Franklin County reports 34 new COVID infections

MALONE — Franklin County Public Health officials reported 233 active COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

Franklin County Manager Donna Kissane reported 34 new cases of the virus and 63 recent recoveries on Wednesday.

Kissane reported 36 new cases and 43 recoveries Tuesday; 25 new cases and 38 recoveries Monday; 33 new cases and 47 recoveries Sunday; and 57 new cases and 41 recoveries Saturday.

Health officials reported a high level of coronavirus transmission in the county last week and issued a notice for large gatherings during the holiday season.

“We continue to be a county of high transmission of the virus,” Kissane said Nov. 17.

Franklin County Public Health is recommending residents limit the size of gatherings and wear masks when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

“High numbers of COVID cases are occurring from seasonal and other celebratory gatherings in Franklin County,” the notice reads. “Franklin County Public Health Services encourage you to get tested before and after gatherings.”

The notice urged residents to help prevent the spread of the virus by wearing a mask, socially distancing, washing hands and surfaces, getting vaccinated, and staying home if sick.

Those with symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to immediately self-isolate and get tested. If a positive result from a home test occurs, Franklin County Public Health should be contacted at 518-481-1710, prompt No. 2.

“Our numbers continue to rise and all precautionary measures are recommended,” Kissane said.

According to the county’s COVID-19 guidance website, the positivity rate as of Sunday is 8.13%, and the county’s seven-day average is 7.13%.

A total 659 county residents are listed as in quarantine or isolation, according to the county’s website.

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

Two cases of the virus have bene reported in the Franklin County jail, according to the county’s website.

Brendan White, director of communications for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, reported two new COVID-19 cases in Akwesasne on Tuesday.

There are 12 active cases of the virus in Akwesasne, and 27 people remain in quarantine as of Tuesday, according to White. Three people are hospitalized due to the virus, White said.

White urged community members to stay safe and get vaccinated.

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