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Increases seen in Madison County's coronavirus cases

Madison County Health Dept

Madison County has experienced an increase in coronavirus cases and related deaths in recent weeks. Health Department Spokeswoman Kelley McBride said the incidence rate at 31.5 per 100,000 people this week puts the central Kentucky community back in the red category, representing the highest level of COVID spread. “I’m not sure what to attribute that change to. I’m not an epidemiologist and I’m not sure any of our folks here would speculate on that,” said McBride.

McBride said the vaccination rate for the central Kentucky county remains under 50%.

She added the drive-through ‘Thankful Thursday’ event Thursday resulted in 100 vaccinations including some people receiving boosters. McBride noted holiday get-togethers can increase the risk of transmission and so health safety measures need to be used.

A representative at Baptist Health Richmond reports hospitalizations have risen slightly over the past week. Half of the six people admitted to the Richmond hospital with COVID are vaccinated.

Baptist Health reports a decline in COVID deaths since the end of October.

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