New Fayette COVID cases top 200 for third straight day, 2 more deaths

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County recorded more than 200 new COVID cases for the third consecutive day and also confirmed two more deaths linked to the virus.

According to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s morning report Friday, the county had 225 new cases Thursday, pushing the total since March 2020 to 39,773. The new cases follow 201 Wednesday and 224 Tuesday.

The seven-day moving average rose from 179 to 187.

With 12 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.

Since the start of August, the county has reported 2,882 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 also confirmed two additional deaths, one from August and another from June that has been linked to COVID causes. The two deaths raised the county’s total to 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.

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.

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