Fayette records 138 more COVID cases during the weekend

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington recorded 138 additional coronavirus cases during the weekend, getting some help from two new sources.

The total included 69 cases Saturday and 69 cases Sunday.

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In the last week, Fayette County has added two contributors to its totals — an outbreak at the Fayette County Detention Center and testing at the University of Kentucky.

All positive inmate tests go toward the Fayette County total.

If a UK student is tested and remains in Lexington for their isolation, the Health Department counts them in the county numbers. Students who are tested on campus but who live out of county or who leave for their isolation will not be counted, according to the Lexington Fayette County Health Department guidelines.

According to the Health Department’s morning update, the 138 cases from the weekend pushed the county’s total since March 8 to 3,995. The weekend numbers include one inmate and one staff member at the detention center, along with seven UK students.

The county reported no additional deaths during the weekend, leaving the total at 47.

The city’s highest one-day totals to date have been:
• 131 cases, Aug. 7
• 116 cases, July 27
• 105 cases, Aug. 4
• 100 cases, July 23
• 91 cases, July 31
• 90 cases, Aug. 5
• 89 cases, July 30
• 84 cases, Aug. 6
• 82 cases, Aug. 1
• 69 cases, July 15, July 19, Aug. 8, Aug. 9
• 67 cases, July 26
• 65 cases, July 10
• 63 cases, Aug. 2
• 62 cases, July 6
• 61 cases, July 20
• 58 cases, July 13
• 56 cases, July 11
• 54 cases, July 28
• 53 cases, July 22
• 49 cases, July 29
• 48 cases, July 16, July 18
• 47 cases, July 17, July 24, Aug. 3
• 46 cases, July 1

As of Monday morning, 3,046 people have reported recovering, an increase of 183 from Saturday morning.

Overall, more than half of Lexington’s total COVID-19 cases came during July, with 1,702 new COVID-19 cases. The city reported 1,553 cases from March 8 — the date of the first case in Fayette County — through June 30.

But August is on pace to break that mark. The county had 602 cases in the first week of August alone.

The recommendations for slowing the 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