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Coronavirus

Canada-US border will stay closed another month

The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed for non-essential travel for a 14th month, at least until May 21, to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. That extension goes right up to the start of Canada’s Victoria Day long weekend, which normally is a time when many Canadians get away to ...

Lake Placid Community Day to return

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Community Day, an annual event celebrating residents and local organizations, is slated to return this September. Last year’s Community Day was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Because public health restrictions are always changing, it wasn’t ...

Canada-US border will stay closed another month

The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed for non-essential travel for a 14th month, at least until May 21, to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. That extension goes right up to the start of Canada’s Victoria Day long weekend, which normally is a time when many Canadians get away to ...

Most Tri-Lakes residents have been partially vaccinated

SARANAC LAKE — More than half of Tri-Lakes residents have been at least partially vaccinated, new state and county vaccine data shows. This data from Franklin County Public Health and the state Immunization Information System, shared with the Enterprise on Friday, offers the first public ...

After surge, NY eases rules as new COVID cases drop

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is allowing more people inside museums, movie theaters and indoor sports arenas as the latest data suggests the state’s vaccination campaign is curbing COVID-19 infection levels. The state recorded just under 43,000 new cases in the seven-day period ...

Hard-hit NY restaurants expected to chomp into relief grants

ALBANY — Struggling restaurants and bars will soon be eligible for millions of dollars in state and federal grants, funds intended to help them rebound from the devastating toll the pandemic took on their businesses. The new state budget includes an $800 million recovery fund aimed at ...

Ontario retracts new COVID restrictions that drew the ire of many

TORONTO — Ontario’s premier retracted restrictions Saturday that banned playgrounds and allowed police to require anyone not at home to explain why they’re out after a backlash from police forces, health officials and the public. The pandemic restrictions imposed by Canada’s most ...

State Theater to reopen

TUPPER LAKE — After more than a year of the State Theater being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, owner Sally Strasser is excited to start showing movies there again. A big reason why is because the community has been raising money to keep the State open for new movies after two essential ...

Shots available at Malone vaccine clinic today

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Malone today still had 200 slots available as of Thursday afternoon. The clinic, hosted by Franklin County Public Health, is open to everyone over the age of 17. The Moderna vaccine is being administered at the clinic, and it’s not approved for 16 and ...

AG: ‘We represent all New Yorkers’

PLATTSBURGH — Like North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas, state Attorney General Letitia James does not like needles. But, also like Douglas, she rolled up her sleeve and got the COVID-19 vaccine because she wants a return to normalcy. That will take 85% of the ...

NY to follow federal recommendation, pause Johnson & Johnson vaccinations

NEW YORK — New York state health officials will follow federal recommendations and pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced Tuesday. After federal health agencies recommended halting the Johnson & Johnson shots so officials ...

US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is recommending a "pause" in using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration ...

As COVID-19 cases drop, local health leader still urges caution

The number of active cases of COVID-19 across Franklin County has continued to decline, but the county’s public health director is urging residents to continue following safety precautions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. In the last month, Franklin County’s active case count has ...

Reforms follow deadly year in New York nursing homes

ALBANY — After a deadly year in New York’s nursing homes, state lawmakers have passed legislation intended to hold facility operators more accountable for neglect and potentially force them to spend more on patient care. Rules passed in recent days as part of a state budget deal would ...

North Country health officials urge vaccinations

PLATTSBURGH — A North Country Chamber of Commerce webinar gathered regional healthcare professionals Wednesday morning and the message was clear: Get the COVID vaccine ASAP. University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Vice President of Population Health and ...

Hospital hosts public vaccine clinic Monday

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health will conduct a COVID-19 vaccination clinic open to the public on Monday. The clinic will administer Pfizer vaccine and run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Annex building behind Adirondack Medical Center, 2233 state Route 86, Saranac Lake. The clinic is open ...

SUNY allotting vaccines for students

ALBANY — With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanded to all New Yorkers at least 16 years old as of Tuesday, the State University of New York is launching its own distribution program. SUNY Chancellor James Malatras on Tuesday announced the effort to deliver thousands of single-dose ...

North Country tourism in the COVID era

Tourism is a huge part of the North Country economy, and it’s been just over a year since the coronavirus pandemic changed almost everything about it here. The Canadian border closed, interstate travel dried up, and what visitors were looking for changed drastically. But the region did ...

A city wrestled down an addiction crisis. Then came COVID

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. — Larrecsa Cox steered past the used tire shop, where a young man collapsed a few days before, the syringe he’d used to shoot heroin still clenched in his fist. She wound toward his house in the hills outside of town. The man had been revived by paramedics, and Cox ...