Coronavirus cases continue to soar in Fayette, protests not a factor: health officials

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The number of new coronavirus cases in Fayette County continue to soar with 56 confirmed since Saturday, the Health Department reported Monday morning.

None of the new cases were from the Federal Medical Center, which may have gotten its outbreak under control, and none are related to the protests which have filled some downtown streets for 10 days, the department said.

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The 56 new cases pushed the number in Fayette County to 928 since the outbreak first began three months ago.

The city’s Hispanic community also continues to be hit hard.

“COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly in Lexington,” the Health Department said in its morning update. “None of the new cases are from the outbreak at the Federal Medical Center, meaning COVID-19 is spreading throughout the entire city. Based on our case investigations, the protests are not contributing to the rise in cases we’ve seen this week and the couple weeks prior.”

COVID-19 continues to increase among the Hispanic population. Of the 928 total cases, 177 — 19 percent —  identify as Hispanic, a group that makes up 7 percent of Lexington’s population, according to the Health Department.

“COVID-19 cases have been steadily rising throughout Lexington for the past 3-4 weeks,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh. “This most recent wave of cases includes an increase in affected residents who self-identify as Hispanic. The health department will continue to work with members of this community and city officials on prevention and disease control information, including messages in Spanish for those whom Spanish is their primary language.”

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department recommends the following for everyone to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Staying home when sick. This helps protect others from getting sick.
  • Not gathering in groups larger than 10 people.
  • Staying at least 6 feet apart from others.
  • Wearing a cloth mask over your mouth and nose when around others.

Lexington residents with questions about COVID-19 can call the health department’s special COVID-19 hotline at 859-899-2222 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.