A Columbia County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, health officials announced Friday morning.

The individual is under mandatory isolation at home, the Columbia County Department of Health announced in a statement on its website.

“Although there is a confirmed case in Columbia County, and patient confidentiality prevents specific details about the individual case, the risk to our community remains low,” according to County Public Health Director Jack Mabb.

The county has been preparing for weeks for an inevitable case, according to Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell.

Seventy-four Columbia County residents were tested for COVID-19 as of Thursday. This case is the first test to come back positive.

Nine people are under mandatory quarantine and 37 people are under precautionary quarantine in the county.

Health officials have not disclosed where the individual was tested for COVID-19.

Columbia Memorial Health is conducting tests at Columbia Memorial Hospital and at two Rapid Care facilities — one at 283 Mountain View Road, Copake, and 2827 Route 9, Valatie.

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