With 69 new cases, one death, Fayette County COVID cases are still a concern

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) –Coronavirus cases in Fayette County continued to climb with 69 news cases confirmed in Thursday morning’s update, that number is the second-highest the county has seen since the outbreak began.

And with one additional death, Lexington-Fayette County health officials continue to urge residents to abide by health and safety guidelines.

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The new numbers bring the city’s totals to 40 deaths and 2,248 cases, the Health Department said.

Since the start of July, Lexington has had 695 COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths.

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

  • 83 cases, July 9
  • 69 cases, July 15
  • 65 cases, July 10
  • 62 cases, July 6
  • 58 cases, July 13
  • 56 cases, July 11
  • 46 cases, July 1
  • 45 cases, July 14
  • 41 cases, June 26
  • 40 cases, June 24
  • 39 cases, July 8, June 30 and June 14

Case investigations are showing people who report going to public businesses while infectious, the department said.

People are also contagious at the start of their illness, including 1-2 days before symptoms begin, meaning it can be spread without any symptoms being shown. This is why wearing a mask is important.

Remember to stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others, the department advised.

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

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.
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