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Coronavirus

Minority-owned companies waited months for loans, data shows

NEW YORK — Thousands of minority-owned small businesses were at the end of the line in the government’s coronavirus relief program as many struggled to find banks that would accept their applications or were disadvantaged by the terms of the program. Data from the Paycheck Protection ...

County health department preps for vaccine rollout

The Essex County Health Department’s role in the fight against COVID-19 is expected to shift in the coming weeks. So far, hospitals and pharmacies throughout the North Country have been responsible for receiving and administering vaccines, which have been allocated for health care ...

Stimulus checks on the way

PLATTSBURGH — The IRS began issuing the next round of stimulus checks this week and Clinton County Legislature Chair Mark Henry says he’s excited for them to land in North Country bank accounts. “The stimulus checks are very important,” he said. “It will be a shot in the arm ...

Essex County warns of NYE gathering

While advising people to not gather for New Year’s Eve celebrations, Essex County public health officials say they are in the midst of seeing a “second wave” of COVID-19 cases stemming from Thanksgiving gatherings. Essex County reported 25 new cases Tuesday and 23 new cases ...

State sets $1 million fine for vaccine fraud

ALBANY — State doctors, nurses and health care providers could be stripped of their medical licenses and face fines of up to $1 million if they fraudulently obtain, transfer or distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared in an executive order Monday. The order was ...

34 inmates at FCI Ray Brook have COVID-19

RAY BROOK — The federal Bureau of Prisons reported Tuesday that 34 inmates at the Federal Correctional Institute at Ray Brook have tested positive for COVID-19, the most currently active cases ever at the prison since the start of the pandemic. BOP data shows no staff testing positive for ...

Franklin County cases continue to rise

The Franklin County Public Health Department reported 15 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. With the new cases, and 90 residents recently deemed recovered, Franklin County’s total active case count stood at 119 on Tuesday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new state guidelines on Tuesday that ...

State warns of vaccine scams

ALBANY — The New York State Division of Consumer Protection is alerting consumers about scammers taking advantage of COVID-19 vaccinations to steal personal information. Scammers are using techniques that typically arise with a major global event such as: falsely claiming to be online ...

NY eases quarantine for exposed individuals in line with CDC

ALBANY — Asymptomatic individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 can now end their quarantine after 10 days in New York under new guidance the governor announced Tuesday. That’s down from the 14-day period recommended since the pandemic began. New York and other states have eased their ...

Franklin County first responders get first dose

SARANAC LAKE — Dozens of emergency medical service workers and first responders received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine at Adirondack Medical Center’s in-house clinic over the weekend. Select EMS workers, firefighters and police officers are eligible for the vaccine in the ...

Franklin, Essex counties see weekend COVID uptick

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County rose sharply over the weekend, with about 2.1% of the county’s population now either in quarantine or isolation. Essex County also saw an increase in cases, with about 1.1% of its population now in quarantine. The Essex County Health ...

NY plans crackdown on vaccine fraud as rollout continues

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a crackdown on potential vaccine fraud as state officials hope to provide an initial vaccine dose to 400,000 people by the end of the week. Cuomo, a Democrat, has touted New York’s vaccination efforts even as the nation as a whole is short ...

NY set to pass law to limit evictions, closures during pandemic

ALBANY — New York will freeze evictions and certain foreclosures for two months under a bill the state’s governor said Monday he plans to sign. Renters who are facing pending evictions — or who face evictions in the next 30 days — would be protected from eviction for at least 60 ...

As COVID-19 ravages US, shootings and killings are also up

DETROIT — When Andre Avery drives his commercial truck through Detroit, he keeps his pistol close. Avery, 57, grew up in the Motor City and is aware that homicides and shootings are surging, even though before the pandemic they were dropping in Detroit and elsewhere. His gun is legal, ...

US taking hard look at variant of coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials believe the coronavirus mutation that set off alarms in parts of Britain is no more apt to cause serious illness or be resistant to vaccines than the strain afflicting people in the United States but it still must be taken “very seriously,” the ...

NCCC to start late, take no spring break

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College students will return to the 2021 spring semester on Feb. 1, one week later than usual; take no spring break and finish the semester on the usual date, May 13. NCCC announced the revised academic calendar last week, college spokesperson Chris ...

Vaccines arrive at AMC

SARANAC LAKE — The room was far from quiet. Inside the in-house vaccination clinic at Adirondack Medical Center, a group of health care workers, wearing masks and other personal protective equipment, joked and poked fun at one another as they waited for a delivery they’d anticipated ...

Moderna vaccines arrive at Saranac Lake HHHN office

SARANAC LAKE — Dr. Elizabeth Buck was at home on Tuesday enjoying her day off when she got the call. The Hudson Headwaters Health Network office in Saranac Lake had received doses of the Moderna vaccine, and she was eligible to get one. She didn’t hesitate. Buck drove to work to get ...

Tentative general population vaccination plans involve drive-thru clinics

Vaccine distribution to the general population may begin in late January, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the Franklin and Essex County health departments are preparing to run mass vaccination clinics, should the state ask counties to disseminate the coronavirus vaccine. Currently, the ...

Vaccines administered at Alice Hyde Hospital

MALONE — Shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday, 86-year-old Theresa Knapp became the first Alice Center resident to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, beginning a day of voluntary vaccinations for residents and employees at the long-term care facility. The program is vaccinating consenting ...