First coronavirus death reported in Lexington


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – An 82-year-old woman with several underlying health issues is the first reported coronavirus-related death in Lexington, according to the Mayor Linda Gorton and Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh.

“This is a sad day for our city and especially for the family and friends of this victim,” Gorton said. “Let’s all make sure our elderly neighbors are cared for and protected. And let’s do everything we can to slow down this virus.”

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The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department believes sustained person-to-person spread of COVID-19 is occurring in Lexington because not all new cases can be connected to previous cases or to travel outside of the community.

Although the number of cases is still low, cases are expected to increase. In order to slow transmission of COVID-19, persons should avoid any unnecessary contact with others and stay at home when sick, the health department said in a statement.

COVID-19 is thought to be primarily spread through close contact with those who are infected.

The following social distancing tips should be followed:

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Make sure you have access to medications and supplies in case you are advised to stay home.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds.

The health department offered these tips to continue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Practice social-distancing when at all possible.

To help answer the community’s questions about COVID-19, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is operating a call center for members of the public. Questions can be asked by calling (859) 899-2222 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily or emailing Additional information, including frequently asked questions, can be found at and on the LFCHD social media accounts. Find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at and Instagram at @lexpublichealth.

The City is also providing updates on Click on COVID-19 information.