Four times more than July. NINETEEN TIMES MORE THAN JUNE.
That’s where Lexington’s new COVID-19 cases are for August. The city had 5,435 COVID-19 cases in August, making it the fourth-most new cases reported in one month, trailing only January (6,155), November (6,070) and December (5,991).
Tuesday had 302 new COVID-19 cases reported, and the 7-day rolling average of new cases is up to 232 cases a day; that number was 7/day on July 1 and 87/day at the start of August. The city has had 42,326 cases and 333 deaths since the outbreak began in March 2020.
Help slow this pandemic by getting vaccinated! Free COVID-19 vaccines are also available 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. Our Public Health Clinic offers the Moderna and Janssen vaccines for ages 18 and older and the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older.
Being fully vaccinated makes you less likely to catch COVID-19, and if you do end up getting it, it makes you far less likely to have severe symptoms requiring hospitalization. Kentucky’s hospitals are reporting they are reaching full capacity, so the more we can do to ease the burden on our medical providers, the better ALL of Kentucky will be! 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
Source: Lexington-Fayette County Health Department