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 152 active cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

A daily update from Franklin County Manager Donna Kissane reported 22 new cases of the virus and 31 recent recoveries.

On Monday, Kissane reported 26 new cases and 14 recent recoveries from COVID-19, raising the county’s total to 161 active cases at the time.

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

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 Saturday is 6.28%, and the county’s seven-day average is 5.85%.

A total 375 county residents are currently listed as in quarantine or isolation, according to the county’s website.

The county’s website states there are four cases of COVID-19 in one of Malone’s three state prisons. Bare Hill Correctional Facility is reporting all four positive cases of COVID-19.

Additionally, Kissane’s email said there is currently one positive case of the virus at Malone’s Franklin County jail.

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 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.”

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

Two new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported over the weekend in the southern portion of Akwesasne by the Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center, according to White.

White’s email said there are seven active COVID-19 cases in Akwesasne as of Monday.

One resident of Akwesasne has been hospitalized due to complications from the virus, and four people are in quarantine at home and following Public Health guidance, according to White’s email.

White said the Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center has received notification of limited hospital beds throughout the region, and he urged residents to take safety precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Akwesasne, adding that the spread of the virus’ delta variant has resulted in growing rates of community transmission in areas with low vaccination rates.

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