LEXINGTON, Ky. — While coronavirus numbers reach new highs in the commonwealth, Lexington is reporting a one day high of 100 cases. The city's numbers are now at 2,711 cases with 42 deaths.
What You Need To Know
- Lexington reports one day high of 100 coronavirus cases
- Numbers in Lexington are now at 2,711 total cases and 42 deaths
- The city's health department identified physical interactions, family groupings and travel as some of the reasons for spike in cases
- Health department says it has seen steady increase in cases since mid-May, no signs of slowing
Previously, Lexington's highest one-day totals to date have been:
- 100 cases, July 24
- 83 cases, July 9
- 69 cases, July 15
- 65 cases, July 10
- 62 cases, July 6
- 61 cases, July 21
- 58 cases, July 13
- 56 cases, July 11
- 53 cases, July 23
- 48 cases, July 16
- 47 cases, July 17
- 46 cases, July 1
- 41 cases, June 26
- 40 cases, June 24
The Lexington Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) identified physical interaction in public places, family groupings, work exposures and clusters in long term care facilities as the driving factors behind the spike. The department said it has seen rising cases in Lexington since mid-May with no signs of slowing.
"Unless people take action to protect themselves and their loved ones, Lexington will likely continue to have more cases, leading to potential limitations in the capacity of our healthcare delivery system to take care of our sickest patients," said a release from LFCHD.
LFCHD said investigations have revealed people continue to go to public businesses while infectious. As well, the virus can spread from people who are not experiencing any sympyoms.
The department also said travel to areas with high coronavirus numbers has been identified as a likely source of infections in Lexington. Earlier this week, Gov. Andy Beshear (D) issued a travel advisory for Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Texas, recommending that travelers self-quarantine for 14 days after last leaving these locations.
The LFCHD stressed the importance of recommendations for slowing the spread of coronavirus, such as:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid close contact with others
- Wear a cloth face covering in public
A daily update of Lexington's coronavirus numbers can be found online.