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Good morning! Here's a look at the headlines today on Good Day Lubbock 5-9 a.m. on FOX34. Click here to watch live.

Weather: After another chilly start to the morning temperatures will warm to the upper 60s and 70s into the afternoon. West wind 10-18 mph becomes north-northeast tonight with a front to drop lows near or below freezing. Friday more clouds with the high near 52 and breezy at times. Chance for rain/snow late Friday through early Saturday, little to no accumulation expected.

Nine more people died from the virus in Lubbock yesterday

That's makes 334. Meanwhile, 346 patients in Lubbock hospitals are positive for COVID. Across our region COVID patients account for more than 29% of total hospital capacity. City staffers confirmed another 538 cases yesterday. It continues a month where we've steadily added around 450 cases a day on average. There are 407 more recoveries yesterday. The active case count around 5600.

Lubbock Cooper ISD will enforce new restrictions on indoor activities

Beginning Sunday, all basketball games, concerts, plays and recitals will be limited to immediate family only in the audience. Larger events will be limited to a certain number per student based on capacity. Face coverings will be required at all times for anyone age 10 and older.

We're now at the official start of holiday shopping

This weekend is small business saturday and the chamber of commerce is encouraging shoppers to support the family-owned shops rather than the big box stores. The shutdown earlier this year affected these smaller businesses and for many this holiday season could make or break the business. Many stores have adjusted to ordering online and curbside pick up to allow for safe shopping if you don't feel comfortable heading out to the stores.

COVID-19 has made it difficult for the Salvation Army to attract volunteers for the red kettle campaign

This means, at some locations in Lubbock, you won't hear the familiar sound of bells ringing as you enter the store this holiday season. The organization says donations from this campaign could be the most important in the organization's history.

Tech basketball is back and they were ready to ball

The men hosting Northwestern State, minus Kevin McCular not playing because of a boot on his left leg. Tech had five players score double digits. They had 22 assists and 10 turnovers. This was not a close ballgame. The Red Raiders doing what we'd expect in this matchup -101-58 the final. Up next, Sam Houston state Friday afternoon at 1. We're told plenty of tickets are left.