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COVID-19: Lubbock reports 222 new cases, 2 additional deaths, hospitalization rate at 21.93% Saturday

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6 coronavirus infections reported by Scurry County EMS staff, all under quarantine

England to enter new lockdown; UK virus cases pass 1 million

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Amarillo hospitals at ‘critical capacity’ as COVID-19 conditions worsen

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Plainview/Hale County reports 46 new cases of COVID-19, 10 new recoveries

  WATCH: Covenant healthcare workers report from front lines of COVID-19 pandemic

Hockley County reports 7 COVID deaths on Thursday, all from Lynwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

City of Lubbock Returns to Outdoor Event Restrictions Outlined in Governor’s Order

Pope ends public audiences, eyes Christmas as virus surges

  How to make Halloween as safe as possible for you and trick-or-treaters

  ‘Difficult winter’: Europe divided on lockdowns; cases soar

Germany’s disease control agency said local health authorities reported 16,774 new positive tests for COVID-19 in the past day, pushing the country’s total since the start of the outbreak close to the half million-mark.

  WATCH: Serious concerns about hospital capacity at COVID Town Hall

City officials and hospital administrators expressed serious concerns about hospital capacity and social gatherings at Lubbock's Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday night.

Kroger pharmacies to offer $25 rapid COVID-19 antibody tests

The FDA-authorized tests will be available at all Kroger locations by the end of November.

  Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge

The World Health Organization said more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases were reported last week — the shortest time ever for such an exponential increase.

  CVS expands COVID-19 testing services

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  Virus pushes twin cities El Paso and Juarez to the brink

Store guard stabbed 27 times for asking women to wear masks

  ‘We’re working on it:’ Pope’s COVID advisers and the mask

Governor bans indoor dining in Chicago amid virus surge

In Lubbock, pandemic fatigue sets in as hospitalizations rise

Experts and officials say people are exhausted with coronavirus restrictions and have begged them to don face coverings, socially distance and take “personal responsibility” for keeping themselves and their neighbors safe.

  Medicare finalizing coverage policy for coronavirus vaccine

The administration official said Medicare’s announcement will try to resolve several legal technicalities that could conceivably get in the way of delivering free vaccines to millions of seniors, a high-risk group for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

  Still hampered by virus, US casinos want aid in recovering

The U.S. casino industry is seeking tax and regulatory relief from the government as it tries to recover from the coronavirus outbreak, which cost states more than $2 billion in lost tax revenue while casinos were shut down for four months this year.

  New protests loom as Europeans tire of virus restrictions

All of Europe is grappling with how to halt a fall resurgence of the virus before its hospitals become overwhelmed again.

  Study: Heart scans uncover COVID-19 damage in some patients

Researchers have found that ultrasounds give a better indication of which COVID-19 patients have a higher risk of dying.

  Masks could save more than 100K lives in US through February, study suggests

A new study estimates that if most Americans wore masks in public, more than 100,000 lives could be saved from COVID-19 between now and the end of February.

  Husband in world’s longest-lived couple dies at 110 after pandemic brings depression

The couple had received the Guinness record for the world’s longest-lived marriage on August 25, with a combined age of 214 years and 358 days.

  Coronavirus deaths are rising again in the US, as feared

Health experts had warned that it was only a matter of time before deaths turned upward, given the record-breaking surge in cases engulfing the country.

City of Lubbock announce ‘pull-backs’ after 7 consecutive days of 15% or higher hospital capacity

Sunday, October 25, 2020, Trauma Service Area (TSA) B, which includes Lubbock, hit seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed patients in regional hospitals as a percentage of available hospital beds exceeded 15%.

  French doctor warns his country has ‘lost control’ of virus

Europe’s confirmed death toll has surpassed 250,000 according to a count by Johns Hopkins University, which puts the global toll at more than 1.1 million.

  CDC highlights safety tips for in-person voting amid pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding Americans to be cautious while voting.

  New US virus cases top 83,700 for 2nd day in row

Close to 8.6 million Americans have contracted the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and about 225,000 have died.

  US sets coronavirus infection record; deaths near 224,000

The U.S. coronavirus caseload has reached record heights with more than 83,000 infections reported in a single day.

  Fauci suggests nationwide mask requirement as virus numbers climb

The country’s most famous expert on COVID is a fan of masks, but Dr. Anthony Fauci hasn’t supported mandating them at the federal level. In light a of a new model that shows a winter surge of infection is already upon us, he told CNN’s Erin Burnett maybe it is time to require them.

  Lubbock County Judge warns of consequences if we can’t get COVID numbers down

Lubbock reached its fifth day of consecutive high hospitalizations on Friday. Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish said he thinks numbers will stay high until we get to the seventh day on Sunday, but he’s encouraging Lubbock residents to do what they can to stop this train.

  Some hospitals in crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease’s grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to Idaho reel under the surge.

  WATCH: Hockley County COVID-19 cases triple in one month

The City of Levelland has set a press conference for 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, where officials are expected to address the recent surge in cases.

  Dutch hospital airlifts patients to Germany amid virus surge

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 41 million people and killed more than 1.1 million, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.

