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Coronavirus

COVID cluster at Northwood School

LAKE PLACID — A group of Northwood School students and staff — including members of the school’s boys soccer, boys hockey and girls hockey teams — have been quarantined after a cluster of COVID-19 cases were discovered during routine testing. As of Monday, May 3, there were 22 ...

New York will lift most business capacity limits May 19

NEW YORK — New York City’s subway will begin rolling all night again, and capacity restrictions for most types of businesses will end statewide in mid-May as COVID-19 infection rates continues to decline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. City subway service will return to 24-hour ...

Bar restrictions rolled back in New York

New York is loosening several COVID-19 regulations on bars -- setting end dates for a midnight curfew and a requirement that food must be purchased with alcohol. Some local bar owners reacted with a mix of excitement and ambivalence. The food requirement with an alcoholic drink were lifted ...

Lake Placid mask signs will stay up for now

LAKE PLACID — The signs telling residents and visitors on Main Street to wear face masks will stay up for now as village officials discuss New York’s new outdoor mask-wearing guidance issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, April 27. New York adopted the Centers for Disease Control and ...

CDC says vaccinated Americans can now go outside without masks

NEW YORK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don't need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. And those who are unvaccinated can go outside ...

Most Tri-Lakes residents have been partially vaccinated

SARANAC LAKE — More than half of Tri-Lakes residents have been at least partially vaccinated, new state and county vaccine data shows. This data from Franklin County Public Health and the state Immunization Information System, shared with the News on Friday, April 16, offers the first ...

Canada-US border will stay closed another month

The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed for non-essential travel for a 14th month, at least until May 21, to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. That extension goes right up to the start of Canada’s Victoria Day long weekend, which normally is a time when many Canadians get away to ...

Medical Reserve Corps invaluable to county’s vaccination efforts

KEENE VALLEY — Standing in the gymnasium at Keene Central School, Dr. David Johnson readied supplies at his station at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesday, April 7. Johnson, who ran a private practice in Saranac Lake, retired in July after 34 years of caring for patients. He’s not ...

Residents 16+ can now get COVID vaccine

All New Yorkers age 16 and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday, April 6. Vaccines are being administered across the North Country at clinics run by the state Department of Health, county health departments and hospitals. Pharmacies such as Walgreens and Kinney Drugs are also ...

Anyone 16 or older can now get vaccine

All New Yorkers age 16 and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday, April 6. Vaccines are being administered across the North Country at clinics run by the state Department of Health, county health departments and hospitals. Pharmacies such as Walgreens and Kinney Drugs are also ...

Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again within US, CDC says

NEW YORK — Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can safely enjoy again, according to new U.S. guidance issued Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for the ...

Reporter reflects on pandemic, hopes for the future

Last spring, I remember sitting with the people in my “bubble” and talking about the last things we did before the pandemic — the last big event we attended before the mass cancellations and closures, the last bar we visited, the last movie we saw at the Palace Theatre, our last ...

NY launches ‘Excelsior Pass’ to prove COVID-19 vaccinations, tests

The state of New York has launched the Excelsior Pass, a cellphone app that will give residents another way to prove they’ve been vaccinated or have recently tested negative for COVID-19. The launch of the voluntary app, which was developed in collaboration with IBM, was announced by Gov. ...

NY to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those over 30

ALBANY (AP) -- New York state residents over 30 will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations starting Tuesday, March 30, and everyone over 16 will be eligible starting April 6, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, March 29. Vaccine eligibility had previously been restricted to people over 50, ...

Lake Placid vaccination clinic saves travel for many locals

LAKE PLACID — Before the Essex County Health Department began offering COVID-19 vaccination clinics in various parts of the county in January, most eligible residents had to travel to the state point-of-dispensing (POD) sites in Potsdam or Plattsburgh. The latest clinics open to the public ...

Big events? Yes.

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid’s large-scale sporting events are expected to move forward this year despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, organizers said during a conference call hosted by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism on Thursday, March 18. The Ironman triathlon, the Lake ...

Ironman Lake Placid opens registration for volunteers

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Ironman Volunteers Facebook page announced earlier this week that registration is now open for volunteering at this year’s Ironman Lake Placid triathlon, scheduled for Sunday, July 25. “While we are at the mercy of the state and local communities, we are ...

Essex County remembers COVID deaths with 27 roses

ELIZABETHTOWN — Twenty-seven roses were placed, one by one, in a vase on the steps of the old Essex County courthouse on Tuesday, March 23. Colorful mosaic pieces adorning the vase glittered in the bright spring sun. The red petals of the roses were striking against the grayish-beige ...

New Yorkers 50 and older can now get COVID-19 vaccine

New York state dropped the COVID-19 vaccination eligibility age by a decade as of Tuesday, March 23, with residents 50 years or older now able to get their shot at a point-of-distribution (POD) location or clinic. “We’re ecstatic,” Essex County Public Health Director Linda Beers said. ...

Pharmacies can now vaccinate residents in more eligibility categories

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sunday, March 21, announced new guidance has been rolled out allowing pharmacies to vaccinate New Yorkers with comorbidities. Pharmacies were previously able to vaccinate New Yorkers over the age of 60 and teachers. New Yorkers with comorbidities or underlying health ...