COVID-19 positives increasing

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After almost fading away, cases of COVID-19 are once again rising in Marshall County.

Mirroring the rest of the country, the relaxation of distancing and masking, stalling vaccination rates, and the emergence of the more infectious delta variant of the virus has sent infection rates and hospitalizations climbing sharply.

After hovering in single digits for most of June, positive cases in the county are trending higher.

On June 27, there were six active cases in the county. By July 1, that number increased to 23, doubling to 46 by July 10.

As of Thursday, July 22, the number of active cases stood at 75 and by Tuesday, August 3, the county had 104 active cases.

On August 3, 2020, the first day of school last year, the county recorded 122 active cases and saw another increase after students returned.

As of Tuesday, August 3, just over 36 percent of Marshall County residents have completed the vaccine process, while a further 6.5 percent have received one dose.

Four additional deaths caused by the virus have been recorded in July so far, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 65.

Area hospitals are starting to see the impacts of the resurgence. Williamson Medical Center said on Monday that COVID hospitalizations were up 633 percent over the last three weeks, 95 percent of which were unvaccinated.

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