Heads to the bars? Louisville mayor threatens action if people don’t follow rules this weekend
all right. Good afternoon, everybody. I’m great for sure. The mayor of Louisville here to talk about what’s going on with Kovar 19. Obviously, we’re seeing a resurgence in our cases, so it’s important that everybody understands what’s going on and what you could do about it to stem the flow of this pandemic. Uh, we’re obviously seeing a record number of cases nationwide in terms of positives. We’re seeing spikes here in Kentucky as well. Some of the states with south and southwest of us, or just really out of control. Florida, Arizona, some parts of Texas on. We got do everything we can to make sure that does not visit our well. Actions were being taken yesterday. The governor reduced the number of people allowed in private gatherings from 50 back to 10 and instructed people to quarantine if they’re coming back to Kentucky from states with high, positively right, so fortunate. This is some of the states from people going to vacations. I completely support these moves. Look, we’re way past the point of denying that this virus is out there. Some hopes, obviously cannot be messed around with, and it is rampaging about many parts of our country right now. I am announcing today that I’ve signed an executive order extending state of emergency in our city at first sign that are in March and that had been set to expire on July 31st. And I hope circumstances might allow us to get that to expire, But clearly they have got So I’m extending a state of emergency through almost 31st related to this endemic and that allows Metro Government additional flexibility in our operations so we can respond as quickly as possible the challenges presented by the cove in 19 virus here in our city, which there are many. This extension does not change the status of metro parks and other city city facilities. That remains as is status quo. For now, though, we may revisit that, uh, depending on cases rise or fall in the next few weeks. Of course, further action by the governor of any state wide actions take. So we’re extending the state of emergency related covert out to August. Very first, we’re just at a point where hopefully everybody understands what they could really certainly online is we have to do all we can, and that means each and every one of us, regardless of what your age, this practice, it prices has to be taken seriously. That means we have to adjust our behavior. But we’re gonna see more suffering and more. Guess that’s the bottom line or job losses, more business, closing door forever. But we can control that way. We all agree these numbers escalating or not acceptable our community. But then when we say that and then we have to say, OK, what is it that I can do? And And the thing is, we know what we There are successful models out there and we can control this. You get a really good job compared to other cities and states at the beginning of this virus in March and then all the way up through, maybe in the last week or two, I was like two or three weeks, man. Thanks started opening up more. It seems like people said okay and viruses gone Irises, not not this name. It’s given us a big for context in this last week that its 660 confirmed positive cases here and contrast that to South Korea is a country. Their population is 50 million. Our 660 confirmed in our population of about 775. House is more than they had in their entire country of 50. So in time, Ron and New Zealand in other countries around the world and manage this virus problem, life looks like normal like it used to be. He was a couple images from these countries, people getting together at sporting events and they’re sitting and they’re cheering together. And remember, what a nightmare. New York waas a couple months ago, Uh, they’ve got it under control, so they flatten the curve and they’re moving cool. So folks in these places can beat back Corwin 19. We definitely can’t as well, and we’re not anywhere near what’s going on the south and southwest of us. But we’re just purpose of this communication, and others is making sure we’re doing everything we possibly can. So we’re not that way. We know what to do is a city government were doing that we’re testing or contact tracing. Those efforts continue to ramp up and again, we know what to do is individual’s right, and I can repeat it after social distancing, washing and staying on wearing a mask. It’s the basics. There’s nothing really complicated about this the virus trance church, from person to person. So the more we put barriers in place or don’t go out irisin gonna transfer. So please remember to do that, because if we all stick together on this, we all met. And of course, you never know who the next victim of this is going to be. So wait, We turn around. These cases is sticking together with the citywide plan. As I go out to grocery store, I do see pretty good mask compliance. 85 90%. Let’s get to 100%. It just takes one super spreader. Somebody’s got the virus, Really, in fact, lots of months people. So let’s keep moving forward under what we know would be. So let’s take a look at today’s data. As of today, we’re are 131st day of monitoring fires. As of today, we’ve had 5331 couple, 19 cases level. Her 40 knows their new total 231 disease deceased, thankfully, none since yesterday. So that’s good news. Our positivity rate is about 6.83% and let’s remember that these numbers don’t represent everybody, cause there’s more people after they have been shown on here. Of the 70,070 tested 37 21 recovered in 81 nearly. We also know that Kobe, 19 has hit our communities of color disproportional manner on our deceased. 