MALONE –– The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County was confirmed at four Tuesday, resolving a discrepancy between County Manager Donna Kissane’s Monday morning email and a graphic posted Monday afternoon by the North Country Crime Analysis Center based on numbers verified by Franklin County Public Health Service.

Kissane, in an email sent out at 9:30 a.m., had reported three active cases countywide, while the graphic posted at 3:30 p.m. listed four active cases. Information in the graphic can sometimes lag behind the county’s numbers by as much as 24 hours.

Kissane’s Tuesday email said a new positive case had been reported Monday.

Both numbers reflected a drop in the total number of cases resulting from the resolution of four infections at the three Malone-area state prisons. The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision COVID reporting site listed no active cases in the Bare Hill, Franklin and Upstate correctional facilities and only one pending test –– at Upstate.

Despite the resolutions of the inmate infections, 46 inmates at Bare Hill and three at Franklin remained in quarantine, Kissane reported. Overall, 53 Malone residents were in quarantine or isolation, according to the graphic.

A total of 97 residents of Franklin County were sequestered Tuesday in 45 locations throughout the county, Kissane reported. In addition to the 53 in Malone, 12 each were reported in the town of Harrietstown –– where two of the active cases were reported –– and in the town of Tupper Lake.

In Akwesasne, where the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe confirmed the presence of an active case Tuesday, five people were in quarantine or isolation, while Westville, the site of the fourth case, had two people sequestered.

As of Tuesday morning, the county had received 29,502 diagnostic test negatives. Seventy-one tests have confirmed positive cases of the virus, including the four current active cases.

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