MALONE –– After two straight days of increases, the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County remained stable on Friday, while the number of people in quarantine or isolation fell significantly.
The county currently has three active cases of the virus, County Manager Donna Kissane reported in her daily briefing email. Two of those cases were discovered in the past two days, the third had been first reported over a week ago.
While the number of active cases remained constant, the number of people in quarantine or isolation decreased from 198 Thursday to 124 on Friday, Kissane said in her email.
The decrease did not affect the number of locations where people were quarantined or isolated –– it remained at 101, Kissane said.
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center announced Friday that it is expanding the distance that residents can travel without quarantining from 100 to 200 miles.
Residents and people subject to the tribe’s jurisdiction who travel outside of the radius for non-essential reasons are required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
Patrons of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort are restricted to the previous travel radius of 100 miles.
The expanded travel zone excludes the cities of Montreal and Ottawa because of the high numbers of COVID-19 cases in those municipalities.
The number of people in quarantine or isolation in Akwsasne dropped from 18 on Thursday to 16 on Friday, according to a graphic updated Fridayday afternoon by the North Country Crime Analysis Center based on numbers verified by Franklin County Public Health Services.
The other Franklin County towns served by the Salmon River School District, where one of the two active cases involves an employee, also saw their numbers fall. In Fort Covington, the number went from 16 on Wednesday to one on Friday; in Bombay it went from nine to one over the same period and in Westville it dropped from four to one. The number in Bangor fell from four to zero.
Other towns also showed significant drops. The town of Malone, which had had 20 people in quarantine or isolation on Wednesday, saw that number fall to six as of Friday. In the town of Harrietstown, the number fell from 14 to seven over the same period, while in Chateaugay, the number dropped from eight to zero.
In Tupper Lake, where an employee of the Mercy Living Center nursing home had tested positive for the virus, the number dipped from 68 to 61.