Fayette’s new COVID cases threaten records from early 2021
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – With 13 days left in the month, Fayette County’s new COVID case numbers could threaten the records set earlier this year if the pace of increases continues.
August already has seen more COVID-19 cases in Fayette County than the months of May, June and July combined.
And according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Thursday morning report, the county registered 201 more new cases Wednesday. That followed 214 new cases Tuesday.
Wednesday’s numbers pushed the total cases in the county since March 2020 to 39,548 and the seven-day moving average up from 167 to 179.
Since the start of August, the county has reported 2,657 cases. The city had 2,307 total in the three previous months: 1,331 in July, 287 in June and 689 in May.
The county has recorded 329 deaths.
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.
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.