Lexington’s daily COVID-19 case count is 10 times higher than it was on July 1: the 7-day rolling average is up to 71 cases per day, compared to 7 at the start of the month. Fayette County reported 210 new COVID-19 cases Saturday-Monday.
Almost 66% of Fayette Countians eligible for the shot (ages 12 and older) have been fully vaccinated, and more people need to get the shot to help slow COVID-19 for everyone (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view). 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, 94% of Lexington’s COVID-19-related hospitalizations are in people who are unvaccinated or aren’t fully vaccinated.
If you are unvaccinated, get the shot! We are offering two free COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week in partnership with Fayette County Public Schools. Walk-ins will be accepted. Both will feature the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older.
- 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, Crawford Middle School, 1813 Charleston Drive.
- 1-6 p.m. Thursday, July 29, Southern Middle School, 400 Wilson Downing Road.
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.
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;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Wearing a face covering in crowded public areas.