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Lexington Passes 300 COVID-Linked Deaths

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More than 300 people have died from COVID-19 in Lexington as the city enters the second year of the pandemic.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported three new deaths Monday, raising the city's total to 302 since the pandemic hit in March 2020.

Current health department data show half of all reported cases in Lexington now fall between ages 20 to 44, a trend that officials say both shows the effectiveness of vaccines in the state's older population but also drives home the need for younger Kentuckians to get the shot.

Lexington continues to be among the highest ranking counties in the state for vaccinations, with 46 percent of adults having received at least one shot and 37 percent fully vaccinated.

The city's rolling seven-day average of new cases is over 37, up slightly from around 31 earlier this month.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.