Fayette Health Department revises contact tracing, seeks help
UPDATE 4 P.M. NOV. 17, 2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Because of the large spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported daily, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is streamlining its contact tracing process to focus on contacting the positive cases to get them into isolation as quickly as possible.
“If you live in Lexington and test positive for COVID-19, please begin your isolation period immediately, and you will be contacted by the health department as soon as possible. We are also asking you to start contacting anyone who you have been in close contact with to help slow the spread,” the department said in a statement. “We will only be able to follow up on contacts in certain higher-risk situations so that our team can focus on identifying and contacting the increasing number of new cases and isolating them. We have developed these guides to help you understand what steps to take once testing positive.”
FAYETTE, Ky. (WTVQ) – With 245 cases Monday, November became Fayette County’s worst month for new coronavirus cases and the month is barely halfway over.
The 245 cases, the third-highest one-day total, Fayette County continues to reflect the same statistical surge the rest of the state is seeing.
Monday’s cases pushed the county’s total over the 14,000 threshold to 14,171 cases, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s morning report Tuesday.
The county crossed another 1,000-case barrier in just five days.
The county has recorded 2,838 cases so far in November; the previous monthly high was 2,804 in September.
The county reported no additional deaths, leaving the county’s total at 104.
Almost 31% of the city’s total COVID-19 cases have come in the last month: Lexington reported 4,360 cases Oct. 16-Nov. 16.
The current spike closely aligns with exposures from the weekend of Halloween, the department said.
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 — Nov. 1 at 97 — this month and that was a Sunday.
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