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Weekend COVID-19 toll: 93 new cases in Lexington; 2 from nursing homes, 30-year-old die

Lexington Herald-Leader - 6/29/2020

Jun. 29--The weekend death of a Lexington resident in her 30s was the youngest COVID-19 fatality in the city since the outbreak began in early March. She did not have any underlying conditions, the county health department said.

Gov. Andy Beshear reported the death of the 30-year-old woman Sunday, and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department confirmed Monday she was the youngest person to die of COVID-19 in Lexington. She is one of five people in their 30s to die from the virus in Kentucky, according to state data. There has only been one death of someone younger than the Fayette victim.

That death was one of three COVID-19 deaths and 52 new infections in Lexington since Saturday, according to health department figures reported Monday. The other two deaths were nursing home residents in their 80s, health department spokesman Kevin Hall said. One was a resident of Pine Meadows nursing home, and the other a resident of Homestead Post Acute nursing home, the health department confirmed.

Homestead has now had five deaths, and Pine Meadows has had three, according to the new reports and state data.

Thirteen of the city's 27 total deaths have come in less than three weeks, according to data from the health department. Lexington's first death was reported March 23.

The total number of coronavirus cases reported since Friday grew from 1,398 to 1491. with 41 new infections reported Saturday added to the 52 announced Monday morning.

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The percentage of COVID-19 hospitalizations has dropped over the last month, and is currently at 12 percent, but Hall said the increase in deaths shows how severe COVID-19 can be for infected patients.

"There are people who are looking for numbers to back up any sort of feeling that this is behind us, or the worst of this is behind us," Hall said.

Nearly two-thirds of Monday's 52 new cases were reported in those 34 and younger. Those in that age range now account for 38 percent of the city's cases.


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