Thursday, December 30, 2021

Behind the COVID Numbers

The Register-Star published a story this morning about the spiking COVID numbers and the most recent deaths from the virus: "County reports two more COVID deaths." The two deaths cited in the headline are the ones reported yesterday and on Tuesday. 

In the article, it is noted that, so far in the month of December, there have been eight deaths from COVID-19. The two deaths reported most recently were a woman in her 50s and a woman in her 70s. The woman in her 50s had comorbidities; both women were unvaccinated. 

The article makes the point that of the 115 people in Columbia County who have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began nearly two years ago, only three had been vaccinated, and those three suffered comorbidities. Of course, for the first year of the pandemic, during which 89 county residents died, very few people were vaccinated. For nine months of that year, the vaccines didn't exist, and for the remainder of the year, they were very hard to get.


  1. It should also be noted that the mortality rates since June 1st of 2021 is 0.57%. 75% of all Covid cases reported in Columbia County since the pandemic began are in calendar year 2021 while total deaths reported are evenly split between the 2 years. The mortality rate in 2020 (when there were no vaccines available) was 3.6% and 1.2% in 2021. 36 of the total deaths reported for Columbia County in 2021 occurred during January and February.

  2. Thank you for posting this information behind the numbers. We have not/are not seeing enough of this in the media, including in The New York Times. We do need to remind everyone how much more of a risk they are if unvaccinated. I also believe that the family of those deceased have a responsibility to let others know that their loved one was not vaccinated, and urge others to get vaccinated. Facebook is an easy way for them to do that.