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Hot today and calmer wind
We continue with the 100s in our area today with calmer wind speeds from the southwest changing southerly 5-15 mph. Mid and high clouds increase into the afternoon making it partly cloudy tonight with the low near 72. We drop a few degrees to the mid and upper 90s rest of this week. May have a few isolated shower and storms in our area later Thursday afternoon and evening.
The City of Lubbock reported a new record high of additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in a day - 178
There are now 1,310 active cases. It also confirmed its 52nd death. The city reports 25 more people have recovered. That makes for a total of 911, out of the confirmed cases since mid-March. More than 40% of cases are in people in their 20s. The positives are at about 7.2%. Some of these tests are for people who live in other counties but were tested here. Eleven more people were hospitalized yesterday. There are now 22 in specialized ICUs and 30 listed as "floor patients." The available hospital capacity is just under 500 beds.
Texas Tech reports its football program is currently clear of COVID-19
Over the past couple weeks, testing revealed 23 cases among student athletes and staff. Those have all since recovered. More tests over the weekend have revealed no new cases as newcomers join the program and the students come back for workouts. So far, the program reports it has administered 218 tests in the football program alone.
Governor Abbott and the Health and Human Services Commission announced $9 million in funding to be used for nursing facility infection control projects
Starting today, nursing facility providers can submit applications to the HHSC to get funding. That money can be used to buy infection control resources like thermometers, e-contamination and disinfecting systems, plexiglass barriers and microbe-resistant floor and wall coverings. There have been 244 confirmed cases of the virus in Lubbock's nursing homes.
Plainview and Hale County confirmed 15 new cases of the virus yesterday
There are now 126 active cases there. In all, 167 people have recovered from the illness. Seven people have died.
Across Texas, both cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in unprecedented numbers
Yesterday, Governor Abbott suspended elective surgeries in 4 more counties, as hospitals begin to reach their capacity. Lubbock hospitals have been preparing since March, in case of an increased need for beds. The city health department reports a record 52 hospitalizations as of yesterday afternoon, but that's not close to capacity for UMC and Covenant Health. UMC is prepared to open up 11% more than its usual capacity and Covenant Health has the ability to free up 96 more beds for COVID-19 patients. Doctors are asking you to keep your guard up, especially ahead of the July 4th weekend.
The Texas Department of Emergency Management, with the help of Air Force staff, tested more than 300 people for the virus at Wayland Baptist University
The first batch of 70 tests was returned to the health department Monday. The health department will contact anyone who tests positive. Those who don't have it will get a text or email with a link to view their test results.
Nick's Sports Bar and Grill announced it is closing its doors for good
Owner Nick Muscari says the take-out and delivery options did not bring in enough revenue to keep his business open. The sports bar served the Lubbock community for ten years.
Democrats say the briefing about the alleged Russia bounty program wasn't enough
The Associated Press reports top White House officials knew about Russia secretly offering bounties on U.S. troops in early 2019. The White House press secretary maintains President Trump was never briefed about it, but, she declined to answer when other White House officials first learned the intelligence existed. Democrats are now calling for all members of the house and senate to briefed by members of the intelligence community. They also want the white house to explain how intelligence of this magnitude was not elevated to the president. If the intelligence turns out to be true, it could jeopardize the president's election-year goal of negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban, and ending the war in Afghanistan, but, the White House says, if true, the president will act.
Police in Valdosta, Georgia released new body camera footage showing a white police officer body slamming a black man into the ground
The video, originally from February 8th shows Antonio Smith speaking with a policeman on the side of a busy road. He was stopped for reportedly panhandling outside a local drug store. A white officer comes from behind, grabs Smith and throws him to the ground. Shortly after his arrest, another officer says they have the wrong man, suggesting Smith was wrongly stopped. The 46-year-old is now suing four officers, the chief of police, Valdosta's mayor and others. Police are investigating the takedown and the events that transpired that day.
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