Fayette’s seven-day COVID average now above 120, case numbers climb

One new death also reported

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County’s seven-day moving average of new COVID cases continues to rise with new case numbers hitting levels not seen since late September and early October.

According to the Lexington-Fayette County Department’s morning report Thursday, the county recorded 152 new cases Wednesday. That followed 172 new cases Tuesday, which was the highest one-day total since 184 on Sept. 29. The daily numbers hovered around 130 last week.

The numbers pushed the seven-day moving average — a good indicator of how the virus is spreading in the community — to 121 on Tuesday and 125 Wednesday.

new COVID cases Saturday through Monday, compared to Thursday’s 138, 129 Wednesday and 130 last Tuesday. The seven-day moving average fell slightly from 117 to 115 but still is up from 81 and 101 last week. The seven-day average is  a good indicator of how the virus is spreading in the community.

The new cases pushed the county’s total to 53,748.

One new death Wednesday pushed the number of residents lost to COVID-related causes to 453.

Need a COVID-19 vaccine this week? There are several options:

— Public Health Clinic: The Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 years and older (details on a special clinic for ages 5-11 years is below) and the Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines for ages 18 years and older are available by same-day appointment Monday, Wednesday and Friday in our Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike. Call 859-288-2483 to make an appointment. This includes all booster doses.

Vaccines available for children, adolescents, and adults:

Register online with Wild Health for one of these school locations:

  • Athens-Chilesburg Elementary, 930 Jouett Creek Drive
  • Coventry Oak Elementary, 2441 Huntly Place
  • Tates Creek Elementary, 1111 Centre Pkwy.
  • Wellington Elementary, 3280 Keithshire Way

Vaccines available for children ages 5 to 11 only:

  • Cardinal Valley Elementary, 218 Mandalay Rd. – register at (859) 288-2425
  • Mary Todd Elementary, 551 Parkside Drive – register at (859) 288-2425
  • William Wells Brown Elementary, 555 E. 5th St. – register at (859) 288-2425
  • Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Rd. – register at (859) 252-2371 or sign up online with the health department
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
  • 5,967, September
  • 2,350, October
  • 2,140, November

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

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