Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
High near 47, high wind speeds through the week
The chance for light snow will be diminishing through this morning pushing east. Cloud cover locked in place this morning, then breaks apart late this afternoon. High near 47 with a light wind changing to the east. With cloud cover clearing temperatures drop below freezing again tonight, then warmer days ahead with 70s by Thursday. Highs wind speeds through the rest of the week.
Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are at the center of the COVID-19 outbreak here in Lubbock
Of the cases reported in Lubbock, 164 of them are associated with a nursing home or long term care facility. Most of the 21 deaths are residents of these facilities. In the city's update Monday, Mayor Dan Pope said a wall cannot be built around these places to keep them safe. There are now 72 people who tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered. Some essential employees who have recovered have been able to return to work. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are at the center of the COVID-19 outbreak here in Lubbock. Of the cases reported in Lubbock,164 of them are associated with a nursing home or long term care facility. Most of the 21 deaths are residents of these facilities. In the city's update Monday, Mayor Dan Pope said a wall cannot be built around these places to keep them safe. There are now 72 people who tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered. Some essential employees who have recovered have been able to return to work.
So far in Plainview there are seven cases, four recoveries and no deaths
In the rest of Hale County, four cases, one recovery and 2 deaths. In total, they've tested 76 individuals -72 of which were negative results. However 22 people still remain under monitoring.
The Salvation Army is making it easier to qualify for rent or utility assistance
It offers that service year-round, but usually requires a proof of cut-off or eviction notice. Now, the organization has waived the requirement since cities and courts aren't pushing those out. Now, you just need to prove you've been negatively impacted by COVID-19. That includes layoffs, cutbacks in hours or increased child care costs. If you meet the criteria, you can get up to $750 to help cover your rent. We have more info on this program in the FOX34 news app.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has granted Lubbock $100,000 to help move tenants
These vouchers will help move 22 residents out of the Cherry Point 36 South Apartments. It's been slated for conversion or demolition, according to the grant program. "HUD" designated $16M for similar efforts nation-wide.
Goldman Sachs is backing $50M worth of loans for small businesses in Texas
That will be distributed through the small business administration's "paycheck protection program." In a zoom call with Goldman executives, Governor Abbott emphasized this will be aimed at paying employees. The loans can be either partially or wholly forgiven, so long as an employer avoids laying off or firing workers. These loans are part of a half-billion dollar initiative Goldman Sachs is instituting nation-wide.
One victim is hospitalized after a shooting at the La Quinta Inn near Mac Davis and Avenue "Q"
No other details have been released.
Lubbock Police and the Lubbock Fire Rescue dive team found a body in the water at Mackenzie Park yesterday
Police have not released any other information at this point.
Look Around Lubbock: How our local businesses are adapting: School of Rock - remote classes
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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