Louisville health department chief who helped lead COVID-19 efforts dies unexpectedly

A prominent Louisville health department executive who became a familiar face during the height of COVID-19 has died unexpectedly. SarahBeth Hartlage has helped lead the fight against the virus as associate medical director. She helped run the LouVax site at the Kentucky Exposition Center, among many other things that helped people in Louisville during the pandemic. She also frequently participated in Mayor Greg Fischer’s regular COVID-19 briefings, providing important updates. A statement from her colleague, Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, her death was “sudden and unexpected.” Here is her full statement: “We are amazed and deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and to the many staff, partners and volunteers who have worked so closely with her over the past two years.We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to know and work with her.As a result of her leadership, knowledge and planning, thousands of our Louisville residents have received life-saving COVID-19 vaccines. The community is heartbroken to learn of the passing of Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage. Dr. Hartlage will remain in our community as a deeply compassionate and inspiring leader who stepped into public health in the midst of a crisis of historic public health and took command of an incredible team of city workers and volunteers to vaccinate tens of thousands of people. in a previously unthinkable amount of time, while ensuring that vaccines are distributed equitably in the community and communicating facts about their safety in a relevant way to non-medical professionals. LouVax and our community’s broader immunization efforts have saved countless lives and will long be celebrated as one of the city’s landmark achievements, and with it the pivotal role and leadership of Dr. Hartlage. Our thoughts are with her family and the colleagues and volunteers who worked so closely with her.” Governor Andy Beshear offered his condolences on Hartlage’s death, calling her work “heroic.” He tweeted a statement that included a photo of Hartlage with her team. In lieu of flowers, the family asks anyone wishing to honor Dr. Hartlage to please contribute to a charity she started called ‘I Heart Camille.’ We know she was in Florida this week for a health conference.During her flight, a man had a medical emergency on the plane and she helped save his life.

A prominent Louisville health department executive who became a familiar face during the height of COVID-19 has died unexpectedly.

Dr SarahBeth Hartlage has helped lead the fight against the virus as Associate Medical Director. She helped run the LouVax site at the Kentucky Exposition Center, among many other things that have helped people in Louisville during the pandemic.

She was also a frequent participant in Mayor Greg Fischer’s regular COVID-19 briefings, providing important updates.

We haven’t heard how she died, but a statement from her colleague, Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department, her death was “sudden and unexpected.” .

Here is his full statement:

“We are amazed and deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and to the many staff, partners and volunteers who worked closely with her over the past two years. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to know and work with her. Through her leadership, knowledge, and planning, thousands of our Louisville residents have received life-saving COVID-19 vaccines.

Fischer’s statement:

“The Louisville Metropolitan Government team and our city’s healthcare community are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage. Dr. Hartlage will be remembered in our community as a deeply compassionate and inspiring leader who made a shift to public health in the midst of a historic public health crisis, and took command of an incredible team of city employees and volunteers to vaccinate tens of thousands of people in a previously unthinkable amount of time. , while ensuring that vaccines are distributed fairly in the community and communicating facts about their safety in ways that are relevant to non-medical professionals. LouVax and our community’s broader immunization efforts have saved countless lives and will long be celebrated as one of the city’s landmark achievements, and with it the pivotal role and leadership of Dr. Hartlage are with his family and the colleagues and volunteers who have worked so closely with her.”

Governor Andy Beshear offered his condolences for Hartlage’s death, calling his work “heroic”. He tweeted a statement which included a photo of Hartlage with his team.

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In lieu of flowers, the family is asking anyone wishing to honor Dr. Hartlage to please contribute to a charity she started called “I Heart Camille”.

We know she was in Florida this week for a health conference.

During her flight, a man had a medical emergency on the plane and she helped save his life.

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