Coronavirus

Citibus is helping out with free rides

Citibus will be offering free rides on fixed routes effective immediately.

  Student learns she’s school valedictorian at drive-thru window where she works

  US cities brace for coronavirus spread; Spain’s hospitals at breaking point

County-by-county COVID-19 tracker

  Wall Street pushes higher, led by surging health care stocks

What is covered by the mayor’s Stay At Home order?

  Mayor Ginger Nelson issues shelter-in-place order for Amarillo

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Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid

  Prince Charles ends isolation period for coronavirus

  Is takeout safe to eat during the coronavirus outbreak? Experts explain.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus

  Blissful ignorance? Submariners likely unaware of coronavirus pandemic

  Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

  Trump uses wartime act but GM says it’s already moving fast

President Donald Trump, claiming the company wasn't moving fast enough, on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act, which gives the government broad authority to direct companies to meet national defense needs.

  Instacart workers seek strike as jobs get busier, riskier due to coronavirus

The Gig Workers Collective is calling for a nationwide walk-out after asking Instacart to provide workers with hazard pay and protective gear, among other demands.

  Liberty University denies report of returning students with coronavirus symptoms

Liberty says no students in the residence halls have had “sufficient symptoms” to get tested for the virus after a report from The New York Times claimed "nearly a dozen" had shown symptoms.

  Co-writer of ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ dies from coronavirus complications

Alan Merrill, who co-wrote the song “I Love Rock and Roll” that became a signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett, has died from COVID-19 complications at the age of 69.

  As virus makes goodbyes hard, fears of many more rise in US

  VIDEO: 10 new cases, Stay At Home order announced at Sunday news conference

  COVID-19: 51 cases in Lubbock County, 70 across the South Plains as of Sunday

John Prine in critical condition with COVID-19 symptoms

  Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

  Iran defends virus response as Syria reports first death

HHSC requests waivers to avoid potential health care staff shortages

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has requested a waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that request flexibility that could increase the health care workforce.

  Relief package billions can’t buy hospitals out of shortages amid coronavirus outbreak

For more than a week, governors have pushed back against administration assurances that supplies are available now, bitterly complaining to President Donald Trump that there's no coordination.

UMC drive-thru screening open for normal operating hours

UMC’s drive-thru screening line for COVID-19 is open Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

UMC to no longer allow visitors

University Medical Center in Lubbock has updated its visitor policy and will no longer allow visitors in its hospital. The policy will go into effect at 6 a.m. Monday.

  Age is not the only risk for severe coronavirus disease

Older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they’re far from the only ones vulnerable.

  Coronavirus makes it harder for campaigns to ask for money

With a recession potentially on the horizon, there's a question of whether wealthy donors are in a giving mood and whether grassroots supporters who chip in small amounts will still have the wherewithal to keep at it.

  World Health Organization encourages playing video games during coronavirus pandemic

The World Health Organization is encouraging people all over the world to play video games during the coronavirus outbreak.

  Dog delivers groceries to Colo. neighbor self-isolating due to coronavirus

When a Colorado woman with underlying health issues had to self-isolate, her neighbors thought of a clever way to help her get her groceries.

  Doctor sees son crawl for first time through glass door after coronavirus separates family

An Arkansas father is among the many healthcare workers separated from their families while on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump: No quarantine, but travel advisory for NY, CT and NJ

President Donald Trump backed away from calling for a quarantine for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, instead directing Saturday night that a “strong Travel Advisory” be issued to stem the spread of the outbreak.

North Korea test fires missiles amid worries about coronavirus

In recent weeks, North Korea has fired a slew of missiles and artillery shells into the sea in an apparent effort to upgrade its military capability amid deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States.

  ‘Off the charts’: Virus hotspots grow in middle America; Illinois infant with virus dies

The U.S. leads the world in reported cases with more than 112,000, but five countries exceed its roughly 1,700 deaths.

3 more national parks close to prevent coronavirus spread

Three more of America's most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees at the parks.

Google donates $800 million, provides ad grants as part of coronavirus response

The tech company says it is giving the World Health Organization and global government agencies $250 million in ad grants.

Highlights of Trump-signed $2.2T economic relief package

Highlights of a $2.2 trillion package to help businesses, workers and a health care system staggered by the coronavirus that President Donald Trump signed into law Friday after the House voted final congressional approval.

  Arrington: Supported bill to provide immediate relief for families

Arrington said like many who voted for the relief bill, there were parts of it he would have changed, but he said what was important was providing relief for Americans now.

  Trump seeks to force GM to produce ventilators; Infections worldwide top 590,000

Italy, with by far the most deaths from COVID-19, surpassed China and the U.S. to also record the most infections in the world. With numbers rising in the U.S., though, the grim distinction could be temporary.

US government looks to continue feeding students

The U.S. federal government is turning to public/private partnerships to keep feeding students in need after the global pandemic forced nationwide school closures.

  South Plains COVID-19 Response Fund: Aiding Non-Profits Tackle Coronavirus Impacts

The Community Foundation of West Texas, along with the Lubbock Area United Way, are partnering up to create the South Plains COVID-19 response fund which will help to fund non-profits across the South Plains.

Peeps production stops, but Easter is taken care of

No more Peeps are being hatched for at least a couple of weeks — but it shouldn't affect Easter baskets.

