Friday, January 21, 2022

COVID-19 Update

The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been 75 new cases of COVID-19, as compared with 121 new cases yesterday. Commenting on today's number, CCDOH director Jack Mabb said, "It's nice to see that drop-off." The number of active cases being reported today is 28 more than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that, since yesterday, 47 county residents have recovered from the virus. There are 3 fewer county residents hospitalized today than yesterday and 1 fewer in the ICU. There has not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since Wednesday.  

A press release issued today by Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, included this information:
DOH Director Mabb noted that New York State reports that since December 1, 2021, there have been 169,764 cases of reinfection, which represents an infection more than 90 days after first being infected. This number represents 3.6 percent of all new COVID-19 infections in that time frame. 
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County today of 14.4 percent and a seven-day average of 16.9 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 13.6 percent and the seven-day average is 15.0 percent.

A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 49 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 2,723, and the number of active cases was 496. There were 636 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 36 were hospitalized, and 6 were in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 61.

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