The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been two more deaths from COVID-19. Because the CCDOH is providing no information on where COVID cases have been happening--in the general population or in nursing homes and other congregate living situations--there is no way of even speculating in what population the deaths are occurring. What can be said is that in the eighteen of days of February so far there have been fourteen deaths--more than 16 percent of the deaths from COVID-19 in Columbia County since the pandemic began here eleven months ago.
Since yesterday, there have also been seventeen new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is two fewer than yesterday, suggesting that there are eighteen more people now considered to be recovering from COVID-19. Thirteen fewer county residents are in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday, and there is one fewer hospitalized with the virus. As was the case yesterday, one of those hospitalized is in the ICU.
New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County yesterday of 2.3 percent and a seven-day average of 3.4 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 2.6 percent and the seven-day average is 2.2 percent.