Fayette County Health Department debuts new restaurant inspection score placards

Two changes by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will make it easier for the public to view restaurant inspection scores. The most noticeable change is the use of new inspection placards that are required to be placed in areas visible by the public. The new placards feature the restaurant’s inspection score in a green box for a passing grade and red for a failing grade, along with a...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department offering free flu shots at special event

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is once again giving residents the chance to fight the flu for free. The department’s annual free flu shot event will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at Consolidated Baptist Church’s Andrew Center, 1625 Russell Cave Road. “An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesman Kevin Hall said. “The special...

Fayette County Health Department confirms case of West Nile virus in a Lexington resident

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department has confirmed a case of West Nile virus in a Lexington resident. West Nile virus infection is an illness spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus is known to be present in mosquito populations in Kentucky. In most instances, people infected with the West Nile virus either show no symptoms or relatively mild symptoms, including fever,...

Fayette County Health Department, Mindful Moms hosting event as part of World Breastfeeding Week

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will be partnering with Mindful Moms of the Bluegrass and the Global Big Latch On to host a breastfeeding event, where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. Friends, family and community can also join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding. Lexington’s Big Latch On will take place during World Breastfeeding...

New state regulations requiring all students to have current immunization certificates now in effect

New state immunization regulations requiring all children attending child day care centers, certified family childcare homes and other licensed facilities that care for children, preschool programs, and public and private primary and secondary schools to have a current immunization certificate on file are now in effect. The regulation also spells out the required immunizations schedule for attending...

Beating the Heat: Lexington Health Department offers tips to remain safe during hot weather

As summer heat hits the Bluegrass and temperatures predicted to reach triple digits, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reminds everyone to follow safety precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. The following tips can help you remain safe during the hot weather: • Drink plenty of fluids. You will need to drink more fluids than your thirst level indicates. Avoid drinking alcoholic...

Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health selects UK Nursing professor Kacy Allen-Bryant as 2017-18 chair

The Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health elected Kacy Allen-Bryant as chair for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which began July 1. Allen-Bryant, Ph.D.(c), MSN, MPH, RN, is a lecturer for the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, where she engages in community outreach to many organizations, including homeless shelters, day centers for those with mental illnesses, afterschool programs for disadvantaged...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department alerts residents to presence of rabid bat

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department received word Thursday that a bat in Lexington has tested positive for rabies. The bat was discovered in a home in the Chenault Road area. The health department posted signs in the area on Thursday to notify residents of the discovery.  Rabies, a viral disease of humans, pets and wild animals, is transmitted from animals to humans by the saliva of a...

Farmers’ Markets, Fayette County Health Department team to emphasize healthier food options

Healthy food options will soon be a bit easier thanks to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the city’s two farmers’ markets. Starting next week, the health department will bring farmers from the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market and the Lexington Farmers’ Market together to give health department patients, clients, visitors and staff, as well as the entire community, a chance to buy...

A few precautions could help keep your Memorial Day picnics free of food-related illnesses

One out of every six people get sick from a foodborne illness each year, and a few extra precautions can help keep your Memorial Day meals illness-free this year. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department wants to increase awareness of food safety as people head into the summer picnic season. The following food safety guidelines can help you prevent the spread of food-borne illness from picnic...

People in the News: Patterson named KCTC system director; Newman to lead Dominion Senior Living

Daniel Patterson has been named system director of virtual student services for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Daniel Patterson He most recently served as a system financial aid program coordinator. Prior to that, he was interim financial aid director at Somerset Community College and was outbound operations supervisor for Presidium, Inc., now Blackboard Student Services,...

Fayette County health department mosquito control program to increase focus on education, trapping

This summer, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department plans to control mosquito populations in the community by bringing increased focus to eliminating standing water and preventing mosquito larvae from hatching. At the same time, the department will use mosquito trapping to identify areas where spraying for adult mosquitos would be most useful. The health department has surveyed Lexington neighborhoods...

Rain Delay: Fayette County health department reschedules rabies vaccination clinic to May 18

The threat of bad weather means Lexington’s dogs and cats will have to wait a bit longer for a low-cost rabies shot. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic will now be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at Valley Park, 2077 Cambridge Drive. Vaccinations will cost just $3. All cats must be in a carrier, and all dogs must be on leashes. In the event of inclement...

Valley Park new location for Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s annual rabies clinic

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Valley Park, 2077 Cambridge Drive. Vaccinations will cost just $3. All cats must be in a carrier, and all dogs must be on leashes. In the event of inclement weather, the clinic date is subject to change. The health department will provide updated information at www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department reports two local cases of mumps have been confirmed

Mumps has recently been identified as the cause of illness in two Fayette County residents. These are the first laboratory-confirmed cases of mumps in the community this year. Mumps is a rare but contagious disease spread through coughing and sneezing. Mumps usually causes the following symptoms for about 7-10 days: swollen glands under the ears or jaw, fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and...

Lexington attorney, state senator Thomas named Rice Leach Public Health Hero for 2017

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health selected Kentucky state Sen. Reginald Thomas as the 2017 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017). Thomas, who represents...

Fayette County Health Department says another case of whooping cough confirmed at Veterans Park

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Veterans Park Elementary School and a Lexington daycare facility of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. There are now 11 confirmed cases in Lexington, with the remaining cases all being at Clays Mill Elementary School. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects...

Lexington Health Department alerts parents to new pertussis cases at Clays Mill Elementary

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is continuing to work closely with Fayette County Public Schools following three new confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough, at Clays Mill Elementary School. There are now five total confirmed cases, following previous reports from Jan. 20 and Jan. 31. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects...

Fayette County Health Department seeking nominations for Rice Leach Public Health Hero award

It is time to nominate people for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero Award. The award, now in its 14th year, is for individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. Criteria for the selection of the award include: — Exemplary leadership and diligence in promoting public health; — Remarkable...

School-based health clinic at Harrison Elementary marks 22nd anniversary of serving children

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward For some children, school is not only a place to learn but also a safe haven when they’re sick. The staff at Harrison Elementary embraces this additional role and values the medical professionals who work alongside them every day. “This model fits perfectly into Superintendent Caulk’s vision of every child succeeding. We are able to meet the child where...