Louisville Universities Announce COVID-19 Policies Ahead Of School Year

By |2021-07-27T18:23:37-04:00July 27th, 2021|COVID-19|

Louisville’s colleges and universities are releasing their COVID-19 policies ahead of the upcoming academic year. Here’s a look at what various schools around the region are doing. What Are U of L’s COVID Protocols? The University of Louisville announced Monday it will continue its required COVID-19 testing program for fall 2021. Testing will be required for any students, staff and faculty that are not vaccinated. The testing requirement also includes those awaiting a second dose. The school will hold required testing periods throughout the first semester–Aug. 17-27, Sept. 7-17 and Oct. 6-15. Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory will provide the testing. The University of Louisville has not announced any vaccine requirements for their students, faculty or staff.  What Are Bellarmine’s COVID Protocols? Bellarmine University will require testing for non-vaccinated residential students. Those students will be tested on move-in day.  Students will receive their results back the same day; so-called “gateway testing” aims to stop any early spread of COVID-19. Vaccines will also be available to students that day.  Both U of L and Bellarmine are requiring unvaccinated campus community members to wear masks and letting vaccinated people decide for themselves.   What About Other Schools? Spalding University has similar policies: no requirement for vaccination, but a mandate to wear a mask if you aren’t.  Spalding’s policy features the use of the #ClearCampus app. #ClearCampus is a daily self screening app for COVID-19 symptoms. The university asks anyone–staff, student, faculty or visitor–with plans to come to campus to pass the health screening for that day. Jefferson Community and Technical College does not have many policies in place, but does plan to offer students a variety of learning options, including fully-online, in-person and hybrid classes.  All the colleges and universities have said current policies and plans are subject to change based on CDC guidelines and COVID-19 numbers

COVID-19, staffing shortages creating challenges at Louisville Metro Corrections

By |2021-07-27T17:23:04-04:00July 27th, 2021|COVID-19|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The inmate population is beginning to creep up again in Louisville's jail after more than a year of declining numbers due to COVID-19. The jail population reached its lowest ever average population in 2020 with 1,250 inmate. But the number is climbing once again, and corrections officers worry there isn't enough staff to deal with the increase.On Tuesday, jail officials told the jail policy committee that the average population of inmates in July was over 1,600, an increase from earlier in the year. "It is absolutely not safe right now for our members," said Louisville Corrections FOP Lodge 77 president Daniel Johnson. "There's a natural danger to our jobs to begin with, but depending on the environment and the decisions being made, you can either make that better or worse."According to Assistant Director of Corrections Steve Durham, three officers were injured over the weekend. Durham said the first incident happened around 11:30 p.m. Friday, when a corrections officer's hand was injured from a "disruptive inmate."  Around 1:45 a.m. Saturday, the same inmate injured another correction's officer's hand. Durham said the inmate was placed under mental health observation. Both officers were treated and released for their injuries. The inmate was also treated for minor injuries at the jail. Then around 5 a.m. Saturday, a "special management inmate" threw bodily fluids on an officer. "As recommended by LMDC practice regarding exposure to bodily fluids, that officer also sought medical treatment," Durham said. Johnson said the combination of COVID-19 and low-pay is leading to a steady stream of officers leaving the jail to pursue other opportunities."You got to pay people more money than they can make on unemployment to take the risk to come work in a facility like the jail," he said. "Because we don't have enough staff, we are working people 70+ hours a week. You know you might have five minutes notice before the end of your shift that you're on another shift."Johnson said the union is working to revise a contract with Louisville Metro Government that expires in 2023. Currently, he said , starting pay for a Metro Corrections officer is $17 an hour.Meanwhile, jail leaders said they're also working on ways to get more recruits in the door and keep the officers already on board. "We're working on some initiatives that we think will help draw more people into the door to make those applications," Durham said. "We're bending and doing out best to get people to come to work and keep good people on the job."Copyright 2021 WDRB Media. All Rights Reserved.

