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Daily coronavirus cases creep back up over 100 in Lexington, but local health officials aren't ready to make predictions

New COVID-19 cases topped triple digits in Lexington on Friday, marking the city’s first day over 100 in more than two months.

First, the reassuring news.

"This is not to say that we're going back into a new wave. We are still nowhere near where we were at the first of the year."
Kevin Hall, Fayette County Health Department spokesperson

A quick look at one key metric definitely reads like a trend. Three weeks ago, the seven-day rolling average was around 30 new cases a day. A week ago, 57. And now, it’s up to 73.

And, as always, hospitalizations take a little while to ramp up as cases rise.

So that leaves officials once again walking a kind of tightrope when it comes to informing the public – remaining careful not to overdramatize any rise in cases but also making it clear that any pronouncements that the pandemic is over are premature.

"We need the public to understand that a dip in the numbers is likely just a temporary dip. COVID is something that, unfortunately, we're likely going to see the rest of our lives," Hall says. "Now will it be like it was at the beginning of 2022 with 1000 new cases a day? We hope not. As more people get vaccinated, as more people take the steps to protect themselves, we think that this can be under control."

But that requires vigilance and a continued effort to remind residents that vaccination, boosters, and other precautions remain vital to taming the virus.

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.