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Lexington Health Department reports first COVID-19 related death

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Posted at 2:45 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 14:45:19-04

LEXINGTON, KY (LEX 18) — The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department confirms the first death related to COVID-19 in Lexington.

Officials say the victim was an individual in their 80s with underlying health conditions.

“This is a sad day for our city and especially for the family and friends of this victim,” Mayor Gorton said. “Let’s all make sure our elderly neighbors are cared for and protected. And let’s do everything we can to slow down this virus.”

Health officials say they believe COVID-19 is being spread person-to-person in Lexington, because not all new cases can be connected to previous cases or travel outside of the community. While the current number of cases in the Lexington-Fayette County area is low, cases are expected to increase.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has released these tips:
The following social distancing tips should be followed:

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Make sure you have access to medications and supplies in case you are advised to stay home.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds.

The health department offered these tips to continue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Practice social-distancing when at all possible.