City of Lubbock Confirms First Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Death

The City of Lubbock has confirmed its first death related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The person who died was a male in his 60s with underlying health conditions. He was a resident of Lubbock.

The City of Lubbock has confirmed 10 additional cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as of 5:00 p.m. on March 28, 2020. The total number of cases in Lubbock County is 41. In addition to the reported Lubbock cases, the Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting additional cases on the South Plains including Hockley County (7), Terry County (1), Gaines County (1), Hale County (1) and Yoakum County(1). The City of Lubbock Health Department and other response agencies are prepared and have employed standard response plans designed to address and resolve public health issues. The Department will continue monitoring individuals as indicated by the CDC. The Department’s disease surveillance team will continue working diligently to ensure the public remains at a low risk of contracting COVID-19. The City of Lubbock Health Department and our health care partners will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the Lubbock area to prepare for the possibility of more local cases. Please continue to follow proper hygiene recommendations and social distancing practices.

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Nursing Home Exposures

Six cases are now associated with the Whisperwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. These include one patient and five nursing home employees. The city is conducting an investigation into possible exposures in other nursing homes, spread by Whisperwood staff, but there are no new exposure sites listed in connection with these cases at this time.

The health department is working with the facility to make sure they have appropriate protective equipment and to make sure they are taking proper precautions. The health department has asked that staff work only at this location and quarantine themselves between work and home.

Latest Case Details from City of Lubbock

  • Case 1 was reported on March 17, a Texas Tech student, age 15 to 25, who returned from a study abroad program.

  • Also reported on March 17, a person over 60 years old from Hockley County who had traveled out of state, no longer included in Lubbock total.

  • Case 2, reported on March 18, a former minister with family connections to Josie’s restaurant, 40 to 50 years old, who had traveled out of the country.

  • Case 3, reported on March 20, 30 to 40 years old, who had traveled out of the country. Related to Case 2, traveled in the same vehicle.

  • Case 4, reported on March 20, 15 to 25 years old, community acquired, investigation complete

  • Case 5, reported on March 21, 40 to 50 years old, related to international travel, investigation complete

  • Case 6, reported on March 21, 40 to 50 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

  • Case 7, reported on March 21, 50 to 60 years old, community acquired, investigation complete

  • Case 8, reported on March 21, 20 to 30 years old, exposure to known case, investigation ongoing

  • Case 9, reported on March 22, Over 60, exposure to known case, investigation complete

  • Case 10, reported on March 22, 20-30 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

  • Case 11, reported on March 24, 20-30 years old, exposure investigation ongoing

  • Case 12, reported March 24, 30-40 years old, exposure investigation ongoing

  • Case 13, reported March 24, 15-25 years old, exposure to known case

  • Case 14, reported March 24, 50-60 years old, exposure to known case

  • Case 15, reported March 25, 40-50 years old, community acquired, investigation complete

  • Case 16, reported March 25, 40-50 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

  • Case 17, reported March 25, 10-20 years old, domestic travel, investigation complete

  • Case 18, reported March 25, 30-40 years old, community acquired, investigation complete

  • Case 19, reported March 25, 40-50 years old, travel out of country, investigation complete

  • Case 20, reported March 26, 20-30, community acquired, investigation complete

  • Case 21, reported March 26, 50-60, exposure to known case, investigation complete

  • Case 22, reported March 26, 20-30, ongoing investigation

  • Case 23, reported March 26, 45-55, ongoing investigation

  • Case 24, reported March 27, 20-22 years old, ongoing investigation

  • Case 25, reported March 27, 10-19 years old, domestic travel, investigation complete

  • Case 26, reported March 27, 30-39 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

  • Case 27, reported March 27, 20-29 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

  • Case 28, reported March 27, 30-39 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

  • Case 29, reported March 27, over 60 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

  • Case 30, reported March 27, 40-49 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

  • Case 31, reported March 27, 20-29 years old, exposure to known case, investigation complete

  • Case 32, reported March 28, 60-69 years old, exposure to known case, investigation ongoing

  • Case 33, reported March 28, 50-59 years old, investigation ongoing

  • Case 34, reported March 28, 20-29 years old, investigation ongoing

  • Case 35, reported March 28, 30-39 years old, exposure to known case, investigation ongoing

  • Case 36, reported March 28, 20-29 years old, exposure to known case, investigation ongoing

  • Case 37, reported March 28, 30-39 years old, investigation ongoing

  • Case 38, reported March 28, 70-79 years old, exposure to known case, investigation ongoing

  • Case 39, reported March 28, 60-69 years old, domestic travel-related, investigation ongoing

  • Case 40, reported March 28, 30-39 years old, investigation ongoing

  • Case 41, reported March 28, 60-69 years old, exposure to known case, investigation ongoing

Other South Plains Cases
Dawson County:
  • Case 1, reported on March 26, investigating

  • Case 2, reported March 27, details pending

  • Case 3, reported March 27, hospitalized

Gaines County:

Case 1, reported on March 22, age 31, traveled out of Gaines County

Hale County:

Case 1: The Plainview / Hale County Health Department has confirmed its first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hale County, but not within the city limits of Plainview.

