COVID-19 cases and deaths reach all-time weekly high in Louisville

COVID-19 cases and deaths reach all-time weekly high in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The past week was COVID-19′s most deadly in the city of Louisville. Case numbers have also reached an all-time high.

After four weeks of a decline, the number of COVID-19 cases in Louisville is again rising.

4,140 cases were reported in the last week. 59 people died.

“It pains me to say that thinking about 59 families that lost a loved one over the holidays,” said Louisville’s Chief Health Strategist, Dr. Sarah Moyer. “Just thinking about how close we are to the finish line and how that could possibly have been prevented really just pains me to think about.”

As hospitals and health departments across the state are being forced to dispose of unused vaccine doses, The Metro Louisville Department of Health and Wellness said Tuesday there’s not been any waste at their lone mass vaccination site at Broadbent Arena, having been able to find people to whom to administer leftover doses.

“As quickly as it’s coming in, we’re pushing it back out,” said LDPHW Interim Medical Director Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage, “giving it to our community and getting as many people vaccinated as possible.”

Featured on Mayor Greg Fischer’s weekly coronavirus update Tuesday, UofL Health infectious disease specialist Dr. Mark Burns discussed the importance the vaccine is going to have to play to reach the finish line in the fight against COVID-19.

He said confidence in a vaccine is crucial, especially in places where trust has been low, like the black community.

One way he said that confidence is being met is leading by example.

“With black physicians getting the vaccine, it shows we are taking the vaccine, and we believe in what we’re saying,” said Dr. Burns, “and what we’re telling you and how important it is to get the vaccine.”

Dr. Burns said the black community has been hurt by medical advancements in the past, so skepticism is understandable.

However, he said there has been an increase in trust of the vaccines as the pandemic has gotten worse.

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