Mayor Gorton urges more vaccinations as Lexington passes 40K total COVID cases


LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – Mayor Linda Gorton and members of the Healthcare Stakeholders group held a news conference Tuesday morning to update the Lexington community on COVID-19 concerns.

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.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Lexington has now seen 40,428 cases of COVID-19 and 331 people have died. The city’s seven day rolling average for cases is now up to 185.

Mayor Gorton said, in the past four weeks Lexington, has seen over 4,000 new COVID-19 cases. She also pointed out that most people in the hospital being treated for COVID-19 are not vaccinated.

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.

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