Active COVID-19 cases rise to 26 in Essex County

The Essex County Health Department announced 12 new cases of COVID-19 countywide on Monday, Nov. 23, bringing the total number of active cases to 26.

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

Two of the most populous towns in the county, North Elba and Ticonderoga, have the largest number of active COVID-19 cases. As of Monday, the town of Ticonderoga had seven active cases, five new since Friday. The town of North Elba had nine active cases, four new since Friday. The town of Jay had five active cases, two new since Friday. The town of Moriah had two active cases, the town of St. Armand had one, and the town of Schroon had two active cases, two new since Friday, according to the county Health Department.

Since March, Essex County has seen 209 known positive cases of COVID-19. Of those, 183 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.

Franklin County

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, Nov. 22, hospital spokesman Phillip Rau confirmed Tuesday. The person 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 on Tuesday reported five new cases of COVID-19 discovered across the county since Monday morning, bringing the total number of active cases to 53.