LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) has reported the city’s highest increase in COVID-19 cases in more than two months.

The health department said there were 172 new cases Tuesday, the highest since 184 on September 29. Lexington’s 7-day rolling case average is now up to 121 cases per day.

Health officials have said you can also help slow the outbreak by:

Avoiding close contact with people who are sick, especially those with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, muscle/body aches, loss of taste/smell, nausea, etc.):

  • Covering coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Wearing a face covering in crowded public areas.

The increase in COVID-19 cases comes as flu is also on the rise in Lexington. LFCHD said there are now 17 lab-confirmed cases. That’s up from three cases last week.

The health department continues to encourage people to get vaccinated for flu and COVID-19. Same-day appointments are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike.