Weekly COVID-19 Update

October 28, 2020

 

Mayor Greg Fischer and Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Sarah Moyer stated today that Louisville’s COVID-19 cases are continuing to increase at an alarming rate, and we remain in the red alert level in every ZIP code in Louisville. That means there are more than 25 cases per 100,000 residents. 

“This virus isn’t going away,” the Mayor said. “Right now, it’s hitting us harder locally than it did in the spring and early summer. For us to get our kids back in school, and for us to recover economically and to build the more equitable economy the people of our city deserve, we have to take control of the situation by, again, wearing masks, limiting where we go and who we’re around. We can’t let our guard down.”

 

Here are the key data metrics for the week of October 27, 2020:

There were 1,888 new cases over the previous week. This is the highest number of positive cases Louisville has experienced since the outbreak began. Our total case count is at 23,459.
Louisville’s rolling two-week average positivity rate is at 6.1 percent.
Hospitalization data:

8% of patients currently hospitalized have COVID-19.
42 patients in ICU with COVID-19 as of October 27.
22 COVID-19 patients on ventilators as of October 27.

COVID-19 cases are in every Louisville ZIP code. There continues to be a higher rate of positive COVID cases in west and south Louisville among Black and Latino communities.
Largest increase in case counts in the 15-34 age demographic at 35%.
The largest sources of spread of the virus are household contacts, workplaces, attendance at gatherings and travel.

“We know the largest sources of spread are from household contacts, specifically where family members are having gatherings,” said Dr. Moyer. “We also know that workplaces are a common source of spread.”

Dr. Moyer cited a recent mobility study conducted by University of Louisville health economist, Dr. Seyed Karimi, shows that travel to workplaces has increased.  

“If you own your own business or have employees, please make sure people can work from home virtually if possible. If that’s not possible, please make sure you’re doing the safe guidelines with wearing masks and being socially distant,” Dr. Moyer added.

The Mayor and Dr. Moyer expressed support for and stressed the need to follow new “red zone” recommendations released by Governor Beshear which also included allowing employees to work from home when possible, reducing in-person shopping by ordering online for delivery or curbside pick up as much as possible, not hosting or attending gatherings of any size; and prioritizing and supporting businesses that follow and enforce the mask mandate.

“So many of our businesses are doing an outstanding job at following all the Healthy at Work COVID-19 prevention protocols,” Dr. Moyer said. “Please support them. I also encourage anyone who sees businesses not adhering the mask mandate or other prevention protocols to file a complaint by contacting Metro311.”

Moyer reported that in the month of October health inspectors have issued orders to 50 businesses for not following the mask mandate or other safety practices.

 

Opportunities to vote safely during COVID-19

Election day is seven days away and there is still time for eligible voters that want to avoid potential exposure to COVID-19 to safely cast their ballots.

Alicia Hurle, co-Director of the Kentucky Civic Engagement Table said the healthiest and quickest option to vote in Jefferson County is through the early voting process.

Hurle suggested residents use the early voting process to avoid long lines that are seen on television across the country.

“It’s safe where you’ll be able to wear a face mask and socially distance from fellow voters and poll workers. It’s important to vote early so that our polling places aren’t having to absorb thousands and thousands at once on election day.”

Early Voting Centers in Jefferson County:

KFC Yum Center
Kentucky Exposition Center
Louisville Marriot East
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

The early voting locations are open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Monday November 2.

 

First Responder Data

Currently, 59 members of LMPD, Louisville Fire, Metro EMS, Metro Corrections and the Sheriff’s Office are off-duty due to COVID-19:

36 are off with positive tests and in self-isolation
8 are off and quarantined due to exposure to someone who tested positive
15 are off with symptoms, pending test results

 

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

263 positive tests
227 have fully recovered and returned to duty

 

Metro Corrections inmate data: 3,841 inmates have been tested

236 positives

0 tests are pending