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Governor Beshear reports 572 new COVID cases, 5 deaths; LFCHD provides July numbers; wear masks

Gov. Beshear reported 572 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths as of Saturday afternoon, bringing the states totals to 30,723 cases and 740 deaths. Eleven of the new cases were children age 3 and younger. “Our positivity rate is again lower today than it was yesterday. Facial coverings work. They are our best chance of saving lives and protecting the health of our people, ensuring our economy...

Why has coronavirus had a heavier impact on African Americans? Answers are in economics, sociology

The coronavirus is having a heavier effect on African Americans, putting new attention on the disparities in their health and the socioeconomic factors that influence health. Preliminary figures show that 12 percent of the Kentucky deaths attributed to COVID-19 were among African Americans, who comprise 8.3 percent of the state’s population. Even greater disparities have been found in other states,...

AVOL Kentucky executive director John Parker named 2020 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Jon Parker as the 2020 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 6-10, 2020). Parker is the executive director of...

City of Lexington records first death related to covid-19 novel coronavirus, reminds residents to be vigilant

The first death related to COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) in Lexington has been confirmed, Mayor Linda Gorton and Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh reported Monday. The victim was a person in their 80s with underlying health conditions. Additional details about the person cannot be provided because of medical privacy laws. “This is a sad day for our city and especially for the family and...

First case of 2019 novel coronavirus in Kentucky reported, Gov. Beshear declares state of emergency

KyForward staff The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is reporting Kentucky’s first case of COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). While the risk to the general public is low, health officials are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the person. Gov....

Nomination are now being accepted for the 2020 LFCHD Dr. Rice Leach Public Health Hero Award

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is accepting nominations for the 2020 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero Award. The award, now in its 17th year, is for individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. Dr. Rice Leach (KyFoward file photo) Criteria for the selection of the award include: • Exemplary leadership and diligence in promoting...

Health Department alerts parents of confirmed pertussis case at Frederick Douglass High School

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Fredrick Douglass High School of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. This is the 12th confirmed case in Lexington in 2019 and the fourth for the 2019-20 school year. FDHS had another case reported in October. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to host naloxone training, provide free kits November 19

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is hosting a free community training on naloxone, which will include providing free kits containing the overdose-reversing medication. The classes are scheduled for 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room at the health department’s main building, 650 Newtown Pike. Participants must complete a...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department giving free flu shots this Thursday at Fayette Mall

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is once again giving you the chance to fight the flu for free. The department’s annual free flu shot event will be held 1-7 p.m. this Thursday (Oct. 10) at Fayette Mall, near the interior entrance of Dillard’s. “An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesman Kevin Hall said. “The special clinic lets...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department offering free flu shots to community Oct. 10 at Fayette Mall

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is once again giving you the chance to fight the flu for free. The department’s annual free flu shot event will be held 1-7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Fayette Mall, near the interior entrance of Dillard’s. “An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesman Kevin Hall said. “The special clinic lets us test our...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to spray for mosquitoes from 3-6 a.m. on Tuesday (July 23)

To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito-spraying activities in the pre-dawn hours next Tuesday (July 23) in parts of the 40505 and 40511 ZIP codes. The spraying is due to a high mosquito population found in a monitoring trap in the 40505 ZIP code region. To provide adequate spray coverage of the area, portions of 40511 ZIP code will also be sprayed. Spraying...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to spray for mosquitoes from 3-6 a.m. this Wednesday

To help control mosquitoes, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will conduct mosquito-spraying activities in the pre-dawn hours this Wednesday (July 10) in parts of the 40505 and 40511 ZIP codes. The spraying is due to a high mosquito population found in a monitoring trap in the 40505 ZIP code region. To provide adequate spray coverage of the area, portions of 40511 ZIP code will also be...

Health department issues alert about Hepatitis A threat if you ate at Roosters on April 16

An employee at Roosters, 124 Marketplace Dr., has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of hepatitis A. As a result, customers who ate at the restaurant on April 16, 2019, may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus and are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with the hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler,...

Mark Johnson named Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero by Lexington-Fayette County Health Department

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Mark Johnson as the 2019 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 1-7). Johnson received his Master of Science in...

LFCHD warning residents after employee at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken confirmed with Hep A

An employee at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, 321 E. Vine St., has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of hepatitis A. As a result, customers who ate at the restaurant from Jan. 23-Feb. 8, 2019, may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus and are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with the hepatitis A virus...

Health department seeks nominations for Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero; deadline Feb. 28

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 16th 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...

Pertussis (whooping cough) case confirmed at another school; highly contagious respiratory illness

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. This is the third confirmed case in Lexington in 2019; the earlier cases were at Tates Creek High School and Henry Clay High School.   Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all...

Health Department alerting parents of confirmed pertussis case at Henry Clay High School

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Henry Clay High School of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. This is the second confirmed case in Lexington in 2019; the earlier case was at Tates Creek High School. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all ages but can be most serious in infants...

Health department confirms hepatitis A at Lexington hotel kitchen; customers advised to get vaccination

An employee in the kitchen of the Clarion Hotel Conference Center-North, 1950 Newtown Pike, has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of hepatitis A. As a result, customers who ate at the hotel, including the Sports Page Bourbon and Bar Grill from Nov. 26-Dec. 4 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus and are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant...

LFCHD warning customers of three area restaurants about risk of exposure to hepatitis A

Customers who ate at three area restaurants in November may have been exposed to hepatitis A. As a result, anyone who ate at the following restaurants are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination: • Hardee’s, 2990 Richmond Road, Lexington; Nov. 23-26, 2018 • Waffle House, 2347 Buena Vista, Lexington; Nov. 11-19, 2018 • Waffle House, 4 Carol Road, Winchester; Nov. 20, 2018 While it is relatively...