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Coronavirus

Governor lifts more COVID-19 rules

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, June 15 that 70% of adults in New York have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a threshold he said the state would celebrate by easing many of its remaining social distancing rules and shooting off fireworks. “What does 70% mean? It means ...

Schools can choose to ditch masks when outdoors

After a weekend of mixed messages on mask-wearing at schools, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released an official guidance on Tuesday, June 8 allowing districts to choose to lift mask requirements for students and staff when they are outdoors. Starting Wednesday, June 9, all of the school districts ...

COVID small business relief

LAKE PLACID — Small businesses in the town of North Elba have until Monday, June 7 to submit applications to the Essex County Industrial Development Agency for COVID-19 emergency grants. The town of North Elba COVID-19 Business Emergency Grant Fund was recently awarded $225,000 through ...

High school seniors reflect on vaccinations, pandemic year

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid High School seniors Isabella Armstrong, Rylee Preston and Natalie Tavares have spent their last years in high school learning under the constraints of a global pandemic. When they graduate from college, they all want to get a job in health care. “I think I ...

Ironman, lax require vax — also reduce numbers

LAKE PLACID — Both the Ironman triathlon and the Lake Placid Summit Classic lacrosse tournament will return to Lake Placid this summer with a vaccination requirement and a cap on the number of athletes allowed to compete. Ironman Race Director Greg Borzilleri and Summit lacrosse ...

A guide to New York’s new rules on masks and distancing

ALBANY — New York eased its mask and social distancing mandates again Wednesday, but people shouldn’t be throwing their face coverings in the garbage just yet. Masks are still required for everyone in many settings. Millions of unvaccinated New Yorkers still have to wear them in most ...