The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been eighteen new cases of COVID-19. In a press release today from Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, CCDOH director Jack Mabb is quoted as saying, "Community spread is responsible for the way new infections seem to be going." The number of active cases being reported today is seven more than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that eleven more county residents are now considered to be recovering from the virus. There is one fewer county resident in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday, and 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.
New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County yesterday of 1.2 percent and a seven-day average of 1.8 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 1.7 percent and the seven-day average is 2.2 percent.
A year ago today, the number of new cases reported was 7, the total number of cases was 83, and the number of active cases was 51. There were 80 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 9 hospitalized, 1 in the ICU, and the total number of deaths from COVID-19 was 5.