Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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, but the number of active cases being reported today is 27 fewer than yesterday, suggesting that 36 more people are now considered to be recovering from COVID-19. The number of county residents in mandatory quarantine is the same today as yesterday, as is the number hospitalized and in the ICU. Since yesterday, there has not been another death from COVID-19 in Columbia County.     

The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County yesterday of 2.8 percent and a seven-day average of 2.7 percent. By comparison, the the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 3.9 percent and the seven-day average is 2.0 percent.

Here's some sobering news. According to the Daily Briefing on Advisory.com, New York as a whole isn't doing so well when it comes to new cases:
As of Monday morning, data from the [New York] Times showed that the rates of newly reported coronavirus cases were "staying high" in Alaska, New York, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming, which have each reported a daily average of at least 15 newly reported cases per 100,000 people over the past week.
In contrast, rates of newly reported coronavirus cases were "staying low" as of Monday morning in Guam; Puerto Rico; the U.S Virgin Islands; Washington, D.C.; and 17 states: Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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