When COVID-19 hit the Lubbock community, Ozman Javier Ochoa, or Javi, wasn’t focused on the healthcare workers, even though he himself is a first-year medical student at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He was thinking about the janitors he saw every day cleaning up the blood on the floor of the ER he worked in, and those who clean the halls of the HSC building— They remind him of his parents back in El Paso.

Lubbock has seen a slight uptick of COVID-19 diagnoses so far in June. City and health leaders said that was expected as the city reopens and testing continues. 

“We don’t expect that our positives will remain down in the zero, one and two range. We think they’ll be a little higher than that," Mayor Dan Pope said at last week's Community Engagement Taskforce meeting. 

At the weekly COVID-19 news conference Wednesday, Health Director Katherine Wells shared new case averages that show that.  

Pop-up food pantry for families in need this weekend

Jun 10, 2020

2,000 food packs of beef, cheese, eggs, flour, fruit, milk, potatoes, soup and produce from local agriculture will be provided to families in need on a first-come first-serve basis at the Jones AT&T Stadium West parking lot this Saturday, June 13th from 9am to 2pm, while supplies last.

Half of Lubbock's patients positive for COVID-19 are Hispanic

Jun 10, 2020

Across the country, coronavirus has affected communities of color at a disproportionate rate, a national NPR analysis shows. In Lubbock, Hispanic people have tested positive at a higher rate, bearing the brunt of the infectious illness. 

YWCA summer camps work to avoid summer slide

Jun 10, 2020
Children enjoy the pool at YWCA's Sun n' Fun location.
Kaysie Ellingson / Texas Tech Public Media

Lubbock’s YWCA summer camps look completely different this year thanks to COVID-19. Executive Director, Glenda Mathis, says once schools moved to online classes, they witnessed kids struggling to stay connected to their learning. In response, the YWCA drafted out three main objectives for their summer camps

We said for this summer we have three objectives,” Mathis says. “One we’ll improve their reading scores and their math scores and we’ll teach everyone how to swim.”