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Coronavirus

Cuomo: NY should have released care home death data faster

NEW YORK — Under fire over his management of the coronavirus’ lethal path through New York’s nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday the state didn’t cover up deaths but should have moved faster to release some information sought by lawmakers, the public and the press. “All ...

State expands vaccine eligibility despite supply issues

ALBANY— Millions of New Yorkers with health conditions that leave them at high risk of illness from COVID-19 can theoretically sign up for appointments at state-run vaccination sites starting Sunday, but a lack of vaccine supply means many will be frustrated in their search for a ...

Malone nursing home declared COVID-free

For the first time since October, the Alice Center nursing home in Malone is officially without any active cases of COVID-19. The Alice Hyde Medical Center, which oversees the Alice Center, announced on Monday that its skilled nursing facility would open its doors to visitors starting on ...

Malone nursing home declared COVID-free

For the first time since October, the Alice Center nursing home in Malone is officially without any active cases of COVID-19. The Alice Hyde Medical Center, which oversees the Alice Center, announced on Monday that its skilled nursing facility would open its doors to visitors starting on ...

Governor loosens closing time restrictions for New York eateries

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has further loosened coronavirus restrictions on New York restaurants as part of his efforts to reopen the state’s economy. The Democratic governor said on Friday that restaurants and bars will now be able to stay open until 11 p.m. starting Sunday. The ...

Cuomo administration ‘froze’ over nursing home data requests

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide told Democratic lawmakers that the administration took months to release data revealing how many people living at nursing homes died of COVID-19 because officials “froze” over worries the information was “going to be used against ...

CDC: Strong evidence in-person schooling can be done safely

The nation’s top public health agency said Friday that in-person schooling can resume safely with masks, social distancing and other strategies, and vaccination of teachers, while important, is not a prerequisite for reopening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released ...

Bill would make falsifying vaccination records illegal

New York legislators may make it illegal to falsify COVID-19 vaccination records. State Sen. Anna Kaplan, D-Carle Place, has introduced S.5416 in the state Senate to amend the state Public Health and Penal laws to prohibit the falsification of COVID-19 vaccination records. Changes to ...

Air travelers to Canada to isolate at hotels starting Feb. 22

TORONTO — Air travelers to Canada will quarantine in a hotel starting on Feb. 22 as they await the result of a coronavirus test, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau previously announced stricter restrictions would be imposed on nonessential air travelers in response to ...

Cuomo administration under fire for inaccurate COVID nursing home death count

ALBANY — The state Health Department’s sluggish release of COVID-19 nursing home data came to a head Thursday night after it was revealed that a top aide to the governor admitted to withholding the total number of virus deaths in state facilities. Lawmakers continue to be at odds after the ...

LP schools go remote after 3 test positive

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid schools are going remote Friday for the half-day of classes left before the President’s Day holiday after an elementary school student, a middle-high school student and a support staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. In a message to families on ...

Walgreens getting vaccine in New York but won’t say where

SARANAC LAKE — Starting today, Walgreens and CVS are joining other drug store chains in offering COVID-19 vaccines to people over 65 years old in New York state, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can get a shot at your local store. Walgreens, which has many locations in northern New ...

Over 9,000 virus patients were sent into New York nursing homes

NEW YORK — More than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York state were released from hospitals into nursing homes early in the pandemic under a controversial directive that was scrapped amid criticism it accelerated outbreaks, according to new records obtained by The Associated ...

Lake George will try brief fireworks in light of Saranac Lake cancellation

LAKE GEORGE — Days after a fireworks display in Saranac Lake was canceled over COVID-related safety concerns, organizers of the Lake George Area Winterfest on Thursday announced a weekly display of their own. Over the next three Saturdays, the monthlong event — which aims to attract ...

State lifts quarantine rules for some vaccinated New Yorkers

ALBANY — New York will follow updated guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will not require certain people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to quarantine after being exposed to someone with the virus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. CDC ...

Franklin County sees 12th COVID death

MALONE — A 12th Franklin County resident has died due to COVID-19 complications, officials said. The resident, who was not a prison inmate, died after being hospitalized outside the county, officials said. Franklin County on Thursday recorded 28 new positive cases of COVID-19 — ...

Federal, state governments to open mass vaccination sites

ALBANY — The state will partner with the federal government to open a series of mass vaccination sites across New York to help immunize underserved communities against the novel coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. Federal Emergency Management Agency will partner with the state ...