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Highs in upper 80s, lower 90s today
The warming trend begins today as temperatures warm around 10 degrees more than yesterday with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Wind speeds increase 12-22mph from the south-southwest for a gusty day and lots of sunshine. It stay breezy tonight with high clouds moving in from the west, low near 63. Mostly sunny and breezy Friday with highs climbing yet again nearing 100, this continues into Saturday as well.
The city's fourth drive-up testing center is now open at the Patterson Library
This is the first one run by the city health department, and the only one east of I-27. The site has a capacity to test 8 to 10 people an hour, and will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1-6 pm. Appointments must be made ahead of time through the health department, and only people with symptoms, a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, or a high-risk health care worker can qualify for a test. More details here.
As the availability of testing grows, City Councilman Steve Massengale says the requirements will loosen
Every testing site so far requires you to show symptoms. Staffers will screen for flu and other conditions, and ask questions, to see if you qualify. The Walmart testing site is at 114th and Quaker. You have to make an appointment online. There's no walk-up screening. It's open from 9-4 every day, weather permitting.
Governor Abbott wants to test 30,000 Texans for the virus every day. Texas Tech's Health Science Center could be a driving force in reaching that goal. It's producing "viral transport media" or "VTM"- a critical component in COVID-19 testing.
Lubbock confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19
That brings the total to 516. This is the fifth day in a row the city has reported fewer than ten new cases, out of 244 new tests. 36 people are hospitalized with the virus, leaving hundreds of beds still open for use. Bringing the total of active cases to 259. We have a link to more detailed data here.
Plainview and Hale County report one new case of COVID-19 and four new recoveries
The newest case is a 61 year-old woman. She caught the virus through local transmission. The county has confirmed 25 cases total. Four people have died. 14 are listed as recovered.
Brownfield and Terry County also confirming one new case of the virus
That brings the total there to 11. Only two of those 11 cases are active. 9 people have recovered. The new case is a woman in her 30's. The health district is still investigating how she got the virus and any potential exposure risks to the public.
The city took its "Lubbock Safe" program to the Chamber of Commerce
For all businesses, the city is recommending hand sanitizer stations, frequent hand-washing, and facial coverings for staff and customers. Employers are also strongly encouraged to screen all employees' health each day, including temperature checks. The city's also recommending barriers between customers and cashiers. Since the governor's order sets regulations for the state and specifies local governments can't make changes, this local program is voluntary. We have a link to the guidance and how to sign up here.
All United family stores will return to normal operating hours starting Friday
Stores will still limit the number of customers allowed inside at one time. They'll also continue to have designated shopping times every Monday and Thursday for people older than 60. Enhanced cleaning schedules and self distancing rules will continue.
Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec says the university will reopen for the fall semester
In-person classes will resume and students will be allowed back into dorms. The university will use a phased approach to protect the health of returning students. Campus will remain closed until the end of May, with all "summer 1" classes remaining online. It's possible there will be some face-to-face instruction for summer 2.
Look Around Lubbock: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
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 this business is helping families plan services in a time of social distancing.
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