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Coronavirus

Different landscape for nature seekers

Tourism experts continue to predict a sluggish return to normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the Adirondack Park’s unique draws — millions of acres of wild lands and a wealth of outdoor destinations — has many locals still anticipating a rush of nature-seekers this Memorial Day ...

Local high schools prepare unique send-offs for seniors

Lawn signs dot the front yards of local high school seniors, some schools are planning parades, and the Class of 2020 is preparing for what will surely be unique commencement ceremonies. Saranac Lake High School has announced that each student’s commencement will be recorded separately. ...

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing hits the road full-time

Adirondack Health’s mobile COVID-19 testing clinic started to make its rounds Tuesday, May 19 in Saranac Lake and Keene, and the organization says it has enough kits to give free swab and blood tests to anyone who wants one. The mobile clinic, run out of an recreational vehicle initially ...

No parades, gatherings this Memorial Day

The spread of the novel coronavirus has derailed many annual Memorial Day ceremonies this year, but the sacrifice of military members across the nation won’t be forgotten. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his daily press briefing in Albany on Tuesday, May 19 that Memorial Day ...

Hiking this weekend? Ticks don’t do social distancing

Tick season is heating up in the Adirondacks, and while most people are focused on not contracting COVID-19 right now, local physicians, infectious disease experts and tick-borne illness experts are worried people may forget that another viral danger lurks in the woods. Tick-borne illnesses ...

Camp Treetops in Lake Placid cancels 2020 summer season

LAKE PLACID — Officials at Camp Treetops at North Country School announced last week that they are canceling the 2020 summer season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Camp Director Karen Culpepper wrote about the decision on the Treetops blog Saturday, May 16, titled, “An Important and ...

Mental Health Association in Essex County using telehealth to help people

WESTPORT — Employees from the Mental Health Association in Essex County are having a change of pace in their daily work life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Where case managers would usually find themselves going house to house throughout Essex County to help those with mental illnesses, ...

Half of Main Street could close this summer in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Here’s an idea: Close off half of Main Street — the lakeside lane from the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort to Players Sports Bar & Grill — during July and August. Keep the other lane open to one-way traffic, going toward Saranac Avenue. And use the closed lane for an ...

Drive-thru testing hits road full-time in Tri-Lakes

Adirondack Health’s mobile COVID-19 testing clinic started to make its rounds Tuesday in Saranac Lake and Keene, and the organization says it has enough kits to give free swab and blood tests to anyone who wants one. The mobile clinic, run out of an recreational vehicle initially ...

Adirondack Health announces mobile testing locations open to the public

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has finalized COVID-19 mobile testing locations in Essex and Franklin counties for this week. Days, times and locations may change week to week. Beginning today: • Tuesday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saranac Lake High School student parking lot, 79 ...

State lab overwhelmed with tests

Faced with a new wave of COVID-19 tests from nursing homes and hospitals, a state lab that processes COVID-19 tests from the North Country region is currently running at full capacity. Now the lab is limiting the number of tests it will accept, forcing health care facilities to send tests ...

Drive-thru COVID-19 test clinic to travel Tri-Lakes

Adirondack Health is rolling out a drive-thru coronavirus testing program in the Tri-Lakes this week, where anyone who qualifies can show up and get a free swab and blood test. Using a repurposed dental van, the health care organization ran a pilot version of the service last week, testing 99 ...

NY testing expands to Phase 1 workers

New York has more than 700 testing sites where all individuals who will return to the workplace under the state’s Phase 1 reopening plan can get tested for the virus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the state has doubled testing capacity to reach 40,000 diagnostic tests per day. ...

COVID-19 Q&A

We spoke with public health officials and hospital representatives on Friday about commonly asked questions about coronavirus, COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself from exposure to the virus. --- Q: What are the best ways to protect yourself from coronavirus infection? Franklin ...

Cheers from the chat stream as NCCC holds online commencement

SARANAC LAKE — You couldn’t hear cheers echoing off the walls, but if you could keep up, you could read a cascade of chat posts beside the Zoom screen on your home computer, congratulating each graduate. It wasn’t a normal commencement North Country Community College held Saturday, ...

Ironman postponed; Lake Placid triathlon seeks alternate date

LAKE PLACID — The Ironman Lake Placid triathlon, originally scheduled for July 26, was postponed on Friday and is hoped to be held later in the summer season. In a 27-second video clip on the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism Facebook page Friday afternoon, ROOST’s Lake Placid ...

Construction to get in gear

Construction was one of the last business industries New York state restricted to slow the spread the COVID-19, and and now it will be among the first to restart. Only one worker at a time has been allowed on a job site since March 27, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo added private-sector ...

Health officials urge caution in reopening

As the state and national conversation turns toward the gradual reopening of the economy, local health officials urge residents to continue taking safety precautions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and avoid a second wave of infections. On Wednesday, the same day Gov. Andrew ...

ROOST releases ‘Politely Adirondack’ posters

LAKE PLACID — As some North Country businesses in New York begin to reopen their doors today, some of those doors may be adorned with new Adirondack-themed posters asking people to keep 6 feet apart from each other, wear face masks and wash their hands with soap and water. The posters ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Andrew Quinn, Desperados restaurant

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Desperados restaurant owner Andrew Quinn Friday, May 8 about his daily Facebook Live updates and how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting his business. Listen to a portion of this interview on the "We are Lake Placid" podcast from ...