Good Day Lubbock: Friday, March 13 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Friday, March 13

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Good morning!   Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.    

  

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Rain lets up then leads to a chance of storms

Rain this morning will lighten into the early afternoon, then a chance for storms until early AM hours Saturday. Some strong storms possible with heavy downpours and hail possible. Temperatures cool today in the 40s and lower 50s. Rain chance end from west to east tonight and mostly sunny Saturday with highs climbing to the upper 60s and 70s. More rain on the way into next week with storms possible Sunday and temperatures drop to the 50s.

 

The spread of the coronavirus and the efforts to contain it have led to things we just haven't seen before

Major events canceled, attractions like Disney World and Broadway closed and schools making significant changes. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our area. UMC confirms it has two pending tests. The first test conducted last week returned negative. No other details released. UMC is waiting for the other test results from the Texas Tech lab. It's part of the CDC's "laboratory response network" capable of testing for the virus. The health department suggests it's only a matter of time until the virus reaches our area.The spread of the coronavirus and the efforts to contain it have led to things we just haven't seen before. Major events canceled, attractions like Disney World and Broadway closed and schools making significant changes. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our area. UMC confirms it has two pending tests. The first test conducted last week returned negative. No other details released. UMC is waiting for the other test results from the Texas Tech lab. It's part of the CDC's "laboratory response network" capable of testing for the virus. The health department suggests it's only a matter of time until the virus reaches our area.

 

Tech cancels classes and moves to online platform


In an abundance of caution, despite no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in students, faculty or staff, Texas Tech has canceled classes for the week after spring break. It'll move to online classes after that. The fear is that students would leave campus for spring break and come back with the virus. Staff is expected to report to work as usual. Trying to make the transition to online seamless, the university has provided resources and workshops for teachers. Texas Tech has more than 100 students studying abroad.  The school has paid for each to come home.dorms and the library will stay open. The university is discouraging any large gatherings on campus limited to 50 people. As far as graduation, Texas Tech leaders are discussing four scenarios and will announce the solution by the end of the month.

 

South Plains College is following Texas Tech and extending its spring break an extra week

Then, it's taking an unconventional approach, by transitioning most but not all classes online, for the time being. Wayland-Baptist has also transitioned to online classes until April 6th. LCU will delay the start of classes after spring break until Wednesday the 25th.  Both Plainview and New Deal ISD have canceled classes today, but most grade schools will remain on schedule.

 

Moves by local districts in the midst of coronavirus


In a joint statement, Lubbock ISD, Lubbock-Cooper and Frenship maintained their administrations are "closely monitoring the situation and tracking information provided by local, state and national healthcare providers." While students are out for spring break, they will also "heighten the level of cleaning" to prepare for their return. Taking one step further, Lubbock ISD announced a "travel ban" on all school sanctioned travel. Through June 30th, no travel out of state or past a 200 mile radius outside the city will be allowed.


Starting Monday, all public schools in New Mexico are suspending classes for three weeks

This announcement from the public education department follows six confirmed cases of the virus throughout the state. The city of Hobbs has canceled all events expecting more than 100 people. It's part of the state's containment efforts. That includes art and civic sporting events. The "core" facility is limiting participation to 100 people at a time, each for only an hour. We have a list of specifics and a letter from the mayor in the FOX34 news app.

 

The Lubbock airport is stepping up its cleaning policies

It has put up posters and flyers throughout the building to encourage hygiene. Hand sanitizers are stocked and placed throughout the concourse. The full time custodians are continuously cleaning the facility 18 hours a day. The airport hasn't announced any other disruptions or changes to procedure.

 

 In Lubbock, more than 20% of children younger than 5 live in poverty

Most don't have access to high-quality, affordable child care. The organization "Children at Risk," along with Lubbock-area United Way and South Plains Workforce Solutions are working to improve the quality of and access to childhood education for low-income families. The organizations hosted a round table discussion to determine solutions that will ensure the millions of dollars being allocated to early education produce positive results. One way - to encourage more facilities to become certified by the state's quality rating improvement system known as the Texas Rising Star. This is the sixth stop of a nine-city Texas tour. In Lubbock, more than 20% of children younger than 5 live in poverty. Most don't have access to high-quality, affordable child care. The organization "Children at Risk," along with Lubbock-area United Way and South Plains Workforce Solutions are working to improve the quality of and access to childhood education for low-income families. The organizations hosted a round table discussion to determine solutions that will ensure the millions of dollars being allocated to early education produce positive results. One way - to encourage more facilities to become certified by the state's quality rating improvement system known as the Texas Rising Star. This is the sixth stop of a nine-city Texas tour. 


A candidate asking for a recount of the votes from Super Tuesday

Lee Ann Dumbauld says she'll request the official recount after Terence Kovar clinched a majority of votes earlier this week. That was the final unofficial count including provisional and absentee ballots. The count will re performed next week. If the tally doesn't change, Kovar would take the majority by two votes once the county certifies the results. If the tally causes Kovar to lose two votes there will be a run-off in May.

 

Look Around Lubbock: New Wine Tasting Room in Lubbock historical building

Meredith Aldis gets a look at the new room that combines wine and history, thanks to Burklee Hill's Winery.

 

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