COVID, flu cases on the rise in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – We are currently seeing an increase in COVID and flu cases in Kentucky.

“I think any time you get a lot of people together, if you have an infection there it will spread more easily,” said physician Dr Jeff Foxx.

The state released an updated COVID-19 community-level map on Friday. While most of the state is still in the green, we now see several eastern Kentucky counties in the yellow, as well as Jefferson, Henderson, and Union counties. But Dr Foxx said a slight increase in cases is to be expected this summer, and the same seems to be true for flu cases.

“It’s a little unusual at this time of year to see the flu, but it’s not high. It’s not widespread or everywhere, but it’s more than what we usually see. I think that it’s just because we stopped wearing the masks and now not only can you spread COVID, you can spread anything,” Dr Foxx said.

He said it was difficult to say exactly what would cause the spikes in some counties, other than the fact that most are no longer wearing masks. But as the weather has softened and events are returning to normal capacity, it is not unusual or alarming to see the numbers rise.

“We are at a low level. If you’re vaccinated and protected, go out and enjoy the summer and have a good time,” Dr. Foxx said.

Dr Foxx said you’re also more likely to suffer from allergies at this time of year, but if you’re feeling sick and have concerns, it’s best to get tested anyway.

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