LEXINGTON — The Lafayette County Health Department will be closed Friday due to staff shortages.

As COVID-19 cases in the area rise, the health department has been working to make temporary hybrid schedule to help keep staff healthy and the doors open to the community. The health department last reported on Nov. 25 there have been 1,400 cases of the virus in Lafayette County to date. There have been a total of 30 deaths and 134 hospitalizations.