The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been 24 new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is 14 more than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that, since yesterday, 10 county residents have recovered from the virus. The number of county residents hospitalized with the virus remains the same as yesterday; none is in the ICU. There has not been a death from COVID-19 reported in Columbia County since March 3.
"For the fourth week in a row Columbia County has seen a bump in positive COVID-19 cases, with this past week representing the largest jump in numbers," said Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb today.
Last week the county had 64 positives for the week, with this week jumping to 99. "If we go back a month we had 45 cases that week, so we've doubled the number of cases in four weeks," said Director Mabb. Despite the substantial increase, he remains optimistic that this surge will be short-lived. "Warm weather is coming and with just three people in the hospital today and none of the three in the ICU, I think we're still in pretty good shape."
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 9 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 4,001, and the number of active cases was 72. There were 131 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 8 were hospitalized, and 2 were in the ICU. The total number of deaths in Columbia County attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 91.