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new covid restrictions are going into effect in several bay area counties. what it means where you live. >> i see light at the end of the tunnel. words of hope from local health care workers. we are there as an east bay hospital begins vaccinating its workers. [ cheers and applause ] cheering as covid vaccinations begin across the united states. but there is growing concern that at least 70 countries could face a long wait. and the struggle to stay in business. a locally owned restaurant in san francisco is pulling out all the stops to try to stay afloat. abc 7 news at 5:00 starts right now. >> announcer: building a better bay area for a safe and secure future. this is abc 7 news.
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our dive in icu capacity has triggered a stay-at-home order for the entire bay area. evening. i'm ama dietz. >> and i'm dan ashley. we'll begin with developing news. starting midnight tomorrow napa, shanno, san mateo and santa cruz counties will be required to put in place tighter restrictions that the rest of the bay area has already proactively been following. here's a look at what has forced that change more specifically. icu capacity today dropped to 12.7%. that's below the 15% threshold which activates new state restrictions. the state reported 107 new icu patients for a tomatotal of nea 3200. that has reached a new high every day since december 3rd. there were more than 53,700 new covid cases yesterday. that is a daily record high. tonight in napa county? people are heading out to enjoy what could be their last night out in a while. abc 7 news reporter liz kreutz has reaction to new covid restrictions there and how
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people are adjusting. >> reporter: in the bay area napa county has remained an island of hospitality, one of the few places you can still enjoy a meal outside or go to a winery. but at midnight tomorrow all that will change. >> i just saw it on my phone and we are headed with my new puppy to go to bo tega for our last lunch before everything shuts down. >> reporter: andrea was one of many locals getting in one last hurrah. >> we are we were going to go for a walk to the park and let them play around but since it wasn't raining and since i got the text aare letter we decided to come out this way, enjoy? al fresco dining. >> reporter: what did you order today? >> mac and cheese. >> reporter: under the new guidelines napa county will also have to close hair salons, wineries and breweries and outdoor dining. the change didn't come as a surprise to james lovett, the director of hospitality at reynolds family winery. >> watching the counties around us it became a matter of when not if. and so just wanted to keep -- we have guests booking events all
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the way up through christmas. >> reporter: james has spent the morning canceling all upcoming apiema appointmen appointments. >> we've got to get creative. this year has been creativity, selling more online. >> reporter: but even creativity cannot make up all the oss. at napkins bar and grilt in downtown napa the managing partner says tomorrow he'll have to lay off at least 30 workers. >> right before the holidays. it's very sad. >> reporter: he said in march at least they got ppp but now he doesn't know when if ever he'll get any help. he believes restaurants are being unfairly tar lly targeted. >> public health is important. we care about people. i care about my employee as well. but i don't see why covid-19 spreads because of the restaurants. >> reporter: either way, he knows he has to close. in napa county liz kreutz, abc 7 news. on the peninsula san mateo county will also enact a stay-at-home order. it goes into effect at 11:59 tomorrow night. restaurants will only be allowed to serve takeout meals. grocery and other retail stores can remain open but at limited
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capacity. in-person classes can continue at schools that are already reopened with a plan approved by the county. >> reporter: let's now to the latest on our best hope to beat covid-19. these vaccines that are becoming available. all this week abc 7 is devoting our resources to vaccine watch coverage. a crucial part of building a better bay area. >> heroes and sheroes since the very beginning of march through this whole incredible effort. >> reporter: ten months into a battle they've been tighting firsthand, these health care workers were among the first at john muir to get the covid vaccine. >> this is going to be the start and hopefully the turn of the corner. >> reporter: joe anderson leads a team of respiratory therapists who work in very close contact with the sickest of patients. >> i've worked all over the country. this by far, by far the worst that i've ever seen, the biggest impact in health care.
