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♪ ♪ >> from the bay area's local news station. you're watching kron. 4 news at all. >> the california and san francisco departments of public health and the cdc have confirmed that a recent case of covid-19 among individual in california was caused by the omicron variant. >> the first case of the omicron variant has been detected right here in san francisco. and now scientists around the world are racing to establish whether or not it is more dangerous than the previous variants of coronavirus. thank you so much for joining us here. during kron, 4 news at 5 o'clock tonight. i'm justine waldman
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in for vicki liviakis. and i'm grant lotus. public health officials confirming today, the first known covid case with the omicron variant is in the u.s. and it is a san francisco resident who recently returned from traveling to south africa. kron four's, dan kerman joins us live tonight with more. dan, almost everybody. knew it would show up in the u.s. eventually. and here it is in the bay area. that's right here in the bay area here in san francisco, likely first identified here because of the quick testing that goes on and so much testing going on in san francisco. maybe not the first place it actually was located. but certainly the first place it's been identified. >> wednesday. san francisco health officials announced a local resident who tested positive for covid-19. >> was infected with the omicron variant making this the first identified case in the nation. this is not a surprise. >> for those of you have been following this. we knew that on a crime. was going to be here. we thought it it was
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already we just haven't detected yet. so this is cause for concern. what is also certainly not a cause for us to panic. we are prepared here in the city for this san francisco county health director doctor grant colfax as the san francisco resident who had 2 doses of the moderna vaccine. but no booster. >> philly will shortly after returning from south africa on september 22nd the person received a positive test result on monday. the 29th and contacted the department of public health that positive sample was brought to a ucsf lab for rapid sequencing and early wednesday morning scientists there confirmed it was omicron. we have actually been testing and looking for for the pass for the past week. >> but this is the first example of where we saw the sg drop out in the sample public health officials say the person with the omicron variant had mild symptoms and is now recovered. those who had close contact with the person are now being identified and contacted
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health officials say san francisco as well positioned to respond omicron due to its high vaccination rates and some of the strongest covid restrictions in the nation. but because so little is known about omicron residents must still take steps to protect themselves to best protect against this variant get vaccinated for goodness sakes. if you have not been vaccinated, get your booster if you're eligible continue to wear those masks inside were required. >> continue to take the steps that we know that have been successful in san francisco prevent. major loss of life and to slow the spread of this virus. we know how to do this. san francisco. health officials say at this point they don't expect to put in place any new restrictions nor. >> did they plan to change any of the current restrictions. of course, this is all developing. we're expecting to get more information about
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omicron within the next couple of weeks that all could change. but for now no new restrictions, no changes to those current restrictions live in san francisco. dan kerman kron 4 news, thank you dad. now that we know home a crime is in san francisco. we're checking in with other health departments in the bay area to see what they are doing. >> to try to detect the variant in their counties. for that, we're joined now by kron four's to show shoes in the newsroom with the latest there. good evening, theresa and good house officers and all the bay area counties tell me that their labs are working diligently to see if the variant is here and it's spreading. >> and county health officers say that they are dedicating a cross section of covid positive tests coming in and diving deeper with those cases to break down the genome sequence know so far. none of the cases examined have detected the variant with its unusual combination that allow it to spread faster. i spoke with santa clara county health officer doctor sara cody. she tells me that they are taking in about 20 to 35% of the
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positive cases to unravel. she does believe it is not a matter of if this potentially troubling variant will show up, but when. >> i would say as we wait to get additional information. i think that we are we have very important things in place that will just give you 2 examples and santa clara county. we have a robust sequencing program. so that means that sort of depending on the number of cases around 25 just say 40% of cases get sequenced. so we haven't detected omicron yet, but i feel confident that we're in a good position to pick it up once it once it here. >> now, other county health officers say that they're doubling up their efforts to also look closely at positive cases coming in and hammering down on that sequence. it is a labor intensive process takes about 5 hours to map the gene
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known after does initially flagged in right now. sonoma county health officers. we are talking about that county's response. and so far county say that they're not taking any additional steps to make changes. but we are going to be taking a close look and monitoring all that for you in the newsroom. theresa stasi, back to you guys. >> appreciate that. theresa. according to the cdc, the individual who tested positive with that omicron variant had not yet had his vaccine booster and health experts say the nation's first case is proof that getting vaccinated is critical but getting boosted is becoming increasingly important. kron four's, rob nesbitt spoke with an infectious disease expert at uc berkeley. he joins us now with more on what that expert had to say about the boosters higher up grant doctor john swartzberg has been at uc berkeley for nearly 50 years and teaches a class about vaccine hesitancy. he hopes this first case of omicron change the minds of those still questioning the vaccine. >> the news of the first known omicron case in the u.s. came
