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COVID-19 Updates & Open Thread

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For any of our readers, I want to make this site a space where we can all talk together. Not just as fans of Texas Tech Athletics, but as people in our greater community. In the coming days or weeks, I imagine COVID-19 will spread to our secluded desert haven. I won’t predict to know when or how it will affect us, but I truly believe the more we lean on each other (well... not physically please) the better off we will be.

The plan will be to provide links and share information as it pertains to Texas Tech and the Lubbock community on this page. Feel free to use the comments section to share updates, talk, vent, or as a way to stay sane. We’ll be around, too.

Wreck’ Em forever .

ATHLETICS

(MARCH 11) The NCAA currently plans for the Tournament to continue as scheduled, without fans in attendance.

• (MARCH 12) Big 12 officials close basketball tournament to the public.

(March 12) Big 12 officially suspends Big 12 tournament.

• (March 12) Texas Tech - West Virginia baseball series postponed after WVU notified Tech they did not intend to travel.

• (March 12) Division I indoor track & field committee announced ZERO attendance at the championship events.

• (March 12) College World Series officially cancelled.

• (March 13) NCAA in discussion to allow seniors of spring sports a no-penalty extended year of eligibility in wake of COVID-19 suspensions.

UNIVERSITY

(MARCH 12) Texas Tech will cancel classed following Spring Break, March 23-27, and will continue online for the foreseeable future.

Students may stay on campus during Spring Break. Residence halls will operate as usual.  Dining facilities will continue with the services at designated locations based on demand. Information on locations and hours of service is posted on their website: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hospitality/springbreak2020.php.

• (March 12) Chancellor, officials hold press conference.

• (March 18) Tech student tests positive for COVID-19 after returning from study abroad.

• (March 31) A message from Sarodorick Thompson:

COMMUNITY

• So far, no local schools or businesses have announced closures due to COVID-19.

>> AN ACTIVE LIST OF BUSINESS & RESTAURANT OPERATIONS <<

• (March 11) Lubbock, as a whole, is unified on being prepared for any and all COVID-19 precautions.

• (March 16) LISD Superintendent plans for distance learning, but keeps schools open until “active case.”

• (March 17) City of Lubbock confirms 2 positive cases of COVID-19.

• (March 18) Mayor Dan Pope restricts public gatherings to no more than 50 persons.

• (March 19) Governor Abbott orders schools, restaurants, bars, gyms, etc to curb expansion of COVID-19.

(March 22) Total number of cases jumps to 10 as we enter the “community spread” phase of COVID-19.

• (March 29) Lubbock mayor issues stay at home orders through April 3.

• (March 30) Total number of cases increasingly substantially bringing the total to 77.

• (April 14) Lubbock tallies 317 COVID19 cases, many revolving around nursing homes.

HEALTH

Get your household Coronavirus ready via the CDC.

This dashboard created by Johns Hopkins provides a quick look at COVID-19 numbers around the world.

• (March 17) United States begins first COVID-19 vaccine trials.

• (March 31) Israel testing prototype COVID-19 vaccine, but most world experts are skeptical of even an 18-month timeline.

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