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>> from the bay area's local news station. you're watching kron 4 news at 6. 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. >> now it's 6. you heard it from the nation's top doctor. the first case of the omicron covid variant has been detected in san francisco. now scientists around the world are racing to establish whether omicron is more dangerous than the previous variants. good evening, everybody. thank you for joining us for kron 4 news
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tonight at 6. i'm pam moore and i'm ken wayne. health officials say they knew would be sooner rather than later. and now doctor anthony fauci confirmed the. >> first known case of covid with the omicron variant in the u.s. is that of a san francisco resident kron four's dan kerman joining us live now with more dan. well, public health officials had a news conference today. they said, as you mentioned, this is no surprise they figured it was here anyway. now they have identified it. >> it was identified early this morning. we have. >> discovered our first case, not only here in san francisco, but the entire country. san francisco mayor london breed broke the news wednesday, the omicron variant has been identified in the city. the person recently traveled to south africa and develop symptoms upon their return. and they did the right thing and got tested and reported their travel history. they had received a full dose of the moderna vaccine. but no booster. they had mild
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symptoms and thankfully have now recovered san francisco, public health director doctor grant colfax says the san francisco resident fell ill shortly after returning to san francisco and after contacting the department of public health. >> the positive sample was rushed to a ucsf lab for rapid sequencing early wednesday morning scientists there confirmed it was omicron. >> the sequencing is is actually is very useful. has been shown to be very useful as a way to understand the emergence of new variants in the community. it can also help with contact tracing with being able to investigate outbreaks, public health officials say those who have close contact with the person are now being identified and contacted. >> san francisco is relatively well positioned to respond to variance. >> our vaccine rate is high. more boosters are going to arms every day. 5 to 11 year-olds are getting vaccinated. the rapid uptake. our masking and vaccine requirements are among some of the most stringent in the
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country. still, health officials say because so little is known about the variant people must take steps to protect themselves on the kron is here. we need to get those vaccines and boosters. i get tested. if you have symptoms or you know that you've been exposed and continue to wear those masks. >> san francisco officials say at this point they don't plan to put in place any new restrictions related to covid because of omicron the same time they don't plan to change any distractions that are currently in place. of course, that could all change. we're learning more and more as the days go by and really should get download on some new information about this variant within the next couple of weeks live in san francisco. dan kerman kron 4 news and thank you for that. and i should point out that a firearm is now going on >> so let's try to move and get back to the top of this story. the discovery of the on the kron variant in the u.s. has health experts. we see importance of getting vaccinated. the san francisco resident tested positive was vaccinated but not posted.
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>> nasa showing just with details what that just have the >> pam and ken health experts credit the person's mild symptoms to their full vaccination status hoping others will feel motivated to schedule their shots and boosters if they haven't already done so. >> the news of the first known omicron case in the u.s. came 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 says the speed of the omicron variant was no surprise to him. i would have been shocked if we hadn't identified either today or tomorrow echoing the cdc's thoughts on boosters saying follow-up shots are just as important as your first to protect against the seriousness of the new variant. >> with wind after 2 months with moderna and pfizer. the 2 mrna vaccines. the wings after about 6 months a few last
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injection vaccines are effective but not 100% according to doctor swartzberg, he says a glimpse into a hospital's icu is proof of that for every one person is in that icu. >> was vaccinated. have had a breakthrough infection. you're going to see 5, 1015, or 20 people vaccine. vaccine supply is not an issue in the u.s. compared to places like south africa where omicron was first discovered doctor swartzberg who teaches a class on vaccine hesitancy at uc berkeley. >> says misinformation is an issue to see people not themselves of the tool that's going to protect protect loved ones. >> just just heartbreaking. >> according to the cdc, nearly 60% of the country has been fully vaccinated live in studio. i'm rob nesbitt kron. 4 news. >> continuing our team coverage tonight. now that we know omicron is in san francisco. we're checking in with other health departments to see what they are doing to detect the variant in their
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counties. and for that, we're joined by kron four's, theresa stasi, all in our newsroom. theresa. pam and ken health officials in all bay area counties tell me that their labs are working diligently to see if the variant is here and spreading and county health officials 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 so far. none of the cases examined have detected the variant in the 9 bay area counties. >> that i spoke with today. this variant is alarming because of its unusual combination of spreading and sonoma county just wrapped up a news conference on their work to detect the variant. and one thing of note they mentioned how the county is handling boosters, which we are learning may play a big role in fighting this new variant certainly have seen increased demand for boosters, which is. >> great because we do want to ensure that people do get their boosters data does seem to show that the boosters not only increase and ensure that
