on not just us but our employees is a lot. and it's been four months already, and i don't know how much more they can take. >> reporter: the uncertainty of it all taking its toll on many. >> we're kind of scrambling to just get all of our ppe and all of our protocols and rules and restrictions up to code, and then it could be within an hour that we're told something else. >> reporter: business owners across the valley unsure of what will happen next. >> i can't control that, but hopefully everybody can just take care of themselves and be safe so we did chs ngenab. enfoe th law her ia, b howo burden. abc7 news reporter william friedman is on that story. >> it is the new modern look of compliance, a flipped universe wh and the rest suspect. >> it's something we all have to do so, you know, i put up with
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it. >> reporter: it's mandatory now says the state, and that leads to a new quandary for anyone who owns a business. should it be their job to enforce this? >> it's awkward. it's upsetting. we shouldn't be policed. >> reporter: kelly smith owns united markets in marin county. they've been progressive in dealing with coronavirus from the beginning, and like a lot of stores, they already had signs outside and rules about masks. no customers allowed inside without one. employees have taken on the role pviuch of an issue cely. in marin county. at phone and tablet repair. >> usually it's pretty innocent, just a quick remark is enough for most people. >> reporter: but ask people anywhere why they wear a mask. >> i'm doing it out of respect for my neighbors and my community. >> reporter: what began as social distancing has evolved enrcenstatue mtlexperience, but never sold bit a mk be, ver had
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people to wear one either. >> what would buddha say? >> buddha would say do what you have to do. >> reporter: in this world, that would be mask up and put up. >> i believe that people should be accountable for themselves. i'm tired of government always being accountable for us. >> reporter: in marin county, wayne friedman, abc7 news. hundreds of people turned out to a pop-up covid-19 testing site that opened in east san jose this morning. sky 7 shows you the incredible de line for testing stretched through the independence high school parking lot and down the block. >> we recognize that so many people in our community need this test and really want to get back to work and travel and do all the things that they haven't been able to do in the last sefl mon -- several month thes so we want to make it as easy as possible. >> reporter: the knlt county is working with valley medical center to bring testing to areas of the south bay with disproportionately high levels of the virus.
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a san francisco supervisor matt haney says the demand for testing has overwhelmed the city's public health department. he sent this tweet this morning saying, quote, 15 to 20 days to get covid appointment, tested results in san francisco right now. if you need it from the city, even if you have fever and are an essential worker. i spoke to dph. they said they're overwhelmed with demand working to expand access. need all hands on deck. support from state and feds, end quote. california is changing its testing policies giving priority to those with symptoms, people in high risk categories and those who know they have been exposed to covid-19. the state's top health officer made the announcement today. >> ensuring that our guidelines not only say who needs to be tested but give some guidance to labs on which specimens to process first. >> reporter: the state is averaging 100,000 tests per day, but the turn around time for results is slowing because of the national spike in coronavirus.
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there's also a supply chain issue. again, testing supplies are becoming harder to come by. today abc7 news reporter lucepo tormer inmate being treated f than 1,400 inmates and staff members are being treated for virus inmas it was going to release up to 8,000 inmates early to try to stop the outbreak. today as i mentioned, luce pena spoke to an inmate. >> reporter: a ticking time bomb where former inmate charles jones says he was lucky to leave alive. >> warehouse room with beds in >> we met jones' wife outside of san quentin exactly two weeks ago as she waited for his early release. finally on july 6, jones who had
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16 months in his sentence for a third dui was released. he describes finding out about the outbreak inside the state prison from his wife. >> you had no idea there was an outbreak? >> no. when they started bringing people in there like bringing people in there putting red tape on the benches and red tape on the floor. >> reporter: the latest numbers are grim with,3 inmes e or wit >> i w wn there i had this mask here. when i got released, i got into r and r, they gave me this to put on. >> now the california department of correction says they are supplying weekly sanitation supplies and ppe to all inmates. as to hand sanitizer refills, that's upon request. >> reporter: jones revealing prison staff masking the lack of sanitation. >> the auditor coming, they got the tape, the phones and
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everything but when they leave, it's back to normal. >> reporter: in a statement the department of corrections said to abc 7 news, sangui quentin h implemented modified programming where dining, phone calls, and showers are allowing for proper disinfecting between each use. governor newsom revealing the early release of 8,000 inmates system wide by august. jones claiming that's not enough. >> grown men crying. >> reporter: in san francisco, luce pena. a lot more to come here, getting students back into class rooms. the head of the cdc seems to be more optimistic about it than most, that it can actually happen. that's next. plus, the protest over anything that resembles a typical school day. these parents say safety needs to come first. and pandemic pods and education, two different parents are weighing in, each one makes a pretty good case for how it a pretty good case for how it coulneoffers s... like corphones.
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. we know that plans for the new school year are very important to you and your family. that's why education is one of the five key areas we're focusing on in our efforts to build a better bay area. today the head of the cdc weighed in on whether classes should be online or in person? >> i'm of the point of view that the public health of these children is served by getting these schools open. we don't see significant disease in the children. we actually also don't have really much evidence, and we have looked that children are driving transmission. i think there's actually a majority of counties in this country that are in a position to reopen their schools based on the data we have now. the case counts that present positive, the availability of testing, and the resilience of
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the health system that they have. >> now, dr. robert redfield with the centers for disease control says kids need the socialization, plus the mental and fro offer ed the confideef in the east bay, a teacher and community car caravan was held this afternoon to protest reopening schools amid the pandemic. >> cars drove through berkeley with messages of health and safety displayed on their vehicles. teachers argue testing resources for teachers and students also inkidsac to schooling must remain virtual. >> any school reopening combined with the pandemic the way it's spreading is going to guarantee that we're going to lose children as well as risking the death and the health of educators and all our families in this community.
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>> a particular worry is for teachers of very young students who mayarents a getting creative when it comes to their kids and school in light of covid-19. many are contemplating alternative learning option for the fall, either out of necessity or just preference. >>n an area kwnor innovation, bay area parents are thinking outside the classroom in light of covid-19. mom lee ann chang recently created a pandemic pods and microschools facebook group. pandemic pods are groups of children who would get together with the same kids every day while learning at home, either with a hired teacher or with one parent taking turns with the pod. the idea being children would still have the engagement, socialization and in-person teaching. chang's son is 3, and while his preschool is planning to be opened this fall, chang isn't sure that's the best option. >> for us, it has to do with concerns that the overall public
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health situation isn't quite 2,000 people around the country have joined the group. >> there is just this huge need right now for families and teachers to figure out what our options are for the fall. >> reporter: for some like chang, the pods are a choice. for others they're a necessity. her daughter's school will be remote learning this fall, but both she and her husband work. >> in our case, it's not an easy engagement where you can leave her in front of a laptop and say i'll be back in an hour. >> reporter: she's considering hiring a teacher that would include a pod for her child and other children. >> each parent takes a certain nuc number of hours off work each week to basically the parent becomes the teacher for that pod for a given day. >> she recognizes not all families will have the means to do so. >> reporter: there a. >> there are a lot of issues of
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inequity that come up here that are terrible. >> reporter: as parents plan for an unprecedented future, they're communicating online to find potential pod mates and teerachs for their children. abc7 news. a lot more to come here, certainly feels warm when you're outside in the sun and the fog. it should get a little warmer tomorrow, too. abc7 news meteorologist sandhya patel is here with the forecast next. and as we go to break, what looks like glowing footprints, how cool is this? the water in australia's new south wales glowed with bio lum necessary sent algae. a group of friends waded in the surf and dragging their hands through the water to get this dramatic effect. we just
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now your accuweather forecast with sandhya patel. >> hi there, everyone, make sure that you take note of this. there's an air quality advisory for the bay area for tomorrow.
