Fayette’s seven-day average below 200, county’s vaccinations top 73%

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – New COVID case numbers in Fayette County remained above 200 Tuesday but lower weekend numbers, which happens every weekend, helped push the county’s seven-day moving average below 200.

Meanwhile, city leaders are working with health experts on setting up an antibody infusion clinic, but staffing issues and availability of the antibody, which is in a nationwide shortage because of demand, are obstacles, Mayor Linda Gorton said.

The mayor said 199,300 residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated against the virus, marking 73.1% of the county’s population in that age group. Of residents 65 and older, 91.8% are vaccinated, the mayor added in a report to the Lexington Fayette County Urban Council.

According to the Lexington-Fayette County health Department’s daily report Wednesday, the county recorded 210 new COVID cases Tuesday, raising the total since the outbreak began to 46,740.

The seven-day moving average fell from 202 to 193.

Through the first 20 days of September, Lexington has reported 4,414 cases, the fifth highest total for a month and the month isn’t over.

The county recorded one new death raising the total to 357 since March 2020.

Free COVID-19 vaccines are 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 your appointment. The cliniclinic offers the Moderna and Janssen vaccines for ages 18 and older and the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older.

Being fully vaccinated makes people less likely to catch COVID-19, and if they do end up getting it, it makes them far less likely to have severe symptoms requiring hospitalization.
Find vaccine information at www.vaccines.gov/search.
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.
We update Lexington’s COVID-19 numbers Monday-Friday at lfchd.org.
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
  • 5,435, August

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

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