Real-time updates in Indiana | 11 deaths, 458 new positive coronavirus cases Saturday, Apr 4 2020 

The Indiana State Department of Health has reported 4,411 positive cases and 127 coronavirus-related deaths statewide.

        

If people don’t take social distancing seriously, Mayor Fischer says he will close parks and public spaces Friday, Apr 3 2020 

So far he has kept them open for people to exercise and get outside, while social distancing.

        

Red Cross hosting blood drive at KFC! Yum Center Friday, Apr 3 2020 

The blood drive is meant to keep a stable supply through the COVID-19 pandemic.

        

‘We’re not life-sustaining’ | Workers want GE Appliance Park closed amid COVID-19 crisis Friday, Apr 3 2020 

Factory workers we interviewed said conditions at Appliance Park are dangerous, while the company said safety is a top priority.

        

School of Medicine Dean named vice president for academic medical affairs Friday, Apr 3 2020 

By Matthew Keck —

The University of Louisville named Toni Ganzel, School of Medicine dean, vice president for academic medical affairs March 30.

“I’m pleased to announce that School of Medicine Dean Toni Ganzel has agreed to take on an additional role in leading our Health Sciences Center,” said President Neeli Bendapudi.

Ganzel will be taking on the role of vice president for academic medical affairs while also remaining the School of Medicine dean.

Her duties as vice president will include overseeing research activity at the Health Sciences Center, areas regarding diversity and inclusion and faculty development and student health. She will be reporting the overseen activity to Bendapudi and provost Beth Boehm.

Alongside U of L Health CEO Tom Miller, Ganzel will be in charge of making sure that teaching and researching are successful at U of L Health.

“Dr. Ganzel has done an excellent job as dean of the School of Medicine,” said Bendapudi. “I value her expertise and her leadership and look forward to continuing to work with her in this new role. She and Tom Miller are a great team to lead medical education, research and care in our community.”

Ganzel has served as the School of Medicine dean since 2012. She joined U of L in 1983 as an assistant professor in otolaryngology and has held other various roles with the school since.

Bendapudi said she wishes Ganzel well in educating U of L’s health professionals of tomorrow.

Photo Courtesy of The University of Louisville

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4 injured after shooting in west Louisville Friday, Apr 3 2020 

MetroSafe confirmed four people were injured after a shooting at Cecil Ave. near W. Broadway.

        

U of L researchers from various departments help combat COVID-19 Friday, Apr 3 2020 

–By Eli Hughes

The University of Louisville announced April 3 the actions its researchers are taking to respond to COVID-19, which includes actions from the school of medicine, the school of public health, the school of social work and J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

These U of L departments are manufacturing kits used in COVID-19 testing, manufacturing personal protective equipment, disinfecting N-95 masks and working on ways to contact trace the spread of the virus.

“There is an incredible amount of work and I am really proud of researchers we have here who have really responded incredibly well to this crisis and the need for all of these types of activities,” said Kevin Gardner, the executive vice president of research for U of L, in the April 3 U of L trustee’s meeting, which was held virtually.

The Speed School has partnered with the School of Medicine to create and distribute swab kits. The lack of these kits is a limiting factor to widespread COVID-19 testing, so U of L hopes that this contribution can make it possible to increase the amount of testing.

Researchers at the Speed School are also manufacturing face shields, which medical professionals can use to protect themselves when they are in contact with COVID-19 patients. These masks will be distributed not only to hospitals in Kentucky but across the country to places where the virus is spreading more rapidly such as New York.

U of L has also developed a process for sanitizing N-95 masks, which are the medical-grade masks that have been valuable resources since the beginning of this outbreak. Gardner has said their facilities will be able to sanitize 10,000 N-95 masks a day.

The Schools of Public Health and Social Work are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak by helping with contact tracing. This means they are helping identify who might have come into contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

This action can help prevent the spread of the virus by quickly isolating those who have been in contact with the virus.

More information on U of L’s research can be found on the U of L research website.

File Graphic//The Louisville Cardinal

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Field hospital’s staff at Lousiville fairgrounds could include licensed providers and volunteers, Beshear says Friday, Apr 3 2020 

Challenges would include resources like medical supplies and food, as well as documenting and tracking patients.

        

Kentucky could have 13,000 deaths with poor social distancing, new projection says Friday, Apr 3 2020 

Covid Act Now projects around 13,000 people in Kentucky and 30,000 people in Indiana could die if Stay at Home orders are not strictly followed.

        

Disney overhauls film release schedule, including 6 Marvel movies Friday, Apr 3 2020 

Disney is shifting the release dates for nearly all of its big-budget movies, and it's going to send one straight to its streaming service.

        

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