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Risk for storms today; chances increase after noon
Another day with a risk for storms, some severe with hail, high wind gusts, and heavy rainfall. The chances for this activity increases after noon and likely to develop around Lubbock and our south and eastern counties. Then pushes southeast clearing our area tonight, slow movement may lead to flooding with the heavy rainfall. High nearing 90, dropping to the lower and mid 80s this weekend.
Face-to-face classes will resume at Texas Tech in the fall. But it's not going to be easy or cheap
Texas Tech's board of regents met Thursday. The university system has six facilities under construction that experienced delays and have either lowered work count or split shifts. The system has faced three positive COVID--19 cases - one on the dairy barn project in the El Paso medical science building and at the vet school. Fall football is a big topic. The regents are considering alternatives such as starting it in October or the spring. The next board meetings are August 6th and 7th.
COVID-19 recoveries continue an upward trend in Lubbock, while new confirmed cases by day stays below ten
Staffers confirmed seven new cases for a total of 614. 209 are considered active. Recoveries are now at 355.
Hale County confirmed one new case and one new recovery
It's reporting nine active cases. Four deaths are attributed to infection. 29 people have recovered from the illness.
All of the 12 cases confirmed in Terry County so far have recovered, according to the Brownfield City Manager
There are no active cases. It shows no deaths attributed to the virus.
Texas has seen its deadliest COVID-19 day of the coronavirus pandemic so far, with state officials reporting 58 deaths yesterday, making a total of 1,216
More than 60 South Texas meat plant workers tested positive for COVID-19. A supreme court justice let stand an appeals court ruling that Texas prison officials don't have to provide additional protection to inmates. And in Houston, a $15 million program to help residents struggling to pay their rent has run out of money.
With the state allowing gyms to open Monday, the "Lubbock Safe!" program has released new guidelines
That's a voluntary effort from the city of Lubbock to hold higher health standards than the state's minimum. If a gym or a fitness center will open, it is limited to 25% occupancy excluding staff. A "Lubbock Safe" gym will scan forehead temperature and give you a health survey before your work out. While you're there, maintain your distance, wear a facial covering while working out, and if you're sick, stay home. The facility will have to clean the equipment each time it's used, and all locker rooms and showers must stay closed. Gyms can now self certify as "Lubbock Safe" on the city's website. We have a link to that here.
An organization of bars in Texas has asked its members to "soft open" tonight
The bars and nightclubs alliance wants its partner businesses to bring in staff, turn on all the lights and music, and rehearse its procedures. No patrons would be allowed. It has presented a "ten part plan" to the governor's strike force for reopening businesses with a 51% license. Those are any places that make more than half their profits off alcohol sales. It would also allow the Alcoholic Beverage Commission to suspend licenses if any business poses an immediate threat. The state hasn't issued any guidance or set a date for opening those establishments. The TBNA wants bars open Monday with 50% capacity, and 100% capacity on June first.
The FDA has issued an alert about the COVID-19 tests being used by the White House
Yesterday, the agency said there are "possible accuracy concerns" with the Abbott ID now coronavirus test.The agency points to recent studies that show the test may return false negative reports .New York University researchers found the test to be quote "unacceptable" for use with patients, claiming it frequently misses cases of the virus. Abbott has disputed the findings, saying it is inconsistent with other studies. The FDA says the test can still be used and it's working with Abbott and others to study the new data.
One person is in serious condition after a crash late last night
It happened just after midnight in the 9800 block of Avenue P. The major crash unit is responding to the scene. No further information has been given.
Today, an air force bomber will fly over our area
It's part of its "American resolve salute" honoring health care and front line workers. The B-1 Lancer is assigned to the 337th test and evaluation squadron, based out of Dyess Air Base near Abilene. It will tour Amarillo this morning, flying over the VA hospital there, before traveling to Lubbock. It will fly over the VA clinic, then Covenant Hospital and Covenant Children's. After passing our area, the bomber will move on to Odessa then back to Abilene. We'll have this for you this morning on FOX34 News Now, a little after 11:30.
Look Around Lubbock: Stars and Stripes Drive-In
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, we get a look at what business is like for the only theater open now in Lubbock, featuring the experience and doing something together, but separated.
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