Lubbock Ranks as 14th Biggest COVID-19 Hotspot in U.S., Says New York Times
According to data published by the New York Times, Lubbock has been listed as the number 14 COVID-19 metropolitan hotspot in the entire country.
KAMC News reports that just in the past two weeks, Lubbock has confirmed around 3,729 new cases of COVID-19. That's about 83.5 daily cases per 100,000 people. The New York Times says that only 13 other metro areas in the United State had a higher rate over the past two weeks.
The metro area at the very top of the NYT's list was Rexburg, Idaho, with 150 daily cases per 100,000 people. The only other Texas city ahead of Lubbock is El Paso, which sits at number 8 on the list.
It's also reported that Lubbock is the 3rd highest populated city among the New York Times' 20 biggest hotspot cities, only trailing behind El Paso, Texas and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Even more, the New York Times made a list of cities that have had the most per-capita cases since the beginning of the pandemic, and Lubbock is number 15.
On Sunday, October 25th, Trauma Service Area B, which includes Lubbock and 21 surrounding counties, had a COVID-19 hospitalization rate above 15 percent for seven consecutive days, causing Governor Greg Abbott to take action and rollback occupancy limits.
Bars will also have to close as per the governor's orders.
As of Tuesday, October 27th, the City of Lubbock had confirmed a total of 18,015 cases of COVID-19, with 15,075 recoveries and 188 total deaths.