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Coronavirus

As infections climb, NY avoids closures by shifting metrics

ALBANY — For months, as they planned for a possible resurgence of the coronavirus, New York’s leaders talked about how a strict set of scientific metrics would guide decisions about whether to reimpose restrictions and closures that helped tame the virus in the spring. But as COVID-19 ...

Lake Placid Middle-High School to temporarily go remote again

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Middle-High School is shifting its students to remote learning again after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. In a call to parents on Wednesday, district Superintendent Roger Catania said middle and high school students would attend class remotely on ...

COVID prompts art gallery to close physical site, relocate eventually

SARANAC LAKE — If you have driven down Woodruff Street recently, you may have noticed something looking a bit different. Having been established for about 10 years, the NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery has decided to leave its physical space, where it has been for about five years. However, ...

De Blasio says NYPD can get vaccines; Cuomo says not so fast

NEW YORK — New York City police officers seeking protection from the ravages of COVID-19 were caught Wednesday in the latest political tug-of-war between the city’s mayor and the state’s governor. Merely an hour after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to start providing vaccines ...

Staff shortage may slow vaccine rollout

As the number of people eligible for vaccination against the coronavirus grows, staff shortages could be a significant hurdle for the North Country region to overcome in its distribution efforts. Dr. Wouter Rietsema, vice president of population health and information services at Champlain ...

De Blasio, Cuomo differ on vaccination strategies

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered competing strategies Tuesday for ramping up New York’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, with de Blasio saying vaccine eligibility should be widened and Cuomo countering that hospitals need to do a better job of vaccinating the ...

Snowmobiles the latest hard-to-find item amid pandemic

CAPITAL REGION — A tantalizing early snowfall was initially followed by a disappointing meltoff, but interest remains high in snowmobiling, according to the local snowmobile dealers and the statewide advocacy group for the sport. As novices shopped for their first sled and experienced ...

AMC praised for speedy vaccination

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Medical Center was highlighted on Monday as one of the highest-performing hospitals in the state for distributing vaccines. Less than two weeks after the hospital received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccines on Dec. 23, about 87% of its vaccine allotment ...

Tri-Lakes nursing homes haven’t been vaccinated yet

Nursing homes were at the top of the state’s priority list for COVID-19 vaccinations. But while many health care and emergency services workers have gotten their first shots — and some are expected to receive their second of the two-shot regimen this coming week — the two nursing homes ...

Area schools return to pre-shutdown in-person instruction

As New York schools return to session after winter break, the state has a new rule for staying open during COVID-19: Schools in counties with a positivity level over 9% must remain below their communities’ positivity level to stay open for in-person instruction. This will require around ...

Virus variant found in Saratoga as state tries to spur vaccine rollout

ALBANY — In an effort to speed up what has been a sluggish rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, New York’s governor threatened Monday to fine hospitals up to $100,000 if they don’t finish their first round of inoculations by the end of the week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the threat ...

Hand sanitizer makers hit with ‘surprise’ fee, later reversed

CLAYTON — The Clayton Distillery was recently notified that it would have to pay nearly $24,000 in fees for making hand sanitizer, most of which was donated to first responders and front-line workers. It was also reported that the owner of Dark Island Spirits in Alexandria Bay was hit ...

AMC praised for speedy vaccination

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Medical Center was highlighted on Monday as one of the highest-performing hospitals in the state for distributing vaccines. Less than two weeks after the hospital received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccines on Dec. 23, about 87% of its vaccine allotment ...

Tri-Lakes nursing homes haven’t vaccinated yet, expect to soon

Nursing homes were at the top of the state’s priority list for COVID-19 vaccinations. But while many health care and emergency services workers have gotten their first shots — and some are expected to receive their second of the two-shot regimen this coming week — the two nursing homes ...

Franklin County struggles to verify prison COVID numbers

Franklin County Public Health reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 17 on Sunday, bringing the current total number of active cases to 152. On Saturday there were 859 people in the county quarantining after coming in contact with a positive individual or in isolation after ...

Citing virus’ inequities, Cuomo says he’ll wait for vaccine

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday he won’t receive the coronavirus vaccine until the general public, including Black, Hispanic and poor New Yorkers in his age group, is able to receive it. Cuomo made the pledge during recorded remarks to the congregation at Abyssinian ...