Good Day Lubbock: Thursday, June 18 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Thursday, June 18

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Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.  

 

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Hot, muggy, chance of storms

A hot and muggy day for our area with highs in the mid 90s, and a few isolated storms possible. Not expecting as much in coverage as we had yesterday with better chances in our northern counties. The chance for storms increases Friday with some severe storms possible again including the risk for hail and damaging wind gusts. We cool some Friday with upper 80s and 90 and a breezy south-southeast wind.

For the second day in a row, Lubbock broke a single day record for COVID-19 cases

The city identified another 77 yesterday. There are now 398 active cases, which is also the most yet.  We've crested more than 1,000 total cases in Lubbock since mid-March. Of the new cases yesterday, 59 of them are people age 20 to 29. City leaders say the statewide goal is for the positive rate to be at 6% or lower, Lubbock is at 4.9 %. There are 20 people hospitalized in Lubbock for COVID-19, 7 of them in the ICU.


After a deep cleaning, the "Orlando's" on Indiana will re-open today

It confirmed an exposure to COVID-19 and voluntarily closed for the work. A spokesperson told us the company is encouraging employees to get tested, but isn't requiring it.

"Fore Golf" reports three of its employees tested positive for the virus

None of them caught the infection at the range, according to staff, and none of them trace back to it. Each employee has self-isolated and will not return to work for two weeks. The business reports it's deep cleaned all parts of the facility and will keep following "Lubbock Safe" guidelines.

Despite case numbers on the rise, Mayor Dan Pope says the city will not go back to shutting down

During the city's weekly news conference. he warned of the implications for families. He says the city is not considering fines for businesses that violate the state's guidelines. Mayor Pope says Lubbock is leaning on the TABC to enforce the state's guidelines on restaurants and bars.

Some businesses in Lubbock have voluntarily closed their doors for a deep cleaning

The chemicals used are EPA-approved to kill the coronavirus that could be lingering on surfaces. One appointment could cost between $500 and $5,000. The lantern is taking an extra precaution by waiting until all its employees are tested for COVID-19 and the results are negative to open back up. 


36 Bailey County jail inmates have tested positive for the virus

Tests were administered at the beginning of the week after a jailer tested positive. In addition to those inmates, 9 out of 25 jail staffers have tested positive.  Visitors have not been allowed in the jail so there is no threat of exposing the public that way. All staff members who tested positive have self-isolated. Bailey County emergency management reports 57 active cases. It's identified 86 total since mid-March, with 29 recoveries.


Hale County is reporting 3 new cases of the virus

There have been 43 new cases reported in the last ten days. There are now 45 active cases in Hale County with 60 recoveries and five deaths.  Health authority Sergio Lara urges citizens to continue practicing social distancing rules and wear masks when in public. 

One new case has been confirmed in Terry County

This is the only active one right now in the county. It brings the total number of confirmed cases to 14.


Police have identified the body of a man found in Levelland last week

Police say the death of 57-year-old Danny Nations is suspicious but investigators do not suspect criminal activity. But Nation's death is still being investigated as a homicide until a toxicology report and final autopsy report are received. 


The half-brother of a black man who was found hanged in a southern California park has been killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies

The sheriff's department says the man was sought for spousal assault.   Deputies say there was a shootout after a traffic stop, where the man was killed on scene.  A family attorney says the man was Terron Jammal Boone, the half-brother of Robert Fuller.  The Fuller case drew national attention after he was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale last week. The coroner ruled it a suicide, which led to protests demanding an investigation, which is now underway.


Georgia prosecutors brought 11 charges, including felony murder against Garrett Rolfe

That's the former Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back outside a Wendy's restaurant. During a drunken driving arrest, Brooks had gotten hold of one of the officer's tasers and was running from them when he was shot. Prosecutors say evidence shows after the shooting, Rolfe kicked brooks while he was down and offered no medical help for more than two minutes as he was dying. Prosecutors concluded Brooks did not pose immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officers.


The City of Houston is taking down a statue, commemorating Confederate army commander Dick Dowling

It was located in a park. The statue dates back roughly 115 years. People asked city officials to remove it years ago, saying it stood as a reminder of racism and intolerance.   Another statue in Houston – called the Spirit of the Confederacy – was also taken down near city hall yesterday.  That statue is expected to be cleaned before going on display inside the Museum of African American Culture in Houston. 

Look Around Lubbock: Dillard's for Dad

Meredith Aldis is getting some Father's Day gift ideas at Dillard's

 

Do you know someone celebrating a birthday? Let us know, so we can announce it on-air around 6:55 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. e-mail birthdays@fox34.com.

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