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and obviously i don't have to say it, the community. >> reporter: these people know better than most that like any shot this one could come with some mild side effects. >> there's a very low chance you're going to get any serious side effects as compared to covid, you could end up having the icu or some serious stuff in your lungs. you know what he i mean? >> reporter: so far john muir has received over 5,000 doses and over the next three weeks plans to give the first of two shots to that many frontline staff. >> when the vaccine arrived yesterday, it just all became so real. from the very first day of this pandemic protecting our teams was the most frightening part of it. >> reporter: fortunately, ten months in very few john muir front line workers have actually gotten the coronavirus. still, getting this vaccine today not only gives them physical protection but also a strong measure of psychological comfort. >> so now knowing that our front line teams are getting this vaccine and within weeks will
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have a exponentially higher level of protection, going to be sleeping better. >> reporter: in concord laura anthony, abc 7 news. in the north bay two frontline care providers at kaiser permanente san rafael received the first doses in the county today. kaiser says physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists will be among the first to receive the vaccine. ucsf received 975 doses today and began administering them within two to three hours. like kaiser the doses went to frontline health care workers. ucsf is expecting about 11,900 doses by the end of december. now, in santa clara county more than 5,600 doses will first go to staff members at skilled nursing facilities, hospitals will receive a separate batch later this week. health officials called it a glimmer of hope in the long fight when the county received its first doses yesterday. and while the united states and european countries are rushing to vaccinate their populations, some are worried about what will happen in other parts of the world, specifically developing countries that could
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get left behind in the battle against covid-19 as it enters this new phase of vaccination. abc 7 news anchor has more now on what some are calling a vaccine nationalism. while the first vaccinations against covid-19 are beginning in some countries, there's growing concern about how long much of the world might be left behind. an international vaccine alliance is now warning about projected shortages in at least 70 countries, where fewer than 1 in 10 people might be able to receive the shot in the foreseeable future. a potential lingering crisis that won't recognize borders. >> this is a highly transmissible virus. we don't and can't live in a cocoon and think that protecting our own will serve us well. >> reporter: stanford researcher dr. david roman says the race by individual countries to secure as much vaccine stock as they possibly can has triggered the label vaccine nationalism. >> where nations are going to
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likely turn to protecting their own and in doing so tend to nd zbrab the grab the resources that are available. >> reporter: and there's testified the already happening. according to the vaccine alliance which includes groups like amnesty international and england's oxpham, the wealthiest countries have bought up over half of the world's vaccines for a fraction of the world's population. and during his recent rack scene summit president trump threatened to use emergency laws to keep supplies from american companies in the united states if there's a shortage. >> if for any reason we have any problems we will be instituting the defense production act. >> reporter: the president's stance follows his decision earlier this year to withdraw the united states from the world health organization. the u.s. is also one of few major countries not participating in an effort known as covax to ensure the distribution of vaccines to impoverished or developing naegss. ucsf infectious disease expert dr. monica gandhi believes that
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position is short-sighted. >> it is incredibly important for the united states to rejoin the world health organization and to rejoin organizations to help equitable distribution of vaccines. actually, none of us are safe until everyone is safe. >> reporter: in part she says because a virus that might undergo significant mutations can easily cross borders. at least one vaccine maker, oxford astrazeneca, has pledged to make more than half of its products available to developing countries on a not for profit basis. still, other advocates have called on all manufacturers to suspend their patents and allow the vaccines to be produced worldwide. but as the first doses roll out, many may be watching for signs from the incoming biden administration on america's traditional leadership role in world health. an estimated 172 countries are now involved in the covax project to bring affordable vaccines to the developing world. and all this week we are bringing you in-depth coverage
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on the vaccine with our team of reporters and medical experts. you'll find these stories online at abc7news.com/vaccine. and please remember, if you have questions, that's where you can go to get them answered. you'll find this form on most of our stories. send your questions directly to us here at abc 7 news and we'll get you answers. a locally owned neighborhood restaurant on the brink of closing for good is pleading for customers to help save it. san francisco's pat's cafe is on taylor street in north beach near the cable car turnaround. abc 7 news reporter wayne friedman says neighbors are rallying to try to keep the restaurant running. >> reporter: the normally busy streets of north beach not so much these days. foot traffic a trickle. in a covid stay-at-home city it's hard to find a place open, even barely, or humble christmas lights in this the loneliest of seasons. combined, they make the persistent existence of pat's cafe all the more remarkable. >> it drives me crazy, yeah. i hate it.
