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Lexington reports 129 new COVID-19 cases, 526 for the week

Lexington reported 129 new COVID-19 cases from Saturday and Sunday, bringing the city’s total to 4,521.

Lexington reported 105 cases Saturday morning, which was tied for the third-most cases in a single day, according to data from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. There was also one new death reported Saturday morning.

“Slow the spread of COVID-19 in Lexington by wearing your mask, washing your hands and staying at least 6 feet away from anyone not in your household,” health department officials said in a statement posted to social media Monday.

Over the last week, Lexington has reported 526 new cases, four deaths, and 33 hospitalizations. Deaths and hospitalizations both increased compared to the previous week, according to health department data. Cases were down slightly, though it’s still the third week in which the city reported 500-plus new cases.

The 25-34 age range has continued to account for the most cases in Lexington. As of Monday morning, that group had 20 percent of all of Lexington’s cases, according to health department data. But the younger population isn’t suffering the same outcome as older populations. About two-thirds of all Lexington hospitalizations have been residents 55 and older.

Over 90 percent of all deaths have come from the 55 and older age range as well. Over half of deaths have been residents 75 or older.

Recent case increases have included positives from University of Kentucky students and inmates at the Lexington-Fayette County Detention Center. Since the pandemic first reached Lexington in March, 240 UK students have been counted in Fayette County’s cases, as have 357 inmates. But 285 of those inmate cases have come from the Federal Medical Center on Leestown Road.

UK students are only counted in Lexington’s cases if they quarantine in Lexington, according to Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, commissioner of health for Lexington-Fayette County.

UK’s classes are set to resume with on-campus instruction Monday morning.

As cases continue to increase, Lexington has made efforts to expand COVID-19 testing around the city. As part of that, the testing site at Bluegrass Community and Technical College will reopen Tuesday. It closed at the end of July after the state’s testing partnership with Kroger expired. Appointments are required.

There are at least eight testing centers providing services this week, according to Lexington Emergency Management, several of which do not require appointments.

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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