Red Cross offering a chance at VIP trip to Bonaroo to blood donors Aug. 1-15

By |2021-07-27T16:22:14-04:00July 27th, 2021|COVID-19|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The American Red Cross says it needs your help, as it faces a severe blood shortage.Officials say the nation is experiencing a critical blood shortage because of the rising number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries. In fact, hospitals are using 12% more blood products than at this time last year.The ARC says it needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current hospital demand. All blood types are needed -- especially type O, which currently stands at just a one-day supply.As a thank you to donors who come in from August 1 through 15, each person will automatically be entered to win a VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonaroo Music & Arts Festival. Those who give in the month of August will receive a free 4-month subscription to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only). Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 1-15:American Red Cross, 291 North Hubbard's Lane Louisville, KY 402078/3/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.8/4/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.Anchorage Covenant Parishes-Lighthouse, Church of Epiphany, 914 Old Harrods Creek Road Louisville, KY 402238/10/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.Apex Trailer Service, 2807 Sable Mill Lane Jeffersonville, IN 471308/13/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Clark County Community Drive-Knights of Columbus, 225 East Market Jeffersonville, IN 471308/2/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.Culbertson Baptist Church, 4007 Grant Line Road New Albany, IN 471508/15/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.Dairy Queen, 6205 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 402918/3/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.Downtown Louisville Blood Donation Center, 520 E. Chestnut Street Louisville, KY 402028/1/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/2/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.8/3/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.8/4/2021: 10:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.8/5/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/7/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/8/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/9/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.8/10/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.8/11/2021: 10:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.8/12/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/13/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/14/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/15/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.Dr. Black's Eye Associates, 1407 Spring Street Jeffersonville, IN 471308/4/2021: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.East End Louisville Blood Donation Center, 291 North Hubbards Lane Louisville, KY 402078/1/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/2/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.8/3/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.8/4/2021: 10:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.8/5/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/6/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/7/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/8/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/9/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.8/10/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.8/11/2021: 10:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.8/12/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/13/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/14/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.8/15/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.Fern Creek Fire Department, 6200 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 402918/12/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana, 1329 Applegate Lane Clarksville, IN 471298/6/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.Grace Lutheran Church, 1787 Klerner Lane New Albany, IN 471508/5/2021: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.Green Tree Mall, 757 E. Lewis & Clark Parkway Clarksville, IN 471298/5/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.8/13/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2300 Taylorsville Road Louisville, KY 402058/2/2021: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Kaiser Home Support Services, 2633 Grant Line Road New Albany IN 471508/12/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.Knights of Columbus New Albany, 809 East Main Street New Albany, IN 471508/2/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.MedQuest College Louisville, 10400 Linn Station Road, Suite 120 Louisville, KY 402238/4/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.Middletown United Methodist Church, 11902 Old Shelbyville Road Louisville, KY 402438/4/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.Mt. Tabor Elementary, 800 Mt. Tabor Road New Albany, IN 471508/6/2021: 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.One Community Church, 1810 Blackiston Mill Road Clarksville, IN 471298/12/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.Ormsby Three, 10200 Forest Green Boulevard Louisville, KY 402238/6/2021: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.Park Community Credit Union, 2515 Blankenbaker Parkway Louisville, KY 402998/4/2021: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.Prairie Village United Methodist Church, 10015 Stonestreet Road Louisville, KY 402728/12/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.RE/MAX FIRST, 2123 Veterans Parkway Jeffersonville, IN 471308/10/2021: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.Sister Bean's Coffee House, 5225 New Cut Road Louisville, KY 402148/14/2021: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital, 3104 Blackiston Boulevard New Albany, IN 471508/3/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.St. Albert the Great, 1395 Girard Drive Louisville, KY 402228/15/2021: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.St. Athanasius, 5915 Outer Loop Louisville, KY 402198/7/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.St. John Paul II Catholic Church, 2605 West Saint Joe Road Sellersburg, IN 471728/12/2021: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.St. Michael Catholic Church, 3705 Stone Lakes Drive Louisville, KY 402998/1/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.St. Michaels Catholic Church, 11400 Farmers Lane Greenville, IN 471248/11/2021: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.St. Rita, 8709 Preston Highway Louisville, KY 402198/1/2021: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Steven Tompkins Memorial Blood Drive, 15360 Shelbyville Road Louisville, KY 402458/2/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Eastern Parkway, 1333 Eastern Parkway Louisville, KY 402048/3/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.Trinity United Pres. - Fellowship Hall, 215 North Poplar Street New Washington, IN 471628/9/2021: 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.West Broadway Baptist Church, 8420 Six Mile Lane Louisville, KY 402208/9/2021: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.How to donate blood:To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.Follow the American Red Cross of Kentucky on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, click here.Copyright 2021 WDRB Media. All Rights Reserved.