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>> reporter: that's pat darden talking about the empty tables and quiet space where on a morning like this we would have heard mirth and the 18-year manifestation of this omaha, nebraska transplant's dream. how do you get from omaha, nebraska to north beach? >> i visited here once. >> reporter: if there was one small business like this in the city, there must be hundreds or thousands of them all doing the same thing. staying open. against the odds. doing so partly to keep the spirits of their neighborhoods alive. >> should i be closed? probably. probably. but i don't want to be closed. >> reporter: that from a woman who with her employees started their own gofundme page. they have received some contributions. >> i miss most of the people, seeing different people all the time. >> reporter: because in a neighborhood restaurant the quality of company is just as important as that of the food. >> have a great day. thank you. >> reporter: it is possible to have one without the other but not preferable. >> i've been through several hard times, actually.
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and i've always survived. and i'm going to survive this as well. >> okay. i'll see you later, then. >> reporter: and with that pat walked off to buy more groceries. ever the optimist. in north beach wayne friedman, abc 7 news. san francisco's d.a. joins the city's police chief on a zoom two days after charging one of his officers in this fisherman's wharf beating. what the two had to say. plus people asking for help who never had to until now. up next the growing need in silicon valley. i'm meteorologist sandhya patel tracking a level one storm for later on tonight. i'll have the timeline com make your holidays happen... at ross! surprise! ahhh! yes! i love it! you don't have to spend a lot to give a lot to the ones who mean the most. you've got the holidays, and we've got you, with the best bargains ever... ...at ross. yes for less!
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pier 39 in october of last year. district attorney chasea boudin filed charges against officer terrence stengel who used his baton to subdue the man. >> this is one of the things i was elected to do, and it became even more important in 2020 in the wake of george floyd, breonna taylor. >> when we have to rise to that level of force there, you know, nobody's happy with that. >> both d.a. boudin and chief william scott pledged to work together on investigations even when police officers are suspected of committing crimes. the pandemic is forcing some people who never needed assistance before to look for help now. an example, west valley community services in cupertino says demand for rent assistance has tripled from $540,000 last year to $1.4 million this year. abc 7 news reporter david louie talks with some of those now in need of help. >> i don't have a giant savings. and if you do any savings it's
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gone immediately. >> reporter: jackie matthews asked us ton show her face. she lost her job as a property manager two months ago and with it her housing. she has turned to west valley community services for help to cover the first and last month and deposit needed to rent a place. home for her is the western santa chaira valley, thought to be affluent. >> poverty does not know a zip code and everywhere there are folks drugling to survive. >> reporter: west valley has seen a 50% increase in clients since the donors and individuals. >> i've cried more in the last nine months then i have i think in my entire life. to see the desperation and the sadness and worry on the faces of the folks that line up every day to get food. >> reporter: besides financial contributions apple, located in the west valley, has even donated thousands of pounds of fruit harvested from its campus. produce it would normally serve
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in its cafeterias which are closed due to the pandemic. however, preventing homelessness is a key focus across the region. according to destination home people in need have seen an average 60% drop in their monthly income. the $950 income covers but half the average area rent of $1,700. leaving them $300 behind in rent and rising. >> not everyone has invented an app. so you just go to work. normal people go to work every day and you take care of your family. you do what you have to do to survive. >> reporter: social service agencies believe the need could extend for a full year after the pandemic ends. david louie, abc 7 news. and new numbers are causing some concern for retailers. 7 on your side's michael finney is here with new numbers on retail sales. michael. >> reporter: yeah, this is trouble. let's just call it a troubling sign from the u.s. economy. with more than one week left the
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christmas shopping season up, retail sales in november dropped 1.1%. the biggest decline in seven months. sales were down across the board including clothing, electronics and furniture, online and grocery store sales did go up. economists attribute the decline to pandemic-related factors including shoppers staying away from stores. especially on black friday. honda's recalling nearly 1.5 million vehicles. the automaker's reporting drive shaft problems with the following cars. 2012 civic hybrids. 2007 through 14 honda fits. 2013 to '15 honda accord and acura ilx models. honda's also recalling 2002 through 6 crvs due to an issue with a power window switch. and lastly, owners of 2018 to 2020 accords and 2019 and 20
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insights are being asked to bring in their vehicles to repair a software problem that causes the rear camera, turn signals and windshield wipers to malfunction. massachusetts regulators have filed a complaint against menlo park-based stock trading app robin hood. the complaint alleges that robin hood lured in younger inexperienced traders, manipulating them with video game-like tricks such as showering their screen with virtual confetti every time they made a trade. the company is also accused of failing to prevent some 70 outages that inhibited users' ability to make sensitive trades. back to you guys. >> that's interesting. it's a popular app. thank you, michael. well, rain is on the way to the bay area. we are already seeing some sprinkles in spots. you'll get details on the
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the rain. let's get to meteorologist sandhya patel. sandhya. >> yeah, ama, you're going to neet those umbrellas late tonight going into tomorrow. some spots in the north they've already seen some spotty showers. rosa a couple hundredths of an inch. novato in sonoma county. low-level hoist yur may result in a couple of sprinkles but we have to wait until later tonight. this is where the rain is up around crescent city, eureka area. it has been coming down heavily in some spots. it is on the way. it's pretty well defined here on the wider perspective. i want to show you those temperatures right now, anywhere from the 40s to the 60s. clouds gathering as seen from our san jose camera, but it is still dry in the south bay. level is system for tonight. tomorrow morning light to moderate rain, briefly heavy overnight tonight. and although the high surf advisory has expired rough and dangerous surf will continue as we head into tonight.
