Lubbock Hospitals at Full Capacity and Public Venues Staying Closed for the Rest of 2020
December 16, 2020
In light of the recent spike of COVID-19 cases, health officials and Lubbock authorities are taking new steps to bolster the city's defense against the virus. A KCBD article titled "City Leaders Say 'We Are in Trouble; 'Lubbock Closing Large Facilities for the Rest of 2020
" collects the reports made during the COVID-19 news conference held on November 18th and summarizes the changes implemented to stop the spread of the pandemic.
According to Public Health Director, Dr. Katherine Wells, Lubbock currently counts 5,285 active cases, 283 deaths, and an average of 450 cases daily. She stresses the importance of following the health guidelines to protect the most vulnerable members of the community from the long-term health problems that remain after being infected.
The conference attendants also reviewed the situation in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Dr. Ron Cook stated that Lubbock hospitals are full, with no beds to accommodate newly admitted patients. That adds to the shortage of state resources pronounced by Director of Emergency Management Joe Moudy.
Health officials and city leaders alike called for increased precautions for the past Thanksgiving season. Dr. Cook highlighted the risks of small gatherings, and District 6 Council Member Latrelle Joy encouraged virtual interactions for this year's holiday celebrations.
In response to the latest surge in cases affecting children and teenagers, Lubbock city Mayor, Dan Pope, has ordered the closing of large indoor areas usually destined for public entertainment. While large public venues and athletic facilities will remain closed for the rest of the year, Mayor Pope discards the possibility of enforcing a total lockdown for the time being.
Read the complete article here: City Leaders Say 'We Are in Trouble; 'Lubbock Closing Large Facilities for the Rest of 2020