Yesterday, Jack Mabb, director of the Columbia County Department of Health, made this statement: "As of today, the county has experienced 215 new positive cases of COVID-19 since December 1. At the beginning of the pandemic, it took us around 2½ months to hit 215."
That was yesterday. Today, the CCDOH is reporting 28 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday and only two recoveries. That would seem to increase the number of active cases by 26 to 131, but the CCDOH is reporting 133 active cases. Today's report from the CCDOH does not include the number hospitalized and in the ICU.
Today's report also does not include the number of test results received, so it is not possible to calculate the positivity rate for today or the seven day average positivity rate. The New York Forward dashboard gives the positivity rate for Columbia County as 4.5 percent for yesterday and 4.2 as the seven day average. It is now the seventh consecutive day that seven day average positivity rate has been above 3 percent, but this is the first time it's been above 4 percent.