Good Day Lubbock: Wednesday, June 24 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Wednesday, June 24

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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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Sunny and 90s today

Lesser chance for rain in our area next few days with temperatures holding near average. Mostly sunny with the high nearing 90 today and a light southeast wind. Lower to mid 90s expected to end this week with lows in the mid and upper 60s.

Lubbock smashed another record for newly confirmed COVID-19 cases for a single day at 140 yesterday

There have been 701 new cases over the last ten days. That's close to half of the total number of cases reported in Lubbock County since mid-March.  The total number of active cases in our area is 825. 671 people have recovered from the virus. There's been one death in the past month. It was also a record day for testing at nearly 1,500.  The positive rate has climbed to 5.8%. 29 people are hospitalized in our area with the virus. That's up ten patients from Monday.  Of those, 10 patients are in intensive care.

Plainview and Hale county reporting two new cases

There are 87 active. Six people have died from the illness.

The state is sending Lubbock two more cases of remdesivir -a drug treatment for  COVID-19

Preliminary results from a clinical trial showed the average recovery time among patients who took it was 11 days versus 15 days. Nearly 1,000 cases have now been distributed.  


COVID-19 is going to be part of our lives for a while, according to a new model developed at Texas Tech

It shows if a state were to stay in continued lockdown, COVID-19 infections will persist for at least two years. Without a lockdown, researchers predict COVID-19 will surge again each year, like the flu. The data shows even if a state enters and exits lockdowns under federal guidelines. the infection will persist. Researchers say while earlier lockdowns could have saved lives in New York, it wouldn't have helped much in Texas. One of the authors says that's because Texans are much more "free spirited" than New Yorkers and aren't as likely to follow the government's orders. By October 1, there could be as many as three million cases and 235,000 deaths in the U.S.

Ahead of Independence Day and in the middle of a surge of cases, Governor Abbott is giving local leaders more authority over large crowds

He's also demanding emergency rules for child care facilities. Mayors and county judges may now impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people. Governor Abbott has also ordered the Health and Human Services Commission to enact stricter standards for child care facilities. The state's identified those as a growing transmission point throughout the state. While he's added these mandates, He still encourages personal responsibility in mask wearing, social distance, and hygiene.


The first day of school for Lubbock ISD will be August 17th

In a letter and phone message to parents, Superintendent Kathy Rollo says administrators and principals are still finalizing what instruction will look like. She assures parents the district will make accommodations for all children, whether in-person or remotely. That's specifically for families who have underlying health problems, which makes them more susceptible to COVID-19. The superintendent expects details on the reopening plan within the next two weeks. Registration is now open for the school year. You can do that online.


Texas Tech has proposed eliminating its on campus bus routes for the fall semester

In its preliminary talks with Citi-bus, the school's proposed using those resources to extend its "off" campus routes. Those are the ones that go to student housing. Making that change would make routes more frequent and stretch the hours of operation later at night like to 8 or 9 o'clock. The city also reports that goes hand in hand with plans to extend classes on campus. Those would go later at night, as well and extending the bus routes would give them a way home. Citi-bus plans to propose its yearly contract with Texas Tech to the city in mid July.


The Kentucky officer involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in March has been fired

Louisville police say they fired detective Brett Hankinson after an internal investigation found he violated the department's use of deadly force rules. Hankinson shot 26-year-old Taylor after breaking down her apartment door. The officers involved claim they identified themselves as police before serving the no-knock warrant. Taylor's family says they entered without announcing they were police. Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, shot at officers when they entered and they returned fire, killing Taylor and injuring Walker. He says he thought they were intruders trying to break into the home. An officer who was struck by one of Walker's bullets also suffered injuries. 

Democrats and republicans are clashing over qualified immunity for officers

House democrats want to overhaul the standard so it's easier to sue officers in civil court. Republicans disagree on that issue. Yesterday, republican Senator Mike Braun of Indiana proposed the reforming qualified immunity act aiming to find a middle ground on the issue. The Supreme Court declined to take up the question of police immunity earlier this month, passing it off for Congress to decide. 

Corner Kitchen: Skillet Green Chile Chicken & Rice

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