LEXINGTON, Ky. — Lexington has seen the highest numbers of cases they have ever seen during the pandemic in a single day, with over 1,000 cases. 

What You Need To Know

  • New COVID-19 cases in Fayette County range between 800-1,000 a day

  • Seven day rolling average is around 875 cases per day

  • Lexington has passed 500 deaths from COVID-19 

  • COVID-19 cases in Fayette County are at a record high

Overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases, Christina King with the Lexington Fayette County Health Department says as of Friday morning there were over 1,000 new cases in Fayette County. 

“Prior to November of 2021, we hadn’t seen cases anywhere near this high,” King said.

The new seven day rolling average is now 875 cases per day, with the total case count reaching 79,000 since March 2020. King said in January they have seen 3 new deaths, surpassing 500 total deaths in Lexington. 

“This is a really sad reminder that COVID is still spreading strong in our community. And you know, we want to remind people that that number, that 502 deaths, that is not just a number, those are people. Those are Lexington residents,” King said.

King said among Lexington residents, 80% of those in the hospitals are unvaccinated. Over 90% of those in the ICU and 100% of COVID-19 patients in Fayette County on ventilators are unvaccinated. 

“And this is even more reason for us to remember that the vaccine is effective. We need to continue getting vaccinated. That vaccine is keeping people from serious illness and hospitalization,” King said.

King expects cases to continue to rise, considering how contagious the Omicron Variant can be, but hopes to see an increase in vaccinations to help slow the spread in her community. 

The Health Department is reminding people if they are still hesitant about the vaccine, they can contact the Fayette county Health Department COVID-19 call center about questions they may have.