66% like 27% black, 4% Asian are black. Population is part of the total Louisville and around 20 to 23%. So you can see a disproportionality of slight just disproportionality with are black are Hispanic Latino community. It’s interesting. 16% of confirmed cases, but only 3% of our deaths. Okay, Terms are first responders by an update knows overall, 69 Louisville first responders and tested positive since the crisis began. And today 62 of them are back at work and the rest of recovering at home. Metro corrections. Oftentimes a hot spot for jails. 2112 inmates have been tested since the outbreak began. We’ve seen 2800. That’s out of that. So that’s good again. Uh, okay. You have the power to change this. Answers? Yes. Okay. What’s the number? One thing stay home. So it’s the distance where I’m at. That’s in my mind how you showed love and respect people in your life, in the people we share this wonderful city. And here’s a video from our Metro TV team that illustrates what I’m talking about. So let’s There’s so much to love about Louisville in the people who live here for a city to stay healthy, we all need to do our parts. I worry a mass to protect you and dumb, and you wear a mask to protect me and us. Let’s all wear masks to stop the spread of Corona virus and help save lives. When you wear a mask, you show that you care about our city and it’s beautiful. Residents show your love for Louisville. Show your love for all of us. Please. Where, Matt, Those guys are sanitation workers and professionals. They pick up our garbage, so least we can do is show respect for them through they got stepped out. Where in your mask, right? Uh, now wouldn’t think about it. Where to wear your mask. It’s especially important any kind of social gathering, because what we’re seeing is that a lot of the community spread. The spread of the virus that’s going on can be traced to social gathering, particularly among younger adults. There’s been a surge in cases among people ages 20 to 44 1 place who know the virus is spreading its in Barb’s. We’ve seen that here in our city, and we’ve seen a big time down in Texas or so be careful. Bars were allowed to reopen under the governor’s healthy work plan under such strict guidelines, but not advice following those guidelines. So we’re seeing people not wearing masks any close together, pulling cables together. And that’s just not smart. That’s when the Florida, Texas and California to re close and Michigan more than 100 probate 19 faces were traced to a single restaurant. So we will take that action here if we don’t see better compliance here this coming weekend as our health inspectors roundabout. So please, who are bar owners everything you can to make sure that you’re following protocols put in place by the governor, and if everybody does that, we’re in good shape for patrons. If you’re outside of the bar waiting to get in where your mask, if you’re distancing. This is where we’re seeing that you have a problem that in family gatherings, getting together, traveling, bringing but being the virus back with spreading it. So just need people to be smart. And because this, everywhere during this pandemic and including places where you might move, relax especially that a virus done virus does not relax. More on why? So we get you all right with that? Let’s turn it over to Serra Moyer. She’s our director of public health and wellness chief L strategist, well known in the city doctor. More taken away. Thanks, Mayor. Well, like you mentioned, we are here today and added this extra press briefing because cases are significantly increasing and hospitalization numbers are starting to increase. A swell on this is because the virus doesn’t move, people move and people are moving out lot more. Now in Louisville, we look at the data. People in Louisville are almost moving as much is back in March. So in order to reverse these trends again, you need to slow down and reduce. The number of people were all coming in contact with. So the governor reduced the number of people who could gather from 50 to 10. And he and Dr Sacco also recommending that anyone who has traveled to a hot spot stay quarantine for 14 days. So what does that mean? It’s the same thing you need to do. Is you came in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Kobe that’s staying inside your home? No going to work, no going out for anything, even groceries. The only exception is going out for medical care or calling 911 for an emergency. Do not have visitors or family over you. Did you check in your fever twice daily and keep a record? If you experience any symptoms, call your medical provider immediately immediately to get tested and to repeat the symptoms. Looking looking for are fever over 100 respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, headache. And there’s many others that are listed on our website on the CBC’s Lipsyte. Even if you get tested and it’s negative, you need still need to wait the 14 days testing the point in time tests, and there’s a good chance you just got tested juicing so some of these hot spot areas include Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Mississippi and quarter Rico. There are so many excellent places to vacation in Kentucky, so I guess that help us support our local economy and speak it. Spend your vacation dollars right here at home. But when you visit those wonderful places in Kentucky, it’s still need to wash your hands where your mask and limit your contact. Now, when