LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The City of Lubbock confirmed 16 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), 25 recoveries and one additional death. The total number of cases in Lubbock County is 48,241: 240 active, 47,288 listed as recovered and 713 total deaths.
As of 4:00 p.m. there are a combined 28 open hospital beds and 24 patients holding for beds at University Medical Center and Covenant Health System.
The hospitalization rate for our trauma service region was at 4.39% on Thursday, putting Lubbock under 15% hospitalization for 41 consecutive days after 98 days above.
According to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order, the region must stay below 15% hospitalization for businesses to remain open at current capacity.
According to the City, as of March 3, through the Lubbock Public Health Department 39,781 individuals have received their first COVID-19 vaccinations, and 20,926 have received their second doses.
Explanation of Hospital Bed Numbers
Note that this reflects staffed beds open to receive patients and differs from the available bed count shown on the DSHS and the City of Lubbock dashboards. These dashboards count all available beds, including specialty beds, such as pediatrics, PICU, outpatient, psychiatric and others, as well as hospitalized patients in the 22 county Trauma Service Area.
Explanation of Shutdown Measures
According to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32, all restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries in all counties in Trauma Service Area B would be required to return to maximum 50 percent occupancy levels, except in any county that separately qualifies for the greater occupancy levels because it has minimal cases of COVID-19 under the Department of State Health Services attestation process.
Additionally, all licensed hospitals in the Trauma Service Area would be required to discontinue elective surgeries.
The order would remain in place until such time as Trauma Service Area B has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is 15 percent or less.
Additional information can be found at the Texas Department of State Health Services website at: https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/0d8bdf9be927459d9cb11b9eaef6101f
You can see more detail on the Executive Order here: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-32_continued_response_to_COVID-19_IMAGE_10-07-2020.pdf
RELATED LINK: City of Lubbock COVID-19 Dashboard
RELATED LINK: Texas Tech University COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard
RELATED LINK: State of Texas COVID-19 Dashboard
COVID-19 Reporting from Texas Tech
Texas Tech University and the City of Lubbock issued a joint statement to clarify how positive Coronavirus cases at the university are reported and counted in the overall Lubbock County case count:
“The City of Lubbock Health Department is the authoritative source for the official COVID-19 case count for Lubbock County. Positive test results from Texas Tech University are reported to the Health Department daily, and are made available on the university’s COVID-19 dashboard daily. However, due to the constant efforts to reconcile data accurately, Texas Tech’s numbers may not be reflected in the Health Department/City of Lubbock’s case count the same day they are reported, which leads to different reporting numbers. The Texas Tech positive case numbers will always be included in the official Lubbock County case count, but ONLY after necessary information is carefully gathered and properly vetted.”
Tailgating and Public Events
The city issued this reminder on Saturday, Sept. 19
For Texas Tech home football games, those wishing to have a tailgate off of the university campus, must follow guidelines set by the City of Lubbock. For outdoor tailgate events with 10-49 participants, a Small Tailgate Approval Checklist must be submitted to email@example.com a minimum of five days before the event.
An outdoor tailgating event with an anticipated 50 participants or more must submit a separate plan for consideration by the Mayor of the City of Lubbock detailing how safety concerns regarding COVID-19 will be addressed. These plans should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org a minimum of five days prior to the event for approval.
To request approval from the Mayor for other outdoor events with anticipated gatherings of 10 or more people, visit mylubbock.us/lubbocksafe where you will find an approval checklist. Completed checklists should be submitted to email@example.com a minimum of ten days prior to the event for approval.
COVID-19 Relief Funds
The City and partner organizations, are using the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to help citizens directly impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs available include: Rental, mortgage and utility assistance as well as daycare assistance. For more information, call the Community Development Department at 775.2296, or go to mylubbock.us/communitydevelopment
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