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from the top doctor, anthony fauci telling reporters wednesday that it proves what he and others have been saying for nearly a year. i think what's happening now is another example of why it's important people to get vaccinated, not been vaccinated, but also boosting infectious disease expert doctor john swartzberg agrees with fauci that boosters are just as important to protect against the serious symptoms of the omicron variant with change 8 wind after 2 months with moderna and pfizer. the 2 mrna vaccines. >> the wings after about 6 months a few premier last injection. according to the cdc, the first individual who tested positive with omicron in the u.s. had mild symptoms that were improving. doctor swartzberg says that any icu in the country is proof of just how effective covid vaccines are. proving one person is in that icu. who was vaccinated. have had a breakthrough infection. you're going to see 5, 1015, or 20 people or vaccine. vaccine supply is not an issue in the
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u.s. compared to places like south africa where omicron was first discovered doctor swartzberg says what is an issue is vaccine hesitancy to see people not themselves of the tool that's going to protect protect loved ones just as heartbreaking. according to the cdc, nearly 60% of the country has been fully vaccinated. >> live in the studio. i'm rob nesbitt kron 4 news. thank you so much. robin on a national level and as the holiday travel season is approaching the cdc is working to modify the global testing order for travel. >> it revised order would shorten the timeline for required testing for all international travelers to one day before departure to the united states right now. people, rick, we are required to have a negative test within 72 hours to travel back to the united states. officials say that the shorter timeline would strengthen the already robust protocols in place for international travel, including requirements for foreign travelers to be fully vaccinated for now, the cdc
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continues to recommend all travelers get a covid-19. test 3 to 5 days after arrival and post travel quarantine for anyone who is unvaccinated. we're learning more about the omicron variant. if you want more information on it, you can always get it on our website. kron 4 dot com just scan this qr code on the screen right now and we'll take you to a special coronavirus page on our website. you can learn more about the variant along with the latest vaccine information and later here during kron 4 news at 5 o'clock. we will be speaking with an infectious disease specialist doctor peter chin. hong who will be answering some of our questions and your questions about the omicron variant. that's coming up at 5.30. other news now today the body of kevin nishita received a police escort from oakland to a south bay mortuary. it was a week ago today that the retired officer who you see here was gunned down while working as a security guard protecting a kron 4 news reporter. >> kron 4 says he quit doing
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was at the mortuary when the police procession arrived. >> it is. it's difficult. it's difficult any time this happens unfortunately happens far too often. >> solemn salute in honor of retired police officer kevin, that she ate it whose body was transported wednesday from the alameda county coroner's office in oakland to the coal seam on a family colonial wary about abuse. a traditional police procession of red and blue flashing lights, a fitting tribute honoring his career of service wearing multiple uniforms as an officer at the oakland housing authority hayward police department called the pd and the settles. a police department who led the way during the procession. >> sergeant she but when he was still with the san jose police department. we were detectives together and the gang investigation unit for 3 years. yeah. we brought her brother home and that's what this after retiring in 2018
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kevin nishita joined the star protection agency where he worked as a guard protecting news crews here. the bay area. >> back on wednesday, november 24th. he was assigned to protect one of our kron 4 crews when he was shot by an unknown suspect attempting to steal one of our cameras responding oakland police officers placed him into a patrol car and transported him to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. oakland. police describe the suspects vehicle as a white four-door acura tl with a sunroof and no front license plate. police believe the same vehicle was used or a good on robbery of the presidio in san francisco 2 days earlier. anyone with information is asked to contact oakland police. view has it. but you for news. and a fund has been. >> set up to help kevin, the shooter's family and the
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information. if you would like to donate is here on your screen. a cash or check donation can be made to the kevin nishita trust at any metropolitan bank location. you can go there in person. you can also send it by mail. the address is on your screen. we've also posted all that info on kron 4 dot com. >> coming up here during kron 4 news at 5 o'clock and we'll hear from a bay area youth advocate on the resources available to help keep kids out of trouble. and we look at a record breaking temperatures around the bay area today. >> could it be warmer tomorrow? we'll talk about that forecast coming up next. also coming up on a creek leaders approving a budget to try to protect shopping centers after that recent smash and grab string where the money is coming from will be right back.
