Tuesday. Although there has been no report from the CCDOH as yet today, there was this press release from Matt Murell, chair of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors.
COVID-19 positive cases took a significant tumble this week, falling to their lowest weekly level this year, Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb said today. There were 36 positive cases in the first four days of this week, nearly half of the positive cases reported last week.
"I think it’s good news ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend, but people should still stay aware of those around them,” said Director Mabb. He is encouraging people to be aware of symptoms in themselves and family members who are gathering next Thursday, and to utilize home tests to determine if those ill individuals are positive for COVID-19.
The good news on the virus’s effect on the community is also reflected in hospitalizations, with just six people hospitalized and one in the ICU. The department reported its 159th COVID-19 related death last week, this with an elderly gentleman who lived at home.
Interest in the COVID-19 booster remains, with 54 vaccinated at last Thursday's clinic. The department also administered 21 flu vaccinations that day. Interest in the Monkeypox vaccine is a different story, as only four received the vaccine. “I think those county residents who wanted the two-shot series have gotten it,” said Director Mabb. However, the DOH will continue to offer the vaccine at its weekly clinic at 325 Columbia.