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Today will be one of the hottest days so far
Hottest days in the forecast today and Tuesday with highs nearing 108. It will be breezy today with wind speeds 12-22 mph and a mostly sunny sky. Might have a few showers to push in from the west tonight, mostly of us with more clouds and the low near 80. Low rain chances continue into Tuesday, nothing promising.
About two-thirds of states are seeing coronavirus cases climbing with another 6,000 in Texas just yesterday
Texas schools are still on track to re-open with face to face instruction in just one month despite growing coronavirus cases. Last week, the Texas School Alliance, which represents 40 of the largest districts in Texas, including Lubbock ISD, penned a letter to the governor and commissioner Mike Morath. It cites a drastic change in just the last 4 weeks and urges the state to re-consider it's re-opening guidelines. The alliance is asking the state guarantee school funding protections, even if in-person attendance is low due to COVID-19. The current guidelines from the state are requiring schools to have in-person classes 5 days a week. But the alliance is encouraging the state allow districts to keep re-open virtually.
Lubbock ISD is surveying parents to determine how they want their kids taught this year
One of the options is virtual learning. Parents who do choose the home schooling option wont be tied to it for the entire academic year. They can opt to come back to class after nine-week periods. Lubbock ISD students doing remote learning will have an instructor assigned to them so it wont be solely reliant on parents.
The City of Lubbock confirmed 80 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday
This brings the total number of cases to 3,748. Currently there are nearly 2,000 active cases in Lubbock. 45 more people have recovered. Since testing began, nearly 1,700 people have beaten the virus. 60 deaths have been attributed to the virus. The positives are at about 8.7% percent. 105 people are hospitalized with the virus. 44 patients are in intensive care. The number of free beds is now above 400.
After weeks of being hospitalized with COVID-19, Lynn County Sheriff Abraham Vega has died
Earlier this week, Sheriff Vega was airlifted to receive treatment in Dallas after spending about two weeks hospitalized in Lubbock where he was on a ventilator for nine days. The treatment appeared to be working and that he was improving. Vega served as the president of the Chief deputies Association from 2015-2016. He won the republican primary on his way toward re-election as Lynn County sheriff in March. He is survived by his wife, Rachel.
The schedule for testing at Hodges Elementary is changing this week
That state-run site will now be available Friday and Saturday. You can go get a free swab from ten to four those days. That's near 50th and Avenue "P." You don't need an appointment or to register. If you get a test there or at Rodgers Park, the state will provide four face masks at no cost. The Rodgers park site will be available from 10-4 Wednesday and Thursday.
Top officials in Houston are calling for the city to lock back down as area hospitals strain to accommodate the onslaught of sick patients
Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo say a stay-at-home order is needed to cope with the surge of COVID-19 cases. Both are democrats. Hidalgo said yesterday that a stay-at-home order is needed "until the hospitalization curve comes down." But the decision over a lockdown rests with republican Gov. Greg Abbott. He has so far resisted this step, saying it should be a last resort.
A memorial has been set up in McAllen, Texas in honor of two officers killed in the line of duty
39-year-old officer Ismael Chavez and 45-year-old Edelmiro Garza were killed Saturday while responding to a domestic violence call. Police say the suspect shot both officers when they approached the door then took his own life. Garza had been with the department for close to nine years. Chavez for two.
Reports: Washington to shed 'Redskins' name Monday
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington's NFL team will get rid of the name ‘Redskins’ on Monday, according to multiple reports. USA Today, ESPN, The Washington Post and Sports Business Journal reported owner Dan Snyder and the organization would announce the move two weeks before the start of training camp. It's unclear when a new name will be revealed for one of the league's oldest franchises. The team launched a ‘thorough review’ of the name July 3. That came in the aftermath of several prominent sponsors calling for a change.
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