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Two people are seriously injured after a crash on 92nd and University
Police say two motorcycles and a truck collided late last night. The two drivers of the motorcycles were transported to UMC.. One arrest was made unrelated to the crash. The crash is still under investigation.
Doctors are starting to test a new type of treatment for very sick COVID-19 patients by recruiting people who have recovered from the very same virus
Antibodies found in the plasma of recovered patients are thought to help others still battling the virus. As the therapy is used more widely, more people are encouraged to donate their plasma. The therapy has been used in previous outbreaks like Ebola, SARS and even the 1918 flu pandemic. The therapy is considered relatively safe but is not a cure for the disease. Experts say It could be months before a vaccine is developed.
The health department has confirmed another death and 11 new cases attributed to the novel coronavirus in Lubbock
That brings the total number of deaths to 40 total confirmed cases now 481. Of the confirmed cases, 221 are related to nursing homes. 29 are health care workers. The city released new numbers tracking the virus by gender and ethnicity. Reports show of all confirmed cases 289 are women and 192 men. New data also show that hispanics account for 188 cases in our area. White people: 182. The number of active cases has started leveling off over the past week. Meanwhile, recoveries continue to climb. 149 people have recovered. 31 patients are hospitalized with a confirmed case of the virus. There have been more than 5,800 hundred tests administered in Lubbock. Of all tests, 581 have returned positive. 5,100 have returned negative. 117 are pending. Some of the cases showed here are for residents of other counties. We have a link to even more specifics on the data in the FOX34 news app.
Starting today you can get tested at the Walmart near 114th and Quaker if you show symptoms or are a first responder or health care worker
You have to make an appointment online. There's no walk-up screening. It's open from 9-4 every day, weather permitting. Health care workers or first responders do not have to show symptoms to get tested. It's a self-administered nasal swab with guidance from a professional. There's no charge for this test. We have a link to more details, including the requirements, in the FOX34 news app.
Congress has approved refilling the payroll protection program
That's the program providing federally-backed small business loans to keep workers employed. Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington approved the measure and released a video in support of it. It highlights businesses who can stay afloat with those loans. He says these loans are a life-line and emphasizes it's these entrepreneurs who will get the nation through the crisis, not the government. President trump says he'll approve the proposal as well. It injects nearly $500 billion into the payroll protection funds as well as hospitals. These loans can be forgiven entirely, ff a business maintains the same number of staff as before the pandemic. The loans are taken care of through community banks.
The chairman of the Railroad Commission says Saudi Arabia, Russia, and China have essentially declared war on Texas
In a call with the state's republican party, Chairman Wayne Christian blamed Saudi Arabia and Russia for tanking oil prices and blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic. The railroad commission oversees the state's natural resources. Chairman Christian says the constriction in the oil market, especially is going to force many small companies into bankruptcy. He predicts that will lead to many bigger companies getting to take advantage of that in a couple years. The chairman says the pandemic is also a "est drive of socialism." He says it shows how government-run health care, groceries, and energy supply would affect the economy. The chairman says he's confident Americans will choose the free market over government management.
Look Around Lubbock: Barbershop Quartet
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 takes a look today at how the quartet is preserving the American tradition even during the pandemic.
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