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Hot today, highs in the 90s
Another hot day for our area with highs in the lower and mid 90s with a light south-southeast wind 5-15 mph. Lows tonight a little warmer with upper 60s and 70s, then back to nearing mid 90s for Friday. Wind speeds increase with hotter days into the weekend. Full forecast.
It's the second consecutive day the city has reported more than 100 new cases. The city also reports 31 more recoveries. Testing continues at a higher rate, with the positivity rate now back above six percent. 33 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 11 of these in intensive care. Hospital administrators report there are still several hundred beds available.
City leaders remain firm there will be no mask mandate. Mayor Dan Pope says the governor's order states local governments cannot enforce any local ordinances, so it would be useless. Over the last week roughly 6,000 tests have been administered in Lubbock, with a positivity rate on these tests around 9.9 percent.
A player who was at the Tiger Pit Wednesday morning tested positive for COVID-19.bEveryone who had direct contact with the student has been contacted and told to self-quarantine for two weeks. Out of an abundance of caution, the district is canceling girls UIL basketball practices for the next few weeks.
Texas Tech University announced Wednesday it has implemented a mandatory face covering policy for all students, faculty and staff.
The university tweeted it's "taking into careful consideration all options to provide the safest learning and teaching environment" for the fall semester. The policy is system-wide requiring all members of the university community to wear face masks, including visitors, vendors and contractors.
This is a week ahead of normal, intended to cut down on crowds. There will be sign-ups for 1.5-hour move-in shifts. There will also be visitor limits.
Testing has confirmed 22 more infections. There are now 100 active cases. The county judge blames residents letting their guard down for the recent spike in cases. Today, there will be free drive up testing in Plainview open to anyone. It'll be from 10 - 4, outside the Harrell Auditorium on the Wayland Baptist Campus. Staff ask you to register.
New figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that for the first time, nonwhites and Hispanics were a majority of people under age 16 in 2019
At the same time, the number of non-hispanic whites in the U.S. has gotten smaller in the past decade as deaths surpassed births in this aging demographic. In 2019, a little under 40% of the total U.S. population was either nonwhite or Hispanic. Non-Hispanic whites are expected to be a minority of the U.S. population in about 25 years.
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