Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
There are five faculty members in the Lubbock-Cooper ISD that are expected to be out to begin the school year due to COVID-related concerns
It's important to note that these are not all positive cases, but could also be because the teacher or T.A. has had close contact with a lab-confirmed case or is caring for an individual with a lab-confirmed case. None of these employees have had any contact with students and none of them were at open houses.
All of Lockney ISD's campuses are closed after one of its staff members tested positive for COVID-19
The district reports, the employee told the superintendent who closed all the schools that person has accessed since Thursday. So far, contact tracers have identified eight faculty and staff members who've had close contact with the infected person. They're all self isolating and will work from home for the next two weeks. The district hasn't indicated when the campuses will reopen.
Someone vandalized parking spots at Lubbock-Cooper High
The senior class is allowed to decorate and spray paint their own assigned spots as a tradition. Some students included support for President Trump. Vandals targeted those with counter-messages. The defaced "Trump 2020" spots had "Black Lives Matter" messages painted over them as well as "hashtag save our children" and messages with profanity. Superintendent Keith Bryant says the district won't tolerate destruction or defacing of school property, regardless of personal opinion. Bryant says the district will prosecute anyone responsible.
Students are moving back to university housing
It's the second week of move-in at Texas Tech. The university's made accommodations this year to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The department has made changes to the move-in process, visitor rules, cleaning procedures and occupancy. To ensure students can stay social while being safe this will include limiting events and spreading out tables in the dining area. The university will offer free testing for students and staff through the start of classes Monday.
The City of Lubbock has confirmed 65 new cases of COVID-19
There are now fewer than 1,650 active cases in Lubbock. The city also indicates 75 more people self-reported beating the virus. 87 people have died from the virus, seven of those last week. It's been more than a month since recoveries overtook the large spike of cases we saw in June.
The State of Texas surpassed 10,000 deaths due to COVID-19
About four out of five of those have been since the state reopened June first. There have been 34 deaths. Hispanic people make up more than 53%. That's more than their 40% share of the state's population. Hospitalizations are still trending downward, since a peak in July. Doctors attribute that to the governor's mask mandate issued early that month. A "data dump" from a single laboratory Friday has dropped the state's positivity rate to below 12%. Some doctors worry the encouraging trends we've seen the past couple weeks state-wide are about to go out of the window with school starting.
The St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters is expected to speak at the Republican National Convention next week
Patricia and Mark McCloskey drew national attention in late June.This after they were seen in a viral video brandishing guns outside their mansion at black lives matter protesters. The McCloskeys were charged in July with unlawful use of a weapon, a class e felony. The White House has defended the couple on multiple occasions. President Donald Trump said "It is absolutely absurd, what is happening to the McCloskeys."