17 new COVID infections logged in county; active cases total 120

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MALONE — Franklin County Public Health officials reported a total of 162 active cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

A daily update from Franklin County Manager Donna Kissane Saturday reported 18 new cases of the virus for the second consecutive day.

Kissane’s daily update also reported 28 recent recoveries Saturday.

On Friday, Kissane’s daily update reported 18 new cases of COVID-19, and 26 recent recoveries to bring the county’s total number of active cases to 172.

On Thursday, Kissane’s daily update reported 28 new cases of COVID-19, and 17 recent recoveries to raise the county’s total number of cases to 180.

Wednesday saw 33 new cases of the virus reported by Kissane, along with 16 recent recoveries to raise the county’s case total to 169.

According to Kissane, 54.4% of Franklin County residents have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 50% of residents are fully vaccinated, as of Monday, Oct. 18.

Franklin County is categorized as a high transmission county, according to Kissane’s email, which states 34% of the county’s cases have been breakthrough positive cases.

Kissane said 39 children tested positive for COVID-19, last week.

“It continues to be important to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 that people wear face coverings when they cannot physically distance,” Kissane said. “Other mitigation strategies are hand washing, sanitizing, and avoiding large gatherings.”

According to the county’s COVID-19 guidance website, the positivity rate as of Wednesday is 5.10%, and the county’s seven-day average is 6.71%.

The county’s website reports 416 county residents are currently listed as in quarantine or isolation.

The county’s website states there are currently 20 cases of COVID-19 in two of Malone’s three state prisons.

Bare Hill Correctional Facility is reporting 19 positive cases of COVID-19, according to the county’s website, which states Franklin Correctional Facility is currently reporting one case of the virus.

The Franklin County Public Health Department is asking residents to report their positive COVID-19 results from at-home tests.

Positive results from at-home test kits can be reported to the county’s public health services by calling 518-481-1709, according to Sarah Granquist, a spokesperson for Franklin County Public Health.

“It is very important to track COVID cases so our community can act quickly to prevent further spread,” Granquist said in a prepared statement, “These results can also be used to avoid quarantine after an exposure. To do this, the prior infection must be documented by the health department.”

Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services is reporting a 52.2% vaccination rate for eligible residents, according to Brendan White, director of communications for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, who said 4,119 individuals are fully vaccinated in the southern portion of Akwesasne, in a prepared statement Monday.

Two new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday in the southern portion of Akwesasne, by the Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center, according to White, who said no new cases were reported on Thursday.

White’s email said there are currently eight active COVID-19 cases in Akwesasne as of Tuesday.

Twelve people are in quarantine at home and following public health guidance, according to White’s email.

One resident of Akwesasne has been hospitalized due to complications from the virus, according to White’s email.

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