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Coronavirus

U.S.-Canada border may stay shut longer

The border between the U.S. and Canada may remain closed through Thanksgiving, anonymous sources with direct knowledge of the situation told two Canadian news outlets, CBC News and Reuters Canada, on Tuesday. Since March, border crossings between the two countries have been limited to ...

Cuomo aide: NY won’t consider slashing budget until election

ALBANY — The governor’s budget director said Wednesday it’s “premature” for some school districts to have laid off workers, and said New York will wait until after the November election to decide whether to slash state spending. Budget director Robert Mujica told The Associated ...

Will snow days melt away?

School-age children in the North Country have long looked forward to snow days as a bright spot during the dark days of winter, but they may become a thing of the past this school year, and possibly into future years. The state Education Department has announced a one-year pilot program ...

State lowers COVID threshold for nursing home visits

ALBANY — New York will begin allowing visitors to see loved ones at nursing homes that have been coronavirus-free for 14 days, up from 28 days under previous rules, the health commissioner said Tuesday. The policy goes into effect Thursday, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said. State ...

Bobsled and skeleton World Championships moved from Lake Placid to Germany

This season’s bobsled and skeleton world championships were awarded Tuesday to Altenberg, Germany, and moved out of Lake Placid, New York, because of concerns across many winter sports about the coronavirus pandemic and potential travel complications for those coming to North America. The ...

Six states removed from NY quarantine list

Coronavirus infections rates have fallen enough for six locations to be removed from the mandatory quarantine list, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. He removed California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands and Ohio. Puerto Rico was put back on the ...

A family struggles as pandemic worsens food insecurity

NEW YORK — At the peak of the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Sharawn Vinson often woke up crying. A recurring thought was making the unemployed single mother desperate: That her kids could go hungry. There was also fear of contracting the virus, which has disproportionately hit ...

Real estate surge echoes post-9/11

Local real estate brokers weren’t sure what the market would look like when the economy opened up again — but those who have been in the business for decades suspected that the Adirondack housing market would rebound quickly. There was precedent for that theory: After the Sept. 11, ...

Advocates: Halt 20% education cuts

ALBANY — The state’s anticipated, broad 20% cuts to education are disgraceful, educators, union representatives, parents and students said outside the Capitol on Thursday, demanding officials stop school funding slashes that devastate the poorest districts. State education leaders ...

Cobb calls on Stefanik to resign from Trump’s New York campaign

Upon the surfacing of tapes Tuesday where the president is heard saying he downplayed the coronavirus pandemic, Tedra Cobb on Wednesday called for her Republican opponent to resign from her position as co-chair of the president’s New York reelection campaign. Rep. Elise Stefanik, ...

Watertown hospital will lay off 51

WATERTOWN — Still trying to cope with the economic fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Samaritan Health announced Thursday that 51 employees will be laid off, effective immediately. Additionally, 44 open positions will not be filled, resulting in a total of 95 impacted ...

Many are moving here

The coronavirus pandemic has been a boon for the Adirondack housing market, at least for those looking to sell. And homes are selling fast. Local real estate agents say that despite the pandemic and millions of people still unemployed, the number of buyers looking for a home in the ...

Essex Center death toll rises to 11

Another Essex Center resident has died after contracting COVID-19, the Essex County Health Department reported Friday. The latest fatality brings the total death toll at the Elizabethtown nursing home and rehabilitation facility to 11 residents since Aug. 17: one person who received ...

Essex County businesses can soon apply for federal COVID-19 relief loans

LAKE GEORGE — Businesses throughout the region hurt by the coronavirus pandemic will soon be able to apply for a low-interest loan of up to $150,000 through the Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board. The loans are made possible through $3.2 million in federal funding ...

School bus schedulers rise to COVID challenge

SARANAC LAKE — Five miles outside of downtown Saranac Lake toward Bloomingdale, across from a hayfield, a parking lot full of yellow school buses sits behind the Saranac Lake Central School District Bus Garage. Inside the building, Transportation Assistant Fred Finn’s desk is outfitted ...

In a year of restrictions, virus changes Sept. 11, too

NEW YORK — In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped countless American rituals, even the commemoration of 9/11 could not escape unchanged. The 19th anniversary of the terror attacks will be marked by dueling ceremonies at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza and a corner near the ...

As 2 more die, Essex Center company moves test lab in-house

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two more residents of the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility have died from COVID-19, the Essex County Health Department reported Wednesday. The deaths came as the company that operates the home, Centers Health Care, announced that it has transitioned ...

Second testing round finds all clear for COVID at Mercy nursing home

The Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake has seen zero new cases of COVID-19 since an employee tested positive last week. The nursing home, operated by Adirondack Health, conducted a second round of resident testing on Friday. All 57 of the facility’s residents received negative test ...

5 new COVID cases in Essex County, 3 tied to nursing home outbreak

Five new cases of COVID-19 in Essex County were announced on Monday, three of them tied to a coronavirus outbreak at a nursing home in the county seat. The three new cases at the Essex Center nursing home and rehabilitation facility announced Monday include two residents and one staff ...

NY adds 4 states to quarantine list

Four additional states — Delaware, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia — now qualify for New York state’s COVID-19 travel advisory, which means people coming from those states to New York must quarantine for 14 days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. Puerto Rico and the United ...