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Hurricane Laura came ashore early Thursday morning as a Category 4 hurricane over southwestern Louisiana. Significant flooding is ongoing across parts of the state, from the storm surge. In Cameron Parish, the AP reports officials said at least 150 people refused pleas to leave and planned to ride the storm out. Forecasters said the parish could be completely covered by ocean water.
That brings our total to 95 deaths. City staffers confirmed another 60 new cases yesterday. There are now fewer than 54 more people reported recovering from the virus. Last weekend was the first time in weeks the overall positivity rate dropped below 10% in Lubbock County - about 9.9% percent.
LFR crews have answered Cal Fire's request for aid. Four specialists have joined other teams from across Texas to fight the Lightning Complex fires. Fire stations from across the nation have sent more than 200 units with nearly 1700 personnel involved in the battle.
Texas Tech University COVID-19 dashboard is up and running
TTU identified 40 new active cases among students and seven employees. It also confirmed five students and one employee beat the virus so far. There are now a total of 136 active cases on campus. City leaders say this data is included in the city's overall update; meaning more than two out of three of yesterday's new cases were at Tech. Click here - for data.
CDC updates testing guidelines
In a move that has some top doctors disagreeing, the agency now says people exposed to the virus may not need to be tested. The CDC no longer recommends testing for most people without symptoms, even if they've been in close contact with someone known to have the virus. According to the previous guidelines, viral testing was appropriate for people with recent or suspected exposure even if they were asymptomatic. A spokesperson at the department of health and human services denied the change would affect contact tracing efforts. Dr. Anthony Fauci says he was not involved in the decision for the change.
Republican National Convention to kick off its final day
It's the final day of the Republican National Convention. Tonight, President Trump is expected to accept his party's nomination from the White House South Lawn. The convention will air on FOX 34 News Now tonight.