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>> money for a new police patrol be in downtown walnut creek has been approved today. the city council unanimously approved the use of federal dollars to staff 5 additional officers to work downtown. that move comes after about 90 people rated the nordstrom store at broadway plaza. late last month. and as kron four's phillipe djegal reports tonight the group stole about a $125,000 in merchandise and injured employees. >> in response to financially crippling organized retail. that's in broadway plaza walnut creek city council has signed off on more police on
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the ground is. >> agree jus and particularly on acceptable in august. the city council approved a $231,000 contract to the nordstrom score. >> the agreement freed up city dollars could officer to keep watching the during voluntary overtime money works great read to reimburse on a quarterly basis but grab and run deaths have continued and escalated on downtown. >> because it affects so much of everything that is going. on around it. less than 2 weeks after to nordstrom employees and broadway plaza were injured while the city says 90 people move to the school or getting away with $125,000 worth of stuff. >> during a special meeting wednesday. the council approved a resolution. it authorizes 2 million dollars still available from funds. the city received from the
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covid-19 stimulus package to improve safety measures. downtown. we need to arrest. >> charge and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. the city staff report says 1.6 million dollars will be used to staff 5 additional officers in a new downtown patrol be through june 2023. >> it could take between 5 to 18 months to recruit and train the new officers. but in the meantime, the council approved $130,000 to cover overtime pay for 2 additional patrol shifts. >> 3 days a week through next june. as for the looting case, 3 arrests have been made and the police chief says he expects more in the coming weeks. >> in walnut creek police did all kron 4 news. >> and now to the south bay where san jose is installing license plate readers in order to catch thieves. this move is coming in the light of the recent smash-and-grab robberies at some of the city's major shopping districts. the city council agreed yesterday to spend
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$250,000 in federal relief funds to lease these new license plate reading cameras over the next few months. the city council will decide whether or not the cameras will be stationary or be mobile and moved to different hotspots. san jose officials are saying tonight their outrage because 2 homicide suspects are walking freely. >> after being released without bail 27 front ends. rose and 26 year-old alfredo castillo are suspected to be involved in a fatal shooting that killed one man on halloween night. both were arrested the next day following the investigation and soares faces charges of suspicion of homicide will castillo was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and being an accessory to homicide. now in a statement released late last night san jose mayor sam liccardo says i appreciate the purpose of bail reform, but releasing a homicide suspect without bail is outrageous. the pendulum has swung too far in and it is our neighborhood said enjoy the most crime that
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suffer as a result. local activists as well. young people committing smash-and-grab crimes has not changed the circumstances around them have changed. doctor joe marshall is the executive director of alive and free a san francisco based organization that aims to prevent violence. he says the pandemic pushed kids out of their normal school routines, which limited their ability to talk about their issues with adults. they trust. marshall also says kids feel social media is the best and we're staying for their generation because it's brought peer pressure to a whole new level. >> there's a lot of fear. there's a lot of anger, lot of side. and you know, suicide is up with a lot of the people. they have suicidal thoughts is lashing out they go and did engage and have these conversations with adults that they can trust to help guide them in the directions. they know they're not going right thing. it's not is not they
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don't know. they're just not been helping him stop doing. >> marshall also says young people are very aware of police staffing cuts across the bay area as well as the no bail system making them less afraid to commit crimes. he hopes the work he does said alive and free. we'll continue to guide more young people on a path to college and away from violence. >> we will take a live look outside right now here at san francisco's embarcadero on a rather warm wednesday super warm and has been that way for a while now, chief meteorologist lawrence karnow joins us with a look at this forecast that feels nothing like december first. yeah, record breaking temperatures around the bay area again today. numerous records coming down. so adding some of those totals up a beautiful all the way. the coastline with those clear skies. see the hazy, the colors in the atmosphere. >> those are actually some of those clues begin to build up into the atmosphere and that big dome of high pressure. but today, yeah. impressive day. no getting around that. how about that? we had some
