Fayette coronavirus cases top 2,000 mark, more free testing at Shiloh this week

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – With 89 new ones combined from Saturday and Sunday, Fayette County has crossed the 2,000 threshold with coronavirus cases, now at 2,076 since early March, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said.

And as a disproportionate number of cases continue to impact the county’s Black and Hispanic populations, mobile testing will continue later this week at Shiloh Baptist Church in the city’s East Side area.

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The disease continues to spread rapidly, according to the department, citing everything from people going out in public with symptoms and spreading it to people bringing it back from vacations.

Since the start of July, Lexington has had 523 COVID-19 cases and four deaths. The last week had 363 COVID-19 cases.

Of the 2,076 total cases, 451 (22 percent) are among African-Americans, a group that makes up 15 percent of the city’s population, and 569 (27 percent) identify as Hispanic, a group that makes up 7 percent of Lexington’s population.

The City of Lexington and the Lexington Division of Emergency Management are providing free COVID-19 testing later this week at Shiloh Baptist Church, 237 E. Fifth St.:
• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, July 16
• 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 17
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 18

Enter site by traveling south on Elm Tree and turning right onto Fifth Street. Drive-ups and walk-ups will be accepted. No appointment is necessary. Testers will ask for insurance, but testing is free, even without insurance.

For more information, call the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at 859-899-2222.

The city’s highest one-day totals to date have been:

  • 83 cases, July 9
  • 65 cases, July 10
  • 62 cases, July 6
  • 56 cases, July 11
  • 46 cases, July 1
  • 41 cases, June 26
  • 40 cases, June 24
  • 39 cases, July 8
  • 39 cases, June 30
  • 39 cases, June 14

“It’s important to remember to stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others,” the department said in its report Monday morning.

“We also continue to see cases in people returning from vacations to national COVID-19 ‘hot spots’ like Florida and South Carolina,” the department added.

The recommendations for slowing spread of COVID-19 remain the same for any reason you are out in the public:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public