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Coronavirus

Two ORDA staff test positive

Two state Olympic Regional Development Authority staff have tested positive for COVID-19. The staff members are now in isolation, and contact tracing has occurred, according to ORDA spokeswoman Elise Ruocco. ORDA did not say where these staff members work — whether at one of its winter ...

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

MILWAUKEE — The coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation’s response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and testing sites observe shorter ...

Cuomo: COVID-19 cases, deaths rising in western NY

BUFFALO (AP) — Coronavirus cases continued climbing Friday in New York and hospitalizations rose even as the state recorded a record high in testing for COVID-19. Western New York’s positivity rate spiked to a seven-day average of 6.28%, outpacing other parts of the state, according to ...

US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

COLCHESTER, Vt. — St. Michael’s College managed to keep coronavirus cases at bay for almost two months this fall with students tested upon arrival and once every three weeks. But in mid-October, cases at the small Vermont school started to climb. The outbreak was linked to an ice ...

CDC panel meets Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority

ATLANTA (AP) — A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved. Experts have proposed giving the vaccine to health workers first. High priority also may be given to workers in essential ...

Time will tell Thanksgiving’s COVID-19 impact

Local health officials say the impact of Thanksgiving gatherings on COVID-19 spread will start to be seen in about a week. The incubation period for the virus ranges between two to 14 days, and most people start experiencing symptoms around five days after an exposure, according to Essex ...

Franklin County sees 6th death as numbers rise

The number of new cases of COVID-19 across Franklin and Essex counties continued to rise before the Thanksgiving holiday. A sixth Franklin County resident died this week after contracting COVID-19, the county reported Wednesday. All six of those deaths happened this month. Since ...

Gillibrand wants task force on vaccine distribution

PLATTSBURGH — In light of recent news surrounding COVID-19 vaccine development, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is pushing Congressional leadership to include funds to help stand up a public health workforce in the next round of federal relief funding. During a Zoom call with ...

COVID-19 care: Stress, anxiety and PTSD — expect it all

CORTLAND — Mike Smiley laid under the bar of the Smith machine Tuesday at the Cortland YMCA and placed his hands on the bar. Willie Brigman stood behind him keeping his hands slightly under the bar, spotting Smiley. The two men are gym buddies, working out together when they can. For both, ...

High court blocks NY virus limits on houses of worship

WASHINGTON — With coronavirus cases surging again nationwide, the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 late Wednesday night, with new Justice Amy Coney ...

NY winter virus plan will eye hospitalizations, ICU beds

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that officials are working on a winter plan for the coronavirus that will add metrics for how the state designates virus hot zones. Cuomo said the state will continue homing in on small geographic areas where virus cases are a ...

‘There’s good solutions coming’

SARANAC LAKE — A team at Adirondack Medical Center is preparing for COVID-19 vaccine dissemination. In a meeting with Assemblyman Billy Jones on Friday, Adirondack Health CEO Sylvia Getman spoke about the hospital’s planning process as pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer apply for ...

Doctor’s orders for a safe Thanksgiving: Don’t gather

SARANAC LAKE — Asked how locals can stay safe on Thanksgiving, one local doctor had a simple answer: Don’t gather. “I know many people don’t want to hear it, but the very best way to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure at holiday gatherings is to not be there,” said Dr. Tracey ...

Fifth Franklin County resident dies after contracting COVID

A fifth Franklin County resident has died after contracting COVID-19. The person, a 94-year-old resident of the Alice Center nursing home in Malone, died on Sunday, Alice Hyde Medical Center and Alice Center spokesman Phillip Rau confirmed Tuesday. The person who died had been hospitalized ...

Possible exposure at AuSable Forks bar

The Essex County Health Department is warning of a possible COVID-19 exposure at a bar in AuSable Forks. The department said several people who have tested positive for COVID-19 reported being in 20 Main on state Route 9N in the hamlet of AuSable Forks, which lies on the border between ...

Community Bank shifts to drive-thru service only

Community Bank will close all its branch lobbies, starting today. The company announced the shift to drive-thru service only, with limited in-person service by appointment, in a news release Tuesday. The shift is effective until further notice. “We believe this decision is both ...

Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

Don’t even think of putting the mask away anytime soon. Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal in the U.S. and Americans can once again go to ...

3rd major vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

LONDON — Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, buoying the prospects of a relatively cheap, easy-to-store product that may become the vaccine of choice for the developing world. The results are based on an interim ...