Good Day Lubbock: Thursday, August 20 - FOX34 Lubbock

Good Day Lubbock: Thursday, August 20

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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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The chance for rain diminishes this morning
Then becomes mostly sunny, high near 95 with a light southeast wind. Becomes partly cloudy overnight with lows in the upper 60s, then we climb to the upper 90s for the weekend.

Two Lubbock ISD elementary schools will stay open today after being exposed to COVID-19

The district confirmed the exposures happened at Honey Elementary on 86th St.  and Guadalupe Elementary on Avenue P. There was also a possible exposure at McCool Academy, formerly known as Smylie Wilson Middle School. It's unclear how many cases and whether it was students or staff. Affected areas in both will undergo cleaning and those in close contact being notified. Superintendent Kathy Rollo says the schools aren't closing. Now that Frenship and Lubbock-Cooper are back in session as well, they say it's just a waiting game now before they also confirm COVID-19 exposures on their campuses.

Nearly half of SAT exams scheduled for August have been canceled

The college board announced that it affects about 179,000 students. The board cited the closure of some test centers and the need to reduce capacity as a result of social distancing. Officials plan to work with test centers that need to close or reduce their available seats because of new safety measures and that they're working to ensure students have the opportunity to take the SAT.

Another person has died from COVID-19 in Lubbock

The city reports 90 people have succumbed to the virus since mid-March. Staffers also confirmed another 50 cases yesterday, with nearly three times as many recoveries. That brings the total number of active cases down to nearly 1500. Yesterday nearly 150 people told the city they'd been symptom free for three days. Our positive rate for testing is at a little more than 10% since March. There are 74 people in the hospital for treatment.

All but one of the local coronavirus deaths have been people older than 50

The outlier was a person in their 30s.  Public health authority, Ron Cook, says that shows how unpredictable the infection is. The health department attributes most of the deaths to nursing home outbreaks the first couple months of the pandemic. City data shows more than a third of Lubbock's deaths were people in their 80's.

The Lady Raiders didn't look too far for the new head basketball coach

Krista Gerlich spent the last 14 years as a head coach - the first seven were at West Texas A&M. The rest - at UT Arlington. During Marlene Stollings' tenure, players claimed the former head coach created a "toxic environment" In the program. Now, Hocutt has tasked Gerlich with rebuilding trust. She says she has reached out to all the players and commended them for the difficult situation. Gerlich is bringing most of her UTA staff with her.

Texas Tech will celebrate and memorialize Tommy McVay Saturday

The service will be at the USA. McVay served in the football department for more than 20 years, across five head coaches. Wes Welker, whom McVay recruited, will deliver remarks. Only family, friends, former players and coaches will be allowed inside. The service will stream online and on social media. Along with this service, the university has endowed a scholarship in his name. We have a link to support it in the FOX34 News app.

Dozens of sex offenders in Lubbock, who failed to register with the state are facing more charges for breaking their court orders

It's part of a compliance operation underway in Lubbock County. Police checked on 450 offenders and will charge more than 40. A couple of them are also charged for gun and drug crimes.

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