Louisville officials launch new COVID-19 data dashboard

July 16, 2020
Image description: Thumbnail image of Louisville's COVID-19 data dashboard which shows the number of confirmed COVID cases, deaths, and positivity rate for each week

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 16, 2020) – During today’s weekly COVID-19 briefing to the community, Mayor Greg Fischer, Dr. Sarah Moyer and Grace Simrall, the city’s Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology, emphasized that COVID-19 cases are significantly rising in Louisville and launched a new public data dashboard to showcase key metrics the city is using to drive COVID-19 response efforts.

“We believe in data and in keeping the public informed,” said the Mayor. “This new data dashboard is a tool to help keep the people of Louisville up-to-date on COVID-19.”

“Since the outbreak began, we’ve been collecting and monitoring several data sets and trends to drive our response to COVID-19”, said Simrall. “This new dashboard gives everyone in our community a way to see the current status of COVID-19 cases, deaths, cases by residential ZIP Code in non-long-term care facility settings, and our positivity rate trend.”

The new dashboard can be viewed at www.louisvilleky.gov/covid19.

Stopping the Spread

According to Dr. Moyer, COVID-19 cases are being primarily spread among households and family members, spouses and workplaces, and from people who have travelled to high-risk areas.

She offered three recommendations for how to avoid exposure and becoming a part of a growing cluster of cases: Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded indoor places with many people nearby, and close-contact settings such as close-range conversations.

“Each one is risky, but when you have all of these things together, that’s when you’re likely to be part of a cluster of cases -- with many people who are infected,” Dr. Moyer said.

“Whether or not we can keep businesses open and when our kids can go back to school depends on all of us,” she added. “That’s because the coronavirus doesn’t move, people move. When we move more and interact with other people, we increase our chances of being exposed to the virus and getting infected.”

Testing

Dr. Moyer also reported that there is enough testing capacity in Louisville. “We have enough testing capacity today, but it’s up to us to prevent further spread of the virus to make sure we have enough tests and supplies in the future. We only have to look at other cities who are struggling to understand the consequences of not acting responsibly together.”

She emphasized that the highest priority for testing is for people with any two of these symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, headache, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. 

People who have travelled to other states or areas with much more community spread of the virus who want testing for peace of mind may have to wait 8-10 days to get a test.

“If you’ve taken a vacation to the beach or states with much higher case numbers, I would encourage you to quarantine at home for 14 days when you return,” Moyer said. “The best time to be tested would be 7-8 days after you have returned home. As always, watch for symptoms and if you experience any call your healthcare provider.”

A complete list of testing sites can be found at www.louisvilleky.gov/covid19.

Community COVID-19 Response Engagement Teams

Sabeen Nasim, director of Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Globalization, announced the development and implementation of new Community Engagement Teams focused on removing barriers for international populations in receiving critical COVID-19 information. The first of these efforts include a coalition of volunteers from the Hispanic community including Spanish media outlets. The teams provide COVID-19 information that has been translated as well as face masks and hand sanitizer.

“These Community Engagement Teams are finding success in sharing critical messages about COVID-19,” said Nasim. “Because team members are from the community, they are seen as trusted and credible information providers.”

The Office of Globalization has also worked with Family Health Centers, Bluewater Diagnostic Labs, and La Casita to bring COVID-19 testing to Hispanic neighborhoods further eliminating barriers for those communities that don’t have access to available testing sites. The next testing events for the Hispanic community will be on Sunday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 8219 Minors Lane in Okolona, and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 1321 Glengarry Dr. in Fairdale.

“We know that long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put certain racial and ethnic groups at higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19,” said Dr. Moyer. “I value the work of the Office of Globalization and their community partners in helping us provide important testing and prevention information to our Hispanic and other global communities.”

Daily COVID-19 numbers

  • 4,657 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Louisville
    • 70 new since yesterday
  • 229 deaths
    • 2 new since yesterday
      • 78-year-old female
      • 83-year-old female
  • 3,192 recovered
    • 38 new since yesterday
  • Total Tested
    • 62, 701
  • Recovered
    • 3,501
    • 40 new since yesterday
  • Race
    • Confirmed                   
      • 56% White                         
      • 28% Black                           
      • 5% Asian
    • Deceased                   
      • 66% White                         
      • 27% Black                           
      • 4% Asian 
  • Ethnicity
    • Confirmed
      • 17% Hispanic/Latino                               
    • Deceased
      • 4% Hispanic/Latino                        

Currently, 15 members of LMPD, Louisville Fire, Metro EMS, Metro Corrections and the Sheriff’s Office are off-duty due to COVID-19:

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

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

  • 66 positive tests
  • 51 have fully recovered and returned to duty 

Metro Corrections inmate data:

  • 2019 inmates have been tested
  • 17 positives

 

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