Louisville COVID-19 response timeline



Timeline of actions taken by Gov. Andy Beshear


Louisville Metro actions


11/4/20: Public health officials caution city is seeing exponential increase in COVID-19 cases.

10/29/20: Public Health and Wellness and Lacuna Health announce increased staffing for the COVID-19 helpline.

10/22/20: Louisville's COVID-19 status updated to red alert level.

9/16/20: New additions added to the COVID-19 data dashboard.

9/14/20: Dr. Moyer announces Louisville increased its testing capacity for COVID-19 with results being delivered in 24-72 hours.

8/13/20: New LOU HEALTH COVID-19 helpline launches.

7/21/20: Mayor announces extension of State of Emergency order through August 31 due to a continued surge in COVID-19 cases.

7/16/20: Louisville launches new COVID-19 data dashboard.

7/9/20: Officials urge diligence and caution as Louisville numbers rise.

7/1/20: Lifeguard and Qualified Pool Attendants can now be tested and certified online. 

6/18/20: Dr. Moyer urges caution as Louisville reopens.

6/11/20: Lacuna Health to begin conducting contact tracing services.

6/4/20: Lifeguard and Food Manager Certifications extended due to COVID-19 pandemic.

6/3/20: Dr. Moyer urges demonstrators to get tested for COVID-19, wear face masks and practice other strategies to protect themselves during demonstrations.

4/30/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A on higher education. Panelists included Dr. Neeli Bendapudi (University of Louisville President), Dr. Ty Handy (JCTC President) and Marland Cole (Evolve502 Executive Director). 

4/29/20: 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.

4/28/20: Offered a cautiously upbeat assessment of the situation at our three major hospital systems as the battle continues against the COVID-19 outbreak. Louisville Metro Government has received $50,000 from The Bufford Family Foundation to deliver food to homebound seniors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

4/28/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with representatives of Louisville's healthcare system. Panelists included Dr. Kenneth Charles Anderson (Baptist Health Chief Medical Officer), Dr. Steve Hester (Norton Healthcare Chief Medical Officer) and Dr. Jason Smith (University of Louisville Hospital Chief Medical Officer). 

4/27/20: Acknowledged that while the city is seeing the first steps toward the gradual reopening of the economy, Mayor urged patience and reiterated his three-phase plan for resilient recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Premiered "Lift Up Louisville."

4/27/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A to debut "Lift Up Louisville," a new song made by 29 local musicians to lift up the spririts of Louisville residents. Panelists included musicians Teddy Abrams, Ben Sollee, Sam Bush, Carly Johnson, Jecorey "1200" Arthur, and Dani Markam. 

4/25/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Jon Klein (Vice Dean of Research for the University of Louisville School of Medicine) to answer questions from the community.

4/24/20: 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. The effort is called “Build Back Better, Together,” and it is a key part of a three-phase recovery plan as the current crisis begins to ease. 

4/24/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A on COVID-19's effect on the city of Louisville's budget. Panelsist included Daniel Frockt (Louisville Metro's Chief Financial Officer) and District 10 Councilman Bill Hollander (Louisville Metro Council Budget Committee Chair).

4/23/20: Released budget proposal for FY21 in face of revenue lost due to COVID-19. 

4/22/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A on Earth Day. Panelists included Gretchen Milliken (Louisville Metro Office of Advanced Planning & Sustainability Director), Julia Murray (Louisville Sustainability Council Program Manager), District 8 Councilman Brandon Coan, and Michelle King (Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District Executive Administrator and Director of Program Planning). 

4/21/20: Reaffirmed Louisville’s commitment to globalization and international diversity despite the strains being placed on the community by the COVID-19 outbreak and the economic disruption it has caused.

4/21/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A for the international community. Panelists included Sabeen Masim (Louisville Metro Office of Globalization Director), Kulwant Singh (Louisville Welcome Academy alumni), Karina Barillas (La Casita Center Executive Director), and John Koehlinger (Kentucky Refugee Ministries Executive Director). 

4/20/20: 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

4/18/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Jon Klein (Vice Dean of Research for the University of Louisville School of Medicine) to answer questions from the community.

4/17/20: Louisville Metro Government temporarily furloughed 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.

4/17/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A on long term care facilities. Panelists included Dr. Lori Caloia (Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness Chief Medical Director, Dr. Muhammad Babar (Geriatic Medicine Specialist with UofL Health), Eric Friedlander (Cabinet for Health & Family Services Secretary), and Adam Mather (Cabinet for Health & Family Services Inspector General)

4/16/20: Described 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.

4/16/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A on the arts. Panelists included Christen Boone (Fund for the Arts President & CEO), Aldy Milliken (Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft Executive Director), Dave Christopher (AMPED Executive Director)

4/14/20: 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. Announced a $500,000 matching grant challenge, including a virtual 5K walk/run event, in support of the Small Business Continuity Loan Fund Program. The fund is providing zero-interest loans, with no payments for 12 months, to Louisville’s smallest businesses impacted by COVID-19.