  Brownfield Regional Medical Center struggling with high number of COVID-19 patients

The CEO of the Brownfield Regional Medical Center, Jerry Jasper, says his staff is working hard to deal with a high number of COVID patients, as Lubbock and surrounding hospitals fill up.

COVID-19: Scurry County reports 18 new cases, 32 recoveries, two new deaths

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

Meadow city leaders prohibit large public gatherings

Meadow City Council and the Mayor held an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon and they say given the increase in COVID cases, they have issued a Mayoral Order prohibiting all gatherings of more than 10 people.

  FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: the antiviral remdesivir

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat COVID-19. Remdesivir is an antiviral medicine given through an IV for patients needing hospitalization.

  US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year’s end whether to allow use of the first vaccines against the virus.

  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

In an earnings report released Thursday, Southwest cited findings by medical and aviation organizations as a reason for resuming normal sales.

  Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

From Italy to the United Kingdom, nations are trying to get a handle on a surging pandemic.

  What it’s like to lose sense of smell, taste due to COVID

Some of those suffering from that symptom say they can feel its effects even months after their original diagnosis.

COVID-19: Bailey County reports 32 new cases, 344 total

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

Brownfield Mayor to issue Mayoral Order prohibiting all gatherings of more than 10 people

The Mayor of the City of Brownfield will be issuing a Mayoral Order prohibiting all gatherings of more than ten people within the municipal limits of the City of Brownfield.

  Middle schooler threatened with arrest for missing less than 2 hours of virtual class

The school principal says the incident is the result of new California guidelines which require districts to keep a closer eye on student attendance.

  George Delacruz of George’s Lock and Key passes away after Coronavirus complications

George Delacruz of George’s Lock and Key on 50th Street passed away on Friday, after suffering complications during his Coronavirus battle.

City of Levelland reporting “several” COVID-19 cases at local nursing homes

City officials said in a release they have been keeping in communication with each of the long term care and nursing home facilities in Levelland and Hockley County, and have learned of “several” cases at Lynwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Levelland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Volunteer in AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial dies in Brazil

It wasn’t clear whether the volunteer received the vaccine or a placebo shot.

  CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

The CDC advises anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient to quarantine for two weeks.

  Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff.

  Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

Multiple vaccine candidates are in final-stage studies in tens of thousands of adults, and scientists are hopeful that the next few months will bring evidence that at least some of them are safe and effective enough for widespread use.

9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids

These items, all under $15, can help make distance learning more appealing to even the youngest learners.

Garza County reports 142 total cases of COVID-19, 5 total deaths

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

Slaton Care Center closed to visitors due to COVID-19 cases

The Lubbock Health Department is concerned about an increase in COVID-19 cases in nursing homes after a high number of positive tests among residents of the Slaton Care Center led the facility to close its doors to visitors.

  Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

Republicans are reconvening the Senate this week to vote on a virus proposal, but it’s a bill that failed once before, and that Trump himself now derides as too puny.

  Blood from sickest COVID-19 patients makes best plasma therapy treatment

The sicker a patient is with the virus, the stronger the antibody response seems to be.

  California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state’s top health official said Tuesday.

  Lubbock officials will ‘pull back not shut down’ if we surpass 15% hospitalization for 7 consecutive days

Governor Abbott has threatened restrictions to be placed on areas where the 15 percent hospitalization rate maintains for seven days or more.

  Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

New virus cases in the U.S. have surged in recent weeks from a daily average of about 42,000 in early October to about 58,000 — the highest level since late July.

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer worker counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City.

  UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

Imperial College London says the study involves healthy volunteers aged 18 to 30.

  CDC: ‘Strong recommendation’ but no rule for masks on planes

The CDC says masks should be worn by all passengers and workers on planes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-sharing vehicles. That includes in airports and at subway and bus stations.

1st case of COVID-19 confirmed in King County

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

  AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: US trust in COVID-19 information down

Experts in health, science and political communication said they see three reasons for the drop in trust: fear, politics and the public watching science messily forming in real time.

  Target announces new round of bonuses for employees amid pandemic

Target is planning to pay out $70 million in bonuses to workers as the retail giant moves into the busy holiday shopping season.

  California won’t allow virus vaccines without state approval

The governor said the state wants its own independent review no matter who wins the presidential election next month.

  Local physician explains why you should get a flu shot amid COVID-19

Physicians and other local health experts are pushing for the flu shot now more than ever, saying they want to prevent the public from getting the flu with the possibility of getting COVID-19 at the same time, to help keep heavy hospital traffic at bay.

Lubbock ISD announces COVID-19 dashboard

The Lubbock Independent School District has begun updating COVID-19 information in Lubbock schools on a public online dashboard. As of October 19, the LISD dashboard is reporting 140 active cases among students and staff across the district.

  What you need to know about herd immunity

Up to this point, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States and not even 10% of the population has been infected.

COVID-19: Yoakum County reports 338 total cases, 5 total deaths

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

  Pfizer: Mid-November earliest it can seek virus vaccine OK

The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are among several leading candidates in final testing.

COVID-19: Hockley County reports 483 total cases, 11 deaths

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

COVID-19: 3 new cases confirmed in Dickens County, 51 total

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

Cochran County reports 81 total COVID-19 cases

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