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Coronavirus

14th COVID death at Essex Center

The Essex County Health Department reported another death connected to a coronavirus outbreak at an Elizabethtown nursing home on Monday, Sept. 28. A total of 14 residents of the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility have died in the past couple of months after contracting ...

Four Lake Placid hospitality workers found to have virus

LAKE PLACID — The Essex County Health Department has identified four cases of employees in the Lake Placid hospitality industry who have tested positive for COVID-19, and department administrators say after completing contact tracing they feel confident they have the cases ...

Luge World Cup moved from Lake Placid to Germany

Lake Placid will not play host to any major international sliding events this winter, after the International Luge Federation said Wednesday, Sept. 16 it will not hold a World Cup competition there because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The upstate New York village was ...

Bobsled and skeleton World Championships moved from Lake Placid to Germany

This season’s bobsled and skeleton world championships were awarded Tuesday to Altenberg, Germany, and moved out of Lake Placid, New York, because of concerns across many winter sports about the coronavirus pandemic and potential travel complications for those coming to North America. The ...

As 2 more die, Essex Center company moves test lab in-house

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two more residents of the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility have died from COVID-19, the Essex County Health Department reported Wednesday, Sept. 9. The deaths came as the company that operates the home, Centers Health Care, announced that it has ...

Paul Smith’s has campuswide testing and no COVID so far

PAUL SMITHS — Three weeks ago, Paul Smith’s College tested nearly all of its students and staff for COVID-19, and the results show no positive tests so far, according to college officials. Now they hope to keep the hands-on-centric college open for the rest of the semester. “We might ...

Second testing round finds all clear for COVID at Mercy

The Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake has seen zero new cases of COVID-19 since an employee tested positive last week. The nursing home, operated by Adirondack Health, conducted a second round of resident testing on Friday, Sept. 4. All 57 of the facility’s residents received negative ...

5 new COVID cases in Essex County, 3 tied to nursing home outbreak

Five new cases of COVID-19 in Essex County were announced on Monday, Sept. 7, three of them tied to a coronavirus outbreak at a nursing home in the county seat. The three new cases at the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility announced Monday include two residents and one ...

Seven new COVID cases tied to Essex Center

Seven new cases of COVID-19 have been found in Essex County, all of them tied to a nursing home in the county seat. The seven new cases reported Thursday, Sept. 3 at Essex Center in Elizabethtown, bring the total number of positive cases connected to the outbreak there to 95. Of the new ...

Nursing home records 7th resident death

Another resident of an Elizabethtown nursing home has died of COVID-19, as of Wednesday, Sept. 2, putting the total number of fatalities connected to the coronavirus outbreak at Essex Center at seven in 16 days. Since the nursing home and rehabilitation center’s first recorded resident ...

GIVING BACK: Mini-golf tourney helps local gym with expenses

LAKE PLACID — For Fitness Revolution owner Jason McComber, the last six months have felt like being on a treadmill. A mini-golf tournament hosted by his neighbor changed that. Like thousands of other business owners throughout the state, McComber was forced to shutter the doors of his Lake ...

Essex Co. reopens some bus routes

ELIZABETHTOWN — Select Essex County bus routes have restarted service. The three routes — Champlain South, Lake Placid and Mountain Valley — run through Crown Point, Elizabethtown, Keene, Lake Placid, Moriah, Saranac Lake, Westport and Wilmington with stops at shopping plazas, ...

AuSable Valley, other schools switch to full remote start

Students at the AuSable Valley Central School District will return to classes remotely next month, Superintendent Paul Savage announced Thursday evening, Aug. 27. The announcement reverses the district’s initial plan to welcome students back to school for half-remote, half-in-person ...

Lake Placid Film Festival is going virtual from Sept. 2 to Oct. 21

LAKE PLACID — This year, thanks to the pandemic, the Lake Placid Film Festival is going virtual — something that’s easier to do with movies than it is with, say, food festivals. Turn on your computer, dim the lights and make your own popcorn. “While we can’t meet in person, we ...

Home for the holidays? Get ready for a Zoom Thanksgiving

As the Summer of COVID draws to a close, many experts fear an even bleaker fall and suggest that American families should start planning for Thanksgiving by Zoom. Because of the many uncertainties, public health scientists say it’s easier to forecast the weather on Thanksgiving Day than ...

Canada won’t host luge world championships

Canada will not host the luge world championships next year, with officials announcing Wednesday that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic left them no choice but to consider another site. The biggest impediment was the 14-day quarantine that would be required of any foreign athlete entering ...

No Adirondack Medical Center visitors through Labor Day

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has extended its current visitor restrictions at Adirondack Medical Center through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, at minimum. Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake will remain closed to all in-person visitors indefinitely. “Exceptions will continue to be made ...

Vermont imposes travel limits for Essex, Hamilton counties

The state of Vermont has imposed travel restrictions for New York’s Essex and Hamilton counties. The restrictions were imposed as Essex County contends with its first major outbreak at a nursing home. As of Monday, Aug. 31, at least 84 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in connection ...

Tupper nursing home worker tests positive; all residents test negative

A staff member at the Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake has tested positive for COVID-19, but all residents of the facility have subsequently tested negative. The staff member received the positive result on Monday after being tested Friday as part of the facility’s routine testing ...