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Temperatures will climb into upper 70s lower 80s
A hot one today with temperatures climbing to the upper 70s and low 80s by noon, high near 97. Some clouds with a chance for isolated severe storms to our eastern counties. For the rest of us on the Caprock, dry and gusty as wind speeds increase 20-25mph. Red Flag Warning issued for our northwestern counties with a high risk for wild fires to spread quickly. Cold front tonight will keep wind speeds strong in the 20-30mph range and drop highs to the 60s and low 70s Friday.
More Lubbock businesses are prepping for tomorrow, when the governor will allow them to reopen
Gyms are not one of those and are still required to stay closed. The "Open Texas" plan expects gyms to reopen on the 18th, pending more state-wide data.More Lubbock businesses are prepping for tomorrow, when the governor will allow them to reopen. Gyms are not one of those and are still required to stay closed. The "Open Texas" plan expects gyms to reopen on the 18th, pending more state-wide data.
More than 450 businesses have self-certified as "Lubbock Safe"
That's a voluntary city program, pledging to uphold higher health standards than the state's. There are different requirements for many kinds of businesses included in the governor's economic recovery plans. The main things are keep social distance, wear facial coverings and wash your hands frequently. We have a link to the guidelines at both the city and state level here. You can also use the info there to certify your business as "Lubbock Safe."
Lubbock County's sales tax revenue was down 5% in March, compared to last year
It's about $6.7 million. Last year, the distribution at this time was more than $7 million. Statewide, the average drop to local governments is also around 5%. Comptroller Glenn Hegar notes social distancing requirements weren't in place until late March. He anticipates a more significant drop next month, which will reflect April sales.
The city reports another death is attributed to the novel coronavirus
This brings the total to 47 among Lubbock County residents. Staffers confirmed eight new cases, for a total of 575. Lubbock has more recovered cases than active ones. 283 people who were tested and received a positive have fought off the virus. The county confirmed 726 total cases so far. The city's next COVID-19 news conference is 11:30 this morning. We'll have it on FOX34 and in the FOX34 news app.
Covenant reports it performed 150 antibody tests
The system started offering that yesterday. It's the first asymptomatic testing available to the public in Lubbock. Antibody tests will check whether you've been exposed to the virus. If that's the case, you may be eligible to donate plasma to help other people fighting it. It's not designed to see if you're currently infected with COVID-19. Anyone older than 18 can be tested, as long as you're not sick and you must have health insurance. If you're feeling ill, click here for a list of testing locations.
Starting today, UMC will perform free antibody tests for first responders
It's intended to find out how many health care workers and first responders have been exposed to the infection. There's a list of specific agencies that qualify for the free test. We have that here.
A Dallas salon-owner was booked into jail for violating the state's reopening orders
A county judge found Shelley Luther in contempt of court and sentenced her to 7 days because she opened her salon - despite orders to stay closed. She told the judge she wouldn't have been able to feed her family otherwise. The judge said Luther expressed no contrition, remorse, or regret for her actions and that he would've considered just giving her a fine if she had apologized. That's drawn ire from state leaders, including Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who said he'd front the money to get Luther out of jail.
Anti-gang investigators have arrested a man for shooting and killing a teenager earlier this week
Derik Edmond is accused of murdering 17-year-old Christopher Jolly early Monday morning. Investigators say there was a big crowd near Parkway and Zenith, when someone started shooting. Police found jolly with serious injuries. He died at the hospital. Edmond is held on a $200,000 bond.If convicted, he faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has new guidelines for meat processing plants to stay open
It's part of an executive order President Trump issued to protect the food supply. Secretary Perdue wrote to governors it is essential to ensure the health and safety of those who help keep food on the table during this unprecedented time. Federal agents are working with the state's "Surge Response Task Force" at the JBS plant north of Amarillo. An outbreak among workers there threatened to shut down that plant.
Look Around Lubbock: The Rustic Brush
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. Today, she looks at the services offered by this business and some take home projects to do with the kids for Mother's Day or graduating seniors.
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