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Lubbock health officials highlight continued positive COVID-19 news

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There continues to be a decline in active COVID-19 cases, with a steady increase in recoveries. Also, the percentage of people who test positive continues to decline. Public health director Katherine Wells said it's been three weeks since Texas began reopening and it's good news the trends health officials are tracking in the city.

Click here - for comprehensive data on the city's COVID-19 dashboard.

Public health authority Dr. Ronald Cook commended Lubbock for how it is following social distancing guidelines.

Dr. Cook again urged everyone to wear a mask or face covering while in public. He said this helps slow the spread of the virus, especially among people who are carrying the virus but not showing symptoms.

Dr. Cook said medial professionals continue to learn more about the novel coronavirus, since it is new. He pointed to trends noted in China, New York and elsewhere. He said there is evidence children are not immune and can develop symptoms of COVID-19.

While he said there are no known cases with these symptoms in Lubbock, Dr. Cook said these are signs parents need to watch out for in children:

  • High fever that lasts several days
  • Rash covering much of the body
  • Conjunctivitis, red in their eyes
  • Stomach ache or loss of appetite
  • Vomiting, diarrhea 
  • Bright red lips that may crack

Robert Taylor, co-chair of the Lubbock Economic Recovery Task Force, said there are now 774 businesses that have signed up for "Lubbock Safe!", which he said is a sign businesses go above and beyond the minimum state requirements for safety.

The local task force met Tuesday to provide guidelines to businesses the governor identified Monday that can open immediately or later this week. Co-chair and councilman Steve Massengale said this is to clarify for these local businesses and organizations. He said one concern is for some child care centers the latest state guidelines appear to be more restrictive than what was in place earlier.

Massengale stressed while businesses are re-opening, it does not mean everyone can stop safety protocols and go back to how things were a few months ago. "We must continue doing what we're doing to ensure that we can operate in a safe manner moving forward," Massengale said.

City leadership was asked whether people in our area should avoid traveling to Amarillo, where there has been a significant spike in cases. Both Mayor Pope and Councilman Massengale urged everyone to avoid hot spots, including Amarillo and El Paso. 

Mayor Pope said the city is still evaluating when it can re-open community centers, public pools and summer camps, under the governor's orders. 

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