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Coronavirus

Lake Placid’s Class of 2020 finds strength in quarantine

LAKE PLACID — In a time of pain and uncertainty spurred by a global pandemic, Lake Placid’s Class of 2020 found strength in one another and the vision of a world changed for the better. Forty-three students walked across the stage at the Olympic Speedskating Oval in Lake Placid Friday ...

Starting today, groups of up to 50 may gather

Starting today, gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed in the North Country region, and houses of worship can allow a few more people. As part of Phase 4 reopening, residents will be able to have social gatherings of up to 50 people, up from 25 people in Phase 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

Major summer events canceled in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The big summer events in this village will not go on as planned, local officials decided Wednesday. Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism CEO Jim McKenna confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the Fourth of July fireworks in Lake Placid, Ironman Lake Placid triathlon, Ironman ...

Cuomo: Phase 4 begins Friday, but with restrictions

It was a mixed message Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday: first, that the North Country and three other New York regions will progress to Phase 4 reopening Friday, but several expected services won’t be included just yet, including movie theaters and gyms. Phase 4 allows low-risk ...

Town of Keene imposes ban on gatherings

KEENE — Events will no longer be allowed to happen on land owned by the town of Keene, the town council decided Tuesday. The temporary moratorium on events applies to every large gathering on town roads, on Marcy Field and in town-owned buildings such as the Keene Community Center. The ...

Tri-Lakes cinema owners wait to reopen

New York’s movie screens will remain dark in Phase 4 of the state’s coronavirus reopening, at least at first. Movie theaters, gyms, casinos, malls and bowling alleys do not have state approval to open their doors yet because the state learned their air conditioning systems might ...

Adirondack Health expands visiting hours

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has lifted some restrictions on hospital visitors, in keeping with updated guidance issued by the New York State Department of Health. Starting Monday, inpatient visitors at Adirondack Medical Center are permitted between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., seven days a ...

COVID-19 case reported at Tupper Lake Health Center

TUPPER LAKE — After a Tupper Lake Health Center employee tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, four Adirondack Health employees they work with have been quarantined, other employees there are getting tested for the virus and all appointments are being rescheduled or done remotely. The ...

Restarted bus service from Franklin County will be limited

SARANAC LAKE — Franklin County recently announced that its Public Transportation department will reopen bus routes with limited service starting Monday, June 29 in the Tri-Lakes area and Malone. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began three months ago, the county has only done public ...

Lake Placid’s July 4 fireworks still up in the air

LAKE PLACID — No final decision has been made whether Lake Placid will hold its annual fireworks display over Mirror Lake. In past years, the Fourth of July would be an all-day affair for residents and visitors in Lake Placid. Participants in the I Love New York Horse Show would attend, ...

Hospitals opening to visitors

SARANAC LAKE — Some hospitals around the region are starting to allow visitors again, and Adirondack Medical Center hopes to follow suit starting Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that New York state would start to let hospitals — but not nursing homes — admit people to ...

Adirondack Health still testing for COVID-19

SARANAC LAKE — This coming week, Adirondack Health will offer additional off-peak hours for testing at Adirondack Medical Center’s COVID-19 clinic in Saranac Lake. Drive-up testing will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. on Monday and 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, by appointment. The COVID-19 ...

Restarted bus service will be limited

SARANAC LAKE — Franklin County announced Friday that its Public Transportation department will reopen bus routes with limited service starting Monday, June 29 in the Tri-Lakes area and Malone. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began three months ago, the county has only done public ...

Neighborhood House residents celebrate Flag Day with parade

KEENE VALLEY — Keene Valley Neighborhood residents were treated to a Flag Day parade on Sunday, June 14. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the virus in residential facilities, visitors have not been allowed inside the building or outside on the lawn. Hannah ...

Local cops favor warnings in virus rule enforcement

Local police say they are using more warnings than tickets for businesses that violate coronavirus pandemic rules. Restaurant and bar reopenings in Phase 3 of the North Country’s coronavirus plan come with a lot of regulations for businesses and customers to follow, to limit the spread of ...

New York allows up to 25 to gather in Phase 3

ALBANY — Up to 25 people can gather in parts of New York that have entered the third phase of re-opening under a revised plan the governor announced Monday, June 15. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he relaxed the rules because of signs of a continued decline in hospitalizations and the percentage ...

Mixed reaction to Canadian border closing extension

Some northern New Yorkers bemoaned Tuesday’s long-hinted announcement that the Canada-U.S. border will be closed for a fourth month, until July 21. Others saw it as the right call. Others had mixed feelings. The border closure, intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus, does not block ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Aron McGuire, USA Bobsled and Skeleton

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Aron McGuire about how the organization is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Listen to a portion of this interview on the "We are Lake Placid" podcast from the Lake Placid News by visiting Apple ...

Placid board votes down ‘Main Street Reimagined’

LAKE PLACID — A proposal to shutter one lane of traffic on Main Street and convert it to an outdoor market and dining space was ultimately denied by the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees on Monday. The decision came after multiple residents spoke publicly, and reached out ...

Canada, US, Mexico extend border restrictions to July 21

TORONTO — The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to extend their agreements to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential travel to July 21 during the coronavirus pandemic Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday’s agreement extends the closure by another 30 days. The ...