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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 ...

Vermont imposes travel limits for Essex, Hamilton counties

The state of Vermont has imposed travel restrictions for New York’s Essex and Hamilton counties. The restrictions were imposed as Essex County contends with its first major outbreak at a nursing home. As of Monday, Aug. 31, at least 84 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in connection ...

Tupper nursing home worker tests positive; all residents test negative

A staff member at the Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake has tested positive for COVID-19, but all residents of the facility have subsequently tested negative. The staff member received the positive result on Monday after being tested Friday as part of the facility’s routine testing ...

Hospitals pause visitation amid COVID hotspot in E’town

By the News staff SARANAC LAKE — Following the temporary moratorium on face-to-face visitation at Mercy Living Center last week, Adirondack Medical Center officials announced Monday, Aug. 24 that they have stopped most hospital patient visitation for at least seven days. Beginning Aug. ...

Essex County asks elder homes to stop visitation

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Board of Supervisors has asked all elder homes in this county to close their doors to visitors. The request comes as a nursing home and rehabilitation facility in the county seat, Essex Center, faces a deadly outbreak that has taken the lives of four ...

Elizabethtown nursing home outbreak claims 4th resident

ELIZABETHTOWN — Another Essex Center resident has died from COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities at the Elizabethtown nursing home to four. The Essex County Health Department announced the fatality on Tuesday evening. The department has declined to release names, ages or ...

COVID scare at gas station in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — A person allegedly broke public health orders on Sunday, Aug. 23 and left quarantine to visit a gas station in Saranac Lake. It wasn’t immediately clear Monday if the person — who has not been identified and likely won’t be, due to federal privacy laws — had tested ...

Two more COVID-19 deaths connected to Essex Center facility

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two more Essex Center patients have died from COVID-19. The two new deaths were reported by the Essex County Public Health Department on Thursday, Aug. 20, bringing the total number of deaths connected to the new coronavirus cluster to three this week. The deaths ...

Gyms to reopen indoors soon

LAKE PLACID — Local gyms are preparing to reopen their doors next week after state officials said they will allow them to offer indoor services starting Monday, Aug. 24. Some gyms in the region still will offer outdoor classes or online options for members. Each facility will be ...

COVID-19 cluster expands at Essex Center in Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN -- Essex County reported its first COVID-19 fatality on Tuesday, Aug. 18, spurring a testing spree at the Essex Center in Elizabethtown that uncovered another 24 positive cases on Wednesday. Of the 26 total active cases, two people are hospitalized, according to the Essex ...

Essex County’s first COVID-19 fatality was in Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County has seen its first fatality from COVID-19, the Essex County Health Department confirmed on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The name, age and gender of the individual has not been made public. Names generally aren’t made public, and Essex County Public Health Director Linda ...

Cuomo: NY gyms, fitness centers can begin reopening Aug. 24

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday, Aug. 17 announced that gyms and fitness centers can reopen in New York starting Aug. 24. Facilities that reopen will be subject to rigorous health and safety standards and all gyms and fitness centers will be able to open by Sept. 2. “As New York ...

Canada U.S border restrictions extended to at least September

TORONTO (AP) -- The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month, Canada's public safety minister said Friday. The statement by Public Safety Minister Bill Blair came a day after Mexico announced a similar measure for its border with the United ...

Seat belts will be required for adults in back seats in NY

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.4336/A.6163) Tuesday, Aug. 11 requiring all passengers in motor vehicles over the age of 16 to wear a seat belt. Currently, passengers aged 16 and older are only required to wear a seat belt in the front passenger seat next to the ...

LP police: Mask enforcement not really possible

LAKE PLACID — In the weeks since the North Country region entered its last phase of reopening, hordes of visitors have flocked to downtown Lake Placid. Not all of them have been wearing masks while out in the region’s busiest business district, an issue that local government officials ...