Good Day Lubbock: Tuesday, April 21 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Tuesday, April 21

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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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Another chance for fog; high near 81

This morning another shot for fog to develop in parts of our area with low clouds. This will clear going through the morning with a mostly sunny afternoon and the high near 81. Upper level system moves closer to our region today with a chance for storms in the northern Panhandle. There is a slim chance for some of this activity in our area today through early Wednesday. Mainly to our north and eastern counties... again slim so expect to stay dry. This system will bring a strong wind Wednesday with a weak front dropping us to the upper 70s

The City of Lubbock has confirmed four more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus

That totals 36. The health department reports 15 new cases. That brings the total number to 445. Of the total cases, 212 are in nursing homes, and 25 are health care workers. 29 are still under investigation. Of those, 285 are active and 124 are listed as "recovered." That means someone showed symptoms for at least a week, then went three days without them. 29 patients are hospitalized with a confirmed case of the virus. Two cases are unconfirmed. The city has administered nearly five thousand tests. Of those, 517 have returned positive. That's about a 10.5% rate of positive cases. 43 hundred have returned negative. 141 are pending..

Mayor Dan Pope says Lubbock is testing at a rate about twice the rest of the state

And the number of confirmed cases, as well as hospitalizations remains lower than across Texas. He said medical facilities continue to expand testing, and Wal-mart will have a drive-through clinic at 114th and Quaker, expected to be online Friday. Public health director Katherine Wells credits the stay-at-home order and safety precautions. Doctor Ron Cook said Lubbock will begin using rapid antibody tests, so health care workers can get cleared to go back to work.

Plans to re-open Lubbock's economy are now underway

A city-sanctioned group met for the first time Monday afternoon. The "Lubbock Economic Recovery Task Force" Is made up of 22 community leaders, representing schools, restaurants, auto shops, hotels, banks and hospitals .On Monday, the task force formed 4 committees that will conduct research throughout this week. Recommendations and guidelines are due by the next city council meeting next Tuesday.

The 5th circuit court of appeals has upheld the Texas ban on elective abortions

That's part of the governor's order to block elective procedures and free up equipment for COVID-19 response. The New Orleans-based court originally blocked the measure last week, but a new decision finds the state's within its rights to ban abortion procedures to slow the use of masks, gloves, and other personal protection equipment.

The World Health Organization says rushing to ease coronavirus restrictions will likely lead to a resurgence of the illness

That's a warning that comes as governments start rolling out plans to get their economies up and running again. WHO's director for the Western Pacific Region says governments must remain vigilant to stop the spread of the virus and the lifting of lockdowns and other social distancing measures must be done gradually and strike the right balance between keeping people healthy and allowing economies to function. 

A 16-year-old is dead after colliding with a Greyhound bus in Crosby County last night

Ryan Soliz was traveling southbound when he attempted to turn at the intersection of U.S. 62 and 82. Failing to yield the right-of-way, he turned in front of a Greyhound traveling westbound. Soliz died on the scene. The bus driver and 16 passengers were not injured.

Hockley County's investigation into human remains found last week is at a stand still

Sheriff Ray Scifres says they can't be sent to the University of North Texas for processing, due to coronavirus restrictions. Until pathologists can determine a cause of death, there's nothing the county can do. Sheriff Scifres says the remains have decayed enough to prevent identification, so that'll be up to the pathologists, as well. He says with Governor Abbott's loosening restrictions, UNT can get the remains soon.

A man appealing his capital murder conviction for hiring a hitman to kill a romantic rival in 2012 Is back in jail

Thomas Dixon was out on bond, after the 7th court of appeals over-turned his convictions in December of 2018. Earlier this month, the state's highest criminal court finalized Dixon's conviction for the death of Doctor Joseph Sonnier. Dixon paid his business partner with about $9,000 in silver bars, to kill Sonnier in his home. David Shepard's spending life in prison without parole for the crime. A jury convicted Dixon for Sonnier's murder, as well and sentenced him to the same. Dixon's attorney told the 7th court of appeals last week he's appealing the conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. He's awaiting word back, since the court isn't obligated to take up the case. Sheriff Kelly Rowe says Dixon will be transferred back to Lubbock County as soon as deputies can arrange safe transport.

Look Around Lubbock: How our local businesses are adapting: Caprock Cafe

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. She gets a look today at how the restaurant went from 2% to-go sales to 100% overnight, so they had to adapt to keep their 350 workers employed. "There's going to be a whole lot of new ways of doing business that's going to be good for our industry." 

 
 

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