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Another record breaking week for flu in LouisvilleKy

Louisville, KY – Last week (Feb. 3 – 9) reported cases of flu hit a new high: 921 cases for the week.  Cases are overwhelmingly infulenza strain A.  This brings our total number of flu cases for this season to 4,623.  There have been 6 influenza related deaths. You can see more at our Flu Activity page. You can learn much more about the flu, the flu vaccine, and who should get the vaccine at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/


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LouisvilleKY faces ‘devastating’ cuts in services

Mayor: Without new revenue, city faces “devastating” cuts in services because of Frankfort-mandated pension obligation Cuts would include every agency of Metro government, including police officers, fire stations, libraries and community services Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer outlined specific and “devastating” potential cuts to city services and staff that would, without new revenue, be necessary to cover an expected $65 million budget gap over the next four years, caused by a state-mandated pension increase that grows every year through FY23. The potential cuts range from staffing reductions in nearly every Louisville Metro Government (LMG) department, including police, fire and…


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New LouisvilleKY training sessions open to get ready for KDF’s Tour de Lou

 Louisville, KY. – Wish you could ride faster or go further on your bicycle? The Kentucky Derby Festival and PNC can help you do both through their NEW training program for bicyclists at all experience levels. Registration for the FREE PNC Tour de Lou Training Program is now open at KDF.org.  The eight-week training program includes free group rides led by the Louisville Bicycle Club. Training tips, like hand signals and rules of the road, as well as nutritional information will also be shared. Plus, the first 250 to sign-up receive a free tech shirt.  The training rides will take place…


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LouisvilleKY offering free radon test kits

  Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is offering free radon test kits while the supply lasts. You can request a kit by visitng this link or by calling 574-6650. Radon is a gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. It forms naturally when uranium, radium and thorium break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. People can be exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that comes in through cracks and gaps in homes and other buildings. Radon can cause lung cancer through prolonged exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in…


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American Red Cross in LouisvilleKY and more suffer blood and platelet shortage

Story from redcross.org… Louisville, KY., – Severe winter weather across the U.S. coupled with an influenza outbreak impacting 36 states, has caused the American Red Cross to reissue their emergency plea for blood and platelet donations. During the month of January, snow, ice and cold temperatures has caused the Red Cross to collect more than 14,000 fewer donations—resulting in Red Cross blood donations being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in. With more cold weather and heavy snow predicted across the U.S., it is important that eligible individuals in areas unaffected by the weather make an appointment to give…


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High Number of Flu Cases Reported in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY., – The week of January 20 – 26 yielded the highest number of confirmed cases reported in one week for this flu season: 595 confirmed cases, ovewhelming majority Type A 4 flu related deaths reported to date Read our Influenza Activity Data Brief here. Best protections against getting the flu are to get the flu shot and wash your hands often with warm water and soap. If you do get the flu, see your doctor, take all prescribed medications, and stay home to avoid spreading the flu to others. More info on flu at www.cdc.gov/flu


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LouisvilleKY is seeing more Flu cases

DEERFIELD, Ill., and LOUISVILLE, KY., –(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Walgreens Flu Index™  is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranks those states and markets experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. Now in its fifth flu season, the Walgreens Flu Index was developed as a tool for consumers, health officials and the media to track flu activity in their area, and it continues to be an indicator of flu activity and important reminder to take preventive measures, such as receiving a flu shot, to stay healthy throughout the flu season. The Walgreens…


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Whooping Cough cases spike in LouisvilleKY

Officials recommend that doctors test for whooping cough and urge parents, caregivers and siblings to get a whooping cough booster Photo from WebMD.com LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Department of Public Health and Wellness is seeing a spike in whooping cough (pertussis) cases throughout Louisville.  In 2018 there were 62 cases, sixteen in the last two months of the year.  This compares to only 27 cases in Louisville for all of 2017. “We recommend that physicians test for whooping cough in patients who have a cough that persists for two weeks or more,” said Dr. Lori Caloia, medical director of the…


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Ready to Train for LouisvilleKy’s famous road race

Louisville, KY., – Today is the kick-off for the Norton Sports Health Derby Festival Training Program to prepare runners and walkers for the Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon set for Saturday, April 27. The free 15-week Norton Sports Health Training Program offers training tips and weekly group runs for participants with all levels of experience. Runners and walkers can register for the training program online at www.derbyfestivalmarathon.com.   The kick-off includes distribution of the free training manual; overview of the 2019 miniMarathon and Marathon; as well as introduction of the Norton Sports Health Training Experts and Physicians. Participants will…


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LouisvilleKY sets goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer says Louisville is joining cities across the globe by setting a goal of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In May 2016, Mayor Fischer signed the Global Covenant of Mayors, an agreement signed by leaders of more than 9,000 cities across the world committing to inventory and develop a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, cities play a major role in these efforts, as 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from cities. Greenhouse gases get trapped in the atmosphere, which causes warming and leads to climate change. These gases…


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