Louisville football: Cards to enhance tailgating experience in 2021

By |2021-07-27T14:21:50-04:00July 27th, 2021|COVID-19|

Louisville football announced plans to create a unique fan tailgating experience for the 2021 season and beyond. Although COVID-19 delayed plans for Louisville football in 2020, the Cardinals are a full-go for an enhanced tailgating experience in 2021. “The Alley, which is scheduled to open for the Sept. 11 home opener versus Eastern Kentucky, sits on approximately one acre on the corner of Boxley and South Floyd,” Louisville football said in a press release on Tuesday. “The property will feature an expansive courtyard with the ability to accommodate a couple (of) thousand fans, turf greens for yard games, live entertainment, numerous drink options and food trucks.  “We are fans too,” Director of Athletics Vince Tyra said. “We know that the game-day experience goes far beyond the actual game. (We) want to help create destinations and foster more traditions for our fans. The Alley is just one more example. I’m so thankful to our friends at Buffalo Construction, Inc. are as committed to our success as we are.” Free and open to all fans, The Alley will open four hours prior to kickoff and will close approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the game encouraging fans to be inside the stadium prior to kickoff.The facility will be open for one hour after the game as well.” Louisville football says that The Alley will cost approximately $850,000 for construction. The Alley will be located at Boxley and Floyd Street, on the east side of Cardinal Stadium. The original Cardinal Alley “Tailg8rs” was founded in 2006 by current Louisville AD, Vince Tyra. A new way to honor Cardinal greats In addition to the new tailgating zone, Louisville football will now have a new way to honor Cardinal greats on game day. If you have visited Cardinal Stadium recently, you know the retired jerseys that hang on the east end of the stadium have become faded and worn. With the new expansion and painting of old seats, the worn jerseys stand out like a sore thumb. That is why Louisville has decided to add a new ribbon board to the section above the PNC Suites. “A new look to celebrate Honored Jerseys will be a significant improvement to Cardinal Stadium over the season,” the university said. “A 400-foot LED Board will be installed on the East side of the side stadium and will highlight UofL’s 23 honorees and its bowl appearances. The department plans to have it fully installed by the Oct. 9 game versus Virginia.” NEW: How a feature may signify Jack Harlow’s staying power

GlowTouch LLC Earns Recognition in Everest Group's 2021 CXM PEAK Matrix®

By |2021-07-27T16:22:15-04:00July 27th, 2021|COVID-19|

LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- GlowTouch LLC, a global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services provider based in Louisville, Kentucky, announced today that the company has been recognized as an Aspirant by Everest Group in the analyst's 2021 Customer Experience Management (CXM) - Service Provider Landscape with Services PEAK Matrix® Assessment for its unique CXM offerings. This is the first time that GlowTouch has made the list and the recognition comes after a year of growth and expansion amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Everest Group analysts evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of over 39 CXM service providers. The Matrix allows unbiased and fact-based validation of CXM leaders' market position and differentiation in customer experience, including the evaluation of their strategic positioning, market presence, growth dynamics, investment readiness, and adoption trends for technologies and related services. "We are proud and humbled to be included among the other leading names in our industry," said Vidya Ravichandran, President and Founder of GlowTouch. "This past year has been one of tremendous growth and change for us. We have added new leadership, new clients, expanded our global footprint, helped existing clientele with increased demand for customer care, and adapted to an unexpected global issue while maintaining our core values. This recognition by Everest Group emphasizes the importance of CXM to companies as they deliver seamless customer experiences."  As The Uncommon BPO™, GlowTouch brings a unique depth and breadth of technology and customer service skills to the industry. Along with contact center agents and supervisors, there are also software engineers and full-stack web developers who provide outsourced technology services. Expertise is critical as technology grows more complex and the inherent user issues become more intricate. During the past 16 months, GlowTouch moved into a new corporate headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky; opened a nearshore facility in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and launched its third offshore center in Mysore, India. In response to the pandemic, a nascent work-from-home program was created as an additional staffing option for clients to expand the labor pool to populations for whom access was previously difficult. In conjunction, the staff has grown to more than 2,300 employees.  The company has also invested heavily in its own ongoing IT evolution. "We have added bot technology, artificial intelligence, and dashboard mechanisms to better streamline our contact center operation," continued Ravichandran. "In recent years, we have also developed and supported software and mobile apps for multiple clients. Our company has a mission to be the customer experience management (CXM) provider of choice for companies that want to acquire and engage customers across all channels. We are committed to delivering innovative solutions that help our customers achieve their business goals." Read more about the Everest Group's 2021 CXM PEAK Matrix®: https://www2.everestgrp.com/reportaction/EGR-2021-21-R-4470/Marketing About GlowTouch GlowTouch provides personalized contact center, business processing, and technology outsourcing solutions to clients around the world. Founded in 2002, its 2,300+ employees deliver operational excellence with high-touch engagement. A certified Woman-Owned Business and six-time Inc. 5000 honoree, GlowTouch is headquartered in Louisville, KY, with operational onshore contact centers in Louisville and Miami, FL; nearshore presence in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and offshore locations in Mangalore, Bangalore, and Mysore, India. To learn more about GlowTouch, visit www.GlowTouch.com, or email Tammy Weinstein at [email protected]. Related Images glowtouch-llc.png GlowTouch, LLC GlowTouch logo SOURCE GlowTouch, LLC

