The Lexington Fayette Urban County Detention Center on Old Frankfort Pike in Lexington.

Inmates in a third housing unit at the Fayette County Detention Center are being tested for coronavirus after an inmate in the unit tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday.

According to a news release issued by the jail Friday, the inmate who tested positive has been isolated, and the other inmates in his housing unit have been quarantined. The jail said the all the inmates in the unit have been tested, but results are not back yet.

Results are pending for 64 inmates and 22 staff members, according to the news release.

The most recent new case reported at the jail before Friday’s was reported Aug. 25.

So far, 79 inmates and six staff members have tested positive since the pandemic began. The first case among inmates was reported about a month ago.

The jail said it is following the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s guidance for testing inmates and staff. So far, 637 inmates and 107 employees have been tested.

Karla Ward is a native of Logan County who has worked as a reporter at the Herald-Leader for 18 years. She covers breaking news.


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