California braces for likely COVID-19 lockdowns

Gov. Gavin Newsom said if the ICU capacities in any of the state’s five regions fall below 15%, the area will go into a three-week stay-at-home order.
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to have you with us here on a Thursday night. And we witnessed one of the most difficult days yet in the pandemic. The deadliest 24 hours since this pandemic began. The highest new number of cases since this pandemic began. California telling residents to prepare forential lockdowns once again. And late today, President-Elect Joe Biden making news, saying he's asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to stay on in the same role in the Biden administration. And Biden saying when he's inaugurated, he'll ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days to help save lives. Tonight, more than 14 million Americans have now tested positive. More than 192,000 new cases in just the past 24 hours. And as I mentioned, more than 100,000 new fighting this virus in the hospital. Deaths now surpassing the peak last spring. At least 275,000 American lives now lost. Tonight, California's governor with that warning, that there could very well be new lockdowns in areas where icus are close to capacity. Most businesses will shut down, including in-person dining and hair salons. Delaware's governor issuing a univeral mask mandate. In parts of Ohio tonight, they're now asking for more mobile morgues. We have it all covered this evening, including new reporting, as well, on pfizer's vaccine and concerns they had over the supply chain. So, we begin with ABC's whit Johnson right here in New York. Reporter: Tonight, the governor of California says he is pulling the "Emergency brake," warning the state's 40 million residents to brace for likely lockdowns in just days. We did not anticipate having to do this once again, but we really all need to step up. We need to meet this moment head-on and we need to do everything we can to stem the tide, to bend the curve. Reporter: A three-week stay at home order triggered when icu capacity below 15%. Businesses like bars, wineries, hair so Lons would close. Any in-person schools could stay open, along with limited retail takeout at restaurants. As California braces for potential lockdown, President-Elect Biden making news, saying he has talked to Dr. Anthony Fauci, asking him to stay on. I asked him to be a chief medical adviser and be part of the covid team. Reporter: The President-Elect saying his inclination on inauguration Americans to wear masks for 100 days. In the first day I'm inaugust rated, to say I'm going to ask the public for 100 days, to mask. Just 0 days. To mask. Not forever. 100 days. And I think we'll see a significant reduction. Reporter: This, as the nation plunging into the darkest days of the pandemic. More than 2,700 American lives lost in just 24 hours. And this stunning admission from the director of the CDC. This nation was severely underprepared for this pandemic. And I think we have to call it the way it is. Reporter: Morgues around the country starting to run out of room. Stark county, Ohio, bringing a refrigerated trailer as covid deaths climb. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we became completely filled out here at the morgue. Reporter: And hospitals bursting at the sales. At least 100,000 people now hospitalized with covid, a new record. It's because of this virus, Mys are full of covid patients, I can't deal with those patients that need me when they come in with acute heart we don't have staffing, so forever, we don't have beds. Reporter: The CDC extending its travel warning through the end of the year, pleading with people to stay home. Cases surge, the holiday season rush on testing continues. This drive through testing site in norwalling, California. Many of the cars here lined up hours before the Gates even opened. Now you're seeing the numbers tick up again, correct? Absolutely. The numbers are going back up and we know that's because of people were exposed and they're finding out through contact acing that they might be at risk. Reporter: In Oklahoma, icu nurse lizanne Jennings lost her mother and husband to the virus within three days of each other. I'm an icu nurse and I save all these people and I couldn't save my own family. Reporter: Lizanne laywith her husband Dennis in his final moments. I'm going to let you go now, and he said, "Uh-huh." And I said, "You're going to be in peace." We have to remember the families every night here of. Whit is here with us live this evening. And we know late today that President-Elect Joe Biden was also asked if he would take the vaccine and when? Reporter: David, the President-Elect Joe Biden says if Dr. Anthony Fauci tells him it's safe, that he would get the vaccine and he'd be happy to do it publicly, following the model of his predecessors, three formpresidents, Obama, bush and Clinton all reportedly saying they would be willing to get it publicly, as well. This is all an effort to try to communicate with the American public that the vaccine would be safe and critical to ending this pandemic. David? All right, whit Johnson live here in New York leading us off. Whit, thank you.

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