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May 04, 2020

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Cases: 1,412 total, 2 new

Deaths: 98, 0 new

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Latest Updates

May 1, 2020

Mayor Fischer encourages Louisville to celebrate the spirit of the Kentucky Derby safely at home on Saturday

Mayor Greg Fischer today encouraged all Louisvillians to celebrate the enduring spirit of the Kentucky Derby as we all continue to stay home and practice safe social distancing during what would have been the 146th running of the storied race. LEARN MORE.

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 30, 2020

Mayor Fischer and education leaders discuss the challenges of COVID-19 crisis

Mayor Greg Fischer today spoke with the leaders of Louisville’s two major public institutions of higher learning to get a status report on how they are managing the COVID-19 crisis. LEARN MORE.

Daily COVID-19 data

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 29, 2020

Mayor Fischer says expanded testing and contact tracing is key to city’s recovery from COVID-19 crisis

Mayor Greg Fischer today said the city must greatly strengthen its ability to test and quarantine people exposed to the COVID-19 virus before it can ease emergency restrictions and fully reopen the economy. The city has already begun a major effort to ramp up testing of the public, including the establishment of testing sites at Shawnee Park and the Bashford Manor Walmart. But the next step is increased contact tracing, in which authorities track down anyone who may have been exposed to a person with a positive test. LEARN MORE.

Daily COVID-19 data

Mayor reports strong response to 30-Day Upskilling Challenge

Local organizations donate much-needed personal protection equipment


 

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

 

April 28, 2020

Mayor Fischer says local hospitals are in good shape but urges continued vigilance against COVID-19

Mayor Greg Fischer and leaders of Louisville’s three major healthcare systems offered a cautiously upbeat assessment of the situation at our major hospitals as the battle continues against the COVID-19 outbreak. LEARN MORE.

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 27, 2020

Mayor sees signs of encouragement, urges patience toward gradual reopening of healthcare providers

Mayor Fischer today acknowledged that while the city is seeing the first steps toward the gradual reopening of the economy, he urged patience and reiterated his three-phase plan for resilient recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. LEARN MORE.

Facebook Live Q&A: "Lift Up Louisville"

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 25, 2020

Facebook Live Q&A: The Doctor Is In

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here. 

April 24, 2020

Mayor Fischer asks Louisvillian to help city ‘Build Back Better, Together’ after the COVID-19 crisis ends

Mayor Fischer today said that Louisville’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will require the entire community to come together and put a priority on extending opportunity and prosperity to every corner of the city. LEARN MORE.

 

Facebook Live Q&A: Save America's Cities

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 23, 2020

Citing expected revenue shortfall of $115 million for FY20/FY21, Mayor Fischer presents continuation budget and renews call for flexible federal relief

Because of a massive economic downturn caused by the impact of COVID-19 virus in the city, Louisville Metro Government (LMG) is projecting a $46 million revenue decline for the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30, and another shortfall of $69 million during the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. LEARN MORE. 

Traffic being restricted in Shawnee Park to accommodate new COVID-19 testing site

To accommodate a safe and secure mobile COVID-19 testing site, Shawnee Park will be closed to vehicle traffic starting tomorrow at 6 a.m., and pedestrian access will be restricted.

The Park will be open to pedestrians on weekends but closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. week days. Vehicles will not be allowed in the park at all during the duration of the testing effort, which begins with set up tomorrow and cleanup on through Saturday, May 9. Pedestrians will continue to have full access to nearby Chickasaw Park during the Shawnee Park restrictions. LEARN MORE.

Testing

The state of Kentucky and Kroger Health are establishing a mobile COVID-19 testing site in the park to provide up to 330 tests per day over the next two weeks.  Testing will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays starting Monday, April 27. The tests are available to the general public, but you must register at www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing to be screened and scheduled.

April 22, 2020

Mayor Fischer says continuing COVID-19 crisis severely impacts city’s fiscal outlook

Mayor Greg Fischer today reiterated the need for more direct federal aid to help Louisville navigate the uncertain times ahead and avoid drastic cuts to essential city services as the community combats the COVID-19 pandemic. State law requires the Mayor to present his proposed 2020-21 city budget to Louisville Metro Council tomorrow, but he said the continuing crisis changes the city’s fiscal outlook on a daily basis. The Mayor will present his proposed budget in a video address to Metro Council at 4 p.m. tomorrow. The next fiscal year begins on July 1. LEARN MORE.

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

Facebook Live Q&A: Mental health

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

The Governor also said drive-through testing in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) will be expanded with a significant focus on African-American communities. LEARN MORE.

