With lower COVID numbers again, Fayette may still be seeing Labor Day impact

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – For a second straight day, Fayette County’s coronavirus surge took a slight holiday, registering 62 new cases, according to the Lexington Fayette County Health Department’s morning update.
But the umber of deaths continue to mount.
The 62 cases Tuesday follow 49 cases Monday and comes after five days in a row of more than 100 new cases.
Slowed reporting because of the Labor Day holiday could be a contributing factor.
Tuesday’s new cases pushed the county’s total to 6,561.
Two more deaths pushed the county’s total to 63.
University of Kentucky students continue to be a big part of the county’s increase. Of Tuesday’s 62 cases, 35 were UK students, bringing the number of Fayette County UK students to 1,156.
According to the morning report, 5,452 people have recovered, an increase of 91 from the prior report.
The first week of September saw 706 reported cases. Cases have grown steadily each month during the outbreak:
• 110, March
• 143, April
• 507, May
• 793, June
• 1,702 July
• 2,538, August
For a complete look at Lexington’s demographics, including race and ethnicity, visit www.lfchd.org/covid19data. The charts are updated Monday-Saturday mornings.

The city’s highest one-day totals to date have been:

• 131 cases, Aug. 7
• 122 cases, Sept. 1
• 120 cases, Sept. 2
• 119 cases, Aug. 28
• 116 cases, July 27
• 113 cases, Sept. 5
• 112 cases, Aug. 27
• 111 cases, Sept. 3
• 110 cases, Sept. 4
• 105 cases, Aug. 4, Aug. 14
• 102 cases, Aug. 26
• 101 cases, Aug. 13
• 100 cases, July 23
• 91 cases, July 31
• 90 cases, Aug. 5
• 89 cases, July 30
• 88 cases, Aug. 29
• 87 cases, Aug. 19
• 86 cases, Aug. 20
• 84 cases, Aug. 6, Aug. 22
• 82 cases, Aug. 1
• 81 cases, Aug. 17, Sept. 6
• 80 cases, Aug. 12
• 74 cases, Aug. 18
• 72 cases, Aug. 23
• 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, Aug. 21, Aug. 24, Sept. 8
• 61 cases, July 20
• 58 cases, July 13, Aug. 16, Aug. 25
• 56 cases, July 11
• 54 cases, July 28
• 53 cases, July 22
• 49 cases, July 29, Aug. 10, Sept. 7
• 48 cases, July 16, July 18
• 47 cases, July 17, July 24, Aug. 3
• 46 cases, July 1
The health department’s numbers are for UK students who are Fayette County residents and is not a total of all cases at the university. A student who tests positive is considered a Fayette County resident if they live in Fayette County already or elect to stay in Lexington during their isolation.
If they commute to campus from another county or elect to return to their home town for isolation, they are not in the Fayette Health Department’s numbers.

Please follow these guidelines to help protect others by slowing the spread of COVID-19:

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