Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
Breezy, warm week ahead
We could reach the 80's today with more sunshine. The lows only barely drop into the 40's. Most days this week will be a little breezy.
COVID-19 now community spread in Lubbock
There are now ten confirmed cases in Lubbock. Six of those were reported over the weekend and we are now seeing community spread of the virus. All of the new cases came from drive-up testing at U.M.C. U.M.C. has tested 455 people so far. 30 of those are still awaiting results. Of the ten confirmed cases in Lubbock County, two are community spread, one between ages 15 and 25 the other between 50 and 60.
Dallas County ordered to shelter-in-place
Dallas is going into a shelter-in-place order today. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued the strictest order in Texas so far, telling residents in his county to stay home except for essential jobs and activities that maintain critical infrastructure sectors. Governor Abbott has been reluctant to follow other states leads like California and New York in ordering a state-wide shelter in place because there are more than 200 counties with no cases so far. He's leaving those decisions at the local level for now.
Gov. Abbott issues executive orders for COVID-19
The Governor said the National Guard could begin monitoring drive-in COVID-19 testing sites starting today. Governor Abbott yesterday prodded the Federal Government to do more to help the states secure more tests and medical supplies to fight the spread. He also issued orders directing health care workers to postpone all elective or non-essential medical procedures and issued two new executive orders waiving regulations to address the nurse shortage and the ability for medical facilities to treat more patients. So far, 8,700 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the state and six people have died.
Gov. Abbott postpones May 26 primary runoffs until July 14
Governor Abbott has postponed the May 25 primary runoff elections until July 14. Dozens of runoffs are ongoing for party nominations to congressional and local offices. In our area, runoff elections will include both races for District Court Judges. Early voting for the runoffs will begin July 6.
Churches transition to online services due to COVID-19
Governor Abbott's executive order limiting gatherings does not include places of worship, but many churches are taking precautions anyway. Lubbock's bishop has canceled masses. Many churches already live-stream their services through a variety of platforms. The executive order will go through April 3 unless extended. For a list of churches broadcasting online: click here.
Lubbock ISD offers curb-side pickup, delivery of free meals
Lubbock ISD will be providing curbside pickup and delivery of free meals starting today. Students 18 years or younger can pick up at 16 Lubbock ISD campuses Monday through Friday between noon and 1:30 p.m. School bus meal distribution will also start today with 20 buses delivering food across the city. Buses will work their normal routes, so all bus numbers will remain the same. Deliveries will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. For the interactive map of bus routes and pick up locations: click here.
Lubbock based start-up to produce hand sanitizer
Companies are stepping up to meet the growing demand of essential products that keep doctors on the front lines safe, like hand sanitizer. That includes Lubbock-based biotech start up "ATTWILL Medical Solutions". It plans to produce hand sanitizer by the gallon. The F.D.A. is now allowing companies and individuals it usually doesn't regulate to produce the product, but not just for medical clients. Production is expected to begin this week. For more information: click here.
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