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1 month later: COVID-19 developments after the first case

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

"These spikes are due to the additional testing but we are also seeing more COVID-19 or coronavirus spreading in our community," Director of the Lubbock Health Dept. Katherine Wells said.

The city announced 34 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday a total of 401 confirmed cases in the last month.

Almost 4,000 people have been tested so far.

According to the State Health Department, Lubbock County ranks 11th in confirmed cases, and 5th overall in COVID-19 related deaths.

Many of the 28 deaths in the county are associated with on-going outbreaks at the Whisperwood and Lakeside nursing homes.

"This virus ain't got legs. It only uses your legs to get to somebody else. Please don't stop social distancing. We're still 2 weeks behind the larger cities. We're doing a good job, let's continue to press on and do this good job," Dr. Ronald Cook said.

101 cases are listed as "recovered."

That means those cases have gone three days without symptoms after at least a week showing them.

But city and county leaders say now is not the time to relax guidelines on safety measures.

"The last thing we want, is to get this current crisis under control, get down to a place that we feel comfortable in not having large outbreaks, and we relax. And then we get more outbreaks. The worst thing that can happen is that we get too comfortable," Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parish said. 

"On the other hand, the city is now working on a plan to re-open businesses struggling during the stay at home order.

Click here - to watch the city's Thursday news conference webinar.

On Thursday the mayor announced the creation of the Lubbock Economic Recovery Task Force to do so, while keeping public health in mind.

Click here - to watch announcement of the task force Thursday afternoon.

"I think we can get this thing right, the first time, and get people back to work, safely, not like we used to do it. we've learned one thing in our business, nothing will be the same," Robert Taylor, CEO of United Supermarkets, said.

Taylor will co-chair alongside Councilman Steve Massengale.

Mayor Pope warned this may be a more difficult recovery than the 1970 tornado that decimated Lubbock.

The task force will meet on Monday.

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