Health dept. reports 534 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend



LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported 534 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.

265 of those cases were reported on Saturday and the remaining 269 cases were reported on Sunday.

The new cases raised the city’s total to 23,928.

Three new deaths were also reported Monday, raising the city’s death toll to 163.

The state’s COVID-19 map shows a surge in new cases in Fayette County with 56.9 cases per 100,000 population, pushing the county deeper into the red zone. 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
  • 306 cases, Nov. 25
  • 297 cases, Dec. 3
  • 296 cases, Dec. 1
  • 288 cases, Dec. 29
  • 281 cases, Nov. 27
  • 275 cases, Dec. 30

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.

We expect to get new statewide COVID-19 numbers from Governor Andy Beshear later today.

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