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Lexington KY reports 101 new COVID-19 cases, 50th death

Lexington reported 101 new COVID-19 cases and one new death Friday morning, bringing the city’s total cases to 4,286 since the pandemic started.

It’s the fourth-most cases Lexington has reported in a single day thus far. The most recent coronavirus-related death was a resident at Pine Meadows nursing home in their 70s, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. The city’s COVID-19 death toll is 50.

There have been three deaths this week, according to health department data. There was only one death reported in each of the last two weeks. Over half of all deaths have been people 75 and older, according to health department data.

Lexington has reported more than 1,000 new cases in August, according to data from the health department. Lexington set its record for most new cases in a month in July with 1,702. August’s number of new cases has already surpassed all months prior to July.

The 25-34 age group has accounted for the most new cases in August, according to health department data.

Officials at the health department have repeatedly asked Lexington residents to wear masks, wash their hands frequently and maintain social distance from anyone not in their household.

There were nine new hospitalizations reported Friday. There have been 349 total hospitalizations since early March, according to health department data. There were also 50 new recoveries reported, which brought the total number of recovered patients to 3,364.

Hospitalizations had been lower compared to recent weeks, with just one reported in each of the previous two days. The total for the week is now up to 20.

Prior to Friday, Lexington had gone several days without a top-five case increase. The city’s current top five days of case increases all occurred since July 23. All of those top five days had 100 or more cases.

There were 21 University of Kentucky students added to Fayette County’s case count Friday morning, according to the health department. The total is now 183.

The Fayette County Detention Center also reported new cases among inmates. Seventy-two inmates and five staff members have COVID-19. Tests have been administered to 227 inmates and 57 staff members. One inmate and four staff members are awaiting results.

Kentucky reported 679 new cases statewide Friday evening, as well as eight new deaths. The state’s case total increased to 38,298, and the death total increased to 804.

Jeremy Chisenhall covers breaking news for the Lexington Herald-Leader and He joined the paper in 2020, and is originally from Erlanger, Ky.

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