Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage, who led the distribution of COVID-19 injections in Louisville, has died at 36.
Hartlage acted as the associate medical director of the health department and had a leadership role in Louisville’s COVID-19 response.
Dr. Sarah Moyer, the city’s chief health strategist, called her death “sudden and unexpected.”
“We are so grateful for the opportunity to have known and worked with her,” Moyer said in a statement. “As a result of her leadership, knowledge and planning, thousands of our Louisville residents received life-saving COVID-19 vaccines.”
Mayor Greg Fischer’s office announced her death Friday morning but did not say how she died.
The Louisville Metro Government team and our city's health community are heartbroken to hear of the sudden & unexpected passing of Dr. SarahBeth Hartlage. My statement: pic.twitter.com/F5ajlOLNfD
— Greg Fischer (@GregFischerLou) March 18, 2022
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
— Andrew Bostom, MD, MS (@andrewbostom) March 20, 2022
Famous Louisville vaccine advocate and vaccine clinic operator SarahBeth Hartlage @SBHartlageMD, sadly died "suddenly and unexpectedly" at the age of 36.
She advocated tirelessly against Ivermectin too
— Igor Chudov 🐭 (@ichudov) March 19, 2022
The Courier Journal reported:
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.
Unsurprisingly, the outlet didn’t ask questions about her cause of death.
Alex Berenson asked those questions in Unreported Truths:
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.