As of Friday afternoon February 5, Columbia County reported 350 active COVID-19 cases and a total of 3,280 county residents infected with the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.
“It appears that the infection numbers are trending downward in New York State and the Capital Region,” said county Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell. “Some counties are already at a four percent seven-day rolling average for infection, with a few even below that. I think we’ll continue to trend this way – I’m certainly hopeful for that.” For COVID statistics Columbia County is considered part of the Capital Region.
Murrell is warning county residents that while it may be tempting to think that, given the lower infection rate numbers the county has seen over the last week or so, it’s okay to hold large gatherings on Super Bowl Sunday, but that’s not the case. The state-mandated limit on indoor gatherings remains at 10 individuals.
“We saw what happened after the recent holiday gatherings, when the infection rate shot up and stayed there for quite a while,” said Chairman Murell. “As we are now beginning to experience a downturn in the infection rate, this is no time to let our guard down. It seems we’re making some real progress. Let’s continue to do our part with mask-wearing, social distancing, and observing the gathering limit.”