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Governor Beshear reports 572 new COVID cases, 5 deaths; LFCHD provides July numbers; wear masks

Gov. Beshear reported 572 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths as of Saturday afternoon, bringing the states totals to 30,723 cases and 740 deaths. Eleven of the new cases were children age 3 and younger.

“Our positivity rate is again lower today than it was yesterday. Facial coverings work. They are our best chance of saving lives and protecting the health of our people, ensuring our economy can stay open, and getting our kids back in school,” said Gov. Beshear.

The deaths reported Saturday include 55-, 61- and 67-year-old men from Oldham County, an 81-year-old man from Jefferson County, and an 84-year-old woman from Simpson County.

Social distancing

“We’re nearly five months into this global pandemic reaching Kentucky, but the last few weeks we saw a big growth in the number of positive COVID-19 cases,” said Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “This past week, Gov. Beshear reminded us that if we have plans to travel to a state where the rate of positive cases is 15% or higher, we need to change these plans. If someone travels to one those states anyway, then when they return to Kentucky they should self-quarantine for 14 days.”

Kentuckians who remain in-state can’t let down their guard either, Dr. Stack said.

“Gatherings should be limited to 10 or fewer guests, especially informal ones going on in backyards, parks, lakes, and similar settings,” he said.

“The commonly more personal, informal social behavior in these situations is a big risk. If you and your guests are not keeping at least a six-foot social distance and if you’re not wearing masks, this spreads the disease. It places the people you care about most at risk and it endangers others if they spread the disease throughout the community.”

He cautioned saying, “I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, but a big part of this is about the decisions made and behaviors practiced by every one of us as individuals. Public gatherings and social activities can be tinderboxes for COVID-19 transmission. Until we get a vaccine or cure to neutralize this threat, we all must continue practicing social distancing and wearing masks.”

As of Saturday, there have been at least 638,772 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate currently stands at 5.22%. At least 8,135 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here.

Fayette County

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported that more than half of Lexington’s total COVID-19 cases came during July.

Lexington reported 1,702 new COVID-19 cases in July, bringing the total to 3,255. The city reported 1,553 cases March 8 (the date of the first case in Fayette County) through June 30.

There were also 17 deaths tied to COVID-19 in July, bringing the total during the outbreak to 46.

The city’s highest one-day totals were all in July, with two-thirds of the month seeing increases of 46 or more cases:

• 116 cases, July 27
• 100 cases, July 23
• 91 cases, July 31
• 89 cases, July 30
• 83 cases, July 9
• 69 cases, July 15, July 19
• 67 cases, July 26
• 65 cases, July 10
• 62 cases, July 6
• 61 cases, July 20
• 58 cases, July 13
• 56 cases, July 11
• 54 cases, July 28
• 53 cases, July 22
• 49 cases, July 29
• 48 cases, July 16, July 18
• 47 cases, July 17, July 24
• 46 cases, July 1

The Health Dept. asks that you please follow these guidelines to help protect others by slowing the spread of COVID-19:

• Wash your hands often

• Avoid close contact with others

• Wear a cloth face covering in public.

See updated Lexington’s COVID-19 numbers Monday-Saturday at lfchd.org.

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