Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
A mild morning with the wind still a light breeze. Record heat expected today with highs nearing 100 with wind speeds picking up 12-22mph from the southwest. Mid and high level clouds will keep us mostly sunny with a pop-up shower possible in our eastern counties. Even with this activity not expecting much if any precipitation, but wind gust may pick up. A repeat of this Saturday, but more sunshine and the wind more westerly. We stay hot Sunday but temperatures drop to lower and mid 90s.
Lubbock restaurants are allowed to open today at 25% occupancy
Many were eager to open, others not. Crafthouse Gastropub owner and chef Jason Diehl decided it's not worth opening its dining areas just yet. Diehl says curb-side delivery and takeout has been steady and it will stick with that until phase 2 of Governor Abbott's orders. There's not a set date for "phase 2" Yet. Governor Abbott wants at least two weeks of data.
Even though businesses are reopening, you can't stop social distancing
That's the message from city leaders. The CDC, the White House., Governor Abbott and Mayor Pope all say you should still say six feet apart from other people and they're still banning public social gatherings of more than ten people. All of Governor Abbott's guidance for reopening the economy mandates that. The CDC encourages wearing facial coverings in public, And washing your hands frequently. The CDC, state and city all encourage you to stay home.
Ensuring compliance with the state's guidelines and the "Lubbock Safe"program will be mostly on the honor system
Mayor Pope says if you think a business or a group is violating social distancing requirements, or the guidelines to reopen businesses, you can call it in.You can call the health department or the non-emergency police number.
The City of Lubbock confirmed 19 new cases of the coronavirus
Five of those had exposure to previous cases, the other 14 are still under investigation. City investigators note a "low risk" Exposure site at the Burger King near 70th and University. Someone who tested positive was there from 8-4 Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Staff report it's closed and performing deep cleaning. Over all, the city has 268 active cases. 224 are considered recovered. There are four drive-up testing sites. We have links to more detailed data and testing requirements here.
During the city's COVID-19 update, health authority Doctor Ron Cook warned we're going to see our confirmation numbers go up
Lubbock's working to bring in another national partner to open another testing location. As testing increases, the health department intends to identify more cases. Doctor Cook said reopening businesses will spread the virus. He emphasized that it's up to everyone to limit it by traveling as little as possible.
Citi-bus will continue offering free rides through May
Staffers say that helps protect drivers and passengers by not exchanging money or tickets. This service is also available to people looking to get tested at the Patterson Library site, free of charge. If you don't have a way to get there, set your appointment and tell the health department you need a ride. Citibus will pick you up and drop you off. All operators will be wearing masks, and the city asks you keep a facial covering on, as well. Details here.
More than 254,000 Texans filed for unemployment insurance last week
That brings the total to a million and a half claims in just six weeks. One in six Americans is out of work, with 30 million claims since mid-March. The state has shifted 145,000 claims from state coverage to the federal "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Programs." That allows self-employed workers, contractors and "gig" workers to apply for aid. These numbers also only reflect people who successfully filed. Many weren't able to get through jammed phone lines or laggy web pages.
The Texas Workforce Commission has established guidance for employees who do not want to return to the workplace and risk lose hours or their jobs
You can still get unemployment benefits, if you choose not to return to the workplace, for an eligible reason. The governor says this is a part of safely and strategically reopening the economy and gives flexibility to the process. You're still eligible for benefits if you choose not to work because you or someone in your home is considered "high risk." All other claims will be subject to a case by case review based on individual circumstances. More found here.
Lubbock Christian will reopen to students for the fall semester
Face-to-face classes will resume and students will be allowed back into dorms. The university will take necessary precautions to protect its most at-risk community members and will use guidance from public health leaders during the planning process. The university is prepared to adapt the academic instruction, residence life, and campus activities to protect the LCU community.
LP&L crews worked through the night to restore power to thousands of people
The outage happened after a vehicle crashed into a power pole at 17th and Slide. No word how serious the injuries are. More than 7 thousand customers lost power. At last check, that number was down to about 90.
A woman is dead after a crash in southern Lubbock County this morning
19-year-old Tanner Lermon of Amarillo and 29-year-old Haley Steele from Lubbock were going south on US 87 when their pick-up swerved into the median, overcorrected and flipped. Steele died in the crash, Lermon wasn't hurt. Investigators are still trying to determine who was driving.
There will be a new election in the republican primary for justice, seventh court of appeals
Justice Larry Doss made the announcement today. The court also ordered the losing party to pay for the costs of the appeal. The race is currently scheduled for July 14, 2020. This decision reaffirms the voting rights of citizens in the Texas panhandle and South Plains.
Look Around Lubbock: The UPS Store
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 the store is providing services like mail & package receiving, shipping, printing & notary. Mailbox customers may be expecting important health-related shipments or may need help printing important financial documents or faxing loan applications. Parents and teachers now managing remote learning may need to print lessons and assignments.
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