UMC drive-thru screening not available Saturday

UMC says it will not open its drive-thru screening line on Saturday because they can't get proper tests in windy conditions, a recommendation from Lubbock’s Emergency Operations Center.

  COVID-19 Update: 31 cases in Lubbock, 50 on the South Plains, no shelter in place order

Lubbock ISD to provide childcare for employees of Lubbock’s two largest health systems

  6 cases of coronavirus reported from Lubbock nursing home

  Banking Community commits $280,000 to COVID-19 response fund for community-based organizations

  Lubbock nonprofits looking for help from city response fund to cope with increased demand

Lubbock National Bank provides stimulus loans for small businesses

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Airman tests positive for COVID-19 at Cannon Air Force Base

  COVID-19 case confirmed in Roosevelt County, 2nd case for Eastern New Mexico

TX Attorney General: Firearm, ammunition sales, gun range operations are essential services

  N.M. Governor extends school closings through the rest of the school year

COVID-19 case confirmed in Littlefield resident

  How long does coronavirus live on clothes and skin?

  LPD encourages kindness as local association spreads ‘LOVE’

Lubbock Police are partnering with some community organizations to encourage kindness and de-escalate stressful situations as we all work to deal with this new reality.

  United Family donates 100 bouquets of flowers to nurses at Lubbock hospitals

Thursday morning, The United Family delivered more than 100 bouquets of flowers to the three main hospitals here in Lubbock: University Medical Center, Covenant, and Grace Medical Center. “We are bringing flowers to UMCs nurses.

Frenship ISD Bond Election Postponed to November

The Frenship ISD Board of Trustees unanimously authorized the postponement during their regularly scheduled school board meeting on Thursday.

1st confirmed case of Coronavirus in Dawson County

Dawson County now has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

Gov. Abbott ordering quarantine for visitors from New York tri-state area, city of New Orleans

COVID-19 cases associated with Lubbock nursing facility

  Local Restaurant Provides Curbside Concert: Music and Meals To-Go

  Lubbock Salvation Army providing toilet paper, essential items to people in need

City of Tahoka implementing method to find citizens 65+ who need help

Telephone Town Hall on federal response to COVID-19 with Rep. Arrington

  Map shows timeline of possible COVID-19 spread from regional basketball tournament

Several teams from the Texas Panhandle attended the tournament, and several cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the counties the schools are in.

2020-21 hunting and fishing season cancellation is rumor, TPWD says

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says don’t believe it if you read on social media that the 2020-21 hunting and fishing season has been canceled. Stay up-to-date on information by following the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website at

Terry County confirms 2 additional cases of COVID-19, 3 total

The South Plains Public Health District has confirmed two more cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

South Plains Food Bank to offer lunch to children at Maxey, Hodges Community Centers

South Plains Food Bank will be helping to feed area children at some City of Lubbock Community Centers.

Young adult tests positive for COVID-19 after attending ‘coronavirus party’

At least one person in Kentucky is infected after taking part at a “coronavirus party” with a group of young adults, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday.

Basketball tournament possible commonality in Hockley County coronavirus cases

In a statement released to a Levelland radio station, the county judge for Hockley County said there is a possibility a March basketball tournament could have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

  The Flu, COVID-19 and what the numbers mean

Hundreds of people have lined up for drive-through screening at UMC, but many have been turned away after testing positive for the flu instead. Dr. Jacob Nichols, an infectious disease specialist at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, helps us understand the difference.

  Lubbock-Cooper East Elementary Teachers hold parades for students in quarantine

With a police escort, teachers from Lubbock-Cooper East Elementary packed into cars and paraded through several neighborhoods of their kids Tuesday afternoon to send a message to their students as close to face-to-face as they could get.

  Covenant Health in Lubbock talks about home made face masks

Many across the nation are breaking out their sewing machines to help provide homemade face masks for their neighbors in the medical community.

  Local Restaurants Adapt to New Normal While Asking for Public’s Support

Local restaurants are working diligently to figure out ways to adapt to this new normal and find innovative ways to continue preparing and providing food to their customers, all while adhering to the social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC.

  TTUSHC Provost explains testing for COVID-19

So what happens when you get tested for coronavirus?It’s not a blood test.It’s much more similar to getting tested for the flu except that it may come in 3 parts.