April 21, 2020

Mayor Fischer applauds Louisville’s globalization efforts during COVID-19 crisis

Mayor Greg Fischer today said that Louisville’s commitment to globalization and international diversity continues despite the strains being placed on the community by the COVID-19 outbreak and the economic disruption it has caused.

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 20, 2020

Mayor Fischer says direct federal aid to cities is critical to maintaining essential services amid COVID-19 outbreak

Mayor Greg Fischer today urged Congress and the White House to send more help to American cities struggling to maintain essential city services while battling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. LEARN MORE.

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 19, 2020

Mayor Fischer tells nation: Cities face cuts to critical services without aid from the federal government

Mayor Greg Fischer spoke on MSNBC today about the need for the federal government to provide direct, flexible support to local and state governments on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 virus. Although the federal government has earmarked funding to reimburse cities for costs incurred in the fight against the virus, that money cannot be used for general operating expenses, at a time when cities across the country, including Louisville, are seeing significant losses of revenue as a result of a steep downturn in the economy. LEARN MORE.

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 18, 2020

Facebook Live Q&A: Doctor Is In

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 17, 2020

City to temporarily furlough 380 employees due to severe impact on budget from COVID-19 outbreak

Mayor Greg Fischer today said that Louisville Metro Government is temporarily furloughing 380 employees due to the unprecedented economic impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on the local economy and the city budget.  The employees work for the Louisville Free Public Library or serve as school crossing guards, jobs that have been largely idled with the closure of libraries and schools to slow the spread of the virus in the community. They will not lose their status as Metro employees and will retain their current benefits but will be able to apply for state and federal unemployment insurance. LEARN MORE.

Facebook Live Q&A: Long-term care facilities

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 16, 2020

Mayor Fischer announces ambitious partnership to ramp up COVID-19 testing for frontline healthcare workers

Mayor Greg Fischer said today that a new initiative to test frontline healthcare workers for COVID-19 will provide crucial data to guide city leaders as they determine when it will be safe to begin easing restrictions and strategically reopening the local economy. LEARN MORE.

Facebook Live Q&A: Fund for the Arts

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 15, 2020

Mayor Fischer sees signs of hope, but stresses patience, vigilance in battle against COVID-19

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Mayor Greg Fischer today discussed the impact that COVID-19 is having on Louisville including a ZIP code by ZIP code look at the spread of the virus, as well as its racial breakdown in the community. He also stressed patience and vigilance in the battle against COVID-19, while outlining a preliminary three-phase plan for resilient recovery from this crisis. LEARN MORE.



 

Facebook Live Q&A: The Doctors Are In

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 14, 2020

Mayor Fischer orders flags to be flown at half-staff at all Metro buildings to honor those we’ve lost to COVID-19

Mayor Greg Fischer today ordered flags at all Louisville Metro Government buildings lowered to half-staff in honor of the 48 members of the community who have died from the COVID-19 virus.

Facebook Live Q&A: Superitendent Dr. Marty Pollio

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 13, 2020

Mayor Fischer announces new effort to teach data skills to Louisvillians impacted by COVID-19 outbreak

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a new effort to expand the number of qualified tech workers in Louisville while helping those impacted by the COVID-19 economic disruptions. The program, launched by the Future of Work Initiative powered by Microsoft, encourages residents to access free, self-paced online data skills training. The launch of the catalogue of free resources is part of a broader effort to help Louisville assert itself as a hub for the emerging data economy. LEARN MORE.

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 12, 2020

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here. 

April 11, 2020

Mayor Fischer, UofL announce innovative new tool for the conservation and reuse of vital N95 masks

Mayor Greg Fischer today highlighted a new program at the University of Louisville aimed at alleviating the N95 respirator shortage amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mayor was joined on his daily briefing by Dr. Leslie C. Sherwood, Assistant Vice President for Research Services at the University of Louisville, who explained that through its N95 Decontamination Program, U of L will decontaminate and sterilize used respirators through a Centers for Disease Control-approved and Food and Drug Administration-authorized process using vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP). LEARN MORE.

Facebook Q&A with Dr. Jon Klein

 

April 10, 2020

Mayor Fischer urges Louisville to keep the faith, but keep it close to home on Easter and Passover

Mayor Greg Fischer today again urged Louisvillians to continue staying home and avoid the temptation to gather together for Easter and Passover this weekend.

“For so many of us who’ve grown up in the Christian tradition, this is one of the holiest times of the year – a time of celebration, renewal and family gatherings and worshipping together,” the Mayor said. “And that’s true for me and my family as well. And that’s why it hurts me to say again that, in order to save lives, we must not gather for Easter this year. Not in groups in our homes. Not in public spaces. And we can’t gather in our houses of worship, either.” LEARN MORE.

