COVID-19 – response

The health and safety of our community is our top focus. This page relays information from organizations across our community. We are sharing information so you can best protect yourself. We are preparing and sharing important verified information.

The coronavirus is a common virus. However, this new strain, COVID-19, is impacting communities across the globe.

Fayette County is currently listed in the Red Zone. Red zone designation means there is an average of 25 or more positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. When designated a Red Zone county, our community should do the following:

Red Zone Recommendations

Effective November 20 through December 13 (Executive Order) (SLIDE GRAPHICS)

  • Indoor social gatherings limited to current household plus one other household, with a total of eight people or less.
  • Indoor venues, event space or theatres limited to 25 total participants per room, including weddings and funerals.
  • Bars and restaurants closed to indoor dining and service. Delivery, to-go and outdoor service is allowed.$40 million fund will be launched to assist restaurants and bars. Those that qualify will receive a $10,000 subsidy. Applications will be accepted online starting November 30.
    • Available to businesses currently operating as bars or restaurants
    • If a business has more than one location, they will receive a maximum award of $20,000
    • Businesses with 50% or more of sales is through drive thru are not eligible
    • Businesses cannot be publicly traded
    • All businesses must certify they will be in compliance with Governor's Executive and Public Health Orders
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers, Bowling Alleys, and Pools will be restricted to 33% capacity. Group classes will be prohibited. Masks are required and everyone must maintain a six foot distance apart.
  • All KHSAA fall sports and practices have been postponed. Indoor practices will not be allowed for sports teams. Individual lessons are allowed, but masking is required.
  • Professional Services and Office Space Businesses should have all employees who are able to work from home. If possible, businesses should close to the public and maintain 33% of employees at most in their facility at one time.
  • All public and private schools (K-12) will cease in-person instruction beginning November 23 (Executive Order)
    • Middle and High Schools will remain in remote instruction until at least Jan. 4, 2021
    • Elementary Schools may reopen on December 7 if their county is not in the Red Zone, and the school follows all Healthy At Schools guidance
  • All Public Universities have decided to teach 100% virtually starting November 23 through December 31

 

 

Tips to help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Governor Andy Beshear has signed an Executive Order requiring face masks to be worn in public. View the Executive Order here.
  • Wash your hands often
  • If washing your hands isn't possible, utilize alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Keep a safe social distance from others
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid others
  • When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or do so into your elbow
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning sprays or wipes

Thank you for helping

We want to thank those who have donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and other personal safety items for our healthcare professionals, police, fire, community corrections, waste management, transit drivers and others needing special protection during the fight against COVID-19. Our community has come together to support the need for PPE. Many individuals have made donations – thank you for your help.

Below are businesses who have donated to this effort in Lexington. Donated to the City and don't see your company's name? Contact ccammack@lexingtonky.gov.

  • Adcolor
  • Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
  • Children of the Americas
  • Confucius Institute
  • Engi-Mat
  • Fayette County Public Schools
  • Fayette Mall
  • Hera Bio Labs
  • James E. Pepper Distillery
  • Jim Beam
  • KY Chinese American Association
  • Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Lexmark
  • Logan's of Lexington
  • Lowe's
  • Lynn Imaging
  • Paris Church of Christ
  • Pickett Brass
  • Social Security Office
  • Summit BioSciences
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky
  • Transylvania University
  • Wilderness Trail Distillery

In Remembrance

COVID-19 has taken the lives of many Lexington residents. They were mothers, fathers, sister, brothers, children, aunts, uncles, neighbors, friends, and family.

A Lexington memorial, In Remembrance, has been placed in the window of the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center (141 E. Main Street). Watch the service online.

The memorial includes a candle lit in memory of every one we've lost. There is also an opportunity for the community to submit memories of lost loved ones via email.

Emails can be submitted to inremembrance@lexingtonky.gov. The messages will be shared to the public through social media and on the city's website

Travel Advisory

It is recommended to practice a 14 Day Self-Quarantine if traveling to states reporting positive testing rates equal to or greater than 15 percent (states updated as advisory changes - find data here)

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Reopening the Commonwealth’s Economy

Governor Andy Beshear has issued guidelines for different industries to reopen. These guidelines, as well as much more information, can be found on the Commonwealth's Healthy at Work webpage.

Guidelines for being healthy at work. To report non-compliance, visit here.

Governor Beshear released the benchmarks to reopening our state's economy. These are based on the guidelines released in the federal government's Opening Up America Again plan.

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