Louisville faces ‘a very hard winter’ as flu, COVID-19 on the rise – Community News

Louisville faces ‘a very hard winter’ as flu, COVID-19 on the rise

Louisville’s COVID-19 cases are again on a “steep slope,” and with flu cases since last year, it looks like it’s going to be “a very rough winter,” said Louisville Chief Health Strategist Dr. Sarah Moyer Tuesday.

In the 2020-21 flu season, there were 19 cases of flu in Jefferson County during the entire flu season, out of 184 in the state, said health department medical director Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage, during a virtual morning press conference.

This season, Jefferson County has had 58 cases so far.

The last flu season was almost non-existent as COVID-19 boomed and pandemic-related precautions held it back. Moyer previously warned that this season may not be that low.

dr.  Sarah Moyer, director of Louisville's health department, sits for an interview for the See Forward Ministries website at the Americana Center.  May 8, 2021

“So last year we all wore masks or stayed at home; the schools weren’t open. So in a very different situation we had one of the best flu years I’ve ever recorded,” she said in September. “We expect this year to be a lot worse because we’re back together.”

Background:Last flu season was a breeze. Louisville health chief says don’t expect that this year