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Fifth Franklin County resident dies after contracting COVID

A fifth Franklin County resident has died after contracting COVID-19.

The person, a 94-year-old resident of the Alice Center nursing home in Malone, died on Sunday, Alice Hyde Medical Center and Alice Center spokesman Phillip Rau confirmed Tuesday. The person who died had been hospitalized for a few weeks.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 11 Alice Center residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 and remained at the nursing home. Another five COVID-positive residents have been transferred to hospitals, according to Rau.

Six Alice Center employees, plus one Alice Hyde Medical Center employee, have tested positive for COVID-19 and were out of work as of Tuesday.

Franklin County reported 53 total active cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. That includes five new cases discovered across the county since Monday morning. Nine people were deemed recovered between Monday and Tuesday, though some people who contract COVID-19 have reported experiencing symptoms and other health effects long after they’re deemed recovered.

Since March, this county has seen 349 cases of COVID-19, including both test-confirmed and physician-suspected cases. Of those, 292 people are considered recovered.

Countywide, 379 residents were either in quarantine or isolation on Tuesday.

Essex County

The Essex County Health Department announced 12 new cases of COVID-19 countywide on Monday, and another eight new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active cases to 32.

That’s up from 23 active cases on Friday. Eleven people were deemed recovered by the health department between Friday and Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, the town of North Elba had 10 active cases, six new since Friday. The town of Ticonderoga had seven active cases, five new on Monday but no new cases on Tuesday. The town of Jay had eight active cases on Tuesday, six new since Friday. The town of Moriah had two active cases, the town of Schroon had two active cases, the towns of St. Armand, Keene and Wilmington had one case each, according to the county Health Department.

Since March, Essex County has seen 217 known, test-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. Of those, 185 people are considered recovered. Fifteen Essex County residents have died after contracting COVID-19, plus one Clinton County resident who was a patient at the Essex Center nursing home in Elizabethtown, which experienced a deadly COVID-19 outbreak in the summertime.

Two people countywide were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Monday.

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