Mayor Gorton started off the news conference with some good news, announcing that, as of Tuesday, over 70% of people 18 or older in Lexington are fully vaccinated.
However, with COVID-19 cases rising, she stressed the importance of getting a vaccine if you haven’t already and wearing masks.
A doctor from Baptist Health stressed that the vaccines are safe. He said, even though cases are rising, deaths are not, which indicates the shots are working.
A third dose is now available at the Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department for those who are immunocompromised.
Mayor Gorton said getting tested is important to slow the spread the virus and she said many new COVID-19 cases are happening in young people and children.
New testing sites are being opened so student and school staff:
- Where: Immanuel Baptist Church, 2261 Armstrong Mill Rd, Lexington, KY 40515
- Starting: 8/28
- Days of operation: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
- Where: Fayette Co Public Schools, 100 Midland Ave, Lexington, KY 40508
- Starting: 8/26
- Days of operation: 7 days per week
- Where: Lexington Legends Ballpark, 207 Legends Ln, Lexington, KY 40505
- Starting: 8/31
- Days of operation: Tuesday, Wednesday
“There are new, free testing options for pre-k through 12 students, teachers and staff,” Mayor Gorton said. “And this is a huge step. We are trying to keep our children in school.”
The mayor also urged people to not go to the emergency room for a COVID-19 test or vaccine, since they’re already overcrowded.
She also stressed wearing masks, especially indoors.