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Cool start to a warm day, high near 86
Westerly wind will pick up for a light breeze 10-20mph. Plenty more days ahead with stronger wind speeds, the strongest wind on Friday. Temperatures will near 90 tomorrow, then an upper level system drops a front in our area Friday for near average temperatures this weekend.
Senate leaders and the White House struck a deal on a historic stimulus package just after midnight
The nearly $2T legislation is the largest rescue package aiming to flood the economy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Both parties had agreed they were close to a deal but were at odds over how the money would be distributed as well as restrictions and oversight for businesses and corporations. For the country's nurses and doctors treating a growing number of infected patients, the federal assistance is long overdue. The senate is expected to vote on the package later today. It's unknown how quickly the house will take up the measure, before sending it to the president's desk.
The City of Lubbock reporting more cases of COVID-19
The total is now 14 in Lubbock County. Two of the new cases were from being exposed to another case. Hale county has confirmed its first case. No details on that one. Hockley County has identified two new cases and Curry County in eastern New Mexico has identified its first case.
Several more major Texas cities ordered their residents to stay in their homes as Governor Abbott continues to resist calls for a statewide order
Houston, Austin, El Paso and Fort Worth all issued stay-at-home orders yesterday, following the lead of Dallas and San Antonio. Residents must stay at home except for essential activities. generally, businesses including grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants with deliver and takeout will remain open during such orders. Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope has said he's not ruling out that possibility here, but hopes it wont be necessary if residents are smart and follow Governor Abbott's orders about group gatherings.
There are more than 700 confirmed cases in Texas
In his update yesterday, Governor Abbott says Texans need to pitch in to help those who help us. Hospitals across Texas are running low on personal protective equipment and major organizations have stepped up to supply them. Covenant is accepting mask and glove donations in its parking lot. It's looking for non-medical and medical masks, gloves, cleaning wipes, baby wipes and eye protection.
You can make some of this personal protection equipment from home
It's a great way for kids to get involved and occupy their time. These are volunteers at the Joe Arrington Cancer Center. Covenant Health has released a pattern you can use. Tthere's a pouch built into it so staff can insert filters. Caregivers say they're encouraged by how many volunteers and groups have stepped up to provide supplies. You can drop those off through Friday from noon until six. We have the pattern posted in the FOX34 news app.
Covenant is working to fulfill another critical need nation-wide: blood
Yesterday's emergency drive intended to help alleviate the strain on our area's supply. It relies on college and business drives but with everything closed, those drives have been canceled. You can still give. Vitalant has extended its hours so you can donate. It takes about 45 minutes. You need to set an appointment. We have the contact info in the FOX34 news app.
The city's public health department recognized for its virus response
The national association of county and city health officials commends Lubbock for its readiness. Less than one out of five health departments get this recognition.
The AARP warning quote “vulnerable older people" to follow guidance from the centers for disease control about the risks of the coronavirus
That statement came after Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said older Americans can quote “take care of ourselves,” calling for the U.S.. to get back to work and restart the economy. In an interview, Patrick said grandparents would be willing to take the risk for their grandchildren to have a better life and save the economy. The lieutenant governor turns 70 next week. The CDC reports people over the age of 75 face a higher risk for the coronavirus. Patrick's comments drew swift backlash on social media. President Tonald trump says he wants the country getting back to business in weeks, not months.
The Texas Restaurant Association established a relief fund for small businesses
It's working to raise $10M to support independent restaurants state-wide. These grants are up to $5,000 for immediate assistance. It's intended to keep restaurants going so they can provide jobs. Initial projections showed up to a quarter of all Texas restaurants could close due to the spread of COVID-19. These grants are first come-first serve. You have to apply with the Texas Restaurant Association. If you want to help keep restaurants in our area open but have plenty of food already, one idea is to buy gift cards to use later.
Look Around Lubbock: At-Home Workouts
Meredith Aldis will demonstrate a full body workout with a personal trainer.
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