The masks are off in public places. The number of new cases is declining. But people are still dying. Today, the Columbia County Department of Health reported 13 new cases and 1 death--bringing the number of deaths in February to 8. The number of active cases being reported today is 6 fewer than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that, since yesterday, 18 county residents have recovered from the virus. The number of county residents hospitalized and in the ICU remains the same.
The New York Forward dashboard is reporting a positivity rate for Columbia County today of 5.8 percent and a seven-day average of 8.5 percent. By comparison, the daily positivity rate for the Capital Region is 6.1 percent and the seven-day average is 7.6 percent.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 10 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 3,349, and the number of active cases was 277. There were 215 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 27 were hospitalized, and 2 were in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 81.