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coming up at 5:00, back in class and making it work. an exclusive look at how one school is doing in-person learning and how it could be a model for others. plus, a high school becomes a new vaccination site in santa clara county. and people hit hard by the virus are now feeling a little bit of hope. and new data confirms a single dose of johnson & johnson's vaccine is safe. so what happens now? also ahead, action on police reform in two bay area cities. what's been approved and what still needs to be done. plus contra costa county confirms it is intensifying its search for a coyote now that the same one has bitten a fifth person. >> announcer: building a better bay area, for a safe and secure future. this is abc 7 news. and good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm ama daetz. thank you so much for joining
us. we begin with the very loud debate about safely reopening public schools in the bay area. even as covid case numbers are dropping and counties move into less restrictive tiers. now one east bay district is hoping to be a model for others, especially when it comes to bringing back older students. in a story only on 7, abc 7 news reporter laura anthony shows us how it's happening from the inside out. >> are we back? those of you on zoom. all right. what else do we have? >> reporter: orinda teacher michelle penny knows all about multitasking to meet the realities of teaching sixth-graders in person and remotely at the same time. >> the one thing that makes it really manageable is the awesome students that we have. they are resilient, they are flexible, they are patient. >> reporter: we were able to record the class from a safe distance through an open door. >> what do they have? >> reporter: it's an age group all the way up through high school that's proved challenging to bring back in person.
>> we currently have three cohorts, a, b, and c. the as and bs are in hybrid, so they come back every other day. >> it took many meetings. i believe it was over 30 meetings. >> reporter: the plan, developed with orinda's employee unions, includes plexiglass, masks, hand washing, distancing, improved ventilation and cleaning in every classroom. there's also weekly covid testing for staff and teachers. >> this was not about money. we actually got a lot less money from the state and federal government than many other districts and have had to use some additional money that might have gone to supply -- instructional supplies. >> reporter: part of the strategy here is to identify which areas of campus not to use. for instance, this hallway is closed to students. they must enter these classrooms from the outside. ♪ i'll see you there ♪ ♪ i see you ♪ anything that could be considered higher risk like
choral practice has been moved outside. still, for many of these sixth-graders being back in class has been a welcome change. >> it's pretty hard to make new friends on zoom. that's why it's really convenient to get to go back to school because you get to meet the new friends you made. >> reporter: in orinda laura anthony, abc 7 news. today san francisco advanced to the next phase of vaccine distribution. that means teachers, childcare workers, food and grocery workers and emergency workers as well are now eligible to receive the shot. residents can sign up for an the city is reminding people that even if you are eligible vaccine doses are still limited. san francisco is averaging about 4,000 vaccinations per day at this point. and by the end of the week santa clara county will have nine covid-19 vaccination sites strategically placed throughout the county. today officials opened a new clinic in gilroy, one of the bay
area cities hardest hit by the virus. abc 7 news reporter chris nguyen has the story. >> reporter: this afternoon a new covid-19 vaccination site is bringing hope to a community that's been devastated by the pandemic. >> it's kind of the center of the community. everybody knows where geary high is. >> reporter: as a way to serve the southern portion of santa clara county, residents can now get vaccinated at gilroy high school. it's a convenient spot, especially for those who don't want to make the drive to the mass vaccination site at levi's stadium or other county-run clinics in san jose. >> every aspect of our gilroy community has been impacted by covid-19 because of the high community transmission rate. so the ability to do something about that really feels good. >> reporter: according to the county, more than 12% of gilroy residents have tested positive for the virus. the majority of whom are connected to the latino community. and not too far away in morgan hill more than 7% of residents have had covid-19. >> and having outreach teams on the ground building that trust, being able to answer questions
about vaccine hesitancy and then having a location right here locally, all of that together is a package strategy. >> reporter: this site is expected to operate out of the gilroy high school gymnasium through the middle of the summer and could eventually scale up to vaccinate nearly 2,000 people a day. >> very, very happy. about time. we've been wanting this for a while. >> reporter: this weekend the county will expand vaccine eligibility to certain sectors of essential workers. >> like seeing all of these people here getting vaccinations, it's so hopeful that we are maybe hopefully nearing the end of what's been a really hard year for so many people. >> reporter: the county's building out the infrastructure to vaccinate as many people as possible but is ultimately controlled by the supply provided by the state. in gilroy chris nguyen, abc 7 news. today the fda announced a third coronavirus vaccine meets requirements to be authorized for emergency use in the u.s. the fda says johnson & johnson is safe, leaving just one more
