Lubbock Health Authority Dr. Ron Cook said a safe Thanksgiving celebration is possible. At a Tuesday news conference, Cook shared what his family will be doing for the holiday.

“There’s about 10 of us,” Cook said. “We’re going to set up the food in the garage. We’re going to be eating outside. We’re going to isolate ourselves by family units that live together.”

He said each family member will serve themselves, sanitizing their hands before touching any shared utensils. They’ll sit at distanced tables, households grouped together, and wear masks when they’re not eating.

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In his first news conference about the pandemic in two months, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott focused on efforts to treat the novel coronavirus and said little about additional measures to slow its spread.

The governor was in Lubbock Thursday to announce the arrival in the state of bamlanivimab, a newly-approved antibody therapy treatment shown to help certain people with COVID-19.

COVID-19 hospitalizations, and medical tents, go up

Nov 13, 2020
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Kaysie Ellingson contributed to this story.

Emergency medical tents provided by the state will alleviate some stress on Lubbock’s hospital capacity. At least medical experts hope so.


On Thursday morning, a team of workers installed copper piping throughout one tent on the Covenant Health campus in Central Lubbock. It’ll be ready for patients early next week. A tent was also issued to University Medical Center. 

They’ll be able to treat 60 COVID-19 patients a day at the Covenant location.

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.  


Mobile medical tents will go up at Lubbock hospitals this week as the facilities continue to deal with a surge in COVID-19 patients.