Fayette COVID cases so far in August top three previous months combined

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – August already has seen more COVID-19 cases in Fayette County than the months of May, June and July combined, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said in its morning report Wednesday.

Lexington reported 214 cases Tuesday, bringing the total for the month to 2,456 through the first 17 days. The city had 2,307 total in the three previous months: 1,331 in July, 287 in June and 689 in May. The current 7-day rolling average is 167 cases per day.

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available by same-day appointment every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the 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.

The department also is offering two free COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week in partnership with Fayette County Public Schools. Both will feature the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 years and older. Walks-in will be accepted, and appointments can be scheduled at lfchd.org/vaccine:

  • 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, Edith J. Hayes Middle School, 260 Richardson Place.
  • 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, Leestown Middle School, 2010 Leestown Road.

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated populations can help slow the outbreak by:

  • 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;
  • Wearing a face covering in crowded public areas.
According to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s morning report, the county now has recorded 39,347 cases and 329 deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.

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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