WATCH: City of Lubbock reports rising case numbers, new testing options

City of Lubbock COVID-19 News Conference 07/09/2020 - VOD - clipped version 2

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The City of Lubbock hosted a virtual news conference on Thursday morning to share the latest updates about COVID-19 in the community.

The City of Lubbock confirmed 180 new cases of Coronavirus, 2 deaths, and 40 recoveries on Wednesday, July 7.

The total number of cases in Lubbock County is 3,231: 1,684 active, 1,491 listed as recovered and 58 deaths.

Dr. Katherine Wells with the Lubbock Health Department said we’ve seen an increase in cases for five weeks in a row, and she expects this to continue for a couple more weeks before we see numbers drop.

Free drive-thru testing at Walgreens

Walgreens at 602 Ave. Q will be offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

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If you test positive

Wells reminded everyone of what precautions you should take if you test positive for COVID-19:

No work, no school, no sports for a minimum of 10 days. Must stay in isolation until you’re symptom-free for at least three days

If you’re in contact with a positive case, you must stay in quarantine for 14 days – no work, school, no visitors to your house, no visiting stores or restaurants.

Dr. Ronald Cook

Dr. Ronald Cook said we have 98 people with COVID-19 in Lubbock hospitals.

Dr. Cook reminded everyone that there is no cure for this virus, no drug that will stop it currently, so we still have to rely on physical barriers like masks and social distancing.

He said the antiviral Remdesivir doesn’t cure the disease, it just shortens your recovery time.

Steve Massengale

District 4 Councilman Steve Massengale said 922 businesses are part of the Lubbock Safe program. Businesses can get self-certified at Mylubbock.us/Lubbocksafe

The Lubbock COVID-19 Task Force met Wednesday to update guidelines in accordance with Governor Abbott’s most recent order.

There will be an online application form available if you need approval for an outdoor gathering of 10 people or more. Submit to lubbocksafe@mylubbock.us. The form will need to be submitted at least 10 days before the event. Massengale said the goal is to get everyone approved for the outdoor events.

Mayor Dan Pope

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope said the city has been averaging 112 new cases per day for the past 14 days.

Our daily rolling average for positive tests has been nearly 15 percent. Our goal was to keep it under 6 percent.

37 percent of cases are in the 18 to 29 age range, but the 30 to 59 age group is now seeing an increase in numbers.

Mayor Pope said they want to encourage everyone to wear face coverings, but the city has not written any tickets or issued any formal warnings as of Thursday.

The mayor said he does not support a return to any kind of stay at home order.

If you know of a business that has infected employees or is not following COVID-19 guidelines you can contact the Lubbock Health Department at 806-775-2933 or email publichealth@mylubbock.us.

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