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Coronavirus

LPCA theater reopens for Manhattan Short Film Fest

LAKE PLACID — With New York now letting upstate movie houses reopen, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts will reopen its theater to present the Manhattan Short Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25, at 7 p.m. The LPCA theater will have a limited capacity of 50 people per ...

Empire State Winter Games canceled for 2021

LAKE PLACID — The 2021 Empire State Winter Games have been canceled. In a news release on Tuesday, the games' organizers announced their decision to cancel the 41st annual event, citing uncertainty and safety concerns created by the coronavirus pandemic. The games were scheduled for ...

Governor: Ski areas can open

NEW YORK (AP) — Ski resorts in New York will be allowed to open next month at half their indoor capacity with restrictions on sharing gondolas and face coverings required off the slopes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday, Oct. 18. The governor said ski resorts can open Nov. 6 during a ...

Governor lets movie houses reopen, with rules

If all your dreams seem to take place in movie theaters, punctuated by trailers and the sound of crunching popcorn, there’s finally some good news. On Saturday, Oct. 17, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen on Friday. Unsurprisingly, there ...

5 COVID cases in North Elba

ELIZABETHTOWN — Five of the 11 active cases of COVID-19 in Essex County on Tuesday, Oct. 13 were in the town of North Elba, including two new ones, according to Essex County Public Health. On Monday, health officials said three new cases were identified over the weekend in the town of ...

VT puts travel restrictions on Essex County … again

The state of Vermont has again imposed travel restrictions for New York’s Essex County. The restrictions were imposed as Essex County sees its number of new COVID-19 cases continue to rise. As of Tuesday, Oct. 13, there were 11 active cases countywide, seven new ones since Oct. 9. Four ...

State officials deploy rapid COVID tests to all counties

The state Department of Health is deploying 400,000 rapid-result test kits free of charge to local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies and other health care providers in every New York county. These rapid tests can produce results within 15 minutes without having to send a specimen to ...

State launches COVID alert app

The state Department of Health recently launched a new cellphone app designed to alert residents when they’ve come in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters on a conference call Thursday, Oct. 1 that downloading the app is voluntary, but ...

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 ...