LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Released Monday, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reported 550 new cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 29.

The department said this beats the previous daily high of 494 cases reported on Dec. 28.

Lexington’s seven-day rolling average is up to 295 new cases per day.

Most cases, 56% in December, are among unvaccinated people in Fayette County, according to health officials. Additionally, 80% of hospitalizations of Lexington residents are not vaccinated.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department shared the following guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID:

  • Wear a face covering in crowded public areas
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially those with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, muscle/body aches, loss of taste/smell, nausea, etc.)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Get vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines are available for all — including the pediatric dose for ages 5-11 years — by same-day appointment every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Public Health Clinic located at 650 Newtown Pike. Those interested in scheduling an appointment can call 859-288-2483.

New COVID cases from Dec. 30-Jan. 2 will be reported Tuesday.