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hour by hour we go, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., a couple of showers in the north bay. as we head into 11:30 north bay begins to see? steadier and heavier rain beginning to move in. at 2:00 a.m. narrow band moves through. san francisco peninsula, the east bay, oranges and yellows indicating the stronger heavier rainfall totals 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. if you are commuting, be prepared for some wet roadways. scattered showers are expected. lighter in intensity, though. and it's not going to be widespread during the morning commute. as we head into the afternoon it dries out. we just have some lingering clouds with breezy conditions. rainfall totals across our region anywhere from about a tenth of an inch to half an inch. the models have really scaled back. although our wetter locations could pick up a little bit more than that. in terms of the mountains there's a winter weather advisory above 5,000 feet, expecting 8 to 12 inches of snow in the sierra, 18 inches over the peaks. difficult driving conditions are expected. tomorrow morning temperatures will be primarily in the 40s,
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50s. make sure you grab your umbrella just in case you need to use it. but it's not going to be widespread tomorrow morning. tomorrow afternoon 50s, 60s for your highs and breezy. accuweather seven-day forecast it's a 1 on the storm impact scale for tomorrow morning. drying out for the weekend and then the season changes monday morning and we don't have any rain in the forecast through the middle of next week but as we approach christmas, just past christmas that weekend we may be looking at some more storms returning to the bay area. and we certainly need them. obviously, we're still very far behind for this time of year. dan and ama? >> absolutely. we welcome them. thanks, sandhya. a man in the north bay shared his grief online after losing his beloved
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examines the impact on homeowners. also -- >> what's my hesitation? i don't trust these folks. >> the uncertainty in the black community over the coronavirus vaccine and the effort now under way to address it. and the i-team's conversation with a man once known as san francisco's hot cop. dan noyes says it's one of the most frustrating interviews he's ever done. you'll see why on abc 7 news at 6:00. join us then. but finally for now, pets can be comforting of course to many and even more so right now, obviously, ama. >> yeah, they really can. the san rafael police department posted this picture on facebook of paul and blue. blue is the department's comfort dog. paul recently posted on next door that his beloved golden retriever had died, and he offered to walk other people's dogs. the police department's mental health outreach provider responded and offered a visit with blue. hundreds of other people also responded offering pets up for walks, puppies to cuddle and even a dog share. so great to see people reaching
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it was a total game changer. learn more about the condition at factsonhand.com tonight, the major nor'easter hitting at this hour. the storm bringing heavy snow, ice and rain. winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour. more than a foot of snow possible in some places. the storm hitting from philadelphia up through new york and boston. dangerous driving on icy roads already. a truck crashing head on into an ems vehicle outside pittsburgh. 15 states from north carolina to maine under winter weather alerts tonight. new jersey declaring a state of emergency. new york city shutting down covid testing sites. hundreds of flights canceled or delayed. and now concerns over shipping the vaccine. ginger zee and rob marciano standing by live. also developing as we come on the air tonight, the vaccinations well under way in the u.s. and tonight, the first report of an allergic reaction. a health care worker developing

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