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Highs in the 90s - isolated showers
More isolated showers and storms in our area today with heavy rain within them, most of the area will not get this. High near 92 with a light southeast-south wind 5-15. Partly cloudy tonight with the low near 71. Then mostly sunny this weekend with lower to mid 90s for highs and a lower chance for any rain.
Senator John Cornyn of Texas met with chancellors across the state this week, including Texas Tech's Dr. Tedd Mitchell
The university was commended for its leading efforts when it comes to providing accessible healthcare, before anyone else did. Also discussed at this meeting - access to the internet and how the pandemic has highlighted that it is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Senator Cornyn also says states must now focus on keeping kids in school. He says the federal government will help push money to keep education equitable, especially in such diverse states like Texas. That means investing in digital learning tools for students who live in poverty.
Lubbock ISD students who take online-only classes this year can still participate in all UIL activities and electives
Trustees added a requirement, that all students taking classes online or in-person must attend class periods assigned for league activities and electives. This will include students enrolled in career and technical education courses. Students who need to register for classes can do so online. We have a link here. The first day of school is set for the 17th.
The City of Lubbock confirmed another 111 cases yesterday
There have been more than 4800 positive cases identified in Lubbock County since mid March. It's been a week since recoveries overtook active cases. More than 2500 people have received a confirmed test and beaten the virus. 68 people have died from it. There were more than 880 new tests administered throughout Lubbock County yesterday. That total's now topped more than 61,000. Positives are now at about 9.5%. There are 113 people in our hospitals for COVID-19 treatment. 52 are in specialized intensive care.
Bailey County is reporting two residents at Parkview Nursing Care Center have died from the virus in the past two days
Health officials believe they were able to contain the virus before others were infected but says those findings are preliminary and could change in the coming days. Currently, Bailey County has 31 active cases and 133 recoveries. As a safety precaution - the Bailey County courthouse, the justice of the peace and the county attorney's office, as well as the treasurer's office will be closed tomorrow for deep cleaning. Those buildings will reopen Monday. At this time, there is no reason to believe the public has been exposed.
Kids can get their back-to-school shots in free clinics the next couple weeks
The first will be at Estacado High tomorrow from 10 to 4. The next clinic will be at Monterey at the same time on August first.They're open to any child six months and older who is eligible for the "Texas Vaccines for Children Program." This includes children who are uninsured, have Medicaid, or have CHIP. Anyone 10 or older must wear a mask. Children older than three are encouraged to do so. Parents will need to bring their child's most recent shot record.
New Mexico has pushed back its start for in-person classes, past Labor Day
The public education department cites the state's steady rise in spread of the virus. School districts can still set start dates for online learning, but no students can be on campus until September 8th. Colleges and universities are using online and remote learning for all campuses, except health care and vocational education.
Census workers will be stopping by homes starting August 11th for those who haven't filled out the form
Fewer than 57% of Lubbock households have responded. That's only a sliver more than the Texas average, but less than the national average response of 62%. The census affects all federal money coming into our area - that's grants for nonprofits, higher ed, housing, health care, emergency response, etc. It also affects congressional representation, state representation, and electoral college votes. This is the first time you can fill out the census online. We have a link to more info here.
South Plains Food Bank introduced it's new CEO yesterday
Of the 99 applicants, Dina Jeffries was the pick. David Deason, the chair of the board, said her 13 years at Ronald McDonald House makes her more than qualified. Jeffries' first day is August 10th. She will be fully moved into the position August 31st.
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