Facebook Live Q&A: Family violence

April 9, 2020

Mayor Fischer says city is working with state to protect vulnerable nursing home residents from COVID-19

Mayor Greg Fischer today said that Louisville Metro officials are working closely with the state of Kentucky to enforce safeguards to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Louisville nursing homes and retirement communities. LEARN MORE.

Facebook Live Q&A: Fair and affordable housing

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

 

April 8, 2020

Mayor Fischer prohibiting motor vehicles in some Metro parks to give more room to walkers, runners, and cyclists

Mayor Greg Fischer today said the city is banning motor vehicles from the loop roads in Iroquois, Cherokee, and Chickasaw parks effective at 7 a.m. Thursday. The parks will remain open and accessible to walkers, runners, and bicyclists who want to get fresh air and exercise during the COVID-19 shutdown of most other public spaces in Louisville. Golf courses will also continue to operate.

Facebook Live Q&A with faith leaders

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

 

April 7, 2020

Mayor Fischer thanks Louisville faith community for its support during COVID-19 outbreak

Mayor Greg Fischer today thanked local faith leaders who have canceled religious services during the COVID-19 outbreak and urged them to keep complying with the need for social distancing during Holy Week.

Although there has been widespread support for canceling religious services in Louisville, some churches in Kentucky have continued to hold traditional services and “drive-thru” services in which congregants stay in their vehicles. Neither practice is considered safe social distancing in a dense urban setting, which health experts say is the best way to slow the spread of the virus.

“I am reluctantly, but emphatically, asking our faith leaders not to hold in-person or drive-thru services this weekend,” Mayor Fischer said. “I’m imploring people of faith to keep the faith in the work we’ve done these last few weeks – the faith in the value of staying home, practicing social distancing and worshipping at home so we can save lives. So that as soon as possible we can come out of our houses and safely gather to worship together again. That day is coming. And the more disciplined we are now, the sooner it will get here.” LEARN MORE.

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 6, 2020

Mayor Fischer announces One Louisville: COVID-19 Response grants for 15 more local non-profit groups

Mayor Greg Fischer today expressed gratitude to the many donors who have given more than $8 million to the One Louisville: COVID-19 Respond fund in less than a month since it was launched. Last week, Mayor Fischer announced the first round of local non-profit groups that have received assistance from the fund, and today he listed another 15. The grants are being targeted to organizations that help the city’s most vulnerable residents and are providing critical support during the pandemic. LEARN MORE

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 5, 2020

Mayor, faith leaders spread message to stay home, social distance as spring religious season begins

Mayor Greg Fischer today applauded faith leaders who have joined in fighting the spread of COVID-19 by moving religious services online and thanked them for their partnership. LEARN MORE.

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 4, 2020

Mayor announces latest numbers

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 3, 2020

Mayor Fischer urges Louisvillians to enjoy spring weather close to home and at a safe distance

Although data indicates many Louisvillians are staying home and avoiding crowds, there have been persistent reports of groups gathering in parks, golfers sharing golf carts, and crowds participating in illegal street racing. LEARN MORE.

Facebook Live Q&A: Trauma & Recovery

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

April 2, 2020

Mayor Fischer says city is vigorously enforcing COVID-19 restrictions on local businesses

Mayor Greg Fischer today said that the city has received more than 1,100 complaints about businesses that aren’t complying with restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Although most of the Louisville community is doing the right thing by staying home and avoiding crowds, the Mayor said the city has been forced to take action against some establishments that aren’t getting the message. LEARN MORE.

Facebook Live Q&A: Louisville's health care system

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here. 

April 1, 2020

Mayor Fischer encourages Louisvillians to be prepared and sign up for Smart911

Mayor Greg Fischer today urged every Louisvillian to sign up for a free online tool that will inform first responders about important medical and family data and speed their ability to aid people in an emergency. The Smart911 service enables you to go online and input important information for police, fire, and EMS first responders to have at the ready when you call them. You can also download a Smart911 app to your smartphone. LEARN MORE and SIGN UP. 

Mayor's Facebook Live focuses on business

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

March 31, 2020

Mayor Fischer announces loan program to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 outbreak

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the creation of the Small Business Continuity Loan Program, a $900,000 fund that will provide zero-interest loans, with no payments for 12 months, to very small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Small businesses can receive up to $25,000 to cover immediate expenses.

The loan program is a partnership between Louisville Metro Government, LHOME, Render Capital, Greater Louisville Inc., and Lenderfit. Funds are still being raised for the program. LEARN MORE.

Public safety focus on Mayor's Facebook Live Q&A

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here. 

