Louisville moves back into ‘red zone’ for COVID-19 transmission
Thank you, Mr. Mayor. Or um, we’re having me on today. Um, and as you mentioned, you know, we’ve got some really unfortunate news. Uh, we are at a high alert. We’re we have now reached that critical red, high incidence level of disease transmission in our community. Um, as you can see our cases, we added, um, you know, we’re at 80 over 87,000 cases in metro Louisville. We added 1900 and 16 cases last week. That is the highest one week gain since February when the vaccines were just newly available and very limited within the community. And unfortunately we had 10 additional people die as a result of covid. And um, you know, we’re at a point where, no, we should not be experiencing any fatalities on this. Our hospitalizations have increased to currently, 169 people reported in Louisville metro hospitals. That’s up from 123 just last week, Our patients in the icu is up from 37 to 47. And we we we’ve grown from 17 people on ventilators. Um from COVID to 25. So certainly very concerning news for us and for the community. Um And so this is our increase in cases. And you can see this is what we do not want to see is the steep curve on our data. And just so everyone knows this data is readily available on little ky dot gov website. So, and fortunately the our deaths are still relatively flat, so it’s not a steep increase. But given the number of hospitalizations and ICU patients and ventilators, this is very concerning for us. Um I guess some good news is that our vaccination rates have increased. If you see um this blue line here that does indicate uh Residents receiving the first dose. So we did have over 7500 people receive a first dose last week. So that is promising given how flat that had been for the previous weeks. Um but we still have a lot of people that we need to get vaccinated is um we look at our map for the county. Um We have a lot of disparity in people who are vaccinated when we look at the different areas of our county. So that um we look at our vaccination rates of over 60% to 0 to 30. So currently for Louisville Metro, we’ve got uh a little over 58% of our residents have received their first dose. Um 445,631. Um and we have 50 .5% of our residents that are fully vaccinated. So um again, a lot of work and here are the graphs showing our hospitalizations and patients in ICU. Again, things that we do not want to see are these steep increases and and also with ventilators. So I’m going to scroll down a little bit. Um And we talk about who is who are the people that are reporting positive and suffering right now. The largest number continues to be those 20 to 44 year olds, they are leaving in our positive cases, whereas r 02, 19 and 45 to 64 are close. Um pretty much tied. Um And the second highest group reporting positive. And we’re also even seeing an increase in our 65 plus. And and this is the most vaccinated portion of our population. Mhm. I’m going to stop sharing this screen quickly. Um so just to give a little bit of information about where people are likely to have been the 14 days prior to being positive. So these are the areas that they were likely exposed, 91% of it. We’ve got a lot of travel cases. So in, in 91% of cavalry travel cases are those within the U. S. And some people are traveling within the state of Kentucky. Um, We’re having a lot of people have been to events, um, like birthday parties, baby showers, sporting events and practices come up a lot in our conversations with our disease investigators, summer camps, school events, concerts, festivals, um, church activities. Um, and then just general family and friends. So I know, you know, we went for a long time without seeing people, but we are at a point now that we need to decrease those activities and be sure that we’re being very safe at those. Um, again, you know, wearing our masks, being sure that were vaccinated. Uh, there are um, the travel, you know, as far as once people became positive, if we look at the areas where they were most likely exposing others before they realized they were positive, they were still traveling, attending those events, running errands, going to work um and whether that was in retail, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, um just basically across all of our work environments and also, you know, childcare and school events, even though school is not yet open, there’s a lot going on within our schools. So um, well, you know, as a community, everybody earlier on was just doing a fantastic job of limiting those activities, limiting the the infection to our friends and families and coworkers. And we’ve got to revert back to that adopting those basic guidelines for mask wearing, social distancing and vaccinations. Vaccinations are readily available. If for some reason someone is not willing or they have questions or concerns. Please reach out to us. We can connect you with you know, a medical expert or anyone or seek out your personal physician to um to answer your questions because we want you to feel safe and reassured and knowing that the vaccine is the right thing for you. So you’re welcome to contact us. We will connect you to those people or again, you know, speak with your personal physician um you know, and we’re approaching unfortunately those levels of case counts and hospitalizations that we were at our peak. So that’s um certainly very concerning that delta virus variant being highly contagious and transmissible. So we just got to continue that work. This is not over in curbing the spread of the disease. Last week, Dr Burns explained how the delta variant is an example of a virus essentially becoming smarter and finding ways to replicate, mutate and infect as many people as possible. So, and we’re seeing that in the test results um and the hospitalizations and other cases. So that’s just why it’s so critically important for people to be fully vaccinated, like you would say merry fisher. Um and then also that’s why the CDC and there’s all the guidance as far as mask wearing indoors, especially for students 12 K through 12, um particularly for those students that are not able to to be vaccinated. We we need to protect them and their families. So again, we’re asking people to to wear the mask in public indoor settings. Um Any time you’re around people that are not in your immediate household um go back to that six ft of spacing for social distancing, avoid large crowds, particularly indoors and wash and sanitize um as much as possible. So, um you know, be very careful why traveling. You may want to check the rates. Um in area currently right now in Kentucky, there are only 16 of our counties that are not in the red and those others are quickly approaching. Um and then I know we’ll share this some information the track. But I always want to give our vaccine hotline number and that’s 5029128598. Please reach out to that number again. If you have any questions um if you want to know where the vaccine is close to you, um if you need to get um we can help with travel transportation to get vaccinated. Um And if if you’re wanting to host a vaccine event or host a medical expert or other expert to help you to help you and your friends decide that now is the time to get vaccinated. So that’s it for me, I’ll be available for any questions that anyone would have
Louisville moves back into ‘red zone’ for COVID-19 transmission
Louisville, like much of Kentucky, is back in the “red zone” for COVID-19 transmission.Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer hosted health officials for his regular Tuesday COVID-19 news conference, and started by announcing that Jefferson County had turned red once again.”We are at a high alert,” Connie Mendel, the assistant director of Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, said.And according to Fischer, “it was completely avoidable” with the availability of vaccines.Mendel broke down the latest figures. Louisville’s total case count is up to 87,388, and more than 1,900 of those were just last week — the highest one week gain since February, when the vaccine was just becoming available, but were still very limited.Hospitalizations have increased by 46 in the last week, Mendel said, from 123 to 169. Also, 10 more people in the ICU. The fortunate news, Mendel says the death rate has remained relatively flat, but she fears a change considering the rise in hospitalizations.While the vaccine rate had also been flat in weeks prior, Mendel did say there was a bump of 7,500 people in Louisville receiving a first dose last week.
Louisville, like much of Kentucky, is back in the “red zone” for COVID-19 transmission.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer hosted health officials for his regular Tuesday COVID-19 news conference, and started by announcing that Jefferson County had turned red once again.
“We are at a high alert,” Connie Mendel, the assistant director of Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, said.
And according to Fischer, “it was completely avoidable” with the availability of vaccines.
Mendel broke down the latest figures. Louisville’s total case count is up to 87,388, and more than 1,900 of those were just last week — the highest one week gain since February, when the vaccine was just becoming available, but were still very limited.
Hospitalizations have increased by 46 in the last week, Mendel said, from 123 to 169. Also, 10 more people in the ICU.
The fortunate news, Mendel says the death rate has remained relatively flat, but she fears a change considering the rise in hospitalizations.
While the vaccine rate had also been flat in weeks prior, Mendel did say there was a bump of 7,500 people in Louisville receiving a first dose last week.