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Coronavirus

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 ...

Now those 50 and older can get vaccine

New York state dropped the vaccine eligibility age by a decade Monday, and now anyone over 50 years old is able to get their shot at a point-of-distribution location or clinic. “We’re ecstatic,” Essex County Public Health Director Linda Beers said. “We want it open. Our job is to ...

US-Canada border will be closed at least another month

The U.S.-Canada border closure has been extended for a 13th month as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security made it official Thursday morning on Twitter: “To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, and in coordination with our partners in Canada and ...

Lake Placid’s big summer events are on, organizers say

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. The Ironman triathlon, the Lake Placid ...

Ironman may inspire Lake Placid Marathon restrictions

LAKE PLACID — For now, two major races are still on the calendar in this village for 2021, the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon on July 25 and the Lake Placid Marathon and Half on Sept. 12. The same race director for both events says if state health officials allow Ironman to be held here, he ...

NY to end mandatory quarantine for US travelers on April 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Travelers to New York from other U.S. states will no longer be required to quarantine starting April 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced March 11. Cuomo, who has been easing coronavirus restrictions amid calls for his resignation over sexual harassment allegations, said the ...

County records another COVID-19 death

Another Essex County resident has died after contracting COVID-19. The resident, whose death was confirmed by the Essex County Health Department on Friday, March 12, was the second county resident to die after contracting COVID-19 last week. The health department did not provide details ...

Maple Weekends canceled again

LAKE PLACID — New York Maple Weekends — featuring facility tours and special events the third and fourth weekends of March — have been canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic. New York State Maple Producers Association Executive Director Helen Thomas ...

Hotel owner recounts his case of COVID-19

LAKE PLACID — Still, to this day, he doesn’t know where he got it from. COVID-19, that is. Village Trustee and Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort owner Peter Holderied was feeling fine in the days before the Presidents Day holiday weekend. He worked, had meals with his family. It was business ...

Adirondack Health CEO reflects on COVID, career, retirement

SARANAC LAKE — The last year of Adirondack Health CEO and President Sylvia Getman’s 30-year career has been marked by the largest health care emergency in decades. The COVID-19 pandemic increased the importance of the health care organization’s role in the community, and at the same ...

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 ...