MALONE — Franklin County officials reported two new deaths due to the COVID-19 virus on Tuesday.

The two fatalities raise the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Franklin County to 22 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

The two recently reported deaths are the first in Franklin County since Sept. 15, when two COVID-19 fatalities were also reported.

According to an email from Franklin County Manager Donna Kissane, there are currently 146 active cases within the county.

Kissane reported 21 new cases of the virus and 24 recent recoveries Tuesday.

On Monday, Kissane’s daily update reported nine new cases of COVID-19 and 24 recent recoveries to bring the county’s total number of active cases to 151.

On Sunday, Kissane reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, and 10 recent recoveries to raise the county’s total number of cases to 166.

Kissane’s daily update reported 18 new cases of COVID-19, and 28 recent recoveries, Saturday, to bring the county’s total number of active cases to 162.

Friday, Kissane’s daily update reported 18 new cases of COVID-19, and 26 recent recoveries to bring the county’s total number of active cases to 172.

According to Kissane, 54.4% of Franklin County residents have had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 50% of residents are fully vaccinated, as of Monday, Oct. 18.

Franklin County is categorized as a high transmission county, according to Kissane’s email, which states 34% of the county’s cases have been breakthrough positive cases.

“It continues to be important to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 that people wear face coverings when they cannot physically distance,” Kissane said, “Other mitigation strategies are hand washing, sanitizing, and avoiding large gatherings.”

According to the county’s COVID-19 guidance website, the positivity rate as of Friday is 4.58%, and the county’s seven day average is 5.13%.

The county’s website reports 301 county residents are currently listed as in quarantine or isolation.

The county’s website states there are currently 15 cases of COVID-19 in one of Malone’s three state prisons.

Bare Hill Correctional Facility is reporting all 15 positive cases of COVID-19 in the town’s state prisons, according to the county’s website.

Three new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported over the weekend, in the southern portion of Akwesasne, according to Brendan White, director of communications for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe.

White’s email said there are currently seven active COVID-19 cases in Akwesasne, as of Monday.

12 people are in quarantine at home and following public health guidance, according to White’s email.

Two residents of Akwesasne have been hospitalized due to severe symptoms from the virus, according to White’s email.

According to White’s email, residents are encouraged to remain vigilant with Halloween coming up and community spread continuing to take place.

Prior to Halloween in 2020, there were 15 positive cases in Akwesasne in a seven-month period, followed by 55 new cases of COVID-19, one month after Halloween, according to White’s email.

“With Halloween taking place this upcoming weekend, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council are urging Akwesasne residents to please prevent a repeat of last year’s spike in COVID-19 cases,” White said.

In lieu of going door-to-door throughout the community, residents can participate in the Fourth Annual Halloween Road event on Wednesday or the drive-thru trunk-or-treat event on Friday, according to White.

Halloween Road takes place from 2 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, at the Tewathahitha Walking Trail and is open to children six and under, while trunk-or-treat will start at 5:30 p.m., on Friday, along Margaret Terrance Memorial Way, according to White.

White email states those who go trick-or-treating are asked to stay in their neighborhoods, districts, families, or social bubbles, adding by staying in their immediate area residents will help prevent clusters or overcrowding.

Additionally, in an effort to limit interactions that can lead to virus transmission, residents are asked to place signs in their windows if they have candy or not, and to keep their outside light on or off to visually indicate if they are accepting trick-or-treaters.

White said other options include giving treats outdoors, while following safety guidelines, or setting up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.

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