Tuesday morning Cardinal news and notes

By |2021-07-27T12:21:24-04:00July 27th, 2021|COVID-19|

—Tickets are now available for the annual U of L Football Kickoff Luncheon, which will be held onTuesday, Aug. 17 at the Galt House Grand Ballroom. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon for the event, which will feature comments from Scott Satterfield and selected players. —Vince Tyra will conduct a press conference outside of Gate 2 on the East side of Cardinal Stadium Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The U of L AD will be discussing enhancements coming to Cardinal Stadium for the 2021 football season. —These videos remain the best. [embedded content] —Texas and Oklahoma are officially looking to leave the Big 12 for the SEC. —Chris Vannini writes for The Athletic that conference realignment sucks, and argues that it’s taking away what we love about college football. — Louisville cornerback Kei’Trel Clark has been named to the Jim Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List. —Tyler Harrell returned to Louisville in January and looked like a different receiver. —Go Cards. —Louisville women’s basketball’s Emily Engstler and Hailey Van Lith will play with the USA 3x3 women’s team at the FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League, which will take place Aug. 2-4 in Voiron, France. The two Cardinals will be joined on the team by Kylee Watson (Oregon) and Madison Hayes (NC State). —The ACCDN tackles the topic (video) of the greatest Louisville football player of all-time. —Rob Dauster’s Peach Jam notebook is loaded with basketball recruiting news. —Perfect. —Cardinal kicker James Turner has been named to the Lou Groza Award watch list. —The latest NBA mock draft from Sports Illustrated has David Johnson going 46th overall to the Raptors. —Manual High grad Yared Nuguse is heading to Tokyo for the Olympics and fully embracing the moment. —Former Card and Fern Creek grad Jamon Brown has retired from football and is now focused on helping build an empowerment center in the West End. —The praise keeps coming for U of L football freshman Ashton Gillotte. The freshman from Boca Raton, Fla., has been the talk of the U of L camp since he arrived in January after signing in December. U of L defensive coordinator Bryan Brown said after the first couple of days of spring ball that he had “flashed every day.” U of L coach Scott Satterfield continued to laud the newcomer last week at the ACC Football Kickoff. “You’ve seen the videos on Ashton,” Satterfield said with a smile. “He did that and he made it look pretty easy. He’s a guy that has come in here and since he’s been here he’s already put on about 40 pounds. He’s a guy who is going to be in the mix there on the defensive line. He’s going to play for us.” Fifth-year senior linebacker C.J. Avery, who is one of the leaders for the Cardinals again this season, was asked about Gillotte and what he has seen from the youngster last week at ACC Football Kickoff and he didn’t hold back the praise. “He is an absolute freak,” Avery said. “He just puts the work in every day and I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do on the field for us. “It’s really been amazing to watch him come in and do what he has done.” —Former Card Jonathan Greenard knows first-hand COVID-19 can devastate a family. That’s why he’s encouraging his fellow NFL players to get vaccinated. —No matter how hard the league tries, the ACC can’t make Notre Dame love them. —Louisville Report has an NBA draft profile of David Johnson. —Cardinal Sports Zone talks with U of L hoops recruit George Washington III. —Some nice love for Kei’Trel Clark here. BALL HAWKS. Was nearly impossible to narrow this list down to a top 5, but here they are. My best CB’s rolling into the 2021 season. Who should have been on this list?? pic.twitter.com/Kl9SbTUsdq— Eric Mac Lain (@EricMacLain) July 26, 2021 —Justin Marshall and Mark Vassett will both be crucial for Scott Satterfield’s Cards in 2021. —Vegas currently lists Louisville as an underdog for its home games against Central Florida, Clemson and Kentucky. —Jeff Walz and his staff have wrapped up their July recruiting period. —And finally, The Sporting News has Ole Miss, Louisville’s first opponent of 2021, at No. 21 in its preseason top 25 rankings.

