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Lexington reports another single-day record of new virus cases over the weekend

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 18:57:19-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington reported 460 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, including a new single-day high on Saturday with 265 new cases, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

There have now been 13,926 cases and 104 deaths total since the outbreak began in March, with 2,593 cases so far in November.

LFCHD said the current spike closely aligns with exposures from the weekend of Halloween.

Spokesman Kevin Hall said it's important that Lexington doesn't repeat this trend for the next holiday: Thanksgiving.

"It's so important with Thanksgiving coming up, with cold weather, more people being indoors, that people follow the guidelines, limit your exposure to others, and really do everything to slow this thing down," Hall said.

He urges all Lexingtonians to celebrate the holiday only with people in your household.

Of course, the one exception to that is college students who are going home for the break.

"We just don't want college students to go to multiple events, multiple households," Hall said. "If you're staying with your parents, stay with your parents. Stay with your caregivers. Don't go out to a bunch of other places. Keep that as limited as possible."

Click here for more guidelines on how to help slow the spread for Thanksgiving.

The city’s highest single-day case counts have been in November:

  • 265 cases, Nov. 14
  • 255 cases, Nov. 11
  • 236 cases, Nov. 7
  • 195 cases, Nov.15
  • 189 cases, Nov. 12
  • 187 cases, Nov. 13
  • 184 cases, Nov. 10
  • 183 cases, Nov. 9
  • 181 cases, Nov. 5