This page acts as a central location for Franklin County's Covid-19 information and guidance. Check back here for regular updates to case statistics, and public communications from county officials. Please use the menu for guidance on specific topics.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Franklin County Public Health holds COVID vaccination clinics every Monday and Wednesday in the Franklin County Courthouse for those aged 5 and older.  Please call us at 518 481-1710 to schedule an appointment.
A pediatric clinic for children 6 months - 4 years old is being arranged for later this month.  More information and registration links will be distributed when the clinic is scheduled.
To find other vaccination locations near you go to https://www.vaccines.gov/

Who is eligible for COVID vaccine?

Children 6 months to 17 years of age:

Children ages 6 months - 17 years are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your child’s age, they may be eligible for both, and parents and guardians can choose which vaccine they’d like their child to receive. The amount of vaccine or number of doses is based on vaccine type and your child’s age. All of the COVID-19 vaccines available for children 6 months and older are safe, effective, and recommended.

Eligibility for vaccines available for children 6 months of age and older include:

Pfizer:
  • Children 6 months – 4 years of age are eligible for three shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The initial two doses are administered three weeks apart, followed by a third dose administered at least eight weeks after the second dose.
  • Children 5 years of age and older are eligible for the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
  • Children 5 years of age an older should receive a booster at least 5 months after the final dose in the primary series. 
  • Children 5 years of age and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least 28 days after the final dose (second dose) of their initial, primary vaccine series.
Moderna:
  • Children 6 months – 5 years of age are eligible for two shots of the Moderna vaccine, given one month apart.
  • A booster of Moderna is not recommended for children 6 months-17 years of age at this time.
  • Children 5 years of age and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive an additional dose of the Moderna vaccine at least 28 days after the final dose (second dose) of their initial, primary vaccine series.
Booster dose:

  • Children 5 years of age and older should receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least 5 months after completing their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine series. 
  • Boosters for children who have received Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as their primary series are not recommended at this time.
Adults 18 and over:

Pfizer:

  • A primary series of two shots is given 3-8 weeks apart.
  • A booster shot is recommended at least 5 months after the completed series.
  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised people may receive a third dose at least 28 days after the initial 2-dose series is completed.

Moderna:

  • A primary series of two shots is given 4 weeks apart. 
  • A booster shot is recommended at least 5 months after the series is completed. 
  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised people may receive a third dose at least 28 days after the initial 2-dose series is completed.
  • A second booster dose is recommended for adults 50 and older and for those 18 and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised at least 4 months after first booster dose.

What is moderately or severely immunocompromised?

People are considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system) due to several types of conditions and treatments. Examples include:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy (a treatment to help your immune system attach to and kill cancer cells) or received a stem cell transplant (within the last 2 years)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress their immune response

Talk to your healthcare provider about COVID-19 vaccination and your medical condition.


Testing

Testing for COVID-19 is an essential tool to slow the spread of the disease.  Get tested when you’re preparing to travel, think you’ve been exposed, feel sick or have symptoms, or just want peace of mind.  It’s important to know for sure so you don’t pass COVID-19 on to others.


Testing sites:

  • Adirondack Health

    Contact - 518 897-2462 or https://www.adirondackhealth.org/covid-testing
    Type: PCR
    Cost: $80 without insurance or testing order.
    Results typically available within 48 hours.

  • Alice Hyde Medical Center

    Contact: 518 483-3000 or https://www.alicehyde.com/COVID-Testing
    Type: PCR
    Cost: A physician's order is required for all COVID tests. All patients appearing for COVID testing should bring their insurance card with them to their appointment. Insurance will be billed at the time of testing.
    Results typically available within 48-72 hours.

  • Kinney Drug Store

    Malone (3400 State Route 11) 518 483-4110, Saranac Lake 518 891-3132 or https://kinneydrugs.com/  
    Type: PCR 
    Cost: Free
    Results within 2-3 days.  

  • Mountain Medical Urgent Care

    Malone 518 521-3322, Saranac Lake 518 897-1000 or https://www.mountainmedical.net/
    Type: PCR and Rapid Cost: Insurance will be billed, price varies by test for uninsured. For travel or event testing - $130 for PCR Rapid or $100 for Rapid Antigen. Results by the end of the day.   

  • Walgreens

    Malone 518 483-9090 or https://www.walgreens.com/
    Type: PCR and Rapid
    Cost: Free
    Results for PCR within 48 hours/Rapid within 2 hours.  

At-home test kits are now available at retail stores and pharmacies. It is important to report a positive COVID-19 result to your local health department. Franklin County residents can report their positive at-home/over the counter test results  by clicking the button below:

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COVID-19 Call Center

For information and assistance, please contact the COVID-19 Call Center at 518-481-1111 or via email at eoccallcenter@franklincony.org. Call Center hours are 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday-Friday.  The call center is closed on weekends (Saturday and Sunday), and holidays.


Hyper-Reach Notifications

The Hyper-Reach Notification Service allows citizens to receive notifications in the event of local emergencies or community alerts. To receive this notifications via your cellphone, follow this link.



*Attention*
  

The level of community transmission in Franklin County is HIGH. People are interacting more closely with each other which is allowing the disease to spread more easily throughout our communities. 

All of us - vaccinated and unvaccinated - are empowered to help stop the spread by following the COVID-19 safety guidelines we’ve practiced since the start of this pandemic:

Wear face coverings in all indoor public places,

Continue to wash your hands frequently,

Sanitize high touch areas in your home,

Reduce gathering sizes and visit outdoors whenever possible,

If you feel sick, stay home,

If unvaccinated, please get vaccinated!

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COVID-19 Case Statistics (Last Reported Change: 08/15/2022):

Daily Statistics:**

  • Active Cases: 46
  • New Cases: 10
  • Community Active: 46
  • DOCCS Inmate Active: 0
  • Positivity Rate (08/13): 5.33%*
  • 7-day Average (08/13): 8.12%*
Active Cases By Correctional Facility:
  • Bare Hill Correctional: 0
  • Franklin Correctional: 0
  • Upstate Correctional: 0
  • Franklin County Jail: 0
* Positivity and testing statistics generated from NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Tracker (https://covid19tracker.health.ny.gov)
** Fatality statistics can be viewed at the NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Fatalities Tracker (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/fatalities-0)
As Of 1/04/2021, only active positive cases for correctional facilities reported directly to the Franklin County Department of Public Health are included in the active case counts and isolation numbers. Breakdowns of verified active cases for each correctional facility are provided for reference.

Franklin County Isolations by Township
A map of Franklin County showing COVID-19 Isolations for each township.

Schools
Go to the NYSDOH COVID-19 Report Card at  https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home to see the number of positive school tests in regions of New York State, school districts, and individual schools.



 

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