MALONE — New COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Franklin County, with more than 300 active cases reported and more than 700 people currently in quarantine or isolation.
According to Franklin County Manager Donna Kissane, 65 new cases of the virus were reported on Saturday.
Donald Dabiew, chairman of the Franklin County Legislature, has declared a state of emergency due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the county and the high risk of further spread of the virus.
The state of emergency went into effect on Thursday at 4 p.m. and will last until January 1.
According to Kissane, 64% of those eligible for the vaccine in Franklin County have received at least one dose of the vaccine as of December 2020, while 59.5% of eligible county residents have been fully vaccinated.
Public health officials in Franklin County reported one new death from COVID-19 on Monday.
The total number of COVID-19 deaths in Franklin County has risen to 26 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
Monday’s fatality was Nov. 4, after two COVID-related deaths were reported in Akwesasne on Nov. 4 and one fatality was reported in Franklin County, Nov. 5.
According to the county’s COVID-19 guidelines website, the positivity rate as of Wednesday is 11.25% and the county’s seven-day average is 9.69%.
According to the county’s website, 727 county residents are currently in quarantine or isolation.
The county’s website states that there is currently one case of COVID-19 at one of Malone’s three state prisons.
Bare Hill Correctional Facility reports the only positive case of COVID-19 in the city’s state prisons, according to the county’s website.
In addition, three cases of the virus have been reported at the Franklin County jail, according to the county’s website.
An email from Brendan White, director of communications for the St. Regis Mohawk tribe, reported five new COVID-19 cases in Akwesasne on Thursday.
According to White, there are currently 19 active cases of the virus in Akwesasne.
Seven people will remain in quarantine as of Thursday and two people are currently hospitalized due to the virus, White said.
The 19 active cases are the most reported by Tribal officials since mid-October, and cases continue to rise in areas around Akwesasne, White said.
According to White, both the health departments of Franklin and St. Lawrence counties attribute the increase in COVID-19 cases to seasonal and other celebratory gatherings.
White said individuals are urged to undergo COVID-19 testing before and after gatherings and get vaccinated to protect their communities.