Large cluster of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Woodford County

Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 6:04 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Woodford County leads Kentucky with the highest vaccination rates in the state.

More than 65% of the county’s population has had at least one dose of the vaccine. Despite that, county health officials are sounding the alarm after seeing a surge in new cases.

“I didn’t frankly think we’d be here telling stories like this,” Woodford County Judge-Executive James Kay said.

It was not news the county was expecting to see.

“I did not expect that we would be here at this time. I expected and influx of cases in the fall, but not in the summer,” said Cassie Prather with the Woodford County Health Department.

A cluster of COVID-19 cases reported in Woodford County are linked to an unvaccinated person in a congregate setting. So far, 38 cases have been reported just in Woodford County. There are more related cases in surrounding counties, and the number is expected to climb.

“One of those cases is very ill and is in the hospital. This is preventable. That is what is key, that is the take home message, it is preventable. And it’s preventable by getting the vaccine,” Prather said.

This outbreak is one of the larger ones reported in Woodford County during the pandemic. Most of the cases in this cluster are among unvaccinated people.

“When you let your guard down, we can have outbreaks like this,” Prather said. “No it’s not required, you don’t have to wear a mask but if I’m a leader in a congregate setting, I want to be setting a good example.”

“Today is the call to action. Today is why this is not over. If this can happen in the summer like this, in a county like ours where people take it seriously and get vaccinated, the fall is going to be tough,” Kay said.

Now it’s an unpredictable race against the clock for a county that’s been leading the state, to get more shots into arms.

Some of the cases are being tested for the delta variant.

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