The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today, and they are staggering. Since yesterday, there have been 50 new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is 72 more than yesterday, which suggests there has been error in recording and reporting somewhere along the line. There are 56 more county residents in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday, and 3 more are hospitalized. The number of those hospitalized who are in the ICU remains the same. There has not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since Wednesday.
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County yesterday of 6.3 percent and a seven-day average of 7.7 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 6.7 percent and the seven-day average is 6.7 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 and a death. The total number of cases was 894, and the number of active cases was 91. There were 361 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 19 were hospitalized, and 3 were in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 45.