The City of Lubbock confirmed five additional COVID-19 cases among the county's residents Monday. The county also reported three additional deaths.
The total number of cases is 504. Of those people who were tested and received a positive: 289 are active cases, 172 are recovered and 43 people have died.
During the city news conference Monday, Director of Public Health Katherine Wells said there has been a "significant" decrease in the number of reported COVID-19 cases. She said the number of recoveries is also increasing.
"This is really good news and shows that social distancing is working and we need the community to continue to stay the course," Wells said.
She also announced a fourth drive-thru testing facility at Patterson Library will open this Wednesday. The library is located at 1836 Parkway Dr. The clinic will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call the health department at 806-775-2933. Anyone who has signs and symptoms of COVID-19, healthcare workers and first responders can be tested at this location. There is no charge for the test, and the health department will accept insurance.
Mayor Dan Pope said it is important the city balances public safety with financial recovery.
"We don't want to sacrifice safe for soon. We don't want to go too quickly," Pope said. "But I believe we can finish the race and stay the course. That is get business going and remain safe, and I want you to keep your eye on the prize."
The data supports "warming up" the economy in phases, he said. The Lubbock Economic Task Force has been meeting since last Monday. It will finalized its report and present it to the city council Monday evening.
Pope said the world we will go back into will not be the one we left.
"We're going to do restaurants differently. We're going to do our gyms differently..." Pope said. "So, it is important that we have local work to make sure we work with our businesses, our nonprofits, our families, our healthcare facilities to make sure we do this the right way."
Texas has seen a large testing capacity with signs the virus could be slowing, with Governor Abbott announcing plans to reopen Texas' economy in phases starting Friday.
The Lubbock City Council will meet Tuesday and use the task force's findings and Governor Abbott's recommendations to decide the nest steps toward reopening.
Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish also extended Lubbock County's disaster declaration Monday through May 30.
The city has much more detailed data at its COVID-19 dashboard.