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

The Lubbock Independent School District, in collaboration with the two largest health systems in our region, will begin providing childcare next week for healthcare workers due to the COVID-19 medical emergency.

  6 cases of coronavirus reported from Lubbock nursing home

The City of Lubbock has confirmed six additional cases of COVID-19 associated with Whisperwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, located at 5502 4th Street. The health department is also investigating three suspected cases and is waiting for test results.

  Feds, states crack down on price gouging and hoarding of coronavirus supplies

Attorneys general at the state and federal level begin cracking down and investigating reports of price gouging and hoarding of critical supplies.

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

The Community Foundation of West Texas and Lubbock Area United Way and City of Lubbock officials held a joint news conference to announce a new partnership in the response to the COVID-19 crisis on the South Plains.

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

The South Plains Food Bank (SPFB) said they’ve seen a “dramatic increase” in the number of families they’re serving, but they’re hoping that the city’s new COVID-19 Response Fund can help.

  Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities of both parties lined up behind the most colossal economic relief bill in the nation's history.

  Apple releases COVID-19 app, opens pandemic website

Apple released a new coronavirus screening tool on Friday, along with a COVID-19 website.

Lubbock National Bank provides stimulus loans for small businesses

Lubbock National Bank will provide stimulus loans to local businesses as part of the small-business section of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security.

Iowa professor charged in gagging death released from jail

An Iowa college professor accused of murder in the gagging death of her husband has been released from jail because of concerns about the coronavirus.

  Stocks drop, but hold on to weekly gains after a big rally

Stocks had soared over the previous three days as the relief bill moved closer to becoming law. It passed the House Friday afternoon and President Donald Trump signed it later in the day.

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

An Airman tested positive for Coronavirus at Canon Air Force Base, March 27th, 2020.

4 passengers dead aboard cruise ship anchored off Panama

Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship now anchored off the coast of Panama and two people aboard the ship have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

  Kristen Bell hosts Nick pandemic special for kids, families

Kristen Bell is hosting a Nickelodeon special with a “kid’s-eye view” of the coronavirus pandemic to address youngsters' concerns and help families weather the crisis.

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

A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Roosevelt County.

  Boeing may get billions in coronavirus stimulus aid

The aerospace giant qualifies because it's "businesses critical to maintaining national security."

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

The opinion concludes that municipal and county authorities may not use emergency powers to regulate or restrict the sale of firearms.

  New flu cases drop; death toll tops 24K

While the number of confirmed flu cases in the United States is going down, the number of Americans seeking care for flu-like illness is increasing.

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

New Mexico public education will shift to a learn-at-home model as school closings have been extended through the rest of the school year.

‘Baby Shark’ reworked for the coronavirus outbreak

Sorry parents, ‘Baby Shark’ is making a comeback — for a good cause.

  British Prime Minister Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Downing St. says Johnson is self-isolating and continuing to lead the country’s response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 case confirmed in Littlefield resident

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed one positive case of COVID-19 in a resident of Littlefield.

  Pants optional? Walmart has more sales of tops, not bottoms in new work-from-home era

With so many people adapting to working from home during the coronavirus outbreak, Walmart said it is seeing an interesting new trend.

R Kelly seeks release from jail, cites coronavirus risk

A Thursday court filing by his lawyers saying scant precautions to stem the spread of the virus behind bars put Kelly’s life at risk.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  More than $35,000 of groceries tossed after woman allegedly coughed on them, saying she had coronavirus

Police said Margaret Cirko went into Gerrity’s Supermarket on Wednesday afternoon and deliberately and violently coughed and spit on food throughout the store before trying to steal a case of beer.

  A New York doctor’s story: ‘Too many people are dying alone’

While the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, it can lead to more severe illnesses, including pneumonia and death for some, like those who are older or have underlying health issues.

  Virus test results in minutes? Scientists question accuracy

The tests could reveal the true extent of the outbreak and help separate the healthy from the sick. But some scientists have challenged their accuracy.

  This is how much money you could get from the stimulus bill

The income levels are based on tax returns for 2019. For those who have not yet filed their taxes, it will be based on 2018 returns.

  How long does coronavirus live on clothes and skin?

How long does the coronavirus live on your clothes and your skin? Karin asked Dr. Michelle Tarbox, a Dermatologist at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

  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.

  US leads world in confirmed coronavirus cases

The number of coronavirus infections were set to top a half-million worldwide on Thursday as both Italy and the United States appeared poised to surpass China, where the pandemic began, and Spain’s death toll climbed to more than 4,000.

California man arrested in tout for coronavirus ‘cure’

he FBI has arrested a Southern California man who officials said falsely claimed to have developed a cure for the coronavirus and solicited investments in a company he said would market the medication, federal prosecutors said.

  Washington set to deliver $2.2 trillion virus rescue bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the massive $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief bill approved by the Senate will pass the House on Friday with “strong bipartisan support.”

  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.

Trump says feds developing new guidelines for coronavirus risk

President Trump said the new guidelines are meant to enable state and local leaders to make “decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other measures they have put in place.”

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.

  Klobuchar’s husband back home after virus hospitalization

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's husband has been released from a hospital where he was being treated for low oxygen and pneumonia as a result of the coronavirus, the senator said Thursday.

On NYC’s front lines, health workers worry they will be next

At New York City-area hospitals that are on the front lines of the biggest coronavirus outbreak in the nation, hospital workers are increasingly concerned about the ravages of the illness in their own ranks.