The Columbia County Department of Health has released its numbers for today. Since yesterday, there have been 2 deaths reported, along with 17 new cases of COVID-19. The number of active cases being reported today is 3 fewer than yesterday, from which it can be inferred that, since yesterday, 18 county residents have recovered from the virus. There are 2 fewer county residents hospitalized today than yesterday, and 1 fewer is in the ICU.
As of Wednesday, per the CDC, Columbia County's rate of new COVID-19 cases remains in the low risk category. Also as of Wednesday, the CDC-reported current average of new daily cases per 100,000 of population stood at 11.1. The positive test rate is 5.4 percent.
"June ended with half the positive COVID-19 cases of May, even as the numbers climbed the last two weeks of the month. May saw 893 cases with June dropping to 422," Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said today.
"It is good to see the numbers cut in half this month, but that's tempered by the persistent rise in case numbers these past two weeks," said Director Mabb. "The last week of the month saw 106 positive cases, up from 98 the week before. The department is reporting two additional Covid-related deaths today--one was a resident of an area nursing home in her 60s, and the other a gentleman in his 80s who had been a patient of Albany Medical Center Hospital. These deaths bring to 148 the county residents who have died while positive for Covid. There are nine people in area hospitals who are positive for Covid, with two in the ICU."
The information in the press release about hospitalization does not match the numbers released by the CCDOH at 3:00 p.m. today.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 0 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 4,266, and the number of active cases was 2. There were 11 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 0 were hospitalized, and 0 were in the ICU. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Columbia County at this time last year was 96.