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  Covenant Children’s launches new Champions for Children campaign

107,808 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far by Lubbock Public Health Dept.

  Health care professionals hopeful after bill filed to cap insulin costs

United makes changes to COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tech campus

Lubbock Health Department suspends giving J&J vaccine after FDA issues ‘pause’

Public Health Department to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics, offer J&J vaccine

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  WATCH: 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines given in Lubbock, two city leaders to get pied in the face in celebration

Latest COVID-19 vaccine clinic update from Lubbock health department

  Healthcare workers at UMC in Lubbock reflect on year of pandemic

  City vaccinates fans at Red Raider baseball game

Free COVID-19 vaccine clinic for ticket holders to Friday Tech baseball game

COVID-19 testing available for all Lubbock ISD families Saturday

  Lubbock mother brings concerns over button batteries to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

In a virtual meeting, Lubbock’s Trista Hamsmith called on a committee from the CPSC today to force companies that use button batteries to make them more secure so that no more children can swallow them and die... like her toddler, Reese.

  WATCH: City of Lubbock virtual COVID-19 news conference April 7

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Lubbock County is 48,661: 131 active, 47,807 listed as recovered, and 723 total deaths. Yesterday’s COVID-19 hospitalization percentage was 2.79%.

Appointments for United’s first COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tech campus fills up

All appointments for Thursday, April 8, have been filled. But there will be several clinics scheduled throughout the month of April.

  Lubbock Health Department obtains first allocation of single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

The Lubbock Health Department has obtained an allocation of 5,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, something public health officials and members of the public have long sought.

J&J dose now available at city’s weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinic

United Supermarkets Arena to host weekly COVID-19 vaccine clinics

United Supermarkets holds COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Texas Tech campus

Lubbock health dept. latest COVID-19 vaccine clinic update

  Pinwheels for Prevention: UMC, Children’s Advocacy Center working to end child abuse

On-site reservations available at this week’s vaccine clinics

Governor Abbott announces COVID-19 rapid testing program for Texas youth Summer camps

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management today announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program for Texas youth summer camps.

  COVID variant indicates community spread, fuels push for vaccines

The good news is data suggests the current vaccines are still effective against the detected variant.

Lubbock Public Health Department to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week

The Texas Department of State Health Services has allocated additional doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to the Public Health Department.

City of Lubbock COVID-19 vaccine clinic update

The City of Lubbock Public Health Department conducted a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on March 27, 2021.

United Supermarkets holds COVID-19 vaccine clinic for Scurry County area

Beginning Monday, March 29, all Texas adults over the age of 18 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and there is no charge to the patient for the vaccine.

Hale County to open vaccine scheduling opportunities Monday

The Plainview-Hale County Health Department will open vaccine clinic scheduling opportunities on Monday. Clinics will take place Tuesday and Thursday.

  Texas National Guard vaccinates Yoakum County residents in effort to ‘Save Our Seniors’

Yoakum County residents were able to stay within county lines to get their first shot of the Pfizer vaccine this week.

Garza County reports 396 total cases of COVID-19, 13 total deaths

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

  WATCH: City officials encourage residents to get vaccinated as outreach efforts continue

City officials held a news conference on Wednesday to encourage citizens to get vaccinated. The most recent clinic opened vaccinations up to any adult over 50, anyone in the 1B risk category, health care workers and teachers. They will soon be opening vaccinations to anyone who wants one according t

Texas HHSC expanding visitation to nursing facilities and long-term care settings

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is expanding visitation statewide in nursing facilities and other long-term care settings, effective today.

Several appointments still available for this week’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The Texas Department of State Health Services has allocated additional doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to the Public Health Department.

Biden administration to open migrant holding facility in Pecos, TX

The facility will initially house 500 unaccompanied migrants with the ability to hold up to 2,000.

City of Lubbock COVID-19 vaccine clinic update

The City of Lubbock Public Health Department conducted a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on March 20, 2021, with a continued focus on individuals meeting the 1A, 1B, 1C, and Teacher guidelines.

