Good Day Lubbock: Monday, August 17 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Monday, August 17

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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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Isolated showers and storms expected through the day
Partly cloudy with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Rain chances diminish before midnight, then mostly clear with lows in the 60s. Mostly sunny through midweek with highs continuing in the lower to mid 90s

Today is the first day back in the classroom for thousands of students in Lubbock ISD

But this year, as we all know, is going to be different because of the pandemic. District officials say about 65% of students registered for in-person learning this semester. Good Day Lubbock is live at Coronado High School this morning with the several precautions in place this year. Click here to watch live interviews with Lubbock ISD officials.

The City of Lubbock has confirmed 14 new cases of COVID-19

That brings the number of active cases to 1,656. 11 more people have beaten the virus.  Nearly 4800 people in Lubbock County have recovered from the virus. Since mid-March, there have been more than 6500 cases confirmed. The number of deaths remains at 87. We have overall positivity rate of more than 10%. 69 patients are currently hospitalized. There are nearly 500 beds open for any kind of treatment.

Texas leaders who grappled with coronavirus test shortages for much of the pandemic are now facing the opposite problem: not enough takers

The number of coronavirus tests being done each day in Texas has dropped by the thousands in August, mirroring nationwide trends.  The drop comes even as deaths are continuing to climb and just as students are returning to class and football teams charge ahead with plans to play.

A fire in east Lubbock County claimed at least four homes

One of the affected families were victims of the 1970 tornado. It took crews about two hours to get the fire out. They say it started as a trash fire, then the wind spread it to grass, then to homes. No one was hurt. The marshal's office has not yet determined a cause.

Today marks the start of the Democratic National Convention

The event, delayed a month due to COVID-19, will take place over four nights. But it will look vastly different from conventions in years past. Tonight's lineup includes addresses from prominent democrats, including: Senator Bernie Sanders, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and former first lady Michelle Obama.

A legal battle may be brewing for the Trump Administration and the U.S. Postal Service

Several states, including Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia, are considering their options. This stems from concerns about the post office's new operational changes. There are fears that they could result in slow mail service during the 2020 presidential election, and presumably cause problems with mail-in voting. Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is calling the house back into session this week to vote on a bill prohibiting the U.S.  postal service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service. A senior democratic aide told the Associated Press that house democrats are likely to discuss the schedule on a conference call today and are expected to be in session Saturday.

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