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Lexington passes 30K total COVID-19 cases, 200 deaths

Published: Feb. 5, 2021 at 9:32 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington passed another grim pandemic milestone on Friday. More than 30,000 total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Fayette County.

That follows news earlier this week that the city’s death toll from the virus passed 200.

The latest report from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department shows 125 new cases of COVID-19 for Thursday, February 4. No new deaths were reported for Thursday.

The new cases raised the city’s total to 30,092. The city’s death toll is 205.

While the news of those milestones can be hard to hear and harder to imagine, the overall trajectory of the pandemic in Fayette County is looking better. Cases are trending down and vaccines continue to roll out.

The new regional vaccination clinic at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington also opened Tuesday morning.

Since the beginning of the new year, our number of new cases has slowly gone down to the point where officials are starting to feel slightly more optimistic about our situation with the virus.

The state’s COVID-19 map shows Fayette County still in the red zone but has slowly gone down to 45.6 cases per 100,000 population. Red zone counties are those with 25 or more average daily cases per 100,000 people.

[Interactive | Breakdown of Kentucky’s COVID-19 cases]

School officials are also now more seriously considering bringing select students back into the classrooms and more vaccination clinics continue to come online focusing on people in Phase 1B of the rollout plan.

Still, it’s not time to celebrate.

Health officials are saying that while things may be looking better right now, there is still a real chance that we could see another spike in cases, especially as new variants of COVID-19 become more widespread in the United States.

Officials are still saying everyone needs to wear a mask, social distance, wash their hands and avoid large gatherings, especially Super Bowl parties this weekend.

The last major spike we saw was from holiday gatherings around Christmas and New Years’ and officials want to avoid a situation like that happening again.

Health officials are still suggesting that everyone gets tested for COVID-19 especially if they’ve been around people who contracted it or are experiencing any symptoms.

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

  • 451 cases, Dec. 9
  • 409 cases, Dec. 2
  • 362 cases, Nov. 22
  • 334 cases, Nov. 28
  • 330 cases, Jan. 6
  • 323 cases, Jan. 7
  • 306 cases, Nov. 25
  • 297 cases, Dec. 3
  • 296 cases, Dec. 1
  • 288 cases, Dec. 29

Statewide, there have been 372,012 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. 3,921 Kentuckians have died from the virus.

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