Saturday, April 17, 2021

COVID-19 Update

The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been three new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is six fewer than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that nine more county residents are now considered to be recovering from the virus. There are 21 more county residents in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday, but the number hospitalized with the virus and in the ICU remains the same. There has not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since Monday, April 5.

The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County yesterday of 1.8 percent and a seven-day average of 1.6 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 2.6 percent and the seven-day average is 2.3 percent.

A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 6 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 108, and the number of active cases was 57. There were 85 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 10 were hospitalized with the virus, and 4 were in the ICU. The total  number of deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 10.


  1. From the NYS DOH website

    Were you aware that, through week 14 (the week ended 4/10/2021) there have been 3 cases of lab confirmed seasonal flu in Columbia County. In contrast, there were 114 cases for the same period in 2019-20 and 338 in 2018-19.

    1. Are you a conspiracy theorist? Are you denying the fact that over 560,000 Americans have died from COVid?

    2. Hmmm, interesting. I never said a word about COVID.

    3. I think, Holst, that the takeaway from this information is that the things we are doing to protect ourselves from COVID--wearing masks, washing hands, avoiding crowds--have also had the effect of limiting the spread of seasonal flu.

    4. Aha. I apologize. Good point.

    5. I’m used to going on other pages like the Register-Star, (god help me), where there are so many people claiming that normal flu deaths are now being listed as COVid deaths, and I wrongfully assumed that you were trying to do that. Again, I apologize.