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Columbia County COVID-19 numbers keep rising

May 05, 2022 2:02 pm

Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge reports for Columbia-Greene Media that COVID-19 has come roaring back in Columbia County, with 67 new cases announced May 2, 57 new cases May 3, and 34 more on May 4. “It’s twice what we would have on a Wednesday two weeks ago,” Columbia County Department of Health director Jack Mabb said. “So it’s way up there right now.” The positive tests results are from testing facilities and pharmacies, not from home tests. “We have clusters everywhere right now,” Mabb said. “It’s safe to say there are clusters everywhere. It’s not endemic to one segment of the population. It’s popping up all over and I think it’s because we’re out in public, we’re doing our thing, and I think people have moved on and said whatever it is going to be what it is.” Mabb reports that 17 county residents are currently hospitalized with the virus, and two of them are in the intensive care unit. Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chair Matt Murell said that the county is taking no action because of the outbreak. “At this time were monitoring the situation,” Murell said. “We’re not prepared to take any action as of yet. Obviously, we’re hoping it is a spike and it will go back down. We are monitoring this on a daily basis.” The county is vaccinating every Thursday from 3-5:30 p.m. at Columbia-Greene Community College, and also from 9-11 a.m. May 7 at the Hudson Firehouse. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.