The Columbia County Department of Health took most of the long weekend off, but COVID did not. Since Saturday, there have been 178 new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is 4 fewer than on Saturday, from which it can be inferred that, since Saturday, 182 county residents have recovered from the virus. There are 8 more county residents hospitalized today than on Saturday, but the number in the ICU remains the same. There has not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since Thursday, January 13.
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County today of 23.9 percent and a seven-day average of 20.6 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 20.4 percent and the seven-day average is 17.1 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 48 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 2,561, and the number of active cases was 423. There were 610 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 32 were hospitalized, and 4 were in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 56.