Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, issued a press release today, part of which is quoted below. The entire press release can be found on the Board of Supervisors Facebook page.
COVID-19 POSITIVE CASES ON RISE AROUND COUNTY
Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said Monday that 45 residents and eight staff members of Ghent Assisted Living, Route 66, Ghent, have now tested positive for COVID-19. Two individuals have died as a result of the outbreak that hit the facility last week.
"In addition, there are a number of clusters popping up around the county," said Director Mabb. "There are now 62 active cases in the county, with 99 in mandatory quarantine. Nineteen are hospitalized."
At the Ichabod Crane Central School District, one elementary student has tested positive for the virus, with approximately 20 individuals in mandatory quarantine as a result. On Monday, the district shut down and was deciding whether or not to open the remainder of the week. It has also begun the process of contact tracing.
Director Mabb recited a number of positive cases showing up around the county: one Livingston Hills resident, one at the Fireman's Home, one county worker, and a private day care provider conducting testing because of their connection to the school community.
"There seems to [be] a critical mass with this virus when it gets into the community. Any one of these cases could blow up on us, or not. But I think we have a handle on it right now," said Director Mabb. . . .