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Lubbock health officials remain optimistic on COVID-19 case count

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It's been 13 straight days with the number of new COVID-19 cases among Lubbock County residents in the single digits. Lubbock public health director Katherine Wells says this remains good news. It's now been one to two weeks since many businesses have re-opened; it's now the period when Wells said we would begin to see any potential influence from re-opening on the case number.

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Covenant Health will end its drive-thru testing site in Wolfforth Friday. UMC will continue to operate its drive-thru clinic in its parking lot. The testing site at the south Lubbock Wal-Mart also recently announced its hours are being scaled back. Wells said testing is available in more locations, including doctor's clinics, reducing the demand at the above locations. The city will continue to operate its test site at Patterson Library.

Mayor Dan Pope said Lubbock continues to test at roughly twice the rate of the entire state. The mayor said testing will remain critical through the summer and fall.

Public health authority Dr. Ronald Cook said we are now in day 58 of what he terms an "ultra marathon" that is COVID-19. 

County Judge Curtis Parrish said the Lubbock County Courthouse has remained open through the pandemic, though many offices were closed. Plans are being made to reopen those offices and to resume jury trials, once the state's guidance clears the way.

Councilwoman Latrelle Joy urged everyone to continue to practice social distancing, wash hands and wear a mask or face covering when in public. She said wearing a mask prevents someone who has the novel coronavirus but is not showing symptoms from spreading to a high-risk person.

Mayor Pope said the annual Fourth on Broadway celebration will likely be rescheduled for a later date, with a formal announcement expected soon. He also said Juneteenth celebrations may be moved to a later date. Pope said, because of its nature involving competitors spaced out, the Ironman competition may be able to happen in late June. But, as fast as information develops, he said late June is still a long time away.

County Judge Parrish said the summertime Noon concerts should be able to resume, since attendees would be able to spread out and maintain social distancing.

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