Lexington Health Dept. reports 83 new cases, highest one-day increase
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported the highest one-day increase of COVID-19 cases in the city on Friday.
According to the health department, 83 new cases were reported Friday, bringing the city’s total number of cases to 1,922 through July 9.
One new death was reported on Friday, bringing the city’s total to 33.
About 30% of the new cases in Lexington came from long-term care facilities. The health department also says they’re seeing new cases from people who reported going to gyms and restaurants.
Meanwhile, long lines are continuing to form at testing sites. WKYT spoke with drivers in line out at the Winchester Road Walgreen’s testing site and were told they were getting tested for their jobs. Quite a few are employed at restaurants and gyms and one LexTran bus driver said employees were told to get tested after a driver tested positive for the virus. Other drivers tell us they’re getting tested for travel, some returning from vacation a few heading out the county. Others are getting tested after spending time with family during July 4th weekend.
“It’s just important every so often to make sure that we don’t have it and are not spreading it to those around us,” says Clayton Abernathy, one of the people in line for testing. “We haven’t been out a ton but we have been around a few smaller groups of people so it’s always good to check in occasionally and make sure we’re not asymptomatically spreading it.”
Health officials continue to urge people to follow CDC guidelines and wear masks, which are now mandatory per Governor Beshear’s executive order on Thursday.
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