County confirms 8 new virus cases

MALONE — Two-hundred vaccine doses for Franklin County’s Public Health Department anticipated to arrive this week have not yet arrived, due to transportation complications brought on by the recent weather, County Manager Donna Kissane said Thursday.

“We expect to receive them but at (the) present time (we) do not have a tracking number so (we) cannot hold a POD without the vaccine,” Kissane said.

At the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, the Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday reported 10 new COVID-19 cases — marking 16 known active cases under Tribe jurisdiction.

Tribe Director of Communications Brendan White said the Tribe this week has recorded one new death related to virus complications. There have been three total COVID-19 related deaths recorded under Tribe jurisdiction, he said.

Tribe health officials reported no newly resolved cases. Ten Tribe members remain in quarantine.

In Franklin County, officials on Thursday reported 18 new positive cases of COVID-19 — five of them inmates. Eleven have been recently released from quarantine or isolation, while 463 residents remain.

This brings the total number of known COVID-19 cases in the county to 265 infections. The state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is reporting 171 total cases at Malone’s three correctional facilities.

According to the county’s online database, Franklin Correctional Facility is reporting 122 active cases of the virus. Bare Hill Correctional has 46 recorded cases. Upstate Correctional has reported only three cases.

In total, Franklin County has reported 12 deaths related to COVID-19 complications – one of them an inmate at Franklin Correctional Facility.

Cumulatively, since the start of the pandemic, county officials suspect there to have been at least 2,066 cases of the virus. Nineteen hundred thirty-seven cases have been confirmed.

The county’s positivity rate, as of Tuesday, is 3.55%. The 7-day average struck just below the 5% mark, coming in at 4.92%.

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