Random Ramsdom: Rookie Tutu Atwell placed on injured reserve / COVID-19 list

By |2021-07-27T18:23:39-04:00July 27th, 2021|COVID-19|

On Monday, the Los Angeles Rams placed rookie receiver Tutu Atwell on the injured reserve/COVID-19 list. The designation is trigged by a player who tests positive or has been in close contact with an infected person. Atwell will be following the NFL protocol by isolating and participating in meetings remotely until cleared. The former University of Louisville standout was selected in the second round to join an already loaded receivers group with veterans Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, and acquired free agent DeSean Jackson. Atwell will be competing for a contributing role in Sean McVay’s offense and also for a potential spot as a punt returner. And now for today’s links: RAMS NEWS: Rams place Tutu Atwell on Reserve/COVID-19 list (Rams.com) Five players to watch on defense as training camp opens (Rams.com) Rams are ‘really close to having 100%’ of players vaccinated (Ramswire) Rookie LB Ernest Jones worked on pass rushing ahead of training camp (Ramswire) Can Matthew Stafford elevate LA Rams WRs to Top-10 status? (RamblinFan) NFL NEWS: Aaron Rodgers, Packers close to agreement on reworked deal to bring him back for 2021 season (NFL.com) Houston Texans listening to offers for quarterback Deshaun Watson (NFL.com) Saquon Barkley is ‘getting better every day,’ but Joe Judge, New York Giants content to be patient (ESPN) Joe Burrow unlikely to play in preseason, Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown says (ESPN)

Louisville Officials Hear From Residents On How To Spend COVID Funds

By |2021-07-27T07:24:12-04:00July 27th, 2021|COVID-19|

Louisville officials have received hundreds of suggestions for how to spend new federal coronavirus relief, from building new affordable housing to expanding access to broadband internet. Louisville expects to get about $388 million over the next two years as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed by Congress in March. More than 1,700 people have given feedback through two different online surveys on the city’s website since early June. Dozens more attended a series of in-person meetings hosted by Metro Council’s Budget Committee. The final meeting happened Monday night at the West Broadway Church of Christ. What will the city use the COVID relief money for? Reverend David Snardon of Joshua Tabernacle Baptist Church was one of the Louisville residents in attendance. Snardon told council members that he sees access to mental healthcare as the city’s biggest challenge. “The need for mental health should be of the utmost priority, not just for those experiencing homelessness but also for those that are dealing with the violence plaguing our city,” he said. “In fact, addressing mental health should be built into the fabric of this city in light of the communal trauma we all face, either directly or indirectly, from COVID.” Other residents spoke about the need to end childhood poverty, treatment for sickle cell anemia and reparations for the city’s Black residents. Council Member Bill Hollander (D-9), who chairs the Budget Committee, attended all three public feedback sessions. He said one of the most talked-about issues has been homelessness in Louisville. “I think that’s reflective of what people are seeing in our streets,” Hollander said. “We’ve heard a lot about affordable housing in general. We’ve heard a lot about economic opportunity. We’ve heard some about public safety.” Metro Council’s online survey soliciting public feedback will remain open until the end of July. In addition to public meetings and surveys, Mayor Greg Fischer also created the Louisville Accelerator Team. It is working with city agencies, Metro Council and other community-based organizations to set priorities for the ARPA funding.  Fischer tapped Margaret Handmaker, who heads the consultancy firm Ellico, to lead the Accelerator Team. Handmaker said they’ve put together a short list of broad categories for ARPA spending based on what they’ve heard from the public. They include: Homelessness and affordable housing Economic opportunity and broadband  Healthy neighborhoods Public safety  Youth development and education Arts, culture and tourism Environmental justice “We’ll also be looking at impact,” Handmaker said. “How long does it take to implement? How long does it take to get results? How much ongoing money is needed?” Handmaker recently told Metro Council that the city has already received more than a billion dollars worth of project proposals from various individuals and organizations that want to utilize ARPA funding. What will the city do with all of this feedback? Louisville Metro Council and the Fischer administration are expected to start meeting in August to whittle down the list of priority areas. Council President David James has appointed Hollander and Budget Committee Vice Chair Kevin Kramer (R-11) to negotiate on the body’s behalf. City officials plan to issue requests for proposals from individuals and organizations that want to use the ARPA money. Winning proposals will be based on which projects can best tackle the issues lawmakers and residents have identified. The new federal funding also comes with strict guidelines from the federal government on what the money can be used for.  Local governments are prohibited from cutting taxes and then using the ARPA funding to fill the gap. They are also prohibited from using the money on general infrastructure like roads and bridges. In a presentation to Metro Council, Colin Higgins with the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University stressed that the funding must go to projects directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impacts on the economy. “The crucial element here is that general economic development and workforce development programs are not permitted uses of these funds,” Higgins said. “However, if you were to target a job training program at workers who are unemployed as a result of COVID, that is permitted because it’s tied specifically to an impact caused by the pandemic.” Higgins said the guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department so far has indicated that low-income residents can be assumed to have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. That means programs targeting homelessness will be permitted, and low-income residents won’t have to submit documentation explaining how the pandemic impacted them. While the rules seem to eliminate the possibility of using ARPA funding to build new affordable housing, there is an exemption for so-called “qualified census tracts.” These are areas with a concentration of low-income residents or residents living in poverty.  In the Louisville metro area, qualified census tracts are mostly concentrated in the West End and some areas in the southwest, such as Shively and Iroquois. The federal government has said ARPA funding can be used in those areas to cover equity-focused investments like childcare, affordable housing and lead paint remediation. Because ARPA funding is being distributed over a two-year period, only about $190 million will be available this year. Metro Government already spent nearly $20 million of that on continued vaccination outreach, contact tracing and eviction diversion and prevention. Officials are hoping to start distributing the federal coronavirus funding sometime in the fall.

