This year’s flu season could come back in ‘full force,’ experts say Wednesday, Oct 5 2022 

Ahead of flu season, doctors are putting parents on notice and say right now is the best time to get kids their flu shots.

        

‘He wasn’t even allowed on the phone’: Kentucky mother speaks out against domestic violence Monday, Oct 3 2022 

"Sadly we're seeing an increase in the number of individuals coming to the center and the severity of the cases."

        

‘Is it going to be an overnight solution?’: Charlestown celebrates permanent solution to brown water problem Friday, Sep 30 2022 

"This project is just another step to providing the water that they expect."

        

Kentuckians want medical marijuana legalized Friday, Sep 30 2022 

Can you believe 90% of Kentuckians support legalizing medical cannabis?

        

‘Community first’; Louisville Urban League breaks ground on senior primary care clinic Saturday, Sep 24 2022 

"There are a lot of good changes happening in the west end of Louisville and I'm excited we're a part of this one."

        

‘It’s a universal infection’: Norton doctors seeing spike in RSV cases Friday, Sep 23 2022 

Doctors said they've seen a more than 60 percent spike in RSV cases so far this year, that's why they're trying to help raise awareness.

        

Louisville Metro Public Health offering free Narcan to the community Friday, Sep 23 2022 

As part of the Harm Reduction Outreach Services, LMDPHW is giving out free Narcan, a drug that can prevent accidental overdoses and save lives.

        

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ poisoned water in this small Ky. town. The mayor didn’t warn residents. Thursday, Sep 22 2022 

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U of L reports decreasing COVID-19 positivity rate after weeks of mask-optional policy Wednesday, Sep 21 2022 

By Joe Wilson —

Weeks after the start of classes, U of L has reported low COVID-19 cases and has no plans to change its mask-optional policy.

According to reports obtained by The Louisville Cardinal, the university had a COVID positivity rate of 17.9 percent in the week of Sept. 12. This marks a steady decline of positivity rate compared to the first week of classes. Back then, U of L reported a positivity rate of 37.9 percent.

Since the start of the Fall 2022 semester, the university has administered an average of 55 COVID tests a week. U of L calculates the positivity rate from the number of tests taken, not the entire student body population. The roughly 18 percent positivity rate, therefore, is a much smaller portion of overall U of L students.

Dr. Phillip Bressoud, a professor of medicine and Executive Director of Campus Health Services, says that “at this time the COVID operations committee doesn’t foresee implementing any new requirements. We are strongly recommending that everyone, especially those over the age of 50, get the Bivalent COVID-19 booster which is available through Campus Health Services on the Belknap and HSC campuses.” 

In July, the university announced it will not mandate mask wearing in the classroom, opting for a mask-optional policy. Later that summer, the university gave away free KN95 masks to any student, faculty, or staff member who wanted them. Since the start of class, mask-wearing has been sparse among both students and faculty.

According to the Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness, Jefferson County reported a total of 1,246 COVID cases last week. COVID cases have been steady in Jefferson County, with an average range of 1,000-3,000 reported cases a week since May 2022. The department labels Jefferson County as “medium risk.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people who live in medium-risk areas to stay up to date with vaccinations and get tested if COVID symptoms develop.

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West Nile Virus detected in Floyd County mosquitoes; Here’s what to know Tuesday, Sep 20 2022 

The virus has been detected in Jefferson County as well, where one person has died.

        

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