STATE OF EMERGENCY!

Despite the fact that so far, there have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Franklin County, the county has declared a state of emergency… as of Saturday… in response to the outbreak that this weekend, produced the first fatality in New York state. The state of emergency will remain in effect until April 20th. Other steps taken to address the virus over the weekend, were the announcement by Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill, that visits to the county jail have been suspended. On Saturday, the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES announced that all schools in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties will be closed until at least mid-April. Schools in the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES service area were still scheduled to operate normally as of Saturday evening… that according to the latest edition of the Malone Telegram, which also reports that the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the state exceeded 500 as of Saturday afternoon, although none were reported in any of the counties making up the North Country. Schools and organizations around the region are however, canceling or postponing all events that are expected to attract large numbers of people.