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MALONE — Franklin County Public Health officials reported 282 active COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

According to Franklin County Manager Donna Kissane, 64 new cases of the virus and 15 recent recoveries were reported Wednesday.

Franklin County health officials reported a high level of COVID transmission in the county 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.”

Additionally, 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.

The health department is asking those with symptoms of COVID-19 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.

Kissane said there were 43 new cases of COVID-19 and 44 recoveries Tuesday; 27 new cases and 27 recent recoveries Monday; 45 new cases and 25 recent recoveries Sunday; 47 new cases and 52 recent recoveries Saturday; and 44 new cases and eight recent recoveries Friday.

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

Public Health officials reported one new death due to COVID-19 on Nov. 5, bringing the county’s total deaths since the onset of the pandemic to 25.

According to the county’s COVID-19 guidance website, the positivity rate as of Sunday is 9.05%, and the county’s seven-day average is 7.60%.

A total 682 county residents are listed as in quarantine or isolation, according to the county’s website.

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

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

There are 11 active cases of the virus in Akwesasne, according to White, with 21 people in quarantine as of Nov. 9, and three people hospitalized.

Tribal Health Services has begun administering doses of the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, with a second clinic scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the health services’ main campus, 404 Route 37.

This is an open walk-in clinic, but appointments are preferred and can be made by calling 518-358-3142.

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