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Mostly sunny, highs in the 60s
The chance for storms in our are quickly diminishes through this morning, then mostly sunny this afternoon. Very strong west-southwest wind becoming 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph through most of the day. High near 67. Cold front in the early morning hours drops highs to the lower 50s Friday and Saturday, lows near freezing expected. The wind will be breezy tonight 10-20 mph changing to the north, then becoming easterly and dropping to around 15 mph Friday. Temperatures back in the 70s for next week.
A third case of coronavirus now confirmed in Lubbock
The city hasn't released any details on the case. But there is new information about the first two cases. Texas Tech officials confirm one was a Tech student who was evacuated from Europe while on study abroad. That student broke quarantine when he or she returned. Anyone who may have visited the Lubbock airport between 8:45 pm and 9:15 pm and Rosas Cafe on 4th and Quaker from 9:30 pm until 11 pm on Sunday may have been exposed. The restaurant is closed for cleaning and inspections. The city health department wants you to call in if you were there and develop a cough, shortness of breath, and fever by Sunday the 29th.
Mayor Dan Pope also intensifying the city's disaster declaration
Starting this afternoon, public gatherings limited to no more than fifty people. That's significantly less than the 200 the mayor initially approved earlier this week but he says the situation has evolved since then. The original order also provided 19 exceptions to the gathering rules. Those have been slashed as well.
The Diocese of Lubbock canceling all public masses starting today
Lubbock Bishop Robert Coerver made the announcement by video earlier today. Church buildings will stay open for those who want to worship individually. Masses will be made available through live streaming. For information on resources provided by the diocese and other updates we have a link in the FOX34 news app.
Lubbock Christian University has extended spring break for one week
Residence halls will reopen for students starting March 29th. Classes will resume through distance learning starting on the 30th. All classes will be online until further notice. Staff and faculty will be back March 23rd. While Lubbock, Lubbock-Cooper, and Frenship ISD extended spring break a week for students, staff are working on transitioning schooling materials to online. Lubbock ISD will announce the next steps and if schools will switch to online learning by next Wednesday the 25th.
Small businesses are feeling the impact of the coronavirus
Many forced into layoffs and dipping into savings. To try and help many of these small businesses, Governor Abbott issued a new waiver that will allow these restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages along with food purchases. So these businesses that have mixed drink permits will be able to deliver beer, wine and mixed drinks but it must be part of a food order.
Governor Abbott has issued a proclamation suspending a specific part of the state's election code
City and county governments may now postpone elections scheduled for May to November. That includes Lubbock's municipal and school board elections and the county's run-off elections in May. Federal election day is November 3rd. In step with the governor's announcement, Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs has released an election advisory to provide guidance through the process of postponing the elections. The Lubbock County elections office has not postponed anything.
President Trump also signed a relief package into law targeting businesses and workers
The $100 billion-plus bill will boost testing for the virus and guarantee paid sick leave for millions of workers hit by it. Federal officials now focusing on the trump administration's $1 trillion plan to stabilize a national economy. The plan's centerpiece is $500 billion to start issuing direct payments to Americans by early next month
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