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Coronavirus

Cuomo: COVID is bad on campus

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that COVID-19 outbreaks at colleges are already a problem, with one school shut down and cases rising on other campuses. Cuomo said the state health department would soon issue regulations requiring colleges to notify health officials when ...

Paul Smith’s has campus-wide testing and no COVID so far

PAUL SMITHS — Three weeks ago, Paul Smith’s College tested nearly all of its students and staff for COVID-19, and the results show no positive tests so far, according to college officials. Now they hope to keep the hands-on-centric college open for the rest of the semester. “We ...

Fresh-air education as Northwood School begins classes

LAKE PLACID — Monday was Northwood School’s first day for in-person classes after an initial remote start to the semester last Thursday. All of the school’s students, faculty and staff have tested negative for COVID-19, and the school has completed its 14-day quarantine period that ...

Teachers union wants masks in schools required

If New York won’t require masks to be worn at all times in schools, a teachers union thinks counties should take action. New York State United Teachers wants county governments to mandate masks in schools. The request follows action taken in Orange County to require masks while in ...

Bold hopes for virus antibody tests still unfulfilled

WASHINGTON — At the height of the coronavirus lockdown, President Donald Trump and his top health advisers trumpeted a new test that would help Americans reclaim their lives — one that would tell them if they already had the virus and were protected from getting it again. Their ...

Nursing home sees 8th resident die

ELIZABETHTOWN — Another resident of an Elizabethtown nursing home has died of COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths connected to the outbreak at Essex Center to eight in the last 18 days. The person who died was not named, nor were the age or gender released. Health officials ...

Rural real estate heats up as New York City dwellers face COVID-19 reality

Rob Anderson, an electrician for Consolidated Edison, has been mulling the purchase of a second home for years. The pandemic made him pull the trigger. Anderson and his son, a New York City police officer, are closing in on the purchase of a log cabin on five acres in northwestern ...

Seven new COVID cases tied to Essex Center

Seven new cases of COVID-19 have been found in Essex County, all of them tied to a nursing home in the county seat. The seven new cases reported Thursday, at Essex Center in Elizabethtown, bring the total number of positive cases connected to the outbreak there to 95. Of the new cases ...

E’town man surveys Essex County residents on COVID impact

An Elizabethtown man is collecting data on the health, psychological and financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic in Essex County, using an online COVID-19 study he set up himself to track people’s anxieties, altered livelihoods and adherence to safety precautions. Brad Else said ...

Nursing homes search for faster testing labs

As nursing homes fight to keep COVID out, a seemingly small decision has turned out to be critical to success or failure. The labs they use to test workers can give them an early warning of the virus or tell them about infections so late that the virus could have spread widely. In ...

Essex Center rep addresses one-star Medicare rating

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare’s one-star Medicare rating is based on old information, a representative from the facility’s ownership says. As the number of COVID-19 cases associated with the Elizabethtown nursing home continued to climb last week, ...

NY to track school COVID testing

ALBANY — New York will unveil an additional public coronavirus dashboard in the coming days that will track COVID-19 diagnostic tests across schools statewide as in-person classes prepare to resume next week. The state’s 713 public school districts each submitted plans to the state ...

White House faces skepticism over prospects for a vaccine

Could the U.S. really see a coronavirus vaccine before Election Day? A letter from federal health officials instructing states to be ready to begin distributing a vaccine by Nov. 1 — two days before the election — has met, not with exhilaration, but with suspicion among public health ...

Nursing home records 7th resident death

Another resident of an Elizabethtown nursing home has died of COVID-19, putting the total number of fatalities connected to the coronavirus outbreak at Essex Center at seven in 16 days. Since the nursing home and rehabilitation center’s first recorded resident death on Aug. 17, at ...

E-books and curbside pick-ups keep libraries circulating

Libraries may have closed their doors to the public to safeguard against the pandemic, but the public hasn’t stopped reading. Instead of physical books, many people have turned to electronic books, turning the pages on their screens instead of on paper. “The number of e-books borrowed ...

St. Regis Falls school plans to punish students who break COVID rules

ST. REGIS FALLS — Strict punishments could come to students who don’t follow social distancing and other coronavirus-related safety guidelines at St. Regis Falls Central School. St. Regis Falls Superintendent Tim Seymour called things like not properly social distancing and not ...

Wedding venues fight state over pandemic restrictions

SAUGERTIES — Lawyers who have been battling the Cuomo administration over whether restaurants and other venues can host large weddings have filed a federal class action lawsuit on the issue. And while the fight began in western New York’s Erie County, one of the initial plaintiffs in ...

Cuomo says COVID school closures are inevitable

Future coronavirus clusters and the temporary closure of public school districts are inevitable when students return to classes next week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, as congregates of students in social settings forced a state college to close over the weekend. Cuomo reiterated Monday the ...

Drive-in movie bonanza is this weekend

LAKE PLACID — This year’s I Love BBQ and Music Festival will go on. But instead of the Fourth of July weekend at the Olympic Speedskating Oval, it will be held Labor Day weekend — this weekend — at the North Elba Show Grounds. And there won’t be any barbecue or ...