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Lexington Health Department Reports Uptick In COVID Cases Thursday

Fayette County Health Commissioner Kraig Humbaugh says the Lexington area saw an uptick in cases Thursday, following about a month of relatively flat numbers.  Humbaugh said this fall’s plateau has been significantly higher than the leveling off periods in the spring and summer.

The health commissioner stressed the importance of getting a flu shot now.  He said a free drive through flu shot clinic in north Lexington October third served as preparation for future similar events. “That helped us get more in the community vaccinated.  It also helped us prepare for when we may have COVID-19 vaccine available and drive-thru is a good option for us again to try to do it safely in terms of both the staff and the clients,” said Humbaugh.

Prior to Thursday, Humbaugh noted the plateauing of cases could be attributed to fewer student cases and less community spread.  He added the best way to reduce spread of the virus remains mask wearing, social distancing, and gathering in groups of ten or less.  Humbaugh said the upcoming holidays present a challenge because even family gatherings, if extended members are involved, increase the risk of spread.?

The head of the Lexington Health Department said the central Kentucky community is closing in on 10,000 cases of coronavirus.

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