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Eight Lexington students, one faculty member test positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 2:32 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 14:41:32-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department confirmed Monday that eight students and one faculty member have tested positive for COVID-19 since some schools resumed in-person classes last week.

LFCHD said five students and one faculty member tested positive at Lexington Catholic, two students tested positive at Sayre School, and one student test positive at Lexington Christian Academy.

Gov. Andy Beshear recommended on Aug. 13 that Kentucky schools wait until at least Sept. 28 to resume in-person instruction.

"All we're asking right now is one month," the governor said Wednesday. "One month to not make mistakes with the health of our children, their parents, or their teachers."

Gov. Beshear said he disagreed with the decision some schools in Kentucky made to have face-to-face instruction. He warned that the virus spreads so quickly that it can overwhelm even the best plans for reopening.