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Rain chances increase over next couple days
Today looks to have a better chance across the South Plains for rain with a lower chance for the Rolling Plains. Isolated storms will develop near the Texas and New Mexico border around 3 p.m. and push east into the evening. The high is 93 degrees with a breezy south win of 12 to 20 mph. The rain chanced diminish tonight with lows staying mild in the upper 60's.
Lubbock Coronavirus update
The Health Department confirmed 61 more cases of COVID-19 in Lubbock Tuesday. That's the most in a single day since the pandemic started. There are 338 active cases and 566 people have now recovered from the virus. Lubbock County has done more than 25,700 tests. Out of those, about 4.9% have returned positive.
Abbott: Young people driving COVID-19 case increase
The city has now identified an outbreak of COVID-19 among young adults age 18 to 25. Governor Abbott blames people under the age of 30 for spreading the virus in our area. He said it's hard to tell where they all are contracting the virus, whether it be from Memorial Day celebrations or bar settings, but this informs leaders on what steps to take to reduce the spread. On Monday, the T.A.B.C. issued a warning to bars and restaurants that an violations of the state's social distancing guidelines will result in a 30 day suspension of their liquor license.
Leaders say more than enough hospital beds
Despite a state wide uptick in Coronavirus cases, state leaders emphasize there are more than enough hospital beds to handle it. A quarter of the beds in D.F.W. are available and a fifth in Houston available. Amarillo is no longer considered a hot spot thanks to the state's surge response teams. It has 41% of beds available.
Possible COVID-19 drug break through
According to the University of Oxford, the steroid called Dexamethasone is the first treatment shown to improve the chances of survival. The most striking results were among severly ill hospitalized patients. In a preliminary study, the steroid cut mortality by one third for those on ventilators. For patients on oxygen, it reduced the risk of dying by one fifth.
Children's Advocacy Center receives $5,000 donation
The Lubbock Apartment Association is donating $5,000 to Children's Advocacy of the South Plains. The Advocacy Center partners with law enforcement and Family Protective Services in Lubbock County and 14 surrounding counties to help victims of child abuse and neglect. The Center also helps train counselors and caregivers to recognize signs of abuse. The money was raised during the 38th annual state of the city address in January.
Border restrictions extended
Continued concern over the spread of the Coronavirus leads to extended border restrictions between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. All three countries agree to extend border restrictions, banning non essential travel until July 21. This extension is said to continue protecting citizens of each country from exposure to the virus while also supporting essential travel and trade across the borders.
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