Daily COVID-19 data for Boulder County, reported July 26, 2021

By |2021-07-26T22:21:40-04:00July 26th, 2021|COVID-19|

New cases: 84Total cases: 24,625 Total hospitalizations: 872 New hospitalizations: 2 Daily hospitalizations: 13 Daily discharges: 0 Total deaths: 251 New deaths: 0 New cases per 100,000 people in past 7 days: 38.8 7-day percent positivity: 2.7% Vaccination data Percent of vaccine-eligible residents who have received only one dose of the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna vaccines: 5% Percent of vaccine-eligible residents who have received a full course of a vaccine, including the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine: 74% Percent of vaccine-eligible residents who have received at least one vaccine dose: 79% *Boulder County last updated its COVID-19 vaccine dashboard on July 24, 2021. Percent of new cases per municipality for the week of July 18, 2021 Boulder: 33% Longmont: 29% Lafayette, Louisville and Superior: 20% Other municipalities and unincorporated Boulder County: 18% *Boulder County Public Health changed its reporting from whole numbers to percentages beginning the week of May 23 Number of cases per 100,000 population per municipality Boulder: 8,477.3 Erie: 5,564.0 Lafayette: 6,602.9 Longmont: 8,642.1 Louisville: 5,551.3 Lyons: 4,103.6 Nederland: 2,013.0 Superior: 4,327.9 Unincorporated Boulder County: 4,987.5 Case data by racial demographic White Cases: 63.1% Hospitalizations: 55.6% Deaths: 74.9% Latino Cases: 31.6% Hospitalizations: 36.9% Deaths: 18.0% Black Cases: 1.1% Hospitalizations: 1.6% Deaths: 1.3% All other non-Latino and non-Black races Cases: 4.2% Hospitalizations: 6.0% Deaths: 5.9% * Boulder County’s population breaks down as 77.4% white, 14.0% Latino, 1.0% Black and 7.9% all other races Number of COVID-19 variant cases B.1.1.7: 718 B.1.351: 0 B.1.427: 44 B.1.617.2: 90 P.1: 16 *Some of BCPH’s data may be missing because of delays in investigations and ongoing county reporting delays. Colorado case data Total cases: 569,289 Total deaths because of COVID-19: 7,158 Total deaths among cases: 6,910 Total hospitalizations: 32,542 Total tested: 3,246,391 Number of people who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine: 3,333,535 Number of people who have been fully vaccinated: 3,065,297

Louisville native Jamon Brown retires from football, helping build empowerment center

