Wednesday: Lubbock at 1,665 COVID-19 cases; 912 active; 702 reco - FOX34 Lubbock

Wednesday: Lubbock at 1,665 COVID-19 cases; 912 active; 702 recoveries and 51 deaths

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Lubbock health department confirmed 118 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,665. Of those, 912 cases are active. This is a record number for active cases.

After Lubbock reported a record number of new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, public health director Katherine Wells said her department expected to report at least 100 cases today. With the recent surge of cases, city leaders are urging citizens to take action by wearing masks and follow social distancing guidelines to help slow the spread. 

The health department also reported 31 additional recoveries, with the total number of recoveries at 702. The number of people whose death is attributed to the virus remains at 51, with one death reported in the last month. 

There have been 33,553 tests administered in Lubbock. Of those, 2,021 have come back positive with 493 tests pending. There were 1,063 additional tests conducted since yesterday. The positive rate of tests is 6.0 percent. Earlier in the pandemic the positive rate of tests was below 3.5 percent. Mayor Pope said with about 6,000 tests conducted in the last week, 9.9 percent of tests were positive. It's a mix of good and bad news, he said. These are total tests conducted in Lubbock, which includes some residents of other counties. 

Four new hospitalizations were reported. 33 people are hospitalized with 22 floor patients and 11 in the ICU. 

There remains ample available hospital capacity, with more than 500 beds available

Much more detailed data is available through the city's COVID-19 dashboard

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