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Highs in the 80s today, chance for showers and storms Friday
Nice day across the area with highs in the 80s and a light westerly wind. Another mild night with lows in the 50s, then back in the 80s with a partly sunny sky tomorrow. Temperatures drop to end the week with a front moving in early Thursday morning. Highs in the lower to mid 60s with lows in the 40s. There will be a chance for showers and storms Friday and possibly into Saturday.
The City of Lubbock has confirmed 26 new cases of COVID-19
That brings the total to 180. Six people have died. Of the reported cases, 25 have now recovered and finished the mandated quarantine period. Over the weekend the city reported 16 new cases. 21 on Friday. Yesterday is the most single-day confirmations since last Monday.The City of Lubbock has confirmed 26 new cases of COVID-19. That brings the total to 180. Six people have died. Of the reported cases, 25 have now recovered and finished the mandated quarantine period. Over the weekend the city reported 16 new cases. 21 on Friday. Yesterday is the most single-day confirmations since last Monday.
The family of Hockley County's first citizen death due to COVID-19, is warning others about the rapid effects of the virus
60-year-old Michael Dominguez was killed by the novel coronavirus last week. He spent the last 16 days of his life at Covenant Medical fighting for his life. His daughter says the hardest part for her family was not being able to visit him in-person. The Dominguez family says they don't want anyone else to go through what they had to. They're urging people to follow stay-at-home orders and social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.
A United employee has tested positive for the coronavirus
The company reports it's a cashier at the 19th and Quaker Market Street. This employee worked last on April 2nd from 10:00 am - 4:15 pm and began experiencing symptoms the next day. The City of Lubbock Health Department indicates this case is considered a "low risk of possible community exposure" due to the store's enhanced cleaning and sanitizing processes. Additional employees who may have been exposed to the virus have been asked to self-quarantine.
Covenant Medical Group is opening drive-thru screening in Wolfforth
The clinic will open today for adult patients. The drive through will be set up at People's Bank Stadium at Frenship High School. Patients will need to bring their ID and insurance cards. No co-pay will be taken at the time of the tests. Not every patient who requests a COVID-19 test, will get one - only those who meet the requirements set by the CDC. Those are signs of high fever, coughing,or a history of contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. You can also call the COVID-19 screening hotline to see if you should get a test. That number is in your FOX34 news app.
The Garza County judge issued a state of disaster due to the virus outbreak
The declaration authorizes the county to take any actions necessary to promote health and suppress the virus -including issuing the quarantine of persons and occupied structures, examining and regulating hospitals, and establishment of quarantine stations. The declaration limits all gatherings to 10 people and limits the number of customers inside any businesses to 10 people at a time. Residents are expected to stay home unless taking care of essential needs. Anyone who knowingly violates the declaration can be hit with a fine of up to $1,000 or up to six months in jail. This order, while superseded by Governor Abbott's state-wide mandates, allows the county to get state and federal aid.
Calvillo Funeral Home and Chapel will start offering drive-though funeral services
Families and friends of the deceased will have the option to stay in their cars while paying respects though a window beginning Wednesday. There's also a virtual tribute wall to sign and you can send flower arrangements on the funeral home website. The owner says this gives family members the chance to give moral support and get closure. Calvillo says the services are on a trial basis but could be added to a second location in the future.
Lubbock not a destination for travelers
This is time of year when business usually starts booming in West Texas, but due to COVID-19 concerns, there are very few people traveling to and from Lubbock. These are tough times for small businesses and in hopes to keep them afloat. President and CEO of Visit Lubbock is pointing people to ways they can help. Osbourne points out restaurants doing delivery and curb-side service and artists who are also working curbside. People can go to visitlubbock.com to find more ways to support.and for some fun ways to celebrate Easter at home.
A team at the Texas Tech Health Science Center is working on a process that could decontaminate used face shields and N-95 face masks
"Team De-con" is testing hydrogen peroxide vapor to fumigate batches of used protective equipment inside a large chamber to clean them. It's intended to sanitize the gear without degrading it. The team includes four medical students chosen to work on the project. The decontamination process is also being employed by a team from the Duke University Medical Center, .
The Texas Supreme Court is extending the block on evictions through private landlords
Last month, justices stopped all hearings regarding the filing of evictions and foreclosures until April 20th. That deadline has been pushed back to the 30th. With the extension in place, the earliest an eviction hearing can be scheduled is mid-May.
Congressional leaders are pushing ahead with another coronavirus rescue package
President Donald Trump agrees that Americans will need more help as the economy grinds almost to a halt during the pandemic. In March, the unemployment rate soared from 3.5% to 4.4%. That's the sharpest increase since 1975. More than 10 million people filed for unemployment benefits in just two weeks time and millions more are expected to apply in the coming weeks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told house democrats another $1 trillion is needed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the next package must put health care at the top of the list. The rare moment of accord comes during stark projections for what officials warn will be a hard week with a rising number of cases and deaths.
Look Around Lubbock: How our local businesses are adapting: Servpro disinfects for the city
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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