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it was issued because of smoke and haze that may impact us tomorrow afternoon, morning, afternoon due to a large fire in fresno county county. moderate air quality for the inland east bay and santa clara valley. the smoke is expected to remain primarily aloft. in case you work outside or you actually are going out for a workout, just keep that in mind. here's a live look from our em riville camera. they're in the comfort zone, 62 in the city, 71 in oakland. it's a beautiful day? san jose. 60 degrees in pacifica. it's socked in on our golden gate bridge. 74 in santa rosa in the mid-80s, concord, livermore, 69 in napa. live doppler 7 showing you the fog just persisting along the coast as we had expected. and this is pretty typical a you know from this time of year. from our kgo roof camera seeing the sun shining, pretty good visibility there. low clouds and fog. seasonal temperature range for the rest of the week and we are
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looking at hot weather inland come friday, saturday, and sunday. as we check out what's ahead for tonight in case you want to go take a look. after sunset at 8:31, you will want to look to the northwest at 9:00 p.m. this is your opportunity to check out this comment, of course visibility will be an issue. use your binoculars. that's going to be the best way to view. fog will be impacting the coast and parts of the bay at 9:00 tonight. your best bet will be going inland and away from trees or mountains. 5:00 a.m. tomorrow, it's going to be pretty gray in the morning. 8:00 a.m. you will notice the fog, low clouds around the bay and coast, and as we head into the afternoon, they'll be hanging out in the usual spots. temperatures in the morning mostly 50s, 60s, watch out for the pockets of low visibility. then for the afternoon it's going to be a nice day, a little warmer than today, 91 in antioch, 89 in livermore, concord, 74 in oakland. 67 in the city, 84 in san jose. 77 in san rafael, 81 inanta rosa.
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half moon bay will be breezy just like today. the accuweather seven-day forecast, it's the typical pattern, a 30-degree spread from coast to inland tomorrow. not a whole lot of change other than the humidity on thursday. partly cloudy skies as monsoon moisture moves into the sierra z z, and then the heat is on. the coast will remain mild only in the 60s as we head into next week, not a whole lot of change. i think overall looking good. >> sounds great, thank you. a lot more to bring you here, going on defense, the new push to create some space to save your house. that's next. and a programming note, our one-hour food drive special give where you live food drive will air this saturday at 7:00 p.m. this hour-long program goes behind the scenes of food banks to discover how they are meeting the growing demands of feeding families and children. learn how to make a difference by tuning in to abc7 this
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>> enjoy a stronger relationship with our neighbors because here we all are. kind of in this together. coming up tonight on abc7 news at 6:00, the i-team's dan noyes with an exclusive interview talking to the friend of a man now held in the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy and a federal security officer. hear what may have triggered the attacks. plus, california versus the bay area, see how our counties compare to the state's coronavirus situation and whether we're going to be going back to square one. you've heard the saying, helping others is a way to help yourself. tonight meet some peninsula teenagers who are proving that's true. all coming up in a half hour on abc7 news at can 6. finally tonight, a quick reminder that could save your life one day,lepa fit marin par
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cleared and thinned out brush near homes in upper oak drive in san rafael. they focused on the area in terra linda and the sleepy hollow preserve. the area is open space.asn' ced. marin park's decision to clear the area is providing a lot of relief and comfort to homeowners. >> so i've livedspace, and we don't have -- we have no right to take anything down. >> cal fire says having an evacuation plan is also very important. more than 40,000 acres have already burned so far this year in cafo. >> it absolutely is, and certainly you'll sleep a lot easier if we all do that. "world news tonight with david muir" is next. >> i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz, for sandhya patel and all of us here at abc news, thank you so much for joining us tonight. we'll see you again at 6:00.
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tonight, the u.s. now surpasses 136,000 deaths from coronavirus. and tonight, the head of the cdc warning that this coming fall and winter will probably be, quote, one of the most difficult times that we will experience in american public health. also, the new images coming in tonight, inside hospitals across the south. icus running out of space. in one hospital alone, 29 patients waiting for a bed. hard-hit florida reporting a record number of deaths in one day. los angeles on the brink tonight of ordering a stay at home order. and this evening dr. anthony fauci on any potential vaccine and his sobering prediction

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