For the second day in a row, the Columbia County Department of Health is reporting a death from COVID-19, and a staggering 103 new cases of the virus. The number of active cases being reported today is 6 more than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that, since yesterday, 96 county residents have recovered from the virus. There are 30 fewer county residents in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday. The number hospitalized remains the same, but one more of those hospitalized is now in the ICU.
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County today of 26.1 percent and a seven-day average of 11.4 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 17.4 percent and the seven-day average is 10.0 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH did not release its COVID numbers in the usual way. Instead, there was a press release from Board of Supervisors chair Matt Murell which reported: "Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb reported that since Christmas, 115 new positive cases have been recorded by the DOH. There were 49 new cases Christmas Day, 35 on Saturday [December 26], and 31 on Sunday [December 27]. Director Mabb noted that active cases among county residents is nearing 300, with more than 500 in mandatory quarantine. Thirteen individuals are hospitalized. One is in the ICU."