The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been 34 new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is 7 more than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that, since yesterday, 27 county residents have recovered from the virus. The number of county residents hospitalized with the virus remains the same as yesterday. None of those hospitalized is in the ICU. There has not been a death from COVID-19 reported in Columbia County since March 3.
The following comment on the current situation comes from a press release issued today by Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors:
For the fifth week in a row Columbia County has seen a small but significant increase in COVID-19 positive cases. As of noon today there have been 134 positive cases for the week, up from last week's 112.
"If we go back to the beginning of this five-week period we had 42 cases the third week of March. So the jump is pretty significant over that time," said Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb. He added that despite the increase, he remains optimistic that warmer weather will bring a drop off in cases. The number of hospitalizations stands at five, up a little from last week but nowhere near the numbers seen in past surges.
"With over 90 percent of county residents over the age of 18 having had at least one vaccine, I think you can say that vaccines are doing the job of keeping people from getting seriously ill or ending up in the hospital," says Mabb.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 6 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 4,036, and the number of active cases was 43. There were 133 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 2 were hospitalized, and 0 were in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 93.