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Active COVID-19 cases rise to 26 in Essex County

The Essex County Health Department announced 12 new cases of COVID-19 countywide on Monday, Nov. 23, bringing the total number of active cases to 26. That’s up from 23 active cases on Friday. Nine people were deemed recovered by the health department between Friday and Monday afternoon. ...

AMC restricts visitation again due to COVID

SARANAC LAKE — Patient visitation at Adirondack Health’s facilities is again limited as the number of COVID-19 cases in Franklin and Essex counties continues to rise. Adirondack Health announced the renewed restrictions on Friday, Nov. 13. It has imposed restrictions on visitation a few ...

Negative tests coming in as COVID-19 hits News, Enterprise office

SARANAC LAKE — An Adirondack Daily Enterprise reporter who interviewed voters on Election Day has tested positive for COVID-19, and much of the newspaper’s staff has been placed on quarantine until Nov. 17. Six other staff members who work at the Enterprise and Lake Placid News office in ...

Harmful algal bloom found on Mirror Lake

LAKE PLACID — A harmful algal bloom has been discovered on Mirror Lake for the first time, and it has the potential to sicken people or pets who swim in this waterbody at the heart of this village. The bloom was found on Monday, Nov. 9 at the south end of the lake, where the public beach ...

COVID hits Lake Placid News, Enterprise office

SARANAC LAKE — An Adirondack Daily Enterprise reporter who interviewed voters on Election Day has tested positive for COVID-19, and much of the newspaper’s staff has been placed on quarantine until Nov. 17. At least six other staff members who work at the Enterprise and Lake Placid News ...

Franklin County schools will go full remote through Jan. 4

All schools in Franklin County are shifting to remote learning until at least Jan. 4. The huge news was announced by the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES on Monday evening. The shift came at the recommendation of county health officials in light of the recent rise of COVID-19 cases in this ...

Essex, Franklin counties receive rapid-testing supplies

The Essex and Franklin County health departments have received shipments of COVID-19 rapid-testing supplies from the state. Results from these tests can come back in 15 to 20 minutes, according to senior Essex County Public Health Educator Andrea Whitmarsh. They can be used to help control ...

High-speed COVID-19 test lab unveiled at Adirondack Medical Center

SARANAC LAKE — Two local public health institutions have teamed up to launch a new high-speed COVID-19 testing lab. The lab, located at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, was launched this past Friday. It’s a collaboration between biomedical research facility Trudeau ...

Local medical practice makes switch to Hudson Headwaters

SARANAC LAKE — The merger of Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics and Hudson Headwaters Health Network has happened. First announced in March, the joining of the two organizations was delayed by the pandemic. Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics has two locations, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

No Adirondack Medical Center visitors through Labor Day

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has extended its current visitor restrictions at Adirondack Medical Center through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, at minimum. Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake will remain closed to all in-person visitors indefinitely. “Exceptions will continue to be made ...