March 31, 2020

Mayor Fischer announces first wave of One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund grants

As donations continue to come into the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund, Mayor Fischer announced today that money is now flowing out to local non-profit groups that provide critical support to the community during the pandemic.

The One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund has identified 17 organizations for the first round of funding, covering missions ranging from food aid to housing assistance to domestic violence protection.

“These organizations are on the frontlines, helping our most vulnerable friends, neighbors, and family members weather the outbreak and the economic disruption it is causing,” Mayor Fischer said. “This is what a compassionate city does in a crisis. This is who we are. This is what we can do.” LEARN MORE.

Health Department revises “contact tracing” procedure

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in Louisville, health officials are now asking individuals diagnosed with the virus to inform their close contacts about the need to self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms.

When the first cases of COVID-19 surfaced here, health officials were performing what is known as “contact tracing” to track those people down and notify them, but are now relying on the individuals to do that when possible. LEARN MORE.

Mental health: We need to take care of ourselves and each other

In addition to therapists who are doing phone and tele-health consultations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has established a Disaster Distress Helpline for people who need mental health and emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tollfree number is 1-800-985-5990, or you can text TalkWithUs to 66746. LEARN MORE.

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

March 29, 2020

Mayor urges residents to save lives by staying home

Mayor Greg Fischer today again called on residents to stay home except for essential travel, and to avoid large gatherings and stay at least 6 feet apart when they must leave home.

“While many of us are making the smart, compassionate choice to follow social distancing, we’ve seen far too many people disregarding the orders issued by my office and by Governor Beshear to avoid gathering in large groups. Even if you don’t feel sick, you could still be infected with COVID-19; it only takes one person to infect 400 people over the course of a month,” Mayor Fischer said “It is our duty to help protect our family, our friends and our fellow residents.” LEARN MORE.

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily update here. 

March 28, 2020

Dr. Jon Klein joins Mayor Fischer for Facebook Q&A

 

March 27, 2020

Mayor Fischer says federal COVID-19 relief bill will help Louisville, but much more needs to be done for cities

Mayor Fischer said his administration is reviewing the 900-page legislation as quickly as it can to determine exactly what it means for Louisville. But it’s clear, he said, that while the relief package is good news for residents and businesses, Congress needs to do more to help Louisville and other cities. LEARN MORE.

 

Dr. Moyer's message

  • All of us need to understand that COVID-19 is throughout our community. There is community spread. We don’t need a test to tell us this.
  • If you are sick, whether you have been tested for COVID-19 or not, stay home.
  • And if you’ve had COVID-19 and recovered, you still need to stay home and practice social distancing because right now we don’t know if you can get it again
  • The best, most responsible thing you can do for yourself, your family, your community — is to STAY HOME if you’re sick.

Mental health experts offer advice for talking to kdis about the crisis

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

 

March 26, 2020

Mayor Fischer says Louisville is entering critical time as COVID-19 cases begin to increase

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Louisville jumped significantly this week, Mayor Greg Fischer stressed today that residents must take seriously the need to practice social distancing.

 “The more rapid increase is something we’ve known would happen, something we’ve been preparing for, and something we’ve been trying to prepare the community for,” the Mayor said. “As testing ramps up, we’ll find more cases, and that gives us a better handle on the size of the community spread in our city. And that will help us be more effective in slowing it down.” LEARN MORE.

Tips on food safety

Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of Public Health & Wellness and Chief Health Strategist, has provided some helpful tips to ensure food safety. “While currently there is no evidence that COVID19 is spread through food or food packaging, there are several steps we can take to promote health and safety," she said.

For takeout or delivery: 

  • Transfer the food to clean plates or storage containers, dispose of the original packaging.
  • While we don’t have any information about THIS novel coronavirus, studies have shown that other coronavirus species can be killed through microwaving. Consider warming the food in the microwave.
  • When shopping, leave reusable bags at home because germs can live longer on them.
  • In grocery stores: only touch the items you are going to buy, keep your distance from other shoppers and use a touchless pay system if possible.
  • Use hand sanitizer before getting into your car or entering your home.
  • If possible, leave your nonperishables outside your home, for example in your garage or a storage area, until you need them. This will give time for the virus to die on its own.
  • Some items have multiple layers of packaging. You can remove the outer packaging and dispose of it. For example, you can throw out a cereal box because the cereal is also inside a plastic bag.
  • You can also put items that come in plastic bags into clean containers.
  • Always wash fruits and vegetables before putting them away or eating them.
  • ALWAYS wash your hands before preparing or eating food. 

