UPDATED: Lubbock up to 8 COVID-19 cases - FOX34 Lubbock

UPDATED: Lubbock up to 8 COVID-19 cases

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The City of Lubbock health department confirms eight positive COVID-19 cases among Lubbock County residents, as of 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The city reports with increased availability of testing through private labs, new cases are being identified in the area.

All three of the newest cases reported Saturday afternoon were tested at the UMC drive-thru clinic. Another case was reported earlier Saturday morning. Of the four new reports Saturday, one person traveled out of the country, one person was exposed to another known COVID-19 case and two others were yet to be determined.

Further down the page you will find a list of potential public exposure sites, all listed as low-risk. There is also the information the health department can release about each person in these cases.

The count can be somewhat confusing to this point, since one of the cases reported earlier this week in Lubbock is a resident of Hockley County. Hockley County also reported another case Saturday morning, bringing its total to three.

City of Lubbock coronavirus web page

The city's health department is now separating reports of Lubbock County residents from cases it handles of other county's residents. Based on the multiple agencies that have reported to FOX34, the count currently stands at:

Lubbock County: 8
Hockley County: 3
Lea County, NM: 1

The health department will continue to monitor people who have tested positive, under CDC guidelines. The city reports the department's disease surveillance team will continue working to make sure the public remains at a low risk of contracting COVID-19.

Across Texas the count of confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 300 Saturday, up from 200 Friday. Five people in the state have died from the coronavirus. New Mexico reports 57 positive COVID-19 cases.

Lubbock case information

Below is a list of each Lubbock County case, when each case was publicly reported, age of the person and how they were exposed to COVID-19.

Case 1 - Reported March 17 - Age 15-25 - Traveled out of the country
Case 3 - Reported March 18 - Age 40-50 - Traveled out of the country
Case 4 - Reported March 20 - Age 30-40 - Traveled out of the country
Case 5 - Reported March 20 - Age 15-25 - Exposure to be determined
Case 6 - Reported March 21 - Age 40-50 - Traveled out of the country
Case 7 - Reported March 21 - Age 40-50 - Exposure to a known COVID-19 case
Case 8 - Reported March 21 - Age 50-60 - Exposure to be determined
Case 9 - Reported March 21 - Age 20-30 - Exposure to be determined

Case number 002 was reported March 17, someone over age 60 who traveled out of state. This was previously included in Lubbock County count but was removed because it is a Hockley County resident.

The city has updated the list of places of possible exposure for citizens to be aware of, listed below. Health officials report low risk exposure at the following locations:

March 13 - One Guy From Italy on 50th Street from 11:30 a.m. to Noon
March 14 - Sunset Church of Christ - Graduation Ceremony
March 15 - Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport between 8:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
March 15 - Rosa's Cafe at 4th and Quaker from 9:30 p.m to 11:00 p.m.
March 16 - Walmart on Frankford and Loop 289 between 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
March 16 - Hobby Lobby on 76th and Slide between 9:30 a.m to 11:00 a.m.
March 16 - Market Street on 19th and Quaker between 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
March 16 - Dollar General 5004 34th Street between 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
March 16 - Blazing Bouncers 11401 U.S. 87 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
March 16 - Rudy's on South Loop 289 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
March 17 - Rosa's Cafe on 50th Street from 11:30 a.m. to Noon
March 18 - Mamarita's on Slide Road near South Loop 289 from 11:30 a.m. to Noon

Risk categories for COVID-19:

High risk: Living in the same household as, being an intimate partner of, or providing care in a non-healthcare setting (such as a home) for a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection without using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation.

Management - Active monitoring, daily contact with the health department, restrict to home, immediate isolation and notification to the health department if symptomatic.



Medium risk: Close contact with a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Living in the same household, an intimate partner of, or caring for a person in a non-healthcare setting (such as a home) to a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection while consistently using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation.

Management - Self-monitoring, take temperature daily, watch for signs and symptoms. Recommendation to remain at home or in a comparable setting. Practice social distancing. Immediate isolation and notification to the health department is symptomatic.

 

Low risk: Being in the same indoor environment (e.g. a classroom, a hospital waiting room.) as a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time but not meeting the definition of close contact.

Management - Self-observation, self-assess for temperature and symptoms. Practice social distancing. Immediate isolation if becomes symptomatic. Stay at home. Seek medical advice if you develop severe symptoms.

News conference

The City of Lubbock's next COVID-19 news conference will be at 6 p.m. Sunday. We will have it live on FOX34, FOX34 NewsNow, the FOX34 News app and FOX34 Facebook page.

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