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May 26, 2022

UofL doctor says rise in COVID-19 positivity rate should not concern Derby goers – WLKY Louisville

UofL doctor says rise in COVID-19 positivity rate should not concern Derby goers  WLKY Louisville

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The weekly positivity rate in Kentucky rose this week – just in time for the Kentucky Derby – but UofL Health’s chief medical officer said he is not concerned.All but four of Kentucky’s counties remain in the green, meaning reported COVID-19 case counts are low. But the weekly positivity rate rose from 4.35% on April 25 to 5.67% on May 2, according to Kentucky’s COVID-19 dashboard.Kentucky Derby season: Race day, festival and everything else you need to know”I think why I’m not worried about it is, No. 1, we’re not seeing any of the exponential type climb that we saw earlier in the year or particularly last fall,” said Dr. Jason Smith, UofL’s chief medical officer. “And we’re definitely not seeing that associated with an increased number of people coming into our urgent care sick or an increase in the number of hospitalizations.”Nonetheless, Smith recommends people getting vaccinated if they aren’t and urging people to stay home if they feel sick.Derby 2022: Gov. Beshear delivers different message for this year’s Kentucky Derby attendeesMeanwhile, those planning to attend the Oaks and Derby this weekend said they aren’t necessarily worried about the uptick or COVID-19 in general. Some said it was because they feel safe from being vaccinated and others because the events are held outdoors.Others said they were taking their precautions but still planned to go.Gov. Andy Beshear also encouraged people to attend the Derby events this week. He said we’re in a good place to get together.

The weekly positivity rate in Kentucky rose this week – just in time for the Kentucky Derby – but UofL Health’s chief medical officer said he is not concerned.

All but four of Kentucky’s counties remain in the green, meaning reported COVID-19 case counts are low. But the weekly positivity rate rose from 4.35% on April 25 to 5.67% on May 2, according to Kentucky’s COVID-19 dashboard.

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“I think why I’m not worried about it is, No. 1, we’re not seeing any of the exponential type climb that we saw earlier in the year or particularly last fall,” said Dr. Jason Smith, UofL’s chief medical officer. “And we’re definitely not seeing that associated with an increased number of people coming into our urgent care sick or an increase in the number of hospitalizations.”

Nonetheless, Smith recommends people getting vaccinated if they aren’t and urging people to stay home if they feel sick.

Derby 2022: Gov. Beshear delivers different message for this year’s Kentucky Derby attendees

Meanwhile, those planning to attend the Oaks and Derby this weekend said they aren’t necessarily worried about the uptick or COVID-19 in general. Some said it was because they feel safe from being vaccinated and others because the events are held outdoors.

Others said they were taking their precautions but still planned to go.

Gov. Andy Beshear also encouraged people to attend the Derby events this week. He said we’re in a good place to get together.