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Cooler today, cold tonight
We will be around 25 degrees colder this afternoon with our high near 59. The northerly wind will be strongest during the first half of the day before dropping to a light breeze this afternoon. Make sure to grab a coat if you need to get out this morning. Cloudy with some light drizzle in the morning, then becoming mostly sunny after noon. Frigid temperatures tonight with lows near and below freezing. Bring your pets and plants inside. Cloudy with a chance for showers before 3PM, high near 56. 70s and 80s return with more wind into next week.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is going up in Lubbock but so is the number of recoveries
There are now 117 confirmed cases. Out of those, three people have died and 12 have now recovered and completed the required quarantine period.
Experts say social distancing guidelines are our best chance to contain the spread but many people still aren't doing it
The City of Lubbock reports 145 incidents regarding suspected violations of the city and state's stay at home mandates. It's been a wide range of restaurants and businesses - most staffers telling inspectors they weren't aware they had to keep people out. The city reports some corporate locations told staffers to stay open until they were given something in writing. The city has issued citations on two incidents - one to a group of people involved in street racing and the other to an employee at a nail salon. It's up to individual agencies to determine whether to issue warnings, citations, fines, or arrest someone for violating these orders. The max punishments are a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. Governor Abbott's order has been extended through the end of the month.
A child directly exposed to COVID-19 and taken to a day care has tested negative for the virus
Stepping Stones Nursery and Pre-school blames one of the child's relatives for breaking quarantine. The person took the child to the day-care and didn't tell anyone about being a carrier. Despite the negative test, the facility will be closed until Monday to be sanitized.
Curry County in New Mexico has confirmed its sixth case
The state has 40 more cases today for a total of 403. The virus has killed seven people state-wide. 31 have recovered.
Advocates fear stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders will lead to increased child abuse during the pandemic
And without schools or work, there might be no escape. April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. United Way is encouraging people to "go blue" every Friday this month, even though COVID-19 has led to a cancellation of many of its events. Resources are available for victims of domestic abuse. There are links to victim advocacy groups in the FOX34 news app.
6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment last week
That's four times the rate since the beginning of March. Texas Workforce Solutions says while applications are using social distancing guidelines, that's just a minor speed bump, and as far as Lubbock is concerned, there are still plenty of jobs. We have a link to file for unemployment and other benefits available in our area in the FOX34 news app.
Governor Abbott says he is prepared to enhance his mandates on social distancing if the state doesn't abide by the ones already set
During a state-wide broadcast we brought you last night, the governor emphasized the stay-at-home orders are the best way to flatten the curve. The current "essential services" order lasts through the end of April. The governor said Texas has increased its testing capacity statewide by 10% each day. He credits private providers for the surge in supplies.
The governor will announce an initiative to ensure access to health care in rural areas today
It's part of a strategy to prop up smaller communities ahead of COVID-19 spread. During a phone call with our Kurt Kiser yesterday, the governor said that's the state's priority now that we're seeing rapid spread in our area. The governor praised the state's response when it comes to donating personal protective equipment for health care workers. That's masks, gloves, scrubs, and other items they use to test or treat the virus. You can make masks at home. We have ways to donate them in the FOX34 news app.
Laredo is taking extra precautions to fight the spread of the coronavirus
Leaders passed a measure requiring people to wear coverings from "nose to mouth." The covering can be a face mask or any type of fabric, scarf, or bandana. Violators could face a fine of up to $1000. There are exceptions for people exercising in their yard or garage. Council members also passed a motion making it an arrestable offense to be out in public between 10 pm and 5 am except for essential workers and emergencies. That, too, is punishable by a fine of up to $1000. The mandates remain in effect until the end of the month.
Experts are asking you not to wash your produce with soap
The Department of Agriculture and other food safety specialists are advising against the practice - saying soap is dangerous if you consume it. Some people have turned to soap to clean their groceries in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, experts say washing produce with just water works just fine.
At this time, there is no evidence that coronavirus can spread through food or food packaging.
Look Around Lubbock: First Friday Virtual Art Trail
Meredith Aldis gets a look at the innovative way coordinators are going to bring this month's First Friday Art Trail to life - minus the shuttles.
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