The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been 2 more deaths from COVID-19. There have also been 44 new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is 70 more than yesterday, which suggests there has been an error in reporting somewhere along the line. There are 48 more county residents in mandatory quarantine, and 1 fewer hospitalized. None of those hospitalized is in the ICU.
New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for positivity rate from Monday to Tuesday for Columbia County of 5.3 percent and a seven-day average of 7.5 percent. By comparison, the positivity rate for the same 24-hour period for the Capital Region was 9.6 percent and the seven-day average was 7.9 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 3 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 994, and the number of active cases was 53. There were 186 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 15 were hospitalized, and 1 was in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 46.
The numbers from the CCDOH do not indicate the vaccination status of the new cases or of the people who died from the virus. On Monday, however, the Times Union published the following chart, using numbers from the New York State Department of Health.
The chart shows that there are 21,530 Columbia County residents that have not been fully vaccinated, as compared with 38,386 who have. The percentage of fully vaccinated residents in Columbia County is 64.1 percent--the fourth lowest percentage of eight counties in the Capital Region. Remember that as you go out and about.