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3 out of 4 Lexington adults fully vaccinated, mayor says

LEXINGTON, Ky. — More than 75% of Lexington adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Mayor Linda Gorton said Friday in her office update newsletter, and 74.5% of residents 12 and older are also fully vaccinated, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.

“These are important milestones to be celebrated by our entire community. I’m so proud of our residents, who continue to do what they can to protect themselves and others from COVID-19,” Gorton said. “The Lexington community has pulled out all the stops to encourage people to get the vaccine because it saves lives.”

The city has worked with community partners to stop the spread of COVID-19, she said, including a marketing campaign by Cornett, which launched the ‘Lex Do This’ campaign to help build public trust for the vaccine.

The city also conducted a door-to-door campaign that reached 9,587 doors. Nearly 800 residents were vaccinated at accessible clinics throughout Lexington because of this canvassing, Gorton said.

“The door-to-door campaign is continuing under a new roof, with Wild Health taking the lead,” the mayor said.

COVID-19 numbers statewide

The seven-day positivity rate for the commonwealth of Kentucky is 7.91% as of Friday. There have been 9,262 deaths since the pandemic began, the majority of those in the age range of 60 and up. There has been one death in children 9 years old or younger, and four deaths in the 10 to 19 age bracket.

As of Friday, there are 1,354 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in Kentucky, 399 in the ICU and 270 on ventilators.

At 7.0%, Fayette County has the second-highest positivity rate in the state, behind Jefferson County, which has a 16.2% positivity rate.

On Oct. 7, Gov. Andy Beshear reported these statistics:

  • From March 1 to Oct. 6, 2021, 85.1% of COVID-19 cases, 91.2% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 82.8% of COVID-19 deaths have been among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.
  • From March 2020 to May 2021, 74% of all COVID-19 deaths in the commonwealth were among those 70 and older; from June 1 to Oct. 6, 2021, only 47% of deaths were among those 70 and older.

“Even if you think you’re young enough to battle this thing off, if you are unvaccinated, you are in trouble,” Beshear said. “This thing is that deadly – please go out and get that shot. There’s a lot of protection if you are vaccinated.”

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