The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been two new cases of COVID-19. In his press release today, Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, reported:
[CCDOH] Director [Jack] Mabb said the low infection rate in the county can be attributed to the county vaccination rate, which stands at 64.4 percent among those who have received at least [one] dose of the vaccine, and the better weather. This constitutes the lowest infection rate in the county in a year, he pointed out.
The number of active cases being reported today is one fewer than yesterday, from which it can inferred that three more county residents are now considered to be recovering from the virus. There are five more county residents in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday, and there is one more hospitalized with the virus. No one is in the ICU, and there has not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since May 4.
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County yesterday of 1.4 percent and a seven-day average of 1.0 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 2.1 percent and the seven-day average is 1.1 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 10 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 381, and the number of active cases was 188. There were 322 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 16 were hospitalized, and 1 was in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 32.