Lubbock’s South Plains Economic Development District receives $400K grant for coronavirus response

1 new COVID-19 case confirmed in Hockley County, 1 new death

Cottle County COVID-19: 4 total cases, 4 recovered

COVID-19: Bailey County reports 6 new cases, 134 total as of July 14

Yoakum County reports 44 total COVID-19 cases as of July 13

COVID-19: Dawson County reports 9 new cases as of July 13, 92 total

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Gaines County COVID-19: 2 new cases, 45 total

Funeral service announced for Lynn County Sheriff Abraham Vega

COVID 19: Floyd County reporting 1 more case of COVID-19, 67 total

COVID-19: 32 new cases in Plainview/Hale County, 6 new deaths

Olton nursing home reports 30 COVID-19 cases, one resident death

COVID-19: Scurry County reports 4 new COVID-19 cases on July 13, 98 total

City of Lubbock updates interactive dashboard on COVID-19 website

In its ongoing quest to keep citizens informed with the most up-to-date and user-friendly information, the City of Lubbock has updated its interactive dashboard at www.mylubbock.us/COVID19.

Governor Abbott announces additional Department of Defense resources to mitigate COVID-19

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the U.S. Department of Defense has activated additional U.S. Army Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces (UAMTF) to assist the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

COVID-19: Lynn County reports 1 new case as of July 13, 53 total

Lynn County provides an update of the current COVID-19 cases in the county.

Garza County reports 21 total cases of COVID-19, 1 new death

Garza County officials provide an update on current COVID-19 cases in the county.

New Mexico prohibits indoor seating at restaurants, closes bars, closes state parks to non residents

Cochran County reports 2 new cases of COVID-19 July 10

Three new positive COVID-19 cases in Lubbock County Detention Center, 28 total

Governor Abbott extends statewide COVID-19 Disaster Declaration

Lamb County reports 45 active cases of COVID-19 as of July 14; 91 total

City of Lubbock announces date change for Hodges Elementary COVID-19 testing

  The Mask Lesson from the Med School

Dr. Berk adds some people think it’s protection enough to wear a mask over the mouth, but not over the nose.

  Hospital capacity adequate for COVID patients, though concerns remain present

Though the numbers are higher now, hospitals can still function. If numbers get higher, there could be problems because hospitals are not just treating COVID patients.

Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour has been rescheduled for Aug. 2021

Officials with the United Supermarkets Arena postponed the JoJo Siwa concert in March 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. As of July 9, 2020, officials have announced a new date for the Nickelodeon star to return to Lubbock.

Texas bans elective surgeries in more than 100 counties as coronavirus hospitalizations keep climbing

Gov. Greg Abbott said the decision is designed to free up more resources to address the pandemic.

President of Wayland Baptist out of hospital, recovering from COVID-19

President of Wayland Baptist University Bobby Hall was released from the hospital on Thursday, after testing positive for COVID-19.

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

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

Sodexo closed for cleaning after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Sodexo, a company that provides equipment and cleaning for Lubbock ISD, has closed for professional cleaning after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

El Paso delays school openings due to COVID-19 concerns

Public health officials have issued an order for all public and private schools in the city of El Pase to delay school openings until after September 7, 2020, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. The order goes into affect Thursday, July 9.

Motley County reports 2nd case of COVID-19

Motley County provides an update on COVID-19 cases in the county.

Free walk-up COVID-19 testing clinic coming to Levelland

Hockley County and the City of Levelland will host a free walk-up testing clinic for COVID-19 Tuesday, July 14, at the Levelland Civic Center, located at 1900 McKinley Street, in the Levelland City Park.

TDCJ: 169 inmates and 11 employees in Scurry County test positive for COVID-19

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has reported to Scurry County Judge Dan Hicks that 169 inmates and 11 TDCJ employees in Scurry County have tested positive for COVID-19.

Governor Abbott allocates emergency education relief funding for Texas higher education

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the State of Texas will invest $57 million in federal funds to maintain the state’s need-based financial aid programs and keep more students enrolled at their colleges and universities.

Houston convention center operator cancels in-person Texas GOP meeting

The Republican Party of Texas' in-person convention was scheduled to happen in Houston next week.

$1.6 Million granted to nonprofits for COVID-19 relief efforts

The Community Foundation of West Texas and Lubbock Area United Way combined efforts to raise funds and create rapid release grants through the South Plains COVID-19 Response Fund.

