Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
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A chance for fog today, highs near 77.
Through the morning hours a chance for areas of fog, drizzle, and light showers, then staying mostly cloudy this afternoon. South/southwest wind 10-15mph for a light breeze, high near 77. We drop to near 52 overnight, mostly sunny with the high near 83 Tuesday. A cold front will drop us to the 60s with possible chance for some rain to end the week.
Local COVID-19 updates
There are now 154 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lubbock County. One more person has died, bringing that total to five. 3 new cases were reported yesterday. 21 people have recovered. That means they had a positive test result then completed the necessary isolation. Settle in, if you're not already. This is how things are for the next month at least. Lubbock leaders extending the stay at home order to April 30th. Under the stay at home order, residents are still allowed to leave for essential services. City manager Jarrett Atkinson re-iterates that police are not stopping people for being outside their homes. He says nine officers are enforcing the quarantine at four Lubbock nursing homes. Councilman Randy Christian also encouraged the city to consider how to level the playing for small business owners. Governor Abbott stressing staying home is the best thing you can do to stop the virus spread in Texas. More than 5,400 Texans have tested positive for the virus and there have been 91 deaths statewide.
Lubbock has been awarded $1.9M in federal recovery grants
The money comes form the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the Cares Act. The grants can be used for a range of activities that prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19 like public testing, training health care workers, and building testing facilities.
The City of Plainview has also extended its stay-at-home order until April 30th
Hale County Judge David Mull and commissioners will be looking to update the county's order today. Failure to comply with the order can result in fines up to $1,000 dollars, and/or up to 180 days in jail. Travel permits are not required in Plainview and no curfew is currently in place except the normal curfew for anyone under age 17.
The Texas Tech board of regents will hold a special meeting this afternoon via teleconference to get updates related to the coronavirus
The board will receive new information regarding the virus outbreak and consider delegating positions of authority to provide support to essential operations. The ttu system and its component institutions are operating in phase four emergency remote-work-operations which has closed normal day-to-day campus operations and restricted the on-campus presence to essential personnel. The meeting will be available to watch through live stream on the university's website.
Leaders from Llano Estacado Alliance for Democracy are working with the City of Lubbock to stop calls and emails regarding shut-offs
On March 16, City of Lubbock utilities suspended all late fees and disconnects following the emergency declaration. But customers were still getting robo-calls, warning utilities would be shut off. So this group partnered with the city to make sure those calls stop. In addition... the city is offering a deffered payment plan and extending policies on shut-offs, late fees, and payment plans for 30 days after the emergency declaration is lifted.
Local hotel helps with isolation
Many healthcare workers are isolating themselves to protect their friends, family and themselves from any COVID-19 exposure and one hotel in our area is offering its support. My place hotel in Lubbock is offering free rooms to healthcare workers who may need them. Every room comes with a kitchen and full-size refrigerator to help workers to feel at home away from home. If you're on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak we have more information on how you can get a room with my place in the FOX34 news app.
Look Around Lubbock: How our local businesses are adapting
Meredith Aldis starts a series of featuring our local businesses and an in-depth look at how their servicing the community while upholding the federal, state, and local orders during the coronavirus pandemic.
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