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Temperatures drop a few degrees for today
They'll go into the lower to mid 90s, 92 in Lubbock. We start tomorrow morning in the 60s, then back to the 90s with lots of sunshine.
Classes begin today at Texas Tech
As we've previously reported, they'll be a mixture of online and in-person. Some of those classes will be outside, all in part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even though classes have just begun, students have been on campus for a few weeks now. As of Sunday night, Texas Tech's COVID-19 dashboard reports 103 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 57 students as well as 46 faculty and staff with 53 active cases and 50 recoveries. Administration has not announced any plans as of yet to adjust the fall class schedules.
The City of Lubbock confirmed 33 new cases of COVID-19, along with six more recoveries
That brings the total number of cases to 6,885. There are now more than 1500 active cases in Lubbock. More than 5200 people have beaten the virus. The virus is blamed for 93 deaths in Lubbock since mid-March. More than 87,000 tests have been administered in Lubbock County since mid-March. Our positive rate has stayed above 10% for a while. 65 people hospitalized for treatment. 34 of them are in intensive care. That leaves more than 400 beds open for any kind of treatment.
Four more Lubbock ISD campuses have COVID-19 cases but the district did not specify which schools
Parents have been notified. The district did not provide any more specifics to the media. Earlier last week, it reported exposure at two campuses and potential exposure at another. In this earlier report, t stated the risk of spread to any students was low. School continued, though some classes may have moved rooms to allow for disinfecting.
President Trump announced the FDA has issued an emergency authorization of a treatment for COVID-19 patients
It involves blood plasma taken from patients who have recovered from the virus and developed antibodies. Some health experts say the therapeutic treatment needs more study before it can be celebrated and that this process was too rushed.
Another congressional hearing today for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
He'll be grilled again about the changes that went into effect this summer, that some say could hinder mail-in voting in November. Democrats are accusing him of trying to sabotage mail services ahead of the election. On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed a bill to give the agency $25 billion and reverse the actions that slowed down mail delivery. Although 26 republicans voted for the bill, Lubbock congressman Jodey Arrington called it a scam. President Trump's indicated he won't sign the bill and that's if it were to make it through the republican-led senate.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is leaving the Trump administration
She made the announcement last night in a statement saying she will be leaving her post at the end of the month, citing "family" as a reason for her departure. Her husband, George Conway, a political operative for an anti-Trump republican group called the "Lincoln Project" will also be leaving his position and says he'll be taking a break from Twitter. Kellyanne Conway emphasized their duty as parents in her statement, saying: "We disagree about plenty but we are united on what matters most: The kids." She is scheduled to speak at this week's Republican National Convention, but it's unclear if she will still do so.
President Trump and Vice President Pence plan to attend the roll call votes at the Republican National Convention today
The White House confirms they'll be in Charlotte. And, a GOP official tells CNN it's to be there when delegates formally nominate them. The president is expected to give a short speech. But, he'll formally accept the nomination at the White House Thursday. Only the first day of the convention will be in Charlotte. Republicans moved the rest of it out of North Carolina because the state wouldn't allow large-scale gatherings during the pandemic.