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Health officials report no shift in positive Lexington COVID-19 cases in any age range

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 22:28:59-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reports that they have not seen a shift in positive COVID-19 cases in any age range over the past month.

As of October 13, the health department reports that 65% of positive COVID-19 cases in the county are of people who are ages 15-45 years old, a stat that's only gone up 1% since September 13.

Kevin Hall, Communications Officer with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, says 40-50% of the positive cases have been college students.

"A person, for instance, comes from Iowa, and goes back to Iowa, but caught COVID-19 here in Lexington, it does make sense for it to count as a Lexington case. Because no matter where they go for their isolation period, it was part of the spread in Lexington."

So far, Lexington and Fayette County have seen 5,936 people recover from COVID-19.

The health department reports that 66 people over the age of 55 have died. Although the difference in recoveries and deaths is large, the department says you should still take the pandemic seriously.

"We don't want people to think that just because older populations are dying from this, that others are affected by it. There have been cases of younger adults who have had very serious cases of COVID-19, and as we always say, we don't know what the long-term effects of this are."

Hall says the recommendations to stop the spread still affect everyone.

"So whether you're 15 or 100, we want you wearing that mask, we want you being physically distant from other people who don't live in your household, you want to be at least 6 feet apart. and wash your hands often."