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that anybody level is consistent. but it was just seems to also activate different arms of the immune system which is helpful in counteracting any variant. we've seen that with delta and presumably that would be the case with on the run. >> 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. so far, county say that they're not taking any additional steps are making any changes right now. ken. >> national level and as the holiday travel season approaches. the cdc is working to modify the global testing order for travel revised order would shorten the timeline for required testing for all international travels. just one day before departure to the u.s. right now. people are required to have a negative test within 72 hours to get back to the u.s. officials say the shorter timeline would strengthen the already robust protocols in place for international travel, including requirements for
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foreign travelers to be fully vaccinated. for now, the cdc continues to recommend all travelers get a covid-19. test 3 to 5 days after arrival and post travel quarantine for anyone who is not vaccinated. >> in our next half hour, we will hear from governor gavin newsome and the state's top health official doctor mark galli. they are discussing future plans for the state, including what will happen in the california schools. if you want more information on the new variant just scan the qr code on your screen. it will take you to our special coronavirus page on our website and you can learn more about the variant along with the latest vaccine information. other news now today the body of kevin nishita received a police escort from oakland to the south bay. it was week ago today, the retired police officer was gunned down while working as a security guard. >> protecting a kron 4 reporter kron four's haaziq mod-yoon was at the mortuary when the police procession arrived. >> as solemn salute in honor
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of retired police officer kevin initiate 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. >> kevin was an incredible police officer. everything that exemplifies being a police officer someone with compassion empathy not just for his fellow police officers, but for the community, that's what he exemplified after retiring in 2018 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
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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. >> a fund has been set up for the issue to family a cash or check donation can be made to the kevin nishita trust at any metropolitan bank location in person or by mail at the address you see there on your screen. that information is also on our website, kron 4 dot com. >> coming up at 6, the u.s. supreme court heard arguments
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today in a case that could up nearly 50 years of abortion rights in this country. we are live with the latest developments. >> we are also learning a 4th student has died after that shooting at a high school in michigan. the new video tonight showing the moments inside one of the classrooms. >> clear skies record heat. how much longer can this continue. talk about that. forecast is next. i'm morgan, and there's more to me than hiv. more love, more adventure, more community. but with my hiv treatment, there's not more medicines in my pill. i talked to my doctor and switched to fewer medicines with dovato. dovato is for some adults who are starting hiv-1 treatment or replacing their current hiv-1 regimen. with just 2 medicines in 1 pill, dovato is as effective as a 3-drug regimen... to help you reach and stay undetectable. research shows people who take hiv treatment as prescribed and get to and stay undetectable can no longer transmit hiv through sex. don't take dovato if you're allergic to its ingredients or if you take dofetilide.
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>> in national news tonight, the u.s. supreme court heard a case arguments in that case that could limit access to abortion in this case stems from a mississippi law, but it could have implications all across the nation. kron four's, washington correspondent alexandra limon joins us live from washington tonight with the very latest on this. alex. >> pam, ken, good evening. supreme court arguments are driven by the questions from the justices and today justice sonia sotomayor focus some of her questions on whether the supreme court can survive the appearance of political bias in this case. >> justice sonia sotomayor says mississippi passed since 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 the public perception attorney julie rikelman and the u.s. solicitor general argued
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against mississippi's ban this case is about 50 years of precedent. >> that women's basic equality 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 to 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 like to focus on the 15 week ban because that's. >> not a dramatic departure from viability.
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>> now if the supreme court does overturn roe many conservative states already have trigger laws on the books that would automatically implement stricter abortion bans live in washington. alexandra limon. alexandra, thank you for that developing news tonight out of michigan. a 4th student has died after being wounded in a school shooting 7 other people were hurt in yesterday's rampage. kron four's grant lotus is in our newsroom tonight with more on this story. grant. >> well, ken and pam, the teenage suspect has been identified as ethan crumbly. he now faces 2 dozen charges and will be tried as an adult. police say the 15 year-old suspect stepped out of a bathroom yesterday and started shooting people at random in the hallway. you know. he said growth red flag. >> this here is cell phone video capturing some of the horror on campus students
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grabbing scissors for self-defense. some of them escaping out of classroom windows like you saw there, more than 109. 1, 1, calls were made yesterday. students barricaded themselves in classrooms, putting their desks up against doors. one bullet actually pierce. one of the desks. the students phoned for help even using the loudspeaker at times the shooter fired at least 15 to 20 shots. meanwhile, as we mentioned, a 4th victim has died from his wounds today. a short time before the charges weretannounced. these 3 victims died yesterday. another 7 people were injured, 6 students and a teacher. it happened yesterday. michigan's oxford high school just about 30 minutes north of detroit. police say this was a planned act. >> i agree with the charges that have been levied. i agree with holding this individual wholly and completely responsible for the deplorable tragic event that occurred by choice and charging this individual as an adult.
