Bare Hill inmate dies of COVID-19

MALONE — Bare Hill Correctional Facility has recorded its first COVID-19-related death at its prison, according to the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision online database.

It is the second recorded virus-related death overall at Malone’s three correctional facilities — the other fatality occurring on Feb. 3, from Franklin Correctional’s prison population.

The two deaths at the local prisons are a part of a total state correctional death toll of 32 inmates, according to DOCCS’s database.

According to its online database, Franklin County has not yet added the Bare Hill inmate’s fatality to its total number of deaths — which currently stands at 12 residents.

As of Saturday, Franklin County officials said they have been notified of 189 active inmate cases. One hundred thirty-nine of these infections have been found within Franklin Correctional Facility. Bare Hill Correctional has reported 46 cases, while Upstate has recorded only four infections.

Franklin County, as of Friday, has a 7.71% positivity rate, officials said. Its seven-day positivity rate is 6.93%.

County officials on Monday said there are 19 new positive cases of COVID-19 — with none of these infections found in inmates.

Eight residents have recently left quarantine, while 538 residents still remain isolated. The current known number of COVID-19 cases in the county stands at 328 infections.

Cumulatively, since the start of the pandemic, officials suspect there to have been at least 2,168 cases of the virus. Two-thousand twenty cases have been confirmed.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center on Saturday reported six new COVID-19 cases. This brings the total number of known active cases to 44 infections, under the tribe’s jurisdiction. Two tribe members have recovered, while one remains hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms, EOC officials said. Twenty-six tribe members are listed as in quarantine.

Franklin County added numerous COVID-19 cases over the weekend. On Saturday it reported 41 new cases — six of them in inmates held at the three local correctional facilities. On Friday the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center on Friday reported an outbreak in cases under tribe jurisdiction, with 22 new infections.


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