Louisville COVID cases increase slightly for second week in a row
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 20, 2021) – Mayor Greg Fischer and Dr. Sarah Moyer, Louisville’s chief health strategist, briefed Louisville residents today on COVID-19 in the city, discussed the latest news on the Janssen vaccine, and addressed reluctance to Louisville’s black community vaccine and efforts to alleviate those concerns.
Following Governor Andy Beshear’s Monday announcement regarding simplification Kentucky Occupational health guidelines For all businesses, Mayor Fischer said it was encouraging that Louisville was starting to see its economy again emerge. Still, the mayor warned there was an ongoing race against the COVID-19 variants. Speaking further, he said the city’s future depends on everyone beating COVID-19 by making sure the virus has no place to go.
“Right now we’re running a marathon and we can see the finish line in front of us, but we can’t declare victory,” said Mayor Fischer. “We have to be vigilant, mask and maintain our distance when we are in public. Before, we could only play defense. Now we are offended, and the best tool we have to stop the virus from spreading is to get vaccinated. “
Here are the top COVID-19 data metrics for the week of April 19, 2021:
- There were 750 new cases in the previous week.
- Hospitalization data:
- 5% of patients currently hospitalized have COVID-19.
- 22 intensive care unit patients with COVID-19 as of April 20, up from 25 the week before.
- 11 COVID-19 patients on ventilators as of April 20, up from 11 last week.
- 570,706 total doses of vaccine administered in Metro Louisville since December.
- 42.6% of Louisville residents received at least one dose of vaccine and 27.5% completed the series of vaccines
Dr Moyer reported that COVID cases increased for the second week in a row after the city saw 12 weeks of decline in new cases. She said the majority of cases are related to travel and people coming into contact with other people who are traveling.
Dr Moyer used the recent increase as a reminder that COVID is present in Louisville and that there are cases of COVID variants starting to add up. She insisted that people who travel or travel to get tested regularly.
“We know that the variants are increasing in the community,” said Dr. Moyer. “Last week we reported 34 cases of B.1.1.7 and one case of P.1. If you are traveling and spending time with people who are not vaccinated, please continue to get tested. Get tested before you travel and get tested when you return. “
If someone you know needs help scheduling an appointment for a vaccine, they can call the LOU HEALTH COVID-19 helpline at 502-912-8598 or visit the Department of Health website. for a list of vaccine suppliers.
Local faith leaders tackle vaccine hesitancy and equity
Public health and city officials acknowledged critical elements in Louisville’s fight against COVID-19 in Tuesday’s update, vaccine fairness and reluctance in the black community.
Vincent James, chief of the Metropolitan Government’s Community Building and Reverend of Elim Baptist Church, said when the vaccine was made available to Louisville’s 70-plus black population, residents’ uncertainty arose. because the vaccine was new. He said more education on development, clinical trials and other parts of the process was needed. James said that over time, more opportunities to access vaccines in the black community enabled black people aged 70 and over to gain more knowledge and make more informed decisions.
“One of the key things, as more education has come out and more opportunities to get vaccinated have increased in black communities, we have seen an increase in this over 70 population that is happening. vaccinate, ”James said.
James said that a current theme he sees among the younger population is misconceptions about the vaccine. He said a common myth is how the vaccine can affect fertility or the reproductive organs. James said this speculative information can be damaging and helps spread misinformation about the vaccine.
“They are hesitant because of theories like these popping up,” James said. “This is really unfounded information that we need to clarify this younger population, because I see a disproportionate number of young people who do not want to be vaccinated right now.”
Bishop Dr Steven M. Kelsey, founding pastor of Spirit Filled New Life Church Ministries and Faith Liaison for the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, said he saw residents hesitate because they had pre-existing conditions and didn’t did not know how the vaccine will affect their health if they have heart problems and other pre-existing conditions. In addition, he cited the Tuskegee Syphilis Study in 1932, where black sharecroppers were recruited under the pretext that they would be treated for “bad blood”, when the nature of the study was the effects of untreated syphilis in the black population as a further example of mistrust in the regard for government within the black community.
James said the strategy needs to evolve where public health officials need to engage with small organizations and community groups to educate younger people about COVID and the vaccine if they are to allay fears.
Update on the recommended break in the use of the Janssen vaccine
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), out of caution, called for an immediate halt in the use of the single-dose Janssen vaccine after six cases in the United States, all were female, developed rare blood clots identified as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) with thrombocytopenia. Reported cases detected symptoms between six and 13 days after vaccination.
the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, met on April 14 to review additional data on the six cases. After the meeting, it was determined that more information was needed. The CDC says it will continue to collect information and ACIP will meet to reassess the scientific evidence, cases and assess their potential importance. Subsequently, the CDC and the FDA will review and consider the committee’s recommendations once they are made.
Dr Moyer said that despite the precautions taken with the Janssen vaccine, the safety and effectiveness of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines should not be of concern.
“One of the reasons for this hiatus was the rare blood clots in these six cases,” Dr. Moyer said. “As the majority of the Janssen vaccine had recently been administered, health officials wanted to make sure this trend did not continue. It’s great that we have two highly effective vaccines available which are among the most effective vaccines we have had in our medical history. Pfizer and Moderna are both more beneficial than COVID for boosting immunity and I encourage anyone who is able to get vaccinated. We have many appointments available with vaccine suppliers in Louisville. “
First respondent data
Currently, 15 members of LMPD, Louisville Fire, Metro EMS, Metro Corrections and the Sheriff’s Office are on leave due to COVID-19:
- 6 are off with positive tests and in self-isolation
- 4 are extinct and quarantined due to exposure to someone who has tested positive
- 5 are extinct with symptoms, awaiting test results
Number of positive tests for first responders / public safety since the start of the incident:
- 561 positive tests
- 555 fully recovered and returned to work
Metro Corrections inmate data:
Total tested: 7,368
Positive total: 414
Total recovered: 414
Total currently in medical isolation: 0
Total number of pending tests: 0
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See this week’s COVID-19 briefing with city officials here. The city’s COVID-19 data dashboard, a complete list of COVID-19 testing sites, information on vaccines, prevention and contact tracing are available at www.louisville.gov/covid19. The LOU HEALTH COVID19 helpline is also available: 502-912-8598