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Franklin, Essex counties report 14 new COVID cases

Franklin and Essex counties reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. There were no new fatalities connected to COVID-19 reported in either county.

Franklin County’s 10 new positives reported Tuesday brings the total number of active cases countywide to 56. Ten people were recently deemed recovered. The daily positivity rate was 8.13%, according to county Manager Donna Kissane. The average positivity rate over the past week is 3.71%. Across the county, 546 people in 367 different locations remain either in isolation or quarantine.

Four new positives reported in Essex County brings the total number of active cases to 18. A second person was hospitalized with COVID-19 in Essex County on Tuesday. Of the 187 people in Essex County who have tested positive for COVID-19 since March, 169 have since recovered, according to data from the county Health Department. Some people who contract COVID-19 have reported experiencing symptoms long after they’re no longer considered contagious.

The North County region’s positivity rate rose to 2.2% on Monday, up from 1.8% on Sunday. The statewide positivity rate hit 3.18% on Monday, up from 2.80% on Sunday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

“The number of cases across the country and in New York are only continuing to climb. Despite our success in managing the spread, New York is not immune to this national surge of COVID,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Our micro-cluster strategy and testing capacity will help us through this new season, but ensuring we don’t go back to where we were in the spring is going to depend on our behavior. We all have a part to play — wear a mask, stay socially distant, avoid gatherings large and small, and wash your hands religiously. Our actions today determine our rate of positive cases tomorrow — it’s that simple. We can manage this phase the same way we did before: by holding each other to account and staying New York Tough.”

With the rise of COVID-19 cases locally, Adirondack Health will again launch its mobile testing clinics. The hospital announced the locations for its next clinics on Tuesday.

There are two upcoming mobile testing clinics scheduled, one in Long Lake and another in Tupper Lake. The one in Long Lake will happen at the municipal parking lot at 1179 Main St. on Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. The Tupper Lake clinic will happen at the L.P. Quinn Elementary School on Thursday from noon to 2 p.m.

The hospital is asking those who want to get tested to preregister by contacting the Adirondack Health COVID-19 Clinic at 518-897-2462. A doctor’s order is suggested but not required. COVID-19 testing is currently open to everyone — and it’s free, whether a person has health insurance or not. Adirondack Health collects insurance information from those with insurance and bills insurance companies, who are not allowed to charge co-pays or deductibles for the service. Those who are uninsured can’t get tested for free everywhere, but Adirondack Health is testing those who are uninsured free of charge.

The testing clinic at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake continues to operate Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Call the clinic to schedule an appointment.

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