New Fayette COVID cases spike Thursday, six new deaths also confirmed
Deaths date back to April and August as well as recent weeks
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – After three days of numbers below 130, the number of new COVID cases in Fayette County spiked again Thursday. And although the spike may have been related to testing and reporting cycles, they still dampened hopes case numbers may be slowing.
According to the Lexington-Fayette County Department’s morning report Friday, the county recorded 178 new cases Thursday, up from 121 Wednesday and 139 Tuesday. The county’s seven-day moving average rose back to 118, where it was Tuesday after falling to 114 Wednesday. It was at 123 Monday and 128 Friday.
The new cases pushed the county’s total to 54,723.
Six new deaths — one each in April, August and December and three from November — raised the number of residents lost to COVID-related causes to 468.
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.
Fayette County Public Schools have partnered with Wild Health to offer free vaccination clinics for all eligible individuals at convenient school locations. Register here
for clinics to be held on Monday, December 20, 2021, at:
- Bryan Station High School, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Tates Creek High School, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Vaccinations for all ages (including boosters) are also available daily, Monday through Sunday, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at 100 Midland Avenue. Register here
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.
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.