LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Cases of COVID-19 jumped in Louisville last week, and the city is back in the red zone for infections.

In a weekly news conference, city health leaders said the increase could be the result of people who recently traveled for fall break, but hospitalizations and deaths are still trending down.

People who are not vaccinated are encouraged to talk to their doctor about the shot, said Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage with Louisville Health and Wellness.

She said Family Health Centers have interpreters — who can answer questions in many languages — and medical experts encourage parents to get young children vaccinated.

"I was happy to get my 6-year-old vaccinated last night," Hartlage said. "It's a real relief for us to know that I've done everything I can to try and protect her, especially as we look toward the holidays and being able to visit with our family safely."

On Tuesday afternoon, the vaccination coordinator at the White House weighed in on Louisville's COVID-19 cases.

"Look, I visited Louisville not long ago, and I had great conversations with pediatricians, family physicians, doctors, with hospital systems, health care leaders, community health centers, and there is a great support system in Louisville to be able to make the vaccine available, to answer people's questions so that those who still have questions can get vaccinated and we prevent further surges," Dr. Bechera Choucair said. "We know how to do it." 

About 58% of Louisville's population is fully-vaccinated. Jefferson County has a 5.56% positivity rate, which is slightly higher than Kentucky's statewide positivity rate of 5.44%.

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