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Three new COVID-19 cases in Tupper

Virus spread at family gathering

TUPPER LAKE — Mayor and Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun says there are now four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tupper Lake, with three new ones this week.

He said three individuals came into contact with an Adirondack Health employee, at the local network’s Tupper Lake Health Center, who tested positive for COVID-19 on June 23. According to Maroun, some of these people are related to that individual and met at a gathering.

Maroun said these three people are quarantining now, as are other family members and Adirondack Health employees.

Adirondack Health said it had tested its employees after the initial diagnosis last month and had no new cases to report Thursday.

Franklin County, which includes Tupper Lake, reported four active cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday morning. The county not specify where those cases are, and county Public Health officials declined the Enterprise’s request for more information.

Neighboring Essex County’s Health Department reported five active cases of the respiratory disease as of Wednesday evening: three in the town of Jay and one each in the towns of Chesterfield and Willsboro. The department reported five people on isolation order and 42 on quarantine order.

Since the pandemic began in March, Franklin County has reported 28 test-positive cases of COVID-19 and another 100 suspected, although testing was not available at the time to confirm them. Essex County has had 48 people test positive plus another 16 suspected cases. Neither county has yet recorded a death from COVID-19.

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