The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been eight new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is fourteen fewer than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that, since yesterday, 22 county residents have recovered from the virus. There are six more county residents in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday, but the number hospitalized and in the ICU remains the same. There has not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since August 19. The Times Union reported today that the Capital Region, of which we are a part, is now averaging more than two deaths from COVID-19 a day.
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County yesterday of 2.2 percent and a seven-day average of 3.2 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region was 5.7 percent and the seven-day average was 4.6 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported no new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 542, and the number of active cases was 8. There were 22 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 1 was hospitalized, and none was in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 37.