Rise in COVID-19 infections puts Louisville back in ‘red zone’ | Coronavirus – Community News

Rise in COVID-19 infections puts Louisville back in ‘red zone’ | Coronavirus

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Cases of COVID-19 jumped last week in Louisville and the city is once again in the red zone for infections.

In a weekly news conference, city health leaders said the increase could be due to people traveling recently for the fall break, but hospitalizations and deaths are still falling.

People who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to talk to their doctor about the injection, said Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage of Louisville Health and Wellness.

She said Family Health Centers have interpreters who can answer questions in many languages, and medical experts encourage parents to get young children vaccinated.

“I was delighted to have my six-year-old vaccinated last night. It’s such a relief for us to know that I’ve done everything I can to protect her, especially as we look forward to the holidays and can visit us safely with our family,” said Hartlage.

On Tuesday afternoon, the vaccination coordinator at the White House weighed in on the COVID cases in Louisville.

“Look, I visited Louisville not long ago and I had great conversations with pediatricians, primary care physicians, physicians, with hospital systems, health care leaders, community health centers, and there is a great support system in Louisville to be able to make the vaccine available, to ask any questions. of people so that those who still have questions can get vaccinated and we can prevent further increases,” said Dr. Bechara Choucair. “We know how to do it”,

About 58% of Louisville’s population is fully vaccinated. Jefferson County has a positivity rate of 5.56%, which is slightly higher than Kentucky’s statewide positivity rate of 5.44%.

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