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Lexington shatters daily COVID-19 case record over the weekend – WKYT

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Nov 23, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Lexington shattered its record for daily COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported 362 new COVID-19 cases in its report for Sunday and 274 for Saturday for a total of 636. That’s the first and second-highest one-day increases.

No new deaths were also reported.

The new cases bring the total number of cases in Lexington since the beginning of the pandemic to exactly 15,636. The death toll is at 112.

Interactive | Breakdown of Kentucky’s COVID-19 cases

Lexington’s top 10 largest one-day case increases are now all in November. The city’s highest one-day totals to date have been:

  • 362 cases, Nov. 22
  • 274 cases. Nov. 21
  • 265 cases, Nov. 14
  • 255 cases, Nov. 11
  • 245 cases, Nov. 16
  • 237 cases, Nov. 21
  • 236 cases, Nov. 7
  • 212 cases, Nov. 19
  • 196 cases, Nov. 17
  • 195 cases, Nov. 15

The state’s COVID-19 map still shows Fayette County in the red zone with 72.0 cases per 100,000 population. Red zone counties are those with 25 or more average daily cases per 100,000 people.

The health department said the current spike closely aligns with exposures from the weekend of Halloween.

Last Wednesday, Gov. Beshear announced several more restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus in the commonwealth. Those include:

  • Limiting private gatherings to your household and one other, eight people max.
  • Capping attendance at venues for events like weddings and funerals.
  • Closing restaurants and bars to indoor dining with delivery, to-go and outdoor service only.
  • One-third capacity limits for gyms, pools and fitness centers. That includes no indoor practices for sports teams.
  • Professional services and business offices should allow employees to work from home.
  • And stopping in-person learning at public and private schools.

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 158,100. The death toll is 1,787 and the state’s positivity rate is 9.19 percent.

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