Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage, the Associate Medical Director for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, died on Friday, according to a release from Mayor Greg Fischer’s office.
Mayor Fischer described Hartlage as a “deeply compassionate, inspirational leader” who guided Louisville through the coronavirus epidemic, particularly with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, in a statement.
Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement:
“The Louisville Metro Government team and our city’s health community are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage.
Dr. Hartlage will be remembered in our community as a deeply compassionate, inspirational leader who made a switch to public health in the middle of a historic public health crisis, and took command of an amazing team of city workers and volunteers to vaccinate tens of thousands of people in a previously unthinkably short amount of time, while also working to ensure vaccines are being distributed equitably throughout the community and communicating facts about their safety in relatable ways to non-medical professionals.
LouVax and our community’s wider vaccine efforts have saved countless lives and will long be celebrated as one of the city’s signature achievements, and with it Dr. Hartlage’s central role and leadership. Our thoughts are with her family and the colleagues and volunteers who worked so closely with her.”
Dr. Sarah Moyer, the director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, also spoke about Dr. Hartlage’s death.
“We are stunned and deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage. Our hearts and prayers are with her family as well as the many employees, partners, and volunteers who have worked closely with her over the past two years.”
According to Courier-Journal:
Hartlage, 36, joined the Louisville Health Department in September 2020. She quickly became the face of the LouVax site at the Kentucky Exposition Center, which was a hub for vaccine distribution in the city for months in 2021.
During her time overseeing those efforts, Hartlage led meetings, walked the Broadbent Arena floor every two hours, drew up doses of COVID-19 vaccine and made an office under the bleachers.
She was a regular face throughout the pandemic on weekly and biweekly calls with the media as she explained the nuance of new variants, vaccines, and more.
However, her cause of death has not yet been released.
Alex Berenson an American writer and conspiracy theorist wrote in Unreported Truths asking questions about Hartlage’s cause of death:
For over a year, Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage urged people to take Covid vaccines.
She urged them online, in person, and in briefings with Louisville’s mayor. She tweeted a picture of herself opening a box of mRNA jabs and said she’d had “a little visit from the Pfizer fairy.” She was thrilled when regulators authorized shots for five-year-olds and disappointed when Pfizer postponed its application for six-month-olds.
She didn’t just talk or tweet, either. She ran the city of Louisville’s vaccine clinic, which injected people with almost 120,000 shots.
And she wanted vaccine mandates.
So how did Dr. Hartlage die? Was her death a cardiac event?
I understand this question is awful for her husband and the people who knew and loved her.
But she forfeited her right to privacy when she cajoled other people to take Covid shots that are known to have cardiac dangers to young people – and even encouraged mandatory vaccinations. “Sudden and unexpected” will not do. (If I “died after a brief illness,” you can bet the bluechecks on Twitter would insist on knowing whether Covid had killed me; and they’d be right to ask.)
The city of Louisville needs to be honest about what happened, the sooner the better.
1/ What killed Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage? The city of Louisville’s Covid vaccine coordinator – and a vocal proponent of mRNA shots – “died unexpectedly” last week. She was 36. The city doesn’t seem to think it needs to say more. It’s wronghttps://t.co/IuwJ8Vf6mJ
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