Lubbock has done a good job of acting to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, public health authority Dr. Ronald Cook, D.O. said Thursday.
Dr. Cook said "we were really concerned" a few weeks ago about the trend seen within the nursing home population. A metric measured is the doubling rate, which shows how many days it takes for the number of cases to double.
Dr. Cook said the doubling rate is now around 72 or 73 days among nursing homes. It is around 25 days among the general population. On April 4 the doubling rate for Lubbock was five days.
He said as restrictions are loosened for what businesses and public gathering places are opened, it is still important for everyone to wear a face covering, such as a mask or bandana.
Both University Medical Center and Covenant Health will begin to perform elective medical procedures, following Governor Abbott's orders to loosen these restrictions statewide. A "park & pray" event is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Saturday, to pray for and honor medical staff. The public is asked to arrive south of UMC around 7:30 p.m. to get a parking spot.
Richard Parks, CEO of Covenant Health, said three percent of all hospitalized people at Covenant are positive COVID-19 cases. And of this small percentage, 81 percent of confirmed COVID-19 patients show mild to no symptoms.
Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope showed COVID-19 hospitalizations have been, for weeks, just a small sliver of the local hospital capacity.
Pope said the city is navigating between saving lives and livelihoods. He is encouraged by trends seen in the case counts and wants to get business going again but "not to restart so quickly that something flares up."
The city Thursday will begin releasing confirmed case data detailed by zip code, ethnicity and sex.