LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported 341 total new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.
The health dept. reported 180 cases for Saturday, Jan. 23 and 161 cases for Sunday, Jan. 24.
Eight new deaths were reported. The health department says six of those new deaths were newly confirmed COVID-related ones for 2020. They say three were from November and three from December.
The new cases raised the city’s total to 28,355. The city’s death toll is now at 187.
The state’s COVID-19 map shows Fayette County still in the red zone with 59.3 cases per 100,000 population. Red zone counties are those with 25 or more average daily cases per 100,000 people.
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
Although the COVID-19 vaccine has started being distributed to healthcare workers and long-term care facilities, the health department says it won’t be widely available for the general public until later in 2021.
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.
Statewide, there have been 346,586 cases and 3,421 COVID-19-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.