The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been 40 new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is 53 fewer than yesterday, from which it can be inferred, if the numbers are correct, that since yesterday 93 county residents have recovered from the virus. There are 9 more 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 yesterday.
The Register-Star reported that the two deaths reported yesterday were both people who were vaccinated. CCDOH Director Jack Mabb is quoted as saying, "Both of them were seniors, both of them vaccinated, but both of them had a lot of comorbidities."
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County yesterday of 5.2 percent and a seven-day average of 8.8 percent. By comparison, the positivity rate for the Capital Region was 6.8 percent and the seven-day average was 8.2 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 22 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 1,016, and the number of active cases was 65. There were 183 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.