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Health

Mercy employee tests positive for COVID-19

TUPPER LAKE — An employee at Mercy Living Center tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday. Matt Scollin, spokesman for Adirondack Health which owns and runs the Tupper Lake nursing home, wrote in a press release that all Mercy Living Center staff have been tested twice per week since May 10, as ...

OK, now we’re in Phase 2

The North Country region has now been given the green light to move forward into Phase 2 reopening, effective immediately. Phase 2 includes hair salons and barber shops, office-based jobs such as insurance and financial services, real estate and rental leasing, and some in-store retail. ...

Adirondack Health continues COVID-19 testing

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health continued testing for COVID-19 this week at the Adirondack Medical Center and several mobile testing clinics.   Mobile testing was held at Marcy Field in Keene on Tuesday, May 26, Northwood School in Lake Placid on Wednesday, May 27, L.P. Quinn Elementary ...

Trudeau studies COVID, helps Adirondack Medical Center

SARANAC LAKE — The disease was highly infectious. It spread through the air when someone coughed or sneezed, it attacked the lungs. It killed millions of people. That was more than 100 years ago. At the forefront of treating and researching the disease was a Saranac Lake physician, Dr. ...

Adirondack Health announces COVID-19 testing times, locations

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has announced dates, times and locations for the next week of its free drive-thru coronavirus testing clinic. Testing is open to everyone, symptomatic or asymptomatic, regardless of employment status or category. A doctor’s order is suggested but not ...

With more COVID-19 data, testing, reason for optimism — and caution

With expanded testing capabilities, more data on the novel coronavirus is now available for this region. A clearer picture of the scope of the pandemic in this area is slowly emerging, and public health officials see reason for optimism — and caution. The number of tests processed from ...

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing hits the road full-time

Adirondack Health’s mobile COVID-19 testing clinic started to make its rounds Tuesday, May 19 in Saranac Lake and Keene, and the organization says it has enough kits to give free swab and blood tests to anyone who wants one. The mobile clinic, run out of an recreational vehicle initially ...

Hiking this weekend? Ticks don’t do social distancing

Tick season is heating up in the Adirondacks, and while most people are focused on not contracting COVID-19 right now, local physicians, infectious disease experts and tick-borne illness experts are worried people may forget that another viral danger lurks in the woods. Tick-borne illnesses ...

Mental Health Association in Essex County using telehealth to help people

WESTPORT — Employees from the Mental Health Association in Essex County are having a change of pace in their daily work life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Where case managers would usually find themselves going house to house throughout Essex County to help those with mental illnesses, ...

Drive-thru testing hits road full-time in Tri-Lakes

Adirondack Health’s mobile COVID-19 testing clinic started to make its rounds Tuesday in Saranac Lake and Keene, and the organization says it has enough kits to give free swab and blood tests to anyone who wants one. The mobile clinic, run out of an recreational vehicle initially ...

Adirondack Health announces mobile testing locations open to the public

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has finalized COVID-19 mobile testing locations in Essex and Franklin counties for this week. Days, times and locations may change week to week. Beginning today: • Tuesday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saranac Lake High School student parking lot, 79 ...

State lab overwhelmed with tests

Faced with a new wave of COVID-19 tests from nursing homes and hospitals, a state lab that processes COVID-19 tests from the North Country region is currently running at full capacity. Now the lab is limiting the number of tests it will accept, forcing health care facilities to send tests ...

Drive-thru COVID-19 test clinic to travel Tri-Lakes

Adirondack Health is rolling out a drive-thru coronavirus testing program in the Tri-Lakes this week, where anyone who qualifies can show up and get a free swab and blood test. Using a repurposed dental van, the health care organization ran a pilot version of the service last week, testing 99 ...

NY testing expands to Phase 1 workers

New York has more than 700 testing sites where all individuals who will return to the workplace under the state’s Phase 1 reopening plan can get tested for the virus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the state has doubled testing capacity to reach 40,000 diagnostic tests per day. ...

COVID-19 Q&A

We spoke with public health officials and hospital representatives on Friday about commonly asked questions about coronavirus, COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself from exposure to the virus. --- Q: What are the best ways to protect yourself from coronavirus infection? Franklin ...

Health officials urge caution in reopening

As the state and national conversation turns toward the gradual reopening of the economy, local health officials urge residents to continue taking safety precautions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and avoid a second wave of infections. On Wednesday, the same day Gov. Andrew ...

ROOST releases ‘Politely Adirondack’ posters

LAKE PLACID — As some North Country businesses in New York begin to reopen their doors today, some of those doors may be adorned with new Adirondack-themed posters asking people to keep 6 feet apart from each other, wear face masks and wash their hands with soap and water. The posters ...

Testing surge played a key role in reopening North Country

A recent surge in COVID-19 testing made it possible for the North Country to start the first phase of reopening its economy on Friday. In the last two weeks, the total number of processed COVID-19 tests from Franklin and Essex counties skyrocketed as testing materials became more accessible ...

Health officials urge caution in reopening

As the state and national conversation turns toward the gradual reopening of the economy, local health officials urge residents to continue taking safety precautions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and avoid a second wave of infections. On Wednesday, the same day Gov. Andrew ...

Adirondack Health expands regional COVID-19 testing

SARANAC LAKE — Following the receipt of 2,000 additional COVID-19 test kits from Trudeau Institute, Adirondack Health officials announced Wednesday, May 13, that they have devised a plan to significantly expand testing throughout the region. The plan includes mobile testing ...