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Chance of triple-digit heat today
A hot and dry week for the South Plains, high nearing 101 today with a breezy southwest wind 15-22 mph. Low tonight near 70 and staying a little breezy, then back to the 100s and breezy Tuesday. Wind speeds drop Wednesday with a little more cloud cover to end this week.
Early voting for run-off elections begins today
With the increase in COVID-19 cases, the state has put in place a number of precautions at polling locations, to ensure the safety of voters. This includes a health checklist, "no-contact" procedures and even curbside voting if you feel sick. People are encouraged to take advantage of early voting, to avoid long lines and crowds.
The world has now seen more than half a million deaths from the novel coronavirus and more than 10 million confirmed cases
This is according to Johns Hopkins University. As of last check, the university reported 500,200 deaths worldwide.The United States holds the highest death toll of any other nation by more than double, with more than 128,000. That's also more than a quarter of the global death toll.
The City of Lubbock confirmed 57 new cases of the novel coronavirus yesterday
That brings the total number of cases to 2,041. 1,160 are listed as active. 830 have recovered. Despite the sharp increase, there has only been one death attributed to COVID-19 in Lubbock in about six weeks. That number remains at 51. 883 of all cases are in people aged 20 to 29. That's about 43%. There are 41 people hospitalized with virus. 19 are in intensive care. There is still ample hospital capacity.
All employees of Lubbock businesses are now required to wear face masks when they can't maintain social distance
The original proposal would have required businesses to require all customers wear masks, as well. Doctors, business leaders and half the city council voiced support for that option. But ultimately, Mayor Dan Pope stopped short of calling for that. Anyone visiting a City of Lubbock facility must wear a facial covering. There's no civil or criminal penalty for non-compliance. This disaster declaration will last until July 28th, unless council extends it.
The city is expanding testing at the Patterson Library drive-up COVID-19 clinic for the month of July
The clinic will be open today through Friday from 9 am - noon. It's by appointment only. You can call the health department to schedule one. Citibus will continue to provide transportation to the clinic. Testing is also available at local clinics, urgent care centers and standalone emergency rooms. Click here for a full list of testing sites.
UMC announced it is permanently closing Lubbock's only drive-through testing site
The decision was made due to a shortage of COVID-19 tests. A UMC spokesperson tells us its laboratory partner in Austin who supplies those test kits is running critically low and must reserve those supplies for hospitals in more urban areas. Beginning Tuesday - pre-operative screenings will be done in outpatient surgery the day of operation for procedures done at UMC. Rapid tests are still available for patients who meet specific criteria at other UMC facilities.
The opening of municipal pools has been delayed
Mae Simmons and Montelongo pools were slated to open to the public last Friday. Now the reopening has now been pushed back to this Friday. Pool rentals and swim lessons are also not available. The pools will operate under limited capacity and admission will be on a first-come first-served basis. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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