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Partly sunny today and a slight chance of storms
Cloudy morning with a partly sunny afternoon and a slight chance for isolated storms. Likely firing up around 2PM and continuing around sunset. High near 94 with a light southeast wind 5-15 mph. Tonight Some isolated showers and embedded storms may be possible with the low near 70. Another repeat of this Wednesday with the high near 92.
Months into the pandemic, doctors have noticed several lingering health issues for people who are said to have recovered from the coronavirus
One of the biggest issues is that recovered patients complain of lingering breathing problems. Doctors have also noticed other long-term issues, like kidney damage and strokes associated with COVID-19.
There are some promising results for a COVID-19 vaccine
A University of Oxford team working in England with pharmaceutical company, Astra Zeneca, announced their vaccine produces long sought "double protection," producing not only neutralizing antibodies, but, also a t-cell defense. The Oxford trial has now entered phase-three testing, meaning on 30,000 volunteers. Two other vaccine candidates, one from German manufacturer - Pfizer, and another from American company - Moderna, and the National Institute of Health, are also set to begin phase-three trials this month. All three candidates have shown in smaller trials to have mild side effects, such as flu-like symptoms a day or two later. Other concerns may emerge like who gets the first shots?
Texas has surpassed 4,000 deaths in the pandemic but officials in Houston say they're cautiously optimistic about recent trends following weeks of alarming surges at hospitals
State health officials reported more than 7,400 confirmed new cases and at least 62 new deaths, yesterday. The virus continues to take a particularly hard toll along the Texas-Mexico border. Hidalgo county has reported more than 140 deaths over the past week, and the county judge on Monday signed a shelter-at-home order. Houston's health authority says hospitalizations appear to be tapering off a bit but urged residents to continue wearing a mask and avoiding large gatherings.
Another patient in Lubbock County has died from COVID-19
The total number of victims is now 66. The City of Lubbock has confirmed 70 more cases.There are now more than 2,200 active cases. After more than a month of active cases outpacing recoveries, there are more people who've beaten a confirmed case now than who are fighting it. There are currently 109 people in the hospital for COVID-19.
Another person has died in Bailey County from the infection
This is its second death overall. The virus has reached a nursing home in Muleshoe, the Parkview Nursing Care Center. The county reports two other people showing symptoms were tested. Their results are expected back in the next couple days. Tomorrow, the county will test all facility residents and staff. The care center will set up a special wing to house patients who've tested positive.
Wayland Baptist's main campus will go back to school a week early
Students will report to Plainview on August 12th. Everyone will have to fill out a health survey when they get in. Masks are mandatory on campus. There will be no holidays during the semester and no fall break. Classes will end the week before Thanksgiving and final exams will be entirely online the week after the holiday. Move-in dates are staggered over the next three weeks, starting with international student athletes on Friday. They'll be in quarantine for two weeks. The university has plans in place for complete virtual learning if it's necessary.
County commissioners are looking ahead at the next steps for improving county roads
Woodrow Road is right on track in becoming the city's newest project. Today, commissioners will look at what still needs to be done in the design and construction of Woodrow Road. So far, they're looking into the north and south roads that feed into Woodrow Road, Loop 88, and 114th street. Commissioners are looking at six different roads throughout Lubbock, with redevelopment of these roads intended to keep up with Lubbock's growth over the next several years. Commissioners hope to look at funding by the end of this year. The public hearing starts at 1 pm on the fifth floor of the courthouse.
Fugitive hunters want your help finding three suspects who may be hiding out in our area
U.S. Marshals are looking for Alvin Bracy, Jr. for an assault warrant. Federal agents also want to find Melissa Castillo for a probation warrant and Bryan Young-Rector is wanted for aggravated assault. Their photos are here.
A woman is in jail after police say she left her two children outside in a hot car, while she was grocery shopping
Police reports show 21-year-old Alexandra Estrada was in the Amigos on University yesterday for about 25 minutes. Estrada told police she didn't think she'd be long and left her kids in the car with it running. But she claims that one of the kids knows how to turn the vehicle off. Police said it was 96 degrees outside at the time. Inside the car, it could climb well over 100 quickly. Estrada is charged with abandoning and endangering a child. If convicted, she faces up to two years in prison.
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