Sarah Self-Walbrick


Mar 28, 2020 at 7:03 PM

A Lubbock man in his 60s with underlying health conditions is the first death in the county confirmed to be connected to coronavirus, the City of Lubbock announced Saturday.

The city also reported 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total of known cases is now 41.

Seven of the 10 cases confirmed Saturday were associated with the Whisperwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, making 15 total at that facility, the city confirmed late Saturday.

The 10 new cases is the largest amount of positive diagnoses to be confirmed in a day, up from Friday’s announcement of eight newly confirmed cases.

On Friday, the City of Lubbock Health Department was awaiting the results of 90 tests.

Of the 10 newly confirmed cases, five patients were exposed to a known case. One patient acquired to virus through domestic travel and four investigations were ongoing.

Four of the new patients are over age 60. One patient is between ages 50 and 59, three are between 30 and 39 and two are between 20 and 29.

People over age 65 and those with underlying health conditions are considered to be at a higher risk of contracting coronavirus. Based on data provided Saturday, 17% of confirmed cases in Lubbock County infected someone over age 60.

The 20-29 age range accounts for about 27% of the confirmed cases as of Saturday, the largest age group locally affected. The 10-19 and 50-59 age brackets had the fewest confirmed cases, each accounting for roughly 7% of total positive cases.

The majority of patients, around 56%, contracted the virus through exposure to a known case, according to data of completed investigations shared by the city.

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