County confirms 8 new virus cases

Eight new COVID-19 cases were reported in Franklin County on Wednesday, putting its active positive case count at 59 people, officials said.

Two deaths due to virus complications have been recorded in the county since the start of the pandemic. Both deaths occurred this month.

The positivity rate on Wednesday sat at 2.35%, County Manager Donna Kissane said in a press release, while the 7-day positivity rate average is at 2.61%.

Five people in the county have recently recovered from COVID-19, officials said.

The total number of positive cases to date is 253, Kissane said. The total number in cumulative cases since the start of the pandemic stands at 314. This takes into account suspected cases.

There are currently 484 Franklin County residents listed in either quarantine or isolation.

At the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, 13 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since Friday. This brings the number of cases under Tribe jurisdiction to 20, Emergency Operations Center officials said.

One potential exposure to COVID-19 was reported in the Akwesasne community at the Tim Horton’s Cafe and Bake Shop, on 148 Route 37, the Tribe’s EOC said in a press release. Anyone who visited the store between Nov. 9 and Nov. 11 during the hours of 4 a.m. to noon is asked to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.

The EOC is in close contact with the business since it reported the possible exposure on Nov. 16 and the shop was fully sanitized with a professional cleaning service, Tribe Communications Officer Brendan White said in a press release.

The Tribe has conducted 3,787 tests through Mountain Medical Services, Massena Hospital and Tribe Health Services.

Free COVID-19 testing is available for Akwesasne residents and non-member employees of local businesses and schools, EOC officials said. Contact Mountain Medical Services in Malone at 518-521-3322 or 315-705-0700 in Massena.

Individuals must call ahead to schedule appointments and should not drive to the site without one, officials said.

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