Good Day Lubbock: Monday, May 4 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Monday, May 4

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Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34. 

 

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DEVELOPING: Teen died in early morning shooting near E 2nd and Zenith

Officers responded to a shots fired call around 2:30 a.m. They say a crowd had gathered and they found 17-year-old Christopher Jolly with serious injuries. EMS took him to UMC where he died.

The case is still under investigation.

Temperatures could likely hit triple digits today

Yet another hot day for our area with triple digit heat likely. Dry air and wind speeds 12-22mph from the west has us with a elevated wildfire risk. Some relief on the way as a cold front move through overnight. This will bring a gusty northerly wind that sticks around through early Tuesday. We drop to the 50s tonight and warm only to the upper 70s tomorrow.

We start the week with thousands more coronavirus cases confirmed in Texas, as the state starts to reopen for business

More than a thousand cases added for each of the last four days. And the number of deaths increased by at least 20. State health officials yesterday reported 31,548 confirmed cases and 867 deaths due to COVID-19. The number of infections is actually believed to be much higher because many people haven't been tested and studies suggest people can be infected without showing symptoms. The vast majority of those infected recover.

One area that's seen a big spike in cases - just to our north in Amarillo

A federal strike force was called in to help respond. Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson made the request.  The team will focus on outbreaks and take over COVID-19 testing and investigations. Between Potter and Randall counties, there are nearly 1,100 confirmed cases. Potter County's infection rate of 5.6 per 1,000 residents is about four times higher than rates in Harris and Dallas County. In Moore County, it is 16.6 per 1,000 residents. That's where the JBS beef meat packing plant is. There have been outbreaks at meat processing facilities across the country.

Here in Lubbock County, there are now 553 total confirmed cases

Four more were added yesterday. Of those confirmed cases, 268 are active. The city did not report any new recoveries or deaths yesterday. There are multiple drive-up testing sites. We have links to more detailed data,  testing requirements and the sites here. 


Since the governor's order prevents city and county governments from instituting more strict requirements, the "Lubbock Safe!" program is a voluntary way to support higher standards

It includes extra guidance for retail, restaurants, and other businesses. A "Lubbock Safe!" business will have hand sanitizer available, wear facial coverings, wash hands between each customer interaction and have barriers between staff and consumers. There's additional guidance for the South Plains Mall, restaurants, big box retailers child care providers and other businesses not included in the reopening. Any business can self-certify and testify online it will follow the guidance. We have links to all the state and city mandates for reopening businesses here.


Citizens tower will be open for business today

The development services division on the first floor will open at 8 am. Those are the departments responsible for building, remodeling, or developing land. You'll be able to ask questions and submit applications and plans for review. Mayor Pope told us the city council will hold its May 12th meeting in the new chambers there.

Texas Tech, South Plains College, and Lubbock Christian University all announced last week they will resume face-to-face classes in the fall

Since college students represent a low-risk demographic, administrators say resuming in-person interactions is more doable. Texas Tech and South Plains plan to offer some face-to-face courses during the second summer term. LCU is still working out more of those details for summer courses.


Buffalo Springs Lake closes after fight breaks out

There were long lines to get in over the weekend, but, after a fight last night seen by crowds, and with video the spread quickly on social media, the lake's beaches were closed last night at 8.  It wasn't clear from the Buffalo Springs Lake Facebook page when the beaches will re-open.  It cited "recent events" and stated Buffalo Springs PD and the sheriff's office would make the announcements.

UPDATE: "Zach's Club" in west Lubbock will not reopen today, citing cease order 

While Governor Abbott's plan doesn't explicitly permit it, "Zach's Club" In West Lubbock announced last week that it would be reopening today. The governor's original order only mentions gyms, saying quote, "people shall avoid visiting gyms" along with mentioning bars, swimming pools, and bowling alleys. It didn't explicitly bar them from opening, and didn't mandate they stay closed. The gym made a Facebook post last night that says it was in receipt of revised mandates from the governor and is choosing to comply. We will have more on that later today.

More small business loans announced

The Trump Administration announcing 2.2 million small business loans, worth 175 billion dollars have been made in the second round of the paycheck protection program. Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin says the average size of a loan made, was 79,000 dollars.  The administration said that since the launch of the PPP, 3.8 million loans totaling more than 500 billion dollars have been made.

A man is in jail after a fatal shooting in Levelland Saturday

Police arrested 24-year-old Brennon Guerra. They say Guerra turned himself in.  Police report a man was shot in the torso, near the 400 block of Cedar Avenue at around 7. The victim, who hasn't yet been identified died at the hospital.  Guerra is being held at the Hockley County jail on a $200,000 bond.

 

Look Around Lubbock: Tom's Tree Place

 

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 some activities you can do with your kids outside and when the store is open so you can browse and pick out what you need.

Do you know someone celebrating a birthday? Let us know, so we can announce it on-air around 6:55 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. e-mail birthdays@fox34.com.

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