LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Though there has been no spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Lubbock County, the department of public health says it is still too early to tell if opening up the state and local economy has had an impact on the number.
Katherine Wells, director of public health, said during a Thursday news conference if there is an increase it would start to show up in the numbers sometime next week.
Currently, the number of of active cases in Lubbock County has been on a downward trend, while the number of new cases per day has stayed in the single digits — at least through most of this week. Those with the city continue to encourage area residents to get tested if they feel they have COVID symptoms.
Wells also said when someone does get the virus, the typical recovery time is about 18 days but in some cases, it has taken up to 40.
Passing on the virus is still a threat and could have an effect on other people.
Wells added, three of the four latest deaths in Lubbock County were outside of nursing homes with people who were older.
The city has also identified two fairly large exposure sites in area nursing homes, but it did not disclosed in which nursing homes those were in. Visitors are not only discouraged from visiting any nursing homes but an executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott has kept them closed to the public.
Social distancing continues to be encouraged by city leaders, especially as Mother’s Day is coming up. Some measures people can take prevent spreading the virus include staying six feet away from others, wearing a facial covering, and frequently washing hands.
On the eve of salons being able to re-open in Lubbock, Thursday, Mayor Dan Pope said consumer confidence in going into stores is low.
“More than half of our citizens in the country are comfortable going to a grocery store. However, only a third of our citizens feel comfortable going into a retail store," said Pope, "And just a little bit more than 22 percent of our citizens feel good about going into a restaurant.”
Mayor Pope says that he believes the ‘Lubbock Safe’ program is helping ease consumer’s concerns.
“This effort with ‘Lubbock Safe’ which allows our businesses to voluntarily step up and say we will adopt these sanitation and safety standards for our employees and for our customers," said Pope.
Councilman Steve Massengale said 500 businesses have become ‘Lubbock Safe’ in a Facebook post on Thursday.
“We were so pleased that it’s continuing to grow," said Pope, "and thank you to our businesses. And thank you to our citizens for shopping and eating in businesses that are Lubbock safe.”