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

Mayor Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth Facebook Live Q & A


 

March 25, 2020

Dr. Moyer statement on social distancing:

Dr. Moyer urged young people to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 crises. “COVID-19 can affect anyone of any age,’” she said. “In Kentucky’s 157 confirmed cases, 33 are under the age of 35 and 21 are in their late teens and 20s.” “All of us, young and old, must work together to slow it’s spread,” she said. "We have been getting calls and complaints of teens and young adults playing soccer, volleyball or basketball in the parks and other places and complaints of coronavirus parties. This is not a game. This is the most serious public health crisis we have faced on our lifetimes.  While it might feel like a vacation today, Lives are at risk. Please take this seriously.” “Please STAY HOME and practice social distancing’” she said. Dr. Moyer concluded, “Working together, we will get through this. But we need everyone of every age. Please do your part. Lives are depending on it.”

Mayor Fischer says federal COVID-19 relief package will bring much-needed help to Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer said today that he was heartened by news that Congress and the White House appear to be moving forward on a bipartisan aid package that will bring much-needed help to Louisville and other cities challenged by the COVID-19 outbreak. LEARN MORE.

How to report establishments that won’t comply with COVID-19 shutdown

The Mayor continued to stress the need for Louisvillians to stay at home and practice strict social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Although essential businesses are staying open, such as groceries, pharmacies, and restaurants that provide takeout meals, some businesses have been defying the order to close or curtail their activities.

Residents who see establishments that refuse to comply can report violators in several ways:

Due to an increased volume of phone calls, city officials are asking residents to contact Metro311 via the web if possible. Your complaints will still be addressed, and your questions will be answered.

Dr. Jon Klein joins Mayor Fischer for Facebook Q&A

 

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

March 24, 2020

Mayor Fischer extends state of emergency to May 10, closes Metro Parks playgrounds and ballfields

Mayor Greg Fischer today extended to May 10 the state of emergency he enacted to help stop the COVID-19 outbreak in Louisville.

The parks will remain open to walkers, runners, and cyclists, and golfers can still play on the city’s 10 municipal courses, with some restrictions. The Mayor’ ordered that portable toilets in the parks be closed and removed. But crews will continue to clean the permanent restrooms that are open, pick up trash, and mow the grass. The campground at Jefferson Memorial Forest will also be closed. All dog parks where dogs are normally permitted to roam free without a lease are closed, but dogs on leashes are still permitted where allowed. LEARN MORE and SEE THE ORDER.

Mayor Fischer hosts Facebook Live Q&A on One Louisville

 

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

March 23, 2020

Mayor Fischer says compassionate Louisvillians are helping their neighbors amid challenging COVID-19 outbreak

As the community continues to be challenged by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Mayor Greg Fischer today lauded the many, many compassionate people who have opened up their wallets to help their neighbors. After less than a week, the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund has collected $5.6 million to help to people and organizations impacted by the unprecedented economic shutdown taking place. LEARN MORE.

 

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

March 22, 2020

Mayor Fischer announces extension of Louisville Metro occupational tax filing, payment deadlines

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the Louisville Metro Revenue Commission (LMRC) will extend the 2019 annual occupational license tax filing and payment deadline from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.The extension is for all taxpayers, including those who filed quarterly estimated deposits in 2019 and those who pay once a year. LMRC also has shifted the April 15, 2020 quarterly deposit deadline to May 15, 2020 for entities required to file a quarterly estimated payment. All other LMRC deadlines will remain in place. LEARN MORE

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

Mayor Fischer hosts Facebook Live Q&A with community

See Gov. Any Beshear's daily briefing here 

 

March 21, 2020

Mayor Fischer hosts Facebook Live Q&A with community

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

 

March 20, 2020

Mayor Fischer urges young people to be mindful of the dangers of COVID-19

Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Chief Health Strategist Dr. Sarah Moyer, who is leading the city’s battle against COVID-19, today warned that even young and healthy Louisvillians must take precautions against the COVID-19 virus. Although data suggests that the virus is not as deadly for young people, it can make them sick, sometimes requiring hospitalization, and they can spread the virus to other, more vulnerable people. LEARN MORE.

City acquiring protective gear for medical workers

The COVID-19 outbreak has strained the national supply of surgical masks, face shields, gowns, and other personal protective equipment (PPEs) used by medical workers, and Louisville is no exception. LEARN MORE.

See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here.

March 19, 2020

Mayor Fischer announces Lift Up Lou to raise spirits and keep residents connected during the COVID-19 outbreak

As the community comes together to fight the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Greg Fischer today stressed the need to keep our spirits up and stay connected, despite the “social distance” between us.

