Sunday, January 31, 2021

COVID-19 Update

The Columbia County Department of Health took a break from reporting the COVID numbers yesterday, but they are back today, reporting another death, bringing the total number of deaths in Columbia County from COVID-19 to 71. The CCDOH is also reporting 37 new cases of COVID-19, but the difference between the total number of cases reported today and Friday is 85, so there must have been 48 new cases yesterday. The number of active cases reported today is ten more than were reported on Friday. There are 206 fewer county residents in mandatory quarantine today than on Friday. There are also seven fewer county residents hospitalized with the virus and four fewer in the ICU.
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County yesterday of 4.4 percent and a seven-day average of 7.1 percent--the highest in the Capital Region. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 4.2 percent and the seven-day average is 5.0 percent.


  1. The NYS Covid dashboard has Columbia County with 17 positive tests for January 30th and a positivity of 4.43%. The NYT has different numbers too. I don't understand the discrepancy.

    1. I've tried to figure it out but have given up. I think the discrepancies result from the fact that the numbers are reported at different times of the day. The NYS dashboard reports at the same time of the day every day, sometime in the early afternoon. The CCDOH numbers are reported at different times, with no regularity, later on in the afternoon.

    2. Is it possible there is an administrative discrepancy in reporting? As in, the county might only report county residents tested within the county, while the state reports on all tests which take place inside the county?

    3. Thanks Carole. That sounds plausible. Given the discrepancies, it's hard to decide which is more reliable.