MALONE –– The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County remained at 11 on Wednesday, with one new positive test result on Tuesday offset by a finding that one person previously identified as infected had recovered.
The total continues the highest number of active cases in the county since May 11.
The number of probable cases of the virus –– those in which the person is diagnosed with the virus but has not been tested or received the test results back –– also remained static on Wednesday at 103, after rising on Tuesday from 101. County Manager Donna Kissane, in her daily briefing email, said the two new cases were deemed probable because of contact with the new confirmed cases. The two people involved refused testing, she said.
The number of people in quarantine or isolation shot back up Wednesday to 96 after falling to 46 on Tuesday. The quarantine and isolation total had been 70 on Monday.
As of Wednesday morning, the county has received 11,946 negative diagnostic tests for the virus and an additional 3,299 negative antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate the person test had the virus at one point but has since recovered; many of those who have positive antibody tests were asymptomatic.
“Multiple counties in our region are identifying increase positives due to gatherings whereby social distancing of 6’ or more &/or masks which increases the risk of infection of COVID-19,” Kissane said in her email. “Please be responsible as schools are working diligently on reopening plans to minimize the risk, slow the spread of infection and adhere to the CDC guidelines.”