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Coronavirus

Essex County asks elder homes to stop visitation

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Board of Supervisors has asked all elder homes in this county to close their doors to visitors. The request comes as a nursing home and rehabilitation facility in the county seat, Essex Center, faces a deadly outbreak that has taken the lives of four ...

Elizabethtown nursing home outbreak claims 4th resident

ELIZABETHTOWN — Another Essex Center resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities at the Elizabethtown nursing home to four. The Essex County Health Department announced the fatality on Tuesday evening. The department has declined to release names, ages or ...

COVID scare at gas station in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — A person allegedly broke public health orders on Sunday, Aug. 23 and left quarantine to visit a gas station in Saranac Lake. It wasn’t immediately clear Monday if the person — who has not been identified and likely won’t be, due to federal privacy laws — had tested ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Dmitry Feld, I Love BBQ and Music Festival

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Dmitry Feld, marketing manager at USA Luge, Shipman Youth Center Board of Directors member and organizer of the I Love BBQ and Music Festival. The festival on July Fourth weekend was canceled, and it is being replaced by a Drive-In ...

Two more COVID-19 deaths connected to Essex Center facility

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two more Essex Center patients have died from COVID-19. The two new deaths were reported by the Essex County Public Health Department on Thursday, Aug. 20, bringing the total number of deaths connected to the new coronavirus cluster to three this week. The deaths ...

The show must go on … for the kids

LAKE PLACID — This year’s I Love BBQ and Music Festival will go on. But instead of the Fourth of July weekend at the Olympic Speedskating Oval, it will be held Labor Day weekend at the North Elba Show Grounds. And there won’t be any barbecue or music. “Actually some of the movies ...

Gyms to reopen indoors soon

LAKE PLACID — Local gyms are preparing to reopen their doors next week after state officials said they will allow them to offer indoor services starting Monday, Aug. 24. Some gyms in the region still will offer outdoor classes or online options for members. Each facility will be ...

COVID-19 cluster expands at Essex Center in Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN -- Essex County reported its first COVID-19 fatality on Tuesday, Aug. 18, spurring a testing spree at the Essex Center in Elizabethtown that uncovered another 24 positive cases on Wednesday. Of the 26 total active cases, two people are hospitalized, according to the Essex ...

Lake Placid school officials field questions on reopening

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid school administrators fielded dozens of questions and concerns from parents Wednesday, Aug. 19 as the district prepares to resume full in-person classes next month. The district’s first of three parent forums on reopening at 9 a.m., hosted on the ...

AuSable Valley Central plans half remote, half in-person learning

Students at the AuSable Valley Central School District are set to return to class in three weeks with a schedule unlike any other school year they’ve experienced in the past. The district released its initial reopening plans on July 31. Superintendent Paul Savage sent parents a letter with ...

Essex County’s first COVID-19 fatality was in Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County has seen its first fatality from COVID-19, the Essex County Health Department confirmed on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The name, age and gender of the individual has not been made public. Names generally aren’t made public, and Essex County Public Health Director Linda ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Dan Mayberry, Keene Central School superintendent

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Keene Central School Superintendent Dan Mayberry about the district’s reopening plan for the fall. Listen to a portion of this interview on the "We are Lake Placid" podcast from the Lake Placid News by visiting Apple Podcasts at ...

Cuomo: NY gyms, fitness centers can begin reopening Aug. 24

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday, Aug. 17 announced that gyms and fitness centers can reopen in New York starting Aug. 24. Facilities that reopen will be subject to rigorous health and safety standards and all gyms and fitness centers will be able to open by Sept. 2. “As New York ...

Bowling, NYC museums get green-light to open soon in NY

ALBANY (AP) -- New York City museums and aquariums, as well as bowling alleys across the state, are getting the green light to open again, while the state will soon release guidance for indoor gyms to reopen one day. Cuomo told reporters in a Friday conference call that low-risk, indoor ...

Canada U.S border restrictions extended to at least September

TORONTO (AP) -- The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month, Canada's public safety minister said Friday. The statement by Public Safety Minister Bill Blair came a day after Mexico announced a similar measure for its border with the United ...

Keene Central School unveils fall reopening plan

KEENE VALLEY — Keene Central School District officials this week unveiled their reopening plan for students, which includes a mix of in-person and remote learning for grades 7 through 12 and all in-person learning for the lower grades. The plan was the result of work by the KCS Reopening ...

COVID or not: Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is ON!

SARANAC LAKE — “We are having a carnival,” said Jeff Branch, Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee chairman, on Monday. “We’ll make adjustments,” Branch continued, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ongoing health crisis recently caused the cancellation of First Night ...

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

ALBANY — New York's governor said Friday that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo clears the way for schools to ...

Survey gauges thoughts on in-person school

LAKE PLACID — A survey of local parents conducted by the Lake Placid Central School District shows that a majority plan to send their children back to school in person this fall, provided the school is open. The Lake Placid Central School District is planning to welcome back its students ...

Essex County isn’t rolling buses like Franklin County is

Essex and Franklin counties are taking different approaches to reopening public transportation amid the coronavirus pandemic. Each county operates a bus system, and both counties canceled all bus routes in March. Franklin County began reopening its bus routes in June, with a few caveats, but ...