The Franklin County Health Department has identified the County’s 8th and 9th positive cases of COVID-19.

"Both of these individals are females, one in her 50’s and one in her 60’s," health department officials said. "Only one of these cases is travel related."

The health department continues to find that all cases are spread throughout the community and are not associated with any one organization. Individuals who have had close contact with positive cases will be/have been notified by the Health Department. To date, Franklin County has received 78 negative test results and there are currently 50 County residents under isolation orders as the Health Department awaits results.

As the number of cases continues to rise in Franklin County, it is very important that residents comply with the "Stay Home" order currently in effect statewide, officials said. This order is intended to create distance between households, decreasing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. This virus can be spread by individuals who show no symptoms as well as those who are symptomatic.

"Stay at Home does not mean you have to stay inside," officials said. "Go outside to play, go for walks, runs, bike rides with your family or others who live in the same household with you. Wave at your neighbors across the street. Get creative and create fun neighborhood scavenger hunts from each others’ window. Connect with friends and family through technology – zoom meetings, Houseparty app, etc. Read to children in your household, read for pleasure, etc.

"We understand that this is a trying time for the entire community and we appreciate everyone’s efforts and cooperation to help us slow the spread of this virus."