Very hot temperatures ahead for our area. Today we will have highs in the upper 90s and low 100s. Mostly sunny and an isolated afternoon shower or storm can't be ruled out. Southerly wind stays light at 8-15 mph. Mostly clear tonight with lows in the 70s, then 100s through the rest of the week.
The U.S. set a single day record yesterday for COVID-19 cases, more than 10,000 of those in Texas alone as our state remains one of the hot-spots
The country closing in fast on three million cases. Lubbock added 133 more cases, now more than 3,000 total since we started keeping count. There are now 1,544 active cases in Lubbock County and 56 deaths. Another 36 people have recovered from the virus. That brings the total to more than 1,400 recoveries. The positivity rate is now more than 8%. The goal is 6%. Six more people are hospitalized for the virus here in Lubbock. That makes for a total of 84. 40 of those are in specialized intensive care.
There are concerns from Lubbockites that hospitalization counts for COVID-19 patients may be inflated
Most COVID-19 patients receive medical care because of their advanced virus-related symptoms, but that is not always the case. It is possible, if you are getting an unrelated procedure, that you can be counted as a "hospitalized COVID patient" because of the required pre-screening process. But it's a rare occurrence. Covenant Health says a patient must stay overnight to be included in their daily census. Meanwhile, UMC also tests its patients ahead of surgery, but will not include the patients who test positive in its count.
There are ten cases of COVID-19 in the Lubbock County jail
It reported the first case Friday - an inmate. Deputies said they isolated that inmate with appropriate medical attention. The other nine cases haven't been identified as inmates or staff. Sheriff Kelly Rowe will provide more details on these cases tomorrow.
The Trump administration has officially notified Congress and the United Nations the United States is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organization
Democratic Senator Robert Menenedez tweeted Congress received the notification yesterday. The letter reportedly says the U.S. will begin a one year withdrawal from the organization. In May, President Trump announced he planned to withdraw from WHO. Trump accused the organization of aiding China in covering up the origins of the virus, a claim that has not been confirmed. Some lawmakers and health experts have voiced their frustrations with the president's decision to withdraw during a pandemic.
Lubbock ISD is surveying parents this week on its plan to give families an option of face to face or remote learning
Those who go for the remote option will have a teacher for instruction and can opt to return to classrooms at the end of every nine week period. Kids who go to class will be more spaced out, will see enhanced cleaning measures, will have staggered lunch times and more space on buses. Families have to be prepared to make their choice by August 3rd for the school year starting August 17th.
The state promises full funding for school districts this year
This includes both in-person and remote learning, according to the TEA's new guidelines. Students and staff on campus must comply with the governor's masking mandate until it's rescinded. This includes children over the age of 10. All Texan students will be able to choose between virtual and on-campus classes. A parent can change the instruction style throughout the year, depending on the public health situation. If a school cannot offer virtual instruction, a parent can transfer to a school that does.
If a child shows symptoms or has a confirmed case of COVID-19, that student has to go remote for at least two weeks
All students, teachers, staff and visitors will be screened for symptoms before going on campus. It must then close and disinfect the parts of the school that person frequents. The TEA will reimburse any school for COVID-19 expenses. It will also provide PPE at no cost. We have a link to the state's guidance here.
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