The Columbia County Department of Health did not release its numbers for today until 7:00 p.m., and the news is sobering. Since yesterday, there have been twelve new cases of COVID-19 and seven recoveries. According to the CCDOH's numbers, this increases the number of active cases by six to 109. Three more people are hospitalized with the virus today than yesterday, for a total of 27, but the number in the ICU remains the same at two. Thirty-three more county residents are in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday, but, as was the case yesterday, only two are in precautionary quarantine. There has not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since Wednesday, October 28.
With twelve positives out of 425 test results, the positive percentage rate for today is 2.8 percent. The seven day rolling average, according to Gossips' calculations, is 2.4 percent--that is, 71 positives out of 2,960 test results.
No matter the promise there may be a vaccine on the horizon, observe the rules: Stay at home as much as possible. Wear a mask when you're out and about. Keep your distance from others. Avoid large gatherings.