Louisville officials report COVID-19 cases continue to surge

July 21, 2020

Mayor extends state of emergency order

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 21, 2020) – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced he is extending his State of Emergency order through August 31 because of a continued surge in COVID-19 case counts.  

“The bottom line is we must do all we can. Each of us,” said the Mayor. “That means we adjust our behavior, or we are going to see more deaths, more suffering, more job losses and more businesses closing their doors forever. That’s unacceptable. It’s our responsibility to do all we can to prevent COVID-19 from harming our friends, our relatives, our neighbors and our community.”

The Mayor first implemented a State of Emergency order in March. It was set to expire on July 31, but Fischer extended it through August 31, 2020.

“This allows Metro Government additional flexibility in our operations so we can respond as quickly as possible to challenges presented by COVID-19 in our city,” the Mayor added.


Stopping the Spread

According to Dr. Moyer, COVID-19 cases are being primarily spread among people going to bars, gyms, workplaces, youth camps and sports, family gatherings and in travel to hot-spot areas such as those Governor Beshear outlined in his recent travel advisory: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Moyer provided a reminder that the virus doesn’t move, people move.

“When we look at the data, people in Louisville are moving now as they were back in March when we had to close things down and stay at home,” Dr. Moyer said. “Remember the data we are seeing today is reflective of our movements two weeks ago. If we want to keep businesses open, get kids back to school, we must slow things down. We all need to reduce the number of people we’re encountering daily.”

Dr. Moyer emphasized that anyone who travels to any “hot spot” states should add a 14-day quarantine to their vacation plans. She also said it’s important for anyone who tests positive or anyone who was a close contact of someone who tested positive to quarantine at home for 14 days and follow these directions:

  • Stay home and away from other household members. Do not go to work or go to the grocery store.  The only exemption is medical care, if needed.
  • Do not have family or visitors over.
  • Check your temperature twice a day and keep daily records.
  • If you experience any symptoms, immediately call your medical provider who will make sure you get tested.

Dr. Moyer also added that people who have been tested should stay home and isolate while awaiting their test results. “If you thought you were at risk enough to get tested, or have symptoms, please stay home so you don’t risk exposing others in the community.”

Dr. Moyer encouraged anyone who has been tested and awaiting results make a list of anyone they’ve been in contact with beginning 48 hours before symptoms started.

“If any of them were within 6 feet of you for more than 10 minutes, they are considered a high-risk exposure. If your test comes back positive, these are the people our contact tracers will help you identify to have them safely quarantine at home, so they aren’t exposing others to the virus,” she added.

The city’s new COVID-19 data dashboard, a complete list of COVID-19 testing sites, information on symptoms, prevention and contact tracing can be found at www.louisvilleky.gov/covid19.


Daily COVID-19 numbers

  • 5,331 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Louisville
    • 148 new since yesterday
  • 231 deaths
    • 0 new since yesterday

Total Tested

  • 78,078
  • 81 new


  • 3,721
  • 81 new


  • Confirmed
    • 58% White
    • 27% Black 
    • 4% Asian                                                       
  • Deceased
    • 66% White 
    • 27% Black 
    • 4% Asian                                                             


  • Confirmed
    • 16% Hispanic/Latino                               
  • Deceased
    • 3% Hispanic/Latino                         

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

  • 69 positive tests
  • 62 have fully recovered and returned to duty

Metro Corrections inmate data:

  • 2,112 inmates have been tested
  • 28 positives



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