4/15/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Monalisa Tailor (Internal Medicine Physician at Norton Healthcare and incoming President of the Greater Louisville Medical Society) and Dr. Susan Bornstein (OBGYN with Norton Healthcare)

4/14/20: 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.

4/14/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Marty Pollio (JCPS Superintendent)

4/13/20: 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. 

4/11/20: Highlighted a new program at the University of Louisville aimed at alleviating the N95 respirator shortage amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

4/11/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Jon Klein (Vice Dean of Research for the University of Louisville School of Medicine) to answer questions from the community.

4/10/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A on domestic violence. Panelists included Elizabeth Wessels-Martin (Center for Women & Families CEO), Pan Darnall (Family & Children's Place President & CEO), Lt. Shannon Lauder LMPD Special Victims Units Commander). 

4/9/20: Prohibits motor vehicles from the loop roads in Iroquois, Cherokee, and Chickasaw parks to give more room to walkers, runners, and cyclists. Described city and state's response to to enforce safeguards to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Louisville nursing homes and retirement communities.

4/9/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A on fair housing with Marilyn Harris (Louisville Metro Office of Housing), Christie McCravy (Louisville Metro Affordable Housing Trust Fund), Cathy Hinko (Metropolitan Housing Coalition), and Kendall Boyd (Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission)

4/8/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with faith leaders. Panelists included Dr. Muhammad Babar (Muslim Americans for Compassion), Pastor Timothy Findley Jr. (Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Center), Archbishop Joseph Kurtz (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville), Pastor Matt Reagan (Southeast Christian Church), Rev. Vincent E. James Sr. (Louisville Metro Chief of Community Building & Elim Baptist Church) and Rabbi Robert Slosberg (Congregation Adath Jeshurun). 

4/7/20: Thanked Louisville faith community for its support during COVID-19 outbreak

4/7/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Jon Klein (Vice Dean of Research for the University of Louisville School of Medicine) and Dr. Monalisa Tailor (Internal Medicine Physician at Norton Healthcare and incoming President of the Greater Louisville Medical Society), to answer questions from the community.

4/6/20: Announced One Louisville: COVID-19 Response grants for 15 more local non-profit groups. Announced launch of Louisville Arts Network. 

4/6/20: Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness issued Order 2020-004 regarding pop-up testing sites and the requirement that they first obtain approval from LMPHW before operating and comply with all CDC guidelines 

4/5/20: Spread message to stay home, social distance as spring religious season begins

4/3/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A for those in trauma and recovery. Panelists included Rashaad Abdur-Rahman (Director of the Office ofr Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods), Dr. Steven D. Kniffley Jr. (Associate Director for the Center for Behavioral Health and an Assistant Professor in Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology) and Dr. Shannon E. Cambron (Chair of School of Social Work at Spalding University).

4/3/20:Urged Louisvillians to enjoy spring weather close to home and at a safe distance. Extended state of emergency to May 10. City's March for Meals ends after 83,000 meals distributed. 

4/2/20: Reinforced potentail closure for businesses not following restrictions

4/2/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Jody Prather (Baptist Health), Dr. Steve Hester (Norton Healthcare) and Dr. Jason Smith (UofL Healthcare)

4/1/20: Encourages residents to sign up for Smart911

4/1/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A for the business community. Panelists included Mary Ellen Wiederwohl (Chief of Louisville Forward), Rebecca Fleischaker (Louisville Metro Economic Development Director), Sarah Davasher-Wisdom (Greater Louisville Inc. President & CEO), David Oeetken (Louisville Small Business Development Director) and Jennifer Rubenstein (Louisville Independent Business Alliance Executive Director)

3/31/20: Announced the Small Business Continuity Loan Program for businesses with 10 or less employees

3/31/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A on public safety. Panelists included LMPD Chief Steve Conrad, Chief of Public Services Amy Hess and Chief of Community Building Vincent James

3/30/30: Declared the first wave of One Louisville: COVOD-19 Response Fund grants

3/28/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Jon Klein (Vice Dean of Research for the University of Louisville School of Medicine) to answer questions from the community.

3/27/20: Detailed intial takeaways for what the federal relief bill will means for Louisville

3/27/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with family therapists Kayal Renteria and Amanda Villaveces

3/26/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A session with Congressman John Yarmuth

3/26/20: Thanked local distilleries such as Rabbit Hole, Heaven Hill and Brown-Forman foe switching their operations to making hand sanitizer 

3/25/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A session with Dr. Jon Klein (Vice Dean of Research for the University of Louisville School of Medicine) to answer questions from the community.

3/25/20: Announced that over 26,000 meals were distributed in the first week of the Louisville Metro March for Meals

3/25/20: Announced that law enforcement would begin having a presence at hospitals by the request of Gov. Beshear. 

3/24/20: Extended a state of emergency to May 10, closes Metro Parks playgrounds and ballfields

3/24/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A session with Metro United Way President Theresa Reno-Weber (Metro United Way President) and Tameka Laird (Louisville Metro Office of Resilience & Community Services Director). 

