With some exceptions, vast majority of Fayette COVID cases among unvaccinated
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – COVID-19 continues to spread in Lexington, particularly among those who have not been vaccinated.
And the cases numbers continue to grow.
In its Monday report, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported 31 new cases Friday, bringing to 35,88 the total number of cases in the county since March 2020. The seven-day moving average increased from 30 to 31.
The county has confirmed 325 deaths from COVID-related causes.
The CDC is calling it “a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” with “preventable cases, hospitalizations and, sadly, deaths among the unvaccinated” expected to continue, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
In Lexington, 99% of all COVID-19 cases have been among unvaccinated people. During the last few weeks, the county is seeing breakthrough cases – positive COVID-19 cases in people who are fully vaccinated – with 20-25% of new cases considered breakthrough, the health department said.
Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected, much like people who get a flu vaccine still get the flu in some cases, health experts advise.
COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control, those experts say.
However, no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness in vaccinated people, according to the health department.
Help avoid outbreaks by:
• Getting the free COVID-19 vaccine 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 special vaccination clinics offer the Moderna vaccine for ages 18 and older and the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older. Visit https://www.lexingtonky.gov/vaccines to learn about vaccination other clinics in Lexington;
• 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;
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
• Wearing a face covering in crowded public areas.
The health department updates Lexington’s COVID-19 numbers Monday-Friday at lfchd.org.
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
The Health Department also reminds people symptoms from allergies can be similar to
COVID, but the two have some differences.
Lexington’s COVID-19 numbers are updated Monday-Saturday at lfchd.org.