County’s active COVID cases remain at two

MALONE –– After spiking last week to a level not seen in nearly three months, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County continued to fall Tuesday.

There were three active cases of the virus as of Tuesday morning, County Manager Donna Kissane reported in her daily briefing email. The number represents a drop of two from Monday and nine from late last week.

Since the virus was first detected in the county in late March, 48 people have tested positive and an additional 104 are listed as probable –– people who had been diagnosed with the virus or been in contact with someone known to be infected but were not tested, refused testing or have not yet received their results. All of the probable cases are now considered resolved, Kissane said, although she noted that research is indicating that even those who are considered recovered may experience some residual effects from the infection.

The number of people in quarantine or isolation also fell Tuesday to 88, representing 45 households, Kissane reported. That number had held steady at 139 since Saturday before Tuesday’s decline.

As she has done in many of her recent emails, Kissane urged county residents to practice safety methods such as social distancing and hand washing to help avoid spreading the virus.

“Please support community public health by wearing face coverings when you cannot socially distance of 6’ or more,” she wrote.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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