Lubbock COVID data temporarily dips

Dec 8, 2020

The data may look better this week, but at Tuesday’s weekly COVID-19 news conference, Lubbock officials said they’re looking at it with “cautious optimism.”

The number of people hospitalized with complications of the coronavirus dipped this week, but bed capacity is still limited. 

The city reported a hospitalization high point on Nov. 29, when 360 patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus. On Tuesday, 283 people were hospitalized with the virus. Eighty-nine of those patients were in intensive care, according to data from the city.

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From Houston Public Media:

Texas received $11.2 billion in CARES Act funding to cope with bills run up in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

But there’s a catch: it has to spend everything by the end of the year.

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During the latest COVID-19 surge in Texas, Lubbock’s region was one of the first to reach a high hospitalization rate set by the state. Forty-five days later, the 22-county region is still above that mark and others are inching up there.

That’s a concern for Lubbock hospital administrators, who are currently relying on the hundreds of traveling healthcare workers filling gaps in local staffing. If statewide trends continue, those caregivers could be relocated.


Steven Macias said when he first tested positive for the novel coronavirus in August, he felt like he had a bad, but manageable, case of the flu.

“The second time was the bad one."

Yes — you read that right. 

“It was on a whole other scale,” Macias said. 

Seventy-five days after his first diagnosis, Macias again tested positive for the coronavirus. He says he never tested negative in between his bouts with the illness. He quarantined until he no longer had symptoms and was declared recovered.

Area child dies from rare coronavirus complication

Nov 11, 2020
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A child under age 10 died this week from complications of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C.