Lubbock Mayor orders closure of 'non-essential' businesses - FOX34 Lubbock

Lubbock Mayor orders closure of 'non-essential' businesses

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City Hall on March 23, 2020 City Hall on March 23, 2020
LUBBOCK -

The count of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lubbock remains at 10 as of Monday evening, the same as reported Sunday. The city's public health director Katherine Wells expects additional positive cases to be reported Tuesday. 

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope issued a fourth disaster declaration to further refine what is an essential or non-essential business. He said, overall, compliance with the existing requests to practice social distancing and not gather in groups of more than 10 has been very good. But, there have been several questions about what is a critical business.

The new order, which takes effect Tuesday evening, orders the closure of hair salons, barber shops, hair stylists, nail salons, tattoo parlors, piercing businesses, tanning salons and hair removal waxing businesses. 

The updated disaster declaration also orders the closure of retail establishments with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, package stores, pet supply stores and veterinary clinics, health care providers, gas stations, banks and financial institutions, day care centers and "critical infrastructure businesses", which support the critical infrastructure or supply chain needs "as described by the Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

"We are attempting to limit face-to-face contact that is not essential," Mayor Pope said Monday evening.

Building supply and home improvement stores may stay open, provided they follow social distancing guidelines and do not have more than 100 people or half of the posted occupancy limit, whichever is less, in the store at any one time.

The updated order will take effect at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 and continue through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3.

Failure to follow the order can be punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and jail of up to 180 days. 

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.

Elsewhere near Lubbock, these are positive COVID-19 cases reported to FOX34:
Castro - 2
Lea, NM - 1
Gaines - 1
Hockley - 3
Terry - 1
As of Monday evening, across Texas the count of confirmed COVID-19 cases was 352, with eight deaths. New Mexico reports 83 confirmed cases as of Monday.


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 - Community acquired
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 - Community acquired
Case 9 - Reported March 21 - Age 20-30 - Exposure to a known case
Case 10 - Reported March 22 - Age over 60 - Exposure to known case
Case 11 - Reported March 22 - Age 20-30 - Exposure to known case

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. A few locations were removed that were previously listed after city officials determined there was not a risk.
There is also the information the health department can release about each person in these cases.

City of Lubbock coronavirus web page

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 16 - Walmart Fourth Street and Frankford Ave. 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.


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.

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