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Lexington area seeing a dip in coronavirus cases; community remains in the red category

Stu Johnson

Lexington’s latest seven-day average of COVID cases reflects some positive information. Dr. Joel McCullough is commissioner of the Fayette County Health Department. McCullough said local data indicates a peaking in this wave in Fayette County with numbers going down slowly.

“But when we look at the COVID-19 community levels, which are the levels that CDC puts out to tell communities where they are, we are at the high level right now,” said McCullough.

The health department commissioner noted that’s reflected in a red designation on the coronavirus map. The CDC just approved vaccinations for kids ages six months to five years. McCullough said some medical providers should have those available later this week.

McCullough also said masking remains an important part of the prevention formula indoors.

“Research has basically shown that wearers of these tighter fitting facemasks, that people wear those consistently in indoor environments, you’re much less likely to acquire COVID versus other types of not wearing a mask versus a loose-fitting mask,” said McCullough.

McCullough said break-through cases, where fully vaccinated people become infected with COVID, are more likely with the Omicron variant. He noted keeping up with boosters can help lessen that possibility.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 30 years.
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