County’s active COVID cases remain at two

MALONE –– The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County dropped to two on Wednesday after three days of remaining constant at three.

Even though the number of cases fell, the number of people in quarantine or isolation rose by one to 46, County Manager Donna Kissane reported in her daily briefing email on Wednesday.

The highest number of people in quarantine or isolation is in Akwesasne, where one of the active cases resides. Thirteen people in that community are sequestered, the same number as on Tuesday, according to a graphic updated Wednesday afternoon by the North Country Crime Analysis Center based on numbers verified by Franklin County Public Health Services.

The only other community with double-digit numbers of people in quarantine or isolation is the town of Harrietstown, with 10. Tupper Lake, where the number had spiked to 68 after an employee at the Mercy Living Center nursing home tested positive for the virus, remained at five, the same number of Tuesday.

The county has now surpassed 20,000 diagnostic tests administered, Kissane reported. A total of 57 people have tested positive for the virus since it was first discovered in the county in late March; 19,960 tests have come back negative, she wrote.

When the number of probable cases –– people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 but were not tested –– are added to the total number of positives, the cumulative number of positive cases equals 160.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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