COVID-19 cases remain low, vaccinations continue to increase

April 06, 2021

Give A Day at LouVax Recognizes Volunteer Efforts in Vaccinating Louisvillians

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 6, 2021) – Today Mayor Fischer joined Dr. Sarah Moyer, Louisville’s Chief Health Strategist and Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at LouVax, the city’s mass vaccination site, to give an update on the latest COVID-19 data in Louisville and to recognize volunteer efforts at LouVax during the city’s month-long Give A Day celebration.

Give A Day began as a one-day service opportunity in 2011. It later expanded to a 10-day event in 2019 and was later expanded to a full month in celebration of National Volunteer Month, allowing non-profits and volunteers more time to plan and participate in safe service projects. At today’s event, Mayor Fischer gave high praise to volunteers for their role in the efficiency of operations at LouVax and its national profile.

“This month, we’re celebrating volunteerism and compassion through Give A Day and we felt this was the ideal place to serve as the symbol of those traits in our city,” Mayor Fischer said. “Volunteers have been critical to this operation from the beginning. They helped make LouVax a national model, written up in the New York Times, and we’re here to acknowledge the incredible volunteers that have made LouVax such a success and who are playing a key role in helping us keep this virus at bay while we work to vaccinate Louisvillians.”

As part of Tuesday’s celebration of volunteers, 80 Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield employees volunteered at LouVax.  Anthem Medicaid Plan President Leon Lamoreaux thanked volunteers who have donated their time, acknowledging that it takes a big effort to make sure an operation as large as LouVax runs efficiently. He added that Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield was inspired by its mission to improve the lives and health in the community.

“Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is privileged to have served Kentucky residents for over 80 years,” Lamoreaux said. “We want to be able to continue to do so, and this is one example of how we can do that. Great effort has gone into making these vaccines available to us. It’s a way for us to be able to return to normalcy.”

Speaking further, Lamoreaux encouraged others to take an opportunity to donate their time to help combat COVID-19 in any way they can.

“I challenge some of our other companies out there,” he said. “We need you, we need your time, and we need your support so that we can get ahead of this virus.”

Anyone interested in volunteering at LouVax, either the Broadbent site or on a mobile mission, can sign up here.  People interested in volunteering for one of many organizations and service projects for Give a Day can learn more here.

 

Here are the key COVID-19 data metrics for the week of April 5, 2021:

  • There were 624 new cases over the previous week.
  • Hospitalization data:
    • 5.7% of patients currently hospitalized have COVID-19.
    • 22 patients in ICU with COVID-19 as of April 6, compared to 19 the week prior. 
    • 11 COVID-19 patients on ventilators as of April 6, compared to 12 last week.
  • 438,034 total vaccine doses given in Metro Louisville since December.
  • 35% of Louisville residents have received at least one dose of vaccine and 18.5% have completed the vaccine series

Dr. Moyer reported that January’s COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Louisville are on a steady decline, placing the city firmly in the alert level orange. She praised residents and community members for their efforts in following the safety measures by getting vaccinated, wearing masks, social distancing and washing their hands. Dr. Moyer added that these efforts are essential in helping curb the spread of the virus.

“I’m proud of our residents and essential workers who for the past year have exercised patience and understanding while doing what needs to be done to protect everyone in our community,” Dr. Moyer said. “Let’s continue doing what works and encourage each other to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated gets us back to the activities and hobbies we love so much and allows us to see our families again without these precautions we’ve adapted to over the past year.”

On Monday, vaccine eligibility expanded to include anyone over the age of 16. Individuals looking for a vaccine appointment can visit the health department’s website at www.louisvilleky.gov/covid19 for a list of vaccine providers with available appointments and phone numbers to call if anyone needs assistance to schedule. They can also call the LOU HEALTH COVID-19 Helpline at 502-912-8598.

 

First Responder Data

Currently, 14 members of LMPD, Louisville Fire, Metro EMS, Metro Corrections and the Sheriff’s Office are off-duty due to COVID-19:

  • 6 are off with positive tests and in self-isolation
  • 4 are off and quarantined due to exposure to someone who tested positive
  • 4 are off with symptoms, pending test results

 

Positive test numbers for first responders/public safety since the incident began:

  • 559 positive tests
  • 553 have fully recovered and returned to duty

 

Metro Corrections inmate data:

Total Tested: 7,078

Total Positive: 414

Total Recovered: 409

Total currently under medical isolation: 5

Total tests pending: 0

 

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 View this week’s COVID-19 briefing with city officials here. The city’s COVID-19 data dashboard, a complete list of COVID-19 testing sites, vaccine information, prevention and contact tracing can be found at www.louisville.gov/covid19. The LOU HEALTH COVID19 Helpline is also available: 502- 912-8598

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