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records popping up around the bay area today to have those numbers record breaking temperatures in san francisco san jose oakland and also into canfield. we're still looking very warm out there in spots. 68 degrees still at san francisco 68 of fremont 65 degrees and 67 even along the coastline in pacifica cooler. temperatures are on the way. we'll talk about that coming up next. thanks, laura. it's also still ahead on kron 4 news at 5. the omicron variant has arrived here in san francisco. as we've mentioned. >> how state leaders are now responding as they expect more cases to be detected. plus, the u.s. supreme court heard arguments in the most direct challenge roe versus wade in 3 decades. what was said. >> when
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>> national news, the u.s. supreme court heard arguments in a case that could limit access to abortion. the case stems from a mississippi law. but could certainly have nationwide implications our washington, dc correspondent alexandra limon has the details. >> good evening. supreme court arguments are driven by the justices questions and today justice sonia sotomayor focused her questions on whether the supreme court can survive the appearance of political bias in this abortion case. >> justice sonia sotomayor says mississippi pass. it's 15 week abortion ban precisely because the supreme court now has a 63 conservative majority. will this institution survive the stench. that this creates in
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the public perception attorney julie rikelman and the u.s. solicitor general argued against mississippi's ban this case is about 50 years of precedent. >> that women's quality and ability to make decisions that are fundamental to their lives are at stake. rikelman says women are truly equal under the law. if they can be forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term roe v wade and planned parenthood v casey established that states can't ban abortion before a fetus is viable or around 24 weeks roe versus wade and planned parenthood versus casey on our country. mississippi solicitor general scott stewart tried to convince the justices that roe and casey were wrongly decided and should be overturned nowhere else to recognized a right and a human life. chief justice john roberts seemed open to upholding mississippi's abortion bad.
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i'd like to focus on the 15 week ban because that's. >> not a dramatic departure from viability. >> if the supreme court does overturn roe many conservative states have what's called trigger laws on the books that would automatically implement new abortion bans reporting in washington. alexandra limon. >> next from good old fashion sidewalk chalk to a solemn reading of names help people here locally or honoring world aids day. plus that a look round covid variant is now officially in the u.s. will chat live with doctor peter chin hong to addressed all host of questions about this new twist in the pandemic and what california leaders are doing now that we know
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>> our top story tonight at 5.30 that omicron variant. now here in the bay area and state health officials expect more cases of this new variant to be detected in california. kron four's capitol bureau reporter ashley zavala explains how state leaders are now responding to the first case found today. >> this did not come as a surprise to the state's top health officials or the governor who say because of california's genomics sequencing effort. it was inevitable. the state was going to have the first detected case of this variant, one of their main message is that now is not the time to panic or let your guard down. >> this was predictable. this was predicted. governor gavin
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newsome and state health leaders say they've been prepared for this moment when the omicron variant would reach california. the nation in state's first case detected wednesday in a fully vaccinated. san francisco resident who had recently traveled to south africa the person has mild symptoms. we are proud to be able to identify in this state because of those efforts to be well prepared. >> around covid the lessons we learned over the past 20 plus months. >> to be ready on all fronts in california. demonstrates that today the state's top health officials say they're now in the process of gathering even more information on the omicron variant and boosting covid-19 testing at airports across california toes into this period of uncertainty. it is not the time to panic with the omicron variant now in california, governor newsome said there are no plans to shut down schools and businesses. none of us want to see that happen. i certainly don't want to see that happen. and i see no indication at this moment whatsoever that that's in our immediate future. as long as we continue our nation, the efforts os


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