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Good Day Lubbock: Friday, July 17

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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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Today marks the 10th consecutive day of highs above 100

Another hot and sunny day with the high near 101. Southwest to south wind light 8-15 mph. For the weekend, temperatures do drop a few degrees with mid and upper 90s by Sunday. Saturday we will be near the 100 mark again with the lows in the lower to mid 70s.

Lubbock ISD trustees say a parent's arrest on a campus in February was legal, but not up to the district's standards

Mark Camacho says Lubbock ISD police threatened and abused him outside OL Slaton Middle School in February. He was arrested for trespassing but the charges were dropped. Camacho filed a grievance with the district and after a couple appeals, took his complaint directly to the board of trustees. The 6-1 decision concluded the arrest was legal. Since the district dropped charges against Camacho, there won't be any further action on the case.

There are several theories and misconceptions surrounding COVID-19

 Case numbers continue to spike in Lubbock and the accuracy of those numbers has been questioned.  Covenant Health pathologist Dr. Jason Loos addressed this, stating that positivity rate is not related to the increase in tests but it's related to the increased socialization from Texas reopening.  Dr. Loos does not believe the numbers are inflated, however he says there is a possibility that a person who tests positive is tested more than once, which can stem from the accuracy or lack there of of the test. If you are asymptomatic and have no possible exposures, doctors don't recommend getting tested, as test kits are still in high demand. But wearing a mask is a must. 


One more person in Lubbock has died from the coronavirus

This brings the total to 65. There were 145 additional cases confirmed yesterday - now more than 2,000 active.  Active cases and recoveries are almost even. About 55,000 tests done in Lubbock, at about 9%  positive. These testing numbers include people from other counties who were tested here.  101 people are in the hospital for COVID-19.  Of those, 38 are in a specialized intensive care unit. A little more than 300 beds are open.

Local health officials are most concerned about vulnerable populations being exposed

Crown Point Health Suites reporting six residents have tested positive. The facility assigns all COVID positive patients during their treatment and recovery to a designated and separate unit, with dedicated staff to prevent the spread of the virus. 

42 inmates and two employees at the Lubbock County Detention Center have tested positive for the virus

17 more tests are pending. 12 of those are inmates, five are jailers. 168 inmates have been quarantined for possible COVID-19 exposure.The Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association released a statement criticizing sheriff Kelly Rowe's handling of the virus in the detention center. The statement reads: "It is clear, Sheriff Rowe's attempted safeguards did nothing more than unfairly punish our clients who are presumed innocent of the allegations against them. His measures certainly did nothing to protect those incarcerated from the virus." 


In Hale County, two more people have died from the virus, bringing the total to 19

The county reported 24 new cases. This brings the active case tally to 259. Another six people have recovered.

Terry County is reporting one new case

60 people have had confirmed cases. 17 are active. The county is also reporting that five more people have recovered from the illness. That brings the total number of recoveries to 43.


The CDC is waiting to release new documents on safely reopening schools

It was supposed to release them by the end of the week. But a spokesperson says the information is not ready. This all comes after President Trump complained about the agency's current guidance. A CDC spokesperson says the information will likely be available by the end of the month, but he doesn't have "a clear picture at this point."

The Texas Attorney General is warning about scammers who are trying to take advantage of the pandemic

  The con-artists are sending out fake emails claiming to be from the Department of State Health Services.  The emails say the recipient has been flagged by the CDC and local health authorities for being exposed to COVID-19. If you get one of these emails, don't click on the link or follow the steps given. Just delete it.  The DSHS will not contact you by email to discuss a possible exposure to the virus. 

Russian cyber attackers are targeting organizations involved in developing COVID-19 vaccines

That's according to security officials from the U.S., U.K. and Canada. In May, the three countries issued an advisory warning of ongoing cyber attacks against organizations involved in the coronavirus response. Officials say hospitals, research laboratories, health care providers and pharmaceutical companies have all been hit. Yesterday the governments detailed activity by a Russian hacking group called Apt 29, which also goes by the name "The Dukes" or "Cozy Bear." Cozy Bear is one of the hacking groups linked to Russia that's believed to have interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

 

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