County sees highest weekly surge in cases since delta variant 

The National Guard arrived for a second time in less than six months at Baptist Health Richmond on Monday.

That same day, more than 1,026 positive, new cases were confirmed by the health department from Monday, Jan. 3 until Sunday, Jan. 9. This is the highest number of weekly cases reported in the county since 978 cases were reported the week of Sept. 13 through Sept. 19 -- when the delta variant was announced.

The hospital is currently treating 16 positive virus patients -- 10 of whom are unvaccinated.

"With another COVID-19 surge upon us and resources already strained, seeing the National Guard arrive this morning brought a sense of stability and hope to Baptist Health Richmond. The gratitude we have for them is immense and we cannot thank the governor enough for his support during this trying time," Greg D. Gerard, president of Baptist Health Richmond, said.

According to the Madison County Health Department, COVID-19 is spreading across the commonwealth at a dramatic rate.

As the governor announced last week, the daily case count numbers on Thursday-- 9,836 --were the highest ever for the pandemic.

"This illustrates just how contagious the Omicron variant is," officials with the health department stated.

"With the level of transmission in Madison County and in Kentucky, there is only one county in the state that is not red this morning," Madison County Public Health Director Nancy Crewe said.

Here in Madison County, as anticipated, numbers for last week are extremely elevated.

Per Monday evening's report, the state incidence rate map shows Madison County's rate to be 138 average daily cases per 100,000 population as of Jan 10, 2022. Because of the escalation of cases, the Madison County Health Department staff is very busy entering lab results and taking calls from the community.

"All the guidance is on our website, so we refer people to that resource, but Madison County Health Department is also mailing guidance to all persons who are positive cases. People are welcome to call us--we want to support and assist as best we can," Madison County Health Department Public Information Officer Kelley McBride said.

In total, 19,844 individuals have tested positive for the virus since March of 2020. On Monday, 221 deaths were also confirmed related to the virus. This is an increase of five deaths in the past five days.

The vaccination rate remains at 50.4%.

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