Kentucky health officials expecting surge in cases after winter holidays

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 12:02 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - State health leaders predicted a holiday spike in cases, much like the one we saw after Thanksgiving.

Already the state’s positivity rate tops 11 percent-- the highest it’s been in weeks.

Cardinal Hill on Richmond Rd. will be one of the locations for the city’s Mobile Neighborhood Testing Program for the next four days. Lexington will also continue offering the COVID vaccine to healthcare workers, but they say that’s a lot of people to get vaccinated.

Fayette County reported 534 new cases over the weekend and three deaths. The health department says there are a combination of things that are leading to this, such as new cases reported at the Federal Medical Center, a backlog of cases at the labs because of the holiday closing, and mid-December gatherings.

They say we’re starting to see an increase in cases from those. Hospitals say their numbers have held steady for the past few weeks. Historically, the more severe cases take a bit longer to show up.

The health department plans to continue offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare workers who aren’t affiliated with one of the larger healthcare entities.

They say about seven percent of the city’s population works in healthcare, which is 20,000 people who are eligible for the vaccine. That’s not the only obstacle to planning those clinics.

“Not only is that an issue but we often don’t find out how much vaccine we’re getting on a given week often until middle of the morning or early afternoon on Monday. So we are planning vaccination clinics in advance and as we go,” said Kevin Hall with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Hall said so far they’ve given out around 1500 doses of the Moderna vaccine and there haven’t been any serious side effects.

The health department is partnering with Lexington Medical Society to plan those clinics.

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