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>> they believe he acted alone. the sheriff also say that video showing students barricaded in a classroom with the suspect trying to get in this view. they say that's not what was going on. sheriff says it was not the suspect at the door trying to get in. but likely a plainclothes detective who is probably speaking it away to make the students feel more comfortable. he says that's likely why that plainclothes detective use the term bro, but that the term actually, in fact made the students suspect. it was the shooter. so it didn't work just a chaotic scene. and you can understand why the students were reluctant to let anybody in the young shooter was using a semiautomatic gun purchased by his dad just 4 days ago. it's not clear exactly how the team got his hands on the gun. according to police. 2.15 round magazines were found at the scene. investigators still don't know the specific motive for the shooting. his parents have hired an attorney and are
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not commenting. that is the latest from the newsroom. ken, pam, back to you. still a lot more to learn. thank you. grant san jose. officials are saying they're outraged as 2 suspects of a homicide. >> walking freely tonight after being released without bail 27 year-old efron and tourists and 26 year-old alfred castillo are suspected to be involved in a fatal shooting that killed a man on halloween. both of them were arrested the next day after an investigation and faces charges of suspicion of homicide. casteel was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and being an accessory to homicide. in a statement released late last night. san jose mayor sam liccardo says, quote, i appreciate the purpose of bail reform, but releasing a homicide suspect without bail is outrageous. the pendulum has swung too far and that's our neighborhoods and endure the most crime that suffer as a result. >> well, there was a beautiful day today. i mean, just a great day and it looks like a beautiful night as we look out at this live picture over the
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san francisco chief meteorologist lawrence karnow here to tell these pleasant night. you're going to continue. yeah. not for much longer. i think we're going to see a couple more. but today was probably the peak of the heat. this was something else. well, today. >> we had around the bay area record breaking heat out there. sun setting on what was a gorgeous day outside and yeah, the temperatures they're amazing. san francisco checked in at 73 degrees breaking the old record. 75 in san jose 73 degrees in oakland. 70 in canfield tied the record there. the sfo airport at 70 degrees and had a record high of 80 degrees most these are records that were broken or setback in the 1950's outside right now. still very comfortable temperatures. look at the civic a 66 degrees. it is 64 in san jose. still 66 in san francisco. 68 and tear on some place to start to cool off inland, 54 degrees and fairfield now 55 in petaluma. but here we high pressure still overhead and have that offshore wind, that dry
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sinking air that led to the very warm temperatures around the bay area. but starting to see a change in the weather pattern now on starting talk about the should still get that real offshore wind that offshore winds going. we can only offshore inland probably get a little bit of suddenly surge fog along the coastline. you can see creeping up along the coastline right now. the public moves in by tomorrow and that will mean some cooler temperatures around the bay area overnight lows. you're looking at chilly numbers out there still feeling like a fall 40's for overnight lows. in fact, low 40's in the north bay by day tomorrow. still warm in inland. you'll still see some mid 70's in places like a san jose about 73 in fremont, about 68 degrees in oakland. 68 also in the san francisco. but in the coming days, those temperatures start to cool down more so in fact, the clouds gather bit over the weekend. more clouds on monday leading to a chance of showers monday night and into tuesday. >> thank you, lawrence. still ahead, a big moment for a bay area. mother who was an organ transplant. recipient the transplant. recipient the honor [ding dong]
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to go in and get checked up more and more people are finding that they have medical issues, some of which could require a transplant earlier this year. hilda martinez of richmond discovered during a routine checkup that she needed to have a kidney transplant. she was able to find a donor in august. she received a new kidney. she's doing very well on wednesday. oversee pmc sutter health on van ness here in san francisco. they announced that she is going to be sponsored to ride in a float in the rose parade in january. the float is dedicated towards raising awareness about organ donation to get the word out that hate donation is what we need to do to get people like hill treated and hilda and her family are also encouraging people to be organ donors i think is very i we didn't know. i didn't know. so now >> sign up already is that places that though, to be out on arch. now the rose parade is on january. first of next year. of course. and the float that hilda will be writing on
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>> our top story tonight, state health officials expecting more cases of the omicron variant to be detected in california. kron four's capitol bureau reporter ashley zavala explains how state leaders are responding to the first case that was 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 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 identioy in this state because of those efforts to be well
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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 those efforts, including vaccinations and booster shots at a school in a county with one of california's lowest vaccination rates. said county. the governor and health officials wednesday urging those who need either to get it now. and the evidence that individual with omicron identified by sequencing.

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