Lubbock's region hit an important COVID-19 mark. Now what?

Oct 20, 2020
Weston Davis/Texas Tech Public Media

With one of the highest testing positivity rates in the country, Lubbock is now a COVID-19 hotspot and area hospitals are filling up. 



Dr. Mike Ragain, chief medical officer at University Medical Center, said his hospital hit a few grim milestones last week.

“In our hospital, we had a record number of COVID admissions,” Ragain said. “We also had a record number of COVID patients in the ICU. We had a record number of employees who were out because of COVID.”


Early voter turnout strong in Lubbock

Oct 19, 2020
Sarah Self-Walbrick/Texas Tech Public Media

A week into the extended early voting period, more than a quarter of Lubbock County residents have cast their ballot. 


So far, 52,263 people have voted in Lubbock County, according to data from the Texas Secretary of State. That’s 28% of the total 183,394 registered voters. The majority of people have voted in-person at one of Lubbock’s 25 polling locations. More than 6,000 voters have returned their mail-in ballots.


As the city council headed into a regular meeting last month, more than 100 people gathered in front of Lubbock’s Citizens Tower for a rally. Maybe a dozen wore masks and kids ran around with signs and balloons. 


Flyers promoting white supremacy found in Lubbock

Oct 3, 2020
Weston Davis

Flyers promoting a white supremacist group were found on Lubbock lawns overnight.


The flyers were attached to plastic bags with rocks in them. Swastikas and a symbol that reads “white pride world wide” are on the flyer, along with messaging about defending the “white race.” 


Sarah Self-Walbrick/Texas Tech Public Media

The Moegle Family made their annual trip to the Panhandle-South Plains Fair on Saturday. In the parking lot, next to the tall, old sign marking the fairgrounds, Bobby, Carolyn and their two daughters took a selfie – continuing a 59-year tradition of taking a photo at the fair.