The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been 48 new cases of COVID-19. So much for thinking the post-Thanksgiving surge is dropping off. The number of active cases being reported today is 22 more than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that, since yesterday, 26 county residents have recovered from the virus. There are 34 fewer 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 Thursday, December 9.
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County today of 8.6 percent and a seven-day average of 8.7 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 6.6 percent and the seven-day average is 6.6 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 11 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 1,130, and the number of active cases was 82. There were 393 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 16 were hospitalized, and 1 was in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 46.