LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Officials with the City of Lubbock held a news conference regarding the latest information on COVID-19 and the coordinated efforts to address concerns with the community.
The City of Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope issued a stay-at-home order effective at midnight tonight, March 29, 2020 through Friday, April 3.
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During the news conference, officials say there are 10 additional cases confirmed in Lubbock, bringing the Lubbock County total to 51. Officials say some of those are staff members of Lubbock nursing homes. “We can’t have people working and exposing our most vulnerable population,” said City of Lubbock Director of Public Health Katherine Wells.
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More than 75 nursing home residents and staff have been tested this weekend.
The city has issued quarantine orders for residents and staff for Whisperwood, Heritage Oaks, Southern Specialty and Lakeside Rehabilitation Center. The staff will not be able to moonlight at other facilities. The residents will not be able to leave unless they need emergency care. All essential staff will be screened and are required to wear full protective gear.
Retail establishments directive issued: Prepare your store, provide hand sanitizer for customers and employees, the city is also wanting facilities to clean the store, credit card stations and other high-traffic stations.
Mayor Pope also said licensed daycares are to remain. He said if grandparents have been keeping their grandchildren, and everyone is used to those environments, continue as normal. He also said LISD is working with the city to set up a daycare. Details here >> Lubbock ISD to provide childcare for employees of Lubbock’s two largest health systems.
Officials say if you don’t need to get out of your home, don’t get out. Because there are some people who are asymptomatic, you will not know who has the virus and who does not.
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.
According to the Mayor, the South Plains COVID-19 Response Fund has raised more than $1 million. If you would like to donate, visit cfwtx.salsalabs.org.
Links to what you need to know about COVID-19 are below.