Typically on weekends, the Columbia County Department of Health posts its numbers around noon. Today, the numbers were not posted until 4:30 p.m., and they are not good. Since yesterday, there have been sixteen new cases of COVID-19 and just one recovery, increasing the number of active cases by fifteen to 62. Five more people are now hospitalized with the virus, but the number in the ICU remains at one. There are ten more county residents in mandatory quarantine today than there were yesterday, but no one is in precautionary quarantine. The good news is there has not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since October 14.
With sixteen positives out of 260 test results received, the positive percentage rate for today is 6.1 percent. That may put us just shy of becoming a hot spot, but so far the CCDOH has provided no information about where in Columbia County this spike is occurring. The seven day rolling average, according to Gossips' calculations, is 1.8 percent--that is, 42 positives out of 2,292 test results.