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Local news deemed ‘essential’ but strained amid outbreak

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Jennifer Zahn, a Saranac Laker and Enterprise subscriber, has a morning ritual. She wakes up at 6 a.m. every day, goes downstairs and grabs her copy of the newspaper. She said she likes to know what’s going on in town and feels that she would be out of the loop without the newspaper. ...

Nursing homes ordered to take COVID patients

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Nursing homes that have been taking extreme measures to keep out COVID-19 are now going to have to accept new residents diagnosed with the virus. The state Department of Health sent out a notice informing every nursing home of the rule last week. Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake, a ...

Numbers don’t show full scope of virus spread

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SARANAC LAKE — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Essex and Franklin counties is climbing. But the numbers don’t tell the full story. There were nine confirmed cases in Franklin County as of Friday and another 11 in Essex County as of Thursday, according to each county’s ...

State budget has $144.5M for Lake Placid Olympic venues

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New York’s 2020-21 budget includes $144.5 million to continue major upgrades at Lake Placid’s 1980 Olympic facilities. North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said that although his organization disagrees with some of the budget’s policies, the funding of ...

Main Street overhaul is still on in Lake Placid

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LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid’s Main Street overhaul is still slated to move forward this year. A public meeting on this $8 million streetscape redesign and infrastructure improvement plan was canceled last week as elected and public health officials stress the importance of social ...

Three Troop B officers have tested positive

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RAY BROOK — Troop B of the New York State Police confirmed Friday that three officers have tested positive for COVID-19. It has not been released yet where these officers were stationed within the district. Troop B covers Essex, Franklin, Clinton and St. Lawrence counties, as well as ...

Pendragon Theatre cancels summer season

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SARANAC LAKE — Pendragon Theatre actors are not expected to perform before a live audience this summer. “YOU, our audience are our priority,” says a letter from the community theater’s board President Marc Gitlitz, dated Monday. “We won’t put your health at risk during the ...

Cuomo orders moving ventilators to overwhelmed hospitals

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NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would order the redistribution of critically needed ventilators. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a national enlistment program for doctors and nurses. And the coronavirus outbreak picked up speed with more deaths and more ...

Hudson Headwaters furloughs 85 non-clinical staff members

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GLENS FALLS — Even the health care field is not exempt from furloughs. Hudson Headwaters Health Network is furloughing 85 people, beginning Monday, because patient load has dropped roughly by half since the pandemic began. This does not affect Adirondack Internal Medicine & ...

NY demands federal funds for state budget

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ALBANY — New York lawmakers on Thursday delayed immediate decisions on how to find $10 billion in potential spending cuts in an elastic state budget aimed at keeping state government running amid a crisis brought on by a virus outbreak that has hammered New York City and upended the ...

Library story project can be done from home

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KEENE VALLEY — Storytellers have recorded 160 first-person accounts about life in the town of Keene, yesterday and today, and there are opportunities for people to participate in this Keene Valley Library project as you protect your families by staying home. “Adirondack Community: ...

BluSeed moves free spring break art classes online

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SARANAC LAKE — For the past few years, BluSeed Studios has provided free art classes for all area students during spring break. Due to recent restrictions and the cancellation of spring break, BluSeed is finding ways to still offer free art classes to students while adhering to New York ...

Excellus waives some costs

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UTICA — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a health insurance company whose market includes the North Country, announced Thursday it will waive out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 medical testing, diagnosis and treatment for its fully insured employer groups, individual market qualified health ...

Coronavirus — advice for children

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Over the past few weeks, I have been providing tips for parents and other caregivers on how to help your children deal with the coronavirus. This week, I thought I’d be brave and talk directly to kids, so they in turn can be brave and help us all work to get rid of this virus. - Ask your ...

More evidence indicates healthy people can spread virus

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NEW YORK — Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a carrier. A study by researchers in ...

Nursing homes forced to accept COVID-19 patients

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Nursing homes that have been taking extreme measures to keep out COVID-19 are now going to have to accept new residents diagnosed with the virus. The state Department of Health sent out a notice informing every nursing home of the rule last week. Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake, a ...

FCI Ray Brook keeps inmates in cells as more staff are infected

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RAY BROOK — The Federal Bureau of Prisons has issued a nationwide shelter-in-place order for inmates in its facilities, keeping them mostly in their cells for the next two weeks during the coronavirus pandemic. But James Weldon says this order is “a day late and a dollar short.” ...