LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has reported 98 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.
The city's total is now at 2,856 cases. There are no new deaths reported. 45 people have died from the virus in Lexington. The new COVID-19 cases do not include six false-positive tests that were recently reported from the University of Kentucky.
The department says it has been experiencing a rise in cases in Lexington since mid-May, with no sign of slowing.
Health officials say they've learned people are going to public businesses while infected with the virus. They say people are also contagious at the start of their illness, including 1-2 days before
symptoms begin, meaning it can be spread without any symptoms being shown.
The health department says it's important to wear a mask and to stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others.
Travel to areas with higher case numbers of COVID-19 has also been identified as a likely source of infection for some Lexington cases. The state health department has issued an advisory for travelers to Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Texas, recommending that they self-quarantine for 14 days after last leaving these locations.
The recommendations for slowing spread of COVID-19 remain the same for any reason you are out in the public:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid close contact with others
- Wear a cloth face covering in public
As of Monday morning, there are 27,079 positive cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky. 700 people have died from the virus.