Mayor Fischer hosts Facebook Town Hall on Louisville Metro’s response to COVID-19

March 21, 2020

Mayor Greg Fischer hosted a Facebook Town Hall this morning, answering questions from Louisville residents about COVID-19 and the city’s response to the outbreak.

The Mayor was joined on the call by Dr. Jon Klein, Vice Dean for Research at the UofL School of Medicine and an expert in microbiology and immunology.

Questions from residents ranged from personal concerns about risk of exposure to inquiries about whether the city or state is considering an order for people to remain in their homes. Mayor Fischer responded that widespread compliance with social distancing guidance is key to avoiding that.


Both he and Dr. Klein stressed the need for continued social distancing.

“The math is pretty straightforward,” said Dr. Klein. “If we do no social distancing, one infected person, inside of a month, will infect an additional 400 people. With strict social distancing, that falls to three additional people in a month.”

View the Town Hall here.

Gov. Andy Beshear said yesterday that there have been a total of 63 confirmed cases in Kentucky. That includes 25 in Louisville. There has been one death in Louisville – a 64-year-old male with an underlying medical condition.

 During today’s Town Hall, Mayor Fischer again stressed that residents should get their facts about COVID-19 tests and medical supplies from Louisville Metro Government and the Commonwealth of Kentucky:,, and the state COVID-19 Hotline, 1-800-722-5725.