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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – COVID is rampant in Kentucky and remains to be very dominant in Louisville. The town’s positivity charge is at present sitting at simply over 13 p.c.

Louisville’s mayor and well being officers continued to remind the general public throughout an replace Tuesday: ‘Vaccines work and are secure.’

Dr. Sarah Moyer with Metro Public Well being and Wellness stated going out in Louisville is harmful, interval. The town is totally within the purple or double purple, and it doesn’t have the well being capability to handle extra folks.

Which means it’s again to the fundamental security measures: masks inside and inside six toes of individuals outdoors.

With flu season additionally approaching, Moyer warned will probably be one of many worst since extra individuals are interacting with each other.

Nevertheless, she stated you may get the COVID and flu shot on the identical time.

“Flu and COVID are each illnesses laborious on our respiratory programs,” Moyer stated. “Our hospitals are already experiencing nice stress and pressure as a result of excessive variety of folks hospitalized because of COVID.”

Moyer stated 5,000 new folks within the metropolis had been vaccinated final week. That’s a decline from earlier weeks.

Greater than 90 p.c of the sufferers in hospitals are unvaccinated.

Moyer reminded the neighborhood that vaccinations are free and being within the hospital isn’t. COVID payments can value tens of 1000’s of {dollars}.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden directed the Labor Division to implement new vaccine mandates or weekly COVID checks for all companies with greater than 100 workers.

If an individual chooses to opt-out of firm’s orders, officers stated don’t anticipate a simple go with unemployment. You might fall underneath volunteered unemployment and get nothing in any respect.

The mayor and officers suggest companies get forward of the sport.

“The surge is pushed by Delta,” Mayor Greg Fischer stated. “Imbedded by the truth that not sufficient folks in our neighborhood have been vaccinated. That is creating extra uncertainties about what folks ought to be doing to maintain themselves secure.”

Moyer acknowledged vaccination and testing websites are understaffed proper now as a result of groups are within the hospitals targeted on sufferers. Proper now, the one advice is to maintain attempting different websites.

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