Sunday, November 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update

The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today, and they are completely confusing. The CCDOH is reporting five new cases and 79 active cases, but the number of active cases reported yesterday was 70. If you compare the total number of cases reported yesterday (692) with today (669), it indicates there are 23 fewer cases today than yesterday, which can't be right. Obviously, whoever enters these numbers is suffering from pandemic fatigue. What may be correct is that the number of people hospitalized and in the ICU is the same as yesterday, there are nineteen more county residents in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday, two more people are recovering from the virus, and there has not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since Friday.

Because the numbers seem so messed up, we won't try to calculate the positive percentage rate. The New York State County Dashboard, however, is reporting that since yesterday there have been eight positives out of 380 test results for a positive percentage rate of 2.1 percent. Of the counties in the Capital Region, only Schenectady County had a worse day than we. According to the same source, our seven day rolling average is 1.8 percent.

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