There were 101 additional cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed among Lubbock County residents Friday, the ninth time at least 100 cases were added in a day. The city's health department reports the number of active cases is now 1,341. The department has confirmed 2,721 cases since mid-March.
There were also two additional deaths reported Friday, bringing the local death toll to 54.
1,326 people have tested positive and recovered, including 183 additional recoveries reported Friday.
There is much more data on the city's COVID-19 dashboard. Because of the holiday weekend, stats on the dashboard will reflect numbers through Thursday. The site will next be updated Monday.
As of Thursday, the city reported 64 people in local hospitals for COVID-19, the most since the pandemic started. Of the 64, 31 were in an ICU. There remains ample available hospital beds, more than 400.
Through Thursday more than 41,000 tests have been administered in Lubbock. Nearly 7.5 percent of tests have returned a positive. This number has steadily climbed, after being below four percent a month ago. The city reports the percentage of tests that returned a positive over the last three weeks has been above 10 percent; this shows it is not just an increase in testing driving the increase in case counts. The testing stats are for all tests administered in Lubbock, which includes some residents of other counties who were tested here.
Click here – to read the governor's latest executive order requiring most people to wear a mask while in public. It gives specifics on when a mask is not required. The order states a second violation of the order can result in a $250 fine. Local law enforcement and other local officials “can and should” enforce the executive order, according to the text. The order states no one can be detained, arrested or jailed for violating the mask order.
Click here - to read language on the limit of gatherings. It states outdoor gatherings of more than 10 may only happen with local officials' approval.