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COVID-19 claims 2 more lives in Columbia County

HUDSON — Two more Columbia County residents have died from COVID-19, the county health department announced on Wednesday.

It was the 107th and 108th deaths in the province since the coronavirus hit the province in March 2020, meaning about 1 in 570 of the province’s residents have died after contracting the virus in the past 21 months.

There are currently 186 people known to be infected in the province, nine of whom have been hospitalized, according to the health ministry, and 251 people are in mandatory quarantine.

The number of active cases reached 100 in mid-November and has since risen between 100 and 200, the health ministry said.

In the past 7 days, 7.5 percent of those tested in the province were positive, according to the health ministry’s running average, slightly less than the 7.9 percent average in the Capital Region. Columbia County had a slightly higher number of cases per 100,000 population than the region as a whole, with 34.6 cases versus 32.3 cases

The county’s vaccination coverage was about average for the region, with 64.1 percent of residents fully vaccinated.

While the province does not have the capacity to identify variants, the state pulls genetic sequence data from an international database and is able to determine which variants are present in a small sample of samples taken in the state. During the two weeks ending November 20, one hundred percent of the sequenced COVID-19 samples were of the Delta variant.