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Coronavirus

Adirondack Medical Center praised for speedy vaccination

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Medical Center was highlighted on Monday, Jan. 4 as one of the highest-performing hospitals in the state for distributing vaccines. Less than two weeks after the hospital received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccines on Dec. 23, about 87% of its vaccine ...

Coronavirus: Public Enemy No. 1

ELIZABETHTOWN — For a moment, her office was quiet. With just one full day left before the start of the New Year, Essex County Health Department Director Linda Beers sat down in her Elizabethtown office and looked at a timeline of the county’s coronavirus pandemic laid out before ...

Schumer outlines $54B in COVID aid to NY

LAKE PLACID — Both New York senators — Democrats Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand — and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, voted Monday, Dec. 21 for the $900 billion pandemic relief package aimed at delivering financial help to citizens and businesses and to help states pay for ...

USPS adjusts after 4 local post offices suspend package, window services

Post offices in Ray Brook, Bloomingdale, Rainbow Lake and Paul Smiths suspended window, retail and package pick-up services Monday, Dec. 21 due to limited staffing brought on by recent positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines; but the postal service is marshalling resources and employees to ...

Lake Placid schools to go remote for last 2 days before break

The Lake Placid Middle and High School will be going remote for the last two days of school before the holiday break — Dec. 21 and 22 — due to a staffing shortage. In a voicemail from Superintendent Roger Catania to students and their families, he said there are “no new cases within ...

Breath of fresh air

KEENE VALLEY — The High Peaks Education Foundation recently donated $15,000 worth of air purifiers to Keene Central School, and while they were not mandated by the state for in-person education during the pandemic, school officials say they offer another layer of protection for everyone in ...

Chazy nurse first in North Country to receive vaccine

PLATTSBURGH — Karen O’Connor, an intensive care nurse at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, became the first person in the North Country region to receive the new Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, Dec. 15. O’Connor, 72, of Chazy, was the first to be vaccinated at ...

Will Rogers awaits news on vaccine

SARANAC LAKE — The community at Saranac Village at Will Rogers is waiting on news of when its residents will be able to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Because the facility is an independent living community rather than a nursing home — the distinction being that Will Rogers doesn’t ...

North Elba, Tupper no longer COVID-19 epicenters

The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise locally as the statewide vaccine rollout moves forward. The towns of Tupper Lake and North Elba are no longer the epicenters of their respective counties. The Essex County Health Department reported 67 active cases of COVID-19 countywide on ...

Border closure extended again

The closure of the United States-Canada land border has been extended for a 10th month. The border will now remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Jan. 21, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Friday, Dec. 11. “We are working closely ...

Stroll into town this weekend for the holidays

LAKE PLACID — Organizers of the annual Holiday Village Stroll are working hard to make sure residents and visitors don’t have a blue Christmas this year. They haven’t canceled the 11th annual event, but it will be scaled back. The Holiday Village Stroll this weekend — Dec. 11 to 13 ...

County: Tourism has spread virus to region

LAKE PLACID — Tourists traveling to Lake Placid have contributed to the number of COVID-19 cases here, Essex County’s public health director confirmed Tuesday, Dec. 8. Meanwhile, the Lake Placid Central School District switched back to remote learning temporarily due to COVID cases, and ...

Vaccine distribution planning underway in Essex County

It may be some time before a COVID-19 vaccine is available for mass distribution, but in Essex County, planning for it is already underway. Essex County Public Health Director Linda Beers on Tuesday, Dec. 8 briefed the county Board of Supervisors on the department’s tentative plans for ...

County: More than 80 St. Agnes parishioners test negative for COVID

LAKE PLACID — Approximately 85 parishioners of St. Agnes Church who were tested at a drive-thru COVID-19 clinic last month have tested negative. The clinic, a collaboration between the Essex County Health Department and Adirondack Health, was set up at the North Elba Show Grounds on Nov. ...

Back to remote for some schools

After a spike in community COVID-19 cases, The Tupper Lake Central School District is forgoing its plans to return to in-person hybrid instruction and is moving to remote learning through the end of 2020. Meanwhile, a sixth-grader in Lake Placid has tested positive for COVID-19, and the ...

Cuomo: If hospitals are overwhelmed, regions will shut down

The state announced new metrics on Monday that could trigger another partial economic shutdown. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is expected to rise across the state in the coming weeks as an anticipated post-Thanksgiving wave gives way to another wave of new infections ...

3 Northwood alumni to return for 2021 NWHL season

LAKE PLACID — Brooke White-Lancette was attending Northwood School and playing for the Lake Placid Rockets girls hockey team in 1997 when fellow alumni Cailey Hutchison and Alyson Matteau were born — Feb. 11 and Dec. 17, respectively. All three will return to Lake Placid this winter ...

The Lake Placid bubble

LAKE PLACID — The National Women’s Hockey League on Nov. 25 announced a plan to present the entire upcoming season and 2021 Isobel Cup playoffs at the 1980 Rink-Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, between Jan. 23 and Feb. 5. The goal of the two-week NWHL bubble season is to play in a ...

Two ORDA staff members test positive for COVID-19

Two state Olympic Regional Development Authority staff recently tested positive for COVID-19. The staff members were in isolation, and contact tracing has occurred, ORDA spokeswoman Elise Ruocco said last week. ORDA did not say where these staff members work — whether at one of its ...