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High will be in the 90s today
The record for today is 94, we will likely tie or beat the record for this afternoon. The wind will shift to the northwest 8-15mph with lots of sunshine and some high clouds. Cold front moves through and will cool us to the lower to mid 50s overnight with a breeze 10-20mph. Dropping to the average at 79 Wednesday, then back in the 90s, with possible triple digit heat to end the week.
The Texas economy will reopen in phases starting Friday
The first wave of businesses will include restaurants, movie theaters, retail shops, and malls. But they have to limit visitors to a quarter of total occupancy capacity. Under the "Open Texas" plan, Governor Abbott will let the state's stay at home orders expire Thursday night. Governor Abbott emphasizes, if there's a flare-up in a county, restrictions will tighten again. Using the state's data, he's set a target of May 18th to move into "phase two" which will include barber shops, salons, gyms and bars. We have a link to the "Open Texas" guide here.
The City of Lubbock reports three more people have died from the virus
That brings the total to 43. The health department also confirmed five new cases. That brings the total to 504. Sunday recorded the lowest number since March 23rd - only two cases. 29 patients are hospitalized with confirmed cases while two others are awaiting a test. Out of those cases, 172 are cited as "recovered. " We have a link to a more detailed breakdown on infections and testing, including locations here.
Garza County will host a mobile testing site today
You can get tested for free from 8 am until 5 pm at the courthouse. You have to register to get tested but you can do so while you wait in line. We have the number for that here.
Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish extended his disaster declaration for another month
It doesn't change any of the conditions from the past month. This move allows the county to continue drawing state and federal aid to fund operations and a corona virus response. That order will now expire May 30th, unless the county amends or revokes it. More here.
President Trump says states should "seriously consider" reopening their public schools before the end of the academic year
Dozens already have said it would be unsafe for students to return until the summer or fall. Only a few have publicly considered earlier openings, including Montana, which says school districts can resume classroom instruction on May 7.
Follow up on a murder from last week - Police say the shooter killed a teenager during a marijuana sale
David Ruth is charged with murdering 17-year-old Darrean Nichols early Friday morning. Special investigators say Ruth and one of Nichols' friends arranged a pot deal on Facebook. Nichols and Brianna Garza went along. Ruth's arrest warrant shows Ruth pulled a gun on the buyer, and started shooting.Police say he hit Nichols and Garza. Nichols died at the hospital. Garza is o-k. If convicted for Nichols' death, Ruth faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
Violent crime in Lubbock is up, according to Police Chief Floyd Mitchell
Overall, crimes against people and property are up in the past three months compared to last year. He also talked about how officers have adjusted their methods when it comes to enforcing the law. He says they have the proper personal protection equipment and are using common sense to guard the city. When it comes to enforcing the city, county, and state's mandates on COVID-19, Chief Mitchell says the police have issued 39 citations. The fire marshal's issued eleven. More here.
Look Around Lubbock: High Point Village
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 the well-being of the villagers and how they're still having classes while social distancing.
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