Jefferson County remains in a race between the vaccine and the variants with health officials now warning of some new troubling signs.After weeks of declining cases, many states are starting to see more positive COVID-19 cases as several variants become more widespread.According to the Louisville Metro Health Department, the first case of the Brazilian variant was confirmed in Jefferson County last weekend. There have also been several confirmed cases of the B117 variant.Dr. Jon Klein with the UofL School of Medicine is calling the increases concerning.”When you look at the country, we’re beginning to increase again and it’s startling. Since March 23, we’re up about 19% in cases nationally and if you look at hot spots like Michigan they’re up 119%,” Klein said.Jefferson County has only seen a slight increase in cases, but according to Dr. Klein, he’s seeing more young people impacted by the virus.”Younger people are being admitted to the hospital and young is a relative term but younger than what we saw back in December and January,” Klein said.UofL physician Dr. Mark Burns has seen the same in his practice.”We need to not only double down on our public health mitigating measures — the masking, social distancing, washing hands — in addition to getting vaccinated,” Burns said.More than 200,000 people in Jefferson County have been fully vaccinated. But lower numbers are being reported in communities in the western part of the county.Kim Wilson is the director of Critical Care Services at University Hospital.”UofL Health is still very much in the fight against COVID and part of that is making vaccines available,” Wilson said.In addition to the mass vaccination site at Cardinal Stadium, UofL Health has been setting up vaccine clinics in neighborhoods where people have had a more difficult time reaching the larger vaccination sites.On Saturday, they were back out at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in the Russell neighborhood giving the second round of doses to more than 2,000 people.”Next Saturday in this same community we will be at Central High School. We will be working with the Divine Nine and the Central High School Students,” Wilson said.Health officials are encouraging those who haven’t been vaccinated to make it a priority.”This is a marathon we’re in. We’re in about the 23rd mile of the marathon and we can’t quit. We need to continue to push on and finish the race,” Burns said.UofL Health will administer vaccinations Saturday, April 24 at Central High School Magnet Career Academy located at 1130 W. Chestnut Street Louisville, KY 40203.This vaccination clinic is a special and unique partnership between UofL Health, Central High School Magnet Career Academy Medical Magnet, JCPS, the Divine 9, and the NAACP.If you would like to register, click here.

Jefferson County remains in a race between the vaccine and the variants with health officials now warning of some new troubling signs.

After weeks of declining cases, many states are starting to see more positive COVID-19 cases as several variants become more widespread.

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According to the Louisville Metro Health Department, the first case of the Brazilian variant was confirmed in Jefferson County last weekend. There have also been several confirmed cases of the B117 variant.

Dr. Jon Klein with the UofL School of Medicine is calling the increases concerning.

“When you look at the country, we’re beginning to increase again and it’s startling. Since March 23, we’re up about 19% in cases nationally and if you look at hot spots like Michigan they’re up 119%,” Klein said.

Jefferson County has only seen a slight increase in cases, but according to Dr. Klein, he’s seeing more young people impacted by the virus.

“Younger people are being admitted to the hospital and young is a relative term but younger than what we saw back in December and January,” Klein said.

UofL physician Dr. Mark Burns has seen the same in his practice.

“We need to not only double down on our public health mitigating measures — the masking, social distancing, washing hands — in addition to getting vaccinated,” Burns said.

More than 200,000 people in Jefferson County have been fully vaccinated. But lower numbers are being reported in communities in the western part of the county.

Kim Wilson is the director of Critical Care Services at University Hospital.

“UofL Health is still very much in the fight against COVID and part of that is making vaccines available,” Wilson said.

In addition to the mass vaccination site at Cardinal Stadium, UofL Health has been setting up vaccine clinics in neighborhoods where people have had a more difficult time reaching the larger vaccination sites.

On Saturday, they were back out at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in the Russell neighborhood giving the second round of doses to more than 2,000 people.

“Next Saturday in this same community we will be at Central High School. We will be working with the Divine Nine and the Central High School Students,” Wilson said.

Health officials are encouraging those who haven’t been vaccinated to make it a priority.

“This is a marathon we’re in. We’re in about the 23rd mile of the marathon and we can’t quit. We need to continue to push on and finish the race,” Burns said.

UofL Health will administer vaccinations Saturday, April 24 at Central High School Magnet Career Academy located at 1130 W. Chestnut Street Louisville, KY 40203.

This vaccination clinic is a special and unique partnership between UofL Health, Central High School Magnet Career Academy Medical Magnet, JCPS, the Divine 9, and the NAACP.

If you would like to register, click here.

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