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Louisville mayor tests negative for coronavirus

According to the mayor, he came into contact with someone during the Speed Ball at the Speed Art Museum who later tested positive for COVID-19.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — CORRECTION: Previous story incorrectly reported Speed's Director Stephen Reily tested positive for coronavirus. It has been updated to correctly reflect that he did not test positive for the virus.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has tested negative for the coronavirus after being in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. He will continue to self-quarantine as a precaution.

"I have just learned that my test for COVID-19 was negative. Per Health Department guidance, I will continue to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure, which runs through March 21. In the meantime, I’m working from home, in constant communication with my staff and others in the community as we work through this crisis. I urge all to adhere to the health department guidelines about protecting yourself and your community," Mayor Fischer said in a statement.

According to the mayor, he came into contact with someone during the Speed Ball at the Speed Art Museum who later tested positive for COVID-19.

Museum officials released a statement saying two guests at the March 7 event had tested positive for the virus. One of them was Louisville philanthropist Christy Brown.

Christy Brown released a statement Sunday to address her diagnosis:
“Thank you for asking. I feel better each day but am told there's always a possibility of new symptoms so I'm taking it easy. I tested positive Friday and have closely followed protocols from government and doctors, and am working with the Department of Public Health in their heroic, ongoing efforts to keep us all safe. This moment reminds us so directly that physical health is interrelated with all other forms of health (economic, psychological, spiritual, etc.), so I'm going to try to make use of this time to close the social distance - at least in our hearts and minds - and have a conversation about these things online even while I am physically isolated.” 

The museum will be closed through March 31.

Other big names who attended the event include, Gov. Andy Beshear, Rep. John Yarmuth and UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. Gov. Beshear tested negative for the virus. Yarmuth and Pendapudi are both in self-quarantine.

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