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Good Day Lubbock: Wednesday, April 8

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Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.           

 

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Mostly sunny and warm afternoon, high near 87

Another mostly sunny and warm afternoon with the high near 87 and a west/northwest wind 10-15mph. Clouds increase tonight with a front moving in our area, low near 49 and cooling to the 60s and low 70s Thursday. A few sprinkles might accompany this front, but a better chance for showers and storms will be Friday through the first half of Saturday.

Lubbock confirmed 11 new cases of the coronavirus

That totals 191. Of the total, more than half are at nursing homes. The city reports there are more "community spread" cases -  about a quarter of the total. Community spread means the city isn't sure where the person got the virus. Of the total confirmed cases, 42 are listed as recovered. That means they've gone three days without symptoms after at least a week with them. That's 17 more recovered than Monday. A Stripes employee has tested positive for the virus. The person worked at three different locations a week and a half ago. On March 25, the person worked at the Stripes near 98th and Frankford. The next day, the store at 112th and Quaker. And the third, near North Quaker and Erskine the day after that. All three locations are closed, for a complete interior scrub. The gas pumps are still in service. 

 

Public Health Director Katherine Wells says the city is investigating more than 100 cases associated with long term care or nursing home facilities

Some of the victims who have died in Lubbock with COVID-19 were associated with those. The city hasn't yet given specifics on some of the more recent deaths. Wells tells us the growing trend upward in community spread is expected. She says that emphasizes the need for proper hygiene and social distancing. That's staying at home unless you're going somewhere essential.  Some non-profits in our area are struggling with a lack of volunteers. Before the pandemic, the South Plains Food Bank was averaging about 40 volunteers a day. Now they are getting two or three. They are currently looking for 30 dedicated volunteers who will come on a consistent basis. You can find contact info for the South Plains food bank in the FOX34 news app. 

New cases in other areas:


Lynn County has confirmed one new case. It's the fourth in the county.  The person is a 40 year-old woman from Tahoka.  The South Plains Public Health District is working to identify potential exposure risks.
Close by, Terry County confirming two new cases. That brings the county's total to six.  Of those cases, three have recovered and finished the quarantine period.
To the north, two cases have been confirmed in Hale County and five in Plainview.  Of those seven cases,  two have recovered. Three of those cases were community spread, four from outside the county. The health department has given 56 tests - 46 have returned negative.


Walgreens is opening 15 drive-thru coronavirus testing sites across seven states

Abbott Laboratories' rapid COVOD-19 test will be used in the testing sites across Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and T exas.  This test delivers results in as little as five minutes. These sites are expected by to opened by the end of the week.  Walgreens is working with the department of health and human services to pick new sites - which are planned for select hot spot markets with escalating rates of COVID-19 cases.  The drugstore chain says it will test about three-thousand people daily across their testing sites. 

 

A federal appeals court has sided with Texas and allowed the state to ban most abortions while under an emergency order limiting non-essential surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic

A panel of judges at the New Orleans-based fifth circuit court of appeals on Tuesday overturned a decision by a lower court that blocked the order. The new ruling allows the ban to stay in place. Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last month ordered hospitals to cancel “non-essential” surgeries to preserve space and supplies for coronavirus patients and doctors. abortion groups sued to remove the procedure from the ban.


New York state recorded 731 new coronavirus deaths, marking its biggest one-day jump in the outbreak

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday the state's death toll since the beginning of the outbreak is now 5,489. More people have now died from the coronavirus in New York City than perished in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. At least 4,009 people have been killed in the city by the virus, according to state officials. The deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil killed 2,753 people in the city. The alarming death number comes even as new hospital admissions have dropped compared to last week. Cuomo said the latest death tally reflects critically ill people hospitalized before this week.


If you’re a census slacker and haven’t yet filled out the form for the 2020 head count, the federal government is trying another way to get in touch with you

Starting today, the U.S. census bureau is mailing out millions of paper forms to homes whose residents haven’t yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire. About a month into the start of the 2020 census for most U.S. residents, the self-response rate is approaching half of all households. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are setting the pace with response rates over 50%. Alaska, West Virginia and New Mexico are lagging with response rates ranging between a quarter and a third of households.


Grammy award-winning musician John Prine has died of COVID-19

The influential singer song writer was hospitalized with the disease in late March and put on a ventilator last Saturday night. H enjoyed a nearly 50-year-long career playing a blend of country and folk music. His songs were covered by artists including Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, and John Denver.  Bob Dylan called him one of his favorite song writers. Bette Midler said he was a genius and a huge soul after hearing he was hospitalized. Prine survived a bout of cancer in his neck in the late 90s and lung cancer in 20-13. John Prine was 73 years old. 

The founder of Black Enterprise -- a media company focused on black entrepreneurship and black businesses -- died Monday

Earl Graves Senior was 85 years old. In a social media post -- his son says graves passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Graves launched Black Enterprise magazine in 1970 to cover black businesses and provide business strategies to its readership. As of 2019, the publication says it now reaches four million readers. The magazine tweeted -- quote -- "We will evermore celebrate his life and legacy, in this, our 50th anniversary year, and beyond."

 

Look Around Lubbock: How our local businesses are adapting: Natural Health Market helps to boost immune systems

Meredith Aldis features 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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