The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been 31 new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is twelve more than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that, since yesterday, nineteen county residents have recovered from the virus. The number of county residents in mandatory quarantine today is 48 more than yesterday. There is one fewer county resident hospitalized with the virus, but the number in the ICU remains the same.
New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County of 7.2 percent and a seven-day average of 5.2 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 5.6 percent and the seven-day average is 4.0 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported no new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 553, and the number of active cases was 3. There were 13 county residents in mandatory quarantine, and none was hospitalized or in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 37.
In its article yesterday reporting the 100th death from COVID-19 in Columbia County, the Register-Star shared this information provided by CCDOH director Jack Mabb: "Columbia County has also seen an increase in the number of breakthrough cases--positive cases found in people who are fully vaccinated. Previously, the county had been seeing 25% of its new positive cases are breakthrough cases. The number now is about 40% to 50% of the county's cases on any given day, Mabb said."
Let's be careful out there.