New Fayette COVID cases down slightly Friday, dropping seven-day average

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As the COVID 19 has surged across Fayette County and the state, even small hints of the spread ebbing are welcomed. Whether simply a reporting glitch, testing pause or something else, Monday’s new Fayette County COVID numbers at least are worth noticing.

According to the Lexington-Fayette County health Department’s Monday report, the county recorded 169 new cases Friday, breaking a string of 200-plus case days and below the 228 confirmed the previous Friday.

But although lower, the numbers pushed the county’s total since March 2020 to 39,942 meaning Tuesday’s report likely will push the county over the grim 40,000 milestone.

The seven-day moving average fell from 187 to 178.

Since the start of August, the county has reported 3,051 cases. The city had 2,307 total in the three previous months: 1,331 in July, 287 in June and 689 in May.

No new deaths were reported Friday, leaving the county’s total lost to COVID-related causes at 331.

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.

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.

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