Deaths rise, ICU patients double from COVID-19 

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COVID-19 continues to envelop Madison County with higher case numbers and increased mortality rates.

As of Monday afternoon, 568 new cases were confirmed over the course of the past week, with two additional new deaths related to the virus.

In a weekly social media post from the Madison County Health Department, 57 cases were reported for Monday, Sept. 6, followed by 98 that Tuesday. On. Wednesday 120 cases were reported for the high that week, followed by 116 on Thursday. The number decreased on Friday, with 87 cases confirmed and 42 on Saturday. Forty-eight cases were reported for Sunday.

In total, 12,733 positive cases have been confirmed in Madison County since the pandemic arrived in March of 2020. In addition, the death toll has reached 121 Madison Countians.

With the rise in cases, Baptist Health Richmond is seeing a surge in patients in their COVID-19 unit, as well as intensive care.

According to Sara Stringfield, marketing coordinator with BHR, eight patients are currently in ICU — all of whom are unvaccinated. This is double the numbers seen at the end of last week, hospital officials stated.

In total, 27 patients are currently hospitalized for the coronavirus. Five of those are vaccinated, and 22 are not.

Countywide the vaccination rate is slowly climbing. On Monday, the vaccination rate has reached 47.94%, according to the state's dashboard.

The county remains designated a 'red-zone' with an incident rate of 93.7 cases per 100,000 population per day.

For more information, visit the health department's website. To find a vaccine, visit vaccine.gov.

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