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Triple digit heat again today
Hot again today with climbing temperatures over the next several days. Nearing 104 this afternoon, southerly wind 10-15 mph, and again an isolated shower/storm can't be completely ruled out. This weekend highs ranging 104 to 110 with Lubbock around 106... HOT! Morning temperatures also mild with upper 70s and low 80s. Wind speeds pick up Sunday 10-20mph.
A man's dead after a shooting late last night
Officers got a call about gunfire and found the victim at 43rd and Avenue Q. The person died later at the hospital. Police haven't released the name or any information about the shooter.A man's dead after a shooting late last night. Officers got a call about gunfire and found the victim at 43rd and Avenue Q. The person died later at the hospital. Police released images of the suspected shooter and getaway vehicle.
A man wanted for a double murder here in Lubbock is jailed in San Angelo
Officers arrested 25-year-old Edward Wilson for the deaths of two men last week, 31-year-old Michael Carson and 64-year-old Gregory Tubbs. Investigators found their bodies in a home near East 3rd and Beech. Wilson is held on half a million dollars bond, pending transfer to Lubbock to face two counts of murder. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole. More details on the case here.
Lubbock police arrested a man for a deadly crash in May
20-year-old Ehvan Reyna is charged with manslaughter - blamed for the death of 84-year-old June Linker. Police report she was turning at 87th and University when Reyna slammed into her car. The collision forced Linker's car into a utility pole, killing her. If convicted, Reyna faces up to 20 years in prison.
A new record for the U.S. - more than 60,000 cases of COVID-19 recorded yesterday alone
Texas, California and Florida all set daily records for reported deaths. One of those here in Lubbock, brings our total to 59 victims. The city confirmed 145 new positive cases. That makes for nearly 1,700 active cases. The health department has also identified 132 people who've recovered. The positives are at about 8.5%. There are four fewer people hospitalized for the illness in Lubbock - now at 94. 41 of them in specialized intensive care. Free beds now stand near 350. More details on local cases here.
Governor Abbott has ordered elective surgeries to be halted in a vast majority of the state
Texas reported 105 deaths state-wide yesterday, along with record hospitalization. This is the 10th consecutive day the state's set new highs for patients. In order to make room for more in the Rio Grande Valley, the gulf coast, central and south Texas, hospitals must postpone non emergency procedures and those that aren't medically necessary to save a life. This proclamation does not affect the South Plains or the panhandle, but does include the Permian Basin.
Lubbock County's detention center has confirmed more cases of COVID-19 within the facility
The sheriff's office reports at least 25 inmates have tested positive for the virus. "Patient zero" is an inmate who has been incarcerated for the last 3 months. Staff is now limiting inmates' movement. Currently, there are about 1,300 inmates detained at the center. 6 staff members have also tested positive, but we're told they were not exposed inside the facility.
Wayland Baptist President Bobby Hall is out of the hospital
He was sick with the virus over the weekend. He and his wife were traveling when he started suffering symptoms and he was admitted on Saturday. Laurie Hall, an RN, also tested positive, but the university reports she's showing no symptoms. President Hall is back at home, isolated while he recovers.
The Lynn County sheriff is in Dallas getting treatment for a severe case of COVID-19
Sheriff Abraham Vega tested positive for the virus and spent nearly two weeks in a Lubbock hospital. After he spent nine days on a ventilator, doctors decided to airlift him to the metroplex yesterday for more treatment. This is according to the Texas Chief Deputies Association. Specialists will use another technique called ECMO. It's supposed to help patients when a ventilator doesn't.
State officials say a North Texas dog has been found to have the first coronavirus infection confirmed in a Texas animal
The Texas Animal Health commission announced in a statement that the Fort \Worth-area dog was confirmed to have the virus that causes COVID-19. A private veterinarian tested the dog as a precaution after its owners were confirmed to have the virus. State veterinarian Dr. Andy Schwartz assured that there is no known evidence that pets can transmit the virus, but they can catch it. He advised that pets be restricted from contact with persons with the coronavirus.
All of New Mexico will be under more restrictions starting Monday
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is closing indoor seating at restaurants and breweries. She attributes the decision to "high contact indoor environments where face coverings aren't worn." In the past two weeks, the state's reported more than a fifth of its overall cases or more than 3,000 new cases. Restaurants and breweries can still offer outdoor seating at 50% maximum capacity, plus carry-out, curbside, and delivery. New Mexico is also limiting access to its state parks to state residents only. Governor Lujan Grisham is also expanding the state's mask mandate, requiring them worn while exercising at gyms.
Texas Tech has canceled its study abroad programs for the fall semester
The decision was made due to a spike in COVID-19 and international travel restrictions. Administrators call the decision a proactive measure and an appropriate precaution to ensure the health and safety of students. The university plans to reopen the program when it is safe. Any students that have paid fees to participate in the program can contact the study abroad unit to discuss a possible refund.
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