The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today, and the news is unrelentingly bad. Since yesterday, there have been nine new cases of COVID-19 and seven recoveries, increasing the number of active cases by two to 75. Two more people are hospitalized with the virus today than yesterday, but one fewer is in the ICU. Nine more county residents are in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday, increasing the number to 265, but no one is in precautionary quarantine. The good news is there has not been another death since yesterday.
With nine positives out of 528 test results received, the positive percentage rate for today is 1.7 percent. The seven day rolling average, according to Gossips' calculations, is 1.8 percent--that is, 53 positives out of 2,907 test results.
Tomorrow, the CCDOH publishes its breakdown of positive cases by municipality and nursing home. Perhaps those numbers will provide some insight into where in the county the new cases are occurring.