UK students, jail inmates make up 25% of new Fayette cases

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Employees of Kroger Health provided self-administed COVID-19 tests at a drive-thru testing site at the BCTC Newtown Pike campus in Lexington. Members of the Kentucky National Guard 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade directed patients where to go and Lexington Police provided overall security and traffic control for the site. April 28, 2020. Photo by Brenna Angel

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A total of 101 new coronavirus cases were reported in Fayette County residents Thursday, bringing the total to 4,287 since the outbreak started in March.

There have been 1,032 positive cases reported so far in August.

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Of Thursday’s new cases, four are inmates at the Fayette County Detention Center and 21 are UK students who tested positive in the university’s campus-wide program. But even without those groups pushing the totals higher, the number of new cases would have been 11th for one-day totals.

The county also had another death, a person in their 70s, bringing the total to 50. Three deaths have been reported this week.

According to the Health Department’s update, as of Friday morning, 3,364 people have reported recovering, an increase of 50 from Thursday morning.

The city’s highest one-day totals to date have been:
• 131 cases, Aug. 7
• 116 cases, July 27
• 105 cases, Aug. 4
• 101 cases, Aug. 13
• 100 cases, July 23
• 91 cases, July 31
• 90 cases, Aug. 5
• 89 cases, July 30
• 84 cases, Aug. 6
• 82 cases, Aug. 1
• 80 cases, Aug. 12
• 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.

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.

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

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.