Catching up, here are the numbers reported by the Columbia County Department of Health yesterday, Thursday, December 16. From Wednesday to Thursday, there were 43 new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases reported on Thursday was 5 fewer than on Wednesday, from which it can be inferred that, from Wednesday to Thursday, 48 county residents recovered from the virus. There were 62 more county residents in mandatory quarantine on Thursday than on Wednesday, but the number hospitalized and in the ICU remained the same. There had not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since Monday, December 13.
The New York Forward dashboard yesterday reported a daily positivity rate for Columbia County of 5.6 percent and a seven-day average of 8.2 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region yesterday was 5.2 percent and the seven-day average was 6.3 percent.
A year ago yesterday, the CCDOH reported 23 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 1,219, and the number of active cases was 105. There were 522 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 11 were hospitalized, and none was in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 on December 16 last year was 48.