Fayette County’s three-day COVID common stays above 700 – ABC 36 News

Hospitalizations have tripled, more than 80% unvaccinated

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The variety of people in Fayette County being hospitalized for COVID-related signs has tripled since before Christmas and has been the case for a yr, greater than 80% of those persons are unvaccinated, in accordance with well being officers.

In its morning report Tuesday, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department listed 1,477 new cases Saturday via Monday, which raised the county’s whole in 22 months to 64,390. The seven-day common actually dipped barely from 742 to 707, which was second only to the day past. The average was at 610 Thursday and 395 final Monday.

The county now has misplaced 487 residents for the rationale that pandemic began in March 2020.

Because the department continues to be behind on getting the surge in instances logged and get in contact with tracing done, Lexington residents who’ve tested optimistic, excluding at-home exams, are requested to go to www.lfchd.org/COVIDinterview to receive an electronic interview. Those with out Internet entry ought to call 859-288-2445.

“We’ve seen an exponential rise in instances because the holidays,” outgoing Health Director Dr. Kraig Humbaugh told the Health Board during its meeting Monday. “We have so many we can’t get to all of them in a day. We are getting 750 a day in when we have 850 to 900…it’s staggering at this point.”

Prior to Christmas, the the county was seeing about 40 hospitalizations per day. That’s up to 120 now, he informed board members.

The vaccine helps protect people from critical illness, together with hospitalization. In Fayette County, most cases — 56% in December — proceed to be among unvaccinated individuals, and the overwhelming majority — 80% — of hospitalizations of Lexington residents usually are not vaccinated.

The well being department has COVID-19 vaccines, including the pediatric dose for ages 5-11 years, obtainable by same-day appointment each Monday, Wednesday and Friday within the Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike. Call 859-288-2483 to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Fayette colleges even have vaccination clinics.

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 by:

• Avoiding shut contact with people who are sick, particularly those with COVID-19 signs (fever, cough, muscle/body aches, loss of taste/smell, nausea, and so on.);

• Covering coughs and sneezes;

• Avoiding touching your eyes, nostril and mouth;

• Wash your arms usually with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds;

• Wearing a face covering in crowded public areas.

Those who’re immunocompromised and received a second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine a minimum of four weeks ago are eligible for a 3rd dose. Call 859-288-2483 to schedule a same-day appointment, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Learn more at http://www.lfchd.org/3rd-dose/

While there’s still an opportunity a totally vaccinated particular person can get COVID-19, signs will probably be less extreme and the necessity for hospitalization is much smaller. Since February 2021, about 88% of Lexington’s COVID-19-related hospitalizations are in people who find themselves unvaccinated or aren’t absolutely vaccinated.

The month-to-month totals of COVID-19 circumstances in the course of the outbreak are:

  • 110, March
  • 143, April
  • 507, May
  • 793, June
  • 1,702, July
  • 2,538, August
  • 2,804, September
  • 2,736, October
  • 6,070, November
  • 5,991, December
  • 6,155, January
  • 2,694, February
  • 1,314, March
  • 1,027, April
  • 689, May
  • 287, June
  • 1,331, July
  • 5,435, August
  • 5,967, September
  • 2,350, October
  • 2,140, November

Lexington’s COVID-19 numbers are up to date Monday-Friday at lfchd.org.

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