I drove home from Joey's vet appointment this afternoon listening to the report about the CDC's new guidance about COVID-19 on NPR's All Things Considered. That report can be heard here. The message seems to be that COVID-19 is now to be treated as if it were no worse than the flu.
A couple of hours earlier, the Columbia County Department of Health released its numbers for today, which suggest that COVID is still not something to be taken lightly. Since yesterday, there have been 18 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, 12 county residents have recovered from the virus. There are 3 more county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 today than yesterday, but the number in the ICU remains the same. There has not been a death from COVID-19 reported in Columbia County since yesterday.
A year ago today, the CCDOH reported 7 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of cases was 4,416, and the number of active cases was 37. There were 52 county residents in mandatory quarantine, 2 were hospitalized, and 1 was in the ICU. The total number of deaths in Columbia County attributed to COVID-19 at this time last year was 96.