County’s active COVID cases remain at two

MALONE –– The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County rose by one Saturday then dropped back to three on Sunday as one of the cases was declared resolved.

The county had begun the week with a single active case, but that number grew to two on Wednesday and three on Thursday and four on Saturday before Sunday’s dip.

“We see an uptick in positive cases in Franklin County … some are symptomatic and some were required tests for various reasons with no symptoms,” Kissane wrote in her Saturday email. “Please treat everyone as positive and maintain social physical distancing, wear face coverings, wash hands regularly, avoid touching eyes and nose with uncleansed hands and sanitize. Stay safe and healthy!”

Even as the number of active cases fluctuated, the number of people in quarantine or isolation in the county continued to fall. That number had been 198 on Thursday, falling to 124 on Friday, 99 on Saturday and Sunday, Kissane reported.

While the numbers of quarantines or isolations stayed the same, the number of locations dropped dramatically, falling from 99 on Saturday to 21 on Sunday.

A graphic showing the distribution of the quarantines and isolations was not updated over the weekend.

In neighboring Essex County, the death toll from an outbreak of the virus at the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility in Elizabethtown rose to 11, and four new cases were confirmed Friday –– all of them residents of the nursing home. The total number of cases connected to the facility is now 102.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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