  While TTU Students Stay Put, Faculty Working Hard

There were about 100 Texas Tech students studying worldwide when the coronavirus became a concern. The Chancellor, Dr. Tedd Mitchell, says most were in Seville, Spain. Check out more on these students from Dr. Mitchell's interview with Karin McCay.

Red Raider Toddrick Gotcher back home safely after playing basketball overseas

After being tested and quarantining, Virus-free Red Raider Toddrick Gotcher is back in Lubbock after having a big season with Besiktas in the Turkish Basketball Super League.

Texas Tech moving to Phase IV - Closed Campus

Texas Tech will begin transitioning into Phase IV of the Emergency Remote Work Status Operational Phases.

Hockley County announces two more COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 5

Two additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Hockley County, bringing the total to 5 in the county and 20 on the South Plains, as of Tuesday evening.

Plainview-Hale County Health Department Confirms First Case of COVID-19 in Hale County

The Plainview / Hale County Health Department has confirmed its first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hale County, but not within the city limits of Plainview.

City Council releases new dates for postponed elections, voting tonight

The City Council will officially vote to postpone local elections Tuesday night. The ordinance will postpone elections from May 2 to November 3.

City Bank donates $150,000 to the South Plains Food Bank during COVID-19 pandemic

City Bank has presented a check that will provide relief to the South Plains Food Bank immediately with $30,000 toward the COVID-19 Pandemic and a total of $150,000 over 5 years.

  Castro County issues Shelter in Place order

Castro County has issued a Shelter in Place order.

  Successful but Different Match Day

Dr. Steven Berk, Dean of the Texas Tech School of Medicine says the students were notified individually this year, then they celebrated through zoom or on Facebook.

FBI: School Closings Due to COVID-19 Present Potential for Increased Risk of Child Exploitation

FBI: Due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence and/or be in a position that puts them at an inadvertent risk.

WATCH LIVE: Governor Abbott providing update on COVID-19

Governor Greg Abbott will provide an update on COVID-19 at the Texas Department of Public Safety warehouse facility.

Midland man dies after battling coronavirus, first coronavirus-related death in the Permian Basin

CBS7: A Midland man who contracted coronavirus COVID-19 has died, health officials say. This is the first coronavirus-related death that has been reported in the Permian Basin.

  State Health Department releases new details on first coronavirus death in Amarillo area

The City of Amarillo has reported the first coronavirus death in the area.

City of Lubbock clarifies essential, non-essential businesses

The City of Lubbock has clarified the essential and non-essential businesses involved in the Fourth Disaster Declaration for the city.

Want to make a medical mask? Here are the steps

As Personal Protective Equipment donations are on the increase, those who don’t have a box of gloves or medical masks on hand now have some alternatives.

Disaster Declaration declared for Cochran County

A local state of disaster for public health emergency has been declared for Cochran County.

COVID-19 deaths in Texas up to 9; 410 confirmed cases across state

The latest update from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows nine people have died from COVID-19 in the state.

New visitor policy at UMC

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, UMC has enacted a new visitation policy.

  KCBD INTERVIEW: Congressman Jodey Arrington on COVID-19 Response

Republicans and Democrats in the Federal Legislature continue trying to hammer out a bill to ease the economic hit to Americans by the measures that governments are taking to slow the spread of coronavirus. We spoke to congressman Jodey Arrington via skype today.

  City of Lubbock issues 4th declaration of disaster, closing non-essential businesses

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope has announced the disaster declaration will close all Lubbock non-essential businesses to coincide with the current mandates for social distancing.

Covenant Health holding another emergency blood drive

Covenant Health has announced they will hold a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Covenant Children’s, 4000 24th street on Tuesday, March 24.

Lubbock ISD hands out prepared meals

7,200. That’s how many Lubbock ISD says they prepared today to hand out to anyone under the age of 18. This bag includes breakfast and lunch where you take it from the school to your home.

Governor Abbott Requests Major Disaster Declaration from White House

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to President Trump requesting a presidential declaration of a major disaster in Texas based on the continued impact of COVID-19.

