COVID-19: 51 cases in Lubbock County, 70 across the South Plains as of Sunday

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City of Lubbock on COVID-19 3-29-2020

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Mayor Pope issued a Stay At Home order on Sunday, in response to the rising number of cases spread by “healthy carriers.”

The order is effective from midnight Sunday, March 29 through Friday, April 3. The order requires, generally, that citizens don’t leave their homes unless they go to the grocery store, see a health provider or go to pick up food.

It’s a big order with a long list of exceptions, so we break down the details for you here:

10 new cases on Sunday

The City of Lubbock is reporting 10 new cases on Sunday, associated with exposure to infected nursing home employees, bringing our total to 51 cases in Lubbock County and a total of 70 across the South Plains.

The city has tested more than 75 nursing home staff and residents over the weekend.

Director of Public Health Katherine Wells detailed the city’s effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19: performing inspections, making sure healthcare workers have proper equipment and that they are following proper procedures.

They are also working to supply additional protective equipment.

10 new cases reported Sunday
10 new cases reported Sunday (Source: KCBD Graphic)

Quarantine orders for four nursing homes

Official quarantine orders issued to four facilities: Whisperwood, Heritage Oaks, South Specialty, and Lakeside.

Public health notice issued to all nursing homes. No visitors, no volunteers, screening for all employees prior to entry. Not allowing anyone with symptoms or fever within 72 hours to enter. No moonlighting for staff. Full protective gear for medical professionals inside.

Public health directive for retail establishments. Preparing the store, providing hand sanitizer, signs to explain social distancing, screening employees, regular cleaning of countertops, door handles, credit card terminals.

Tracking COVID-19 cases reported per day in the Lubbock area. Latest data from Sunday, March 29.
Tracking COVID-19 cases reported per day in the Lubbock area. Latest data from Sunday, March 29. (Source: KCBD Graphic)

Protect vulnerable people

Dr. Ronald Cook said our numbers have gone from 19 to 49 in three days, many are asymptomatic. They don’t feel bad but they are out in the community.

On Feb. 21, New York had its first case, today they had 2,100 deaths, Cook said.

Cook repeated the urgent public health messages about social distancing and staying away from people at risk, restricting visitors.

Medical workers on the South Plains are working to re-use masks and use respirators with more than one patient at a time.

Dr. Cook says thermometers may be hard to find, but it’s a good idea for businesses to screen employees. Temperatures over 100.4 are considered fever.

Dr. Cook said no patients are currently on ventilators at either hospital, pending an update today.

New cases from ‘healthy carriers’

Mayor Pope says many new cases are related to known cases and many of the exposures were from “healthy carriers” who did not realize they were carrying the virus.

First Death Reported Saturday

The City of Lubbock reported their first death related to COVID-19 on Saturday, a male in his 60s with underlying health conditions. He was a resident of Lubbock.

The city also reported 10 new cases on Saturday, bringing our total to 41 in Lubbock County.

Latest Case Details from City of Lubbock Health Department

Case 1 was reported on March 17, a Texas Tech student, age 15 to 25, who returned from a study abroad program.

Also reported on March 17, a person over 60 years old from Hockley County who had traveled out of state, no longer included in Lubbock total.

Case 2, reported on March 18, a former minister with family connections to Josie’s restaurant, 40 to 50 years old, who had traveled out of the country.

Case 3, reported on March 20, 30 to 40 years old, who had traveled out of the country. Related to Case 2, traveled in the same vehicle.

