Unvaccinated hospitalizations, deaths rise in Madison County 

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Another death related to COVID-19 has been reported by the state for Madison County for a total of 119 individuals deceased.

As of Sept. 7, the state reported one additional death as well as 55 new cases from Tuesday.

Hospitalizations have also increased, according to Baptist Health Richmond who reported 23 individuals in their care for the coronavirus. Two of whom are vaccinated, and 21 have not received the shot.

According to Chief Medical Officer at Baptist Health Richmond, Dr. Erica Gregonis, four patients are in the intensive care unit — none of the individuals are vaccinated in the ICU.

In total, Madison County has confirmed 12,389 positive cases since the pandemic arrived in 2020.

The incident rate decreased slightly from 100.6 reported on Tuesday, to 96.9 on Wednesday.

Vaccinations have also increased by small margins rising to 47.10% up from 46% just last week.

The rise in deaths, cases and hospitalizations is not only in Madison County, nor the state. On Tuesday, the United States reached 650,000 total deaths from the virus and also registered more COVID-19 cases in 2021 than all of 2020 according to USA Today.

Both of those numbers are more than 2.1 million.

USA Today noted the the lower numbers for 2020 is likely due to limited testing made available at the start of the pandemic last year. Outbreaks were also not detected in the United States until March 2020.

Hospital officials at Baptist Health Richmond and CHI Saint Joseph Berea can attest to this fact and stated the rates in which they are seeing patients related to the virus is higher than it was at its peak in December 2020.

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