The Mayor announced the creation of Lift Up Lou, an effort joined by numerous local organizations and individuals to boost spirits, entertain, educate, and provide health and exercise options.

“During World War II, the USO was famous for giving weary soldiers a place to briefly get away and decompress,” the Mayor said. “Lift Up Lou will be Louisville’s way to keep our bodies healthy, our minds fed, and our connections strong during this challenging time.” LEARN MORE.

 

March 18, 2020

Mayor Fischer announces One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund

Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Louisville Metro Government, the Community Foundation of Louisville, Metro United Way and other community partners have created an emergency response fund to rapidly deploy resources to individuals and community-based organizations impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in our region.

The One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible funding resources for rental assistance, childcare assistance, transportation aid, food access, utility assistance, pharmaceutical needs and other support as determined, via $1,000 payments to eligible households. Funds will also be made available to community-based organizations that are being hit hard by the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and contribute here.

  • Order to Close Public Facing Buildings (PDF)
    • This is regrading closure of gyms, exercise facilities, theaters, entertainment, hospitality, community, sporting event and recreational facilities, spas, tattoo studios, piercing studios, tanning, nail, hair salons.
  • See Gov. Andy Beshear's daily briefing here. 


March 17, 2020

Metro Government announces changes to operations and facilities in response to COVID-19

Mayor's Facebook Live Q&A on COVID-19


 


New Mental and Behavioral Health Resources
This moment is a stressful one for many of us with so many changes taking place so rapidly; however, as the Governor continues to reiterate—we will get through this together.

Social distancing can be particularly tough for individuals with Substance Use Disorder, but thankfully we have many organizations who have stepped up to offer virtual options for individuals to connect to their community and continue on whatever healing pathway they have chosen. 

1.       In the Rooms: www.intherooms.com (virtual all recovery meetings, co-occurring mental health, NA, AA, OA, etc.)

2.       WEconnect & Unity Recovery:  unityrecovery.zoom.us/my/allrecovery (virtual all recovery meetings 7 days a week at 9 am , 12 pm, 3 pm, 9 pm EST)

3.       Alcoholics Anonymous: aa-intergroup.org (virtual 12-step recovery meetings)

4.       SMART Recovery:  www.smartrecovery.org/community (virtual SMART Recovery meetings)

5.       Young People in Recovery: https://facebook.com/events/s/ypr-virtual-all-recovery-meeti/1297048917351785/?ti=as (virtual meetings)

6.       Louisville Recovery Community Connection: https://linktr.ee/LRCC  (virtual “hangouts,” all recovery meetings, 12-step recovery meetings, recovery coaching appointments)

7.       Voices of Hope: https://linktr.ee/recoveronline (virtual all recovery meetings, 12-step recovery meetings, recovery coaching appointments)

8.       Unity Yoga/Unity Recovery: https://unityyoga.guru/coronavirus (virtual yoga classes)


March 16, 2020

Mayor's daily briefing:

Mayor's Facebook Live Q&A on businesses

 

 

 

Gov. Andy Beshear's Monday briefing can be viewed here.

 

March 15, 2020

Mayor Fischer in self-isolation and awaiting COVID-19 test results; provides regular update on city response to virus

Mayor Greg Fischer announced today during a regular update on Louisville’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak that he is in self isolation after being exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus.

“Although I have no symptoms, I was tested for the virus in consultation with the Metro Department of Health and Wellness,” said Mayor Fischer. “I do not yet have the results of that test. In the meantime, I have self-isolated, just as we’d ask anyone to do.

“Should the test come back positive, I’ll be working from home for the quarantine period, which begins with date of exposure, so that’s March 7.” Learn more.

 

Gov. Andy Beshear's Sunday briefing can be viewed here.

 

March 14, 2020

Mayor calls for temporary closures of libraries, community centers, Mary T. Meagher Aquatics Center and some Zoo attractions

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a temporary closure, effective immediately, of all 17 Louisville Free Public Library locations, 13 community centers,  the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center and some indoor Zoo attractions. Additionally, two historic homes operated by Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation– Historic Locust Grove and Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, will close for tours and programs. The grounds at both sites will remain open to the public. LEARN MORE.
 
Gov. Beshear's Saturday briefing can be viewed here. 
 
Mayor Fischer and Lori Caloia hosted a Facebook Live Q&A about COVID-19 and the city's response:

 
 
March 13, 2020
 
 
March 12, 2020

Gov. Andy Beshear's first briefing can be viewed here.

Gov. Beshear's second briefing can be viewed here. The Governor announced a second case in Jefferson County.

Mayor Fischer's briefing can be viewed here.

