Franklin County reports 24 new COVID-19 cases

MALONE — Franklin County Public Health officials reported a total of 175 active cases of COVID-19, Saturday.

A daily update from Franklin County Manager Donna Kissane, reported 37 new cases of the virus, and 32 recent recoveries, Friday, adding five cases to the county’s previous total.

According to Sandra Perry, special assistant to the county manager, there were 31 new cases of the virus, and 34 recent recoveries, Friday, to bring the county’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 170.

Perry reported 26 new cases of the virus and 23 recent recoveries, Thursday, to bring the total number of active cases within the county to 173.

There were 25 new cases of the virus and 39 recent recoveries reported on Wednesday, according to an email from Perry, bringing the county’s case numbers to 170 active cases.

According to the county’s COVID-19 guidance website, the positivity rate as of Thursday is 6.68 %, and the county’s seven day average is 5.78%.

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

The county’s website states there are currently 11 cases of COVID-19 in one of Malone’s three state prisons.

Bare Hill Correctional Facility is reporting all 11 positive cases of COVID-19, according to the county’s website.

An email from Brendan White, director of communications, with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, reported two new positive cases Thursday, and 18 active COVID-19 cases in the southern portion of Akwesasne.

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

Two residents of Akwesasne have been hospitalized due to severe symptoms from COVID-19, according to White’s email.

“With the spread of misinformation on social media, we urge individuals to only get their information from credible, peer-reviewed sources, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, or World Health Organization,” White’s email said, “Your decision to get vaccinated is important, so please do not base it on an individual’s Facebook post. Please trust scientists and doctors who have spent much of their life educating and protecting public health.”

White’s email said the Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center has received notification of limited hospital beds throughout the region, and the email urged residents to take safety precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Akwesasne.

“There continues to be community spread, with no identified source of infection,” White’s email said, “Please wear a mask in all public places, wash your hands often, avoid large gatherings, social distance, stay in your immediate bubble, and stay home if you are sick.”

Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services is reporting a 50.6% vaccination rate for Tribal members 12 and older, according to White’s email, Thursday.

The level of community transmission in the county is currently high, according to an update from Franklin County Public Health, Friday, Oct. 1.

“People are interacting more closely with each other which is allowing the disease to spread more easily throughout our communities,” Sarah Granquist, a spokesperson for Franklin County Public Health, said in a prepared statement.

Granquist’s press release urged both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, including wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently, and reducing gathering sizes.

“Getting vaccinated reduces your chances of contracting COVID-19, protects you from severe illness requiring hospitalization, and helps to eliminate the virus’ ability to mutate and create new variants,” Granquist said, in the press release.

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