LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The City of Lubbock hosted a virtual news conference on Thursday, May 14 regarding the latest information on COVID-19 in the community.
City Health Department director, Katherine Wells, says of the 607 confirmed cases in Lubbock County, 335 have completely recovered. She also says it has been 13 days since there have been more than 10 cases reported in one day. to It has been 2 weeks since Texas started reopening, so there may be a rise in cases. However, officials are cautiously optimistic of the low numbers of confirmed cases.
Wells also updated the information about the changes in testing locations and times. Covenant Medical Group is transitioning to Covenant Medical Group clinics instead of the drive-thru testing site in Wolfforth. The last day for the drive-thru clinic at Frenship High School is May 15.
The University Medical Center drive-thru testing site will continue Mondays through Saturdays.
The drive-thru clinic at Walmart on 114th and Indiana is moving to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule.
The Health Department clinic at Patterson Library will remain open - however it is by appointment only. This clinic is free.
TTUHSC’s Family Practioner and Public Health Authority Dr. Ron Cook reiterated the importance of continuing what we’re all doing to help keep the confirmed cases of COVID-19 low in this “ultra marathon.”
Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parish spoke about the Lubbock Safe program. He is encouraging all Lubbock businesses talk to the city to get the decal for their store window. There are 650 Lubbock businesses registered in the program. He is also encouraging residents to shop at the places donning the Lubbock Safe decal.
Judge Parish also spoke about the Lubbock County Courthouse. He says the courthouse has not been closed - meaning employees are still working. He says for the next couple of weeks, many offices will begin to reopen to the public. He says many protocols are being put into place so jury trials can resume. He says when it comes to a jury, officials will be “especially mindful” of those who are most vulnerable and the caregivers of the most vulnerable, reducing the need for those individuals to appear at the courthouse. He said courtrooms and jury boxes will look very different moving forward.
Mayor Pope addressed a question from the media about big summer events that usually happen in Lubbock. He says a formal announcement about 4th on Broadway is expected soon, but there is a chance the date could be moved. He said more updates and announcements will be made about the Iron Man competition and the Juneteenth celebration.
Judge Parish said the summer concert showcase at the Lubbock County Courthouse will continue this summer, being there is a lot of space to allow for social distancing.