There are signs of COVID-19 cases increasing locally
Nancy Kern reports for Columbia-Greene Media that in Columbia County COVID-19 numbers are high and rising, and in Greene County they are low and falling. The rolling seven-day average of positive COVID-19 cases in Greene County on Aug. 14 was up 10.2 percent, but in Columbia County the number is up 33.3 percent, according to the New York State COVID-19 Testing Tracker. Columbia County Columbia Memorial Health spokesperson William Van Slyke said, “We’re not seeing a significant increase in COVID cases at this time.” Greene County Department of Public Health Executive Director Laura Churchill said there may be the first signs of an increase there. Churchill said, “The previous two weeks had the same levels reported.... There is no reporting of self-testing results anymore, but the PCR tests done at hospitals and urgent cares reflect 18 cases in the past two weeks, up from two from the previous week.” Matt Blanchette, CVS Pharmacy senior manager of Retail Communications, said, “While we do not break out data by city, state or region, I can tell you we’ve recently seen an uptick in purchases of at-home COVID-19 test kits.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.