The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. The number of new cases is greater today than it has been for most of this week, but the good news is there are no new deaths. A press release issued today by Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, provides a hint about where the deaths from COVID-19 are happening: "A death at the Ghent Rehabilitation & Nursing Center raises its overall total to 17, Director Mabb said." The number of active cases being reported today is five fewer than yesterday, suggesting that since yesterday 42 more people are now considered to be recovering. There are 22 fewer county residents in mandatory quarantine, but four more are now hospitalized with the virus. The number in the ICU remains the same today as yesterday.
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County yesterday of 3.8 percent and a seven-day average of 5.4 percent. With the seven-day average positivity rate, we are tied with Greene County for having the highest in the Capital Region. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 3.2 percent and the seven-day average is 3.9 percent.