Good morning! Here's a look at the headlines today on Good Day Lubbock 5-9 a.m. on FOX34. Click here to watch live.
Weather: Sunshine with high clouds moving in the area, high near 74 with a calmer wind from the north-northeast 6-12 mph. Becoming cloudy tonight with fog/drizzle possible in the morning, low near 46. Partly cloudy with a high near 63 Saturday. Shower chances increase Sunday with the high near 55.
More governors across the country are going back into lockdown measures, but Governor Abbott ruled that out
The statewide COVID-19 positivity rate has exceeded what Abbott described as a "warning flag" Level of ten percent for more than three weeks. But in his visit here yesterday, he says local authorities have already been given the tools they need to implement their own procedures, they just aren't doing enough to enforce them. He says shutdowns are not effective and that Texans have already dealt with a similar spike in cases in July and August. Our state shattered a single day record for coronavirus cases with more than 12,000 yesterday. Lubbock is still under the state's restrictions, with bars closed and restaurants back down to 50% capacity.
Lubbock added more than 600 new cases yesterday and 6 deaths
We've now lost 292 people to the virus. 300 patients in Lubbock hospitals are positive for COVID, 84 of them in an ICU. City data shows there are no staffed beds available. There are 20 beds open, but 20 patients are waiting for a bed. State guidelines want COVID patients to make up less than 15% of total capacity across the region. Today it's at nearly 30%. City staffers confirmed another 606 cases. Since Sunday, we're averaging 542 cases per day. The active case count is above 5,600.
Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish wasn't able to be there to meet with the governor because he tested positive
Judge Parrish says he is not experiencing any major symptoms and will continue to work from home.
Many cities and counties are still waiting on assistance through the coronavirus relief fund
Lubbock County has qualified for $14 million but it's only received the initial 20% allocation. Governor Abbott says the money is being used to fund things Lubbock front line workers need like PPE.
The Salvation Army has started its biggest annual fundraiser, the Red Kettle campaign
It has some help from United Supermarkets. Bell-ringers will be accepting donations at stores and the mall. If you don't have cash, you can donate using a card or Apple Pay at some locations. The goal for the year is $250,000.The money raised here stays here. This marks the 129th year of the red kettle campaign nationwide.
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