The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today, December 17. Since yesterday, there have been 57 new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is 31 fewer than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that, since yesterday, 86 county residents have recovered from the virus. There are 25 more county residents in mandatory quarantine today than yesterday, and 2 more are hospitalized. The number hospitalized that are in the ICU remains the same. There has not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since Monday, December 13.
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County today of 12.0 percent and a seven-day average of 9.2 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 7.6 percent and the seven-day average is 6.6 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 28 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 1,253, and the number of active cases was 133. There were 502 county residents in mandatory quarantine, but the number hospitalized and in the ICU was not reported. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 48.