City Council extends Stay-at-Home order through April - FOX34 Lubbock

City Council extends Stay-at-Home order through April

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Lubbock City Council has extended the stay-at-home order through April 30. This new order will also allow the health department to set occupancy numbers, and updates the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

During the city council's meeting via Zoom Friday afternoon, the council affirmed Mayor Dan Pope's emergency declaration. 

Under the stay-at-home order, residents are still allowed to leave for essential services. City Manager Jarrett Atkinson reiterated police are not stopping people for being outside their homes. 

"If a car is being stopped on the street, it is not for the purpose of us saying, 'Are you in violation of the stay at home order?'" Atkinson said.

Nine officers are enforcing the quarantine at four Lubbock nursing homes, he said.

District 5 Councilman Randy Christian encouraged the city to consider how to level the playing field for small business owners.

"Maybe we can get some of our smaller retailers at least having an opportunity to sell the same merchandise that's being sold in some of the big box stores, because big boxes are winning, and our small retailers are definitely losing," Christian said.

At the State Capitol Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott provided an update on the state's hospital bed capacity. There are 19,695 hospital beds available, which is nearly double what the state had back in March, and there are 8,741 ventilators available.

The Governor credits his executive order requiring postponing non-essential surgeries for the increase. He also emphasized those who are not providing an essential service need to stay home.

"Staying at home will ensure that you reduce the possibility of you contracting COVID-19. It will reduce the possibility of COVID-19 spreading in the state of Texas," Abbott said.

More than 55,000 Texans have tested positive for the virus, and there have been 91 deaths statewide.

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