The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been 22 new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is 6 more than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that, since yesterday, 16 county residents have recovered from the virus. The number of county residents hospitalized and in the ICU remains the same as yesterday. There has not been a death from COVID-19 reported in Columbia County since May 16.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 0 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 4,246, and the number of active cases was 12. There were 12 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 3 were hospitalized, and 0 were in the ICU. The total number of deaths in Columbia County attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 94.
A press release received today from Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, reports "a significant drop-off" in new COVID cases:
As of Wednesday, per the CDC, Columbia County's rate of new COVID-19 cases has dropped into the low risk category. Also as of Wednesday, the CDC-reported current average of new daily cases per 100,000 of population stood at 21.9. The positive test rate is 9.6 percent.
In a hopeful sign for the summer ahead, Columbia County has experienced a significant drop-off in COVID-19 positive cases this week, Columbia County Department of Health Public Health Director Jack Mabb said today.
"We had an extra day this weekend because of the holiday and we still had 20 fewer positives than the previous Monday," said Director Mabb. "That drop-off continued for the remainder of the week, with 14 positives on Wednesday, 30 on Thursday, and 14 as of noon today. Hospitalizations are down as well, with 14 hospitalized today and two individuals in the ICU."