The Franklin County Health Department has identified two more positive cases of COVID-19.


One of the new cases is a male in his 50’s and is related to a previous positive case. The other individual is a female in her 40’s, the origin of this case is still under investigation. Due to a delay in test results, this individual has already been deemed fully recovered.


Individuals who are thought to have had close contact with positive cases will be/have been notified by the Health Department. To date, Franklin County has received 171 negative test results and there are currently eight (8) County residents under isolation orders as the Health Department awaits results.


"I fully believe positive case numbers are staying low in Franklin County because of the Stay at Home Order and the thorough investigations being conducted by the Health Department," mentioned Alan Radcliffe, Emergency Management Director for Franklin County. "But, I do not think we are in the clear yet," he added. "The next 30 days are going to be crucial. We cannot get complacent because of the low number of positives we currently have in Franklin County."


Health department officials also urged caution during the holiday weekend.


"With a holiday weekend upon us, please do your part to keep our numbers as low as possible," officials said. "It is very important that residents continue to comply with the "Stay Home" order currently in effect statewide. For those that need to go out for necessary items, please take appropriate safety measures.


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