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High near 79 today; windy morning
Becoming windy this morning with a northwest wind 20-30mph, into the afternoon it stays breezy and partly sunny. High near 79, models indicate a low chance for a few isolated showers this afternoon and evening. Precipitation may not reach the surface, if it does not much is expected. The wind lightens tonight with a mostly clear sky and the low near 50. Sunshine and a warm Thursday with highs in the mid to upper 80s.
The health department has confirmed 13 new cases and two more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus in Lubbock
That brings the total number of deaths to 38 and the total number of confirmed cases to 458. 218 are related to nursing homes. 26 are health care workers. 24 are still under investigation. The number of active cases has been relatively steady over the past week. 134 people have recovered. 29 patients are hospitalized with a confirmed case of the virus, and three with unconfirmed cases. There have been more than 5,000 tests administered in Lubbock. Testing here per capita is at about twice the average for Texas. Of all tests, 541 have returned positive. 43 hundred have negatives. 65 are pending. Some of these tests performed here are for residents of other counties.
Governor Abbott reports more than 20,000 cases of the coronavirus in our state
In an update yesterday, he announced it's killed 517 Texans, and hospitalized more than 1,400. More than 6,500 of confirmed cases are listed as recoveries. The governor says Texas is nowhere near its hospital bed capacity. He said testing is crucial to his plan to reopen the Texas economy. The governor emphasizes his "stay at home" And essential services orders last until April 30th. That's a week from tomorrow. On Monday, he will announce the state's plan and guidelines to gradually and safely reopen the economy. That's expected to include new guidance to go into effect May 1st.
The governor says there are nearly half a million job openings across the state
If you've lost your job due to COVID-19, or just need a new one, get in touch with Workforce Solutions of the South Plains. It's a state contractor that can connect you with work in our area. Governor Abbott's data shows the biggest employers in West Texas include sales operations centers, call centers and in meat processing. You can also look at jobs from across the state at workintexas.com.
Texans getting food stamps through SNAP will be able to use those vouchers online
The USDA has incorporated our state into its pilot program. The department of state health services will post info on its website with available regions and retailers. The USDA reports Amazon and Wal-mart are two main authorized locations. More than three million Texans use food stamps, totaling nearly 5 billion dollars a year in federal funding.
The senate has approved another 483 billion dollars in aid for small businesses
If approved by the house, that would replenish the payroll protection program. That's the small business administration's forgivable loans to help entrepreneurs keep workers. The original $310 billion ran out last week. Also included in this PPP deal, is $75 billion more for hospitals. It will include a nationwide virus testing program, Intended to help reopen the economy. President Trump says he'll be ready to sign it right away
Criminal records are shutting some small-business owners out of the paycheck protection program
Government guidelines say businesses are ineligible if anyone who owns at least 20% of the company is or was incarcerated, under indictment, on probation or parole, or had been convicted of a felony within the last five years. Would-be applicants and their advocates say the restrictions are a slap in the face for those who have served their time, especially from an administration that has trumpeted second chances.
LP&L customers will pay less for energy this summer
The rate cut is part of its "power cost recovery factor." The Electric Utility Board unanimously approved the change. It's effective for all residential and commercial customers June 1st through September 30th. The "recovery factor" Is is the amount the utility pays to buy or generate power, which is sent to your home at no mark up. The utility cites lower energy costs for letting it slash rates for the sixth time in 36 months. Board members also approved policy changes to help customers during the pandemic. The changes focus on customers who can't pay their bills, because they were laid off, or suffered other lifestyle changes due to the virus.
Look Around Lubbock: Keeping Businesses and Customers Connected
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. Today, she covers Flint Avenue Marketing, Racer Classic Car Wash, Scarborough Specialties.
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