Jefferson County moves back into the medium risk COVID-19 community level category

May 10, 2022

COVID-19 infections are increasing in Jefferson County with 1,771 new cases reported last week. The latest data has landed Louisville back in the “medium” or “yellow” COVID-19 community level category.

“With cases increasing, if you are eligible, now is the time to get that second booster dose,” said Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness (LMPHW. “Getting boosted provides an extra layer of protection in this current wave of COVID-19 and prevents people from becoming severely infected and hospitalized.”

The CDC recommends counties in the “medium” risk category to do the following:

  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Get tested if you are showing symptoms.
  • Talk to your health care provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions if you are at high risk for severe illness.

The CDC is also recommending that travelers wear a well-fitting mask in public transportation areas.

“As we resume our summer and social activities, it is important to remember that the virus is, unfortunately, still among us,” Dr. Moyer said. “We recommend that you speak to your physician about prevention and treatment options, especially if you are older or immunocompromised.”

While cases have been increasing over the past several weeks, hospitalizations have remained low.

Wastewater data shows that the omicron BA.2 variant is the most dominant strain in Jefferson County.

Here are the key COVID-19 data metrics for May 10, 2022:

  • Daily incidence rate of 33 cases per 100,000 population
  • Weekly incidence rate of 215.25 cases per 100,000 population
  • 1,771 new cases reported over the previous week
  • 13 newly reported deaths

Hospitalization data:

  • New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population – 3.45
  • 2% staffed inpatient beds occupied
  • 5.2% of hospitalized patients with COVID-19

Vaccines:

  • 76% of Louisville residents have received at least one dose of vaccine
  • 65.8% have completed the vaccine series
  • 46% have received a booster dose

 

 

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

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