Good Day Lubbock: Thursday, July 23 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Thursday, July 23

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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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High near 91 and chance of scattered showers

Nearly the same as yesterday expected today with the high near 91 and a light southeast wind 5-15 mph. Chance for scattered, but isolated showers and storms to bring areas of heavy rainfall at times and some possible higher wind gusts. Rain chances diminish tonight with less of this activity Friday and this weekend, but temperatures hold in the lower to mid 90s.

Parents, concerned over COVID-19, may be avoiding the doctor's office

But that could leave their children vulnerable to diseases we have protection against.  Doctors are urging parents should make sure kids get their routine vaccines on time. They fear that missed or delayed vaccines could have serious risks for children, and even cause outbreaks in addition to the pandemic. Doctor's offices have made adjustments to keep the spaces clean and assure there is little risk to coming in for these necessary visits. Some infectious disease experts believe Texas is already at risk for a measles outbreak - a disease they believe is even more contagious than COVID-19. 

State health officials say Texas has hit a new record high of daily COVID-19 deaths

The Department of State Health Services reported yesterday's death toll hit a record 197, beating the previous record of 174 set Friday. That brings the overall Texas death toll to at least 4,348. 

The City of Lubbock is reporting its 68th death attributed to the coronavirus

  113 more people have tested positive for the illness. Since testing began, more than 4700people have tested positive. More than 2200 are listed as active. 85 more people have recovered from the virus bringing the total number of recoveries to nearly 2500. There were 951 new tests administered yesterday for a total of more than 60,000 since mid-March.  5,673 have come back positive for an overall positivity rate of 9.4% percent. This includes people from other counties who came here for testing. 113 people are hospitalized with the virus. That's 12 more than Tuesday. Out of those, 47 are in specialized intensive care.  Currently there are about 400 hospital beds open for treatment. 

Plainview and Hale County are reporting 58 new cases of the virus

There have now been more than 1,000 cases confirmed. 177 are are listed as active.  63 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 834. 21 deaths have been attributed to the virus there.

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is backing the "Small Business Comeback Act."

It would create federal grants to help businesses hurt by the pandemic.  And the act's supporters say it'll have strong oversight and safeguards against corruption.  It would allow businesses to retain and rehire employees, continue providing benefits including health care, and help pay rent along with local and state taxes. 

After eight years of growth averaging 4.3% percent a year, the pandemic hit Lubbock's economy hard, leading to a year-over-year contraction of 1.5% percent in May

That's according to the Lubbock economic index released yesterday. More than 17,000 people lost their jobs between March and April, a loss of more than 11% in Lubbock's existing positions. That led to a record high unemployment rate of 10%. Compared to last year, May showed 7.5% job loss.

 The state will allocate an additional $118 million in federal funds for higher education

More than $46 million will be given to help students who have been severely financially impacted by COVID-19 to stay enrolled. The same amount will be used to target financial aid for up-skilling and re-skilling displaced workers in high-demand fields. $10 million will go to improving the quality of online learning by strengthening course offerings and bolstering institution's capabilities to use data to support student success.  This includes funds to develop open course materials that significantly reduce costs for students.

In May, the U.S. Department of Education announced new Title IX federal regulations for colleges across the U.S. to implement by August 14th

There are more than 2,000 pages of new Title IX regulations regarding sexual harassment. The biggest change campuses will see in handling sexual harassment cases is the regulations requiring live hearings for the allegations in a system that would more closely mirror legal proceedings in criminal cases and allow cross-examinations. Up until now, Texas Tech's Title IX coordinator says schools have been acting under federal guidance. The new laws will help everyone know what to expect from every institution. 

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