Mayor Greg Fischer today updated the media on the latest impact of COVID-19 in Louisville and announced new, stricter restrictions on events and public gatherings.

  • CASES: There are currently two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Louisville. The newest patient is in isolation; the city has no additional information on that person. The first patient, a 69-year-old male traveler who tested positive on Sunday, has been discharged from Norton Brownsboro Hospital and is finishing his isolation at home. LEARN MORE.
  • EVENTS: Effective immediately through April 5, the Mayor has ordered all events hosted or permitted by Louisville Metro Government or held in a Louisville Metro facility be postponed or canceled He added that the city is recommending that all other events in the city also be postponed or cancelled as well. LEARN MORE. 
 
 
March 11, 2020

Mayor Greg Fischer, Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW), and Dr. Marty Pollio, superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools, today updated the media on the latest impact of COVID-19 in Louisville. Topics included Metro Corrections, houses of worship, schools, and Louisville Metro HR steps. LEARN MORE. 

Public Health & Wellness has also updated its guidelines for congregate events, including a recommendation for cancellations. LEARN MORE.

Watch: Mayor's press briefing

 

March 10, 2020

Mayor Greg Fischer and officials today met with roughly 70 local stakeholders and external partners to outline the latest information on the city’s preparedness work related to COVID-19. He was joined by Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) and the city’s chief health strategist; Amy Hess, chief of public services; and representatives from Metro Council, Louisville Tourism, Muhammad Ali International Airport, JCPS, and local schools, businesses and non-profits. NEWS RELEASE.

March 9, 2020

Mayor's Office news release

Mayor Fischer's briefing.

"Unfortunately we knew it was just a matter of time before the virus came to our city," Mayor Greg Fischer said. "What is most important is for the city and our residents to take appropriate steps to keep all of us safe. For Louisville city government, our number one job is to protect the public, and we have been planning and preparing for COVID-19. We are grateful for the strong partnership with Governor Beshear and the state Public Health Department, and with that continued effort, our community will get through this."

March 8, 2020

On March 8, Governor Andy Beshear announced three additional people in Kentucky have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to four in the state. The latest cases are in Jefferson and Fayette counties with a second person diagnosed in Harrison County. All four patients are in isolation. Learn more.

March 7, 2020

Today Governor Beshear, officials from Harrison and Fayette Counties, and state and local health officials provided an update on Kentucky's first case of coronavirus.  You can watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/c/GovAndyBeshear

There is a new KY Coronavirus hotline number to call for answers to your questions 1-800-722-5725 (note this number is different from the number released on March 6)

Here is the Kentucky COVID-19 website: www.kycovid19.ky.gov

March 6, 2020

Today at 5:00pm Governor Andy Beshear announced Kentucky's first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in an individual in Lexington, KY.  

You can stay up to date on coronavirus, get the facts and what you can do, by visiting the Kentucky Department for Public Health COVID-19 website: www.kycovid19.ky.gov.

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What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

According to the CDC, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The first case of COVID-19 in the Kentucky was reported on March 6, 2020.

There is a lot of new information being updated regularly regarding COVID-19. Please understand that guidance can change frequently, particularly as global, national, regional, statewide and local situations change.  To get the most up-t0-date information go to cdc.gov and World Health Organization.

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Symptoms

You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

Seek medical advice if you

  • Develop symptoms

AND

Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

Call the Kentucky COVID19 hotline: 1-800-722-5725.

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Who is at risk?

Who's at risk for coronavirus?

  • People in communities where ongoing community spread of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) has been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 are also at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
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How can I prevent the spread of coronavirus?

Currently there isn’t a vaccine available for the prevention of coronavirus.  However, there are simple but powerful steps all of us can take every day to protect ourselves and others from illnesses like coronavirus and the flu:

  • STAY HOME and avoid unnecessary trips. 
  • Practice social distancing. This includes staying 6 feet apart from others when you must go out. Learn more.
  • If you must go out, cover your face. Here are tips. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Here's how to properly wash your hands. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.

 

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Resources

Education Materials to download and share

Resources for long-term care facilities, nursing homes, senior centers English

Resources for daycare, schools English

Resources for event planners, community mass gatherings English

Interim Guidance for Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) English

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Archived updates

March 7, 2020
Healthcare Providers: Click HERE for information.

March 7, 2020

Today Governor Beshear, officials from Harrison and Fayette Counties, and state and local health officials provided an update on Kentucky's first case of coronavirus.  You can watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/c/GovAndyBeshear

There is a new KY Coronavirus hotline number to call for answers to your questions 1-800-722-5725 (note this number is different from the number released on March 6)

Here is the Kentucky COVID-19 website: www.kycovid19.ky.gov

March 6, 2020

Today at 5:00pm Governor Andy Beshear announced Kentucky's first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in an individual in Lexington, KY.  

