It’s 8 a.m. on a Thursday morning. Covenant Health system is just getting their COVID antibody testing site set up for the day on the corner of 98th and slide. Back in January I got sick with a mystery illness. According to tests it wasn’t strep throat. It wasn’t the flu. Whatever it was it hit me hard for a week. I’m curious if I had the coronavirus.

At a tent perched up beside the medical van, nurses collect my insurance information and screen me for the virus by quickly taking my temperature and asking a series of questions.

Ram Mutyala and mother, Krishna Kumari, prepare orders for their final night open for business.
Kaysie Ellingson

Ram Mutyala left his home in India to come to the United States almost five years ago. He wanted to help his mother achieve her dream of opening an Indian restaurant in Lubbock, Texas. And they built a successful restaurant, Royal Indian Cuisine, a local favorite in the center of town. But after over four years of providing the community with authentic Indian cuisine, the family business couldn’t withstand the economic blow of the coronavirus.

As demand for help increases, evictions resume in Lubbock

May 29, 2020
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It is almost the first of the month. Rent is due - and in Texas, evictions can resume after a two-month halt due to the economic effects of coronavirus.


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The coronavirus pandemic has kept people home for months, itching for sunshine and social interaction. But favorite summer activities are going to be different this year.

More than 675 people in Lubbock have been diagnosed with COVID-19. But the worst of it seems to be over, said Dr. Prakash Shrestha, an infectious disease specialist for Covenant Health.

2020 Census: What to know, expect in Lubbock

May 27, 2020
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About 57% of Lubbock residents have responded to the U.S. Census. That’s pretty good – but there’s still a way to go with unique challenges to collecting this year’s data.