The city of Lubbock Health Department's COVID-19 Mini Hub collection site will be closed Thursday as temperatures are not expected to break freezing for the day.
The free, drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic and LRN Laboratory at 2721 50th St. will re-open Friday, according to a statement from the city of Lubbock.
The announced weather cancellation comes as Lubbock reported 18 more COVID-linked deaths since Friday and 24 in the last 10 days, as well as a continued rise in new cases. As of Wednesday, there have been 991 COVID-linked deaths in Lubbock County since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data provided by the city health department. Also Wednesday, 480 more COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the county, with 828 the day before.
City public health officials continue urging residents to get a free COVID-19 vaccination through the city or pharmacies and clinics around the community.
About 51 percent of eligible Lubbock County residents have not been vaccinated. Of the 117 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday in Lubbock, only 15 had been vaccinated and 57 were in an intensive care unit.
Last week, the city announced new winter hours at the clinic will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The clinic will not be open if the temperature is 32 degrees or below.
The lab will not retest any persons having a positive COVID-19 test result in the past 60 days.
The clinic will continue offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters and flu vaccine to those groups who previously qualified for vaccine.
Those needing routine immunizations, as well as the COVID-19 vaccine, can call the Public Health Department at 806-775-2933 for assistance.
For additional information related to the Public Health Department's COVID-19 vaccine availability, visit mylubbock.us/covid19vaccine.
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Lubbock reports 24 COVID deaths in 10 days, close testing Thursday