Fayette virus numbers up slightly, UK contributes

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s reported new coronavirus cases ticked upwards slightly Tuesday, but part of the increase comes from testing of University of Kentucky students.

In its morning update Wednesday, the Lexington Fayette County Health Department reported 62 new cases Tuesday, upping the county’s total to 4,106 since March.

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One new death also was reported — a person in their 70s — bringing to 48 the umber of people who have died from virus-related complications.

UK student testing, along with an outbreak at the Fayette County Detention Center, have contributed to the Fayette numbers in recent days.

Wednesday’s number included seven students but no inmates, according to Health Department spokesperson Kevin Hall.

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 update, as of Wednesday morning, 3,249 people have reported recovering, an increase of 96 from Tuesday morning.

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, Aug. 11
• 61 cases, July 20
• 58 cases, July 13
• 56 cases, July 11
• 54 cases, July 28
• 53 cases, July 22
• 49 cases, July 29, Aug. 10
• 48 cases, July 16, July 18
• 47 cases, July 17, July 24, Aug. 3
• 46 cases, July 1

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 has had 711 cases since the beginning of August.

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