hurdle to clear before it would become available along with pfizer and moderna reporter mandy gator has more. >> reporter: it's another step closer to a third covid-19 vaccine in the u.s. in a new analysis the fda says there were no specific safety concerns identified in the one-dose johnson & johnson vaccine, paving the way for recommending authorization during an advisory committee meeting set for friday. >> if the eua is issued, we anticipate allocating 3 to 4 million doses of johnson & johnson vaccine next week. >> reporter: the johnson & johnson vaccine is different than the others now on the u.s. market. it doesn't have to be frozen and is made by taking a small amount of genetic material that codes for a piece of coronavirus and integrating it with an altered, weakened version of a common cold virus, allowing it to enter cells but not replicate itself and make people sick. the immune system will then
react against these pieces of the coronavirus, offering protection for those who get the shot. the fda analysis shows this vaccine has a lower efficacy than the others. nearly 67% effective against moderate to severe covid-19 at least two weeks after the shot. >> what is the goal of the vaccine? to prevent you from getting really sick, needing hospitalizations and death. and this vaccine seems to work pretty well in that regard. >> reporter: i'm mandy gaither. new details. we just learned san francisco could enter the state's red reopening tier by next wednesday. mayor london breed tweeted the news just in the past 30 minutes, saying the city is seeing continued improvement in the required covid-19 health indicators. under the red tier more businesses could reopen but mayor breed reminds people this is not a sign that we can let our guard down. san mateo and marin counties officially jumped from the purple tier into the red at midnight. that means indoor dining, gyms and movie theaters can reopen for the first time in months
with limit -- >> and people lined up -- go ahead, ama. i'm sorry. you're back. >> that's okay. sorry about that. cinemark says this friday it's reopening a few theaters at 25% capacity in marin and san mateo counties. they include century northgate in san rafael, redwood downtown in redwood city, and century theater in san bruno. a few others open the following friday. of course masks are still required. and developing news in antioch. police are investigating the shooting of a heroic customer inside a target store. sky 7 was overhead about 2:30 this afternoon. target tells us the customer was trying to stop two people who had tried to rob the pharmacy. one of the suspects then shot the customer in the leg. that customer is in the hospital. investigators have not given an update on the customer's condition or whether those suspects were caught. we'll keep you updated on that. a new task force in oakland aimed at reimagining public safety has released its first
draft of recommendations on ways to do so. here's abc 7 news anchor liz kreutz with more on the proposals including some that would take funding and tasks away from the police department. >> reporter: in oakland efforts are under way to reimagine public safety. a new task force comprised of 17 community leaders and dozens of volunteers has released their first report with 114 recommendations for policing. some of which would redistribute funding from oakland pd into other community groups. today organizers with the defund oakland police coalition responded with phrase. >> i am overjoyed by what w whaw got. >> reporter: of the 114 recommendations the group highlighted ones they believed would be most effective. among them number 59, which would remove police from handling most routine traffic stops, a policy berkeley is in the policy of adopting. they also support number 60, which would provide non-police responses to mental health crises. the group said there are six
recommendations they strongly do not support, most notably number 63, which would give neighborhoods the power to determine the level of roving police patrols. >> this recommendation does not live up to the task force's goal of reimagining public safety as it's simply encouraging a continued reliance on a broken system of policing that fails our communities. >> reporter: city council president nicky fortuna bass is co-chair of the task force and says they are welcoming input like that from oaklanders. a listening session will take place march 9th. councilman noel gallo who represents the fruitvale neighborhood he's skeptical of? recommendations to defund the police. >> they have to live in reality. right now in oakland there's a lack of police presence and the reality is we have to protect our children and families. >> reporter: the city council will vote on the final recommendations in april. liz kreutz, abc 7 news. berkeley's mayor and city council voted last night to pass
groundbreaking police reforms. they eliminate traffic stops for low-level offenses like not wearing a seat belt or having expired license tags, require written consent for searches, prevent police from asking for parole or probation status, potentially allow officers to be fired for racist social media posts, and create an early intervention system to retrain biased officers. berkeley's police union says they were not consulted about the new policies and claim the reforms will make the community less safe. an all-out effort is under way in the east bay to track and trap a coyote that's attacked five people over the last eight months. >> it's quite strange. wildlife tend to be afraid of people. >> they tend to be. warning signs are now up and animal control officers are patrolling neighborhoods in moraga and lafayette searching for the coyote. dna has linked the same animal to all the attacks, which began last july, but have picked up in
recent months. four people have been bitten since december. the most recent last friday near a lafayette convenience store. what makes this situation even more unusual is there haven't been any reports of attacks on small pets. >> while it's tragic and we never want that to happen, that is a little bit more normal behavior, for a coyote to hunt something smaller than it and in a closer species rather than a human. >> animal control officers suggest you carry a walking stick or even an unbrela when you're out for a walk to help create space between you and the animal. if you do see a coyote get to safety in your home or vehicle, then call authorities, especially the department of fish and wildlife, which is responsible for trapping the animals. still ahead, the impact of tiger woods's injuries on his golf career.
