MALONE — New cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County continued an upward climb, Saturday with 51 new cases.
According to an email update from Franklin County Manager Donna Kissane, the county’s total number of cases hit 226, Saturday, after 51 new cases and 32 recoveries were reported.
There were 36 new positive cases of the virus, Friday, in addition to 18 recent recoveries, according to Kissane’s daily update, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 207.
Kissane’s email update on Thursday, reported 29 new positive cases of the virus and 17 recent recoveries to bring the total number of positive virus cases in the community to 189.
On Wednesday, Kissane reported 28 new cases and 29 recent recoveries, to put the county at 177 active cases of COVID-19.
The county’s positive case numbers on Tuesday totaled 178 when Kissane reported 20 new positive cases of COVID-19, and 22 recoveries.
In mid-August there were only 44 active cases within the county.
According to the county’s COVID-19 website, the positivity rate as of Thursday is 8.25%, and the county’s seven day average is 7.38%.
440 county residents are currently listed as in quarantine or isolation, according to the county’s website.
There are currently two positive cases of COVID-19 in two of Malone’s three state prisons, with one case each reported in Bare Hill and Upstate Correctional facilities.
An email from Brendan White, director of communications, with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, reported five new positive cases of COVID-19 and 20 active cases of the virus in Akwesasne, Friday.
16 residents are in quarantine at home, according to White’s email.
Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services is reporting a 49.2% vaccination rate, as of Friday, according to White’s email, which states an additional 144 vaccinations were administered at the Tribe’s walk-in clinic at the former-IGA Building on State Route 37, Wednesday.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, St. Lawrence and Franklin counties lead the state in highest COVID-19 case rates, with St. Lawrence County listed as the state’s second highest county, and Franklin County as its third.
White’s email states the majority of new positive cases of COVID-19 are among unvaccinated people.
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are required to wear a mask in all public indoor places within the Tribe’s jurisdiction, according to White’s email.
The CDC recommends masks indoors in all counties with substantial or high rates of COVID transmission, regardless of vaccination status.
White’s email cited a study by the CDC, which indicates unvaccinated individuals are 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, than vaccinated people.
Residents in all of New York’s counties should wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, according to the CDC.
Franklin County reported its 18th COVID-19 related death of the ongoing pandemic Tuesday, Aug. 31, the first COVID-related death in the county since mid-June.