Tuesday, October 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update

The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today, and the news just keeps getting worse. There has been another death from COVID-19 in Columbia County, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 40. Since yesterday, there have been thirteen new cases of COVID-19 and two recoveries, increasing the number of active cases by ten to 71. The number of people hospitalized with the virus remains the same as yesterday, but today two more are in the ICU. The number of county residents in mandatory quarantine has increased by 41 since yesterday, but no one is in precautionary quarantine.

With thirteen positives out of 592 test results received, the positive percentage rate for today is 2.2 percent. The seven day rolling average, according to Gossips' calculations, is 1.8 percent--that is, 48 positives out of 2,658 test results.


  1. It is so remarkable -- a bit sad, actually -- that the crucial statistic for measuring the pandemic's spread in Columbia County, the infection rate, is "according to Gossips' calculation." Where is the County's Health Department?

  2. Accoding to some figures out there, about 2/3rds of the active cases are from nursing homes and assisted living facilities. But presumably those are “caught” faster than cases in the general population. So my guess would be that the total number of actual cases (i.e., including those walking around positive but not yet tested) is higher, with a balance of more like 50-50 between homes and the rest of the population.