Lexington reports 297 new COVID-19 cases

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported 297 new COVID-19 cases in its report for Thursday, December 3.

That’s the fifth-highest one-day increase in cases.

The health department says the report also includes five COVID-19-related deaths from October and November that had not been previously confirmed.

The new cases bring the total number of cases in Fayette County since the beginning of the pandemic to 18,405. The death toll is at 128.

There have been 1,002 cases in just the first three days of December, and the health department says increases are likely to continue the next few weeks because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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

  • 409 cases, Dec. 2
  • 362 cases, Nov. 22
  • 334 cases, Nov. 28
  • 306 cases, Nov. 25
  • 297 cases, Dec. 3
  • 296 cases, Dec. 1
  • 281 cases, Nov. 28
  • 274 cases, Nov. 21
  • 265 cases, Nov. 14
  • 255 cases, Nov. 11

The state’s COVID-19 map still shows Fayette County in the red zone with 74.7 cases per 100,000 population. Red zone counties are those with 25 or more average daily cases per 100,000 people.

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 state’s total number of cases is 190,601. The death toll is 2,014 and the state’s positivity rate is 10.07 percent.

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