Saturday, November 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update

The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been nine new cases of COVID-19 and eleven recoveries, reducing the number of active cases by two to 90. The number of people hospitalized with the virus and in the ICU remains the same as yesterday.  

There is obviously a mistake somewhere, because the total number of tests--that is, counting from the beginning of the pandemic--is four fewer today than yesterday. As a consequence, it is not possible to calculate the positive percentage rate for today. If the total number of tests reported today is accurate, although I have a feeling it isn't, the seven day rolling average is, according to Gossips' calculations, is 3.4 percent--that is, 84 positives out of 2,495 test results. The New York State Department of Health county dashboard, which was last updated yesterday, indicates that Columbia County has a seven day rolling average of 2.3 percent and a fourteen day rolling average of 2.6 percent.

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