we have new information for you tonight on tiger woods's crash. the sheriff's department says his crash was clearly an accident and that woods will not face any kind of criminal charges. woods remains in the hospital recovering from significant broken bones in his legs. in a statement surgeons said they had to insert rods, screws and pins to stabilize everything. and while certainly everyone is glad that tiger woods is going to be okay his injuries seriously cloud his future as a golfer, which of course is secondary to his life. at least he survived this terrible accident. but a lot of people will wonder if he can get back to the pga tour. and joining us now is orthopedic surgeon dr. john belzer with california pacific orthopedics. john, thanks for coming on. really appreciate it. >> thank you. so -- well, thank you for inviting me. i do want to bring to everybody's attention that tiger as you mentioned is very lucky to be alive. if you look at the wreckage of his automobile it was quite significant. and if you think about the degree of energy it takes to create that kind of damage to a
car he's lucky to walk away with just a right leg injury. >> what does the statement from his surgeon tell you about the severity of the injuries, the screws and pins and everything that need to be done to stabilize his bones? >> so likely what happened is as he was in the process of the accident he put his foot on the brake and tried to stabilize himself and that's why all the impact was loaded onto that right leg. but again, that energy goes through the foot and the ankle and then through the tippia. at? point that fails. so he fractured all three of those areas of his leg. what we do know is he suffered a comminuted fracture of the tibia, which is the main leg bone. i brought a model along here. here's the main leg bone. he had fractures involving that entire segment of the lower leg. a comminuted fracture means multiple segments, not just two fractures. it can be more than three fracture fragments that come from that one bone. below that the tibia extends down to the ankle joint and it
matches up with the financiala down here. he fractured parts of the ankle which distorted the functionality of that joint and the foot bones were injured as well. what those surgeons did was they took a rod. this is a real rod we put in. what hatched is an incision in the knee joint and this rod gets slipped and down inside the bone, which is obviously hollow, to allow that rod to be inserted. that stabilizes the tibia much the same way a paper towel rod. and the financial fibula bone bs much smaller what you'll use is a plate like you see here to stabilize the fracture with pins and screws. >> do those stay in permanently once they're inserted or do they come out eventually? >> well, there's really no need to take them out. if they're uncomfortable, we
will. some of these instruments i've shown you here were taken out because they cause? localized discomfort. but they don't need to come out. >> what kind of recovery do patients with these kinds of injuries that you've so clearly described for us face normally? >> it really kind of depends on the severity of each of these injuries. a tibia fracture in the middle portion of the tibia, if that heals the tibia is basically a bone that connects the knee joint to the ankle joint. where you really are worried is at the joint levels themselves. so what you're really concerned about with tiger is going to be his right ankle joint. once that fracture heals it's going to be the ankle and the foot that's really going to give him issues as he recovers. the other issue that you have to think about in the short term with tiger is this was an open fracture. and what that means when you talk about an open fracture is that the bone came through the skin at some point. and that desterilized that area of the injury. risk of infection is much higher.
