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COVID is on the decline in Kentucky, as officials urge reupping vaccination protection


Health data show Kentucky’s COVID numbers are all falling, with only portions of the eastern part of the state remaining “in the red.”

Fayette County is now one of an increasing number of Kentucky counties where community COVID levels are no longer considered “high.” Just ten counties, clustered in eastern Kentucky remain, in that category.

Officials had been cautiously labeling the state as being in a plateau, but now say it’s safe to say the state is in a COVID decline. That news comes as authorities hope to convince more Kentuckians to get the new enhanced booster shots that also guard against some dominant sublineages of the Omicron variant.

"In order to keep up those positive trends, we all need to schedule our appointment to get the Omicron booster shot, if you haven't already. Since the vaccines became available, 93% of all COVID deaths have been amongst unvaccinated individuals."
Gov. Andy Beshear

Buy-in for the boosters hasn’t been up to where health officials had hoped – with the CDC reporting fewer and fewer Americans opting to keep up with the shots. But the second booster dose came with age restrictions and the new booster is available for a larger segment of the population.

Starting Monday, Oct. 3, all COVID-19 shots – including the new bivalent boosters – will be available by same-day appointment every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Fayette County Health Department’s clinic on Newtown Pike.

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.