MALONE –– The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County remained at five on Wednesday, but the number of people in quarantine or isolation shot up as one of the area’s state prisons sequestered nearly 50 inmates.

Bare Hill Correctional Facility had 46 inmates in quarantine and one in virus-related isolation, County Manager Donna Kissane reported in her daily briefing email Wednesday morning. Franklin Correctional Facility reported three inmates in quarantine and one in isolation and Upstate Correctional Facility had two inmates in isolation, Kissane said.

All the institutions are in the town of Malone.

The total number of people in Franklin County in quarantine or isolation on Wednesday was 88, Kissane reported. The town of Malone –– boosted by the prison sequesters –– represented more than half the county’s total at 54, according to a graphic posted early Wednesday afternoon by the North Country Crime Analysis Center based on numbers verified by Franklin County Public Health Service. The town of Tupper Lake had the second highest total in the county, at 15, and Akwesasne, which had seen its numbers rise to 10 after recent reports of two potential exposures at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort, dropped to six on Wednesday.

Four of the county’s five active cases are in Malone; the fifth is in the town of Westville, according to a graphic prepared by the North Country Crime Analysis Center based on numbers verified by Franklin County Public Health Service. The four Malone cases are all inmates, Kissane has said, although the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision report –– which was last updated Tuesday, identified only two inmates in Upstate Correctional Facility and one at Franklin Correctional Facility as having tested positive.

Twenty-eight tests were still pending at Bare Hill as of Tuesday afternoon; 14 were pending at Franklin and 33 were pending at Upstate, according to DOCCS.

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