Mayor Fischer declares ‘Memorial Day’ for COVID-19 victims as Louisville now ‘in the green’ | News
Mayor Fischer declares ‘Memorial Day’ for COVID-19 victims as Louisville now ‘in the green’ |  News

Mayor Fischer declares ‘Memorial Day’ for COVID-19 victims as Louisville now ‘in the green’ | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – For the first time in two years, Louisville is in the green when it comes to COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Sarah Moyer, the city’s chief health strategist, announced this during a press conference at City Hall – her first personal COVID-19 news conference at City Hall since the pandemic began.

Dr. Sarah Moyer, Louisville’s Chief Health Strategist

Last week, there were only 1,055 new COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County.

The announcement was met with applause.

“It’s been a really long two years, but I’m really proud of what we did as a community,” Moyer said, noting that two years ago she was on stage teaching proper hand washing technique at the beginning of the pandemic. and the organizers announced the cancellation of St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year’s parade took place in person last week.

“Two years later we are back here, vaccinated, boosted and wearing green again,” Moyer said.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is urging Louisville residents to wear green on Friday, March 18, which he has declared a memorial day for the 2,100 Jefferson County residents who have died from the virus over the past two years.

“There is no doubt that our lives have changed over the last two years because of this disgusting virus,” Fischer said.

He recalled “a very, very scary time” for him personally at the beginning of the pandemic when his wife, Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides, got COVID-19.

“For 13 days, I asked if she would handle it or not,” Fischer said.

Although his wife pulled through, Fischer said many residents of Jefferson County did not – and he warned anyone he considered to minimize the loss by saying it “is only a percentage” of the general population.

“There is not ‘only a percentage’ when it is your mother, father, or brother or sister who has been hospitalized,” he said.

Some of the losses included Ty Scroggins, a longtime high school football coach in Louisville; as well as WHAS Radio legend Wayne Perkey, Fischer noted.

“Out of respect for those we lost and their families … we must remember,” Fischer said. “And that’s why I am proclaiming March 18 as a day of remembrance for our community for those we lost to COVID.”

Fischer said that day that the Big Four Bridge will be lit in green, and he is asking Jefferson County residents to wear green and light their porches in green.

In the coming weeks, Fischer said the community will hold talks on how to tackle the “collective traumas” felt by residents from the pandemic, the recent social unrest and the war in Ukraine.

“It’s disturbed so much in our lives,” Fischer said. “It’s led to mental challenges that are perfectly normal … we want to reach out to society.

But despite all the optimism surrounding declining COVID-19 numbers, Fischer and Moyer still warned everyone about getting vaccinated and boosted.

Specifically, Moyer noted concerns about the new Omicron BA.2 variant, which is currently spreading in Europe. Moyer said that if the variant comes to the community, it could spread faster than the previous Omicron variant.

“We have no sign of that yet,” she said. “We did a week. It’s gone.”

“I also do not want to talk about this virus as if it is over, because it can come back.”

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