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Mostly cloudy day with cloud cover breaking apart late in the afternoon
Temperatures for the first day of April will be in the upper 70s with a breezy southwest wind 15-25 mph. Wind speeds keep through most of tonight dropping some on Thursday for a light breeze. Low near 53, sunshine with highs in the 80s Thursday. Then a wave of cooler air moves in to drop the highs in the 60s Friday and Saturday with lows in the 30s and low 40s.
The City of Lubbock is reporting about two dozen newly confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing Lubbock County's total to 100
City staffers tell us there are 23 new positive tests. Along with that, a second death. The city attributes the spike in new cases to what it calls an outbreak at a nursing facility. The health department screened 60 people at Whisperwood Nursing and Rehab. At least nine confirmations came out of that. 12 tested positive Monday. It's working with regulatory agencies to ensure care is provided there. The city didn't release details on the death related to the virus.
Governor Abbott extended his orders on social distancing, keeping school closed through at least May 4th
In a message to parents, Lubbock ISD Superintendent Kathy Rollo emphasized the district will continue its meal distribution curbside sites and bus routes through this extended closure. The district is also providing lessons through remote learning. The governor also announced nearly 43,000 Texans have been tested and more than 3,200 have confirmed positive in 120 counties. The virus has killed 41 Texans. He said this extension isn't considered a "stay at home" order and continues operation for essential services. Any violations of these public health orders, whether "stay at home" or social distancing, carries a penalty of six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.
Hale county now under a stay-at-home order similar to Lubbock
County Judge David Mull has blocked any gathering beyond a single household. He only wants you to leave your home to get essential goods or services or to go to work at an essential business. This order specifically blocks cosmetic services like hair, nail, tattoo, or piercing shops. Churches can't hold in-person services. They can still put their sermons online. This order will be in effect until midnight Monday.
Hockley county under a similar order to Lubbock and Hale
There are a couple differences. In Hockley County, there's a curfew for anyone younger than 16. They can't be in any public place between 11 pm and 6 am. On Fridays and Saturdays, they get another hour - midnight to six. Hockley County Judge Sharla Baldrige also has left her order open-ended. Ot will stay in effect until the commissioner's court cancels it. It's set for review before the sixth. Judge Baldridge tells us this order was approved before Governor Abbott spoke yesterday, so she may have to make some changes.
Covenant Health is hosting a community prayer tomorrow morning
It's intended to be a thank you to the community for all the contributions to health care workers fighting the spread of the virus. The prayer will be at 9. Covenant asks those praying to send a picture using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Linked In.
New Mexico is coping with 315 cases of the virus
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced one more person has died from it - a man in his 40s with an underlying medical condition. He's the 5th person in that state to die from the virus. there are three cases in curry County, two cases in Lea County and one in Roosevelt County.
A man is recovering in the hospital after someone stabbed him in a motel room
Police say 30-year-old Joe Delapuente was at La Quinta near Mac Davis and Q when two men stormed his room. They went inside and stabbed him several times, demanding money. They left before the cops could get there. Delapuente's expected to survive. No info released on the robbers. If you know anything about the attack, call crimeline at 741 1000. You can remain anonymous.
Lubbock's yearly water restrictions go into effect today
These anti-drought measures limit how much you can use on different days at different times. This only applies to automatic sprinkler systems. You can hand-water your yard anytime. Through the end of September, you can only irrigate two days a week - from 6 pm - 10 am. Tthat'll keep the water from evaporating during the heat of the day. We have the specific days and the corresponding addresses in the FOX34 news app.
Americans are being encouraged to respond to census questionnaires this week
Today is National Census Day. Census documents like this one have been going out to Americans in mail for weeks. Responding to the census is required by law. Some people received census questions in those letters, others are urged to respond on the phone or online. If you don't, you'll get a census worker coming to your door in the coming months. The effort to count all Americans is a big deal, because it determines representation in congress and federal money for local schools and infrastructure projects. The thing takes less than ten minutes to fill out.
Look Around Lubbock: Yoga
Meredith Aldis has some tips on getting involved in classes at home.
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