a shift gears a little bit and answer some questions which my team has been getting, so where all these new cases coming from, the answer goes back to reopening and the more people were in contact with. So some of the biggest contributions are related to travel to hot spot areas. Indoor social gatherings like bars and House Party is workplaces in camps in sports. Um, and then, when a family member gets a case, it’s been infecting households. There’s no evidence that the rise in cases so far has been a result of protests. So if you travel, stay home for 14 days, um, avoid social interactions like indoor bars and indoor house parties and make sure your workplace is following the healthy at work guidelines. And if they’re not. Please call 311 to report, and our health department employees will help them come and complain. If someone in your house has symptoms, please make sure they’re isil eating away from others in your home and tell their test results come back. If it’s positive, you need to keep doing that for 10 days. Question two. What should I do if I’ve been exposed? So the safest advice is to stay home and self isolate for 14 days. Monitor yourself for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, call your provider to get a test and you can call the Kobe 19 hotline at any time. If you have questions at 1 807 2257 to 5 or your health care provider. Question three. What should I do? I wait for my results. Stay home and self isolate Why you wait. If you thought your at risk enough to get tested or have symptoms, we don’t want you exposing others. In our community. People are most infectious in those first few days that they have symptoms, and so that time period while you wait for your test result is the most important time to be staying home while you’re bored at home. Start making a list of anyone you were in contact with in the 48 hours before you started to have symptoms. If any of them were within six feet of you for 10 minutes or more, they’re considered a high risk exposure. If you’re test, result comes back positive. These are the people are contact tracing team will help you identify to stay home. Last question. Question for I tested positive wise it taking so long for me to get a call so often our labs contact you before they report that lap to us. They may wait until the end of the day or send this results in a batch, often by fax, which we then have to enter into the system manually. We’re also seeing more people getting screening tests done in the city. Use air the inner body or an urgent test and expect a call from the Health Department. We only call if you have a positive PCR test, which is that nasal swab test. I’m your physician who did the antibody or indigent test need to send in the paperwork to show that you have had symptoms in order for us to call about those screening tests. So we know you’re anxious, and we are working very hard to make your weight at home short as possible. But in the meantime, make sure you’re staying at home away from others and call your doctor for advice. You can also get started on calling your contacts who are exposed. Call anyone on your list who was exposed and notify them that you tested positive positive. Asked him to self isolate and monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days. Remember, we’re in this together. The pandemic has shown how everyone’s help depends on cooperation. The choices we make today will determine what we can do next month. So please keep wearing a mask. Wash your hands to limit your contact with others. And if you test positive or think you may have symptoms, Please stay home. Thanks there. Thank you, Dr Moore. Appreciate that. So for any of our media friends of, uh, like, mature questions in the chat do that, maybe we’ll get to the current virus questions first, I’ll address one of it relates to protest. Um, we’re getting a question in here from way three are you aware of that? If they see group claiming to come a little on Saturday, what’s the city doing? Prepare for possible with this? Yes. We’re obviously fully aware of that. Ellen PV is in touch with the protest group. I understand what your goals are. Some mixture that the ingredients a peaceful protest, you know, have all the plans in place to do that. They could be counter professed as well. So no, this is unusual. So Well, apparently wasn’t theirs. All right, let’s get into the cool of questions. Doctor. Lawyer you want, You just want to kind of go through them. You want me to read them to you? Yes, I’ll read him. So everybody knows what they are here. But we’ll start off with, uh, what would see Laura Ellis. Governments year says everyone should regularly get tested. Is that truthful, Louisville, or should we be saving past for people symptoms to be havin that test to meet so tough questions right now? I mean, that was true. He get test results back in 24 hours. And we didn’t have very many people of symptoms now because of hot spots areas across the country, a lot of those big national labs that our community screening sites were using or taking 7 to 10 days to turn around. So that point there’s not really a point. We getting tested, Um, and plus the diagnostic tests. That PCR nasal swab test is best when you have symptoms. So talk to your physician about the best way to get tested. Sometimes those an urgent tests are good. Waiting for screening otherwise, right now, definitely get tested, be of symptoms. Um, and if you’re at another high plate, high risk scenario like a nursing home or are corrections facility, we have plans in place to help