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Health

ORDA layoffs loom, but due to spring, not coronavirus

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority plans to lay off some staff — but CEO Michael Pratt said those layoffs are tied to the ski season ramping down, not the result of venue closures and event cancellations tied to concerns over the spread of the novel ...

Sliding sports cancellations

LAKE PLACID — USA Bobsled/Skeleton and USA Luge, both based in Lake Placid, announced Friday, March 13 that they are canceling programs and events through the rest of the season. USA Bobsled/Skeleton canceled the National Championships “in an abundance of caution for the safety and well ...

Cuomo tightens work-from-home restrictions — no more than 25% at office

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo tightened work-from-home rules Thursday as confirmed cases continued to climb in New York, an expected jump as testing becomes more widespread. But he stressed that roadblocks and martial law for New York City were merely rumors. - MORE TESTING NEW WORK ...

US-Canada border closing to ‘non-essential’ crossings

The border between Canada and the United States has been temporarily closed to “non-essential” traffic to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday morning. “We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border ...

First case of COVID-19 found in Tri-Lakes

SARANAC LAKE — The first case of COVID-19 in the Tri-Lakes area has been confirmed. In an internal email obtained by the Enterprise, Adirondack Health CEO Sylvia Getman on Tuesday morning confirmed to staff, board members and other stakeholders that the hospital has seen its first ...

Many churches halt services

Many North Country houses of worship are canceling services to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, which covers more than 100 churches across northern New York, on Tuesday canceled all Masses until further notice. This included all the local ...

Paul Smith’s College moves online for rest of semester

PAUL SMITHS — When Paul Smith’s College students return from their extended spring break on March 23, they won’t return to campus. They will finish their semester’s courses in a strictly online format. The campus will be closed, and students will earn the rest of their credits ...

Franklin County establishes COVID-19 call center

MALONE — The Franklin County Board of Legislators and Department of Public Health have a call center to provide information on COVID-19 and all of the resources that have been affected and/or been made available to help combat this pandemic. The number is 518-481-1111. The call center ...

Harrietstown supervisor declares state of emergency, locks town hall

SARANAC LAKE — Harrietstown town Supervisor Mike Kilroy issued a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon. He said the operations of the town have switched to an on-call basis, and he posted phone numbers of the department heads on the front door of the Harrietstown Town Hall. Future town ...

North Country’s first COVID-19 case confirmed at Plattsburgh hospital

The first North Country case of COVID-19 has been confirmed, in Plattsburgh. Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital President Michelle LeBeau reported Monday that one of the Plattsburgh hospital’s patients has been diagnosed with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The ...

All New York restaurants, bars movie theaters shut down starting at 8 p.m.

ALBANY -- New York state entered a new phase in the coronavirus pandemic Monday. New York City closed its public schools, and officials said schools statewide would close by Wednesday. New York joined with Connecticut and New Jersey to close bars, restaurants and movie theaters along with ...

Some local government offices close to public

North Country municipalities and counties are not shutting down their offices, but some are locking their doors to the public to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus. Some government services, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles satellite office in Saranac Lake and all Essex ...

Governor postpones all village elections, including Saranac Lake’s

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday issued an executive order delaying village elections statewide — including Saranac Lake’s — until April 28, coinciding with the state’s presidential primary. Saranac Lake’s village election was set for Wednesday, with polls at the ...

Local schools switch to teaching kids at home

School districts around the North Country are closing their doors immediately and switching to distance learning for weeks to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus. New York had 739 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the virus, COVID-19 — the most of any state — as of Friday ...

ORDA closing some venues, reducing visitation at others

LAKE PLACID -- The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is closing some of its venues and reducing the capacity of visitation at others amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, more major events at ORDA venues have been canceled, including the International Skating Union's World ...

President declares pandemic a national emergency

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency Friday, as deaths spiked across Europe and countries around the world mobilized to slow the spread of a disease that has already infected more than 137,000 people. While the exponential spread ...

Schools making tough decisions

Some local schools are preparing contingency plans while one has already decided to switch to strictly distance learning in response to the novel coronavirus. --- The state --- The state Education Department and state Department of Health released updated guidance to schools on Monday ...

Corona: What is it, and how can you avoid it?

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health Medical Director of Infectious Disease Dr. Diana Christensen agrees the novel coronavirus should be taken seriously, but she also wants to explain how it compares to other coronaviruses. The virus is dangerous, but at this point, previous coronaviruses have ...