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Highs drop to upper 70s, lower 80s.
Cold front has moved through our area leaving us with a breezy northerly wind that will continue through much of today. Highs drop to the upper 70s and lower 80s, a bit nicer than the record 96 high of yesterday. Wind speeds drop by the late afternoon and evening hours and stays light overnight, low near 51. Then the heat returns with temperatures nearing 90 and a breezy southwest wind Thursday. We start the month of May with more possible new record highs nearing 100 both Friday and Saturday with wind speeds in the 15-25mph range.
Millions of Americans are expected to return to work as states slowly reopen and with that could come lawsuits surrounding COVID-19
One attorney says an employer could be successfully sued if they violate OSHA rules. OSHA requires businesses to be free of recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm.
The City of Lubbock reports three new cases of novel coronavirus that brings the total number of confirmed cases to 507
There have not been any new deaths. That total remains at 43. 30 patients are hospitalized with confirmed cases, while two others are awaiting a test. The city also reports 26 more cases have recovered, bringing that total to 198. We have a link to a more detailed breakdown on infections and testing, including locations - here.
The health department is opening a new drive-through testing site today
It will be at Patterson Library, near parkway and walnut. Not everyone will get swabbed and you have to get an appointment ahead of time. You have to show symptoms like a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. You also qualify if you've been in close contact with someone who's tested positive. All healthcare workers are eligible for testing. It will be open from 1-6 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The City of Lubbock is offering a voluntary certification, for higher safety standards when businesses reopen
It's called the "Lubbock Safe" program. Participating businesses will self-certify they're following more strict guidelines than the state's. The Lubbock Economic Recovery Task Force has developed these. There are different rules for restaurants, retail stores, malls, outdoor event areas and other types of operations. The sign up process is all online. It's set to go into effect Friday morning, when Governor Abbott's "phase one" plan goes into effect. Details here.
City council members noted the state's maintaining a difference between small shops, and big business
Since many big box retailers are considered essential services, they're not restricted by the mandates that begin Friday. The "Open Texas" Plan does defer to federal guidance on social distancing, but does not impose any further limits on them. Since the City of Lubbock can't restrict those businesses, it's included them in its "Lubbock Safe" program. Without the ability to enforce occupancy limits, it'll be up to those stores to regulate themselves.
The City of Lubbock reports it will likely spend its $2M in business support funds by mid May
The "Support Lubbock" fund Has accepted 57 applications, since Wednesday. That's a pool of money established by the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance and Market Lubbock, and controlled by the South Plains Association of Governments. Find full story here.
Texas Tech students can now apply for $1,000 in grants from the university
It's part of the federal "Cares Act" support for higher ed. This money is earmarked specifically for students and can go toward food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. If you don't qualify, but still need help, you can get it through the "Raider Relief Fund."
A Lancaster teen in North Texas has died from COVID-19
According to officials, 17-year-old Jameela Dirrean-Emoni Barber is Dallas County's youngest to die from complications due to the virus. It is reported that she didn't have any known underlying conditions. It's unclear when she became infected or how long she was sick.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has won Ohio's presidential primary
Yesterday's contest was less about the democratic nomination and more about how states can conduct elections in the era of the coronavirus. The primary was originally scheduled for March 17, but republican Gov. Mike Dewine cited a "health emergency" And recommended that in-person balloting not be held until June 2.
Look Around Lubbock: Connecting businesses and customers
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 a series held by the Lubbock Chamber to help businesses and gets advice from local businesses on how to adapt & keep going.
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