THHSC extends deadline for pandemic food benefits for families affected by COVID-19 school closures

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is extending the application deadline for the federal Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer program (P-EBT) to July 31.

TDCJ mourning Snyder correctional officer’s death after battle with COVID-19

Friends and family are grieving with members of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice after the death of a longtime employee from COVID-19.

Lubbock County Judge authorizes outdoor gatherings over 10 people

Lubbock County Judge, Curtis Parrish has issued a proclamation allowing Lubbock County citizens to have outdoor gatherings in excess of 10 people.

Governor Abbott, DSHS Distribute Additional Cases Of Antiviral Drug Remdesivir Across West Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is distributing six additional cases of the antiviral drug remdesivir to five hospitals across West Texas.

Inmate at Lubbock County Detention Center tests positive for COVID-19

An inmate at the Lubbock County Detention Center has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Lubbock Police officers will be enforcing Gov. Abbott’s mask order, “will seek to gain voluntary compliance”

LPD says while officers are expected to enforce the order, their goal is to seek voluntary compliance through conversation and education, rather than issuing citations.

Married 71 years, Ohio couple die from COVID-19 one day apart

Glenn and Gertrude Richardson’s 72nd anniversary would have been Friday.

Governor Abbott amends executive order prohibiting public gatherings of more than 10

Alongside a new executive order from Governor Greg Abbott requiring the use of face coverings in public spaces, the Governor also amended previous orders regarding public gatherings, prohibiting outdoor meetings of 10 or more, unless authorized by local authorities.

  Governor Abbott issues Executive Order requiring face coverings statewide

Governor Greg Abbott has issued a new executive order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases.

College students threw parties to see who would get COVID-19 first

Officials in an Alabama city say several college students organized “COVID-19” parties as a contest to see who would get the virus first.

  Lubbock ISD offering choice between virtual school, face to face instruction in fall

Lubbock ISD held a news conference on Thursday, laying out options for parents as they prepare for the new school year.

COVID-19: Both cases in Dickens County now listed as recovered

The second case in Dickens County is now listed as recovered as of July 2, bringing their total active cases to zero. They’ve had 20 people test negative for COVID-19.

  Owner of Nick’s Sports Grill and Lounge speaks out after closing

On Wednesday, we spoke to Nick Muscari, the owner of Nick’s Sports Grill and Lounge, who said he didn’t anticipate something like this would “force” him into a situation where he would have to shutdown.

Crosby County reports 3 new cases of COVID-19 as of July 11

The Texas State Health Department is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 in Crosby County for July 11.

StarCare offering mental health hotline as COVID-19 case count rises

Community members are encouraged to call the StarCare COVID-19 Mental Health Hotline to speak with a qualified mental health professional (QMHP) who can provide access to a variety of confidential and anonymous services for coping with stress and anxiety caused by uncertain times.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says Dr. Anthony Fauci “doesn’t know what he’s talking about”

Despite Texas’ surge of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Tuesday evening that he doesn’t need the advice of the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci. From the Texas Tribune.

University details Texas Tech Commitment Plan for Fall 2020; mix of hybrid, face-to-face classes

Texas Tech has established the Texas Tech Commitment Plan, an initiative to enact and inform students of “enhanced sanitization efforts, resources for health screenings, access to personal protective equipment, workplace and classroom wellness guidance, and social distancing protocols.”

  Katherine Wells provides behind-the-scenes look at compiling COVID-19 data in Lubbock

If you watch our news at 6, you know we rush to get you the latest coronavirus numbers just as soon as they are released from the city.

  COVID-19 contact tracers needed, position is work from home

Texas Health and Human Services describes contact tracing as a way to slow the spread of infection by contacting and quarantining people who were potentially exposed to the virus. The hourly pay ranges between $14 to $19 an hour, according to the career center.

More than 30 Texas bars sue over Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent shutdown order

Hoping to block Gov. Greg Abbott’s Friday decision ordering Texas bars to close due to a rise in coronavirus cases, more than 30 bar owners filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Abbott’s emergency order.

Two employees of Snyder Oaks Care Center test positive for COVID-19

The Scurry County Health Unit and the Local Health Authority say the employees are believed to have contracted the virus on a trip to South Texas.

Covenant Health COVID-19 testing locations and information

Covenant Health has provided an updated list of COVID-19 information and testing locations.