>> yeah, we've got to run. but obviously that does introduce the real risk of infection. dr. john belzer with california pacific orthopedics. great explanation. thank you very much. should point out that tiger woods's recovery if he is to recover as a top-level golfer is one thing. just the average person how you and i might recover is a very different matter but whether he can recover and play at a top level again remains to be seen. thank you, dr. belzer. >> thank you, dan. all right. well, coming up here, the new push to get self-driving cars on the road i great day on the lake! it is. lunch is cookin'! and i saved a bunch of money on my boat insurance with geico. fellas, can it get any better than this? whoa! my old hairstyle grew back.
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now over the higher terrain. mount diablo north wind 43 miles an hour. 32 mount hood. at the lower elevations not nearly as strong. but it is still gusty. 26 in santa rosa. i want to show you the wind advisory that's up until 4:00 a.m. tomorrow for the higher elevations, in effect for the valleys until 10:00 p.m. tonight. there's still a possibility these strong gusty winds could take down power lines and trees. so definitely be careful if you're going to be out and about, maybe getting? fresh air today. live doppler 7 showing you the lack of rain. we're still behind. temperatures have dropped today even though it was really mild and numbers were in the low 60s to low 70s. it is 10 degrees cooler in concord and livermore right now compared to yesterday at this time. here's a beautiful view from our mount taro the bay there clear skies,around oakland, san jose 69 degrees. and from our san jose camera looking at lots of sunshine there. 67 in santa rosa. currently 64 in fairfield and 65
degrees in livermore. one last slide picture from our golden gate bridge camera nothing but blue skies. gusty in the hills overnight tonight. lighter winds tomorrow afternoon. and we are looking at a dry sunny pattern through the weekend. hour by hour those winds continue to remain gusty tonight. you will notice even at 8:00 p.m. 45-mile-an-hour winds over fairfield. then they ease but still breezy tomorrow morning. they'll completely die down as we head toward tomorrow afternoon around lunch hour. so breezy morning temperatures 30s, 40s with some high clouds tomorrow. and then for the afternoon you are looking at readings that will range from the upper 50s to the low 70s, a mix of sun and high clouds, especially toward the south and the east bay. here's a look at the accuweather seven-day forecast. breezy in the hills in the morning mild and sunny as we head into the weekend but those gusty winds will return on saturday. sunday's a little warmer and then we'll cool it around the middle of
future of these vehicles. >> reporter: this is what it's like to ride in a fully autonomous vehicle with no human at the steering wheel. waymo gave us a live ride on public roads in the phoenix area where they've been doing trials since 2018. on the left is the live camera feed recorded at midday. on the right a user interface or display for the passenger with a graphic look at other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists the sensors and cameras are picking up. the motivation to develop this kej is to address this reality. each year there are 1.3 million deaths worldwide. 94% of crashes are due to driving error or human factors such as distracted driving or drowsiness. waymo is expanding its san francisco trial to allow employee volunteers to ride in the back seat. san francisco poses unique challenges compared to phoenix. >> with hills you have to think about up and down a little bit more too, make sure you can see high enough to see the person coming down the hill. so we've designed our system to
account for those types of things. >> reporter: supplemented by off-road and simulated testing, waymo has done 40,000 tests to fine-tune the detection of pedestrians. a review of waymo accidents filed with dmv indicates minor incidents such as low-speed rear-end collisions over the past two years. one involving a bicyclist with no injury. waymo says they're also focusing on what they call turbo peds, people on scooters. >> they move very quickly like a cyclist. so we're adapting our perception system to account for things like that to basically be able to predict that people move quickly and can emerge from a group of pedestrians. >> reporter: developing and testing continues. david louie, abc 7 news. >> well, clearly, ama, they have a long way to go but they're making amazing progress. and if we can land -- get a rover to land itself on mars 300 million miles away we probably can figure this out. >> i think you're right about that, dan. all right. that is going to do it for us
tonight, the major news on a new vaccine. the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine here in the u.s. tonight, the new report from the fda, showing the one-shot vaccine is safe and effective. 86% effective at preventing severe illness here in the u.s. 100% effective at preventing hospitalizations or deaths. so tonight, with emergency use authorization likely coming within days, how this will likely help vaccinate more americans a bit sooner. dr. jha is here on that tonight, and what you need to know about this particular vaccine. also, new reporting tonight on tiger woods. the surgery, what was done to help save his shattered right leg, his ankle, his foot. new images from tmz tonight showing a car like the one he was driving justom