Briefing

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: Clouds will quickly increase this morning and will stay cloudy through today. A few light showers possible, but not much in coverage or measurable precipitation. High only nearing 41 for a colder day. Cloudy tonight with the low near 28, then sunshine Friday with the high near 65 and breezy.

Texas lawmakers start grilling ERCOT leaders today about last week's power outages and why the grid was so unprepared

More than 4 million customers were without electricity at some point and some of them went days. In a statewide address, Governor Abbott promised answers Texans demand. He emphasized power sources of all kinds failed last week. Governor Abbott said the grid broke when it was needed most and the state will invest in winterizing it. He also urged the legislature to approve adding more energy to the grid. Five ERCOT board members have already resigned. Lubbock is on track to join that infrastructure in June.

Today is the sixth day our neighbors in Post have been without clean water

Many residents are getting creative as to how they can wash their dishes, do laundry and shower. The emergency management coordinator says they've been able to give out six to seven loads of drinkable water - that's more than 100 boxes a day.

Another person has died from COVID-19 and its complications in Lubbock County

This brings the total number of deaths to 706. 44 people are hospitalized with the virus. Less than 5% of hospital capacity is being used for COVID. City staffers confirmed 44 new cases after 367 tests were administered. New recoveries nearly matched new cases yesterday with 43 people telling the health department they beat a confirmed case of the virus. That brings active cases to 433.

Vaccine clinics will be held today from 2-8 pm and Saturday from 10-3

The city's health department has now administered more than 35,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 15,000 second doses. Nearly 3,000 shots were given at yesterday's clinic. If you were scheduled to receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Tuesday's canceled clinic you can attend any other clinic this week without rescheduling. If you're not able to make it to today or Saturday's clinics, you can call the health department to reschedule. There are still appointments available for each day. We'll have a number for that at fox34.com.

Two separate research teams say the coronavirus variant found in New York City last year is spreading

NYC was ground zero for the virus in the U.S. last spring. The variant carries mutations that may help it evade the body's natural immune response and antibody treatments.

Lubbock is investing in tornado sirens

The outdoor warning system is set to activate later this year. City council approved over 700,000 dollars to purchase and install 45 outdoor sirens throughout the city limits. The Texas Tech campus is currently the only part of Lubbock with sirens. They're expected to be installed within the next four months.

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