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Coronavirus

Some New Yorkers traveling hours away from home for vaccine

ALBANY — Some New Yorkers are driving hours to get the COVID-19 vaccine because they are unable to find appointments closer to home through a state website. Residents of the Albany and Buffalo areas in particular have complained on social media and to their local lawmakers that they have ...

Lake Placid schools go remote after 3 test positive

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid schools are going remote Friday, Feb. 12 for the half-day of classes left before the Presidents Day holiday after an elementary school student, a middle-high school student and a support staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. In a message to ...

Coronavirus pops NWHL ‘bubble’

LAKE PLACID — The National Women’s Hockey League suspended the rest of its 2021 season just one day before its playoffs were slated to start at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center. The league announced its decision on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 3, initially offering scant details but saying ...

3 more die of COVID: 2 in Franklin County, 1 in Essex

Both Franklin and Essex counties reported deaths of COVID-19-positive residents on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Franklin County reported two deaths. The county said neither of them was a nursing home resident but did not say where in the county they lived or died. Essex County reported one death at ...

Hockey bubble bursts; NWHL suspends season in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The National Women’s Hockey League suspended the rest of its 2021 season just one day before its playoffs were slated to start at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center. The league announced its decision on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 3, initially offering scant details but saying the ...

State gives local counties few vaccines

Franklin County just recently started receiving coronavirus vaccines for the first time, and the delivery of doses to Essex County has slowed to a trickle as the state continues to contend with a lack of supply amid overwhelming demand. The Essex County Health Department has requested weekly ...

NWHL team catches COVID, drops out of ‘bubble’ season

LAKE PLACID — And then there were five. The National Women’s Hockey League announced Thursday, Jan. 28 that the Metropolitan Riveters, one of six teams playing a scheduled two-week season at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, has withdrawn. And just like so many instances across the ...

New UK COVID strain found in Essex County

An Essex County resident has been diagnosed with the new U.K. variant of COVID-19. This strain of the coronavirus, which scientists believe is more contagious than earlier versions, has not been detected in Essex County before. No hospital in Clinton, Essex or Franklin counties has the ...

LP Middle-High School faces more COVID cases

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Middle-High School closed on Jan. 7 after staff members tested positive for COVID-19, and district Superintendent Roger Catania said Tuesday, Jan. 12 that he plans to reopen the school for in-person learning Tuesday, Jan. 19, a day after the Martin Luther King ...

New York details COVID vaccine phases heading into Phase 1b

ALBANY — The state Department of Health this week detailed the COVID-19 vaccine plan as New York continues in Phase 1a and begins to serve the initial groups from Phase 1b. The following information was provided by the DOH online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov. --- Eligible ...

Staff shortage may slow vaccine rollout

As the number of people eligible for vaccination against the coronavirus grows, staff shortages could be a significant hurdle for the North Country region to overcome in its distribution efforts. Dr. Wouter Rietsema, vice president of population health and information services at Champlain ...

Who gets vaccines first? Second?

(The following information was provided by New York state online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.) New York state will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in phases based on need and risk. We are currently in Phase 1A. Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1A are: - High-risk hospital ...

One LP school goes remote after 3 days

As New York schools returned to session Monday, Jan. 4 after winter break, the state has a new rule for staying open during COVID-19: Schools in counties with a positivity level over 9% must remain below their communities’ positivity level to stay open for in-person instruction. This will ...

Adirondack Medical Center praised for speedy vaccination

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Medical Center was highlighted on Monday, Jan. 4 as one of the highest-performing hospitals in the state for distributing vaccines. Less than two weeks after the hospital received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccines on Dec. 23, about 87% of its vaccine ...

Coronavirus: Public Enemy No. 1

ELIZABETHTOWN — For a moment, her office was quiet. With just one full day left before the start of the New Year, Essex County Health Department Director Linda Beers sat down in her Elizabethtown office and looked at a timeline of the county’s coronavirus pandemic laid out before ...

Schumer outlines $54B in COVID aid to NY

LAKE PLACID — Both New York senators — Democrats Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand — and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, voted Monday, Dec. 21 for the $900 billion pandemic relief package aimed at delivering financial help to citizens and businesses and to help states pay for ...

USPS adjusts after 4 local post offices suspend package, window services

Post offices in Ray Brook, Bloomingdale, Rainbow Lake and Paul Smiths suspended window, retail and package pick-up services Monday, Dec. 21 due to limited staffing brought on by recent positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines; but the postal service is marshalling resources and employees to ...