Good Day Lubbock; Wednesday, July 22 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock; Wednesday, July 22

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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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Slightly cooler today with chance of showers

Today almost a repeat of yesterday with the high a little cooler nearing 91. Likely scattered afternoon showers and storms again bringing parts of the area some rain, with pockets of heavy rain possible too. Everything looks to diminish as the sunset and we lose the heating of the day. Then a slight chance for isolated storms tomorrow with the high nearing 92.

There's plenty of options out there to choose from, when it comes to picking out a facial covering

But they're not all created equal. Experts say the general public will be just fine using a cloth mask to slow the spread, Except if it has a valve for airflow. Because it doesn't filter the air you breathe out, it's only doing half the job. Face shields are also not recommended by the CDC as an alternative to masks, but they can add another layer of protection if used with a face mask.  

Another person in Lubbock has died from the coronavirus

This brings the total number of deaths attributed to the virus to 67. 105 new cases were confirmed yesterday.   113 new recoveries have been reported. There are more recoveries than active cases in the city.  The total number of tests administered in the city is now more than 59,000. Positives are at about 9.4% percent. There are more than 400 beds open.  101 people are in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 42 are in a specialized intensive care unit. 

The city is working closely with area schools to make sure students and staff stay safe this school year

Lubbock County's public health authority - Dr. Ron Cook - says the best tools schools will have are still face masks, social distancing and constantly disinfecting frequently touched areas. The city is working with Lubbock ISD to develop contact tracing teams that will work with school nurses to track any positive cases that may expose students. To ease the burden on parents who are forced to get their kids or themselves tested, multiple clinics in the city will offer free testing and other will accept health insurance to conduct tests.  Covenant and UMS do offer rapid testing. Those tests usually take about 15 minutes to produce results. Other tests can take up to 48 hours.

Plainview and Hale County are reporting two more people there have died from the virus

The total number of deaths in the area is now 21. The county also reporting 40 new cases of the virus. Of all confirmed positives, 182 cases are listed as active. Another 87 people have recovered. The total number of recoveries is now up to 771.

The price tag for the next COVID-19 aid package could quickly swell above $1 trillion

At stake are funds to reopen schools, prop up small businesses, boost virus testing and keep cash flowing to Americans as the virus crisis worsens. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising a new round of direct payments to Americans. President Trump insists on a payroll tax holiday for workers. Democrats want billions to outfit schools and shore up local governments, and republicans are divided over big spending.

Women's Protective Services is asking for your support

Despite canceling all its fundraisers, the life-saving work continues. That's things like food, clothing, transportation and legal support for domestic abuse survivors. Its raffles and banquets are all called off. That puts its mission of protecting victims of domestic abuse at risk. There are safety protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have ways you can support the organization here.

At least 14 people are in the hospital after a mass shooting outside a funeral home in Chicago

Authorities say it seems to be a planned ambush. Shots rang out in the south side of Chicago around 6:30 last night. A passing black vehicle began firing at people outside the building. Some people attending the funeral returned fire, then the vehicle crashed close by, with the occupants fleeing in different directions. Police interviewed one person of interest last night -- but are looking for others. The shooting follows a particularly violent weekend in Chicago where at least 63 people were shot - 12 of them killed. 

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