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Governor Abbott expected to announce guidelines today for gradually reopening the Texas economy
The governor closed many businesses in an order that expires April 30th. That's this Thursday. Abbott already started easing some restrictions on businesses, allowing retail to-go options and loosening rules on non-essential medical procedures. Governor Abbott will speak this afternoon at 2:30 to lay out his plan for the way forward. We'll have live coverage on FOX34, and in the FOX34 news app. Full story here.
Several other states will join Texas this week in easing restrictions on businesses
Georgia is opening restaurants and movie theaters today. Meanwhile, congress is promising money for states that have taken budget hits because of the virus. States including Colorado, Montana, Tennessee, Minnesota and Iowa will also relax some business restrictions this week.
Lubbock reporting its lowest number of newly confirmed cases in more than a month
The health department confirmed 2 new cases of COVID-19 in Lubbock yesterday, bringing the total to 499 for Lubbock County. 40 people have died. City leaders will hold their weekly virtual news conference this morning with more updates. You can watch it on FOX34 or in the FOX34 news app at 11:30. Full story here.
A laboratory at Texas Tech is processing COVID-19 tests
It was the first in the state to confirm cases. The Institute of Environmental and Human Health's is both an academic research lab and public health diagnostic testing lab. It's area of responsibility covers 67 counties in the panhandle, and due to the recent demand, the Tech system enhanced the capacity of the biological threat research laboratory.
A little more than 54,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, close to 18,000 of those in New York State alone
That's according to tallies collected by Johns Hopkins University, which shows our country has the most deaths by far - double the next closest, which is Italy. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is approaching 1 million.
The Texas Attorney General's office reports its handling thousands of complaints of fraud and price gouging related to COVID-19
Since Governor Abbott's disaster declaration on March 13th, the office has received more than 9,000 complaints. Laws on price gouging apply to anyone who tries to take advantage of a disaster. If you suspect fraud or price gouging related to COVID-19, you can file a complaint on the attorney general's website. We have that link here. Full story here.
Look Around Lubbock: Scoggin-Dickey
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 dealership is managing with the showroom closed, how it's making appointments to clients houses or businesses and how safe servicing is still open.
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