By |2021-07-26T20:20:33-04:00July 26th, 2021|Breonna Taylor, COVID-19, David McAtee|

The UofL grad and six-year NFL veteran said he wants to focus on helping his community. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jamon Brown sat back in a stool at the SuperChefs bar and thought for a moment. The former University of Louisville standout considered what he would tell a younger version of himself after 62 NFL games over six seasons. "No one man is an island," Brown said. "So you must draw your strength from others." The 28-year-old carries that quote from a former offensive line coach as he enters retirement from football. Brown said he started thinking about this decision after the Atlanta Falcons released him last August.   The offensive lineman was drafted by the then St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, later playing for the New York Giants, Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. He finished his sixth and final year in the NFL with Philadelphia, who released him from their practice squad following a violation of team rules in December 2020. Then in January, he had a second child, further pushing him to hang up his cleats. "When you're in the league, you never know when that time is going to come," Brown said. "Football is time-consuming. And I was in the space of how do you want to go about the next year?" The answer to that comes off of the field. The West End native was very involved in protests surrounding the police killings of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee, which further sparked his desire to help the community more. He has also participated in a conference call with Louisville's FBI field office and spoken with Taylor's mother Tamika Palmer. All of this started to weigh on him during his last NFL season. "That's when I kind of shifted my focus," Brown said. "I was focusing on football and of course focusing on the preparation. But our city had been hit with some tragedy, man. So I was trying to figure out, like always, how do I help? That really kind of woke me up and I marched into a new mindset: bringing light, opportunity and change in ways that we need it." It's been a goal of the Fern Creek High School alumnus ever since becoming a pro. He's spearheaded the Jamon Brown Foundation, which aims "to impact the lives of those struggling with poverty, violence, and youth homelessness, to improve upon the education and healthy living issues that are typically prevalent in at-risk areas, while influencing others to do the same." Most recently, Brown received ESPN Louisville’s ESPY Humanitarian Hometown Hero award for his work in the community last year. He's worked with the Coalition for the Homeless, started a fundraiser for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and more. "Football was my legacy," Brown said. "But it's not anything that I can pass to my son or anything anyone else could really grab ahold of and use for their benefit. That's where the opportunity to shift out of that and then leave significance for other people's lives became more interesting to me." Be the change you can see!! https://t.co/G7m6HzVZn0— Jamon Brown (@JB_The_GREAT_68) June 30, 2020 His next step in doing that is opening what he calls an empowerment center in the West End. Brown's foundation is partnering with Russell: A Place of Promise and Cities United to build the facility that will feature educational, recreational and professional resources for those in need. "There's a lot of tradition that goes on down there," Brown said. "The things that really trigger me about that is the lack of light. When I look in that neighborhood, there's not a movie theater. There's not a skating rink. There's not different luxuries that you see in other parts of the community." Brown grew up on 39th Street with his mother and two siblings. While walking down the street and showing it to WHAS11, many memories rush back to his mind: being chased by dogs through a couple of alleys, needing to print Dragon Ball Z pictures off at the nearby Shawnee Library because he didn't have a color printer and throwing lackluster progress reports in a neighbor's yard them to hide from his family. "I don't know mom, I didn't get mine," Brown recalled with a laugh. "My brother got his, my sister got hers. But for some reason, our class didn't get ours." When Brown visited with WHAS11, he was stopped by a man asking who he was. After explaining his transition from the NFL to retirement, Brown was asked for help. "It ain't just because of who you are, it's where you're from," the man said. "You know how it is." Brown understood, giving the man his phone number. He said he wants more people to come and take that walk around his neighborhood to see what he sees: people who take pride in their home and what needs to be done to help them. "There is friendliness, there is camaraderie," Brown said. "But the necessities that are really needed to help the community flourish are what's lacking." It brings him back to that quote sticking in his head: "No one man is an island. So you must draw your strength from others." As he enters this next phase of his life, Brown is acting to demonstrate what it means.  "Build the team that you have now," Brown said. "And that's what I have. That's what helped me feel confident in transitioning and walking away from football." WHAS11 will have more on Brown's story at 11 p.m. RELATED: A scoop of love, a sprinkle of kindness: Local company, NFL player Jamon Brown tackle community needs in West Louisville RELATED: UofL baseball's Henry Davis makes history; becomes school's first No. 1 overall pick in MLB Draft [embedded content] ►Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the WHAS11 News app now. For Apple or Android users. 

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