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Three recent COVID-19 deaths in Lubbock not related to nursing homes

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There continues to be positive signs regarding COVID-19 cases in Lubbock, public health director Katherine Wells said Thursday at the city's semiweekly news conference. It is still too early to see any influence on cases from the statewide re-opening of businesses May 1.

She did caution everyone needs to continue precautions to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Wells said three of the four most recent deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 were not among nursing home residents. She said they were all older individuals.

Wells said there were two fairly large outbreaks at two senior living facilities a few weeks back. Everyone was tested at those facilities. Wells said there was a smaller outbreak at a smaller assisted living facility this week; she did not name the facilities. Wells said the facility was working to isolated ill individuals in their own rooms.

Regarding the spread of the coronavirus, Wells said there have not been many cases spread between random individuals in public settings. Most have been in households or among co-workers, people who spend a significant time together in close proximity.

Public health authority Dr. Ronald Cook, D.O., said with Mother's Day approaching, many will want to visit moms in nursing homes. However, under the governor's order, visitors are not allowed to nursing homes or related facilities across Texas. 

City councilwoman Shelia Patterson-Harris reminded residents the city's testing site at the Patterson Branch Library is available at no cost to the person tested. If someone does not have insurance the test can be provided. For more information contact the city at (806)775-2851. The city continues to test the population at close to twice the state average.

The state comptroller's office reported Wednesday Lubbock will receive five percent less sales tax revenue this month than the same time last year. This is based primarily on March sales. Mayor Dan Pope said the city is in good financial shape; the city staff was anticipating as great as a ten percent drop in sales tax revenue.

Pope said while sales tax is a major revenue source, there are several other income streams. The mayor said the city "will continue to provide the services that all of our citizens expect." He said financials have been discussed at recent council work sessions and to anticipate greater detail from city staff in the coming weeks.


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