FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – With 212 cases Thursday, Fayette County recorded its fifth day with more than 200 new cases, all coming since Nov. 7 and four coming in the previous six days.
“Last week I thought that it couldn’t get any worse, any higher than what we were seeing but unfortunately it is not good news this week,” said Kevin Hall, Communications Officer with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
Thursday’s cases pushed the county’s total to 14,763, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s morning report Friday.
The county reported three more deaths, raising the county’s total at 109.
When asked about the Governor’s executive order regarding new restrictions, Hall said, “This isn’t a surprise and it shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone who’s paid attention to these numbers.”
Hall added, “We have asked people for weeks, months – follow the guidelines, help us slow this down. And it’s just simply, people aren’t doing that. They’re not following the guidelines all of the time.”
Hall also expects the numbers to continue to rise during the holiday season if people aren’t following all of the guidelines all of the time, “It’s not just affecting the people who come to the gatherings. What you’re seeing nationally, in Kentucky, and in Lexington, is people come to an event and then they’re spreading it to other circles.”
When it comes to testing, Hall says, “Unfortunately right now it’s not a matter of encouraging people to get tested, so many people are having to get tested because they’re in close contact with people who have tested positive.”
Hall said the additional testing has also led to longer wait times, “You look back two months ago, people could drive up, get tested, in and out 15 minutes. And now, there’s more of a wait, more registrations are filling up.”
“If people keep following the guidelines, we will get there. It is keeping people safe until a vaccine is widely available,” said Hall.
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, follow the health and safety guidelines to stay safe this Thanksgiving:https://www.lfchd.org/covid-19-safety-tips-for-thanksgiving/. People can slow the spread by continuing to:
• Wear a cloth face-covering in public
• Avoid close contact with others
• Wash your hands often
• Stay home if you are sick.
The county has had only one day under 100 — Sunday, Nov. 1 at 97 — this month.
Lexington’s COVID-19 numbers, including charts with demographics, hospitalizations and more, are updated Monday-Saturday at lfchd.org.
The number of reported cases has grown steadily each month during the outbreak with November on pace to set a new record:
- 110, March
- 143, April
- 507, May
- 793, June
- 1,702 July
- 2,538, August
- 2,804, September
- 2,736, October
The county reached the following thousand-case marks on these dates:
- 14,000: Nov. 16
- 13,000: Nov. 11
- 12,000: Nov. 5
- 11,000: Oct. 29
- 10,000: Oct. 20
- 9,000: Oct. 6
- 8,000: Sept. 22
- 7,000: Sept. 11
- 6,000: Sept. 2
- 5,000: Aug. 23
- 4,000: Aug. 10
- 3,000: July 28
- 2,000: July 12
- 1,000: June 10
- 1: March 8
• 61 cases, July 20
• 60 cases, Sept. 21, Oct. 12
• 57 cases, Oct. 2, Oct. 26
• 55 cases, Oct. 10
• 53 cases, July 22
• 51 cases, Oct. 11, Oct. 17
• 48 cases, July 16, July 18
• 47 cases, July 17, July 24, Aug. 3
• 46 cases, July 1