Fayette COVID cases top 34,000, numbers rising, vaccines next week

Consolidated Baptist Church Pastor Richard Gaines and Church Administrator Billy Williams accepted the 2021 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero Award from Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh. All three are fully vaccinated, so they removed their face masks for the picture. Gaines and Consolidated Baptist Church received the award for their long-standing commitment to helping Lexington be well, including serving as a host site for multiple COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Learn more: www.lfchd.org/2021-public-health-hero. Gaines and Consolidated Baptist also received honors Monday night during the Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health’s monthly meeting, held via Zoom. Mayor Linda Gorton and the city council will honor them at the April 22 council meeting. If you missed the department's interview with the winners, catch it here: https://fb.watch/4QupukMiYE/!
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County’s new COVID case numbers continue to increase after dropping briefly to levels not seen since last May.
Also, vaccination appointments are available for the week of April 19. The department has  Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations available for the next clinic on April 21. The clinics are now open to anyone ages 18 and older who live or work in Lexington.
Learn more and make an appointment at www.lfchd.org/vaccine. The agency will contact you about scheduling your second dose.
According to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s morning report Friday, Lexington reported 58 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total to 34,028 cases since the outbreak began in March 2020.
The city’s 7-day rolling average of new cases is currently 39 cases per day, up from 36 Wednesday.
The county reported one new death officially linked to COVID-related causes. The death, which occurred in January, raised the county’s total to 297.
The monthly totals of COVID-19 cases during the outbreak are:
• 110, March
• 143, April
• 507, May
• 793, June
• 1,702, July
• 2,538, August
• 2,804, September
• 2,736, October
• 6,070, November
• 5,991, December
• 6,155, January
• 2,694, February
• 1,314, March
To keep cases from increasing, continue to follow these guidelines:
• Wear a cloth face-covering in public
• Avoid close contact with others
• Wash your hands often
• Stay home if you are sick
• Get vaccinated when you have the opportunity.
More information will be shared at www.lfchd.org/vaccine and on our social media pages when next week’s clinic (now open to anyone 18 and older who lives or works in Lexington!) is scheduled. For information on other vaccination opportunities, visit www.lexingtonky.gov/vaccines.
Lexington’s COVID-19 numbers are updated Monday-Saturday at lfchd.org.
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