them with general screening testing, market screen asked, What’s the current seven day average positivity rate? And how does that compare with same rate when we could go into Mexico’s? You know that data handy? I believe it’s Grace on to answer the questions about positivity rate. Great. Similar. All of you in the house. I am trying to get on. Can you all see me and hear me? We know you are your Grace. Hello, everyone. Um, so, as we have stated before, we shared our public facing dashboard. We use the best available data, Teoh inform the public and make decisions. That said, What we have are cumulative confirmed cases and we have a cumulative total test administered. The only way to accurately get, uh, the seven day average positivity rate would be in back to no of the batch of tests administered. How many of those came back? Positive. We do not have that data available to us, and that’s why we provide the cumulative rate. And you wanna explain why we don’t have the data? Um, the systems that collect the data, uh, just don’t parse it that way. So the best we can do currently is to be able to provide cumulative, which at this point again, given the limitations around the data, is less than 7% in the center. You want talk about the problem with getting all of the tests a word because it’s next question. Being appear, says experts on sending municipality deposits will be rates over 5% considered rolling back the opening plans to get the virus on your control. Why haven’t you considered for the role lacks and positive able to consume? So I want talk about were consistent in what were our reporting, did not getting all of the test. And his minister, Really? I understand the true positive elaborate on that. Sure, I’m again to calculate positivity rate you take come the confirmed case count you divided by the number of tests administered in our case, we know the confirmed case count, but we don’t have a complete number of the toll tests administered. There’s very settings that aren’t reporting into the state in a timely fashion, which just creates challenges for all of us. And that’s why we recommend that the public look at this number in terms of a trend and directionality and not necessarily as an absolute number. In fact, we strongly suspect, based on other information that, um, hospitals air telling us our overall community positive area is much lower than our our current Listen value never be just again. Be simplistic because we’re not getting all of the tests before you get the negatives back. So we’re not going to hold the negatives, correct? So, uh, important thing is that trend, if we see it in one, continue and we apologize that we don’t have the data, the data is not so that the trend obviously is. And that ties in with 5% question on whether or not we should consider going back the opening plans. You heard me talk about bars and bars. The two really feel better job this weekend. Governors rollback gatherings from 50 to 10 people. Eso trend is not reversed. You can expect further activity in Syria. Okay, lets see Dr More, You said hospitalizations are increasing. You have the data on hospital occupancy rates for coma patients in the current capacity of icy beds, and now, or embraced you. Great. I’ll let you take that one. First. I’ll add anything. So again, bear in mind that, uh, things such as hospitalization and hospital occupancy rates continue to fluctuate these air neural time numbers. But again, what we’re seeing right now from the hospital systems is that we have plenty of capacity, and we’re working on better ways of being able to communicate that to the public, you know, for for more transparency. But for the time being, be aware that we tracked this and that the there is adequate capacity, and you want to explain what they explain why we don’t have a date. This is we’re very frustrated with this as well. Well, I mean, part of it is way have a different reporting needs. So the I think it’s been well covered in in the national media that Health and Human Services, the department, Health and Human Services, has been having the hospital systems transition over to a new system for reporting their hospital data. And that’s impacting our ability to get access to it. In addition from, ah, daily perspective, as we noted, um, in particular on I see you on ventilators, when you have such low numbers, it’s easy to accidentally or inadvertently re identify people. We have an obligation to protect patient privacy. And so we’re working through Ah, these concerns with our partners knowledgeable systems. But then that event, Marcus Green nicely says respectfully data doesn’t help anyone understand anything. I’m not sure what you’re talking about their markets. That’s positivity. But he follows it up with Why can Kentucky and Indiana state level provide the information, history and positivity on hospitalization? But signally Louisville and again, the date is not organized that way. Um, it’s not categorized at the county level. It’s categorized at the state level. Wish that was not the case markets and get some individual hospital morning. It runs into the problem race talk that some we recognize. This is a problem We’re trying. Find the late in the health care protection laws like the activation more discreet, with more specifically every morning. Yes, a market said that Marcus had double the rate again. I think we’ve answered that markets since, like, since we’re only getting the positive results and not the negatives from everybody. That’s why that nominator is smaller neck calculation. That is the state