Governor Abbott indicates Lubbock has not yet contained the spread of COVID-19 and the city has not yet reached the peak of it.
During a news conference Friday, Abbott referenced a logarithmic scale representing the total number of cases in blue, additional cases confirmed in red and the number of deaths in gold. The chart does not account for recoveries.
Abbott noted the total number of cases is climbing at a steeper rate than other larger counties, including Dallas and Bexar. Those counties' rates are beginning to level off, according to state health services.
"The good news is they haven't had any meaningful spikes above what their consistent top-line number is," Abbott said Friday. "So that means there's some level of containment. Obviously we want to see the numbers on the red line goes down, and that will show Lubbock has gained control of the situation and should be moving toward a point of containment."
Other counties that are struggling to flatten the curve include Webb, Tarrant, El Paso and Harris.
Houston has been the hardest-hit area in the state.