  Medical students celebrate at unconventional Match Day 2021

It was an unconventional Match Day, but still an important milestone for these medical students, a moment they’ve been anticipating for years.

  Lubbock mother turns tragedy into ‘Reese’s Purpose’

It was Trista’s darkest hour. She calls it a living nightmare, if not for the support from friends, family and even strangers back home. Now, little Reese Hamsmith is gone, but her memory is about to shake up lawmakers in Austin.

  No mask mandate boosts local gym business

Premier Sportsplex has seen an increase in business since the Texas mask mandate was lifted on March 10.

Lubbock Public Health Dept. provides latest COVID-19 vaccine clinic update

Through the Lubbock Public Health Department, 47,694 individuals have received their first COVID-19 vaccinations, and 29,875 have received their second doses. Additional clinics will be held this week.

On-site reservations available at Wednesday vaccination clinic

Wednesday’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center will accept 300 on-site reservations. Citizens can register from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  Bishop Offers A Plea for Protection, Minus the Guilt

Bishop Coerver wants people to know that if you find yourself rolling up a sleeve for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, don’t feel guilty. He says no one who takes the vaccine should feel to blame for how it was developed.

On-site reservations available for people 50 & older at vaccination clinic

Today’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center will accept 300 on-site reservations. Preference will be given to individuals that are 50 years of age and older.

Cornyn: Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport to receive $3.8M in Coronavirus relief funds

Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport was awarded two federal grants totaling $3,840,566 in relief funds following the economic distress caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced today.

Lubbock Public Health Department to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week

The Texas Department of State Health Services has allocated additional doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to the Public Health Department.

LISD to eliminate virtual instruction for pre-K through 8th grade

Officials with Lubbock Independent School District have alerted parents the district has decided to eliminate virtual instruction for all pre-k through 8th grade students beginning August 1, 2021.

City of Lubbock Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic update

-The City of Lubbock Public Health Department conducted a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on March 11, 2021, with a continued focus on individuals meeting the 1A, 1B, and Teacher guidelines as set forth by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

  LISD to continue mask policy, despite some parental objections

The LISD School Board has chosen to continue with their mask mandate for now, although some board members propose revisiting the issue a couple weeks after Spring Break.

  Covenant Children’s loosens visitor policy, allowing birth photographer back in delivery room

Covenant Children’s is now allowing non-COVID patients to bring two visitors with them into the hospital.

  UMC prepares to open children’s emergency room funded by Children’s Miracle Network

A separate emergency center for pediatric patients is set to open in about a month within the UMC Health System in Lubbock. The $1.9 million facility is made possible by the Children’s Miracle Network and its donors.

Texas expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those 50+ starting March 15

The State of Texas is expanding COVID-19 vaccination to people 50 to 64 years of age, beginning March 15.

  WATCH: City leaders still encourage masks, social distancing after Texas lifts mask mandate

The state mask mandate may be gone, but Lubbock city leaders are still urging citizens to take proper precautions against COVID-19.

Lubbock County Detention Center visitation resumes today

The Lubbock County Detention Center is set to open visitation for inmates starting today, March 10, 2021.

  Mask mandate ends as businesses allowed to open 100%

For the first time since March of 2020 businesses in Texas will be allowed to fully re-open.

COVID-19 protocol remains in place at Wayland Baptist University

Wayland Baptist University President Dr. Bobby Hall released a statement saying Wayland’s protocols will not change in the immediate future.

United Supermarkets opens vaccine clinic in Lubbock to 1a, 1b and school or childcare personnel

United Supermarkets will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for anyone in phase 1a, 1b and school or childcare personnel on Friday, March 12 at Hodges Community Center, 4011 University Avenue in Lubbock from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Eligible recipients should call 866-277-2843 and select “option 1” to

  City expects to widen vaccine clinic criteria soon

While awaiting guidance from the state, the City is encouraging people to get vaccinated when it’s their turn.

COVID Vaccination Appointments Available, Options Offered for Homebound Individuals

As part of Governor Greg Abbott’s Save Our Seniors Program, homebound individuals can call the Health Department at 775-2933 to schedule a time for someone to come vaccinate them at their residence.

