HUDSON — The number of COVID infections in the Twin Counties continues to grow.
Over the weekend, the Columbia County Department of Health reported two new COVID-related deaths.
“Out of the last four deaths, there was one public person, and a death from a resident at Livingston Hills, Barnwell and Ghent Rehab,” said Columbia County Department of Health Director Jack Mabb.
Columbia has had 63 COVID-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, with 13 of those deaths, or about 20.6% of all county virus deaths, reported so far in January.
In Greene County, the number of COVID-related deaths has also increased this year. The Greene County Public Health Department has reported 60 coronavirus deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. On Dec. 31, the department reported a total of 28 COVID deaths, with 32 additional deaths, or about 53.3%, taking place in January.
“I think we’re well past New Year’s at this time,” Mabb said. “This is just community spread. The virus is feeding off of itself. There’s more people who are positive and there’s more people who are going to become positive.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic in the middle of March, the Columbia County Department of Health has reported 2,859 positive COVID cases. There are 502 active cases in the county, with 35 residents hospitalized because of COVID and six in the intensive care unit. As of Sunday afternoon, the Department of Health reported 709 county residents in mandatory quarantine.
The number of people hospitalized is near the county’s highest number of 36 from earlier in the pandemic, Mabb said. One of the hospitalized individuals is currently on a ventilator at Albany Medical Center, he added.
“That’s a big number for us, it’s significant,” Mabb noted. Over the past week, from Jan. 17 to Jan. 24, the Columbia County Department of Health reported 346 new positive COVID cases. Over the past month, from Dec. 24 to Jan. 24. there were 1,438 new virus cases, or 50.2% of all cases in the county.
The Greene County Public Health Department has reported 2,108 positive coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic. As of Friday afternoon, the Public Health Department reported 231 active cases in the county, 22 county residents hospitalized and 654 people in quarantine.
Over the past week, from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22, Greene County has reported 216 new virus cases. Over the past month, from Dec. 22 to Jan. 22, there have been 1,091 new positive COVID cases, or about 51.7% of all of the county’s infections since the beginning of the pandemic.
On Friday, the Hudson City School District announced its pre-kindergarden through fifth-grade students would be switching to remote learning. On Monday, Ichabod Crane Central School District students in sixth to 12th grade returned to hybrid learning.
The Windham Ashland Jewett Central School District also returned to hybrid learning Monday.