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Coronavirus

Essex Center records 14th COVID-19 death

The Essex County Health Department reported another death connected to a coronavirus outbreak at an Elizabethtown nursing home on Monday. A total of 14 residents of the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility have died in the last 42 days after contracting COVID-19. Thirteen ...

New York governor raises alarm about new virus hot spots

ALBANY— Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarm Monday about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York, saying just 10 ZIP codes represented more than a quarter of the state’s new infections in recent testing. New York has reported just over 11,500 new COVID-19 infections ...

AuSable Forks library open for curbside service

AuSABLE FORKS — In time for the fall school season, the AuSable Forks Free Library remains open for curbside services. The library can also get books and other materials from other public libraries in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, which Director Alison Follos said is helpful as ...

Uptick: New York logs more than 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases

ALBANY — More than 1,000 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in a single day, marking the first time since June 5 the state has seen a daily number that high. The number of positive tests reported daily in the state has been steadily inching up in recent weeks, a trend possibly ...

Two more die from Essex Center outbreak

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two more residents of the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility have died after contracting COVID-19. Altogether, 13 people connected to the COVID-19 outbreak at Essex Center have died since the facility saw its first confirmed cases of the illness on ...

Cinemas in the dark

If you spent the summer dreaming of buttered popcorn and waiting for Christopher Nolan’s latest movie to open, you’re going to have longer to wait, at least in the North Country. Last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York will continue to hold off reopening plans for movie theaters. ...

Local schools report zero COVID cases

All public and private school districts and colleges in the Tri-Lakes region are reporting zero cases of COVID-19, according to a COVID-19 Report Card dashboard unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo early this month. Cuomo encouraged parents to view the dashboard at ...

Inspections found nursing home lapses as COVID-19 raged

By MARINA VILLENEUVE Associated Press ALBANY — Health inspectors found safety shortcomings at 77 New York nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic, including basic infection-control violations like failing to have staff wear masks or wash their hands, according to records and ...

Fewer prisoners will mean less virus spread, legislative panelists say

ALBANY — The state must continue to reduce the number of incarcerated New Yorkers, panelists said during a legislative hearing Tuesday, as officials remain concerned about a potential second wave of COVID-19 in state prisons and the start of flu season. Legislators in the Senate Crime ...

Five states added to New York’s travel advisory

ALBANY — One week after six states were removed from New York’s travel mandate, five states have been added, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday, two of which were removed last week. Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island and Wyoming all meet the metrics to qualify for the travel ...

Four Lake Placid hospitality workers found to have virus

LAKE PLACID — The Essex County Health Department has identified four cases of employees in the Lake Placid hospitality industry who have tested positive for COVID-19, and department administrators say after completing contact tracing they feel confident they have the cases ...

North Country officials call for state guidance on reopening cinemas

PLATTSBURGH — Local officials called for action and focus from the state on developing guidance for movie theaters to reopen Monday. At a press conference held by Assemblyman D. Billy Jones in the Cumberland 12 Cinemas lobby, North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas ...

US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its state-of-the-art laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. “It is ...

Church will toll bell for 200,000th COVID death

KEENE VALLEY — National health experts predict that the official U.S. death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic will reach 200,000 on or about today. To mark this tragic milestone in this nation’s history, the Keene Valley Congregational Church will ring its bell 200 times, once for each ...

NY halts commercial evictions; groups demand aid for renters

ALBANY — New York commercial tenants are protected from evictions and foreclosures through Oct. 20 under a new executive order announced Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the executive order helps commercial tenants and mortgagors hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic restrictions to ...

NY eased auto inspections during COVID. What happens when they come back?

ALBANY — Hundreds of thousands of New York motorists have put off their vehicle inspection during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving auto shops bracing for an onslaught of customers whenever Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides to restore the annual requirement. As of Sept. 4, New York auto shops had ...

For most NYC students, back to school but not the classroom

NEW YORK — Monday’s return to New York City schools wasn’t the one anyone planned for. For most, it wasn’t a return at all. Only pre-kindergarten and some special education students ended a six-month absence from school buildings after a last-minute decision to postpone, for the ...

‘I miss mommy’: Families shattered by COVID forge new paths

Just four months had passed since Ramon Ramirez buried his wife and now, here he was, hospitalized himself with COVID-19. The prognosis was dire, and the fate of his younger children consumed him. Before ending his final video call with his oldest, a 29-year-old single mother of two, he had ...

A few new COVID cases in Essex, Franklin counties

Essex and Franklin counties recorded a few new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, but the region’s numbers remain below those of most of New York state, which is consistently doing better than the U.S. average. On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office reported two new positive test results ...