County COVID-19 cases rise to record levels

The Herald Staff

The coronavirus is spreading at record levels in Franklin County.

The Franklin County Health Department saw a big increase of positive cases this past weekend. There were 72 new cases of COVID-19 reported to the health department with one death. The county’s death total rose to eight.

The positively rate in the first two weeks of November rose to 17%, health officials reported. There were 209 active cases as of Monday, which is almost double of last week’s record number of active cases.

As of Monday, there were 93 pending test results and five hospitalizations reported to the health department. New COVID cases continue to be a wide range of ages, as well as symptomatic and asymptomatic.

Health officials said it takes 5 to 7 days after exposure for most people to develop the disease. Asymptomatic individuals, who have known exposure, will not be tested until day 7 or later.

Franklin County acknowledges Gov. Laura Kelley’s Executive Order of wearing masks. Health officials strongly recommend the wearing of masks in all spaces. Health officials said residents have relaxed in wearing masks, social distancing and not limiting events to 45 people.