Good Day Lubbock: Friday, March 20 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Friday, March 20

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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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Cooler next few days with rain possible

Cold front dropping our morning temperatures in the 30s, highs will be in the lower 50s. The wind is still breezy but it calms after noon. Clouds increase overnight with the low near freezing. A chance for light showers in our area Saturday with highs dropping to the upper 40s. A quick climb in temperatures with highs in the low 70s Sunday.

Third COVID-19 case in Lubbock travel-related

The City of Lubbock reports the third infected person made their diagnosis public on social media and is between the ages of 40 and 50 years old. Those posts are now gone. Like the first two confirmed cases, this one is also travel-related. The Health Department is working to contact anyone that could have been in contact with the individual on or after March 12. They are being asked to self quarantine. For everyone else, the recommendation remains the same: social distancing.

Levelland, Hockley Co. issue disaster declaration

There is now a second person diagnosed in Hockley County. Not much is known yet about this new case. Levelland Mayor Barbra Pinner, along with several communities, issued an immediate disaster declaration yesterday, following the diagnosis of the first person. Hockley County canceled large group gatherings of more than 50 people, including churches. The first patient diagnosed in the county is said to be in good condition and is expected to be released at any time. 

161 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, three deaths in Texas

There are now at least 161 confirmed cases in Texas. Three people in the state have died from the illness. There are at least 27 counties where it's been identified. Texas has issued a state-wide public health disaster. Gyms, bars, restaurants and schools will be closed across the entire state. You also can't visit nursing homes or long term care facilities unless you're providing critical care. 

COVID-19 drive-thru testing site now open

As the nation ramps up its testing, so is Lubbock. Covenant and U.M.C. are working in tandem to help make sure health professionals are ready to combat COVID-19. U.M.C. has set up a drive-thru testing area at its main campus. There are no upfront costs, but people are warned if they are not exhibiting symptoms such as fever, dry cough or shortness of breath, they will be turned away. They will also test patients for flu and strep. You are asked to bring your insurance card if you have one and self-isolate until results return in a few days from the Austin Testing Facility.

Police to enforce public gathering restrictions

If will be up to Police Departments to enforce restrictions within city limits and deputies beyond that. Mayor Pope says L.P.D. would likely treat it like any other loud noise or over crowding call. That will start with non-confrontational solutions, but in the end, the Mayor says the police would have to deal with it. Lubbock Police ask you to call the non-emergency line if you suspect a gathering that would break restrictions. 

Texas Tech closes residence halls

Texas Tech is asking its students who reside on campus to move out by the end of Sunday. This is for students who signed up to stay during Spring Break. Students who have left for Spring Break must sign up between March 23 and May 15 to retrieve their belongings. It will not provide cleaning supplies or moving carts for students. Emergency housing will be considered on a case by case basis to students who are currently living on campus.

Texas Tech graduation canceled

Texas Tech has canceled its May graduation ceremonies. Commencement was originally planned for May 15 and May 16. The school is working on plans to hold a virtual ceremony to be streamed online. The University adds it will provide the opportunity for those graduates to participate in a future face to face ceremony at August Commencement if it is safe to do so.

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