COVID-19: Lubbock reports 538 new cases, 9 additional deaths, hospitalization rate at 29.03% on Wednesday

COVID-19: Lubbock reports 538 new cases, 9 additional deaths, hospitalization rate at 29.03% on Wednesday
COVID-19 CASE BREAKDOWN (Source: KCBD NewsChannel 11)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The hospitalization rate for our trauma service region was at 29.03% on Wednesday, putting Lubbock over 15% hospitalization for 38 days.

The City of Lubbock confirmed 538 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), 407 recoveries and nine additional deaths on Wednesday. The total number of cases in Lubbock County is 30,592: 5,677 active, 24,581 listed as recovered and 334 total deaths.

As of 4 p.m. there are a combined 38 open hospital beds and 25 patients holding for beds at University Medical Center and Covenant Health System.

Explanation of Hospital Bed Numbers

Note that this reflects staffed beds open to receive patients and differs from the available bed count shown on the DSHS and the City of Lubbock dashboards. These dashboards count all available beds, including specialty beds, such as pediatrics, PICU, outpatient, psychiatric and others, as well as hospitalized patients in the 22 county Trauma Service Area.

COVID-19 Facts 11_24_20
COVID-19 Facts 11_24_20 (Source: KCBD)

Explanation of Shutdown Measures

According to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32, all restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries in all counties in Trauma Service Area B would be required to return to maximum 50 percent occupancy levels, except in any county that separately qualifies for the greater occupancy levels because it has minimal cases of COVID-19 under the Department of State Health Services attestation process.

Additionally, all licensed hospitals in the Trauma Service Area would be required to discontinue elective surgeries.

The order would remain in place until such time as Trauma Service Area B has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is 15 percent or less.

Additional information can be found at the Texas Department of State Health Services website at: https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/0d8bdf9be927459d9cb11b9eaef6101f

COVID-19 Reporting from Texas Tech

Texas Tech University and the City of Lubbock issued a joint statement to clarify how positive Coronavirus cases at the university are reported and counted in the overall Lubbock County case count:

“The City of Lubbock Health Department is the authoritative source for the official COVID-19 case count for Lubbock County. Positive test results from Texas Tech University are reported to the Health Department daily, and are made available on the university’s COVID-19 dashboard daily. However, due to the constant efforts to reconcile data accurately, Texas Tech’s numbers may not be reflected in the Health Department/City of Lubbock’s case count the same day they are reported, which leads to different reporting numbers. The Texas Tech positive case numbers will always be included in the official Lubbock County case count, but ONLY after necessary information is carefully gathered and properly vetted.”

Tailgating and Public Events

The city issued this reminder on Saturday, Sept. 19

For Texas Tech home football games, those wishing to have a tailgate off of the university campus, must follow guidelines set by the City of Lubbock. For outdoor tailgate events with 10-49 participants, a Small Tailgate Approval Checklist must be submitted to lubbocksafe@mylubbock.us a minimum of five days before the event.

An outdoor tailgating event with an anticipated 50 participants or more must submit a separate plan for consideration by the Mayor of the City of Lubbock detailing how safety concerns regarding COVID-19 will be addressed. These plans should be submitted to lubbocksafe@mylubbock.us a minimum of five days prior to the event for approval.

To request approval from the Mayor for other outdoor events with anticipated gatherings of 10 or more people, visit mylubbock.us/lubbocksafe where you will find an approval checklist. Completed checklists should be submitted to lubbocksafe@mylubbock.us a minimum of ten days prior to the event for approval.

COVID-19 Relief Funds

The City and partner organizations, are using the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to help citizens directly impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs available include: Rental, mortgage and utility assistance as well as daycare assistance. For more information, call the Community Development Department at 775.2296, or go to mylubbock.us/communitydevelopment

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