Hockley County:
  • Case 1, reported on March 17, a person 55-60 years old, Levelland resident, traveled out of state, no longer included in Lubbock total.

  • Case 2, reported March 19, over 60 years old, travel related, Levelland resident

  • Case 3, reported March 21, around 60 years old, not travel related, Sundown resident

  • Case 4, reported March 24, 31 years old, resident of Sundown. Travel unknown. Tested in Lubbock.

  • Case 5, reported March 24, 31-years-old, resident of Ropesville, not travel related, under investigation. Tested in Lubbock.

  • Case 6, reported March 27, 35-40 years old, resident of Sundown, investigation ongoing

  • Case 7, reported March 27, 55-60 years old, resident of Sundown, investigation ongoing (At this time is believed that one of these newly confirmed cases is related to a previously confirmed Hockley County case as to common contact.)

Lamb County:

Case 1, reported on March 27, identified as a resident of Littlefield. An investigation is currently ongoing.

Lynn County
  • Case 1, reported on March 27, person to person contamination, not travel related, self-quarantined

  • Case 2, reported on March 28 by Mayor of O’Donnell, self-quarantined

The Mayor of Tahoka released a statement Saturday saying this person does not live in the city of Tahoka. They have been asked to self-quarantine and report if their symptoms get worse. This case was not tested at Lynn County Hospital, nor seen in any of their clinics. This person has been identified as a resident of O’Donnell, Texas.

Terry County:
  • Case 1, reported on March 23, age 53, traveled out of Terry County, investigation ongoing

  • Case 2, reported on March 25, 35 years old, related to case 1, ongoing investigation

  • Case 3, reported on March 25, 55 years old, travel related case, ongoing investigation, tested due to positive result in household, no symptoms

  • Case 4, reported on March 26, investigating

Possible exposure times and locations in Lubbock County

Sunset Church of Christ Graduation Ceremony on March 14.

Blazing Bouncers, 11401 Hwy 87 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 16.

Beef O Brady’s at 5510 4th Street from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. on March 13

Cujo’s Sports Bar at 5811 5th Street from 11 p.m. until 12:30 a.m,. on March 13

Chances R at 5610 Frankford from 12:45 a.m. until 2 a.m. on March 13

Note: The City of Lubbock removes locations from this list if exposure possibility is determined to be lower than originally suspected through continued investigation (this is the case with many of our restaurant locations), or if the time since exposure occurred at a location has increased to a point that individuals who may have been exposed would be showing symptoms

Possible exposure times and locations in other counties

My Little Playhouse Daycare - Brownfield Location, afternoon pickup line only, did not enter building on March 13

West Side Church of Christ in Seminole ,morning service on March 15

Porter’s Grocery Store in Seminole, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on March 17

Meadow ISD, 7:30-4:00 March 9-13

Catholic Church Hall, Brownfield- Lunchtime March 13

Family Physicians, Brownfield,- 4:00 PM (visit unrelated to COVID-19) March 13

United, Brownfield- various times March 16-20

Dollar General, Brownfield- various times March 16-20

Stripes, 1402 Tahoka Rd, Brownfield- various times daily for drinks March 16-20

Savannah’s Mexican Restaurant, pick up order inside-afternoon March 19

Tortuga Food Truck, Brownfield- lunchtime March 20

Dollar General, Brownfield- 6:00 AM to 7:15 PM March 21

Dollar General, Brownfield- 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM March 22

United, Brownfield- 6:00 PM- 6:30 PM March 22

Lonestar State Bank, Brownfield- 8:10 AM to 8:15 AM March 23

All of these exposures are considered to be Low Risk.

Explanation of Risk Categories

HIGH RISK: Living in the same household as, being an intimate partner of, or providing care in a non-healthcare setting (such as a home) for a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection without using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation.

What to do: Active Monitoring - Daily contact with the health department, Restriction to home, Immediate isolation and notification to the health department if symptomatic.

MEDIUM RISK: Close contact with a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Living in the same household as, an intimate partner of, or caring for a person in a non-healthcare setting (such as a home) to a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection while consistently using recommended precautions for home care and home isolation.

What to do: Self-Monitoring- take temperature daily watch for signs and symptoms, Recommendation to remain at home or in a comparable setting, Practice social distancing, Immediate isolation and notification to the health department if symptomatic.

LOW RISK: Being in the same indoor environment (e.g., a classroom, a hospital waiting room) as a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time but not meeting the definition of close contact

What to do: Self-observation self-assess for temperature and symptoms, Practice social distancing, Immediate isolation if becomes symptomatic. Stay at home. Seek medical advice if you develop severe symptoms.

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