COVID cases remain at seven

MALONE –– The number of COVID-19 cases in Franklin County bounced back up to three on Thursday, just a day after falling to one when two people who had tested positive for the virus opted to isolate in other counties.

The increase is the result of two new positive test results, bringing the total number of positive tests to 65, County Manager Donna Kissane said in her daily briefing email. A total of 169 county residents are listed as positive –– the 65 confirmed by tests and another 104 who were diagnosed with the virus but were never tested.

All of those “probable” positives have since recovered or had their cases resolved, Kissane said.

The number of people in quarantine or isolation rose Thursday from 50 to 55.

A graphic prepared by the North Country Crime Analysis Center based on numbers verified by Franklin County Public Health Services did not show where the current active cases are located. The graphic was most recently updated Wednesday afternoon.

The graphic did show the town-by-town breakdown of people in quarantine or isolation. Tupper Lake had the largest number of people in quarantine or isolation in the county at 14, followed by Akwesasne, where the number had risen from one to seven over the past two days. The towns of Malone, Harrietstown and Santa Clara each reported six people in quarantine or isolation while the town of Brighton had four and Chateaugay had three.

None of the county’s seven school districts –– Brushton-Moira, Chateaugay, Malone, Salmon River, St. Regis Falls, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake –– reported any incidence of the virus among students, faculty or staff as of Wednesday, according to the state’s COVID report card for schools.

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