You can stay up to date on coronavirus, get the facts and what you can do, by visiting the Kentucky Department for Public Health COVID-19 website: www.kycovid19.ky.gov.

 

March 5, 2020

Kentucky Department for Public Health COVID-19 hoteline: 1-502-564-3261, option 4

There is a lot of new information being updated regularly regarding COVID-19. Please understand that guidance can change frequently, particularly as global, national, regional, statewide and local situations change.  To get the most up-t0-date information go to cdc.gov and World Health Organization.

As of today, there are still no cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Louisville or Kentucky. The risk for the general public in Louisville, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, is low.

Who's at risk for coronavirus?

  • For the general American public who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low.
  • People in communities where ongoing community spread of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) has been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 are also at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

Updates:

  • As of March 5, 2020 the Kentucky Department for Public Health has the ability to conduct coronavirus testing.
  • As of March 5, 2020, 5 people in Kentucky have been tested.  All five tested negative.
  • In areas of community spread, the people most at risk of getting severe illness or dying from the coronavirus are many of the same people who are at highest risk during flu season: the elderly, people with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems. (There has not yet been community spread of coronavirus in Louisville or Kentucky.)
  • Based on information and data we’re seeing from CDC, WHO and other experts, the majority of people who get coronavirus have mild illness and recover.
  • Wearing a face mask is recommended for healthcare providers who are on the front lines of treating people who are sick. We need them to stay healthy to be able to do their jobs. Face masks are recommended for people who are sick because the mask creates a barrier from germs being spread due to coughing.  Otherwise health people do not need to wear a face mask in their day to day activities.
  • The CDC has evidence based information and checklists to help individual homes, schools, daycares, workplaces, event planners for large community events and mass gatherings, and community and faith based organizations prepare and take action for coronavirus. 
  • Information for travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Prevention:

Currently there isn’t a vaccine available for the prevention of coronavirus.  However, there are simple but powerful steps all of us can take every day to protect ourselves and others from illnesses like coronavirus and the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Did you know only 4 out of 10 people wash their hands after using the restroom? And 90% of those who do, don’t wash their hands properly.  Here’s a link to video on how to properly wash your hands: https://youtu.be/d914EnpU4Fo
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.

 

 

 

March 4, 2020

Healthcare Providers: Click HERE for information.

COVID-19 risk remains low, however, preparations are being made at the state and local level to respond to cases should they arise. There remain no cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky.

  • CDC reports the public health threat is high, but individual risk is dependent on exposure.
  • For the general American public who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is low.
  • People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

At this time, no proven vaccine or treatment exists, so preparations for non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are recommended: https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/home/index.html

The CDC has checklists to help individuals, workplaces, childcare and educational institutions and large community events prepare and take action for COVID-19.

Stay up to date:

The CDC is the best source for accurate, up-to-date information on the coronavirus. www.cdc.gov

The World Health Organization (WHO) is tracking novel coronavirus worldwide, posting daily situation updates, disspelling myths, providing answers to frequently asked questions and more: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

View the 2019 nCoV Global Cases map from Johns Hopkins

 

March 2, 2020

Currently there are NO cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Louisville or Kentucky.We continue to work with local, state and national partners to stay informed and adapt to the changing COVID-19 outbreak. 

There are important, proactive actions each of us can take every day to protect ourselves and others from germs and viruses: 1) cough and sneeze in your elbow or a tissue 2)wash your hands often, thoroughly with warm water & soap 3) when you have a cold or virus, stay home. Watch this CDC Video: What you need to know about handwashing

Healthcare professionals should check this CDC page regularly for guidance.

 

February 28, 2020: Currently there are NO cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Louisville or Kentucky.

On February 27 health director, Dr. Sarah Moyer, joined Mayor Fischer and other local government officials to provide an update on city's response effforts regarding COVID-19.  Read more HERE.

Watch the press conference HERE.

 

February 26, 2020: Currently there are NO cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Louisville or Kentucky.

 

There is a lot of information in the news and on social media about the coronavirus.  Arm yourself with accurate information and facts. Check reliable sources. 

It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.

When a vaccine isn't available for a virus, there are many actions people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses.  Here are helpful prevention tools and resources for individuals as well as checklists for businesses, schools, and event planners: https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/index.html.

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness embeds emergency planning and preparedness in department operations.  We regularly participate in planning and preparedness exercersises with state and local partners.  We have many plans for disaster and emergency reponse.  Click HERE to read the summary of our Disease Outbreak Support Plan.

 
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