Fayette Health Dept. reports 131 new COVID cases in Lexington; highest one-day increase

Published: Aug. 8, 2020 at 9:57 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported 131 new COVID-19 cases in Lexington Saturday morning, marking the highest one-day increase for the city.

No new deaths were reported, and the city’s death toll from the virus remains at 47.

Health department officials say the new cases include 52 reported among inmates and staff members at the Fayette County Detention Center.

The cases from Friday bring Lexington’s total number of reported COVID-19 cases to 3,857. The health department says Lexington has had 602 total cases just in the first week of August.

“In Lexington, we have definitely not plateaued,” said Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Spokesperson Kevin Hall. “We’re seeing a high number of cases.”

The health department says more social gatherings and vacations to COVID-19 hot spots are contributing to the ongoing spread of the virus in Lexington.

As we continue the battle against COVID-19 and inch closer to flu season, Hall warns we can't let out guard down.

“As we get into the fall and winter, you’re going to have more students coming back to campus, you’re going to have perhaps kids going into classrooms, this is going to continue to spread,” Hall says.

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

131 cases, Aug. 7

116 cases, July 27

105 cases, Aug. 4

100 cases, July 23

91 cases, July 31

90 cases, Aug. 5

89 cases, July 30

89 cases, July 30

84 cases, Aug. 6

82 cases, Aug. 1

69 cases, July 15 and July 19

67 cases, July 26

65 cases, July 10

63 cases, Aug. 2

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