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Some New Yorkers traveling hours away from home for vaccine

ALBANY — Some New Yorkers are driving hours to get the COVID-19 vaccine because they are unable to find appointments closer to home through a state website. Residents of the Albany and Buffalo areas in particular have complained on social media and to their local lawmakers that they have ...

Lake Placid schools go remote after 3 test positive

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid schools are going remote Friday, Feb. 12 for the half-day of classes left before the Presidents Day holiday after an elementary school student, a middle-high school student and a support staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. In a message to ...

3 more die of COVID: 2 in Franklin County, 1 in Essex

Both Franklin and Essex counties reported deaths of COVID-19-positive residents on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Franklin County reported two deaths. The county said neither of them was a nursing home resident but did not say where in the county they lived or died. Essex County reported one death at ...

State gives local counties few vaccines

Franklin County just recently started receiving coronavirus vaccines for the first time, and the delivery of doses to Essex County has slowed to a trickle as the state continues to contend with a lack of supply amid overwhelming demand. The Essex County Health Department has requested weekly ...

LP Middle-High School faces more COVID cases

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Middle-High School closed on Jan. 7 after staff members tested positive for COVID-19, and district Superintendent Roger Catania said Tuesday, Jan. 12 that he plans to reopen the school for in-person learning Tuesday, Jan. 19, a day after the Martin Luther King ...

New York details COVID vaccine phases heading into Phase 1b

ALBANY — The state Department of Health this week detailed the COVID-19 vaccine plan as New York continues in Phase 1a and begins to serve the initial groups from Phase 1b. The following information was provided by the DOH online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov. --- Eligible ...

Staff shortage may slow vaccine rollout

As the number of people eligible for vaccination against the coronavirus grows, staff shortages could be a significant hurdle for the North Country region to overcome in its distribution efforts. Dr. Wouter Rietsema, vice president of population health and information services at Champlain ...

Who gets vaccines first? Second?

(The following information was provided by New York state online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov.) New York state will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in phases based on need and risk. We are currently in Phase 1A. Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1A are: - High-risk hospital ...

One LP school goes remote after 3 days

As New York schools returned to session Monday, Jan. 4 after winter break, the state has a new rule for staying open during COVID-19: Schools in counties with a positivity level over 9% must remain below their communities’ positivity level to stay open for in-person instruction. This will ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...