Fayette weekend COVID cases high but below previous weekend

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A total of 129 new coronavirus cases were reported in Fayette County residents during the weekend, bringing the total to 4,521 since the outbreak started in March.

The cases included 71 Saturday ad 58 Sunday. The two-day total was slightly below the previous weekend. Of the numbers, 30 were University of Kentucky students, according to the Health Department.

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The Health Department has confirmed 1,266 positive cases in August, putting the month on pace to be the single-highest month, topping the record set in July.

No new deaths were reported during the weekend, leaving the total at 51.

According to the Health Department’s update, as of Monday morning, 3,582 people have reported recovering, an increase of 153 from Saturday 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
• 71 cases, Aug. 15
• 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, Aug. 16
• 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.