County adds 41 COVID-19 cases

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MALONE — Franklin County on Saturday reported 41 new cases of COVID-19 — six of them in inmates held at the three local correctional facilities.

Eight residents recently recovered from the virus. Four-hundred sixty-eight residents remain in either isolation or quarantine.

Currently, there are 316 known active cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County.

There have been no new deaths reported in the county. In total, 12 deaths have been reported, related to COVID-19 complications. Cumulatively, since the start of the pandemic, officials suspect at least 2,136 positive cases linked to the county. There have been 1,966 confirmed cases.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center on Friday reported an outbreak in cases under Tribe jurisdiction, with 22 new infections. This spikes the Tribe’s known COVID-19 cases to 40 infections. There have been no recent recoveries and one Tribe member remains hospitalized with symptoms. Twenty-three members are listed as quarantined. There have been three COVID-19 related deaths under Tribe jurisdiction.

“The significant rise in COVID-19 cases can be the start of cases attributed to family and social gatherings held during Super Bowl Weekend,” Tribe Director of Communications Brendan White said. “It is likely that more will be reported in the coming days, but it is strong reminder to avoid all uncontrolled gatherings where there are no safety protocols, such as no masks being worn and no social distancing being practiced.”

Franklin County’s positivity rate, as of Wednesday is 4.92%. The 7-day average is 4.78%.

According to the county’s online database, the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision reported 183 active cases of COVID-19. Franklin Correctional Facility has 133 cases. Bare Hill Correctional Facility tally was almost 100 cases less — with the prison reporting 46 cases to the county. Upstate Correctional Facility has four cases.

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