AKWESASNE — The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County rose by one Friday, and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe announced a possible exposure at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino resort last weekend.
People who were at the casino on Saturday, Oct. 10, between 1-4 p.m., when a COVID-positive person was at the facility, are at low risk for contracting the virus because of the protective measures the casino implemented when it reopened at the end of August, the tribe’s Emergency Operations Center said in a release issued Friday afternoon. However, they should monitor themselves for symptoms, which include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea, the EOC said.
“There is no need to self-quarantine or isolate unless symptoms develop,” the EOC release said. If symptoms do occur, people should contact their health care provider.
Measures the casino has taken to minimize the possibility of patrons becoming infected by the virus include enhanced sanitization procedures, increased social distancing, mandated mask wearing, and reduction in hours to permit a deep cleaning of the facility, among other safety procedures. A complete listing of the casino’s protective measures is available to view in the “Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort Re-Opening Plan” located on the Tribe’s website at www.srmt-nsn.gov
The number of people in Akwesasne in quarantine or isolation jumped from one on Oct. 9 to 7 on Oct. 13, according to graphics prepared by the North Country Crime Analysis Center based on numbers verified by Franklin County Public Health Services on those dates. The number is the second-highest in Franklin County, following only the town of Tupper Lake, where 14 people were reported sequestered as of Wednesday afternoon, the time the last update was published.
Countywide, the number of people in quarantine or isolation rose by seven, from 55 to 62, County Manager Donna Kissane said in her daily briefing email. The number has been climbing steadily since Tuesday, when it was 41 –– where it had been for the prior three days.
The number represents 42 locations throughout the county, she said.
The number of active cases of the virus rose Friday from three to four –– the highest it has been Sept. 12.
To date, the county has had 170 confirmed cases of the virus –– 66 discovered by testing and 104 “probable positives, in which people were diagnosed with the virus but were not tested.