The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been no new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is one fewer than yesterday, and there are two fewer county residents in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday. No one is hospitalized with the virus or in the ICU. There has not been a death from COVID-19 reported in Columbia County since Thursday, June 24.
Now here's a puzzlement. Although the CCDOH reported no new cases yesterday and no new cases today, the New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County yesterday of 3.6 percent and a seven-day average of 1.1 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 0.8 percent and the seven-day average is 0.3 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported one new case of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 441, and the number of active cases was 22. There were 6 county residents hospitalized with the virus, and none was in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 37.