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Eight more COVID-19 cases in Lubbock County
Three people who tested positive for the virus have died. The total infected is now 108. The city reports of these who have tested positive, ten have fully recovered and completed the required quarantine period. There are 19 people at Lubbock hospitals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Another 26 in the hospital likely have the virus, based on their doctor's diagnosis, but tests results are pending. It is important to note not all of these people are Lubbock residents because both hospital systems have wide geographic reach. Through yesterday, the city reports it's administered more than 1,550 COVID-19 tests. Two of the city's deaths were at Whisperwood Nursing and Rehabilitation center. According to the city, out of 108 confirmed cases, 48 are related to the center. Two out of 3 deaths reported, are nursing home residents. The city has advised most nursing home workers to remain at one facility at this time.
A day care center in Lubbock blames someone who broke quarantine for potentially exposing children to the virus
In a letter to client families at "Stepping Stones Nursery and Pre-school," administrators explain the child had direct contact with someone who tested positive. That family member broke quarantine to take the child to the day-care for drop-off and didn't tell anyone about being a carrier. The city's health department is awaiting the child's test result but the day care anticipates it to come back positive. The pre-school is asking teachers, children, and their families with high risk exposure to all go under a two week quarantine. The city will follow up with client families even if the test returns negative. If you didn't get a letter, your child's considered safe. If you have a child who goes there, keep a close eye on him or her. The symptoms include a cough, shortness of breath, and a fever above 100.4.
Hockley County has confirmed its first death due to the virus
The Levelland News Press reports the victim was one of the county's seven confirmed cases - a Levelland resident between the ages of 55 and 60. Those seven cases, included two in Levelland, 4 in Sundown, and 1 in Ropesville.
Hale county confirms five new cases bringing its total to six
Of those cases one person is between ages 20 and 40, two between 40 and 60, and two over the age of 60. Of the new cases, two are community spread, three from out of county. The first confirmed case in Hale County, a man who was isolated at home, has recovered. The county reports testing 34 individuals with 27 coming up negative.
Petersburg ISD is investigating direct exposure to one of its staff members
The district reports that employee had direct contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. The employee's self-quarantined at home and isn't displaying symptoms. The district reports it's deep cleaned and sanitized all schools since they closed on March 13th.
Curry County has confirmed its 4th and 5th cases - that's Clovis
New Mexico reported 46 other new cases yesterday for a total of 363. The virus has killed six people state-wide. 31 people are hospitalized in New Mexico. 26 have recovered and finished their mandated quarantines. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered the entire state to stay at home unless it's absolutely necessary for health, safety, and welfare. New Mexico is also offering testing for people who are asymptomatic. You must still have been in close contact with someone who's tested positive or have been in a nursing home, a homeless shelter, a group home, a jail or other communal settings.
Governor Abbott has held out on ordering a state-wide order to stay at home
Texas is one of only twelve states that hasn't done it. But he released a message on social media, encouraging social distancing. You can watch a live town hall tonight with Governor Abbott. This state-wide broadcast will focus on the issues affecting Texans, families and businesses in this crisis. You can watch it live starting at 7 on FOX34 News Now. It will be re-aired here on FOX34 after the News at Nine.
The number of U.S. coronavirus cases passed 200,000
Just this morning, more than 5,000 deaths were reported. Top health experts warning we will see days of major increases for deaths in the weeks ahead. And there's more data showing people without symptoms who don't know they're sick are fueling the spread. That's why these local orders to stay at home are so important, because people might be sick for days, not know it, and infect so many others if they're out and about.
Most Lubbock Co residents haven't answered census
With the official "census day" come and gone, about two-thirds of Lubbock County has failed to respond so far, according to the bureau. With all this social distancing, there won't be a census taker coming to your home. At least, not until June or later. They'll still be out there, a small army of half a million people nation-wide taking down info. The census is incredibly important. It determines congressional representation, electoral college votes, and federal funding for our area. You can do it online or by phone. It takes about ten minutes and you've still got time. If you don't respond, a census taker will visit your home sometime this year. After all, it's mandated in the constitution, with a due date of New Year's Eve.
A man from Clovis will spend another 32 years in prison after he admitted to several counts of molesting a child
A judge gave Dino Lucero the max sentence after he pleaded guilty to the accusations. He's a repeat offender. He was convicted of criminal sexual penetration in 2011. Lucero served seven years in prison then admits he preyed on another victim after getting out. District Judge Fred Van Soelen said there's no way Lucero or anyone can truly understand the damage he caused to the victim or even his own family. Judge Van Soelen said it's a harsh sentence, but the reason is Lucero's own actions. Lucero has to serve at least 85% of his 32-year sentence and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Look Around Lubbock: Your recipes
Meredith Aldis is gathering viewers' favorites to share so we can all make the most out of our time in the kitchen.
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