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Franklin County COVID case count drops over weekend

Two inmates at FCI Ray Brook test positive

The total number of known active COVID-19 cases in Franklin County dropped over the weekend. While Franklin County Public Health reported some new positive tests, more people who tested positive in the past month have recovered and been taken off the list.

On Saturday, three new cases were added and nine were removed after recovery. On Sunday, five new cases were added and 12 were removed, bringing the current number of active positive cases in the county to 43.

Meanwhile, two inmates in the Federal Corrections Institute at Ray Brook, in neighboring Essex County, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

One inmate at Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone has quarantined as of Tuesday after coming in contact with someone who tested positive.

The percent of positive cases resulting from testing over the weekend hovered around the 2% range, with the past two weeks showing similar percentages.

Franklin County has seen a total of 376 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

To date, 327 people have recovered from the virus in the county.

The virus has killed six people living in Franklin County.

“Keep our community safe — wear a face covering, physically distance, sanitize your hands and shared spaces frequently,” county Manager Donna Kissane wrote in an email.

The Essex County Health Department does not give COVID-19 updates on weekends.

Throughout the North Country, the percentage of tests that were positive was 2.4% Saturday, with a seven-day average of 2.59%, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. Statewide, the positivity rate was 3.98% Saturday and 4.27% over the last seven days, according to the governor’s office.

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