Good Day Lubbock: Thursday, July 16 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Thursday, July 16

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Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34. 

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Nice start but will warm into the 100s

Temperatures in the lower 70s. Mostly sunny and hot this afternoon with the high nearing 100 as the southerly wind returns 10-15 mph. Low tonight nice again nearing 73, we continue in the upper 90s and low 100s through the weekend.

A procession of his deputies alongside neighboring county law enforcement escorted Lynn County Sheriff Abraham Vega back to the South Plains

Sheriff Vega was airlifted to a Dallas hospital last week as his condition worsened due to COVID-19. He died on Saturday at only 48 years old. Sheriff Vega is the first confirmed elected official in our area to succumb to the virus. The sheriff was taken to Resthaven funeral home here in Lubbock. The procession will leave later this afternoon for a public viewing in Tahoka. His funeral will be Friday at 10 am at the Tahoka football stadium.

The U.S. is nearing 3.5 million cases of COVID-19 with more than 137,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University

Lubbock is adding to both numbers.  We had one more death, which brings the total to 64. As of yesterday, there are 1,939 active cases in Lubbock. 115 more people have recovered. There are now more recoveries than active cases.  The testing total is now more than 54,000. We're at about an 8.3% percent positive rate. 98 people are hospitalized with the virus. Of those, 40 are in a specialized intensive care unit.  Less than 400 beds are open for treatment.

Plainview and Hale County reported 39 new cases yesterday

That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 847. Of those, 243 are listed as active. 24 more people have recovered from the illness. Since March, 587 people have beaten the virus. 17 have died. 

The state's public safety office will send $41 million in federal funding to help cities and counties

  This includes Idalou, receiving about $13,000 and Seminole - more than $58,000. These funds come from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. Local governments can use the money for first responder overtime and hazard pay, equipment and supplies for tele-working and personal protective gear. 

Texas Tech is preparing to start the fall semester with a clean slate

The university is undergoing an extensive sanitation process before students return to campus. Over the past months, all resident halls have undergone multiple deep cleanings.  Medical-grade disinfectants that are proven to kill viruses like COVID-19 are being used. The custodial team has implemented an electo-static application process to ensure all surfaces are disinfected. Ventilation systems have been upgraded and are on par with all CDC recommendations. Students and teachers must wear masks in public while on-campus. There will also be wellness stations set up with disinfectant wipes, face masks, and hand sanitizer. 

Lubbock ISD has some students back in the classroom for summer school

It's the first time students have had in-person instruction since March. For the district, it's a test-run for the upcoming school year.  Lubbock ISD has more than 1.500 students taking part in summer school classes across more than 40 campuses.

With COVID-19 case numbers surging and so many Americans struggling financially, Congress may not be taking a break next month as planned

There's a push to have talks about another economic stimulus package. House speaker Nancy Pelosi says she's willing to stay in Washington to get another relief bill to President Trump. Lending a financial hand to the American workforce is something that has bi-partisan backing. But it's a question of whether republicans and democrats come to an agreement.

President Trump is trying to distance himself from an attack by one of his top advisers on Dr. Anthony Fauci

Under the headline 'Anthony Fauci has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on,' Peter Navarro cited multiple instances in USA Today where he and Fauci have disagreed and said he only listens to Fauci 'with skepticism and caution.' Even though the president and the nation's top infectious disease expert haven't spoken in weeks, Trump insisted they have a good relationship and said Navarro shouldn't have published the piece. Although, Trump does say he often disagrees with Fauci.  The doctor is calling efforts by the White House to discredit him 'bizarre.' As for the author of the op-ed,  Fauci says there are no words. Polling has shown Americans are more trusting of Fauci on the pandemic, than President Trump. 

Now in effect, COVID-19 hospital data will be sent straight to the Trump administration instead of the CDC

The White House says the change will streamline things -- but the move could make data less transparent to the public at a time when the administration is downplaying the spread of the pandemic. It has concerned some health experts like the former acting CDC director Richard Besser. Public health experts say they are facing two opponents - COVID-19 and political leaders attempting to undermine the CDC.


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