Lubbock Public Health Department to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week

The Texas Department of State Health Services has allocated additional doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to the Public Health Department.

Hale County Health Department to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Ollie Liner Center

You must schedule an appointment to receive a vaccine.

Lubbock health dept. COVID-19 vaccine clinic update

Through the Lubbock Public Health Department, 41,213 individuals have received their first COVID-19 vaccinations, and 22,406 have received their second doses. Additional clinics will be held this week.

  Texas Tech student government passes vote recommending to maintain mask policy

The Texas Tech Student Government Association will vote at 6 p.m. Thursday to recommend the university keep its current mask and social distancing policy.

Three of Gov. Greg Abbott’s four coronavirus medical advisers say they weren’t directly consulted before he lifted mask mandate

One adviser said he thinks it’s too soon for the state to stop requiring masks in public.

  Concerns over uncertain outcomes with new state mandates

Governor Abbott’s message to the state has left both Texans and the country sharply divided. But the state has seen a major decline in COVID cases and hospitalizations since the fall, including right here in Lubbock.

  Texas Education Agency: Local districts can determine mask policy, teachers and staff eligible for vaccines immediately

The Texas Education Agency has announced updates to their public health guidance for Texas public schools, saying local school boards have the authority to set mask policy for their district, following Governor Abbott’s lifting of the state mask mandate.

Vaccine eligibility now includes Texas teachers, child care workers

On Tuesday, March 2, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services directed the State of Texas to expand vaccine eligibility to include people who work in school and child care operations.

Hale County reports 5 new cases of COVID-19, 137 total deaths

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

Area schools discuss mask mandate after Texas Governor rescinds executive order

After the announcement, some area schools responded to parents who had questions as to what this means for them.

City announces additional appointments available for this week’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The City of Lubbock Public Health Department received an additional allotment of COVID-19 vaccines for this week’s clinics.

Floyd County reports 341 total cases, 2 new recoveries

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

Limited appointments available for this week’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics

A limited number of appointments are still available for this week’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall.

More City of Lubbock vaccine clinics scheduled for Mar. 2 through 6

The City of Lubbock has announced additional vaccine clinics for Mar. 2 through 6. Registration begins Monday.

  Lubbock County vaccination rate more than double Texas average

Director of Public Health Katherine Wells was pleased to see data showing that Lubbock County’s vaccinated population is more than double the statewide average.

Lubbock health dept. latest COVID-19 vaccine clinic update

Through the Lubbock Public Health Department, 36,818 individuals have received their first COVID-19 vaccinations, and 16,677 have received their second doses.

  Burrows introduces bill to pay first responders for COVID quarantine time

House Bill 2073 calls for firefighters, peace officers and EMTs to receive full pay and benefits while they are quarantined due to a possible or known exposure to COVID-19 or any infectious disease while on the job.

Gov. Greg Abbott weighing end to mask order, other statewide coronavirus rules, says announcement coming “pretty soon”

“We’re working right now on evaluating when we’re gonna be able to remove all statewide orders, and we will be making announcements about that pretty soon,” Abbott said, without giving a specific time frame.

TTU Chancellor praises local vaccination efforts at Regents meeting

Texas Tech Chancellor Tedd Mitchell praised local efforts to vaccinate against COVID-19 at a Board of Regents meeting on Thursday.

Plainview - Hale County Health Department to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic Friday

The Plainview-Hale County Health Department has received an allocation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the Department of State Health Services to provide to individuals meeting the Phase 1A or Phase 1B DSHS guidelines.

  WATCH: City of Lubbock COVID-19 news conference Feb. 24

Panelists for the news conference include Director of Public Health Katherine Wells, Public Health Authority Dr. Ron Cook and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Massengale.

City of Lubbock COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic appointments still available

All individuals in Phases 1A and 1B seeking a vaccination are encouraged to make an appointment. Additional vaccine clinics will be held in the coming weeks.

Public Health Department receives delayed vaccine shipments, schedules clinics this week

After a delay due to last week’s weather, the Public Health Department received its vaccine shipments for this week.