×

Coronavirus

Lockdowns accentuate upstate’s broadband gaps

ALBANY — The heightened reliance on distance learning, the shift to telecommuting by many employers and the expansion of telemedicine have combined to highlight the gaps in high-speed broadband coverage in many communities in upstate New York. In 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed that ...

Bureaucratic maze keeps many from getting vaccinated

ALBANY — Eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination for more than a month, Paul Rapp, a 65-year-old lawyer, says he has tried lining up an appointment by regularly checking an array of web sites for appointments and visiting his local pharmacy. “I have spent hours and hours online, trying to ...

Cuomo vows to ‘call out’ critics of his nursing home response

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his health commissioner offered a full-throated defense Friday of their March decision to require nursing homes to accept patients recovering from COVID-19, saying it was the best option at the time to help free up desperately needed beds at the state’s ...

Storm delays vaccine shipments

A recent winter storm delayed this week’s coronavirus vaccine shipments to Franklin and Essex counties. Both county health departments were prepared to set up “PODs” this week — or points of distribution, essentially a vaccine clinic — where staffers would administer the 200 ...

How Hamilton County got a 40% vaccination rate

More than 100,000 people in the North Country have been vaccinated against COVID-19, about 25% of the region’s population. A lot of vaccines are being administered at state-run sites, pharmacies and hospitals. Hamilton County doesn’t have access to any of those places, and yet it’s ...

Cuomo defends nursing home move, but says if it was wrong he’ll sue feds

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration will sue the federal government over last spring’s COVID-19 guidelines — such as the state directive that allowed virus-positive nursing home residents to return to their facilities — if the federal guidance was malpractice, the ...

SUNY chief visits NCCC, which starts some in-person classes

SARANAC LAKE — State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras visited North Country Community College’s Saranac Lake campus Monday, Feb. 8 as the college began testing of students, faculty and staff — some of whom started on-campus classes this Tuesday. North Country began the ...

Health experts warn against spreading COVID-19 variants as states reopen

NEW YORK — As states lift mask rules and ease restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of falling case numbers, public health officials say authorities are overlooking potentially more dangerous COVID-19 variants that are quietly spreading through the U.S. Scientists widely ...

Poll shows Cuomo has strong support, but still facing criticism

Gov. Andrew Cuomo got mixed grades from voters on his handling of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in a new Siena Research poll released Tuesday. Most respondents approved of the governor’s overall handing of the pandemic, with 61% in favor of his approach to 34% against. Less than half ...

NY to open summer camps, amusement parks in coming months

ALBANY — New York is set to let amusement parks open in early April and overnight camps open this summer as long as they submit reopening plans to the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that arcades and other indoor family entertainment centers can open with 25% capacity starting ...

This Ash Wednesday sees sprinkling, not smearing

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic churches did something different as they observed Ash Wednesday this year — sprinkling rather than smearing. In lieu of what has become the standard practice of spreading ashes on the foreheads of parishioners — often in the shape of a ...

NY sues Amazon, saying it didn’t protect workers from virus

NEW YORK — The New York attorney general is suing Amazon over COVID-19 safety protocols, accusing the company of being more concerned with making money than protecting its workers from getting sick. The lawsuit, filed late Tuesday, involves two Amazon facilities in New York City that ...

Democratic assemblyman says Cuomo is smearing him to distract his critics

ALBANY — A Democratic lawmaker says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to “destroy” him during a private phone call last week for criticizing his handling of COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing homes. Cuomo, who has long had a reputation for playing rough in politics, denied the allegation ...

New Paltz student wins AdkAction PSA contest

SARANAC LAKE — AdkAction has announced that Emily Kucharczyk of New Paltz High School is the winner of its student COVID-19 Public Service Announcement Contest, earning a $1,000 prize. The contest was open to all middle and high school students in New York and garnered 53 entries. With ...

Some New Yorkers traveling hours away for vaccine

ALBANY — Some New Yorkers are driving hours to get the COVID-19 vaccine because they are unable to find appointments closer to home through a state website. Residents of the Albany and Buffalo areas in particular have complained on social media and to their local lawmakers that they have ...

Storm hampers vaccinations as FEMA opens new sites

A paralyzing winter storm wrought havoc with COVID-19 vaccination efforts around the country on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of appointments and delaying vaccine deliveries just as the federal government rolled out new mass vaccination sites aimed at reaching hard-hit ...

Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable

As panicked Americans cleared supermarkets of toilet paper and food last spring, grocery employees gained recognition as among the most indispensable of the pandemic’s front-line workers. A year later, most of those workers are waiting their turn to receive COVID-19 vaccines, with little ...

Counties plan clinics as vaccine eligibility expands

Vaccine eligibility requirements expanded to include a new swath of the population on Sunday. The Essex County Health Department has scheduled a vaccine clinic in the southern end of the county this week, and Franklin County Public Health is piecing together its vaccine distribution plan. ...

Loj, High Peaks Information Center temporarily close

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondak Loj and High Peaks Information Center are now closed until further notice after at least one person connected to the facility tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesman for the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), which operates the Loj and HPIC, said on Monday that ...