Fayette County coronavirus cases remain high, on pace for new record

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A total of 105 new coronavirus cases were reported in Fayette County residents Friday, bringing the total to 4,392 since the outbreak started in March.

There have been 1,137 positive cases reported so far in August, putting the month on pace to be the single-highest month, topping the record set in July. By comparison, there were 626 cases during the first two weeks of July, with 1,702 total for the month.

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Some of Friday’s new cases were University of Kentucky students but even without those, the number of new cases would have been among the highest one-day totals.

The county also had another death, bringing the total to 51. The most recent death was a person in their 60s. Four deaths have been reported this week.

According to the Health Department’s update, as of Saturday morning, 3,429 people have reported recovering, an increase of 65 from Friday morning.

The city’s highest one-day totals to date have been:
• 131 cases, Aug. 7
• 116 cases, July 27
• 105 cases, Aug. 4, Aug. 14
• 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.