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Coronavirus

Active COVID-19 cases rise to 26 in Essex County

The Essex County Health Department announced 12 new cases of COVID-19 countywide on Monday, Nov. 23, bringing the total number of active cases to 26. That’s up from 23 active cases on Friday. Nine people were deemed recovered by the health department between Friday and Monday afternoon. ...

AMC restricts visitation again due to COVID

SARANAC LAKE — Patient visitation at Adirondack Health’s facilities is again limited as the number of COVID-19 cases in Franklin and Essex counties continues to rise. Adirondack Health announced the renewed restrictions on Friday, Nov. 13. It has imposed restrictions on visitation a few ...

Lake Placid 7th grade stays remote; other students will return

LAKE PLACID — Seventh-graders will study remotely through Thanksgiving break. Students in other grades in Lake Placid Middle-High School will return to class on Tuesday. School administrators made the decision to temporarily keep the district’s seventh-graders home over the weekend, in ...

COVID case found at Lake Placid school

LAKE PLACID — A positive case of COVID-19 has been discovered within the Lake Placid Central School District. The district was notified of the case on Friday afternoon and notified families via phone. The Essex County Health Department announced the case to the broader community on Friday ...

St. Agnes Church warns of possible COVID exposure

LAKE PLACID — This village’s Catholic church is warning residents of a possible COVID-19 exposure. A person who attended three Masses at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid last week has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Essex County Health Department. Those who attended the ...

Negative tests coming in as COVID-19 hits News, Enterprise office

SARANAC LAKE — An Adirondack Daily Enterprise reporter who interviewed voters on Election Day has tested positive for COVID-19, and much of the newspaper’s staff has been placed on quarantine until Nov. 17. Six other staff members who work at the Enterprise and Lake Placid News office in ...

COVID hits Lake Placid News, Enterprise office

SARANAC LAKE — An Adirondack Daily Enterprise reporter who interviewed voters on Election Day has tested positive for COVID-19, and much of the newspaper’s staff has been placed on quarantine until Nov. 17. At least six other staff members who work at the Enterprise and Lake Placid News ...

Franklin County schools will go full remote through Jan. 4

All schools in Franklin County are shifting to remote learning until at least Jan. 4. The huge news was announced by the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES on Monday evening. The shift came at the recommendation of county health officials in light of the recent rise of COVID-19 cases in this ...

Life in quarantine

LAKE PLACID — Tim Chien had done everything right. The local licensed massage therapist screened all of his clients for risk factors, ensured that his practice either followed or exceeded the state’s public health guidelines, washed his hands frequently and he wore ample personal ...

Essex, Franklin counties receive rapid-testing supplies

The Essex and Franklin County health departments have received shipments of COVID-19 rapid-testing supplies from the state. Results from these tests can come back in 15 to 20 minutes, according to senior Essex County Public Health Educator Andrea Whitmarsh. They can be used to help control ...

High-speed COVID-19 test lab unveiled at Adirondack Medical Center

SARANAC LAKE — Two local public health institutions have teamed up to launch a new high-speed COVID-19 testing lab. The lab, located at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, was launched this past Friday. It’s a collaboration between biomedical research facility Trudeau ...

LPCA theater reopens for Manhattan Short Film Fest

LAKE PLACID — With New York now letting upstate movie houses reopen, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts will reopen its theater to present the Manhattan Short Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25, at 7 p.m. The LPCA theater will have a limited capacity of 50 people per ...

Empire State Winter Games canceled for 2021

LAKE PLACID — The 2021 Empire State Winter Games have been canceled. In a news release on Tuesday, the games' organizers announced their decision to cancel the 41st annual event, citing uncertainty and safety concerns created by the coronavirus pandemic. The games were scheduled for ...

Governor: Ski areas can open

NEW YORK (AP) — Ski resorts in New York will be allowed to open next month at half their indoor capacity with restrictions on sharing gondolas and face coverings required off the slopes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday, Oct. 18. The governor said ski resorts can open Nov. 6 during a ...

Governor lets movie houses reopen, with rules

If all your dreams seem to take place in movie theaters, punctuated by trailers and the sound of crunching popcorn, there’s finally some good news. On Saturday, Oct. 17, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen on Friday. Unsurprisingly, there ...

5 COVID cases in North Elba

ELIZABETHTOWN — Five of the 11 active cases of COVID-19 in Essex County on Tuesday, Oct. 13 were in the town of North Elba, including two new ones, according to Essex County Public Health. On Monday, health officials said three new cases were identified over the weekend in the town of ...

VT puts travel restrictions on Essex County … again

The state of Vermont has again imposed travel restrictions for New York’s Essex County. The restrictions were imposed as Essex County sees its number of new COVID-19 cases continue to rise. As of Tuesday, Oct. 13, there were 11 active cases countywide, seven new ones since Oct. 9. Four ...

State officials deploy rapid COVID tests to all counties

The state Department of Health is deploying 400,000 rapid-result test kits free of charge to local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies and other health care providers in every New York county. These rapid tests can produce results within 15 minutes without having to send a specimen to ...

State launches COVID alert app

The state Department of Health recently launched a new cellphone app designed to alert residents when they’ve come in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters on a conference call Thursday, Oct. 1 that downloading the app is voluntary, but ...