Friday, May 14, 2021

COVID Insight

Despite the fact that the CDC has declared it unnecessary for vaccinated people to wear masks anywhere, new cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported in Columbia County. There were twelve today. That's seven more than were reported on this day last year. 

Although we are still far from herd immunity, one wonders about this persistent rate of new infections. Today's press release from Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, sheds some light. Murell reports: "Also Friday, DOH Director Mabb said the Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing facility in Valatie is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19. Currently, 11 residents and eight staff are infected with the virus."

A year ago, half the cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County were in nursing homes, and 76 percent of those cases were at The Grand at Barnwell.


  1. Are these people not yet vaccinated?

  2. That’s just not true. The CDC did not say that fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks “anywhere”.

    Masks must still be worn on public transportation, on commercial airplanes, in hospitals, in prisons, in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and memory cate units, and ANYWHERE mandated by state or local law. This could include grocery stores and a multitude of businesses and government agencies.

    1. Anywhere also includes businesses, which have a right to set their own policies to protect employees and customers.

      That oughta start a few good scraps.