Good morning! Here's a look at the headlines today on Good Day Lubbock 7-10 a.m. on FOX34. Click here to watch live.
Weather: Wind Chill Warning in effect until noon today. Extremely cold this morning with wind chill values -10 to -25 degrees. Clouds expected to break apart and allow some sunshine to peak through today, high near 15. Tonight we drop back to single digits with cloud cover returning. Snow chances return Tuesday with a southerly wind 10-18mph, high nearing 28.
Texas Tech campus is closed but classes may still be held online
South Plains College, Wayland Baptist and Lubbock Christian University all closed. Most flights canceled in and out of the airport. Our entire state, all 254 counties, are under a disaster declaration.
Governor Abbott is urging Texans to conserve energy as much as possible today and tomorrow
Some easy way to conserve power: lower your thermostat to 68, seal up your door and windows so heat doesn't escape, unplug any items you're not using, and don't use big appliances like washing machines.
A man from Lubbock died in that devastating 100+ pile up in Fort Worth last Thursday
The Tarrant County medical examiner identified Christopher Vardy as one of the six victims. 133 vehicles collided on an icy half-mile stretch of I35 W. More than 60 people were hospitalized. Firefighters spent hours trying to rescue people from their vehicles. It took a day to clean up. Vardy graduated from Frenship High and Texas Tech University. He worked at a company that supplied military aerospace parts and his wife is the superintendent at Boyd ISD. Chris Vardy was 49.
Authorities say a suspected drunken driver has been arrested after he struck and killed a Dallas police officer who was blocking the scene of an accident
Police said in a statement officer Mitchell Penton was standing next to his patrol car with the emergency lights activated early Saturday when the suspect slammed into Penton's vehicle, causing it to strike the officer. Witnesses told police the driver, 32-year-old Phillip Mabry, was driving very fast. Police have not said Mabry was speeding. Penton died at the hospital. Mabry was arrested on warrants for intoxication manslaughter on a police officer and intoxication assault.
No new COVID-19 deaths were reported yesterday
The death toll in Lubbock county remains at 695. COVID-19 treatment takes up close to 7% of all capacity. That's less than half the governor's threshold for a "high hospitalization" region. City staffers confirmed another 35 cases of COVID-19. City leaders say they're grateful for the considerable drop-off in new cases. In that same time frame, city employees have administered more than 500 tests on most days this week. 67 people told the city they've recovered from a confirmed infection. That brings the active case count down to 718. Since mid-March more than 46,300 people have beaten an infection.
Three COVID-19 testing sites will be closed today
The sites at the Combest Center, Rodgers Park Gym and at Texas Tech will not be open for testing.
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