Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
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Heat Advisory valid for this afternoon
High temperatures at or above 105 for much of our area. Find ways to stay cool and keep hydrated if planning out being out in this heat. A slim chance for isolated showers and maybe a few storms late into the afternoon and evening. Morning lows in the 70s, then back into the 100s to end this week
The Big 12 voted last night to proceed with fall sports, including football for this season
The Power 5 conferences didn't all make the same decision. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says they aren't similarly situated. He says the fall season won't be completed without a rigorous testing regimen. Teams will test all staff and personnel on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week. If a student-athlete opts out, their scholarship will still be honored. Eligibility logistics are still being worked out. Mayor Dan Pope says this is good news for Lubbock because our economy is so heavily dependent on Tech football. Tech is still working on seating plans at Jones Stadium. The governor's last guidance restricted stadiums to 50% capacity, which would be about 30,000 people. According to the schedule the Big 12 released yesterday, Tech opens conference play hosting the Longhorns.
Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington supports Lubbock ISD's plans to reopen next week
He got a tour of Coronado yesterday for a first-hand look at the safety protocols in place. Coronado's precautions include a new QR code scanner at its lunch tables help with contact tracing when someone tests positive. Lunch periods and passing periods will also be staggered and students will help teachers sanitize the areas they use.
City leaders are prepared for the inevitable uptick in cases when school reopens
Health Director Katherine Wells says staff will be watching closely. She says a single case shouldn't close a classroom or force all its students back home, as long as they follow the rules. Any school children who test positive will be included in the city's normal counts. There are no plans for separate numbers for the districts.
The Trump administration released 8 general recommendations for schools similar to earlier hygiene tips
It comes as students and staffers in districts across the country are having to quarantine because of exposure. The federal government is providing up to 125 million masks to schools nationwide. The White House is encouraging students and staff to use masks, but there's no mandate.
Governor Abbott will be in Lubbock today to give a COVID-19 update
He'll host a briefing with city leaders and staff this morning. Then, he'll hold a news conference. After that, he will move on to El Paso for a similar update. We'll broadcast the governor's news conference at about 11:45 on FOX34 and in the FOX34 news app.
Lubbock reported another death yesterday from COVID-19, along with 70 more confirmed cases
The good news is, Mayor Pope says the rolling two-week average for testing positive has dropped below 10%. That's better than where we were a month ago. Another 122 people told the health department they've beaten the virus. 97 people are undergoing treatment at Lubbock hospitals.
State Senator Kel Seliger has tested positive for COVID-19
The 67-year-old republican represents the Amarillo area and down into the Permian Basin. He announced his diagnosis on Twitter, saying he began showing symptoms Tuesday night and that he will comply with isolation and contact tracing guidelines.
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