Case 4, reported on March 20, 15 to 25 years old, community acquired, investigation complete

Case 5, reported on March 21, 40 to 50 years old, related to international travel, investigation complete

Case 6, reported on March 21, 40 to 50 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 7, reported on March 21, 50 to 60 years old, community acquired, investigation complete

Case 8, reported on March 21, 20 to 30 years old, exposure to known case, investigation ongoing

Case 9, reported on March 22, Over 60, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 10, reported on March 22, 20-30 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 11, reported on March 24, 20-30 years old, exposure investigation ongoing

Case 12, reported March 24, 30-40 years old, exposure investigation ongoing

Case 13, reported March 24, 15-25 years old, exposure to known case

Case 14, reported March 24, 50-60 years old, exposure to known case

Case 15, reported March 25, 40-50 years old, community acquired, investigation complete

Case 16, reported March 25, 40-50 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 17, reported March 25, 10-20 years old, domestic travel, investigation complete

Case 18, reported March 25, 30-40 years old, community acquired, investigation complete

Case 19, reported March 25, 40-50 years old, travel out of country, investigation complete

Case 20, reported March 26, 20-30, community acquired, investigation complete

Case 21, reported March 26, 50-60, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 22, reported March 26, 20-30, ongoing investigation

Case 23, reported March 26, 45-55, ongoing investigation

Case 24, reported March 27, 20-22 years old, ongoing investigation

Case 25, reported March 27, 10-19 years old, domestic travel, investigation complete

Case 26, reported March 27, 30-39 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 27, reported March 27, 20-29 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 28, reported March 27, 30-39 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 29, reported March 27, over 60 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 30, reported March 27, 40-49 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 31, reported March 27, 20-29 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 32, reported March 28, 60-69 years old, exposure to known case, investigation ongoing

Case 33, reported March 28, 50-59 years old, investigation ongoing

Case 34, reported March 28, 20-29 years old, investigation ongoing

Case 35, reported March 28, 30-39 years old, exposure to known case, investigation ongoing

Case 36, reported March 28, 20-29 years old, exposure to known case, investigation ongoing

Case 37, reported March 28, 30-39 years old, investigation ongoing

Case 38, reported March 28, 70-79 years old, exposure to known case, investigation ongoing

Case 39, reported March 28, 60-69 years old, domestic travel-related, investigation ongoing

Case 40, reported March 28, 30-39 years old, investigation ongoing

Case 41, reported March 28, 60-69 years old, exposure to known case, investigation ongoing

Case 42, reported on March 29, 30-39 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 43, reported on March 29, 20-29, pending, investigation ongoing

Case 44, reported on March 29, 30-39, pending, investigation ongoing

Case 45, reported on March 29, 50-59, pending, investigation ongoing

Case 46, reported on March 29, 10-19, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 47, reported on March 29, 50-59, pending, investigation ongoing

Case 48, reported on March 29, 30-39, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 49, reported on March 29, 40-49, exposure to known case, investigation complete

Case 50, reported on March 29, 20-29, community acquired, investigation complete

Case 51, reported on March 29, 20-29, pending, investigation ongoing

Other South Plains Cases

Dawson County:

Case 1, reported on March 26, investigating

Case 2, reported March 27, details pending

Case 3, reported March 27, hospitalized

Gaines County:

Case 1, reported on March 22, age 31, traveled out of Gaines County

Hale County:

Case 1: The Plainview / Hale County Health Department has confirmed its first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hale County, but not within the city limits of Plainview.

Hockley County:

Case 1, reported on March 17, a person 55-60 years old, Levelland resident, traveled out of state, no longer included in Lubbock total.

Case 2, reported March 19, over 60 years old, travel related, Levelland resident

Case 3, reported March 21, around 60 years old, not travel related, Sundown resident

Case 4, reported March 24, 31 years old, resident of Sundown. Travel unknown. Tested in Lubbock.

Case 5, reported March 24, 31-years-old, resident of Ropesville, not travel related, under investigation. Tested in Lubbock.

Case 6, reported March 27, 35-40 years old, resident of Sundown, investigation ongoing

Case 7, reported March 27, 55-60 years old, resident of Sundown, investigation ongoing (At this time is believed that one of these newly confirmed cases is related to a previously confirmed Hockley County case as to common contact.)

