Despite the fact that the CDC has declared it unnecessary for vaccinated people to wear masks anywhere, new cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported in Columbia County. There were twelve today. That's seven more than there were last year on this day.
Although we are still far from herd immunity, one wonders about this persistent rate of new infections. Today's press release from Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, sheds some light. Murell reports: "Also Friday, DOH Director Mabb said the Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing facility in Valatie is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19. Currently, 11 residents and eight staff are infected with the virus."
A year ago, half the cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County were in nursing homes, and 76 percent of those cases were at The Grand at Barnwell.
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