All H-E-B stores will require customers to wear face masks

Effective Wednesday, H-E-B will require customers to wear face masks in all of its stores, regardless of whether face mask orders are in effect in the communities the stores serve.

Katherine Wells provides COVID-19 update before holiday weekend

With millions cooped up at home for so many months, this holiday weekend is expected to be a busy one for families wanting to escape their home town.

City of Lubbock’s Health Department adding COVID-19 screening sites

Monday the city of Lubbock’s health department is reminding citizens about the many COVID-19 screening sites across the city. Katherine Wells, the Public Health Director for The City Of Lubbock’s Health Department said even though the city lost the largest testing site in the community on Friday, t

Levelland Early Settlers Day Festival postponed to September

The event that is normally held on the second Saturday in July has been moved to Saturday, September 19.

City of Lubbock to expand COVID-19 testing at Patterson Library

The City of Lubbock will expand testing at the Patterson Library Drive-Up COVID-19 Clinic for the month of July. Starting this week, the clinic will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  Test shortages force closure of UMC Drive-Up Screening

UMC will permanently close Lubbock’s only drive-up COVID-19 screening after Saturday.

City of Abilene apologizes, says they never intended to disregard Governor’s order

According to city officials of Abilene, the City of Abilene says they ‘will not enforce the Governor’s Executive Order’ to shut down bars and limit outdoor gatherings.

  WATCH: City Council approves new requirements for face coverings, large gatherings

Lubbock City Council approved a new disaster declaration on Friday, requiring face coverings for employees of businesses who interact with the public and limiting public gatherings.

Lubbock County Judge issues procedures for large gatherings

On Friday, June 26, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued new statewide guidelines for public gatherings. These new orders require the County Judge in each county to approve any outdoor gathering in excess of 100 people.

21 of 23 TTU Football student-athletes recover from COVID-19

Texas Tech Athletics announced Friday it has completed 197 tests for COVID-19 among its football student-athletes and staff with a total of 23 positive results. Of the positive results, 21 recoveries have since been reported.

City delays opening of municipal pools to Friday, July 3

City of Lubbock Parks and Recreation will delay the opening of Mae Simmons and Montelongo pools to Friday, July 3, at 1:00 p.m.

StarCare expands supportive services for Veteran families during COVID-19

StarCare Specialty Health System received special Coronavirus funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand its Supportive Services for Veteran Families program to assist local Veterans facing eviction and homelessness.

Governor Abbott orders all bars to close, restaurants back to 50%

All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today.

  Open Texas Strike force member: Future of 2020 fall football ‘is in the hands of the public'

The behavior of the public today will determine the fate of falls sports, including college and high school football.

FirstBank and Trust temporarily closes two locations after positive COVID-19 exposures

According to First Bank and Trust, employees from the mid-city location at 22nd Street and Indiana Avenue, and the south location at 7806 Indiana Avenue have been quarantined, and the two locations have been temporarily closed, but they expect the South branch location to open again Monday, June 29.

Governor Abbott announces temporary pause of additional reopening phases

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Gov. Greg Abbott bans elective surgeries in four of Texas’ biggest counties to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients

For a second time since the start of the pandemic, Abbott bans elective surgeries to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients. But this time the hold on the nonessential procedures is only in effect for Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties.

Frenship ISD warns parents about COVID-19 case

Frenship ISD sent an email Wednesday night, warning parents about a student in the summer UIL girls basketball program at Frenship High School who tested positive for COVID-19.

CVS expands drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Capabilities to 3 locations in Lubbock

CVS Health now has a total of 130 drive-thru test sites across Texas, with 83% of sites in counties with underserved communities with greatest need for support. Expansion reflects company’s commitment to increasing testing capacity as COVID-19 cases begin to rise.

Lubbock municipal pools to open Friday, July 3

**Editor’s note: The City of Lubbock has since delayed the reopening to Friday, July 3, 2020. The below story has been updated to reflect the delay.

Gov. Abbott, TDEM to provide free masks to all Texans tested at state-run COVID-19 mobile testing sites

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in partnership with the Texas Military Department, will begin distributing 3-ply surgical masks to every Texan who undergoes COVID-19 testing at state-run mobile test collection sites.

  WATCH: City of Lubbock Mayor says ‘Wear your damn mask’ during news conference

During the June 24 news conference, Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope said "Cover your face. I think that message is as simple as it can be - wear your damn mask.”