Health Dept.: Lexington reaches 15,000 total cases of COVID-19

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Lexington has reached 15,000 total cases of COVID-19.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported 237 new COVID-19 cases in its report for Friday. That’s the fourth highest single-day increase so far.

Three new deaths were also reported.

The new cases bring the total number of cases in Lexington since the beginning of the pandemic to exactly 15,000. The death is toll at 112.

Lexington’s top 10 largest one-day case increases are now all in November. The city’s highest one-day totals to date have been:

  • 265 cases, Nov. 14
  • 255 cases, Nov. 11
  • 245 cases, Nov. 16
  • 237 cases, Nov. 21
  • 236 cases, Nov. 7
  • 212 cases, Nov. 19
  • 196 cases, Nov. 17
  • 195 cases, Nov. 15
  • 189 cases, Nov. 12
  • 187 cases Nov. 14

The state’s COVID-19 map still shows Fayette County in the red zone with 61.1 cases per 100,000 population. Red zone counties are those with 25 or more average daily cases per 100,000 people.

The health department said the current spike closely aligns with exposures from the weekend of Halloween.

Wednesday, Gov. Beshear announced several more restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus in the commonwealth. Those include:

  • Limiting private gatherings to your household and one other, eight people max.
  • Capping attendance at venues for events like weddings and funerals.
  • Closing restaurants and bars to indoor dining with delivery, to-go and outdoor service only.
  • One-third capacity limits for gyms, pools and fitness centers. That includes no indoor practices for sports teams.
  • Professional services and business offices should allow employees to work from home.
  • And stopping in-person learning at public and private schools.

Health officials say you can also help slow the spread of COVID-19 by following these public health guidelines:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Wear a cloth face-covering in public
  • Stay home if you have symptoms.

There are still multiple free testing sites in the City of Lexington. The health department wants people to know if they aren’t able to leave their house, but they need a COVID test, they can call the health department to have a test brought to them.

The numbers come after a record breaking single-day total statewide. 3,825 new cases were reported Friday. The state’s total number of cases is 152,206. The death toll is 1,762 and the state’s positivity rate is 9.15 percent.

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