Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer announced 195 new Covid-19 cases and three more virus-related deaths during a news briefing Tuesday, bringing the city’s total to 12,612 confirmed cases and at least 282 deaths.
There are currently 111 residents hospitalized, of whom 52 are in the ICU, said Fischer.
The city’s positivity rate currently stands at 9.42%, he said.
“Our wildfire is still burning and it’s burning strong in the red,” said chief health strategist Dr. Sarah Moyer.
Cases are starting to trend downward but are still “way too high,” she continued, adding that the positivity rate is still increasing.
In terms of testing, Louisville’s capacity is “quite robust,” said Bill Altman, Chief Strategy Officer for Kindred Health and former Chair of the Board of Health, who is leading the city’s work on testing as a consultant.
Altman also noted that testing turnaround times are back to 48 hours or less after the city started to rely more on local and regional labs.