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One more person in Lubbock has died from the coronavirus
That brings the total to 50. Not counting this latest death, the city noted yesterday morning that six out of the last seven deaths were not related to nursing homes. The health department also confirmed half a dozen new cases of the virus. This brings the total in our county to 598. Health Director Katherine Wells noted the city does not have the capacity to re-test anyone with a confirmed case yet to see if they've fully recovered. More details here.
The health department confirmed the retail store "At Home as a possible COVID-19 exposure site
The exposure was Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm. If you were there at that time, the CDC recommends to get tested and quarantine yourself until the results come in. The store being cleaned and sanitized. No word on when it will reopen.
Governor Abbott has ordered all nursing homes in the state to test residents and staff
He's directed three state agencies to develop and implement a plan based on directions from the white house's coronavirus task force. The governor says this is an important step to ensure any potential clusters of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes are quickly detected and contained.
Lubbock's city council will evaluate its budget during worksession today
Mayor Dan Pope says financially, the city is ok despite a drop in sales taxes. The city suffered a 5% loss in revenue from last month. The mayor said council had braced for 10%. Next month's revenue, reflecting April, is likely be substantially less, since most stay-at-home orders didn't go into effect until the last couple weeks of March. More details here.
After requests from Congress and municipal leaders, Governor Abbott has announced nearly $2 billion in aid for small and medium sized cities and counties
It's part of the "Cares Act" distribution to the states. The largest cities like Houston and Dallas had money directly dropped into their budgets. All the other 241 counties have to wait on the state to distribute it. Local governments will have to apply for the grants. Upon approval, the state will send out a fifth of the total allocation immediately. After that, the governments must keep their receipts, so to speak, for reimbursement later on. That's intended to fight future outbreak and mitigate long-term effects.
The democratic leader of the house is urging lawmakers to go big on the next coronavirus aid package
But the senate's republican leader is cautioning his colleagues not to go so fast. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to unveil the fifth virus aid package, this time aimed at states and cities struggling to avoid layoffs in the face of skyrocketing health care costs and plummeting tax receipts during the economic shutdown. And there will be money for virus testing and another round of direct cash payments and unemployment benefits.
A man is in jail accused of shooting and killing a man in West Lubbock yesterday
Police say the shooting was over a woman. Christopher Carmona is accused of murdering the man near 50th and Bangor. He was arrested for carrying a gun as a felon. Investigators say Carmona got into a fight with the victim at the King David Trails Apartments and pulled a gun then shot the man. They tell us the victim ran, was shot several more times then collapsed a block later and died. His name hasn't been released yet. Carmona is held on a $250,000 bond. He faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole, if convicted. More details on the case here.
New details on a man's murder from last week
An arrest warrant shows the suspect charged for the death of 28-year-old Cody Moreno reportedly pulled a gun on him several times before Moreno was killed. Police arrested 34-year-old Robert Miner Friday for Moreno's murder. Reports show Miner intentionally crashed into Moreno's car then shot him. Miner was arrested in Shallowwater. He is held on a $250,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.
Look Around Lubbock: Cleaning Services of Lubbock
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 including the machines that are the same technology used by NASA to purify spaceships.
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