3/22/20: Announced extension of Louisville Metro occupational tax filing, payment deadlines,  efforts to ensure health and safety of homeless population

3/21/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A session with Dr. Jon Klein (Vice Dean of Research for the University of Louisville School of Medicine) to answer questions from the community.

3/20/20: Urged younger people to be mindful of the dangers of COVID-19.

3/20/20: Announced that Louisville Metro Government has acquired a supply of PPEs and is distributing them to the city’s three major healthcare systems and other providers with COVID-19 cases.

3/20/20: Encouraged the Louisville community to help keep local hospitals supplied with blood during the COVID-19 outbreak.

3/20/20: Lauded the local groceries and retailers that have stepped up to help during the COVID-19 outbreak by offering special shopping hours for the elderly and people who are especially susceptible to the virus. The Mayor also urged residents to not hoard essential items like cleaning supplies

3/20/20: Urged residents to be mindful of online scams and to rely on verified sources of information, including https://kycovid19.ky.gov, the state hotline 1-800-722-5725, and https://louisvilleky.gov/covid19.

3/19/20: Launched Lift Up Lou to raise spirits and keep residents connected during the COVID-19 outbreak.

3/19/20: Provided communication to local food service establishments that are operating delivery, drive thru, carry out and curbside pickup offering guidance on good hygienic practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

3/19/20: Communicated with businesses to ask that employers give employees the flexibility to work from home as much as possible and implement social distancing, maintain a distance of 6-feet to prevent the spread of the virus, and emphasized the importance of hygiene and handwashing.

3/19/20: Announced Senior Meal Pickup Program updated distribution site locations due to tremendous response.

3/18/20 Announced One Louisville: Covid-19 Response Fund. 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.

3/18/20: Issued executive order to close public facing business to include gyms, exercise facilities, theaters, entertainment, hospitality, community, sporting event and recreational facilities, spas, tattoo studios, piercing studios, tanning, nail and hair salons. 

3/17/20: Announced changes to operations and facilities in response to COVID-19.

3/17/20: Announced new Mental Health and Behavioral Wealth Resources. 

3/16/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A focused on the business community. Panelists included Dr. Diana Han (GE Appliances Executive Director of Global Healthcare), Roger Cude (Humana Senior Vice President for Human Resources), Jennifer Rubenstein (Louisville Independent Business Alliance Executive Director) and Sarah Davasher-Wisdom (Greater Louisville Inc. President & CEO). 

3/16/20: Announced result of COVID-19 test was negative.

3/16/20: Announced support for Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order to temporarily close bars and restaurants.

3/16/20:  Announced closure of Louisville Zoo and cancellation of Asian Light Festival. 

3/16/20: Suspended inmate visitation at Louisville jail. 

3/16/20: Announced LG&E had suspended disconnections for unpaid bills until May 1 and waived late fees incurred during this period. 

3/15/20: Announced self-isolation while awaiting results of COVID-19 test and promises regular, daily updates. 

3/14/20: Announced temporary closures of libraries, community centers, Mary T. Meagher Aquatics Center and some Zoo attractions. 

3/14/20: Hosted a Facebook Live Q&A session with Dr. Lori Caloia (Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness Chief Medical Director) to answers questions from the community.

3/13/20: Announced Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Resilience & Community Services would provide meals for seniors ages 60 and older while the city responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

3/13/20:  Joined faith leaders to announce steps they were taking to slow the spread of COVID-19, an Dr. Sarah Moyer, the city’s chief health strategist and director of Public Health & Wellness, to again emphasize social distancing and good hygiene to prevent the virus from spreading. 

3/13/20: Announced executive order to address issues related to ensuring Louisville Metro Government is able to continue providing necessary services, protect the health of city employees and mitigate any negative impact on LMG.  

3/13/20: Joined Jefferson County Public Schools to announce emergency feeding sites offering free lunches through April 6, 2020.

3/13/20 Encouraged citizens to report suspected price gouging related to the COVID-19 please call at 1(888) 432-9257.  Report Price Gouging online

3/12/20: Provided media updates on COVID-19 and announced two confirmed cases in Louisville.

3/12/20: Ordered all events hosted or permitted by Louisville Metro Government or held in a Louisville Metro facility will be postponed or cancelled, and recommended that all other events in the city also be postponed or cancelled as well. 

3/11/20: Provided media update on the local impact of COVID-19 with 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. 

3/10/20: Convened about 70 local stakeholders and external partners to outline the latest information on the city’s preparedness work related to COVID-19. 

3/9/20: Issued news release outlining ongoing plans to respond to Louisville’s first COVID-19 case.

3/8/20: Shared Gov. Andy Beshear’s announcement that 4 Kentuckians had tested positive for COVID-19 and were in isolation.

3/7/20: Announced first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kentucky and shared video update from Gov. Andy Beshear’s and local health officials. 

3/7/20: Shared new KY Coronavirus hotline number to call for questions related to the virus 1 (800) 722-5752.

3/7/20: Shared Kentucky COVID-19 website. 

3/6/20: Shared Gov. Beshear’s announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kentucky (provided link to Governor’s Facebook page. 

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