Fayette COVID cases in August top previous five months combined

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington now has more COVID-19 cases in August — 5,133 — than March-July combined — 4,648.
The city reported 516 cases Saturday-Monday, with the seven-day rolling average now at 228 new cases per day, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s morning report Tuesday.
The seven-day average is up from 224 Friday, 216 Thursday and 208 Wednesday.
The new cases pushed the county’s total to 42,024, meaning the county reported 1,000 cases in just four days.
The county has recorded 333 deaths tied to Covid-related causes.
Kentucky’s hospitals are reporting they are reaching full capacity, so the more the community can do to ease the burden on medical providers, the better all of Kentucky will be, the department said in its update.
Find vaccine information at www.vaccines.gov/search. Details about the department’s vaccination clinics can be found at www.lfchd.org/vaccine/.
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated populations can help slow the outbreak by:
• Wearing a face covering in crowded public areas
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick, especially those with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, muscle/body aches, loss of taste/smell, nausea, etc.);
• Covering coughs and sneezes;
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Finally, please help fight the misinformation about COVID-19, including the vaccine, by spreading facts! Learn more about myths vs. facts at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html, the department urged.
Free COVID-19 vaccines are also available by same-day appointment every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in our Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike. Call 859-288-2483 to schedule an appointment.
The Public Health Clinic offers the Moderna and Janssen vaccines for ages 18 and older and the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older.
Those who are immunocompromised and received a second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least four weeks ago are eligible for a third dose. Call 859-288-2483 to schedule a same-day appointment, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Learn more at http://www.lfchd.org/3rd-dose/
While there’s still a chance a fully vaccinated person can get COVID-19, symptoms will likely be less severe and the need for hospitalization is much smaller. Since February 2021, about 88% of Lexington’s COVID-19-related hospitalizations are in people who are unvaccinated or aren’t fully vaccinated.

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
• 1,027, April

  • 689, May
  • 287, June
  • 1,331, July

Lexington’s COVID-19 numbers are updated Monday-Friday at lfchd.org.

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