NM Governor making announcement regarding statewide stay-at-home instruction

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico will be making an announcement regarding a statewide stay-at-home instruction, Monday afternoon. The livestream of the event is expected to begin at 4 p.m. Central time.

COVID-19 on the South Plains: What you need to know

CBD's promise of Coverage You Can Count On is why we are bringing you the updates that are important for you and your family.

Terry County reports positive case of COVID-19 as Meadow ISD employee

South Plains Public Health District Confirms First Case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Terry County.

Lubbock Officials providing info for citizens to interact with City Depts after City Hall closes

Beginning Monday, 23, City Hall will be closed to the public. Below is information for departments that citizens interact with daily and how they can continue conducting their business with the City.

South Plains Homeless Consortium commits up to $10,000 to fight spread of COVID-19 in local homeless

The South Plains Homeless Consortium has announced they have committed up to $10,000 to fight the spread of COVID-19 among those experiencing homelessness in Lubbock.

Texas Tech football Spring Game and Fan Fest cancelled

Texas Tech Athletics announced Monday that its 2020 spring football game will not occur on April 10 as originally scheduled out of concern for the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Lubbock community

Medical supply donations needed throughout Lubbock

Lubbock hospitals are not immune to the problems of the nation when it comes to a shortage of certain medical supplies.

Gaines County confirms first case of COVID-19

Gaines County is one of the newest counties in the South Plains to report a case of COVID-19. As of Monday morning the case count was at 15 in the South Plains.

Waco issues shelter in place order

The City of Waco Monday issued a shelter in place order, following the lead of Dallas County, which announced a similar order on Sunday.

  SPORTS: Staying active with social distancing

Whether it’s perfecting your craft inside, or a trick shot you’ve been practicing we want to see it.

Texas Attorney General: Retail supply chains will be held liable for price gouging

exas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued a stern warning to retail suppliers, including those who supply grocery stores and pharmacies, that state law strictly prohibits price gouging in the wake of a declared disaster.

Ruidoso asks visitors to stay home to help prevent spreading COVID-19

The Village of Ruidoso and the local tourism department is asking visitors and second homeowners to plan their visit to Ruidoso at a later date due to COVID-19.

  COVID-19 update:Gov. Abbott news conference March 22, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott will provide an update to citizens on the State’s efforts amid COVID-19 concerns in a Sunday afternoon press conference.

Neighborhoods set up ‘bear hunts’ to pass the time for children

Lubbock and Levelland neighborhoods, and probably more we do not know of, are setting up ‘bear hunts’ to keep their littles entertained during their extended spring break.

Governor Abbott takes action to expand nursing workforce

Governor Greg Abbott has waived several regulations to help meet Texas’ growing need for nurses as the state responds to the COVID-19 virus.

Truck drivers having difficult time getting meals

Truck drivers who don't have mini fridges or cooking capabilities in their trucks are having a difficult time getting meals on the road.

7-month-old baby in S.C. tests positive for COVID-19

The child's mother says she’s sharing her family’s story because she wants people to know COVID-19 can seriously affect children.

Lubbock Municipal Court Urging Citizens to Conduct Business Online

Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, the Lubbock Municipal Court will be closed to the public. Citizens are encouraged to complete their Municipal Court business online. Details here

Lubbock plumbers warn, be careful what you flush

With demand for toilet paper rising, local plumbers are warning residents to be careful about what they flush down their toilets.

List of area grocery stores changing operating hours

The following are grocery store hours of operation in and around Lubbock. Have a grocery store that needs to be added to this list? Send us an email at

UPDATE: New COVID-19 case reported in Hockley County, bringing total to 11 on the South Plains

Hockley County reported a new case of COVID-19 on Saturday morning, bringing the total to 11 on the South Plains, including eight in Lubbock.

Lubbock ISD announcing curbside meal pickup

Beginning Monday, March 23, curbside pickup will be available at 16 Lubbock ISD campuses Monday through Friday, from 12 - 1:30 p.m. Details here

  Some area schools will not return to school after Spring Break

Amarillo ISD has announced that student will not return to school after Spring Break.

Frenship ISD will provide curbside meal pickup

Starting Monday, March 23rd, Frenship ISD will offer curbside meal pickup at six locations.