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Health

Local COVID-19 numbers keep inching up

SARANAC LAKE — The number of confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 in Essex and Franklin counties continues to climb. Neither county’s health department has yet reported a death related to COVID-19. The number of test-confirmed cases in Essex County grew to 29 on Tuesday, April ...

Federal aid for North Country hospitals falls short

SARANAC LAKE — New York hospitals have received more than $1.4 billion in federal aid as part of the latest round of funding through the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. But for North Country hospitals, revenue shortfalls continue to outpace incoming ...

New York nixes Democratic presidential primary due to virus

In an unprecedented move, New York has canceled its Democratic presidential primary that was scheduled for June 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic members of the State's Board of Elections voted Monday to nix the primary. New York will still hold its congressional and ...

State releases prison COVID numbers

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has released a breakdown of how many inmates in each prison are infected with COVID-19. This follows weeks of withholding those numbers for individual state prison facilities for “security reasons.” The breakdown shows few ...

State, federal governments move to help hospitals

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan on Tuesday, April 21, to reauthorize some hospitals, outside of COVID-19 hot spots, to conduct limited elective surgeries again. Elective surgeries keep many rural hospitals afloat, and the state-ordered cancellation of those services has been a financial ...

NY to require face coverings in busy public places

NEW YORK — Face coverings will be required in busy spaces while New York City officials said they would create an emergency food reserve and take other steps to safeguard residents’ sustenance. Meanwhile, the mayor urged a cautious approach to reviving the economy. Here were the latest ...

Home restrictions on New Yorkers extended another month

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York planned for a long fight against the coronavirus outbreak amid hopeful hospitalization trends. Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended stay-at-home restrictions Thursday through mid-May, and New York City is getting ready to use 11,000 empty hotel rooms for coronavirus ...

Digging out the DIY skills

KEENE VALLEY — Since the novel coronavirus has infected thousands around the world, causing the deadly COVID-19, residents in small Adirondack towns have joined their global neighbors in making masks to protect their faces from and prevent the spread of the virus during the ...

Rural hospitals face critical financial challenges

SARANAC LAKE — Before the coronavirus pandemic, many rural North Country hospitals were operating on razor-thin margins. Now, hospitals are facing revenue losses that could force this area’s health care providers to rethink how they deliver care. Three hospitals that serve residents of ...

Psychologists offer advice, perspective on loneliness

There is a side effect to staying healthy by isolating and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic: loneliness. As the world’s citizens keep their distance from each other and cut themselves off from their usual social lives to stay at home, many may find the sudden lack of ...

Malone leads Franklin County in reported COVID cases and quarantines

The town of Malone shows the most people diagnosed and quarantined for COVID-19 in Franklin County. At the direction of the the county Board of Legislators, Franklin County Public Health released town-level data on COVID-19 cases on Friday. Unlike in neighboring Essex County, Franklin ...

Fitness, physical therapy adapt to COVID-19 crisis

LAKE PLACID — Erik Lewish, a fitness manager at Adirondack Health, was ready for the winter sports season to end. And for good reason. The end of winter meant that his girlfriend, 2018 Olympian Clare Egan, would be returning from the World Cup biathlon tour in Europe. All that ...

North Elba has most COVID-19 cases in Essex County

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba has the most COVID-19 cases in Essex County, new data from the county Health Department shows. There were three test-confirmed cases in North Elba as of Tuesday, plus one suspected case. The town of Keene has one test-confirmed case. There are ...

Lake Placid food pantry debuts curbside service

LAKE PLACID — Volunteers at the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry Friday, March 27 debuted a new curbside service for the families they help, easing the anxiety over social distancing during the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Because of the virus and all, we decided to come up here to ...

Some ORDA construction projects to be put on hold

LAKE PLACID — Parts of multi-million dollar improvement projects at Lake Placid’s Olympic sites are expected to come to a halt. An executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo more than a week ago, and revised recently, directs construction companies to stop all “non-essential” work as ...

Prison coronavirus precautions have been too little, too late in North Country

Coronavirus is spreading through North Country prisons, and though their governing state and federal organizations made several policy changes last week to slow the spread, corrections officers, union representatives, inmate advocates and politicians say these changes are coming too late, and ...

Wilmington forms corps of volunteers

WILMINGTON — Town Supervisor Roy Holzer has announced the formation of the Community Cares Committee, organized as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “We are seeking volunteers for a wide variety of needs,” Holzer stated. It could be something as simple as calling a neighbor for ...

Stores designate early morning hours for seniors

AUSABLE FORKS — Inside the Tops Friendly Market early Friday morning, March 27, for “senior hour,” most shelves were bare, and customers and employees wore gloves and masks. Tape lined the floors before the cash register, indicating customers to stand behind it while waiting in ...