Dana Bottleneck. Okay, um, and just emphasize, I think with that, like the hospitalization numbers are trending up slightly, there’s still plenty of capacity today, but that is just It’s just not a great sign that those are starting to trend up. I see. But are, um, have plenty of capacity today? Let’s see question last question. Here are cases of covert 19 at large warehouses, factories where employees work in close proximity to one another. Concern this time, And how is the city? No, I can answer that. So that’s not where a majority of our cases air coming from right now. That was a big issue when they were one of the only businesses open when the rest of us were on state home orders. We have protocols in place to be doing screening tests and ways for those employees to get tested, assumes they have symptoms and are working closely with all the factors in the city. So not a big cause of the increase in cases we’re currently having. Um, so you know, JBs Swift early on in the challenge for us, you might just want talk about them that we range. Protesting a family community clinic was at black away since an example. We addressing these issues? Yeah. So we’ve got testing plans in place for all of the factory ship. Yes, as an example, you did testing with their employees. And now they’ve got a contract in place with the local health care provider to continue that on ongoing basis. So, um, monitoring it closely, but not a amount of cause of the recent increase in cases. My folks, that is all of the questions on their big take away. The trend is not our friend right now in terms of awkward moving with the trend. So please, let’s just communicate in the media about the basics and everybody could do keeping safe with grass. Consistency was staying home, washing their hands. So seeing other places if this under control, our big question is, when are we gonna flatten out? You don’t know that. I’m speaking from the stilling increasing like we are right now. So we know what to do. Let’s do it. Thanks for joining us today.
Heads to the bars? Louisville mayor threatens action if people don’t follow rules this weekend
Going to a bar in Louisville this weekend?Mayor Greg Fischer is warning owners and patrons to follow the rules or he’ll have to “take action.”In a coronavirus update earlier this week, Fischer spent time talking about how bar-going has contributed to the spread.He said, like many others have, that much community spread of COVID-19 has been traced to social gatherings, particularly with people ages 20-44. “One place we know it is spreading is bars,” he said.While bars were allowed to reopen under Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s plans, they included strict guidelines. But Beshear also warned that a total bar closure could be on the table if people don’t start getting more strict. He noted that Eric Friedlander, secretary of the state’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services, was in Louisville last weekend and was “very, very concerned” about what he saw at bars on Bardstown Road.Baxter’s 942 Bar & Grill, in the heart of the Highlands, decided to close temporarily to “do its part in stopping the spread of the virus.”Beshear said the White House suggested bar closures in its guidelines to stop the spread, but said Kentucky wouldn’t be taking that step just yet.Fischer, however, alluded to that being an option soon in Louisville if health inspectors don’t see improvements this weekend.He has seen people not wearing masks, standing close together, pulling tables together, etc.Fischer asked bar owners to comply with Beshear’s protocols, and for patrons to keep their distance, and wear masks when they can’t.As of now, bars and restaurants can only operate at 50% capacity.Read more about the guidelines here.Bars have already closed again in states such as Florida, Texas and California.
Going to a bar in Louisville this weekend?
Mayor Greg Fischer is warning owners and patrons to follow the rules or he’ll have to “take action.”
In a coronavirus update earlier this week, Fischer spent time talking about how bar-going has contributed to the spread.
He said, like many others have, that much community spread of COVID-19 has been traced to social gatherings, particularly with people ages 20-44.
“One place we know it is spreading is bars,” he said.
While bars were allowed to reopen under Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s plans, they included strict guidelines. But Beshear also warned that a total bar closure could be on the table if people don’t start getting more strict.
He noted that Eric Friedlander, secretary of the state’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services, was in Louisville last weekend and was “very, very concerned” about what he saw at bars on Bardstown Road.
Baxter’s 942 Bar & Grill, in the heart of the Highlands, decided to close temporarily to “do its part in stopping the spread of the virus.”
Beshear said the White House suggested bar closures in its guidelines to stop the spread, but said Kentucky wouldn’t be taking that step just yet.
Fischer, however, alluded to that being an option soon in Louisville if health inspectors don’t see improvements this weekend.
He has seen people not wearing masks, standing close together, pulling tables together, etc.
Fischer asked bar owners to comply with Beshear’s protocols, and for patrons to keep their distance, and wear masks when they can’t.
As of now, bars and restaurants can only operate at 50% capacity.
Bars have already closed again in states such as Florida, Texas and California.