Gossips reported last week that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) had rated the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Columbia County as HIGH. Today, a press release from Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, makes it sound as if that rating were a new thing. The following is quoted from the press release.
As of Thursday, per the CDC, Columbia County’s rate of new COVID-19 cases is now in the high risk category.
Also as of Thursday, the CDC-reported current average of new daily cases per 100,000 of population stood at 26.9. The positive test rate is 15.9 percent.
The county Department of Health reported 73 new cases on Monday, 44 Tuesday, 57 Wednesday, 26 Thursday, and 24 as of midday today. There are currently 20 individuals hospitalized and there have been two deaths this week.
Although New York State has lifted the mandate for mask wearing while inside a business, local health care officials continue to encourage the wearing of masks while indoors, particularly for those with health problems.
The following two maps are from the CDC website. The first is from last week; the second shows the state of things this week.