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Coronavirus

NY puts brakes on school bus home deliveries

The Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake school districts ended their meal delivery bus programs this month, in part because of a surprising — and, for many, disappointing — lack of state aid. Free meals for students are still provided, but they no longer will be home-delivered. Now they need to ...

Will Rogers on precautionary lockdown

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Village at Will Rogers elder residence is going into a precautionary lockdown after the spouses of two different employees tested positive for COVID-19 this week. “Although both employees, themselves, have tested negative ... there is still a chance of exposure ...

Franklin, Essex county COVID cases hit 86

The number of new cases of COVID-19 continued to rise in Franklin and Essex counties on Thursday. Franklin County reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases countywide to 62. Essex County reported one new case of COVID-19 on Thursday, ...

Art school converts to remote classroom

SARANAC LAKE — The owners of a new art school are trying to help some families deal with remote schooling by converting their space into a distance learning classroom. “The parents can drop their kids off here for the school day, and the kids can log in here for their classes,” said ...

Cuomo expects COVID spike after Thanksgiving

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday he expects COVID-19 cases to exponentially surge nationwide in the coming weeks — especially with next week’s Thanksgiving holiday. Private gatherings across the state are limited to 10 people or fewer by an executive order the governor signed earlier ...

Cuomo says sheriffs are ‘arrogant’ for bucking COVID mandate

ALBANY — Upstate sheriffs who refuse to enforce a new executive order limiting attendance at Thanksgiving dinners and other gatherings are “arrogant” and violating their constitutional duties, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. While Cuomo upbraided the law enforcement executives, he ...

School bus driver tests positive for virus

SARANAC LAKE — A Saranac Lake Central School District bus driver has tested positive for COVID-19. SLCSD Superintendent Diane Fox made the announcement with a robocall to every student’s home between 7 and 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. She said the bus driver who tested positive last worked on ...

Need $300 for COVID safety?

SARANAC LAKE — Earlier this summer, more than a dozen local businesses and organizations received $300 mini-grants to reimburse COVID-19-related upgrades to their spaces. Now, as cases of the virus spike in the Franklin County area, around half the money allotted for these mini-grants is ...

Adirondack Thunder calls off 2020-21 season

GLENS FALLS — The Adirondack Thunder pulled the plug on their 2020-21 season on Wednesday. In a press release, the Thunder announced that they would opt out of the season along with the rest of the ECHL’s North Division. The decision was made in light of the coronavirus pandemic and ...

‘Tired to the bone’: Hospitals overwhelmed with virus cases

Overwhelmed hospitals are converting chapels, cafeterias, waiting rooms, hallways, even a parking garage into patient treatment areas. Staff members are desperately calling around to other medical centers in search of open beds. Fatigue and frustration are setting in among front-line ...

Pfizer: COVID-19 shot 95% effective, seeking clearance soon

Pfizer said Wednesday that new test results show its coronavirus vaccine is 95% effective, is safe and also protects older people most at risk of dying — the last data needed to seek emergency use of limited shot supplies as the catastrophic outbreak worsens across the globe. The ...

Franklin, Essex counties report 14 new COVID cases

Franklin and Essex counties reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. There were no new fatalities connected to COVID-19 reported in either county. Franklin County’s 10 new positives reported Tuesday brings the total number of active cases countywide to 56. Ten people were recently ...

NY stops all jury trials as virus surges

All civil and criminal jury trials across New York are postponed indefinitely as the COVID-19 pandemic surges across the nation, with increasing cases by the day statewide. New jury trials and the summoning of new trial jurors are halted until further notice, state Chief Judge Janet ...

Saranac Lake school bus driver tests positive for COVID-19

SARANAC LAKE — A Saranac Lake Central School District bus driver has tested positive for COVID-19. SLCSD Superintendent Diane Fox made the announcement with a robocall to every student’s home between 7 and 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. She said the bus driver who tested positive last worked on ...

One family wrestles with remote school’s return

BLOOMINGDALE — Melissa Kline’s three kids woke up Monday excited for school. It was their first day of remote-only learning, along with the rest of students in Franklin County schools, but despite the strange circumstances and challenges — or perhaps because of them — Melissa said ...

Lake Placid 7th grade stays remote

LAKE PLACID — Seventh-graders will study remotely through Thanksgiving break. Students in other grades in Lake Placid Middle-High School will return to class on Tuesday. School administrators made the decision to temporarily keep the district’s seventh-graders home over the weekend, in ...

Franklin, Essex counties report 11 new cases of COVID-19

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in both Essex and Franklin counties continues to rise. Essex County reported six new cases of COVID-19, since Friday, on Monday. Franklin County reported five new cases on Monday. Franklin County’s new cases on Monday brought the total number of ...

2nd virus vaccine shows striking success in US tests

A second experimental COVID-19 vaccine — this one from Moderna Inc. — yielded extraordinarily strong early results Monday, another badly needed dose of hope as the pandemic enters a terrible new phase. Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary ...

Lake Placid 7th grade stays remote; other students will return

LAKE PLACID — Seventh-graders will study remotely through Thanksgiving break. Students in other grades in Lake Placid Middle-High School will return to class on Tuesday. School administrators made the decision to temporarily keep the district’s seventh-graders home over the weekend, ...

Pivot to photo pro

TUPPER LAKE — When the coronavirus pandemic put Emily Martin out of a job this spring, she took the opportunity to develop her photography — her photography business, that is. Martin had been working as a manager and bartender at P-2’s Irish Pub up until then, but she had long hoped ...