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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 ...

MVP Health Care waives costs for COVID testing, treatment

SCHENECTADY — MVP Health Care, which includes Franklin and Essex counties in its 700,000-member market across New York and Vermont, announced Tuesday it is waiving all costs related to testing and treatment of COVID-19. “Now more than ever, our members must have access to services that ...

Are you wiped out of toilet paper? Here’s why

What does toilet paper have to do with the global coronavirus pandemic? Nothing. Yet millions of people have been panicking about their household supply. Store shelves have been emptied. Amazon is often out of stock. And social media is bursting with jokes and pleas for a roll or ...

Franklin County suspends tourism contract amid COVID outbreak

(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said Franklin County officials anticipate losses of occupancy tax revenue in the millions of dollars due to the coronavirus pandemic. They anticipate multi-million-dollar losses in overall county revenue, including sales tax. Occupancy ...

Price Chopper asks states for help with masks for staff

SCHENECTADY — The CEO of Price Chopper is asking for help from the governors of six states to help the company secure protective equipment for its employees. Grocery stores were deemed essential businesses in New York state, and many employees are still working as the coronavirus ...

Commercial electricity use down; residential use up

RENSSELAER — An analysis of COVID-19’s estimated electricity demand impact was released on Thursday by the New York Independent System Operator, an organization tasked with managing the state’s electrical grid. Demand is down across the New York Control Area, with certain zones ...