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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 ...

Cuomo: 3 upstate regions can reopen Saturday — not North Country

NEW YORK — Several regions of upstate New York that have shown progress in taming the coronavirus outbreak are ready to gradually restart economic activity by the end of the week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Meanwhile, New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus may be thousands ...

Trudeau Institute supplies hospital with COVID test liquid

SARANAC LAKE — Trudeau Institute is developing thousands of COVID-19 test kits for Adirondack Health, expanding the testing capacity at Adirondack Medical Center’s COVID-19 clinic by nearly ten-fold. Specifically, the institute is producing the viral transport media, the chemical ...

Cuomo lays out steps for regions to reopen

Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out the requirements for reopening regions of New York Monday, May 4. Cuomo’s PAUSE order, which put a freeze on many businesses and told residents to stay at home, expires on May 15, and Cuomo said regions could start choosing to reopen that day if they meet the ...

Region’s hospitals plan to restart elective procedures

SARANAC LAKE — The state is now letting hospitals in some counties, including Essex and Franklin, do elective outpatient procedures, and local hospitals are piecing together plans to restart them. Elective procedures keep many rural hospitals afloat, and the state-ordered cancellation of ...

LAKE PLACID DIET: Gaining weight, perspective during a pandemic

Start (Dec. 31): 447 lbs. Last week: 456 lbs. This week: 454 lbs. Total gained (2020): 7 lbs. --- It’s 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6. I’m working on this week’s newspaper at my home office during the coronavirus pandemic — my dining room table. I’m dressed in my sleep ...

Cuomo: Consider human cost in economic reopenings

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo argued that officials who are reopening economies need to be upfront about the human costs. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is adding staff to the city’s deluged 311 helpline, and police prepared for nightly subway closures. Coronavirus ...

Elderwood resident tests positive for COVID-19

LAKE PLACID — Elderwood of Uihlein has confirmed one resident of the nursing home has tested positive for COVID-19. Chuck Hayes, vice president of marketing and communications for the Elderwood chain of elder-care facilities, said the company has isolated the resident and reported the ...

Cuomo lays out four-phase plan to reopen economy

Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out the requirements for reopening regions of New York Monday at his coronavirus briefing. Cuomo’s PAUSE order, which put a freeze on many businesses and told residents to stay at home, expires on May 15, and Cuomo said regions could start choosing to reopen that ...