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COVID Numbers Surge In Fayette County

Associated Press

The number of COVID cases in Lexington continues to rise. Kevin Hall, spokesperson for the Fayette County Health Department said “Today the Health Department is reporting the single highest one day total in almost three months. We had 53 cases reported yesterday.” The last highest single-day total was recorded on April 15th. Last week the county had seen days of single-digit case numbers.

Hall went on to say that they “anticipate that going on into the fall as schools open back up, colleges and universities open back up and then you have everybody coming back from their summer traveling we will see a spike in cases so we people to do what they can now to keep it (the number of new positive cases) low.” 

Hall said doing what you can means getting vaccinated if you haven’t already. If you choose not to be inoculated, you should still wear a mask and continue to practice social distancing. Everyone, vaccinated or not, should continue to practice good hygiene like frequent hand washing and you should stay home if you are sick.

Outbreaks have been reported from at least two summer camps in the Commonwealth. 11 known cases associated with Blue Grass Christian Camp in Lexington were confirmed by the Health Department on Tuesday. Hall said there could be more, but because those patients don’t live in Fayette County, they don’t have a total number. An outbreak was also reported last week at a camp in Carter County.

This Friday marks five weeks since most COVID restrictions like mask mandates and capacity limits were lifted in Kentucky. Masks are still required in some settings where people are most vulnerable like healthcare facilities, nursing homes and public transportation. They are recommended by the CDC and state health officials if you are not fully vaccinated.