The City of Lubbock Public Health Department continues to see an increase in local COVID-19 cases. Over the last week, COVID-19 cases have been identified in local daycares, among medical staff and in local nursing homes. In addition, the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 is slowly increasing.
The United Family offers the second-round booster doses of the PfizerBioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, following the approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Salvation Army is turning away more single adults as it continues under COVID-19 restrictions. Under Salvation Army national guidelines, it has a capacity of 75%, and social distancing is enforced.
As of early January 2022, 40% of the children in the state’s permanent managing conservatorship (PMC) are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine but choose to remain unvaccinated, according to the Third Report oft he Monitors regarding COVID-19 vaccination status.
The State reported as of Wednesday, 86 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in Lubbock’s 22-county Trauma Service Area B. These patients are currently occupying 5.59% of total hospital capacity.
Friday, February 4, the Public Health Department and LRN Laboratory will hold normal hours of operation at the COVID-19 testing site at the Mini Hub located at 2721 50th Street. This testing site will operate from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Due to freezing temperatures in the area, the Public Health Department and LRN Laboratory will close the testing site as well as the vaccination clinic at the Mini Hub located at 2721 50th Street this Wednesday, January 26.
Due to freezing temperatures in the area, the Public Health Department and LRN Laboratory will hold modified hours at the the COVID-19 Mini Hub collection site located at 2721 50th Street this Friday, January 21.
City of Lubbock Director of Public Health Katherine Wells says the Omicron variant is nearly three times more infectious than the previous Delta variant of COVID-19, but has about half the hospitalization rate.
Texas Tech University is offering free COVID-19 nasal swab testing on campus. Appointments can be booked at Curative.com, but walkups are welcome. Testing is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Results are available within 24-48 hours.
Before getting the COVID-19 vaccine, South Plains Mall will be hosting their Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. in the Grand Court next to Santa’s winter home. South Plains Mall and partners, including Premiere Cinema, will be providing snacks, crafts, games, and prizes.
The federal vaccine mandate affects hospitals here in Lubbock, like University Medical Center. CEO Mark Funderburk says Lubbock’s health care workers have saved the city and this isn’t the way to treat them, but it’s the path he has to take.
United Supermarkets, in partnership with the City of Lubbock, will host a clinic for booster and initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday, November 14 at the Mae Simmons Community Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The vaccine clinic for the first dose will be operating on Saturday, November 13, between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the South end near JCPenney, across from H&M. The second dose will be scheduled two weeks later, on Saturday, December 4th.
The CDC will deliver 1,010,700 doses of the vaccine to Texas vaccine providers and 349,200 doses will be delivered to pharmacies in the federal pharmacy program to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11.
In a letter to TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, federal officials said the investigation will focus on whether or not students with disabilities who are at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are prevented from safely returning to in-person education, which would violate federal law, wrote Suzanne B. Goldberg, the acting assistant secretary for civil rights.
The City of Lubbock Public Health Department will host a clinic offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and school vaccinations at the Lubbock High School cafeteria on Saturday, September 18, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Gov. Abbott announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is receiving up to $5 million in federal funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as part of an innovative program to help serve underserved Texans in rural hospitals throughout the state.
Covenant Health states while they are not currently requiring COVID-19 vaccines for caregivers, they are strongly encouraging health care workers and the public to get vaccinated, adding they are monitoring for updates to requirements from government officials.