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Health officials link new COVID-19 cases to travel, public gatherings

Essex and Franklin counties continue to see new cases of COVID-19, a trend that public health officials link to travel and public gatherings. In Franklin County, eight new cases have been announced since the beginning of last week. All of those cases were linked to the same river outing ...

Tourism isn’t hiking COVID cases so far

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Park has seen an uptick in tourism throughout the last few weeks as the region moved through the four phases of reopening its economy, and as it moved from mud season to summer. Essex County public health officials say the steady trickle of tourists hasn’t ...

Person with COVID went to Catholic Mass in Ti

TICONDEROGA — The Essex County Health Department announced Monday it has identified a COVID-19 case in an person who attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ticonderoga and that it is conducting a “thorough contact tracing investigation.” The state got involved with the ...

COVID-19 case is identified at St. Mary’s Church in Ticonderoga

TICONDEROGA — The Essex County Health Department says it has identified a COVID-19 case of an individual who attended St. Mary’s Church in Ticonderoga earlier this month and that it is conducting a “thorough contact tracing investigation.” The case was identified on Sunday, June 28, ...

Adirondack Health expands visiting hours

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has lifted some restrictions on hospital visitors, in keeping with updated guidance issued by the New York State Department of Health. Starting Monday, inpatient visitors at Adirondack Medical Center are permitted between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., seven days a ...

COVID-19 case reported at Tupper Lake Health Center

TUPPER LAKE — After a Tupper Lake Health Center employee tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, four Adirondack Health employees they work with have been quarantined, other employees there are getting tested for the virus and all appointments are being rescheduled or done remotely. The ...

Hospitals opening to visitors

SARANAC LAKE — Some hospitals around the region are starting to allow visitors again, and Adirondack Medical Center hopes to follow suit starting Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that New York state would start to let hospitals — but not nursing homes — admit people to ...

Adirondack Health still testing for COVID-19

SARANAC LAKE — This coming week, Adirondack Health will offer additional off-peak hours for testing at Adirondack Medical Center’s COVID-19 clinic in Saranac Lake. Drive-up testing will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. on Monday and 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, by appointment. The COVID-19 ...

NY hospitals can now allow visitors at their discretion

ALBANY — New York hospitals can now allow visitors at their discretion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. Hospitals must follow state guidelines, which include time-limits on visits and requiring visitors to wear protective gear, Cuomo said. Visitors also will be subject to symptom and ...

Not everyone gets COVID-19 test results right away

SARANAC LAKE — People across the North Country continue to get tested for COVID-19 as the region gradually moves toward the third phase of reopening, but not everyone is getting results back quickly. Local hospitals have ramped up testing capacity in the last few weeks, thanks to ...

Cuomo: ‘No mask, no service’ rule is OK for businesses

NEW YORK — Store owners with no-mask-no-service policies got a boost from the governor on Thursday, May 28 during his daily COVID-19 briefing. No mask, no service Store owners who require customers to wear face coverings will now be backed up by an executive order from Gov. Andrew ...

OK, now we’re in Phase 2

The North Country region has now been given the green light to move forward into Phase 2 reopening, effective immediately. Phase 2 includes hair salons and barber shops, office-based jobs such as insurance and financial services, real estate and rental leasing, and some in-store retail. ...

Adirondack Health continues COVID-19 testing

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health continued testing for COVID-19 this week at the Adirondack Medical Center and several mobile testing clinics.   Mobile testing was held at Marcy Field in Keene on Tuesday, May 26, Northwood School in Lake Placid on Wednesday, May 27, L.P. Quinn Elementary ...

Trudeau studies COVID, helps Adirondack Medical Center

SARANAC LAKE — The disease was highly infectious. It spread through the air when someone coughed or sneezed, it attacked the lungs. It killed millions of people. That was more than 100 years ago. At the forefront of treating and researching the disease was a Saranac Lake physician, Dr. ...

Adirondack Health announces COVID-19 testing times, locations

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has announced dates, times and locations for the next week of its free drive-thru coronavirus testing clinic. Testing is open to everyone, symptomatic or asymptomatic, regardless of employment status or category. A doctor’s order is suggested but not ...

With more COVID-19 data, testing, reason for optimism — and caution

With expanded testing capabilities, more data on the novel coronavirus is now available for this region. A clearer picture of the scope of the pandemic in this area is slowly emerging, and public health officials see reason for optimism — and caution. The number of tests processed from ...

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing hits the road full-time

Adirondack Health’s mobile COVID-19 testing clinic started to make its rounds Tuesday, May 19 in Saranac Lake and Keene, and the organization says it has enough kits to give free swab and blood tests to anyone who wants one. The mobile clinic, run out of an recreational vehicle initially ...

Hiking this weekend? Ticks don’t do social distancing

Tick season is heating up in the Adirondacks, and while most people are focused on not contracting COVID-19 right now, local physicians, infectious disease experts and tick-borne illness experts are worried people may forget that another viral danger lurks in the woods. Tick-borne illnesses ...

Mental Health Association in Essex County using telehealth to help people

WESTPORT — Employees from the Mental Health Association in Essex County are having a change of pace in their daily work life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Where case managers would usually find themselves going house to house throughout Essex County to help those with mental illnesses, ...

Drive-thru testing hits road full-time in Tri-Lakes

Adirondack Health’s mobile COVID-19 testing clinic started to make its rounds Tuesday in Saranac Lake and Keene, and the organization says it has enough kits to give free swab and blood tests to anyone who wants one. The mobile clinic, run out of an recreational vehicle initially ...