Franklin County reports 24 new COVID-19 cases

MALONE — For the fourth straight day active cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County jumped, according to public health officials, who reported 245 active cases, Friday.

Franklin County Manager Donna Kissane’s daily update reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 and 25 recent recoveries from the virus, Friday.

Kissane said it is important that anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 get a COVID-19 test.

“Some people who are testing positive are having mild symptoms that present like allergies,” Kissane said, “It is important for people to continue to take precautions because without a test, COVID-19 is not ruled out.”

Kissane said COVID-19 vaccines are available at multiple locations throughout Franklin County, including doctors’ offices, hospitals and at pharmacies.

“Franklin County continues to see the delta variant infecting multiple people of all ages living in Franklin County. Please protect yourself and others by physically distancing, wearing a face covering and increasing washing your hands,” Kissane said, “Throughout the pandemic for the past year, we have heard, from residents of the county, their desire to have schools and businesses stay open. It is critical that we all do our part to combat COVID-19.”

On Thursday, Kissane reported 35 new cases of the virus and 19 recent recoveries, to raise the county’s total cases to 225.

There were 38 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 recent recoveries reported on Wednesday, to raise the county’s total number of cases to 209.

On Tuesday, Kissane reported 33 new cases of the virus, and 29 recent recoveries to bring the total number of active cases in Franklin County to 195.

An email, on Thursday, from Brendan White, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s director of communications, reported 11 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 33 active cases of the virus in Akwesasne.

The 33 active cases in Akwesasne represent the highest number of infections since March, and includes positive cases of the virus in 14 children, under the age of 18, according to White’s email,

70 residents are in quarantine at home, according to White’s email.

“The increase in positive cases continues to be through community spread, as the source of transmission is unknown. As a result, individuals are being urged to please consider postponing or canceling any social gatherings or events,” White said, “This is a necessary measure to prevent further spread and protect those who cannot get vaccinated due to age or condition.”

Kissane’s email cited information from Franklin County Public Health, and said as of Monday, 53.26% of county residents have received one dose of the vaccine, while 49.22% are fully vaccinated.

Kissane said 12 Franklin County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19, between Monday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 19.

According to Kissane, between Monday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 19, 47 children tested positive via lab testing reports for COVID-19.

In addition to one positive case of COVID-19 in one of Malone’s three state prisons, Franklin Correctional Facility, three cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Malone’s Franklin County Jail.

Two new deaths due to the COVID-19 virus were reported by Franklin County officials, Wednesday, Sept. 15.

According to an email from Kissane, the two fatalities raise the total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 20, since the start of the ongoing pandemic in March 2020.

According to the county’s COVID-19 website, the positivity rate as of Tuesday is 5.41%, and the county’s seven day average is 6.69%.

657 county residents are currently listed as in quarantine or isolation, according to the county’s website.

Residents in all of New York’s counties should wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

White’s email said anyone traveling in Akwesasne should wear a mask in all public places and when social distancing is not possible.

People who are not fully vaccinated this spring and summer were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated, according to study published by the CDC, Friday, Sept. 10.

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