MALONE –– The number of active cases of COVID-19 continued to rise Tuesday, returning to double digits for the first time since mid-May.
County Manager Donna Kissane said the number of active cases had risen to 11 on Tuesday with four new positive results reported on Monday. Two of those new cases had been reported by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and the Mohawk Council of Akwesane late Monday afternoon, roughly eight hours after Kissane’s Monday briefing email had put the county’s number at eight.
All eight of those cases had been traced to a July 10 river outing involving Akwesasne residents, although the initial infection is believed to have come from a nonresident of the community. The two new cases reported Monday are not tied to the outing, tribal officials have said.
Kissane, in her Tuesday email, said the county had received four new positive test results on Monday, indicating that one of the previously reported cases had been resolved.
The 11 cases marks the highest number of confirmed positives since May 11. The county’s active number of cases peaked at 27 on May 7, with the number generally declining until the recent outbreak was reported. The county had reported no active cases of the virus on several days in mid-June, with the number hovering in the low single digits throughout early July.
The number of probable cases of the virus –– those in which the person is diagnosed with the virus but has not been tested or received the test results back –– also rose on Tuesday to 103 from 101.
Despite the rising number of positives, the number of people in quarantine or isolation dropped Tuesday to 46 on Tuesday from 70 on Monday,Kissane said in her briefing email.
As of Tuesday morning, the county has received 11,857 negative diagnostic tests for the virus and an additional 3,299 negative antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate the person test had the virus at one point but has since recovered; many of those who have positive antibody tests were asymptomatic.