Lexington COVID-19 case numbers decrease in January, 341 new COVID-19 cases reported this weekend

Posted at 2:31 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 21:34:17-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — While there are still many COVID-19 cases in Lexington, the health department says they have seen a decrease in cases throughout January.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says over the weekend, there were 180 new cases on Saturday and 161 new cases on Sunday, bringing the weekend total to 341, which is down from 391 cases last weekend.

"We started January with that average in the mid to low 200's, and now today it is down to 188, which is below 200, so that looks like it may be getting better," Christina King said.

But the COVID-19 cases need to continue to decrease for another five to seven days before they can call it a trend. As they continue to monitor cases, the health department administers the vaccine. "We did around 1,600 vaccines, about 1,200 of those were the first-time doses, and 400 were actually the second doses," King said.

Their focus continues Phase 1a with healthcare employees. "It's important we get the health care workers vaccinated, first and foremost. Because once they are vaccinated, they can turnaround and give the vaccine to others," King said.

The health department doesn't have a timeline and continues to meet to evaluate supply to look at when they can move to the next group.