Mayor Fischer asks Louisvillian to help city ‘Build Back Better, Together’ after the COVID-19 crisis ends

April 24, 2020

Mayor Fischer today 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 Mayor is calling the effort “Build Back Better, Together,” and it is a key part of his three-phase recovery plan as the current crisis begins to ease. Although Louisville is still battling the COVID-19 outbreak, there are indications that local cases may be beginning to plateau.

As the city looks to reopen its economy, Mayor Fischer said it needs to address inequities that put many residents at a disadvantage well before the current crisis struck and made them especially vulnerable to the pandemic.

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“We have to focus on beating the virus, then planning how we’re going to rebuild our economy so it’s stronger, more innovative and more equitable than ever,” the Mayor said.

Ensuring that all Louisvillians can come back better and stronger than before will require vision, innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration, a shared love for our hometown, and compassion, Mayor Fischer said.

“When we lean into that work, when we lean into challenges, our city and our people can flourish,” the Mayor said.

Mayor Fischer asked all Louisvillians to weigh in on the recovery effort at www.louisvilleky.gov/government/build-back-better-together.

“We’re asking for your help and input as we look to find opportunities in this moment of challenge to create a stronger, more innovative and more equitable economy,” the Mayor said. “I ask you to help us Build Back Better, Together by sharing your ideas on how to create the city, economy and future the people of Louisville want and deserve.”

Daily COVID-19 data

As of Friday, there have been 1,044 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Louisville, with 496 recoveries. There have been no additional deaths since Thursday. The Louisville total remains at 78.

Currently, 11 members of LMPD, Louisville Fire, Metro EMS, Metro Corrections and the Sheriff’s Office are off-duty due to COVID-19:

  • 2 are off with positive tests and in self-isolation.
  • 7 are off and quarantined due to exposure to someone with a positive test.
  • 2 are “screened off” with symptoms and have been tested but have not received test results.

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

  • 12 positive tests.
  • 10 have fully recovered and returned to duty.

Metro Corrections inmate data for April 24:

  • 98 inmates have been tested.
  • 0 positive tests.
  • 4 tests are pending.

From whiskey to hand sanitizer

Mayor Fischer today thanked Louisville bourbon distillers for switching their production lines from whiskey to alcohol sanitizer, which is a much-needed weapon in the fight against COVID-19.

“One of the most amazing things we’ve seen over the last few weeks is how many of our businesses have stepped up to do their part to help our community get through this crisis,” the Mayor said.

He thanked Rabbit Hole, Brown-Forman, Angel’s Envy and Heaven Hill for producing hand sanitizer, and urged all businesses to help out where they can.

Although Louisville has not been overwhelmed by a surge of coronavirus patients, officials continue to be concerned about the supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and first responders. That includes:

  • Coveralls
  • Face shields
  • Respirators
  • Safety goggles
  • Surgical masks
  • Surgical gloves
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Hand sanitizer (65% alcohol minimum)

If your company can donate or manufacture any of these items, or know someone who can, and you want to know more, please contact Louisville Metro Government at [email protected] and someone will respond.

You can also contact the state PPE hotline at 1-833-448-3773 or go online at www.secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/TeamKentucky/PPE.

Louisville Metro Government providing masks to employees

Mayor Fischer announced today that Louisville Metro Government is now providing masks to its employees to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The federal Centers for Disease Control recently recommended wearing of a cloth mask whenever you must leave your home. The masks are intended to prevent you from spreading the COVID-19 virus in case you have unknowingly contracted it and are asymptomatic. Masks do not need to be medical-grade respirators.

“We have made cloth face coverings available to all of our Metro departments, and we are strongly encouraging all of our employees to wear them,” the Mayor said. “We’re also providing employees with guidance about proper wearing, washing and care of the face coverings.”

The announcement follows a recent decision by TARC to begin requiring bus passengers to wear a mask beginning on Sunday. The Mayor urged all local essential businesses to supply masks to their employees and require them to wear them.

“We are seeing a very uneven application with our essential businesses that are still open and dealing with customers. We need you to do better. This is an unsafe situation,” Mayor Fischer said. “We are getting reports from grocery stores in particular where all employees are not wearing masks. All you frontline workers have been amazing. But please be even more amazing – put on your face covering.”

Tell your lawmakers to Save America’s Cities, Help Our Hometown

Mayor Fischer today urged all Louisvillians to contact their legislators in Congress and tell them to support more direct federal aid to cities struggling with the fallout from the COVID-19 shutdown.

With millions of Americans staying home to prevent the virus from spreading, cities like Louisville are seeing a steep drop in revenues due to the disruption of economic activity. In his budget presentation yesterday, the Mayor said Louisville is facing a $115 million shortfall.

Although Congress and the White House have begun sending relief to individuals and businesses impacted by the pandemic, Mayor Fischer said cities across the country need direct federal aid to make sure residents have police, fire, emergency, public health, housing, sanitation and other services needed to recover from this crisis.

“The bottom line is that we need Washington to step up and invest in the future of our city, cities across America and the people who are ready to revive and recreate our economy,” the Mayor said. “I urge every Louisvillian to reach out to our U.S. Senators and our Congressman with this message: Save America’s Cities. Help our Hometown.”

You can contact your representatives in Washington, D.C., the following ways:    

Mayor Fischer offers sneak preview of “Lift Up Louisville”

Mayor Fischer was joined at his press briefing today by Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra music director, for a sneak preview of “Lift Up Louisville,” a new song that celebrates the city and its people during this trying time.

Several notable figures from Louisville’s diverse music community worked together to create this original song to help boost the city’s spirits. The entire song will be released next week. “Lift Up Louisville” is part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s Lift Up Lou movement, which encourages the city’s cultural talent to fight social isolation and maintain a sense of community during quarantine.

The full song will be released next week.

“We launched Lift Up Lou in collaboration with Teddy because he is a great citizen, artist and city partner, and we asked him to put his talents to the task of producing something for our city for this moment,” the Mayor said. “We can’t wait to hear the whole song and share it with everyone.”

“The Doctor is In” on Saturday’s tele town hall

Mayor Fischer will again be joined by Dr. Jon Klein on his tele town hall Saturday morning. Dr. Klein, the vice-dean for research at the UofL School of Medicine, will answer your medical questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Dr. Klein often ends these sessions with meditation. He understands the value of good mental health and doing deliberate work to stay mentally strong and healthy, especially in challenging times,” the Mayor said. “And as a city, we recognize that as well.”

To participate, go to www.facebook.com/MayorGregFischer at 10 a.m. on Saturday.