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Coronavirus

Essex County steps up its enforcement of orders to stay at home

County and town governments have been tasked with enforcing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive orders on non-essential gatherings and non-essential business operations, and Essex County wants people to know it’s taking this duty seriously. Non-essential businesses that violate the orders ...

North Elba has most COVID-19 cases in Essex Co.

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 ...

Wave of nursing home fatalities pushes up New York’s grim data

ALBANY — New York’s biggest concentration of COVID-19 deaths has come at state-licensed nursing homes — though the state has so far opted to keep a lid on the identity of the specific facilities. A total of 860 New Yorkers have died from the virus at nursing homes since the ...

COVID-19 stops many contractors, but for some, construction continues

Tools sit idle across New York as construction slows in order to build social defenses against the coronavirus. Some contractors are continuing with one-man jobs. Others are temporarily closing up shop. Meanwhile, construction crews working on utilities, affordable housing, public-sector ...

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other indelible tunes, died Tuesday at the age of 73. Prine died of complications ...

Stefanik supports voluntary redeployment of ventilators

Rep. Elise Stefanik voiced her support for a plan that would allow for the voluntary redeployment of ventilators and other machines to high-need hospitals as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The congresswoman, R-Schuylerville, described the plan, announced by the Hospital ...

Stec, Davis have different takes on ventilators

Candidates for the 45th State Senate District have different takes on the role upstate New York’s ventilators should play in the response to COVID-19. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had announced plans Friday to send the National Guard to upstate hospitals in order to seize ventilators and personal ...

St. Lawrence Co. reports first COVID-19 death

OGDENSBURG — Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center reported the death of a COVID-19 patient Wednesday morning. This follows Tuesday’s report that two Oswego County residents died of the virus in a hospital outside the county. The patient, a St. Lawrence County resident in his or her 70s, ...

AMR limits parking; Mountain Club extends closure

ST. HUBERTS — The Adirondack Mountain Reserve announced on Wednesday that its trailhead parking lot capacity will be reduced amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, the Adirondack Mountain Club announced it will extend the closure of its properties through May 14. ...

St. Lawrence County has fastest COVID-19 growth in the state

CANTON — St. Lawrence County has surpassed New York City in the pace at which it’s seeing coronavirus cases, according to the president of the St. Lawrence County Board of Health, who gave a COVID-19 update to members of the county’s Board of Legislators Monday night. “As of this ...

What NY state considers essential

1. Essential health care operations, including: ¯ research and laboratory services ¯ hospitals ¯ walk-in-care health clinics and facilities ¯ emergency veterinary, livestock services ¯ senior/elder care ¯ medical wholesale and distribution ¯ home health care workers ...

COVID-19 at state prison in Ray Brook

RAY BROOK — A corrections officer at Adirondack Adolescent Correctional Facility has tested positive for COVID-19, and around 20 workers at this state prison for teenagers have been placed in quarantine. The Enterprise has received multiple tips about this news for the past six days and ...

Real estate now ‘essential’ — with restrictions

LAKE PLACID — Real estate has now been deemed an essential business by the state — with some restrictions. Real estate agencies are being asked to conduct all listing presentations and property showings either virtually, or with the prospective buyer alone in the home. On March 20, ...

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 ...

First COVID-19 death reported in St. Lawrence County

OGDENSBURG — Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center reported the death of a COVID-19 patient Wednesday morning. This is the first COVID-19 death reported in the north country, following Tuesday’s report that two Oswego County residents died of the virus in a hospital outside the county. The ...

Placid village attorney advises: Don’t attempt to block short-term rentals

LAKE PLACID — Village Trustee Jason Leon on Monday asked what options the municipality has to take action against owners of short-term vacation rentals who are marketing their properties as an escape from areas ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. The answer: none. That’s according to ...

NY has biggest 1-day jump in virus deaths

NEW YORK -- New York state reported 731 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, its biggest jump since the start of the outbreak, dampening some of the cautious optimism officials have expressed about efforts to stop the spread of the virus. The state's death toll grew to 5,489. The alarming surge in ...

State cancels Regents exams amid outbreak

New York state’s Regents exams, a June tradition and usually a requirement for high school graduation, have been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. If seniors are passing their Regents courses, they will be able to achieve their diplomas without the exams this year. And ...

Placid parking meter enforcement suspended

LAKE PLACID — The village of Lake Placid is suspending parking meter enforcement temporarily. The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees, at their regular board meeting on Monday, agreed to suspend enforcement of the village’s more than 30 parking meters through May 15. As people ...

Lake Placid playgrounds to close

LAKE PLACID — The village and the town will be roping off playgrounds and closing off some public areas in an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Mayor Craig Randall on Monday said the village and the town of North Elba both plan to rope off playground equipment and ...