Tuesday, May 18, 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. Many of the new cases continue to be residents and staff at Barnwell in Valatie. A press release from Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, today reports: "Columbia County Department of Health Director Mabb today said the Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing facility in Valatie’s COVID-19 outbreak continues its upward trend. Currently, 16 residents and 11 staff are infected with the virus, up from 11 and eight, respectively, reported last Friday."

The total number of cases being reported today is six fewer than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that fifteen more county residents are now considered to be recovering from the virus. There are thirty more county residents in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday, but the number hospitalized with the virus remains the same. No one is in the ICU, and there has not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since Tuesday, May 4.  

The 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 1.3 percent and the seven-day average is 1.3 percent.

A year ago today, the CCDOH reported one new case of COVID-19 and one death from the virus. The total number of cases was 345, and the number of active cases was 185. There were 153 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 16 were hospitalized, and 2 were in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 27.

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