Three new COVID-19 deaths in Fayette; big increase in Hispanic community


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County has reported three new deaths and 54 new coronavirus cases since Saturday, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s daily update.

In addition, the city continues to see a big increase in its Hispanic population.

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The city now has 1,129 confirmed cases and 20 deaths. From Monday, June 8, through Sunday, June 14, Lexington reported 182 new cases and six new deaths.

COVID-19 continues to spread in Lexington, with cases increasing among the city’s Hispanic population. Of the 1,129 total cases, 266 – 24 percent – identify as Hispanic, a group that makes up 7 percent of Lexington’s population.

“COVID-19 cases have been steadily rising throughout Lexington for the past 4-5 weeks,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh. “This most recent wave of cases includes an increase in affected residents who self-identify as Hispanic. The health department will continue to work with members of this community and city officials on prevention and disease control information, including messages in Spanish for those whom Spanish is their primary language.”

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department recommends the following for everyone to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Staying home when sick. This helps protect others from getting sick.
    • Not gathering in groups larger than 10 people.
    • Staying at least 6 feet apart from others.
    • Wearing a cloth mask over your mouth and nose when around others.

Lexington residents with questions about COVID-19 can call the health department’s special COVID-19 hotline at 859-899-2222 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.