Watch, city addresses COVID 15% over the limit in Lubbock, Trauma Service Area B


Lubbock's rate on Tuesday was more than 16.6%

LUBBOCK, Texas — Lubbock officials scheduled a press conference for 4:30 p.m. Thursday to address the rising number of COVID cases. Specifically, the number of COVID-positive hospital patients exceeded 15 percent in the greater Lubbock area on Monday.

If that continues, it will have consequences including possible orders from Governor Greg Abbott to restrict business.

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City Councilman Steve Massengale said the rate for Trauma Service Area B (TSA B) on Tuesday was in excess of 16.6 percent. That means Lubbock has been up over 15 percent for two days in a row.

Massengale said if the rate stays over 15 percent for seven days in a row, then businesses currently at 75 percent capacity will be reduced to 50 percent capacity. Bars would close. Hospitals would not be allowed to perform elective surgeries.

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