Franklin County reports 34 new COVID infections

MALONE — Franklin County Public Health officials reported 296 active COVID-19 cases Saturday.

Franklin County Manager Donna Kissane reported 57 new cases of the virus and 41 recent recoveries Saturday.

Kissane reported 46 new cases and 57 recoveries Friday; 51 new cases and 42 recoveries Thursday; 64 new cases and 15 recoveries Wednesday; and 43 new cases and 44 recoveries Tuesday.

County health officials reported a high level of virus transmission Tuesday, 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 Wednesday.

Franklin County Public Health is recommending residents limit the sizes 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 masks, 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 can 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 Wednesday is 5.36%, and the county’s seven-day average is 7.90%.

A total of 801 county residents are listed as in quarantine or isolation, according to the county’s website.

The county’s website states there are 11 cases of COVID-19 in one of Malone’s three state prisons. Franklin Correctional Facility is reporting all 11 positive cases.

Brendan White, director of communications for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, reported three new COVID-19 cases in Akwesasne on Friday. There are 13 active cases of the virus in Akwesasne, according to White, and 46 people remain in quarantine as of Friday. Four people are hospitalized due to the virus, White said.

“As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we kindly remind you to please treat everyone as if they are positive,” White said. “Wear a mask in all public places, wash your hands often, avoid uncontrolled gatherings, social distance, stay in your immediate bubble and stay home if you are sick.”

White urged community members to stay safe and get vaccinated.

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