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Positive cases, the incident rate, and the number of deaths related to COVID-19 are steadily rising in Madison County.

The state is reporting one new death related to the virus in Madison County as of Wednesday.

This brings the death toll to 117 since the pandemic arrived in March of 2020.

In addition, 71 cases were reported for a single day on Wednesday, according to the state's COVID-19 dashboard. In total, 11,822 confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed since March of 2020.

The incident rate also increased to 85.7 cases per 100,000 population per day. This is an increase from the incident rate of 76.5 cases reported on Monday.

As of Thursday, 18 COVID-19 positive patients remain in Baptist Health Richmond. Of those, three are vaccinated, and 15 are unvaccinated.

That same day, less than 50% of Madison County was reported to be vaccinated, with only 46.39% of the population having received the shot.

Health officials, community members, and local leaders are still encouraging those who have not to get their vaccine to help stop and slow the spread of the virus. You can find a vaccine by visiting vaccine.gov.

If you think you have COVID-19 and wish to be tested, Baptist Health Richmond is hosting drive-thru testing at the hospital's north entrance.

The drive-thru will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and is closed for lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

No appointments are needed, and test results will be available within 24 to 48 hours and can be viewed by logging in or creating a MyChart account.

To create a MyChart account, visit https://mychart.baptisthealth.com. To access your health data anywhere, 24/7, try the MyChart Mobile App.

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