The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since Saturday, there have been 70 new cases of COVID-19--enough to put the total number of cases in the county since the beginning of the pandemic over 10,000. The number of active cases being reported today is 199 fewer than on Saturday, from which it can be inferred that, since Saturday, 269 county residents have recovered from the virus or the number of active cases being reported today is incorrect. There are 5 fewer county residents hospitalized with the virus today than on Saturday, but 1 more of those hospitalized is in the ICU. There has not been a death from COVID-19 in Columbia County since Wednesday, January 19.
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County today of 6.6 percent and a seven-day average of 13.7 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 10.4 percent and the seven-day average is 13.2 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 21 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 2,859, and the number of active cases was 502. There were 709 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 35 were hospitalized, and 6 were in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 63.