WATCH: City of Lubbock virtual COVID-19 news conference for Sept. 30

WATCH: City of Lubbock virtual COVID-19 news conference for Sept. 30
City of Lubbock COVID-19 News Conference 09/09/2020

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The City of Lubbock hosted their weekly virtual COVID-19 news conference Wednesday, September 30, at 11:30 a.m.

City of Lubbock COVID-19 News Conference 09/30/2020 - clipped version

Topics covered during the news conference included the latest information from the Health Department, updates from the Lubbock Emergency Response Team, data analysis on COVID-19 in Lubbock, and a question and answer session with city officials.

The City of Lubbock confirmed 208 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), 293 recoveries and one additional death on Tuesday, September 29. The total number of cases in Lubbock County is 11,952: 2,508 active, 9,315 listed as recovered and 129 deaths.

Staff at Texas Tech University are reporting 58 new cases of COVID-19 as of September 28, bringing the total to 1,643 cases. The new cases consist of 47 students and 11 staff members. There were 45 new recovered cases reported, for a total of 1,383 recoveries.

During the news conference, Dr. Ron Cook said the numbers of positive cases in Lubbock “are exploding.” He says the hospital ICUs are at or near capacity. 'We are a long ways away from this virus being gone."

He said “herd immunity is not going to happen any time soon.” “We must be respectful of this virus,” he continued. He said we need to be comfortable wearing a mask and also be comfortable keeping people at least six feet away.

He urged everyone to wear a mask properly and also to social distance.

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