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City of Lubbock: Continued positive signs on COVID-19

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There continues to be positive news regarding the novel coronavirus in Lubbock, the city's public health director said Thursday. And the city's mayor said he is excited more people can go back to work starting tomorrow.

Director Katherine Wells said there continues to be an increase in recoveries, which are people who were tested and received a positive result and have since recovered. And there has been a decrease in active cases. But, she stressed, everyone still needs to stay home as much as they can. Click here - for the city's COVID-19 dashboard with ample data.

Public health authority Dr. Ronald Cook, D.O. said everyone "still must not let our guard down". He said everyone needs to continue to socially distance and advised it is wise to wear masks or face coverings while in public.

Lubbock Mayor Dan pope said "it's critical we reopen safely". He said, while businesses are reopening, the guidance from the state and federal governments is for everyone to stay home when they can. Click here - for the city's "Lubbock Safe!" program, including how to sign up your business.

Lubbock continues to test for COVID-19 at more than twice the rate of the rest of the state. Mayor Pope said Lubbock has tested about 2.32 percent of the city's population, while about 1.1 percent of the state's population has been tested. "More testing is good," Pope said. Through Wednesday there have been 7,437 tests performed in Lubbock. Of those, 661, or 8.9 percent, have returned a positive, with 98 test results pending.

The governor's order for phase 1 to reopening the economy sets restrictions throughout Texas. It allows restaurants to re-open, limiting to 25 percent of maximum  occupancy. And it limits social gatherings to 10 or fewer people.

The city reports weddings or funerals in a church fall under the governor's order on religious sites, which allows for more than 10 people to gather. The governor advises to space out attendees. And the statewide recommendations continue to promote remote religious services, delivered by broadcast or web stream.

Click here - for the The Governor's Report to Open Texas, which provides specifics. 

StarCare Specialty Services has a mental health hotline for anyone who needs assistance, at 806.740.1414. Additional resources are also available at the city's help line of 211.

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