Lexington reported 102 new COVID-19 cases and one new death Thursday morning. The city’s total case count is now 5,289. There have been 54 deaths.
The 102 new cases is the fifth-most in a single day for Lexington. It’s the first time since Aug. 14 that cases have surpassed 100. The city’s total cases have now increased by 2,034 in August. It’s the first time the city has recorded 2,000 cases in a single month.
New cases had declined for three consecutive days before Thursday’s report, according to data from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. The decreases came despite the fact that University of Kentucky cases continue to increase with 37 added Thursday.
The local health department has reported 423 cases among University of Kentucky students since students started getting tested by UK on Aug. 3. Fayette County includes students who are isolating in the county in its results. If students quarantine outside of Fayette County, those cases are included in other health department numbers.
The Kentucky Department of Public Health reported 233 active cases among UK students as of Wednesday. In total, the local health department has reported 544 cases among UK students since March.
“That is a lot of cases,” Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday. “I would like to hear from the university, at what point do things become such a high level that you consider making major changes?”
Beshear added that UK’s cases were “a real concern.”
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Jeremy Chisenhall covers breaking news for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com. He joined the paper in 2020, and is originally from Erlanger, Ky.