Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
Senator John Cornyn visited town yesterday to see the effects of the historic cares act passed in congress back in March
The senator toured the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to learn more about its tele-medicine program and research - funded by the act. Both the HSC and Tech received millions in federal funding during the pandemic. The senator said he's feeling more optimistic now than he has been in a few weeks about the next round of coronavirus relief bills from congress.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy now says he's putting changes in the postal service to scale back operations on hold until after the November election
Numerous states planned to file federal lawsuits over the recent changes that have slowed delivery including removing sorting machines and cutting overtime. DeJoy, who is a Trump donor, says he was trying to boost the struggling postal service's bottom line but democrats say he's working with President Trump to try and undermine mail-in voting. In addition to concerns about voting by mail, some say the operational changes have hindered mail delivery, affecting those who rely on it for medication and important documents.
Some major universities are changing course because of coronavirus case spikes
Days before the start of class, Michigan State's president announced yesterday it's pivoting to online-only classes. And on the same day, Notre Dame announced it's moving classes online for the next two weeks. Students have been back in class there for eight days. The president of Notre Dame says the school may begin sending students home.
Texas Tech is pushing forward with starting classes Monday
Everyone has to wear a mask in campus buildings. The number of students meeting in-person is well below each room's capacity so they can sit farther apart. Tech has also added 20 outdoor learning areas to offer more in-person classes. And there's increased wi-fi to reach outdoor study areas.
Texas Tech will introduce the new Lady Raiders head coach this afternoon
Krista Gerlich is a national champion for Tech. She's part of Marsha Sharp's 1993 team. She spent the last seven seasons at UT Arlington and stands as the program's all-time winningest coach. We'll have her introductory news conference this afternoon at 3 on FOX34 News Now. Gerlich replaces Marlene Stollings who was fired after a USA Today article two weeks reported multiple players allegations of abuse.
The City of Lubbock confirmed two more deaths attributed to COVID-19
The total is now 89. Staffers also identified 49 new cases. It's been more than a week since we broke 100 cases in a single day. The city also reporting 83 more people have recovered from the illness. More than 82,000 tests have been administered in Lubbock County since March. The overall positivity rate here is about 10%. Hospitalizations are also down a bit from recent weeks. 78 are currently at Lubbock facilities. 29 are in the ICU.
The most recent information for Hale County, released yesterday, shows one more person has died from the virus
The death toll is now 34. The county has also identified 29 new cases. This brings the total active cases to 114.
Terry County has confirmed two new cases
They've had 174. 35 are active. 138 people have recovered and one person has died.
A bi-partisan senate intelligence report shows Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign welcomed the foreign help
It stops short of saying there was coordinated collusion. The committee found then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort was working with a Russian intelligence officer and sought to share internal campaign information. That officer may have been connected to Russia's 2016 hacking operation. The senate committee found the Russian government continued to spread misinformation about the Russian election interference until at least January 2020. Now the intelligence community is warning Russia could again interfere this year.