Lamb County:

Case 1, reported on March 27, identified as a resident of Littlefield. An investigation is currently ongoing.

Lynn County

Case 1, reported on March 27, person to person contamination, not travel related, self-quarantined

Case 2, reported on March 28 by Mayor of O’Donnell, self-quarantined

The Mayor of Tahoka released a statement Saturday saying this person does not live in the city of Tahoka. They have been asked to self-quarantine and report if their symptoms get worse. This case was not tested at Lynn County Hospital, nor seen in any of their clinics. This person has been identified as a resident of O’Donnell, Texas.

Terry County:

Case 1, reported on March 23, age 53, traveled out of Terry County, investigation ongoing

Case 2, reported on March 25, 35 years old, related to case 1, ongoing investigation

Case 3, reported on March 25, 55 years old, travel related case, ongoing investigation, tested due to positive result in household, no symptoms

Case 4, reported on March 26, investigating

Possible exposure times and locations in Lubbock County

Sunset Church of Christ Graduation Ceremony on March 14.

Blazing Bouncers, 11401 Hwy 87 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 16.

Beef O Brady’s at 5510 4th Street from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. on March 13

Cujo’s Sports Bar at 5811 5th Street from 11 p.m. until 12:30 a.m,. on March 13

Chances R at 5610 Frankford from 12:45 a.m. until 2 a.m. on March 13

Note: The City of Lubbock removes locations from this list if exposure possibility is determined to be lower than originally suspected through continued investigation (this is the case with many of our restaurant locations), or if the time since exposure occurred at a location has increased to a point that individuals who may have been exposed would be showing symptoms

Possible exposure times and locations in other counties

My Little Playhouse Daycare - Brownfield Location, afternoon pickup line only, did not enter building on March 13

West Side Church of Christ in Seminole ,morning service on March 15

Porter’s Grocery Store in Seminole, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on March 17

Meadow ISD, 7:30-4:00 March 9-13

Catholic Church Hall, Brownfield- Lunchtime March 13

Family Physicians, Brownfield,- 4:00 PM (visit unrelated to COVID-19) March 13

United, Brownfield- various times March 16-20

Dollar General, Brownfield- various times March 16-20

Stripes, 1402 Tahoka Rd, Brownfield- various times daily for drinks March 16-20

Savannah’s Mexican Restaurant, pick up order inside-afternoon March 19

Tortuga Food Truck, Brownfield- lunchtime March 20

Dollar General, Brownfield- 6:00 AM to 7:15 PM March 21

Dollar General, Brownfield- 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM March 22

United, Brownfield- 6:00 PM- 6:30 PM March 22

Lonestar State Bank, Brownfield- 8:10 AM to 8:15 AM March 23

All of these exposures are considered to be Low Risk.

Explanation of Risk Categories

HIGH RISK: Living in the same household as, being an intimate partner of, or providing care in a non-healthcare setting (such as a home) for a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection without using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation.

What to do: Active Monitoring - Daily contact with the health department, Restriction to home, Immediate isolation and notification to the health department if symptomatic.

MEDIUM RISK: Close contact with a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Living in the same household as, an intimate partner of, or caring for a person in a non-healthcare setting (such as a home) to a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection while consistently using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation.

What to do: Self-Monitoring- take temperature daily watch for signs and symptoms, Recommendation to remain at home or in a comparable setting, Practice social distancing, Immediate isolation and notification to the health department if symptomatic.

LOW RISK: Being in the same indoor environment (e.g., a classroom, a hospital waiting room) as a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time but not meeting the definition of close contact

What to do: Self-observation self-assess for temperature and symptoms, Practice social distancing, Immediate isolation if becomes symptomatic. Stay at home. Seek medical advice if you develop severe symptoms.

One new case was also reported in Lynn County on Saturday, part of three cases reported by the City of O’Donnell, bringing our total to 41 cases in Lubbock, 60 cases total across the South Plains.

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