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2020 Census – Columbia County Has Less Than 50% Response Rate

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Each home was sent an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire, which can be completed online, by phone, or by mail. On the site, my2020census.gov, you can view the latest response rates by County. Columbia County’s current rate is just 49.7%, which means roughly half of all homes have filled out the census.

If you live in a home that has not filled out the census yet, please visit my2020census.gov to begin.

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

It’s also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

 

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COVID-19 Update from Columbia County Health Department, Aug 10

Following is the latest update from the Columbia County Department of Health.

Although our numbers are low, it is IMPORTANT to remember to stay home if you feel symptoms. Recent positives were feeling ill and continued to go to work and/or socialized and potentially exposed many more people, putting them on Mandatory Quarantine for 14 days. Please continue to practice social distancing and wear your mask! 

As of 3:30 pm on August 10, 2020:

– Columbia County has had 37 residents that have passed away from COVID-19.

-Columbia County has 514 confirmed positive cases.

-There are 9 active cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County. We are monitoring 97 county residents on mandatory quarantine, and there are 22 on precautionary quarantine.

– 468 of the 514 cases have recovered from COVID-19

– 3 of the positive cases are hospitalized, none of those hospitalized are in the ICU

-We have received 20,138 PCR reports. Please note this number may represent duplicate reports, out of county reports, and multiple nursing home testings.

https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/

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Columbia Comeback: Governor Announces Schools Will Open in Fall 

Columbia Comeback: Governor Announces New York Schools Will Open in Fall 

(WRGB) – New York schools have been given the go ahead to open in the fall.

“They are all authorized to open,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a conference call today.

Districts are planning how to adapt to new safety guidelines. That includes classroom learning, virtual learning as well as transportation on school buses.

“If any state can do it, this state can do it because we’ve been smart since day one,” Cuomo said. “We can bring the same level of intelligence that we brought to the economic reopening.”

Of the 800+ school districts in New York state, 127 districts have not submitted reopening plans to the New York State Department of Education. Fifty districts’ plans are incomplete. The department will continue to review plans over the weekend and notify districts if they need to resubmit their plans with more detail.

Cuomo said districts will be asked to more specifically address three elements of their plans: remote learning, COVID-19 testing for both students and teachers, and contact tracing. Those expanded plans will be submitted to the state and posted on the district websites.

“Different school districts have different theories,” Cuomo said. “But that question of testing for students an teachers is a high level of concerns.”

Cuomo stressed districts need to have discussions with the parents in their districts, a continuing theme in his conference calls and news conferences this week when talking about school reopening plans for the fall.

The governor is also asking each district to hold three online discussions with parents to answer questions that they have about the plans to return to learning in the fall. Those discussions need to be completed by August 21. For the big districts in New York – New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers, Albany, Mount Vernon, and Utica – five online discussions with parents will be held.

School districts will also be required to set up at least one discussion with teachers only to review plans and bring up any questions they want to have.

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COVID-19 Update from Columbia County Health Department, Jul 27

Following is the latest update from the Columbia County Department of Health.

Although our numbers are low, it is IMPORTANT to remember to stay home if you feel symptoms. Recent positives were feeling ill and continued to go to work and/or socialized and potentially exposed many more people, putting them on Mandatory Quarantine for 14 days. Please continue to practice social distancing and wear your mask! 

As of 12:00 PM on August 2, 2020:

– Columbia County has had 37 residents that have passed away from COVID-19.

-Columbia County has 497 confirmed positive cases, which is 20 more than last week.

-There are 15 active cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County, up from last week’s 9. We are monitoring 78 county residents on mandatory quarantine, and there are 13 on precautionary quarantine. Last week there were 44 ad 8 (respectively).

– 445 of the 497 cases are recovering from COVID-19

– 3 of the positive cases are hospitalized, none of those hospitalized are in the ICU

-We have received 18,537 PCR reports. Please note this number may represent duplicate reports, out of county reports, and multiple nursing home testings.

https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-resources-info/

 

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COVID-19 Update from Columbia County Health Department, Jul 27

Following is the latest update from the Columbia County Department of Health.

Although our numbers are low, it is IMPORTANT to remember to stay home if you feel symptoms. Recent positives were feeling ill and continued to go to work and/or socialized and potentially exposed many more people, putting them on Mandatory Quarantine for 14 days. Please continue to practice social distancing and wear your mask! 

As of 3 PM on July 27, 2020:

– Columbia County has had 37 residents that have passed away from COVID-19.

-Columbia County has 477 confirmed positive cases.

-There are 9 active cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County. We are monitoring 44 county residents on mandatory quarantine, and there are 8 on precautionary quarantine.

– 431 of the 477 cases have recovered from COVID-19

– 5 of the positive cases are hospitalized, none of those hospitalized are in the ICU

-We have received 17,321 PCR reports. Please note this number may represent duplicate reports, out of county reports, and multiple nursing home testings.

https://www.columbiacountynyhealth.com/home/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-resources-info/

 

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