Lexington reports another record one-day COVID-19 case increase

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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.(WDKY)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported 409 new COVID-19 cases in its report for Wednesday, December 2.

Three new deaths were also reported.

The new cases bring the total number of cases in Fayette County since the beginning of the pandemic to 18,108. The death toll is at 123.

The health department says there have been 705 cases in just the first two days of December, with increases 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
  • 296 cases, Dec. 1
  • 281 cases, Nov. 28
  • 274 cases, Nov. 21
  • 265 cases, Nov. 14
  • 255 cases, Nov. 11
  • 247 cases, Nov. 24

The state’s COVID-19 map still shows Fayette County in the red zone with 71.3 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 186,765. The death toll is 1,980 and the state’s positivity rate is 9.62 percent.

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