Covid-19 focus of mayor’s Neighborhood Summit

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The coronavirus pandemic was the topic of discussion at the Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit Thursday.

Lexington mayor Linda Gorton hosted the virtual summit. The panelists were Lexington-Fayette County Public Heath Commissioner Dr. Kraig Humbaugh and Gorton’s chief of staff, Tyler Scott.

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The three answered a wide variety of questions from the public on the coronavirus, including mental heath and the pandemic, contact tracing, the distribution of a vaccine when it becomes available and even the impact the virus is having on housing in the city.

On Thursday, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department announced 184 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the city since the start of the pandemic to 14,551. The city also reported one new death on Thursday, pushing the city’s death toll to 106. November has been a record-setting month for coronavirus cases.

Dr. Humbaugh says part of the reason for the spike is that people are letting their guard down when it comes to the guidelines in place to keep them, and those around them, healthy.

“Fatigue on the part of folks – we’ve been doing a great job for eight months – but we need to remember why were practicing public health recommendations and who we’re doing it for,” says Humbaugh.

Humbaugh says the cold is driving more people indoors and closer together and that’s also contributing to the increase in cases.